New University Policy Requires Disclosure of Felonies

Under a new university policy, faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers and visiting scholars are required to provide notification if they are charged with or convicted of a felony crime. This policy is effective February 1, 2019.

The policy (SPG 601.38, “Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions”) requires faculty and staff to inform the university within one week of a charge or conviction that occurs on or after February 1, 2019. 

Information about a faculty or staff member’s criminal activity helps the university maintain a safe community and prevent putting people at risk of harm.  

A felony charge or conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment.

Individuals can make a report using a form on the University Human Resources website

Once a felony is disclosed, University Human Resources will assess the information on a case-by-case basis using similar criteria as the current pre-employment background screening process for candidates. This includes: the nature and gravity of the offense; the timeliness and accuracy of the disclosure; and the relevancy to the role held at the university.

This policy applies to faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and in Michigan Medicine but does not currently apply to those covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

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