Disclosure of a Felony Charge or Conviction

Faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers and visiting scholars who are charged with or convicted of a felony are required to report it to the university within one week.

This policy (SPG 601.38) is effective February 1, 2019 and pertains to any felony charge or conviction that occurs on or after that date. It applies to individuals 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 unit. 

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. 

Currently, all university job applicants are required to answer criminal history questions on their applications. This includes convictions for both misdemeanors and felonies. The university also conducts a background check before any candidate may begin employment.

Individuals can make a report using this form. 

Once a felony is disclosed, University Human Resources will assess the information on a case-by-case basis using similar criteria as the current background screening process. 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.

Contact felony-self-disclosure@umich.edu with questions