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Academic Policies

Degree Requirements

Students must adhere to the degree requirements from the year they entered Taubman College. For older degree requirements, contact the college registrar, Stacey Shimones, at mesvcs@umich.edu.

Readmission

Students interested in returning to the Urban and Regional Planning Program and have not been enrolled for more than 12 months must formally apply for re-admission.

Retention of Student Work

The faculty reserves the right to retain examples of student work, done in conjunction with class assignments, for purposes of illustration, instruction, and exhibition.

College Use of Digital Media

The college may record/capture video, audio, and/or images of students and student work during regular college activities (i.e. class sessions, lectures, exhibits, studio critiques, group meetings, etc.). These media may be made available in various forms to describe and/or promote college activities and programs in a variety of ways consistent with the mission of the college and university.

Plagiarism

Academic integrity and ethical professional conduct are vital to the development of architects, urban designers and urban planners as they interact with multiple publics and constituencies. The A. Alfred Taubman College of
Architecture and Urban Planning affirms these aspirations for all of its undergraduate and graduate students in all of its academic degree programs and expects all members of the community to act ethically to ensure that
the college supports an ethical, equitable and inclusive environment.

The office of the associate dean for academic affairs, beginning in September, 2015, will be notified of any and all cases of alleged academic miscoduct and will keep a record of such cases. The Taubman College Academic
Misconduct Protocol, administered by the office of the associate dean for academic affairs, will be used for cases where a) the alleged misconduct is deemed “very serious” and or “serial” by the program chair, b) the
alleged misconduct - discussed between the student, faculty member and program chair, has not been resolved in a satisfactory manner, or c) a student is appealing a decision or penalty imposed by the program chair or faculty
member. This process is in accordance with publicly-stated policies of the University of Michigan and the A. Alfred Tubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning with respect to studio culture, academic misconduct
and professional misconduct, and the spirit of the university in seeking to foster an ethical educational environment amongst its students, staff and faculty. This policy will apply to the following degree programs: Bachelor
of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. All Taubman students in Rackham programs will continue to be covered by Rackham policies. All alleged misconduct cases, no matter how
minor, must be brought to the Program Chair and proceed through Preliminary Inquiry even if ultimately resolved between the student and faculty member. This policy will be in effect until the College Executive Committee
officially votes on a comprehensive policy for academic and professional conduct.

  1. PRELIMINARY INQUIRY AND DETERMINATION OF SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
    Program Chair and instructor of the course in question shall gather initial evidence and decide whether to a) resolve the case with formal agreements between student and instructor, or b) refer the case to the associate dean for academic affairs.

    In cases where smaller infractions occur and where remedies have been designed by the instructor in consultation with the student and the chair, the case is not refereed to the associate dean. Serious cases of alleged misconduct and/or serial cases of alleged misconduct (occurring within the same course or across multiple courses) should be referred to the associate dean.
     

  2. PROCEDURES FOR AD HOC COMMITTE AND AD HOC COMMITTEE HEARING
    An Ad Hoc Committee - comprised of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and 2 faculty members from the Taubman College, will:
    a. Examine evidence submitted by the instructor, program chair and student;
    b. Hold an Ad Hoc Committe Hearing with the student and his/her selected observer, instructor(s) and any other witnesses.
    c. Record hearings through official notes.
    d. Reach a recommendation for action to the associate dean and program chair that may be one of the following:
    • Educational Project
      Completion of a class, workshop or project on the responsible conduct of research and scholarship.
    • Corrective Action
      Specific actions to redress the misconduct by resubmission of an assignment(s).
    • Formal reprimand
      A written reprimand to the student with a warning that future violations will be dealt with more
      severely.
    • Grade change
      With the approval of the course instructor, assigning a grade record of No Report or Incomplete for a course or project; reduction of points/letter grade for an assignment or course; or assigning a lower or failing grade for an assignment or course. If a student drops a course after being notified of allegations of academic misconduct, and the student is subsequently found to have committed misconduct for which the AHG recommends a sanction of a failing or reduced grade for the course, the course will be restored to the transcript and the new grade will be assigned.
    • Course repeat.
      The requirement that a course be repeated.
    • Disciplinary Probation.
      Designation of a period time in which the student is not in good standing. This may involve restrictions of privileges, the setting of behavioral expectations or other requirements, and the prescription of consequences for failing to meet probationary terms. The Registrar will note probation on the student’s transcript.
    • Suspension.
      Separation from the University for a specified period of time or until stipulated conditions are met and suspension is lifted. The Registrar will note suspension on the transcript and place an academic hold on the student’s record for the duration of the suspension.
    • Expulsion.
      Permanent dismissal from the program and separation from the University, which will be noted on the transcript. This sanction must be executed by the dean with the associate dean for academic affairs’ recommendation.

    e. Recommendations of Suspension or Expulsion require consultation with the dean.
     

  3. PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL
    The student may appeal a decision directly to the associate dean and dean. 

    The student may appeal a decision on grounds that:
    1) procedural error compromised the proceeding; 2) significant new evidence has become available that was not considered during the hearing; or 3) the sanctions are excessive or inappropriate relative to the violation. The appeal must include a statement of the grounds for appeal and the supporting facts.

    If the appeal is accepted, by the dean, then the dean shall conduct an independent review and may: 
    1) let the original decision stand; 2) redress the process by having the Academic Hearing Group review new evidence and repeat the process a second time; or 3) reverse the original decision. The dean shall make a decision and the decision shall be final.
     

  4. RECORD OF ALLEGATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS
    A note will be made in the student’s file of allegations and resolutions, whether the student is cleared or found guilty of the charges.

Academic Misconduct PDF

Orientation

Taubman College does not participate in the University Summer Orientation Program, but instead, conducts its own orientation program just prior to the start of summer and fall term classes. It is important that all entering students attend. Students will receive detailed orientation information in the summer.

Rackham students are also encouraged to attend the Rackham grad school orientation.

Registration

Students are officially enrolled for a term at the time of registration. Each student completes this registration process by using Wolverine Access, a web-based information system. Students will receive detailed information about registering for courses during the summer before classes begin. Directions for Wolverine Access registration are in the "University of Michigan Schedule of Courses" for a selected term. A late registration fee will be assessed to students who register after the end of the scheduled registration period for any term or program. Please refer to the section on "Fees and Expenses."

Academic Counseling

The Program Chair coordinates academic counseling and assigns faculty advisors to all current students. Throughout their period of enrollment, students are encouraged to consult with their own advisor and other members of the faculty regarding academic and career goals. Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture Program are required to have a Program Planning Form, signed by a faculty advisor, on file with the college Registrar. Although faculty and administrators may assist a student in arranging an academic program, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting all program and degree requirements.

Withdrawal From the Program

A student who terminates his or her enrollment during the term is required to officially withdraw. The student is responsible for initiating the withdrawal; he or she should contact the college Registrar at mesvcs@umich.edu. Any refund of fees is handled in accordance with University regulations as described in the section on Fees and Expenses.

Student Records

An academic file is maintained by the college for each student. The file contains admission materials, academic records and transcripts, correspondence, etc. The college endorses the university's Policy on Student Records, which meets the standards set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Each student has the right to examine all materials in his or her file, except as prohibited by the above policies.

The college registrar and the administrative officers of the college, or their appointed representatives, shall have direct access to all records. All other persons, including faculty, may have access to portions of a student's record only when so authorized by the student.

For transcripts, visit Wolverine Access.

Officer Education Programs

Officer education training programs are available to all students enrolled in the University of Michigan. Enrollment in officer education programs is voluntary, but the University and the armed forces expect each student who volunteers to meet the full obligations accepted. Since there are minor variations in the programs, interested students are encouraged to consult the chairpersons of the respective Army, Navy, and Air Force Officer Education Programs for information. Please visit the university's ROTC website for more information.

Questions regarding the granting of academic credit for Officer Education Program course elections for students in the Architecture Program should be directed to the college registrar at mesvcs@umich.edu.

Student Appeal Procedure

It is the purpose of the appeal procedure to provide undergraduate and graduate students and faculty with a mechanism for review of student and faculty allegations about matters pertaining to student conduct, performance and status and/or faculty misconduct. The appeal procedure shall be available to both student and faculty members of Taubman College for review of grievances of academic matters, including, but not limited to:

  • All aspects of the degree process involving grading, evaluation, or status
  • Unjustified denial of student access to data or misappropriation of student data
  • Professional misconduct toward students
  • Unfair, discriminatory, or intimidating treatment of students, including sexual intimidation and discrimination due to disability
  • Discipline or other action taken as a result of allegations or findings of student academic misconduct involving plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, falsification of records or official documents, intentional misuse of equipment or materials, and aiding and abetting the perpetration of such acts

Procedure For Appeals

STEP 1
The first step is discussion of the grievance by the student and the faculty member. It is anticipated that most disputes can be resolved without recourse to other steps.

STEP 2
If not satisfied with the outcome of this discussion, either party may request time to discuss the problem with the appropriate program chair who will informally attempt to mediate and resolve the dispute.

STEP 3
If Step 2 fails to satisfy either party, he or she may request time to discuss the problem with the dean of the college, who will informally attempt to mediate and resolve the dispute.