Taubman College

Academic Policies / General Policies

Policy Statement for Students with Impairments

The college desires to meet the educational needs of all persons, including those with physical or perceptual limitations, who are interested in the study of architecture, urban planning and/or urban design. The college will advise any applicant and develop, for both the prospective student and the program, a realistic assessment of all issues and circumstances that might be encountered in undertaking the program and fulfilling the degree requirements.

Campus Safety

Each year, the University of Michigan prepares an "Annual Security Report" and publishes it in the Campus Safety Handbook. The report, which is issued each October 1, contains detailed information on campus safety and security policies, procedures, and programs, including information on: emergency services, security telephone numbers, sexual assault policy, stalking laws, handling obscene phone calls, sexual harassment policy, dealing with workplace violence and threats, police agencies, health services, counseling services, safe transportation after dark, safety tips, and alcohol and drug policies and programs. The report also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus. If you would like to receive a complete copy, visit the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety website at http://www.umich.edu/~safety/ or call (734) 763-3434.

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 is knowingly presenting another person's ideas, findings, images or written work as one's own by copying or reproducing without acknowledgement of the source. It is intellectual theft that violates basic academic standards. In order to uphold an equal evaluation for all work submitted, cases of plagiarism will be reviewed by the individual faculty member and/or the Program Chair. Punitive measures will range from failure of an assignment to expulsion from the University.


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.


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.