1. Duty to report

    March 26, 2019

    Dear Deans, Directors and Department Heads:

    The University of Michigan strives to uphold the highest ethical standards and expectations of honesty and integrity across our community of faculty, staff and students. An important component of these values is a commitment to reporting suspected criminal activity and the knowledge that retaliation for making a report is never acceptable.

    I write today to remind our community of our reporting policy and to reinforce that I share the goal that all members of our community should feel comfortable reporting suspected criminal activity.

    I encourage you to share the information in this message with faculty, students and staff under your direction. I also ask that you incorporate this information into orientation materials for new faculty, students and staff, if it is not already included.

    As a dean, director or department head, it is important that you deal promptly and appropriately with reports of suspected wrongdoing. Everyone in your unit should know that you will handle issues properly, resolving them or reporting them to higher authorities as appropriate. I urge you to maintain open communication and assure them that reporting suspected wrongdoing will never result in reprisal.

    Individuals should act immediately if they suspect abuse or other crimes, or where they find themselves either a victim or a witness to questionable activity.

    Our current system for reporting is described below:

    Emergency Assistance

    All campuses and Michigan Medicine:

    • If immediate emergency assistance is needed or a crime is in progress, dial 9-1-1 for emergency response.
    • At the Ann Arbor medical campus, dial 9-9-9 for cardiac arrests, medical emergencies or patient-related incidents.

    Non-Emergency Assistance

    Ann Arbor campus, including the medical campus:

    • For non-emergency situations, call the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security at 734/763-1131. Public safety professionals can help assess the situation and determine what other notification or action is necessary.

    Dearborn campus:

    Flint campus:

    • Call the UM-Flint Department of Public Safety at 810/762-3333.

    All campuses and Michigan Medicine:

    • Information on potential criminal activity also may be reported anonymously by calling the University’s Anonymous Tip Line at 800/863-1355.
    • Many of you also are considered Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act or Responsible Employees under Title IX and therefore have additional reporting obligations for certain crimes. For more information on the Clery Act, contact your campus public safety unit. For information on Title IX reporting, contact your campus Title IX coordinator in Human Resources.
    • University community members who believe they have witnessed any type of wrongdoing – including but not limited to financial, regulatory, NCAA or patient safety — in the course of their daily activities at the university also can report the situation confidentially or anonymously through the university’s new Ethics, Integrity & Compliance website.

    Thank you for your continuous support and leadership commitment to proper reporting. As campus leaders, we must uphold university expectations around these important issues to live up to our institutional values and to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.


    Mark S. Schlissel