Messages to the Community

  1. Ensuring Ethical Standards: The Importance of Reporting

    June 12, 2024

    Dear Deans, Directors and Department Heads: At the University of Michigan, we are devoted to the highest ethical standards. As university citizens, each of us has an essential role in fostering, sustaining, and strengthening our ethos of honor and integrity.  An important component of these values is our commitment to reporting suspected criminal activity, and …

  2. Ending the encampment

    May 21, 2024

    Faculty, students and staff: The war in Gaza and reactions to it have proven challenging, not just for our university community, but for universities and other institutions both in our country and around the world. Times like these are exactly why freedom of expression is so important and must be honored at public institutions like …

  3. Congratulations!

    May 10, 2024

    Dear members of the University of Michigan family, campuses and community, Today we’re celebrating our final commencement ceremonies. We’ve had 53 across our three campuses, and I’d like to congratulate each of you on the successful conclusion to another academic year, and to thank you for all that you did to make our finish memorable, …

  4. May 2024 video message

    May 6, 2024

    Hello colleagues and friends across the U-M community. With another academic year behind us – and a summer full of sunshine ahead, it is an opportune moment to pause and reflect, to assess not only our achievements, but the state of our well-being. The well-being of our staff, students and faculty is and remains one …

  5. Vision 2034 and the Year of Democracy and Civic Engagement

    April 8, 2024

    Dear friends, colleagues, students, staff and members of our faculty,  For the past year, we have engaged in a strategic visioning process to determine what we will dare to achieve as a great public university. More than 25,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and local community members engaged in this highly collaborative process. Their input …

  6. Listening to your feedback on the draft disruptive activity policy

    April 2, 2024

    Dear students, faculty and staff: Last week we published a draft policy on disruptive activity with the goal of ensuring the university’s position is clear, easy to access, and supportive of our mission. We’ve received a robust response to our call for feedback. I’m encouraged by the passion and rigor with which our community has …

  7. Statement on disruptions to university events and operations

    March 26, 2024

    Dear students, faculty and staff, The disruption of the university’s 101st Honors Convocation by anti-Israel protesters on Sunday brought profound disappointment to students, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives and friends. The crowds of well-wishers, including many faculty and staff, had come to Hill Auditorium to celebrate undergraduate students who – through countless hours and …

  8. March 2024 video message

    March 19, 2024

    Hello colleagues and friends across the U-M community!  Spring is a season of new beginnings, and one of the new beginnings we’re most excited about here is in artificial intelligence and Generative AI.  Generative AI is a tool that not only searches and analyzes existing information, but can learn patterns, structures and features, and can …

  9. Updates for the University of Michigan Leadership Team

    March 8, 2024

    Dear colleagues and friends, students, staff and faculty. To serve at the University of Michigan is to celebrate change and honor tradition. Today, we are observing both with our leadership team. First, I am honored to offer my most heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Cunningham on formally accepting an offer to become the 18th president …

  10. February 2024 video message

    February 21, 2024

    Hello colleagues and friends across the U-M community! These wintry days are a time to reflect on where we’ve been, who we are, and what we aspire to be. That’s what makes the Inclusive History Project so important to me. The IHP is charged with telling a more complex and more inclusive history of our …