The Ford School academic community, like all communities, functions best when its members treat one another with honesty, fairness, respect, and trust. We hold all members of our community to high standards of scholarship and integrity. To accomplish its mission of providing an optimal educational environment and developing leaders of society, the Ford School promotes the assumption of personal responsibility and integrity and prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty, plagiarism and misconduct. Academic dishonesty may be understood as any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for oneself or an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other member or members of the academic community. Plagiarism involves representing the words, ideas, or work of others as one’s own in writing or presentations, and failing to give full and proper credit to the original source. Conduct, without regard to motive, that violates the academic integrity and ethical standards will result in serious consequences and disciplinary action.
The Ford School's policy of academic integrity can be found in the MPP/MPA, BA, and PhD Program handbooks. In addition, information regarding academic dishonesty, plagiarism and misconduct and their consequences is available at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/current-students/policies/academic-policies...
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If you believe you need an accommodation for a disability, the University's Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) can be a valuable resource with which to start. In addition, if you believe you need an accommodation for a disability in any of your courses, please let the course instructor know at your earliest convenience. You need to allow sufficient time for your faculty member to respond, minimally 7 days, preferably more, in advance of when the accommodation is needed. Some aspects of courses may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make your instructor aware of your needs, they can work with Student & Academic Services and/or the SSD office to help determine appropriate academic accommodations. Any information you provide will be treated as private and confidential.
Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
The University of Michigan is committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of its students. We acknowledge that a variety of issues, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, and depression, directly impacts students’ academic performance. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and/or in need of support, services are available. For help, contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and/or University Health Service (UHS). For a listing of other mental health resources available on and off campus, visit: http://umich.edu/~mhealth/.
Members of the Ford School community represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We are committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all members to:
- share their unique experiences, values and beliefs
- be open to the views of others
- honor the uniqueness of their colleagues
- appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community
- value one another’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner
- keep confidential discussions that the community has of a personal (or professional) nature
- use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in Ford classes and across the UM community
Communicating with your Instructor
In addition to interactions in the classroom, Ford School Instructors are also available to meet with students during office hours. If you cannot meet your instructor during that time, you should email them with your questions or to request another time to meet. But please understand that instructors have other obligations, including scholarship and administrative duties, and so they may not be able to respond to your email as promptly as you would like.
Attendance and Assignments
Attendance: Because Ford School classes depend heavily upon participation, we expect students to make every effort to attend all class sessions. Advance notification of an unavoidable absence is recommended; repeated absences will typically negatively affect your grade.
Assignments: Extensions, if the instructor chooses to grant them, require prior arrangement. Late assignments, if they are accepted, will typically lose points for each day, or fraction thereof, that they are late.
Use of Technology
Students should follow instructions from their instructor as to acceptable use of technology in the classroom. Some instructors may have an outright ban on devices while others may allow them to be used. If technology is allowed it should not negatively affect the learning environment in the classroom, examples include sound interruptions, photography and recording. The posting of classroom materials (including slides, assignments, readings and handouts) or photographs of classmates or your instructor to third-party sites (e.g. social media) requires informed consent.
Likewise, recording (audio or video) your classes or office hour sessions is only allowed with the express written permission of your instructor. However, instructors are encouraged to grant such permission when there are circumstances where such taping is necessary as a reasonable accommodation of properly documented student disability. When permission for recording is granted, instructors are responsible for informing students in the class who may appear (or be heard) in any recording. Distribution of any of these recordings outside of your class or posting to 3rd person websites, even if your instructor allows you to record them for your personal use, will be considered academic misconduct.