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The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook


4.A General Principles

Faculty participation in governance promotes and encourages diversity of ideas, a sense of shared responsibility, collaboration, collegiality, and institutional excellence, and is essential to the well-being of the University. This chapter sets forth the principles for faculty governance at the University of Michigan and provides information about participation at both the unit and central levels. For further information on unit level faculty governance, check with the departmental or collegiate unit. For further details on central faculty governance, which includes the University Senate, Senate Assembly, and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), see the SACUA home page at


Faculty Handbook: Faculty Roles in Governance: