The University of Michigan–Flint Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee is an oversight committee for the University of Michigan–Flint Department of Public Safety, created under the authority of Act 120 of the Public Acts of 1990 of the State of Michigan. The primary function of the Committee is to consider grievances by persons against police officers or the Department of Public Safety arising out of acts or omissions of such officers of the Department. The Committee may prepare and make recommendations concerning such grievances, including recommendations for disciplinary measures against a police officer who was found responsible for misconduct in office. Such reports shall be submitted to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Business and Finance.
Members of the Committee shall be elected.
Faculty: A nominating committee of five faculty members will be appointed to develop a slate of four candidates for the two faculty positions. Two members will be appointed by the executive committee of the College of Arts and Science and one each by the executive committees of the School of Management, the School of Health Professions and Studies, and the School of Education and Human Services. Faculty members will vote for two representatives from a slate of four. The two faculty members with the highest votes will then be appointed to the Committee. Vacancies during a term will be filled from the nominating slate in the order of votes. Voting will be conducted by email or other electronic means.
- Alternate Faculty Nomination and Election Process: Nomination and election of faculty members will be handled through the UM-Flint Governing Faculty Standing Committee election process.
Staff: Staff members will be nominated at large by self-nomination or nomination by another staff member. A slate of up to six nominees will be distributed to staff. Staff will vote for one representative and the two nominees with the highest vote totals will then be appointed to the Committee. Vacancies during a term will be filled from the respective ballot in order of the number of votes received. Voting will be conducted by email or other electronic means.
Students: The election of the two student appointments will be conducted concurrently with the winter term Student elections. The election process will elect three students. The two students with the highest number of votes will be appointed to the Committee and the third will be an alternate.
The Committee shall meet as called by its chair but no less than semi-annually. Business may not be conducted unless a quorum of the members is present. A quorum shall be one more than half of the current membership.
All grievances and reports made to the Committee pursuant to these procedures shall be treated confidentially by the Committee. Information about a grievance will not be released by committee members, except as specified in these procedures. The Committee as a whole may release written statements to advise the public of the procedural status of an ongoing investigation.
Grievances about a police officer or the Department of Public Safety may be submitted to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Business and Finance or directly to the Department of Public Safety. Grievances shall be promptly reported to the Committee.
B. Consideration of Grievances
- The Committee may refer a grievance to the Director of Public Safety, who shall conduct an investigation and review, in accord with University policies and procedures. The Committee may supplement the referral with any specific suggestions, recommendations, concerns it has with regard to the issues to be investigated.
- At any time, the Committee may request, and the Director shall provide, an interim report on the progress of an investigation of a grievance submitted to her or him. The report may be oral and/or in writing.
- Upon completion of the investigation and review, the Director shall report to the Committee. The report shall include a summary of the steps followed, the findings and conclusions, any actions taken, and an explanation for any unreasonable delays. The report may be oral and/or in writing. The Committee may accept the report as final, or it may ask the Director to investigate further and submit another report, or it may conduct a further investigation on its own.
2. Considerations by the Committee – The Committee may conduct its own hearings of any grievance submitted to it:
- In conducting such a hearing the Committee may:
- Question any commanding officer believed to have information relevant to the hearing, and such commanding office will be required to meet with the Committee in a timely fashion and report on his or her conduct and the basis for any action taken or decision reached; and
- Question any officer believed to have information relevant to the hearing, and such officer will be required to meet with the Committee in a timely fashion, on terms that are consistent with the University’s agreement with the Police Officers Association of Michigan.
- If the Director of the Department of Public Safety objects to the hearing, the Director may register the objection to the Committee. If, after receiving the Committee’s response, the Director continues to object, the Director may appeal may appeal to the Chancellor. If the Chancellor supports the appeal, the matter shall be referred to the President for a decision. If the Committee does not agree with the President’s decision, it may seek review by the Board of Regents.
C. Committee Action – After the completion of the investigation of a grievance, the Committee may:
- Determine that no further action is warranted, and notify all affected persons of that decision.
- Report its findings and recommendations – including any recommendations for disciplinary measures against an officer of the Department of Public Safety – to the Chancellor. No portion of any such report that contains confidential information provided to the Committee shall be made public. The Chancellor shall review the report and advise the Committee of the disposition of the matter.
D. Approval of Procedures
These procedures must be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel and approved by the Chancellor, the President, or the Board of Regents. If the Committee proposes procedures, the Chancellor may approve them; however, only the President may reject them. If the Committee does not agree with the President’s decision to reject its proposed procedures, it may seek approval from the Board of Regents.
I.Staff Nomination and Election Procedures
Step 1 – Communication sent to all staff regarding the purpose of the committee and that nominations are being accepted up to a specified deadline. Self nominated individuals are asked to submit a brief statement of the reason why they wish to serve on the committee.
Step 2 – When specified date arrives, all nominations are reviewed to assure their eligibility to serve on the committee. If there are more than six nominees, the Director of Human Resources will determine which nominees will be omitted from the ballot.
Step 3 – Send email to each of the nominees, notifying them of their nomination and requesting, by a specified date, a one paragraph candidate summary, their appointing department, and their job title.
Step 4 – Upon receipt of all candidate summaries, consolidate them into a word document for distribution.
Step 5 – Send an election email to all staff asking them to vote for one of the nominees listed on the email ballot and submit their choices by a specified date.
Step 6 – At the close of the voting period tabulate the votes and notify all candidates of the two representatives selected.
Step 7 – Send email notification to all staff regarding the election results.
II.Faculty Nominations and Election Procedures
Step 1 – Process should be reviewed with the Provost and Deans prior to the Deans communication with their respective executive committee.
Step 2 – Provide executive committees with background information regarding the DPS Oversight Committee and the election process asking them to respond with their recommendation for a nominating committee member by a specified date.
Step 3 – Meet with the faculty nominating committee to review their role and ask for their four nominations by a specified date.
Step 4 – Contact the four nominees and ask them to submit one paragraph candidate summary, their appointing department and their rank.
Step 5 – Send target email to all faculty asking them to vote for two of the four nominees by a specified date.
Step 6 – Tabulate votes and notify the four nominees of the election results.
Step 7 – Notify all faculty of the two selected nominees.
III.Student Nomination and Election Process
Step 1 – Work with SSEM to explore the best means to incorporate these new elected positions into the election process for student government.
Step 2 – Until the new elections can be incorporated into the student government process it may be necessary to consult with student government regarding interim representation.