Student Legal Services

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Mid-Winter Break

Many of you are preparing to depart for a break next week.  As you prepare to travel please consider some helpful "Spring Break" tips below, based on the kinds of issues we have seen in the past.

Don't forget to check out some special group support workshops offered through CAPS.  See the information below for more details.

Remember, if you need to make an appointment request, our website is available around the clock. For all appointment requests please use our Request an Appointment link.  Please note that we will respond within 24-48 business hours as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience.

NOTE: You must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan - Dearborn, or the University of Michigan - Flint, in order to qualify for and receive our services.


Student Legal Services is a division of Student Life and is a full-service law office. Our services are available to currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan.


Confidentiality

All communications with our attorneys are confidential. We will not discuss your case with your parents, friends, spouses, or the University of Michigan, without your written consent.


Spring Break Tips and Considerations

Don't bring the bugs home with you.  Anyone who travels should consider the growing prevalence of Bedbugs.  National pest control business, Orkin publishes their own ranking of the worst bedbug cities every year.  Included in the article are some great preventive recommendations. https://www.orkin.com/press-room/2024-worst-cities-for-bed-bugs

While it may seem like Spring has arrived, the weather in Michigan is fickle.  Remember to leave the thermostat in operation and consider letting your landlord know if everyone will be out of town, in case an emergency comes up.

Winter 2024 Group Support (Therapy Groups; Support Groups; Drop-in Groups) from CAPS

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering a variety of clinical workshops, lunch series and therapy/support groups for UM students in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

https://caps.umich.edu/content/groups-lunch-series-workshops

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Housing Resources for Students with Disabilities

Searching for off-campus housing can feel challenging, and if you are a student with a disability who may need  housing accommodations, the process can seem even more daunting. If you have questions or would like  assistance with the process, please contact Student Legal Services, Beyond the Diag, Services for Students with Disabilities or Michigan Housing

You can also visit the dedicated off-campus housing search website, and use the personalized search tools to find options that match your needs.

STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES, BEYOND THE DIAG, SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND MICHIGAN HOUSING are working together to support students with housing accessibility needs.  If you have any questions or concerns, or need assistance with accommodations for off campus housing please contact either:

Gayle Rosen, University of Michigan Student Legal Services Housing Attorney.  gaylrose@umich.edu or 734.763.9920

Mark Simmonds, University of Michigan Beyond the Diag, Program Manager. masimmo@umich.edu or 734.764.7420

If you have any questions or concerns, or need assistance with accommodations for campus housing please contact either:

Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services at the University of Michigan, Director.  okanlami@umich.edu or 734.763.3000

Rick Gibson, Michigan Housing, Director.  gibsonrl@umich.edu or 734.764.7401

Ashley Albright, Housing Information Office, Housing Accommodations Coordinator.  housing@umich.edu or 734.763.3164


Leasing Scams!

There has been an uptick in leasing scams. Please be careful before signing a lease, a sublease, or sending any rent, deposits, or other fees in relation to a lease. If you are unsure about the validity of a proposed lease, please contact us before signing the lease or sending any funds.

FAKE JOB AND INTERNSHIPS WARNING!

The University of Michigan, as well as schools around the country are seeing an increase in fake job and internships targeted at students.  Scammers, posing as faculty and staff, are contacting students with impesonated email credentials and making offers for jobs and internships that do not exist.  If you receive any email offer claiming to come from UM faculty, staff or administration, do not repsond or provide any personal information.  Instead, report it to the UM Internet Technology Services (ITS) at https://its.umich.edu/help

https://safecomputing.umich.edu/security-alerts/beware-phishing-emails-targeting-students

FRAUD ALERT!

The increased popularity in using payment apps (such as Zelle and Venmo) has brought an increase of scams targeting those same apps. For example, if a potential landlord requests payment using one of these apps, please contact us to review the validity of the request before sending any payment.

In general, we advise following recommended cautionary procedure (pause, get more information, verification) if you receive any texts or calls warning of fraudulent activity on your application, especially when asking for you to respond with personal information. It is probably a scam! When in doubt, contact your bank or provider directly before proceeding.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/06/business/payments-fraud-zelle-banks.html

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Contact Us

Call us during our office hours for more information.  No legal advice will be given over the telephone or via e-mail.

Mailing Address:

University of Michigan -
Student Legal Services
Division of Student Life
715 N. University Ave., Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1605

General Information Only (we do not give legal advice over the Phone or via Email.  Please do not send documents via FAX or Email.  To make an appointment use the Request an Appointment link above):

Telephone:  734.763.9920

Fax: 734.936.0844

Email: studentlegalservicesinfo@umich.edu

Office Hours: 

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

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