The Office of Academic Affairs is the caretaker of university-wide affiliation agreements. Affiliation agreements are those contracts between Central Michigan University and external entities which involve academic experiences for CMU students at off-campus locations, including those outside the United States. Examples include:
- field placements
- field experiences
- off-campus practica
- clinical placements
- student teaching assignments
In general, if a CMU student will fulfill any part of a degree or non-degree program at other public or private organizations, an affiliation agreement is required prior to the experience.
Within the office of Academic Affairs, the Coordinator of Affiliation Agreements is responsible for assisting program coordinators with the processing of these agreements and with ensuring proper Affiliation Agreement Procedures and Guidelines are followed.
It is imperative that all agreements adhere closely to university policy to ensure the safety of our students. Agreements are also essential to protect the university from liability while students fulfill their academic program requirements at non-CMU locations. The Coordinator of Affiliation Agreements confirms that each agreement meets all standards for the relevant program, provides alternate language when necessary, obtains approval from university counsel regarding any revisions, ensures adherence to CMU's Contract Review process, and finalizes the agreement for appropriate signatures.