SharePoint Online is a web-based platform that allows Michigan Medicine teams to share and manage content, knowledge, and applications. This multipurpose tool is highly configurable and usage varies substantially across teams and departments.

Choosing a Site Type

HITS offers two different types of SharePoint Online sites:

  1. Team Sites support collaboration among multiple individuals. Most group members act as content contributors and a smaller number may have  "read-only" permissions.

  2. Communication Sites support the retrieval of information posted by select individuals. Most group members have "read-only" permissions and a smaller number can create and edit content. 

Submit a SharePoint Online Site Request with your objectives, site type, and names of the business owner and site administrators. You will also review and agree to the HITS SharePoint governance terms and conditions. New sites are provisioned using a basic template which site administrators may customize using SharePoint’s extensive functionality. 

Site Standards

  • Access: All users must have Michigan Medicine (Level-2) credentials. Those with only UMICH (Level-1) credentials cannot access Michigan Medicine SharePoint sites.

  • Sensitive Data Storage: Michigan Medicine SharePoint may be used to host PHI or other sensitive data. Learn more.

  • Business/Site Owner: Each site requires a management-level individual to serve as the designated site owner. This individual agrees to take full responsibility for the proper use of the site and its content.

  • Site Administrators: Each site requires a primary and secondary site administrator to serve as SharePoint "super users" for their department.

  • Branding: New sites are provisioned with Michigan Medicine styling. Site administrators are encouraged to maintain these branding standards.


To look for open SharePoint Online training sessions, visit Cornerstone Learning and search for "SharePoint," or "M365."

Community of Practice

HITS facilitates an M365 Community of Practice for users and aficionados of Microsoft 365 products (including SharePoint Online) to discuss best practices, share news, access resources, and explore other topics related to the tool.