University Policy

University Policy is defined by all of the following criteria:

  • It has broad application throughout the University.
  • It helps ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promotes operational efficiencies, enhances the University’s mission, or reduces institutional risks.
  • It mandates actions or constraints, contains specific procedures for compliance, and articulates desired outcomes.
  • The policies and procedures of schools, colleges, and other operating units are not applicable University-wide. Therefore, they do not constitute University Policies governed by the policy development process outlined in this site. Such policies and procedures should be clearly written, approved and communicated through appropriate channels, and consistent with (though they may be more restrictive than) University Policies.

Administrative University Policy

  • Includes management, employment, research, or other administrative-related policies that have broad application throughout the University (i.e., affect faculty, staff, and/or students when applicable) and that are not specifically Faculty or Student University Policies.
  • Examples: policies relating to governance and administration (e.g., codes of conduct), personnel/employment matters (e.g., general staff employment policies, affirmative action, generally applicable benefits policies, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policies, employment of foreign nationals), environmental health and safety (e.g., relating to lab/research work, facilities-related activities, accident reporting), sponsored research, research compliance, accounting, gifts, procurement, computing, information security, conflict of interest, patent, and copyright.

Faculty University Policy

  • Includes faculty-related policies that would not be considered general employment policies (e.g., generally applicable benefits policies).
  • Examples: policies relating to appointment, promotion, tenure, termination, sabbatical leave, faculty disability leave, academic ranks and titles, program discontinuation, and external compensated activity.

Student University Policy

  • Includes student-related academic and student affairs policies.
  • Examples: policies relating to FERPA, guests in University housing, University-wide code of student responsibility, hazing, international students, adding/dropping courses, and restrictions on credits earned externally while student is not in good standing.