A broad range of policies guide and govern the activities of the members of the University community. Policies connect the University mission to the everyday actions of the University community and clarify the University’s expectations for its individual members. University policies mitigate institutional risk, enhance efficiencies and support the University’s compliance with laws and regulations. Policies of the University are intended to support a safe, respectful and ethical learning, living and work environment in compliance with the University’s mission and values and applicable Federal, state and local laws.
Governance policies include the University's governing documents (articles of incorporation and bylaws), as well as policies relating to the delegation of governing or operational authority by the Board of Trustees or the President.
Academic and student policies include three areas of University policy. First, policies that relate directly to the educational programs of the University. Second, policies that relate to financial assistance that is provided to students so as to facilitate participation in the educational programs. And third, policies relating to student affairs, that is, the various activities that make up the community life of students at the University.
Administration and operations policies relate to a wide range of activities of the University, ranging from civil rights matters, to data retention and security, to consumer information disclosures, intellectual property, and law enforcement.
The financial policies of the University relate primarily to the operation of the Business Office, including methods of payment, refund policies, and financial auditing.
The human resources policies of the University include policies that typically apply to all employees, including employment benefits, as well as policies that apply exclusively to a certain, defined groups of employees, such as faculty.
Information technology policies relate to the use of the University's information technology systems.
The Office of General Counsel coordinates the editing, review, issuance and archiving of University policy. This Policy Website is intended to ensure that the University community has ready access to well-articulated and understandable University policies. New content will be added and updated as approved. While this webpage is intended to include all significant University policies, the formal adoption of policy is a new and developing process. There may be applicable University policies that are not listed or linked through this webpage. Individuals should inquire with appropriate University offices and departments about specific policies that may apply to specific activities. The absence of an applicable policy from this webpage does not excuse a member of the University community from compliance with University policy. Individual colleges and departments may have standards and guidelines, all of which must be consistent with University-wide policies.