University Policy Principles

The following principles outline the purpose and standards of University Policies.

Broad Applicability

University Policies have broad application throughout the university. They do not impact one singular unit but rather require consistent compliance by individuals throughout the university, often including staff, faculty, and students.

Clear and Concise

A University Policy is written in a way such that it is clear and understood by members of the community so that they may make informed, timely decisions.

Enhance Operational Efficiencies and Continuity

University Policies help the institution operate efficiently and consistently. They allow staff to initiate actions and take responsibility by empowering members of the community to make decisions quickly while achieving rational outcomes. University Policies also provide a basis for institutional continuity over time and through personnel changes.

Establish Accountability

University Policies establish behavioral expectations for members of the community to which they are held accountable to. University Policies provide a source of reference for individuals to be able to review and check to see if they are meeting those expectations.

Reduce Risk

University Policies help achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations. A relevant, properly implemented and executed University Policy can reduce the risk of harm to the individual or university.


If you are interested in developing a University Policy please contact the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy at [email protected] for additional information on the development and publication process. Please note that a University Policy must fall within the jurisdiction of a university office.