Policy Hierarchy

University Policy, Procedure, or Standard – has application throughout the University, informs the reader of rights and responsibilities, or regulates the actions of units as they interact with other units on campus. A University Policy is characterized by a governing principle that mandates or constrains action, institution-wide application, infrequent changes, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and institutional risk reduction.

Unit Policy, Procedure, or Standard – has application only within the unit (i.e., applies only to employees, staff, and students working or studying at specific departments, divisions, schools, offices, etc.).  A Unit Policy can further limit or specify, but cannot conflict with a University Policy.