The Policy Office assists units in the development of new university policies and the revision of existing university policies.
While the Policy Office is responsible for maintaining a policy document's integrity and guiding policy development, responsibility for its content resides with the policy's responsible office.
A University policy is a document that states the University’s position on a particular issue, and includes procedures for compliance.
A policy is defined by the following criteria:
- Mandates requirements of or provisions for members of the University of North Dakota community, and provides procedures for implementation;
- Has broad application throughout the University;
- Enhances the University’s mission, reduces institutional risk and/or promotes operational efficiency;
- Helps achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
- Has been reviewed by a vice president and/or President’s Cabinet; and
- Has been approved by the president.
If a policy fits these criteria, it is a University policy. If it does not, it is a departmental, office, or division policy.
While the Policy Office is responsible for maintaining a policy document's integrity and guiding policy development, responsibility for its content resides with the policy's responsible office. Policies currently housed in the online index come from a number of areas.
Absolutely. Feedback about policies may be sent to the responsible office. Typographical or other simple errors that you submit may be changed immediately. Suggested changes of a more substantive nature will be discussed with the responsible office, the respective vice president, Policy Advisory Group, President's Cabinet and the president as necessary. These types of revisions will occur if/when appropriate.
Each policy has a contacts section identifying specific points of contact for key policy topics. More broadly, policies are categorized by area and owner allowing you to direct questions to departments or individuals responsible for specific policies. When unclear, feel free to contact the Policy Office for additional guidance.
Contact the Policy Office to determine if your policy falls under the Division of Finance and Operations or another division on campus. The Policy Office will notify you on how to proceed. For additional information and guidance, please review the policy development tools.