A non-academic university policy:

  • States the University’s position on issues which have a university-wide application;
  • Embodies the University’s governing principles and helps to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Enhances the University’s mission or reduces institutional risk;
  • Changes infrequently;
  • Is formally approved by the Board of Governors;
  • Is a statement of “what” and/or “why”;
  • Addresses major operational issues.

A university procedure:

  • Articulates the method by which a policy is carried out;
  • Outlines a set of instructions, often in detail, that must be followed in order to achieve a specific purpose or outcome;
  • Identifies roles and responsibilities;
  • Is prone to change;
  • Is a statement of “how”, “when”, and/or sometimes “who”.