Led by Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), the Policy Management Initiative (PMI), jump
started a policy administration project that started under Project 50 Forward. Building
off of ideas and recommendations identified under the original policy administration
project, the PMI focused on transforming how the University develops, maintains, and
communicates University-wide policies. This transformation includes: updating the
University Policy on Policies, organizing policies by category, implementing a new
policy template, transferring all policies into the policy management system used
by the University Hospital, and presenting all policies on a new user-friendly policy
website (interchangeably referred to as the policy manual).
The PMI brings clarity, uniformity and sophistication to the University’s policy development
efforts. It effectively sets a new baseline for the University to build off and foster.
This fresh start is an opportunity to renew our commitment to crafting and supporting
institutional policies that set clear expectations and supports our mission and values.
Moreover, the PMI provides operational alignment with the University Hospital and
significantly improves our ability to manage and track policies.
Policies that were in the former web-based policy manual have been transferred to
the new system and are available on the new policy website. Moving forward, University-wide
policies will be added and removed in accordance with the Policy on Policies.
Each policy was transferred manually, one by one, from a web-based format into the
policy template. While the look and feel of policies has changed a bit to conform
to the new template, the substance of each policy is untouched. Only non-substantive
items were reviewed and updated. For instance, office names and locations were updated
and hyperlinks replaced as needed. The formatting of policies was also reviewed. Simple
and complex policy structures have been standardized.
A policy template provides consistency and clarity for policy drafters and policy
readers. The template also supports key elements of the Policy on Policies, which
includes identifying the policy’s Issuing Authority, area(s) with responsibility for
maintaining the policy, and when the policy will be up for review.
An Issuing Authority is part of the University leadership team and is the owner of
a University-wide policy. The Issuing Authority must assign responsibility for implementing
and supporting each of its policies.
Policies are categorized based on the end user’s perspective and operational functions.
No, a policy may only belong to one category.
The former policy manual did not have a clear system in place for numbering policies.
Such a system can be particularly useful and is an idea that will be revisited down
the line. For now, each policy should have a clean and simple title.
Each policy has a review cycle and will be reviewed at least every three years.
The policy's publication date reflects the day it was published in the policy management
ERM has been directed by the President to oversee the University’s policy development
process, coordinate with University leadership to ensure compliance with the Policy
on Policies, manage all aspects of the manual (which is officially housed in a secure
policy management software system) and the policy website.
No, only University-wide policies are in the new policy manual. If you are looking for Department level policies, please contact the Department for
Areas should avoid independently republishing policy text on their websites. This
practice will avoid sharing erroneous information. If this approach is not feasible,
policy text should be in quotations, date stamped, and a direct link to the official
policy should be provided.
You may refer to the contact section found within each policy or contact ERM directly.
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