Policy framework

The Policies Development and Review Rule establishes the University's policy framework. The policy framework applies below the level of legislation (i.e. the University’s Act, By-Law and Rules) and consists of a hierarchy of four main types of documents.

A policy is a mandatory statement of the principles guiding the University's operations and decision making. A policy is established by a resolution or other decision of the Senate, or by a senior officer under delegated authority of the Senate. Policies are binding and apply University-wide. They support the University’s course of action for the foreseeable future and should therefore change relatively infrequently.

Procedures are mandatory statements of the University's standard and required practice. They provide for the way in which the principles set out in policies will be implemented. Procedures must not be inconsistent with policies. They are usually established by a senior officer of the University under delegated authority, but as they provide more specific detail they change more frequently than policies. Most policies will only have one set of procedures associated with them, but some may require more. Procedures are binding and apply University-wide.

Local provisions are binding statements of principles applicable only within a particular faculty, academic college or administrative unit. They must not be inconsistent with any University-wide policy or procedures.

Guidelines are advisory and explanatory statements offering any or all of detail, context or recommendations for good practice.

Warning! This terminology is new and is not yet in consistent use across the University. The names of existing policy documents may not accurately reflect it. If you have concerns about the extent to which a particular document is binding, which are not resolved by reading the document itself, please contact the Policy Manager.