Policy at the University

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The University of Sydney (Policies Development and Review) Rule 2011 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. These were previously known as Faculty Policy.

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

Currently applicable policy documents can all be accessed through the Policy Register.

You can locate recently adopted or amended policy documents by searching the Policy Register. Make sure you read through the search tips page.

Read more about the process for creating or amending policies.

We can also provide training or presentations on the Policies Development and Review Rule, as well as policy drafting and using the new templates. Contact the University Policy Manager.