Definition of Policies
Policies are guiding or governing principles formally approved to provide assistance in the conduct of college affairs. College policies often prescribe standards, requirements, restrictions, rights, or responsibilities and support the mission, values, and operation of the college. Unless expressly stated to the contrary, they are binding on college employees, students, and persons visiting or using the facilities or resources of the College.
Three Levels of Authority
1. Institutional Policies
The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for setting overall institutional policy for the College, which is to be carried out by the administration. Accordingly, all Institutional Policies must be approved by the Board. These specifically include policies that bear on 1) faculty appointment, promotion, tenure, and dismissal, 2) personnel or anti-discrimination policies for other categories of employees, or 3) protection of academic freedom. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for approving and revising the college’s Bylaws, which govern the affairs of the college.
2. Academic and Administrative Policies
Under the level of Institutional authority are specific Administrative and Academic policies that determine the day to day operations of staff, faculty, and students. Academic policies must be approved by the President and full-time faculty members of the College, and Administrative policies must be approved by the President.
3. Division and Department Procedures
Procedures (sometimes called “department policies”) may be established at the division and department levels. These policies and procedures are approved by vice presidents and must be in accord with the College’s Institutional, Academic, and Administrative policies.