The University of South Dakota's policies provide university faculty, staff, and students guidance to:
University Policies will be:
A policy is a statement of the university's philosophy and direction on a particular issue, established to provide guidance and assistance to the University community in the conduct of University affairs. A University policy will include the following criteria:
A procedure is a series of interrelated steps that are taken to help implement the policy. Procedures are defined using the following guidelines:
A guideline is any document that aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine.
Colleges, Schools, departments, and other University units may have additional policies that are specific to them and do not meet the University policy criteria. Each area is responsible for maintenance and communication of their policies. Unit policies must not conflict with University policies; however, they may be more restrictive. Questions regarding a specific unit's policies should be referred to them directly.
Rather than restating and maintaining policies in multiple locations, portal sites and other documents should provide links or references to policies on the University policy site in order to avoid redundant, inconsistent, or outdated policy statements. Statements of University policy published elsewhere are not official as they may not reflect recent changes.
The Policy Administrator assists Division units in the development of new University policies and the revision of existing policies. While the Policy Administrator is responsible for maintaining the policy document's integrity and guiding the development, responsibility for its content resides with the policy's Originating Office. All policies must align with governance by the Board of Regents, the State of South Dakota, and Federal Law.
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