Cornell policies are owned by a "responsible office" under the authority of a "responsible executive," who is either a university vice president, dean, or other official. In the development process, policies receive rigorous review by two standing committees: the Executive Policy Review (EPRG), which meets quarterly, and the Policy Advisory Group (PAG), which meets monthly.
The EPRG, a group of vice presidents and deans and other officials, approves proposals for new policies and major revisions to existing ones. Once the proposed new or revised policy is approved to move forward, the next step for the office responsible for the policy is to draft the full document, consulting with identified stakeholders and assisted by an editorial committee. The fully drafted policy is reviewed, or "reality-tested," by the PAG, comprised mainly of senior university administrators. Once the review is complete and any necessary revisions are made, policies return to the EPRG for final approval before promulgation to the university community.
For a graphical representation of this process, see our Policy Development Process Chart.
At all stages of this process, the University Policy Office (UPO) provides support to the responsible office by furnishing a Policy Tool Kit. The Tool Kit includes documents and other information used in developing policy proposals, policy drafts, and even letters to relevant stakeholders.