A university policy is a document that (1) states the university's position on a particular issue, and (2) includes procedures for compliance. A university policy is defined by all of the following criteria:
Two standing committees must review and advise on new or revised policies that affect the entire Cornell community. The Executive Policy Review Group (EPRG), which comprises vice presidents and academic deans, meets quarterly and applies an institutional perspective to reviewing proposed or significantly revised policies.
Various units and officers of the university partner with the University Policy Office (UPO) to develop policies that affect the entire Cornell community. The following are the primary participants in the policy development process:
Taking account of audit and regulatory requirements, as well as risk management concerns, Cornell's Vice President for Finance recognized that a process to issue standardized policy documents would be useful to university administrators. At the time, policies existed in many forms, such as memorandums, manuals, and unwritten practices.
In early 1989, a "Policy and Procedures Steering Group" was formed, made up of seven administrators from such key areas as finance, audit, and college administrative units.