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.
The University's Policy Office coordinates the editing, review, issuance, and archiving of all official university policies. Standardized policies that have been through the official development process, and "legacy" policies that, in time, will be standardized. (Learn what is a "university policy").