Policy & Standards

The University Policy and Standards Manual (UPSM) provides the university's governing framework. The University Policies and University Standards found within the UPSM express the goals, values, and culture of the university. Collectively, they provide the authority and guidance to university units, employees, students, agents, contractors, licensees, and volunteers that is required to achieve the university’s mission, and outline the relevant responsibilities to the university community.

The University Policy and Standards Program in the Office of Faculty Affairs develops, maintains, and archives university policies and standards, which are published in the searchable University Policy & Standards Manual. You can search alphabetically or by number, or use the search boxes for key words.

Questions about Individual Policies

Each policy has a contacts section identifying specific points of contact. More broadly, policies have "owners" by way of Responsible Executives and Responsible Offices, allowing you to direct questions to the units and individuals responsible for specific policies. If unclear, feel free to contact the University Policy and Standards Office at [email protected].

Request Policy Development Assistance

If you would like to propose a new policy or the repeal or revision of an existing policy, please contact the University Policy and Standards Office at [email protected]. For additional information and guidance, please review the tools in the Resources section of this website.

What's New

public comment

Draft University Standards are listed here for three weeks before submission to the president for signature and adoption. There are no drafts available for review currently.

 

Recent Updates

Date Number Action Notes
2/9/24 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression Revised Updates and renumbers University Standard 576-005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules. This was a legacy policy inherited from the Oregon University System with substantive edits last made in 2017.
10/31/23 03-400 Scholarship Administration New Acknowledges the authority of “awarding units” to design and implement their own individual method of administering scholarships, so long as those methods comply with government regulations, gift agreements, and best practices. Contains an escalation path for resolving questions or concerns by employees about scholarship administration.
10/31/23 01-020 International Travel Revised Several revisions to the policy's responsibilities and procedures have been made to help ensure that risks associated with university-related international travel are identified, acknowledged, and managed appropriately.
10/31/23 01-200 Academic Freedom Revised Updated to describe in more depth the areas in which faculty have academic freedom and enumerate related faculty responsibilities. 
10/31/23 05-010 Comprehensive Background Checks Interim to Final Implemented on an interim basis in December 2022 and adopted as a University Policy in October 2023.
10/31/23 07-040 Protection of Minors Revised Some procedural information has migrated to the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance website; other procedures have been updated to reflect current practice and guidelines. Language addressing background checks has been brought into alignment with University Standard 05‐010 Comprehensive Background Checks.
9/24/23 07-315 Firearms Revised

Incorporates changes allowed under SB 554 (2021). Updated exceptions to the 2014 policy to align with current practice and existing state law.

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