University Policy Impact Statement
How new policies get started
Any NAU employee may propose a new or revised University Policy. The process begins by drafting a University Policy Impact Statement. Next, the Policy Coordinator will confirm the adequacy of the information provided and will forward the proposal to the prospective Responsible Executive(s) and Responsible Office(s) with subject matter jurisdiction for, and to the Policy Advisory Committee, and their review and consideration.
To officially advance, University Policy ideas must be “sponsored” by the prospective Responsible Executive, who assigns the proposal to the appropriate Responsible Office for investigation and review. The Responsible Office will then study the policy idea’s benefits or drawbacks, and will consuls with potential stakeholders. After this initial investigative phase, policy ideas found to be meritorious are translated into draft policy text.
At this stage, the draft policy is circulated among the affected parties and made available to campus via the University Policy Library for public review and comment. The text is improved and refined through successive drafts. The President’s Executive Team and other groups, such as the Provost’s Academic Leadership Council may be consulted. When the drafting process is complete, the Responsible Office and Responsible Executive jointly submit the recommended text to the President for final consideration and approval.
Approved University Policies are published in the University Policy Library. The Responsible Executive and Responsible Office have the responsibility to notify, educate, and train the University community as appropriate.