Welcome to the Western Michigan University policies website. All officially approved University-wide policies are displayed on this website. Any copies (print or online) of policies that are inconsistent with the official version hosted on this site should be disregarded. The most current version of a policy will be found on this site.
This page is a work-in-progress and is updated frequently. Check back often to be sure you are using the most recent version of any related policy or document. This is not an exhaustive list of all University policies.
The policies A-Z website is for policies that affect the University as a whole. Individual departments will have to make the determination themselves if they believe their policy is University-wide—that is done by reading the Policy on Policies document.
Relevant parts of the document
- 3.1. University Policy
A written statement or set of statements that describe principles, requirements, or limitations that apply University-wide. A University Policy will be either a Board Policy or a Board-Delegated (Vice-President-or equivalent-approved) Policy. These Policies indicate “what” needs to be done rather than how to do it. University Policies further establish campus-wide rights, requirements, and responsibilities. A University Policy takes precedence over all divisional and unit Procedures or Guidelines. If there is a conflict, the University Policy shall control.
- 3.5. Procedure
Official statements of Policy implementation or clarification providing specific “how to” information. Procedures will normally be developed by the office responsible for administering a University Policy.
Example: The Office of Institutional Equity has a standard, established procedure that they follow when conducting internal investigations arising out of the University’s Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policy.
- 3.6. Guideline
Guidance that further explains Policies or Procedures. These are generally characterized by narrative descriptions or examples that serve as aids in interpreting and applying the related Policy or Procedure.
Example: The Office of Institutional Equity has internal documents and flowcharts to describe and guide investigations related to the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policy.
If 3.5 or 3.6 applies to your document, then it is not a University-wide policy.