Policy Development Resources

In addition to serving as a central repository of university policies that govern a wide range of university activities, this policy website is also intended to provide the St. Edward’s community with resources to aid the policy development process. The university community is encouraged to use the resources below to consider policy revisions and draft new policies.

Policy Development Flowchart

This flowchart was developed to assist the St. Edward’s University community in navigating policy development as outlined in the University Policy Development Policy.

Official University Policy Template

St. Edward’s has established a standard policy document and review process to achieve consistency, appropriateness, and ease of understanding of, ease of access to, and compliance with university policies. The university charges the University Policy Committee with the responsibility to manage this standard document and process and related systems, and to assist others to engage them effectively.

University Policy Development Policy

This policy sets out the process for drafting, reviewing, and approving official St. Edward’s University policies. It also defines the roles and responsibilities of the different participants in this process, the conditions governing the release of university policies, as well as what is required for a policy to become an official university policy.

Policy Communication Guidelines

The Policy Communication Guidelines ensure that policy owners are aware of their communication obligations and given strategies to help them fulfill those obligations.

Policy Development Checklist

This checklist is provided to facilitate communication between the University Policy Committee (UPC) and the policy owner. As you develop your draft policy, this checklist is intended to elicit:

  1. The University’s need for the proposed policy
  2. Evidence that risk or value is sufficient to warrant the dedication of resources needed for policy development and management
  3. Evidence that the purpose and goal of the proposed policy is best accomplished by creating a new or revising an existing policy