1. The President of the university is responsible for university policies and the university policy manual. No policy may take effect without the approval of the President. Policies must be consistent with those of the State Board of Higher Education.
2. The President shall establish the University Policy Committee (UPC). The President delegates leadership responsibility for university policies to the UPC. The charge of the committee is, first and foremost, to act at the direction of the President as a consulting body in the development and maintenance of VCSU policies. To this end, the UPC shall (a) establish and maintain a process for annual review of university policies, (b) continually monitor and respond to relevant policy changes from the State Board of Higher Education that may impact university policy, and (c) receive policy proposals from university personnel for consideration and, if appropriate, make recommendations to the President. It is expected that the committee will develop any proposed revisions to university policies in consultation with other relevant officers or entities before submission to the President. The President may also initiate policy changes in any area consistent with SBHE policy, and will ordinarily confer with the UPC prior to implementing any change.
3. Per NDUS policy, the President may adopt interim policies and procedures concerning matters for which legislative authority is designated to campus legislative bodies. Adoption of an interim policy or procedure must include notice to faculty senate or other legislative body prior to or at the time the policy or procedure takes effect. Not later than six months of its effective date, the President shall present the interim policy or procedure to the appropriate legislative body for review and its decision, subject to the President’s approval or veto, concerning whether the policy or procedure should be adopted, revised or discontinued.
4. Voting members of the UPC shall include:
- Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chair)
- Vice President for Business Affairs
- Vice President for Student Affairs
- Three Staff Representatives
- One representative from Faculty Senate
- Two at-large faculty representatives elected by the Faculty Association
5. Faculty and Staff representatives shall serve for three-year terms.
6. In addition to those procedures noted below, specific operating procedures (forms, meeting dates and times, timelines, first- and second-reading procedures, etc.) shall be established by the UPC.