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Policy on Policies...and Other 'P' Words

Policy on Policies...and Other 'P' Words

Published September 3, 2015 by Rebekah

Policy Puffery
Possibly, policies seem perplexing
Policies can be pleasing and prized
Preposterous policies are perhaps the most prickly
Policy poems are pretty, but are positively puzzling
Perfect policies include procedures, please
A poet I am not. Please forgive me for my proliferative use of the letter 'P'. I'm done.

In two of the previous posts, SACSCOC and the Law and Higher Ed. and the Law-Louisiana Version, Jessica explained the state and federal regulatory bodies. The following graphic explains the relationship between our governing bodies and will help us make sense of how policies are developed. 
 Hierarchy of higher education

In the most simplistic terms, any of the governing bodies listed above McNeese can dictate what our policies must be. Following their policies is a condition of receiving their funds or accreditation. For example, let's say the state government mandated that our policy on jokes must say "Jokes and any form of laughing are not permissible on campus." We would then have to revise our existing policy on jokes to meet state guidelines. We would do this by identifying the Senior Staff member that would be the authority on this policy (Associate Vice President for Workplace Culture). That Senior Staff member would revise the policy, present it to the Senior Staff, and the policy would be updated on the website and all publications. If the policy refers to academic matters, it will also be presented to the Academic Advisory Council.
If someone within McNeese determines that a University Policy needs to be revised or created, they must notify the appropriate Senior Staff member. The Senior Staff member will present the revised/new policy to the Senior Staff. If approved, the changes are made on the policy page on the McNeese website (for policies applicable to the University at-large, Faculty, and/or Staff) or the Academic Catalog (for policies only applicable to students).
Oftentimes, departments also have policies. Those policies must be in compliance with all higher-level governing bodies (including programmatic accreditation bodies, if applicable).
For more information about policy requirements, see the Policy on Policies.
Another persnickety poem for your pleasurable perusing:
Yawn (I couldn't think of a more appropriate 'Y' word.)
On next week's poem, I mean blog: More About Master Plans