Definition and Role of Policy
What is Policy?
A Policy is a concise formal statement of principles which indicate how the University will act in a particular area of its operation eg in relation to academic promotion or to racism. In short, policy provides members of the University with the approved way of operating in relation to a particular matter.
The Role of Policy
Policy plays an important role within the University. It provides the principles which dictate how the members of the University will act.
Those principles are derived from and shaped by: the law and regulations that govern the University; national standards and community expectations, and the values and mission the University articulates in its strategic plan.
It is the role of Policy to:
- translate values into operations;
- ensure compliance with legal and statutory responsibilities;
- guide the University towards the achievement of its strategic plan;
- set standards; and
- improve the management of risk.
For definitions and notes on the types of policy documents at The University, see the Glossary page.