University Policies

This website is currently under review.  If you would like to initiate development of a new University Policy, or if you have questions regarding the review or revision of an existing University Policy, please contact Compliance, Audit & Advisory Services for assistance:  847/467-6170 (phone) or prc@northwestern.edu

Welcome

This site serves as a repository for University Policies and as a resource to support policy development and management at Northwestern. University Policies are an important way to communicate the University’s values and expectations to members of the Northwestern community, and to provide guidance as to their observance. In contrast with school, department, or unit policies, University Policies must be followed throughout the University. 

In order to ensure that the most current versions of University Policies are consistently referenced, schools, departments, and units should link directly to the policy’s location on this site. Any copies (print or electronic) of University Policies that are inconsistent with the versions published on this website are not current and should not be relied upon.

Many important school, department, or unit policies serve similar purposes but are unit-specific and are not included on this site. Northwestern offices and units are encouraged to link to this site rather than creating their own pages with University Policies. If a University Policy is listed on the webpage of a school, department, or unit, care should be taken to ensure that the link to the policy on this website is current, and that any amendments to the policy are promptly shared with the Associate Director of Policy Management by emailing prc@northwestern.edu

Questions regarding the difference between policies and procedures, or questions about the designation of a policy as a school, department, unit, or University Policy should be directed to the Associate Director of Policy Management by emailing prc@northwestern.edu. For assistance in locating a policy, to communicate routine updates to existing policies, or for other policy-related information, contact the Manager of Policy Publication at policy@northwestern.edu

What's New

April 14, 2017

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The University has adopted a new interim policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, commonly known as drones). In order to promote safe, responsible, and respectful UAS operations and provide guidance to the Northwestern community on UAS operations, the interim policy establishes procedures and other conditions for the operation of UAS at Northwestern.

Any questions regarding the interim policy may be directed to Dave Perkins in the Office of Risk Management, at (847) 467-6342, or risk@northwestern.edu.

February 2, 2017

University Policy Development Guidelines

The University has adopted new guidelines for developing, approving, publishing, and managing University Policies. The guidelines outline a new process for the development of University Policies and provide guidance on the elements of an effective policy. Templates for the development of new policy proposals and draft policies are also available to support the policy development process. A flow chart outlining the new process is available here. 

The new policy development process includes posting approved draft policies to a password-protected page on this site for a 45-day period of review and comment from the University community. This part of the policy development process will not take effect until June 2017, when the new University Policy website becomes active.  The new website will include the password-protected page for approved draft policies as well as a set of FAQs on the policy development process. 

In the meantime, any questions regarding the new guidelines may be directed to Compliance, Audit & Advisory Services at (847) 467-6170 (phone) or prc@northwestern.edu.

January 27, 2017

Service, Assistance, and Other Animals at Northwestern

The University has adopted a new policy on Service, Assistance, and Other Animals at Northwestern. The policy provides guidance concerning the appropriate use of and protocols associated with service, assistance, and other animals on campus.
 
Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (847) 491-7458, or eeo@northwestern.edu.

University Disruption and Demonstration Policy

The University has updated its Disruption and Demonstration Policy , which addresses the parameters that members of the University community must adhere to when engaging in free expression and peaceful demonstration on or near the University campus.

Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the following individuals:

  1. For faculty issues, Associate Provost for Faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, at (847) 491-7040 or assoc-prov-faculty@northwestern.edu.
  2. For student issues, Dean of Students at (847) 491-8430 or dos@northwestern.edu.
  3. For staff issues, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Dana Bradley, at (847) 467-5629 or dana.bradley@northwestern.edu.

Use of University Facilities for Political Activities

The University has updated its policy on Use of University Facilities for Political Activities. As a tax-exempt organization, the University may not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. In recognition of the fact that students, faculty, and staff may wish to participate in the political process and that such participation may have an educational component, the policy provides guidance on the permissible use of University facilities and property for political activities.
Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the following individuals:
  1. For faculty issues, Associate Provost for Faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, at (847) 491-7040 or assoc-prov-faculty@northwestern.edu.
  2. For student issues, Dean of Students at (847) 491-8430 or dos@northwestern.edu.
  3. For staff issues, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Dana Bradley, at (847) 467-5629 or dana.bradley@northwestern.edu.

December 12, 2016

Research Visitors Policy

The Office for Research has adopted a new Research Visitors Policy. The policy defines the types of Research Visitor appointments for which the Office for Research is responsible and outlines the requirements for such appointments.

Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Office for Research at (847) 491-2101, or send an email to researchvisitors@northwestern.edu.

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