Administrative Policies

Why develop a university framework on policies?

The Governance Risk and Compliance Executive Council (GRCEC) has approved a Policy on Policy which establishes the foundation for standardizing the process of developing Tulane University policies. This initiative grew out of the need to have a consistent method of developing, approving and communicating University Administrative Policies.

The goals of a university-wide framework for policies are to:

  • Provide consistency in policy process and format
  • Promote collaboration and inclusion in policy development
  • Establish authority, structure, and guidance of decisions and practices for university operations
  • Communicate the accountability expectations of the Tulane Community
  • Increase efficiency and reduce bias in authoritative requests of decision-making and non-compliance
  • Create centralization of a comprehensive Policy Library and Resources
  • What is the strategic plan for the administrative policy initiative?

The Policy on Policy includes established standard policy templates and a review process to achieve consistency, appropriateness, ease of understanding, ease of access to, and compliance with university administrative policies. The Policy on Policy applies only to administrative policies that impact the entire university community, not to policies governing only faculty, only students, or specific groups including departments. Policies that are specific to certain members of the community, for example, faculty or students, are covered under the faculty or student handbooks, respectively.

All future university administrative policies must be developed and approved according to the process outlined in the Policy on Policy. The department of Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) serves as policy advisor to the departments that develop university wide administrative policies. As policy advisor, ERS will help determine the impact of the policy and provide guidance on the development and approval process. ERS has also been charged with creating and maintaining a policy library for the university. If you are the primary owner or developer of any university administrative policies, contact the Enterprise Risk Services Policy Office at to schedule a review of these policies.

We ask that all current university administrative policies undergo an official review process using the Policy on Policy by February 28, 2023. By this date, we expect that all university administrative policies will be updated in adherence to the approved policy templates.