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University-Level Policies - An Overview

RIT's policy website is designed to provide RIT administrators, faculty, staff, and students with a central location to access university-level governance and administrative policies, as well as policy-related information and resources.

Access to University-Level Policies

Policies and procedures are fundamental to the functioning of any organization. Policies that are easy to locate and well-written help the university 1) accomplish its mission, 2) maintain accountability, 3) provide students, faculty, and staff with clear and concise guidelines for their actions, and 4) clarify how the university conducts business.  

To achieve these objectives, this website is the repository for current versions of all governance policies (formerly found in the Institute Policies and Procedures Manual).  These policies reside  on the Governance Policy Library link. This website also provides a portal to access current versions of a wide variety of administrative policies via hyperlinks to websites of the responsible offices. These policies are on the Administrative Policy Library link.

The policies provided on, or accessed through, this website constitute official university-level policies for RIT.  To ensure consistency; colleges, divisions, and departments should use hyperlinks to this website to reference university-level policies.  This requirement does not preclude colleges, divisions, or departments from maintaining internal policies and procedures, provided they are not identified as, and do not conflict with, university-level governance or administrative policies.

Policy-Related Information and Resources

Another purpose of this website is to provide policy-related information and resources to administrators, faculty, staff, and students.  Information includes, for example; descriptions of each university-level governance group, the history of RIT policy structures and processes, and summaries of policies currently undergoing review and scheduled for review.  Resources (particularly for policy authors) include, for example, editorial guidelines for writing policies, a glossary of policy terminology, and the approved standard policy format.

We hope this website is a valuable resource in your policy-related work.  We're also committed to continuous improvement and welcome your comments about the site and suggestions for improvement or enhancements.  Please send your comments to Kathleen Martin ( or Sue Provenzano (