Procedures for Development of University Policy

The procedures outlined in this document support SPG 601.35, Development of University Policy.  The Office of University Audits has exclusive ability to add, change, or delete content to the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) policies and organization charts.  To maintain the integrity of the Standard Practice Guide, University Audits is responsible for coordinating publication of the Standard Practice Guide and organization charts in final form and for ongoing maintenance of the SPG website. 

 A.  New Policy Development

The development of new policy should include the following steps:

  1. Assess the need for the policy and ensure the subject matter of the policy is broadly applicable to a large segment of the university.
  2. Assess any implications of the proposed policy, including cost and resource requirements. 
  3. Make use of subject matter experts and drafting experts to develop the policy.
  4. Consider and develop materials needed to both enable and inform the operation of the policy:

a.  enabling documents:  procedures, forms, delegations of authority, business processes

b.  informing documents:  guidelines, FAQs, templates

c.  develop a communications and implementation plan before final approval

5.  Where appropriate, provide university members relevant to the policy’s subject matter an opportunity to review and comment on policy before final approval.

6.  After final approval, the executive officer(s) or delegate(s) should send an electronic copy along with written approval from the appropriate executive officer(s) or delegate(s) to spgonline@umich.edu.  Once the electronic copy is received, University Audits will update the Standard Practice Guide.  The electronic copy and written approval are retained permanently.

7.  It is the responsibility of the issuing office to make the university community aware of new or changed policy.

 B.  Policy Review/Change

The university official(s) charged with the responsibility for implementing and/or updating university policies in his/her area is the policy owner(s).  At least every five years, it is the responsibility of the policy owner(s) to review and update policies when necessary.  Once a year, University Audits will send a copy of the policies scheduled to be reviewed in that year to the policy owner(s).  Each policy includes a “review date” and remains in effect even if the review date is past.

  1. Major or substantive revisions to an existing policy must be treated the same as new policies, and will undergo the development and approval process described in Section A of this procedure.
  2. If no changes are required when a policy is reviewed, the policy owner(s) should send an email to spgonline@umich.edu indicating no change to the policy.
  3. The policy owner(s) can make minor revisions that do not change the substance of a policy (e.g., changing links, changing references to other policies or documents, changing position titles) without completing the formal approval process described in Section A of this procedure.  Such changes should be sent to spgonline@umich.edu.

 C.  Decommissioning an Existing Policy

Policy owners may decommission a policy when it is no longer applicable or is more effectively combined with another policy. 

  1. The policy owner(s) should send a written request to remove the policy along with the written approval of the appropriate executive officer(s) or delegate to spgonline@umich.edu.
  2. Once the request for deletion has been received, University Audits will review the deleted section for potential effects of the removed policy on internal controls and other Standard Practice Guide policies.  The decommissioned policy is then deleted from the Standard Practice Guide.  A copy of the written request and approval are retained permanently.

D.  Organization Charts

Executive officers or their delegates are responsible for ensuring that organization charts for their area are reviewed annually and updated as necessary.  Each fall, the Office of University Audits coordinates the update of the organization charts.  Once the appropriate executive officer or his or her delegate reviews and approves edits to the charts, the updated charts are returned to University Audits, and new charts are posted to the SPG website.