Developing New Policies

Administrative policies may be created with meet one or more of the criteria specified in Administrative Policy: Establishing Administrative Policies. Tools provided below will assist when developing new policies, including the following templates.

Microsoft Word document icon  Policy Template

Microsoft Word document icon  Procedure Template

Microsoft Word document icon  Appendix Portrait Template / Appendix Landscape Template

Microsoft Word document icon  FAQ Template


Our program provides training for those developing policies. Below is a list of materials to help you develop a policy:

Planning the Policy

New policies must be requested by completing an administrative plan (UM 1641 - Administrative Policy Plan). This plan allows you, the policy owner, to summarize the policy, explain the need for the policy, assess the risk(s) that are associated with the policy topic, and quantify the impact if no policy were in place. The second half of the form captures best practices in this area, the extent and type of end user involvement planned in the policy development, as well as identifying the mechanism(s) by which policy compliance will be measured.


The Policy template (see above) and the Guide to Writing Policy is the typical starting point. Procedures, FAQs, and Appendix may be created as needed to supplement the policy. Policy owners may contact the Director of the University Policy Program (Michele Gross at 612-624-8081 or at any point in the planning or drafting stage. Once drafted, the director will guide you through the subsequent review and approval steps.

What help is available for me in developing a policy?

Here are resources to help policy owners develop University wide policies. You can also view an overview of the Policy Development Process. Before starting, Policy Owners should review Administrative Policy: Establishing Administrative Policies.