Documents Under Review

The University's administrative policy development process includes a 30-day open review  and comment period for new and significantly revised policies. This provides an opportunity for the University community to consider and respond to policy proposals before they are in effect.  The policy owner will review and consider all feedback received prior to finalizing the particular policy and associated documents.

We encourage you to provide your input, both positive and constructive, by completing the feedback box at the bottom of the draft policy before the end of the review period. Thank you for your assistance!

Michele Gross
Director - University Policy Program

Traveling on University Business (30 Day Review)
Comments due by:
July 27, 2020

Comprehensive Review:

  1. Updates language to be about what is allowable rather than what can be reimbursed
  2. Includes a section about paying for travel – moved language from other places in the policy into this new section
  3. Eliminates language about extended day travel and local mileage – can be found in Business Expense policy
  4. Updates information related to air transportation.
  5. Adds provisions in lodging for vacation rentals and room sharing, as well as approval requirements for lodging expenses over 150%.
  6. Explains the plans around new provisions for dependent care.
Nepotism and Personal Relationships (30 Day Review)
Comments due by:
July 24, 2020

30 Day Review:

  1. Clarifies the roles of individuals who are responsible for addressing a nepotism situation.
  2. Describes situations in which the nepotism policy would apply, and in which responsible individuals must act.
  3. Specifies the steps responsible individuals should take when they learn about an occurrence of nepotism or potential nepotism.
Safety of Minors (30 Day Review)
Comments due by:
July 24, 2020

30 Day Review: Most of the changes relate to what is a covered program, clarifying that programs operated by one or two faculty or staff are covered, volunteer experiences in labs/offices/research teams, excluding enrolled students, and excluding one-time info interviews. We also added direct language prohibiting use of social media with youth outside of formal program communications, and stated that medication for youth can only be self-administered. Those items are consistent with the ongoing interpretation of the policy. The major substantive change is removing the exclusion for youth programs conducted as research. Consultation with Human Subjects Program confirmed that IRB review does not cover any of the protection elements in this policy.