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OSU CHS Policies

Definitions

Board of Regents (BOR) policy
Board of Regents policy is the framework under which all Oklahoma A&M College campus administrators must operate. All such administrators are responsible for implementation of and compliance with BOR policy, as expressed in the Board of Regents Handbook. University policies frequently express the university’s implementation of BOR policy.

OSU CHS Executive Committee policy
The OSU CHS Executive Committee is made up of the Provost, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President of Administration and Finance.  The CHS executive committee has delegated authority from the president for approval of general academic and other management policies that affect more than one college, school, office or division. The OSU CHS Executive Committee may exert this authority through directives to deans or the faculty as a whole, and may also sub-delegate specific authority over a particular area of policy to the Faculty Senate, Academic Deans, Policy Committee, or other duly constituted body or to specific university office or personnel.

OSU Stillwater Policy
OSU Stillwater has established policies that apply to the Stillwater campus and some explicitly apply system-wide to multiple branch campuses, including OSU CHS. In the absence of OSU CHS specific policy, it is implied that OSU CHS follows OSU Stillwater policy.

Academic policy
Academic policy refers to provisions which govern the granting of academic credit, degrees or other certifications of student achievement or to the recognition, evaluation, and certification of faculty achievement in instruction, research, clinical activity or service to the campus, community, academic discipline or professoriate.

At the campus level, the authority to make most academic policy is granted by the Board of Regents to the president and in turn delegated to the provost. The primary expression of academic policy pertaining to student credits and degrees is found in the academic catalog. The primary expression of academic policy pertaining to faculty credentials, achievements and advancement is in the university faculty handbook or, in the absence of a handbook or on issues on which the handbook is silent, in pertinent articles of the university and unit bylaws.

Administrative practices and procedures
Administrative practices and procedures are developed, revised, and approved by respective divisions, departments or units. The Policy Committee may, for the benefit of the university community, opt to include administrative practices and procedures in the online repository of university policy.

Unit policies
The policies, procedures and instructions issued by departments or units to their specific staff members, students or clients as guidance on how to achieve a specific business purpose of that unit –and which do not have impact beyond that unit --are delegated to, and enforced by, the relevant departments or units. These generally do not constitute university policy and do not necessarily require Policy Committee review or direct OSU CHS Executive Committee. Questions arising regarding such policies may be referred to the Policy Committee to determine if the matter should become one of university policy.

Bylaws
Bylaws are written rules which set forth procedures for the university and its constituent units, such as committees, assemblies, and officers of the university. Bylaws are generally subject to a ratification process by the faculty of the university or its constituent units and must be approved by the president or the president’s designee.  As such, bylaws are generally rules governing how policy for the university and its units is made and administered. Bylaws cannot and shall not supersede state or federal law.

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