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Policy Program

The Saint Louis University Policy Program was created to provide structure and clarity to the review and approval process for policies at the University.

The policy program is guided by the University Policy on Policies. The Office of Compliance and Ethics is dedicated to providing the appropriate guidance to SLU personnel who are working to create or update policies and procedures at the University. The policy process is applicable to University wide policies, although units and departments wishing to follow best practices in policy implementation are welcome to reach out to the chief policy officer for assistance. 

Approved policies can be found in PolicyStat

Policies Currently Under Review

No policies currently under comment review.

Recently Approved Policies

Interim Policies Related to Covid-19

Interim Public Health Policy In Response To Covid-19 For Academic Year 2022-2023

Saint Louis University requires that its community members, i.e., students, faculty, staff and contract workers, submit proof of vaccination or receive approval of a health or religious exemption, to learn, live, and work on any part of the St. Louis Campus during the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals are still required to wear a face mask in specific settings.

Revised Policies

University Policy on Policies

The purpose of this policy is to establish the process for developing, issuing, disseminating, and maintaining all University policies to assure that the University community has ready access to well-developed and understandable University policies.

The mission of Saint Louis University to provide teaching, research, health care, and community service creates the opportunity for distinct rules to be created in support of these University functions, but can also lead to confusion in how policies are created, enacted, adopted and revised. This policy enables the University to have policies that are easy to find, read, and understand and will:

  1. Support the University's mission
  2. Achieve accountability by identifying the respective parties responsible for policies;
  3. Provide the University community with clear, concise guidelines; and
  4. Document how the University conducts its business.

New Policies

Intellectual Property Ownership Policy

This policy governs the ownership of Intellectual Property created at Saint Louis University. The purpose of this policy is to define the respective ownership rights of the University and its personnel, relative to Intellectual Property resulting from University activities.

Staff Flexible Work Policy

In the Jesuit tradition, Saint Louis University places importance on the balance of the principles of cura personalis, care for the person, and cura apostolica, care for our mission and the work of the institution. The policy's objective is to strike the appropriate balance between caring for our staff as well as the critical importance of caring for our students, patients and the University community which is at the core of the work that we do.

Among the advantages of flexible work arrangements are increased productivity and performance, relief of on-campus space constraints, increased job satisfaction, and recruitment and retainment of a highly qualified workforce. This policy establishes procedures to evaluate flexible work requests made by our employees and provides guidelines for employees and their supervisors for managing flexible work arrangements.

Involuntary Student Leave Policy

Saint Louis University students are expected to strive for excellence, to develop their talents through discovery and reflection, and to be concerned for cura personalis (care of each individual) of our entire campus community, while progressing toward their degree. The University is dedicated to fostering a supportive educational environment. When students exhibit behavior indicating an inability or unwillingness to engage productively toward meeting these expectations and present disruptive and/or dangerous behavior, the University may place the student on an involuntary leave for non-academic reasons.

Copyright Compliance and Use Policy 

In the pursuit of its institutional mission, Saint Louis University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care, and service to the community. To this end, the University encourages its faculty, students, staff, and administrators to take full advantage of their creative rights under law. At the same time, its faculty, students, staff, and administrators are expected to respect the copyright protected materials of others in compliance with U.S. and international copyright law and proprietary license agreements. Copyright is the form of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression; it is universally applicable to materials in all formats.

This policy provides a brief summary of U.S. copyright law; descriptions of what is and is not protected by copyright; explanations of copyright duration, public domain, and fair use; and compliance procedures including obtaining permissions and addressing infringement.

About the Policy Program

The University policy program provides structure and clarity to the policy approval process.  The policy program includes: 

  • The designation of a policy owner. 
  • A policy must be sponsored by a Responsible University Official, someone at the Vice-President or Provost level, this will ensure adequate buy-in at the top with new policies. 
  • Policies must use standard University templates, old policies as they are updated will change to the new format.
  • Policies will be moved into PolicyStat, the centralized policy library, found within mySLU:Tools.
  • University policies will be reviewed and approved by the Policy Review Committee (PRC). After approval, new policies will be posted for a 30-day public feedback period.  Following the 30-day feedback period for new policies, they will be reviewed and approved by the University Leadership Council (ULC) before final approval by the president.  Updated policies will move straight from the PRC to the ULC.
  • The PRC is comprised of individuals with operational knowledge of the University who can advise and provide feedback to the policy owners who present to the committee. 
  • The PRC meets the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have a question?

If you have a general policy question, contact Chief Policy Officer Michael Reeves, Ph.D., at 314-977-5880 or

If you have a question about a specific policy, please contact the policy owner listed on the policy itself. This information can be found within PolicyStat.

How can I provide feedback on policies?

During the review of new policies, there will be a 30-day feedback window for comments by the SLU community.

How can I get a copy of a policy?

Approved policies can be found in PolicyStat

New policies are to be reviewed on a triennial basis; current policies will be reviewed over the next few years as they come up for the renewal date.

Who approves policies?

The policy owner has the responsibility to ensure adequate review by key end users. After this review, policies are first approved by the Policy Review Committee, then approved by the University Leadership Council, before final approval by the president.

What is a University policy?

A policy is a statement of University philosophy and direction established to provide guidance and assistance to the University community in the conduct of University affairs. A University policy has broad application across the University, whereas a unit/department policy impacts only those specific areas. 

How do I start a policy review?
In order to start a policy through the review process, please contact the chief policy officer to begin the review and get scheduled to present to the Policy Review Committee.  Also, ensure you are using the most current University policy template and Policy Review Engagement Form.