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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. 

Policies Currently Under Review

There are currently no policies under 30-day review. 

Recently Approved Policies

Revised Policies:

Protection of Minors Policy- Saint Louis University seeks to conduct its operations and maintain its campuses so as to provide an academic environment that is safe and supportive of the pursuits of its students, faculty, staff and visitors, and consistent with its mission. 

Staff Vacation Policy- Inherent in the Saint Louis University mission is the heritage and tradition that promotes 1) the emotional, social, intellectual needs of the individual, and 2) the freedom of the individual to determine how these needs are to be met. The University provides paid vacation so that employees can rest, rejuvenate and maintain a healthy and productive work environment. (effective date October 2020)

Civil Discourse, Speech, And Expression Policy- The focus of the policy is on creating an environment for learning that embraces diverse opinions across political and ideological spectrums and encourages civil discourse while assuring that the legitimate concerns of the institution for reverence toward diversity, safety of its community and security of the campus environment are met.

New Policies:

Emergency Notification Policy- The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all members of the Saint Louis University (SLU) community are made aware of serious or on-going threats to their safety in a timely manner, as is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). 20 USCA § 1092; 34 CFR 668.46(e).  Summary of comments from 30-day comment period.

Workplace Violence Prevention Policy- Saint Louis University is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and secure environment for its faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors.  Summary of comments from 30-day comment period.

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.  

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have a question?

If you have a general policy question, contact the Chief Policy Officer, Michael Reeves, Ph.D. at 314-977-5880 or Michael.reeves@health.slu.edu.

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.