Integrity and Compliance

What is the difference between governance, administrative and interim policies?

Policy classification types recognized by VCU are listed below:

• Board of Visitors (BOV) policy addresses governance of the university and requires Board of Visitors approval. The authority to determine when a policy warrants Board of Visitors level of approval rests with the President in consultation with General Counsel.

• Administrative policy addresses universitywide operational expectations and/or compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Administrative policies are subject to approval by the President, Provost and Vice Presidents, or respective designee.

• Interim policy is a provisional BOV policy that fulfills an emergent need until final policy can be approved through the prescribed approval process. Interim policies are limited in term to one year or less and are subject to approval by the President, Provost, appropriate Vice President or respective designee.

• Local policy meets the unique needs of a unit, division, department, school or campus. Adoption of a local policy requires written approval from the applicable leadership at the level of Provost or responsible Vice President, or respective designee. Local policy may not be inconsistent with approved BOV or administrative policy. Local policy that is contrary to BOV or administrative policy will be considered void.