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Policy Points

The Integrity and Compliance Office is pleased to bring you Policy Points, a quarterly notification bringing awareness to all universitywide policy updates. All universitywide policies are located in the policy library, providing centralization and data normalization.

This edition of Policy Points reflects updates from July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019. Questions? Comments? Please do not hesitate to email policy@vcu.edu or call 828-3982 to reach Tony Rapchick, Program Manager, Policy and State Compliance, in the Integrity and Compliance Office.

Please visit www.policy.vcu.edu to access current versions of all universitywide policies.



 - The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires all accredited member institutions to notify the Commission of substantive changes and, when required, to seek approval prior to initiating the changes. A substantive change is defined as a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution and can include academic and non-academic institutional activities. Member institutions, such as VCU, are required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely and appropriate fashion. The purpose of this policy is to satisfy that requirement by detailing the responsibilities of university stakeholders.


There were no substantively revised policies during this time period.




[Removals are due to consolidation with other policies; streamlining to meet operational plans; or retirement through the governance process. The Integrity and Compliance Office ensures the integrity of this process.] 

Sponsored Program Award Review, Negotiation, Acceptance and Notification – The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) incorporated the content of this document into the Compliance Notice titled Agreement Review, Negotiation, Acceptance, and Notification. It is located in the OVPRI Compliance Notices library. OVPRI issues Compliance Notices to inform administrators, faculty, and staff of research-related changes and of adjustments to research operations and requirements across the university.


If you are seeking approval for a new or substantively revised policy, you must prepare an executive summary of the policy that will accompany the policy throughout the governance process outlined in the policy.