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University Policy FAQs


  • What is a University policy?
  • Where can I find University policies?
  • Who approves University policies?
  • What resources are available to University policy sponsors and responsible offices?
  • How do I expedite the University-policy, decision-making process?
  • How will I know if a University policy or procedure changes?
  • Who do I call if I have a question on a University policy?
  • Where do I send questions or comments on the University policy website?

What is a University policy?

A University policy is a statement of principles guiding the actions of MSU Denver students, employees, and community members. University policies and procedures align University operations with MSU Denver’s mission, strategic plan, and core values, along with external rules and requirements, including federal and state laws, regional accreditation criteria, and best practices in higher education. 


Where do I find University policies?

The University Policy Library provides convenient access to University-wide policies and procedures. MSU Denver students, employees, and community members should familiarize themselves with all applicable University policies and procedures.

Individual departments may maintain additional standards and guidelines applying only to that unit, as long as the standards and guidelines are not in conflict with University policies. Such standards and guidelines do not override University policies and are often available on department websites.


Who approves University policies?

The MSU Denver Trustees are authorized by State of Colorado law to enact rules to govern and operate the University. The Trustees are responsible for approving, interpreting and administering policies related to University governance. The Trustees authorized the MSU Denver President to approve, interpret and administer operational policies and procedures. (See Board of Trustees Policy, Policy and Procedure Enactment.)


What resources are available to University policy sponsors and responsible offices developing University policies?

University policy sponsors and responsible offices have access to policy templates, writing guides, and writing and research support from the General Counsel's Office.

External resources, including federal and state laws, regional accreditation criteria, and federal and state education policies are also available on the policy website.


How do I expedite the University-policy, decision-making process?

The Board of Trustees and President of MSU Denver are authorized to approve interim, University policies when the standard time for review and approval is insufficient to address legal requirements or a significant institutional risk.

Once approved, interim University policies are active for one year and must complete the standard, University policy review and approval process.

The President may also approve technical changes to policies to reflect current legal requirements and University standards.


How will I know if a University policy or procedure changes? 

New and revised University policies are announced in the employee newsletter, the EarlyBird, and on the policy website.


Who do I call if I have a question on a University policy?

Contacts for individual policies are listed in the Roles and Responsibilities section of each policy.


Where do I send questions or comments on the University policy website? 

If you have questions or comments on the University Policy website, please contact the University Policy Administrator at policy@msudenver.edu.


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