A widely disseminated, written policy statement of commitment
to academic freedom in teaching, learning, research,
publication, and oral presentation.
Due process procedures that demonstrate faculty and students
are protected in their quest for truth.
Written policies on due process and grievance procedures for
faculty, staff and students.
A clear statement of institutional policies, requirements,
and expectations to current and prospective employees.
Institutionally developed and published non-discrimination,
equal opportunity, and affirmative action policies.
Clearly written policies on conflict of interest for board,
administration, faculty, and staff, including appropriate
limitations on the relations of business, industry, government,
and private donors to research in the institution.
A clear statement that the institution agrees to abide by
WASC Policy on Substantive Change and the
Policy on Distance and
Policies covering human subjects and animals in research,
classified research, patent provisions, cooperative research
relations with industry, and other similar issues related to the
integrity and independence of the research enterprise.
Institutions that support applied research having the
potential for producing significant revenue have clear policies
on how faculty responsible for such research share revenue from
patents, licenses, and sales. Institutions supporting
entrepreneurial activity of faculty of institutionally sponsored
research parks have clear policies covering the involvement of
faculty in such ventures, the protection of basic research, and
the publication of research results.
Precise, accurate, and current information in printed
material regarding a) educational purposes; b) degrees,
curricular programs, educational resources, and course
offerings; c) student charges and other financial obligations,
student financial aid, and fee refund policies; d) requirements
for admission and for achievement of degrees; and e) the names
of the administration, faculty, and governing board.
Publications that make clear the status (e.g., full-time,
part-time, adjunct) of each faculty member.
Clearly articulated policies for the transfer of credit to
ensure that students who transfer in with general education
course credits meet the institution's own standards for the
completion of the general education requirement.
Policies and procedures for additions and deletions of
Requirements for continuation in, or termination from,
academic programs, and a policy for readmission of students who
are disqualified for academic reasons.
Clearly stated graduation requirements that are consistently
applied in the degree certification process.
Personnel policies governing employment of teaching fellows
Policy designed to integrate part-time faculty appropriately
into the life of the institution.
Explicit and equitable faculty personnel policies and
Policies on salaries and benefits.
Policies for faculty and staff regarding privacy and
accessibility of information.
Written library collection development and weeding policies,
including the bases for accepting gifts.
Admission and retention policies and procedures, with
particular attention to the application of sound admission and
retention policies for athletes, international students, and
other cases where unusual pressures may be anticipated.
Clearly defined admissions policies attentive to the special
needs of international students.
Policies on student rights and responsibilities, including
the rights of due process and redress of grievances.
Publications that include policies and rules defining
inappropriate student conduct.
A policy regarding fee refunds that is uniformly
administered, and consistent with customary standards.
Policies, guidelines, and processes for developing the
Clearly defined and implemented policies with regard to cash
management and investments, approved by the governing board.
Policies and a code of ethics for employees involved in
buying, bidding, or providing purchase orders.
Policies on risk management, addressing loss by fire,
burglary and defalcation; liability of the governing board and
administration; and liability for personal injury and property
Policies regarding fundraising activities that comply with
sound ethical accounting and financial principles.