This website contains official Policies, Procedures, and Standards applicable to the University community.

The following definitions apply:

Policy: A Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill is a written statement that mandates, specifies, or prohibits behavior in order to express basic values of the University, enhance the University’s mission, ensure coordinated compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promote operational efficiency, and/or reduce institutional risk. It includes criteria as mandated by the UNC-Chapel Hill Policy template. Clear ownership of the Policy is required—the owner should be a specific role within the Policy issuing unit.

Standards: The minimum acceptable limits or rules that may be used to achieve Policy implementation. While Procedures provide specific instructions for units (e.g, how to use specific applications to encrypt data in the HR department), Standards set overarching minimum requirements that must be met by all (e.g., minimum encryption strength for use with sensitive information throughout the university). Standards are created at the unit level and changes are not required to go through the same review or approval process as Policies, but Standards that impact multiple units may need additional review or feedback before being implemented.

Procedures: The specific operational steps required to accomplish an action that necessitates specific instructions. Procedures often pertain to implementing Policy. Procedures may also provide guidance for behavior on issues that are not dictated by Policy. Procedures are created at the unit level and changes do not go through the same review or approval process as Policies, but Procedures that impact multiple units may need additional review or feedback before being implemented.

University Policy: Has application throughout the University, informs someone outside the issuing unit of rights and responsibilities, or regulates the actions of the unit as it interacts with other units on campus.

Unit Policy: Has application only within the issuing unit (e.g. applies only to unit employees, staff, students and others working for or studying at the unit). A Unit Policy can create additional specifications, requirements, or restrictions but cannot contradict a University Policy, Procedure, or Standard.

The above definitions come from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Policy on Policies (POP) which replaces the previous Policy Development, Approval and Publication (PDAP) policy.  The POP policy, effective January 7, 2017, creates a structure for consistency and clarity in Policies as well as their supporting Procedures and Standards at UNC-Chapel Hill. Templates for a University Policy, Standard, and Procedure are also available for use in the development of new policies or revision of existing ones.

This site is maintained by the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management.