University Policies & Administrative Rules
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All written University Policies, Procedures, or Administrative Rules approved by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees or its President are developed in a transparent, collaborative, and efficient manner. The approved University Policies, Procedures, or Administrative Rules must meet the minimum requirements of any applicable local, state, and federal regulations. University Policies, Procedures, or Administrative Rules are developed and periodically reviewed/updated pursuant to the Policy Development and Administrative Rulemaking Policy. In addition, Administrative Rules must be developed pursuant to the process proscribed in the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, TCA Title 4, Chapter 5. Unless a University Policy or Administrative Rule explicitly states otherwise, it is binding on all students, faculty, and staff.
A University Policy is a guiding principle that addresses the governance or internal management inherent to carrying out the mission of the University that does not affect private rights, privileges, or procedures available to the public. A University Policy is defined by all of the following criteria:
- The policy has a broad application throughout the University;
- The policy helps achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promotes operational efficiencies, enhances the university's mission, or reduces institutional risks;
- The policy mandates actions or constraints; and
- The subject matter of the policy requires Board of Trustee or Presidential approval for policy issuance and non-technical changes.
If a policy fits these criteria, it is a University Policy. If it does not, it is a departmental, office, or unit policy.
For more information on how to develop and propose a University Policy, Please review the information under the Policy Development tab.
An Administrative Rule is promulgated through a formal administrative process proscribed by law. The development of an Administrative Rule is governed by the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, TCA Title 4, Chapter 5.
For more information on Administrative Rules, please review the information under the Administrative Rule Development tab.
Search for a Policy or Administrative RuleTo search for a specific Policy or Administrative Rule, click on the Policy/Rule Search tab.
UpdatesFor the most recent updates on new policies or revisions to policies, click on the Updates tab of this website.
FAQFor FAQ's, click here.