new in University-Wide Administrative Policies? Here are some
highlights from the past few months. Additional policy changes can be
found at http://policy.umn.edu/User/
NEWS FLASH ... Regents Scholarship Program ...
President Kaler has considered the current tuition coverage for employees matriculating for the first time in a baccalaureate degree program under the Regents Scholarship Program policy. He has decided to increase the tuition coverage from the current 90% to the prior threshold of full tuition coverage for these individuals, beginning fall semester 2012. All other program-eligible employees will still be responsible for 25% of the tuition cost.
Want to see it for yourself? The
policy version that will be posted after summer session is accessible
through the current Regents Scholarship Program policy at http://policy.umn.edu/
Making the Call
Executives and key administrators have been focused over the past 6-12 months on conducting a review of their policies to identify areas in which operational excellence should occur. One of the many policies examined was Cell Phone and PDA Business Expenses. A policy revision is currently available for your review and comment.
Emeritus/Emerita Title for Retiring Faculty
Faculty retiring from the University are conferred the title of emeritus or emeriti per Board of Regents Policy: Faculty Emeriti. In this latest revision of the administrative policy, there is a new provision for the president to withhold or withdraw the emeritus/emerita title in circumstances:
Faculty members in this situation will be afforded an opportunity to be heard, after which a final decision will be made. This final decision by the president is not subject to further review.
Closing Up Shop
The publishing of the University-Administered Graduate Student Fellowships and Traineeships for 30-day review marks the conclusion of the Graduate Education Policy Committee. This committee, having devoted more than two years of work to the effort, has delivered thirteen graduate education policies. When drafting the policies, committee members focused on consistencies across programs, clarity both of policy and processes, and reducing the burden where possible for graduate students and staff. The Policy Owner will continue to address ongoing needs, the implementation, and monitoring the effectiveness of the policies.
This latest policy:
With an institution this large, it
is not realistic for a committee of any size to know what the impact
will be of the specific policy requirements without engaging end users,
both in the development cycle as well as the 30-day review. The
committee chair, Dr. Nita Krevans, and the rest of the committee members
wish to acknowledge the significant contributions by all of you who
have participated along this long journey, and encourage you to review
this latest draft at http://policy.umn.edu/User/
Actually, it's UReport.
The University provides options for community members to make good faith reports of misconduct. While we encourage the reporter to resolve the issue at their local level, the University also offers a confidential online reporting mechanism at www.UReport.ethicspoint.com and a toll-free number (1-866-294-8680).
The associated policy, Reporting and Addressing Concerns of Misconduct, has undergone a comprehensive review. The policy owner has enhanced this policy by incorporating a new section on mandatory reporting for the protection of minors, as well as expanded information on the prohibition of retaliation.
30 Days and Counting!
We encourage you to review the
above administrative policies during the 30-day public review and
comment period. Feedback received from the University community
(you!) will be considered prior to the policy change going into
effect. The policies are available at http://policy.umn.edu/User/
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