3.2.2.3 Institutional Policy

Comprehensive Standard 3.2.2: Governing Board Control

The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution’s governance structure. 

3.2.2.3 institutional policy.

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NARRATIVE

Florida Statutes and the regulations of the Board of Governors (BOG) clearly define the legal authority and operating control for institutional policy.

The BOG is vested with the responsibility for “cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the university’s mission, the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs within law, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information, and the provision of input regarding state policy, budgeting, and education standards” (FS 1001.706(1)). The legal authority and operating control of the USF System by the Board of Trustees (BOT) is clearly established through BOG Regulation 1.001 and includes the specific authority to adopt regulations and policies as appropriate to exercise its powers (BOG Reg. 1.001(3j))

The statute and regulation language make clear that the BOG, or the Board’s designee, in this case the BOT, is responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the mission. The BOT is specifically charged with developing regulation and policy in several areas, including conflict of interest; data and technology; sponsored research; academic programs; student affairs; personnel; financial management; and internal audit, procurement, and contracts. The University of South Florida Board of Trustees’ Operating Procedures, Article I, Section D, further state, “The Board of Trustees sets policy for the University and serves as its legal owner and final authority.” According to the Governance Policy for the USF System, p. 6, when USF System policies, delegations, and practices are periodically reviewed for changes, such reviews will involve participation of, and consultation with, the USF System institutions . . .,” including USF Sarasota-Manatee.

According to USF System Policy 0-001: Regulation and Policy Development, separately accredited institutions within the USF System may issue separate Policies when appropriate, provided that such Policies are not inconsistent with Regulations, System Policies or other legal requirements. This policy provides the outline of the process for initiating, developing and maintaining Regulations and Policies for the USF System and USF institutions. USF Sarasota-Manatee follows USF System policies. Only one policy is specific to USF Sarasota-Manatee alone within the USF System: USF Sarasota-Manatee Policy 0-608 – Tobacco and Smoke Free University.

Core Requirement 2.2 (Governing Board) provides additional information on governance. Additional information on the creation and dissemination of academic policies is provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.5 (Academic Policies).

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