The UNC-Chapel Hill community is governed by a variety of official policies, procedures and standards which have been developed and implemented at University and Unit levels.  All University and Unit policies that currently govern UNC-Chapel Hill can be found at the Policies website.

The University’s Policy on Policies (POP) serves to provide guidance on the proper creation, implementation, and dissemination of University and Unit Policies, Standards, and Procedures.  According to POP:

  • University Policies have broad application throughout the University and significant impact to the University if not followed. They may be developed by a department or unit or by University administration in order to express basic values of the University, ensure coordinated compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promote operational efficiencies, enhance the University’s mission, and/or reduce institutional risk.
    • Examples of University Policies: No Smoking Policy or Copyright Policy
  • Unit Policies apply only to the operation of an individual department or unit within the University. Departmental Policies may exist in order to promote operational efficiencies or enhance the mission of the department or unit, but are not broadly applicable throughout the University.  Departmental Policies should address subjects that are not addressed by University Policies or Administrative Policies and may supplement, but must not be in conflict with University Policies or Administrative Policies.  Departmental Policies may be mandated by law and failure to comply may increase institutional risk.
    • Examples of Departmental Policies: Campus Recreation Policies or Friday Center Policies
  • Procedures contain a series of consecutive action steps related to a policy that specifies how a particular policy should be carried out. Procedures may have detailed instructions, definitions, and/or forms that facilitate policy compliance.

Questions about specific policies and procedures should be directed to the Responsible Office listed on the policy.  General questions about policy can be directed to the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management.