What is a University Policy

Bemidji State University is authorized by Minnesota State to adopt suitable policies to direct the governance and operations of the university. Policy describes our commitments, beliefs, and desired outcomes. A policy states what the college intends to do and what it commits to. A policy is a guiding or governing principle and should only be established to achieve some purpose which reflects a set of beliefs, values or philosophy on the issue concerned. A policy may be required when there is a diversity of interests and preferences which result in vague and conflicting objectives among those who are directly involved.

The scope of any policy applies to all who are university stakeholders including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, and administration. The purpose of a policy is to provide direction and to ensure development of consistent policies and related processes, in accordance with the following criteria:
1. It is a governing principle that mandates or constrains actions.
2. It has institution-wide application.
3. It changes infrequently and sets a course for the foreseeable future.
4. It helps ensure compliance, enhances the university’s mission or reduces institutional risk.