Q1. Why are we doing the Policy Library Project?
Currently, UW–Madison has no centralized repository for those institutional policies that govern the entire university. The Policy Library Project is focused on establishing a searchable, online policy library for all university-wide policies at UW–Madison. The primary goal is to create a single reliable, up-to-date resource for all university-wide policies.
Q2. Does this project include reviewing policy content?
No. The project team’s role is not to review policy content. If policy content issues are identified, they are being noted and shared with the unit responsible for the policy.
Q3. Will this project change our policy development processes?
The project team’s charge is to make recommendations about how to successfully implement a functional policy library for the university. At the project team’s recommendation, a separate working group is drafting guidelines that capture our current policy development processes, and that incorporate the policy library and policy coordinator into these processes.
Q4. Will this project change or eliminate policies?
No. Any problematic policies (e.g., policies with no clear owner, obsolete or outdated policies, etc.) identified during the policy inventory review are being noted and shared with the appropriate unit for them to resolve.
Q5. Will school-, college-, or unit-specific policies be included in the policy library?
The initial focus of the project is to create a policy library for university-wide policies. Once that phase of the project is complete, the project team will explore whether to include school-, college-, and unit-specific policies in the library (this will include obtaining input from project sponsors and from campus). If it is determined that the policy library will expand in this way, the project would enter a second phase in order to accomplish this.