Criteria for Inclusion of Items in the NIU Academic Policies and Procedures Manual

Information to be included in the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM) should relate primarily to such academic matters (including personnel matters, exclusive of Civil Service) as might arise in the conduct of the daily business of academic departments and other units. Moreover, the materials included in the APPM should not duplicate material available in substantially the same form in the NIU Constitution and Bylaws, NIU Business Procedures Manual, the NIU graduate and undergraduate catalogs, or the regulations of the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees or Illinois Board of Higher Education.


Process for Including Items in the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual

Academic Policies and Procedures Manual Advisory Committee

An advisory committee to the Executive Vice President and Provost has the responsibilities described below. The committee shall consist of five members and shall report to the Provost. Committee membership consists of:

  • Three members of the faculty selected by the Faculty Senate for staggered three-year terms
  • One member selected by the Council of Deans for a three-year term
  • One member of the supportive professional staff selected by the Supportive Professional Staff Council for a three-year term

University councils, committees, and units authorized by the University Constitution and Bylaws to initiate policies and procedures that wish to have new or revised policies and/or procedures included in the University Academic Policies and Procedures Manual shall submit them to the Executive Vice President and Provost. Policies that derive from some external mandate (e.g., Federal or State law, or regulations of the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees or Illinois Board of Higher Education) shall indicate that source. The Provost shall transmit these policies and/or procedures to the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual Advisory Committee. The advisory committee and the Provost shall determine, in accordance with the inclusion criteria, whether these policies and/or procedures are to be included in the APPM. If the decision is positive, the new or revised policies and/or procedures will be included in the APPM, and all offices and units on the distribution list for the APPM will receive copies of the new or revised material as soon as feasible. If the decision is negative, the advisory committee may suggest alternative means of disseminating the information. Policymaking bodies may also decide to delete policies; proposed deletions from the APPM should likewise be submitted to the advisory committee. If the committee feels that a particular policy action represents a major policy change, and it has come from a unit that does not regularly report its actions to the University Council, the advisory committee may refer the material to the Executive Secretary of the University Council for a determination of whether University Council review should occur before inclusion in the APPM.

Approved by the University Council, April 29, 1992
Editorial modifications, June 5, 1997