It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to recognize and maintain the distinction between those activities which are appropriate to the Board of Trustees as the governing body of the College and those administrative activities which are to be performed by the President and his/her staff in the exercise of delegated administrative authority.
The responsibility of the Board of Trustees to develop policy is stated in Chapter 35 of the Pennsylvania Code. Pursuant to this statutory authority, the Board of Trustees retains sole authority to enact, rescind, or modify all policies governing the College.
The term “policy” is used to represent a statement by the Board of Trustees, adopted at a public meeting, that defines the mission and vision of the College, establishes one or more institutional goals, and/or directs action on the part of the President. Initiation of suggestions regarding policies to be developed and/or recommendations for revision is encouraged in order to meet the changing needs of the College, its students, and its community.
DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW PROCESS
The policy development process may be initiated by the Board of Trustees or through appropriate administrative processes as may be implemented by the President. The process to be utilized is as follows:
The Board of Trustees recognizes that there may be policy matters that should not be subject to the development and review process described herein. These would include but not be limited to the following as determined by the Board:
The Trustees realize that situations may arise that require an interim policy response. When such a situation arises, as determined by the President, the President is authorized to develop and implement interim policy guidelines. Such policies will then be submitted to the Board for action at the next regular or special public meeting.
PUBLICATION AND EVALUATION
The Board shall refer approved policies to the President for publication and the development of operational procedures necessary to affect their implementation. The Office of the President shall be responsible for maintaining a policy manual reflecting all policies approved by the Trustees. The President shall also be responsible for working with the Board to conduct a periodic review of existing policies.