Policies Under Development

Proposed Policies

Significant proposed policies and policy revisions are published here, in draft form, for campus comment, as part of W&M's Policy Program

  • Interim Student Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Grievance/Complaint Procedure.  This procedure has been revised, on an interim basis, effective September 16, 2015, to (1) comply with Virginia law effective July 1, 2015, by addition of an initial assessment process and noting university actions on the transcript, (2) expand and detail the role of advisors and the consideration of past evidence or evidence of other sexual misconduct, (3) change the process for making determinations of violations from a hearing panel model to an investigative/administrative resolution model, (4) insert several standard provisions from the Code of Conduct, and (5) make slight modifications to several deadlines.  For more detail about the revisions, please visit the Interim Procedure page.

    Significant procedure revisions typically are posted in advance of their effective date, to allow for campus comment prior to their being finalized.  In cases where compliance obligations or other circumstances do not allow for prior posting, procedures may be revised or created with immediate effect and simultaneously posted for comment.  To ensure timely compliance, the Student Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Grievance/Complaint Procedure revisions are effective upon publication on September 16, 2015.  Any comments received will be considered in finalizing the procedural revisions in permanent (non-interim) status.
Policies Under Review or Finalization

These are policies previously proposed and being finalized, or current W&M policies that are being reviewed and may be updated, revised, or eliminated.  

  • Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking. This policy was amended by the President effective August 17, 2015, to (1) expand its application to faculty and staff and certain third parties, (2) make minor revisions to the definitions of sexual misconduct including changes to clarify the relationship of the policy definitions to VAWA offenses, (3) modify the definition of incapacitation to make it easier to understand, (4) make changes relating to the initial review of reports and employee reporting obligations, to comply with state law effective July 1, 2015, (5) update contact information and other reporting provisions, and (6) make the policy easier to read through changes to format and organization. This policy was posted for campus notice and comment until October 1, 2015, and is currently being finalized.  
  • Policy on Telecommuting. The purpose of this policy is to allow employees to work at alternate work locations for all or part of their workweek.  The policy specifies the types of positions that are not eligible for telecommuting, and the factors considered in determining whether specific employees are eligible to telecommute.  This policy was posted for campus notice and comment, and is currently being finalized.  

  • Policy on Financial Conflict of Interest.  This policy was adopted in 1995 and has not been updated.  Proposed revisions are underway.  
  • Return to Work Policy.  This policy is reviewed periodically.  

Ideas for New Policies or Significant Revisions

This is a non-exhaustive list of new policies that are being drafted, considered, or planned.  They may or may not come into being.  If you have questions or suggestions about these policies, please contact the Office of Compliance & Policy.  

  • Policy on employee contact with federal and state government officials
  • Lactation policy (policy relating to employees or students breastfeeding children or expressing milk)
  • Policy on hours of work and alternate work schedules 
  • Outside food sourcing policy (under development by Auxiliary Services)