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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

There are no proposed policies or major policy revisions currently available for comment.

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.  

  • Proposed Amendment to Intellectual Property Policy.  The Provost is proposing revisions to the Intellectual Property Policy.  The proposed revisions to the W&M Intellectual Property Policy confirm William & Mary’s commitment to protecting the property rights and obligations of all community members, including the university itself.  The revisions make one substantive change, clarifying that all students, whether or not employed by William & Mary, enjoy protections and assume responsibilities under the Policy.  The proposed revisions assure the Policy’s consistency with the SACSCOC Standards for Accreditation and are in keeping with the aspirations underlying the Virginia Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship.  The amendments also make formatting and other updates.  The Policy was adopted in 2007; this would be its first amendment or revision.  The Policy is available for comment until March 1, 2016.   
  • Proposed November 2015 amendments to Discrimination Policy. The Office of Compliance & Equity is proposing revisions to the Policy on Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation.  Most of the revisions are minor or technical in nature.  The most significant revisions are those that (1) tighten the scope of the policy by more specifically describing the situations in which conduct is covered by the policy, and (2) clarify the university’s response to harassing conduct that is not severe or pervasive enough to have created a hostile environment. Amendments to appendices to the policy are also proposed, including amendments that would modify the confidential resources available.  This policy was posted for campus notice and comment until December 11, 2015, and is currently being finalized.  
  • 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 & Equity.  

  • 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)