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The Wichita State University Policies and Procedures Manual was adopted to bring WSU policies and procedures together in one manual, and was initially compiled from the following sources:

The manual was first adopted July 1, 1997, and reaffirmed July 1, 2014. Policy manual sections lacking an effective date were in effect previous to when the manual was first adopted. Additions or revisions to the manual must be proposed by an Initiating Authority and approved by the President as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual - Policy

The manual is the official compendium for all university policies and is regulated by Andy Schlapp, Executive Director of Government Relations. Chris Cavanaugh, Director of Internal Audit, maintains the manual. If you would like to be notified of additions and revisions to the manual, send an email to Chris Cavanaugh requesting to be added to the email notification list.

Recent Additions and Revisions

8.05 / Student Code of Conduct
Effective Date: October 3, 2017
To reflect changes to institutional philosophy regarding student behavior, staffing and organizational changes within the University, developments in best practices in the field of student conduct, and increased federal mandates and scrutiny of institutional processes.
Recommended by Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and Vice President for Student Affairs.

11.12 / Use of University Campus for First Amendment Activities
Effective Date: September 29, 2017
To update and consolidate University policies pertaining to first amendment activities on WSU campus by university and non-university individuals and groups. Supersedes former Sections 11.12 and 11.13.
Recommended by First Amendment Activities Policy Review Committee chaired by Vice President for Student Affairs.

11.12 / Use of University Campus by Non-University Groups for First Amendment Activities
Rescission Date: September 29, 2017
Superseded by new Section 11.12.
Recommended by First Amendment Activities Policy Review Committee chaired by Vice President for Student Affairs.

11.13 / Use of University Campus by University Groups for First Amendment Activities
Rescission Date: September 29, 2017
Superseded by new Section 11.12.
Recommended by First Amendment Activities Policy Review Committee chaired by Vice President for Student Affairs.

8.10 / Students with Disabilities
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To detail process to follow when a student requests accommodations for a disability, and establish appeal and complaint procedures, to fulfill agreement with National Federation of the Blind.
Recommended by Accessibility Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

2.06 / Students with Disabilities - Academic Adjustments
Rescission Date: August 8, 2017
Superseded by Section 8.10.
Recommended by Accessibility Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

1.09 / Strategic Planning Committee
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To define structure and responsibilities of the Strategic Planning Committee, a University-level standing committee implemented by the President to facilitate the advancement of the WSU Strategic Plan.
Recommended by Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning.

3.02 / Notice of Nondiscrimination
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To add contact information for Office for Civil Rights Kansas office and national headquarters.
Recommended by Office of Equal Opportunity and Office of Human Resources.

8.10 / Students with Disabilities
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To detail process to follow when a student requests accommodations for a disability, and establish appeal and complaint procedures, to fulfill agreement with National Federation of the Blind.
Recommended by Accessibility Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

2.06 / Students with Disabilities - Academic Adjustments
Rescission Date: August 8, 2017
Superseded by Section 8.10.
Recommended by Accessibility Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

8.11 / Accessible Content
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To outline accessibility standards to be implemented by July 2020 to fulfill agreement with National Federation of the Blind.
Recommended by Accessibility Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

8.16 / Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy for Students
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To comply with Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act requirements, and other minor updates as needed.
Recommended by Clery Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

8.17 / Missing Students
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To enhance collection and security of missing student emergency contact information by Housing and Residence Life, and the protocol for reporting and investigating possible missing students, to comply with the Clery Act.
Recommended by Clery Committee chaired by General Counsel's Office.

9.16 / Depository for Representations and Certifications 
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To more clearly establish designation of responsible officers for each compliance requirement, a central depository, and an index of representations and certifications. Replaces former Depository for Certifications and Assurances Policy.
Recommended by Office of Research Compliance and General Counsel's Office.

13.04 / Tuition and Fees Refunds
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To reflect Department of Defense changes to withdrawal and refund policy, i.e. University will return any unearned tuition assistance funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the applicable period.
Recommended by Office of Finance and Administration.

13.06 / Tuition and Fees Waivers
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To insert links to WSU Comprehensive Fee Schedule and Financial Operations Accounts Receivable Waivers/Exemptions/Discounts web page, and specify the Vice President for Finance and Administration's oversight of waivers and exemptions available to students.
Recommended by Office of Finance and Administration.

15.04 / Shipping
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To strengthen oversight of international shipments to ensure export control compliance. Replaces former Section 16.07, Shipping Materials Off Campus.
Recommended by Office of Research Compliance and Physical Plant.

19.06 / Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To update contact information for Designated Agent for complaints under the DMCA and other minor updating.
Recommended by Office of Research Compliance.

20.16 / Food and Beverage Policies
Effective Date: August 8, 2017
To reflect provisions of new food vendor contract. Replaces former Food Service Policy.
Recommended by Division of Student Affairs.

20.19 / Driving State Vehicles
Revision Date: August 8, 2017
To incorporate contents of former Section 20.12, Usage of Multi-Passenger Vans, update guidance for employees who may be permitted to drive state vehicles, and specify that Physical Plant rather than University Police Department will outline required van training/safety classes.
Recommended by Office of Finance and Administration.

20.12 / Usage of Multi-Passenger Vans
Rescission Date: August 8, 2017
Superseded by revised Section 20.19.
Recommended by Office of Finance and Administration.

11.19 / Weapons on University Property
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
To implement weapons policy approved December 14, 2016, by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Recommended by General Counsel's Office.

11.11 / Tobacco Free Campus
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
To provide guidance concerning tobacco use in and around campus grounds and buildings.
Recommended by General Counsel's Office.

Prior Year Additions and Revisions

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015