New and Recently Updated Policies

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STUDENT WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students seeking to withdraw from Iowa State University must comply with this policy and the processes established by the Office of the Registrar. 


ISU INCIDENT PORTAL

The Workers' Compensation policy has been updated to address the ISU Incident Portal, a comprehensive incident reporting system for work-related injuries and incidents. This system replaces the work injury and incident reporting system that was contained in AccessPlus. Employees may access the portal to report a work-related injury or illness.


CONTRACTING AUTHORITY POLICY UPDATED

The policy on Contracting Authority (Non-employment Related) has been updated to reflect current dollar thresholds and university titles.


CLARIFICATION OF POLICY ON EXPRESSIVE ACTIVITIES

Facilities and Grounds Use policy: The policy was revised to clarify that ISU encourages public discourse. Any member of the university community or the public may use most outdoor areas for non-commercial expressive activities on a first come, first served basis without giving prior notice. The policy also addresses uses of indoor areas.

Agora: This term from ancient Greek society means “public gathering place.” In the spirit of encouraging public discourse, the term will be introduced with signage in two high-traffic locations on central campus that are particularly conducive to expressive activities. Note that expressive activities are NOT limited to these two areas.

Notice or Approval: Certain large events require prior notice and/or approval. Guidelines have been developed to simplify the process of obtaining authorization for indoor or outdoor activities meeting the policy’s definition of “public events.“


UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) / DRONES

The Facilities and Grounds Use, Activities policy was amended to address Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as "drones." The policy and associated guidance establish requirements for obtaining permission before flying UAS on or over ISU property.The Federal Aviation Administration's rules regarding UAS continue to evolve, so the guidance will be updated as necessary to comply with applicable regulations. The policy team appreciates the constructive input received from the university community during this process. Thank you!


CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND COMMITMENT

Effective January 1, 2016, minor changes were made to the Conflicts of Interest and Commitment (COIC) policy and corresponding Procedures, Applications, and Guidance (PAG) to align with ISU practices. These changes do not affect the spirit of the policy, and should not impact its application, except to allow for a more efficient process to track employee COIC disclosures.


Policies in Development

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, STALKING, AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE INVOLVING STUDENTS

The Sexual Misconduct Policy Committee is proposing a revision of the current sexual misconduct policy that updates and clarifies reporting procedures and resources for responding to prohibited conduct. The revised policy and the accompanying procedures streamline and improve the university's investigation and adjudication processes. A letter from the Committee provides further context for the revision. Please review the draft policy and draft procedures, and submit your comments and questions to policy@iastate.edu between October 2 and November 17.

DONATED LEAVE FOR CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS OR INJURY

This draft policy broadens eligibility requirements of the current Catastrophic Illness or Injury policy to allow donations of leave for an immediate family member as the result of their catastrophic illness or injury. The revision is intended to align with the university’s strategic plan and the other Regent Institutions. Please review the draft policy, draft guidelines for donations to an employee, and draft guidelines for donations to an immediate family member. Submit your comments and questions to policy@iastate.edu between October 1 and November 6, 2017.