News and Updates

Updated Policies

Employee Handbook –?Section 315 Paid Family and Medical Leave?– effective January 1, 2021, will replace the existing Section 315 Leave of Absence – Personal (unpaid) which is effective through December 31, 2020

    Code of Ethical Conduct – Updated December 1, 2020

    Conflict of Interest Policy – Updated December 1, 2020

    Minimum Security Standards, Updated Notember 2020

    The Ordering Method Matrix was updated in the Ordering and Contracting (6.2.1) Policy, November 2020

    Student Work Hours for Employment at Boston University Policy – Updated June 25, 2020

    Academic Conduct Code?–?Academic Integrity Addendum for Graduate Students added, June 2020

    Faculty Handbook – Extension Of The Probationary Period For Tenure Track Faculty , June 2020

    New Policies

    (Note: Also see the COVID and Sexual Misconduct sections below on this page)

    Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Policy passed December 15, 2020, effective in Spring 2021 semester

    BU Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Policy?– effective January 1, 2021

    Boston University Family and Medical Leave Policy for Temporary Employees, Part-Time Faculty, and Former Employees?– effective January 1, 2021

    Data Lifecycle Management Policy – replaced the Data Protection Requirements Policy, November 2020

    Statement on Free Speech and Expression

    Gift Acceptance and Naming Policy, effective September 17, 2020

    Policy on Visiting Students, Effective fall 2020

    Award of Posthumous Degrees by Boston University, Effective September 1, 2020

    Policy on Visiting Faculty and Research Scholars, Effective September 1, 2020

    Conflict of Commitment Policy?–?Policy is effective??7/31/20 and?replaces the previous External Professional Activity Policy

    Policy On Dissertation Work Outside Of Boston University, June 2020

    Libraries Code of Conduct, June 2020

    COVID-19 Back2BU Guides and Policies

    Back2BU New Campus Life: Graduate & Professional Student Guide

    Back2BU New Campus Life: Undergraduate Student Guide

    Back2BU Back to On-Campus Work Phase 2 Re-Entry

    COVID-19 Policies for Students – Dean of Students Office, 2020

    Student Testing Protocols and Expectations
    Student COVID Compliance and Enforcement Protocols
    Non-Resident and Guest Policy

    Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policies and Procedures – New and Old

    Policy and Procedures Applying to conduct that occurs on or after August 14, 2020

    Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students

    Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates

    Procedures for the Resolution of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates

    Policy and Procedures Applying to conduct occurring on or before August 13, 2020

    Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy

    Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates?“Faculty Procedures”

    Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints against Students?“Student Procedures”

    Question About Policies?

    If you have questions about University Policies or the process by which they are developed, refer to the About Policies page?on this site which features information on the policy governance and approval process, or contact the?Compliance Services Office?or the?Office of the Provost. To request that changes be made to a Policy on the website, contact the?Compliance Services Office. They can help you understand the process for updating Policies and Procedures.

    Policies Website Redesign

    The Policies website underwent a renovation to improve the look and feel of the site in 2019. New features include improved search functionality and streamlined searching through the homepage, and the ability to? convert Policies hosted on the site into a printable PDF with the click of a button. The following graphic highlights some of the other new site features:

    Renovated Policies website tips: Each policy has a permanent URL; Each policy has a red rectangle link on the top left-hand side of the page. Clicking the link downloads a PDF and printer-friendly version of the Policy; The Policy Header contains information about the policy, including the following: (1) The top right-hand side of the Policy provides the date the Policy is effective and when the Policy was most recently revised; (2) the type of document (Policy, Procedure, or Guidelines) is located above the name of the Policy; (3) Each policy falls under one or more related categories. The related categories are found just above the name of the policy; (3) The Policy title is prominently displayed, and (5) Below the Policy title is the Responsible Office (Policy owner) with a link to other Policies from the same Policy owner. In addition, a red circle with a white up arrow appears on the bottom right-hand side of the screen as a scroll tool that returns the user to the top of the Policy. At the bottom of each policy page is a section for additional resources including: related policies, BU websites and information, forms, appendices, and other useful information.