A University Policy is an official directive, approved by the President based on the recommendation of the Executive Officers (Vice Presidents), that has broad and direct application across all schools, departments, and other administrative units of the University. A University Policy has historically been known as a TAP, and will hereinafter be referred to as a TAP (collectively, the TAPs).
TAPs impose binding obligations on students, faculty, staff and/or visitors as applicable.
- promotion of mission-centered values and objectives
- compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and/or
- adoption of operational efficiencies and best practices.
TAPs do not alter, amend or modify the employment relationship between an employee and the University. All University employees are "employees-at-will," except: faculty, employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement, and employees who have been given a contract that specifically sets forth that the employment is for a specified term. A letter of appointment setting forth an employee's annual salary is not an employment contract for a specified term, and it does not change or modify the at-will employment relationship.
Department Procedures, Guidelines and Protocols
Departmental Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, and Protocols are statements of the standards and practices of an administrative unit of the University. These pertain to matters within the exclusive function of a specific administrative unit. A Departmental Policy, Procedure, Guideline, and/or Protocol may have broad impact across the University, but unlike a TAP, it is approved and managed at the departmental level.
Order of Precedence
To the extent that there is any conflict or inconsistency between a TAP and a Departmental Policy, Procedure, Guideline, and/or Protocol, the TAP shall govern and control.
- TAPs - Definition, Purposes and Guidelines for Use
- Post Retirement Health Reimbursement Account
- Classification of All University Employees
- Recruitment and Employment Procedure For All Employees
- Wage, Salary Range and Position Classification
- Selection, Assignment, Transfer, and Promotion Non-Faculty Employees
- Ethics Reporting & Fiscal Misconduct
- Employment Records
- Military Leave of Absence
- Termination of Employment – Notice Guidelines, Non-Faculty Employees
- Fair Labor Standards Act, Attendance & Affordable Care Act
- Benefits — DUFlex Insurance
- Tuition Remission
- Holidays/Holy Days For Administrative/Professional and Support Employees
- Sick Leave, Short-term and Long-term Disability Benefits
- Retirement - University Sponsored Defined Contribution Plan
- Vacation For Full-time, 12-Month Clerical/Secretarial and Administrative/Professional Employees
- Retirement Benefits - All University Employees
- Bereavement Time, Non-faculty Employees
- Jury Duty Time – All University Employees
- Employment of Relatives of University Employees
- Emergency Closing or Partial Shutdown of University
- Leaves of Absence: Family and Medical Leave, Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, and Personal Leave
- Workers’ Compensation
- Acceptable Use of Computing Resources
- Political Activity
- Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity, and Human Relations in The Workplace and Classroom
- Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination
- Drug-free and Alcohol-free Working and Learning Environment
- Conflict of Interest
- Appointment of Non-faculty Employees
- Marketing and Communications
- College and University Security Information Act
- Soliciting, Petitioning, Distribution of Literature, Demonstrations and Picketing
- Employee and Student Use of University Motor Vehicles
- Records Retention
- Official University Fundraising and Advancement Activity
- Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations
- former Research Integrity Policy (now located here)
- former Supplemental Income from Grants Policy (now located here)
- former Research Proposals to Government, Corporate, Foundations Policy (now located here)
- former Conflicts of Interest in Grants and Sponsored Research Projects Policy (now located here)
- Commercial Entities - Faculty, Staff and Student Participation
- former Honorary Degrees and Speakers for Commencements, Convocations and Other University Events (under review)
- Weapons and Violence - Campus and Workplace
- Protection of Minors
- Food and Beverages - Safe Sale or Serving
- International Travel/Travel to Warning List Countries
- Relocation Expense Reimbursement
- Remote Working
- Ethical, Respectful and Professional Conduct
- Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and Requests for Reasonable Accommodation
- Social Media
- Medical Marijuana
- Animals on Campus
- On Campus COVID-19 Rules
- Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment
- Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation
- University Advisory Boards
- Legal Services
TAPs by Category
Proposing or Amending a TAP
Any member of the campus community may propose a new TAP and/or amendments to a current TAP.
The first step to propose a new TAP or amendments to a TAP is to gain the approval of the appropriate Vice President.
- Students may take such proposals to the Vice President for Student Life.
- Faculty may take such proposals directly to the Provost or to the Faculty Senate President, who will take the proposal to the Provost on behalf of the faculty member.
- Staff may take such proposals directly to their Vice President.
After approval by the appropriate Vice President, the individual making the proposal must then submit a policy proposal, utilizing the TAPs template to tapsFREEDUQUESNE, where the proposal will be reviewed by the TAPs Committee.
The President and Vice Presidents may seek the input of the deans, the faculty senate and/or other members of the various constituencies in considering proposals.
The President and Vice Presidents, at their sole discretion, may elect to have a proposed policy or procedure referred to a committee before making a final recommendation to the President. The committee shall be composed of members of the University community. The committee is advisory to the President and the Vice Presidents.
The President has final authority in approving the TAPs and/or any amendments thereto.
Members of the TAP Committee
The TAPs Committee is a standing committee of the University that reviews proposals to ensure that new or revised TAPs follow an approved format and process, and meet established standards for TAPs. It will also assist in preparing the proposal for further review and consideration by the President and the Vice Presidents. In some cases where an individual is proposing a new TAP, the TAPs committee may determine that the proposed new TAP is not a TAP, but rather is a Departmental Procedure, Guideline and/or Protocol.