The University has a large number of policy and management documents in many different environments. It is essential that these documents should be accessible by all who have an interest in them. It also is essential that users always work with the current (most recent) document.
Policy documents are written primarily on the level of principles, have a medium or longer term period of applicability, and contain information on the purpose, scope, policy principles, decision-making, roles, definitions and information on supporting and related documents with regard to a specific matter. Policy documents are finalised, prescriptive and compliance is compulsory. Policy documents are generally accessible internally and externally. SU requires that policy documents are approved by Council. This requirement can serve as a handy guideline when considering whether the document concerned should be written as policy, or rather in some other appropriate form of management document.