The Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM) is the official compilation of the university's administrative policies and procedures.

The APPM is more focused on implementation than on the creation of actual policy. Policies, procedures and other information in this manual are derived from sources such as policies of the board of governors and the president, operating requirements, procedural studies, review of organizational responsibilities, standard practices and legal requirements. Documentation of the university's policies and procedures promotes the standardization and simplification of administrative functions and is a reference for those who have administrative responsibilities at the university.

The Wayne State University Secretary/Office of the President and Division of Finance and Business Operations/Office of the Vice President is responsible for coordinating the development of policy guidelines to ensure consistent formatting, coordination of revisions/additions to university policies and procedures, and the distribution of this information.

It is the responsibility of the unit head to disseminate information pertinent to the functions of subordinates and to ensure that employees are aware of, understand and comply with all issued policies and procedures in the university's Administrative Policy and Procedure Manual.

The APPM is organized into 10 major categories moving from general to specific documentation.  Each category is divided into a five-level coding system. Periods are used to separate each level. This results in a breakdown by "major category", "functional class", "specific function", "topic" and "subtopic". For example, is Human Resources - Employment Practices - Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action - Formal Complaints.

The menu may be used to locate a particular subject based on the organization structure. Each section is further divided into unnumbered areas of:

Description - an overview/history of the subject.

Term(s)/Definition(s) - A word or group of words designating something/an explanation of a term or terms used in a section.

Policy - A predetermined course of action established as a guide toward accepted University strategies and objectives as specified by the Board of Governors statutes, Executive Orders of the President, and federal, state and municipal laws or other proscribed course(s) of action as defined in the APPM. (A policy reflects the objectives of the University).

Procedure - The means/steps by which a policy's actions can be accomplished. (Procedures provide continuing guidelines to management for making daily decisions).

Scope - a statement of employee groups that are impacted by the policy.

Refer to section 10.5 Policy and Procedure Documentation for greater detail.  Click here to access the APPM policy template.