Establishing Local Unit Policies and Procedures

In most cases, schools within the university are responsible for ensuring compliance with institutional policies related to international activity in their areas. It is therefore critical for school deans’ offices to keep apprised of new and newly revised central policies and to establish a local process for distributing those policies to stakeholders.

Local units with significant international activity will likely have representation on central policy and review committees—a situation that typically makes local communication easier. Local units without central committee representation may also assign designees. In all cases, local unit designees may maintain an updated list of local stakeholders and work collaboratively with central administration to ensure that stakeholders keep apprised of new and newly revised central policies and procedures related to international activity.

As described above, local units will likely have standing internal committees related to international activity. In order to ease administrative burdens, an institution may grant these local unit committees the right to approve international ventures up to a certain annual budget threshold or in other situations defined by central policies as low risk. (when a local unit with established study abroad programs is establishing a new study abroad program, for example.) All local unit evaluations and approvals of proposals for new international activity may be conducted before a proposal is forwarded to the central committee.

Local unit committees related to international activity are typically formed for the following purposes: