University Institutes Three New General Policies

Posted: October 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason has recently established three new general policies: Writing, Issuing and Maintaining Responsibility for University Policies; Use of 15-Passenger Vans; and Animal Control.

The purpose of the first policy is to ensure that the George Mason community has ready access to well-articulated and understandable university policies. These policies should be easy to find, read and understand, and they will help the university accomplish its mission; maintain accountability; provide faculty, staff and students with clear, concise guidelines; and clarify how the university conducts business.

Under the Use of 15-Passenger Vans policy, the university community is authorized to use these vehicles for official business or university-approved activities. This policy recognizes George Mason’s status as a state agency and its responsibility to exercise reasonable care in utilizing and operating state-owned, rented, and leased vehicles. All drivers must meet qualifications set forth in this policy.

The Animal Control policy specifies that no person can bring an animal onto campus unless the animal is leashed, caged, or under direct physical control of its owner or other responsible person.

In addition, Records Management policy has been rewritten. The Virginia Public Records Act stipulates that the “Librarian of Virginia shall administer a records management program for the application of efficient and economical management methods to the creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation, and disposal of public records … It shall be the duty of the Librarian of Virginia to establish procedures and techniques for the effective management of public records, to make continuing surveys of paper work operations, and to recommend improvements in current records management practices, including the use of space, equipment, and supplies employed in creating, maintaining and servicing records.”

“It shall be the duty of any agency with public records to cooperate with the Librarian of Virginia in conducting surveys and to establish and maintain an active, continuing program for the economical and efficient management of the records of such agency.”

For more information, visit the new University Policies web site.

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