So you want to write a policy

Acting president Leonard Chapin Mead, Tufts administrators John C. Palmer, Frank A. Tredinnick, with two other members of Tufts adminstration, 1966

Sometimes in the course of our work at Tufts we will run into situations where we think, “We need a new policy.” or “We really need to update this policy.” How do we move from these thoughts to actually developing and implementing a policy? The DCA has some basic advice on how to do this.

Not every problem needs a policy. Before diving head-first into writing a policy you should understand what policies can and cannot do:

  • Policies are written documents that declare our values, say what we do, or mandate actions or constraints.
  • Policies support consistent, logical, and fair decision making. Policies do not replace decision making.
  • Effective policies provide frameworks, they do not try to account for every detail or situation.
  • Not every problem needs a new policy. Tufts already has a substantial network of bylaws, policies, and procedures that may already address your concern.

The DCA also provides additional tools and advice for managing and developing policies, including a policy development tool, advice for developing IT or information policies, and a policy template.

To be clear, these are resources are just here to help you and their use is not mandatory.