The Institutional Policy Committee's Role in Governance
Baylor College of Medicine established the Institutional Policy Committee (IPC) in March 2015 to create a clear, coherent, and well-communicated governance process for developing new policies and amending existing policies. This process enhances institutional effectiveness and streamlines institutional change, thereby reducing timelines for policy delivery, implementation and management. The IPC has the following responsibilities:
- Oversee and coordinate a process and governance framework through which institutional policies are formulated, vetted, approved, reviewed and maintained, communicated and enforced
- Review and provide input on all new and existing institutional policies
- Assess existing policies for coverage, including consistency or conflict with other policies
- Distinguish institutional policies from procedures concerning internal departmental, school, or functional-unit operations
- Facilitate creation of a policy repository to serve as an authoritative source for policies
- Assist in communicating policies to the College community and facilitate compliance
The IPC, with its membership of faculty, staff, trainees and students, created a standardized policy development and approval process that consistently values and incorporates diverse perspectives while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulatory and/or grant requirements, and achieving maximum institutional effectiveness. Since its creation, the IPC has reviewed more than 50 institutional policies. We welcome your input into the policy process. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about current policy or if you find that a new policy is needed, please contact us.
The IPC has representation from all four schools and has 25 voting members: 16 faculty members (including the current Chair), two administrative staff members, two postdoctoral trainees and four students. Members are self-nominated and/or nominated by IPC colleagues, then reviewed/approved by the President. At least four members are appointed by the Faculty Senate.
- Joslyn Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
- John R. Rodgers, Ph.D.
- Megan Monroe, J.D.
Director of Policy Governance
Eleven new and revised policies recently were published in the College's Policy and Procedures Manual. They address employee relations issues concerning standards of conduct, absenteeism and progressive discipline, compliance topics involving vendor interactions and protected health information, administrative changes to policies on authorship and Graduate Medical Education, and functions of the Office of the Ombudsman. For more information, please see the summary of policy updates (Baylor login required).