Administrative Implementation of Board Policy

Administrative Rule
2.0800.01
Council: Administrative Services Council
Effective date: 03/24/20

Value Statement

Austin Community College District (“ACC” or “the College”) regards comprehensive, orderly and efficient administration as essential to fulfillment of its mission.

Administrative Rule

ACC shall be administered through an organized system of Administrative Rules and, as warranted, related Guidelines/Procedures, through which Board Policy shall be implemented.

Terminology/Definition

Administrative Rule – a written statement that addresses how ACC will implement an aspect of Board Policy. Collectively, Administrative Rules provide the highest level of administrative direction to the college.

Guideline/Procedure – a written statement that provides details as to how an Administrative Rule shall be implemented and is published as a guideline/procedure in relation to a specific Administrative Rule.

Council – a group with the responsibility to advise the College Chancellor with respect to Administrative Rules and Guidelines/Procedures related to designated spheres of ACC responsibilities, activities or operations, and whose membership includes both personnel with relevant expertise and representatives of relevant ACC stakeholders.

Administrative Rules

  1. Administrative Rules, their modification or rescission become effective upon being signed by the College Chancellor.
  2. In general, a proposal to the College Chancellor to adopt, modify or rescind an Administrative Rule shall come from the Council within whose sphere of responsibility it falls, and only after the proposal has been considered through ACC’s process of shared governance. However, if, in the judgment of the Chancellor, the interests of ACC would be materially harmed during the time it typically takes to adopt, modify or rescind an Administrative Rule, the Chancellor may sign off on the adoption, modification or rescission of any Administration Rule to the extent needed to meet ACC’s material interests. In such cases, the Administrative Rule in question will immediately be placed on the agenda of the Council within whose sphere of responsibility it falls, and, after consideration through ACC’s process of shared governance, the Council will either resolve in support of the Chancellor’s action or recommend to the Chancellor that the rule in question be rescinded, modified or restored.
  3. Each Administrative Rule shall clearly reference the Board Policy to which it is related and must be compatible with all Board Policy.
  4. All Administrative Rules shall be made available in electronic form both internally and externally.

Guidelines/Procedures

  1. Guidelines/Procedures, their modification or rescission become effective upon being signed by the College Chancellor.
  2. In general, a proposal to the College Chancellor to adopt, modify or rescind a Guideline/Procedure shall come from the Council within whose sphere of responsibility it falls, and only after the proposal has been considered through ACC’s process of shared governance. However, if, in the judgment of the Chancellor, the interests of ACC would be materially harmed during the time it typically takes to adopt, modify or rescind Guidelines/Procedures, the Chancellor may sign off on the adoption, modification or rescission of any Guideline/Procedure to the extent needed to meet ACC’s material interests. In such cases, the Guideline/Procedure in question will immediately be placed on the agenda of the Council within whose sphere of responsibility it falls, and after consideration through ACC’s process of shared governance, the Council will either resolve in support of the Chancellor’s action or recommend to the Chancellor that the Guideline/Procedure in question be rescinded, modified or restored.
  3. Each Guideline/Procedure shall clearly reference the Administrative Rule to which it is related.
  4. All Guidelines/Procedures shall be made available in electronic form both internally and externally.

Review Process

Administrative Rules and related Guidelines/Procedures shall be reviewed every three years, or sooner if needed, by the Council within whose sphere of responsibility they fall. The creation, modification or rescission of any Administrative Rule or Guideline/Procedure shall be completed in accordance with this Administrative Rule and its corresponding Guideline/Procedure (Creation, Modification, Rescission of Administrative Rules and Guidelines/Procedures).

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