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UNM_Policy_Office-L communicates important policy announcements (such as policy approvals, revisions, or campus review-and-comment periods).

Mission Statement

"Policy turns a potential crisis into a routine operation." (Association of College and University Policy Administrators)

The UNM Policy Office oversees the development, revision, and issuance of the Regents' policies and the University's administrative policies, while serving as the official repository for historical and current versions of the policies.  Through the policies, the office strives to mitigate risk, enhance efficiency, and promote compliance with laws and regulations.

Other Primary Sources of Policy Statements

For Students: The Pathfinder 
For Faculty: The Faculty Handbook

UNM Policy Office

MSC05 3357
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Scholes Hall
114 A and B

Phone: (505) 277-6531


Dane Smith Hall at The University of New Mexico

Board of Regents' Policy Manual

Exercising powers granted under state law, the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico adopted a body of policies for the governance of the University.  The policies, which are published as the Regents' Policy Manual, provide the framework and authority for the University's administrative policies.


Scholes HallUniversity Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual

The University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual policies align operations across the University, define roles and responsibilities, and implement the policies in the Regents' Policy Manual.  The policies include any institutional procedures necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the policies' intent and application.  Before new and amended policies are issued, they must be approved in writing by the University President.

INTRODUCING A NEW NAME: The University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual

The University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual is a new, more-fitting name for the policy manual formerly known as the University Business Policies and Procedures Manual.  When the manual was first issued about 20 years ago, its subject matter was limited to business matters.  Over time, the manual's scope expanded beyond that initial focus.  To accurately reflect the manual's present contents, the word "Administrative" has replaced "Business."  In its shortened form, UAPPM instead of UBPPM.  Regardless of the manual's actual name, long-term employees often refer to it as “Big Red,” a reference to the four-inch-wide red binders that once housed the policies.  Today, of course, the official versions of the policies are found on this website.

Recent News

Two Policies Approved by President Frank
January 29, 2016
On January 28, 2016, President Frank approved

President Frank Approved Eight Policies
January 6, 2016
On December 17, 2015, President Frank approved

Pay Transparency Statement
November 19, 2015
To comply with a new rule of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the University must publish a set statement on pay transparency in its policy manual, among other requirements. Read More...

Policies Posted for 30-Day, All-Campus Review
October 29, 2015
Proposed policy changes have been posted for a 30-day, all-campus review and comment period. Read More...

Six Personnel Policies Revised
August 20, 2015
On August 20, 2015, President Frank approved

Minor Revisions and a Rescission
August 19, 2015
On August 18, 2015, President Frank approved

Regents Approve Three Policies
August 14, 2015
The Board of Regents approved one new policy and revisions to two existing policies Read More...

Seven Sponsored Research Policies Revised
July 1, 2015
President Frank approved revisions to seven policies in the University Administrative Policy (UAP) manual that pertain to sponsored research Read More...

Regents Revise Two Policies
June 12, 2015
On June 12, 2015, the Board of Regents