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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

Board of Regents Approves New Policy on Presidential Benefits
August 11, 2014
On August 8, 2014, the Board of Regents approved new Regents' Policy 3.9: Benefits of the University President. Read More...

Student Fee Review Board Policy Revised
July 21, 2014
The Student Fee Review Board ("SFRB") and the Acting University President have approved changes Read More...

Open Enrollment Periods and Re-Enrollment in Benefit Plans
June 5, 2014
President Frank approved a minor policy revision today to UAP 3600 ("Eligibility for Employee, Retiree, and Dependent Benefit Plans" Read More...

Minor Policy Revisions Approved by President Frank
June 3, 2014
On May 29, 2014, President Frank approved minor revisions to UAP 3220 ("Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Staff") and UAP 3600 ("Eligibility for Employee, Retiree, and Dependent Benefit Plans"). Read More...

President Frank approves revised OEO and Sexual Harassment policies
May 21, 2014
On May 21, 2014, President Frank approved substantive revisions to UAP 2720 ("Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action") and UAP 2730 ("Sexual Harassment"). Read More...

Four Policy Revisions Approved by President Frank
May 1, 2014
On April 30, 2014, President Frank approved revisions to four University Administrative Policies. Read More...

Approved Changes to Regents' Policy 1.3 Effective May 1
May 1, 2014
On May 1st, 2014, approved changes to Regents' Policy 1.3 ("Public Notice of Regents' Meetings") become effective. Read More...

Board of Regents Approves Changes to Regents' Policies
April 16, 2014
On April 8, the Board of Regents approved changes to six Regents' policies, primarily to reflect a new monetary threshold of $1,000,000 or more for when items should come before the Regents for approval. Read More...

30-Day Campus Review and Comment Period
April 1, 2014
Proposed revisions to two existing policies are available for review and comment by the campus community for a 30-day period (April 1st - May 1st). Read More...