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Policy Listserv

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


No SmokingAs part of its transition to a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, by August 15, 2017, UNM will eliminate most of its outdoor designated smoking areas. See UAP 2250 ("Transition to a Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus") for more details. Smokers and other tobacco users are encouraged to call 1-800-QUITNOW or go to for free nicotine replacement therapy and one-on-one phone coaching sessions with trained tobacco counselors.


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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

Acting President Approves Revisions to Seven Policies
May 10, 2017
On May 10, 2017 Acting President Abdallah

Acting President Abdallah Approves Minor Revisions
April 24, 2017
On April 21, 2017, Acting President Abdallah approved minor revisions to seven administrative policies. Read More...

Seven Policies Posted for 30-Day, All-Campus Review
April 3, 2017
Revisions to seven existing policies have been posted for a 30-day, all-campus review and comment period. Read More...

Acting President Approves Minor Revisions
March 21, 2017
Today, Acting President Abdallah approved minor revisions to three policies Read More...

Revisions to 16 Policies and One New Policy Issued
December 14, 2016
On December 12, 2016, revisions to 16 existing policies and one new policy were approved by the University President's Office. Read More...

Regents Approve Minor Revisions to Regents' Policy 1.3
December 13, 2016

Chrome River Policy Changes Effective December 1, 2016
December 1, 2016
Nine policies were revised to reference UNM's new financial software, Chrome River, with an effective date of December 1, 2016. Read More...

Contract Signature Authority for the Health Sciences Center
November 28, 2016
After a lengthy and thorough review, the Health Sciences Center has updated and streamlined Read More...

16 Policies Posted for 30-Day, All-Campus Review
October 14, 2016
One proposed new policy on "Universal Restrooms" and revisions to 15 existing University Administrative Policies (UAP) have been posted for a 30-day, all-campus review and comment period. Read More...