A University Policy is an official directive, approved by the President based on the recommendation of the Executive Officers (Vice Presidents), that has broad and direct application across all schools, departments, and other administrative units of the University. A University Policy has historically been known as a TAP, and will hereinafter be referred to as a TAP (collectively, the TAPs).

TAPs impose binding obligations on students, faculty, staff and/or visitors as applicable.

TAPs ensure:

  • promotion of mission-centered values and objectives
  • compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and/or
  • adoption of operational efficiencies and best practices.

TAPs do not alter, amend or modify the employment relationship between an employee and the University. All University employees are "employees-at-will," except: faculty, employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement, and employees who have been given a contract that specifically sets forth that the employment is for a specified term. A letter of appointment setting forth an employee's annual salary is not an employment contract for a specified term, and it does not change or modify the at-will employment relationship.

Department Procedures, Guidelines and Protocols

Departmental Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, and Protocols are statements of the standards and practices of an administrative unit of the University. These pertain to matters within the exclusive function of a specific administrative unit. A Departmental Policy, Procedure, Guideline, and/or Protocol may have broad impact across the University, but unlike a TAP, it is approved and managed at the departmental level.

Order of Precedence

To the extent that there is any conflict or inconsistency between a TAP and a Departmental Policy, Procedure, Guideline, and/or Protocol, the TAP shall govern and control.


  1. TAPs - Definition, Purposes and Guidelines for Use
  2.  Post Retirement Health Reimbursement Account
  3. Classification of All University Employees
  4. Recruitment and Employment Procedure For All Employees
  5. Wage, Salary Range and Position Classification
  6. Selection, Assignment, Transfer, and Promotion Non-Faculty Employees
  7. Ethics Reporting & Fiscal Misconduct
  8. Employment Records
  9. Military Leave of Absence
  10. Termination of Employment – Notice Guidelines, Non-Faculty Employees
  11. Fair Labor Standards Act, Attendance & Affordable Care Act
  12. Benefits — DUFlex Insurance
  13. Tuition Remission
  14. Holidays/Holy Days For Administrative/Professional and Support Employees
  15. Sick Leave, Short-term and Long-term Disability Benefits
  16. Retirement - University Sponsored Defined Contribution Plan
  17. Vacation For Full-time, Clerical/Secretarial and Administrative/Professional Employees
  18. Retirement Benefits - All University Employees
  19. Bereavement Time, Non-faculty Employees
  20. Jury Duty Time – All University Employees
  21. Employment of Relatives of University Employees
  22. Emergency Closing or Partial Shutdown of University
  23. Leaves of Absence: Family and Medical Leave, Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, and Personal Leave
  24. Workers’ Compensation
  25. Smoking
  26. Acceptable Use of Computing Resources
  27. Political Activity
  28. Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
  29. Environmental Health and Safety
  30. Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity, and Human Relations in The Workplace and Classroom
  31. Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination
  32. Drug-free and Alcohol-free Working and Learning Environment
  33. Conflict of Interest
  34. Appointment of Non-faculty Employees
  35. Marketing and Communications
  36. College and University Security Information Act
  37. Soliciting, Petitioning, Distribution of Literature, Demonstrations and Picketing
  38. Employee and Student Use of University Motor Vehicles
  39. Records Retention
  40. Official University Fundraising and Advancement Activity
  41. Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  42. former Research Integrity Policy (now located here)
  43. former Supplemental Income from Grants Policy (now located here)
  44. former Research Proposals to Government, Corporate, Foundations Policy (now located here)
  45. former Conflicts of Interest in Grants and Sponsored Research Projects Policy (now located here)
  46. Commercial Entities - Faculty, Staff and Student Participation
  47. former Honorary Degrees and Speakers for Commencements, Convocations and Other University Events (under review)
  48. Weapons and Violence - Campus and Workplace
  49. Immigration
  50. Protection of Minors
  51. Food and Beverages - Safe Sale or Serving
  52. International Travel/Travel to Warning List Countries
  53. Relocation Expense Reimbursement
  54. Remote Working
  55. Ethical, Respectful and Professional Conduct
  56. Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and Requests for Reasonable Accommodation
  57. Social Media
  58. Medical Marijuana
  59. Animals on Campus
  60. On Campus COVID-19 Rules
  61. Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment
  62. Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation
  63. University Advisory Boards
  64. Legal Services

TAPs by Category


Proposing or Amending a TAP

Any member of the campus community may propose a new TAP and/or amendments to a current TAP.


The first step to propose a new TAP or amendments to a TAP is to gain the approval of the appropriate Vice President.

  • Students may take such proposals to the Vice President for Student Life. 
  • Faculty may take such proposals directly to the Provost or to the Faculty Senate President, who will take the proposal to the Provost on behalf of the faculty member. 
  • Staff may take such proposals directly to their Vice President.


After approval by the appropriate Vice President, the individual making the proposal must then submit a policy proposal, utilizing the TAPs template to tapsFREEDUQUESNE, where the proposal will be reviewed by the TAPs Committee.


The President and Vice Presidents may seek the input of the deans, the faculty senate and/or other members of the various constituencies in considering proposals.

The President and Vice Presidents, at their sole discretion, may elect to have a proposed policy or procedure referred to a committee before making a final recommendation to the President. The committee shall be composed of members of the University community. The committee is advisory to the President and the Vice Presidents.

The President has final authority in approving the TAPs and/or any amendments thereto.

Members of the TAP Committee

The TAPs Committee is a standing committee of the University that reviews proposals to ensure that new or revised TAPs follow an approved format and process, and meet established standards for TAPs. It will also assist in preparing the proposal for further review and consideration by the President and the Vice Presidents. In some cases where an individual is proposing a new TAP, the TAPs committee may determine that the proposed new TAP is not a TAP, but rather is a Departmental Procedure, Guideline and/or Protocol.

Bridget Calhoun

Chair, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Gabriel Welsch

Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Ryan Dawson

Associate VP/Chief HR Officer

Jennifer Fink

Asst Vice Pres/Legal Affairs

Steven Baicker McKee

Assistant Professor, Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University

Melissa Loughner

Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs