Policy on Policies
The purpose of the Loyola University Human Resources' Policies is to develop guidelines for assisting Administration in accomplishing its goals and in furthering the mission of Loyola University. This policy establishes responsibility and authority for policy approval, communication, interpretation and implementation.
It is the University's objective to seek equitable and consistent Human Resource policies and practices applicable to all Chicago area campuses of Loyola University. University policies and procedures will be adapted, with Human Resources' approval, for special department of divisional needs, or, for example, for the Rome Center Campus, to conform to Italian law and customs.
It is the responsibility of each administrator to be familiar with Human Resources' policies and to carry-out the policies in a manner consistent with the University's goal for excellence in higher education and healthcare and overall employee relations.
The policies and practices established herein apply to all regular full- and part-time non-faculty employees. The contents of Loyola University Human Resources' policies are not applicable to the following groups of employees: Officers, work study students, employees whose salary is determined by the Committee on Faculty Appointments, part-time faculty who are not otherwise employees of the University, graduate and teaching assistants, fellows and others who employment is a function of their degree programs, float pool employees, temporary employees, and employees covered by collectible bargaining agreements where Human Resources' Policies are in conflict or inconsistent with the terms of contract. Unless otherwise noted in a specific policy, grant employees in grant funded positions are covered in the same manner as regular employees.
Human Resources' Policies responds to many complex legal, social and general employment issues affecting everyone in the workplace. The University reserves the right to amend, modify, or discontinue all or any part of the policies, procedures and/or programs covered to conform to legal or organization needs. Additionally, particular situations may be governed by formal plan documents established for the benefit programs. The Human Resources' Policies serves as an overall guideline and nothing in the policies constitutes an employment contract between Loyola University Chicago and any of its employees. Employment with and compensation from the University is not guaranteed and may be ended by the employee or Loyola at any time.
Human Resource Management:
- Determines the need for and the content of policies and procedures in consultation with senior administration, directors, and managers throughout the University. Interprets current policies, practices, and procedures and provides advice and counsel regarding necessary action to take regarding any deviations from policy. Reviews policies and practices with Human Resources and representatives from operating units, for input and review of implementation and administration.
Directors, Managers, and Supervisors:
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the University's policies and support their application.
- Administer established policies and practices fairly and consistently.
- Recommend new policies or modifications to existing policies to support efficient and equitable Human Resources' practices.
- Seek assistance, interpretation and procedural guidelines from the Human Resources Department when clarification of policies and/or practices is needed.
Shared Governance-University Policy Committees:
Loyola has formed seven University Policy Committees (UPCs) to recommend and monitor the effectiveness of major policies and strategic initiatives. UPCs review and approve all Human Resources' policies and procedures and recommends policies having significant organizational or financial impact to the president for approval.
Approves all new or changed policies and procedures having University-wide and/or significant financial impact.
Vice President, Human Resource Management:
Recommends to University Policy Committees new policies and modifications to existing policies. Approves changes not requiring the University Policy Committee's or the President's approval. (For example, to conform to legislative or administrative requirements.) Implements, interprets, and maintains all approved University Human Resource policies and procedures.
Human Resources' Policies and other University Policies can be found here.
Exceptions to a policy or procedure may be requested under unusual conditions or situations. Such requests must be in writing and approved by the Vice President, Human Resource Management, in advance of implementation.