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The Issue of Overregulation

02 Feb Posted by in Academics, Business | Comments Off on The Issue of Overregulation
The Issue of Overregulation

Somewhat impeded by a weather-induced late opening, we went ahead this week with an open forum on issue of possible overregulation, with the task force assigned to this topic in attendance.

Participants raised concerns about a few aspects of research and safety regulation, the requirements on sexual harassment training, and some accounting requirements (to take a few examples). The task force will take these various comments back for consideration, to see where there may be possibilities of reducing complexity or at least providing better explanations and provisions for input. Concern was also expressed about some impositions on departments, where again there may be some opportunities for discussion.

At the same time participants praised several units for careful efforts to interact with faculty and staff.

A clear, if unsurprising, theme emerged in a plea for better communication, more opportunities for comment on policies and their possible adjustment before implementation. An obvious challenge to the Task Force is to figure out how to translate these desirable goals into more common practice.

Again, attendance at the meeting was undoubtedly reduced by weather, and there were no participants at all at the Arlington and Prince William sites. So, in addition to partially summarizing the experience and the Task Force next steps, I want to invite any interested faculty or staff to add their own brief, focused comments on any aspect of regulatory concern, or any suggestions for improvements in procedures. Thanks in advance for further thoughts.

Regulatory Oversight Committee
Faculty Forum – February 1, 2011
Dewberry Hall

The purpose of today’s town hall meeting was to provide an opportunity to consider areas where we may inadvertently have over-regimented faculty life or where at least we need better explanations for the rules we have.

The meeting aimed mainly at listening to faculty concerns, with the Regulatory Oversight Committee subsequently considering responses and adjustments. Faculty may also write statements of concern on this form and return ideas and concerns to

This form may also be downloaded and filled as a Microsoft Word document.

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