Definitions - UC Policy Library - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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Acts and laws approved by Parliament and enforceable by the government of the country.

e.g. Privacy Act 1993


The University's 'Policy on Policies'. Outlines the processes and responsibilities applicable to the University's institutional policies. The Metapolicy (PDF, 391KB) can be found via the search function in the UC Policy Library Home.


Principles contained in a document that identify formal expectations of staff and students on specified University matters. Policies are formally documented and approved by Council or a person or body holding delegated authority from Council. Boundaries are defined and a framework provided within which operating procedures may be developed. Compliance is expected and non-compliance may result in censure, penalties or disciplinary action.

e.g. Assessed Work in Maori Policy


Standard, step-by-step, methods of operating in line with best practice or safe practice. They generally relate back to a policy statement and may offer advice or set expectations about how a policy or regulation should be implemented or how an activity is carried out. Compliance is expected, and where a decision is taken to depart from the guidelines, actions may need to be explained and/or justified.

e.g. New Course Guidelines



Fundamental principles, providing overarching statements about key activities.

e.g. Council Protocols


Rules that determine:

  • the standards for each qualification offered by the University,
    e.g. General Course and Examination Regulation L: Theses
  • the formal expectations of the University with regard to other general matters pertaining to its function.
    e.g. Discipline Regulations

Regulations are approved by Council or a person or body holding delegated authority from Council, are mandatory, and failure to comply with them will normally result in penalties.

Note: other tertiary institutions may refer to 'regulations' as 'statutes'. The University of Canterbury rarely uses the term 'statute' but an exception is the Parking and Traffic Statute 2003.