Board Policy (BP) is the voice of the Board of Trustees and defines the general goals and acceptable practices for the operation of the District. It implements federal and state laws and regulations. The Board, through policy, delegates authority to and through the Chancellor to administer the District. The Chancellor and District employees are responsible to reasonably interpret Board Policy as well as other relevant laws and regulations that govern the District.
Administrative Procedures (AP) implement Board Policy, laws, and regulations. They address how the general goals of the District are achieved and define operations of the District. They include details of policy implementation, responsibility, accountability, and standards of practice. Although procedures may be developed by the Chancellor, managers, faculty, and staff, it is the administrators/managers who are held responsible for upholding the specific information delineated in the procedures. Administrative Procedures do not require Board action. Not all Board Policies have a related Administrative Procedure.
Updating Board Policies and Administrative Procedures
District Board Policies and Administrative Procedures are periodically updated to clarify or change language, as well as to remain in compliance with new or revised California and Federal law. The District reviews its policies and procedures during a continuous review cycle to ensure they are appropriately updated. (Continuous Review Cycle)
Each of the following chapters include sections for Board Policies and Administrative Procedures. It is advisable to refer to both sections for guidance on specific matters.