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Pima County Community College District Board Policy

Board Policy Title:  Prime Policy
Board Policy Number: 
Adoption Date: 2/17/82, 1/8/14, 4/16/14, 2/4/15
Revision Date(s):  3/9/94, 6/9/99, 4/29/09, 12/16/13, 3/27/14, 8/21/14, 3/3/15
Review Date(s):  3/3/15
Schedule for Review & Update:  Every three years
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:  Board of Governors/Chancellor
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  Board of Governors/Chancellor
Motion Number:  5928
Legal Reference:   ARS 15-1445(1)  
Cross Reference: 
  Delegation of Authority to the Chancellor, BP-1103


This Prime Policy applies to the development, revision, and deletion of non-personnel policies and administrative procedures for Pima County Community College District.


A Pima County Community College District Board of Governors Board Policy is a statement officially adopted by the Board of Governors at a public meeting that defines general goals and acceptable practices for the operation of the College.  Board Policies create frameworks for:

  • defining acceptable practices;
  • establishing educational and other expectations;
  • guiding the actions of those to whom the Board delegates authority and responsibility;
  • ensuring compliance with state and federal law.

          Administrative Procedures provide specific guidance to district staff in implementing and enacting Board Policies in the day-to-day operations of the College.  These are approved through the process detailed in SPG 1101/AA. 

          Additionally, College units may create Operations Manuals to detail specific processes for implementing Board Policies or Administrative Procedures.  The unit is responsible for internal approvals and regular updates of Operations Manuals.


Policies of the Pima County Community College District are adopted by the Board of Governors under authority granted by the legislature of the State of Arizona.


The Pima County Community College District Board of Governors is the governing entity of the Pima County Community College District.  In this role, the Board of Governors retains authority to enact, rescind or modify all policies governing the District.


The policy formulation process may be initiated either by the Board of Governors or by the various college constituencies, i.e., administration, faculty, staff and/or students.


Proposed policies subject to this prime policy shall follow the review process specified in the Administrative Procedure. 

The Board expects Board Policies to be reviewed by the College governance bodies including the governing bodies of students, faculty, and staff; All College Council; other appropriate groups and general counsel.  The process shall be led by the sponsoring unit and shall include representatives of pertinent stakeholders. 

The Administrative Procedure shall include provisions for the following:

A.      A clearly delineated review process which includes stakeholder input;

B.      Submission of proposals to the Chancellor’s Office prior to Board review;

C.      Presentation by the Chancellor or designee of the proposed policy or revision to the Board of Governors at a public meeting for discussion.  At this time the Board of Governors and/or the Chancellor may propose further modifications to the proposed policy;

D.      Presentation of the new or revised Board Policy as an information item at a regularly scheduled Board meeting for its first reading;

E.      Presentation of the proposed policy to governance bodies and posting on the Pima Community College website for 21 calendar days for public comment;

F.      Action by the Board of Governors at the earliest possible regular meeting after the conclusion of the 21 day comment period, including any modifications it deems necessary.

The Chancellor and the administration are authorized to prepare and implement administrative procedures necessary to effect all approved policies.  Review and revision shall be a collaborative and inclusive process which involves all identified stakeholders.  Once these administrative procedures have been finalized, they will be published on the public website and presented to the Board as an information item.


Policies will be calendared through the Chancellor’s office for review, update and possible revision/deletion by sponsoring units at least every three years.  Changes to policies may be of two types: 

  • non-substantive changes are (1) edits that leave the meaning of the policy unchanged, (2) title changes, and/or (3) those that reflect current organizational structure;
  • substantive changes modify the policy’s intent. 

Non-substantive changes may be presented to the Board as part of the consent agenda at any regular Board meeting.   Substantive changes are subject to the review process above and that which is specified in the Administrative Procedure.

The Board of Governors may make exceptions to this review and approval process when deemed necessary by the Board.