University Policy Office

The University Policy Office (UPO) is an administrative unit with responsibility for the strategic design and implementation of the university policy management program. UPO coordinates policy lifecycle management with key policy owners and maintains the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) policy library and website. 

The HOP contains the university's governing policies. These policies connect the university's mission to the everyday actions of its community, clarify the university's expectations of its individual members, mitigate institutional risk, enhance efficiency, and support the university's compliance with laws and regulations. Policies found in the HOP direct the function of administrative operations or University activities, but do not include educational policies developed through faculty legislation.

The University of Texas at Austin has adopted ComplianceBridge as the primary policy management system for the university. The HOP policy library can be viewed at the UT Policy Library webpage

Other UT Austin policy resources

General Information Catalog

This catalog is the document of authority for all students and includes undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical students. Any academic unit may issue additional or more specific information that is consistent with approved policy.

IT Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

Information and guidance on technology resources available to the university. This includes policies, standards, guidelines, IT-related construction standards, and other IT-related documents.

Handbook of Business Procedures (HBP)

The Handbook of Business Procedures (HBP) contains the fiscal policies and procedures for Financial Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The HBP is designed to provide information and guidance to departments regarding the appropriate handling of financial matters. The HBP is organized by process into several broad topic areas, called Parts

Additional Policies and Procedures

Policies can be found in a variety of locations at the university. Highlighted here are some of the more common policies and procedures.

Contact information

For questions related to the University Policy Office or the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP), please contact: Betty Brooks, Deputy Compliance Officer and Policy Program Manager by phone at (512) 471-0426 or by email at

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