U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A
BERKELEY • DAVIS • IRVINE • LOS ANGELES • MERCED • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO
SANTA BARBARA • SANTA CRUZ
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94607-5200
Phone: (510) 987-9074
Fax: (510) 987-9086
December 7, 1999
Administrative Policies and Procedures Concerning Organized Research Units
The enclosed University of California policy entitled Administrative Policies and Procedures Concerning Organized Research Units (hereafter, the ORU/MRU Policy) is effective January 1, 2000. It revises and replaces the previous ORU/MRU Policy first issued in 1982 by then-President Saxon. Since 1982, ORUs, MRUs, and other multicampus research programs governed by the ORU/MRU Policy have increased in number, the organized research environment at the University of California has changed, and Academic Senate review procedures for research programs have been significantly modified.
The revised ORU/MRU Policy was developed by the Office of Research in conjunction with the Council on Research (COR) and the Council of Vice Chancellors for Research (COVCR). It was reviewed and approved by the Universitywide Committee on Research Policy (UCORP), the Committee on Planning and Budget (UCPB), and the Academic Council.
During the development of the revisions to the ORU/MRU Policy, the Universitywide Academic Senate, working in consultation with the campuses and the Office of the President, adopted new academic program review procedures for a period of five years effective July 1, 1999. The procedures are set forth in the Compendium of Universitywide Review Processes for Academic Programs, Academic Units, and Research Units. The Compendium stipulates that all ORU actions (establishment, disestablishment, and name change) are now approved by the Chancellor of the host campus and no longer require review by the Universitywide Academic Senate or approval by the President. All sections of the revised ORU/MRU Policy which stipulate review requirements and procedures for ORUs and MRUs are fully compatible with the corresponding sections of the Compendium.
Thank you for your advice and cooperation in developing this Policy.
Richard C. Atkinson