University Policies

This listing includes selected policies that fall under the purview of the provost's office, and do not represent a complete list of all Case Western Reserve University policies.


Assignment of Academic Credit Policy (January 2014) - CWRU's policy for awarding credit hours for courses and other academic activities.

Assurance of Integrity in Distance Learning Course Policy (January 2014) - requirements and recommended good-practice statements for CWRU courses taught via distance learning.

Capital Project Process Policy - This policy describes the University's process for allocating additional space to schools and administrative units, developing new University space, undertaking major renovations in existing space and authorizing planning studies and capital projects.

Digital Accessibility Policy (December 2021) - This policy, which promotes compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations, laws, and guidance, applies to all Case Western Reserve University academic and administrative units that create, maintain or procure websites, web-based applications, course materials or other online communications vehicles used for programs and activities of the university.

Freedom of Expression/Expressive Activities Policy (November 2019) - CWRU is committed to freedom of expression.  The purpose of this policy is to promote that free exchange of ideas while preserving the safe and efficient operation of CWRU. 

Information Security assists the CWRU community in their daily activities and provides safeguards against situations that could inadvertently disclose university information, compromise your privacy, or impair the functionality of your computer.

Institutional Records for Student Complaints Policy (March 2014) - CWRU endeavors to investigate and resolve student complaints efficiently and thoroughly.  The university has adopted a standard protocol for recording student complaints.

Posting of Grades Policy -  Faculty members should be aware that student-privacy laws apply to the manner in which grades are posted or graded work is returned to students.

Research-Related Policies - Research policies set out the standards that govern research policies at CWRU.

Teach-Out Policy (February 2017) - CWRU provides protections for students enrolled in academic programs that are planned for closure, so that the students may receive uninterrupted education toward completion of their programs.

University Technology Policies & Statements - University Technology policies set out the procedures for information technology at CWRU.

Verification of Faculty Credentials Policy (February 2018) - CWRU's policy for ascertaining the qualifications of faculty who hold non-tenure-track appointments or who are teaching in areas outside of their primary appointment.


Alcohol & Drug Policy - This policy outlines CWRU's commitment to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of alcohol and substance abuse and that complies with Ohio State and local laws.

High-Pressure Recruitment Processes Prohibition Policy (November 2021) - CWRU welcomes military service members to enroll as students in its educational programs. CWRU refrains from high-pressure recruiting tactics of this population in all of its recruiting and admission activities.

Students Returning from Active-Duty Military Service Policy (November 2021) - CWRU welcomes military service members to enroll as students in its educational programs. If a student temporarily pauses their CWRU studies in order to assume active military duty, then they may resume their studies with the same academic status as they had when last attending the University.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Training Policy (July 2019) - All students who function as TAs are required to complete training for these roles. See the TA Training Guide for additional details.

University Policies - The Division of Student Affairs University Policies page provides general information to students on resources and support at Case, and also includes University policies and procedures pertaining to CWRU students.


Program Approval Matrix - This document summarizes the approval steps necessary for changes to different types of academic programs and policies.