How to Develop a Policy

Policy writers should use the following policy templates and style guides during the policy development process. 

  • Fill out the Summary Document to summarize the policy, indicate the reasons for the policy proposal, identify potential stakeholders
  • Submit the Summary Document to who will work with the appropriate policy sponsor.
  • Once you have approval from the policy sponsor to move forward with your policy proposal, work with the Policy Office to move your proposal forward (contact
  • All new policy proposals or changes to existing policies must be presented with redlines in the Policy Template to standardize the formatting of policies

Style Guides

Use the Policy Style Guide as guidance for policy formatting, style, and grammar conventions. All policies must comply with the editorial conventions in the Policy Style Guide.

Policy Style Guide

Use the WSU Writing Style Guide as guidance on general written communication including capitalization, spelling and punctuation.

WSU Writing Style Guide Website