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Policy & Procedure No. 7
POLICY ON THE ADVISEMENT OF GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AND THE APPOINTMENT OF
THESIS ADVISORY COMMITTEES
There are two committees which function to advise, approve and conduct the final doctoral oral examination of the thesis and the student's knowledge of the field in which it lies.
The first committee is called the Thesis Advisory Committee or the Thesis Reading Committee and consists of at least three persons, one of whom is the Thesis Advisor. This committee approves the research topic, provides advice and guidance during the research and is charged with approving the thesis when the research is completed and presented as the doctoral thesis. When the Thesis Advisory Committee considers the thesis to be satisfactory, a recommendation is made to the Dean of the Graduate Division for the appointment of the second committee, which is called the Final Doctoral Examination Committee, and it consists of at least five individuals.
The Thesis Advisory Committee consists of at least three members satisfying the following: (1) the thesis advisor shall be a member of the Academic Faculty (with approval of the school or college Graduate Committee, an adjunct * faculty member appointed for the specific purpose of advising graduate students may serve as the thesis advisor); (2) the majority of committee members shall be members of the Academic Faculty. The Committee is approved by the Graduate Committee in the School of College, recommended by the School Director through the College Dean, and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate Division.
The Final Doctoral Examination Committee, which consists of at least five persons, always contains the Thesis Advisory Committee members and others as appropriate, who are recommended by the school or college to the Dean of the Graduate Division for approval. At least one member of the Final Doctoral Examination Committee must be from the academic faculty of a School (or College) which is distinct from the unit in which the student is enrolled.
It is recognized that some Schools and Colleges may wish to appoint a Thesis Advisory Committee which consists of five or more persons and to recommend this committee to serve as the Final Doctoral Examination Committee. Where the constraints outlined above are met for both committees, this is permissible.
For Master's Thesis advisement, the Thesis Advisory Committee consists of at least three members, the majority of whom must be members of the Academic Faculty. The thesis advisor who serves as the Chairman of the Thesis Advisory Committee must be a member of the Academic Faculty (with approval of the school or college Graduate Committee, an adjunct * faculty member appointed by the specific purpose of advising graduate students may serve as the thesis advisor.) The committee is recommended by the School Director through the College Dean and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate Division.
* "adjunct" does not indicate formal appointment, but rather appointment as indicated in this policy statement.
Note On Joint Degrees And Departments
For joint (inter-institutional) departments or degree programs, committees should have at least one faculty member from each institution, and a majority should be joint program faculty. Joint program faculty will have undergone a nomination and appointment process in the joint program in order to qualify for the right to advise students in the joint program.
POLICY ON PUBLICATION OF THESES
A policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology is that Doctoral and Master's Theses are openly published. Extraordinary delays are not to be allowed to protect proprietary interests of sponsors.
It is anticipated that all Ph.D. theses and a significant fraction of master's theses be published in the open, refereed literature.
In all cases, doctoral research should meet the "Guidelines for Ph.D. Dissertation Research", and in no situation should these be compromised to allow for concealing important research results because of security classification or a sponsor's proprietary interest.
A student may routinely elect to have publication of his or her thesis withheld for a period of one year, if recommended by the student's thesis advisor. Requests for extensions beyond one year must be justified and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
A Georgia Tech doctoral dissertation in its final form may not be used or have been used to meet the requirements for a separate degree at another institution.
GUIDELINES FOR PH.D. DISSERTATION RESEARCH
The following general policies are provided to serve as guidelines for determining the hourly work loads of students who are pursuing graduate degrees.
Transcript Recognition of Teaching and Research Activity
Students holding Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships may register for courses in recognition of teaching (8997) and research (8998) activities if these courses are available for their school. The 8997 and 8998 courses are audit-base courses. A student may not register for more than a total of 9 hours of 8997 and 8998 during any semester.
The following regulations shall govern the semester registration requirements for students who are pursuing graduate degrees:
|Work load per week||Maximum semester hour load|
|Full time (40 hours)||6|
|3/4 of full time (30 hours)||9|
|2/3 of full time (27 hours)||10|
|1/2 of full time (20 hours)||12|
|1/3 of full time (13 hours)||15|
|1/4 of full time (10 hours)||18 (16 for Summer semesters)|
Full-time students are expected to enroll for a letter grade in regular courses and thesis hours whenever possible. Registration loads should reflect, as much as possible, the student and faculty efforts involved in the program of study. Registration loads each semester should be comprised of various hours from the areas listed below:
Academic units are encouraged to remove any in-school restrictions on registering for 9000. For example, some schools will not allow a graduate student to register for 9000 until after the student has become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree. The reasoning behind this restriction is not clear unless one takes a very restrictive interpretation of what registering for 9000 means. Academic units are encouraged to adopt a broader interpretation, so that dissertation hours reflect all stages of the doctoral dissertation--literature research, topic selection, experimental/theoretical preparation, research performance, writing and presentation. All of these stages require institute facilities and faculty involvement.
The responsibility for advising graduate students properly, not only in regard to programs of study, but also in regard to minimum and maximum semester course loads, rests solely within the chain from advisor/graduate coordinator to school chair to college dean. Although each graduate student is responsible for knowing the requirements for his or her degree and for insuring the appropriate, steady progress is being made toward that degree, each graduate student must have access to fair and equitable advisement. Responsibility for scheduling the proper requirements for a particular program of study and an appropriate course load per semester rests with the student and advisor alike.
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All qualified persons are equally welcome to seek admission to the Georgia Institute of Technology, and all persons may apply for and accept admission confident that the policy and regular practice of the Institute will not discriminate against them on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin.
Projections of the number of graduate students to be admitted and enrolled in any year will be determined (a) by the capacity of the Institute, (b) by the capacity of the admitting department, and (c) by approved enrollment levels. If the number of eligible applicants for admission exceeds the number of applicants who can be admitted and enrolled, those to be offered admission will be selected on the basis of (a) the department’s judgment of the applicant's relative qualifications for satisfactory performance in the Institute/program/research area and (b) recognition of the Institute's special responsibilities to the residents of Georgia.
Verification of credentials and certification of compliance with Institute policies shall be the responsibility of the Office of Graduate Admissions. Policies and procedures that are approved by the Office of the President, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the Graduate Senate of the Institute shall be applied in determining eligibility for consideration for graduate study. From those eligible candidates, final admission decisions shall be the responsibility of the admitting department. Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee admission, since the number of eligible applicants generally far exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.
The criteria used in determining each applicant’s eligibility for consideration shall include: (1) evidence of award of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (prior to matriculation) from a recognized institution and graduation in the upper half of their class (Masters) or upper quarter of their class (Doctoral); students must show evidence of preparation in their chosen field sufficient to ensure profitable graduate study; (2) for international applicants, satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). From eligible candidates, departments may make final admission decisions based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience. Also considered are the appropriateness of the applicant’s goals to the degree program in which they are interested and to the research interests of the program's faculty. In addition, consideration may be given to how the applicant’s background and life experience would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students.
Applicants who do not satisfy basic admission criteria may, for sufficient reason, be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Committee as established in the statutes and bylaws of the Institute.
This statement is in accordance with the Institute’s Mission and Vision statement which can be viewed at www.gatech.edu/vision/.
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GEORGIA TECH HONOR CHALLENGE STATEMENT
I commit to uphold the ideals of honor and integrity by refusing to betray the trust bestowed upon me as a member of the Georgia Tech community.
GEORGIA TECH HONOR CODE
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Having read the Georgia Institute of Technology Academic Honor code, I understand and accept my responsibility as a member of the Georgia Tech community to uphold the Honor Code at all times. In addition, I understand my options for reporting honor violations as detailed in the code.
Section 1. Statement of Purpose
The members of the Georgia Tech community believe the fundamental objective of the Institute is to provide the students with a high-quality education while developing in them a sense of ethics and social responsibility. We believe that trust is an integral part of the learning process and that self-discipline is necessary in this pursuit. We also believe that any instance of dishonesty hurts the entire community. It is with this in mind that we have set forth a student Honor Code at Georgia Tech.
Section 2. Objectives
An Academic Honor Code at Georgia Tech aims to cultivate a community based on trust, academic integrity, and honor. It specifically aims to accomplish the following:
Ensure that students understand that academic dishonesty is a violation of the profound trust of the entire academic community;
Section 3. Student Responsibilities
Students are expected to act according to the highest ethical standards. The immediate objective of an Academic Honor Code is to prevent any Students from gaining an unfair advantage over other Students through academic misconduct. The following clarification of academic misconduct is taken from Section XIX Student Code of Conduct, of the Rules and Regulations section of the Georgia Institute of Technology General Catalog: Academic misconduct is any act that does or could improperly distort Student grades or other Student academic records. Such acts include but need not be limited to the following:
While these acts constitute assured instances of academic misconduct, other acts of academic misconduct may be defined by the professor. Students must sign the Academic Honor Agreement affirming their commitment to uphold the Honor Code before becoming a part of the Georgia Tech community. The Honor Agreement may reappear on exams and other assignments to remind Students of their responsibilities under the Georgia Institute of Technology Academic Honor Code.
Section 4. Faculty Responsibilities
Faculty members are expected to create an environment where honesty flourishes. In creating this environment, Faculty members are expected to do the following:
In addition to the expectations listed previously, faculty have the authority to superimpose their own interpretations on some aspects of academic conduct including, but not limited to, the following:
Section 1. Governing Bodies
The Georgia Institute of Technology Academic Honor Code recognizes the present bodies given the power to enforce the academic regulations of the Institute. The Academic Honor Code recognizes the Office of the Dean of Students to be the principal administrator to enforce Institute disciplinary measures as presently specified in Article XIX Section B, of the Rules and Regulations section of the current Georgia Institute of Technology General Catalog. The Academic Honor Code also recognizes the Student Honor Committee as the body given jurisdiction to hear all cases of alleged academic misconduct as currently specified in XIX Section B, of the Rules and Regulations section of the current Georgia Institute of Technology General Catalog.
Section 2. Reporting Honor Code Violations
In order for an Academic Honor Code to function, members of the Georgia Tech community must not tolerate violations of it by anyone. Community members are at their discretion to use any of three options to report suspected Honor Code violations:
Section 3. Student Honor Advisory Council
Students composing the Student Honor Advisory Council are to become well versed in all aspects of the Georgia Institute of Technology Academic Honor Code and the procedures for reporting an honor violation as well as those procedures for the trying of cases of suspected academic misconduct before the Student Honor Committee. The Council is to act as an information resource to all members of the Georgia Tech community on issues related to the Academic Honor Code.
Amendments to the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code may be proposed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of both the Undergraduate Student Council and the Graduate Student Senate, or by a petition of ten percent (10%) of the total population (undergraduate and graduate) directed to both the undergraduate student body president and the graduate student body president. Amendments become part of this Honor Code upon ratification by two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast in a special election open to the undergraduate and graduate students, provided that the proposed amendments have been published in the Technique at least one week prior to the vote by the student body and further provided that the amendments are approved by the Academic Senate. Appendices or amendments of appendices which pertain to either the undergraduate student body or to the graduate student body may be proposed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the respective legislative body or a petition of at least ten percent of the respective student body directed to the respective student body president. These shall become part of this Honor Code upon ratification by two-thirds (2/3) of the votes in a special election of the respective student body, provided that the proposed appendices or amendments of appendices have been published in the Technique at least one week prior to the election, and further provided that the appendices or amendments of appendices are approved by the Academic Senate.
Allegations involving scholarly misconduct fall under the Institute's Policy on Scholarly Misconduct. This document details the procedures involved with reporting allegations and with the handling of cases. All graduate students are encouraged to become familiar with this policy, which is available from the Office of the Provost.
The most current Student Code of Conduct can be found on the Office of Student Integrity Web site as listed in the References. In the event of any conflict, the Code found on the Web site will govern.
The Student Code of Conduct educates all members of the Georgia Tech Community about the Institute’s expectations and Students’ rights, and creates a standard by which Students are expected to conduct themselves for the purpose of establishing an environment conducive to academic excellence.
When used in this Code:
"Accused" means a Student, Group, or Organization who is alleged to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
“Administrative Conference” refers to the meeting between the Accused and the Student Conduct Administrator that occurs during an investigation. An Administrative Resolution may be offered during this conference.
“Administrative Resolution” refers to a decision by a Student Conduct Administrator that will result in the Accused either being found responsible or not for the alleged violation.
“Advisor” refers to an individual who assists a participant with the Student Conduct process. Attorneys at law are not allowed to serve as Advisors to Complainant(s) or Accused(s) unless the Student or Students are subject to criminal prosecution or the parent/legal guardian is the attorney.
“Appellate Officer” means the person authorized by the Institute to consider an appeal of a disciplinary decision rendered by a Student Conduct Administrator, a Student Conduct Panel, or the Dean of Students.
“Business day” means any day in which the Institute is open for its full hours of operation, in accordance with the Institute’s official calendars. All campuses will follow their respective calendars. When an authorized Institute Official closes the Institute, it will not be considered an official business day.
“Chairperson” means a member of a Student Conduct Panel who is identified by the Institute to oversee the proceedings during a hearing.
”Complainant" means any person who submits a complaint to OSI alleging that a Student or Organization violated the Student Code of Conduct, or anyone who has been affected by the alleged misconduct.
“Community” includes any Student, Faculty member, Institute Official, or any other person employed by the Institute. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Dean of Students.
“Faculty Member” means any person hired by the Institute to conduct classroom, teaching, or research activities or who is otherwise considered by the Institute to be a member of its Faculty, except as otherwise provided in Section D.5.c.
"Group" means a number of persons who are associated with each other, but who have not complied with Institute requirements for registration as an Organization.
"Group or Organization Activity" means any activity on or off Institute Premises that is directly initiated for, or supervised by a Group or Organization including any individual activity occurring in buildings, facilities, grounds, utilities, or resources (including computer resources) owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by an Institute Organization.
“Hazing” is conduct, whether on or off Institute property, which exceeds the normal expectations of the organizational purpose or mission and which a) endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student as a condition of affiliation with a group or organization and/or b) which is sufficiently severe or pervasive enough to interfere with academic responsibilities.
“Information” means any Witness testimony, documents, statements, or tangible material presented to a Student Conduct Administrator or Student Conduct Panel.
"Institute" and "Georgia Tech” each refer to the Georgia Institute of Technology and all of its undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, divisions, and programs.
"Institute Official" is defined as faculty, administration, or staff personnel including Students serving as Institute employees.
“Institute Premises" includes all land buildings, facilities, grounds, utilities, resources, and other property (including computer resources) in the possession of, or owned, operated, leased, controlled, or supervised by the Institute (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
“May” is used in the permissive sense.
”Office of Student Integrity” or “OSI” means the office designated by the Institute to oversee the Student Code of Conduct.
"Organization" means a number of persons who have complied with, or are in process of complying with the requirements for chartering.
“Policy” or “Policies” means any written rule or regulation of the Institute.
“Preponderance of the Evidence” means it is more likely than not that the Accused is responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
“President” means Georgia Institute of Technology or his/her designee.
“Sanction” and “Supplementary Requirements” means the conditions imposed upon an Accused found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
“Student” means any person who is taking or auditing classes of the Institute, either full-time or part-time; is participating in academic programs; or is pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. A Student is also any person who matriculates in any Institute program, has been accepted for enrollment, or is eligible to reenroll without applying for readmission.
“Student Conduct Administrator” means an Institute Official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Students to impose Sanctions upon any Student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.
“Student Conduct Panel” means a set of persons authorized by the Institute to determine whether the Accused has violated the Student Code of Conduct. In academic cases, the Panel makes a decision to be implemented by OSI. In non-academic cases, the Panel recommends a decision and Sanctions, if applicable, to the Director of Student Integrity.
"Weapon" means any object or substance designed, intended, or used to inflict or threaten bodily injury.
"Will" and "shall" are used in the imperative sense.
“Witness" is defined as a person providing Information during the Conduct process.
The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the instructor. Students who engage in any acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the instructor to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class can be administered only by the Dean of Students in accordance with this Code.
Student Organizations are accountable to this Code. A Student Organization and its officers may be held collectively and individually responsible when violations of this Code by those associated with the Organization have received the consent or encouragement of the Organization, or of the Organization’s leaders or officers.
Any Student accused of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following acts of academic misconduct is subject to conduct procedures in accordance with Section D.
Any Student accused of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following acts of non-academic misconduct is subject to conduct procedures in accordance with Section D. Any Student Organization accused of committing or attempting to commit one or more of the following acts of non-academic misconduct is subject to conduct procedures in accordance with the Addendum “Student Organization Code of Conduct Procedures.”
Any person may file a complaint against a Student for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The complaint shall be prepared in writing and directed to OSI or, in academic cases, the instructor of record may hold a Faculty Conference (see Section D.5.c.). The procedures for filing a complaint can be found on the OSI Web site as listed in Section I. This complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place or when it is reasonably discovered, no later than thirty (30) business days following the discovery of the incident. Any supporting documentation related to a submitted case should be forwarded to OSI within ten (10) business days of the original submission or OSI may process the case solely on the original complaint. Resolution to any case should be made within thirty (30) business days of OSI’s first request to meet with the Accused. If resolution cannot be reached in thirty (30) business days, OSI will communicate with the accused and complainant during the process. OSI may waive this timeline for extenuating circumstances.
All communication (requests for meetings, notifications, notice of hearings, etc.) will be provided via official Institute e-mail addresses, as defined by the Office of Information Technology. If the Accused is not currently enrolled, the notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service to the last known address on file with the Registrar.
Throughout the Conduct process, the Accused is granted the following rights:
The Institute's Conduct process utilizes an investigatory model, not an adversarial model, in resolving allegations of misconduct with the primary goal of uncovering the truth. The standard of proof shall be a Preponderance of the Evidence. An investigation begins when a complaint is forwarded and the case is opened by OSI. During the investigation, a Student should continue to attend class and required Institute functions unless otherwise instructed by the Dean of Students. The investigation and resolution process are as follows:
If the Student Conduct Administrator initiates a process, the Accused is formally notified and is requested to contact a Student Conduct Administrator within five (5) business days of the notification to schedule an Administrative Conference. The Accused may submit a list of desired Witnesses to the Student Conduct Administrator no later than 48 hours prior to the Administrative Conference. Should the Accused fail to contact the Student Conduct Administrator within the required time frame, or fail to attend the Administrative Conference, the Student Conduct Administrator may determine the resolution of the case in the Student’s absence, or may refer the case to a Student Conduct Panel.
A decision of OSI not to honor the Accused Student’s preference will be made in consultation with the Dean of Students, who will make a final determination. The Student’s reasons for his/her original preference may be conveyed, either in written or verbal form, to the Dean of Students. If the Student preference is not honored, the rationale for such will be provided to the Student in writing.
The Student Conduct Administrator renders a decision of 1) Not Responsible, which closes the case, or 2) Responsible for one or more violations with an appropriate Sanction, and, as warranted, one or more from among the Supplementary Requirements. The Accused, after being notified of the Student Conduct Administrator’s decision, may submit an appeal to the Dean of Students according to appeal procedures described in Section G.
The Student Conduct Panel is convened only when either the Student Conduct Administrator or the Accused elects this form of resolution.
The Student Conduct Panel, after convening a hearing, renders a decision of 1) Not Responsible, which closes the case, or 2) Responsible for one or more violations of the Student Code of Conduct with an appropriate Sanction and, as warranted, one or more from among the Supplementary Requirements. The Accused, after being notified of the decision, may submit an appeal to the Dean of Students according to appeal procedures described in Section G.
The Student Conduct Panel, after convening a hearing, recommends a disciplinary decision to the Director of Student Integrity. The Director of Student Integrity, after reviewing the case, renders a decision of 1) Not Responsible, which closes the case, or 2) Responsible for one or more violations of the Student Code of Conduct with an appropriate Sanction and, as warranted, one or more from among the Supplementary Requirements. The Accused, after being notified of the decision and Sanction, may appeal to the Dean of Students, according to appeal procedures described in Section G.
After the case is forwarded to a Student Conduct Panel, the Complainant and the Accused will be notified of available dates and times for a hearing. The Accused may indicate preferences from among the available dates and times. These preferences will be considered by OSI if received within three (3) business days of the date the options were presented to the Accused.
This official notice will be provided at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing and will include the time, date, and location of the hearing. In addition, the notice will specify the Complainant(s), Witnesses(s), and nature of the alleged misconduct. The Accused may waive the notification timeline in order to expedite the hearing process. Upon request, the Accused may meet with a Student Conduct Administrator to review Information and hearing procedures.
A faculty conference is an optional way in which an alleged act of academic misconduct can be resolved.
The Faculty Conference is initiated by the instructor of record, who requests the meeting with the Accused to discuss the alleged misconduct. Should the Accused not choose to participate in a Faculty Conference, the instructor should forward the case to OSI for investigation.
The Faculty Conference involves the instructor of record and the Accused. The Faculty Conference may also involve Witnesses and a representative from OSI if requested by either the instructor or the Accused.
During the Faculty Conference, the instructor of record explains the alleged misconduct, supporting Information, and the Rights of the Accused. The Accused has the opportunity to provide 1) his/her response to alleged misconduct, 2) supporting Information, and 3) Witnesses.
At the sole discretion of OSI, cases may be assigned for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). If the ADR is not agreed to by both parties, the remaining forums may adjudicate the case. Results of the ADR proceedings do not result in formal disciplinary records.
Sanctions are imposed only when the Accused is found responsible for one (1) or more violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions are determined by the severity of the case and the disciplinary history of the Accused(s). An Accused who is found responsible must be given one of the five (5) Sanctions, listed in Section E1 in ascending order of severity. In addition the Accused may be subject to one or more Supplementary Requirements.
A Disciplinary Warning means that the Student has been found responsible for violating the Institute’s Code of Conduct. Any further disciplinary violation may result in disciplinary action up to, and including Expulsion. Disciplinary Warning is officially recorded in the Student’s disciplinary file.
Disciplinary Probation means that the Student has been found responsible for violating the Institute’s Code of Conduct. Disciplinary Probation is for a specified period of time. Any further disciplinary violation may result in disciplinary action up to, and including Expulsion. Disciplinary Probation is officially recorded in the Student’s disciplinary file.
Suspension Held in Abeyance means that the Student has been found responsible for violating the Institute’s Code of Conduct. Suspension Held in Abeyance is for a specified period of time. During the time of Suspension Held in Abeyance, involvement at the Institute is restricted to 1) academic activities and 2) non-academic activities specifically approved by the Office of Student Integrity. A Student who is found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct while under Suspension Held in Abeyance will be given immediate Suspension or Expulsion. Suspension Held in Abeyance is officially recorded in the Student’s disciplinary file.
Suspension means that the Student has been found responsible for violating the Institute’s Code of Conduct. Suspension is exclusion for a specified period of time from the Institute Premises, and other privileges or activities as determined by the Office of Student Integrity. A suspended Student shall immediately leave campus and cannot re-enter campus without prior approval from the Office of Student Integrity. The Dean of Students will determine when the Accused has met the requirements for readmission. Any further disciplinary violation may result in disciplinary action up to, and including Expulsion. Suspension is officially recorded in the Student’s disciplinary file.
Expulsion means that the Student has been found responsible for violating the Institute’s Code of Conduct. Expulsion is permanent separation and termination of the Accused’s status as a Georgia Tech Student, and exclusion from Institute Premises, privileges, and activities. Expulsion is officially recorded in the Student’s disciplinary file.
In certain circumstances the Dean of Students may impose an Institute suspension prior to the investigation and resolution process.
The appeal process is not intended to grant a new hearing at a higher level. An appeal shall be limited to a review of the record of the initial hearing, supporting documents, and the Accused’s written appeal. The Accused must explicitly state why he or she believes an appeal is warranted. Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
If a case is appealed, sanctions are not imposed unless the welfare of a person or the community is threatened.
Sanctions will be imposed if an appeal is not filed, the deadline for an appeal passes, or when an appeal decision has been finalized.
The appeal must be written by the Accused, addressed to the appropriate Appellate Officer, and delivered to the Office of Student Integrity within five (5) business days of the delivery of the decision. Appeal decisions will normally be rendered within ten (10) business days either in person, or accordance with the communication guidelines in Section D.2. Extension of these deadlines may be granted for extenuating circumstances. At the discretion of the Appellate Officer, a designee may be selected to determine the outcome of the appeal.
In cases where a student has been accused of violating, or found in violation of the Georgia Tech Policy on Student Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, both the Accused(s) and Complainant(s) have the right to submit an appeal and will follow the process as outlined in Section G.2. of the Student Code of Conduct. For further information, please see Section K of the Georgia Tech Policy on Student Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence at: http://www.osi.gatech.edu/plugins/content/index.php?id=41
For all decisions made by the Office of Student Integrity, the Appellate Officer shall be the Dean of Students.
For all academic cases where the sanction includes suspension or expulsion, Undergraduate Students may, after an appeal to the Dean of Students, appeal to the Institute President, via the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will review and make a recommendation to the Institute President. The Institute President’s decision will be the final decision of the Institute.
For all academic cases where the sanction includes suspension or expulsion, Graduate Students may, after an appeal to the Dean of Students, appeal to the Institute President, via the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs. The Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs will review and make a recommendation to the Institute President. The Institute President’s decision will be the final decision of the Institute.
For all non-academic cases where the sanction includes suspension or expulsion, the Student may, after an appeal to the Dean of Students, appeal to the Institute President, via the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs will review and make a recommendation to the Institute President. The Institute President’s decision will be the final decision of the Institute.
Decisions of the Appellate Officer go into effect immediately. The Appellate Officer is authorized to take one of the following actions:
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (the "Board") is the final appellate authority for all cases of suspension or expulsion that have been reviewed by the Institute President. Should the Accused be dissatisfied with the decision of the Institute President, he/she may apply to the Board for a review of the decision. The application for review shall be submitted in writing to the executive secretary of the Board within the period specified by the Board of Regents.
Disciplinary records of Students found responsible of any charges against them will be retained for five (5) years after graduation or date of last attendance. Disciplinary records containing records of Suspension and Expulsion will be permanently retained. A case referral results in the creation of a disciplinary file in the name of the Accused. This file shall be voided if the student is found not responsible for the charges.
Student disciplinary records shall be governed by the Family Educational Rights of Privacy Act20 U.S.C. § 1232g.
Parents/Legal Guardians of Students under the age of 21 may be notified when a Student is found responsible for violating the Georgia Tech Student Policy on Alcohol and other Drugs when any of the following occur:
In pending cases that could result in Suspension or Expulsion, the Dean of Students will normally place a temporary encumbrance (hold) on a Student's records. The Dean of Students will also place a hold on a Student's records if the Student fails to respond to an official request to meet or if the Student fails to complete assigned Sanctions.
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The following policies can be found on the OSI Web site: Alcohol and Drugs Policy Georgia Tech Policy on Student Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence
The purpose of this policy is to promote and educate about the lawful and responsible use of alcohol by students, and to educate about illegal drugs in order to maintain an environment that is consistent with the educational focus of Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech will comply with all federal, state, and local laws and policies, including the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, on the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by its students. The legal drinking age in the State of Georgia is 21.
Each member of the Georgia Tech community should be involved in the implementation of, and compliance with this policy. Unless otherwise stated by law, each individual retains responsibility for his or her actions at all times regardless of his or her mental state, even if altered by alcohol or other drugs.
Campus organizations may develop and enforce additional group/individual standards which are more restrictive than those established in this policy.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND SANCTIONS
In accordance with federal and state laws and because of the potential detriment to the health and well-being of its students, all students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances (including marijuana), and other drugs. The term “dangerous drug” is defined in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-71.
The sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on all Georgia Tech owned or leased (by) property, or on sidewalks/streets are specifically prohibited, with the exception of those approved by the Office of the President or designee. This policy does not prohibit the lawful use of alcohol in Institute-owned residences.
Individual possession and/or consumption of alcohol is acceptable, provided individuals DO NOT:
a. Possess or consume alcohol if under 21 years of age.
b. Furnish, or cause to be furnished, any alcohol to persons under 21 years of age.
c. Conspicuously display open containers of alcohol in any public location, including, but not limited to, grounds, sidewalks, and streets within campus boundaries (but not the public sidewalks and streets, or privately owned or leased property).
d. Sell alcoholic beverages.
e. Misrepresent one's age or identity in any manner for the purpose of obtaining or possessing alcohol.
f. Serve or make available alcohol to intoxicated persons.
Alcoholic beverages may be served and/or consumed by individuals 21 and older at advertised events and activities that are promoted, sponsored, or supervised by a chartered Georgia Tech organization, providing the organization shall:
a. Be responsible for enforcing the entire Student Policy on Alcohol and Illegal Drugs.
b. Completed and confirmed review of the “Acknowledgement of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy.” This form will remain on file in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, 2211 Student Center Commons. Acknowledgment of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy Forms are available in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. This must be signed with every officer transition.
c. Ensure that alcohol is not the focal point, the reason for, or the drawing card for an event.
d. Submit, and have approved, a completed Alcohol Event Planning Form. Alcohol Event Planning Forms are available in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement.
e. Not advertise the service or availability of alcoholic beverages at functions.
f. Ensure that alcoholic beverages are not consumed by any individual under the legal drinking age of 21.
g. Provide non-alcoholic beverages and food in reasonable quantity, in the same general area, and for the same time period, as the alcoholic beverages are accessible.
h. Control access to the alcoholic beverages through a central point of distribution by a designated server within a designated area at the event (e.g. beer garden) and through the use of sober monitors. Only students who have shown proper proof of age may enter the designated area where alcohol is being served. All alcohol must be distributed and consumed within the designated area. Control is for the purpose of restricting use by those under 21 and/or who are obviously intoxicated.
i. Not use organizational funds to purchase alcohol. Any funds used to pay for alcohol must be taken from personal/private sources and paid to a properly licensed third party vendor. Alcohol may not be paid for by the student organization via a sale at the activity or by charging an admission fee either in advance or at the door (as stated in the Georgia Code of Law, 1981 Section 3-3-21).
j. Not use kegs, champagne/punch fountains, or other common usage containers (such as punch bowls or frozen drink machines) for alcoholic beverages.
k. In the absence of a third-party vendor, designate or hire a TIPS (Training Intervention Procedures for Servers) trained server to monitor the service and consumption of alcohol. It is unlawful to serve or make available alcohol to intoxicated persons (as stated in the Georgia Code of Law, Section 3-3-22).
l. Require a full-time Institute employee, who must not be a minor, to be present for the duration of functions hosted by student organizations where alcohol is served or made available. Advisers are encouraged to attend such functions.
Promotional activities regarding alcohol are as follows:
a. The posted advertisement of alcoholic beverages on campus is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to: chalking, electronic communications, bulletins, flyers, and social media sites.
b. Campus publications are encouraged to minimize/eliminate all advertisement of alcoholic beverages.
c. No promotion or advertising on campus of incentive drinking (“happy hours”, “2-for-1 specials”, unlimited quantities of alcohol available at reduced prices or free, events focusing on the consumption of alcohol, etc.) is permitted.
d. Chartered student organizations and student groups may not seek or accept sponsorship or support from companies/vendors whose main focus of business is the manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcohol, other drugs or related paraphernalia.
Participants in Study Abroad programs are bound by the legal drinking age of the respective countries in which they are traveling and in all other respects this policy applies.
Sanctions for Violation of Standards:
Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action and penalties in accordance with the Georgia Tech Student Code of Conduct.
Attempts to circumvent the provisions in this policy in any way are an infraction of this policy.
B. Possession and/or Use of Illegal Drugs
Georgia Tech does not permit or condone the illegal possession and/or use of controlled substances. Controlled substances means any drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in the definition of controlled substance in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-21 (4) or Schedule I through V of Section 202 of the Federal Controlled Substance Act [21 United States Code 812]. The term “dangerous drug” is defined in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-71.
Sanctions for Violation of Standards:
Any student who violates this policy or any federal or state law or policy regarding the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of controlled substances or other dangerous drugs shall be subject to disciplinary actions and penalties in accordance with the Georgia Tech Student Code of Conduct.
Additionally, in accordance with Georgia law, any student convicted of a felony that involves the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of controlled substances or other illegal drug, or chartered student organizations and student groups involved in these activities may be subject to specific penalties required by state law.
Further information regarding the effects of drug abuse and penalties for manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of controlled substances or other illegal drugs is available in the Counseling Center, Stamps Health Services and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Participants in Study Abroad programs are bound by the policies of the Georgia Institute of Technology regarding the possession and/or use of controlled substances or other illegal drugs.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING, TREATMENT, AND REHABILIATION PROGRAMS
Students with alcohol- or drug-related concerns may be referred to, or seek assistance from the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs provides trained professional and paraprofessional counselors in the Counseling Center for drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education, and counseling.
This policy shall be reviewed by a Task Force which includes student representation and is appointed by the Dean of Students or their designee, to determine its effectiveness, to ensure that policies are enforced and the disciplinary sanctions are consistently applied, to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of the educational component of the policy, and to recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
The Dean of Students, or their designee, shall oversee the annual distribution of this Policy to every Georgia Tech student. Additional copies of the Policy on Student Alcohol and Illegal Drugs may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students.
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I. A Framework for Effective Teaching at Georgia Tech
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