Policy Announcements

Confirm Your Understanding of Ethical Standards and the Conflict of Interest Policy by April 18

On an annual basis, every Institute employee is required to affirm their understanding of ethical standards and the conflict of interest policy; and certify all of their external activities and financial relationships. This year, all faculty, staff and student employees must do both between March 17 and April 18.

Faculty Definition Changes Near Final Approval

During the Feb. 18 faculty governance meeting, proposed changes regarding the definition of “faculty” in the faculty handbook made it past the first of two readings.

The proposed changes will alter the existing definitions of faculty members who can participate in faculty governance. If approved, nearly all job titles will fit into these categories: academic faculty, research faculty, or staff.

For More Information Contact: 

Ron Bohlander
Secretary of the Faculty

Town Hall on Definition of 'Faculty'

The Office of Graduate Education & Faculty Affairs will be hosting a meeting for Academic Professionals at Georgia Tech. The meeting will have three purposes: 1) outline how the proposed changes to Faculty Definitions and Faculty Governance will affect those employees who are Academic Professionals (including Academic Professional Associates and Senior Academic Professionals); 2) discuss some proposed promotion policies for Academic Professionals; and 3) provide an opportunity for Academic Professionals to network.

For More Information Contact: 

Jeanne Balsam
Chair, Subcommittee on Faculty Definition

BOR Discusses Tobacco-Free Policy

During its January meeting, the Board of Regents (BOR) began discussions regarding a proposed tobacco and smoke-free campus policy for all University System of Georgia institutions.

The BOR may vote on the policy, which would go into effect on July 1, at its next meeting on Feb. 11-12.

In other meeting news:

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Teri Nagel
Office of Government and Community Relations

Definition of ‘Faculty’ to Be Revised

During last Tuesday’s faculty governance meeting, Jeanne Balsam, chair of the Statutes Committee, gave a progress report on the process to revise the definition of “faculty.”

Balsam is chair of the Subcommittee on Faculty Definition, which has been charged with developing a plan for revising the definition of this job category. In addition to her role with faculty governance, Balsam is also a principal research associate at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

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Ron Bohlander
Secretary of the Faculty

Institute to Revise Definition of ‘Faculty’

During last Tuesday’s faculty governance meeting, Jeanne Balsam, chair of the Statutes Committee, announced that two town halls would be held in November to discuss a revised definition of “faculty.”

Balsam is chair of the Subcommittee on Faculty Definition, which has been charged with developing a plan for revising the definition of this job title. In addition to her role with Faculty Governance, Balsam is also a principal research associate at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

SACS Reaffirmation at Tech Now Underway

A group of faculty and staff spent part of their summer working on an important initiative that comes around every 10 years: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation.

For More Information Contact: 

Victor Rogers
Institute Communications

Top 5 Things to Know About FERPA

If a parent contacted you about his student’s grades, would you know how to handle the situation?

“Student education records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act — known to most as FERPA,” said Georgia Tech Registrar Reta Pikowsky. “Taking a moment to familiarize yourself with this legislation can go a long way in helping you, and the Institute, avoid problems down the road.”

Here are the top five things that every faculty and staff member should know about this federal law:

For More Information Contact: 

Reta Pikowsky
Office of the Registrar
404-894-4181

Be Prepared for Open Records Requests

If you received a call requesting a faculty member’s employment records or other sensitive — but public — information, what would you do?

“When you receive an Open Records Act request like this, just email us, and we’ll walk you through the process,” said Gary Wolovick, a managing attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs. “Sometimes gathering the information can be a pain, but it shouldn’t be a scary process.”

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Be Prepared for Open Records Requests

If you received a call requesting a faculty member’s employment records or other sensitive — but public — information, what would you do?

“When you receive an Open Records Act request like this, just email us, and we’ll walk you through the process,” said Gary Wolovick, a managing attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs. “Sometimes gathering the information can be a pain, but it shouldn’t be a scary process.”