Required Syllabus Statements

The following polices apply to all courses at Georgia College:

COVID-19

Georgia College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  Encompassed in our campus values of Reason, Respect, and Responsibility is the expectation that every member of the university community will follow specific guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. 

Consistent with CDC and State of Georgia guidelines and directives from the University System of Georgia, Georgia College requires masks in all Georgia College indoor facilities and in outdoor campus areas where social distancing is not possible. In our modified face-to-face learning environment, you will be socially-distanced in assigned seats and wear the required CDC-approved face coverings. Face coverings will be used in addition to social distancing. 

Below are additional considerations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • All classrooms have been evaluated and arranged to achieve the required social distancing guidelines.  Students should not move the furniture since that will disrupt our institutional plan for health and safety.  
  • Everyone must follow proper social distancing and personal hygiene measures. This includes: maintaining at least 6 feet of spatial distancing from others, washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, utilizing hand sanitizer, covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and avoiding close contact and congested areas without face masks.  Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.
  • Avoid congregating in commonly trafficked areas such as hallways, bathrooms, and common spaces to reduce people density at any given time.
  • Exit the classrooms in an orderly and physically-distanced manner as soon as class ends so that entering faculty members and students have adequate time to prepare their work space (sanitizing if they desire) for the next class.  Exiting the classroom and/or building in a manner that promotes physical distancing is important to avoid crowding.
  • If you are feeling sick, please do not attend classes. Consult Student Health Services or visit your doctor.  Please notify your professor prior to missing class. Faculty members will work with you to receive the necessary course content and assessments.

GC Keeps Learning: To help students adapt to the changing learning environment, Georgia College has developed a website of resources, tips, virtual tools, and access to help.  Included in this site are tutorials for GeorgiaVIEW, area access to Wi-Fi, academic support tools, and tips for online learning.

 GC’s Campus Reopening Website: The Campus Reopening website will provide the latest information about our response to COVID-19. Check here for messages from President Dorman, as well as changes to the academic calendar, information about orientation, dining and residential life, important phone numbers, and the latest message sent to students, faculty, and staff. 

Religious Observance Policy

Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of one’s rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result from the absence. The nature of the make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor. Failure to follow the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy.

Assistance for Student Needs Related to Disability

If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and physical accessibility. The Student Disability Resource Center can assist you in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to all GC programs and facilities. Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements. For documentation requirements and for additional information, we recommend that you contact the Student Disability Resource Center located in Russell Library 109 at 478-445-5931.

Student Rating of Instruction Survey

Given the technological sophistication of Georgia College students, the student opinion survey is being delivered through an online process. Your constructive feedback plays an indispensable role in shaping quality education at Georgia College. All responses are completely confidential and your name is not stored with your responses in any way. In addition, instructors will not see any results of the opinion survey until after final grades are submitted to the University. An invitation to complete the online opinion survey is distributed to students near the end of the semester. Your participation in this very important process is greatly appreciated.

Academic Honesty

The integrity of students and their written and oral work is a critical component of the academic process.  The submission of another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined in the GC Catalog.  Remember that allowing another student to copy one’s own work violates standards of academic integrity.

Student Use of Copyrighted Materials

As a student your ability to post or link to copyrighted material is governed by United States copyright law. The law allows for students to post or link to copyrighted materials within the course environment when the materials are pertinent to course work. Students are expected to adhere to the stipulations of the Georgia College Honor Code, which addresses plagiarism. Violations are subject to disciplinary action. Policy recognizes that exclusive rights of copyright holders are balanced by limitations on those rights under federal copyright law, including the right to make a fair use of copyrighted materials. The absence of a copyright notice or symbol on a work does not denote a lack of copyright. Failure to comply with this policy, including federal copyright laws, may result in restriction or loss of university network access and/or disciplinary action through the Office of Student Life. For questions involving copyright issues, please consult the GC Office of Legal Affairs. Refer to the USG Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works at https://www.usg.edu/copyright.

Electronic Recording Policy

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during any class unless the student obtains permission from the instructor and every student present. If permission is granted, any distribution of the recording is prohibited. Violation of this policy is grounds for removal from the class and referral for disciplinary action. Students granted specific electronic recording accommodations from Disability Services do not require special permission; however, the instructor must be notified. Any distribution is prohibited.

Academic Grievances or Appeals

An academic grievance or appeal is an allegation by a student of substantial and/or unjustified deviation, to the student’s detriment, from policies, procedures and/or requirements regarding admission, grading policies, special agreements, instructor’s requirements and academic requirements of the University. Students shall have the right to file academic grievances or appeals according to the procedures approved by the University and outlined in the University Catalog.

This information is also available on the Georgia College Intranet.

Information on requirements for faculty syllabi are available in the Georgia College Policy Manual.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be conducted annually. In the event of a fire alarm, students will exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit. Learn the floor plan and exits of the building. Do not use elevators. If you encounter heavy smoke, crawl on the floor so as to gain fresh air. Assist disabled persons and others if possible without endangering your own life. Assemble for a head count on the front lawn of main campus or other designated assembly area.