CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
Although it is recognized that absences will sometimes be necessary, students are expected to attend classes regularly. It is the responsibility of students to be cognizant of their own record of absences and to consult the instructor regarding work missed. The decision to permit students to make up work rests with the instructor. At any time during the semester an instructor has the right to drop a student from the course and assign a grade of F for excessive absences when a student exceeds the number of allowable absences specified in the instructor's attendance policy distributed to the student in the instructor's course syllabus. If a student is representing the University in an official capacity, as verified on a list released from the Office of the Provost, the instructor will not penalize the student for those absences. However, students should consult their instructor before anticipated absences.
A minimum of 30 semester hours per year is needed to graduate within four years. The year includes Fall, Spring, and Summer terms including the Maymester. A normal course load is 15 semester hours each semester.
A full-time undergraduate student is one who is enrolled in a minimum of twelve semester hours of Georgia College & State University academic or institutional resident credit. A student may schedule a maximum of 18 semester hours. A student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher on at least 15 semester hours may schedule more than 18 semester hours, and overload, with permission of his/her faculty advisor and department chairperson. During a short summer term, the normal load is 6 semester hours per term. Students may take a maximum of 3 semester hours, or one course, during the Maymester. For courses spanning both summer terms, the maximum course load is 18 semester hours. Any hours in excess of this must have the approval of the faculty advisor and the department chairperson.
Freshman and sophomore courses are numbered 1000 to 2999. They are designed to be taken by students having fewer than two years of university credit. Courses numbered 3000 to 4999 are courses for major programs and are designed to be taken only by students having two or more years of university credit. Courses numbered 5000 to 7999 are designed primarily for graduate students. Any variation from a prescribed program requires written permission from the Dean of the School.
Most courses are identified by a four-letter prefix and a four-digit number, the first digit indicating the year level of the instruction. Learning Services courses are numbered 0090-0199. Learning Services courses carry institutional credit only. These courses cannot be applied for credit toward any degree and are not transferable to another college or university.
NOTE: (4-3-5) following course title indicates: 4 semester hours lecture, 3 semester hours laboratory, and 5 semester hours credit.
(Var.) indicates variable credits, as stated in the course description.
F and S indicate the course will normally be offered during the fall or spring semester, respectively.
DECLARATION OR CHANGE OF MAJOR/MINOR
A major may be declared or changed by contacting the department of the proposed major. A second major or minor may be declared by following the same procedure. Students who change their major should be aware that the total number of hours to complete requirements for graduation must meet or exceed 120 semester hours.
DEFINITION OF A MAJOR
A major program is composed of a minimum of 24 semester hours, 21 of which must be in the upper division of academic credit in an approved program. A minimum of 18 semester hours of a major must be taken in residence at Georgia College & State University. To see a listing of majors, visit the Colleges, Schools, and Majors site.
ESLG (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
Students may obtain information about support services available to those who speak English as a Second Language through the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate minimum proficiency at the level of a fourth university course in one language. This proficiency can be demonstrated in one of two ways:
International students with non-immigrant visa status must complete the foreign language requirement unless granted a waiver as specified in the International Students Admissions section of this Catalog.
In some majors, the language requirement may be fully or partly counted in Area F.
FRESHMAN ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
Students should take ENGL 1101 during their first term at GCSU unless they are exempt from it (score of 4 or 5 on the AP English test). All students must earn the grade of C or better in ENGL 1101 in order to complete the requirements for the course. Students should take ENGL 1102 the term after they pass ENGL 1101 with a C or better.
HISTORY AND CONSTITUTION (U.S. AND GEORGIA) REQUIREMENTS
Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree from a University System of Georgia institution demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitution of the United States and Georgia by course work or examination.
The U.S. and Georgia constitution requirements can be satisfied by earning a passing grade in POLS 1150 Politics and Society or its equivalent taken at another University System of Georgia institution. Transfer students who bring credit for the core American government course from a non-University System of Georgia institution have satisfied the U.S. constitution portion of the requirement but not the Georgia constitution portion. The Georgia constitution requirement can be satisfied by passing POLS 2201 State and Local Government or by passing an examination. Contact the Department of Government and Sociology for details.
The U.S. and Georgia history requirements can be satisfied by earning a passing grade in HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 U.S. History or its equivalent taken at another University System of Georgia institution or by passing the U.S. and Georgia history examinations. Transfer students who bring credit for the U.S. History course from a non-University System of Georgia institution have satisfied the U.S. portion of the requirement but not the Georgia history portion. The Georgia history portion can be satisfied by passing HIST 4415 or by passing the Georgia history examination. Contact the Center for Testing to schedule the exam.
Students will be allowed no more than four attempts at the Georgia History exam and four attempts at the U.S History exam. After the 4th attempt, students will be required to pass HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 to satisfy the requirement for Georgia History and U.S. History. Students who are registered for HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 will not be allowed to sign up for the U.S. or Georgia History test during the semester they are taking the course.
Passing Advanced Placement tests for American government and/or U.S. history will satisfy the relevant U.S. portions of the requirement but not the Georgia portion.
Students may major in more than one subject area. All degree requirements must be met for each department in which a major is declared. The student will be assigned an adviser in each subject area.
RESIDENCY FOR DEGREE CLASSIFICATION
A student is in residence if enrolled in courses offered at an approved Georgia College & State University facility, such as the Milledgeville residential campus, the Robins Residence Center, the Robins Graduate Center, the Logistics Education Center, and The Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in Macon. The degree residency classification does not affect fee assessment. For more information on residency for in-state tuition purposes click here.
SECOND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
A student who has been awarded a baccalaureate degree, from Georgia College & State University or another accredited institution, may be granted a second baccalaureate degree provided the following conditions have been fulfilled:
SENIOR EXIT REQUIREMENT
All undergraduate degree candidates must complete a Senior Exit requirement in their major field of study during one of their last two semesters prior to the completion of degree requirements. This requirement is determined by the major department and may be an examination, a portfolio, completion of a course, or other method of assessment. Students who are required to take a test should check with the Center for Testing, Room 217 in Lanier Hall, to determine the type of test, application procedures and deadlines required for their majors. These students are encouraged to register for the exam the semester before they plan to test. Timely inquiry, correct application, and registration are the responsibility of the student.
The Senior Exit requirement is an important part of the student's participation in assessing institutional effectiveness and fostering program improvement. Results of exit requirement will be part of the student's permanent record.
ORIENTATION AND WELLNESS COURSES
According to Board of Regents policy, Wellness courses along with first year seminar and orientation courses cannot be used towards the total hours required for graduation. While the hours for these courses will still count toward your full-time status for the Fall semester and will still appear in your hours earned, when you apply for graduation any hours earned in Wellness or Orientation courses will be manually excluded.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BACHELORíS DEGREES
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree at Georgia College & State University, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING ALL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students have ten calendar years from the year they are admitted to GCSU to complete their bachelor degree. Students must graduate under the degree requirements in effect in the catalog under which they entered. Students who take longer than ten calendar years to complete their degree requirements must repeat the courses, if they're still required, that were taken before the start of the ten-year period.
The student is hereby informed and given due legal notice that all of these decisions are within the prerogative of the University, as previously determined by the courts, and are not subject to disciplinary-type due process requirements or strict application of contract law. When the student accepts admission into the college, he/she is agreeing to abide by and be governed by the policies, procedures, and requirements contained in the Catalog.
Students are responsible for keeping themselves apprised of current graduation requirements for the degree programs in which they are enrolled. Information of this type is available primarily in the catalog. Any changes made since the publication of the catalog are available from the Office of the Registrar, and the Dean of the School in which the student is enrolled. Students are encouraged to check their degree requirements by using the Degree Evaluation tool - DegreeWorks - on the secure myCats page.
APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION
Each applicant for a baccalaureate degree from Georgia College & State University must make a formal application for graduation by the deadline printed in the Official University Calendar. After paying the application fee at the Business Office, the applicant should meet with his adviser to complete the application and obtain the signature of both the adviser and department chairperson. The graduation application must be returned to the Office of the Registrar for processing. The Office of the Registrar will complete the evaluation of the application and forward a copy to the student showing approval, missing requirements, or denial.
Students will not be allowed to graduate with any outstanding requirements. Any student unable to complete all requirements for graduation after formally applying for a degree will be unable to graduate. Students will be notified if graduation requirements are not completed, and the student will be required to resubmit an application for graduation for a future semester.
The University holds a formal commencement each year at the end of the Spring Semester. Diplomas are mailed following graduation. Graduating students are responsible for maintaining a current permanent home address or informing the Office of the Registrar of a diploma mailing address. Students who have completed all degree requirements will be invited to participant in commencement exercises.
Academic advising at Georgia College & State University is a faculty-based system that assures each student contact with a faculty member who can guide a student's course selection and assist in career preparation. Students who have not yet decided upon a major are assigned advisers from The Center for Student Success.
First year students who have been admitted to Georgia College & State University early for the upcoming Fall semester and have paid their admission confirmation deposit have an opportunity to participate in POUNCE, GCSU's early registration program. Eligible students who POUNCE establish contact with faculty from their intended major, create an optimal schedule for their entering term, and have their course registration completed prior to attending one of the New Student Orientation programs. Students will be sent notification of procedures via e-mail. For more information on POUNCE, contact Karen Higgs in The Center for Student Success office at (478) 445-2761.
Students may register for the upcoming term online from their myCATS account. Registration instructions, including information on viewing holds, are available online. See the University Calendar for registration dates or visit the Registrars Office in Parks Hall 107. Students may not register if holds are found on their record that block them from registering.
A student may add courses to his/her schedule or through the third day of classes after late registration during Fall and Spring semesters (a period of two days after late registration during the Summer semester and for a period of one day after late registration during Maymester). Students may add classes via myCATS or by submitting a Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar for processing during this period. Students with an adviser hold must obtain approval from their faculty advisor to add a class. Changing course sections does not require the approval of the advisor when using the Course Change Card.
To add courses after the add period, a student must submit a Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar. The approval of the Chairperson, advisor, and the instructor are required on the card. No credit will be awarded in any course for which a student is not properly registered.
A student may drop courses from his/her schedule through the fifth day of classes after late registration during Fall and Spring semesters (for a period of two days after late registration during the Summer semester and for a period of one day after late registration during Maymester). Students may drop via myCats or by submitting a Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar for processing. No approval is required on the Course Change Card to drop a course during this time period.
Students attending classes that do not meet until after the published drop/add dates are allowed 24 hours following their first class meeting to adjust their course load. Exact dates for add and drop periods are listed in the Academic Calendar.
After the drop period, but on or before the last day to drop a course without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an 'F' by the professor for excessive absences), students may drop courses by submitting the Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar. Approval of the instructor and faculty advisor are required.
LIMIT TO DROPPING COURSES - 5 W POLICY
A student, who drops a course after the last day to drop a course without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an "F" by the professor for absences), will receive a grade of "WF" (Withdrew Failing) for the course. Undergraduate students who first matriculate at GCSU in Fall 2007 or later semesters may accumulate no more than five W grades. Once a student has accumulated five W grades, all subsequent drops will be recorded as WF. If a student withdraws from the university or drops a class due to an approved documented hardship, those W grades will not be counted as part of the five maximum.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY
To withdraw from the University, a student must complete a Withdrawal Request. Failure to withdraw officially will result in the grade of 'F' in all courses.
A student who withdraws from the University either temporarily or permanently at any time after the last day to drop a course without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an 'F' by the professor for excessive absences) will receive a grade of 'WF' (Withdrew Failing) for each course being carried at the time of withdrawal. However, with the approval of the class instructor, the student may petition the Dean of the School of the student's major for a 'W' (Withdrew) or 'I' (Incomplete) if the withdrawal is due to nonacademic extenuating circumstances and the student is passing all courses at the time of withdrawal.
The timing of withdrawals in order to avoid academic penalty is the responsibility of the student. Deadlines are published in the University Calendar.
INVOLUNTARY MEDICAL WITHDRAWAL POLICY
A student may be administratively withdrawn from the University and/or from University housing when, in the judgment of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and a professional member of the University's Health Services or Counseling Services staff, it is determined that the student's physical, mental, emotional or psychological health:
Except in emergency situations, a student shall, upon request, be accorded a meeting with a University official or a hearing prior to a final decision concerning his or her continued enrollment at the University. If the student requests a hearing on such a matter, the Georgia College & State University Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students shall appoint a hearing body, consisting of students and faculty.
AUDITING COURSES FOR NON-CREDIT
Any student may audit any course with the permission of the instructor. Audited courses will not be counted as part of the normal course load and no grades will be awarded. Instructors may set special conditions for students who audit their courses. Audited courses will be designated with a grade of V and will be considered in fee assessment. Auditing a course will not prevent a student from taking the course for credit at a later time. Students must register as an audit student and pay regular tuition and fees. Changes from audit to credit or vice-versa cannot be made after the last day to add courses.
Departments may offer courses by individual instruction only in an emergency situation in which a student must have the course immediately and only with the consent of the appropriate instructor and department chairperson.
Independent course study offerings are found in the undergraduate course description section of the Catalog. Independent study courses include only those areas of research, study, or investigation beyond those normally offered in the department curriculum. Departments may offer courses by individual instruction only in an emergency situation in which a student must have the course immediately and only with the consent of the appropriate instructor and department chairperson.
The mission of University System of Georgia Independent Study is to offer University System academic credit courses to University System students and individuals who are interested in earning academic credit through self-directed study. It provides freedom from the classroom structure and, as a result, places the responsibility for learning directly on the student. It allows flexibility of registration, permitting students to register at any time and take several courses simultaneously with up to a year to complete each course.
Independent Study courses are offered by academic departments located at senior institutions of higher education within the University System of Georgia. Faculties of the academic departments prepare the courses offered and grade lessons submitted by students to satisfy requirements of the courses. Academic credits earned through Independent Study are recorded on the student's permanent record in the University of Georgia Registrar's Office and may be used for degree requirements according to the regulations of the college or university from which the student plans to graduate. The total number of hours earned through Independent Study that may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree program within the University System of Georgia may not exceed one-fourth of the hours required for graduation.
Students who want to attend another institution to take courses that will count toward their degree at Georgia College & State University
Ordinarily, students are permitted to be transient students for only one semester. Students approved for Academic Renewal are not eligible to take transient coursework. Transient students attempting to satisfy the core areas A-E must take courses equivalent to Georgia College & State University courses. Nursing students who have taken either the BIOL 1100 or BIOL 1120 at Georgia College & State University must complete the lab-science sequence at Georgia College & State University.
The amount of transient student course work that may be used for degree credit is limited by the residency requirement of completing at least 40 hours at Georgia College & State University. At least 21 of the last 30 credit hours toward a degree must be completed at the 3000-4000 levels in residence at Georgia College & State University. In addition, the maximum number of course credit hours that may be transferred to Georgia College & State University to count toward a degree must not exceed 80 semester hours.
Georgia College & State University will accept only the credit hours from transient courses that are passed, and not the quality points. Grades earned in these courses will have no effect on the student's regents' cumulative or institutional grade-point average at Georgia College & State University. Retaking a course that was originally taken at GCSU will not affect your GCSU institutional grade point average.
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
Georgia College & State University participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Details may be obtained from the Center for Testing. The general conditions and standards for awarding credit are as follows:
Students may challenge undergraduate courses, i.e., receive credit for a course without enrolling in it, under certain conditions. A student who wishes to challenge a course must present to the chairperson of the department that offers the course sufficient information to enable the department chairperson to determine the student's mastery of the material provided in the course. A student who is considered eligible for a course challenge by a department chairperson is examined on the course by the faculty of the department according to a procedure established by the department. This challenge policy does not apply to learning support courses.
Students may not challenge courses that are offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) except foreign language courses.
If the student is approved for credit by examination, the student will pay an examination and recording fee per course challenged. Receipt of payment from the Business Office must be presented to the department chairperson before the examination. The result of the examination is recorded on the Credit by Examination Form provided by the Dean of the School. The Dean of the School will notify the Office of the Registrar of all successful challenges. If the student successfully challenges the course, the course credit is recorded in the student's permanent record, but no grades or quality points are awarded. No more than 30 semester hours credit may be awarded through the course-challenge procedure, and it is limited by the policy that a minimum of 40 semester hours must be earned in residence at Georgia College & State University. At least 21 of the last 30 credit hours toward a degree must be completed in residence at Georgia College & State University at the 3000-4000 levels. There is a limit of one challenge per course.
CREDIT FOR ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL
Georgia College & State University has been designated as an institutional member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of over 400 colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to members of the military. As a SOC member, Georgia College & State University recognizes the unique nature of the military life-style and is committed to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and a consortium of thirteen leading national higher education associations; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) sponsor it.
UNIVERSITY CREDIT FOR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE ARMED FORCES
Equating letter grades earned at Georgia College & State University to the following numerical code computes the grade-point average:
Each point represents a quality point earned per semester hour credit. Total quality points are determined by multiplying the number of points awarded for the grade in the course by the number of semester hours for the course. In other words, a student who receives an A in a three-hour course would earn twelve quality points for work in that course. It should be noted that students may earn credit through wellness activities, internships, student teaching and similar experiences which generate grades of either S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). When an S (satisfactory) grade is earned for courses in which credit toward graduation is received, the credit will be counted but there will be no quality points given. The institutional grade average will thus be determined by the total quality points for those courses in which A through F & WF grades were given divided by the number of credit hours in which those grades were given. Students may repeat courses under the institutional average. In the calculation of the institutional average only the last grade earned and credit awarded will count toward the institutional grade-point average.
The following symbols are used in the cases indicated, but they are not included in the determination of the grade-point average.
GRADE POINT AVERAGES
Georgia College & State University calculates three averages each semester. One is the term average, based upon all work attempted in a particular semester. The second is the Regents' cumulative average, as defined below. The third is the institutional average, which is described below and is used to determine academic standing and graduation eligibility. GCSU's truncates all GPAs to the second decimal point.
REGENTS CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Regents Cumulative Grade Point Average. The regents cumulative grade-point average is calculated by dividing the number of hours scheduled in all courses attempted in which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF has been received into the number of grade points earned on those hours scheduled. The regents' cumulative grade-point average will be reflected on the transcript. Institutional credit shall in no way affect the regents' cumulative grade point average.
INSTITUTIONAL GRADE-POINT AVERAGE
Georgia College & State University uses the institutional average. Under the institutional average, students may repeat a course or courses and have only the last grade earned count toward the institutional grade point average and credit awarded. The institutional average is the basis for determining academic standing and eligibility for graduation. The institutional average applies to all students. The decision to use the institutional average for purposes other than academic standing and graduation is covered in other sections of this catalog. Students should be aware that when transferring to other institutions or when making application for graduate school, most receiving institutions make admission decisions based on the regents' cumulative grade point average. The institutional grade point average is for internal use at Georgia College & State University.
GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING
A student's academic standing is determined by the institutional grade-point average at the end of each semester. A student will be classified in good academic standing if the institutional grade-point average is at least a 1.75 for students with 0-29 institutional overall hours earned or at least a 2.0 with 30 or more overall institutional hours earned.
Some schools and programs at Georgia College & State University may have higher grade point average standards for admission to their respective programs. See particularly the admission standards for the schools of education and nursing and some majors in the arts and sciences.
A student incurs academic warning at the end of any semester in which the institutional average falls below the standard for good standing. To avoid being placed on academic probation the student must earn sufficient grade points during the next semester of enrollment to raise the institutional average to the minimum standard for good standing. If the student achieves the minimum standard at the end of the next semester of enrollment, the academic warning is lifted and the student returns to good standing. A student who fails to return to good standing by the end of the warning semester will be placed on probation. Academic warning is noted on the student's official transcript.
Academic probation recognizes that a student is in serious danger of being dismissed from the University and notifies the student that a plan must be developed and implemented to improve the quality of his/her academic work. A student will be placed on probation at the end of any semester in which the institutional average remains below the stated minimums and academic warning has been issued during the previous semester. Students who achieve the required grade average for good standing will have their probation status removed. A student who fails to return to good standing by the end of the probation semester will be dismissed. Academic probation is noted on the student's official transcript.
Students on probation will be placed on restricted enrollment which means that the student will only be able to enroll in courses which he/she previously earned a D or F. The student will also be expected to develop a plan for obtaining academic good standing. This plan will be developed with the assistance of the student's advisor. The plan will include retaking courses, use of campus resources, monitored grades at mid term, and regular contact with the advisor.
Students who fail to achieve good academic standing while on probation will be dismissed. Academic dismissal is the involuntary separation of a student from the University. Dismissal means the student is not in good standing and requires the student to stay out of school for one calendar year. Academic dismissal is noted on the student's official transcript. Students must apply to return after one year and must develop a plan that will ensure their return to good standing by the end of the first year of their return. Students not returning to the status of good standing will be placed on academic exclusion.
Academic exclusion is the final involuntary separation imposed upon a student who having previously been dismissed and readmitted fails to meet the minimum standards of good standing. Exclusion means that a student is permanently dismissed from Georgia College & State University. Exclusion will remain permanent unless the student has been away from Georgia College & State University for five years or more and elects to return to the University under the policy of academic renewal which is described below. Academic exclusion is noted on the student's official transcript.
ACADEMIC RENEWAL POLICY
The University System of Georgia Academic Renewal policy allows undergraduate students who have been readmitted or reinstated after a period of absence of five (5) calendar years or longer to be eligible for academic renewal. Academic renewal for the student signals the initiation of a new grade point average to be used for determining academic standing. This provision allows University System of Georgia degree-seeking students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a fresh start and have one final opportunity to earn an associate or bachelor's degree. Georgia College & State University has adopted this Academic Renewal policy.
Students who wish to participate in the Academic Renewal program must file application for academic renewal directly to the Office of the Registrar within three semesters after re-enrollment or one calendar year, whichever comes first.
Georgia College & State University recognizes graduates with honors by designation in the commencement program, the student transcript, and on the diploma, those graduates who have high academic achievement. The Latin phrases Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude are used to identify these levels of achievement. These designations apply only to students receiving baccalaureate degrees; no honors are granted for graduate degrees.
To be eligible for academic honors, a students overall regents' cumulative and GPA must be as follows:
If a student's overall grade point average and the regents' cumulative grade point average differ, the lower of the two averages shall determine the honors designation awarded.
Students who have completed the requirements of the Honors Program are awarded a special certificate and are recognized at graduation.
Students who make a term average of 4.0 on 12 or more semester hours at Georgia College & State University. Students may not have a grade of "I" or "F" during the semester.
Students who make a term average of at least 3.5 on 12 or more semester hours at Georgia College & State University. Students may not have an "I" or "F" during the semester.
PHI KAPPA PHI
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was chartered at Georgia College & State University on May 23, 1973. Selection for membership is based on scholarship. Members are elected from undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, administration, and alumni. To be considered for membership, undergraduate students from the junior class must have a minimum grade point average of 3.8; undergraduate students from the senior class must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75. Graduate students must have a grade point average of 4.0 and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.75 or greater.
Honors Day is the third Friday in April each year. Faculty Award recipients, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Outstanding Department Majors, Outstanding School Awards, and the University System of Georgia Academic Recognition Students are recognized.
REGENTSí WRITING AND READING SKILLS REQUIREMENT
BOARD OF REGENTS' POLICY EXCERPTS
Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall ensure that students obtaining a degree from a System institution possess certain minimum skills of reading and writing, hereinafter called Regents' Writing and Reading Skills. The Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement has been developed to help attain this goal. The Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement will ensure students have competence in reading and writing at a minimum System wide level.
Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree will be required to complete the Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement as a requirement for graduation.
There shall be two System-mandated courses in writing and in reading that represent a vehicle for meeting the Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement.
There will be System wide tests administered in reading and in writing. These tests will be referred to collectively as the Regents' Test. The Regents' Test is designed to provide an additional method for satisfying the Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement.
REGENTSí READING AND WRITING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students are expected under all circumstances to show a proper respect for law and order, care of property, rights of others, and a sense of personal honor and integrity as is required of good citizens. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner becoming a university student. Students at GCSU can expect that they will be treated with reason and respect, and that the faculty and staff of the University will act responsibly toward them. The University expects students will employ reason, show respect to others, and to take responsibility for their actions.
Students who disregard the expectations placed upon them as good citizens subject themselves to the disciplinary process. Georgia College & State University has a policy on the standards and procedures for student non-academic discipline. The policy acknowledges both the need to preserve the orderly processes of the University with regard to its teaching, research, and public service missions, as well as the need to observe the student's rights. While the rules and regulations of Georgia College & State University are not meant to duplicate general laws, there are some respects in which the lawful interests of the institution as an academic community coincide with the broader public interests treated in general laws. Students who commit offenses against the laws of municipalities, states, or the United States are subject to prosecution by those authorities and are liable for disciplinary action under Georgia College & State University rules.
The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students is the administrative official with primary responsibility for student discipline.
Students accused of misconduct under the Student Code of Conduct may choose between an administrative hearing or a Student Judicial Board hearing. Hearings of alleged violations of the University's Honor Code are heard by the Student Judicial Board. The administrative hearing will be one in which the Vice President/ Dean of Students chairs the case, and a staff panel determines guilt or innocence and imposes sanctions. The judicial board hearing will be conducted by the Student Judicial Board, chaired by a designated faculty adviser.
Sanctions against a student judged guilty of misconduct could include oral or written reprimands, personal probation, revocation and/or limitation of privileges, restitution, probation, suspension or expulsion. A student may be temporarily suspended, pending final action on the charges, if potential harm to self or others is judged to exist. The student shall be afforded an opportunity for a preliminary hearing prior to temporary suspension.
Further, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students shall have power to impose such temporary sanctions, including suspension, pending a hearing, when a student engages in conduct that materially and substantially interferes with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the University.
It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the university student disciplinary procedures.
These policies and procedures are subject to revision from time to time. Please refer to the Student Handbook for the most recent version.
THE HONOR CODE
All students are expected to abide by the requirements of the Georgia College & State University Honor Code as it applies to all academic work at the University. Failure to abide by the Honor Code will result in serious penalties.
In enrolling at Georgia College & State University, I solemnly pledge that I will conduct myself in such a manner as to reflect credit on the Georgia College & State University community, and I will uphold the Honor Code of the University. If I violate this Honor Code, I will accept the imposed penalty, which may include expulsion from the University.
Since 1942, there has been an Honor Code at Georgia College & State University. This Code is a dynamic aspect of the University that helps to define its character as an institution of higher learning in the best liberal arts tradition. Through the years, this Code has given rise to an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust on the Georgia College & State University campus.
And, as a result of periodic examination and review, the Honor Code continues to grow stronger. After undergoing thoughtful study and meticulous revision during the 1998-99 academic year, the new Honor Code reflects a renewed desire of the present student generation for an honorable community and also guarantees stiff punishments for dishonorable actions.
The commitment to honor has its own rewards, but the Honor Code also brings responsibilities a respect for the ideas, values, and property of others; a readiness to subordinate one's own interests to the interests and well-being of the whole University community; and a dedication to abide by the rules of the University. In order to maintain an honorable campus, student commitment is vital. This commitment begins with personal integrity, extends to the refusal to condone violation of the rules, and ends with support of an appropriate punishment for those who violate the spirit and provisions of the Honor Code. Anything short of full commitment undermines the very essence of Georgia College & State University honor. Those who engage in dishonorable behavior may be banned from the University for one or two semesters, or permanently.
Students who are unfamiliar with the concept of honor or who have a history of dishonorable behavior are urged to consider alternatives to Georgia College & State University. However, those wishing to renew themselves in the spirit of honor will be invited to join the community of Georgia College & State University by formally embracing the Honor Code and signing the Honor Roll at the beginning of their academic career at GCSU (the Honor Code, however, is applicable to all students who matriculate at GCSU).
THE HONOR CODE
It is presumed that any student who matriculates at Georgia College & State University is willing to conform to a pattern of mutual trust and honor and shall deal honorably with all members of the University community. It must be understood that it is the responsibility of each student, faculty, and staff member to preserve, nurture, and strengthen this spirit of honor. Georgia College & State University students shall at all times refrain from, discourage, and as far as possible, prevent all attempts at lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and vandalism. When a violation of the Honor Code is detected, a student should take steps to bring the matter to the attention of the Judicial Council or the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
"Lying" is defined as any attempt to deceive, falsify, or misrepresent the truth in any matter involving University business. University business includes but is not limited to, financial aid information, excuses for absences, statements to professors in order to reschedule tests or assignments, and responses to the queries of Public Safety officers.
"Cheating" is defined as the employment of or rendering of any illicit aid in any assigned work.
"Stealing" is defined as the appropriation of money or property belonging to another person, organization, or the University, or the borrowing of property without the knowledge of the owner.
"Plagiarism" is defined as presenting as one's own work the words or ideas of an author or fellow student without proper documentation through quotation marks and footnotes or other accepted citation methods. Ignorance of these rules concerning plagiarism is not an excuse. When in doubt, students should seek clarification from the professor who made the assignment.
"Vandalism" is defined as intentional, malicious damage to University property or property belonging to others.
The Judicial Council may, for any first offense violation of the Honor Code, impose immediate suspension for the remainder of the current semester and possibly for one additional semester (depending on the severity of the violation). If suspended in the fall, one would be suspended for the remainder of the fall semester and possibly the spring semester; if suspended in the spring, one would be suspended for the remainder of the spring semester and possibly the following fall semester.
The normal penalty for a second Honor Code violation is immediate expulsion from the University.
Presented by the Student Government Association, passed by the University Council, and ratified by the student body of Georgia College & State University, March 1999. Amended by Student Government Association, February 2001.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Georgia College & State University may discipline a student in non-academic matters. This normally involves matters which occur on the GCSU campus or at GCSU-sponsored events, but may be extended to off-campus matters which could reasonably be expected to impact the GCSU community. Repeated off-campus arrests generally result in GCSU judicial charges as well as criminal charges. For the purposes of this section the term conduct shall include acts which knowingly or unknowingly violate federal, state, or local laws, and/or Georgia College & State University rules and regulations, or which the student knew or reasonably should have known would result in occurrences prohibited by this section. All students are expected to adhere to the stipulations of the GCSU Honor Code, which addresses lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and vandalism. All residence hall students are expected to adhere as well to the contract terms and stipulations listed in the University Housing Handbook for Residence Hall students and The Village residents. Students are subject to disciplinary action for violating the following Code of Conduct:
STUDENT ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Any student or former student of Georgia College & State University has the right of timely petition. Petitions are available from the Dean of the appropriate school and are to be used by the student, in consultation with the faculty adviser, to remedy undue hardship and specific inequities that may adversely affect the student's ability to fulfill the academic requirements of the University. Petitions must be used to secure approval of special agreements between faculty and students on academic matters and to provide for emergency situations caused by unforeseen complications in fulfilling academic requirements. Petitions must have the signed approval of the appropriate University officials' names.
RIGHT OF APPEAL
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 following procedures approved by the University.
PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE OR APPEAL
Following are the proper procedures for resolving academic grievances or appeals:
Students should be aware that their faculty advisor, the Office of Counseling Services, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Academic Affairs are resource areas where students may receive assistance.
The time limit for a grievance or appeal may be extended upon approval of a written request to the vice president for academic affairs.
NON-ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE OR APPEAL PROCESS
Georgia College & State University recognizes the importance of providing a prompt and efficient procedure for fair and equitable resolutions of a non-academic grievance or appeal. A non-academic grievance or appeal alleges discrimination by a University employee on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, physical handicap/disability or involves personal behavior and/or University policy. Accordingly, students are encouraged to use the non-academic grievance or appeal process without fear of prejudice or reprisal for initiating the process or participating in its resolution.
A non-academic grievance or appeal is an allegation by a student concerning (1) a University employee, (2) administrative policies, procedures, regulations or requirements of the University, (3) student employment, or (4) a University program, service or activity. Students shall have the right to file a grievance or appeal according to established procedures.
PROCEDURES FOR NON-ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE OR APPEAL
Following are the proper procedures for resolving a non-academic grievance or appeal:
Students should be aware that their faculty adviser, the Office of Counseling Services, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Affairs may be resource areas whereby students may receive assistance on a grievance or appeal. The time limit may be extended upon approval of a written request submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
These policies and procedures are subject to revision from time to time. Please refer to the Student Handbook for the most recent version.
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