Category 'Student Affairs'
Policy TitleBrief Policy Statement
Academic Honesty As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for fairness require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonorable or unethical conduct related to their academic work.
Approval of Elective Fees and Special Charges Institution presidents are authorized to approve elective fees and special charges as outlined below. However, any fee or special charge that is required to be paid by all fulltime, undergraduate students at the institution or by all undergraduate students in a specific degree program, with the exception of specific course fees for supplementary costs, shall be approved by the Board (BoR Minutes, January 2010).
Disruptive Student Behavior The instructor shall make reasonable effort to address disruptive behavior with the student in private. If the instructor needs to withdraw the student from the course, specific procedures must be followed.
Hardship Withdrawal Students may be granted hardship withdrawals when non-academic emergency situations occur which prevent them from completing their course work (e.g., severe medical problems, traumatic events/circumstances that cause them to miss numerous classes).
Hazing Hazing is a violation of state law and is strictly prohibited by Georgia State University both on and off campus.
Immunization Requirements for Students Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall implement immunization requirements for all new students (first-year, transfers, and others) as directed by policy consistent with recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, developed collaboratively by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Division of Public Health of the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
Sexual Misconduct Georgia State University is committed to providing a safe learning environment that supports the dignity of all members of the University community. The University strongly encourages students to promptly report instances of sexual misconduct. All reported instances of sexual misconduct shall be investigated and responded to promptly, fairly, and decisively.
Special Event/Late Night Event The University has instituted rules governing late night events and special events sponsored by student organizations.
Student Access to Student Evaluation of Instruction Active students will be able to view the quantitative responses to Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) items common to all colleges in the University by accessing GoSolar: Web for Students. Evaluation results for the three most recent years (9 terms) of SEI data will be available.
Student Complaints and Petitions Students may seek relief or resolution when the application of a policy will create undue hardship for them, or when specific actions, practices, or decisions on academic or non-academic matters have been made or carried out in an arbitrary, discriminatory, or inequitable manner.
Student Discrimination and Harassment Discriminatory harassment is prohibited at Georgia State University. Speech or other expression (words, pictures or symbols) constitutes discriminatory harassment if it constitutes fighting words and is also sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere, limit or deny one´s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program.
Student Records/FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA rights are provided only to University applicants upon actual acceptance to and subsequent enrollment for classes at the University. Under FERPA, students attending an institution of postsecondary education may:
  1. Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student´s education records, except to the extent that such disclosures are authorized without consent as more fully described below in Paragraph IX (A);
  2. Choose to suppress (i.e., keep from being disclosed) their directory information per the process identified below in Paragraph IX (B);
  3. Inspect and review their education records;
  4. Seek amendment of those education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights; and
  5. File complaints with the Department of Education about alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Student Residency Classification If a person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an in-state student only upon showing that he or she has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration
Student Social Security Numbers The social security number shall be required from all entering students for a permanent and lasting record. When possible, an alternative number will be assigned and used by institutions for all purposes which do not require the social security number. In no event shall grades be posted by using the social security number.