Present: D. Allen (Ex. Board Liason); R. Barke (PUBPOL); P. Benkeser (BME), Chair; E.K. Barefield (CHEM); T. Habetler (ECE); L. Jacobs (CEE); E.W. Looney (UG Student); J. McIver (Registrar); B. Walker (LIB); and L. Wilcox (Student Affairs)
Visitors: K. Boyd (Std Affairs)
1. The Committee elected Paul Benkeser to serve as chair for 2003-2003.
the request of the President’s Office, the Committee revisited the
modifications to Section XVIII Academic Honor Code it recommended at its
#3 – Increase the size of the pool of
faculty and students available to empanel a Student Honor Committee. Over the next year, we recommend changing the
bylaws of the Faculty Senate to create a larger panel of faculty and students
from which to draw a hearing committee.
We suggest creating a panel of eight faculty and six students (four
undergraduate and two graduate students) from which to draw a hearing committee
of a minimum of three faculty members and two students. The chair of all hearing committees must be a
The proposed modifications remove the composition from the
Code to facilitate amending the composition in the future. Given this change,
revising the composition is the task of the Statues and Bylaws Committee.
#6 – We believe the current process
should be altered to allow and encourage the option for a three-way
face-to-face meeting between the student, the faculty member, and a member of
the Dean of Students Office. This direct
interaction could, in some cases, improve the speed of resolving cases, enhance
the role of faculty interests in the process, and provide greater educational
benefit for the student in understanding the implications of academic
The proposed modifications allow for alternative dispute
resolution. The OSI has begun using this format for some violations. This year OSI will clarify these procedures.
#9 – Once a hearing is scheduled, the
only individual authorized to cancel that
hearing should be the Chair of the Student Honor Committee.
The proposed modifications include this recommendation.
The Committee also incorporated some minor changes requested by the Legal Affairs Department before it unanimously recommended approval of a revised Section XVIII (see Attachment).
3. The Committee unanimously recommended approval the following change to Section XVII.D.4
All fraternities and sororities are subject to the rules, regulations, policies, including hearing and appeal procedures, established by the Georgia Tech I.F.C./Panhellenic/National Pan-Hellenic and the Institute. (added text)
4. The merits of giving student organizations the same rights as individuals to appeal to the Student Grievance and Appeal Committee (SGAC) was discussed. Concern was expressed over the need to give organizations the same rights as individuals, especially considering the large number of cases that the SGAC handles. The Committee recommended that the Student Activities Committee change the Student Organizations Code of Conduct to eliminate the possibility of appeal to the SGAC.
5. A modification of Section IV.B.2 to include a policy for religious observances was forwarded to the Committee from the Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The Committee unanimously recommended approval of this modification.
All students are responsible for
obtaining an understanding of each instructor's policy regarding absences; all
students are expected to attend announced quizzes, laboratory periods, and
final examinations. Although it is
recognized that occasionally it may be necessary for students to be absent from
scheduled classes or laboratories for personal reasons, including major religious observances, students are responsible for
all material covered in their absences, and they are responsible for the
academic consequences of their absences.
Students should discuss planned
absences with their instructors as soon as possible after the beginning of an
academic term. Work missed may be
if the reasons for absences are acceptable to at the discretion of the
instructors. (added text; deleted text)