The University of North Georgia is compliant with this core requirement. The consolidation of Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University created an institution with an enrollment of approximately 14,200 students at four campus locations ranging from dual-enrolled high school students to graduate students. This has created a need and demand for a wide range of student support services.
The University of North Georgia provides a variety of programs, services, and activities designed to support students’ pursuit of a quality education that provides opportunities for service, inquiry and creativity and that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs play key roles in assuring students have the co-curricular support needed to be successful in and out of the classroom. Student Affairs provides high quality support services and a broad array of programs that stimulate, enhance, and extend student learning beyond the classroom. The programs and services listed below are outlined in the UNG Student Handbook beginning on page 59. The handbook then describes the student support programs provided on each campus.
Various departments have begun to create learning outcomes related to the mission of the University as well as the needs of their department. The goal of the support programs and services provided by the University of North Georgia is to support academic preparation and development to preparing students to function and lead in a global society. The compliance narrative outlines the student support programs, services, and activities, demonstrating that the University promotes student learning and enhances the development of students.
Although there is overlap in the student support services provided between campuses, the services offered on each campus reflect the diversity of student populations across the four campuses and their respective needs. The Dahlonega campus, the home campus for our military mission and only residential campus, has more selective admissions requirements and offers primarily baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Student support services such as first year experience, residential life, recreation, health services, student involvement, and support programs for the Corp of Cadets are emphasized on this campus. The Gainesville and Oconee campuses are non-residential, access campuses that support students with a broad range of academic preparation and needs. Academic advising, career services, disability services, student counseling and multicultural student affairs are some of the services emphasized on these campuses. The Cumming campus offers select undergraduate and graduate degrees appropriate to the service area. Student services on this campus are being developed as degrees are added and the number of students served continues to grow. Academic advising, testing, and disability services are being offered on this campus along with some programming emerging from student interests.
The University of North Georgia currently offers a very limited number of degrees entirely online, the only undergraduate program being the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, thus the majority of students taking online courses are also taking face-to-face courses and have access to all the student support services available on the campuses. That being said, the Admissions Office, Financial Aid, Registrar, Counseling Centers, Disability Services, and Advising Center offer their services and many of their resources in an online format to all students. In addition, the Distance Education and Technology Integration office will be implementing the use of SmarterMeasure as a prerequisite for taking an online course this academic year. The SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator is a web-based tool which assesses a learner’s likelihood for succeeding in an online program by indicating the degree to which an individual student possesses the attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success in that learning environment.
Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students supports students in their academic and life endeavors and is responsible for educating students about the rights and responsibilities of membership in an academic community, and in doing so, help students prepare to be ethical and engaged citizens. Multiple Deans of Students oversee and provide students at the four locations with access to services and programs related to counseling, disabilities, diversity, career services, student life (traditional and non-traditional), student involvement, student services, student health services, judicial affairs, and first year experience. The residential nature of the Dahlonega Campus necessitates more extensive staff. Dean of Students staff also provide support to students who are experiencing extenuating circumstances and need assistance; help students and their families understand what campus or local resources may benefit them; and serve as an advocate by following up with students who have serious concerns about their experience.
The Office of Student Involvement contributes to student success in college by coordinating a variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social programs intended to compliment the student’s classroom education. In addition, the Office of Student Involvement promotes the themes of wellness, leadership, and service learning throughout sponsored programs and student clubs and organizations. Research has shown that students who are involved in co-curricular opportunities and who feel socially integrated into the community are more likely to persist to graduation (Astin, 1993; Tinto 1994); the programs, facilities, and services are designed to provide such opportunities for involvement and integration.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Student organizations support academic achievement and personal development by providing students with opportunities to participate in activities which develop their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and professional abilities. Whether creating a sense of community through orientation and engaging student common areas, encouraging leadership through student organizations and athletics, or supporting academic achievement through classroom accommodations and student technology, these organizations are important components to the academic and student life of the University. To meet all the different developmental needs of students, the University of North Georgia offers a multitude of student groups covering the following areas: academic and honors, religious, political, social, Greek, and cultural. Every student is encouraged to become a member of those clubs which appeal to their interests.
Student Center Operations
Student Centers serve as the community center of the campus for all members of the University family: students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests. As the “living room” or “hearthstone” of the University community, the Student Center provides the services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the University need for getting to know and understand one another through informal activities. Student Centers are located on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses. While there are not specific Student Center buildings on either the Oconee or Cumming campuses, space is provided to support student activities.
On the Dahlonega campus, the Hoag Student Center opened in 1970, was renovated in 2012, and reopended in January 2013. Along with other offices and ammenities, the Hoag Student Center houses work space for over 100 students, the Owens Art Gallery, student involvement offices, an auditorium, Student Veterans Lounge, food court, and dining area. The Gainesville Campus Student Center includes workspace for 70 student organizations, student organization offices, study and meeting rooms, game room, Cyber Cafe, food court, and dining area. On the Oconee campus, there is a small food service, lounge area, "community room" that is used for student events and organizational meetings, student newspaper, ID card office, and student services offices. An outdoor pavilion and volley ball court offer additional spaces for gathering and activities. On the Cumming campus, construction of an outdoor pavilion for student activities and events is in the planning stages.
With consolidation, the Student Government Associations (SGA) on each campus have collaborated on a number of initiatives while each campus maintains its own SGA to deal with campus-specific issues. The Executive Committees of the three SGA’s (Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee) have written a consolidated constitution and each campus has developed bylaws to meet the needs of its campus student body. The three Executive Committees continue to meet monthly as a SGA Cabinet to address university-wide issues and concerns. The Cumming Campus has formed a Student Advisory Council and is working toward developing its own SGA. Until an SGA is realized, the officers of the Cumming Advisory Council will be invited to represent the students at SGA Cabinet meetings.
Graduate Student Senate
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) serves as the voice of UNG graduate students. GSS directly administers and allocates 40% of the Student Activity Fees paid by Graduate Students attending the university. They also have representation on Dahlonega’s Student Government Association to address overall student concerns.
The University of North Georgia is designated by the Board of Regents as a leadership institution and UNG has included leadership as a focus of its mission. With multiple campuses, the leadership programs offered on each campus reflect the developmental needs of students attending each campus. Among these are conferences, leadership programming, leadership lunches, and Student Leader Training.
Greek Life serves the needs of the student members of the sororities and fraternities, providing advisement and support to the governing councils, executive boards, and presidents of every recognized Greek chapter. Greek Life promotes student responsibility and strives to enrich the lives of all its members and affected communities by maintaining scholastic achievement, fostering friendships through brotherhood and sisterhood, enhancing leadership and promoting service. Greek Life provides opportunities for students to incorporate the values of integrity, courage, loyalty, wisdom, service, truth, and respect in our actions with one another, and the importance of personal development and organizational success. The University of North Georgia Greek Community is comprised of the 12 organizations. All social Greek organizations must be an active member of a governing council (Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Council). Greek Life at the University of North Georgia will be located at the Dahlonega campus, but any University of North Georgia student who meets the required GPA, credit hour, and full-time status criteria below can seek membership.
As a part of the consolidation, the Student Activities Board on the Dahlonega Campus and the Campus Activities Boards on the Gainesville and the Oconee Campuses have been renamed Nighthawks Entertainment; each campus board operates with a common constitution. Students on each campus have developed bylaws specifically to address the needs of its student body. Since student activity fees are collected and managed by campus, the group on each campus will program activities for its campus. Larger multi-campus or university-wide activities may be co-sponsored by multiple campus boards. Traditional events presented on the Dahlonega Campus include the Freshman Dance, Fall Bonfire, Winter Ball, Monthly Movies, Spirit Night at home basketball games, an annual concert, and the Spring Jam outdoor festival. Traditional events offered on the Oconee and Gainesville campuses include Annual Weeks of Welcome Picnic, Club and Vendor Fair, Cultural/Educational Speakers, Stress Relief Programs, and the Spring Fling.
Recreational sports support the development of healthy physical, mental, social, and intellectual behaviors. They develop effective communication skills and instill leadership, a component of the UNG mission, by encouraging responsibility, conflict management, decision-making, delegation, and prioritization. Participation in sports also supports academic achievement through the development of team building skills, time management, and ethics.
The Intramural Sports Program offers students a chance to compete with other University of North Georgia students in a friendly environment. Organizational teams such as military companies, fraternities, sororities, commuters, and residence halls provide the basis for the Intramural Sports Program at the UNG. Non-affiliated teams may also be formed by any group of students who wish to compete. The Intramural Sports program offers approximately 16 sports a year, including flag football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and softball. Intramural Leagues are conducted at the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses. All students, including students at the Cumming campus, are eligible to compete in intramural play.
Fitness Centers are located at the Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses. Each site is equipped with weight machines, free weights, and a variety of cardiovascular machines which include treadmills, bikes, climbers, ellipticals and rowers. Services available include exercise orientation, personal training, group exercise classes, fitness testing, workout design, body-fat analysis, and blood pressure checks. Fitness services and facilities are available to students, faculty, staff, and continuing education members.
The North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits (NGOP) Program is dedicated to providing fun and engaging outdoor educational experiences for the University of North Georgia community. Our goal is to create opportunities for students to connect with each other in challenging, fun, and safe recreational activities for the purpose of embracing new challenges and cultivating new relationships. The NGOP Program encompasses the following areas: outdoor trips, equipment rental, Pine Valley Ropes Course, and an indoor climbing wall located in the Dahlonega Rec Center.
The University of North Georgia has many recreational facilities for students to use during their leisure time. At the Dahlonega campus, the University has a 68,000 sq. ft. Recreation Center, gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts, rock climbing wall, and a recreation area at Pine Valley, complete with a pavilion and recreation field on the Etowah River. All of these facilities are available for use by students enrolled at North Georgia who pay the student activity fee and Rec Center fee. At the Gainesville campus, the Fitness Center and pool are located in the Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex. The complex also includes a gymnasium and tennis courts. Architectural planning is underway to expand and renovate the Hugh Mills building to enhance classrooms and student recreational space. A UNG ID is required to enter all facilities.
At the Dahlonega campus, the 25-yard pool is located in Memorial Hall and is open to students, faculty, staff, and continuing education members. The pool is open for lap swim and open swim and also features a diving board. At the Gainesville campus, the swimming pool features six 25-yard swim lanes, a 12-foot deep diving area, and a sauna. Swim lessons, hydrobics, and other water activities are conducted at both pools. At the Gainesville campus, the pool is located in the Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex and is available to all faculty, staff, and students as well as paid community members.
UNG currently has 18 clubs that are organized and led by students. These clubs include activities such as rugby, lacrosse, wrestling, and many more. Student leaders provide a fun and competitive atmosphere for University of North Georgia students to continue playing the sports they love, find community, or try new sports. Getting involved with a sport club is a great way to stay active and meet people on campus. Sport clubs are registered and chartered organizations founded and administered by students in accordance with the University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Recreational Sports Department. They are required to abide by rules and regulations governing student organizations.
For most new students, orientation sessions serve as the first point of in-person contact with faculty and staff at UNG. These sessions help prepare students by acclimating them to the university setting, creating an understanding of academic expectations and support opportunities, and helping to establish relationships with staff, faculty, and other students. Although not currently required, orientation is highly recommended for all new freshmen and transfer students to UNG as well as those students who are transitioning between UNG campuses. Orientation programs on each of the campuses are specifically designed to address the unique needs of students attending each campus. For example, orientation programs on the residential campus offer multi-day sessions.
Student Orientation programs are provided for new freshman on the residential and commuter campuses as well as for students transferring into UNG. Orientation programs on each campus share common learning outcomes:
- Familiarize incoming students with university resources and academic procedures
- Increase student knowledge of University mission, culture and campus-specific values
- Acclimate students to the college lifestyle and provide students the opportunity to develop foundational relationships with faculty, staff and student leaders
During each student orientation session, a separate orientation track is offered for parents and other family members. Topics addressed at parent/family member orientations include information about financial aid and business procedures; campus safety; FERPA; registration procedures; housing; and campus resources. Three shared learning outcomes have been drafted for UNG for parent/family member programs:
- Familiarize parents and families with the policies and procedures that govern their student's college experience.
- Provide an increased understanding of how to connect their student with University resources to promote student success.
- Explain how to recognize the intellectual and developmental growth of your student and play an active supporting role throughout the college experience.
On the Dahlonega campus, Orientation Leaders are selected and trained annually to be able to guide new students and families along the transition to university life. Orientation Leaders are expected to be knowledgeable about University policies, procedures, and traditions and be able to communicate this information to students and families. New students and families give credence to the orientation leader’s own student experiences. Training for orientation leaders are designed according to the needs of the students at each campus. Weeks of Welcome is a series of education and social activities offered on the other campuses during the first weeks of classes designed to assist students in acclimating to University life. Unique activities and seminars are offered on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses.
Career Services exists to support and empower students and alumni in their career development as they make career decisions, develop job search strategies, pursue academic and experiential opportunities, and secure employment. Staff members assist students with the career development process, including self-assessment, career exploration and preparation, and career decision making. Programs and services are developed to promote the transition from the associate pathway to the baccalaureate pathway (primarily at the Oconee and Cumming campuses) as well as the transition from education to the world of work through instruction and guidance in the career decision-making and job search processes. The UNG job board allows students and alumni to find out about full-time and part-time jobs; employers to post jobs at the Dahlonega campus for free; and allows anyone the opportunity to view the calendar of upcoming programs and events. At the Dahlonega campus, internships are available to students who have completed 60 hours of coursework and fit departmental criteria for GPA requirements. Career Services provides individualized assistance to find internships as well as prepare for internship experiences. Career Services will be developing and expanding internship opportunities to the Gainesville campus. Lastly, Career Services assists employers with a variety of services and events. Along with the opportunity to post jobs and internships free of charge, Career Services assists with on-campus recruiting. Staff members coordinate the recruiting calendar, publicize visits, and work closely with recruiters to achieve productive recruiting visits. Career Services also provides a resume drop service, information tables, and coordinates career fairs.
Multicultural Student Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) strengthens the climate of the university by fostering an inclusive environment for all constituents. This office provides leadership opportunities as well as encouraging student involvement. MSA advocates for the University of North Georgia (UNG) to strive toward a diverse campus community and serves as a resource for institutional diversity, multicultural education, and social justice awareness for all constituents. The office contributes to the mission of the university by providing the campus community with opportunities to learn about and discuss social issues that focus on diversity, inclusion, and internationalism. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs also serves as resource/advisors for under-represented student organizations/clubs. MSA assists and supports in all efforts to recruit and retain under-represented students by providing special assistance with personal, social or academic concerns, as well as other guidance. MSA is also available to all students, staff, faculty, and community as a resource regarding social justice and diversity issues.
In order to accomplish its mission, MSA develops and plans a diversity calendar in which each campus conducts various programs and events surrounding multicultural awareness including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian Heritage Month, LGBTQQ History Month, and Native American History Month. Other MSA initiatives include:
African American Male Initiative (AAMI)
In a collaborative partnership with the Office of Student Leadership (within Student Involvement) and Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, MSA administers AAMI in order to improve retention and/or graduation rates among UNG African-American male students. Along with intentionally providing a supportive environment, MSA has developed a systematic program, the North Star Leadership program, to ease the transition from high school to college and specifically address the issues of isolation which may come from attending a predominantly white institution. The three primary components of the North Star Leadership program are personal support, academic guidance, and leadership development. MSA and the AAMI has developed a comprehensive plan to specifically address each of these three objectives.
Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Development
Hispanic/Latino students comprise about 8% of the UNG student population. UNG benefits from generous support from the Goizueta Foundation to provide a robust program for its Goizueta Scholars. Along with being enrolled at full-time status and maintaining a 2.5 GPA, Scholars must fulfill leadership program requirements that includes monthly meetings, working as peer tutors or participating in another defined service-learning activity for at least 30 hours per semester. Additionally, Scholars must participate in the Student Leader Common Reading Initiative and attend a minimum of two leadership conferences or workshops. The Hispanic Legacy Scholars Program also has similar requirements coinciding with participants scholarship award of $1,500 per semester. There are two student organizations designed specifically to promote the retention and enrichment of the student experience for Hispanic and Latino students. The Latino Students Association (LSA) hosts many events to promote and educate regarding the Hispanic/Latino culture. The Hispanic Red Cross Club is the first one in the state of Georgia. It's purpose is to provide outreach to the Hispanic community, educating and assisting those in need associated with disasters.
The Office of Student Counseling complements the academic experience of the student body by facilitating healthy personal, social, and intellectual development of UNG students. Life circumstances, trauma, skills deficits, and/or mental health problems may at times interfere with a student's ability to successfully achieve important academic and life goals. Counseling center staff help students to identify their problems, manage their emotions, learn new problem-solving skills, and successfully meet academic, social, and life challenges. Counseling staff provide exceptional direct services, training, and outreach programs, including diagnostic evaluation, counseling and psychotherapy, group therapy, referral, and advocacy; developmental, preventative, and restorative counseling; experiential workshops on essential life skills (i.e., assertiveness, stress management, study skills, relationships, sleep hygiene, etc.); and consultation, education, and training services to campus leaders, campus groups, and the University community.
The staff of Student Counseling seeks to promote human welfare. Consistent with this principle, Student Counseling believes that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Staff members value acceptance and appreciation for all differences among people including those of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, functional ability, socio-economic status, age, religious or spiritual identification, and other characteristics that comprise identity. Student Counseling strives to provide respectful treatment to students of any background. Staff members believe that valuing cultural diversity facilitates human growth and development and enhances the quality of life on campus and in the community. Therefore, Student Counseling is committed to enhancing the awareness and understanding of cultural diversity, incorporating this philosophy into professional activities and services as reflected in the UNG Counseling Manual.
In addition to services provided through the Student Counseling Office, UNG has a Behavioral Intervention Team and Strategies (BIT). BIT is comprised of a key group of administrators on each campus convened to assess and recommend appropriate responses to UNG Administration regarding serious behavioral problems exhibited by students enrolled at UNG. This group recommends steps necessary to promote protection against threats and/or concerns of immediate harm to students from themselves or other members of the campus community and to promote a safe campus environment. BIT coordinates the collection and assessment of concerns raised by an enrolled student's behavior. In making recommendations to administration, BIT works to balance the individual needs of the student and the shared needs of the campus community for each individual case based on the circumstances presented. BIT has developed "Responding to At-Risk Behavior" guidelines for UNG community members to determine appropriate action. Guidelines direct the University community members response at each campus. Forms have been developed, allowing University community members to submit an incident report or report a student concern online.
Student Disability Services
The University of North Georgia is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and to the principle of individual rights and responsibilities. To that end, the policies and procedures of UNG reasonably ensure that a person with a disability is not, on the basis of that disability, denied full and equal access to, and the enjoyment of, academic programs and co-curricular activities, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in such programs and activities. The policies for access by individuals with disabilities at UNG are designed to insure full compliance with all pertinent federal and state legislation, specifically to include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and subsequent amendments. Student Disability Services is committed to providing an accessible academic, social, and physical environment for students with disabilities. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Disabilities Services Office coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations and promotes disability awareness for students. Student Disability Services is committed to fostering student self-advocacy at the University of North Georgia and throughout the community.
To accomplish its mission, Student Disability Services offers accommodations based on documented disabilities according to criteria outlined by the University System of Georgia and the Regents Center for Learning Disabilities. Some examples of these accommodations for the classroom environment include note taking assistance, sign language interpreter, assistive listening device, and C-Print captioning. Accommodations for the testing environment include extended time, alternate testing rooms, and reader or proof reader. Accommodations for both the classroom and testing environments include assistive technology/accessible media (e.g. screen reading software and speech-to-text technology), formula sheet or word bank, scheduled breaks, and physical access.
Student Disability Services also offers programs and activities for students with disabilities:
First Year Foundation
The First Year Foundation (FYF) is a program designed to increase academic success and improve retention and completion rates for students with disabilities. The program has two components; a two-day summer workshop for first-year students with disabilities, and a ten-month peer mentor program. During the summer workshop, new students learn about campus resources, receive assistive technology training, and engage in authentic practice of active learning strategies.
Peer Mentor Program
Mentors participate with first year students with disabilities during the First Year Foundation. The organize activities, participate in table discussions of learning strategies, and promote engagement for new students. During fall and spring semesters, peer mentors coordinate monthly activities to develop personal connections and promote a smooth transition to college life.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in accordance with the mission, vision, goals and ethical framework of the University of North Georgia, seeks to attract, admit, and enroll students based upon initiatives set by the UNG Cabinet. Students targeted for the residential campus in Dahlonega demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and a desire to be challenged by rigorous coursework and collaborative research. Students recruited for the three non-residential campuses are aligned with the access mission.
In order to recruit and aid potential students toward applying and enrolling, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides admissions officers at the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee Campuses and an Assistant Director of Enrollment Services at the Cumming Campus. Students may apply for admission by submitting paper applications or by applying online at gacollege411.org. Test centers located on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses allow students to take the SAT or ACT tests on an almost weekly basis and provide scores to the Admissions Office quickly so that staff can evaluate files in a timely manner. This office accepts official transcripts both electronically and by U.S. mail. An array of recruitment activities targeted toward dual-enrolled students, freshmen, and transfer students occur throughout the year on each campus and in targeted markets. Recruitment materials include search pieces, paper and electronic viewbooks, newspaper and magazine ads, postcards and emails. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers scholarships to targeted in-coming students each year as an incentive to enroll at UNG.
In its vision to produce the best-prepared and highest quality lieutenants of an Army ROTC program in the nation, Cadet Admissions recruits the best scholar/athlete/leader candidates possible for the Corps of Cadets. To achieve this goal, Cadet Admissions focuses primarily on academic preparation and values criteria in their recruiting efforts.
The Registrar's Office dedicates its resources to support the University's mission for promoting student success through the provision of quality student and administrative support built on an infrastructure that employs respect, integrity, communication, and collegiality and seeks to use best practices available in our profession. In regards to programs and services, the Registrar's Office serves as the custodian of education records for UNG students in accordance with federal and state regulations. The Registrar's Office coordinates course registration and the publication of the UNG Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, evaluates transfer courses for transfer students and provides enrollment verification letters and official academic transcripts for all students.
The mission of the University of North Georgia Financial Aid Office is to provide financial aid information and services to students in a way that is understandable, responsive to student needs, and in compliance with federal and state regulations. The Office of Financial Aid supports UNG goals by assisting students and family members in identifying financial aid sources. Office staff also support the UNG mission by developing students into leaders for a diverse and global society by offering information regarding financial aid resources, educational financial planning, personal money management, and debt management. The primary responsibility of the Office is to help students secure the funds necessary to pursue their educational goals. Office staff are committed to providing students with the resources and information needed to become fiscally responsible and to understand the rights and responsibilities incurred when financial aid is received. Through the utilization of Banner, Financial Aid staff ensures streamlined processes are in place and that full compliance with Federal and State rules and regulations are met.
UNG participates and Financial Aid administers the following Title IV programs: Federal Work Study; Federal Pell Grant; Federal SEOG; Federal Perkins Loan; Federal Direct Loan; and Federal TEACH.
UNG participates and Financial Aid administers the following scholarships and grants through the Georgia Student Finance Commission: Accel; Georgia's HERO Scholarship Program; Georgia's HOPE GED Grant; Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program; Georgia's HOPE Grant Program; Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program; and Georgia's Student Access Loan Program.
The University of North Georgia Student Money Management Center is committed to providing opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge of effective money management through promoting financial literacy and empowering students to make responsible financial decisions. Center staff provide personal consultations aimed to educate and learn about budget development and other financial action plans as well as program events.
The mission of academic advising is to assist students in constructing meaningful educational plans based on their interests and abilities and consistent with each student's academic, professional, and personal goals. Academic advising supports student achievement by fostering the development of students who are self-directed, responsible decision-makers and supports the successful completion of degree requirements.
In support of this, all students receive mandatory advising up to 42 earned credit hours. Prior to registration periods, a four week advising period will take place. After advisement, all students will receive ALTPIN's to allow self-registration. Professional advisors in specific programs of study advise students in the major and perform additional responsibilities as determined in collaboration with the school Dean. Campus Academic Advising Centers will advise the following populations: open option (undeclared) students, students who are not in good academic standing, dual enrollment students, and students requesting financial aid appeals.
The University of North Georgia embraces the philosophy that living in a campus residence hall is an important part of the university experience and offers residential opportunities on the Dahlonega campus. The learning that occurs through experiences in decision-making, critical thinking, and taking responsibility within the residence halls will be invaluable in achieving academic goals and throughout one’s life. The beliefs and goals that form the philosophical foundation of the Residence Life Program include:
- Encourage and respect students as emerging adults.
- Provide a clean, safe, enjoyable residential environment.
- Promote an environment conducive to study and academic pursuit.
- Increase student appreciation of different cultures, races, values, and lifestyles.
- Promote the development of healthy and meaningful relationships among students.
- Encourage self-exploration and self-challenge: emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually, occupationally, and socially.
- Teach life skills such as critical thinking, decision making, communication, and personal responsibility.
- Provide challenge and support for students as they explore developmental issues.
- Encourage and promote leadership, volunteering and community service as an important component of citizenship in any community.
Residence Life sponsors an annual survey, the Hall Climate Survey, in late Fall semester. This survey gathers feedback related to student perceptions of their residential experience.
In order to accommodate a variety of student preference, North Georgia operates a variety of styles of residence halls including apartments, suite-style, and traditional residence halls. Residence hall contract terms, such as length of contract and costs, vary among residence halls. Residence Life sponsors themed-communities each year based on student interest and available space. Policies and services of Residence Life are listed in the Residence Life Handbook which is given to each resident at check-in and posted on the website.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are trained student leaders who have the responsibility of supervising students living in a residence hall while having the opportunity to demonstrate the values of North Georgia within the campus setting.
RAs are the most direct liaisons between North Georgia’s administration and its residential student body. RAs spend significant time undergoing training in crisis management, student advocacy, programming, time-management, and peer counseling. Because of the skills developed through these positions, RAs are often prepared to make successful transitions from the college environment to the job market demonstrating strong leadership training, management skills, and community involvement as part of their collegiate experience.
Residence Life Programming
As part of the position responsibilities, RAs are required to offer educational programs for the residents on their respective halls. The Residence Life Programming model requires that each RA complete at least one program in each of 8 areas: alcohol/drug prevention, health/wellbeing, intellectual, educational, emotional/spiritual, interdependence/diversity, leadership, social, or spirit.
In addition to the programs offered by RAs, Residence Life sponsors additional programming targeting specific issues new freshmen face. This programming series is called the Naked Roommate Series, based on the book by Harlan Cohen. Residents receive incentive points for attending all programs with a higher value for those that are more educational. These points are used at the end of the academic year to bid on giveaway items in a final program offered annually by Residence Life.
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-led organization, focused on advocacy, resource-building (through programming and networking), and leadership within the residence halls. RHA is an affiliate of the national organization, National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH) and participates in the government, networking, and advocacy opportunities provided by NACURH through participation in the regional affiliate, South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH).
At North Georgia, RHA is a small but developing organization. All students living in the residence halls are members of the Residence Hall Association through payment of their Housing Activity Fee. Students may become actively involved in RHA through their Building Councils. Each residence hall elects a group of students to represent them to the larger RHA body and the university community. The building councils develop programming and involvement opportunities for the students living in their halls based on that community’s needs and ideas.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services provides basic health care services and teaches prevention and self-help skills to students. All currently enrolled students who pay the Student Health Fee are eligible for care at Student Health Services. Student Health Fees collected each semester cover services provided in the health clinic with the exception of specific immunizations (see immunization web page), laboratory test and medications provided in the Women's & Men's Health Clinic. All students must pay the Student Health Fee in order to take advantage of the services offered by Student Health Services. Students on the Dahlonega campus taking more than 6 hours pay the Student Health Fee as a part of their mandatory fees. All others may elect to pay the Student Health Fee in order to receive services.
The clinic is staffed by a Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practical Nurses, as well as a Physician who is available by appointment. A health professional will assess, evaluate, and treat students for acute illness and injury as well as general health maintenance. If after evaluating the student a provider feels an additional evaluation or treatment is required, the student will be referred to a local physician, hospital, or their private physician.
The clinic provides many over-the counter medications, first-aid supplies, and prescription medications at no additional cost to the student. Student Health Services has a full time Health Education staff position. The Health Educator, along with the Peer Health Educators, provides educational opportunities in the form of on-campus programming, events, and presentations. Examples of on-campus programming include Alcohol Awareness Week, Fitness Challenge, and Safe Spring Break Week. The Health Educator also is available for small group presentations in classrooms and to Greek chapters, athletic teams, Corps companies, and residence halls. Presentation topics may include Alcohol/Drug Education, Nutrition & Weight Management, Physical Fitness, Tobacco Education, Self-Care/ Hygiene, Healthy Relationships, and Sexuality Issues/STDs.
Student Support Components of the Corps of Cadets
The Commandant of Cadets, a retired Army Colonel, is the senior leader on the Dahlonega campus who is primarily responsible for the Corps of Cadets. Additionally, the Professor of Military Science, an Active Duty Army Colonel, provides extremely important training for all military students, both in and out of the classroom. Both colonels have small staffs that assist them in their missions to train, equip, house and support the Corps of Cadets. The mission of the Corps of Cadets is to produce highly educated leaders of character who are fully prepared to serve as officers in the U. S. Army or as civilian leaders in business, industry and government. As one of six Senior Military Colleges in America, UNG must provide a residential living and learning experience for cadets that replicates the environment of a federal service academy (like the U.S. Military Academy at West Point). Therefore, the Corps resides entirely on the Dahlonega campus and offers Army ROTC, only. The current UNG Corps Participation Policy requires all cadets to fully participate in the Corps for at least six semesters (90 academic hours) following entry into the Corps. The mission essential task list (METL) for the Corps of Cadets includes actions that are expected of all cadets, around which all support programs are based.
Further, Cadets must abide by the basic provisions found in Title X of the U.S. Code and Army Regulation 145-1 that include the daily wearing of a uniform, leadership by a student-led Army (Brigade) organization, a full time academic curriculum, full compliance with Army ROTC guidelines and a required emphasis on character development. Each military student must participate in a freshman orientation experience known as FROG Week in the first week of the first semester of the Corps experience. After completing FROG Week, cadets are welcomed into the Corps as freshmen who hold the rank of cadet recruit. Over the next four years, cadets compete for leadership positions and more rank. Those who are selected as leaders are placed in increasing positions of authority, beginning the first semester of the Sophomore Year, following the successful completion of a professional development course known as Non-commissioned Officer’s Academy (NCOA). Following NCOA, each of the new squad leaders take charge of 10 freshmen, whom they supervise for approximately one academic year. In the junior year, cadets may compete for platoon sergeant and first sergeant positions; in the senior year, cadets may compete for “command” positions that place them in charge of groups of 100 cadets. Two cadets (seniors) are selected to command 350-person battalions, assisted by a cadet staff. One cadet, a senior, is selected to command the entire 750-person Brigade, assisted by a very large cadet staff. Therefore, the system of command and control in the Boar’s Head Brigade replicates that of an active duty Army brigade of light infantry, and the military “chain of command” remains intact throughout the entire academic year.
The Corps of Cadets is primarily governed by Army Regulation 145-1, a UNG book of cadet regulations called “The Blue Book” and several Policy Letters that prescribe expected conduct for cadets. Policy Letters include: The Open Door Policy, Army ROTC Leadership Lab requirements, Military Co-Curricular Organization Policy, Quarters (Study Hall Procedures), Hazing Policy, Sexual Misconduct/Harassment Policy, Standard Duty Day Procedures, Full Time Participation Policy and Quality of Life Standards for Military Residence Halls. The Office of the Commandant enforces the standards of these documents using a 10-person professional staff that observes the living, training and academic conditions experienced by the students. In addition to these regulatory documents, each cadet must also abide by all provisions found in the UNG Student Handbook. The military regulations for Cadets and the policies found in the UNG Student Handbook are, in fact, complementary in nature. The lifestyle of a cadet is meant to be rigorous and involves daily physical training regimens and frequent room/uniform inspections. Although cadets live in new suite-style residence halls, the lifestyle of a cadet remains quite “Spartan” when compared to the lifestyle of a residential civilian student on the Dahlonega campus.
The Corps of Cadets enjoys living in three new military residence halls that were completed in the Fall of 2012. All three residence halls feature suite-style living, and each cadet company occupies one entire floor of the building. The standard template of the cadet company includes 88 beds, suite-style accommodations, semi-private baths and a co-educational residential environment. In fact, women comprise approximately 12% of the Corps of Cadets, and they are fully integrated into all cadet training, beginning with FROG week. Company Commanders and First Sergeants serve as trained Resident Advisors (RAs); they are trained in the two-week period that precedes each Fall Semester. These military RAs are required to conduct weekly Cadet Professional Development Training Sessions that resemble Residence Life Programming. Educational programs include: Military Inspection Standards, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Selected Tactical Field Skills, Wellness and Peer Health Education, Suicide Prevention, Sexual Awareness Training, Emergency Procedures (Fire & Safety), Diversity, How to Request Academic Assistance and more. In every company, special staff officers exist to assist the company commander with all aspects of barracks life. Each company has a chaplain, an academic Non-Commissioned officer (NCO), a communications NCO, a company clerk, and three platoon leaders, and in most cases, a school-trained medic. Each battalion and the Brigade headquarters has at least one academic officer, one peer health educator and one Equal Opportunity (Diversity) NCO. Commanders are responsible for everything the company does or fails to do; therefore, they are fully equipped with special assistants to help them accomplish all aspects of their supervisory responsibilities. Of particular importance is the fact that each cadet company participates in formal physical training a minimum of three times each week on the drill field from 0700-0800 hours. Thus, several hundred cadets leave and return to their residence halls at least six times weekly. Cadets who have signed a contract to become an Army officer are required to do additional physical training daily.
Each cadet must successfully complete at least one Military Science course of instruction each fall and spring semester. All military science courses require at least two academic hours weekly in a classroom environment and a weekly ROTC leadership laboratory conducted collectively for all cadets on a Monday afternoon. Cadets who sign a contract to commission participate in an additional 3-hour weekly lab, in preparation for summer attendance at the Army’s Leadership Development and Evaluation Course held at Joint Base Washington-McChord (Seattle, Washington). Military co-curricular organizations also exist to provide advanced military training to cadets who qualify for participation through try-outs. Co-curricular instruction in mountaineering, light infantry tactics, precision drill, military music (bands and choral groups), military marksmanship and National Ranger Challenge Training is currently available and supervised by professional faculty advisors. Also, a national military honor society, the Scabbard & Blade, has been on the campus since 1929 and serves as the official honor society for the Department of Military Science. Finally, cadets frequently participate in Leadership Development Conferences and Symposia with cadets from the other Senior Military Colleges in America. Every six years, UNG hosts the annual meeting of Senior Military Colleges on the Dahlonega campus—an event entirely planned and executed by the student-led chain of command. The Corps of Cadets also conducts many ceremonial duties each academic year, including parades, reviews, ceremonial firing details, presentations of the national colors, memorial retreats, recognition of company sweethearts, formal staff calls, a military “dining-in,”and a formal military ball. Each of the ceremonial events is linked to the Mission Essential Task List (METL) and is designed to reinforce the long standing military presence on the Dahlonega campus. Many ceremonies have been sustained for several decades and have become traditions observed by faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The Army values of Loyalty-Duty-Respect-Selfless Service-Honor-Integrity-Personal Courage are fully integrated into all instruction and training by both the Commandant and the Professor of Military Science. Cadets are encouraged to live out these values in everything they do, and the professional staff members demonstrate the values daily though participatory coaching, mentoring and teaching. Over time, most cadets develop a lifestyle that is honorable and service-oriented. The values of the Corps continue to affect the entire Dahlonega campus, especially since many military traditions are practiced and observed daily by all students. A military presence has been on the Dahlonega campus since the first year the institution opened its doors in 1873. The UNG student code of conduct is heavily influenced by long-standing military values. Similarly, many policies found in the Student Handbook have military tones. Of all the Senior Military Colleges (SMC), UNG features the best relationships between civilian students and cadets that can be found anywhere in the SMC community. The Corps of Cadets continues to provide a values-based education in a no-nonsense collegiate environment that produces leaders of character for our state and our nation.
Student Technology Support
Student technology support represents a vital component of student learning. UNG focuses substantial resources to ensure that students have access to appropriate technology both inside and outside the classroom. This includes wireless internet access, virtual access to all software applications and documents, and PC support.
Wireless Internet access is available in classrooms, labs, offices, and most common areas of all campuses. In the Residence Halls students must use their UNG Campus login to access Internet through the residential network (ResNet). ResNet uses a NAC program (SafeConnect) to verify a student’s PC is properly secure before accessing the network. This program ensures that each student has a working, up to date anti-virus and automatic updates turned on before granting Internet access.
Virtual Lab is a service provided to make computing facilities available to all students, faculty, and staff any time of the day or night across all four campuses. This gives them the ability to access applications, personal files and documents, and network resources remotely from their home or any place that has an Internet connection.
Students can access their campus-provided software through the UNG software portal. The Microsoft Student Licensing Agreement allows all current students to have access to a free copy of the latest Windows operating system and Office productivity suite. The software portal also grants students with access to download the latest anti-virus software provided by IT. Students can also have Microsoft Office and windows installed at Student Software desks located on the Gainesville and Oconee campuses.
Student Service Desk
IT provides students with on-site PC support at our IT Service Desk on the Dahlonega Campus. The Service Desk will diagnose and repair common issues like virus infections and software problems as well as install any student-purchased hardware or software. Student PC problems are generally triaged during walk-in and either repaired while the student waits, or for more intensive repairs, the student will be required to leave their laptop. When repairs are completed the student will be contacted for pickup. The Service Desk also provides support for student logins, including Banner, wireless Internet diagnostics, Email and UNG Campus Login problems. Lab support is under the purview of the Service Desk as well; we will maintain printers and ensure student labs are stocked with adequate supplies of paper and toner. Student Service Desks are also available on the Oconee, Gainesville (three locations), and Cumming campuses.