The University of North Georgia (UNG) is compliant with this comprehensive standard. UNG publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These policies are disseminated to students, faculty, and staff and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution.
University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents has established academic policies (BOR Academic Affairs Handbook; BOR Policy Manual). These policies govern USG institutions as well as conform to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) guidelines. The Board of Regents requires that each USG institution maintain accreditation with SACSCOC and with other appropriate accrediting agencies for specialized programs. Academic and student affairs policies and practices at UNG conform to these USG Board of Regents governing policies, which establishes standards of educational practice for higher education across the USG.
In general, UNG policies and procedures are reviewed by the administration and faculty prior to implementation. The procedures for the approval of university policies and major changes to procedural processes are set forth in the University Statutes and the Faculty Senate Bylaws, thereby ensuring review by a variety of mechanisms. The approval process for academic policies and curriculum is depicted in this diagram. In an effort to ensure quality policies and procedures, approval processes often involve research regarding best practices, piloting changes before official implementation, and consultations with peer institutions. UNG’s academic and student services policies are published in four central documents, all of which are available online: UNG Undergraduate Catalog, UNG Graduate Catalog, Faculty Handbook, and Student Handbook. Academic and student affairs policies are primarily disseminated via the UNG website through access to the aforementioned publications.
UNG Graduate Catalog and UNG Undergraduate Catalog
The UNG Graduate Catalog and the UNG Undergraduate Catalog conform to BOR regulations (BOR Academic Handbook, 2.2 Catalog Requirements) and are the most comprehensive media for communicating academic and student affairs policy information including Grade Appeals, Code of Conduct, Academic & Professional Integrity, Refunds, Class Attendance, Academic Standing, and Credit by Examination (UNG Graduate Catalog pp 23, 24, 26, and 27; UNG Undergraduate Catalog pp 78 and 81). These policies are available to campus constituents via the public UNG website. In consultation with Academic Affairs, the Graduate Council, Student Affairs, and the Registrar’s Office, both catalogs are reviewed and updated annually by administrators, deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff within schools, academic departments, and administrative offices. Additions and changes in academic and student affairs policies are updated in the UNG Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs through consultation and with the approval of the appropriate student affairs unit, the Provost's Council, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs Committee, and the Cabinet when necessary.
In consultation with the Faculty Senate, Provost's Council, Graduate Council, the Cabinet, and the Academic Affairs Committee, the Office of Academic Affairs develops and maintains the Faculty Handbook. This handbook is the primary mode for communicating academic policies (beginning on p. 11) such as the Academic Freedom (section 4.14), Intellectual Property (section 7.1), and Promotion and Tenure (section 8) policies to faculty members. The Faculty Handbook will be available on the Academic Affairs website by the beginning of the 2013 fall semester.
UNG Student Handbook
The Student Handbook details the student services available as well as policies that directly impact students. Such policies include, but are not limited to, Student Records Management, Student Code of Conduct, and Student E-mail (UNG Student Handbook 2013-2014 pps 22, 28, and 58). In consultation with associated Student Affairs departments, the Office of Student Affairs reviews, updates, and maintains the Student Handbook. Printed copies of the Student Handbook are made available to students on an annual basis. In addition, the Student Handbook is made available on the public UNG website for all interested parties.
Web Advisory Council
Academic and student affairs policies are primarily disseminated via the University web site through access to the UNG Catalog, The Faculty Handbook, and the UNG Student Handbook. The Web Advisory Council (WAC), with representation from the Office of Information Technology and in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate Council, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Cabinet, publishes academic and student affairs policies on the UNG Web and Portal sites. The Web Advisory Council meets regularly, in part, to review the accuracy, presentation, and accessibility of UNG Web information and to consider faculty, staff, and student suggestions for improvement in the navigation and presentation of academic and student affairs policies on the UNG Website (WAC Established; WAC FAQ's; WAC Minutes; WAC Representation).