The current members of the Georgetown College Honor Council will evaluate the effectiveness of the Georgetown College Honor System. Changes to the Georgetown College Honor System must be approved by the Provost/Dean of the College and Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students after consulting with other appropriate constituencies. Changes to the Georgetown College Honor System will be conveyed to the campus community through established educational programs.
Procedures for Grievances Related to Academic Matters
Students should first seek to resolve the problem with the specific faculty member involved. If a student wishes to lodge a complaint against a faculty member in an academic matter that cannot be resolved directly with the faculty member, the student should normally first consult with his/her academic advisor. The advisor will guide the student through the options available to the student (informal or formal complaint). When there is an informal expression of an academic concern, the student’s faculty advisor should convey the essence of that concern to the department chair, who will investigate the issue. The chair will take any necessary action to help resolve the issue. If the faculty member in question is the chair of the department, the advisor will convey the nature of the concern to the Provost Office, who will investigate the issue and take any necessary action to help resolve the issue. If the faculty member in question is the student’s advisor, the student should contact the Provost Office for resolution of the problem.
Formal complaints should be reserved for situations in which a student believes he or she has been adversely affected in a way that cannot be or has not been resolved through informal intervention. When the student wishes to lodge a formal complaint, the student should generally seek advice from his/her academic advisor about the best way to proceed (unless the advisor is the focus of the complaint). To make a formal complaint, the student must submit a written statement of the difficulty to the Provost Office and request that the issue be resolved through the Academic Policy Committee. This statement should be no longer than two pages and should concentrate on the facts of the issue in question.
The Provost Office then reviews the facts, communicates with the person(s) involved, and attempts to resolve the difficulty to the student’s satisfaction. If that attempt is unsuccessful, the matter will be forwarded to the Academic Policy Committee for review. The Committee will review the facts of the grievance and make a recommendation to the Provost for resolving the problem. The final disposition of the issue is in the hands of the Provost and is final and binding.
Grievances related to the Honor Code will be handled by the Honor Council.