University System of Georgia to Strengthen System-wide Student Conduct Policies
Atlanta — August 8, 2017
Today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) approved revisions to Board policies 4.1.7 Student Sexual Misconduct and 4.6.5 Standards for Institutional Student Conduct Investigation and Disciplinary Proceedings. The new policies will establish increased oversight of investigations by the System Office and provide a consistent approach for handling all student misconduct matters through the same procedure.
In March 2016, the Board adopted a new sexual misconduct policy, which has been in effect since July 1, 2016. Since that time, the USG has reviewed a number of cases, worked collaboratively with campuses and now recommends improvements to the existing policies.
“The goal of these policy updates is to improve campus safety and to ensure consistency and quality in student conduct investigation across the university system,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “We are working closely with our institutions and using their experience and insights to make sure we are putting best practices in place for the safety of our students and campus communities.”
Key policy enhancements include:
1. Increased Oversight
- Institutions will notify the University System Office of any cases involving alleged conduct violations that may result in a suspension or expulsion.
- The University System Office will have its own investigators to assist institutions as needed.
- All investigations will follow a consistent process.
- Title IX coordinators will have a direct reporting relationship to both the president or the president’s designee, and the University System of Georgia associate vice chancellor for legal affairs.
2. Single Process for All Student Conduct Cases
- If charged, an accused will be adjudicated in the same manner, regardless of the nature of the charge.
- All conduct issues will be addressed by the Student Conduct Policy.
- All conduct hearings will be conducted through the Office of Student Conduct, which will utilitize experienced student conduct officers.
- All student misconduct cases will be adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct.
3. Prevention and Education
- Title IX coordinators will focus more on prevention and education.
- Title IX coordinators will receive ongoing training to increase expertise in handling cases.
- All incoming freshmen will continue to receive training, including drug and alcohol abuse prevention, through alcohol.edu and The Haven.
- Prevention of sexual misconduct training, alcohol.edu and The Haven will be available to all students.
The updated policies can be accessed here.« News Releases