Board of Regents Policy Manual

Official Policies of the University System of Georgia

In accordance with federal and state law including, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the University System of Georgia (USG) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities or in employment. The USG is committed to ensuring the highest ethical conduct of the members of its community by promoting a safe learning and working environment. To that end, this Policy prohibits Sexual Misconduct, a form of sex discrimination, as defined herein.

USG institutions are committed to reducing incidents of Sexual Misconduct, providing prevention tools, conducting ongoing awareness and prevention programming, and training the campus community in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”). Prevention programming and training will promote positive and healthy behaviors and educate the campus community on consent, sexual assault, sexual harassment, alcohol and drug use, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, bystander intervention, and reporting.

When Sexual Misconduct does occur, all members of the USG community are strongly encouraged to report it promptly through the procedures outlined in this Policy. The purpose of this Policy is to ensure uniformity throughout the USG in reporting and addressing Sexual Misconduct. This Policy applies to all members of the USG community. This Policy is not intended to infringe or restrict rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution including free speech under the First Amendment, or the due process clauses of Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Reporting Structure

Title IX Coordinators (“Coordinators”) at USG institutions shall have a direct reporting relationship to both the institution’s President or the President’s designee and the USG System Director for Equity and Investigations (“System Director”). The President of each institution shall determine the organizational and operating reporting relationships for the Coordinators at the institution and exercise oversight of institutional issues relating to Sexual Misconduct. However, the System Director shall have authority to direct the Coordinators’ work at each institution as needed to address system-wide issues or directives. The President of each institution shall consult with the System Director on significant personnel actions involving Coordinators, to include but not be limited to, appointment, evaluation, discipline, change in reporting structure, and termination.

University System of Georgia (USG) institutions periodically conduct, sponsor, or host programs designed to serve minors who are not enrolled as students, including but not limited to camps, clinics, after school programs, and activities. Employees and volunteers associated with these programs who are reasonably anticipated to have direct contact or interaction with minor program participants must be appropriately pre-screened and trained. Institution presidents shall establish institution-level procedures to implement this policy and related directives from the USG.

The University System of Georgia (USG) is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and amicable environment for all students, employees, and persons visiting USG campuses. This policy applies to all persons who enter USG Properties. Violation of this policy may result in corrective action under student conduct or human resource policies and visitors refusing to comply may be asked to leave campus. Signage to help inform the campus communities and visitors of these prohibitions should be placed throughout campus.

All changes in the seals of the University System of Georgia (USG) institutions shall be submitted to the Board for approval.

The name, logo, or trademark of any University System of Georgia (USG) institution may only be used for products, projects, events, and services officially sponsored by the USG or a USG institution. The name, logo, or trademark of any USG institution shall not be used by an independent business enterprise that is not under the complete control of the USG, excluding approved Cooperative Organizations, to imply an official relationship with the institution or USG.

6.3.1 Preamble

The USG is dedicated to teaching, research, and the extension of knowledge to the public. The personnel at its institutions recognize the production of new knowledge and the dissemination of both old and new knowledge as two of their major objectives.

Inherent in these objectives is the need to encourage the development of new and useful devices and processes, the publication of scholarly works, and the development of computer software. Such activities:

  1. Contribute to the professional development of the faculty, staff or students involved;
  2. Enhance the reputation of the institutions concerned;
  3. Provide additional educational opportunities for participating students; and,
  4. Promote the general welfare of the public at large.

Patentable inventions and materials often come about because of activities of USG faculty, staff, or students who have been aided wholly or in part through the use of USG resources. It becomes significant, therefore, to insure the utilization of such inventions for the public good and to expedite their development and marketing. The rights and privileges, as well as the incentive, of the inventor or creator must be preserved so that his/her abilities and those of other faculty, staff, or students at USG institutions may be further encouraged and stimulated.

The USG recognizes and encourages the publication of scholarly works as an integral part of the processes of teaching, research, and service. The Board of Regents acknowledges that faculty, staff, or students regularly prepare for publication, usually through individual effort and initiative, articles, pamphlets, books, and other scholarly works that may be subject to copyright and that may generate royalty income for the author. Publication may also result from work supported either partially or completely by the institution. With the advent of innovative techniques and procedures, the variety and number of materials which might be created in an institution community have increased significantly, causing the ownership of such copyrightable materials to become increasingly complex.

The USG recognizes the need for enhanced development and dissemination of software technology as a means of expressing both old and new knowledge. Inasmuch as the Board is aware of the dynamic nature of software and that the value of intellectual property comes from the ability of its owner to control its use and that such value is directly related to the degree of protection it enjoys under the law, the Board encourages USG institutions to protect such expressions of knowledge by the utilization of appropriate intellectual property laws and the creation of comprehensive software technology transfer policies and procedures.

In many instances, Intellectual Property will become, in whole or in part, the property of the Board of Regents. When this policy speaks to ownership of Intellectual Property by institutions, the Board shall be the owner, and unless ownership has been transferred by the Board to an affiliated nonprofit organization, authority to further allocate or to dispose of rights in such Intellectual Property is hereby delegated to the presidents of the institutions. Management of the Board’s institution-specific or institutionally-identifiable intellectual property is entrusted to the presidents (BoR Minutes, February, 2007).

The foregoing considered, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia does hereby establish the following policy with respect to the development, protection, and transfer of rights to Intellectual Property resulting from the work of its faculty, staff, or students.


6.3.2 Definitions

6.3.2.1 Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property shall be deemed to refer to patentable materials, copyrighted materials, trademarks, software, and trade secrets, whether or not formal protection is sought.

6.3.2.2 Patentable Materials

Patentable Materials shall be deemed to refer to items other than software that reasonably appear to qualify for protection under the patent laws of the United States or other protective statutes, including Novel Plant Varieties and Patentable Plants, whether or not patentable thereunder.

6.3.2.3 Copyrighted Materials

Copyrighted Materials shall include the following:

  1. Books, journal articles, texts, glossaries, bibliographies, study guides, laboratory manuals, syllabi, tests, and proposals;
  2. Lectures, musical or dramatic compositions, and unpublished scripts;
  3. Films, filmstrips, charts, transparencies, and other visual aids;
  4. Video and audio tapes or cassettes;
  5. Live video and audio broadcasts;
  6. Programmed instructional materials;
  7. Mask works; and,
  8. Other materials or works other than software that qualify for protection under the copyright laws of the United States (See 17 U.S.C. § 102 et seq.) or other protective statutes whether or not registered thereunder.

6.3.2.4 Software

Software shall include one or more computer programs existing in any form, or any associated operational procedures, manuals or other documentation, whether or not protectable or protected by patent or copyright. The term “computer program” shall mean a set of instructions, statements, or related data that, in actual or modified form, is capable of causing a computer or computer system to perform specified functions.

6.3.2.5 Trademarks

Trademarks shall include all trademarks, service marks, trade names, seals, symbols, designs, slogans, or logotypes developed by or associated with the USG or any of its institutions. (See 15 U.S.C. § 1127.)

6.3.2.6 Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets means information including, but not limited to, technical or nontechnical data, a formula, a pattern, a compilation, a program, a device, a method, a technique, a drawing, a process, financial data, financial plans, product plans, or a list of actual or potential customers or suppliers that:

  1. Derives economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and
  2. Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy (See O.C.G.A. § 10- 1-761).

6.3.2.7 Patentable Plant

Patentable Plant means an asexually reproduced distinct and new variety of plant (See 35 U.S.C. § 161).

6.3.2.8 Mask Work

Mask Work means a series of related images, however fixed or encoded:

  1. Having or representing the predetermined, three dimensional pattern of metallic, insulating, or semi- conductor material present or removed from the layers of a semiconductor chip product; and,
  2. In which series the relation of the images to one another is that each image has the pattern of the surface of one form of the semiconductor chip product (See 17 U.S.C. § 901).

6.3.2.9 Novel Plant Variety

Novel Plant Variety means a novel variety of sexually reproduced plant (See 7 U.S.C. § 2321 et seq).


6.3.3 Determination of Rights and Equities in Intellectual Properties

6.3.3.1 Sponsor-Supported Efforts

The grant or contract between the sponsor and the institution, under which Intellectual Property is produced, may contain specific provisions with respect to disposition of rights to these materials. The sponsor may:

  1. Specify that the materials be placed in the public domain;
  2. Claim reproduction, license-free use, or other rights; or,
  3. Assign all rights to the institution. In those cases where royalty income is realized by the institution, the inventor or creator may appropriately share in the royalty income. The nature and extent of inventor or creator participation in royalty income, however, shall be subject to sponsor and institution regulations.

6.3.3.2 Institution-Assigned Efforts

Ownership of Intellectual Property developed as a result of assigned institutional effort shall reside with the institution. However, sharing of royalty income with the inventor or creator is authorized as an incentive to encourage further development of Intellectual Property. The nature and extent of inventor or creator participation in royalty income, however, shall be subject to institution regulations.

6.3.3.3 Institution-Assisted Individual Effort

Ownership of Intellectual Property developed by faculty, staff, or students of the institution where the institution provides support of their efforts or use of institution resources in more than a purely incidental way, unless such resources are available without charge to the public, shall be shared by the inventor or creator and the institution. The nature and extent of inventor or creator participation in royalty income, however, shall be subject to institution regulations.

6.3.3.4 Individual Effort

Ownership rights to Intellectual Property developed by faculty, staff, or students of the institution shall reside with the inventor or creator of such Intellectual Property provided that:

  1. There is no use, except in a purely incidental way, of institution resources in the creation of such Intellectual Property, unless such resources are available without charge to the public.
  2. The Intellectual Property is not prepared in accordance with the terms of an institution contract or grant.
  3. The Intellectual Property is not developed by faculty, staff or students as a specific institution assignment. The general obligation to produce scholarly and creative works does not constitute a specific assignment for this purpose. The nature and extent of the use of institution resources shall be subject to institution regulations and shall be determined by the institution.

6.3.3.5 Other Efforts

Ownership rights to Intellectual Property developed under any circumstances other than those listed in Sections 6.3.3.1 through 6.3.3.4 above shall be determined on an individual basis and approved by the president of the institution or his/her designated representative. The nature and extent of inventor or creator participation in royalty income, however, shall be subject to institution regulations.


6.3.4 Institutional Procedures

Each USG institution is required to develop policies and procedures for the administration of this Intellectual Property Policy. Each president shall appoint an institutional Intellectual Property committee, consisting of no fewer than three (3) or more than nine (9) members, one of whom shall be designated by the president to serve as chair. In each case the committee shall include a representative of the Office of Fiscal Affairs of that institution. The committee shall meet as necessary, and shall act in an advisory capacity to the president or his/her designee. Faculty, staff and students shall promptly report to the committee in writing, through the appropriate channels, all Intellectual Property invented or created by them that is reasonably likely to have commercial value.

The Intellectual Property committee of each institution shall recommend to the president or his/her designee the rights and equities in intellectual property created by faculty, staff, or students of the institution. Each institution’s policies shall provide for an appeal procedure within the institution in the event of a disagreement as to the ownership and use of such materials.

In the implementation of its policies and procedures, each institution may elect, through its Intellectual Property committee and with the approval of the president, any of the following courses.

  1. Develop and manage its licensing program through an independent assistance organization so as to secure competent evaluation of Intellectual Property, expeditious filing of applications for patents or other protection and aggressive licensing and administration of Intellectual Property.
  2. Develop and manage its licensing program through an affiliated nonprofit corporation such as the Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc., the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, or other nonprofit organizations established for this purpose.
  3. Develop and manage independently its own licensing program.
  4. Release Intellectual Property to which the institution has title or an interest to the inventor or creator for management and development as a private venture after the execution of an agreement providing for a suitable division of royalty income.

The foregoing notwithstanding, each institution may establish individual committees to address patents, copyrights, or software, or any of them. Each such committee shall be appointed by the president and consist of no fewer than three (3) nor more than nine (9) members, one of whom shall be a representative of the Office of Fiscal Affairs of that institution. They shall carry out the same functions as the Intellectual Property committee with respect to each type of intellectual property.


6.3.5 Trademarks

All trademarks of University System of Georgia (USG) institutions and those arising out of research by USG institutions constitute property of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and shall be made in the name of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Applications for registration, use, and licensing of such trademarks shall be governed by the policies of the Board.

Trademarks arising out of research done by a USG institution pursuant to an agreement with a cooperative organization shall be the property of such cooperative organization and such organization may file all appropriate applications and other documents necessary to protect such trademarks and may exercise all other rights consistent with ownership of the trademarks.

Authorization by the Board of Regents shall be required for the private or commercial use by any person, firm, association, corporation, institution, or other entity of any trademark developed by or associated with the USG or any of its institutions.

The presidents of USG institutions are authorized to execute on behalf of the Board of Regents:

  1. Certain applications for trademark and service mark registration;
  2. Declarations of continuing use;
  3. Declarations concerning use of specimens;
  4. Conversions of applications from Principal to Supplemental Register;
  5. Applications for renewal; and,
  6. License agreements that permit the manufacture, sale, use, or distribution of services or goods bearing USG trademarks representative of the institution.

Notice of trademark and service mark applications shall be sent to the Chancellor within ten days after filing.

License agreements shall name the Board of Regents as licensor, and shall be effective for the period of time as specified in the agreement. All such license agreements shall be executed on forms approved by the Attorney General, and, if not, shall be null and void and of no effect whatsoever. Funds derived from such license agreements shall remain at the institution, shall be used for educational purposes, and shall not inure to the benefit of any individual. A signed or conformed copy of each license agreement shall be filed in the office of the chief business officer of the institution.

The content of licensing agreements authorized as aforesaid shall follow the following guidelines:

  1. Trademarks bearing reference to the USG or any of its educational institutions shall not be depicted upon or affixed to any services, goods, or items in a manner which may cause embarrassment or ridicule to the Board of Regents or its institutions.
  2. University system trademarks shall not be licensed for the manufacture, sale, promotion, advertisement, or distribution of the following services, items, materials, or articles:
    • religious services, goods, or artifacts;
    • sexually-oriented devices or goods;
    • goods which make unfavorable reference to the race, sex, national origin, or disability of any person;
    • toilet seats and the like; or,
    • any item which does not meet minimum standards of quality and good taste as determined solely by the Board of Regents.

For purposes of this policy, the term trademark shall include all trademarks, trade names, seals, symbols, slogans, emblems, designs, and logotypes developed by or associated with the University System or any of its institutions or representatives of the same, whether registered, or not yet registered by the Board of Regents under federal and state trademark statutes.


6.3.6 Filing of Institutional Policies

Each institution shall file its Intellectual Property policy with the Office of Legal Affairs in the University System Office.


The Board of Regents is unalterably opposed to political interference or domination of any kind or character in the affairs of any University System of Georgia (USG) institution.

The rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, including the right to free speech, free expression, free exercise of religion, and the right to assemble peaceably are of the utmost importance, and the University System of Georgia (USG) is committed to protecting those rights.

As public institutions of higher education, USG institutions must promote open ideas and academic freedom on their campuses. While institutions may need to enact policies to promote campus safety, to ensure the proper functioning of the academic environment and institution activities, or to further other important institution objectives, those policies should not unduly burden the free expression rights of students, faculty, and staff. Any parameters placed on the time, place, and manner of expression must not be based on the content of the expression.

To facilitate the free exchange of ideas, institutions may designate accessible, high-traffic locations on campus as public forum areas. The designation of public forum areas may not be used to prohibit individual students, faculty, or staff from engaging in communication elsewhere on campus. Reservation and use of designated public forum areas may only be required in the following limited circumstances: (1) speakers who are not enrolled at or employed by the institution; and (2) students, faculty, or staff who engage in large group demonstrations. Institutions may not consider the content or viewpoint of expression when requiring or assigning use of public forum areas.

The Board of Regents prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation within the University System of Georgia (USG) and all USG institutions based on any characteristic protected by law.

6.7.1 Definitions and Prohibited Conduct

Community: Students, faculty, and staff, as well as contractors, vendors, visitors and guests.

Complainant: An individual who is alleged to have experienced conduct that violates this Policy.

Consent: Words or actions that show a knowing and voluntary willingness to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent cannot be gained by force, intimidation or coercion; by ignoring or acting in spite of objections of another; or by taking advantage of the incapacitation of another where the respondent knows or reasonably should have known of such incapacitation. Minors under the age of 16 cannot legally consent under Georgia law.

Consent is also absent when the activity in question exceeds the scope of consent previously given. Past consent does not imply present or future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent.

Consent can be withdrawn at any time by a party by using clear words or actions.

Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim. The existence of such relationship shall be determined based on the totality of the circumstances including, without limitation to: (1) the length of the relationship; (2) the type of relationship; and (3) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of Domestic Violence.

Domestic Violence: Violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the alleged victim; by a person with whom the alleged victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the alleged victim.

Incapacitation: The physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. It can result from mental disability, sleep or any state of unconsciousness, involuntary physical restraint, status as a minor under the age of 16, or from intentional or unintentional taking of alcohol and/or other drugs. Whether someone is incapacitated is to be judged from the perspective of an objectively reasonable person.

Nonconsensual Sexual Contact: Any physical contact with another person of a sexual nature without the person’s consent. It includes but is not limited to the touching of a person’s intimate parts (for example, genitalia, groin, breasts, or buttocks); touching a person with one’s own intimate parts; or forcing a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts. This provision also includes “Fondling” as defined by the Clery Act.

Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration: Any penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth by a penis, object, tongue, finger, or other body part; or contact between the mouth of one person and the genitals or anus of another person. This provision also includes “Rape, Incest, and Statutory Rape” as defined by the Clery Act.

Confidential Employees: Institution employees who have been designated by the institution to talk with a Complainant or Respondent in confidence. Confidential Employees must only report that the incident occurred and provide date, time, location, and name of the Respondent (if known) without revealing any information that would personally identify the alleged victim. This minimal reporting must be submitted in compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Confidential Employees may be required to fully disclose details of an incident in order to ensure campus safety.

Privileged Employees: Individuals employed by the institution to whom a complainant or alleged victim may talk in confidence, as provided by law. Disclosure to these employees will not automatically trigger an investigation against the complainant’s or alleged victim’s wishes. Privileged Employees include those providing counseling, advocacy, health, mental health, or sexual-assault related services (e.g., sexual assault resource centers, campus health centers, pastoral counselors, and campus mental health centers) or as otherwise provided by applicable law. Exceptions to confidentiality exist where the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor (in Georgia, under the age of 18) or otherwise provided by law, such as imminent threat of serious harm.

Reasonable Person: An individual who is objectively reasonable under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the person being evaluated by the institution.

Reporter: An individual who reports an allegation of conduct that may violate this Policy but who is not a party to the complaint.

Respondent: An individual who is alleged to have engaged in conduct that violates this Policy.

Responsible Employees: Those employees who must promptly and fully report complaints of or information regarding sexual misconduct to the Coordinator. Responsible Employees include any administrator, supervisor, faculty member, or other person in a position of authority who is not a Confidential Employee or Privileged Employee. Student employees who serve in a supervisory, advisory, or managerial role are in a position of authority for purposes of this Policy (e.g., teaching assistants, residential assistants, student managers, orientation leaders).

Sexual Exploitation: Taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one’s own advantage or benefit, or for the benefit or advantage of anyone other than the one being exploited.

Examples of sexual exploitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Invasion of sexual privacy;
  2. Prostituting another individual;
  3. Non-consensual photos, video, or audio of sexual activity;
  4. Non-consensual distribution of photo, video, or audio of sexual activity, even if the sexual activity or capturing of the activity was consensual;
  5. Intentional observation of nonconsenting individuals who are partially undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts;
  6. Knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another individual through sexual activity;
  7. Intentionally and inappropriately exposing one’s breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals in non-consensual circumstances; and/or
  8. Sexually-based bullying.

Sexual Harassment (Student on Student): Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct based on sex (including gender stereotypes), determined by a Reasonable Person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to participate in or to benefit from an institutional education program or activity.

Sexual Harassment (Other Than Student on Student): Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex (including gender stereotypes), that may be any of the following:

  1. Implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or status in a course, program, or activity;
  2. A basis for employment or educational decisions; or
  3. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or to benefit from an institutional program or activity.

The USG also prohibits unwelcome conduct determined by a Reasonable Person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a USG education program or activity in violation of Title IX.

Sexual Misconduct: Includes, but is not limited to, such unwanted behavior as dating violence, domestic violence, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual penetration, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and stalking.

Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

For the purposes of this definition:

  1. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with person’s property.
  2. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

6.7.2 Reporting Sexual Misconduct

USG encourages the reporting of all Sexual Misconduct as soon as possible. While there is no statute of limitations on an institution’s ability to respond to a report, the ability to respond diminishes with time as information and evidence may be more difficult to secure.

6.7.2 (A) Institutional Reports

An institutional report occurs when the institution has notice of a complaint. That notice occurs in two instances:

  1. When a Responsible Employee receives a complaint; or
  2. When the Title IX Coordinator or their designee receives a complaint.

Any individual may make a report, but the institution does not have notice of the report until information is known to a Responsible Employee or the Coordinator. The report may be made directly to the Coordinator in multiple formats to include: writing, email, phone, letter, fax, interview, or other method that provides the basis of the complaint of sexual misconduct. There is no specific information required to constitute a report; however, the report should contain as much information as can be provided. Reporting options should be included on the Title IX website.

Complainants, or anyone with knowledge of Sexual Misconduct, may file a report with a Responsible Employee or the Coordinator. That Responsible Employee must provide a complete reporting of all information known to them to the Coordinator. Responsible Employees informed about Sexual Misconduct allegations should not attempt to resolve the situation, but must notify and report all relevant information to the Coordinator as soon as practicable.

Upon receipt of an institutional report, the Coordinator will contact the Complainant. That contact will discuss the availability of supportive measures, the invitation to discuss their wishes with respect to implementation of supportive measures, and explain the process of filing a complaint. An institutional report does not automatically prompt an investigation.

The Coordinator’s identity and contact information shall be published by each institution prominently on the institution’s website, as well as in any relevant publication. Each institution may choose to have Deputy Title IX Coordinators to whom reports may be made, as well.

The Coordinator shall notify the System Director of any allegation(s) of Sexual Misconduct that could, standing alone as reported, lead to the suspension or expulsion of the Respondent(s). The System Director will work with the institution to determine whether any support services or interim measure(s) are necessary and to assign an investigator who will work under the direction of the System Director or designee, if directed by System Director. If an allegation is not initially identified as one that would lead to the suspension or expulsion of the Respondent(s), but facts arise during the course of the investigation that could lead to the Respondent’s suspension or expulsion, the Title IX Coordinator shall notify the System Director or designee. The System Director shall have the discretion to oversee the handling of the complaint.

6.7.2 (B) Confidential Reports

Confidential Employees or Privileged Employees may receive reports of Sexual -based Misconduct without the requirement to report that information to the Coordinator, except as dictated by law or professional standards. Upon request by the Complainant, Confidential Employees and Privilege Employees may make a report to the Coordinator within the degree of specificity dictated by the Complainant.

Nothing in this provision shall prevent an institution staff member who is otherwise obligated by law (i.e, the Clery Act) to report information or statistical data as required.

6.7.2 (C) Law Enforcement Reports

Because Sexual Misconduct may constitute criminal activity, a Complainant also has the option, should the Complainant so choose, of filing a report with campus or local police, for the Complainant’s own protection and that of the surrounding community. The institution may assist the Complainant in reporting the situation to law enforcement officials. Filing a criminal report does not automatically constitute an institutional report.

6.7.2 (D) Anonymous Reports

Each institution shall provide a mechanism by which individuals can report incidents of alleged Sexual Misconduct anonymously. Individuals should understand, however, that it will be more difficult for the institution to respond and to take action upon anonymous reports.

6.7.2 (E) Complaint Consolidation

Each institution may consolidate complaints as to allegations of Sexual Misconduct against more than one Respondent, by more than one Complainant against one or more Respondents, or cross-complaints between parties, where the allegations of Sexual Misconduct arise out of the same facts or circumstances.

Parties shall have the opportunity to request or object to the consolidation; however, the institution shall have the authority to make the final determination. For the purpose of this Policy consolidation may occur during the investigation and/or the adjudication phases of the Sexual Misconduct process.

6.7.2 (F) Complaint Dismissal

Each institution is permitted, but not required, to dismiss complaints on the following grounds:

  1. The alleged conduct, even if proved, would not constitute sexual misconduct;
  2. The Complainant notifies the Coordinator in writing that they would like to withdraw the complaint;
  3. The Respondent is no longer enrolled or employed by the institution; or
  4. There are circumstances that prevent the institution from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding the complaint.

The parties shall receive simultaneous written notice of the dismissal and the reason(s) for the dismissal. The parties shall have a right to appeal the institution’s decision to dismiss the complaint.

6.7.2 (G) Retaliation

Anyone who has made a report or complaint, provided information, assisted, participated or refused to participate in any manner in the Sexual Misconduct Process, shall not be subjected to retaliation. Anyone who believes that they have been subjected to retaliation should immediately contact the Coordinator or their designee. Any person found to have engaged in retaliation in violation of this Policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

6.7.2 (H) False Complaints

Individuals are prohibited from knowingly making false statements or knowingly submitting false information to a system or institution official. Any person found to have knowingly submitted false complaints, accusations, or statements, including during a hearing, in violation of this Policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action (up to and including suspension or expulsion) and adjudicated under the appropriate institutional process.

6.7.2 (I) Amnesty

Individuals should be encouraged to come forward and to report Sexual Misconduct notwithstanding their choice to consume alcohol or to use drugs. Information reported by a student during an investigation concerning the consumption of drugs or alcohol will not be used against the particular student in a disciplinary proceeding or voluntarily reported to law enforcement; however, students may be provided with resources on drug and alcohol counseling and/or education, as appropriate. Nevertheless, these students may be required to meet with staff members in regards to the incident and may be required to participate in appropriate educational program(s). The required participation in an educational program under this amnesty procedure will not be considered a sanction.

Nothing in this amnesty provision shall prevent an institution staff member who is otherwise obligated by law (the Clery Act) to report information or statistical data as required.


6.7.3 Responding to Reports of Sexual Misconduct

6.7.3 (A) Support Services

Once the Title IX Coordinator has received information regarding an allegation of Sexual Misconduct the parties will be provided written information about support services. Support services are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without charge that are made available to the Complainant and Respondent before or after the filing of a complaint or where no complaint has been filed. Support services include counseling, advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, disability services, health and mental services, and other services, available at the student’s institution. Available support services should also be listed on the institution’s Title IX website.

6.7.3 (B) Interim Measures

Interim measures may be implemented at any point after the institution becomes aware of an allegation of Sexual Misconduct and should be designed to protect any student or other individual in the USG community. Such measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the campus community, or deter Sexual Misconduct and retaliation. Interim measures must be provided consistent with the provisions in applicable Board and institutional policies and procedures.

6.7.3 (C) Emergency Removal

Emergency removal should only occur where necessary to maintain safety and should be limited to those situations where the Respondent poses a serious and immediate danger or threat to persons or property. In making such an assessment, the institution should consider the existence of a significant risk to the health or safety of the Complainant or the campus community; the nature, duration, and severity of the risk; the probability of potential injury; and whether less restrictive means can be used to significantly mitigate the risk.

6.7.3 (D) Jurisdiction

Each USG institution shall take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of its community. Sexual misconduct allegedly committed is addressed by this Policy when the misconduct occurs on institution property, or at institution-sponsored or affiliated events, or off-campus, as defined by other Board or institution conduct policies.

6.7.3 (E) Advisors

Both the Complainant and the Respondent, as parties to the matter, shall have the opportunity to use an advisor (who may or may not be an attorney) of the party’s choosing at the party’s own expense. The advisor may accompany the party to all meetings and may provide advice and counsel to their respective party throughout the Sexual Misconduct process, including providing questions, suggestions and guidance to the party, but may not actively participate in the process except as outlined in BOR 6.7.4 (E). All communication during the Sexual Misconduct process will be between the institution and the party and not the advisor. With the party’s permission, the advisor may be copied on all communications.

6.7.3 (F) Informal Resolutions

Allegations of Sexual Misconduct may be resolved informally. The Complainant, the Respondent, and the institution must agree to engage in the informal resolution process and to the terms of the informal resolution. The Complainant(s) and the Respondent(s) have the option to end informal resolution discussions and request a formal process at any time before the terms of an informal resolution are reached. However, matters resolved informally shall not be appealable.

6.7.3 (G) Timeframe

Efforts will be made to complete the investigation and resolution within 120 business days. Temporary delays and limited extensions may be granted by the institutions for good cause throughout the investigation and resolution process. The parties will be informed in writing of any extension or delay and the applicable reason. The institution shall keep the parties informed of the status of the investigation.


6.7.4 Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment Pursuant to Title IX

The implementing Title IX regulations require special handling of complaints of sexual harassment, as defined in the regulations and listed below. The following section outlines the required specialized handling of these matters that may differ from an institution’s handling of Sexual Misconduct, as defined in this Policy. Unless expressly mentioned in this section, other provisions of this Policy shall apply to all alleged Sexual Misconduct.

Other Title IX sex-discrimination allegations are handled pursuant to other applicable Board and/or institutional policies.

6.7.4 (A) Definition of Sexual Harassment

Under Title IX sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  1. An employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
  2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; or
  3. “Sexual assault” as defined by the Clery Act and “dating violence,” “domestic violence,” and “stalking” as defined by the VAWA Amendments.

6.7.4. (B) Jurisdiction

Alleged misconduct is addressed by Title IX when the misconduct occurs against a person in the United States on institution property, or at institution-sponsored or affiliated events where the institution exercises substantial control over both the Respondent and the context, or in buildings owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution.

6.7.4 (C) Formal Complaints

A Formal Complaint is a written document filed by the Complainant or signed by the Coordinator alleging sexual harassment, as defined by Title IX and its implementing regulations, against a Respondent and requesting that the institution open an investigation. In order to file a Formal Complaint, the Complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the institution occurring within the United States at the time of the filing.

6.7.4 (D) Informal Resolution

Formal Complaints may be resolved informally, except in the instance of an allegation by a student against an institution employee. The following must be met in order to proceed with the informal resolution process:

  1. The parties have received written notice of the allegations
  2. The parties have received written explanation of the informal process to include, but not limited to:
    a. Written agreement of the parties to initiate the informal resolution process;
    b. Written notice that the parties may withdraw from the process at any time prior to the agreement of the terms of the resolution;
    c. Written notice that the final resolution precludes any further institutional actions on the allegations
  3. The institution has agreed to engage in the informal resolution process.

6.7.4 (E) Advisors

Both the Complainant and the Respondent, as parties to the matter, shall have the opportunity to use an advisor (who may or may not be an attorney) of the party’s choosing. The advisor may accompany the party to all meetings and may provide advice and counsel to their respective party throughout the Sexual Misconduct process but may not actively participate in the process except to conduct cross-examination at the hearing. If a party chooses not to use an advisor during the investigation, the institution will provide an advisor for the purpose of conducting cross-examination on behalf of the relevant party.

All communication during the Sexual Misconduct process will be between the institution and the party and not the advisor. The institution will copy the party’s advisor prior to the finalization of the investigation report when the institution provides the parties the right to inspect and review directly related information gathered during the investigation. With the party’s permission, the advisor may be copied on all communications.


6.7.5 Investigations

All Sexual Misconduct investigations involving a student Respondent, shall follow the investigation process set forth in Section 4.6.5, Standards for Institutional Student Conduct Investigation and Disciplinary Proceedings.

All Sexual Misconduct investigations involving an employee Respondent, shall be addressed utilizing Board and institutional employment policies and procedures including Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual, Prohibit Discrimination & Harassment.


Any student or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service or other activity at any University System of Georgia (USG) institution is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in academic dismissal or termination of employment.

6.10.1 Definitions

“USG Properties” is defined as property owned, leased, rented, in the possession of, or in any way used by the USG or its affiliates, including all areas indoors and outdoors, buildings, and parking lots.

“Tobacco Products” is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, and any other smoking devices that use tobacco, such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco, such as electronic cigarettes.


6.10.2 Prohibition of Tobacco Products

In accordance with the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005, the use of all forms of Tobacco Products on USG Properties is expressly prohibited. Further, the advertising, sale, or free sampling of Tobacco Products on USG Properties is prohibited unless specifically stated for research purposes. All events hosted by a USG entity and by outside groups on behalf of the USG shall be tobacco-free.


6.10.3 Exceptions

The President of each institution may define any exceptions to this policy, but exceptions should be limited and reflect the intent for USG campuses to be tobacco and smoke free unless needed for educational purposes or the advancement of research.


6.10.4 Resources for Tobacco Cessation

Resources to assist individuals with tobacco cessation, educational materials, and other wellness information will be provided by the USG. Such effort does not limit the amount of resources that a USG institution may provide for tobacco cessation and the positive enforcement of this policy.


The Board of Regents and the USG are dedicated to ensuring the privacy and proper handling of confidential information pertaining to students and employees.

The Social Security number shall be required from all entering students for a permanent and lasting record. When possible, an alternative number will be assigned and used by institutions for all purposes that do not require the Social Security number. In no event shall grades be posted by using the Social Security number.

The University System of Georgia (USG) prohibits all weapons on property owned or leased by the USG and its institutions, except as specifically provided herein or as provided in federal or state law.

6.11.1 Exceptions

Prohibited weapons do not include sporting equipment possessed for legitimate use in formal or informal athletic or exercise activities.

Law enforcement officers, active military personnel, and other similar personnel may possess weapons as authorized by federal or state law to do so.

Any person who is 18 years of age or older or currently enrolled in classes in a USG institution may possess an electroshock weapon on the campus(es) of that institution but may only make use of such electroshock weapon in defense of self or others.

Weapons carry license holders may possess weapons while under the license holder’s physical control in a motor vehicle, in a locked compartment in a motor vehicle, in a locked container in a motor vehicle, or in a locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle.

A weapons carry license holder may carry a handgun in any building or on any real property owned or leased by the USG and its institutions; provided, however, that such exception shall:

(i) Not apply to buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses;

(ii) Not apply to any preschool or childcare space located within such buildings or real property;

(iii) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-4-37;

(iv) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the “Move on When Ready Act” as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-2-161.3;

(v) Not apply to faculty, staff, or administrative offices or rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted;

(vi) Only apply to the carrying of handguns which a licensee is licensed to carry pursuant to subsection (e) of Georgia Code Section 16-11-126 and pursuant to Georgia Code Section 16-11-129; and

(vii) Only apply to the carrying of handguns which are concealed.


6.11.2 Definitions

The terms listed below are defined for purposes of this Policy as follows:

“Weapon” means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any instrument designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any instrument of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Georgia Code Section 16-11- 106. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the faculty member.

“Handgun” means a firearm of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which any shot, bullet, or other missile can be discharged by an action of an explosive where the length of the barrel, not including any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches; provided, however, that the term “handgun” shall not include a gun which discharges a single shot of .46 centimeters or less in diameter.

“Electroshock weapon” means a stun gun or taser or similar commercially available device that is powered by electrical charging units and designed exclusively to be capable of incapacitating a person by electrical charge.

“Concealed” means carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others. Such term shall include, but not be limited to, carrying on one’s person while such handgun is substantially, but not necessarily completely, covered by an article of clothing which is worn by such person, carrying within a bag of a nondescript nature which is being carried about by such person, or carrying in any other fashion as to not be clearly discernible by the passive observation of others.

“Preschool or childcare space” means any room or continuous collection of rooms or any enclosed outdoor facilities which are separated from other spaces by an electronic mechanism or human-staffed point of controlled access and designated for the provision of preschool or childcare services, including, but not limited to, preschool or childcare services licensed or regulated under Article 1 of Chapter 1 of Title 20 of the Georgia Code.


Because of the shortage of land areas available for campus growth, the land included in the campus of any University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall not be used for the interment of any person.

6.17.1 Definition

An organization is a cooperative organization if it:

  1. Is organized or operated primarily:
    • for the purpose of soliciting gifts or assisting the University System of Georgia (USG) or a USG institution in soliciting gifts from third persons in the name of the USG institution or any of the institution’s programs; or,
    • for soliciting grants and contracts or accepting grants or entering into contracts for research or services to be performed by or in conjunction with a USG institution or using the institution’s facilities;
  2. Bills or collects professional fees in the name of or on behalf of a USG employee who provides professional services within the scope of their employment by the institution;
  3. Includes officials, faculty, staff, or employees of a USG institution as ex officio members of the organization’s board of directors or other governing structure; or,
  4. Is formally designated as a cooperative organization by the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, or by the President of the relevant USG institution. The Board of Regents, the Chancellor, or the President of the relevant USG institution may designate certain cooperative organizations that are required to follow the Regents’ Guiding Principles for Cooperative Organizations.

6.17.2 Relationship Between Cooperative Organizations and the USG and its Institutions

A relationship, whether formal or informal, between the USG or a USG institution and a cooperative organization may be maintained only if:

  1. The relationship is in the best interest of the USG or the USG institution as determined by the Board of Regents and the President of the relevant institution in consultation with the Chancellor;
  2. The financial records of the cooperative organization, including any audits, are available for inspection by the Chancellor and the President of the USG institution or the President’s designee;
  3. Any use by the cooperative organization of the name of the USG or a USG institution, or of a symbol or trademark of the USG or a USG institution, is approved in advance by the Chancellor, the President of the USG institution, or the President’s designee;
  4. The cooperative organization annually presents evidence satisfactory to the President of the USG institution or the President’s designee that the cooperative organization is adequately capitalized for any activities undertaken in the name of, for the benefit of, or in conjunction with the USG institution;
  5. The cooperative organization annually presents evidence satisfactory to the President of the USG institution or the president’s designee of insurance or self-insurance adequate in form and amounts to cover foreseeable liability arising from activities undertaken in the name of, for the benefit of, or in conjunction with the USG institution;
  6. There is a written general agreement or memorandum of understanding between the USG institution and the cooperative organization describing each party’s responsibilities so that it is clear to third parties dealing with the cooperative organization that the organization is acting as a legal entity separate from the USG institution;
  7. Actions of the USG institution’s officials, faculty, staff, or employees pursuant to the relationship are consistent with policies established by the Board of Regents and the USG institution regarding conflicts of interest, outside activities, and other matters; and,
  8. Not less than every two years, the President of the institution documents that he or she has reviewed the relationship between the institution and the cooperative organization and that all provisions of this policy are met to the President’s satisfaction.

It is essential to maintain the safety and security of the campus environment. Each University System of Georgia (USG) institution has the responsibility to employ security and police policies, standards, and practices to minimize the risk of disruption to the campus community.

6.15.1 Institution Police Departments

Each USG institution shall establish and maintain a department responsible for providing patrol, investigative, communication, administrative, and campus community outreach services, and shall designate an individual to serve as the director of public safety or Chief of Police. The director or Chief of Police will be assigned the management responsibility and authority for conducting and coordinating security and police services. The institution’s director of public safety or Chief of Police shall consult with the USG Chief of Police on major organizational policies and procedures.


6.15.2 USG Chief of Police

The USG Chief of Police shall serve as a liaison to the Board of Regents on security and police service matters. The USG Chief shall maintain guidelines that all USG institutions should consider in the development and implementation of security and police services.


6.15.3 Chief of Police Certification Requirements

Each USG institution director of public safety or Chief of Police shall be certified in accordance with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) rules and regulations. Prior to employment, candidates for director or Chief of Police positions must meet the requirements for entry into the state mandated police academy and be eligible to obtain POST certification within 12 months of employment. Any changes in the individual’s name, title, certification status, and contact information shall be provided to the USG Chief of Police.


6.15.4 Chief of Police Reporting Requirements

Each USG institution director of public safety or Chief of Police shall have a direct reporting relationship to a vice president or more senior administrator of that institution. The President of each institution will determine the reporting relationship.


6.15.5 Personnel Actions: Chief of Police

The vice president or President of each USG institution shall consult with the USG Chief of Police on significant personnel actions involving the institution director of public safety or Chief of Police, including appointment, qualifications for the position, and termination.


6.15.6 Notification Requirements

Each USG institution shall notify the USG Chief of Police or his or her designee upon receipt of any reports of significant crimes or threats reported to or known by the institution and of any potential or actual events that may disrupt the operations of the campus community.


6.15.7 Police Department Assessment Program

The USG Chief of Police is responsible for the administration of a recurring program to assess USG departments responsible for providing security and police services.


Emergency preparedness and planning activities are essential for maintaining the safety and security of the campus environment at each University System of Georgia (USG) institution. Each USG institution shall develop and maintain an emergency action/response plan to guide the institution in responding to public health, natural, and man-made hazards with the goal of mitigating risks to staff, students, faculty, and property. Each institution shall provide an updated copy of their emergency action/response plan to the USG Chief of Police or his or her designee upon request.

Each USG institution shall designate an individual as a representative to coordinate emergency preparedness and planning activities, share information with the University System Office, and coordinate with the USG’s emergency preparedness and planning activities. The institution shall provide the individual’s name, title, and contact information to the USG Chief of Police.

The USG Chief of Police shall periodically update the Board of Regents on emergency planning and preparedness activities.

Any University System of Georgia (USG) student or employee aggrieved by a final decision of a USG institution may apply to the University System Office of Legal Affairs (USO Legal Affairs) for a review of the decision subject to the parameters set forth below. Review of the decision is not a matter of right, but is within the sound discretion of USO Legal Affairs. USO Legal Affairs may issue guidelines governing the process for review.

Applications from USG students are permitted for final institution decisions other than decisions on admissions (including program admissions), residency, student grades, and traffic citations, as the final decision on those matters rests with the President of the institution at which the appeal is heard. Applications from USG employees are limited to instances in which an employee is terminated, demoted, or otherwise disciplined in a manner that results in a loss of pay. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an application may be reviewed if (1) the record suggests that a miscarriage of justice might reasonably occur if the application is not reviewed; or, (2) the record suggests that the institutional decision, if not reviewed, might reasonably have detrimental and system-wide significance.

Each application for review shall be submitted in writing to USO Legal Affairs within 20 calendar days following the final institution decision. USO Legal Affairs may, in its discretion, deny the application for review or refer the application a Committee composed of the following USO administrators or a designee of each administrator: the chief legal officer, who shall serve as the Chair of the Committee; the chief academic officer; the chief administrative officer, the chief human resources officer; the chief student affairs officer; and any other person or persons deemed appropriate by the Committee. Upon referral, the Committee shall review the application and take any action that it deems appropriate.

The decisions of the USO Legal Affairs and the Committee shall be final and binding for all purposes. There shall be no recourse to the Chancellor or the Board of Regents from such decision; provided, however, that the Board of Regents’ Committee on Organization and Law retains the authority to make an exception to this policy in its discretion. USO Legal Affairs shall periodically report to the Committee on Organization and Law regarding applications for discretionary review filed and their dispositions.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed to extend to any party substantive or procedural rights not required by federal or state law or any expectation of employment, admission, or additional due process rights. This policy is not part of due process rights afforded to students or employees of the University System; any such rights have been fully afforded upon the final institution decision. The Board of Regents reserves the right to change this policy at any time and to make such changes effective retroactively to any pending application.

6.14.1 In Political Campaigns

The President of each University System of Georgia (USG) institution may authorize the use of institution facilities for political speeches; however, such use shall be limited to meetings sponsored by recognized organizations of the institution and shall be held only at places designated by the President.

The use of USG materials, supplies, equipment, machinery, or vehicles in political campaigns is forbidden.


6.14.2 By Unaffiliated Outside Parties

An outside party may request permission to use a USG institution facility for an event that is not contrary to the mission of the institution; however, in such instances, the President of the institution shall require the completion of a USG-approved license agreement, including a properly executed indemnification and liability insurance agreement unless said outside party is constitutionally prohibited from doing so.


Proposals requiring approval by the Board of Regents or an officer thereof pertaining to an academic program, intercollegiate athletics, capital projects, and real property shall first be submitted for integrated review using a process determined by the Chancellor. University System of Georgia (USG) institutions shall ensure that proposals submitted for integrated review are consistent with the USG and institutional strategic plans, objectives, and mission while reflecting the prudent use of resources. Institutions should avoid public discussion, significant resource commitment, or long-term obligations involving projects submitted for integrated review until the project has received initial approval.

No University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall enter into competition with private industry. USG institutions may provide goods and services connected with the institution’s mission and goods and services customarily provided by institutions of higher education.

USG institutions are not prohibited from making sales on the wholesale market. However, in no event are such sales to be made to the general public.

University System of Georgia (USG) institutions shall not permit the operation of private business enterprises on their campuses except as otherwise provided by contract. All business enterprises operated on a campus of a USG institution shall be operated as auxiliary enterprises and shall be under the direct management, control, and supervision of the chief business officer of the institution.

A University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall not operate any farms that are not essential to the teaching or research programs of the institution.

All publications issued on behalf of any University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall be published only under proper supervision and authority of the President of the institution. All financial contracts pertaining to such publications shall be approved by the President or his or her designated representative.

Each University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall appropriately reflect its identity as a USG institution in its print and online materials. Each USG institution shall, to the fullest extent feasible, include in its print and online materials an appropriate statement and graphics approved by the University System Office describing the USG.

Records retention guidelines have been adopted by the Board of Regents to establish consistent records retention practices by the University System Office and University System of Georgia (USG) institutions. The guidelines consist of a list of record types organized into categories and should be consulted to determine the minimum retention time for a particular type of record.

The University System Office administers the records retention guidelines and is the source for information concerning implementation of the guidelines. The University System Office of Legal Affairs shall approve all additions to, deletions from, and revisions of the records retention guidelines.

As part of its broader mission and in support of the health and safety of the citizens of Georgia, the Board of Regents maintains personal healthcare information about its students, employees, patients, and others. The Board, its officers, and its employees are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of this information. The Board fully supports and complies with all federal and state statutes and rules regulating the use, maintenance, transfer, and disposition of healthcare records and information.

6.20.1 Passenger Automobiles

University System of Georgia (USG) institutions may purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire motor vehicles on a use-by-use basis subject to the Office of Planning and Budget Memorandum #10, “Rules, Regulations and Procedures Governing the Use and Assignment of Motor Vehicles, Purchase, Operation and Disposal of Motor Vehicles and Associated Record-keeping,” and regulation by DOAS when approved by the institution President and the Chancellor.


6.20.2 Institution-Owned Buses

Various departments and activities of each USG institution requiring the use of an institution-owned bus will be charged for the use of the bus at a rate adequate to cover all maintenance and operating expenses as well as the replacement cost of the bus. Money collected from such charges shall be placed in a revolving fund from which all maintenance and operating expenses of the bus shall be paid with the balance accumulating in the fund to an amount adequate for replacement of the bus.


6.20.3 Vehicle Regulations

USG institutions may adopt appropriate traffic regulations, including imposing reasonable penalties or fines for violations of the regulations.


6.15.8.2 Retention of Weapon and Badge: Retiring Police Officer

A USG law enforcement officer may request permission to retain their department weapon and receive a department badge denoting service when they have served under honorable conditions as defined by OCGA 35-1-20, and, are either receiving state employee retirement system benefits, or leaving employment as a result of a line of duty disability from service to the University System of Georgia. Requests will be submitted to the USG institution police chief for review and approval upon verification the employee has met the required conditions. Police chiefs meeting the criteria may submit a request to the USG Police Chief.


6.7.6 Hearings, Possible Sanctions and Appeals

All Sexual Misconduct hearings, sanctions, and appeals involving a student Respondent, shall follow the hearing and resolution process set forth in this Policy and Section 4.6.5, Standards for Institutional Student Conduct Investigation and Disciplinary Proceedings.

All Sexual Misconduct adjudication involving an employee Respondent, shall be addressed utilizing Board and institutional employment policies and procedures including Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual, Prohibit Discrimination & Harassment.


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