Student Regulations Committee

March 3, 2010, 10:30am, Room 405 Tech Tower

Minutes

 

 

Present:                             Voting Members: Jeff Streator (Chair), Bill Drummond (Secretary), Mitch Keller, Corey Boone, Jung Choi, Charles Parsons

                  Non-voting Members: Reta Pikowsky (Registrar), Bill Schafer (Vice President for Student Affairs), Wayne Whiteman (Executive Board Liaison)

                                                           

Guests:                              Robert Simpson (Registrar’s Office),                        
Yvette Upton, Chair, Sexual Violence Task Force (via speakerphone), John Stein (Dean of Students), Christopher Schmidt (Director, Office of Student Integrity)

Absent:                              Voting Members: Naresh Thadhani, Miroslav Begovic, Parker Hancock
                                                           

Non-voting members: none absent

 

     

1.      The meeting began at 10:33 am.

2.      Cross-registration

Reta Pikowsky presented proposed changes to the current cross-enrollment policy.  At present the regulation states that students may cross-register for courses “but only IF SUCH COURSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE in a particular term at Georgia Tech.”  The proposed change would drop this restriction for courses not required in the student’s degree program.

The major argument in favor of the change was the increased freedom for students to take advantage of course offerings at other Atlanta area institutions.  The major argument against the change was that:    The purpose of cross-registration is to provide opportunities for students that are not available to them at their home institutions.  Since cross-registered students pay at their home institutions, expanding the course options to those that are offered at the home institution could result in an imbalance of fees being generated.

The committee voted to reject the proposed changes by a vote of 5 to 1.

3.      Sexual harassment policy

The current sexual harassment policy was developed in the mid 1990s.  The major changes in the new (proposed) version are:

a.       The text is longer and more detailed

b.      The tenor of the document is less legalistic

c.       The processes involved are clarified

d.      Victims’ rights provisions are added from the Federal rights act for victims

e.       A new option has been added for the complainant to request a review of a decision

f.       The resource section has been made more general, so it would need to be changed less often

The plan is to bring the policy to the Faculty Senate on April 27th for implementation in the fall 2010 semester.  The SRC will review the draft policy and discuss it fully at its next meeting (scheduled for Wed. 17 March @ 10:30am).

4.      The meeting adjourned at 11:20 am.