Student Regulations Committee

August 25, 2008

Minutes

 

Present:     Voting Members:              Jeff Streator (Chair), Bill Drummond, Ray Vito, Paul Benkeser, Naresh Thadhani

                  Non-voting Members:       Reta Pikowsky (Registrar), Bill Schafer (VPSA)

                  Guests:                              Carole Moore (Asst. Vice Provost)

Absent:      Voting Members:              Miroslav Begovic

Non-voting members:       Doug Williams (EB Liaison)

 

 

  1. The meeting began at 1:05 pm.

 

  1. Minutes for April 15, 2008 were approved unanimously.

 

  1. Jeff Streator was re-elected as chair of the Committee.  Bill Drummond was re-appointed as Secretary.

 

  1. Awarding Georgia Tech course credits for International Baccalaureate Assessments:

 

The USG Board of Regents has mandated that USG schools award credit for IB courses for diploma holders according to published guidelines.  The IB policy is to be effective Fall Semester 2008.  Each school (e.g., Georgia Tech) must determine how to implement the policy within the BOR guidelines. Along these lines the Committee discussed a proposed plan circulated by Reta.  Some questions of clarity arose and the Committee voted to table the discussion.  Reta agreed to reword the document to clarify some points.

 

  1. Intellectual Diversity

Carol presented a suggested change to the Rules and Regulations to make specific reference to “intellectual diversity.”  She indicated that Board of Regents is working to ensure that state legislation does not compromise academic freedom.  The suggested change is motivated by this concern. 

 

Additionally, Carol suggested that students should be able to make first reporting of the grievance to persons other than the faculty member in question because of the potential sensitivity of issues like intellectual diversity.


 

Current wording:

XX. Student Academic Grievance Procedures

The procedures set forth here are intended to provide students at the Georgia Institute of Technology a means for setting forth grievances relating to academic matters and grade disputes when the student believes that an instructor has acted unfairly or improperly in assignment of grades. It is not the intention of these procedures to provide a forum for questioning the judgment or grading policies of faculty.

 

Proposed wording:

XX. Student Academic Grievance Procedures

The procedures set forth here are intended to provide students at the Georgia Institute of Technology a means for setting forth grievances relating to academic matters, intellectual diversity and grade disputes when the student believes that an instructor has acted unfairly or improperly in assignment of grades. It is not the intention of these procedures to provide a forum for questioning the judgment or grading policies of faculty. Student concerns may be reported to the school or unit head, the academic deans, or the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.”

 

After brief discussion, the Committee voted unanimously to approve the wording change.

 

  1. The meeting adjourned at 2:05 pm.