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Disclaimer, Policy Requirements, and Procedure Requirements


 

Disclaimer

The authoritative source of information concerning Board approved policies and procedures governing academic and administrative matters is the Policy Manual of the Board of Regents. In cases of inconsistency, Board of Regents policy takes precedence.

Policy Requirements

Policy Number: .11
Effective Date: May 25, 2017
Revision History: May 26, 2016
Policy Contact: Executive Director of Plans, Policies, and Analysis

Purpose and Policy Statement

The Policy Requirements policy governs the policy structure of Georgia Gwinnett College. This structure includes all stages of policy management, to include:

  • Designation of official College policy publications and their administrative proponents;
  • Accessibility of policy publications;
  • Ensuring consistency with Board of Regents policies;
  • Ensuring consistency among GGC policies;
  • Assignment of responsibility for policy development, revision, and approval through appropriate institutional processes;
  • Dissemination of policies and changes to affected parties;
  • Implementation and enforcement; and
  • Review, revision, and notification of changes.

The Policy Requirements policy will be published in the Administrative Policy Manual and the Faculty Manual of Policies and Procedures.

GGC values and nurtures creativity and innovation in order to achieve its vision and mission. It is the intent of the College to have only the policies that are necessary for governance and not to create a restrictive environment. Federal, state and local laws, University System of Georgia policy, accrediting agency requirements, and good educational and administrative practices require policies that guide action and decision-making. The intent of any GGC policy is to ensure that students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and other constituents are treated fairly and consistently and that the college’s educational and administrative practices are implemented in ways to maximize their positive effect. New policies will be developed and current policies will be revised as the need arises. In addition, all policies will be reviewed and revised annually to ensure that they accurately represent the College’s programs, services, and needs. As Board of Regents policies are changed, the Office of the President will provide the change to the person identified as the policy proponent, who will be responsible for reviewing and revising current policies.

Scope

This policy applies to all GGC faculty and staff who contribute to the creation of new policies or updating of existing policies. Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy will result in the nullification of any resulting policy. 

Definitions

Policy: An operating principle or required course of action adopted by the Cabinet or Faculty Senate, published in one of the official GGC policy publications, and made available to those affected by it.

Procedure: A list of specific steps that need to be taken in order to enact a policy.  Procedures are not usually approved at the Cabinet or Faculty Senate level.

Proponent: The GGC administrator who is responsible for the creation, updating, and enforcement of a policy.

Official Policy Publications Proponents

Any GGC policy must be approved by the President and an advisory body and published in one or more official policy publications to be considered an official College policy. The four official policy publications and their respective administrative proponents are the:

  • Administrative Policy Manual (APM): President
  • Faculty Manual of Policies and Procedures (Faculty Manual): President, Faculty Senate
  • Georgia Gwinnett College Catalog (Catalog): Executive Director for Enrollment Management
  • Student Handbook: Senior Associate Provost for Student Affairs

Neither the Classified Employee Handbook, which largely summarizes employment policies, nor the Georgia Gwinnett College website, nor any other college publication is an official policy publication. This policy will govern the content of any policies that are published on the website or in any other college publication.

Accessibility of Policy Publications

The four official policy publications are available on the GGC public website (ggc.edu).

Ensuring Consistency with Board of Regents Policies

All GGC policies will be consistent with Board of Regents policies. All policy manuals will carry a disclaimer that reiterates the primacy of Board of Regents policies as follows:

“The authoritative source of information concerning Board approved policies and procedures governing academic and administrative matters is the Policy Manual of the Board of Regents. In cases of inconsistency, Board of Regents policy takes precedence.”

GGC policies will also be consistent with the various handbooks that the Board of Regents provides to guide policy implementation. These include the Academic Affairs Handbook, Business Procedures Manual, Information Technology Handbook and Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual (HRAP).

Policies published in GGC’s Administrative Policy Manual will be based largely upon the Board of Regents Policy Manual and the subsidiary handbooks it has developed to aid in implementation. They will carry the same policy numbers as the Board of Regents Policy Manual when they derive from that publication.

Similarly, all policies that are published in the Faculty Manual, Catalog, or Student Handbook that derive from the Board of Regents Policy Manual or Academic Affairs Handbook will be consistent with them.

Ensuring Consistency Among GGC Policies

The APM is GGC’s primary policy publication. The Faculty Manual, Catalog, and Student Handbook must carry the following disclaimer:

“The Administrative Policy Manual is Georgia Gwinnett College’s primary policy manual. In the event of conflict between this (manual or handbook name) and the Administrative Policy Manual, the Administrative Policy Manual prevails.”

When the Faculty Manual, Catalog, Student Handbook, or on the GGC website needs to include a policy from the APM in a specific document or site, the policy Scope and Purpose will be included in its entirety and a link to the complete policy will be included. Additionally, when any policy is published in one or more official policy publications other than its originating publication, the same practice should be followed.

Dissemination of Policy to Stakeholders

Dissemination responsibility lies within the Office of the President. In each publication cycle, newly approved policies and approved changes will be widely distributed to the appropriate affected parties (e.g., faculty, staff, students and/or the public), using electronic means (e.g., email, posting to the website), in forums (e.g., faculty development meetings, Student Government Association meetings), and/or in print materials (e.g., weekly student affairs publications and alumni publications.)

Implementation and Enforcement

The APM will be published four times each year. Policies will go into effect upon the next policy manual publication date. If an immediate change in policy is required, such may be done with the approval of the President. It is the responsibility of all faculty, administrators, staff, and students to be knowledgeable of policies and to follow them. If, due to changes in the environment or needs, a policy becomes outdated, the proponent should be notified so that the policy can be modified as needed.

The Office of Plans, Policies, and Analysis is responsible for the administrative activities (e.g., record keeping, dissemination, and procedural enforcement) associated with institutional policy development, approval, and management. Coordination, enforcement, annual review, and identification of necessary change of an individual policy are the responsibility of the specific policy’s proponent, as indicated on the policy matrix, found in the Administrative Policy Manual. Policy review is an ongoing process with revised and new policies considered as needed at each Cabinet meeting. It is expected that each Vice President will review 10% of the policies for which (s)he and or his/her delegate is the proponent during each month of the year.

The four administrative proponents for the four official policy publications are responsible for incorporating new or revised policies into their respective publications and for ensuring consistency across publications and the website.

The Office of the President is responsible for updating the Policy Matrix for each publication cycle.

Policy Matrix

The policy matrix provides the official record of the official policy publication(s) in which each GGC policy will be published. It also designates the policies that will be published on the GGC website and the proponent for each policy.

Related Regulations, Statutes, Polices, and Procedures

APM .12 Procedure Requirements

Procedure Requirements

Policy Number: .12
Effective Date: May 25, 2017
Revision History: None
Policy Contact: Executive Director of Plans, Policies, and Analysis

Purpose and Policy Statement

The Procedure Requirements policy governs the publication of procedure manuals at Georgia Gwinnett College. Pursuant to the requirements of the Board of Regents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, all procedures and processes must be developed and approved through a clear process, must be published in such a way as to be available to all impacted parties, and must be consistently implemented and enforced.  

Scope

This policy applies to all GGC faculty and staff who contribute to the creation of new procedures or updating of existing procedures. Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy will result in the nullification of any resulting procedure. 

Definitions

Policy: An operating principle or required course of action adopted by the Cabinet or Faculty Senate, published in one of the official GGC policy publications, and made available to those affected by it.

Procedure: A list of specific steps that need to be taken in order to enact a policy.  Procedures are not usually approved at the Cabinet or Faculty Senate level.

Proponent: The GGC administrator who is responsible for the creation, updating, and enforcement of a policy.

Accessibility of Procedure Manuals

Procedure manuals will be available digitally in an appropriate location, as determined by the proponent, and in hard copy in the office responsible for executing any portion of any process or procedure contained within the manual.

Ensuring Consistency with Board of Regents

All GGC procedures will be consistent with Board of Regents policy and procedure requirements. All procedure manuals will carry a disclaimer that reiterates the primacy of Board of Regents policies as follows:

“The authoritative source of information concerning Board approved policies and procedures governing academic and administrative matters is the Policy Manual of the Board of Regents. In cases of inconsistency, Board of Regents policy takes precedence.”

GGC procedures are to be consistent with the various handbooks that the Board of Regents provides to guide policy implementation. These include the Academic Affairs Handbook, Business Procedures Manual, Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual (HRAP), Information Technology Handbook, and any other relevant document published by the Board of Regents or the University System of Georgia offices.

Ensuring Accuracy

Procedure manuals must be accurate in that they use correct names and titles for GGC and BOR policies, employees, divisions, units, programs, and so on.  Procedures must also be updated on a regular basis and contain accurate examples of forms and related documents used to enact policies.   

Assignment of Responsibility

Each Vice President and his/her staff will develop a written procedure for the development, revision, approval, and maintenance of procedure documents within the Division. At a minimum, this procedure must document how procedures are developed, approved, and revised, how and where procedure manuals are published, what steps are taken to ensure that procedure manuals are available to all relevant parties, and how the Division will ensure that procedures are implemented and enforced.

Notification of Procedural Changes

In each publication cycle, newly approved procedures or changes to existing procedures will be widely distributed to the appropriate affected parties (e.g., faculty, staff, students and/or the public), using electronic means (e.g., email, posting to the website), in forums (e.g., faculty development meetings, Student Government Association meetings), and/or in print materials (e.g., weekly student affairs publications and alumni publications.)

Implementation and Enforcement

Vice Presidents are responsible for implementation and enforcement of all procedures within their divisions. This responsibility may be delegated as appropriate, provided the necessary authority for enforcement is also delegated.

Related Regulations, Statutes, Policies, and Procedures

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Principles of Accreditation

Policy Matrix

The policy matrix below will govern in which official policy publications each GGC policy will be published. It also will govern the policies that will be published on the GGC website. It will also designate the proponent for each policy.