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Services Provided by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Student Conduct
  • Student Advocacy
  • Wellness and Life Coaching
  • Mediation
  • Behavior Intervention Team
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force
  • Preventative  and Wellness Program Initiatives
  • Mental Health First Aid training

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Georgia Southwestern State University Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is to foster student engagement and success by promoting a campus culture of safety and well-being through education and awareness initiatives focused on individual responsibility and adherence to community standards of acceptable behavior and civic virtues outlined in the Student Conduct Code.  The office will help students understand the impact of their behavior on the global community and to assist them with making future decisions that lead to personal and professional success.

The goals of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities are:

  1. to promote a campus environment that supports the overall educational mission of the University;
  2. to create a climate of wellbeing and support;
  3. protect the University community from disruption and harm;
  4. to provide advocacy for all students;
  5. to encourage appropriate standards of individual and group behavior; and
  6. to foster ethical standards and civic virtues.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibility fulfills this mission by providing programs and services that:

  1. develop, disseminate, interpret, and enforce campus regulations;
  2. teach students about appropriate behavior and community membership;
  3. provide programs and activities that foster students' intellectual, ethical and cultural development;
  4. intervene effectively when behavior violates the Conduct Code;
  5. encourage students to seek assistance through individual life coaching and wellness coaching sessions;
  6. offer educational and leadership opportunities for students who participate in the operation of the Student Conduct Process; and
  7. assist and advocate for students with non-academic complaints.

 

What the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Expects of Students:

  • Students will read, know, understand and abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Students know right from wrong and will make appropriate choices.
  • Students will take responsibility for their own behavior.
  • Students will be honest in all that they do and will admit when their actions and behaviors violate the Code of Conduct.
  • Students will understand if they violate the Code of Conduct and engage in behaviors that are detrimental to themselves and/or the community, they will be held accountable for this behavior and sanctioned accordingly.
  • Students will understand that egregious and/or repeated violations of the Code of Code of Conduct will be result in suspension or expulsion.

What Students Can Expect of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities:

  • Students will be treated with fairness and respect and like independent adults.
  • Students will receive timely notification of charges, pre-hearing and hearing information, and decisions.
  • Students will have their questions (regarding the Student Conduct process, possible outcomes, sanctions, etc.) answered completely and in a timely manner.
  • Students will be referred to other campus offices or community agencies as needed.
  • Information regarding a student’s Student Conduct history will be kept confidential, with information released only to those with a legitimate right to know such information.
  • Students’ parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be notified of the outcome of any case, or of an alleged violation when the students have placed themselves in serious or life-threatening situations.

 

Contact Us

Dr. Darcy Bragg
Director                                                                                                                                                                                          Student Success Center Room 3436
229-931-2378
student.rights@gsw.edu

 

 

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