In cases where a student is found responsible for non-academic misconduct, students are given sanctions. Sanctions can affect a student's disciplinary status at Georgia Tech, as well as require participation in educational activities to help them grow from the situation. More severe violations could result in a student’s suspension or expulsion from the Institute. Additionally, where deemed appropriate, some matters may have the option of being resolved via informal resolution. More information regarding outcomes of the process can be found on our Sanctions page.
How Does the Non-Academic Misconduct Process Begin?
Any person may file a complaint against a student for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The complaint should be sent to OSI using the Non-Academic Conduct Referral Form. An OSI staff member may contact you during the investigation of the case for more information and to keep a relevant party updated, when necessary. The complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place or when it is reasonably discovered, no later than thirty (30) business days following the discovery of the incident. In extraordinary circumstances, OSI may waive this timeline. Complaints are also generated from various departments and offices. These departments include but are not limited to: Georgia Tech Police Department, Office of Information Technology, Housing Department, and the Office of Parking and Transportation.
Who Can Hear My Case?
The case will be adjudicated by the Student Conduct Administrator or a Student Conduct Panel. The Respondent may state a preference for a decision to be rendered by the Student Conduct Administrator or by a Student Conduct Panel. The Respondent may also request that the case be adjudicated by a different Student Conduct Administrator than that initially authorized to hear the case in the event of perceived bias of the initially authorized official. The Student’s reasons for his/her preference must be conveyed to the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement and Well-Being and Dean of Students, in writing, before the investigation begins. Ordinarily, the Student’s preference will be honored; however, the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement and Well-Being and Dean of Students will make the final decision in his/her sole discretion. If the Student’s preference is not honored, the rationale for the decision will be provided to the Student in writing. The Associate Vice President of Student Engagement and Well-Being and Dean of Students reserves the right to determine the process to be used based on the relevant facts and circumstances, including, but not limited to:
- imminent graduation of the Student;
- end of the semester; or
- extraordinary circumstances.
What Can I Do to Prepare?
Prior to your meeting, please familiarize yourself with the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any documentation or information provided by your Conduct Administrator. Prepare to provide a thorough, but concise, description of what happened during the incident from your perspective. Consider providing any relevant documents, as well as identifying any witnesses you believe might be helpful in determining what took place. Decide if you would like to bring an advisor to support you during the meeting.
Additional guidance regarding the role of an advisor can be found in the Student Code of Conduct. Determine if you would like to request any accommodations. If you have an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services, contact them. Please contact your Conduct Administrator, or whomever has sent you the official OSI notification, directly with any questions you have prior to the meeting.
What to Expect During Your Meeting with the Office of Student Integrity?
- Review of Student Rights
- Review of Information Submitted to OSI
- Case Resolution Preference
What Are the Possible Outcomes of the Process?
In cases where a student is found responsible for academic misconduct, students are given sanctions. Sanctions can affect a student's disciplinary status at Georgia Tech, could require educational activities to help them grow from the situation, and can impact their grade on the assignment and/or in the class where the violation took place. More information can be found on our Sanctions page.
No Contact Orders
At times when the Office of Student Integrity and/or the Division of Student Engagement and Well-Being deems it necessary, a No Contact Order may be issued to one or both students involved in incidents of harassment, violence of any type and other incidents that the Office of Student Integrity deems necessary. The No Contact Order includes, but is not limited to telephone, email, hand written note, instant messaging, text messaging, online posting through a third person, or in person. No contact also includes email or message accounts that are affiliated with your identity.