1. Introduction

This Faculty Handbook sets out the principles, policies, and procedures relevant to the functions of the Faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and also includes provisions for the academic life of Students of the Institute.  It makes reference to certain key principles relevant to the functions of the Board of Regents, the President, and the Administration. 

The President is charged with the operation and management of the Institute.  Thus, the President has the responsibility and authority to organize or reorganize the administrative functions as the President deems necessary.  Details may be found by consulting the current Georgia Tech Fact Book found at www.irp.gatech.edu.

The Faculty of Georgia Tech sets forth these regulations for its governance and designates them as the Faculty Handbook of the Georgia Institute of Technology (hereinafter the Handbook).  If this Handbook diverges from or conflicts with the official policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Board of Regents’ policies shall prevail.

 

Faculty Handbook: Interpretation and Amendments
Within the Institute, the President, in consultation with the Faculty Executive Board, is the final authority for interpreting the Handbook.  Before issuing a ruling, the President shall seek the advice of the Statutes Committee.

Certain parts of the Handbook designated as Statutes of the Institute are deemed to be core principles, policies, and procedures essential to orderly conduct of Faculty business and the maintenance of high educational standards.  Such Sections are shaded in gold.

Amendments to this Handbook may be proposed at any time by any member of the academic community.  All proposals originating outside the Statutes Committee shall be submitted in writing to the Chair of that Committee.  The Statutes Committee shall report the proposed amendments and the Committee’s recommendations to the Faculty.  Provision is made for three levels of amendment:

  • Proposed changes in sections identified as Statutes of the Institute will be submitted for a first reading and discussion no later than the second regular meeting of the whole Faculty after the proposed amendments have been received by the Committee unless otherwise directed by the Faculty Executive Board.  Action on the proposal may not be taken earlier than the next regularly scheduled meeting or a special meeting called for the purpose of voting on the proposed amendments.  Such a special meeting shall be held at least sixty (60) days after the first reading, and must be held during the regular academic year.
  • Proposals for changes in sections not identified as part of the Statutes may be amended after just one (1) reading.
  • The Statutes Committee is empowered to make editorial changes in the Handbook to reflect updates to the titles of Administration officials or the names of departments referenced in the Handbook.  Notice of such changes shall be made to the Faculty Executive Board.

A favorable vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the Faculty members present shall constitute approval of proposed amendments when a vote of the Faculty is needed.  Amendments to this Handbook become effective only after approval by the President.

 

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