Spring Policy Update

A number of edits and additions to the University Policy Manual have been made over the course of the past several months, with more to come as the University System of Georgia completes its ongoing policy review initiative.

The following policies are currently posted for campus review, and will become effective on May 1, 2018 (after 30-day comment period):

In addition, the following policies—to which Middle Georgia State University is subject—have been updated in the BOR Policy Manual by the USG in recent months and are currently in effect:

  • Officers of the Board of Regents
    • 2.5 Institutional Responsibilities (Jan. 2018)
  • Academic Affairs
    • 4.1 Semester System (Oct. 2017)
    • 4.2 Uniform Academic Calendar (Oct. 2017)
    • 4.3 Religious Holiday Schedule (Oct. 2017)
    • 4.4 Exceptions (Oct. 2017)
    • 2.1.2 Administrative Officers (Jan. 2018)
    • 2.1.3 Other Faculty Members (Jan. 2018)
    • 2.2 Election of Faculties (Jan. 2018)
    • 2.6 Regents’ Teaching and Service to Students Award (Jan. 2018)
    • 7 Regents’ Reading and Writing Skills Requirement (Jan. 2018)
    • 8.5 Diplomas Earned at Institutions Under a Previous Name (Jan. 2018)
    • 1 General Policy (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.5 Termination of Faculty Employment (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.4 United States and Georgia History and Constitution (Feb. 2018)
    • 6.1 Creation of Academic Programs (Feb. 2018)
  • Student Affairs
    • 1 General Policy (Oct. 2017)
    • 1.1 Institutional Responsibility (Oct. 2017)
    • 1.3 Student Voting Privileges (Feb. 2018)
    • 2 Undergraduate Admissions (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1 Admission Requirements for Programs Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3 Additional Admissions Policies (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3.1 General (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3.2 Referral of Students to Other Institutions (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3.3 Right to Refuse Admission (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3.5 Social Security Numbers (moved to 6.12) (Feb. 2018)
    • 8.1 Immunizations Against Disease During an Outbreak/Epidemic (Feb. 2018)
  • Research
    • 1 General Policy (moved to 3.7) (Jan. 2018)
    • 2 Research Institutions (moved to 3.7) (Jan. 2018)
  • Campus Affairs
    • 1 Seals (previously 12.3) (Jan. 2018)
    • 2 Use of Institution Names, Logos, and Trademarks (previously 7.11.3) (Jan. 2018)
    • 4 Political Interference (previously 12.1) (Jan. 2018)
    • 5 Freedom of Expression (previously 12.10) (Jan. 2018)
    • 6 Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (previously 4.1.2) (Jan. 2018)
    • 7 Sexual Misconduct Policy (previously 4.1.7) (Jan. 2018)
    • 8 Disruptive Behavior (previously 4.63 and 12.2) (Jan. 2018)
    • 9 Programs Serving Minors (previously 12.9) (Jan. 2018)
    • 10 Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campuses (previously 9.1.7) (Jan. 2018)
    • 11 Weapons (previously 9.13) (Feb. 2018)
    • 12 Social Security Numbers (previously 4.2.3.5) (Feb. 2018)
    • 13 Interment of Persons on Campus (previously 12.4) (Feb. 2018)
  • Finance & Business
    • 3.1.6 Tuition for “Move on When Ready Program” (Oct. 2017)
    • 3.4.4 Waiver of Fees for “Move on When Ready Program” (Oct. 2017)
    • 3.1.1 Tuition Definitions (Jan. 2018)
    • 1 General Policy (Feb. 2018)
    • 1.1 Allocation of Funds (Feb. 2018)
    • 1.2.1 Procedures (Feb. 2018)
    • 1.2.2 Deficits (Feb. 2018)
    • 1.2.3 Financial Report (Feb. 2018)
    • 2 USG Budget (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1 Educational and General Revenues and Expenditures (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.1 Instruction (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.2 Research (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.3 Public Service (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.4 Academic Support (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.5 Student Services (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.6 Institutional Support (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.7 Plant Operations and Maintenance (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1.8 Scholarships and Fellowships (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.3 Operating Budgets (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.4 Budget Amendments (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.1.5 Tuition Agreements with Corporations, Organizations, and Other Legal Entities (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.2.1 Mandatory Student Fees (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.2.2 Elective Fees and Special Charges (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.2.3 Auxiliary and Fee Reserves (Feb. 2018)
    • 3.3 Tuition and Fee Payment and Deferral (Feb. 2018)
    • 5.3 Loan Funds for Matching Purposes (Feb. 2018)
    • 6 Travel (Feb. 2018)
    • 7 Purchasing (Feb. 2018)
    • 7.1 General Policy (Feb. 2018)
    • 7.2 Employee Purchasing (Feb. 2018)
    • 8.1 Property Insurance (Feb. 2018)
    • 8.2 Liability Insurance (Feb. 2018)
    • 8.2.1 Automotive (Feb. 2018)
    • 8.2.2 Professional Liability (Feb. 2018)
    • 9 Contracts (Feb. 2018)
    • 9.1 Contracting Authority (Feb. 2018)
  • Personnel
    • 3.5.4 Post-Tenure Review for Tenured Faculty and Administrators (Oct. 2017)
    • 2.19 Tuition Assistance Program (approved Nov. 2017, effective Jan. 2018)
    • 1.1.1 Corps of Instruction (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.1 Equal Employment Opportunity (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.2 Age Criteria (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.4 Employment of Foreign Nationals (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.5 Employee Orientation (Feb. 2018)
    • 2.6 Holidays (Feb. 2018)
    • 4 Additional Personnel Policies and Procedures (Feb. 2018)
  • Facilities
    • 13 Weapons (Oct. 2017)
    • 1 General Policy on Real Estate and Facilities (Jan. 2018)
    • 1.1 Definitions (Jan. 2018)
    • 1.2 Portfolio Management and Utilization (Jan. 2018)
    • 1.3 Compliance and Risk Management (Jan. 2018)
    • 1.4 Board of Regents Procedures and Guidelines (Jan. 2018)
    • 13 Weapons (moved to Section 6.11) (Feb. 2018)
  • Miscellaneous
    • 4 Interment of Persons on Campus (moved to Section 6.13) (Feb. 2018)

Copies of the USG changes approved by the BOR are available here (under meeting minutes). We expect more changes at the April and May BOR meetings as part of the system-wide policy review.

We anticipate posting those changes, as well as an integration of the Student Handbook into the University Policy Manual, cross-reference to other procedural handbooks, and a migration of policies.mga.edu to the MGA website over the summer prior to Fall Convocation.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to policies@mga.edu.