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    University of North Georgia
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2015 - Summer 2016 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Accreditations and Compliance


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Accreditations

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University of North Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master, education specialist, and doctor of physical therapy degrees and pre-baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, and post-master certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of North Georgia.

In addition to accreditation by SACSCOC, which applies to the entire institution, the following programs at University of North Georgia are accredited or approved by discipline-specific agencies.  

Discipline-Specific Accrediting/Approval Agencies
Agency Address Program
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 All Nursing Programs
  Atlanta, GA  30326  
  404-975-5000  
     
American Bar Association 740 15th Street, NW Certificate in Paralegal
  Washington, DC 20005 A.A.S. Paralegal
   202-662-1000 B.A.S.
     
American Chemical Society 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW B.S. Chemistry
  Washington, DC 20036  
  800-227-5558  
     
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard,   Suite 750 All business programs in the Mike Cottrell College of Business
  Tampa, FL 33602  
  813-769-6500  
     
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education 1415 Haney Street, Suite 200 B.S. Athletic Training
  Omaha, NE 68102  
  202-466-7496  
     
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for the American Physical Therapy Association 1111 North Fairfax Street D.P.T.
  Alexandria, VA 22314  
  703-684-2782  
     
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510 M. S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  Alexandria, VA 22314  
  703-535-5990  
     
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500

All programs in the College of Education
  Washington, DC 20036  
  202-766-7496  
     
Council for Standards in Human Service Education ASCENT Management LLC B.A. Human Services Delivery Administration
  3337 Duke Street  
  Alexandria, VA 22314  
  571-257-3959  
     
Georgia Board of Nursing 237 Coliseum Drive A.S. Nursing
  Macon, GA 31217-3858 B.S. Nursing
  478-207-2440  
     
Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) 200 Piedmont Avenue All programs in the College of Education
  Suite 1702  
  Atlanta, GA 30334-9032  
  800-869-7775  
     
National Association of Schools of Art and Design 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21 B.A. Art*
  Reston, VA 20190-5248 B.S. Art Education*
  703-437-0700 B.S Art Marketing*
    M.A.T. Art*
     
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 1906 Association Drive B.S. Math Education (6-12)
  Reston, VA 20191  
  800-235-7566  
     
     
     
     

 *These degree programs currently have applications for accreditation in process.

 

   

Compliance

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 Privacy of Student Records

The University Registrar’s Office is the custodian of education records at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Education records generally include any record (handwritten, electronic, print, film, or other medium) containing information directly related to the student and maintained by or for UNG or an agent of the University.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) affords any student, regardless of age, who is or has been in attendance at UNG the right to inspect and review his or her education records within 45 days following the receipt of the student’s request. Copies of education records may be provided upon written request for students who do not live within commuting distance of any UNG campus. The fee for copies will be $0.15 per page. Copies of education records will not be provided to students who have an unpaid financial obligation to the University or against whom there is an unresolved disciplinary action.

Access to the following records will not be permitted:
1) records kept by UNG personnel which remain in the sole possession of the maker;
2) law enforcement records maintained by campus security;
3) employment records which relate exclusively to employment;
4) records of professionals providing medical or psychological treatment to the student;
5) financial records of parents or legal guardians;
6) confidential letters of recommendation for admission to the University;
7) records connected with an application for admission to UNG if that application was denied;
8) application for employment or honors for which the student has voluntarily signed a waiver;
9) information pertaining to another student if the record contains information about more than one student.

The student’s written consent is required before UNG may disclose education records to a third party except to school officials or in response to conditions as defined below:
• to UNG personnel who have a legitimate educational interest in the information in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities;
• to officials of other institutions where the student seeks or intends to enroll;
• to representatives of federal agencies and state and local officials authorized by law to have access to education records and members and staff of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia;
• to appropriate persons in connection with a student’s application for or receipt of financial aid;
• to a person or company with whom the University has contracted;
• to accrediting bodies or to organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the University;
• to necessary individuals in connection with a health or safety emergency;
• to the parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of an federal, state, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the University, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance;
• to persons in response to lawfully issued subpoenas or court orders. Every reasonable effort will be made to notify the student in advance of compliance;
• to parents of dependent students as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, Section 152;
• to the victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense concerning the final results of a disciplinary hearing with respect to the alleged crime;
• to any third party the final results of a disciplinary proceeding related to a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense if the student who is the alleged perpetrator is found to have violated the University’s rules or policies;
• if the information to be released is designated as directory information.

UNG has designated the following items as directory information:
• Student’s name, mailing and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address;
• Degree(s) pursued and/or awarded and dates;
• Major, minor, and/or concentration;
• Enrollment status (i.e., full- or part-time);
• Class standing (i.e., senior, freshman, etc.);
• Dates of attendance;
• Anticipated graduation date;
• Participation in University-sponsored activities and sports;
• Honors and awards received.
The student may present a written request to the Registrar’s Office to maintain the privacy and prevent disclosure of the student’s directory information unless exceptions defined above pertain. The request to prevent disclosure remains in effect until the student submits a written request to rescind it.

Written consent by the student for the release of personally identifiable information must include:
1) the type of records to be released;
2) the full name (not relationship) to whom records are to be released;
3) the date;
4) the student’s signature.

Students may request to amend an education record that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of his or her privacy. FERPA, however, may not be used to challenge a grade, an opinion, or a substantive decision made by a UNG school official. The student should write the official responsible for the record and identify the part of the record he or she wishes to be amended along with a description of its inaccuracy.

Type of Record Official
Admission Application Graduate or Undergraduate Admissions
Grades and Course History Registrar’s Office
Financial Aid Financial Aid Office
Academic Integrity Office of Academic Affairs
Disciplinary (non-academic) Office of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Cadet Conduct Commandant of Cadets
Military Military Science
Student Accounts Comptroller
Testing Testing Office
Career Placement Career Services
Co-curricular Transcript Student Involvement
CEU Transcript Continuing Education


Upon review of the student’s request, if UNG determines not to amend the record, the student shall have an opportunity for an impartial hearing to challenge the accuracy of his or her record. UNG will notify the student within 48 hours of the date, place, and time of the hearing. The hearing will be conducted by an impartial hearing officer who may be a UNG school official. The student will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised pertaining to the student’s request to amend his or her education records. The student may be assisted by one or more individuals, including an attorney.

UNG will prepare a written decision based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reasons for the decision. If the record is found to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, the record will be amended as such, and UNG will notify the student in writing that the record has been amended. If the determination is made that the record is not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy, the student may insert into his or her record a written statement setting forth his or her views. The statement will be maintained as part of the student’s education records as long as the contested record is maintained. If UNG discloses the contested record, the student’s statement must also be disclosed.

FERPA affords students the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of North Georgia to comply with FERPA.

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520

FERPA notification will be published annually in the UNG Student Handbook and on the UNG Student Privacy website.

Questions and concerns regarding student records should be directed to the Registrar’s Office:
Cumming campus: (470) 239-3105; registrar-cmg@ung.edu
Dahlonega campus: (706) 864-1760; registrar-dah@ung.edu
Gainesville: (678) 717-3644; registrar-gvl@ung.edu
Oconee: (706) 310-6320; registrar-ocn@ung.edu

 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The academic and administrative policy of the University subscribes to the non-discrimination provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity” of the University of North Georgia. The University of North Georgia also adheres to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in that it does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in regard to admission, employment, and access to programs or activities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The University of North Georgia subscribes to provisions as outlined in The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as revised and/or amended. Accordingly, the University of North Georgia will not discriminate in employment, admissions, programs, or services with regard to any position for which the applicant, employee, or student is qualified and will make reasonable accommodation for physical and mental limitations.

Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972

The academic and administrative policy of the University also subscribes to the non-discrimination provision of Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity” of the University of North Georgia.

Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Policy

In order to promote the full realization of equal opportunity for all University constituents, the University commits to engaging in continuing practices in support of broad inclusivity. As such, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disabled status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status (except in those circumstances proscribed and mandated by law) or veteran status in the administration of admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, or any other University governed programs and activities. The University’s equal opportunity and non-discrimination policy applies to every member of the University community. Furthermore, the University’s affirmative action program, Title IX program, and related policies are developed in compliance with applicable law. This non-discrimination policy also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.