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Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services serves as a resource and an advocate for students with disabilities. The department coordinates a variety of accommodations and services, which are determined on an individual basis, and must be supported by current documentation. Student Disability Services works collaboratively to promote academic, social, and physical access in order to provide equal educational opportunities.
- To receive services, students must inform Student Disability Services that they have, or suspect they have, a disability. They must also complete an intake packet and provide supporting documentation.
- Potential students are recommended to contact the office at least one semester prior to attending. This allows time for a review of documentation, and prevents a delay in the provision of certain accommodations, such as textbooks in an alternate format.
- All student information is maintained securely and confidentially. Categories of disability and examples of accommodations are available on the Student Disability Services website.
Students should contact Student Disability Services on either the Dahlonega, Gainesville, Cumming, or Oconee campus with any questions or concerns regarding accommodations, required documentation, and/or available resources and support. Students on the Blue RIdge campus should contact Student Disability Services on the Dahlonega or Gainesville campus for assistance.
UNG is committed to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and to the principle of individual rights and responsibilities. To that end, the policies and procedures of UNG are designed to ensure full compliance with all pertinent federal and state legislation, specifically to include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced discrimination on the basis of a disability can find the ADA Grievance Procedure at UNG Grievance Policy.
Corps of Cadets Participation Policy
The University of North Georgia is one of six Senior Military Colleges (“SMC”) designated by the United States Department of the Army. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by and on behalf of University of North Georgia (“University”) operates three residence halls for members of the Corps of Cadets (“Cadets”), including Gaillard, Liberty and Patriot Halls (“Military Housing”). In accordance with Army regulations, the University’s Corps of Cadets Participation Policy requires that all Cadets live in Military Housing for a residential housing experience similar to the United States Military Academy.
The UNG Corps of Cadets is an 8-semester residential learning experience that replicates the living and learning conditions of a Federal Service Academy. Therefore, Cadets, both men and women, who enter the Corps beginning 1 August 2016 will serve under a revised Corps of Cadets Participation Policy. This policy requires all Cadets in the Corps to be enrolled as “full participants” (See Policy Letter #9), while taking a minimum of 12 hours, including one 2-hour Military Science course, in every Fall and Spring semester AND a 1-hour MILS exercise physiology course (XX05) in every Fall and Spring Semester. In some cases, Cadets may be allowed to take designated UNG leadership courses in lieu of MILS 3000,3100,4000,4100, if approved in writing by the Commandant. A formal plan of study is required. Cadets may request an exception to the participation policy and live off campus as military non-residents if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Reside with parents or grandparents and commute daily to/from their residence within Dawson, Lumpkin, Hall or White Counties
- Are married (show marriage certificate)
- Are age 23 or older at time of application
- Have completed 2 years of honorable federal service at time of application (show DD Form 214)
Cadets who can demonstrate extreme personal hardship may request a waiver of the participation policy to become military non-residents or to leave the Corps of Cadets and become civilian students. Documentation is required. The Commandant will decide whether or not a student can change from military to civilian status and when the change will occur.
Cadets, including transfer students, who have resided in military residence halls for eight Fall or Spring semesters, may request to leave the Corps to become civilian students.
Stop Out Clause
Cadets who quit the Corps or who are administratively dismissed by the Commandant may not take courses on the Dahlonega campus for a period of one calendar year from the date of their withdrawal.
In all cases, the Commandant of Cadets has the authority to approve or disapprove requests for exception or waiver depending on the need for residential leaders in the Corps of Cadets, the mission to train “in residence” as many leaders as possible, bed space occupancy rates, caps on the number of military non-resident students, the commissioning needs of the U.S. Army (input from PMS required) or the student’s ability to meet established deadlines and/or published suspenses. “Grandfathering” students under previous policy provisions is not required.
Prospective Cadets should submit requests for non-resident status to the office of Cadet Admissions. Enrolled Cadets should submit requests to the Commandant. A failure to comply with the Corps Participation Policy is defined as an act of providing false or misleading information during the admissions process or when applying for an exception/waiver; or not moving into or maintaining residence in designated University housing when available; or changing status from military resident to military non-resident (or from military to civilian status) without the approval of the Commandant. SEE IMPLEMENTATION INSTRUCTIONS/SOP, dated 1 August 2016.
The decision of the Commandant of Cadets regarding any aspect of the Corps Participation Policy may be appealed to the VP for Student Affairs or her representative within 3 business days.
Full-time students who are accepted on the Dahlonega campus of UNG and who have not earned 60 semester hours or lived four semesters in university housing must live on campus.
Students may live off-campus if:
- they live with and commute daily from the permanent legal residence of parent(s) or grandparent(s) within a fifty-mile radius from campus
- they are married or divorced
- they are 21 years of age or older
- they have completed two years of successful active military service
A waiver of this policy will be considered in individual cases for unique hardships. Prospective students should submit requests to the Dean of Students, Dahlonega campus.
The University of North Georgia is a member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC). The following testing programs are administered at one or more of the University’s campuses:
- Institutional ACT
- Institutional SAT
For information regarding one or more of these tests please contact the appropriate campus or visit the University’s Testing website at www.ung.edu/testing.
Students interested in taking the Institutional SAT, CLEP, DSST, Accuplacer, TEAS, HOBET, or MAT on the Dahlonega Campus may call (706) 864-1799 or visit www.ung.edu/testing for additional information. On-line registration is available for some of these tests. Otherwise, appointments may be made through the Testing Office or test client website.
Students pursuing a four year degree can earn a maximum of 45 credit hours by examination, which includes CLEP, DSST, AP, and departmental exams. CLEP Exams provide a student the opportunity to shorten the time it takes to earn a degree by demonstrating acquired content knowledge of various college courses.
January 2012, the Dahlonega Campus became a member of Prometric, the leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services. An example of exams offered through Prometric are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE), and Microsoft certifications. Contact www.prometric.com for appointments.
Students may also take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) through our Pearson VUE campus test site. Contact www.pearsonvue.com for appointments.
Students interested in testing on the Gainesville Campus may call (678) 717-3863 or visit www.ung.edu/testing.
Students interested in testing on the Oconee Campus may call (706) 310-6308 or visit www.ung.edu/testing.
Other Student Information
Upon admission to the University of North Georgia, students are provided with an e-mail account, which is the official channel of communication between the University and its students. It is the responsibility of the student to periodically monitor his/her student e-mail account and be aware of the information sent by the University. Students are expected to check their e-mail on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with University-related communications. Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be time-critical. Failure in the proper management of e-mail accounts is not an acceptable excuse for missing official University communications via e-mail and will not excuse students from complying with University policies, procedures and/or deadlines and will not be considered grounds for appeal for relief from those policies, procedures and deadlines. As a steward of this process, the Division of Information Technology is responsible for directing the use of all student official e-mail.
Free Speech Policy
As an academic community, the University of North Georgia is an open marketplace of ideas, including openness to discussing multiple perspectives on various issues, sometimes referred to as intellectual diversity. UNG is also guided by appropriate state and federal laws and regulations. While not an exclusive list, examples of applicable laws and regulations include Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); the Georgia Open Meetings and Open Records Laws; and the Constitutions of Georgia and the United States. The “free speech” rights of students, faculty members, and staff members are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. These rights are recognized by UNG along with its responsibility to provide an environment in which it can carry out its stated mission.
UNG reserves its right and responsibility to restrict the time, place, and manner of speech and other expression in order to carry out its stated mission. Students should reference the UNG Code of Conduct and other policies found in the Student Handbook. Faculty and staff members should reference appropriate sections of employee handbooks. Others beyond the University Community should pursue a free speech permit request outlined in the public forum policy below.
Public Forum Policy
Anyone who desires to speak at an UNG campus may reserve designated public forum areas through the Dean of Students office. The first priority for use of the public forum areas will be given to student, academic, or administrative functions at the University. In order to avoid conflicts in scheduling, reservations for the public forum area are encouraged at least 48 hours in advance and must be made through the Dean of Students office at each UNG campus. Those who want to speak at a UNG campus and are not members of the UNG community must request and file a free speech permit with the Dean of Students office.