The Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance monitors the progress of students to ensure that they meet the minimum academic standards of the School. Each academic program maintains its own rules and regulations, which may be stricter than the minimum defined for the School, however. Therefore, students should refer to their program's handbook for policies and procedures that directly affect them. For Handbooks from prior academic terms, please click here.
- Doctor of Liberal Studies Student Handbook (2014-2015)
- Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Handbook (2015-2016, revised 1/16)
- Graduate Professional Studies Student Handbook (2016-2017, revised 1/3/17)
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (2016-2017)
- Center for Continuing and Professional Education
- Paralegal Studies Program (Summer Intensive 2016-2017)
- Summer School (2016-2017)
- Supplement to Graduate Professional Studies Student Handbook for Online Students (2016-2017, updated 2/13/17)
School-wide and University Policies
In addition to the academic and administrative policies described in the handbooks above, some policies apply to all students attending the School and/or Georgetown University. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Academic Calendar, Fall & Spring (administered through the Registrar's Office)
- Academic Honor System (administered through the University Honor Council; please also see SCS Honor Code)
- Academic Support (administered through the Academic Resource Center)
- Anti-Harassment Policy, updated Feb. 2014 (administered through the Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Affirmative Action, IDEAA, office)
- Bias Reporting System (administered through Student Affairs)
- Blog Use (administered through CNDLS)
- Code of Student Conduct (administered through the Office of Student Conduct)
- Computer Systems Acceptable Use Policy
- Disability Support (administered through the Academic Resource Center; please also see SCS Students with Disabilities)
- Disclosure of Student Records (administered through the Registrar's Office)
- Educational Records Policy, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is administered by each academic unit
- Human Subjects Research (administered through the Office of Regulatory Affairs)
- Immunization Requirements (administered through the Student Health Center)
- Leave of Absence Policy (students) (administered by Academic Affairs & Compliance) - Georgetown University students who serve in the U.S. armed forces should contact both their program advisor as well as the Office of Veteran Services (email@example.com) to pursue a military LOA.
All other SCS students in degree programs must request a formal Leave of Absence (LOA) for any fall/spring semester during which they cannot enroll. Students do not have to request a LOA for the summer semester unless you are a student in the Executive MPS degree for Emergency & Disaster Management. However, students on a LOA must request a return by the deadline for any semester (Fall - July 1; Spring - November 1; Summer - May 1) that they plan to resume their studies. Students who do not enroll and who do not receive a formal LOA will be withdrawn for failure to register and be subject to re-enrollment and re-admission policies. Students cannot request more than two semesters of LOA (fall/spring or spring/fall) at a time, and they cannot take courses elsewhere for transfer credit while on a LOA. Students who request a LOA during a semester during which they will be concurrently withdrawn from classes will be subject to the registration, payment, and refund deadlines and policies for that semester. All enrollment periods and cessations (including Leaves of Absence and Withdrawn for Failure to Register) are recorded on the transcript. To request a LOA or a return from a LOA, please complete the LOA form in consultation with your department and return to SCS Academic Affairs.
- Logo Usage (permission to use the Georgetown or SCS name and/or logo can be requested through the SCS Internal Marketing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Protection of Minors Policy - "Georgetown University has established a Protection of Minors Policy to protect those under 18 years of age who participate in programs and activities associated with the University and to provide guidance to University students, faculty and staff who are involved with such programs and activities."
- Non-discrimination Policies (administered through the Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Affirmative Action, IDEAA, office)
- Speech and Expression Policy (administered through the Division of Student Affairs)
- Crime Statistics and Clery Act (administered through the GU Police/Department of Public Safety, DPS)
- Title IX and Sexual Misconduct (Web: sexualassault.georgetown.edu; Email: email@example.com) Georgetown University prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.
- Threat Assessment: Georgetown University established its Threat Assessment program as part of an extensive emergency planning initiative. The program at Georgetown has been developed and implemented to meet current best practices and in accordance with national standards for hazard planning in institutions of higher education and for workplace violence prevention.
- Transcripts (administered through the Registrar's Office)
- Tution-Related Deadlines and Tuition-Related Policies and Procedures For-Credit Students Only (administered through the Registrar's Office and Student Accounts)
- Tuition-Related Deadlines and Procedures, Non-Credit Students Only (administered through CCPE)
- University Mission Statement
- University Policies (main landing page)
- Veteran Resources
- Website Policies
Paralegal Studies Program
Last updated: 2/13/17