Faculty Resources

Faculty Policies, Procedures & Resources

Questions, please contact:

Academic Affairs & Compliance Office
Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-687-8700
Fax: 202-784-7235

Handbooks for SCS Faculty Members

Georgetown University Faculty Handbook: The Handbook details faculty rights and responsibilities, the University Mission Statement, University governance, campus policies and other benefits.

Code of Ethical Conduct:  This University-wide Code of Ethical Conduct articulates the overarching legal and ethical principles that have long governed the University community. Focuses include People and Community; Honesty and Integrity; Protection and Care; and Duty and Responsibility.

Respect Training: This program provides valuable information about what is discrimination, harrassment, and sexual misconduct and your roles, rights, and responsibilities as members of the University community. 

SCS Teaching Guide: Whether you are new to teaching at Georgetown and SCS or a seasoned faculty member, this guidebook will serve as a helpful reference when building syllabi, evaluating student progress, and handling academic policies (such as grade appeals and suspected acts of cheating or plagiarism).

SCS Student Handbooks and Academic Calendar: Students may come to you with academic policy questions or questions about add/drop/withdrawal and tuition deadlines. You can refer them to these pages to make sure that they get accurate information.

CNDLS Teaching Handbook: In this booklet, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship defines student-centered teaching and how to enact it within your curriculum.


Internal Resources for Faculty

Getting to the SCS Campus

Up-to-date public transportation and parking information is available on the "Getting Here" page.

Email, WiFi, and Software

Setting up your NetID
Setting up SaxaNet Secure Wifi
Software purchases and Georgetown discounts

Faculty Copy & Print Center: The Xerox machine requires faculty to input their accounting code in order to copy or print. Each program has a unique accounting code; please contact your program manager or director to receive your code. Location: 207 - Faculty Lounge.

Instructional Continuity: In the event of an emergency or closure, faculty members should be prepared to provide educational opportunities to their students to the best of their abilities. This website offers guidance for maintaining academic continuity during these unexpected periods. A new policy on instructional continuity was approved by the Main Campus Executive Faculty to be implemented starting in Fall 2014.

Academic Resource Center: The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is the campus office responsible for reviewing medical documentation and determining reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. 

Assessing Student Writing: The Georgetown Student Writing Study forum for pedagogical and curricular design and faculty development run through the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship.

Blackboard: Blackboard is the online course management system used at Georgetown.

Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) Labs: A blog where CNDLS staff members share their work and highlight innovative practice at Georgetown University.

Copyright Policy: The Copyright Policy page references the overall and specific Georgetown University policies related to Copyright Basics, Using Copyrighted Resources, and "Obtaining and Giving Permissions." Additionally, the ProQuest Copyright Law & Graduate Research manual provides helpful guidance.  At this time, only theses written by Liberal Studies students are published.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS): As Georgetown faculty, you are among the most important individuals in some of the students' lives. They may turn to you when they are struggling and in times of need, or you may be one of the first to notice when they are distressed. There are tips for faculty on how to deal with struggling or distressed students.

Emergency Preparedness and HOYAlert: We encourage all faculty to sign up for HOYAlert in order to receive important safety updates. Faculty teaching at the Georgetown Downtown campus might also want to sign up for AlertDC to receive safety and traffic updates.

Financial Conflicts of Interest Policy: The Financial Conflicts of Interest Policy underscores the University’s fundamental expectation that our work will be conducted with objectivity and integrity.  The policy seeks to identify potential, actual or apparent financial conflicts of interest and provides processes for disclosure of such conflicts and for eliminating or, when appropriate, managing them. It also acknowledges the special obligation that members of our community whose work is supported by public funds have to protect and maintain the public’s trust. 

Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics: The Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics helps to support and coordinate many compliance-related activities the University undertakes. This Office, with the endorsement and assistance of the University's senior leadership, is responsible for leading the development, implementation and operation of the Georgetown Institutional Compliance and Ethics Program.

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA): The mission of this Office is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to result in justice and equality in educational, employment and contracting opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment.

Office of Scholarly Publications: This office provides support to faculty members interested in publishing their scholarship through university presses or trade publications.

Syllabus Building Checklist & Guidelines: Every course requires a syllabus. This "Building" document should be used as a checklist for the required information to included. All syllabi must be made available on the Schedule of Classes.  Click here for instructions.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct: Faculty, staff, students and community members are expected to be familiar with this policy and to abide by it.  Georgetown University prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.  For more information, please visit sexualassault.georgetown.edu.  Email: titleixscs@georgetown.edu

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.

Cybersecurity & Traveling Abroad: UISO recommends securing your electronic devices and, generally, accessing GU via VPN. Click the link for specific recommendations and procedures to assist you. If you have additional questions, please contact UISO at security@georgetown.edu or call (202) 687-3031.


Grading: Process & Procedures


Honor Code: Process & Procedures

We encourage faculty to include specific statements about the Honor Code on their course syllabi and to be familiar with the Honor System and process (honorcouncil.georgetown.edu/faculty). Students are bound by the Honor System even if their instructors do not discuss the Honor Code or use turnitin.com to encourage originality and authenticity. Therefore, we recommend that students discuss all questions about plagiarism, impermissible collaboration and appropriate attribution (citing sources) with their course instructors.

A. Reporting a Possible Honor Code Violation

  1. As a faculty member at Georgetown and in SCS, you must report any and all suspected violations of the Honor Code to the Honor Council at honor@georgetown.edu as soon as you become aware of the possible violation. Although you may also choose to talk with your Associate Dean about the matter, reporting the incident to the Honor Council is your most important step.
  2. Shortly after you report the incident, you will be contacted by an Investigating Officer (IO) to discuss the details of your report. The IO will also speak with the student and, if necessary, other affiliated parties. Please keep copies of emails, papers, tests, and any other documentation related to your report.
  3. Upon completing this initial investigation, the IO will either (a) determine that no violation has occurred or (b) refer the case to a Hearing Board for further review. If the student is found not in violation, then you must treat the student as if no violation has occurred and grade the assignment based solely upon its academic merits. You cannot retaliate against a student if he/she is found not in violation.

B. Appearing before the Hearing Board

  1. If the case is referred to a Hearing Board, you may be asked to present during an evening hearing. The Board consists of students, faculty members, and the hearing chairperson. Everything reported in the hearing remains confidential and should not be discussed outside of the hearing.
  2. The Board will complete its review and either (a) determine that no violation has occurred or (b) refer the case to a Hearing Board for further review. If the student is found not in violation, then you must treat the student as if no violation has occurred and grade the assignment based solely upon its academic merits. You cannot retaliate against a student if he/she is found not in violation. If the student is found in violation, then you are free to assign the reduced grade (including a failure in the course) as appropriate. Please note: The sanction of the Board is separate from the academic merit (grade) you choose to assign upon completion of the hearing.
  3. If the suspected violation occurs when grades are due at the end of the semester, you should assign an "NR" (not reported) as a place holder until the hearing has been completed. Thereafter, you can email the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (rlg27@georgetown.edu) with the final grade.


External Resources for Faculty

The Adjunct Project: "The goal of this website is to identify universities that set the standard for best practices with regard to adjuncts. The best schools should be recognized and honored for what they are doing." This site, created by Josh Boldt, includes self-reported data from adjunct instructors from around the country.

The American Association of University Professors: The Association's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle features news, events, opinion pieces, blogs, facts, figures, forums and career postings in education.


SCS Teaching Guidebook Archive

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Last updated: 3/9/15


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