Other University Policies

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown University’s commitment to diversity is fundamental to its educational mission. Georgetown University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law in the administration of its educational policies or in the provision of access to its programs, facilities, services, and activities.

Students who have concerns about treatment they have experienced are encouraged to discuss those concerns with a representative of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA). Students wishing to pursue a formal complaint of discrimination in a non-academic

More information about the university’s non-discrimination policies can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

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Sexual Misconduct Policy

Detailed information regarding the official policies concerning sexual misconduct, definitions, reporting, management and resources are available on the University’s Sexual Misconduct website.

The Graduate School defers to all policies and procedures set forth there.

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Professional Conduct

Georgetown faculty and academic administrators are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Allegations of serious lapses of professionalism therefore merit careful review by the institution. Established procedures exist for investigating alleged unprofessional conduct involving sexual harassment and/or discrimination. The procedures outlined here are intended to address serious lapses in professionalism, which fall outside of those two areas.

It is impossible to provide a completely adequate definition or itemization of such conduct. However, this category would include committing or inciting acts of physical violence against individuals or property, or acts which interfere with the academic freedom of other persons within the university, or interfere with the freedom of speech or movement of such persons.

More on the university’s professional conduct policy can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

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Students Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, it is the policy of Georgetown University to make readily available information concerning the completion or graduation rate of all certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate students entering the university, as well as the average completion or graduation rate of students who have received athletically-related student aid. This information is available upon request from the Department of Athletics, 1 McDonough Gym, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057. Telephone (202) 687.2435.

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires that the University prepare information on current campus law enforcement policies, crime prevention programs, and campus security statistics. This information is available upon request from Department of Public Safety, Ground Level-Village C, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057. Telephone (202) 687.4343.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) is a federal law which states that a written institutional policy with respect to student records must be established and that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students must be made available annually. The law provides that the University will maintain the confidentiality of student educational records.

Georgetown University accords to its students all rights under this law. No one outside the university shall have access to students’ educational records, nor will Georgetown disclose any information from these records without the written consent of the student, except to: 

  1. Personnel within the University, on a need-to-know basis; 
  2. Persons or organizations providing student financial aid; 
  3. Accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function; 
  4. Persons in compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena (provided that the University will first make a reasonable attempt to notify the student); 
  5. Organizations conducting studies to develop, validate, and administer predictive tests;
  6. Authorized representatives of federal or state government agencies for the purpose of audit and evaluation of government programs; and 
  7. Persons in an emergency in order to protect the health and safety of students or other persons.

For more information regarding the university’s policies regarding the The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, please see the Graduate Bulletin.

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Computer Systems Acceptable Use

For more information regarding the university’s Computers System Acceptable Use policies, please see the Graduate Bulletin.

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