Academic Policy

Institute policies that provide requirements for faculty governance and for student life relating to the educational process, including admission, student discipline, classes, courses of study, and requirements for graduation.

Administrative Policy

Institute policies that establish and align administrative operations, set behavioral expectations across the Institute, and communicate multiple division, department, or office roles and responsibilities.

Department Policy

Department or division policies that are internal to an organizational group and are solely applicable to that department or division within a college, school, institute, lab, center or administrative unit at Georgia Tech. Department policies complement Institute policies. Where a conflict may exist, Institute policies supersede department policies.

Editorial Revision

Grammar, title, typographical error, or other minor changes to an Institute policy or procedure that will not require campus-wide review and communication.

Expedited Policy

Minor policy revisions or substantive changes to policies that are required due to change in law or compliance obligation may undergo an expedited review. Like regular policies, expedited policies will receive full review and approval; it will just be in a more condensed time frame. The ultimate decision if a policy qualifies for expedited review will be made by the Policy Steering Committee.

Institute Policy

An Institute policy is a governing principle that mandates or constrains actions at Georgia Tech, supports the Institute’s mission and strategic goals, has Institute-wide application, and impacts a substantial number of members of the campus community (usually all students, all faculty and/or all staff). There are two types of Institute policy: Academic Policy and Administrative Policy.

Institute Policy Development and Life Cycle Process

The standard process by which Institute policies gain Institute level review and approval. Within this standard process, there are three separate approval tracks for Faculty Handbook, Student Regulations, and Administrative Policies.

Interim Policy

Interim policies may be approved by the President to address matters that require immediate attention. Interim policies do not initially utilize the full Institute Policy Development and Life Cycle Process, but should undergo the full review process within one year of going into effect.


Policies are statements that reflect the philosophies, attitudes, or values of Georgia Tech related to a specific issue. They are generally represented in a paragraph or two, not pages. They might say "what" but not "how." Procedures, standards, and guidelines all must implement, reflect, and support the applicable policy or policies.

Policy Champion

A Georgia Tech faculty member, student, or staff member who proposes a new Institute policy or a change to an existing Institute policy.

Policy Owner

The Georgia Tech faculty governance body or administrative unit primarily responsible for the implementation of an Institute policy. All policies are ultimately subject to the approval of the President and the authority of the Board of Regents.

Policy Steering Committee

A Georgia Tech committee of faculty, students, and administrators appointed by the President who oversee the Institute Policy Development and Life Cycle Process, review all new or substantially revised administrative policies, and provide comments on academic policies.


Procedures are a series of consecutive action steps related to a policy that specifies how a particular process should be completed. Procedures include information on who, what, when, and where of the policy.


This policy applies to all Georgia Tech faculty and staff members.

Substantial Revision

Any change to an Institute policy or procedure that will require campus-wide review and communication is a substantial revision to that policy or procedure.