Gordon State College Statutes

Chapter One

The purpose of these Statutes shall be to:

1. Make statutes, rules, and regulations for the governance of the college and for that of the students;

2. Provide such committees as may be required;

3. Prescribe regulations regarding admission, suspension, expulsion, classes, courses of study, and requirements for graduation; and,

4. Make such regulations as may be necessary or proper for the maintenance of high educational standards.

A copy of an institution's statutes, rules and regulations made by the Faculty shall be filed with the Chancellor. The Faculty shall also have primary responsibility for those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process, subject to the approval of the Gordon State College President (Board of Regents Policy Manual §3.2.4).


At all times, the Board of Regents retains the authority to modify, amend, or change these Statutes in any respect. Subsequent actions by the Board of Regents requiring changes in these Statutes shall automatically be incorporated therein, and appropriate corrections shall be made and distributed by the Gordon State College President.

1.1 Academic Freedom

Gordon State College Faculty members are entitled to full freedom of expression in teaching, research and publishing, subject only to those restrictions that are imposed by professional ethics, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Gordon State College Faculty members have the right to criticize and seek alteration of both academic and nonacademic college policies, whether or not those policies affect them directly. Gordon State College Faculty members are free from institutional censorship, discipline, or reprisal affecting their professional careers for exercising freedom of expression. However, when speaking as citizens, Faculty members should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.