While the provisions of this catalog will generally be applied as stated, Savannah State University reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to, academic requirements for graduation without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be available in the office of the Registrar, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the offices of the academic deans. It is especially important that students note that it is their responsibility to remain apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree programs.
Savannah State University, an affirmative action/equal opportunity education institution, does not discriminate based on sex, race, age, religion, handicap, or national origin in employment, admissions, or activities.
The University System of Georgia
The University System of Georgia operates 26 public institutions that are located throughout the state.
A 16-member constitutional Board of Regents governs the University System, which has been in operation since 1932. Appointment of board members - five from the state-at-large and one from each of the state’s 14 congressional districts - are made by the governor, subject to confirmation by the State Senate. Regular terms of board members are seven years. The chairman, the vice chairman, and other officers of the Board are elected by the members of the Board. The Chancellor, who is not a member of the Board, is the chief executive officer of the Board and the chief administrative officer of the University System.
Instruction consists of programs of study leading toward degrees, ranging from the associate (two-year) level to the doctoral level, and certificates.
Requirements for admission of students to instructional programs at each institution are determined, pursuant to policies of the Board of Regents, by the institution. The Board establishes minimum academic standards and leaves to each institution the prerogative to establish higher standards. Applications for admission should be addressed in all cases to the institutions.
The policies of the Board of Regents are for the governance, management, and control of the University System. The administrative actions of the Chancellor provide autonomy for each institution. The executive head of each institution is the President, whose appointment is recommended by the Chancellor and approved by the Board.
The University System Advisory Council engenders continual system-wide dialogue on major academic and administrative matters of all types. It also makes recommendations to the Chancellor for transmittal to the Board of Regents as appropriate, regarding academic and administrative aspects of operation of the system.
The advisory council consists of the chancellor, the vice chancellor, and all presidents as voting members, and it includes other officials and staff members of the institutions as nonvoting members. The advisory council’s academic committees and administrative committees are made up of representatives from the institutions. The committees dealing with matters of university-system-wide application include, typically, at least one member from each institution.