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Student Interaction

  • Where can I find information about my students?


    Student information for your classes is available through MyAccess. Use your NetID to login. The MyAccess system lists the students in your classes, along with their Georgetown email addresses; photos of students are not provided here, though you can find them on the Blackboard page for your class. (Look for “Photo Roster” under “Course Tools.”) You can also use the MyAccess interface to view schedules for your classes or to email all of your students at once. (You can also email them through Blackboard.) For further questions regarding MyAccess, University Information Services (UIS) provides a MyAccess FAQ for faculty and can answer specific questions regarding use of MyAccess. Additional information regarding how to use Blackboard is included below.

  • How do I handle course evaluations?


    The University Registrar requires course and faculty evaluations. Evaluation results are used in decision-making for rank and tenure, merit review, and are available to the university community. All course evaluations are distributed to students online, via email. For a course evaluation timeline, see the Registrar's Course Evaluation overview. For more information regarding CourseEval, the University's web-based evaluation system, see the Registrar's CourseEval how-to page.

  • What is the attendance policy?


    Georgetown students are expected to attend all classes and complete all of their assignments in a timely fashion. While you may have particular standards for attendance and roll call in your class and/or dedicate a particular component of the grade to attendance or participation, ask the head of your department what their policy and process is for addressing a student’s consistent absence. Note: If a student has a personal or medical issue that precludes his or her attendance, he or she should notify the Dean of his or her school. A listing of the Deans of all of Georgetown's Schools can be found on the Provost's Main Campus Leaders page.

  • How can my students receive additional assistance in my class?


    Most departments offer their own subject tutors. Ask your department chair (or applicable person) for more information regarding department tutors. Writing tutoring is also available through the Georgetown Writing Center and the Academic Resource Center, for introductory courses, such as foreign language. The Academic Resource Center also supports students with disabilities and student-athletes as well as providing general academic support to students wanting to improve their study skills, test-taking abilities and better manage their time. You may also find the Engelhard Project’s faculty resources helpful for assisting students.

Course Logistics

University Policy

  • How private are academic records?


    The University takes the privacy of Academic Records very seriously, and a highly detailed policy regarding such records can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin:

    “Georgetown University accords to its students all rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. No one outside the institution shall have access to students’ educational records nor will Georgetown disclose any information from these records without the written consent of students except:
    1. to personnel within the institution,
    2. to persons or organizations providing student financial aid,
    3. to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function,
    4. to 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. to organizations conducting studies to develop, validate, and administer predictive tests; to administer student aid programs; or to improve instruction,
    6. to authorized representatives of federal or state government agencies for the purpose of audit and evaluation of government programs,
    7. to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons, and
    8. to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.”

    A more direct version of the policy, as well as specifics regarding electronic records, can be found on the Electronic Records and Privacy Policy page.

  • How can I provide accommodations for my students with disabilities?


    Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for appropriate accommodations. The ARC includes specific information for faculty regarding students with disabilities, including clear delineations of the roles of faculty, students, and the ARC, as well as a more general policy stating that “students who self-identify and provide sufficient documentation of a qualifying disability are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations, such as modifications of programs, academic adjustments, or auxiliary aides as a means to participate in programs and activities.”

  • Does Georgetown have an honor system?


    The Georgetown University Honor Council, in keeping with the University’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic institution committed to the education of the whole person, has issued a formal honor system that includes the following: “Upon application to any of the academic divisions of Georgetown University subject to the jurisdiction of the Honor System, all students will agree to sign the Honor Pledge. Upon matriculation, the student will state or write the pledge as follows:

    In pursuit of the high ideals and rigorous standards of academic life I commit myself to respect and to uphold the Georgetown University honor system:

    To be honest in every academic endeavor, and

    To conduct myself honorably, as a responsible member of the Georgetown community as we live and work together.

    Faculty may at their discretion require students to include a signed version of the pledge with their assignments.”

    The honor system also includes more specific standards of conduct regarding plagiarism, misuse of library and technological resources, and falsifying academic documentation, among other issues.

  • How do I report an incident of students experiencing sexual harassment?


    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational programs or activities that receive federal funding. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

    All University employees and faculty, except those designated as confidential counselors, must report incidents of sexual misconduct to a Deputy Title IX Coordinator within 24 hours after the report has been made, or as soon as possible. For more information, For additional information on this policy, refer to this section of the Faculty Handbook and to Georgetown’s Sexual Misconduct page.

  • How do I make sure I am within copyright and fair use guidelines?


    Information about fair use can be found at the Georgetown Library site. If you have questions about copyright issues at Georgetown, you can explore the links on this page.

Teacher Development

  • Where do I find information about previous versions of a course I’m currently teaching?


    By searching the Course Catalog for a course you are currently teaching, you can easily find information about previous versions of that course by using the “Other Academic Years” links on the right-hand side. Sometimes you’ll find a syllabus or other materials there. If not, you can find the faculty members who have taught the course in the past, and use the Directory to contact them. Your department chair may also be able to put you in direct touch with people who’ve taught the course before.

  • How do I design a course and/or syllabus?


    The CNDLS website includes information on course and syllabus design, and we provide a more detailed perspective on the Teaching Commons, an online resource for guidance on teaching created here at CNDLS. For more specific assistance with course and syllabus design, faculty are encouraged to consult resources available through their departments.

Other Information

  • What are the recognized religious holidays on campus?


    Information regarding religious holidays can be found primarily via the Georgetown Campus Ministry website. The Provost’s Policy Accommodating Students’ Religious Observances is as follows:

    “Georgetown University promotes respect for all religions. Any student who is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, presentation, or assignment on a given day because of the observance of a major religious holiday (see below) or related travel shall be excused and provided with the opportunity to make up, without unreasonable burden, any work that has been missed for this reason and shall not in any other way be penalized for the absence or rescheduled work. Students will remain responsible for all assigned work. Students should notify professors in writing at the beginning of the semester of religious observances that conflict with their classes. … The Provost and the Main Campus Executive Faculty encourage faculty to accommodate students whose bona fide religious observances in other ways impede normal participation in a course. ”

    A list of Religious Holy Days likely to affect students can be found on this Campus Ministries page.

  • Where can I learn more about the history of Georgetown?


    Georgetown is one of the oldest universities in the USA, and the oldest Catholic university. As such, it has a rich and varied history; you can explore some of this history at the history portal. This site also features links to historical photos, a facts page, and collections at Lauinger library that reflect Georgetown’s past.

  • How can I find things on campus?


    You can search the online campus map.

  • What are the Jesuit values that the university holds?


    As a Jesuit university, Georgetown is committed to maintaining Jesuit values: care for the whole person, a commitment to social justice, and a call to educate in ways both spiritual and practical. You can read more about the order, its history, and its identity as part of the University at the Jesuit Heritage page. You’ll also find news stories and features about the order’s involvement in education and the world.

  • What is the Georgetown neighborhood like?


    The Georgetown neighborhood actually predates the creation of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1751 as a separate town, it has a rich history of its own, and remains a vibrant area of the city. For information about the area’s businesses, attractions, services, entertainment, and more, a good place to start is the website of the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

  • Where can I find out more about transportation to and from the Georgetown area?


    Parking is available in three main garages on campus, designated lots on and around campus, and at meters on the surrounding streets. Although there is no Metro stop in Georgetown, the University provides a shuttle bus, “GUTS”, which operates between the main campus and: metro stops at Dupont Circle and Rosslyn; the GU Law Center; offices on Wisconsin Avenue; and North Arlington. The schedule and stop locations can be found at the GUTS website. Bus routes that connect Georgetown with the rest of the area include the D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, G2, 31, 32, 36, and 38B. Bus timetables and routes are available through WMATA. Additionally, taxis can often be found outside the main campus gates at the corner of 37th and O Streets, and a Capital Bikeshare rack can be found in the same location.