Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accreditation and Compliance

Limitation of Institutional Liability

In the event that an administrative hearing officer or a court of record determines that publications issued by Fort Valley State University create a contractual or quasi-contractual relationship with any person, the amount of damages recoverable by the parties shall be limited to the amount of consideration paid by the person for the privilege of admission, enrollment, continued enrollment, or other service rendered by the University to such person. As used herein, the term publications (without limiting the generality of the normal meaning of the term) shall be deemed to include any and all written forms or other documents issued by Fort Valley State University concerning applications for admission, enrollment or continued enrollment, waivers of liability, consents to medical treatment, residence hall occupancy, and all other documents, letters, or other materials issued by the University in the furtherance of its educational mission.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Fort Valley State University to provide affirmative action and equal opportunity for all employees, students and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin or disability or veteran status.

Fort Valley State University does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment with regard to any opportunity for which the employee is qualified. For additional information or to file a complaint under the provisions of this policy, employees and applicants should contact the Equal Opportunity (EOO) Office, 1st floor Huntington Hall.

Every member of the Fort Valley State University community is expected to uphold this policy as a matter of mutual respect and fundamental fairness in human relations. All members of the faculty, staff, and student body are expected to ensure that Fort Valley State University is committed to a policy that ensures the fulfillment of equal opportunity without unlawful discrimination for all applicants for employment, employees, and students. This policy is administered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, or disability. The university complies with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), as amended, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Georgia Fair Employment Act of 1978, as amended. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and their implementing and supplemental regulations, save for any Eleventh Amendment legislative and/or judicial interpretations to the contrary.

Faculty, staff and students who feel that any of their rights under these regulations have been violated are entitled to request a review of the matter.  Any complaints dealing with any type of discrimination should be addressed to the University’s Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO).

Gena S. Wilson - Chief Human Resource Officer


Constitution Day

The signing of the Constitution took place on September 17, 1787 at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution:  We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

To remain complaint with the legislation passed by Congress for institutions receiving Federal funding, Fort Valley State University will hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. The full text of the authorizing legislation can be found in Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,” Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).

FVSU Accreditation and Memberships

Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and education specialist degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fort Valley State University.

Other University degree programs which are accredited by discipline associations are:

  • The Veterinary Technology Program, accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • The Social Work Program, accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • The Family and Consumer Sciences Program, accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • The Electronic Engineering Technology Program, accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201)
  • The Master of Public Health Program, accredited by the Environmental Health Accreditation Council (EHAC)
  • The College of Education, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE)
  • The School Counselor Education Program, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP)
  • The Rehabilitation Program, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP)

The University also maintains the following memberships:

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Council on Education
  • American Association for Higher Education
  • American Library Association
  • American Personnel and Guidance Association
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (A.C.B.S.P.)
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.
  • Association of Administrators of Home Economics
  • Association of American Colleges
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • College Placement Council, Inc.
  • Committee for the Humanities
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
  • Council for Social Work Education
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Council of 1890 College Presidents
  • Council of Rehabilitation Education
  • Georgia Library Association
  • National Association of Campus Activities
  • National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admission Officers
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National Association of Remedial Learning Support Services in Post-Secondary Education
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • National Council for Black Studies, Inc.
  • National Education Association
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • Southern Regional Library Association
  • The Georgia Consortium, Inc.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Fort Valley State University is covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Under this Act, students have the right to: (1) inspect and review education records maintained by the institution that pertain to them, (2) challenge the content of records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading or a violation of their privacy or other rights, and (3) control disclosures from their education records with certain exceptions.

Title IX

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and the University System of Georgia Sexual Misconduct Policy, FVSU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities or in employment. FVSU is committed to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all members of the FVSU community. 

In order to reduce incidents of sexual misconduct, FVSU is required to provide prevention tools and to conduct ongoing awareness and prevention programming and training for the campus community. Such programs will promote positive and healthy behaviors and educate the campus community on consent, sexual assault, alcohol use, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, bystander intervention, and reporting.

When sexual misconduct does occur, all members of the FVSU community must report it promptly. 

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It is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for filing a complaint or for cooperating in an investigation of complaint regarding Title IX.  FVSU will take action if retaliation occurs.  Any individual found to have retaliated against an individual reporting, filing or cooperating in a Title IX matter is subject to the university’s disciplinary procedures up to and including expulsion or termination.

FVSU email

All members of the university family are required to have an FVSU email account.  Because of the expanding reliance on electronic communication at FVSU, it is necessary to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students have access to information sent via email.  Each member of the university family is responsible for ensuring that their FVSU email account is functioning properly.  Failure to receive messages will not position the university to adjust deadlines.  FVSU email will serve as the official method for communication with the university family therefore, faculty, staff and students are expected to check their FVSU email account daily.  

Board of Regents’ Policy on Access to Records

Any student, regardless of age, who is or has been in attendance at Fort Valley State University has the right to inspect and review his/her education records within a reasonable period of time (not to exceed 45 days) after making a request. However, the student shall not have access to: (1) financial records of parents, (2) confidential letters of recommendation placed in the record prior to January 1, 1975, or (3) letters of recommendation concerning admission, application for employment or honors for which the student has voluntarily signed a waiver.

When the student and the official responsible for a particular record are unable to resolve questions as to the accuracy of information contained therein, the student shall have an opportunity for an impartial hearing to challenge the contents of his record. For additional information please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.