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Policies & Regulations

The Board of Trustees of Emory University has adopted a Statement of Policy dealing with University-student relationships.  A digest of this policy is published in the Bulletin of every University division.  Since application for admission is voluntary, students are free to withdraw at their pleasure, subject to compliance with the regulations of their School or College and to the fulfillment of their financial obligations to the University.  Upon matriculation, each student agrees to be bound by the rules, policies, procedures, and administrative regulations as they exist at the time of his/her admission and as duly constituted authority may change them.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the development of rules and procedures to the extent that such participation and its results are consistent with the orderly processes and with the responsibilities of the Trustees and the Administration.  Rules of student organizations need not be uniform so long as they do not contravene any policy established by the Board of Trustees.

As an educational institution, Emory is not a vehicle for political or social action but does endorse the right of dissent and protects and encourages this right.  The Board of Trustees and the President of the University have published a statement clarifying policy concerning abuse of this right.  Each medical student should read the digest of this statement in the School Bulletin, since all members of the University are expected to abide by the standards outlined in this digest promoting their views.

To accomplish its objectives and responsibilities, the University must be free from violence, threats, and intimidation and must be dedicated to the rational approach to a resolution of human problems. In accordance with the By-Laws of the University, the President of the University has delegated to the deans and faculties of each school primary responsibility for designing and implementing the school’s educational program and whatever procedural guidelines and regulations may be deemed necessary to carry out the school’s educational objectives appropriately.  The dean of each school has the authority and responsibility for final judgment and action in all cases, provided that established procedures are followed. 

Discretionary responsibility for handling extreme cases is retained by the President of the University.  In particular situations, other offices or agents of the University must promulgate rules and regulations applicable to the area for which they are responsible (such as Housing, University Health Service, Food Service, Traffic and Security, Libraries, Student Organizations and Activities, Athletics and other public events).

Rules and regulations contained herein conform to University policy but in some cases include specific requirements for students in the School of Medicine.  The University Campus Life Handbook contains detailed listing of University Policy and is available online to all medical and academic health students annually who are accountable to its contents.