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Nearly 200 people gathered in the Classic Center Atrium April 14 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Georgia Judiciary.
Established in 1968, the University Judiciary is the student-run organization charged with conducting formal conduct hearings for UGA students. Advised by the Office of Student Conduct, the group strives to help students understand the expectations that the university has for appropriate and responsible behavior.
Established following a federal court decision that requires due process for students in higher education, the University Judiciary is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected student judiciaries. To commemorate the occasion, the Association for Student Conduct Administration, a national professional association, passed and presented a formal proclamation to UGA at its annual conference on Feb. 23.
William Bracewell, who initiated the role of director of judicial programs at UGA in 1971 and served in that role until his retirement in 1999, offered remarks on the history and legacy of UGA.
“In 1968, universities everywhere asked good questions about due process in an educational setting,” said Bracewell. “Fortunately, UGA had the answer.”
The program concluded with the announcement of the success of the University Judiciary Legacy Fund, an endowment that was launched in 2013 to support the group’s education efforts, sponsor alumni-student networking opportunities, and enhance leadership development programs.
Measures of student success at the University of Georgia are at all-time highs, and ongoing enhancements to the learning environment aim to lift retention and graduation rates to even higher levels in the coming years.
The retention rate — an indicator of student success and satisfaction that quantifies the percentage of incoming students who return for their sophomore year — now stands at 96 percent, a record that exceeds the 95 percent average retention rate for UGA’s highly selective aspirational institutions. UGA’s 96 percent freshman retention rate also exceeds the 90 percent average for UGA’s peer institutions and the 88 percent Southeastern Conference average.
“There is no commitment more important at the University of Georgia than our commitment to student learning and success,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I want to congratulate our outstanding faculty, staff and students. These impressive metrics ultimately reflect their hard work and dedication to academic excellence.”
As a full partner in UGA’s curricular learning, the Division of Student Affairs offers in-class learning opportunities, as well. 469 students enrolled in 18 credit-bearing courses hosted by Student Affairs departments this year. UGA Student Affairs has also made a direct entry into the research mission of the University. 237 faculty partnered on Student Affairs programs, and Student Affairs departments hosted or conducted 34 faculty research projects. The Division named three inaugural recipients of its Faculty Research Grants, supporting projects that will assess the social and financial impact of the UGA Food Scholarship, examine family relationships when students transition to college and investigate plans to improve water quality.
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