Academic Programs - Deactivation or Reactivation and/or Termination or Reinstatement
Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 4 (.pdf)
Proposal Form for Deactivation or Termination (.docx)
Proposal Form for Reactivation or Reinstatement (.docx)
Deactivation or Termination Approval Routing - Flow Chart (.pdf)
Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 4
a. Academic Affairs Handbook, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia, 1987.
b. Bylaws of the University Council of the University of Georgia, 1988.
This policy statement is applicable to all academic degree programs (to include interdisciplinary programs).
a. Deactivation or reactivation
Effective this date and until rescinded, deactivation (temporary suspension) of an educational program, degree, or major may be approved by the President of the University of Georgia without obtaining Board of Regents' approval. Deactivation is for a period not to exceed two academic years to allow for program review, to consider enrollment problems, to deal with faculty shortages, or for other similar reasons. The President may subsequently reactivate the program within that two-year period without obtaining Board of Regents' approval. However, the deactivation or reactivation will be reported to the Chancellor by the President. If the program has not been reactivated by the end of the second academic year, the President should take action to terminate the program. A deactivated program remains an authorized program at the institution, but new students are no longer permitted to enroll. The deactivated program will not be listed in the Bulletin.
b. Termination or reinstatement
A proposal for termination (discontinuation) of an educational program, degree, or major will be submitted to the Chancellor for review and recommendation for action by the Board of Regents. Termination means that the institution is no longer authorized to offer the program. Subsequent reinstatement of the program must be initiated by a proposal for a new program.
Implementing guidelines for deactivation/reactivation and termination of academic programs appear as attachments to this policy statement. The policy statement and implementing guidelines for reinstatement are the same as those for new degree programs.
d. No provisions stated herein are intended to conflict with the Bylaws or the Academic Affairs Handbook.
Proposals for deactivation/reactivation and/or termination/reinstatement of a program may be initiated by the faculty, a dean, or the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. These actions should be prompted by recommendations from properly authorized program reviews or from other studies. Program reviews are authorized by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 1, "New Degree or Major Programs," should be consulted for guidelines for program reinstatement, which requires submission of a proposal for a new program.
5. Routing of Proposals
a. Proposals concerning graduate programs shall be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration by the Program Committee, which shall make a recommendation to the Graduate Council. The recommendation approved by the Graduate Council shall be sent to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Proposals concerning undergraduate programs shall be submitted by the dean of the respective school or college to the SVPAAP.
b. The University Council Bylaws require that formal proposals for all new academic programs, or changes in existing programs, be reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee and subsequently forwarded with a recommendation to the University Council for consideration.
This policy statement was approved by the University Council on October 11, 1990. The policy statement and attachments may be reproduced for local use.