VALDOSTA — Georgia Military College is a public-independent college “whose mission and purpose is to produce educated citizens by providing junior college students with a liberal arts based two-year associate degree through a curriculum . . .which is conducive to the holistic development of the intellect and character of its students” (GMC Student Handbook 3).
Two ways this mission is achieved are through the GMC Honor Code and the Honor Council. The Honor Council is composed of students who promote honesty, integrity, ethics, and character above all. The Council is presented evidence about other students who have been referred to the Honor Council for cheating, plagiarizing, or other violations of the Honor Code. Council members “review the facts of each case and decide whether the evidence supports additional non-academic disciplinary procedures. The Student Honor Council does not override or veto the faculty’s academic decision. The process reinforces the faculty and gives students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes” (GMC Student Handbook 82).
Every campus of Georgia Military College has a Council whose members travel to Milledgeville twice a year for the Honor Council Summit. Shanna Derrick, Chairperson of the Valdosta campus Honor Council, attended the Georgia Military College Honor Council Summit in Milledgeville, Georgia, on April 25, 2014. Ms. Derrick represented the Valdosta campus at a luncheon meeting in the old Capital Building on the GMC Milledgeville Campus. She presented information about the Valdosta campus Honor Council and had the opportunity to interact with Honor Council members from other campuses. Ms. Derrick says, '' I had a wonderful time meeting and getting to know some of the council members from the other GMC campuses. The Milledgeville Campus is gorgeous and full of history! I was so grateful to be able to take this trip and have such a great experience representing GMC Valdosta!"