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Phillip Griffeth

Director of Academic Honesty

Phillip Griffeth is the head of the Office of Academic Honesty and Integrity, a unit of the Office of Instruction, which supports and educates faculty, staff and students in maintaining academic integrity, as well as mediation between faculty and students in cases of academic dishonesty.

Griffeth is most widely known in the community as a private attorney in his own law firm for 11 years. Prior to that he served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit, as well as the Chief Assistant Solicitor-General in Athens-Clarke County. Griffeth most recently was associate director of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education for the State Bar of Georgia.

Griffeth earned a juris doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, and a bachelor of arts degree in economics at Davidson College (NC). In addition to an extensive legal career, Griffeth also has been involved with several educational opportunities for students, including as instructor of the Daniel Mock Trial Team for the UGA School of Law, as assistant coach of the Clarke Central High School Mock Trial Team, and as an adjunct faculty member in criminal law and procedure at Athens Technical College. He has made several presentations at the state level and has co-authored several articles for Mercer Law Review.


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Courtney Cullen

Program Coordinator, Academic Honesty & Student Appeals

Courtney Cullen is the Program Coordinator in the Office of Academic Honesty and Student Appeals. Cullen processes appeals for the Petitions Subcommittee of the Educational Affairs Committee and works to support the initiatives of the Office of Academic Honesty. She is working towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education and received both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs from UGA. She previously worked for the UGA Athletic Association where she served as the Assistant Tutorial Coordinator.



Sebastian Burkholdt

Graduate Research Assistant, Academic Honesty

Sebastian Burkholdt is the research assistant in the Office of Academic Honesty and Student Appeals. In his role, he serves as a facilitator for academic misconduct meetings, conducts data analysis, and works on the development of instructional resources for students and faculty as well as a remediation program for first-time offenders.

Sebastian is also a doctoral candidate in Educational Theory and Practice with an emphasis in Social Studies Education at UGA's Mary Frances Early College of Education. He is conducting research with ambitious high school social studies teachers on transformative learning experiences and identities that shaped the teachers’ goals, purposes, and approaches to history education.