Meet Our Staff
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.
Program Coordinator, Academic Honesty & Student Appeals
Rebekah Parker is the Program Coordinator of the Office of Academic Honesty and Student Appeals. Her office is located at 107 New College.
Parker earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and her juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2017. While enrolled in law school, she served as an Articles and Notes Editor on the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, a mentor for student-athletes, as well as interned in the Athletic Compliance Office.
Sydney Nettles-Coates provides administrative support for four Office of Instruction departments including Academic Advising, the Washington Semester Program, Learning Communities, and Academic Honesty and Student Appeals.