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    Tri-County Technical College
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life



Student Activities

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities are important aspects of the overall educational experience and are designed to enhance student learning and engagement. Student activities are held each semester at a variety of times on multiple campuses. Information about student activities is available via the eTC portal, the online activities calendar, and other media. For more information, students may contact the Office of Student Life and Counseling Services, Pendleton Campus, Student Center, Office Suite 155, 864-646-1569.

Student Athletics

The College’s intercollegiate athletic teams are sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Participation is based on competitive qualifications as well as satisfaction of all eligibility requirements. For more information about the teams, coaching staff, and recruitment of student-athletes, visit the official athletics website www.tctcsports.com or contact the Director of Athletics, Pendleton Campus, Anderson Hall, Suite 111, 864-646-2036

Student Organizations

Tri-County Technical College strives to maximize personal growth and development in students by providing a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular activities. Student organizations and clubs support the academic mission of the College by working to create experiential learning options outside of the classroom and encouraging students to actively participate in the greater educational community. Current clubs and organizations include the following:

Alpha Zeta Beta
Campus Crusade for Christ
Criminal Justice Club
Environmental Club
Expanded Duty Dental Association
Future Educators of Tri-County Technical College
Future Laboratory Professionals Organization Association
Inspiring Futures
International Association
Minority Student Association
Music Club
SC Chapter of National Association of Veterinary
Technicians in America (NAVTA)
Spanish Club
Speech and Drama Team
Student Government Association
Student Medical Assisting Association
Student Nurses Association
Surgical Technology at Tri-County Technical College
Tri-County Technical College Book Discussion Group
Tri-County Technical College Student Democrats
Tri-County Technical College Technology Club
Tri-County Voices

A current listing of all student organizations and detailed information pertaining to each organization is available in eTC and on the College website.

Formation of New Student Organizations

All new clubs or organizations must be approved by the Student Government Association and by the College administration. New student campus organizations must enhance the instructional program by providing a vehicle for students with mutual interests to work and accomplish goals together. The formation of organizations strictly as social clubs will be discouraged.

Students who are interested in establishing a new student organization must submit to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the SGA Advisor, and the president of the Student Government Association the following information:

  1. Purpose of the proposed organization
  2. Goals and objectives
  3. Name of faculty or staff member willing to assume the responsibilities of advisor
  4. Proposed organization’s constitution
  5. Proposed first-year budget

The Student Government Association will review the above information and recommend approval or disapproval to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Fundraising Activities Policy

Any person or organization selling merchandise or raffle tickets, soliciting money or engaging in any other money-making activities at the College must submit a completed fundraising application form to the Vice President for Student Affairs three weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. A decision regarding approval or disapproval will be made within one week. If the activity is approved, the sponsoring individual or organization will be responsible for conducting the project in a professional and courteous manner. If the activity is not approved, the Vice President for Student Affairs will inform the applicant of the reason. Money obtained from fundraising activities must be used to enhance the educational atmosphere by providing a means for students with mutual interests to work and accomplish goals together. Students should contact the Office of Student Life and Counseling Services on the Pendleton Campus for additional information.

Student Participation in Institutional Decision-Making

Tri-County Technical College values the ideas and opinions of its students and encourages student participation in the governance process of the College by including students in the membership of College committees. The student perspective on College issues is also sought through the Student Government Association, surveys, and student forums during which student issues and concerns are addressed by College administrators.

Student Responsibilities

Academic Integrity

The College is committed to the promotion of academic integrity among its students. Students are expected to carry out all of their responsibilities, including course-related assignments, with honesty. The engagement in academic dishonesty by a student is unfair to fellow students who are working with integrity, and negatively impacts the value of the degrees, diplomas, and certificates awarded by the College. For these reasons, all students are asked to assist the faculty and staff in promoting academic honesty on campus. All forms of dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. For additional information, students are referred to the Student Code in Appendix 3 .

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Policy

The South Carolina Technical College System prohibits the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of narcotics, drugs, other controlled substances or alcohol at the workplace and in the educational setting. It is the policy of the College to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe and secure work and educational environment. The Alcohol and Other Drug Use policy may be found in Appendix 1 .

Children on Campus

Children are not permitted to accompany their parents to classes or labs. Children must not be left unattended on campus nor should children be supervised on campus by other individuals while a parent or guardian attends classes or labs. Parents/guardians who violate this regulation will be subject to disciplinary action. The College accepts no liability for injuries or accidents that occur on campus to children of students, regardless of whether or not the children are supervised.

Dress and Personal Appearance

Appropriate attire is left to the discretion of the individual as long as it is not disruptive to the educational process. In the interest of health and safety, shoes that cover the length of the foot and shirts that cover the chest are required of all students. Some academic programs require specific dress or uniforms consistent with employment practices in the field of study. This information will be included in academic program guides.

Eating, Drinking, and Musical Devices

Eating and drinking are not permitted in any lab, computer lab, auditorium or library. Eating and drinking are allowed in classrooms at the discretion of the instructor. The Pendleton Campus Student Center houses a cafeteria, student lounge, and canteen area, while both the Anderson and Easley Campuses have student lounges. Students are not permitted to play musical devices without headphones inside buildings or on campus.

Emergencies

Students are strongly encouraged to leave a copy of their class schedules with relatives to save time if an emergency arises. The College does not have an intercom communication system linking all classrooms, laboratories or buildings and does not normally provide a student locator service. In the event of an emergency on the Pendleton Campus, the Campus Safety Office should be notified (864-646-1800). On the Anderson Campus, Campus Safety can be notified by calling 864-643-6528. On the Easley Campus, Campus Safety can be notified by calling 864-220-8989.

Firearms on Campus Policy

Students are not allowed to carry weapons on campus. Under the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Act, carrying concealed weapons on a college campus is not permitted except as noted below. Any student with a firearm in his/her vehicle is subject to applicable state laws.

Students who are salaried law enforcement officers of a municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency are permitted to have a firearm on their persons when on campus and dressed in an official, identifiable police uniform. Plain clothes, salaried law enforcement officers are required to wear their firearms in a concealed manner. The possession or use on campus of other dangerous weapons, incendiary devices, or explosives will be handled with criminal proceedings and/or the Student Code of Conduct for the South Carolina Technical College System. (See Appendix 3 .)

First Aid, Health Services, and Student Insurance

As a nonresidential campus, the College expects students to secure medical services through a private physician or medical facility. First aid supplies for minor injuries are available on the Pendleton Campus in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, Admissions Office, and the Corporate and Community Education Division Office. On the Anderson Campus, first aid supplies are kept at the receptionist’s desk. On the Easley Campus, first aid supplies are kept at the Campus Safety Office. No internal medications (e.g., aspirin) will be administered to students by College employees. In case of a more serious injury, students should call 911, contact Campus Safety (864-646-1800 on the Pendleton Campus, 864-043-6528 on the Anderson Campus, or 864-220-8989 on the Easley Campus), and then contact the Vice President for Student Affairs Office for appropriate processing. All emergency patients are to be transported to an area hospital by local emergency services.

All students enrolled at the College are covered by a student accident insurance program. The cost is included in the cost of tuition. Specific restrictions apply, and benefits are subject to change without notice. This program is subject to cancellation depending upon the availability of coverage at a reasonable cost to the College. Injured students must report accidents within 48 hours to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office in order to receive benefits. For more detailed information about the student accident insurance program, students may contact the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Gangs and Gang-Like Activities

Tri-County Technical College strictly prohibits the presence of gangs and gang-like activities that place the school population at risk. A “gang” (as referenced below) is defined as two or more individuals (students or others) whose purposes include disruption of the learning environment and/or involvement in criminal acts. “Gang-like” activities shall mean actions intended to simulate or manifest gang affiliations, even if the individual is not part of a gang. The College seeks to deter the existence of gangs and gang-like activities by prohibiting the following on its premises.

  • Students shall not wear, possess, use, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or any other item that may be used to indicate membership or affiliation with any gang;
  • No student shall communicate verbally or nonverbally (gestures, handshakes, slogans, drawings, graffiti, markings, etc.) concerning membership in or affiliation with any gang;
  • Students shall not participate in any other activity related to gangs, gang-like activities, or gang affiliation, including activities off campus if they may be detrimental to the welfare and safety of the College population.

Students found to have affiliation with gangs or gang-like activities will be subject to sanctions per the Student Code of Conduct and to law enforcement action pursuant to the South Carolina Criminal Gang Prevention Act.

Identification Cards

Tri-County Technical College Student Identification Cards are mandatory and are required to access the following services: checking out books in the library, using the computer labs, and using financial aid in the bookstore. Student IDs are valid for one academic year and are available to all students through the Campus Safety Office at the beginning of each term. The initial card is free of charge. Replacement cards will cost $5 each. Prior to each term, Campus Safety will publish the dates, location, and requirements for obtaining student identification cards. Campus Safety is located in the Pickens Hall 138 on the Pendleton Campus. Student ID cards must be presented to Campus Safety Officers upon request.

Information and Technology Resources

Information and technology resources, such as computers, printers, and Internet access, are provided to students to facilitate the accomplishment of their academic endeavors. Computers are available in the library and in the open computer laboratories. Students should refer to the complete policy on information and technology resources available through eTC and the College website. Copies also are available through the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Parking Regulations

As outlined on the Pendleton Campus map, parking has been designated in various lots for students, visitors, faculty/staff, and handicapped individuals. Any person enrolled in classes is considered a student and may not use “Visitor” parking spaces. Maps and parking rules are available on the College website, in the Admissions Office, Campus Safety Office, Information Center, and the Industrial and Business Development Center. The College does not guarantee parking spaces; however, adequate parking areas have been reserved for students. Additionally, the College owns a parking lot on Mechanic Street in Pendleton to handle overflow parking from the Pendleton Campus at designated times during the academic year. The parking lot is approximately .5 miles from campus and a shuttle services is provided. The College will post an announcement in the eTC portal at times when the parking lot is available for use. Vehicles are to be parked with the traffic flow in parallel-parking areas in one parking space. Students are to follow general parking courtesy which includes not parking on sidewalks, yellow curbs, lawn or grassed areas, or in reserved spaces, crosswalks, driveways, or intersections, or in any other loading or “No Parking” zones. All vehicles must be parked in a legal space.

Parking Decals

Parking decals are mandatory for students, faculty, and staff who drive to any of our campuses. Students can obtain a decal from the Campus Safety Office. Faculty and staff can obtain a parking decal from the Campus Safety Office. To obtain a parking decal, a student must present a valid driver’s license, his/her TCTC student ID, and a copy of the vehicle registration. The student must also pay the $30 parking fee. The parking decal is to be displayed according to the directions provided by the Campus Safety Office. Parking decals expire at the end of the Summer term. Students with physical disabilities (permanent or temporary) that restrict physical activity may apply for special parking privileges. Students with State-issued handicapped licenses will be automatically approved. All others must submit a special form completed and signed by a licensed health care provider in order to obtain special parking privileges.

Speed Limit and Traffic Penalties

Traffic on the front drive of the Pendleton Campus is one way, and the speed limit is 15 mph. The speed limit in all parking lots is 15 mph. The speed limit on Perimeter Road is 20 mph. Violations of traffic and/or parking regulations on any of our campuses are subject to a warning, fine, or towing of the vehicle. Parking fines are $50 and $75. Towing cost is at the owner’s expense. Towing is the penalty for repeat offenders, for blocking traffic or another vehicle, or for parking in unauthorized parking spaces. All appeals of parking penalties must be made in writing to the Director of Campus Safety within ten days of the date of the citation.

Photographing Employees, Students, and Related Activities

The College often photographs and videos its students, faculty and staff for use in Tri-County Technical College and SC Technical College System publications, public relations, marketing, and the website. Anyone who does not want his or her photograph/image used for these purposes should file a written request with the Public Relations and Marketing Office on the Pendleton Campus.

Safety and Security

Students must observe the safety regulations posted in all instructional shops. In many areas, safety glasses or face shields, shoes and/or other protective clothing are required. Students should see their instructors for a more detailed required equipment listing.

In the event of fire, tornado, or other emergency, students should follow exit, evacuation, or other appropriate instructions posted in the classroom, shop, lab, and hallway, or as given by the instructor. Elevators should be avoided in an emergency.

Emergency text messaging is now offered by the College for crisis or emergency situations that could arise. Students are encouraged to “opt in” to this valuable service via their eTC student account.

Students must notify the College’s Campus Safety Office in the event of any accident, illness, or other incident that occurs on campus, including theft or vandalism. The College is not responsible for any theft or vandalism of personal property anywhere on the College premises. The Tri-County Technical College Annual Campus Security Report required by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 is available upon request in the Office of Student Life and Counseling Services, Admissions Office, Library, and on the College website at www.tctc.edu/content/documents/securityreport.pdf.

Student Code for the SC Technical College System

Students are members of both the community at large and the academic community. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. As members of the larger community of which the College is a part, students are entitled to all rights and protection accorded them by the laws of that community. By the same token, students also are subject to all laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted authorities. When students violate laws, they may incur penalties prescribed by legal authorities. In such instances, College discipline will be initiated only when the presence of the student on campus will disrupt the educational process of the College. However, when a student’s violation of the law also adversely affects the College’s pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the College may enforce its own regulations. When students violate College regulations, they are subject to disciplinary action by the College whether or not their conduct violates the law. If a student’s behavior simultaneously violated both College regulation and the law, the College may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities. The Student Code for the South Carolina Technical Colleges may be found in Appendix 3 .

Student Grievance Procedure for the SC Technical College System

The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to provide a system to channel student complaints against faculty and staff. The process by which students may file grievances concerning harassment, discrimination and other matters or appeal academic decisions is outlined in Appendix 5 .

Tobacco Use Policy

The College desires to provide a healthy environment for its employees and students. Therefore, the use of tobacco products and electronic (e)cigarettes are restricted. Tobacco use is permitted only within designated areas of the Pendleton Campus. Non-tobacco use areas are clearly marked by signage, and the fine for tobacco use in non-tobacco use areas is $100. The Anderson and Easley Campuses are tobacco-free.

Other Student Services/Information

Campus Store

The Campus Store carries a complete line of textbooks, supplies, backpacks, and general merchandise. A variety of electronics are also available for purchase including laptops, printers, cameras, and some Apple® products. Regular Campus Store hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Campus Store has extended hours the week before classes begin and the first week of classes each semester including summer classes. During these weeks, financial aid can be used to purchase any books, supplies, or merchandise from the Campus Store. Specific dates and times are posted on eTC and at the Campus Store prior to the beginning of each semester.

Book Buyback is held at the end of each semester. Online ordering is available. Visit www.tctccampusstore.com to learn more.

To meet HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act) requirements, the Tri-County Technical College Campus Store makes available the prices and ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) for textbooks one month prior to the beginning of each semester. This information is made available through the use of shelf tags in the store, on the Campus Store website at www.tctccampusstore.com, and by phone.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards are located on campus to notify students of events and activities. All announcements, notices, and signs are to be posted only on these bulletin boards and not on the doors and walls. All announcements, notices, and signs not related to College activities must be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs for approval and posting.

Cafeteria and Vending Services

A full-service cafeteria is located in the Student Center on the Pendleton Campus. Vending services are located throughout the Pendleton Campus, and in the Student Lounges on the Anderson and Easley Campuses. Visit www.cafetctc.com to see menus, daily specials, and more.

Closing of the College and Inclement Weather Policy

In the event inclement weather makes it necessary to cancel classes, the College will record an inclement weather message on the telephone system. Students should call 864-646-8361 or toll-free (within the 864 area code) 1-866-269-5677. When the automated attendant answers, students should press “9” for a recorded message. Closing information also will be posted on eTC, on the College website, and on local radio and TV stations. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of our emergency text messaging system to receive a text regarding inclement weather and other safety notifications. To subscribe to this service, please refer to eTC, Message Center tab, Campus Safety channel.

Copying Machines

On the Pendleton Campus, copying machines are available in the Library and in the Campus Store. On the Anderson and Easley Campuses, they are available in the Open Computer Labs. The cost starts at 10 cents per copy. All other copying machines are for faculty and staff use only.

eTC Portal

Every student is assigned an account for eTC, the College’s web-based portal for news, academic resources, course registration, final grades, financial aid account information, and other online services. eTC is accessible by clicking on the eTC logo at the top of the home page of the College website. Accounts are assigned to students upon admittance to the College. Once the account has been assigned, it will stay active each term for as long as the student actively uses the account. (Inactivity will result in the account being disabled. Students should contact the Help Desk at 864-646-1779 to have their account reactivated.)

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located at the Information Center in Miller Hall on the Pendleton Campus. Name and ID are required when turning in or claiming lost items. If there is identifiable information on the item, it will be released only to that person. Unclaimed items are discarded or disposed of after 30 days.

Open Computer Labs

The College has two open computer labs located in Pickens Hall and Fulp Hall on the Pendleton Campus as well as one on the Anderson and Easley Campuses.