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ORIENTATION

An orientation program is held for new students at the beginning of each quarter.  The orientation is designed to acquaint students with school policies, procedures and services.

New students will receive notification of their orientation date with their registration materials.

CAREER PLANNING

Interests and abilities testing and career counseling are available to help an applicant decide which program to enter. Testing may provide valuable information for use by counselors during career exploration sessions with potential students.

Students may also wish to access the Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) to learn the most current job and educational opportunities to advance career and educational planning.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

Counseling services and referrals to community agencies are available from a well-qualified staff of professionals.  They will assist with developing career plans and personal goals; provide help with problems encountered in academic pursuits; and provide support in dealing with work-related, personal, or financial problems.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

A variety of academic and physical accommodations are available to qualified students with disabilities.  As defined by the ADA, a qualified individual is one who with or without reasonable accommodations can perform the essential functions of a program or course requirement.  The essential requirements of an academic course or program need not be modified to accommodate an individual with a disability.   

An individual is considered to have a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.   

A major life function is seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working. This definition includes those individuals with learning disabilities, psychological problems and chronic health impairments. 

Students must request services through the disability services office in a timely manner, preferably before the quarter begins.

Students wishing to access disability services must:

1.   Complete the Services Request Form

2.       Submit appropriate documentation. 

3.       Meet with the Special Needs Specialist 

*Note:  Students must meet with the Special Needs Specialist to obtain a Classroom Accommodation form each quarter for which accommodations are requested 

Appropriate documentation consists of a written report completed by a qualified provider. In general, all documentation should be typed on letterhead stationary or be in report format, must be current and should clearly state the following information:

     A clearly stated diagnosis of a disability

     Symptoms of the disability

     Test scores which support a cognitive or learning disability

     Medications and any adverse side effects       

     Recommendations regarding necessary accommodations

     The student's functional limitations in an academic environment

     The signature, printed name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator

     The date of evaluation

All records are kept confidential. 

Accommodations can include but are not limited to:

     Alternative Testing

           Extended time on test

           Non-distracting environment

     Assistive Technology

           Voice Recognition Software

           Magnification Software

           Tape Recorders

           CCTV

     Audio Taped Lectures

     Note Takers

     Faculty Liaison

     Interpreting Services  

Students may obtain a Request for Services form by calling the Special Needs office at 912-538-3126 or stopping by Room 110 on the Vidalia Campus. Documentation should be sent to:

      Southeastern Technical College

      Special Needs Office

      3001 East First Street

      Vidalia, Georgia 30474

Southeastern Technical College reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of submitted documentation and requests for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

DISADVANTAGED/LIMITED ENGLISH

PROFICIENCY

Within a framework of personal guidance and evaluation, special services are offered to disadvantaged and Limited English Speaking students.  These special services include aiding students in setting realistic goals; providing job orientation and placement; providing assistance in determining the degree and nature of the need and providing referrals to various community agencies for additional assistance.  Students may request services through the Special Needs Office.

NEW CONNECTIONS TO WORK

Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker/

Single Pregnant Women

The New Connections Program aspires to make a difference in the lives of area single parents, displaced homemakers, and single pregnant women.  To qualify you must be:

     At least 16 years of age, male or female, and unmarried, legally separated, divorced or     widowed, and have custody of a minor child or children; or

     At least 16 years of age, unmarried, legally separated, divorced or widowed, and be pregnant; or

     An adult who has been performing unpaid labor in the home, who has diminished marketable skills, who has had, or would have, difficulty in securing employment, and who has been dependent on the income of another member of the family but is no

      longer supported by that income.

The program offers support to these individuals by focusing on two areas:

1.   Assistance with career exploration and job      readiness, which includes career assessments,       assistance in obtaining skills training, resume             writing and job interview techniques; and

2.   Life management resources, which includes workshop and printed information on stress management, financial management, parenting skills, study skills, childcare, housing, and other  community agencies.

GEORGIA FATHERHOOD PROGRAM

The Georgia Fatherhood Program is designed to place non-custodial parents in jobs and job training leading to permanent employment.  Program services are free to non-custodial parents who are at risk of becoming behind on their child support payments.  The Department of Human Resources, in partnership with the Department of Technical Education, sponsors the program.  To qualify for the Georgia Father-hood Program, you must:

     Be a non-custodial parent; and

     Have an active case with a Georgia Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Agency; and

     Be referred to Southeastern Tech by your CSE Agent.

This program offers services such as:

     Workshops focusing on job readiness and employability skills;

     Life management skills training which includes legal rights and responsibilities, money management, health management, problem solving, goal setting and family skills;

     Support services, such as academic counseling and referrals to other service agencies; and

     Financial assistance to attend school.

CAREER PLACEMENT AND FOLLOW-UP

The Career Placement Office offers assistance to graduates and students who are seeking work related to their field of study.  Quarterly workshops in interviewing, resume preparation, and mock interviews are available to prepare students for entrance into the labor market.  Job search related materials are available in our One Stop Center on a daily basis.

Area employers regularly contact the college seeking qualified job applicants for full-time and part-time positions.  Students may register for referral to these openings.  Information on current job openings is listed on the bulletin board outside the Career Placement Office.

Federal Work Study positions are available on campus.  These are part-time positions for a maximum of 20 hours per week.  Applicants must:

     Be currently receiving the Pell Grant;

     Be enrolled in at least 12 contact hours; and

     Maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Applications for these Work Study positions may be obtained from the Director of Career Services.

After graduation, students are surveyed as to their opinion of the program attended.  Employers of each graduate are also surveyed as to whether the training provided was appropriate.  The comments and suggestions received from graduates and their employers are carefully studied and considered when planning curriculum.

For more information on placement services or follow-up procedures, contact the Director of Career Services.

STUDENT RECORDS

Notification of Students

Annually, Southeastern Technical College shall inform their students about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, and to establish the right of students to inspect and review their non-privileged educational records. The Act also provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Southeastern Technical College shall also provide a mechanism whereby students may file informal complaints within the College.

This policy applies to students who are or who have formerly been enrolled at Southeastern Technical College.

Education records include any records (in handwriting, print, tapes, film, computer, or other medium) maintained by Southeastern Technical College or the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that are directly related to a student except:

1.   A personal record kept by a faculty or staff member if it is kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record, is not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the maker of the record, and is not used for purposes other than a memory or reference tool. Records that contain information taken directly from a student or that are used to make decisions about the student are not covered by this exception.

2.   Records created and maintained by Southeastern Technical College Law Enforcement Unit for law enforcement purposes.

3.   An employment record of an individual whose employment is not contingent on the fact that he or she is a student.

4.   Records made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional if the records are used only for treatment of a student and made available only to those persons providing the treatment.

5.   Alumni records that contain information about a student after he or she is no longer in attendance at the College and which do not relate to the person as a student.

Student Access to Records

Students may review their official academic record, disciplinary record, and financial aid record with the following exceptions:

1.   Any and all documents written or solicited prior to January 1, 1975, on the presumption that they were intended to remain confidential and privileged.

2.   Any and all documents to which access has been waived by the student.

3.   Any and all records which are excluded from the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act definition of educational records.

4.   Any and all financial data and income tax forms submitted in confidence by the student's parents in connection with an application for, or receipt of, financial aid.

5.   Any and all records connected with an application to attend Southeastern Technical College if the applicant never enrolled.

6.   Those records that contain information on more than one student. The requesting student has the right to view only those portions of the record that pertain to his or her own educational records. Since documents written or solicited after January 1, 1975, may be kept confidential only if the student has waived access thereto in writing, a form of waiver shall be provided for the voluntary use of applicants in their request for recommendations. Any recommendation submitted under condition of confidentiality but without written waiver of access by the applicant shall be returned to the sender.

All requests shall be granted as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 45 days after the date of request. No documents or files may be altered or removed once a request has been filed. A student may receive a copy of any and all records to which he or she has lawful access upon payment of any copying charge established by TCSG or Southeastern Technical College except when a hold has been placed on his or her record pending the payment of debts owed Southeastern Technical College, or when he or she requests a copy of a transcript, the original of which is held elsewhere.

Hearings to Challenge Accuracy of Records

If, upon inspection and review of his or her record, the student believes that the record is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his or her privacy rights, he or she may ask that the record be changed or may insert a statement in the file.

Should the request for a change be denied the student will be notified of the College's decision and advised of the right to a hearing to challenge the information believed to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's privacy rights. The student has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs and ask for a hearing.

On behalf of Southeastern Technical College, either the Vice President for Student Affairs or another appointed hearing officer shall conduct a hearing at which the student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised in the original request to amend the student's education records. The student may be assisted by one or more individuals, including an attorney. The hearing officer will consider only challenges to the accuracy of the records. Hence, if a grade has allegedly been incorrectly recorded on a student's transcript question may be considered but not whether the student should have been awarded a grade different from the one given.

The hearing officer shall prepare a written decision based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reasons for the decision. The decision of the hearing officer shall be final, save for any review that may be granted by the president of Southeastern Technical College.

If Southeastern Technical College decides that the challenged information is not inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's right of privacy, it will notify the student of the right to place in the record a statement commenting on the challenged information and a statement setting forth reasons for disagreeing with the decision. Such a statement shall become a part of the information contained in the education record and will be disclosed with it.

A student may make a specific waiver of access to evaluations solicited and/or received under condition of confidentiality.

Release of Information

Southeastern Technical College will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written consent of the student, except that the records may be disclosed without consent when the disclosure is:

1.   To Southeastern Technical College officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.  A Southeastern Technical College official is:

           A person employed by Southeastern Technical College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position, including health or medical staff.

           A person elected to Southeastern Technical College's Board of Directors.   

           A person employed by or under contract to Southeastern Technical College to perform a special task, such as an attorney or auditor.

     A person who is employed by Southeastern Technical College's Law Enforcement Unit.

           A student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance commit-tee, or who is assisting another Southeastern Technical College official in performing his or her tasks.

A Southeastern Technical College official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is:

           Performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or contract agreement.

           Performing a task related to a student's education.

           Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.

           Providing a service or benefit relating to the student or student's family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.

           Maintaining the safety and security of the campus.

The determination as to whether or not a legitimate educational interest exists will be made by the custodian of the records on a case by case basis. When the custodian has any question regarding the request, the custodian should withhold disclosure unless the custodian obtains consent from the student, or the concurrence of a supervisor or other appropriate official that the record may be released.

2.   To officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The student shall receive notification of the disclosure unless the student initiated the disclosure.

3.   Subject to the conditions set forth in 34 C.F.R. §99.35 authorized representatives of the Comptroller General of the United States, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, authorized representatives of the Attorney General for law enforcement purposes, or state and local educational authorities.

4.   Southeastern Technical College or other Department officials or lending institutions, in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to:

           Determine eligibility for the aid;

           Determine the amount of the aid;

           Determine the conditions for the aid; or

           Enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.

5.   State and local officials or authorities to which such information is specifically required to be reported or disclosed pursuant to the state statute adopted prior to November 19, 1974, if the allowed reporting or disclosure concerns the juvenile justice system and the system's ability to effectively serve the student whose records are released; or information that is allowed to be reported pursuant to a state statute adopted after 1974, which concerns the juvenile justice system and the system's ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records are released. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the state from further limiting the number or type of state or local officials who will continue to have access thereunder.

6.   Organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs and improving instruction, if such studies are conducted in such a manner as will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents by persons other than representatives of such organizations and such information will be destroyed when no longer needed for the purpose for which it is conducted.

7.   Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions.

8.   Parents of a dependent student, as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The parent must provide a copy of their most recent federal income tax return establishing the student's dependency. Full rights under the act shall be given to either parent, unless the institution has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, state statute or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation or custody that specifically revokes those rights.

 9.  In connection with an emergency, appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or others.

10.  To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, provided the College makes a reasonable effort to notify the student of the order or subpoena in advance of compliance. Notification may be prohibited if Southeastern Technical College receives a federal grand jury subpoena or any other subpoena which states that the student should not be notified. The Department's Director of Legal Services shall be consulted prior to release of the record.

11.  To an alleged victim of any crime of violence as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code, or a non-forcible sex offense, the final results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by an institution of postsecondary education against the alleged perpetrator of that crime or offense with respect to that crime or offense. The Department's Director of Legal Services shall be consulted prior to release of the record.

12.  To Veterans Administration Officials pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 3690 (c).

13.  Information Southeastern Technical College has designated as "directory information," unless a hold has been placed upon release of the information by the student.

The following data is considered to be directory information and may be given to an inquirer, either in person, by mail or by telephone, and may be otherwise made public:

           name of student,

           photograph,

           address (both local, including e-mail ad-dress, and permanent),

           date of registered attendance,

          school or division of enrollment,

           major field of study,

           full-time or part-time status,

           nature and dates of degrees and awards received (degrees, diplomas, certificates, awards, or honors received),

           class standing,

           high school attended,

           participation in officially recognized organizations, activities and sports, and

           weight and height of members of athletic teams.

The policy that such information will be made generally available will be communicated to presently enrolled students through the publication of these guidelines; individual students currently enrolled may request that such directory information not be disclosed by filing a written request with the Registrar clearly stating what information should not be released.  Former students who do not want directory information disclosed should make such a request in writing to the Registrar.

14.  To the court those records that are necessary to defend Southeastern Technical College when a student initiates legal action against the institution and/or the Department.

15.  Southeastern Technical College may also disclose to any parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 21 information about a violation of any federal state or local law, or any rule or policy of the Technical College governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the institution determines that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to such use or possession.

Recordkeeping Requirements

Southeastern Technical College shall maintain a record of requests for and/or disclosures of information from a student's education records. The record will indicate the name of the party making the request and what records, if any, were received, the legitimate interest in the records, any additional party to whom it may be redisclosed, and the legitimate interest the additional party had in requesting or obtaining the information. The record may be reviewed by the student. This recordkeeping is not required if the request was from, or the disclosure was to:

1.   the student;

2.   a school official determined to have a legitimate educational interest;

3.   a party with written consent from the student;

4.   a party seeking directory information; or

5.   a Federal grand jury or law enforcement agency pursuant to a subpoena that by its terms requires nondisclosure.

Types, Locations and Custodians Of Education Records

Type of Record

Location

Record Custodian

Academic

(e.g., transcript,

transfer work,  class

schedule, degree

requirements,

probation, etc.)

Student

Affairs,

Registrar’s

Office

College

Registrar

Financial Aid

Student

Affairs,

Financial Aid

Director of

Financial Aid

Placement

Student

Affairs,

Career

Services

Director of

Career

Services

COPIES OF STUDENTS RECORDS

Students may receive one official transcript of work attempted at Southeastern Tech free of charge.  Each copy of an official transcript thereafter is $3.00.

Copies of other information in the student’s education record will be provided on the basis of actual cost to Southeastern Tech.  Copies supplied to the student will be certified as accurate to the best of the responsible official’s knowledge but will not be considered an “official” document of the institution.

Requests for transcripts must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office and should:

     Specify records to be released;

     Include reasons for such release;

     Specify to whom records are to be released; and

     Be dated and signed by the student.

Although transcripts can usually be issued promptly, please allow three to five days for the transcript to be processed—longer if the request is made during registration.  All transcripts issued will include the entire academic record, no partial or incomplete record will be issued as a transcript.  Transcripts will not be issued to a student whose record indicates financial indebtedness to the institution.

COLLEGE PUBLICATIONS

Catalog and Student Handbook

The Catalog and Student Handbook may be referred to for accurate and detailed information pertaining to all school matters relating to students.  Southeastern Tech’s catalog is found on its website www.southeasterntech.edu under E Catalog.

Discover

DISCOVER, the official College newspaper and class schedule listing, is published quarterly.  It is com-piled and edited by members of the faculty and staff with input from the student body.

Southeastern Tech Today

Southeastern Tech Today is the official internal newsletter for Southeastern Tech.  This daily publication is compiled and edited by the receptionist and transmitted electronically to faculty and staff for dissemination.  Key items are broadcast on the electronic monitors located throughout the College.

Annual Report

Southeastern Tech publishes an annual report in September that highlights the previous year’s accomplishments, including enrollment numbers, the job placement rate, and other pertinent information.

STUDENT ID CARDS

ID cards are presented to students during New Student Orientation.  Retakes are done at an announced time during the quarter.  ID’s are required to purchase books from the Bookstore.

MEDIA CENTER

Southeastern Tech has a modern media center designed to house approximately 15,000 volumes.  The media center includes areas of study and research.  Computers and printers are available with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.

Services include the circulation of library material from open stacks and from a reserve area.  Inter-library loans are available.  Instruction in the use of the media center and media center orientation tours are provided to individuals and classes.

Media center hours are scheduled to accommodate both day and evening students and are announced at the beginning of each quarter.  A self-service copy machine is available.

CAMPUS SHOP

The Southeastern Tech bookstore is located on the main campus in Room 327.  Campus Shop hours are scheduled to accommodate both day and evening students.  Hours are announced at the beginning of each quarter.

Books are available for sale along with a variety of supplies needed by students.  All books and supplies are sold on a cash, personal check or credit card basis.  The Campus Shop also carries a wide variety of apparel and gift items. 

STUDENT CENTER

Since food and beverages must be kept in the Student Center, vending machines are provided in this area for your convenience.  Please keep the area clean by properly disposing of used cups, cans, and wrappers.  Problems with vending machines should be reported to the receptionist.

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

REGULATIONS

Southeastern Technical College has full authority to enforce traffic regulations.  These regulations are designed to make traffic and parking on campus as safe and convenient as possible.  The regulations apply to students, College employees, and visitors.

Campus Parking Procedures

Motor vehicles privately owned and operated on the College campus by students, staff and faculty must be registered with the College.  The Division for Student Affairs will issue a parking decal as evidence of campus registration.  All students must register their vehicles with the College.  Failure to comply will result in a citation.

Users of the college parking lots will be issued one decal at no expense; however, there will be a $5.00 charge for lost decals.  Inform the Office for Student Affairs when a vehicle is sold and it will be removed from your account.

Faculty and staff will be issued a parking decal.  The parking permit is to be displayed on the rear view mirror with the permit number facing out.

Students will be issued a parking decal.  The parking permit is to be displayed on the rear view mirror with the permit number facing out.

Parking Regulations

All persons parking on Southeastern Technical College property are expected to follow parking regulations.  Failure to do so may result in fines, towing, or revocation of parking privileges.

  Park in designated parking areas.

  Parked vehicles may not impede the flow of traffic and must be located entirely within the boundaries of a lined parking space.

  Restrictions on handicapped parking, time limited spaces, loading zones, no parking zones, and fire lanes will be observed at all times.

  Motor vehicles may not be driven or parked on sidewalks or grassed areas.

  STC reserves the right to reserve or restrict parking for special events.  Such reservation or restriction may be accomplished by the direction of Maintenance/Security personnel or by the posting of barricades or other signage.  Vehicles parked in violation of such direction or postings are subject to fine and towing.

  Parking permits are non-transferable.  The decals or permits must be affixed only to the vehicles for which they are registered.

  Regardless of how many vehicles are registered in any one name, only one at a time is allowed to park on campus.

  Upon change of vehicle ownership, termination of association with STC, revocation of parking privileges, or receipt of a decal, which supersedes a prior decal, parking decals must be removed from the vehicle.

  The person in whose name the vehicle is registered at Southeastern Tech shall be responsible for all violations at Southeastern Tech.

  Removal of, or tampering with, any STC parking or traffic signs will result in issuance of a fine and/or criminal prosecution.

  Operators of vehicles emitting excessive noise or being operated in a reckless manner are subject to fine.

  Vehicles may not be stored on campus without the written permission of the Security Department.  Any vehicle remaining stationary for more than three days will be considered a stored vehicle and will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Parking Lots

Southeastern Technical College has two designated parking lots on the Main Campus in Vidalia totaling 632 parking spaces.  We have ample parking available for all our students.  Our neighboring businesses have asked that we prevent STC students from parking in their parking lots.  This is because they need these spaces for their customers.  STC students should park in STC parking lots only.

Handicapped Parking

The campus has limited space reserved for handicapped drivers.  These spaces are to be utilized by persons with an approved handicapped license plate or permit.  A temporary permit may be issued and requires a doctor’s letter describing the severity and expected end date.

Enforcement

The Security Department is responsible for enforcement of the parking regulations.  Citations for violations of regulations, signs, and markings may be issued at the scene of the violation or by mail.  Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day.  Violators can be prosecuted and are subject to penalties and fines as imposed by Southeastern Tech, county and state law.  Students may also lose the privilege of bringing a vehicle onto the campus.  Failure to obey parking regulations may lead to an automobile being towed at the owner’s expense.

Violations and Fines

Students, staff and faculty shall be liable for the following fines and violations:

  Failure to display STC parking permit/Not registered for decal;

  Parking permit not properly displayed;

  Parking unregistered vehicles;

  Unauthorized use of, or altering, permits;

  Parking outside permitted areas;

  Parking/driving on grass, walking areas, shrubs or lawns;

  Parking or blocking, fire lanes, parking spaces, or loading zones;

  Parking in illegal, restricted, or reserved zones;

  Parking adjacent to yellow curb or an area with a no parking sign;

  Failure to stop at a stop sign;

  Failure to obey traffic signs, special parking space markings, directional arrows;

  Speeding/Exceeding the posted speed limit;

  Parking is a Disabled Area—without a GA disabled decal or tag—could result in a fine up to $100.00 and/or towing and/or loss of parking privileges.  Proper decal or tag must be displayed; and

  Any other violations of county and state laws.

Parking Violations Fines

Violations such as No Campus Parking Decal, Parking in a Restricted Space other than Handicapped, Blocking a Driveway, Speeding, etc., will result in a fine of $10.00 for each violation.

If an individual receives three or more citations, the fines will be doubled for the remainder of the student’s enrollment beginning with the third citation.

First offense fine for parking in handicapped parking space is $25.00; second is $50.00; and third offense is $100, respectively.

Parking tickets should be brought to the Student Affairs receptionist in the Administrative Building immediately.  Tickets should be cleared during the quarter received to preclude delays in registration, processing of transcript requests, graduation requests, and etc.

Failure to pay fines or appeals within the time limit will result in placing a hold on student records.  Students whose records are frozen may not register at any time in the future until the financial obligation is fulfilled.  Fines may be mailed or paid in person.  Fines should be paid in cash, cashier’s check, or money order.  All fines are due by the end of the quarter in which the fine was issued.

Fines are subject to be increased or raised without notice.

Hours of Permitted Parking

The hours of operations of Southeastern Technical College are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  No students will be permitted on Campus or in the College buildings after 10:00 p.m. except when special official college functions take place.

No vehicle will be permitted to park in the roadways, driveways, or grass areas; roadways are intended for traffic movement.  Vehicles abandoned on College property will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Parking is prohibited on the College grounds between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except for authorized vehicles.

Personal Property

The College will not assume responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of a student’s, staff member’s, and visitor’s personal property brought on campus.  If loss, theft or damage does occur, notify Security immediately.

Towing and Impoundment

STC reserves the right to have any vehicle towed and impounded which is not authorized to park on college property, constitutes a hazard, blocks loading zones, or impedes vehicular or pedestrian traffic.  The costs of towing and impoundment will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.  STC disclaims any responsibility for damage or losses that may result from towing or impoundment.

General Information

  A parking permit does not guarantee you a place to park.  It only gives you the right to park on STC property in designated areas, as space is available.  Plan your time so that you have a few extra minutes to locate a parking space.

  Park at your own risk.  STC assumes no responsibility for your vehicle or its contents while it is on campus property.

  Lock your vehicle and keep valuable items out of sight.  If you need to store something, place it in your trunk.

  In case of unavoidable circumstances that might result in a citation (such as illegal parking due to a flat tire or engine trouble) please contact the Security Office.

  If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident on STC property, contact Security or Maintenance.  The Vidalia Police Department will file an accident report that will be made available to your insurance company upon request.

HOUSING

Southeastern Tech does not provide dormitories or off-campus housing facilities.  Students desiring housing may obtain information through local newspaper advertisements and real estate agencies.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Southeastern Tech recognizes the importance of organized student activities as an integral component of the total educational experience.  STC is committed to the holistic development of students by providing meaningful opportunities for involvement through a variety of learning experiences which complement formal classroom education.

Student activities programming is intended to provide opportunities for personal growth and development, academic growth and enrichment, and student involvement in the campus community.  These activities range from serious to playful and include lunch-n-learns, speakers and involvement in student organizations.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Through participation in student organizations, students acquire invaluable practical knowledge in the areas of leadership, social, recreational, team building and community outreach that allow for personal and group growth experiences.

Students are encouraged to participate in local, regional, and national organizations related to their programs of study.

The following organizations maintain campus chapters or area chapters for student membership:

           Basketball Sports Club

           HEROES

           International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

           Medical Assisting Club

           MECA

           National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

           Nursing Club

           Pharmacy Technology Club

           Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

           Radiologic Technology Club

           Skills USA

           Student Senate

           Surgical Technology Club

Students interested in organizing clubs not listed should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Basketball Sports Club

The Basketball club is open to any STC student who has an interest in the sport.  Membership allows students to have fun while providing opportunities for competing in various local and regional events.  Participation in the club provides physical and social growth while promoting strength, endurance, and flexibility. 

HEROES

Having Equity, Resources and

Opportunities Equals Success

The purpose of HEROES is to promote non-traditional career opportunities for both men and women.  Students are provided the moral support needed to reach their educational goals.  Students are provided opportunities to develop both personally and professionally through participation in education, civic and social activities.  Membership is open to any STC student who is 27 years old or older or enrolled in a non-traditional program (example:  males in nursing or cosmetology; females in truck driving or electronics) or  a single parent, displaced homemaker or single pregnant women.

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

The International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP) is a not-for-profit professional association with 40,000 members and affiliates and 700 chapters worldwide.  The association works in partnership with employers to promote excellence.  Its members include administrative assistants, executive secretaries, office coordinators, information specialists, and related administrative professionals.  Many corporations, educational institutions, students, and international affiliate organizations also belong to IAAP.

What you’ll gain by being an IAAP member…

     IAAP offers exceptional networking and pro- fessional development activities through its 600+   chapters and affiliate associations worldwide;

     Keep Up With The Latest Trends—IAAP’s award-winning OfficePRO magazine, published nine times a year, contains cutting-edge information on trends, new technology, and career development.  Bits and Bytes newsletter offers information on current events in the association;

     IAAP’s certification program is the most widely recognized for office professionals. Members receive special discounts on certification study materials and resources.

MECA

The objective of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Club of America is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the challenges of small business ownership and to present a formal avenue by which students can build the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful entrepreneur.  Members attend regional workshops, seminars, social activities and engage in fund-raising activities to reduce the expense of the various club activities.  Membership is open to any student body member.

Medical Assisting Club

The Medical Assisting Club promotes medical assisting as a career.  Members are actively involved in patient education, clinical, and administrative duties.  Members develop leadership skills, render community service, and become involved in campus life through planning and participation in events.   Membership is open to all students who have been officially accepted into the Medical Assisting program at STC.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

A chapter of the National Technical Honor Society was established at Southeastern Tech to reward student achievement and encourage scholastic excellence.  To qualify for membership the student must be regularly admitted to a diploma program, have completed at least 35 cumulative hours, have an overall GPA of at least 3.50, and exhibit professional work ethics.

Nursing Club

The objective of the Nursing Club is to provide students with an opportunity to identify with the nursing profession and to promote excellence in the field of nursing.  Members attend regional workshops, conduct social activities, provide educational programs, and sponsor fundraisers to defray the cost of various expenses related to the program.  Membership is open to all students who have been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program at STC.

Pharmacy Technology Club

The Pharmacy Technology Club is open to all students who have been officially accepted into the Pharmacy Technology program at Southeastern Technical College.  The goal of the Pharmacy Technology Club is to promote the practice of Pharmacy Technicians as a career, and to provide members with the opportunity to contribute to the community as well as enhance their knowledge within the field through various projects and programs.  The club also helps providing funding for educational conferences, seminars, and the National Certification Test given by the National Pharmacy Technician Board three times yearly. Members sponsor various fundraisers to defray the costs of various activities planned by the club.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Membership is open to all students interested in pursuing a business or business-related career.  PBL membership accounts for approximately 13,000 members with 600 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

PBL members initiate business ventures, organize community service projects, attend state and national leadership conferences and participate in fundraisers.  Members gain a competitive edge in the business world by interacting with local companies and their executives.

PBL uses teamwork to accomplish common personal and social goals.  The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations.  PBL promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

Radiologic Technology Club

The goal of the Radiologic Technology Club is to promote the practice of Radiologic Technology as a career, develop leadership skills for future leaders within the profession, and to enhance the quality of services provided by the Radiologic Technologist.  This is achieved by encouraging students to participate and be involved in activities on campus and within the community, state, and profession.  The Club also helps provide funding for educational conferences and seminars, and organizes educational activities on technological advances in imaging.  Membership is open to all students who have been officially accepted to the Radiologic Technology Diploma Program.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 264,000 high school and college students who are enrolled in technical and service training programs in the following categories:

           Business

           Personal and Health

           Industrial

Students are provided quality education experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which more than 4100 students compete in 75 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

Student Senate

The Student Senate, with representation from throughout the student body, provides a channel through which students may exhibit leadership, voice concerns, and enhance communication among students, faculty, and staff.  The Student Senate also promotes programs and activities of interest to students.

Surgical Technology Club

The Surgical Technology Club is open to all current Surgical Technology students at Southeastern Tech.  The purpose of the Surgical Tech club is to promote interest in careers in Surgical Technology and to provide members with opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of the community through projects and program.

President’s List

Students who earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 while enrolled 12 or more quarter credit hours in a degree or diploma program will receive recognition by having their name published on the President’s List for that academic quarter.

GOAL Program

The GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) program is cosponsored statewide by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the State Technical College System of Georgia. GOAL is cosponsored locally by Southeastern Tech, Georgia Power, and the Southeastern Tech Foundation.

The GOAL program seeks to give recognition annually to the State’s outstanding postsecondary technical education students and to stimulate public interest in the importance of technical education.

All full-time diploma students who have completed one or more quarters are eligible to compete in the GOAL program.  Instructors select and nominate their outstanding students.  The College’s winner is chosen from the four finalists and competes in the annual statewide GOAL competition in Atlanta.

VOTER REGISTRATION

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1998, Southeastern Technical College makes a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms and to make such forms available to its students.  Students who need voter registration forms for general elections, and special elections for federal office, including elections for governor and other state chief executives, may secure these forms from the Office for Student Affairs.