Jun 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Handbook 
    
2022-2023 Student Handbook Archived

Campus Policies & Important Information


Alcohol and Drugs

Spartanburg Community College students are not allowed to possess, use or distribute on campus, at off-campus affiliated sites or any college-sponsored events any narcotics, dangerous or unlawful drugs as defined by the laws of the United States or the state of South Carolina. Also, students cannot possess, use or distribute on campus or at off- campus affiliated sites any beverage containing alcohol. For assistance with problems related to drug or alcohol use, students may contact the Student Affairs Office located in Office Suite 167 on the first floor of the Terhune Student Services Building on Spartanburg Community College’s Giles Campus or call (864) 592-4418.

Alerts - Campus Closings and Emergency Notifications

SCC students, faculty and staff are alerted about campus closings and emergencies through a college-wide notification system using information in their SCC account allowing the college to send phone calls, emails and texts to text-capable mobile phones. Students manage their contact information by going to the MySCC Portal Self Service account. In addition to being shared directly with students, faculty and staff, SCC alerts are also shared via the college website. For more information, visit: https://www.sccsc.edu/services/safety/alert.php

Campus Crime Awareness

SCC Campus Police - Campus safety and security is coordinated by the SCC Campus Police. The SCC Campus Police are certified police officers through the state of South Carolina. SCC Campus Police can be reached at:

  • Giles Campus at extension 4911 or (864) 592-4911
  • Cherokee County Campus at extension 2711 or (864) 206-2711
  • Downtown Campus at extension 4050 or (864) 592-4050
  • Tyger River Campus at extension 6208 or (864) 592-6208

Campus Security Force - The SCC Police Department supplements its coverage with the use of contract security. All officers are registered with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Under South Carolina Code Law, Title 40, Chapter 17 these officers have the authority and power to make an arrest of any persons violating or charged with violating any criminal statutes of this state. SCC campus police and contracted security force are armed and conduct foot and vehicular patrols on the campus. All officers carry portable radios which put them in direct contact with county police, fire, rescue and EMS.

Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, or dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Note: According to SC code of laws 16-23-420, it is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post- secondary institution, or any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. These regulations do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle. A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony.

Potential criminal actions or other emergencies on campus can be reported directly to SCC campus police by students, faculty, staff and visitors by dialing the following numbers:

  • Giles Campus at extension 4911 or (864) 592-4911
  • Cherokee County Campus at extension 2711 or (864) 206-2711
  • Downtown Campus at extension 4050 or (864) 592-4050
  • Tyger River Campus at extension 6208 or (864) 592-6208

Upon receipt of a call, security or campus police will respond immediately to the complaint.

SCC continually plans for the safety and security of students. Information concerning campus safety is communicated to students and employees regularly through bulletins, posters, brochures and e-mail. The Campus Operations department maintains the College’s buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Campus Operations’ personnel inspect facilities regularly, make repairs affecting safety and security promptly, and respond immediately to reports of potential safety and security hazards such as broken windows and locks and outside lights. The campus is well lit with outside lighting, particularly in areas with heavy landscaping and trees and along pathways frequently traveled by students.

Student Responsibility - The cooperation and involvement of the students in a campus safety program are absolutely necessary. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. For example, students should walk in well-lit areas at night. Bicycles and motorcycles should be registered with campus security and should be secured with a sturdy lock.

Students with cars must keep their vehicles locked at all times, and valuables should be locked in the trunk. Students should report any suspicious activity to the staff or security.

Potential criminal actions or other emergencies on campus can be reported directly to SCC campus police by students, faculty, staff and visitors by dialing the following numbers:

  • Giles Campus at extension 4911 or (864) 592-4911
  • Cherokee County Campus at extension 2711 or (864) 206-2711
  • Downtown Campus at extension 4050 or (864) 592-4050
  • Tyger River Campus at extension 6208 or (864) 592-6208

It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution, or any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property. (SC Code of Laws 16-23-420).

These regulations do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle. A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony.

Campus Safety and Security/Student Right-to-Know

The campus police chief, certified in law enforcement, first aid and CPR, coordinates

campus police and security and monitors the handling/disposal of hazardous materials. The College’s contracted security force supplements the SCC Police Department with coverage. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and weapons of any kind are prohibited on campus. Potential criminal actions or other emergencies on campus should be reported to SCC campus police by dialing the following numbers:

  • Giles Campus at extension 4911 or (864) 592-4911
  • Cherokee County Campus at extension 2711 or (864) 206-2711
  • Downtown Campus at extension 4050 or (864) 592-4050
  • Tyger River Campus at extension 6208 or (864) 592-6208

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542, requires colleges to publish crime awareness information for current and prospective students. This information is located in the campus police office and can be found on the SCC website (www.sccsc.edu/safety/explore/essential/and www.sccsc.edu/safety).

Children on Campus

The College does not allow students’ children to stay on campus unsupervised or in classrooms or in labs while students are attending classes. Campus and/or community activities and events sponsored by the Spartanburg Community College Student Life office are not open to the public, including children of SCC students, faculty or staff, unless otherwise indicated on event announcements. Please refer to College Procedure II-90.1, Children in the Workplace and/or Classrooms, for complete guidelines.

Class Rings

A ring representative visits the campus each Spring term to take student ring orders and sale announcements. The representative often offers rings at substantial savings or discounts to our students. Notice to announce ring day are posted on bulletin boards, the college website and emailed to students who have applied for graduation. Graduation announcements may be purchased prior to graduation with the college ring representative (usually eight weeks prior to graduation) and up to a week after the ring representative leaves by visiting the college store.

Copyright & Intellectual Property

Spartanburg Community College expects all members of its academic community, including students, to respect copyright and to adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code and its subsequent amendments). Except as allowed by this code, it is a violation of law for persons to copy, distribute, perform, digitally transmit (in the case of sound recordings) or to create a new work based upon a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner. Examples of copyrighted works include printed materials, sound recordings, video recordings, visual art, computer software, multimedia and websites. Copyright infringement is a violation of College policy and can result in the imposition of discipline under the Student Code and Grievance Procedure. Copyright violations may also incur criminal and civil penalties.

Copyrightable materials, patents and all other forms of intellectual property produced out of the participation of students in activities of the College or by student workers in the course of assigned duties are exclusive property of the College unless other agreements exist.

For more information related to copyright or intellectual property and what types of uses are allowed, contact the SCC Copyright Officer at (864) 592-4763 or rosevearem@sccsc.edu.

Emergencies

Health Services

The College does not provide comprehensive health services. In emergency situations, responding campus security may provide first aid until local emergency first responders arrive on site. Contact campus security at (864) 592-4911 or ext. 4911 if using a College campus phone for assistance as needed.

Accidental Injury & Illness

In case of an accident, students are to seek out medical treatment they feel necessary. The College does not provide emergency supplies or a first aid room. First aid kits are available in divisional offices, laboratories and shops for treatment of minor cuts and injuries. Injuries occurring at any Spartanburg Community College campus sites should be reported to the SCC campus police at (864) 592-4911.

While it is impossible to address every conceivable injury or illness, the following procedure should be used to address a medical problem beyond a minor cut, injury, or illness:

  1. Check the scene to make sure the scene is safe.
  2. Call or instruct someone else to call Campus Police and convey the following information: the nature of the illness or injury; the location of the ill or injured person; a description of the person, including approximate age, race, and sex; a description of the person’s medical symptoms or complaints; and, if known, a description of the person’s activities prior to the onset of the symptoms or complaints.
  3. In the case of life threatening or other serious injury or medical condition contact local emergency services immediately by calling 911, then notify (or have someone else notify) Campus Police.
  4. Remain or ask someone to remain on the line with the Campus Police Officer and/or 911 dispatcher in case follow-up information is necessary.
  5. Render any immediate first aid you are qualified to provide. Do not move injured persons unless a life-threatening condition such as a fire exists.
  6. Remain or instruct someone to remain at the scene as long as necessary to assist Campus Police and/or other responding personnel. Upon the student’s return to the College, he/she must complete an insurance claim form, available in the Vice President of Business Affairs Office, and submit invoice(s) received for treatment sought relating to the accident. The completed insurance claim form and invoice(s) will be submitted, for claim determination, to the insurance carrier by the office of the Vice President of Business Affairs.

Reporting Crimes, Emergencies

SCC’s campus police office furnishes handheld radios to all officers on duty at the College. Potential criminal actions and other emergencies can be reported directly to the officers on duty by dialing campus extension 4911 or 0 for campus operator or by activating any emergency call-box on campus or by dialing extension 2711 on the Cherokee County Campus. All crimes and emergencies should be reported to campus police or security, who will report to the appropriate agencies.

Faculty and Staff

Refer to the SCC catalog for a list of faculty and staff. An online version of the SCC catalog is available on the SCC website at https://catalog.sccsc.edu.

Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits

SCC provides financial aid to eligible students. The Financial Aid Office publishes a financial aid brochure which is available in the Financial Aid Office or on the website at https://www.sccsc.edu/financial-aid/index.php.

The following financial aid programs are available at SCC:

  • Federal Pell Grant (FPELL)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study Program (FWS)
  • South Carolina Need Based Grant (SCNBG)
  • Federal Direct Student Loans
  • South Carolina Teacher Loan (SCTL)
  • LIFE Scholarship
  • S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship per CHE (SCPFS)
  • Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTAP)
  • Scholarships
  • SC WINS
  • SCC Free Tuition - renewed for 2022-2023 (FTI)

Veterans Assistance

Spartanburg Community College is approved by the State Approving Agency for training of the following: (1) service persons; veterans; dependents and reservists under Title 38,

U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. (2) The following VA educational benefits: Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 30), Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606), Survivors and Dependents (Chapter 35),Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) and the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 (Chapter 33). The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is the only agency that can determine eligibility for and award this benefit. To determine eligibility, call the VA Regional Office at (888) 442-4551. Then, contact SCC’s office to obtain the appropriate forms for certification.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Students receiving financial assistance through a federal program or S.C. Need Based Grant must be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, diploma or certificate. The Financial Aid Office must monitor the progress of all students to ensure that they are making satisfactory progress toward completion of their program.This policy is in addition to the academic standards required by the College. The cumulative review determines the student’s eligibility for financial assistance based on his or her academic history. Whether the student has received financial assistance previously is not a factor in determining eligibility. The SAP statuses are”re-evaluated”after each enrolled semester. Students who fail SAP requirements for either financial aid warning, suspension or maximum timeframe are to be notified via their SCC email account. The complete policy is in the SCC catalog and is available in the Financial Aid Office as well as within an online catalog version on the SCC website at https://www.sccsc.edu/catalog.php.

Communication With Students

The majority of communications from the Financial Aid Office will be sent to SCC student email accounts. Students must review their email and announcements regularly through MySCC Portal to ensure they have the latest information about their financial aid status.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be held periodically without advance notice. Fire alarm boxes are strategically located throughout the College.When a fire alarm is engaged, these evacuation procedures should be followed:

  1. All persons leave the building at the sound of the alarm.
  2. Students should leave by the nearest designated exit and assemble in the designated area, a minimum of 100 feet from the building and wait
  3. for notice to return to class. DO NOT GO TO VEHICLES.
  4. The instructor should secure windows and doors before leaving, if safe to do so.
  5. All traffic should move to the right of the hallways in all buildings.
  6. Students should be cautioned not to run or shove when exiting.
  7. All instructors should inform their students of the fire exit plan at the beginning of a semester and periodically thereafter. Additional details can be found in the Emergency Response Guide on the SCC website at https://www.sccsc.edu/services/safety/index.php

Fundraising Projects

Only currently established campus clubs and organizations may apply to conduct approved fundraisers on any SCC campus. Student organization representatives must complete a fundraising request form and meet all applicable requirements and deadlines. Forms and guidelines are available in the Student Life Office, Jack A. Powers Building, C-Wing, and with all campus club/organization advisors. Instructions for advertising campus fundraisers will be shared with the submitter upon final approval. Individuals and groups interested in advertising community fundraising projects to SCC students should contact the Student Life Coordinator at studentlife@sccsc.edu or (864) 592-4424 for more information. Forms and guidelines are available in the Student Life Office, Jack A. Powers Building C-Wing and on the MySCC Portal.

Identification Cards

Students are required to have a current student identification card and are required to present the card to any campus official, including campus police officers, upon request. Identification cards are available to currently enrolled students and are available in Enrollment Services at no cost to the student. Students must present a course schedule for the current term to receive an identification card.

Insurance

The College carries an accident insurance policy that covers students while on campus, traveling directly and uninterruptedly between home and scheduled classes, and while participating in activities sponsored and supervised by the College. Coverage excludes accidents that occur as a result of participation in organized sports. Maximum benefit coverage includes $5,000-medical expenses; $5,000-accidental death; $5,000- dismemberment. Injuries should be reported to the campus police office within 48 hours of the accident. Insurance claim forms are available in the office of the Vice President of Business Affairs. The premium for student insurance coverage is included in tuition and fees for all registered students.

Parking Rules

SCC has well-marked parking areas with ample space for everyone to park. Do not park against curbs, over yellow lines, on the grass or on triangles at the end of lanes. Do not use or block fire lanes, maintenance parking areas or loading zones. Students, faculty and staff are asked to observe the following rules:

  • Handicapped Accessibility Parking

All state DMV issued handicap placards are honored on campus. Designated spaces are located near each building.

  • Vehicle Registration

Students wishing to bring a car or other vehicle on campus are required to have a current parking permit attached to the front, right window on their vehicle. Permits will be valid from August-August each year. (This applies to all curriculum, transitional studies and adult education students.) Any curriculum, transitional studies and adult education student who loses his/her permit may apply for a new permit.

Students who permanently change to a new or different vehicle must come by the Business Office (LED) and fill out a new vehicle registration card. There is no fee for this service.

  • Student Parking

Students are required to park in the student parking areas. Students are not allowed to park in areas designated for faculty/staff or visitors. Students at the Downtown Campus may park in the Kennedy Street parking garage free of charge by showing their SCC ID to the lot attendant.

  • Visitor Parking

All visitor parking spaces are clearly marked. Students are not allowed to park in visitor parking spaces.

  • Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycle parking is located in the student parking lot. Four-wheel vehicles are prohibited from parking in areas designated for motorcycle parking.

  • Parking Appeals

Students may appeal a parking ticket by contacting the campus police office within 24 hours from the date of ticket. Parking appeal forms are available in the campus police office from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Payment of Fees

  • Payment Due - All tuition and fees are payable before scheduled deletion dates, or if registration occurs after the deletion date, before the first day of classes. A student may not attend class until financial obligations are resolved. All equipment, library books, and other college-owned property must be returned when due. A student’s academic award (degree, diploma, or certificate) and transcript will not be released until all fees are paid and college-owned property has been returned. A $15 convenience fee will be added per transaction for tuition payments paid by credit or debit card if the payment amount is $125 or greater.
  • Payment Methods - The College accepts cash, first-party checks, e-checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks for payment of all fees. Students may also charge fees to American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover credit or debit cards. Credit and debit card and e-check payments may be made online via Self-Service. A $15 convenience fee will be added per transaction for tuition payments paid by credit or debit card. A $75 late registration fee will be assessed for registration done after scheduled deletion date.
  • Returned Checks - The College assesses a $25 service fee per occurrence on all checks returned by the bank for any reason. The service fee is in addition to any fee charged by the bank. Checks are not sent to the bank a second time. Dishonored checks are sent to the Magistrate for collection after fourteen days. Students will be placed on restriction from classes for non-payment. Checks will not be accepted from students who have written more than two non-sufficient checks.
  • Sponsorship - Tuition may be billed to a sponsoring business. This sponsorship must be supported by a letter on company letterhead or a company purchase order and is subject to verification by the College. Sponsorship documentation must be received in the business office for each academic term.
  • Tuition Payment Plan - Students may apply for a tuition-only payment plan. Students must not have an outstanding debt from a prior term.

Spartanburg Community College’s tuition payment plan requires a $30 non-refundable handling fee in advance, along with the first payment before the scheduled deletion date or the start of class. The remaining balance is payable in two payments on dates determined according to the academic calendar and included in the agreement.

A $50 late fee will be applied for each payment not received by the due date listed on the payment plan agreement signed by the student. The amounts of the payments and due dates of the payments are pre-determined and are not negotiable.

SCC Student Ambassadors & Student Veteran Ambassadors

SCC Student Ambassadors and Student Veteran Ambassadors are currently enrolled students selected to represent and promote the College on campus and in the community throughout the academic year. Students are selected based on their academic standing, service, commitment and desire to be actively involved in promoting SCC.Those interested in applying for either of these positions must complete an online application, have faculty or advisor referrals, maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at SCC and participate in an interview. For more information, contact the Outreach Office at (864) 592-4122 or visit the SCC website at https://www.sccsc.edu/admissions/recruiting.php.

Smoking and Tobacco Use

The South Carolina Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 became state law effective August 1, 1990. The purpose of this act as expressed in the text is “…to accommodate the needs of nonsmokers to be free from exposure to tobacco smoke within public indoor places…” The act restricts smoking in public schools and government buildings.  This act is applicable to Spartanburg Community College.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes are prohibited in all College owned buildings and structures, except designated structures provided specifically as smoking/tobacco use areas.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes is allowed in parking lots, outside seating areas, and designated smoking/tobacco areas that are twenty-five (25) feet or greater from all college structures.

Violations of the smoking/tobacco policy may result in one of the following sanctions: Campus Police/Security may issue an official warningor a ticket to the individual; offenders issued a ticket will be fined $25.00 per violation. After the second offense, students will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs as a student code violator.

Student Code and Grievance Procedures

SCC 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. Students are also 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 violates both College regulation and the law, the College may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities.

Student Refund/Withdrawal/Federal Return of Funds

It is the policy of Spartanburg Community College that students or sponsoring agencies/ programs receive a fair and equitable refund of tuition charges if a student withdraws from a term or a full-time student reduces the number of credit hours to below 12 credit hours. Federal financial aid recipients are defined as those students who receive Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal Direct Loans. Institutional costs include tuition, fees and charges made in the Book Inn using federal financial aid.

  1. Official Withdrawal

Official term withdrawal is defined as a student’s formal notification of his or her intent to withdraw from all courses for a term. A student’s withdrawal date is defined as the actual date the student submits information to Registrar’s Office to drop a course or courses. To officially withdraw from a course or courses, a student must provide official notice to Registrar’s Office electronically or in person.

A federal financial aid recipient who does not officially withdraw from a term is considered to be withdrawn if he or she does not complete all days he or she is scheduled to complete within a payment period or abandons all courses. The last day of academic attendance or attendance at an academically-related activity will be used for calculating the amount of aid to be returned to the federal government based on Section III, and the student will not be eligible for a refund based on the College’s refund policy as outlined in Section II.

A student is not considered to be withdrawn from a term if at the time the student drops the last class in a term he or she submits written confirmation stating he or she will attend a later start term in the same payment period (semester).

  1. College Refund Policy

To receive a refund of tuition and eligible fee charges, a student must officially withdraw from the College as outlined in Section I or reduce the number of credit hours to below 12 credit hours. A federal financial aid recipient who is eligible for a refund will have the refund amount applied toward the amount the student owes the College based on the return of funds policy outlined in Section III.

The refund percent is based on the date the completed add/drop/withdrawal form is received by the Registrar’s office. Institutional charges for a semester will be refunded at the following rate:

Fall Term and Spring Term

Refund Percent                                  Withdrawal or Net Reduction of Credit Hours

100%……………………………………….. 1st - 8th calendar day of the term

If the calculated refund dates fall on a day that the College is closed, the date will be moved forward to the next day the College is open.

The number of calendar days used to calculate refunds will be pro-rated for terms that vary in length from the traditional term, including Summer.

A federal financial aid recipient who withdraws from a term and is eligible to receive a refund will have the refund amount applied toward the outstanding debt the student owes the College based on the return of fund procedure outlined in Section III.

Non-federal financial aid recipients will have the refund amount returned to the sponsoring agencies/programs in the following priority, not to exceed the awarded amount:

  1. Private (Alternative) Loan
  2. Sponsorships
  3. Tuition Waivers
  4. SCC Scholarships
  5. Outside or Community Scholarships
  6. Life Scholarship
  7. S.C. Need Based 
  8. Other aid or assistance
  9. Lottery Tuition Assistance
  10. SC WINS

Financial aid recipients who are eligible at the time of disbursement and later reduce the number of credit hours during the refund period will receive a tuition refund. A student’s satisfactory academic progress and future eligibility for financial aid programs will be based on the number of credit hours enrolled at the time of disbursement.

  1. Return of Federal Financial Aid

A student’s federal financial aid eligibility must be recalculated for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of a term. A student enrolled in at least one class during the full term will have the recalculation for all classes based on the date for the full term.

The recalculation of eligibility is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:

Percent of earned aid = Number of calendar days attended in the semester
    Total number of calendar days in the semester

Federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned - (100% - percent of aid earned) X the amount of federal financial aid disbursed.

The amount of aid to be returned is the responsibility of the College and the student. However, the student will be responsible for repaying the College for the amount that the College was required to return on his or her behalf less any refund that the student is eligible for under Section II. Therefore, a student who does not complete at least 60 percent of a term will owe a repayment to the College and/or the federal government for the amount of unearned federal financial aid.

A student who owes the College may not be permitted to register for a subsequent term or obtain an official academic transcript until the debt is paid. Payment should be made to the Business Office. A student who owes the federal government may be reported to the U.S. Department of Education and be required to provide documentation of a satisfactory payment arrangement before federal or state financial aid eligibility is restored.

Student Recruiting Information

The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act 1997, which includes the Soloman Amendment, requires institutions receiving Title IV Campus-Based Funds to report the following directory information on students 17 years of age or older, upon request, to the military:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Date and place of birth
  • Level of education
  • Academic major
  • Degrees received
  • The education institution in which the student most recently was enrolled.

If a student desires that the above information not be released, he or she should request a non-disclosure form in the Registrar’s Office within the first five days of the term.

Title IX

Any student, who believes that they are or have been a victim of sexual violence and/ or sexual harassment may file a report with a Title IX Coordinator, any college official or Campus Security. The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Dr. DeAndre Howard, Dean of Student Engagement, located on the Giles Campus in the Dan L. Terhune Building, in office suite 167. He can be reached by phone at 864-592-4164.

U.S. Patriot Act of 2001

The U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 permits educational institutions/agencies to disclose “personality identifiable” information without the student or parent consent. It is not necessary to keep a record of the disclosure or to notify the student or parent of the disclosure.

This amendment to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits educational agencies and institutions to disclose - without the consent or knowledge of the student or parent - personally identifiable information from the student’s educational records to the Attorney General of the United States or his or her designee.