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Student Support Resources

Providing for the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors at Columbus State Community College is a high priority and is accomplished through the cooperation of multiple campus departments and services. Here you will find information on student support services, campus safety and anti-harassment and non-discrimination protections.

Resources

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is your guide to college success and details strategies for academic achievement, campus involvement opportunities and student rights and responsibilities. It also details the considerable resources available to help maximize your success at Columbus State.

Columbus State Cares

This team consists of faculty, staff, administrators and students working together to support students facing extraordinary situations. If you are facing financial, academic, and/or personal difficulties in college, Columbus State wants to help you navigate resources and opportunities.

Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Services Center provides a safe and confidential environment where our trained, licensed mental health professionals provide help working through an array of life balance, mental health and substance abuse issues. Students seeking Counseling Services should call 614.287.2818 or stop into the Counseling Services Center location in Nestor Hall Room 010 to schedule an appointment.

Disability Services

Disability Services collaborates with students, faculty, staff and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable environments. We promote and facilitate awareness and full access through training, partnerships, innovative programs and accommodations. Services include:

  • Student Advocacy
  • Testing Accommodations (scribe, audio, extended time, adjustable height desks etc.)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Alternate Media (E-text, Braille, Large print)
  • Sign Language Interpreting & Captioning Services
  • Note-Taking Accommodations

For more information on registering with Disability Services, visit: http://www.cscc.edu/services/disability/register.shtml.

Ohio Benefit Bank on-campus support through Peer Advocates

Columbus State's Peer Advocates are certified as Ohio Benefits Bank Counselors, which means they can assist students with applying for food, utilities, and cash assistance programs available in the state of Ohio.

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL)

SEaL coordinates programs and leadership opportunities for students to grow and become involved during their time at CSCC. In addition, a representative from Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) works on campus three days a month in the SEaL office to support students participating in the Ohio Works First (OWF) program; students with housing questions also may visit SEaL in Nestor Hall Room 116 to learn about community resources.

Student Conduct and the Behavioral Intervention Team

The Office of Student Conduct is a resource for students, faculty, and staff to uphold community standards, educate the campus on the importance of social responsibility and maintain campus security. Columbus State has a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) to respond to concerning behavior in a timely manner. Any individual may report an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and the Office of Student Conduct will follow-up on the report. You are encouraged to use the Online Incident Reporting Form.

CAMPUS SAFETY

Police Department

The Columbus State Police Department places a high priority on the safety of the Columbus State community and continually strives to maintain its excellent safety record. Safety is a partnership between you and campus police, and by watching out for yourself and others, we all contribute to a safer campus environment.

Crimes

If you think you have been a victim of a crime or if you witness a crime, report it to the Police Department immediately by calling 614.287.2525 or 2525 from any campus phone. If you or someone else is hurt, call 911 then call the Police Department. Columbus State police will respond and handle any immediate needs. The officers also have information about on-campus and off-campus community resources to assist victims of crime. It is important to report any crime, because your information may lead to apprehending a suspect and preventing future crimes.

Campus Safety Enhancements Using Rave Guardian:

Columbus State partners with Rave Wireless to provide safety notifications and enhancements. The Rave Guardian mobile phone app enhances safety on campus with a real-time interactive feature that allows the user to set a time limit for travel from one location to another. This creates a virtual safety network of friends, family and campus police. During a timer session, guardians can check the status of the student as he or she is traveling; if the safety timer is not deactivated before it expires, the Police Department is automatically provided with the user’s Rave Guardian profile to check on the individual. The Rave Mobile Safety is a text message alert system that will notify you of emergencies on campus and weather or campus closings. To learn more about these services and to sign up for them, visit: http://www.cscc.edu/services/rave/.

General Safety Tips

  • Lock all car doors.
  • Secure valuables in the trunk or out of sight, including GPS, laptops, tablets, textbooks, purses, briefcases, etc.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended in buildings, including classrooms, common areas and restrooms.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings; if something doesn’t seem right, call the police.

Other Safety Services Offered by the Police Department

  • Security escorts
  • Vehicle assistance (lockouts and jump-starts)
  • Medical emergencies (call 911 then the Police Department so they can direct emergency personnel to the proper location)
  • Reporting suspicious people or vehicles
  • Reporting a fire or other safety concerns (inoperative lights, broken doors, water leaks, etc.)

For more safety information including information on registered sexual offenders, crime statistics, and crime prevention programs, please see: http://www.cscc.edu/services/publicsafety/

TITLE IX, ANTI-HARASSMENT AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

Columbus State is committed to maintaining a workplace, educational and athletic environment free from discrimination and harassment. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, programs and activities. Prohibited conduct includes:

  • Sexual assault, stalking and sexual violence
  • Domestic, intimate partner and dating violence
  • Hostile work environment and quid pro quo harassment
  • Disparate treatment (because of sex, pregnancy, or marital or parental status)

Title IX protects students, employees and third parties with a relationship to the college, whether on or off campus.

Columbus State does not tolerate discriminatory or harassing behavior based on a protected class by or against employees, faculty members, vendors, customers, students or other persons participating in a college program or activity. Protected classes include: sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

For more information about these protections, please see the Title IX website. To report a possible violation, please complete the online complaint form found at: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?ColumbusStateCC&layout_id=3.You also may contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Renee Fambro, at 614-287-5519 or rfambro@cscc.edu.