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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.

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.

Student Engagement and Inclusion (SEI)

SEI coordinates programs and leadership opportunities for students to grow and become involved during their time at CSCC. You may visit SEI in Nestor Hall Room 116 to learn about community engagement.

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.

Victim Advocacy

Columbus State Victim Advocates provide support and resource information to students, faculty and staff who are victims of violent crime, whether the crime is recent or happened in the past. As responsible employees, Victim Advocates must report any crimes that impact campus safety if identifying information or details are shared. Any member of the Columbus State community can receive support, information and resources from Victim Advocacy without sharing identifying information by calling the Advocate Helpline at (614) 287-5979.

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/police/

Title IX, Non-Discrimination / Anti-Harassment & Retaliation

TITLE IX

Columbus State is committed to supporting a safe, respectful and productive learning, athletic and working environment and prohibits sexual misconduct in any form. This includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and other unwelcome or nonconsensual behavior that is of a sexual nature or based on sex and is directed towards or is by students, employees, persons participating in a college program or activity, vendors and college visitors. The College will address the behavior and/or its impact when it affects the learning, athletic and/or working environment, any other college program, activity or a substantial interest of the college, whether or not the behavior occurred on or off college property.

Title IX protections extend to:   

  • Columbus State students (including high school students participating in Columbus State programs and visiting student athletes)
  • Faculty, staff and interns
  • Applicants for employment or education
  • Vendors
  • Campus visitors

Title IX includes protections against:

  • Sexual violence (sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner/dating violence and gender-based stalking)
  • Sexual harassment
  • Failing to provide appropriate accommodations for a pregnant or parenting student
  • Treating a person differently based on marital status

Title IX protections apply equally to persons of all genders and sexual orientations.

For more information about sexual misconduct and how it is addressed, please see:  
Policy 3-44
Procedure 3-44(A)