CATALOG: Student Life


RCC ID Cards

Students enrolled in one or more credits should obtain an RCC ID Card. Staff and faculty members are eligible upon proof of status with the college. The first card is issued free of charge to all students, staff and faculty. ID cards will identify the individual by name and will bear a photo and the academic year.

New students can have an ID card made during New Student Orientation, and returning students may have an ID card made during designated hours in the Student Development Office at either the Warsaw or the Glenns campus. Hours will be posted and distributed prior to the beginning of each semester.

ID cards are issued at the beginning of each semester and are valid during the academic year. There will be a $5 replacement fee for any lost or stolen cards. The fee should be paid to the Business Office, and the receipt should be brought to the Student Development Office to show proof of payment before a replacement card will be issued. Damaged cards will be reissued at the discretion of the Student Activities Coordinator.

The ID card is not transferrable to another person. Students may be subject to disciplinary action for – lending a Student ID card to someone else, possessing more than one Student ID, and attempting to use a card of another individual.


Participation in College Governance

Student participation in College decision-making and policy development is strongly encouraged at RCC. Students are nominated by the faculty and staff to serve on governance committees and ad- hoc committees.


Children Brought to RCC Facilities

Children should not be brought to campuses or sites in lieu of appropriate child care. Children should not be brought into classrooms, laboratories, the Testing Center or the Tutoring Center, because of disruption of instruction or study, exposure to material unsuitable for children, and possible danger to the children.

The College will not accommodate the care of children while parents are working or attending class and children should not be left unattended in any college location. Since the College and its staff cannot be responsible for the safety and welfare of children, parents or guardians should make arrangements for them off-campus. Children on campuses and sites must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times, and the parent or guardian is responsible for seeing that the children are mindful of others using College facilities.

Policy for Children in the Library

Children under twelve cannot be left in the library unsupervised by a parent or adult guardian. The guardian must be at least sixteen years old, and must have a picture ID showing birth date.


Parking

Registered students and current RCC employees are required to display a parking permit. The following information is required in order to obtain a parking permit: full name, student ID number or RCC ID card, vehicle make, model, and year, and license plate number. Students and employees are responsible for providing and maintaining correct information on their parking record. All changes, including license tag numbers, must be immediately reported to the Business Office cashier. Permits are available at the Business Office cashier’s window at either campus. One or two permits may be requested as necessary.

On cars and trucks, the permit must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle on the driver’s side, either on the vehicle window or on the rear bumper. Motorcycle permits must be displayed on the front fork of the cycle. Permits are designed with an adhesive backing to be stuck to the outside of the vehicle either on the glass or on the bumper. When vehicle operators choose another method of attaching the permit to the vehicle and the permit is not clearly visible in the required location, the operator may be fined for improper display of permit.


Lost and Found

Report all lost and found articles to the college receptionist and/or site supervisor. “Found” articles may be claimed at the same office.


Locked Out of Vehicle/Auto Problems

If keys are accidentally locked inside a vehicle or emergency repair/towing assistance is required, contact the college receptionist, the building and grounds staff, or the administrator on duty.


Student Activities, Clubs and Organizations

Student activities at RCC are an important part of the total college experience, providing a variety of educational, cultural and social activities for the entire college community. Student attendance and participation is encouraged for workshops, speakers, concerts, plays, and other events.

The Office of Student Development assists students and faculty in the planning of events, and in developing new student organizations. Every student organization is subject to recommendation by the Student Affairs Committee and the approval of the Dean of Student Development before it is recognized as an official College activity. All student activities funds are recommended for distribution through this committee. Each organization’s membership is open to all members of the student body unless otherwise stated.


Activity Planning Procedures

Student activity planning procedures and forms are available from the office of the Dean of Student Development. The dean must approve all RCC student activities. Groups wishing to host activities must submit an Activity Request Form to the Dean of Student Development at least two weeks prior to the activity. The Student Activities Office can help with the planning and publicizing of the activity. The use of College facilities is granted to recognized organizations with the understanding that reasonable conditions may be imposed to regulate the time used and the appropriateness of the space, and to insure proper maintenance and security. RCC maintains alcohol-free and smoke-free campuses.

Student clubs may sponsor activities that take place off campus, such as field trips, participation in conferences, etc. All participants in off-campus activities must complete the Assumption of Risk Form prior to the trip, and are reminded that all college policies and guidelines are in effect for the duration of the activity.


Student Activities Fund

A Student Activities Fund is established to support the program of student activities. This fund is supported through student activity fees per credit hour, vending and bookstore revenue, as well as funding from the local jurisdictions of the College. The activity fee may be increased with approval of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. The funds in this account are to be spent only for student activities that have been authorized by the College. The Rappahannock Community College Local Board is responsible for the operation and control of these funds under the specific methods and procedures established by the State Department of Community Colleges and approved by the State Auditor. The Dean of Student Development supervises and authorizes all expenditures from the Student Activities Fund.


Fund-Raising by Students or Student Organizations

All fund-raising in the name of RCC or an approved College student organization must be used to support and advance the mission of the College. Fund-raising activities conducted by recognized College student clubs and organizations require the approval of the Dean of Student Development. Any individual student, or a student group which is not affiliated with a formally recognized College club or organization, must obtain approval from the Dean of Student Development for any fund-raising effort which uses the name of RCC in its promotion. Approval may be requested by submitting an Activities Request Form, available in the Student Activities office at either campus.

The proceeds of all fund-raising activities must be deposited with the College Business Office within two business days of receipt. All expenditures must be supported with original invoices or sales receipts. Requests for payment and/or reimbursement of expenses will follow College procurement guidelines that are available in the Business Office. Fund-raising activities that support the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation are governed by the bylaws of the College Board and the RCC Foundation Board.


Recognized Clubs and Organizations

The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, and fosters an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars, and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

The RCC Student Ambassadors are nominated for their leadership qualities, campus involvement, and community engagement. They represent the student body at official college functions and serve as guides and mentors for new students.


Student Publications

A student, student group, or student organization shall not distribute or communicate material on campus without prior approval of the Dean of Student Development. Approval shall be granted within five college business days unless, in the opinion of the Dean of Student Development, the material violates the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Libelous or obscene material does not conform to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

All student communications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the institution or its student body. Editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administration, or community disapproval of editorial policy or publication content.

This editorial freedom entails a corollary obligation under the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists will be made available by the academic advisor of any student publications. Any breach in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists perpetrated by a student publication will be referred to the Student Affairs Committee, which will judge publication content solely according to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. If a breach in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists is judged significant, the Student Affairs Committee has the authority to sanction or dismiss the editor of the publication.


Student Lounge

Student lounges with vending machines and recreational equipment are located on both campuses, for the use of currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Students are expected be respectful of the rights of others at all times.


Recreation/Sports Equipment

Recreation activities include volleyball, card games, table games, ping pong, etc. Equipment is available for sign-out at the Welcome Desk at either campus. The college is not responsible for any injuries incurred by students during recreation activities. Students are responsible for providing their own health insurance.


Club Sports

Club sports provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities. Each club is considered an organized club with an affiliation as a registered student organization on campus and a club sport. Club Sports are conducted under the direction of the college Student Activities Specialist. The college is not responsible for any injuries incurred by students during club or sports activities. Students are responsible for providing their own health insurance.

A club sport is formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport or activity to promote and enhance involvement in that particular activity. The basic structure of club sports, in general, allows student athletes numerous opportunities for leadership, decision-making, academic improvement, and retention. The actual success and strength of the club sport is dependent on effective leadership by the coaches, and the degree of involvement of its club sports student athletes.

Club sport participants must be recognized as currently enrolled students at RCC. Each student athlete must be enrolled for at least a minimum of six credit hours during each semester of participation, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 in subsequent semesters, to be eligible to play on a team or participate in any team activity.

A student’s GPA is a system-wide GPA, i.e., if a student has a 2.0 at one college it is considered a 2.0 at any college in the System.

Students transferring from colleges outside of the VCCS enter with a “clean slate,” since grades do not transfer with credits.

Students who have completed college credits while enrolled in high school dual enrollment classes must have a 1.75 GPA at the beginning of the semester of participation to be eligible to play on a team.


Bookstore

The College bookstore, operated by Follett’s Bookstores, Inc., has locations on both campuses. Bookstore hours are available online and are posted at each campus location.

Required textbooks (new, used and rentals) and supplies may be purchased at the bookstore, as well as gift items, clothing, etc. Online ordering is available. Follett’s offers price matching on books and has a textbook buy-back service throughout the school year.

A student’s printed class schedule and a photo ID are required when purchasing textbooks on- campus.

Follett’s Refund Policy:

  • The last day for a full refund is noted on the return policy supplied to each student. After that date, students will have two days after the purchase date.
  • A receipt is required for a full refund.
  • No refunds are allowed on purchases made within two days before or during exams.
  • All textbooks must be in their original condition, or in the shrink-wrap.

Softball

RCC’s softball team was formed in March 2006 under the direction of Coach Reggie Brann, and sponsored by RCC’s president, Elizabeth Crowther. The intent of the RCC softball team is to produce scholar-athletes who are winners on the field and off.


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