Campus Services

CAMPUS SERVICES

CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

The bookstore has been established to provide the student body with goods and services at the least possible cost. It is a part of the University that has goals directly centered on the satisfaction and success of the students and the faculty. The bookstore is self-sufficient, receiving no funding from the University System, and any profit is returned to The Campus Bookstore at Georgia Southwestern State University is institutionally owned and operated. the institution. The success of the bookstore lies with the success of the students. The bookstore carries new, used and rental textbooks, with an emphasis on trying to obtain as many used and rental textbooks as possible through student buybacks and various wholesale distributors to lower the students’ cost by 25%-75%. In addition to course materials, the bookstore stocks laptops, computer software, mass-market paperback books, computer books, study aids, reference materials, and school/office supplies for academic use. The bookstore also has gifts, including t-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, seasonal gift items, greeting cards, a classic collection of crystal engraved with the school seal, and many other gift items. Other goods and services offered through the bookstore include fax services and special ordering for any academic materials. The bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Canes Cash, bookstore gift cards, and financial aid funds.

Location/Store Hours

The Campus Bookstore is located in the Marshall Student Center. During fall and spring semesters, the bookstore is open from 8:30am until 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am until 3:00pm on Friday. The bookstore closes during breaks to restock shelves for the following term. The store is also closed on holidays. Extended hours of operation are offered during the beginning of each term to accommodate the large volume of students buying books and supplies for new classes.

www.gswbookstore.com is your place for official Georgia Southwestern State University textbooks, gear and supplies. Buy used and new textbooks, find official Georgia Southwestern State University gear, and purchase software and gifts - all online.

Textbooks

The textbook buyback is conducted at the end of every semester during final exams. Books that are not changing to new editions and will be used the following term will be purchased at 50% of the price paid for the book. Books that are not being used again by the bookstore will be purchased by the buyer at established wholesale prices. The textbook carried by the bookstore is based strictly on faculty selection. Every attempt is made to have the books in stock before the beginning of the term, however, there are occasional delays due to receiving the text information late, publishers being out of stock, late or misdirected shipments, or unexpected increases in a course's enrollment.

Refund Policy

The bookstore encourages students to attend class before purchasing textbooks. A full refund will be given during the add/drop period of the current term, which is generally the first three days of the semester. The store is simply unable to allow students to keep the materials for a longer period of time and still return them for full credit. New textbooks must be returned in a new, saleable condition with no markings whatsoever in order to be eligible for a refund. A student ID and cash register receipt is required for a refund. Any markings result in the book being reduced to a used status and only a 75% refund given. General supply, gift, and clothing merchandise may be returned for any reason for a full refund within 7 days of purchase with a receipt. Defective merchandise may be returned any time throughout the semester for an exchange. Shrink-wrapped books must be returned in the original wrapping for a full refund. Textbooks purchased after the add/drop period are non-returnable. Sale items, study guides, special-order items, mass-market paperbacks, and computer software are non-returnable.

Contacts

Leann Miller, Web Textbook Coordinator, (229) 931-2373
Mary Ann Roper, Assistant Bookstore Manager (229) 931-2366
Amber DeBaise, Bookstore Manager and Director of Auxiliary Services (229) 931-2042

LIBRARY SERVICES

The James Earl Carter Library was completed in 1971 and named in honor of President Jimmy Carter's father. It contains over 190,000 volumes and currently subscribes to 234 journals. As a selective United States Government Depository, the Library houses over 300,000 federal government publications in various formats. The library also has a small multimedia collection that includes LPs, video tapes, audio-tapes, CDs, DVDs, and software. Special collections include the Dr. Harold Isaacs Third World Studies collection, GSW Historical collection, POW and Oral History collections, ERIC collection, rare books, newspapers, and popular reading materials.

Through our participation in GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online), the Library provides access to over 90 databases. The Library's online catalog is part of the statewide integrated online system, GIL-FIND (Galileo Interconnected Libraries). GIL-FIND also provides access to the USG's Universal Catalog and borrowing system (GIL Express), allowing easy access to materials held by other USG institutions. The Library is a charter member of LYRASIS a network created to increase the availability of bibliographic resources through the use of electronic data processing and communications.

The Library seats over 600 and provides individual and group study areas. The Library's computer lab has 30 computers, with additional student computers located on both floors of the building. The Library also provides wireless access. Audiovisual equipment and facilities include microfilm and microfiche reader-printers, copying machines, headphones, tape-recorder, TV/DVD, scanner, flip cameras, and a CD player.

The Library offers a Core Area B course, LIBR 1101, participates in UNIV 1000, and provides many services including Interlibrary Loan, reserves, instruction, and reference service. The Library provides group and individual library instruction, tutorials, and demonstrations upon request. The Library's electronic services include email submission of ILL, renewal, hold requests, tutorials, and reference inquiries to assist distance learners.

Further information about the Library, its collections, services, hours of opening, and staff can be found on the Library's website: http://gsw.edu/Library/index.

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES AND TESTING CENTER

Georgia Southwestern State University Office of Disability Services provides equal educational and accessible services for students with disabilities. Office of Disability Services coordinates compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and American with Disabilities Act. Students with a documented disability should contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. The objective of the Office of Disability Services is to provide a supportive educational, physical and social environment for students with disabilities while attending Georgia Southwestern State University.

The Testing Center proctors  the Compass test but plans to offer various tests for students at Georgia Southwestern State University and for the surrounding community. The Testing Center is equipped with a large room and sixteen computers. If you need information about arranging for or the possibility of getting certain tests, please call the Testing Center at 229-931-2933 or 229-931-2661, and we will be glad to assist you.

POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Georgia Southwestern State University's goal is to ensure equal access to all programs and makes reasonable accommodations for the needs of students with disabilities. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services to request academic accommodations or address accessibility issues. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to self-identify. Please visit the Office of Disability Services web page at http://gsw.edu/Academics/Academic-Resources/Disability-Services/index or call (229) 931-2661 for more information.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to direct all students inquiring about services for students with disabilities to the Office of Disability Services, 3rd floor, Sanford Hall.

TRiO/STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES                                                            

The GSW TRiO/Student Support Services program (SSS) is an academic support/resource entity focusing on creating a partnership to enhance the college experience of first-generation students/students who are from a background of financial need/ and or students with disabilities through programming that focuses on persistence to graduation. The programming incorporates cultural awareness, financial literacy, and personal development among our services. The GSW TRiO/SSS Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education; to support the mission of increasing retention and graduation rates of first-generation/low-wealth students at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.

Program Eligibility

For more information, contact TRiO/SSS in Collum Hall (1st Floor), telephone us at (229) 931-2294, email us at sss@gsw.edu, follow us on twitter @GSWTRiOSSS or visit us at this web address -  http://gsw.edu/Academics/Academic-Resources/Student-Support-Services/Future-SSS-Students/index.

CAREER SERVICES

Planning for a future career is an important fact of every student's day-to-day college experience. Career Services provides a wide range of services for students throughout their years at Georgia Southwestern State University including

  • Career counseling
  • Employment counseling
  • Classroom seminars on resume writing, interviewing, and other job search topics
  • Regional and statewide Career Fairs
  • Career Resource Lab, utilizing computer technology
  • Current employer information and employment opportunities via Internet
  • NACELINK CSM, a link on our web site that connects employers to students/alumni. The link offers different employment opportunities, including: full-time, part-time, internship, summer and seasonal.
  • Listing of local part-time job opportunities for students
  • Operation of JLD (Job Location Development)
  • Workshops on all career related issues

Career counseling is available to help students discover satisfactory solutions to academic and career concerns. This process is assisted by the use of various personality and interest inventories. Employment counseling aids students with resume development, interviewing skills and the job search process.

The Career Resource Lab provides students with a centralized location to explore specific career and occupational information, including educational requirements, potential employers, work environments, opportunities for advancement and a financial outlook. Information about professional programs and graduate schools is also available.  Career Services is located in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Room 124.

COUNSELING SERVICES

The goal of personal counseling is to help students discover satisfactory alternatives to social, academic, and personal concerns, including substance abuse and other health related issues. Counseling sessions take place in a private office and confidentiality is respected. When another person, office, community agency or medical professional can provide better information or assistance, the counselor will make referrals and help the student make an appointment. Counselors are available through the Division of Student Life, the Counseling Services Office, the Financial Aid Office, the Academic Skills Center, the Student Support Services Program, and the Residence Halls. Counseling Services is located in Room 3402-3405, Student Success Center.

THE ROSALYNN CARTER INSTITUTE FOR CAREGIVING

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving establishes local, state and national, and international partnerships committed to building quality, long-term, home and community-based services. We believe this begins with providing caregivers with effective supports to promote caregiver health, skills and resilience. We also believe strongly in the need to provide greater recognition for professional and family caregivers. We focus on helping caregivers coping with chronic illness and disability across the lifespan.

Goals

RCI overall goal is to support caregivers – both family and professional- through efforts of advocacy, education, research, and service.

Objectives

For Advocacy:

  • Reinforce the need for caregivers and the need to give support to those that give care at local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Advocate for the uptake of evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer and professional caregiving.


For Education:

  • Develop caregiving curriculum for multiple levels of educational need.
  • Provide scholarship opportunities for both individuals in the caregiving field and family caregivers interested in obtaining skill knowledge for their caregiving situation.
  • Provide training and certification in selected evidence-based caregiver programs.


For Research:

  • Provide technical assistance related to translational research targeting evidence-based caregiver programs.
  • Contribute to the caregiving field through collaborative partnerships that invest in and support caregiving research.


For Service:

  • Provide caregiver support to individuals through education and advocacy through local, state, and national partnerships.

To meet these goals and objectives, the RCI has engaged in the following:

  • Training Caregiving Leaders at Georgia Southwestern State University:
    • The Caregiving Issues and Management Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster understanding of the caregiving field through the exploration of the journey of a caregiver, evidenced-based caregiver support programs, vulnerable populations needing caregivers, and culturally appropriate approaches to caregiving. Estimates have consistently projected that the need for caregiving will escalate significantly in the coming decades. This increase in demand can be attributed to several key trends, including an aging demographic, increased longevity, and the growing burden of chronic illnesses. This certificate program is designed to inform both professionals in caregiving (i.e. business, health care, education, social services, public health, and psychology) and family caregivers about available resources, support programs, and research findings for caregivers of individuals across the lifespan.
    • This Certificate is the only one of its kind in the state and represents a unique commitment of Georgia Southwestern State University to prepare leaders in the field of Caregiving. Pope Scholarships and Fellowships are available. Please see the RCI website for applications: http://www.rosalynncarter.org/PopeFellowship/
  • Serving Caregiving Families in Georgia and Across the United States
    • In partnership with Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA, the RCI operates a caregiver support center providing information to caregivers and connections to resources.  In addition, the RCI was awarded RCI a total of 4 three-year cooperative agreements to implement evidence based caregiving interventions in Georgia (Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) of the Administration on Aging/Administration on Community Living). The interventions included: REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health II) at two sites, Care Consultation, and the New York University Caregiver Intervention. RCI also assists with assessment of community needs and resources for caregivers in Georgia and assists others to establish programs to meet those needs.
  • The Georgia Coalition of CARE-NETS (Caregivers Network)
    • These volunteer Caregiver Networks serve as a unique coalition of caregiver support organizations who provide services across a broad array of illnesses and disabilities. There are 12 community CARE-NET Coalitions that are strategically located throughout the state in each Area Agency on Aging district. They provide ongoing assessment of community resources, identify and remedy gaps in services, share information and resources among agencies, develop strategies for complementary professional and family caregiver activities, offer caregiver education and, most importantly, advocate for Caregivers.
    • Today, the CARE-NETs represent a unique resource in the state of Georgia and are one of the most promising opportunities for developing comprehensive caregiver supports anywhere in the country. Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards are given to three outstanding caregivers in Georgia annually.
  • National Training Center for Excellence
    • The RCI established a national training center that provides training and certification in selected evidence-based caregiver programs. This training is available to individuals and agencies that serve and support caregivers.
    • The center currently offers a menu of three evidence based programs:

RCI REACH – a six month/twelve session intervention delivered to caregivers of people with dementia in their home and by telephone by a Bachelor’s level care coach. Caregivers receive education and information on dementia and training in strategies and techniques for stress management, problem-solving, and self-care.

BRI Care Consultation – a twelve month telephone/e-mail based intervention providing information and support in finding simple and practical solutions to caregiving challenges and accessing available resources. This empowerment model of service targets caregivers and care receivers dealing with a variety of chronic health problems.

Operation Family Caregiver – a four to six month intervention utilizing problem-solving training to provide education and support to caregivers of service members/veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and/or physical disability.

In addition to training and certification of service providers, RCI offers intensive technical assistance. There are evidence-based implementation strategies that have been proven to assist community agencies in achieving positive outcomes similar to those of the clinical trials. RCI will assess an agency’s readiness for implementation and work with staff to develop and embed these strategies within an agency culture.

RCI Caregiving Book Series

Beginning in 2001, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving began convening expert panels in caregiving to identify best practices in caregiving for specific conditions and illnesses, caregiving in rural areas, and education and support programs for caregivers. RCI sought out experts from across the U. S. and brought them together for an intensive session that included presentations from each panelist as well as active brainstorming amongst the entire panel. The books below are the results of these panels. All books in the series were published by Springer and can be ordered on the website: http://www.rosalynncarter.org/book_series/ .

National Research and Demonstration Programs:

With funding from Johnson and Johnson, the Administration on Aging/ACL and others, RCI works to facilitate the communication between research and practice.  RCI builds partnerships between leading researchers and community organizations to implement proven programs in communities around the nation and assure that family caregivers have access to the most effective support available. Johnson and Johnson, a corporate sponsor, provides more than $250,000 each year in community grants to build such partnerships around the country. RCI also presents a number of prestigious awards including the Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award and the Mattie Stepanek Caregiving Scholarships offered in cooperation with Johnson and Johnson.

For more information, see the RCI website: www.rosalynncarter.org

ORIENTATION PROGRAM

Prior to the beginning of the student's first semester at Georgia Southwestern, the new student participates in an orientation program. The GSW O'Team, a specially selected and trained group of undergraduate students, and UNIV 1000 instructors, design an orientation program which makes transition into college life at GSW easier and more enjoyable. Areas given special attention include academic advisement and class schedule planning, University services and facilities, academic policies and procedures, rights and responsibilities of students, issues about which students need to make personal choices, skills necessary for academic success, and opportunities for involvement in student activities. Such topics are explored in more depth in UNIV 1000, The GSW Experience, a 1 semester hour course requirement of all first-time entering students.

New students will be notified by email and online at http://gsw.edu/Campus-Life/CampusServices/Orientation/index and/or by mail with the date and time for orientation for the semester in which they plan to enroll. These sessions provide opportunities for them to meet GSW faculty and administrators as well as to become familiar with University policies and to ask any questions they may have about the University.

EMERGENCY STUDENT LOCATOR SERVICE

In emergency situations, students may be located by calling the Division of Student Affairs at 229-928-1387 or the Public Safety Office at 229-931-2245. Communication with the students will be made from these offices. These offices will not provide directory information to non-GSW personnel.

HOUSING/RESIDENCE LIFE

Residence Life at Georgia Southwestern State University offers students the opportunity to meet new people and make life-long friends, to feel a sense of independence, yet belong to a community, and to be in close contact with people who have values, attitudes, desires, and academic interests different from their own. They will be challenged to question, to think, and to grow as individuals. Students living on campus are more involved in leadership roles than their off-campus peers, including Student Government, sororities and fraternities, campus honorary organizations, the Campus Activities Board, the Orientation Team, the Residence Hall Association, and Hosts and Marshals. Living on campus can be a real PLUS if the student wants to become involved in campus life.

There are four residence halls on the GSW campus ranging in size from 230 to approximately 403 students. The halls are staffed with professional and student staff members whose primary objective is to insure a comfortable, congenial, and secure place for students to live and learn.

HOUSING ELIGIBILITY AND REGULATION

GSW has the following on-campus living requirement: All full-time undergraduate students under the age of 21, who have earned less than 60 semester hours are required to reside on campus unless they have lived on campus for four (4) full term semesters NOT including summer, they are married, have a dependent child, have a documented medical condition or they are living in the legal residence of a family member. For this purpose family member is defined as parent(s), guardian(s), grandparent(s), son/daughter, uncle/aunt, or brother/sister who is not a student at GSW.

In order to provide on campus housing at the lowest possible rate, the University operates its residence halls on a contract basis for the full Academic Year beginning with the Fall Semester and continuing through the end of Spring Semester. A separate contract is signed for the Summer Term. Since the ANNUAL HOUSING CONTRACT is a binding agreement between the student and the University, applicants are advised to read this document before signing.

Failure to submit the ANNUAL HOUSING CONTRACT will not cancel the obligation to live on campus. Students who wish to commute to campus from their legal residence or live with a family member who is not a GSW student may request an exemption from this policy by submitting the REQUEST FOR HOUSING EXEMPTION form available from the Division of Student Affairs.

CANCELLATIONS

  1. New and continuing applicants for campus housing who decide not to enroll at Georgia Southwestern must cancel their contract in writing no later than thirty (30) working days prior to the first official day of classes for the affected term. Cancellation after this date will result in forfeiture of the deposit.
  2. Students who have signed contracts and will enroll at Georgia Southwestern may petition to cancel their contract by submitting the Request for Release petition (obtained in the Residence Life Office) to the Department of Residence Life, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia 31709 thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the affected term. Notification submitted to other University offices will not insure requested action. Upon approval of housing cancellation, a contract buyout will be required.

DEPOSITS AND RENT PAYMENTS

 

  1. The application fee of $50 and the damage deposit of $250 must accompany the housing contract and is nontransferable to another person. The deposit is refunded according to the following conditions: 1) the University is unable to provide campus housing, 2) the terms of the contract are fulfilled, the student has been officially checked out of the room by a residence hall staff member, and the student is cleared of responsibility for damage to the room or building. The deposit will be forfeited, wholly or in part, when the student 1) is responsible for damage to the room or building, 2) fails to follow departmental check out procedures, 3) terminates the contract after the established deadlines or before the terms are completed, or 4) owes the University any debt, fine, or other obligation owed by the student.
  2. Housing fees are due and payable in advance at the prescribed rate per academic term. If payment is not made by the stipulated deadline, the student's registration can be canceled.

 

REFUNDS

Students who officially withdraw from the University qualify for a prorated refund of MEAL fees as determined by the date of the official checkout of the residence hall. Refunds will be prorated by the formula set by the Business Office. Students who vacate their assigned room during the semester without an official withdrawal or official residency release and students who withdraw and fail to officially check out of the room with the Residence Life Staff or students who are evicted for disciplinary reasons will receive no refund of either housing fees or deposit.

The Office of Residence Life is located in the Student Success Center, Room 3435. 

FOOD SERVICES

The dining service at GSW provides students with a quality and variety of food choices at an economical cost. An undergraduate student who has earned less than 60 semester credit hours and who lives in a residence hall is required to purchase a meal plan. The three available meal plans, which include unlimited seconds, are 10 meals per week, 15 meals per week and unlimited meals per week. Included with each meal plan are flex dollars for purchase of items in the Canes Den, Java City, Convenience Store (C-Store) and/or for additional meals in the Dining Hall (RFOC).

After purchasing a meal plan the student's identification card is used to gain entry into the RFOC (located in the Marshall Student Center). The Cane's Den (located in the Student Success Center), Java City (located in the Marshall Student Center) and the C-Store (located in the Marshall Student Center) accepts cash, checks, credit cards, flex dollars and dining dollars. The Canes Den features a Wokery, Grill Works, Grab-N-Go and various snacks.

Commuting students are also invited to use the University Dining Services. Options include purchasing any of the available semester meal plans, block plans or applying dining dollars to the CanesCard (through the Division of Student Life). Purchases can also be made with cash, check, or credit card at any of the locations.

Special diet needs can be provided but must be discussed with the Food Service Director one on one. Students can do this by calling the Food Service Director, Shane Collins, at (229) 924-2732 or stopping by the offices located within the RFOC.

For any questions concerning the dining services offered at GSW please feel free to call Dining Services at (229) 924-2732.

HEALTH SERVICES

The Student Health Center at Georgia Southwestern State University is a primary care medical clinic with a specialty in college health providing a broad range of affordable health care to eligible students. Staffed by a physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff, our mission is to assist students with preventive health care and consultations, as well as evaluating, diagnosing and treating health concerns, illnesses and injuries, thereby minimizing their impact on academic progress. The clinic is open Monday through Friday. Refer to website for posting of hours of operation of the Health Center and Women's Clinic.  The Clinic is located in the Rosalynn Carter HHS 1.  The Health Center services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis during operating hours while classes are in session. Hours are subject to change to reflect the needs of the University. The Student Health Center is closed on university holidays and weekends. On weekends, students should notify the Residence Life staff member on duty or Public Safety for medical emergencies. The Health Center can handle minor emergencies, but we cannot deal with life- or-limb threatening emergencies. For medical emergencies, please dial 911 for emergency medical services and then call the Campus Police for assistance, at 229-931-2245. If a student becomes ill, the Health Center will notify family members and faculty if the student so requests.

The Health Center staff provides assistance to students with minor illnesses or injuries and promotes positive physical and mental health by providing health awareness information to students. A women's comprehensive health program staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses is available, by appointment, every Wednesday of each month while classes are in session.

 A student who utilizes Health Center medical services is expected to visit the Health Center at times that do not conflict with academic responsibilities. After a student has been assessed in the Health Center, we will provide a written recommendation to excuse from class only if we feel there is justification. By Georgia Southwestern State University policy, an excuse from class can only be granted by the professor of that class.

The Health Center provides care for all currently registered students and currently employed faculty and staff (who must pay the co-pay health fee whenever using the health center). A mandatory health fee is assessed to students currently enrolled in five or more credits on GSW's campus. A student registered for less than three credit hours has the option to pay the semester health fee or a co-pay for each visit. The semester health fee entitles the student to consultation services with the professional Health Center staff. There are free over the counter medications available as well as first aid supplies. Students are accessed fees for prescription medications dispensed at the center, equipment, lab tests and special procedures.

All students are urged to have adequate health coverage for illnesses or emergency visits to the local hospital or a physician's office when the Health Center is closed. Insurance coverage is also recommended for medical care that is not available at the Health Center, including treatment of major injuries, surgery, and hospitalization. The university has a student health insurance plan available to all Georgia Southwestern State University students. Applications for enrollment are available in the Health Center.

Laboratory and x-ray services, inpatient hospital services, hospital emergency room treatment, ambulance transportation to a hospital, and professional services of a non-university medical specialist are not included in the semester health service fee. The Health Center staff, however, will assist the student in making arrangements with medical specialists.

The university physician is available for student visits at the Health Center at designated hours. As a part of a visit to the Health Center, the physician/nurse practitioner can dispense prescription medication at discounted prices-antibiotics, allergy and cold medicines, ear and eye drops, dermatological creams, and more (the clinic does not perform pharmaceutical services for prescriptions written off campus). Medications not stocked by the Health Center are the financial responsibility of the student for whom they are prescribed. The Health Center does not see patients who are pregnant. The Health Center will assist the patient with a referral to an Obstetrician /Gynecologist.

A student accepted for admission will receive a health history and immunization form which is to be completed and returned to the Health Center once accepted for admission to the University. All new students (freshmen, transfers, and others) attending regularly scheduled classes or receiving resident credit will be required to submit a certificate of immunization prior to attending such classes. Students will be given 30 days from the start date of classes for a required immunization record to be on file with the Health Center. After this, a hold will be placed on the student's account preventing registration and obtaining grades or transcripts.

Measles (Rubeola) is required for students born in 1957 or later. Two doses of live measles vaccine (combined measles-mumps rubella or MMR meets this requirement), with first dose at 12 months of age or later and second dose at least 28 days after the first dose, or documented laboratory/serologic evidence of immunity.

Mumps is required for students born in 1957 or later. Two doses at 12 months of age or later (MMR meets this requirement), or documented laboratory/serologic evidence of immunity.

Rubella (German Measles) is required for students born in 1957 or later. (Because rubella can occur in some persons born before 1957 and because congenital rubella syndrome can occur in the offspring of women infected with rubella during pregnancy, women born prior to 1957 who may become pregnant are strongly encouraged to ensure that they are immune to rubella). One dose at 12 months of age or later (MMR meets this requirement), or documented laboratory/serologic evidence of immunity.

Varicella is required for all U.S born students born in 1966 or later and all foreign born students regardless of year born. One dose given at 12 months of age or later but before the students 13th birthday, or if first dose given after the students 13th birthday: Two doses at least 4 weeks apart, or reliable history of Varicella disease (chicken pox), or documented laboratory/serologic evidence of immunity.

Tetanus, Diphtheria is required for all students. Students must have one tetanus/diphtheria containing booster dose within 10 years prior to matriculation. Combined tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) booster (Tdap) is preferred but Td is acceptable (Students who are unable to document a primary series of 3 doses of tetanus/diphtheria-containing vaccine [DTaP, DTP, or Td] are strongly advised to complete a 3- dose primary series).

Hepatitis B is required for all students who will be 18 years of age or less at matriculation. Three doses hepatitis B series (0, 1-2, and 4-6 months), or 3 dose combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B series (0, 1-2, and 6-12 months), or 2 dose hepatitis B series of Recombivax(0 and 4-6 months, given at 11-15 years of age), or documented laboratory / serologic evidence of immunity or prior infection.

Meningococcal Quadrivalent Polysaccharide vaccine is required for newly admitted freshmen or matriculated students planning to reside in university managed campus housing. One dose within 5 years prior to matriculation, or signed documentation that student (or parent or guardian if student <18 years old) has received and reviewed information about the disease as required by House Bill 521.

International students must meet the above requirements and the following: A PPD tuberculin skin test is required within 10 days of arrival to campus. If positive, the students must have a chest X-ray within 2 weeks of arrival to campus. No X-ray films will be accepted. A tuberculosis-screening questionnaire must be completed upon arrival to campus. All reports and documentation must be in English. All immunization forms and reports must have the signature of a health care provider, with address and contact phone number in English.

It is recommended that each student discuss with his/her health care provider the need for additional immunizations such as Pertussis, Hepatitis A, and Influenza.

MANDATORY STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has contracted with United Healthcare to provide student health insurance. All Institutions of the University System of Georgia are required to use United Healthcare for student health insurance. Students in the following categories are required to have insurance that meets the minimum standards:  graduate students receiving a full tuition waiver as part of their graduate assistantship award; undergraduate, graduate, and ESL international students holding F or J visas; undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs that require proof of health insurance (e.g. nursing and athletics), and International Scholars and all accompanying dependents. Students and scholars who are not covered by a policy held by a parent, spouse, company or organization on the approved waiver list or do not have a policy that meets the minimum standards must purchase the USG Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) policy.

Students who are required to have health insurance will be enrolled each semester in the Mandatory Plan, which is an accident and sickness insurance policy that includes diagnosis and/or treatment of illness, injury, or medical conditions. Benefits include physician, hospital, surgical, pharmacy, behavioral health services (i.e., mental health /substance abuse), as well as legally mandated benefits. Premiums for individual students in the Mandatory Plan are available upon request from the Student Account’s Office. Students in the mandatory group will have fees assessed by GSW and placed on their student account for payment.

Mandatory Health Insurance Waiver:  Students who are covered by a policy held by a parent, spouse, company or organization may apply for a waiver of the Mandatory Plan by going to the United HealthCare site https://www.uhcsr.com/ . The student must enter his/her name and date of birth to process a waiver.  United Healthcare will evaluate the current insurance and will approve or deny the waiver. 

OPTIONAL STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

All GSW students who are not required to have health insurance may purchase the Optional Plan if they are (a) enrolled in six (6) or more semester hours or (b) participating in off-campus internship or practicum programs. The Optional Plan is an accident and sickness insurance policy that includes diagnosis and/or treatment of illness, injury, or medical conditions. Benefits include physician, hospital, surgical, pharmacy, behavioral health services (mental health / substance abuse), as well as legally mandated benefits. Students may also purchase health insurance coverage for their spouse and children for an additional premium. Various payment options are also available for the Optional Plan, including annual and semester payments.

For more information about the United Healthcare plan, students are encouraged to visit the web site at http://gsw.edu/Campus-Life/CampusLiving/StudentAccount/StudentHealthInsurance/index or call 1-866-403-8267. Enrollment information is available at the Health Center, the Student Accounts Office, and auxiliary services.

For more information about the Health Center call (229) 931-2235 or fax (229) 931-2666.

 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to help create an environment conducive to the furthering of educational pursuits and personal development, the University has established minimum behavioral expectations of students. These expectations, as well as student rights, are published in the Rights and Responsibilities section of the GSWeathervane. Also included in this publication is the University policy statement relative to implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Each student is responsible for reading and observing the policies stated in the student handbook. The GSWeathervane is revised annually and is made available to students via the GSW website at http://gsw.edu/Campus-Life/ResourcesInformation/StudentHandbook/index.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs Information for University Students

The University System of Georgia accepts a responsibility to educate its students on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and to adopt policies and procedures designed to minimize the incidents involving the high-risk use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. At Georgia Southwestern State University, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education programs are coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs by the Asst. Dean of Students in conjunction with the Task Force on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD), and the BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) Peer Educators.

These groups sponsor alcohol, tobacco, and drug awareness programs during the academic year. The dangers of high-risk use and the resources available for assistance (counseling, treatment and rehabilitation) are included in the programs. These programs are intended to educate about the reality of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and its effects on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well- being of the individual. The programs are open to all Georgia Southwestern State University students, faculty and staff. The date, time, location and specific topic of each program are advertised in The Sou'wester, GSW news on-line, and on information boards around campus. Informative pamphlets are made available free of charge on a regular basis to the entire university community in the Peer Educators Office located in the Student Success Center and in the Health Center.

The Georgia Southwestern State University policies on alcoholic beverages and substances abuse are stated in Student Code of Conduct in the GSWeathervane.

Student Action Plan

Any student violating any policy of the Student Code of Conduct that relates to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs or for which the presiding student conduct officer or student conduct board feels that the use alcohol, tobacco or drugs contributed to or was related to that student’s violation will be assigned sanctions as outlined in the Student Assistance Program.  The program also will be available for any individual seeking help for alcohol, tobacco, or other drug issues.

 The plan of action for the SAP will be as follows:

First offense: The student will be required to sign up for and successfully complete the GSW Social Responsibility Education Program at the next available offering.  The student will be required to pay a $100 fee for the program. In addition, the student may be required to attend workshops presented by Counseling Services, complete online training sessions, complete community service projects under the direction of the volunteer services coordinator, write a response paper following the program, and complete a student conduct evaluation form.

Second offense:   The student will be required to repeat all sanctions described as part of the first offense, with some additional requirements. The additional requirements may include an appointment with Counseling Services and an extended curriculum version of the Social Responsibility Education Program. The extended curriculum includes a research paper and a program presentation.  The student will be required to pay a $200 fee for the program. A clinical assessment may be necessary to determine if addiction counseling or other treatments should be recommended.  If the student is under the age of 21, the Student Conduct Officer may choose to notify the student’s parents of this second violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Third offense: The student will be suspended from school for a minimum of one semester. In addition, he or she will be referred to Alcohol/Drug addiction counseling such as Middle Flint Behavioral Health Care Services, for proper evaluation and must complete his or her addiction education program. Only after providing verification of completion of the educational program, may the student return to school.

GSW Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force

Georgia Southwestern State University is committed to support and comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, Section 22, subpart B) as an Institution of Higher Education. The law under this act now covers both drugs and alcohol, and relates to faculty, staff and students. Therefore, the entire campus community of Georgia Southwestern State University is under the mandate to comply. A committee appointed by the President of Georgia Southwestern has been charged with ensuring compliance with the aforementioned federal mandates.

The Task Force on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Committee is a committee appointed by the President of Georgia Southwestern State University. The Task Force shall focus on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, prevention and intervention for the GSW campus community. The Task Force shall:

  • Provide continual guidance and support to ensure that the 1989 amendments (Part 86) to the "Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act" regulations are being followed,
  • Develop a strategic plan for GSW on ATOD issues. This will include the assignment of sub-committees to accomplish strategic plan tasks.
  • Forward any recommendations or modifications in any current GSW drug/alcohol/tobacco policies to the President.
  • Establish and assess the Student Assistance Program to educate and provide interventions to students who violate current GSW alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies as well as any federal, state or local laws.
  • Oversee the general education of the campus community in relation to policies, laws, and risks associated with ATOD issues including programming, classes, seminars, and workshops
  • Collaborate with GSW's chapter of the BACCHUS Peer Educators to provide quality educational programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs for the campus community
  • Provide training for task force members and peer educators on ATOD issues
  • Provide financial support for GSW education and prevention programs.
  • Assess the university environment surrounding perceptions and use of ATOD using a variety of instruments such as the CORE survey
  • Collaborate with members of the community to ensure a community approach to ATOD education.

POLICY STATEMENT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

(The following is in compliance with Federal law and Board of Regents Policy)It has always been our policy to maintain the best possible environment for all faculty, staff, and students. All employees and students have the right to be free from sexual and all other forms of unlawful harassment of any kind in the workplace, including harassment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sex, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. GSW will not tolerate such harassment.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is an unwelcome advance, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing, or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual or,
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment.

Sexual Harassment can take many forms including:

  • Remarks of a sexual nature concerning a person's body or clothing.
  • Sexually explicit slurs or words which are used to describe a person.
  • Unnecessary and unwelcome touching, patting, pinching or fondling.
  • Unwelcome propositions or requests for social dates or sexual activity.
  • The circulation or displaying of sexually oriented cartoons, pictures, or other potentially offensive materials while on campus.
  • Remarks exchanged by two consenting adults that may be offensive to other individuals.

What should you do if you think you're being subjected to Sexual Harassment at Georgia Southwestern State University?

First, make it clear to the harasser that his or her behavior is unwelcome, and firmly request that it be stopped. If you then feel you are a victim of sexual harassment, you should bring your concerns to the  University's Human Resources Department. The earlier the incident is reported, the sooner University officials can investigate concerns. Any complaint under this policy will be handled confidentially and fairly. No reprisal or retaliation will occur because of the report of an incident of sexual harassment. A formal grievance can also be filed when reporting an incident of sexual harassment.

STUDENT MEDICAL/MENTAL HEALTH WITHDRAWALS

For the provision of an academic learning environment and the protection of students and the total University community, the University has adopted a policy for the administrative medical/mental health withdrawals of students by the Vice President for Student Affairs. In making this decision, the Vice President for Student Affairs may consult with the Director of Counseling Services, the University physician, the Director of the University's Health Services, the Director of the University's Public Safety Office, Director of Human Resources, other appropriate university officials [such as Residence Life staff, Dean/Asst. Dean of Students, faculty, etc.], as well as with the student's parents/legal guardians [if under age 18-FERPA based], and the student's physician and appropriate health professionals [in the form of medical records documentation].

The Vice President for Student Affairs may administratively withdraw the student when it is determined that the student suffers from a physical, mental, emotional or psychological health condition which: (l) poses a significant danger or threat of physical harm to the student or to the person or property of others or (2) causes the student to interfere with the rights of other members of the University community or with the exercise of any proper activities or functions of the University or its personnel or (3) causes the student to be unable to meet institutional requirements for admission and continued enrollment, as defined in the Student Conduct Code and other publications of the University.

Except in emergency situations, a student shall, upon request, be accorded an appropriate hearing prior to the final decision concerning his or her continued enrollment at the University. The request for this hearing should be made, in writing, to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  The Vice President for Student Affairs/Chairperson of GSW’s Student Health and Behavioral Issues Response Team (SHBIRT) will arrange a hearing with the SHBIRT within 5 class days of receiving the request for a hearing.  The student will be notified of the decision  within five class days following the hearing. If the student wishes to appeal the decision received, he/she must submit the appeal, in writing, to the President’s Office within five [5] days of receiving the notification. The President may reject or accept the appeal. If the appeal is accepted, the President may independently handle the review or appoint a committee to conduct the review. If the President independently handles the review, the review should be completed within five class days following receipt of the student's written appeal, and a final decision must be rendered in writing within five class days after the conclusion of the review. If the President appoints a committee to conduct the review, it shall occur within ten [10] class days upon receipt of the appeal. The committee should be composed of three members of the faculty of the institution, or the President may utilize the services of an appropriate existing committee. This committee shall review all facts and circumstances connected with the case and shall within five class days make its findings and report thereon to the President. After consideration of the committee's report, the President shall, within five days of receiving the committee’s recommendation, make a decision, and notify the student, in writing. The only exceptions to the noted time frames are when the President is travelling and/or away from campus at the time the appeal arrives in the President’s office. This decision from the appeal to the President’s office shall be final so far as the institution is concerned.

STUDENT LIFE

The Division of Student Affairs exists to plan, coordinate, and implement co-curricular programs and services which support students while they learn. The goal of the Division of Student Affairs is to identify non-academic needs of GSW students and to put its staff and resources to work in order to meet those needs. The staff of Student Affairs is particularly interested in fostering the development of the student as a whole person. Providing opportunities for students to interact effectively with each other and with faculty, to expand their leadership and communication skills, and to achieve their goals are the underlying objectives of the programs and services of the Division of Student Affairs.

Under the leadership of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs includes counseling, career planning and placement, financial aid, judiciaries, Greek life, orientation, residence life, student activities, intramural sports and recreation, and the student center. For complete information concerning these programs and services, see the GSWeathervane, which is made available to all students by the Division of Student Affairs.

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS (CanesCard)

GSW provides every student with a CanesCard. The CanesCard is the official identification card for Georgia Southwestern State University. Students can use their CanesCard to receive financial aid refunds, access the Dining Hall, Java City, C-Store, and Canes Den. The CanesCard can also be used to make on-campus and off-campus purchases or access ATMs for cash. The CanesCard functions as a pre-paid debit card; students can only make purchases if they have money applied to their CanesCard.

Every student will need to have a CanesCard to access GSW facilities such as the fitness center, game room, library, bookstore, academic computer labs, and the residence halls.

For new students, CanesCards will be made on STORM Days and registration days in the Student Account Office located in the Marshall Student Center. The CanesCard office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 5 pm and Friday from 9 am – 2 pm. Students can contact the CanesCard office at (229) 931-5091 or Student Accounts at (229) 931-2013 with questions or concerns.

If a CanesCard is lost, stolen, or destroyed, cards can be replaced for a $10.00 fee for the first card, and then $20 for any cards made after this point.  Payment can be made in the Student Accounts Office.