Student Affairs

Orientation

In order that new students may be fully informed and aware of all phases of college life, an orientation program is provided upon enrollment. The orientation for new students at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is accomplished in two (2) phases. The first phase is provided through the College Success Course, College 1500. In this course, SRTC staff members discuss financial aid and scholarships, career placement services, counseling services, the calendar of events for the semester, the College’s work ethics program, student Right to Know requirements, student activities, and other support services. Students are shown access to the Southern Regional Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook also located on the College website. Orientation activities allow students to become familiar with various staff members and with the campuses.

The second phase of the orientation process is conducted by the program Faculty. Program requirements, safety rules, and relevant program requirements are explained and questions answered.


Counseling Services

Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) believes counseling services can be an important partner in the educational process. Brief counseling services (4 to 6 weeks) are available to any student who requests or may be referred for assistance. Upon evaluation, students who need more than brief counseling may be referred to community resources.

Other counseling services include the following: a connection to college-wide resources; personal counseling to encourage self-exploration/discovery in a safe and confidential environment; and career counseling and strategies to achieve educational and occupational goals.

Individuals in need of counseling assistance are encouraged to make appointments when possible by contacting Student Affairs.


Disability Services

The Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Disability Services seeks to assure applicants and students with disability equal access to its programs of study, activities, and services.

Disability Services are provided to ensure equal access to all aspects of the technical college experience for students with disabilities through the most appropriate accommodations. Services may be provided from the point of application through graduation and are based on each individual’s needs.

Services/accommodations may be made available to those students who self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disabilities. All services are provided at no charge to qualified students. SRTC strives to provide reasonable, quality services/accommodations based on the nature of the disability. The type of service/accommodation provided will not be disruptive and will not fundamentally alter the nature of the program.

If a student has a disability and is in need of accommodations, he or she is encouraged to contact the Disability Services Coordinator to self-identify and provide appropriate documentation. Accommodations will be provided based on individual need and medical documentation. Self-disclosures regarding the existence of a disability, or the functional limitations imposed by a disability, are made on a confidential basis. A statement regarding the process of self-disclosure for applicants with disability is included in the Southern Regional Technical College Catalog and Student Handbook.

A Special Populations survey is provided to each student attending new student orientation, identified as new by an instructor, or enrolled in COLL 1500 upon which the student may request more information regarding Disability Services. Referrals for disability services may come from within the College, other colleges or agencies. However, the student must self-identify and request assistance from the Disability Services Coordinator before accommodations can be provided. Disability Services files are confidential and are kept in a secured location within the office of the Disability Services Coordinator. These files may not be accessed without written permission of the student or as otherwise provided by law. These files contain information concerning the nature of the student’s disability, appropriate documentation, services requested, and case notes recording services provided.

Procedure for Acquiring and Utilizing Disability Services Accommodations

  1. Student self-identifies disability on the Student Request for Disability Support Form in a confidential meeting with Disability Services Coordinator.
  2. Student provides appropriate documentation of disability.
  3. Disability Services Coordinator reviews documentation submitted by student, determines eligibility, selects appropriate accommodations, and notifies impacted instructors by form.
  4. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Disability Services Coordinator each term to request continued accommodations.
  5. Follow-up is conducted throughout the term to review, update, or continue accommodations.

Services Provided May Include:

  1. Registration assistance
  2. Orientation to the campus
  3. Career exploration
  4. Testing modification
  5. Recording/Enlarging reading materials
  6. Accessible parking
  7. Information and referral to campus and community support services
  8. Counseling
  9. Special equipment
  10. Architectural accessibility

Career Placement and Follow-Up

Career Services, a unit of Student Affairs, provides services to assist students, graduates, and alumni in locating gainful employment in the field for which they have been trained. The Career Services staff maintains communication with employers and with employment resources to inform students and alumni of available employment opportunities. Southern Regional Technical College will make every effort to assist students to find employment through resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques and job search strategies, and information on current job openings in the area. Computers with internet access and other resources are available in the Student Affairs area in Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Building A; Thomasville, Building A; and Tifton, Building A. Students may call to schedule an appointment.


Students’ Right To Privacy

Student Records

In accordance with provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (Buckley Amendment). Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) accords all the rights under the law to students who are or have been enrolled. No one outside the College shall have access to any information from students' educational records without the written consent of students, except the following:

  1. College personnel;
  2. Officials of other colleges in which students seek to enroll;
  3. Persons or organizations providing student financial aid;
  4. Accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function;
  5. Persons in compliance with a judicial order; or
  6. Persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other personnel.

Within the College, only those staff members, individually or collectively, acting in the student's educational interest are allowed access to student educational records. These staff members include administrators, financial aid and academic personnel, and all are held within a need-to-know limitation.

Directory Information
At its discretion, SRTC may release directory information according to the provisions of the FERPA. Directory information includes the following:

  1. full name of student;
  2. address;
  3. major and field of study;
  4. degree, awards, and date received;
  5. dates of attendance;
  6. Participation in official activities;
  7. email address;
  8. photograph(s)

Any student who objects to the release of directory information must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing, clearly stating what directory information they do not wish to have released. A student need only file this notification once during his or her enrollment. Even if a student elects to prohibit the release of directory information, SRTC may still require the student to wear or present a student ID badge.

Campus Visits

Southern Regional Technical College encourages prospective students, businesses, and guests to visit and see any College campus. All visitors who desire a tour are asked to contact the Student Affairs staff on that campus prior to the visit, so arrangements can be made for an organized tour.


Validation of Lawful Presence

Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:

  • A current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current Driver’s License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will accept the following:

    Alabama: Issued after August 1, 2000
    Florida: Issued after January 1, 2010 OR have a gold star in the upper right hand corner.
    South Carolina: Issued after November 1, 2008
    Tennessee: Issued after May 29, 2004
    Any State: Any valid drivers’ license or ID card with this gold star in the upper right hand corner.
  • A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
  • A current, valid military identification card for active duty soldiers or veterans.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).

Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in TCSG State Board Policy 6.2.2: Residency and TCSG Procedure 6.2.2p: Residency, to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state, and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

The information in this College Catalog and Student Handbook accurately reflects current policies and procedures at the time of publication. Students are admitted to the College under and are subject to the provisions of the SRTC Catalog and Student Handbooks for the term they initially enroll. Students in all programs are admitted under and are subject to the provisions of the College Catalog and Student Handbook and applicable addendums for the term they are admitted to the program at Southern Regional Technical College. If for any reason, a break in enrollment occurs, students must reapply and satisfy the College Catalog and Student Handbook requirements for the term of their re-entry to any program. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Southern Regional Technical College and the student. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.

Southern Regional Technical College. (2017). 2017-2018 College Catalog and Student Handbook

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