ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
STUDENT COMPUTING SERVICES - THE HUB
COUNSELING AND CAREER SERVICES
DIVERSITY PROGRAMS AND DISABILITY SERVICES
OTHER STUDENT SERVICES
AUXILIARY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Clayton State University offers a wide range of services to assist students with their studies, to facilitate their transition to the academic environment, and to enrich their college experience. Organizationally, these services are administered by several different offices, but they are gathered in this chapter for convenient reference.
Student Information and Advocacy Center
The Student Information and Advocacy Center is located in the front lobby of the Student Center. Staff members are available to assist students in accessing information, identifying appropriate sources when assistance is needed and solving general problems that may be encountered on campus. If more information is needed than the Center can provide, students will be assisted in identifying the appropriate person or office and setting up appointments. Forms are available at the Center for most services needed by students. For more information, please call 770-961-3401.
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Clayton State University’s Library is located in a modern two-story building of 56,000 square feet. The library’s services and collections are housed on the upper level, with the lower level of the building containing Media Services, the Center for Learning Enhancement, and other offices.
The library has a reference and circulating print collection of nearly 90,000 volumes. In addition, the library subscribes to 750 periodicals, back issues of which are retained in bound volumes or on microfilm. Several microfilm and microfiche reader/printers are available for scanning and copying the more than 180,000 microforms housed in the library. Reserve materials and audio-visual software may be checked out from the circulation desk; the library owns more than 16,000 pieces of audio-visual software, including slides, videotapes, audiotapes, compact discs, and filmstrips.
The library seats 450 persons at tables and study carrels, and specially adapted carrels have been designed for audio-visual playback. Sixty carrels are equipped with Internet connections. Other library facilities available to students include a change machine, photocopiers, and an audiotape cassette duplicating machine for non-copyrighted audiotapes.
The library is currently open 81 hours per week with librarians and well-trained support staff available to assist students in using library materials and equipment. Bibliographies for many subject areas have been prepared and are available on the library’s web page. Library orientation classes are designed and conducted for those instructors requesting them, and special sessions are created for students needing individual attention.
Through the OCLC/SOLINET network, the library has access to the book and periodical holdings of nearly 14,000 academic, public, and special libraries. A welldeveloped interlibrary loan program enables students, faculty, and staff to borrow books and copies of articles not available at the Clayton State University Library. Interlibrary loan service is usually available at no cost or a very modest cost to the user and may be initiated from the library’s web page.
The Clayton State University Library participates in GALILEO, the statewide library initiative. GALILEO provides access to numerous periodical and information databases and over 2,000 full-text periodicals. Additionally, the library subscribes to several other electronic and CD‑ROM databases.
The library utilizes an online catalog. Over 100,000 books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials are listed on this computer database, all of which can be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword.
The library welcomes suggestions for improvements in its service and materials. Users may speak directly to the library staff or may put their written suggestions or recommendations in the library’s suggestion box on its web page.
MEDIA AND PRINTING SERVICES
Media and Printing Services, located on the lower level of the Library Building, provides audio‑visual, multimedia, tape duplication, and printing support and services to the University community. Student printing is available in the lower level of the Student Center.
Center for Learning Enhancement
Located in the lower level of the Library, the Center for Learning Enhancement (CLE) offers a variety of academic support services -- including standardized and individualized assessments and supplementary forms of instruction, especially in interdisciplinary academic skills. Individual and group study areas; professional staff in communications, math, and testing; peer tutors; and computerized and multimedia instructional materials are available at no charge to currently registered Clayton State students. Members of the community not enrolled in the University have access to the Center’s resources through the Academic Skills Tune-Up course offered twice each semester by the Office of Continuing Education.
The Center for Learning Enhancement provides a comfortable, supportive environment where students work independently or with personalized assistance as needed. Students have access to group study sessions, in-person and online workshops, skills-oriented courses, peer tutors, educational software, audio and/or video instructional materials, text resources, and a website (http://ctl.clayton.edu) rich in interactive materials. Particularly emphasized are those academic skills (reading, writing, and math) important in every major, the use of educational technology, and the development of study strategies for working through difficult concepts and materials.
In addition to providing instructional support services, CLE oversees all standardized testing and secure WebCT tests given on campus. Assessment Services, located at the back of the Center, administers both paper-and-pencil and computerized tests, including:
Through ITP Choice, Clayton State University requires all of its students to have ready access to multimedia notebook computers with full Internet/World Wide Web access. (See Chapter 4 for details.) Students use their computers in the classroom, on campus, at home, and at other remote locations to obtain information and to stay in touch with their instructors and fellow students. Clayton State University initiated the Information Technology Project to improve dramatically the quality of education for its students and make its programs, courses, and facilities more convenient and accessible.
In almost all courses at Clayton State University, instructors require that students use their laptop computers on campus, at home, or both. In some courses, CD-ROMs and the World Wide Web may supplement or replace traditional textbooks. All students have access to training in using the standard software load, and specialized instruction is available in software unique to specific programs. Students with questions can contact the help desk, known as The HUB, on a walk-up, e-mail, or phone-in basis (770-961-HELP).
Clayton State University offers online courses that are available to students by distance learning through the World Wide Web. The use of technology is helping to expand degree offerings available at Clayton State University, especially in new programs such as the Information Technology Career Ladder (ITCL), which leads to the Bachelor of Information Technology (B.I.T.). Students may also register online for their courses each semester and even pay their semester fees online.
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The Office of Counseling & Career Services (CCS) provides various services to help currently enrolled students successfully meet the demands of collegiate life, attain their educational goals, and advance themselves through the world of work. For more detailed information about services, visit www.clayton.edu.
ACADEMIC PLANNING & ADVISING
CCS is the official advising center for undeclared students, who are served in close partnership with Arts & Sciences faculty advisors. Freshman Scholars (joint-enrolled students) also are advised in CCS. Advisors assist students with exploring majors and programs of study; developing realistic educational goals and plans, considering alternatives, and evaluating consequences of decisions; and clarifying Clayton State University policies.
CAREER EXPLORATION & DISCERNMENT
CCS provides career exploration activities and resources that encourage, even challenge, students to explore and discern their unique values, skills, and interests and to explore available career and academic options. Useful information and decision-making tools guide students through the process of making informed decisions and promote effective decision-making within all of one’s major life roles. Career assessments support exploration and discernment activities, and some require a nominal fee to defray expenses.
Students may choose a comprehensive career-planning course-CAPL 1000-to participate in self-assessment activities as well as receive instruction in writing cover letters and resumes and conducting job searches.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT (INCLUDING PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT)
Counseling & Career Services has introduced new career development services (CDS) that promote skill development and the use of career portfolios to document skills so critical to recruiting employers. Career development services guide students through steps to target skills for development as well as identify learning activities to develop those skills. Through sequential tracks, students focus on essential skills most often sought by employers (Advancement), target advanced skills for continued cultivation (Achievement), and prepare plans for conducting a successful job search campaign (Transition). Career development services are designed to help students learn a skill development process and to recognize and communicate how their skills apply to various settings.
The career portfolio project provides guidelines for students to document their own skill development activities and to highlight selected skills for top career choices. Special resources complement career development services, and nominal fees are charged to offset expenses.
When students desire individualized attention to explore careers, discern choices, develop career plans, and address other life concerns, individual coaching or counseling is available. In the process of helping students with their presentation of goals and concerns, counselors also help students to recognize how the coaching process itself can enhance their communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. Coaching/Counseling is primarily short-term in nature, is strictly confidential, and closely follows established professional and ethical guidelines. Referrals to other helping professionals and community agencies are made as appropriate.
JOB SEARCH RESOURCES & SERVICES
As Clayton State students approach employment transitions, various job search resources and services are available to help them identify prospective employers and conduct an effective job search campaign. An extensive resource collection of books, job search web sites, and videotapes provides information about employment and professional skills. In addition, students can access a variety of employment opportunity links from the Counseling & Career Services’ web page (www.clayton.edu).
Other job search services include the following:
Students and graduates who wish to participate in web posting of resumes and online job search opportunities can register and post their resumes at www.monsterTRAK.com free of charge. Request the Clayton State University password from the Office of Counseling & Career Services.
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DIVERSITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Office of Diversity Programs and Disability Services is available to address the unique needs of special student populations on the Clayton State University campus. The office assists minority students in their adjustment to student life and provides appropriate and reasonable individualized accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. The office works as an advocate for student interests by assisting students in improving academic achievement and encouraging student participation in programming efforts that provide an enriching academic experience in cultural diversity. Such programs have included cultural diversity training, the Tradition series of campus programming, Lyceum, and Spivey Hall events. The director works with the Regents’ Minority Advising Program, the Black Cultural Awareness Association, and the International Club. In addition, the office is involved in matters relating to policy and circumstances that affect minority students.
Any Clayton State student (or person eligible for enrollment) who can provide appropriate documentation of one or more disabilities may be eligible for services according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990. Disability Services provides appropriate and reasonable individualized accommodations for eligible students with disabilities.
The following are examples of the types of disabilities that may require services:
Disability Services include the following:
Disability Services’ policy requires students with disabilities to request services in writing as soon as possible prior to the semester services are needed. See the Disability Services website at www.clayton.edu.
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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Clayton State has many clubs related to majors and interest areas. New groups are formed based on student interest. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life in the upper level of the Student Center, 770-961-3510 (www.clayton.edu.)
Auditions open to all Clayton State University students are held throughout the year for a variety of Clayton State Theater presentations. Academic credit can be received for participating in Clayton State Theater production in both acting and stagecraft positions.
Through the Student Life Activities Committee (SLAC), students work to satisfy the social and entertainment interests of the University community. Each year, SLAC presents a variety of programs which include dances, bands, comedy acts, and feature films. In addition, Homecoming and Spring Fling are two major seasonal events. Many of the scheduled programs emphasize family participation or children’s activities. You are encouraged to become involved by joining SLAC. More information is available in the Office of Student Life.
Each year a series of concerts, lectures and visual artists are presented for the intellectual enrichment and enjoyment of the student body and the community. Programs have included four Nobel laureates, numerous Pulitzer Prize recipients, and outstanding performance and visual artists. Spivey Hall, the University’s acoustical gem of a recital hall, admits Clayton State University students to various concerts at reduced prices. Many performances by Clayton State University students and faculty are free. These co-curricular program offerings are a part of the University’s philosophy of educating the whole person.
Musical ensembles on campus include the Collegiate Chorale, Jazz Combos, the South Metro Concert Band, and a Chamber Orchestra. Students interested in auditioning should contact the Department of Music at 770-961-3609. Academic credit can be received for participation in campus ensembles.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)
It is the philosophy of Clayton State University that student government should provide an organizational framework within which a student may participate and contribute to the operation and development of the University. The Student Government Association (SGA) works as an advisory body to the Student & Enrollment Services Committee. The function of the SGA is to provide for the general welfare of the student body by providing it with necessary information that may be of concern and providing a means for student input and opinion in the organization and operation of student affairs. SGA selects students to serve on campus advisory committees. See the Student Handbook for details and requirements for membership.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
The Office of Student Life is responsible for coordinating the orientation programs for new freshmen and transfer students. Please see the Admissions Information chapter of this catalog for details about orientation.
OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT
The Office of Recruitment is responsible for providing information about Clayton State University to prospective students. Procedures and requirements for admission to the University are explained in the Admissions Information chapter of this catalog (Chapter 2).
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
This office maintains the official grade records and transcripts for all students who have enrolled in academic classes at Clayton State University.
Requests for official transcripts and verification of enrollment should be directed to this office (www.clayton.edu). In addition, students who have previously attended but have not been continuously enrolled must apply to the Office of Registrar for readmission. (See Admissions Information chapter.)
Students are responsible for notifying the Office of the Registrar of any name or address changes.
The Office of Enrollment Services is responsible for processing admission and financial aid applications. For details about admissions, see Chapter 2; for information about financial aid, see Chapter 13.
HEALTH SERVICES (Nurse-Managed Clinic)
Students at Clayton State University are encouraged to select a personal health care provider and to secure health care services.
The University operates a nurse-managed clinic in the Student Center, Room 207. Limited services are available through this clinic, including health examination assessments, physical examinations, immunizations, and selected laboratory tests.
On-campus emergencies are handled by the Department of Public Safety (770-961-3540, STC-209).
Information on housing near the campus is available to the students through the Office of Student Life (STC-226). New housing immediately adjacent to campus is specifically designed with students, in mind including computer hook-ups and roommate plans. However, the University neither approves nor disapproves specific housing arrangements, and the selection of student housing is the responsibility of the student and of his or her parents or guardians if the student is a minor.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC
To insure efficient control of traffic and parking on campus and the safety of all persons and vehicles, each motorized vehicle operated at Clayton State University must be registered with the Department of Public Safety (770-961-3540, STC-209) and must display an official Clayton State University parking permit. A parking service fee is charged all students. (See the Financial Information section of this catalog.)
The campus speed limit is 20 mph, and all vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians. The University police are responsible for enforcing parking and traffic regulations. Emergency telephones are located in the parking lot.
Campus Store (770-961-3480)
The Clayton State University Campus Store is a full-service facility for the following:
Payments: The store accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and the LINX Card.
Refund Policy: Textbooks may be returned during the first two weeks of the term for which they were purchased. To receive a full refund, the books must be in the same condition as they were when purchased. If any textbook or textbook component is sealed, it must be returned unopened. The original Clayton State University register receipt is required.
LINX Card Center (Universal Card) -- 770-961-3686
The LINX Card is the official Clayton State University student ID. It is accepted as photo identification to access an array of services on campus. Students can deposit money into the LINX account, allowing them to use the card as an on-campus debit card at the Clayton State University Campus Store, Dining Services, vending machines, student copying and printing, the HUB, and Public Safety.
Dining Services -- 770-961-3560
Dining Services provides a variety of menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Selections include a salad bar, deli sandwiches, grill items, daily hot entrees, snacks, and hot & cold beverages. Dining Services offers catering for student organizations, faculty, staff, and the corporate community. Dining Services accepts cash and the LINX Card for purchases.
Vending (Linx Card Center) -- 770-961-3686
Vending services are available across campus. Selections include cold drinks, snacks, and coffee. All vending machines accept cash and the LINX Card.
SmartPrint/Copying (Linx Card Center) -- 770-961-3686
SmartPrint is the student printing service on campus. Documents must be queued from computers or GALILEO workstations. Print stations are located in the Library and Student Center Copy Center. Photo Copiers are located in the Library and Copy Center. Both services accept the LINX Card only for payment.
Clayton State University Athletics program features 10 sports and competes at the NCAA Division II-level in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference. The University has five male and five female teams, which compete in six sports:
In the Peach Belt Conference, the Lakers face such schools as Kennesaw State, Columbus State, Georgia College, Armstrong Atlantic, and Augusta State. The conference consists of 12 Southeastern schools that have won several national championships.
Clayton State athletics begin in August and conclude in May each year. Students are invited to see each home contest in every sport for free with their student ID and to support the teams. For more about Clayton State Athletics, go to www.clayton.edu.
The Student Handbook details the rights and responsibilities of students at Clayton State University. A copy of the Student Handbook is usually given to each student during orientation. The publication also is available online at www.clayton.edu. Students at Clayton State University are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the regulations set down in this catalog and in the Student Handbook. A violation of the Community Standards code will be adjudicated through the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.