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Mission Statement for Student Services

University student services are designed to support the academic mission of the University by fostering the development of the whole student. The Student Affairs Division promotes an environment in which the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, recreational, and physical development of the student can thrive. The University provides a range of student services designed to facilitate fuller participation in the life of the campus, to promote a sense of civic responsibility, and to provide skills addressing the challenges of academic life and the life-long process of self-development. Through its curricular and co-curricular offerings, the University provides opportunities for learning life skills such as: career exploration, interpersonal communication and self-awareness, leadership, intellectual discovery, cultural appreciation, personal and ethical values clarification, social and interpersonal effectiveness, physical development, spiritual growth opportunities, and community responsibility, citizenship, and respect for individual differences.

Student Center
100 Spadoni Park Circle

The Student Center provides a variety of facilities for use by all members of the University community. The Center contains meeting and conference rooms, a television lounge, game room, and dining facilities. The Student Center also houses the Office of Student Activities, the I.D. office, Student Government Association, Coastal Productions Board, STAR, Greek life and student publications.

Cino Grille - University Food Service
Student Center, first floor

Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday. A hot lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Pizza Hut, Grille Deli Corner, Freshens, Easy Goes, & Java Estate coffee are all offered until 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday and until 7 p.m. on Friday. Cino Grille is open from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Commons is the residential dining facility and offers an all-you-care-to-eat service. It is located beside the Waccamaw Residence Hall. Catering facilities are available for both on and off campus events.

Office of Student Activities
Student Center, Suite 106.

The Office of Student Activities provides advisement to a large number of academic, professional, Greek fraternity and sorority, special interest and religious student organizations and is open to individual students who desire information about activities which might meet their interests. Any student interested in establishing a new club or organization may obtain information from the Office of Student Activities. Opportunities to participate in community volunteer programs and leadership development workshops are available to all students. This office coordinates Student Media, Student Government, Greek Life, Coastal Productions Board and the University's community service and volunteer programs.

Multicultural Student Services
Prince Building, Room 215

Multicultural Student Services, as a part of the Student Affairs Division, promotes student satisfaction and success. The overall goal of the Office is to support the academic, social and cultural development of minority students through counseling and programming. The office provides a variety of programs and services related to the concerns, challenges and needs of minority students and their adjustment to university life. The Office also focuses on programs designed to involve all students in multicultural education.

In addition, consultation is provided to faculty and professional staff regarding minority issues and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education's Access and Equity Program.

Career Services
Prince Building, Rooms 117 and 119

Career Exploration Services and Student Employment Services are supported by the technology systems housed in the Career Resource Lab and the Career Services web site, Counselors are available to work with students by individual appointment, through structured workshops, classroom presentations or on a walk-in basis in the Lab. Office hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Career Exploration Services
Prince Building, Rooms 117 and 119

The Career Exploration Services assists students and alumni in the selection and achievement of career goals. Students explore their work values, interests and abilities through assessment tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory, individual counseling and other career research. Career counselors assist students with review of opportunities and alternatives as early and systematically in their academic programs as possible. Career library materials, Internet resources, job shadowing with Alumni Career Network members and University 150, a Career Exploration Course are used to facilitate career decision-making.

Student Employment Services
Prince Building, Rooms 117 and 119

The Student Employment Services assist students with locating part-time, internship, and full-time employment opportunities. Opportunities for on-campus employment are posted through this service to the Career Services web site. Part-time, seasonal and on-going opportunities are posted directly to the web site by participating employers. Non- credit Internships, available through government agencies, not-for-profit and large national employers, are advertised through the Student Employment Service. Internships for academic credit are facilitated by designated faculty in each department. A list of faculty internship coordinators are listed on the Career Services web site.

Job search preparation is provided to graduating seniors through workshops and individual appointment. Planning of search strategies, creation and production of resumes and cover letters, development of interviewing skills are addressed to enable students to present themselves effectively as candidates for full-time employment.

Students are connected with employers through job fairs, on-campus interviews, direct resume referrals, networking, recruitment publications and Internet technology. Students must register with Career Services to participate in recruitment events.

Career Resource Lab
Prince Building, Room 117

This computerized resource lab is used to teach students how to access Internet employment sites, research job title, company and graduate school information, utilize the Career Services web site for participation with Career Services programs, and produce resumes and cover letters.

Counseling Services
204 University Boulevard

The Office of Counseling Services of Coastal Carolina University offers a variety of services for students, including personal counseling, crisis intervention, personal growth and enrichment, drug and alcohol education, stress and test anxiety management, and study skills. The services are offered through individual, group and classroom presentations. Counseling Services adheres to the standard professional procedure regarding confidentiality of information and is not part of any other Coastal Carolina University records.

Counseling Services offers a wide variety of information concerning mental health and developmental issues experienced by University students. A network of community resources and referral agencies has been established to ensure that all mental health needs of students are met. Students may schedule appointments by visiting or calling Counseling Services at (843) 349-2305.

Services for Students with Disabilities
204 University Boulevard

Coastal Carolina University provides a program of assistance to students with disabilities. Upon acceptance to the University, students with disabilities become eligible for support services by providing the Services for Students with Disabilities Office with documentation of their disabilities. The student and counselor will develop an educational accommodation plan that may include the following: academic labs, tutorial referral, study skills, counseling, auxiliary aids, and coordination with other agencies and classroom accommodations.

Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a barrier-free environment with all of its resources. Students with physical or learning disabilities are encouraged to contact a counselor to discuss their needs. The office is located in Counseling Services. For more information, call (843) 349-2307.

Alcohol and Drug Services Program
204 University Boulevard

The Office of Alcohol and Drug Services is an integral part of the counseling services offered to students. This program is designed to offer education, prevention, and intervention services in support of student achievement. Personal assessments, classroom presentations, innovative and interactive computerized programs, and informational materials are available as requested. Referrals to community agencies are facilitated when appropriate. Confidentiality is maintained according to professional standards. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (843) 349-2340 visiting the office in

Support Services for Women
204 University Boulevard

Support Services for Women are provided through the Office of Counseling Services and the Women's Advocacy Center. Confidential support groups, long and short term therapy groups, educational and prevention-oriented programs are offered to students throughout the academic year. The Women's Advocacy Center provides a lending library, as well as audio and videotaped programs which students may listen to, or view, in the privacy of the Center. Women's issues groups meet during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year to address issues of concern to women students, faculty and staff. In addition, the Women's Advocacy Center provides intervention services, advocacy and referral to off-campus agencies when appropriate. Leadership training, peer-mentoring opportunities and cooperative programs with other campus departments and student organizations are only some of the goals of the Women's Advocacy Center Board of Advisers, which meets four times a year. A conference about women is held once a year and is free to all students, faculty and staff of the University. For more information call 843-349-2305.

Student Health Services
204 University Boulevard

Student Health Services provides outpatient primary health care, wellness education, and specialist referral. The professional staff includes the University physician and a registered nurse.

Outpatient clinic hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Conway Hospital, located less than two (2) miles from campus, provides emergency care.

Student Health Services are provided for all students residing in University residence halls. All other students currently enrolled are eligible for services by paying a health services fee.

The Student health Services fee covers most of the cost for services at the Health Center; however, additional fees are charged for X-ray, laboratory, and pharmacy. For more information, call (843) 347-7466.

Student Health Insurance
204 University Blvd

Coastal Carolina University participates in a voluntary student health insurance program. All full-time and part-time students of Coastal Carolina are eligible to enroll in this program at any time on a prorated basis. Additional information on coverage, benefits, and cost is contained in brochures available through the Office of Student Health Services or the Office of Counseling Services at 204 University Blvd. Students may also contact Pearce & Pearce Insurance directly at 1-888-622-6001.

International students attending on student visas are required to purchase the University insurance or show proof of a comparable plan acceptable to the University's Office of International Programs.

International Student Advisement/Counseling
Prince Building, Room 105J

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is the issuing office for I-20s and IAP-66s, the documents which support international students' and scholars' request for visas to study, teach or do research in the United States. In addition the OIP helps international students with other visa related issues such as practical training.

The services offered by the Office of International Programs includes welcoming new international students, providing orientation, facilitating the registration process, and serving as primary contact for these students throughout their stay at Coastal. The office provides information on cultural issues; maintains applications and literature on how to obtain social security cards, drivers' licenses, health and automobile insurance; explains employment options; and serves as an on-going general information resource. Coastal has an active undergraduate international club and encourages new international students, both undergraduate and graduates well as Americans, to take part. Club trips and a variety of activities are organized each semester. Students may visit at their convenience in the Eldred E. Prince Building room 105J or phone extension 2054 or email at

Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs

Information is available in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.

Office of Residence Life
Waccamaw Hall, Room 129

The Residence Life Program serves 1250 students in a six-building complex (The Woods), a two-building complex (The Gardens), and another two-building complex (The Rivers). In The Woods, each three-story building contains six furnished four-person apartments per floor with four single bedrooms, living area, and bathroom facilities. The Gardens house approximately 90 upperclassmen in two-person apartments. Two students share an apartment with one large bedroom, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The Rivers consists mainly of four-person, two-bedroom suites sharing one bathroom. A limited number of four-bedroom suites are also available in these buildings. All residence hall units are air conditioned with local phone service and cable T.V. hookup. Computer hook-up is also available in The Woods and The Rivers Complexes. Housing is available on a first come, first served basis. The University has well trained staff to assist students in adjusting to their new environment. Various educational and recreational activities are planned throughout the year for residents.

A wide variety of off-campus housing is also available to students at various locations in Myrtle Beach and Conway. The Office of Residence Life provides limited information on housing off campus.

Additional information about on-campus and off-campus housing is available at the Office of Residence Life located on the first floor of Waccamaw Hall in The Rivers Complex.

Residence Hall Application: Any student interested in living in the residence halls must first be admitted to the University as a full-time graduate student. Upon admission to the University, a student may request a Residence Life Application/Contract from the Office of Admissions. The student must then submit the application/contract with a $130.00 deposit to the Office of Residence Life. Residence hall space will be assigned based on the date the application/contract and deposit is received. Once all spaces have been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The University cannot guarantee residence hall space to all who apply. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early as space is limited. The University offers no separate housing facilities reserved for graduate students. Full-time graduate students interested in being considered for Hall Coordinator positions should contact the Office of Residence Life.

Summer Residence: Some space will be provided in the residence halls for those students wishing to take courses during the summer.

Withdrawal From The Residence Halls: A student desiring to be released from the Residence Life Contract MUST fill out a Request for Release from Residence Life Contract form, which is available at the Office of Residence Life. Generally, a release from the Residence Life Contract will only be considered for those residents who graduate from the University, withdraw from the University, or get married. Other requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

University Bookstore
University Hall, first floor

The student book and supply store, carries classroom textbooks and student supplies. Also, the University Bookstore stocks numerous items featuring the University's name and seal and a selection of personal items.


Student Conduct

Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as individuals. All members of the academic community are expected to use reasonable judgment in their daily campus life to show due concern for the welfare and rights of others.

Students should be aware that educational institutions are not sanctuaries from the jurisdiction of the civil and criminal laws of the communities and states wherein such institutions exist. While the rules and regulations of Coastal Carolina University are not meant to duplicate general laws, there are some respects in which the lawful interests of the institution as an academic community coincide with the broader civic interest treated in general laws. Students who commit offenses against the laws of municipalities, states, or the United States are subject to prosecution by those authorities, as well as liable for disciplinary action under University rules when their conduct violates institutional standards.

Students, no less than other citizens, are entitled to be secure in their persons, lodgings, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. This does not prohibit normal inspections of University facilities for maintenance, health, or safety purposes. Nor does it preclude searches and seizures properly authorized by administrators in emergency situations where the welfare and safety of persons or property are involved. Approval for such procedures will be granted in strict accord with required legal standards. Searches and seizures by law enforcement personnel incident to investigations or arrests are conducted only under proper warrant and are not the responsibility of Coastal Carolina University.

Infractions of personal conduct are dealt with in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. Conduct standards and sanctions are contained in The Student Handbook and Residence Life Living Guide.

The University reserves the right, in the interest of all its students, to decline admission, to suspend, or to require the withdrawal of a student after all appropriate University judicial procedures have been followed.

Registration at the University assumes the student's acceptance of not only all regulations published in the catalog, but also any rules found in any official publication.

Academic Discipline

Student violations of academic discipline are dealt with in accordance with the Code of Student Academic Responsibility. Further information is contained in the current edition of The Student Handbook.

Vehicle Registration

As a primarily non-residential or commuter campus, the University recognizes the importance of providing adequate parking for all members of the community. Regulations regarding automobile registration and parking are distributed by the Department of Public Safety. Copies are available in the Student Center. Students, faculty, and staff are required to register their vehicles each school year.

Identification Cards

Identification cards are required for all members of the University community. Upon completion of their first registration, students will be issued a photo-ID card for use while enrolled at Coastal Carolina University. Valid ID cards are required for entrance to campus activities and events, for use of library materials and resources, and for use of all campus facilities. University police officers are authorized by state law to request students and staff to present identification cards on campus property at any time. Students must present an ID card when requested by any University Official.

If cards are misplaced or destroyed, AraMark will make replacement ID cards at a cost of ten dollars. For information regarding ID cards, contact the Identification Card Office, 349-2255, located in the Student Center, first floor.

Department of Public Safety

The University maintains its own police department, whose public safety officers are state certified. The police force is augmented by security personnel. State laws and University rules and regulations are enforced by this department.

Sex Offender Registry: As required by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the law provides that those required to register as sex offenders under various state laws must now also provide notice when they attend or are employed by an institution of higher education. The Coastal Carolina University Department of Public Safety maintains a registry of CCU students and employees who have been convicted of sex crimes. This registry is available to any member of the public. Anyone who wishes to view the registry should contact the CCU Department of Public Safety.

Student Records

Recognition by the University of every person's general right to privacy forms the basis of the policy for the release of information from student records. The policy ensures that only proper purposes are served by the release of information and that students are not inconvenienced or disadvantaged by an overprotective release policy. It is the policy to refuse release of non-public information from student records without the written consent of the student except as outlined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The Student handbook and the Residence Life living Guide may be found on the University web site.


The University deems it essential that all students be provided an adequate opportunity to bring complaints and problems to the attention of the administration with the assurance that they will be treated promptly, professionally, fairly, confidentially, and without fear of reprisal. If any student believes he or she has been mistreated by any member of the faculty or staff, the procedures listed below should be followed. They are intended to simplify the proper route for students to follow in complaining about any perceived mistreatment by a university employee and are not intended to replace any existing grievance process for matters that may be grieved. Students who are unsure about this complaint policy are encouraged to consult with their academic advisers.

Complaints about faculty on academic matters - should be reported to the department chair or dean who supervises the professor or instructor, or inquire at the Provost's office.

Complaints about any form of perceived discrimination, including, but not

necessarily limited to racial discrimination, sex discrimination, discrimination because of a disability, or sexual harassment and complaints about improper treatment by any university employee - should be reported to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.

Complaints about admissions, any registration problem, or financial aid - should be reported to the office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services.

Complaints about billings or accounts receivable - should be reported to the Office of the Bursar.

All other complaints on non-academic matters, including complaints about

treatment by other students - should be reported to the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

If any student with a complaint does not receive satisfaction from any of the above-listed offices, the student should bring his or her complaint directly to the office of the President of the University.

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