The Office of Student Affairs, addresses the many special needs of college students. The Office of Student Affairs offers academic, career, and personal counseling and provides students information on student clubs, intramurals, student government, activities, special academic assistance and testing services. Student Affairs also provides assistance in locating on and off-campus housing and employment.
The Office of Admissions, the Housing Office and Financial Assistance Office are also located in the Student Affairs.
Seminole State College is not only concerned with providing college classes, but also with providing students with the best opportunities for success. The likelihood for academic success is closely related to skills in reading, writing, and math and knowledge of English and science. Entry-level assessment begins with academic counselors who review students’ high school and college transcripts and related records for curricular deficiencies, ACT, and other test results. On-site assessment testing in math, reading, science, and English is required of every student who does not have an ACT score of 19 or above in the relevant subject area. Students who take the ACT test prior to enrolling and score 19 or above on the ACT subtests in math, reading, science and English are not required to take the evaluation tests in those areas.
In addition to entry-level assessment, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require all colleges to assess individual student educational performance in general education, program outcomes, and student satisfaction. The College uses an array of quantitative and qualitative assessment tools to measure student learning and discover results that can be used to improve student learning. Course-embedded assessment is a required part of every course designed for transfer degree plans of study. Terminal degree courses and specialist programs also contain evaluative measures designed to reflect a student’s academic progress in the particular program.
Course-embedded assessment is built into all courses designed for transfer degree plans of study. Specific course, general education, and program objectives are included in all the College course syllabi. General education assessment typically occurs after students have completed 45 semester hours and before they complete their associate degree program. Degree programs are evaluated on a rotating basis. Graduating students are required to participate in a variety of tests and/or programs designed to evaluate their academic progress since enrollment. Collected information is not used as a determination of eligibility for graduation, but is used to assist the college in evaluating the effectiveness of the Seminole State College educational process.
The assessment of student learning measures include, standardized tests, course-embedded testing, surveys, portfolios, transfer data, and academic standing, among others. Annual reports of course-embedded, general education and degree program assessment results are available from the Office of Assessment of Student Learning. Executive summaries of assessment reports are posted on the Seminole State College website (www.sscok.edu).
Each of the college’s academic divisions will assist students with academic support by arrangement through one-on-one sessions with instructors, individual tutoring, or computerized academic support systems. Facilities available on the campus include computer labs in the Colclazier Technical Building,and the Student Success Center located in the David L. Boren Library. For course-specific academic assistance, notify the division chair of the division through which the course is offered.
Student records at Seminole State College are maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended in 1995. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These rights include the right of a student to request access to personal records and also the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate. The student must submit in writing a request precisely noting the record for review. Additionally, students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
The Act affords students the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is a follows:
Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605.
The Seminole State College Alumni Association, formed in 1932, is coordinated through the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Seminole State College is fortunate to have outstanding teams competing in the sports of basketball, baseball, softball, golf, and volleyball. Students may attend all home games at no charge upon presentation of their student ID card. Home basketball games are played in the Raymond Harber Field House on the campus. Home baseball games are played at Oiler Park in the Hugh Alexander Sports Complex of Seminole Municipal Park. Home softball games are played at the Seminole State College Softball Complex located on the south end of the college campus.
The Seminole State College Collegian is published monthly by the SSC Office of Media Relations. A student staff assists in the production through writing stories, editing, photo production and layout. The Collegian is distributed on campus and mailed to over 200 friends of the college.
Consideration is given to student-submitted material for publication, but submission does not ensure publication. No anonymous material is considered. The Collegian accepts no paid advertising.
The SSC Weekly Calendar is produced each week during the fall and spring semesters by the SSC Office of Business and Industry Relations and provides information about events important to the campus community. Each Monday morning, the calendar is made available to students, faculty and staff. The calendar is also distributed to area media and organizations who request copies for the purpose of providing information on SSC calendar announcements and events to the public.
The calendar reports information supplied by room and space reservation on campus, but does not accept responsibility for providing cancellation information. Students and organizations reserving room space are responsible for publicizing events or the cancellation of events.
The Seminole State College Handbook provides detailed information on student organizations, special student services, student regulations, etc.
SSC recognizes that college students change majors, and that it is difficult to decide what to major in these rapidly changing times. Students who are undecided about a major field, who want to know more about their chosen field (such as starting salaries, job opportunities, etc.), or who want more information on these decisions are invited to contact an Enrollment Specialist in the Office of Student Affairs. Career Counseling is not available from the EMS offices during peak enrollment times.
For the benefit of students who want to explore career opportunities via computer, the Boren Library has the Discover system of interactive guidance available that will help students match their interest and abilities with career fields.
It is the goal of Seminole State College to make quality higher education accessible to all qualified students. To meet this commitment, financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment. Approximately 80% attending Seminole State College receive some form of financial assistance. The Financial Assistance Office is located in the Student Affairs area.
Most, but not all, financial assistance is based upon need. Need is the difference between what a family can reasonably be expected to pay toward the cost of education and the actual college expenses. This need is determined through the use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The factors considered in determining the types and amounts of aid received by an applicant are: (1) the availability of funds; (2) the student’s analyzed financial need; and (3) the student’s academic discipline and academic performance record. Since availability of funds is a factor, students are encouraged to apply early.
Some of the programs available to students include the Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants(SEOG), Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG),William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Parent Plus Direct Loan Program, and Federal College Work-Study funds. Satisfactory measurable academic progress is required for all programs. This progress is assessed at the end of each semester and students are notified of financial aid status.
Financial Aid assistance will normally be dispersed approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the beginning of each semester. Students should plan financial arrangements in accordance to this time schedule. Financial Aid may be delayed for late financial aid applications (applications not received by SSC approximately 4 to 6 weeks prior to the beginning of each semester).
The Office of Student Affairs offers career planning and job-seeking skills counseling for students and alumni. This office also collects and posts information concerning part-time and full-time job opportunities on the bulletin boards located in the Financial Aid office in the Student Services Center.
Students seeking full-time work are also encouraged to visit with faculty in their major area of study for information regarding possible job openings in the student’s career field.
A permit must be purchased for each vehicle parked on campus, and a vehicle registration card must be completed on every vehicle the student will drive to campus. Students must obey the parking regulations in order to avoid a fine for improper parking. Curbs are color-coded: Red-Fire Lane No Parking; Yellow-Faculty and Staff Only; Blue-Handicap (must have permit). Fines not paid could result in a student’s grades and/or transcript being withheld
Several facilities are available for use by enrolled students to pursue their favorite recreational pastimes. Located in the gymnasium and the natatorium complex are an indoor swimming pool, weight room, sauna, steam room, and racquetball court for student use when classes which utilize these facilities are not in session. For indoor fun and enjoyment, the Residential Learning Centers provide televisions, pool tables, ping-pong tables, and computer labs.
The Oklahoma Rehabilitation Commission offers assistance for tuition and required fees to students who have special physical, learning or emotional needs, provided the vocational objective selected by the person has been approved by an appropriate representative of the Commission. Through this state agency, other rehabilitation services are available to assist persons with special needs to become employable.
Application for this type of assistance should be made to the nearest Rehabilitation Office.
Various individual and institutional scholarships are available. Specific information on all programs can be obtained by visiting the Financial Assistance Office in the Student Affairs. See scholarship listing
Social events sponsored by student organizations and other college groups are encouraged. There is no charge for approved student organizations to use campus facilities, but they must follow the procedures outlined in the Seminole State College Student Handbook.
Seminole State College strives to provide an environment that provides quality student development by offering a variety of networking and leadership development opportunities, activities, and events. Students are encouraged to participate in these campus activities and events. Involved students receive a more positive college experience; in addition, campus life is enhanced through social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities. Students are provided opportunities to create life-long friendships through a variety of activities and events while building a cohesive campus community.
A student’s email address and account must be used for all college academic and business written correspondence including applications, enrollment, and financial aid. All correspondence with a student about Seminole State College will be via the Student Campus Access account.
SSC does not have a campus-based health service available for students. Students are responsible for obtaining their own health care coverage.
The residence halls on campus provide on-campus housing for up to 230 students. Students interested in learning more about residence hall living are asked to contact the Housing Office.
Valid Photo ID cards are required for all enrolled students. Seminole State College identification cards are issued in the Enrollment Area to students who have completed payment of tuition and fees. To obtain an ID, students must have a current copy of their class schedule or valid driver’s license. These photo ID cards are required for identification by campus police, borrowing books from the library, cashing checks, cafeteria meals, purchasing or reselling books to the bookstore, use of physical fitness facilities, and for free or discounted admission to most college events. A replacement fee is charged for lost or damaged cards
A variety of clubs and organizations exist on campus to help students further explore career and/or personal interests. Organizations include the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Native American Student Association, Sigma Kappa Delta (English) Honor Society, Student Nursing Association, and the Psi Beta (psychology) Honor Society,, Baptist Student Union and Students of Laboratory Medicine. These organizations also sponsor various student activities throughout the school year. For more information concerning these clubs or the formation of new organizations on campus, students should contact the Student Government Advisor in the Student Affairs area or the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Information concerning the American College Test (ACT), advanced placement tests such as CLEP and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is available in the Testing Center Center in the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Services Center.
Seminole State College, in support of and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, welcomes requests for reasonable accommodation. Students with “Special Needs” should contact the ADA Advisor in Student Affiars for information about special assistance provided by the college. A TDD telephone, located in the David L. Boren is available for the use of hearing-impaired students. The TDD number is (405) 382-9294.
The Threat Assessment Team was created at Seminole State College to evaluate any behavior perceived to be a threat to the College community. If an employee or student observes any behavior or activity he or she believes to be a threat to anyone, he or she needs to immediately contact Campus Police. An immediate investigation will begin to evaluate the reported threat. If a threat warrants the attention of the Threat Assessment Team, Campus Police will contact the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs or Chief of Police will immediately notify the Threat Assessment Team to assemble for assessing the reported threat and act on the recommendation of the Threat Assessment Team.
The Vice President for Student Affairs will act as Threat Assessment Team Chair and the Chief of Police will be the Threat Assessment Team Assistant Chair. Threat Assessment Team Members will be the Faculty Senate President, the Americans with Disability Act advisor, one nursing faculty, one professional staff member, and one criminal justice faculty.
The TRiO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. Since 1965 an estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of the nation's TRiO Programs. Seminole State College has sponsored one or more TRiO Programs since 1989. The College is currently offering services to qualified individuals through the following programs
Student Support Services (SSS) and Health Sciences Student Support Services provide eligible students with opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and serve to motivate students toward the successful completion of postsecondary education. The Projects provide tutoring, academic counseling, transfer assistance, and assistance with financial aid applications. SSS and Health Sciences SSS can also provide grant aid to current participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
Educational Talent Search (FOCUS) serves students in the sixth through twelfth grades in eight schools in the Seminole State College service area. Program services include tutoring, academic and personal counseling, academic preparation workshops, assistance in applying for financial aid for postsecondary education and preparing for the ACT. The goal of the Talent Search Program is to encourage participants to continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in postsecondary education. Educational Talent Search also provides assistance to secondary and postsecondary dropouts who wish to reenter educational programs.
Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math-Science Projects help students in the 9th through 12th grades prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science during a six-week summer program at Seminole State College. The three projects also provide tutoring, study skills workshops, and cultural and educational field trips during academic year and summer programs. The programs service 165 students from 18 high schools in the Seminole State College service area.
Veterans Upward Bound provides intensive basic skills development and short-term educational preparation courses for military veterans to help them successfully transition to postsecondary education. Veterans learn how to secure support from available resources such as the Veterans Administration, veterans associations, and various state and local agencies that serve veterans. The Seminole State College Veterans Upward Bound Programs serves veterans from Hughes, Lincoln, Pottawatomie,
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, GEAR UP, is a federally-funded program designed to better prepare middle school and high school students for college, through academic preparation programs, scholarshipand financial aid information, and college access information for students and parents and professional development activities for educators.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) requires all veterans to abide by the policies and regulations of the College concerning academic standing and progress, class attendance, and conduct. The Seminole State College Veterans Services office will monitor compliance with these policies and is required to report any deviations to the DVA. All school policies are stated elsewhere in this catalog. Concurrent with school policies, the DVA requires the following:
- Academic program—a recipient of DVA benefits must select and designate the academic program under which he or she will be receiving educational benefits. Any change of academic program must be acceptable to the DVA.
- Course work—educational benefits will be paid only on courses applicable toward the academic program. Any course substitution, that is, any course outside the catalog listing for a particular program, must be verified as an approved substitution. The DVA will not award educational benefits for repeated courses in which a passing grade has already been received or for courses in which an incomplete (I) is earned.
- Previous or transfer credit—applicants for benefits having earned college credit a another institution must submit transcripts for each institution he or she has attended before the Seminole State College Veterans Services office can certify enrollment to the DVA.
- Class attendance—the DVA requires the institution to report all excessive absences from classes. Failure to attend classes while receiving benefits will result in an overpayment and the student is liable for repayment to the DVA.