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Syllabus Statements

These statements are part of the standard syllabus for all Columbus State courses. A syllabus for your specific class can be obtained from your instructor or on your Blackboard course site.

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Institutional Learning Goals

Columbus State Community College's Institutional Learning Goals are an integral part of the curriculum and central to the mission of the college. The faculty at Columbus State have identified the following institutional learning goals:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Technological Competence
  • Communication Competence
  • Cultural and Social Awareness
  • Professional & Life Skills

Student Code of Conduct

As an enrolled student at Columbus State Community College, you have agreed to abide by the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook. You should familiarize yourself with the student code. Columbus State expects you to exhibit high standards of academic integrity, respect, and responsibility. Any confirmed incidence of misconduct, including plagiarism and other forms of cheating, will be treated seriously and in accordance with College Policy and Procedure 7-10.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

It is Columbus State policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities as stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you would like to request such accommodations for access, please contact Disability Services: 101 Eibling Hall, (614) 287-2570. Email or give your instructor a copy of your accommodations letter from Disability Services as soon as possible. Accommodations do not start until the letter is received, and accommodations are not retroactive. Delaware Campus students may contact an advisor in the Student Services Center on the first floor of Moeller Hall, (740) 203-8345.

Counseling Services

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. Services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. Counseling Services are FREE of charge for all enrolled students. Counseling Services at Columbus State are only offered at the college’s downtown Columbus campus. If you are attending classes in Delaware or at a Regional Learning Center and are in search of counseling services closer to home, a list of community providers can be found at the Counseling Services website below. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about mental health services at Columbus State or in your local community, contact Counseling Services at 614-287-2818. You may also obtain more information by visiting the Counseling Services office located in NH Room 010 or via the web at:

Title IX and Non-Discrimination

Columbus State Community College is committed to creating a learning and working environment that is free of bias, discrimination and harassment by supporting open communication and mutual respect. If you have encountered sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information (GINA), military status or disability, please contact one of the following people:

Renee Fambro
Title IX Coordinator/
Equity & Compliance
SX 143

Danette Vance
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Equity & Compliance
SX 133

Joan Cook
Title IX Deputy
Equity & Compliance
SX 135

Darla Van Horn
Title IX Deputy
Student Life
EB 203(D)


For additional information about your options or to file a complaint online, please visit the Equity and Compliance webpage at:

Tobacco-Free Columbus State

As a result of a proposal by the Ohio Board of Regents in 2012, Columbus State became a tobacco-free institution, as have colleges and universities across the nation, including The Ohio State University, which made the change in 2014. In an effort to support the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, the College has adopted a tobacco-free policy which prohibits the use of all tobacco-related products on College property. The primary emphasis of this approach is to focus on the elimination of tobacco use on all College property with cessation left as a choice for the individual. The effective date for the tobacco-free policy was July 1, 2015.

Financial Aid Attendance Reporting

Columbus State is required by federal law to verify the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs and/or who receive educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is the responsibility of the College to identify students who do not commence attendance or who stop attendance in any course for which they are registered and paid. Non-attendance is reported by each instructor for each of their courses every semester and results in a student being administratively withdrawn from the class section. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding the impact of course withdrawals on financial aid eligibility.

For the purposes of financial aid reporting, a student meets the participation and attendance criteria if s/he has actively engaged in the class and demonstrated a meaningful attempt toward completion of the course. Examples of active engagement may include, but are not limited to: completing a graded course assignment (e.g., homework, quiz, essay, project, or lab); actively participating in studio or practicum sessions; making content-related contributions to an online discussion forum (including responses both to prompts and to student/instructor posts).

Audio/Video Recording of Class

Audio- and video-recording, transmission, or distribution of class content (e.g., lectures, discussions, demonstrations, etc.) is strictly prohibited unless the course instructor has provided written permission via the syllabus or a signed form. Authorization to record extends solely to students in that particular course. Transmitting, sharing, or distributing course content onto public, commercial, or social media sites is strictly prohibited.

Inclement Weather or Other Emergencies

In the event of severe weather or other emergencies that could force the college to close or to cancel classes, such information will be broadcast on radio stations and television stations. Students who reside in areas that fall under a Level III emergency should not attempt to drive to the college even if the college remains open.

Assignments due on a day the college is closed will be due the next scheduled class period. If an examination is scheduled for a day the campus is closed, the examination will be given on the next class day. If a laboratory is scheduled on the day the campus is closed, it will be made up at the next scheduled laboratory class. If necessary, laboratory make-up may be held on a Saturday. Please review the academic department specific policy relative to clinical, practicum, of other missed time due to weather related college closings.

Students who miss a class because of weather-related problems when the class is held as scheduled are responsible for readings and other assignments as indicated in the syllabus. If a laboratory or an examination is missed, contact the faculty member as soon as possible to determine how to make up the missed exam or lab. Remember, it is the student’s responsibility to keep up with readings and other assignments when a scheduled class does not meet, whatever the reason.

In the event the college is forced to close during Final Examination Week, exams scheduled for the first missed date will be rescheduled. The faculty member for each section of a course will communicate via email to registered students of the new date, time, and location of the exam. This information will also be posted, by the faculty member, on their Blackboard section as an announcement.