Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Student Handbook - Student Life

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The College, through the Campus Life Office, supports a varied program of student activities that provide opportunities for social interaction and the development of interests and leadership skills outside the classroom. The Student Activities program includes clubs and organizations, student theatre, co-curricular and cultural programs, special programs for off-campus students, wellness and recreational activities, intramural sports intercollegiate athletic teams and sport clubs. In cooperation with faculty members, Campus Life staff help sponsor lectures, special events, and trips. Evening and off-campus students may participate in evening coffeehouses, recreational activities, and other social events. The Campus Life Office also organizes travel programs and/or group-rate discount tickets for College students to take advantage of cultural attractions and professional sporting events in the area.

Students benefit substantially from being involved in campus organizations. Involvement in organizations helps students develop skills employers are seeking: decision making, leadership, cooperation, and communication. Students are able to enhance their learning and personal development by getting involved in educationally purposeful extracurricular activities. To learn more about student activities taking place on campus go to delaGATE, click on Student Services.

In addition, the Campus Life Office provides the following services:

• Locker Rental
• Bulletin Boards: All posting on campus bulletin boards must be approved by the Campus Life Office.

Getting to Campus

The Marple Campus is served by SEPTA bus routes 112, 115 and 118. Route 112 and 115 provide evening service to and from Campus. The Southeast Center is served by SEPTA route 115 bus and Wilmingtown/Newark Regional Rail Line. The Exton Center is served by SEPTA route 204 bus. The Upper Darby Center is served by SEPTA route 101 and 102 trolley. For up to date schedules go to www.septa.org.

A car pool board is available at the Downingtown Campus cafeteria.

SEPTA ADA ParaTransit: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SEPTA provides comparable service for people with disabilities who are functionally unable to use regular accessible fixed-route bus service for some or all of their transportation needs. Eligible individuals can travel whenever and wherever buses operate in SEPTA’s five-county service region. To sign up contact Customer Service at 215-580-7145 (TDD 215-580-7712) and ask for a SEPTA ADA ParaTransit application form.

Student Government Association – SGA

To assist the administration of student affairs, the Student Body of Delaware County Community College established the Student Government Association and delegates to it the authority to act on behalf of the student body in accordance with College regulations and policy. The Student Government Association supports and promotes student involvement in Student Activities and College decision-making by sponsoring programs and service projects, and by appointing student representatives to the College Advisory System committees. Students with at least a 2.0 GPA are welcome to join SGA throughout the semester.

For more information or an application, please stop by the SGA Office, Marple Campus, Room 1180 or contact the Student Activities Coordinator at branch campuses. 

College Advisory System

Representatives from all areas of the College (students, faculty, and staff) are involved in the College Advisory System. Five advisory committees handle proposals for potential change in College life, policies and governance, as well as academic, curricula and physical plant changes. The five committees are Academic Affairs, Assessment Process, Curriculum Review, Institutional Resources and Student Affairs. These committees meet, discuss and take action on proposals from the College community. A steering panel coordinates the advisory system. Everyone – students, faculty and staff – is encouraged to submit proposals to the advisory system. Students who have ideas for change should see a student government representative or contact the Campus Life Office, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5341 or the Student Activities Coordinator at the branch campuses, cccampuslife@dccc.edu.

Clubs

The College supports a variety of clubs that reflect the interests of students. Students interested in forming a new club are invited to contact the director of campus life, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5341 or the Student Activities Coordinator at the branch campuses, cccampuslife@dccc.edu, for information and a club handbook.

For a listing of clubs and information on joining a club log into delaGATE, click on the Student Services tab, and go to beyond the classroom for meeting times and locations.

Phi Theta Kappa – Honors Society

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among community/junior college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate that fosters exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Students who receive a 3.5 or higher GPA after the completion of 12 credits are eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Qualified students will be invited to join every semester.

WDCR Radio Station

The radio station will be closed during renovations of the Campus Life area. Please stop by the Campus Life Office, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5341, for more information.

Communitarian

The Communitarian is the student newspaper published throughout the academic year. The newspaper is written and published by students in partnership with the Journalism program. Any student interested in the Communitarian should contact the Campus Life Office, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5341.

Pegasus Literary Magazine

Pegasus is the student literary magazine published yearly. The magazine is written and produced by the student body. Any individual interested in submitting written, art or photographic work should go to www.dccc.edu, Student Success and Life, Campus Life, and then click on literary magazine.

Student Theatre

The Delaware County Community College Theatre Company, the student theatre program, presents productions each fall and spring semester. Auditions are generally held at the beginning of each semester. Students are encouraged to participate as actors or by providing technical assistance behind the scenes. Contact the Campus Life Office for more information, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5341 or the Student Activities Coordinator at the branch campuses.

Wellness, Athletics and Recreation

The office of wellness, athletics and recreation is committed to providing students with the opportunity to participate in quality wellness and recreational activities. Through a college-wide wellness, athletics and recreation program including fitness, intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, club sports, open recreation and special events the office provides a variety of activities for students, faculty and staff. See the Director of Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, Marple Campus, Room 1180, 610-359-5354 or athleticsdept@dccc.edu, for additional information.

Intercollegiate Athletics
The College offers opportunities for full-time students to participate in athletic competition at the intercollegiate level. Fall sports include men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Winter sports include men and women’s basketball. Spring sports include men’s baseball, women’s track and field, and co-ed golf. Intercollegiate sports are open to any full-time student (12 credits) with a 2.0 or higher GPA. A student may participate in only one intercollegiate sport at a time. Student athletes must be covered by their own health insurance and have primary health insurance prior to the season. A physical is required prior to the start of the session.

Intramurals and Sports Clubs
The intramural and sports club program provides opportunities for students to participate in informal recreational activities and sports competition on a more flexible basis than the intercollegiate athletic program. These activities are undertaken at your own risk. Students involved in these activities are encouraged to acquire medical insurance. Information on short-term medical insurance is available.

Fitness Center and Aerobic Studio
The Fitness Center and Aerobic Studio, located on the first floor of the STEM Center, Marple Campus, offers faculty, staff and students the opportunity to work out and stay well on campus. The Center has state of the art cardio equipment which includes treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights and weight machines. Classes such as yoga, pilates, Zumba, and martial arts are offered. Both facilities are open to all students and employees of the college, with a valid ID.