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    Oct 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Student Services



Academic and Career Services

Academic and Career Advising 

Academic and Career Advising

Academic and Career Advisors assist new, returning, and continuing students in exploring their education and occupation goals, problem-solving efforts, planning their program of study and revisiting their developing academic and career plan, and scheduling classes. They also provide information and refer students to appropriate services. New students must make an appointment to meet with an Academic and Career Advisor before they can register for classes.  Advisors are assigned to students and work with them from the time of their enrollment to the College through graduation. Students can find their assigned advisors, both Academic and Faculty, on Banner Self-Service. It is highly recommended that all students meet with their Academic and Career Advisor or Faculty Advisor prior to registering for classes each term.  To make an appointment call, 419.559.2345 or stop by the office in Building A, Room 100 for assistance.

Academic Service Center

Tutoring, Testing, Learning Labs and Transfer Center are all services located in the Academic Service Center. These services are located in Building B, General Technologies Building, Rooms 105 and 108. Some tests have associated fees please direct all calls regarding these services to 419-559-2109, the Academic Service Center.

Tutoring

Any Terra State student who is experiencing academic difficulties in a subject area or course may receive tutoring services in their area of specific need. Tutoring may take place in one-on-one or small group settings depending on the demand for a particular course. Information to access these services is available through the Academic Service Center. In addition, the Academic Service Center is always looking for qualified students to become tutors, pending individual interviews. Student Employment applications are available in Career Services in Roy Klay Hall, Room A100, upon request.

Testing

Testing is located within the Academic Service Center and provides a place to take tests missed during a regular class period. All tests must be distributed through the instructor.

To take a test in the Academic Service Center, a student must present a valid Terra State ID, driver's license, or other picture ID. Students may not take a test without a valid ID. Arrangements should be made between the instructor and the student prior to the student's arrival to the testing area, and tests that are not taken by the "due date" are returned to the instructor. Only instructor permitted materials are allowed in the Testing area. All other items must be stored in the lockers provided on site or placed in an alternative Students needing accommodations - i.e. Reader, quiet room needs to make arrangements with ASC prior to testing.

Learning Labs

The Learning Labs, which are located within the Academic Service Center (B105), provide free math, writing, and other academic assistance to all students at Terra State. Students receive free assistance with their academic classes.  The Learning Labs offers walk-in service on a first-come, first-served basis. Both full- and part-time faculty staff the lab. Hours are established and posted in the Academic Service Center.

Transfer Center

The Transfer Center, located within the Academic Service Center, offers Terra State students the opportunity to get information regarding various four-year institution partners. This allows Terra State students to further their knowledge about the transfer process. Additionally, Bluffton University, Franklin University, Herzing University, Indiana Wesleyan, and Ohio University/Athens visit on a regular basis.  Tiffin University has regular hours housed in the Transfer Center. Students interested in meeting  with a representative from a partner institution should stop by the Academic Service Center.

Career Development

Students seeking assistance with career direction can obtain guidance in the Career Services Office located in Roy Klay Hall, Room A100. Assessments related to interests, abilities and values are used to assist students in this process. Detailed information related to occupations is available through a variety of sources.

To explore current "hot jobs", look at future job outlook forecasts, and search openings, students can access our own Career Services Job Board (specifically for Terra State students and alumni) and the State "Ohio Means Jobs/Internships" job board. 

The Career Services office maintains the job board and assists students and alumni with the job search process including resume writing and interviewing. On-campus workshops, job fairs and special events are offered throughout the year to assist students. The Career Services Office is located in Roy Klay Building, Room A100.

Print resources to guide the job search process are located in The Zone on the third floor of the General Technologies Building.

Counseling Center

Terra State Community College has partnered with ProMedica to offer comprehensive, short-term FREE counseling services for students! Confidential counseling sessions can be accessed via telephone, video or in-person to fit a student's schedule and location needs. Crisis support is also available 24/7 by telephone. Students can call 1.866.327.3759 any time, any day to get connected.

Additionally, if you encounter a student experiencing a mental health crisis or concern, know that you have many options for connecting an individual with beneficial outreach and services. Here's a helpful outline as you manage student crisis and mental health concerns.

IMMEDIATE MENTAL HEALTH & PHYSICAL CRISIS (student displaying behaviors of self-harm or harm to others)

CALL 911

CALL CAMPUS SAFETY at extension 2253

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS (student experiencing mental health crisis, but not a harm to self or others)

Commuter Student

Offer to sit with the student and contact 1.866.327.3759 to get them in touch with a counselor

Provide student number to call 1.866.327.3759

Residential Student

As possible, offer to sit with the student and contact 1.866.327.3759 to get them in touch with a counselor

Provide the student the number to call 1.866.327.3759

Contact Campus Safety to perform a wellness check on student

OTHER OPTIONS

Refer student to FREE Student Assistance Program (Promedica) to schedule free counseling at 1.866.327.3759

Refer student to FREE crisis text line (Mental Health and Recovery Services Board): text the word "4hope" to number 741 741

Refer student to the Behavioral Intervention Team here on campus: BIT@terra.edu

STUDENT EXPRESSES A CONCERN, BUT NEEDS GUIDANCE IN PERSON

Escort student to the Academic Service Center (B-105) or Admissions & Advising (A-100) and a staff member can help connect the student to the best available resource

As Terra State Community College is a residential university, faculty and staff play an especially important role in being aware of and responsive to students who may be struggling. Without mental health training, you may feel unprepared to address signs of distress or problematic behavior in their students. The following is intended to provide helpful guidelines for dealing with such situations. In addition, the BIT welcomes your questions on any issues regarding behavior that concerns you.

Students in Distress

All of us experience a "bad day" now and then, and usually it is only a short time to recovering a more positive attitude and the ability to cope with a situation. Sometimes, however, the bad day persists and we begin to see signs of ongoing distress and poor coping:

  • Drop in grades or performance;
  • Excessive procrastination,
  • Disappearance from class or regular activities;
  • Excessive weight gain or loss;
  • Withdrawal and isolative behavior;
  • Focus on suicide or harmful behaviors;
  • Neglect of appearance or hygiene;
  • Strange or inappropriate behavior;
  • Inappropriate dependency;
  • Impaired speech or disjointed thoughts;
  • Unstable mood;
  • Including depression;
  • Irritability;
  • Anxiety;
  • Tearfulness

These behaviors may be related to ongoing depression or anxiety and may be due to problems in relationships, past trauma, addictions, eating disorders, grief and loss etc.

What to Do

When you observe behavior that points to ongoing distress, addressing it with the student can go a long way toward supporting and encouraging the person to get the help they need. Don't assume that someone else in the student's life will intervene.

Communicate your concerns: If appropriate, talking with your student in private about what is upsetting to them may make help them feel more comfortable and more open with you.Be direct about your concerns, focusing on the student's behavior and your concerns for their welfare. Listen to the student's concerns while acknowledging the limits on your ability to help. You must also be aware of your own comfort level. Know your own boundaries and refer to the Campus Safety Office when necessary.

Refer to the Counseling Service:

When one of your student's shares difficulties that are beyond your ability to help, or when a student's behavior suggests serious emotional problems, it may be best to refer the student to the Counseling Service.

Let your student know that you are concerned about their welfare, but that the problem is beyond your field of expertise. Indicate that counseling may help them deal with the situation more effectively. Finally, suggest an initial meeting or call with a counselor to see if it may be useful.

Sometimes simply giving someone a name to call is sufficient; at other times, actually making a call to the Counseling Service while you are meeting with a student is effective. If you aren't sure that the student will follow through, you may want to call Campus Safety to perform a wellness check on that student to ensure that the student is safe and is not a harm to self or others.

Refer to BIT:

You may feel that talking with and encouraging a distressed student provides the boost that the student needs. You may find that a student is grateful to know about services available to them with Promedica. You may find that the student follows through on your referral and you observe a positive change in him or her.

On the other hand, you may encounter situations that continue to concern you: students are not responsive to your concern, the behavior persists or escalates, and your own internal "concerning behavior flags" are raised.

If the concerning behavior(s) causes distress to you or to others, discuss the situation with your supervisor, contact a member of the BIT and/or file an Incident Report:  http://terra.edu/life_at_terra_state/student_services/campus_safety/_uploadedfiles/bit_incident_report.pdf#search=BIT.

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Kin, Campus Safety Manager & BIT Coordinator (419.559.2388); Kristen Lindsay, Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services (419.559.2400); or Todd Long, Associate Dean of Students (419.559.2360).

Developmental Education

Developmental Education courses provide important educational opportunities to Terra State students. These courses help ensure students' preparedness for college-level mathematics, reading, and writing.

Developmental Education courses help students develop and enhance their skills in writing and reading comprehension ENG 0920 , and mathematics (MTH 0130 , MTH 0131 , MTH 0500 , MTH 0550  , MTH 0600 ). Students are placed in these classes based on college entrance pretesting results.

Developmental Education courses use many types of teaching techniques, including multimedia programs, modular exercises, computer-assisted instruction, lectures, and the Internet. Because these courses develop foundational college skills and are designed to help students prepare for more advanced college work, they do not fulfill graduation requirements nor are eligible for transfer to other institutions.

Students often take Developmental Education courses to gain self-confidence. The courses provide an excellent transition to college for the under-prepared student, the non-traditional student, and the student who wants to take a refresher course simultaneously with current academic work.

For additional information about ENG 0920 , contact the Liberal Arts and Business division Office at 419.559.2411.  For information about MTH 0130 , MTH 0131 , MTH 0500 , MTH 0550   and MTH 0600  contact the Allied Health, Nursing and Science Division at 419.559.2312.

The Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center's Aspire Program (formerly ABLE) partners with the college to offer classes free of charge that may be used to help students progress through developmental education at a faster pace. Aspire classes can be taken in English and/or mathematics (FOC0160). Please contact your advisor concerning these, or call Kristen Lindsay at the Advising and Student Success Center, 419.559.2400.

Disability Services

Terra State Community College provides auxiliary aids, accommodations and support services to students with documented disabilities in an effort to ensure that such students are not denied the benefits of or excluded from participation in any program or activity offered by the college.

To receive disability services, a student must disclose their claim of disability and request for accommodations to the Director of the Academic Service Center through a formal consultation. At the initial consultation, students should provide current and valid documentation of the claimed disability. All documentation received will be treated as confidential information. A student who believes they may have a disability that is undiagnosed, undocumented or insufficiently documented should consult with the Director for referral assistance. The Director may choose to perform IQ testing to validate an undocumented disability. Reasonable accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact the Director of the Academic Service Center, General Technologies Building, Room B105, or phone  419.559.2342.

Student Employment Procedures

All student employment is dependent on availability of funding.

All student employees must be considered in good academic standing by maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.0. In the case of a new student without a G.P.A., the first term of employment will be a probationary period with the expectation that this minimum will be met. Students not maintaining this minimum will not be eligible for student employment until the G.P.A. has been improved to the 2.0 minimum. Any exceptions to this must be discussed and approved by the Assistant Manager of Human Resources & Payroll.

Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to be eligible for student employment and should be degree or certificate seeking; this includes students who are registered as transfer students. Under normal circumstances, students are limited to a maximum of 20 hours per work week during periods of enrollment. Students may work during periods of non-enrollment provided they are enrolled in the next term. Student employment ends when a student finishes their coursework at Terra State (i.e. graduates, completes certificate, or not enrolled for the following term).

Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Employment Procedures shall be referred to the Assistant Manager of Human Resources & Payroll for final determination. The Student Employment Procedures will be reviewed every three years under the direction of the Assistant Manager of Human Resources & Payroll.

Students wishing to seek student employment must submit a student employment application to the Human Resource office. Resumes must be submitted electronically through NEOGov. All jobs directed toward Terra State students and graduates are located on the Terra website. The link for this job board is located on the Career Services web page and on my.terra.edu.

Campus Services and Student Organizations

Bulletin Boards

Students may post information on the bulletin boards designated for student use in the student lounges, in the Student Activities Center and at various locations on campus. Information may include book lists, items for sale or trade, rooming requests or meeting news. Posters from outside organizations may be displayed on bulletin boards. Information posted on the bulletin boards will be removed periodically if it is outdated.

Terra State Community College will provide one (1) space for student organizations to promote their group and group sponsored activities. This space will be provided in the connector area of Buildings A and B, and in other locations on campus.

• The Associate Dean of Students coordinates the usage and moderation of this space.
• Each Terra State Community College Student Organization will be responsible for the creation and revision of their individual space.
• If there comes a time when the number of student organizations outnumbers the amount of spaces, a monthly rotation schedule shall be implemented.
• Space shall be recognized and reserved for student organizations and/or student activities related information.

Bulletin board use will be monitored monthly. If no student organizations desires usage and space is available, the Associate Dean of Students will designate space as requested on a monthly basis.

CollegeStore

The CollegeStore is located in the General Technologies Building, Building B, on the first floor and accepts personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Students who are sponsored by their employer or have financial aid may have a voucher in the CollegeStore for the purchase of books and/ or supplies. These vouchers are available until the Cashiers Office closes them. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the expanded CollegeStore hours before the start of each term and during the first week of the term to buy books early to avoid the rush!

Textbooks

The CollegeStore makes every effort to have required textbooks available for students. In addition, the CollegeStore purchases many used textbooks. Because some titles are more abundant than others, one course may have all used books while another course may have none.

Students may refer to their class schedules to select the correct books. Books are arranged from left to right on the shelves, in alphabetical order by course number. Shelf cards with book and price information are placed beneath each title. You may also purchase you books on-line at www.tsccshop.com.  

Refunds or Exchanges

Textbooks

Save your receipt! You cannot get a refund without it. Please return your textbooks as soon as you know you will not need them. Another student may desperately need your books! Textbooks in resalable condition may be refunded with receipt within seven (7) calendar days from the start of classes or within two (2) days of purchase thereafter, including summer terms. Textbooks purchased during the last week of classes or during exam week are not eligible for return.

Computers and Software

All computer and software products are non refundable.

General Books

General reading books in new, resalable condition may be refunded or exchanged within 30 days with original receipt.

Apparel & Gifts

Apparel and gift items in resalable condition may be refunded or exchanged within 30 days with original receipt.

General Merchandise

All other general merchandise items in resalable condition may be refunded or exchanged within 30 days with the receipt.

Computer Labs

Specialized computer labs provide access to computers for classes and other purposes. Many open labs are available for student use: B307 on the third floor of Building B, General Technologies Building; A204 on the second floor and A308 on the third floor of Building A, Roy Klay Hall; E210 and E214 on the second floor of Building E, the Engineering Building; D208 and D210 on the second floor of Building D, the Arts and Health Technology Center; I102 and I104 in Building I, the Skilled Trades Center. Hours are as posted.

An open use computer lab is available in B303 on the third floor of Building B, General Technologies Building, for use by any student during normal college operating hours.

Students will need their Student I.D. Card. All computer users should review the Acceptable Use of Computer Resources Policy before logging in on any college computer.

Food/Dining Service

The Tree Tops Café, located on the second floor of the General Technologies Building, Building B, offers a varied menu selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Patrons can enjoy their food selection in the Café or get their food to go. The Tree Tops Café is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. An online menu is available at www.terra.edu under Food Service/Tree Tops Café. The Tree Tops Café is closed on weekends and between terms. In addition, food vending machines are located in all buildings, and are in operation year-round.

ID Cards

All students are required to have a Terra State ID card and to carry it with them at all times when they are on campus. An ID card is required for service in all Terra State offices including, but not limited to, Records, Cashiers, Financial Aid. It is also needed to make use of the SAC, to check out books from the library, to use B-Atrium and library printing, and to use bookstore accounts. You may get your ID card by bringing a picture ID such as a driver's license to the Help Desk located in Roy Klay Hall Room, Building A, Room A100. There is no cost for initial ID cards. Lost IDs will be replaced at a cost of $10 paid to the cashier.

The Library

The Library, located on the third floor of the General Technologies Building, Building B, provides access to library resources (including popular reading materials/music/movies, etc.) and reference services to students, college personnel, alumni, and the local community. The Library's mission is to provide important information, resources, and services in a constantly changing, friendly, and dynamic 21st century learning atmosphere (with emphasis on delivering high-quality responsiveness, proven dependability, and excellent customer service). Primarily supporting the academic programs and courses of instruction at Terra State Community College, the Library's collections contain more than 25,000 books, selected online government publications, streaming media services (music/movies), digital publications, digital photos/images, magazines (print/online), and newspapers (print/online).

The Library also features a full-service computer lab, copy services, community gathering/meeting spaces, and "the clinic" - a special interactive human anatomy center for health sciences students,

The Terra State Community College Library is a member of OhioLINK, Ohio's academic library consortium, which allows patrons to request and borrow materials from 120 college and university libraries from across the state, as well as the State Library of Ohio, through a combined central catalog. Additionally, through OhioLINK membership, Terra State is able to provide access to over 100 online research databases, 11,000 electronic journals, 140,000 ebooks, and students can request further materials from the 28 public libraries of SearchOhio. Students may access the many resources of OhioLINK at: http://www.ohiolink.edu.

Borrowing and Accessing Materials

A Terra State Community College ID is required for students to borrow or renew materials from the Library.

For off-campus access to the restricted online resources found on the Library's web page, students must be registered for at least one course for the current or upcoming semester, and follow the on-screen login instructions.

Library materials circulate for the following loan periods:

Books: 21 days with three renewals

Textbook Reserves: 4 hours with no renewals

Magazines/Newspapers: print versions to be used within the library; online versions also available.

OhioLINK Materials: For students, book materials may be borrowed for 21 days with six renewal periods of 21 days each (as long as no other holds have been placed on the item, and the lending library does not request that the book material be returned immediately); OhioLINK media materials circulate for 7 days and with three renewals (again, as long as no other holds have been placed on the item, and the lending library does not request that the media material be returned immediately).

Fines

Failure to return library materials either on or before the due date can result in the loss of library privileges, and/or the holding of grades, transcripts, and class registration by the Registrar/Cashier's Office.  Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for additional time to use library materials (renewal), and special requests/circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Fines for overdue items accumulate at the following rates:

Books $0.10 per day
Textbook Reserves $0.50 per hour
OhioLINK Materials $0.50 per day with loss of interlibrary loan privileges until materials are returned. This a statewide OhioLINK policy with no exceptions.

Parking

Students may park, without a permit, in any of Terra State's non-restricted parking areas. Parking areas are located adjacent to all buildings for easy access.

Handicapped, visitor parking and other restricted parking areas (fire lanes) are clearly marked. Students need a valid permit to park in handicapped parking areas. Visitor parking is for visitors to the campus who need only short-term access. Individuals parking in restricted spaces without a permit may be ticketed.

Personal or Family Emergencies

In the event of a personal or family emergency, Terra State's staff will contact students on campus. College telephones are staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, and during class times on weekends. The main college telephone number is 419.334.8400.

Phone (Courtesy)

There are no pay phones on the campus; however, there is a courtesy phone in Building B, in front of the Information Booth. This phone can be used for inter-campus, local, long distance (using a phone card), TTY, and 800-number calls.

Student Activities Center (SAC)

Terra State Community College offers a variety of extracurricular activities in response to student needs and requests. Intramural programs are held in basketball, co-ed volleyball, flag football, pool, and table tennis. Noncredit courses offered to students and Terra State employees include Body Works (resistance/weight bearing exercises), Blast-Off, Butts and Guts, Circuit Challenge, Cycling, Synergy, Yoga-Chi, and Zumba.

Recreational equipment and exercise machines are also provided. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests are encouraged to use the facilities available in the Student Activities Center. A valid I.D. card or guest pass is required and may be obtained at the Student Activities Center. A fee will be charged for guest passes.

The Student Activities Department, housed in the SAC, is also responsible for planning and implementing various events throughout campus such as the Interschool Classic, the Halloween Spooktacular, and many others. The Associate Dean of Students oversees all student organizations. If you would like more information on how to start a new student organization, contact the Associate Dean of Students at 419-559-2360.

Student Organizations

One of the best ways to get involved at Terra State is by joining a club or organization. While most of our organizations focus on a career path, we do have some just for fun. If you don't see something that catches your eye, you can start one of your own too!

Black Student Union (BSU)

The purpose of this organization is to establish a cohesive union of black students, black faculty, other black organizations, and the community to facilitate educational opportunities. BSU exists to enhance cultural awareness, political awareness, social events, and to provide support for the students and the community. Membership is open to all students, graduate students, full or part-time students of Terra State Community College.

The Black Student Union was formally established Fall 2018 at Terra State Community College as a means for black students to advocate for one another and to work for the interest of all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Terra State Community College and Fremont, Ohio community. Through BSU, black students at Terra State Community College came to realize there was a need for them to come together as a group to discuss several issues faced by Black college students. 

The Black Student Union strives to address the following points:

  • Further Black awareness at Terra State Community College.
  • Advocate for black students on and off-campus.
  • Create successful communication and collaborate with other student organizations on and off-campus.
  • Make significant contributions to the community in the form of service.
  • Help ensure Black students progress towards an academic degree and fulfilling college social experience.

Health Information Technology Student Organization

The mission of the Health Information Technology Student Organization is inform students about events affecting the HIT field in general and encourage students to get involved in professional associations at the local, regional, and national levels.

Medical Assisting Student Organization

The purpose of this organization is to encourage medical assisting students to strengthen and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary to be a successful medical assistant.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is an honorary scholastic organization for community, junior and technical colleges. Students are invited to membership on the basis of scholarly achievement, leadership, citizenship, character and faculty recommendation. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, opportunities are provided for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Terra State Community College Physical Therapy Club

Provides the students with opportunities to develop the core values of professionalism and values-based behaviors for the physical therapist assistant as outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association. Through service learning projects, fundraising, and recreational activities, the students promote health, wellness, and physical therapy services within the college and surrounding communities. The students serve to increase awareness and promotion of the physical therapist assistant career.

Relationships & Lifestyles (GRSM)

Relationships & Lifestyles (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Minorities) is a supportive, student-led organization that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual issues. We are individuals representing the diverse gender and sexual orientation continuum co-creating a brave space to discuss identity, coming out, transitioning, relationships, struggles, and victories; a space to decompress, share, support and educate.

Student Government

The Student Government is the governance body that provides a vehicle for student involvement in the affairs of Terra State Community College. All students enrolled at Terra State are represented by the Student Government and are entitled to the benefits and privileges this governance body provides. It is the Student Government's function to:

  • Improve Terra State Community College campus life;
  • Serve as a communications link between the student body and the administration;
  • Serve as a vehicle for student expression;
  • Help develop co-curricular activities and programs of the student body;
  • Participate in community service activities;
  • Participate in leadership development activities;
  • Represent the student body on various college councils and committees;
  • Allocate funds to student organizations according to established guidelines;
  • Represent the best interests of Terra State Community College students by serving as the liaison among the students, administration and faculty. The representatives of this governing body are responsible for recommend improvements in educational standards and practices;
  • Provide students with experience and training in a democratic form of government;
  • Serve as a programming board responsible for selecting, planning and implementing diverse program activities to be presented on campus during the year; and
  • Officially recognize, approve, and sponsor campus organizations by chartering, regulating and supporting their activities during the school year.

Terra State Esports Club

The Terra State Esports club provides students with fun, competitive, and rewarding experiences that are an alternative to traditional activities and sports. The Club builds students relationships and confidence, provides a safe & social place to play, as well as break down barriers between different groups of students, encourage collaboration, build problem-solving skills, and prepare students for the increasingly digital world around them.

The Terra State Community College Nursing Student Association

The Terra State Community College Nursing Student Association is an organization consisting of student nurses currently enrolled at TSCC. Our purpose is to provide communication between faculty and students, provide endeavors to reach fellow students' needs and interest in academic matters, and promote involvement in the community for the benefit of the students and public. We also want to promote professionalism in nursing. We hold fundraisers throughout the year and donate portions of the earnings to different charities. We meet once a month during the fall and spring semesters. This organization is designed to assist fellow students through their difficult journey through Nursing School.

Campus Safety

Mission of Campus Safety

Terra State Community College Safety Responders are a safety and security team striving for the protection of the students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Terra State Community College campus, as well as our neighbors in the community. Our underlying goal is to uphold the rules and regulations of Terra State Community College, while maintaining a safe and educational environment. We will also continually work to maintain respect from our peers, the administration, local law enforcement and the surrounding community.

As a branch of the Human Resources, it is our responsibility to assist in all matters that affect the safety and security of the residential population of the campus, as well as everyone affiliated with Terra State Community College.

Basic Responsibilities - The Campus Safety Office is charged with first line responsibility to:
  • Assure the safety of persons, including College employees and students, guest of and visitors to the Campus; 

  • Assure the safety, security, and protection of College property, including buildings, grounds, equipment, and other assets of the College, as well as non-College property located temporarily or permanently on College grounds;    

  • Respond to emergency situations or conditions and provide assistance or take actions appropriate to the crisis situation within legal limits of the office's authority.
Basic Duties - In fulfilling these three primary responsibilities (protection of persons, protection of property, and emergency-response services), the duties of Campus Safety Responders include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Patrolling campus grounds, either on foot or in an authorized College vehicle;
  • Conducting regular checks and inspections to insure building safety and security;
  • Reporting damage, malfunctions, faulty equipment or utilities, or any unusual or questionable or dangerous or suspicious conditions or activities anywhere on campus, indoors or outdoors;
  • Assisting all persons to comply with College regulations and rules of conduct on campus;
  • Providing security coverage for special College functions as assigned by a direct-line supervisor;
  • Providing crowd control when necessary and as assigned by a direct-line supervisor;
  • Responding to requests for routine departmental services (e.g., unlocking a classroom for a person authorized to enter or vehicle un-locks).
  • Providing escort services for faculty, staff and students to promote safety. 
Basic Authority and Limits:
  • Jurisdiction- Campus Safety Responders have jurisdiction on property owned or leased by Terra State Community College only.

  • Identification Requests - Campus Safety Responders are authorized to request to see the identification of any person on campus property, whether that person is an employee or non-employee, student or non-student. Any College student who refuses to comply with a Campus Safety Responder's request for identification is subject to disciplinary action by the College. If the person is a non-student or non-employee and fails to provide identification, that person will be requested to leave campus property and if they do not comply, Fremont Police will be called. Safety Responders do not possess arrest power. Criminal Incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Terra State Community College Campus Safety Office maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Fremont Police Department, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office, and other divisions of law enforcement within Sandusky County. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the Campus Safety Office and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

  • Emergency Authority - In case of emergency, when no direct-line supervisor is immediately available, any senior College official on the scene shall assume responsibility for the situation and shall function in place of a direct-line supervisor until the latter arrives to take charge. (For present purposes, "Senior University official" refers to any College administrator.) In the absence of a direct-line supervisor, the Campus Safety Responder shall notify the chain of command and receive direction until a direct line supervisor or senior college official arrives. Any College student who refuses to comply is subject to disciplinary action by the College.
  • Complaints - Since Campus Safety Responders do not create College policy regulations but merely help uphold the policy regulations, Campus Safety Responders should not enter into heated debates, arguments, or any other uncongenial exchanges with persons who have been documented or have been otherwise reminded by a campus safety responder of the obligations to comply with such regulations. Those who wish to complain about or contest an action of a Campus Safety Responder should be politely referred to the appropriate administrator. Campus Safety Responders must be aware that they are representatives of the College and must treat all persons with courtesy, respect, and consideration, regardless of provocation at all times. At no time while on duty shall a Campus Safety Responder behave in an unseemly manner or use harsh or foul language. As a uniformed representative of the college, the Responder must be a model of correct behavior.
  • Campus Safety Responders do not have the authority to enforce State and Local laws. Campus Safety Responders only have the authority to enforce and uphold Terra State Community College policies.
  • Campus Safety Responders can detain suspects until police arrival but have no power of arrest.
  • The Terra State Community College Campus Safety Office maintains a strong working relationship with state and local police agencies, including Fremont Police, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Legally Mandated Authority and Responsibility:
  • Employees of Terra State Community College Campus Safety are mandated reporters set forth by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Under the Clery Act, members of Campus Safety are Campus Security Authorities. A Campus Security Authority is any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses, individuals with significant responsibility for student and campus activities Campus Security Authorities hold the primary responsibility to report allegations made in good faith to the reporting structure established by the institution.

Reporting Criminal Activity and Suspicious Behavior

General Procedures for reporting a crime or emergency
  • It is imperative that all crime and suspicious activity be reported to either the Terra State Community College Campus Safety Office or the Fremont Police Department. There are no current written agreements with the local police department regarding the investigation of alleged criminal investigations however, by working together, the College community and the police can reduce crimes on campus. Members of the college community may report criminal activities or other emergencies in several different ways. While we encourage all campus community members to promptly report all crimes and other emergencies directly to campus safety office or the Fremont Police Department, we recognize that some may prefer to report to other individuals or college offices. A list of titles of each person or organization to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses described in the law for the purpose of making timely warning reports and the annual statistical disclosure includes: student affairs/student conduct, campus safety, local police, coaches, athletic director, residence life staff, student activities staff, human resources staff, advisors to student organizations, and any other official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities. The information to be shared includes the date, the location of the incident (using Clery location categories) and the Clery crime category. This reporting protects the identity of the victim and may be done anonymously.

  • All incident reports involving students are forwarded to either the Associate Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator and/or the Campus Safety Manager for review. Investigators will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate.
  • Should a criminal action occur on campus during business hours (8 AM - 5 PM), students or employees should report details to the Safety Office (419.559.2253 or extension 2253). Should a criminal action occur on campus after business hours, students or employees should report details to the Campus Safety Office the next day, or contact the Campus Safety Responder on duty at 419.307.1087. If the situation is an emergency, contact the Fremont Police Department at 911 or 419.332.6464.

All Crimes should be accurately and promptly reported to the Terra State Community College Campus Safety Office or the appropriate police agency, when the victim of a crime elects to, or is unable to, make such a report.

Confidential reporting
  • If you are witnessing a crime in progress, you should call 911 or Fremont Police at 419.332.6464. If you see crime or suspicious activity occurring on campus and you would like to anonymously report it please call 419.559.2253 or email Security@terra.edu.      
  • If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the college system or the criminal justice system, you may want to consider making a confidential report. The purpose of a confidential report is to maintain confidentiality, while taking the steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees, and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; alert the campus community of potential dangers. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution, and when they involve allegations of sexual harassment (including sexual violence) are made available to the College's Title IX Coordinator.
Terra State Community College Behavioral Intervention Team

The Terra State Community College Behavioral Intervention Team has been developed to assist students, faculty, and staff members at Terra State Community College. The overall goal of TSCC BIT is to promote a safe environment for all, and an environment that is focused on and enhances student learning and student development. This goal involves the collaboration of the entire College community in a proactive, prevention-minded approach to problematic behavior. It uses an early identification and response strategy to manage emerging situations with a focus on preventing escalation of concerning behaviors.

TSCC BIT

Overall, the Terra State Community College Behavior Intervention Team seeks to increase communication, collaboration, and coordination regarding behavior that raises concerns or disrupts the university learning environment. TSCC BIT enhances campus safety and promotes success by providing a centralized listening and response function regarding concerning or problematic behavior. This includes providing consultation and support to those dealing with the situations as they emerge, tracking and assessing incidents and patterns of incidents, responding to the individuals involved along TSCC BIT guidelines, and documenting all of the above.

The Terra State Community College Behavioral Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to serve five major functions for the College:

  1. Provide consultation and support to members of the College community in assisting individuals who display concerning or disruptive behaviors;
  2. Respond to reports, gather information to assess situations involving individuals who display concerning or disruptive behaviors; engage reported individuals in a process aimed at correcting the concerning or disturbing behavior;
  3. Recommend appropriate intervention strategies or disciplinary sanctions;
  4. Connect individuals with needed campus and community resources;
  5. Monitor ongoing behavior of individuals who have displayed disruptive or concerning behavior.
Representative Department
Jennifer Kin Campus Safety Manager & Chair BIT
Todd Long Associate Dean of Students
Sue Kajfasz Faculty (Nursing)
Larry Cunningham Faculty (Law Enforcement)
Jamie Lodermeier-Fay Residence Life (Landings)*
Representative Promedica**

*Present only for concerns of students living at the Landings

**Present 1 time per semester to provide training

If you would like to report a concern for a student, please click the following link and submit an Incident Reporting Form (http://www.terra.edu/life_at_terra_state/student_services/campus_safety/tscc_bit_information.php). In the "Nature of this report" field, please select "Concerned for a Student."

Clery Act

Crime Statistics: The information below provides context for the crime statistics reported as part of compliance with the Clery Act.

The Jeanne Clery Act (formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires colleges and universities to disclose an annual report highlighting crime statistics for the previous three (3) years, safety awareness programming, student conduct information, and other information on campus crimes and incidents. The statistics in this report are published in accordance with the standards and guidelines used by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook and relevant federal law. Terra State Community College submits the annual crime statistics published in this report to the Department of Education. The statistical information gathered by the Department of Education is available to the public through the Department of Education website.

The procedures for preparing the annual disclosure of crime statistics to the university community obtained from the following sources: The Fremont Police Department, Terra State Community College Campus Safety, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and other security and law enforcement departments responsible in the jurisdiction on our campus, separate campus, and non-campus locations. For statistical purposes, crime statistics reported to any of these sources are recorded in the calendar year the crime was reported.

Terra State Community College's checklist for data collection provides that the coordinator of Clery Compliance will send a written request to the local police department(s) and Sheriff's Office, requesting crime statistics for the main campus, the public property surrounding the campus and non-campus (by address) associated with the campus.

A written request for statistic information is made on an annual basis to all campus security authorities. A designated campus authority includes, but is not limited to College deans, directors, department heads, residence life staff, and safety officers. Statistical information is requested and provided to Campus Safety by the employees at the local counseling center, even though they are not required by law to provide statistics for the compliance document. In addition, Campus Safety works with the local counseling center to inform the persons that are being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Under the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act," Terra State Community College must produce and distribute an annual report containing crime statistics and statements of security policy. This information can be found at www.terra.edu under Campus Safety. Any questions can be referred to the Campus Safety Office, Room 104, Building E. Terra State Community College is strongly committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the campus community.

Services Provided by the Campus Safety Office

Background Checks

Terra State Community College is able to provide background check services for students and the public. FBI and BCI checks can be done, however FBI checks must have a valid reason. Please call Campus Safety at extension 2253 or 419.559.2253 for information or to schedule an appointment. Terra State Community College can complete BCI background checks for anyone and FBI checks for those with a valid reason; however at this time Terra State Community College cannot conduct checks for police academies or conceal carry weapons (CCW) permits.

Lost and Found

All items found should be turned into Campus Safety. If you are missing an item, be sure to check with Campus Safety to see if someone may have turned it in. It is also helpful to include basic owner information on flash drives so they can be returned to the owner. Unclaimed lost and found items are auctioned through Government Surplus Auctions www.GovDeals.com after 30 days.

Escort Service

If at any time a student, faculty, staff member, or visitor to the College feels uncomfortable walking to their vehicle or another location on campus, a Campus Safety Responder can be called to escort them to their destination. This service is available at any time. Please contact campus safety at extension 2253 or 2254 from any campus phone, call 419.559.2253, or stop by the Campus Safety Office in building E, Room 104, to request this service. Campus Safety Responders can also assist with the transportation  of individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Vehicle Assistance

Campus Safety Officers can assist with dead batteries and help you contact the appropriate services needed for vehicle malfunctions. Students, staff, or visitors who have locked their keys in their cars shall be assisted by Campus Safety Responders whom may use the vehicle unlock kit only after obtaining a signed release wavier of liability and verifying ownership of the vehicle. The Campus Safety Office can be reached at 419.559.2253 or stop by the Campus Safety Office in Building E, Office 104 and they can assist you or assist with contacting the needed services.

Terra State Alert System

In conjunction with Sandusky County, Terra State offers the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) for students and staff to receive emergency alert notifications. These notifications will include weather related and other unscheduled college closings, campus emergency alerts, and severe weather situations such as tornado and winter storm warnings. Campus Safety is in charge of the Terra State Alert system.

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register for this free service. Once you register, Terra State can quickly send critical campus safety information directly to you. This information includes school closings and other safety threats. Not only will vital information be sent directly to you, it will also be posted online.

For the safety of all, we encourage you to visit http://www.terra.edu/TerraAlert to enter your contact information and choose your notification preferences. This will ensure that you receive critical emergency notifications as soon as the College sends them. Anyone who had signed up for the system in the past (before October 20, 2019) will need to re-enter your information.

NOTE: Registration is FREE. Your service plan's standard text messaging fees apply to all messages sent to your cell phone. The information you provide is not available to the public, and will only be used by public safety officials in event of an emergency.

If you have questions about the Terra Alert system, please contact Campus Safety at 419.559.2253. For technical questions, contact the IT Help Desk at 419.559.2309.

Terra State Building Hours

Terra State Community College is generally open during the following hours:

Monday 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday *Varies
Sunday *Varies

*Weekend hours vary semester to semester based on class scheduling. Please call Campus Safety ahead of time at 419.559.2253 to check weekend hours.

Weather Delays and Cancellations

Student safety is a primary concern when determining closings due to weather. If classes are cancelled or postponed due to weather, announcements will be made through all Terra State Alert Notification systems.