Student Support Services (SSS) is a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Education and Holmes Community College. The goal of SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its students and facilitate their transfer process to 4-year institutions. SSS serves 200 students on the Goodman campus and is committed to providing a supportive environment where participants will receive academic, personal, financial, transfer, and career counseling.
To receive assistance students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled at the Goodman Campus of HCC in a degree-seeking transfer program, and meet at least ONE of the following criteria: Be a first generation college student (neither parent with whom you reside has a four-year degree; Have documented financial need (determined by federal guidelines); and/or Have a documented disability. All services are free to students. Those who are interested should complete an application. SSS is located in the lower level of McDaniel Hall on the Goodman Campus.
Cafeteria - Goodman Campus
The Lorance Student Center serves HCC students who are currently enrolled. There is a large area where indoor recreation of various kinds may be enjoyed. This building contains the bookstore and canteen where books, supplies, food, drinks, and various other items may be purchased. The HCC Student Services Offices are also located in the Lorance Student Center. This includes HCC Housing and HCC Student Activities Offices. HCC Parking Decals and HCC IDs are available in the student center.
Cafeteria and Student Center Rules
1. Be on time for all of your meals.
2. Your HCC ID must be scanned at every meal or you will not be served. This ID is not transferable to anyone.
3. You must wear shirts and shoes at all times while you are in the cafeteria or the student center.
4. Do not break line.
5. Do not waste food - if you do not want it, do not take it.
6. Do not throw food or anything else in the dining room.
7. Food is to be consumed inside the cafeteria. Food cannot be removed from the premises.
8. No food services property can be removed from the premises.
9. Cafeteria and student center grill decor is not to be handled or moved around.
10. When you have finished your meal, carry your tray to the dish room window. Do not leave your dishes or trays on dining room tables.
Your cooperation in practicing responsible dining conduct promotes cheerful service. Violation of the above rules can result in sanctions up to and including revocation of eating privileges.
Holmes Community College has bookstores at Goodman, Grenada, and Ridgeland. The Bookstores are managed by Follett and are housed in the Lorance Student Center on the Goodman Campus, the Jack L. Holmes Library at the Grenada Campus, and the Joe A. Adams Student Union on the Ridgeland Campus. Book vouchers will be honored at all three campus bookstores. All three campus bookstores welcome online students and will assist with textbook orders. The Goodman bookstore offers mailboxes for those students who live on campus. For your convenience, you can now use your financial aid online to purchase your textbooks from the Holmes Bookstores.
Goodman Campus Bookstore
Lorance Student Center, Goodman Campus
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Extended hours the first 2 weeks in the semester.
Phone: (662) 472-9045
Fax: (662) 472-2359
Grenada Campus Bookstore
Jack L. Holmes Library, Grenada Campus
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Extended hours the first 2 weeks in the semester.
Phone: (662) 226-0609
Fax: (662) 226-5575
Police authority is authorized by Section 6706, Mississippi Code of 1973, as amended.
VEHICLES ON CAMPUS
To operate a vehicle on campus, students must register their vehicles to receive a decal and display. Faculty and staff are also required to obtain and display decals.
Parking and Traffic Regulations for Students
1. Vehicles must be registered and equipped with a current year parking decal.
2. The parking decal is to be displayed on the back left window.
3. Vehicles are not to exceed 20 miles per hour anywhere on campus.
4. The volume of all vehicle radios must be kept low at all times.
5. The student will have sole responsibility for any vehicle registered in his/her name regardless of who may be driving it.
6. Reckless driving may result in removal of the vehicle from campus.
7. Dorm students must park in areas designated as student parking areas at their particular dorm and walk to class. (Grenada Dorm students may park in parking area in front of cafeteria.) Students may not park in any area designated for faculty, staff, or visitors. Cars are to be parked only in a designated parking space properly marked by painted lines.
Student vehicles parked in the prohibited areas on campus will receive a ticket. The first parking violation is $20.00; the second violation is $30.00; the third and each succeeding violation is $50.00. A handicapped parking violation begins at $50; the second is $100, and the third and each succeeding violation is $200. A handicapped person must be an occupant for the vehicle to park in a HC zone. Students who violate traffic regulations will be fined $30.00 for the first violation; $40.00 for the second violation, and $60.00 for the third violation. Students who consistently violate parking and traffic regulations will give up their right to have a vehicle on campus. In addition to Campus Police, Dormitory Supervisors and other school officials are authorized to write tickets. A parking or traffic ticket may be appealed following the HCC Discipline and Appeal Procedure, provided it is done within one week of the date on the ticket.
Students are expected to conform to acceptable standards of decency, morality, courtesy; be truthful; respect the rights of others; be punctual and regular in attendance at classes and have regard for college property.
District-Wide Campus Regulations1. Orderly conduct is expected on campus at all times; disorderly conduct may result
in loss of campus privileges.
2. Students are required to have their HCC ID on their person at all times when on campus. Students are to present their ID cards upon the request of any official of the college at any time. Improper use of ID card by the owner or another individual may result in a fine.
3. Destruction or loss of property will be paid for by those responsible. Willful or malicious damage on campus is considered more serious than accidental damage.
4. Smoking is not allowed within fifteen feet of campus buildings.
5. The use of alcohol, possession of alcohol, or being under the influence of alcohol is absolutely prohibited. No alcoholic beverage containers, empty or full, can be kept anywhere on campus. Offenders can be fined as much as $200 and can be removed from the dormitory and/or dismissed from school if the incident involves additional charges. Commuting students may have their access to the campus limited in lieu of dormitory removal.
6. Use of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, or being under the influence of illegal drugs is absolutely prohibited. Offenders will be dismissed from school. A copy of the HCC Drug and Alcohol Policy is available in any counselor's office. This policy includes the standards of conduct expected by the college; the legal sanctions imposed by local, state, and federal law; health risks; and the programs available for help.
7. Students who have been convicted of possession, sale, or the manufacture of illegal drugs will not be permitted to live in the dormitory and will have their access to the campus limited.
8. Any student charged with a local, state, or federal crime may be suspended from school or have other sanctions imposed on him/her until the charges are cleared.
9. Any student convicted of a local, state, or federal crime may be dismissed from school.
10. Fireworks on campus may result in dismissal from the dormitory, limited access to the campus, or more serious disciplinary action.
11. Weapons on campus will result in a fine and/or dismissal from the dormitory, limited access to the campus, or more serious disciplinary action. No person or persons will be permitted to possess a firearm or firearms on HCC property or at any event sponsored or sanctioned by the College. The only exception to the above shall be sworn law enforcement officers certified by the Bureau of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training, and those persons authorized by the college.
12 The volume of all televisions or radios (including car radios), etc., must be kept low at all times. Failure to do so will result in equipment being removed from campus and a fine.
13. A student wishing to enter any locked building on campus must contact a campus police officer and fill out a Building Entry Form.
14. Possession of keys by students to any HCC lock is prohibited. The only exception is a dormitory key for which a deposit has been paid. Offenders may be dismissed from school.
15. Indecent dress or language (including written or oral) is prohibited on campus.
16. Any person or persons on the campus for the purpose of soliciting must have prior approval of the chief student services officer.
17. No student cars are to be washed on campus without permission.
18. Cell phones should be turned off when entering classes and school activities where phone calls would interrupt school proceedings. When cell phones become a problem in an academic setting, the issue becomes a disciplinary matter.
19. Students that fraudulently misrepresent facts may be fined up to $100.00 and may be removed from class or school.
20. Theft on campus may result in dismissal from the dormitory, limited access to the campus, or more serious disciplinary action.
21. Any student under disciplinary action may have to forfeit the right to participate in any school related activity. Also, they may not be eligible to run for any elected position nor be selected for any honor or award.
22. The unauthorized buying and selling of goods and services on campus is prohibited.
Discipline and Appeal Procedure
Non-academic discipline of the students at Holmes Community College is administered through the Dean of Students' office on the Goodman campus, the Vice-President's office at Ridgeland, and the Vice-President's office at Grenada. These individuals are referred to elsewhere in this handbook as the Chief Student Services' Officer (CSSO). Minor infractions of discipline and conduct are handled as they occur by the faculty and staff directly in charge at the point of infraction. Any discipline imposed in this manner may be appealed by the student to the CSSO on campus. More serious disciplinary problems among students are handled directly by the CSSO. Disciplinary hearings are of private, confidential nature and are closed to the public.
Disciplinary action will proceed as follows:
(1) The CSSO shall notify the student of the charges.
(2) The CSSO may temporarily suspend a student until such time as the charges brought against them may be heard. The suspension would occur when it is apparent that the student's presence would affect the well being of the student body, the faculty, or the college property.
(3) The student has the right to discuss any evidence pertinent to the charges with the CSSO.
(4) The CSSO, after gathering all information, will make a final ruling.
(5) The CSSO will notify the student, in writing, of the charges and discipline to be levied.
1. If the student wishes to appeal the decision, he/she must submit a written appeal to the appropriate administrator within three (3) school days of the decision.
2. The student's appeal will be heard by an Appeals Committee comprised of three (3) HCC employees (administrators, professional staff and/or instructors).
3. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Appeals Committee, he/she may then appeal to the President. To initiate the process, the student must notify the President via email of his/her desire to appeal within three (3) school days of the Appeals Committee's decision.
Students either named or elected to positions whereby they represent the student body in an honorary capacity, such as homecoming court member, SGA officer, Beauty, Who's Who member, and Hall of Fame member, etc., must conform to all scheduled activities of that group, such as photography sessions, organizational meetings, and related activities, etc. Failure to meet the necessary requirements may result in the loss of the office or position being occupied by the student and also the loss of recognition of the student in Horizons, The Growl, or through press releases sent by the Public Information Office.
The College Who's Who contest is sponsored each year by the SGA and is completed by
the third week of January. Mr. and Miss HCC are elected on the Goodman, Ridgeland
and Grenada campuses and must be representative of the college's best as to scholarship,
character, participation in co-curricular activities and attitude.
CAMPUS RECREATION & INTRAMURAL SPORTS
(Goodman Campus Only)
The Campus Recreation & Intramural Sports program at Holmes Community College is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and their spouses the opportunity to participate in a variety of enjoyable competitive sports. Holmes Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. The college is in compliance with Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The activities selected are determined on the basis of their contribution to the development of the whole individual - physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Another purpose of the recreation and intramural program is to make participation in sports and physical activities a meaningful part of total education, thus providing individuals with opportunities to develop skills that can be utilized for lifelong fitness. The implementation of a wide variety of activities allows participation for different ability and interest levels - "Something for Everyone". The program provides competition in a spirit fostered by fair play and sportsmanship among all participants. A major objective of the Campus Recreation & Intramural Sports program is to provide enjoyable activities in a safe environment to enhance social interaction and develop a sense of community within the college. Intramurals are voluntary in nature (i.e. the student has a choice of activities) and every student is given an equal opportunity to participate - regardless of physical ability. Current students, faculty, and staff with a valid Holmes Community College I.D. are eligible to participate in the Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports program. Faculty is encouraged to participate in intramural activities and make "out-of-classroom" connections with students. Recreation and Intramural activities include team competition leagues, individual sports, team sports, and other special events. In addition, the HCC Fitness Center is open to all current students with a HCC ID.
(Goodman Campus Only)
Holmes Community College abides by the regulations outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The Director of Housing has been designated to receive and investigate complaints and carry out responsibilities in conformity with the foretasted acts and their amendments.
Check In: To check in, students should report to their assigned residence hall at the time specified in the student handbook (Sunday afternoon before the beginning of classes the following day usually between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Students are then required to complete and turn in the Key/Damage Deposit Policy Form to their dormitory supervisor. This form will be placed on each bed before you move into your room. If a student does not turn in this form, he or she may be liable for damages to the room that existed before they moved in. This is a pre-damage inventory sheet for the student to report damages which he or she is not responsible for. Failure to turn this form in will forfeit the student's right to challenge any decision made by the Director of Housing and/or Dormitory Supervisor to charge the student for damages not reported.
Check Out: To check out, a student is required to move out all belongings, clean room
thoroughly, have the Hall Director complete a dormitory withdrawal form, and turn
in the key and ID to that individual. Failure to properly check out of the residence
hall will result in the loss of the housing deposit.
Lost Keys: The Director of Housing and the Dormitory Supervisor should be contacted immediately when a room key has been lost. See the Director of Housing for replacement of key. The student will be charged $25 for a new key. If a student returns a broken key to the Director of Housing, a new one will be issued to him or her at no additional cost. For those students using HCC ID cards as keys, the charge will be $10 to replace a lost one.
College Property: Students are responsible for college property. Any damages in a student's room will be charged to the occupants of that room unless those students completed and turned in a Key/Damage Deposit Policy form reporting that the damage existed in the room before they moved in. Common area (lounges, restrooms, vending, laundry, hallway, or suites) damages may be assessed to the students living in that area unless the party responsible can be identified.
Overnight Guests: Any commuting student who wishes to stay overnight with a resident student assigned to a dorm, must obtain permission from the Director of Student Housing in writing. A form is available in the Student Housing Office that must be completed before a commuter is approved to stay overnight. The host is responsible for requesting this and must have the guestâ€™s information available to complete the approval form. The commuter must be a full-time student at one of the Holmes Community College campuses. A $5 fee will be assessed to the commuter that is payable to the Business Office. Commuting students will not be allowed to stay on nights when athletic activities take place, during exam weeks, or during the first two weeks and last two weeks of each semester. Approval or disapproval of an overnight stay is made at the discretion of the Director of Student Housing. No more than one night stay per week will be considered.
Residence Hall Hours: All residence halls open at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and
close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. At the end of a semester or the beginning
of a holiday, students are expected to vacate dormitory rooms as soon as their classes
and/or exams are completed. Residence halls are closed on weekends unless permission
has been granted from the Director of Housing to stay. Quiet hours shall begin at
11:00 p.m. and continue until 8:00 a.m. the next day. Reasonable quietness is expected
at all times. During this period, students should be able to study in their rooms
without loud noise or disturbances. Loud stereos, televisions, yelling, etc. will
not be tolerated.
Weekend Stay: Generally, only out-of-state or out-of-district athletes are granted permission to stay on weekends. Other than this group, the only other students who may stay on weekends with permission are those who are involved in a school activity (athletic competition, choir, band, cheerleading, etc.).
Room Inspection: Residence hall rooms are subject to inspections by appropriate college officials. During the room inspections, the rooms will be checked for room damages and unsanitary conditions. Students may be subject to a $25 fine for failing room inspection. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms, bathrooms, and common areas (common areas only include the hallways in Attala Hall suites). Safety checks may be made from time to time as well.
Residence Hall Furnishings and Care: Rooms are furnished with single beds, dressers, chairs, and desks. Each student is expected to furnish linens, and toilet items, including tissue, and is accountable for the care of the room and its furnishing. Students are not allowed to move any furniture or equipment from their rooms supplied by the college. Missing furniture or other items from rooms provided by the college or damage to them will result in a $25 fine or higher plus the cost of the items to the occupants of that room. Rooms are to be kept clean and in order at all times. Garbage is to be swept up in rooms and/or hallways and thrown into the trashcans or garbage shoots provided. Trash should be put into garbage bags first if possible before disposal for sanitary reasons. Students are responsible for their individual rooms, including furniture and everything else in the rooms furnished by the college. The room's occupants will pay for any damages found in a room. All dormitory rooms will be checked for damages to the mattresses, beds, floors, walls, windows, ceilings, doors, furniture, lights, bathroom, etc. All residents will pay for damages to common areas outside of dormitory rooms from housing deposits. Residence hall rooms remain the responsibility of the student until they have completed a dormitory check-out form and turned in their key and ID card to the Hall Director or Director of Housing.
Sales and solicitations are prohibited in the residence halls.
Personal Property: The College is not responsible for loss or damage of any and all personal items or valuables irrespective of cause. Students should consider purchasing renter's insurance or insuring these items are covered by the parents' homeowner's policy.
Visitors during School Hours: Same-sex visiting by students is allowed until 12:00 a.m. Between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., no visiting in dormitory rooms is allowed, meaning that dormitory residents must be in their own rooms. Visitors after school hours must leave by 12:00 a.m. when all lobbies close. No visiting is allowed after 12:00 a.m. without authorization. Immediate family members, with permission, may assist students in moving in or out of the residence halls. Male students are not allowed in Yazoo Hall or Choctaw Hall except in the lobby area during regular visiting hours. No females are allowed in any male dorm lobby at any time.
Dismissal from Dormitory: A student may be dismissed from a dormitory for academic or disciplinary reasons that may include cutting below twelve (12) hours in a class schedule, failing to have a 1.75 GPA for two semesters, pulling a fire alarm, etc. The consequences for such actions are dismissal and removal from the dormitory with loss of all dormitory privileges. When this occurs, a student is not allowed in any residence hall on campus as a visitor or otherwise. That student must leave the campus after his/her last class each day and must not be found on campus after 4:00 p.m. Students found in violation of this rule will face trespassing charges on school grounds and possible dismissal from school at the discretion of the Dean of Students.
Internet and Cable: Wireless internet and cable will be provided in all dorm rooms.
Search of a Student's Room: Holmes Community College is firmly committed to the principles of complete respect for the constitutional and human rights of all students. At the same time, as has been confirmed in many court cases, the institution has the authority to enforce reasonable Rules of Conduct and to search housing facilities as needed and at times without notice to provide for a safe and healthy environment. It is the policy of Holmes Community College that police searches of a student's room may not be conducted unless reasonable suspicion exists that violations of college regulations or state or federal law are occurring or have occurred.
Closure for Breaks: Several times during the year it will be necessary to close all residence halls completely. They are Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, and spring break.
1. Occupants of dormitory rooms are responsible for everything in the room and the room itself. Total damages to halls and areas not considered a part of a room will be assessed and charged to occupants of the dormitory. First offense will result in a warning or possible dismissal from the dormitory and payment of damages. Second offense will result in dismissal from dormitory and payment of damages.
2. The following are not allowed in dormitories or rooms: gambling, weight lifting equipment, pets, candles, incense, carpet, bicycles, motorcycles, or weapons (guns, knives, bow and arrow, etc.). Sound equipment (amps, speakers, etc.) is not allowed in dormitory rooms.
3. With limited exceptions, every electrical appliance must have a ground. Outlet adaptation for multiple uses of electrical outlets may not be used. (If you have any questions, please check with dorm supervisor.)
4. Students may bring irons, radios, televisions, coffeepots, and refrigerators (not to exceed 4.0 cubic feet or 4.5 amps). The only cooking appliance allowed in your room is a microwave oven.
5. Pictures, wall hangings, or additional furniture cannot be placed in a room without express written consent from the Director of Housing. Any damages resulting from this practice will be assessed to the students. HCC reserves the right to require removal of anything posted in a room. Obscene pictures will not be allowed.
6. Failure to keep your room clean will result in a fine after one warning. No trash is to be swept into halls; it must be picked up in your room.
7. Men are not to use the lobbies of the women's dormitories unless they check in at the front desk with their student ID. They must also be the guest of only one female resident assigned to that particular dormitory. It is the female student's responsibility to check her guest in at the desk. The female should present her student ID along with her guest's student ID at the front desk upon entering the lobby. No more than one guest is allowed per female resident. Men are not allowed in any other part of the female dormitories. Persons violating this regulation may be fine up to $200 and may lose housing privileges.
8. Women are not allowed in the men's dormitories. Persons violating this regulation may be fined up to $200 and may lose housing privileges.
9. Male students are not allowed in the parking area behind Yazoo Hall.
10. No sexual activity is allowed in the residence halls.
11. No horseplay (running, playing ball, etc.) is allowed at any time in the dormitories, including the hallways.
12. Students are not allowed at the windows or doors of dormitories of the opposite sex.
13. After dark the blinds in all dormitory rooms must be closed.
14. Lobby furniture found in rooms will result in a fine.
15. There will be a $25.00 fine for unauthorized moves of persons or furniture from or between dormitory rooms. The second unauthorized move will result in dismissal from the dormitory. (Room change may be permitted only after being processed through the office of the Director of Housing.)
16. In the absence of a fire, pulling a fire alarm will result in removal from the dormitory or from school.
17. No smoking is allowed in residence halls. All smoking must be done outside the building at least fifteen feet from any entrance.
18. Use of alcohol, possession of alcohol, or being under the influence of alcohol is absolutely prohibited. No alcoholic beverage bottles, empty or full, can be kept anywhere on campus. First offenders are generally fined $200 and may be removed from the dormitory or dismissed from school if the incident involves additional charges. Commuting students may have their access to the campus limited in lieu of dormitory removal.
Any student violating the rules and regulations is subject to being suspended from college. There will be a mandatory dormitory meeting after school begins where you will be given specific rules and regulations pertaining to your dormitory.