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1500 Student Life and Services

Georgia State University is committed to the idea that total education involves more than academic pursuit. While students are maturing intellectually, they also are developing physically, psychologically, socially, aesthetically, sexually and spiritually. The philosophy of student development is embodied in the areas of responsibility of Student Affairs.

Student Affairs provides a network of support and encouragement for students through counseling, advocacy, advisement, recreation, health, leadership training and opportunities for personal growth. Further, the division seeks to provide an enriching environment that allows for and encourages cross-cultural interaction, an appreciation of diversity and ethical decision making.

1504 Campus Services

The departments in Campus Services supplement the academic campus experience by providing services and facilitating the sale of merchandise to faculty, staff and students.

The Campus Services office is located on the Atlanta Campus on the second floor of University Bookstore Building. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Fridays. Semester breaks and holiday hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone: 404-413-9500. Fax: 404-413-9525. Email: auxiliary@gsu.edu. Web: http://services.gsu.edu/.

1504.15 University Bookstore

University Bookstores are located on each of the campuses, offering a complete selection of new and used textbooks. The rent-a-text (www.rentatext.com) program provides students with the option of renting a new or used textbook for an academic term rather than purchasing it. At the end of the term, students simply bring or ship the textbook back to the University Bookstore. Renting instead of buying can save you more than 50% on average up front, as opposed to having to wait until buyback cash at the end of the term. The University Bookstore also buys used textbooks in some cases paying as much as 50% of the purchase price. Officially licensed Georgia State apparel and gifts are also sold in the University Bookstore. Purchases can also be made online at www.gsubookstore.com.

Perimeter Campus Bookstore Locations

Newton Campus
239 Cedar Lane
Covington, GA 30014-1603

Clarkston Campus
Building N – Student Center
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021-2361

Dunwoody Campus
Building B
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 303384435

Alpharetta Campus
3705 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022-4408

Decatur Campus
3251 Panthersville Rd.
Decatur, GA 30034-3897

1504.20 Graduation Regalia and Photography

Auxiliary and Support Services provides Portrait and Ceremony Photographs for your Commencement memories. Logo Regalia are available for online purchase for pick-up at the Commencement Fair. Graduation Photography is available through a vendor managed by Auxiliary and Support Services. For more information on graduation photography call toll-free 1-800-424-3686. Information on other Commencement items from diploma frames, class rings, invitations, as well as stoles of gratitude are available at the University Bookstore. Phone: 404-413-9700. Fax: 404-413-9709. Email: gsu@bkstr.com. Web: www.gsubookstore.com.

1504.30 PantherCard

The PantherCard is the official Georgia State University identification card, library card, access card to some campus facilities, and provides PantherCash (a debit card) and PantherMeals accounts. PantherCard is issued to all currently registered students and to faculty, staff, and affiliates of Georgia State University.

PantherCash accounts can be opened at the Campus Services office with cash, check MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

PantherCash

PantherCash accounts enable students to add value to their PantherCard and receive discounts on some on-campus purchases. Additional PantherCash deposits to the account can be made online at panthercard.gsu.edu, or at the Campus Services office, at the PantherCash Online Card Office, at the value transfer stations (VTS), or any Payment Headquarters In Location (PHIL) machines on-campus. More information regarding these debit accounts and their uses on campus is available at the PantherCard website. Use PantherCash to receive vending discounts on the purchase of soft drinks or water at vending machines displaying the PantherCash sign, discounts on Fridays at the University Bookstore, and other on and off-campus locations. Phone: 404-413-9508. Fax: 404-413-9525. Email: panthercard@gsu.edu. Web: panthercard.gsu.edu.

Money Network Financial Aid Refund Authorization:
Take advantage of a quick and easy way to receive your financial aid refund. First, you must activate a Money Network Discover Card account on your PantherCard.  To do this up the newest PantherCard with the Discover Card logo on it.  Call 1-800-822-4283 and follow the system prompts. To authorize your student account refund on your PantherCard follow these steps:

  1. Log into PAWS at https://paws.gsu.edu
  2. Select the “Finances” tab
  3. Select the “Refund Information” section
  4. Select the “Panther Card Authorizations” link
  5. Select “Authorize” from the dropdown menu under the “PantherCard Money Network® Authorization” section
  6. Click Submit

1504.55 Rialto Center for the Arts

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts hosts a range of exciting performances from theater to dance to music to film. Offerings feature jazz legends, modern dance, and international performers of all kinds. The Rialto is the proud home to the School of Music’s jazz, wind, percussion, and classical ensembles. The Rialto’s Visual Art Series, Feed Your Senses, and many of the School of Music performances are free. Check upcoming Rialto events at www.rialtocenter.org or contact the Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and students receive a 15% discount off tickets in advance. Georgia State Student “Rush” tickets — 50% off day of show. Phone: 404-413-9489. Email: info@rialtocenter.org. Web: www.rialtocenter.org.

1504.60 Safety and Risk Management

Safety and Risk Management offers administrative assistance and support training programs for Risk and Insurance management, Occupational Health, Right to Know, Workers Compensation, Training Programs, and Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign. Phone: 404-413-9547. Web: safety.gsu.edu/risk-management/.

1508 Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement provides assistance to students, student organizations, faculty and staff concerning volunteer and community service opportunities. Community service offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while preparing for their professional futures. Civic Engagement connects the Georgia State University community with the greater Atlanta community by creating partnerships which foster service-learning opportunities and revitalize the community. Individuals who become engaged with Civic Engagement strengthen their career readiness and capacity to help solve the problems faced by society while learning the importance of being an active, engaged citizen.

Through OrgSync, Civic Engagement is able to provide service opportunities for individuals and groups based on personal interest while allowing participants to log and track volunteer hours. Students and student organizations that engage in service projects and log their hours in OrgSync are able to create a permanent record of their service hours and as well as qualify for local and national recognition.

Panther Breakaway, one of Civic Engagement’s signature programs, offers students the opportunity to spend their academic breaks in service to others. In the past, students have worked in various locations around the southeast and internationally, including Washington D.C., Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana and Costa Rica. Students are educated on a specific social issue prior to the trip and then immersed in the community where they complete service projects related to that specific issue. Previous trips have addressed social issues such as literacy, poverty, hunger, homelessness and environmental awareness.

For more information, visit Civic Engagement:
Perimeter Campuses: Clarkston Campus, CH building, room1 346 or call 678-891-3478 or visit the Civic Engagement website service.gsu.edu.

1510 Counseling

Confidential individual counseling is available for students of Georgia State University to assist them with a range of concerns such as: depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, experiences of discrimination, stress as well as any other concern that may be related to their academic progress and personal growth. The services provided include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Referrals to campus and community resources
  • Guest lectures and workshops for student groups and classes
  • Crisis consultation
  • Faculty and staff training workshops

Counseling helps students to identify, understand and develop skills to successfully address stressors so that they can succeed academically, professionally and personally.

Students can initiate counseling services at the Perimeter campuses by calling the Counseling Access Line at 678-891-4105 during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and scheduling an appointment with the next available counselor on their campus.

Crisis counseling can be reached by all students 24/7 by calling 404-413-1640 and following the prompts to reach a counselor on call.

For more information, visit counselingcenter.gsu.edu.

1510.10 Student Victim Assistance

Student Victim Assistance Services serves as a confidential reporting resource and a central resource point for any student who has experienced a traumatic event, been the victim of sexual assault or has been a victim of other crimes. Staff help connect students to many campus and community resources related to their specific needs. The goal is to help students regain control over their lives so that they may persist in their educational pursuits and thrive personally. Services provided include: confidential reporting resource, direct crisis intervention 24/7, referrals for on and off campus resources, advocacy and support during all phases of university, legal/criminal proceedings, information and resources, consultation and education to students, faculty and staff, safety planning and on-going follow-up and support as needed.

For more information,  call 404-413-1965 or visit the Student Victim Assistance website victimassistance.gsu.edu.

1510.20 Student Health Promotion

The mission of Student Health Promotion is to support activities that empower Georgia State University Perimeter College students to make informed healthier choices and achieve academic success and to ultimately improve the health of individuals and communities. Core areas of education include substance use risk reduction and sexual assault and/or partner violence prevention.   Wellness education is provided through interactive formats including campus events and programs that foster opportunities for students to connect with peers for education about health topics.  Self-responsibility, conscious decisions and informed choices in relation to health are encouraged. Wellness education is provided through interactive formats such as workshops, campus campaigns and awareness events. Classes are provided for students who have violated campus alcohol or drug policies in order to assist them with reducing their risk of further harm. Individual and group tobacco cessation services are offered.  Bystander intervention and sexual assault prevention workshops are offered regularly throughout each semester.

For more information, visit the Student Health Promotion website: healthpromotion.gsu.edu.

1512 Dean of Students

The Assistant Dean of Students at each campus supports the Perimeter College mission of transforming the lives of students and preparing them to thrive in a global society. Student success is at the heart of everything they do. The Assistant Deans of Students are here to help students achieve their goals and to have a rewarding, positive college experience.

For more information, visit the Dean of Students website deanofstudents.gsu.edu.

1512.10 Student Advocacy and Outreach

Knowledgeable staff assist and empower students in conducting their Perimeter College affairs by listening to students’ questions and concerns, talking with students to help them devise problem-solving strategies and referring students to appropriate staff members and/or other campus departments.

For more information, call the following numbers:

  • Alpharetta campus: 678-240-6010
  • Clarkston campus: 678-891-3525
  • Decatur campus: 678-891-2695
  • Dunwoody campus: 770-274-5460
  • Newton campus: 770-278-1220

1512.30 Student Conduct

The Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct contains policies and procedures that promote the university mission and protect the rights of students, faculty and staff. Students are obligated to be knowledgeable of and to comply with the university’s rules, policies and procedures. Students are also individually responsible for understanding and exercising their rights, fulfilling their obligations and respecting the rights of others. The Student Code of Conduct articulates the types of actions that infringe upon the campus climate of civility and the academic integrity of the university. An overarching philosophy of the student conduct process is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their actions, take responsibility for the outcomes of their life and to develop ethical approaches to their decision-making process.

For the most current Student Code of Conduct or additional information, visit codeofconduct.gsu.edu.

1512.40 Parent Relations and Panthers Parents Association

Parent Relations provides parents of Georgia State University students with an opportunity to remain actively involved with their student in their journey together through the college experience. A variety of programs and services are offered to parents such as Family Weekend and a parent hotline.

Parents are also invited to join the Georgia State University Panthers Parents Association. Membership in the association gives family members access to newsletters, programming opportunities and a scholarship for their students.

For more information on Parent Relations and the Panthers Parents Association, call 404-413-1580 or visit the website parents.gsu.edu.

1512.60 Student Health Insurance

The following groups of Georgia State University students are required to have health insurance.

  • All graduate students awarded a full tuition waiver as part of their graduate assistantship
  • All undergraduate, graduate and English as a Second Language (ESL) international students holding F1 and J1 visas
  • All graduate students receiving fellowships fully funding their tuition

Additionally, for those students not covered under the mandatory plan, a voluntary plan is also available. Eligible students include all undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in the graduate or professional degree program taking at least one graduate level course. The link www.uhcsr.com/gsu outlines the coverage, benefits and premium for an insurance program specifically designed for Georgia State University students and their dependents.

1514 Disability Services

Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students who self-identify with a condition which substantially limits a major life activity; such as learning disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing, visual disabilities, mobility disabilities, psychological disabilities and other disabilities. Each campus of Perimeter College has a disability coordinator who provides accommodations and compensatory strategies that are individualized, flexible, confidential and based on the nature of the disability and the educational environment, in direct response to the functional impact of the condition.

Appropriate classroom accommodations are provided for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, such as sign language interpreting, real-time captioning and note taking services. As relevant, services are provided by nationally certified staff interpreters, a staff captionist and a coordinator specializing in deaf and hard of hearing services who is fluent in American Sign Language.

Disability Services staff are available to provide orientation and in-service training to faculty and staff working with students with disabilities.

For more information, call the following numbers or visit the website  disability.gsu.edu.

  • Alpharetta campus: 678-240-6038
  • Atlanta campus: 404-413-1560
  • Clarkston campus: 678-891-3385
  • Decatur campus: 678-891-2406
  • Dunwoody campus: 770-274-5235
  • Newton campus: 770-278-1316

1515.10 Pre-Collegiate and Educational Opportunity Programs

The Office of Pre-Collegiate and Educational Opportunity Programs is one of the university’s primary vehicles for outreach to the greater Atlanta community. The office serves as the coordinating body for a variety of programs designed to provide access to educational opportunities and increase retention and graduation rates. Among its current programs are Move on When Ready, Early College Programs, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Talent Search, Atlanta-Gwinnett Upward Bound, Clarkston Upward Bound, DeKalb Upward Bound, Math-Science Upward Bound, Newton Upward Bound and the Veterans Upward Bound Program.

Early College Programs

Early College is a program that allows students from selected high schools to enroll at Georgia State University Perimeter College. Early College students enrolled in a participating high school may earn a high school diploma with the potential to earn an Associate’s degree or college credit towards a Bachelor’s degree. Unlike Move On When Ready, Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment, Early College enrollment is open only to students enrolled at an Early College high school that has partnered with Georgia State University Perimeter College.

Move On When Ready

Move On When Ready (MOWR) Programs provides Dual Credit Enrollment for eligible high school juniors, seniors and Home Study students. These students earn college credits while simultaneously meeting their high school graduation or Home Study completion requirements. Participation is permitted during the normal fall, spring and summer semesters of the college school year.

TRIO Programs

Upward Bound

Upward Bound program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program also provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher educational pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The Georgia State University TRIO Upward Bound programs are:

  • Upward Bound Atlanta-Gwinnett
  • Upward Bound North DeKalb
  • Upward Bound DeKalb
  • Upward Bound Tri-County
Upward Bound Math/Science

Upward Bound Math Science program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance; opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher educational pursuits; and focuses to strengthen math and science skills in preparation for higher education and careers in these fields. The goal of Upward Bound Math Science is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education with a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math areas.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a postsecondary outreach program designed to motivate middle and high school level students to stay in school while encouraging their pursuit of postsecondary education. This program provides academic, career, financial, and personal counseling to 583 eligible participants attending eight targeted schools in the DeKalb County Public School System. Educational Talent Search also serves interested secondary school dropouts in DeKalb County by referring them to local agencies that specialized in assisting them in re-entering the educational system to complete their education.

Educational Opportunity Center

The Georgia State University Educational Opportunity Center provides information regarding financial aid, postsecondary admissions, career advisement and GED enrollment for adults who want to pursue postsecondary education. The center assists individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs. Projects also assist veterans in securing support services from other locally available resources VUB also assists veterans in securing support services from other locally available resources within the surrounding community such as the Veterans Administration, state veterans agencies, veteran associations, and other state and local agencies that serve veterans.

1515.20 Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

One of the country’s most innovative and successful programs, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) provides support for educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with baccalaureate degrees in science, engineering, computer science, and other math-based fields.  The Perimeter College MESA program, supported by the USG STEM Initiative, is housed on the Clarkston Campus. Perimeter College MESA students benefit from academic excellence workshops; academic advising/counseling; assistance with the transfer process to a 4-year institution; career advising; summer research/internship opportunities; and, linkages with student and professional organizations.  For more information about Perimeter College MESA and eligibility requirements, contact the MESA Office at 678-891-3710 or visit the MESA website (http://www.gpc.edu/~gpcmesa).

1515.30 Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP)

The Peach State Alliance is a National Science Foundation funded collaborative effort sustained by several higher education institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, Fort Valley State University, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University, and the University of Georgia (Lead Institution). The goal of the alliance is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students statewide who complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. For information, please visit the Perimeter College Peach State LSAMP website (http://depts.gpc.edu/gpcpslsamp/).

1515.40 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

The Perimeter College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation. STEP seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Specific aims of STEP and highlighted activities include civic engagement experiences; deepening STEM understanding through supplemental instruction, college visits, and STEM learning communities; and building the STEM resume in which students participate in research/internship opportunities, career workshop seminars, and industry visits. For more information about Perimeter College STEP and eligibility requirements, please visit the STEP website (http://gpc.edu/~gpcstep/).

1516 Study Abroad

Studying abroad allows students to combine academic coursework with an overseas experience, making their education even more globally relevant. Perimeter College students can find an array of study abroad opportunities. For eligible students, financial aid can be applied towards the costs, and scholarships and stipends are available for approved programs. Students should plan at least six months in advance and work closely with a study abroad advisor or program director throughout the process.

To be eligible to study abroad, students should have completed all required Learning Support/ESL coursework, have a minimum current 2.0 grade point average, and be in good academic standing. Eligibility requirements for non-PC programs vary.

For additional information about current programs, visit the website: mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/study-abroad-program-options-perimeter-college-students/.

1517 Georgia Career Information Center

The Georgia Career Information Center (GCIC) provides online career exploration tools and up-to-date career information to the citizens of the state of Georgia, primarily in the public schools (K-12) and the technical colleges. GCIC also assists with state level employment initiatives and agencies by providing career development software solutions. The core tool that GCIC maintains is the Georgia Career Information System, which supports the state of Georgia in meeting state educational mandates with regard to career exploration and planning for students at all grade levels in the public schools. Georgia State University students can access GCIS for career exploration at http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/.

The Georgia Career Information Center is a part of the University Career Services, which offers to all Georgia State University students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services. University Career Services is comprised of Employer Relations, Cooperative Education and Internships, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development and the Georgia Career Information Center.

More information is available at http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/ or call 404-413-1720. GCIC is located at One Park Place South, Suite 823.

1518 Intercollegiate Athletics

Georgia State University has an intercollegiate athletics program that competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level and as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Other members of the Sun Belt include: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Little Rock, Louisiana, UL Monroe, South Alabama, UT Arlington, Texas State and Troy.

Georgia State sponsors 16 sports programs, including baseball, basketball,  football, golf, soccer, and tennis, for men, as well as basketball, cross country, golf, beach volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and court volleyball for women. Additional participation opportunities for female students will be added in the near future.

Georgia State abides by all rules and regulations of the NCAA and Sun Belt Conference for all athletics competition, and student-athletes must meet all admission and eligibility requirements in order to compete.

Georgia State’s athletics teams, known as the Panthers, compete not only against conference opponents but also against other top-ranking teams around the nation. Georgia State teams and individual student-athletes have gained regional and national recognition.

Each Georgia State sport has its own home facility including the converted Georgia State Stadium which was previously Turner Field and home to the Atlanta Braves.

For further information call 404-413-4000 or visit the athletics website at www.GeorgiaStateSports.com. Students are admitted for free to all Georgia State home sporting events.

1519.20 Honor Societies and Professional Organizations

Honor societies recognize the academic and co-curricular accomplishments of students. Students may be invited to join an honor society based on their year in school, major, or campus involvement. Professional organizations connect students to their future profession. Many professional organizations are affiliated with national organizations which provides students the opportunity to network with others in the profession. Participation in honor societies and professional organizations provides students important career building opportunities.

For more information about honor societies and professional student organizations, visit the Panther Involvement Network website at pin.gsu.edu.

1519.30 Student Organizations

Perimeter College is committed to meeting the educational and developmental needs of students and recognizes that students benefit from a balanced program of involvement in student organizations and participation in campus activities. From community service and cultural groups to political and recreational groups, student organizations reflect a vast array of interests. In addition to providing students with a connection to others with like interests, active involvement in student organizations also offers opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership skills by serving as an officer or planning events and programs. A listing of all chartered student organizations as well as the requirements to charter new groups can be found online.

For more information, visit the Panther Involvement Network website at pin.gsu.edu.

1520.10 Leadership Academy

Located on the Clarkston campus, Leadership Academy is designed to improve retention and graduation rates among underserved student groups. The Leadership Academy provides academic support, personal support and development, opportunities to earn scholarships and other experiences shown to help support the success of African American males in college. Students interested in learning more about this program should contact the Leadership Academy at 678-891-3737.

1520.20 Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center is a unique place to learn, grow and explore. The center is a place where every member of the Georgia State University’s diverse community can come and share in the promotion of cross-cultural interactions, awareness, communication, dialogue and mutual learning through an integration of engaging activities. The programs that are organized through the Multicultural Center allow individuals from different cultural backgrounds and social identities to engage in meaningful experiences that assist in building a culture of care.

Heritage and History Month recognition events, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, community office hours, as well as Multicultural Programming Council, book discussions, classroom presentations on multicultural and diversity topics, conversations on contemporary social concerns and a library of books, videos and training resources are a few of the examples of the programs, services and support offered by the Multicultural Center.

1522 Religious Activities

The Council of Interfaith Concerns is a coordinating body for the religious organizations at Georgia State University. It meets regularly to plan and implement interfaith programs and activities, sponsors special worship services throughout the school year and provides a resource for those interested in learning about religious ministry on campus. Catholic, Jewish and Protestant chaplains are available through the council; contacts and referrals from students, faculty and staff are welcomed. For more information, visit the Council of Interfaith Concerns located in Student Center West, Suite 452.

1524 Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson confidentially assists all members of the campus community with informally resolving conflict or other concerns and issues. The Ombudsperson listens, answers questions, makes referrals, explains University policies and procedures, and mediates between individuals or groups in a dispute to resolve conflict. Mediation and facilitation services offered by the office give all persons involved in conflict the opportunity to discuss problems and cooperate in generating options for resolving disputes. The office also provides training and education in several areas including conflict resolution, respectful communication, cultural awareness and civility. The Ombudsperson does not have power to adjudicate, arbitrate or investigate complaints. Individuals who have questions or concerns about classroom environment, interpersonal conflicts, appeals processes, university policies, fair treatment, communication difficulties or need help with resolving other university concerns are encouraged to call or visit the office to attempt informal resolution prior to filing formal complaints. The Office of the Ombudsperson is located at 215 One Park Place and can be reached by telephone at 404-413-2510, or via the web at ombuds.gsu.edu.

1526 Recreation

The Fitness and Recreation Program is committed to providing the very best in facilities, equipment, programs and events that inspire and motivate students to remain on the path to better health. Each Perimeter College campus offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun, challenging and entertaining activities, such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates and fitness boot camp. For the sports minded student, there are opportunities to participate in intramural activities like flag football, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis. Outdoor adventure programs include whitewater rafting, high ropes or zip line courses, horseback riding, dragon boat rowing and paint ball.

For more information, call the following numbers or visit the website recreation.gsu.edu.

1529 Student Health Clinic

The Georgia State University Clinics at the downtown and Perimeter College locations are staffed by university employees including: a clinical director, a full-time physician, an associate director, advanced practice clinicians, registered nurses, medical assistants, a manager of business, immunization coordinators, secretaries, a scheduler and a nutritionist. The medical team is shared by all campuses. Clinical services are provided by experienced health care providers who provide triage, evaluation and treatment of medical problems. Currently registered students are eligible to receive services at all three clinic locations.

Physical exams, men and women’s health services, are offered as well as the following services:

Primary care: Visits and medical advice are FREE—fees are charged for tests, supplies and medicines. Primary care includes diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and chronic medical problems, wellness visits, annual physicals, STI checks and treatments.

Minor emergency: Wound care including stitches, asthma care, first aid and assessments and referrals are provided. The clinics do NOT treat serious, life-threatening or limb-threatening illnesses or injuries.

Sports medicine: Sports participation physicals are provided free, and minor injury care is provided.

Men’s health: Appointments for men’s health problems are available, including, Expedited Partner Therapy. (EPT)

Women’s health: Appointments for gynecological exams, PAP smears, birth control pills and shots are available for minimal fees.  Also provided for a fee are, EPT, emergency contraception services and pregnancy tests. Prenatal care is NOT provided.

Health education: A variety of topics and media are offered such as substance use risk reduction, healthy sexuality, violence prevention, tobacco cessation, nutritional advice, healthy lifestyles brochures and videos and presentations to groups.

Prescriptions dispensed: Students have access to some of the most frequently prescribed medications, including antibiotics, birth control, ear, nose and throat medications and more for a co-pay of $10.00 or less. Outside prescriptions cannot be filled.

Immunizations: All shots and laboratory tests (titers) needed to complete the immunization requirement for registration (Board of Regents policy) are available at the clinic. Vaccinations and tests provided include: MMR, Rubella, Meningitis, HPV, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella (chickenpox) and PPD (tuberculosis) skin tests.  Allergy shots are administered only after a consultation visit with the doctor. It is the student’s responsibility to bring their serum along with orders and paperwork from their allergist to their first clinic appointment. NO serum will be accepted through the mail.

Travel clinic: The clinic offers travel vaccines and prescriptions.

Laboratory tests: Most tests are available at deeply discounted prices. A few examples are: urinalysis, urine culture, throat culture, thyroid panel, lipids (cholesterol) panel, gonorrhea-chlamydia probe, HIV blood test and pregnancy tests.

Electronic medical records: All the health clinics utilize Medicat, an electronic medical records system, that allows students to obtain several services online. This includes making appointments, accessing medical records and communicating with clinic staff. This improvement in technology allows better service to students and enhanced decision making by clinic management.

Urgent care: After hours phone access to mental health crisis consultants and medical consultants is available to both commuter and residential students and is extended to students on all campuses of Georgia State University.  Enhancements to services also provide coordinated medical, mental health and administrative urgent care in an integrated system designed to foster student retention and success.

Medical nutritionist: A medical nutritionist provides best practice interventions for a range of diagnosis. These efforts are consistent with the mission of education and prevention as strategies for intervention.

For more information, visit the Student Health Clinic located in 141 Piedmont Avenue, Suite D, call 404-413-1930 or visit the Student Health Clinic website health.gsu.edu.

1530 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice of the student body and works with faculty, staff and administration to serve and represent the students of Georgia State University. The SGA consists of the following branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. As the representative body for students at Georgia State University, the SGA promotes student self-governance and enables elected students to express the opinions of their fellow students. The university adheres to the philosophy that student representation within the larger university structure is a catalyst for student growth and development.

The Student Government Association has the authority and responsibility consistent with the SGA constitution and bylaws, policies of the University and the laws of the State of Georgia, to participate in the recommendation of student activity fees allocations, to appoint student representatives to college and university committees, to maintain self-governance and to work to resolve institutional student issues and concerns. Each campus of Perimeter College at Georgia State University is authorized to elect officers to the Student Government Association as indicated in the constitution and bylaws. Senate meeting dates and times vary by campus but are available on the SGA website.

For more information on how to get involved with SGA on your campus visit the website at sga.gsu.edu.

1534.10 Student Programs

The Panther Activities Council (PAC) plans and produces social, educational, entertainment and health related programs for Perimeter College students. The structure of the PAC is the same on all five campuses of Perimeter College. PAC members gain experience in event planning, marketing, public relations and leadership. Executive board members are appointed after an application and interview process. Executive Board member positions include: president, vice president, assessment and marketing director, arts & culture director, entertainment director, traditions director and wellness and service director.

Whenever possible, PAC collaborates with Spotlight Programs Board to sponsor university-wide events for all Georgia State University students. However, because there is a separate fee structure for students pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree vs. an associate degree, Perimeter students may need to pay an additional fee to attend programs sponsored by Spotlight Programs Board.

For more information, visit the Panther Activities website pantheractivities.gsu.edu.

1534.20 Student Media

Learn the different aspects of media, such as writing, editing, producing, DJing and selecting outside content, by doing each task in a professional setting. Student Media is highly reflective of the students’ vision and participation. Student Media’s goals are to reflect the state of the Georgia State campuses, provide quality content to the campuses and city community and prepare students for a wide range of media presentation in their post-graduate career.

The Signal is the Georgia State University student newspaper and is published by students from each campus. Students write, edit, take photographs and contribute artwork. Editors learn to use page design software to construct pages and to maintain The Signal’s online products. Students also participate in advertising sales and distribute the newspaper. Students can also learn audio production for podcasts and radio in The Signal’s isolation recording booth

All students are eligible to contribute, regardless of program of study. Certain editors may receive small stipends. For more information, visit The Signal office on the Clarkston campus in CB1110 or call 678-891-3381.

For more information on Student Media, call 404-413-1592 or visit the website studentmedia.gsu.edu.

1534.30 Student Publications

Creative License is an annual literary faculty-edited magazine, with all literary and graphic submissions from Perimeter College students. Creative License issues are available on all five campuses or on the Student Media website studentmedia.gsu.edu/pc. For more information, call the following numbers:

  • Alpharetta campus: 678-212-7500
  • Clarkston campus: 678-891-3970 or 770-274-5470
  • Decatur campus: 678-891-2385 or 678-891-3556
  • Dunwoody campus: 770-274-5470
  • Newton campus: 770-278-1235
  • Online program: 678-212-7500

1536 University Career Services

career.gsu.edu

University Career Services (UCS) at both the downtown and Perimeter College campuses provides programs, services, information, and counseling to assist students with career decisions, as well as preparation for and implementation of successful job searches. Career Services at Perimeter supports all campus locations as well as the online student population, and serves students from all majors and areas of study. UCS also assists employers with increasing their candidate pool and talent pipeline by sharing their employment opportunities with our student body and alumni with limited or no associated cost for our services.

One-on-one career development appointments are available to help students with resume writing and job search letter development, skills assessment, and interview preparation. Individual and group sessions are offered, always with the goal of helping students connect their passion and purpose with career opportunities. Programs and materials, employer panels, employer information sessions, and career fairs provide up-to-date information for use in exploring careers and researching employers.

All Georgia State University students have an account on Panther Career Net, a web-based career management system utilized by students, employers and the career services staff. Panther Career Net is free to all enrolled students.  Activation of the account (completing a profile and uploading a résumé if seeking employment) provides 24/7 on and off-campus access to many of Career Services’ online resources, as well as easy application to jobs, and information about career events and employers. Activation requires use of one’s campus ID and password and can be done remotely.

Students interested in scheduling an appointment or viewing job posting can complete their online student profile on the Panther Career Net site and access additional resources.

For more information on career counseling, career assessment, career exploration, internship and career opportunities, and job search support, visit the Dunwoody Campus location in the NB Building, first floor, within the Advising, Counseling, & Retention Services Suite, or online at career.gsu.edu.

1538.20 Student Activity Fee Committee

Mandatory student fees collected at Perimeter College include the advice and counsel of an advisory committee composed of at least fifty percent students, except in special circumstances when a general purpose fee is instituted system-wide by the Board of Regents (BOR Minutes, June 2009). The committee shall include at least four students, who shall be appointed by the student government association.

The college-wide Student Activity Fee Budget Committee (SAFBC)  reviews budget requests, deliberates and approves the recommended budget allocations for college-wide funding requests. The committee  consists of Perimeter College SGA representative Chair(s), Associate Directors,  Assistant Directors of Student Life, Associate Deans of Students and an appointed faculty or staff representative. The Associate Dean of Students serves in an advisory capacity.

The Campus Student Activity Fee Budget Committee reviews budget requests, deliberates, and approves the recommended budget allocations for student organizations on the following campus: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton. The campus committee consists of the Assistant Director of Student Life or designee (voting), Dean of Students (ex-officio), four (4) student representatives and two (2) faculty or staff representatives. The SAF college-wide accounts manager is responsible for the monitoring of college-wide SAF budget allocations in conjunction with the Assistant Dean of Students to ensure fiscal and business compliance. The Associate Directors and the Assistant Directors of Student Life are responsible for monitoring the campus budget allocations to ensure fiscal and business compliance.

1538.30 Committee on Student Communications

The Committee on Student Communications is an advisory committee to the Vice President for Student Affairs and has decision-making responsibility in relation to the business of and annual budget allocations for all student-operated media. Its primary functions are to interview candidates to fill the editorial and managerial positions for each of the student-operated media, make recommendations for general policy to the Vice President for Student Affairs and resolve disputes between members.

Additional information is available at studentmedia.gsu.edu/csc.

1538.40 Student Technology Fee Subcommittee

The Student Technology Fee (STF) Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) meets annually to review proposals for expenditures of money from the Student Technology Fee and makes recommendations for allocations to the Fiscal Advisory Committee to the President.

For additional information, consult the following websites: solutions.technology.gsu.edu and senate.gsu.edu/committees/fiscal-advisory-committee-to-the-president.

1542 Off Campus Housing

The office of the Dean of Students has partnered with an off campus housing website to provide students with a tool to find a place to live off campus and search for a roommate.

Because this office does not approve, inspect or assume responsibility for those facilities listed on the off campus housing website, it is strongly recommended that a visit be made to the apartment or home prior to making lease or rental arrangements. If possible, schedule more than one interview with a prospective house share or roommate and always request references.

For more information, visit the office of the Dean of Students website at deanofstudents.gsu.edu.