May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 Student Handbook

Academic and General Information



Graduation Information

Selection of Catalog for Graduation

Students must meet graduation requirements for each associate type degree, diploma or certificate as outlined in the current catalog or a catalog not more than six years old at the time of the anticipated graduation. Selection of the catalog must be approved by the Dean of Student Services. The catalog selected must contain the program of study for the year during which the student earned credit.

College-Level Competencies for Graduation

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College identifies five college-level competencies within the general education core curriculum for all Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Education degree graduates. Graduates of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will be considered proficient in the following competencies:

  • effective written communication
  • mathematical problem solving
  • effective oral communication
  • critical thinking
  • application of technology

General Graduation Requirements

General graduation requirements apply to all plans of graduation. These requirements include earning a minimum of 60 hours with a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all course work attempted (excluding developmental courses). When a course is repeated, the higher grade is used in computing grade point average at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 25 percent of the required semester credit hours at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to be eligible to receive a degree from the college.

All associate degree programs require a minimum of 60 semester hours and include a core of general education courses.  Diplomas for specific career/technical programs are awarded to students who successfully complete the specified number of program-specific hours as outlined in the program (typically 45 hours) and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above.  Certificates for specific career/technical programs are awarded to students who successfully complete the specified number of program-specific hours as outlined in the program (typically 30 hours) and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above.  For university parallel degrees, there is a 40 semester hour core, and for Career and Technical Education (CTE) degrees, there is a 15-16 semester hour core.  The core includes at least one course from each of the following areas: English, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Public Speaking, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Students planning to receive an associate degree or diploma must complete a formal application available online. Candidates for fall, spring, or summer graduation should consult Student Services for application deadlines. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with faculty advisors and Enrollment Specialists so that appropriate courses are taken to meet graduation requirements. Ultimate responsibility, however, does rest with the individual student.

For specific program and graduation requirements, consult the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Catalog.

Grades

At mid-term and again at the end of the semester, the instructors report the academic standing of each student in each course. Mid-term grades and final grades are available to students online at https://mgccc.edu/ in Web Services. Mid-term grades allow students to evaluate their progress; however, unlike final semester grades, they are not official and do not appear on the transcript.

Grades are based upon proficiency attained by the student. This is demonstrated primarily by the quality of work completed in the course. Letter grades used and their meaning are as follows:

Definitions of Letter Grades

  A Represents superior or outstanding achievement in prescribed work.
  B Above-average achievement in prescribed work.
  C Average level of achievement.
  D Below-average achievement.
  F Failure to pass prescribed coursework.
  I Incomplete*

*The prescribed coursework was not finished by the end of the semester. Incomplete grades are issued in special circumstances at the discretion of the instructor.  If the work is completed within the following semester (summer term does not count), the "I" may be changed to A, B, C, or D. If the work is not completed within the following semester, the "I" will be changed to "F."

  IP In Progress

At the end of the grading period, the student is progressing but has not completed the course during that grading period.  This grade is utilized for a limited number of competency-based courses.  If the student does not re-enroll in the "IP" course, the "IP" will change to an "F" at the end of the following semester (summer term does not count).

  AU Audit
Awarded at the end of the course when the student has properly registered as an auditing student.
  W Withdrawal
Student officially withdrew before the end of the official withdrawal period or withdrew due to extenuating circumstances with the approval of the Dean of Teaching & Learning.
  WP Withdrawal Passing
Student dropped by the instructor for noncompliance with the college's attendance policy. Work completed at a passing grade level.
  WF Withdrawal Failing
Student dropped by the instructor for noncompliance with the college's attendance policy. Work completed at a failing grade level.
  P Pass
Awarded to students enrolled in a pass/fail class.

Grade Changes Due to Error

Corrections of semester grades due to error must be requested within six weeks after the end of the semester in which the error was made.

Quality Points and Grade Point Average

A student must earn at least an average of two quality points for each semester hour of work attempted to qualify for graduation. Points are computed on grades as follows:

  A 4 quality points per semester hour
  B 3 quality points per semester hour
  C 2 quality points per semester hour
  D 1 quality point per semester hour
  F 0 quality points per semester hour

Grades of I, IP, AU, W, WP, WF, and P do not incur quality points. If a student does not earn sufficient quality points in a course or fails the course, the student can repeat the course to improve the grade and quality points. At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the best grade earned in the same course is used to compute GPA. A transfer student's quality points will be computed on the grades of earned semester hours.

Grade point averages are determined by totaling the quality points earned in all courses and dividing the sum by the total semester hours attempted.

Example:  A student earns a grade of "A" in English Composition I (3 semester hours) and a grade of B in General Biology I (4 semester hours) during a semester. The student's GPA will be calculated in the following manner -
  3 semester hours X 4 quality points = 12 quality points for English Composition I.
  4 semester hours X 3 quality points = 12 quality points for General Biology I.
  24 total quality points divided by 7 semester hours attempted = 3.43 GPA

President's and Vice President's Lists

Scholarship is the chief goal of serious college students. The Board of Trustees, administration and faculty attempt to stimulate and recognize exemplary scholastic achievement each semester.

President's List: Students will be recognized on the President's List by earning twelve or more semester hours with a 4.0 (all A's) grade point average.

Vice President's List: Students will be recognized on the Vice President's List by earning twelve or more semester hours with a 3.30 to 3.99 grade point average with no grade less than a "C."

Academic Awards

Awards for high academic achievement may be given each year at the discretion of the faculty.  These are usually awarded to students who have the highest academic achievement in the course of study.  Students who receive an award are recognized at the annual awards ceremony held on each campus.

Withdrawal Procedures

The withdrawal period for full-term classes concludes at the end of the 10th week of the semester. Students who officially withdraw during this period will receive the grade of "W."

Medical Withdrawal (Statement No. 719 October 9, 2008)

  1. STATEMENT. The intent of this procedure is to accommodate credit students with an unforeseen medical problem. This procedure addresses the refund of tuition and fees for currently enrolled students who must withdraw from classes due to a medical emergency. The grading process and the required documentation that must be provided by the student to the College are also described.
  2. PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. Documentation. The student must provide written documentation from his/her physician verifying that it is the doctor's medical opinion that the student must withdraw from classes because it would be a detriment to the student's health to continue their enrollment, including the effective date of the required withdrawal. Documentation must state the reason why arrangement could not be made to make up missed work or receive an "I"(incomplete) grade. This documentation must be submitted to the Dean of Instruction at the MGCCC Campus where enrolled during the term referenced in request.
    2. Grading. To be eligible to receive a "W" for the courses, the student must submit the request by the end of the current term. If a student is required by the physician to withdraw from classes after two-thirds of the course has been completed, the faculty member, with the agreement of the student, may award a grade of "I" (incomplete). This decision is contingent upon the sole discretion of the faculty member teaching the course. Tuition paid for courses in which an "I" grade is awarded will not be refunded; as the expectation is that the student will complete the course and earn the college credits appropriate for the course. If the appropriate grade is not issued, it is the responsibility of the student to follow up within six weeks of the end of the semester to resolve the grade discrepancies.
    3. Nursing and Health Professions Students. Students must follow readmission procedures described in their respective program student handbook.
    4. Financial Aid. If a student's tuition/fees have been paid by a financial aid award or third party payment, the tuition/fees will be refunded to the financial aid program and/or third party source of payment as required by each regulation or each third party.
    5. Refund. A granted medical withdrawal allows for a "W" and a 90% refund of tuition. Meal charges will be prorated. If the medical withdrawal is denied, see refund policy in the College Catalog.

Active Duty Military Withdrawal (Statement No. 715.1; September 13, 2001)

  1. STATEMENT. This procedure addresses the refund of tuition and fees for currently enrolled students who are called to active military duty. The grading process and the required documentation that must be provided by the student to the College are also described.
  2. PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. Documentation. The student must provide written documentation from his/her commanding officer verifying the call to active military duty and the effective date of active military duty. This documentation must be turned in to the Dean of Student Services at the MGCCC Campus of enrollment.
    2. Grading/Refund Process. After the documentation is approved by the Dean of Student Services, the student will be withdrawn from the courses that he/she is enrolled in, will receive a grade of "W" for these courses, and will receive a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees actually paid.

If a student is called to active military duty after two-thirds of the course has been completed, the faculty member, with the agreement of the student, may award a grade of "I" (incomplete). This decision is contingent upon the sole discretion of the faculty member teaching the course. Tuition paid for courses in which an "I" grade is awarded will not be refunded; as the expectation is that the student will complete the course and earn the college credits appropriate for the course.

Refund Policy

To be eligible for a refund for tuition and refundable fees, a student must officially withdraw within the refund period and request a refund upon completion of the withdrawal procedure. Calculation of the amount of refund will be based on the last date of attendance and the following provisions:

  1. Out-of-state fees are non-refundable fees unless a student officially withdraws prior to the first day classes meet in an enrollment period.

  2. Adjustments to accounts will be calculated based on total refundable semester charges — not percentage of partial payment.

  3. The hourly charge for the Excelerated Career Programs is 100% refundable if official withdrawal and request for refund is received prior to the first day of class. Once classes begin, the hourly charge will not be refunded.

Tuition and Book Service Fees Refund Policy:

  • 100% of refundable fees if official withdrawal and request for refund is received prior to the first day of the term.
  • 90% of refundable fees through the second week of classes for full-term (fall and spring) classes. Students may contact the campus Business Office to verify the last date of withdrawal to obtain a 90% refund.
  • 90% of refundable fees through the first week of classes for short-term (fall and spring) classes. Students may contact the center or campus Business Office to verify the last date of withdrawal to obtain a 90% refund.
  • 0% refund thereafter.
  • For the refund policy for summer classes, visit Academic Calendar.

Exceptions to the above are as follows:

 

  • Meal costs on the Perkinston Campus are refundable up to the unused balance of cost if applied for during the first three months of the semester.
  • Title IV Federal Student Aid — All aid for students who are receiving Title IV Federal Aid are refunded to the appropriate source on a pro-rata basis upon the student's total withdrawal during the first 60% of the enrollment period.
  • Non-Credit Refund Policy — Registrants for Continuing Education classes (including seminars, workshops, and skills classes) will be entitled to a 100% refund, provided written notification is received one week prior to the start of the class. If the class is canceled, a full refund will be given. A registrant may designate a substitute person to attend if notification is received at least 24 hours prior to beginning of the class/program. The College reserves the right to substitute instructors, change class schedules, and cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Any exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to the Vice President of Community Campus or designee for approval. Travel to Learn programs are not eligible for refunds unless the college cancels activities/trips.
  • Student Medical Withdrawal — MGCCC has adopted a statement addressing the required procedures to accommodate credit students with an unforeseen medical problem. These procedures address the refund of tuition for currently enrolled students who must withdraw from classes due to a medical emergency. Copies of these procedures and required forms can be obtained at the campus Dean of Teaching and Learning office.
  • Residence hall fees are non-refundable.
  • Appeals for any other refund due to extenuating circumstances may be made in writing to the Dean of Teaching and Learning. 

In all cases, unpaid charges will be deducted during the calculation of refunds.

 

Scholastic Standards

Minimum Scholastic Standards of Progress*

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has established minimum scholastic standards for cumulative grade point average.  All programs of study require a minimum 2.0 GPA for graduation.  Institutional scholarship recipients may have different standards.

Semester Hours Attempted Grade Point Average (GPA)
1 – 6 1.0
7 – 18 1.5
19 – 30 1.75
31 – 41 1.9
42 and above 2.0

Scholastic Probation

If a student fails to maintain a minimum grade point average, he or she is placed on academic probation. If the student does not remove the deficiency in the semester immediately following academic probation, the student is placed on academic suspension and becomes ineligible to re-enroll for a period of at least one regular semester (does not include the Summer Semester).  Transfer students will adhere to the same standards for academic suspension. If the student re-enrolls after a period of academic suspension, he or she enters the college on a probationary status and has a period of one semester to remove the deficiency. (Students receiving financial aid should consult this publication for information about financial aid probation or suspension.)

Scholastic Suspension

Students who fail to meet the 2.0 term GPA at the end of their probationary semester will be suspended from the College. The student is prohibited from enrolling in classes for one semester following suspension and any pre-registered classes will be removed from the system. Upon returning, the student will be placed on probation for two semesters and must achieve a 2.0 term GPA the first semester and a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the second semester to continue enrollment.

Returning to Good Standing

In order for a student to return to Good Standing after being placed on Scholastic Probation, the student must achieve a 2.0 term GPA the following term to be removed from probation (i.e. if the probation results from fall grades, the student must achieve a 2.0 GPA in the spring semester).

Readmission

Any student suspended for scholastic reasons for the first time qualifies for re-admission on conditional status by remaining out of the College for at least one (1) full term (summer term included).

The student must complete the petition for readmission which may be obtained from the Director of Admissions.  Petitions will be decided on an individual basis. See the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management or Director of Admissions for more information.

After second and subsequent suspensions, the student will be eligible to apply for conditional readmission only after remaining out of the College for at least two (2) full terms (summer term included). No immediate readmission will be considered except in extraordinary circumstances. Some health sciences division programs have specific readmission procedures.

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Certain programs require students to meet "program standards of progression" in order to continue in the program. Students not meeting these standards may continue to enroll at MGCCC in other programs as long as they maintain minimum MGCCC standards of progress.

Transfer Students

Credit from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions will be added to the MGCCC transcript and articulated courses will be included in the overall GPA.  Transfer students, once admitted, will be under the same scholastic probation, suspension, and re-admission policy as other students.

Scholastic Forgiveness of Grades

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is committed to assisting students in the achievement of their educational goals through its open-door admissions policy. Some students are not academically prepared for college-level work or encounter problems that result in failure to achieve satisfactory grades. These students often make the decision to drop out or "stop out" until they are ready to continue their education. To alleviate the difficulties associated with low grade point averages, many institutions allow students to eliminate the computation of grades on previous work for purposes of graduation. This practice, commonly referred to as scholastic forgiveness, is not endorsed by all institutions.

Any student readmitted to MGCCC may petition for scholastic forgiveness of grades as outlined in the following procedure.

Scholastic forgiveness of grades does not change the policies and regulations that govern financial aid and veteran's benefits eligibility.

Procedure for Scholastic Forgiveness

  1. The student must complete the Petition for Scholastic Forgiveness of Grades, which may be obtained from the Director of Admissions.

  2. The Petition for Scholastic Forgiveness must be made prior to the end of the second semester of re-admittance following 24 consecutive months of non-enrollment at any post-secondary institution.

  3. The student will be counseled as to the conditions outlined in this statement and on the Petition. The student should be advised that all college credits earned previous to a semester designated by the student will be eliminated from the computation of the student's grade point average and eliminated from all academic regulations such as probation, suspension, and honors. These eliminated credits may never be used toward graduation at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

  4. The student's transcript will reflect the complete scholastic record but will contain the notation at the appropriate point that all previous grades have been forgiven.

  5. Scholastic Forgiveness of grades can be declared only once and cannot be revoked once granted.

  6. The procedure for scholastic forgiveness only allows for MGCCC coursework to be forgiven.

  7. The completed Petition for Scholastic Forgiveness of Grades with appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Director of Admissions and filed in the student's permanent record.

MGCCC does not recognize scholastic forgiveness from other institutions. Grades on courses provided on your transcripts will be articulated and included in your cumulative GPA.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress differs from the Scholastic Standards of Progress. Students must meet the minimum financial aid satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. For example, the grade of "W" will count in hours attempted for financial aid purposes, but not in the cumulative grade point average. Students receiving financial aid should request a copy of these standards from the campus Director of Financial Aid or on the MGCCC Financial Aid website.

Attendance Policy

Students are allowed one hour of absence per semester hour for lecture courses. Two hours of absences are allowed per semester hour for laboratory courses. Three hours of absences are allowed per semester hour for clinical/internship courses. If course objectives require a combination of lecture, lab or clinical/internship time, then the absences will be apportioned according to the limitations stated.

Excessive tardies will not be tolerated and will count as absences. An instructor may drop a student after the student misses more than the number of absences per semester hour that the course allows. Excused absences are permitted at the discretion of the instructor and are not counted as absences. Official absences are excused and are not counted as absences.

Instructors will be notified of such official absences by the college. In extenuating circumstances, students who are dropped after exceeding allowable absences may petition for reinstatement to the Dean of Teaching & Learning who advises the student of the proper procedure.

For attendance policies pertaining to the Cosmetology, Career and Technical Education and Nursing and Health Professions programs, see the respective program handbook.

Accidents

College personnel have the responsibility of reasonable care for the safety of students. A student is also under a duty to see dangers which are obvious and can be detected and avoided by the degree of care exercised by a reasonably prudent person. Students are expected to exercise ordinary care for their own safety against injury. 

Approval for Posting Non-College-Sponsored Signs and Notices

All signs, posters, notices, etc., advertising any non-college-sponsored event or activity shall be posted on campuses/centers only after having been approved for posting by designated college officials. 

Distribution of Non-College Publication

Non-college publications shall not be distributed on campuses/centers until specifically approved for distribution by designated college officials. 

Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances on College Premises

Consumption of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances on college property or at college sponsored activities is expressly prohibited except where allowed by law. 

Change of Name/Address

Forms for completing name changes may be found in the Admissions Office located in the Student Services Building. Students must notify the Admissions Office of such changes as soon as they occur in order to keep accurate records. Address changes may be done online in Web Services at www.mgccc.edu.

Classroom Policies

Students are asked to exercise care when using college property. Charges of vandalism or defacing college property will be referred to the campus disciplinary committee. Students should not bring food or drink into classrooms or laboratories.

Dress Code

Students shall dress in a manner appropriate for an institution of higher learning. Clothing that is in any way controversial, provocative, and/or reveals undergarments or inappropriately exposes one's body is prohibited.

Students and prospective students/guests shall be:

  1. Verbally informed of the college's dress code policy if they are seen on campus in clothing that is "controversial, provocative, and/or revealing"
  2. Asked to adjust clothing or to leave class/campus and return in appropriate clothing. They may be referred to student services administration if they have a question
  3. Advised that they have been or can be charged with a conduct violation
  4. Due process shall be followed

Emergency Drills

Students shall participate in periodic drills when scheduled by college personnel for emergencies such as active shooter, fires, tornadoes, bomb threats, and hurricanes.

Procedures for such drills shall be printed and posted so that students will be knowledgeable of proper safety precautions.

Gifts

The Board of Trustees expects the students to be prudent and to use discretion in the giving of gifts. Gifts shall not be accepted from students, which have excessive resale or monetary value.

Identification (I.D.) Cards

Students are issued I.D. cards during the registration process in the Campus Police Office located in the Student Services Building. Students are required to carry I.D. cards at all times while on campus or when attending a campus-sponsored activity. Students should report lost I.D. cards to the Campus Police Office and obtain a replacement. A $10.00 charge will be assessed for replacement cards. Students are required to present I.D. cards when picking up textbooks and upon the request of any College Official.

Intramurals

The intramural sports & recreation program is provided to students, at no additional cost, through the office of the Supervisor of Wellness & Recreation. Intramural sports offer many recreational and competitive sports activities throughout the school year which may include: basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, open swimming, tennis, ping pong, Ultimate Frisbee, etc. All students and employees are invited and encouraged to participate in intramural sports & recreation.

Policy on Children on Campus

Students are not allowed to bring children to the campus except for special activities in which children are invited to attend such as Halloween, Christmas activities, etc.  Students are not allowed to bring children to campus during or between the times students are attending classes, using the library, learning lab, other resources, or during work-study hours.  Other students or non-students may not care for children while parents are in class, using campus resources or during work-study hours. 

Under no circumstances are children to be left unattended on campus.  When children are attending a special activity designed for attendance by children, parents have the responsibility of supervision at all times. 

The College assumes no responsibility for the supervision of children and disciplinary action may be taken against students who violate any part(s) of this regulation. 

Student Employment

Whenever possible, the College shall employ student assistants in college functions for the purpose of enabling students to receive compensation to help meet expenses and to meet college needs.

Priority shall be given to students within the college district who demonstrate a financial need, a willingness to work, and the ability to assume responsibility as a student worker. It is intended that student workers be assigned to areas consistent with their educational pursuit where possible so that they will receive beneficial experience while earning a part of their college expenses.

Jobs that are funded through Federal programs will follow appropriate Federal guidelines. Compensation for employment by the institution will conform to the wage standards of the Wage and Hour Board of the U.S. Department of Labor for Student Employment. 

Student Housing

Since living away from home in a Residence Hall with other students is considered a part of the educational process, the college provides on the Perkinston Campus living accommodations for the students who desire them. A minimum of a five day meal plan is required and included in the cost.

A student's right to live in college housing is subject to the availability of space, along with his or her willingness to cooperate in providing an atmosphere in which the educational process is encouraged and to abide by housing regulations necessary to protect the school and the rights of others. 

Student Housing regulations and information is available in the Guide to Residence Living on the housing web page.

Student Invitation of Guest Speakers

(Statement No. 237; March 11, 2020)

The College, its officials, faculty and recognized student clubs and organizations will be allowed to invite guest speakers to the campus for public events outside of the traditional classroom setting according to the established procedures.

Procedures and Responsibilities

  1. Faculty desiring to invite guest speakers into a classroom or for instructional purposes should notify the appropriate School/ Department Chair and/or appropriate administrator.
  2. When a recognized club or organization or college employee desires to invite a speaker to speak on one of the campuses/centers of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a public event, their request must be presented to the appropriate Vice President in writing at least ten working days prior to the speaking engagement for consideration in coordination with the President's schedule.
  3. The request shall be submitted on the official college internal activity form and contain the name of the sponsoring organization, the proposed date, time, and location of the meeting, and the expected size of the audience.
  4. The appropriate Vice President will notify the club or organization of approval or disapproval.
  5. Speaker requests may be denied if the requested space is unavailable or cannot accommodate the event.
  6. A recognized student, organization or faculty club may invite a guest speakerto address that specific organization or club and its invited guests. The appropriate Vice President will have the authority to invite guest speakers to speak to the entire student body, when appropriate.
  7. The College reserves the right to deny the appearance of any political speakeror speaker's representative who violates this policy or its intent.
  8. Political advertising is prohibited in all school publications.
  9. Outside groups desiring to use campus facilities for programs, at which political speakers are to be involved on the program, must submit the request on an external activity form and contain the name of the sponsoring organization, the proposed date, time, and location of the meeting, and the expected size of the audience. The appropriate Vice President will notify the outside group of the approval or disapproval.
  10. Individual political candidates may not come onto Campus to solicit votes, nor are they allowed to place political campaign signs on college property.
  11. This policy will be administered in a manner consistent with United States Law and the First Amendment Rights of Community College employees and students.

Student Involvement in Decision Making

Students shall be provided the opportunity to participate in college decision-making in an advisory capacity.  Students shall have input in the establishment of procedures which directly affect them, preferably through the Student Government Association and other authorized campus organizations. 

Student Organizations

Campus-sponsored organizations shall be encouraged within prescribed campus/center administrative procedures. These shall be free from all forms of prejudice and restrictions outside the normal rules of democratic body. Student organizations shall provide as much opportunity as possible for development of desirable qualities as contributing members in our society.

Student Publications

The Board of Trustees recognizes that campus-sponsored publications should be used to encourage the expression of students' points of view. These publications shall be free from all restrictions outside the normal rules of responsible journalism (the avoidance of libel, obscenity, defamation, false or misleading statements, or material advocating racial or religious prejudice). Student publications shall provide as much opportunity as possible for the sincere expression of student creativity, opinion, and attitude. 

Student Records

In accordance with the Board's desire to conform to federal legislation, information collected relating to students shall be accessible to parents, legal guardians, or students when federal procedures are followed. The release of such information shall be designed to ensure privacy of information included in student records. 

Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

(Statement No. 714; October 7, 2017)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is in compliance with provisions granted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 [and subsequent revisions]. Under this law, students enrolled in any educational institution receiving federal funds are given certain rights concerning their school records. The policy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College provides for:

  1. Informing students of their rights;
  2. Permitting students to inspect and review their educational records;
  3. Not disclosing personally identifiable information from the educational records of a student without the prior written consent of that student, except as otherwise permitted;
  4. Maintaining the record of disclosures of personally identifiable information from the education records of a student and permitting the student to inspect that record; and
  5. Providing the students with an opportunity to seek the correction of their records and permitting the student to place a statement in their educational records.

For all information on FERPA, please see Statement No. 714 of the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy

(Statement No. 306; December 4, 2013)

The MGCCC Network and Internet access will provide students, faculty, staff and administrators a wide variety of communication and informational resources.

All users (employees and students) will abide by policies and procedures, which require users to be identified and to follow a set of practical guidelines when utilizing the college's information technology resources and telecommunications network to protect the integrity of its computing systems, workstations, and lab facilities. These policies and procedures define appropriate use of e-mail and other network services.

Access via an ID number and password is provided after individuals agree to abide by the policies and procedures.

To get an entire copy of this policy, please go to the college website www.mgccc.edu and click on the internet usage policy link.