2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Student Life, Leadership, and Activities


Columbia State Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association and maintains a strong program of intercollegiate sports. Team sports include men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, women's soccer and women's softball.

All athletic offices are located in the Webster Athletic Center on the Columbia campus. For more information about Athletics, please visit www.columbiastate.edu/athletics or call 931.540.2630.

Equity in Athletics

All coeducational institutions of higher education that participate in any federal student financial aid program (i.e., Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, and Federal SSIG Grants; Federal Work Study; and Federal Family Education, Federal Perkins, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans) and have intercollegiate athletic programs under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994, Section 360B of Public Law 103-382, are required that certain equity in athletic information, based on the previous reporting year, be available for inspection by students, prospective students, and the public by November 1 of each year. This report can be found Under Consumer Information. A hard copy of the information is available upon request to the Student Affairs office or the Athletics Office (Webster Athletic Center 212).

College Committees

Students participate in the governance of Columbia State through service on college standing committees. The president of the Student Government Association recommends the appointment of students to all standing committees at the beginning of each academic year. Additionally, students have the opportunity to affect change at the state level through service on Tennessee Board of Regents subcommittees or as a regent on the full board. These appointments are made by the College President and are rotated among the colleges, and colleges of applied technology in the system.

Student Activities and Organizations

The College is dedicated to scheduling extracurricular activities and sponsoring student organizations which promote the development of the total individual.

Student Activities

Each academic year, the Department of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association, student organizations, and various staff sponsors a variety of social, cultural, and leadership programs for the enrichment of the College community. Additionally, the Athletic Department offers a wide-range of intramural activities. Intramurals allow for physical or nonphysical involvement with activities ranging from ping-pong tournaments to flag football and volleyball.

It is the goal of the Department of Student Engagement to get students involved and to assist them in meeting their peers in a more casual setting. If you would like to be involved in student activities, please contact Student Engagement at 931.540.2583 or engage@columbiastate.edu for approval forms and procedures at least 48 hours prior to the date of the event. Additional approval time may be required for activities which involve college funding, fund-raising, distribution of literature, demonstrations, or rallies.

Student Activity Fee

Students at Columbia State pay a required student activity fee which provides compensation for scheduled activities. Additionally, the fee allows for students to receive admission to athletic events at a discounted student rate. Columbia State student identification card is required.

Student Government Association

Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) are representatives of the Columbia State student body. Senators are student-elected from each campus and meet regularly to discuss issues of importance to Columbia State students. The SGA is responsible for making recommendations concerning student policies to the Vice President for Student Enrollment, Engagement and Services. The SGA also sponsors a number of student events and activities through campus programming boards.

The SGA consists of an interview-selected President, Vice President, Secretary/ Treasurer, as well as student-elected senators and volunteer activity board members. Students attending any Columbia State campus may take part in student government. Interested students wanting complete information on eligibility, should contact the Student Development Coordinator located in the Jones Student Center 144, or by email at sga@ColumbiaState.edu or by calling 931.540.2836. For more information on the Student Government Association, please visit www.columbiastate.edu/CampusLife/clubs---studentorganizations/SGA

Student Government Association Activity Fee

The Student Government Association (SGA) activity fee is a non-refundable fee to fund a variety of SGA initiatives and student activities.

President's Leadership Society

The President's Leadership Society is a free leadership training program focused on helping students develop and apply their unique leadership skills. During the course of the program you will attend a retreat, enjoy exposure to the arts, participate in workshops and campus life, develop civic understanding and give back to the community through service.

Interested students should contact the Student Leadership Coordinator, located in the Jones Student Center, room 144 or email leadership@ColumbiaState.edu. You may also visit www.columbiastate.edu/CampusLife/clubs---student-organizations/PLS/program-requirements. Student organizations should promote social and academic development and must abide by the guidelines as indicated in the student handbook. All student organizations must be open to all students of the institution who qualify for membership. No student(s) shall be denied access to or membership in any student activity or organization by reason of race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap, veteran status, or national origin.

Student organizations not meeting the guidelines as indicated in Columbia State Policy 03:01:00 Student Organizations and Clubs may have their applications revoked. For more information on Student Policies and Procedures for Student Organizations and Clubs please visit www.columbiastate.edu/policiesprocedures/student-policies-and-procedures.

Any group of students who desire to become an organization officially recognized by the College must submit a formal application to the Student Enrollment, Engagement and Services office. Please visit http://www.columbiastate.edu/CampusLife/start-a-student-org to access forms needed.

Columbia State organizations are as follows:

  • All Things Education
  • Atronomy Club
  • Charger Gaming Club
  • Charger Student Radiographer Organization
  • Lawrence County Outdoor Club
  • Media Club
  • NAVTA - National Association of Vet Technicians
  • PTK-Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • R15
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Rocky Top COnnect
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Veteran Student Organization

Fitness Facilities

Disc Golf

An 18 hole Disc Golf course is located directly behind the Wellness Center/Webster Gymnasium.  Columbia State students may show their photo identification card to borrow discs from the Wellness Center.


The outside track is located behind Webster Gymnasium in Columbia. Four (4) rotations around the track equate to one mile. The inside track in the Webster Gymnasium basement requires twelve (12) rotations to complete one (1) mile.

Tennis Courts

Five tennis courts are near Webster Gymnasium. Students and employees are free to use whenever the courts are not reserved for classes or for special groups.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility for Columbia State students and employees that houses treadmills, recumbent bicycles, weights and other fitness equipment. Users must use their photo identification cards to gain access to the Center, which is located in Webster Gymnasium in Columbia. Group classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Yoga are also offered for a nominal fee. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., M-R and 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m and on Friday, during fall and spring semesters. For more information about the Wellness Center, please visit www.columbiastate.edu/CampusLife/wellness-center. You may call the Wellness Center at 931.540.2669.

Volleyball Court

A sand volleyball court is located just outside the Wellness Center beside the tennis courts. Columbia State students may show their photo identification card to borrow equipment from the Wellness Center.


All student publications at Columbia State Community College are approved and coordinated through the Communications office (Waymon L. Hickman Room 131) and the Student Affairs office.