2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 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 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 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 at www.columbiastate.edu/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 during the summer prior to the start of the academic year.  If you are interested in serving, please reach out by email at sga@columbiastate.edu. Also, students can 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 an application and interview process by the Tennessee Board of Regents at the start of the spring semester for the following academic year.

Student Activities

The Department of Student Engagement, Access & Diversity, Student Government Association, student organizations, and various faculty and staff sponsor 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 funding for programs and events hosted at all five campus locations. Additionally, the fee allows for students to receive free admission to athletic events. Columbia State student identification card is required.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Any group of students who desire to become an organization officially recognized by the College must submit a formal application to the Student Engagement Office. Please visit https://www.columbiastate.edu/campus-life/student-clubs-organizations/index.html to access forms needed.

Student organizations not meeting the guidelines as indicated in Columbia State Policy 03:01:00 Student Organizations and Clubs may have their applications revoked. 

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.

Columbia State organizations are as follows:

  • Aggies
  • All Things Education
  • Astronomy Club
  • Charger Game Club
  • Charger Student Radiographer Organization
  • Dungeons and Dragons Explorers
  • Film Club
  • Honors Club
  • Internship Readiness Society
  • Media Club
  • NAVTA - National Association of Vet Technicians
  • Peer Leaders
  • President's Leadership Society
  • PTK-Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club
  • Student Nurses Association (SNA)
  • Veteran Student Organization

Student Government Association

Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) are representatives of the Columbia State student body. The Executive Board, Senators, and House of Representatives meet weekly during the academic year to discuss issues important to Columbia State students and to organize student events and activities across campuses. The SGA is responsible for making recommendations concerning student policies to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The SGA consists of an interview-selected Executive Board; President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, as well as student-elected senators and house of representatives, and volunteer activity board members. Students attending any Columbia State campus may take part in student government. Interested students wanting to become involved in SGA should contact the Student Development Coordinator located in the Jones Student Center, Room 144, or by email at sga@ColumbiaState.edu or by calling 931.540.2836. For more information on the Student Government Association visit their webpage.

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.

Student Life

The College is dedicated to scheduling extracurricular activities and sponsoring student organizations that promotes the development of the total individual.  The Department of Student Engagement coordinates and manages many opportunities for students outside the classroom.

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 program, students will complete 12 approved activities or workshops including self-management and goal setting, civic and campus life events, cultural opportunities, and community service.  One of the important things about the program is that you complete it at your own pace.  Your involvement in the program is spread over the time you are enrolled as a student until graduation. 

Interested students should contact the Student Leadership Development Coordinator, located in the Jones Student Center, Room 144 or email leadership@ColumbiaState.edu. You may also visit the President's Leadership Society webpage for more details and to complete an application via Adobe Sign.

Fitness Facilities

A variety of equipment, games, and supplies are available to check out at each campus.

Disc Golf

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

Pickleball Courts and Tennis Courts

Four Pickleball courts and three tennis courts are near Webster Gymnasium on the Columbia Campus. Students and employees are free to use whenever the courts are not reserved for classes or for special groups.


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.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center located on the Columbia Campus is a state-of-the-art facility for Columbia State students and employees that houses treadmills, recumbent bicycles, weights, and other fitness equipment. A current photo identification card is required for entrance to the Wellness Center.   The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., M-R during fall and spring semesters. Summer hours vary. For more information about the Wellness Center, please visit the Wellness Center webpage for more information. You may call the Wellness Center at 931.540.2669.

Volleyball Court

A sand volleyball court is 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 (Jones Student Center, Room 147).

Perceptions: A Journal of the Arts is published is a journal of works created by Columbia State faculty, staff, and students. Submissions are taken in the Fall semester that include visual art, poetry, short stories, personal essays, plays, and screenplays. For inquiries, email Perceptions@ColumbiaState.edu. Visit the Perceptions website for past issues.