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Guide To Student Consumer Information - Columbus State University

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About Columbus State University

Guide To Student Consumer Information

In 1958, when the law provided for the establishment of junior colleges in Georgia, Columbus State University opened at the renovated Shannon Hosiery Mill on Talbotton Road with 15 faculty members and nearly 300 students. A move to our present location in 1963 ushered in a period of rapid expansion. In 1965 the Regents approved the college's application to become a four-year institution, and the first four-year class graduated in 1970. Masters and Specialist degrees were soon added.   

The guide contains a brief description of important information about CSU, financial assistance, graduation rates, athletic participation, campus security, student rights and responsibilities, study abroad, voter registration, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Specific information about programs and services is available from the colleges and University departments. This guide to consumer information is available through the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907. Phone: (706) 507-8800 Fax: (706) 507-8735.

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Columbus State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, nexus, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Columbus State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Columbus State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accredited Institution

Accreditation and Approvals
Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support The annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report that contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs. Athletics Compliance
Campus Safety and Crime University Police publishes The Rap Sheet annually to inform students and others about how to stay safe at Columbus State. Crime statistics are also presented, as well as information about parking and other topics related to University Police services. Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Copyright Infringement The Office of Information Security oversees the policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and liabilities students may face for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials. Copyright Infringement
Create Care (Formerly Behavioral Assessment and Recommendation Team (BART)) Create Care is dedicated to a proactive, coordinated and planned approach to the identification, prevention, assessment, management, and reduction of interpersonal and behavioral threats to the safety and well being of Columbus State University students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Create Care
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures The University has a comprehensive emergency notification system including radio alerts, the “CougarAlert” emergency notification system, telephone trees, loud speakers on CSU police vehicles, and campus-wide email system. University Police
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Copies of the complete policies and procedures for reviewing educational records and requesting an amendment of the records may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. FERPA Information
Financial Aid Descriptions of available federal, state, institutional, and private sources of student assistance. Financial Aid
Gainful Employment Disclosures Gainful employment disclosures. Gainful Employment Information
Graduation Rates The six year graduation rates of degree-seeking first-time full-time freshman are available in the Annual Fact Book, Facts and Figures, and Common Data Set Reports. Institutional Research
Graduation Rates for Student Athletes This information must be provided to student athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically-related student aid offer is made. Athletics Compliance
Information About The Institution Descriptions of academic programs, degree offerings, instructional facilities and labs and instructional personnel are available from various schools/colleges and from the online CSU Catalog. Academic Catalogs
Institutional Drug and Alcohol Policy The Columbus State University Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Student Handbook. Student Handbook
Misrepresentation Information on the institution's commitment to integrity in communication and federal Misrepresentation regulations. Misrepresentation Information
Placement Information Information on placement of and types of employment obtained by graduates of the Columbus State University’s degree programs. Career Center
Refund Policies Tuition and Fees, Housing and Meal Plan, and Financial Aid Refund Policies. Refund Information
Retention Rates Retention rates of degree-seeking first-time full-time undergraduate students are available in the Annual Fact Book, Facts and Figures, and Common Data Set Reports. Institutional Research
Scholarship Scams The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) web site contains important information for students and parents about scholarship scams. FTC Information
Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities The Office of Disability Services coordinates and provides various academic and support services to students with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Center for Accommodation and Access
Student Loan Deferments for Performed Services Borrowers in the Federal Direct Loan program may be eligible for deferred payment provisions for service in the Peace Corps, service under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, or comparable service as a volunteer for a tax-exempt organization of demonstrated effectiveness in the field of community service. Financial Aid Loan Information
Study Abroad Students regularly enrolled in a university degree program who enroll in a CSU study abroad program or a non-CSU study abroad program may receive financial aid if they are otherwise eligible. Study Abroad Program
University Withdrawal Policy The official university policy on withdrawal from courses is contained in the online CSU Bulletin. This includes Medical Withdrawals Academic Regulations
Vaccinations Immunization requirements for students entering the University. Student Health Center
Voter Registration Applications for voter registration for Georgia residents are available at the SGA Office in the Davidson Student Center 207, 706-568-2403. Georgia Secretary of State Website or U.S. Election Assistance Commission

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