Jun 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2020-2021 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services Overview

Chesapeake College offers a wide range of academic and student support services. 

ACADEMIC ADVISING aids students with academic planning, course selection, and transfer to a four-year college or university. Contact the Advising Office at 410-758-1537 or 410-228-4360 for more information.

Faculty, professional staff, and peer tutors provide free assistance to students individually and in small groups in most subject areas, especially writing, math, science, and technology. Tutors focus on helping students master concepts, learn study skills, and become independent learners. Tutoring is avaliable face-to-face and online at http://libguides.chesapeake.edu/academic-support-center/home.  

The Academic Support Center (ASC)’s main office is located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center in room L-105. More information about the services and resources available from the ASC may be found online at https://libguides.chesapeake.edu/academic-support-center/home. Call 410-827-5854, stop in for an appointment or make one online at https://libguides.chesapeake.edu/asc-2nd/tutoring-appointment.

The Multi-Service Center provides the same services as the Learning Resource Center at the Wye Mills campus. Students, faculty, and staff are provided with a wide range of services including computer use, tutoring, library services, and testing.

Chesapeake College alumni are everywhere - in the five counties and far beyond - making a difference in their communities. Whether you were a dual enrollment student in high school, took a few credit classes, graduated with a degree or certificate, took non-credit continuing education, participated in the Institute for Adult Learning, or were part of the adult basic education program, you are a Chesapeake College alum. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about being involved in our alumni efforts, call 410-827-5866 or visit our website at http://www.chesapeake.edu/alumni.

COLLEGE BOOKSTORE, located on the Wye Mills campus inside the Caroline Center, sells textbooks and study aids for credit and non-credit courses. The Bookstore also sells school supplies, snacks, and quality clothing. Bookstore hours are set to accommodate peak registration times and both daytime and evening classes.The Cambridge Center location serves as a pick-up site for orders placed through the Bookstore website. Mail order services are also provided via the Bookstore website.

For more information, call 410-827-6874. Information can also be accessed through the Bookstore website at www.chesapeake.bncollege.com. The Bookstore e-mail address is bookstore@chesapeake.edu.

BUS SERVICE is provided by Maryland Upper Shore Transit. For more information, call 1-866-330-MUST.

CAREER SERVICES assist students with career counseling, interest testing and employment counseling. This office also assists students in developing effective job search skills, such as resume writing and interviewing techniques, through individual appointments and group seminars. 

THE CHESAPEAKE ROOM in the Learning Resource Center houses a specialized collection of works by Eastern Shore authors and materials relating to Eastern Shore culture. At present, these works number approximately 1200 volumes. This collection is intended primarily for use by individuals with a genuine scholarly interest in Eastern Shore studies.

FINANCIAL AID ADVISING provides students with information regarding grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs, and other means of financial assistance. Transfer scholarship advising is also available. Call 410-827-5803 for more information.

FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY SERVICES are available. In the case of any campus emergency, dial “911” from any campus phone or contact Public Safety by calling 410-758-7275 or picking up any emergency phone located in every building. After normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), call campus Public Safety at 410-758-7275 or 911.

FIRST GENERATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREER AND ULTIMATE SUCCESS (FOCUS) is a program designed for freshmen first-generation male students. The program provides these students with exposure to academic support and career exploration during the first year in college. The program includes weekly meetings, career preparation activities (including resume writing and interviewing skills), workshops with business and community leaders, and academic planning. Contact Dana Bowser (dbowser@chesapeake.edu or 410-822-5400, ext. 5840) for more information. 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE. To help you adjust to this new learning experience, Chesapeake provides a wide array of free services designed to assist you throughout your college career. However, even with all the services we offer, we know that the first semester of college can be most challenging. To ensure that your freshman year is a successful one, make sure you have signed up for FSC 101 during your first semester. First-time students are also strongly encouraged to apply to the SAIL program (see Success and Interactive Learning below). Contact Dana Bowser (dbowser@chesapeake.edu or 410-822-5400, ext. 5840) for more information.

FOOD SERVICES including hot and cold meals, sandwiches, and other items are available during day and evening hours in a social and dining area in the Caroline College Center. Vending machines are available in other buildings on the campus.

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS (HINTS) is an online community created for students who are 25 years- old and above. Students can access links to important campus resources and information. The HINTS program also offers additional academic support in the areas of time management, study skills and technology. Contact Dana Bowser (dbowser@chesapeake.edu or 410-822-5400, ext. 5840) for more information.

Chesapeake College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region XX, and the Maryland JUCO Athletic Conference and sponsors competition in a variety of intercollegiate sports. Men’s varsity sports include soccer, basketball, and baseball. Women participate on the varsity level in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

Institutions of higher education that participate in any Title IV, HEA program and offer athletically-related student aid must provide information on completion and graduation rates in accordance with Federal Student Right to Know regulations. For a copy of the report or more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, or the Director of Athletics.

The library meets the information needs of students, faculty, and the community with over 60,000 books, films, recordings and images, along with an extensive electronic collection of online periodicals, e-books, and subject-specific databases. Open-access computers, study spaces for groups and individuals, lots of natural light and a spacious floor plan make the library a comfortable place for learning. Information literacy skills are taught throughout the curriculum and supported through class instruction, subject-specific research guides, and one-on-one assistance in person, by phone and chat. All library materials and services may be accessed through https://libguides.chesapeake.edu/home.

PERSONAL COUNSELING REFERRAL is a service provided by the College in order to help students handle problems or adjustments of a personal nature through referrals to professional entities outside the College. Call 410-822-5400, ext. 2240 for more information. 

PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY is an international honor society for two-year colleges with more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, and U.S. territories. The Alpha Sigma Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) national honor society is open to students at Chesapeake College. To join PTK, students must have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, at least 12 hours of coursework completed, and a declared major. 

RESIDENT HOUSING FACILITIES are not available at Chesapeake College campuses. All students commute to campus.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT offers students opportunities for involvement and leadership. Campus activities include giveaways, seminars, socials, community service projects, bus trips, and more! Activities are offered free of charge or at very little cost to Chesapeake College students. Student organizations are formed as student interest dictates and are assisted by faculty and staff advisors. For more information contact Mark Berry, Director of Student Engagement and Development, at (410) 827-5826 or mberry@chesapeake.edu.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES may receive services through the Office of Accessibility. Chesapeake College is fully committed to providing accommodations to all programs for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students may seek auxiliary aids and services (e.g., readers or interpreters), academic adjustments, and reasonable modifications of policies and procedures, where necessary, to have access to and participation in all programs, services, and activities at Chesapeake College. All requests must be initiated by contacting the Office of Accessibility. Students can find information about the process for requesting accommodations at the Accessibility Office, or by visiting www.chesapeake.edu/students/disability. Students are encouraged to initiate the process as early as possible. The College will endeavor to comply with all requests. Certain accommodations and services, particularly interpreter service and alternative formats (e.g., books on tape) may require substantial advance notice to be available in a timely manner. Therefore, the College requests that students or prospective students needing academic adjustments or other services, especially those services listed above, initiate the process at least one month prior to the first day of classes. Special parking areas close to buildings are provided on campus for students with certain disabilities. Contact the Office of Accessibility and Student Compliance at 410-827-5805.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION is a cooperative student organization based on mutual confidence between the student body and the administration, faculty, and staff of the College. The College Administration has granted the student body a voice in the regulation and conduct of student affairs. Acceptance of this type of responsibility is a valuable part of the educational development of the individual student. Any student is welcome to be a member of the Student Government Association, however, the Executive Board positions are elected. For more information contact Mark Berry, Director of Student Engagement and Development, at (410) 827-5826 or mberry@chesapeake.edu

SUCCESS AND INTERACTIVE LEARNING (SAIL) is a scholarship program designed to help first year students adjust to their freshman year of college.  First-time students who have registered for two 3-credit classes are eligible to enroll in SAIL. The program includes workshops, trips to four-year colleges and universities, as well as other student activities. Students who successfully complete the SAIL program and finish the semester with a GPA of 2.0 or higher will receive tuition scholarship discounts off their following semester tuition at Chesapeake. Success pays at Chesapeake! Contact Dana Bowser (dbowser@chesapeake.edu or 410-822-5400, ext. 5840) for more information.

The Testing Center on the Wye Mills campus administers the ACCUPLACER test for those entering the College, classroom make-up tests, online course exams, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, GED tests, Miller Analogies tests, and proctored exams for students attending other academic institutions nationwide. The Testing Center, located in the Learning Resource Center in room L-107, has day, evening, and weekend hours. All test takers must present valid photo identification before taking any test. In order to complete the tests, students must arrive at least one hour prior to closing or at least two hours prior to closing for ACCUPLACER tests. Contact the Testing Center at 410-822-5400, ext. 2344 for more information or visit the website at https://libguides.chesapeake.edu/testing-center/home.

TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program. TRiO Student Support Service Programs serve and support first-generation and financial-aid-eligible students, as well as students with disabilities, to graduate from college. TRiO significantly impacts the lives of students by providing support, access, and opportunities resulting in persistence, performance, and completion of college.  Working closely with other campus student services, TRiO provides intensive academic, career, and financial aid advising, as well as individualized academic and personal life coaching and mentoring to students so that they will persist, perform well, and successfully complete their college goals. The TRiO offices are located on the 2nd floor of the Caroline Center. Call (410) 786-9142 or (410) 443-8230 for more information.

VETERANS AFFAIRS makes available information regarding educational and other benefits and assists veterans and children or spouses of deceased or disabled veterans in applying for educational benefits, in obtaining educational and occupational counseling, and in receiving advice in the areas of academics and employment. Chesapeake College maintains effective liaisons with the Baltimore Regional Office of the Veterans’ Administration to ensure up-to-date information on new programs or changes in V.A. regulations.

Payment of Veterans’ benefits is made directly to the student by the Veterans’ Administration, with the exception of Chapter 33, Post-9/11 recipients, and Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation recipients. Veterans should plan finances to cover as much as two months of living expenses at the beginning of each semester as benefit checks do not start arriving before that time. Refer to http://www.chesapeake.edu/students/veterans-services/veterans-resources for information on applying for benefits. A student planning to use benefits should apply in the Office of Registration and Records at Chesapeake College as soon as possible after deciding to enroll, and/or complete proper paperwork available on the VA website at: www.gibill.va.gov and plan for any obligations that are not covered by the VA.

Payment for college tuition, fees, and books is not dependent upon the receipt of Veterans’ Administration checks, with specific exceptions. (Contact Veterans’ Affairs for more information.) Veterans should be aware that payment of these charges is due in full from all students at the time of registration, and that payments will not be deferred until the benefit checks arrive. The student is held responsible for the payment on time of all college financial obligations.