Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Philosophy of Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Division reflects the community college mission of HGTC by fostering a learning environment enhancing whole student development. The division provides essential programs, services and activities that enhance students’ cognitive, social, multi-cultural, psychological, physical, ethical and interpersonal development.

Student Services offers support services to help students clarify and attain educational goals while acquiring the skills needed to advance personal growth and fulfillment. The division provides valuable, responsive programs, services and activities, integrated with educational experiences to meet student needs and interests.

Student Services shares the leadership for creating and maintaining a positive learning environment that enables the College to be an effective educational community.

Add/Drop Period

Students should consult the Academic Calendar for add/drop dates. Any dropped classes during the add/drop period will not be entered on the student’s academic record/transcript. However, after the add/drop period, each student will receive an academic grade for every course for which he or she is registered, whether the student attends the class or not. Financial aid grant is charged if a student is registered for a class; financial aid must be repaid if the class is not attended.

Advising

New Student Advisors assist incoming students with major and course selection, and in developing a MAP (My Academic Plan). During the first semester, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will give program guidance within a discipline. New student advisors support the implementation of The Guided Plan for Success (GPS), a comprehensive process which helps students set goals, develop a clear plan for graduation, and access sources of support. Academic advisors work with students regarding course selections and major requirements beginning in the student’s first semester.

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore serves the HGTC community with the following items and services:

  • Required Textbooks
  • New, Used, Rentals or e-Textbooks

In-store books are arranged alphabetically by subjects, then numerically by course numbers. Course cards contain the course numbers and are located directly below textbooks.

During registration for classes, you may view or order your books online at the Bookstore website at www.hortec.bncollege.com provided the Bookstore has received an instructor book request for your class.

Bookstore Website

The Bookstore offers many services and products on its website at www.hortec.bncollege.com. There, find the most current information about the Bookstore, its services, and products.

Supplies

A full line of supplies, including paper, pens, pencils, binders, notebooks and any other supplies required or recommended for courses, is offered by the Bookstore.  Also, there is an electronics section with laptops, printers, ink cartridges, headphones, etc.

Bookstore Payment

Students are expected to pay for books and supplies when purchased. Payments may be made by the following methods:  For in-store purchases -  cash, personal check, money order, and HGTC voucher system.  For in-store and on-line - Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express or bookstore credit.

A credit card is required for securing all rentals.

Bookstore credits are generally accepted one week prior to the start of classes through the first week of classes.  check you wavenet account for Bookstore credit dates and availability.  Financial Aid returns are credited back to Financial Aid.  Students are required to present their HGTC ID to charge books to their Bookstore credit or voucher.

Bookstore Refunds and Exchanges

With a receipt, a full refund will be given during the first week of classes, provided the book is still in saleable condition. A full refund will be given with a receipt, Up to thirty days after the beginning of classes, only with proof of class schedule change or if the return occurs within two days of the date of the receipt . Books must be in saleable condition. Items which include codes are not returnable once the code has been opened or unsealed.

All merchandise other than textbooks may be returned, with a receipt, within 30 days. All merchandise must be in its original condition.

Exceptions: No refunds are made on custom course materials, outlines, study guides, magazines and prepaid phone cards. Software must be unopened for exchange or refund. Opened software may be exchanged for identical disk only.

Purchase of Used Books

The Bookstore buys back used books Monday through Thursday, except for the three weeks surrounding the beginning of each semester. Book value is highest during final exam week at the end of each semester.

To sell books to the Bookstore, a student must present an HGTC ID card. Prices are variable:

Top value (generally 50% of the retail price of the book) is paid when:

  • Book is adopted for a succeeding semester;
  • Book is in good re-saleable condition; and,
  • Books are not already overstocked.

Wholesale:

• Prices for books not being used at HGTC or have uncertain future use at HGTC are established by reputable national used book wholesalers.

No value:

  • Old editions;
  • Manuals and exercise books which are marked;
  • Books in poor condition; and,
  • In many cases, books sold with codes where the code has been opened may have little or no value.

Bookstore Locations/Hours/Contact Information

Conway Campus: Building 200, Ph. 843-349-5220
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Grand Strand Campus: Bldg. 300,  Ph .843-238-8076                 Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Georgetown Campus: Bldg. 100, Ph. 843-345-9898                            Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm                                              Fridays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm   (beginning & end of semesters)          Closed during school breaks                                    

Additional hours are scheduled as necessary to meet seasonal needs.

Bulletin Boards

Posters, notices or any information posted on bulletin boards must first be approved by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee; students may take notices to Student Services Office on each campus. Students are responsible for awareness of information posted through notices on bulletin boards by the College.

Class Schedules

Class schedules for each semester/term are posted at www.hgtc.edu. When selecting the "Catalog Term" in the Class Schedule, CE indicates Non-credit classes. Select "Fall" for Fall semester, not "CE Fall;" select "Spring" for Spring semester, not "CE Spring;" and select "Summer" for summer semester, not "CE Summer."

Each class has a section identifier and students should carefully select each class section and note the time and location of each class, and print his/her schedule prior to the first class. Sections are labeled as "C’ for Conway, ‘G’ for Georgetown, "S" for Grand Strand, ‘I" for internet, ‘H" for Hybrid. Numbers under 50 are usually day classes and over 50 are late afternoon/evening classes.

College Closing/Cancellation of Classes

Should inclement weather or other circumstances require the cancellation of classes, the College will contact various news media to announce closing status. In addition, all campus general telephone numbers and the College website will be updated with the most recent closing information as soon as it is made available.

Students should note that the cancellation of day classes does not automatically result in the cancellation of evening classes. It is the responsibility of the student to check the listed radio and TV stations and www.hgtc.edu for announcements concerning classes.

Computer Use Agreement

The College recognizes its obligation to provide continuing guidance as to what constitutes academic honesty, and to promote procedures and circumstances to reinforce this principle. Computer and Internet use is for locating educational material directly related to Horry Georgetown Technical College academics. Personal use is prohibited. Any unethical or morally questionable use of computers or the Internet is prohibited.

Software copyright and license agreements must be observed. Respecting the intellectual work and property of others is essential to the mission of HGTC. Unauthorized software copying, including programs, applications, databases, code or others’ work is not condoned. Any policy violation will be reported to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and charges will be filed against the student in accordance with the Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System.

Copiers for Student Use

Copiers for student use are available in each campus library, at a cost per page.

Copyright Laws

It is the policy of Horry Georgetown Technical College to enforce the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512 ("DMCA"). Detailed information regarding student responsibilities for adherence to Copyright Laws is available at www.hgtc.edu; or via Student Right to Know or the Library. Plagiarism is subject to academic discipline.

Counseling

HGTC Counselors encourage early intervention and the seeking of assistance on a voluntary basis. All on-campus services are free to students, faculty and staff. Confidentiality is maintained consistent with professional standards. Assessment and referrals to appropriate community resources are facilitated as needed. Please visit www.hgtc.edu/counseling for a current list of community agencies and local counseling resources. Educational outreach programs are offered regularly on a variety of topics. Anyone interested in these services may contact the Director of Student Development in Building 1100 on the Conway Campus, Coordinator of Student Services Office on the Georgetown Campus and the Director of Campus and Student Services on the Grand Strand Campus.

Career Counseling

The goal of career counseling is to assist students in finding an occupation that is congruent with their personality type, interests and goals. Through career assessment and counseling, career counselors can help students to choose or change major. Career Counselors also help students to find information about potential occupations, such as job outlook and salary information.

Personal Counseling

Counselors provide limited confidential consultation and assistance with educational and personal problems that may interfere with progress toward student goals. A network of community resources and referral agencies exists to support the mental health needs of students. Information on these services is available upon request in Student Services offices located on each campus.

DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks is a web based tool to help students and advisors monitor student progress toward degree completion. Degree Works combines the requirements of each program of study with the coursework completed by each student into an easily readable worksheet; this worksheet lists courses completed, courses remaining for completion plus important information, such as GPA, substitutions or exceptions, "what if", GPA calculator, planning options and more.

DegreeWorks is available to all students enrolled in degree, certificate, or diploma programs. DegreeWorks provides an online, real-time, but unofficial, degree audit. It allows students to view progress toward graduation and is used as an important advising resource.

Students should monitor their DegreeWorks degree audits throughout the semester, especially after registering or changing schedules and after grades are posted. If there is a question about the degree audit or placement of courses, the student should contact his/her advisor immediately and follow up with the Registrar’s Office if a correction is needed. Substitutions or exceptions regarding required courses must be reported by the advisor to the Registrar’s Office.

Students who are considering a change of major may use the "What if" tab to create an audit of the new program requirements.

Students who would like assistance in the use of DegreeWorks may contact their advisor or visit WaveNet Central.

Disability Services

HGTC is committed to providing an accessible environment for students with disability. The primary purpose of Disability Services is to improve the educational development of students with disability through the understanding and support of the campus environment. This mission is accomplished through direct assistance to students with disability, encouragement of their independence, creation and maintenance of an accessible physical environment, and the provision of a supportive psychological environment so that students may achieve their educational objectives.

The College understands that students with disability may require unique appropriate academic accommodations and must have their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Inquiries may be directed to the Director of Student Development on the Conway Campus or the Director of Campus and Support Services on the Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses, who will review documentation of the student’s disability and, in a confidential setting with the student, develop an educational accommodation plan.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify as needing accommodations and to provide acceptable documentation. After a student has self-identified and submitted documentation of a disability, accommodations may be determined, accepted, and provided.

Dress and Personal Appearance

HGTC students are expected to use mature judgment in personal appearance and the selection of attire. If extreme or distasteful style of dress interferes with the educational process, appropriate attire will be suggested. Departments have the prerogative to require dress appropriate to the career field for which the student is preparing, including safety attire.

Emergencies See Public Safety

Exercise/Gym

A Fitness Center is available for all students in Bldg. 1100 on the Conway campus. Students must register with their student ID while using the gym. A wide variety of fitness equipment as well as lockers and showers are available for use.  Information and schedule is available at 843-349-7805.

Food and Beverages

Eating and drinking are allowed only in designated areas. Students who eat, drink in classrooms are subject to disciplinary action. For purchasing food and/or beverages, students may visit:

Cafe' 1100, bldg. 1100  or Coffee Grounds, bldg. 200 on the Conway Campus Campus Coffee or Beach Java on the Grand Strand campus. Additionally, vending services are available in multiple locations on all campuses.

Grade Review

Students have the right to request a review of an assigned grade no later than the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the grade was assigned. Students should first contact the professor of the course; requests for further grade review must be addressed with the Department Chair.

Health Services

HGTC is a nonresidential College and does not provide infirmary facilities. First aid kits are available in many locations across campuses. Significant illness or injury is treated by health care professionals through the process below.

Illness or Medical Emergency

Depending upon the severity of the case, if a student is incapacitated and immediate evacuation is necessary, the College will provide assistance by contacting local emergency medical technicians, and the student will be taken to the nearest hospital. When this is required, local health professionals will assist. In these cases, the following steps are taken:

  • A faculty or staff member should immediately call 911 to request an ambulance and notify Public Safety;
  • A faculty or staff member should then notify the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Conway Campus) or Campus Provost (Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses) and provide the name of the medical facility to which the student was taken and file an accident/incident report;
  • Public Safety will immediately contact the student’s emergency contact, identified by the student at admission;
  • As a step in the notification and documentation process for accidents and injuries, an Accident/Incident Report should be completed and routed to appropriate individuals; • In less severe cases, the student should contact the nearest faculty or staff member, make arrangements to see a physician if needed, and have the emergency contact, a parent, spouse or friend take him/her to a physician or home, as appropriate; and,
  • A report must be filed on all accidents or injuries. Students should report injury to their professor, Student Affairs or Public Safety immediately and a report must be submitted.

H-Number

Students admitted to HGTC, will be assigned an "H" number (student ID number). Students should keep their "H" number available at all times, since this number is required for many activities, including refund checks, activities and more. Students are advised to keep copies of the "H" number in several different places for ready access.

The "H" number is the student’s identification number and is required for many services. Students should have their ID cards and H-number while on campus. "H" number retrieval is available through DegreeWorks, a student’s WaveNet account or Admissions Office.

Housing

The College does not maintain student housing or dormitories. The College does not make recommendations regarding living accommodations nor assume responsibility for student conduct or activities off campus.

ID Card

ID cards are available at the Public Safety Office on the Conway Campus and Student Services Offices at Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses. Student ID’s will be issued only when a current picture ID and a copy of the current semester schedule are presented. ID cards are required for certain services, and student engagements. Students should replace lost ID cards immediately at the appropriate office on each campus.

Insurance for Students

The College maintains a group policy providing limited accident insurance, and all students are automatically enrolled in such coverage. The cost of the policy is included in tuition and fees. This accident insurance covers students: (1) on the College campus during a scheduled school day; and (2) participating, other than as a spectator, in activities and athletics sponsored and supervised by the College—except the play or practice of intercollegiate football and social activities or travel in connection therewith—and College sponsored and supervised group travel in connection with such covered activities. For specific coverage information, contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs on the Conway Campus.

Lost and Found

Information on lost and found items may be obtained at the Public Safety Office on each campus.

Major/Program of Study

Students are responsible for reviewing their major/program of study on WaveNet to assure HGTC has correct information. Students are responsible for the selection of courses that are required in their major/program of study. Advisors are available to assist students in selecting the appropriate courses. Most financial aid programs award funds for required courses only. Students wishing to change their major should visit an Admissions office at the campus they plan to attend. Students are not permitted to change their major after the add/drop period ends in a given term. The requested change will occur in the preceding term. Students are not permitted to change their major after the add/drop period ends in a given term.

Multiple Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Students may complete multiple degree, diploma and certificate programs, but may be enrolled in only one program at a time. At Commencement Ceremony, students earning more than one award in the same general field of study in the same academic year will be recognized for the highest program level only.

Normal Completion Time

The programs of study in this Catalog are provided as a suggested enrollment for students who attend on a full-time basis, who have no developmental or prerequisite requirements and who begin the program in the semester indicated. Students who do not enroll in or satisfactorily complete the designated courses or who begin in different semesters should expect to extend their normal completion time. Financial aid programs set limits on program completion time. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of financial aid requirements.

Online/Internet/Hybrid Classes

HGTC offers students choices for learning through online (Internet) or hybrid classes/programs for convenience and flexibility and for savings of gas and time. Internet classes, using D2L (learning management system), are computer-based and may have requirements for visiting campus. Hybrid classes are a combination of computer-based learning and on-campus meetings and/or activities. Campus support and services are available to online students to assure opportunity for success. Students who are interested in online or hybrid classes must have access to appropriate computer hardware and software and must possess the appropriate computer skills.

Overloads

Students normally enroll for no more than 18 semester credit hours. Students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in more than 18 semester credit hours only with permission of the department chair and academic dean. During the summer, students may not enroll in more than 15 total semester credit hours for all terms in a Summer, unless specifically required in their academic program.  Students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in more than 15 semester credit hours during the summer only with permission from the department chair and academic dean.

Parking

Students may use only designated parking areas not reserved for faculty, staff, visitors, individuals with disability or other restricted areas. Restricted areas are marked by blue curbing and/or signage designating special use.

To park on College property, vehicles must be registered with the College and have an appropriate decal affixed. Parking decals may be obtained from the Public Safety Office on every campus. To register a vehicle, you must have a valid driver’s license, College identification number ("H" number) and current vehicle registration. Parking decals are valid for one year, from August to August. Students who demonstrate a valid decal need to use parking areas designated for individuals with disability may obtain a campus parking permit for use of those designated spaces.

Parking violation appeal forms may be obtained from the Public Safety office at Conway Campus, Student Accounts at Grand Strand or Office at Georgetown Campus. All violation appeal forms must be submitted within seventy-two (72) hours from the time of the violation.

Privacy of Student Records/FERPA

The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

• The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the college receives a request for access. Student should submit to the Registrar, Academic Dean or Department Chair a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the College official to whom the request was submitted does not maintain the records, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

• The right to request an amendment of the student’s education record that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. The student should send a written request to the College official responsible for the record clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, notice will be sent to the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

• The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent is to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the Area Commission; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review a record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

• A student has the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by HGTC to comply with the requirements of FERPA, only if the student has followed FERPA procedures. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education;
400 Maryland Avenue SW; Washington, DC 20202 - 4605

HGTC maintains separate files for records in the following categories: 1) academic, 2) disciplinary, 3) counseling, 4) financial aid and 5) placement. When justified by legitimate law enforcement needs, the campus Public Safety officer may maintain confidential records relating primarily to its investigative function.

A. Directory Information to be issued: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 includes a section on "Furnishing Information." Directory information as defined by HGTC is name, address, curriculum, enrollment status (full or part-time), graduation status, and telephone number. It is College policy to provide this information only under the following conditions:

• School officials with a legitimate educational interest will be given access to all directory information;

• Individuals requesting information without written consent will be given curriculum, enrollment status and graduation status only. Students who wish to request non-disclosure of these three items may submit a written request to the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Development and Registration Office; and,

• Student telephone numbers, addresses and location will be issued to non-school officials only by written permission of the student or with special approval from the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

B. Methods of Furnishing Student Records Information:

According to the Education Amendments of 1974, whenever a student has attained 18 years of age or is enrolled in a postsecondary institution, the consent to issue records and the rights of viewing those records are required of and accorded to the student alone. Therefore, only the student may view his or her record or request in writing any issuance of the record. If parents or other designated individuals wish to review or receive copies of a student record, they must have the student’s written permission to view or receive a copy. A copy of this consent form will be maintained in the student’s record. The student’s record may not be revealed to any other party without written consent from the student except in the following cases:

• Other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest;

• Officials of other schools in which the student intends to enroll;

• Authorized representatives of the Comptroller General, administrative head of an educational agency, and State education auditors;

• Judicial representatives in compliance with a subpoena or law enforcement order (A copy of this order would be placed in the student’s record with date of issuance posted.); and,

• Agency representatives in connection with a student application for a receipt of financial aid.

Residency Credit Requirement

A minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for graduation must be earned at HGTC in order for the degree, diploma or certificate to be awarded by the College. Therefore, no more than 75% of the required credit hours may be transferred in and/or exempted. Some programs limit transfer credits beyond this requirement.

Safety and Campus Security Act

HGTC maintains a secure college environment. The crime rate at HGTC has been low, as indicated by the statistics reported in Student Right to Know at www.hgtc.edu. It is the College’s goal to continue to ensure this secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The College partners with Coastal Carolina University to provide public safety and general security for all three campuses. Campus security efforts are assisted by local law enforcement agencies: Conway Campus is assisted by the City of Conway Police Department and Horry County Police Department; Grand Strand Campus is assisted by the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department; and Georgetown Campus is assisted by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department.

Campus Security Act

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires colleges and universities to collect and make available crime statistics for certain crimes committed on campus. Title II of the Act also calls for institutions to provide statistical data about the on-campus occurrence of certain criminal offenses that have been reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Also, Title II of the Act requires that institutions provide students information on institutional policies regarding security procedures and campus law enforcement, as well as a description of programs designed to inform students about crime prevention. The Federal Crime Report is filed in October each year and includes statistics for the previous calendar year. The report may be accessed at ope.ed.gov/security. A print copy of the current report is available upon request to the Office of Student Affairs on the Conway Campus. The current report may be viewed at Student Right to Know at www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Student Responsibility - Safety

It is the responsibility of students on each campus to make themselves aware of personal safety measures. Crime prevention materials are displayed on the individual campuses.

Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

  • Conway Campus
    Office:  843-349-7806
    Cell:843-251-6111
  • Grand Strand Campus
    Office: 843-477-2115
    Cell:843-251-9405
  • Georgetown Campus
    Office: 843-520-1400
    Cell: 843-446-1869
  • CCU Dispatch
    NON ER:843-349-2177
    EMERGENCY: 843-349-2911

Emergencies – On Any Campus

In the event of an emergency situation, a student or visitor, faculty
or staff person should contact Public Safety staff, push the red
button on the nearest emergency call box, or report the problem
to the most accessible faculty or staff person who will notify the
appropriate individual.

Smoking

HGTC is a smoke-free environment and smoking is limited to specific areas on each campus.

Speed Limit on Campus

The speed limit around buildings and parking areas on all campuses is ten (10) miles per hour and marked accordingly with various speed signs in all other designated areas. Students who abuse this limit will be denied the privilege of bringing their automobiles and cycles on campus.

Student Engagement

The College provides extracurricular, co-curricular, intramural sports and cultural activities. The College also sponsors many student organizations and clubs, including a chapter of the national honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. See Clubs and Organizations below for a complete list.

The College provides student development programs and leadership training; each is created and designed to enhance students’ community college experiences.

Student Engagement Fees are collected and held by the College in an account restricted to services, events, initiatives and functions that directly support student engagement. These funds are allocated annually by the Student Engagement Fee Allocation Committee (SEFAC), which has twelve members, nine of whom are students.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement or see HGTC Procedure 9.2.3.1

Student Organizations

Clubs and organizations provide students the opportunity to be involved in professional and social areas of campus life. Organizations change each year to reflect the interests of the student body, but the following are examples of clubs and organizations.

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Student Chapter Club
The AITP Student Club is a college affiliate chapter of the national professional Association of Information Technology Professionals, sponsored by the Computer Technology Department. Membership is cross-curriculum and open to anyone interested in computers, networking, programming or technology in general. All AITP student members will be provided opportunities to socialize with other student members, faculty, and IT employers in the community. Members also participate in numerous community activities, such as Treats for Special Kids

Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models)
Call Me MISTER recruits high school and college male students, many of whom are African Americans, to train as Elementary and Middle Level teachers. The program's goal is to counteract a critical shortage of African American male teachers, particularly among the state's lowest performing schools.

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Club
Dr. Ronald E. McNair was a South Carolina astronaut and scientist who, along with six other crew members, lost his life on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. This club was founded to honor and memorialize his exemplary life and work. Its purposes are: 1) to promote academic excellence through achievement; 2) to provide leadership development; 3) to provide a student support network; and 4) to explore educational opportunities available to students. Membership is extended to any currently enrolled student who completes a formal application for membership and pays the annual membership fee.

Engineering Club
The HGTC Engineering student clubprovides the enhancement of student knowledge in the Engineering & Construction industry and local networking opportunities. In addition, students participate in different event like the ASCE Engineering Conference, EngineeringDay and Habitat for Humanity activities every semester and attend Engineering & Construction technology seminars sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers-ASCE and the Construction SpecificationInstitute-CSI.

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the prestigious international honor society serving community and technical colleges. Alpha Nu Sigma, HGTC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, has been recognized as one of the nation’s best, having earned consecutive five-star status rankings and distinguished chapter recognition internationally. Since academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa, membership is by invitation only and is based on a minimum 3.5 GPA and 12 credit hours earned toward an Associate’s Degree.

Physical Therapist Assistant Club
The PTA Club purpose represents the mission and vision of the physical therapy profession to HGTC students. The club allows for co-curriculum activities, seminars for professional development opportunities, and active participation in community service.

Rad-to-the-Bone
Rad-to-the-Bone is a curriculum-specific club serving Radiologic Technology students. This club provides students the opportunity for leadership development and community service.

Society of American Foresters, Student Chapter
The club is curriculum-specific, serving Forestry Management Technology students. The goal of the club is to provide forestry students opportunities to interact with forestry and natural resource professionals in South Carolina and the Southeast.

Sonographers"R" US
Sonographers"R"US is curriculum-specific serving Diagnostic Medical Sonography program students. The club allows for co-curriculum activities; seminars for professional development opportunities; and active participation in community service.

South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA)
The HGTC student chapter works to increase awareness of the needs of children throughout the developmental stages from birth though age five. The chapter provides aid to early childhood students. Members attend early childhood workshops and conferences and establish health and educational standards for nursery schools, kindergartens and other childcare centers.

Student Ambassadors
Ambassadors work to support a number of important College events, including New Student Orientation and other special programs. They provide valuable insight, promote educational growth, and embrace diversity among to the student population. Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application process each spring.

Student American Dental Assistants Association (SADAA)
SADAA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional association. Membership is limited to students of the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program. The club's main goal is to provide dental-health education to the community with a focus on elementary-age children. This club also participates in community-service activities.

Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA)
SADHA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional association. Membership is limited to students of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Student Nurses’ Association
The Student Nurses’ Association is a curriculum-specific club and holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the professional development of the student nurse.

Student Veterans Organization
The HGTC Student Veterans Organization is open for current and future student veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, National Guard or Reserve. The goal of the organization is to provide a place for veterans to connect, ease their transition from combat to college, access resources and enjoy peer support and camaraderie. The Organization invites representatives from the local community and special guest speakers to educate the members about resources available to them and their families and is committed to giving back to the community by fund raising and participating in charity events.

Study Abroad Club
HGTC is one of the few technical colleges in the state offering a study abroad program.This international travel experience benefits our student’s in future academic and professional pursuits while receiving academic credit. The Humanities and English departments, realizing the tremendous potential of a studies abroad program for the academic and personal growth of HGTCstudents, provided an opportunity unlike programs offered at other technical colleges in the state.

Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology Club is a curriculum specific club and holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the professional development of the surgical technology student.

Tau Upsilon Alpha Honors Society
Tau Upsilon Alpha is a program of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). The purposes of the society are to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity. The purpose is to provide “Excellence in Service to Humanity. The HGTC Chapter name is Chi Chi, and members are invited to membership by the Chapter Advisor and/or the Chapter President when they meet the following criteria: full-Time or Part-Time students enrolled in the Human Services Associate Degree; completed at least 12 hours in courses leading to the Associate degree; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale

Student Right to Know

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542), signed into law in November 1990 by the U.S. Department of Education, applies to institutions of higher education participating in federal financial assistance programs. Under this policy, current and prospective students must be informed of completion or graduation rates of students seeking certificates, diplomas or degrees. The act also requires reporting of security policies and crime statistics to students, employees, and the U.S. Department of Education. Horry Georgetown Technical College, in compliance with Student Right to Know, provides current information on these topics at www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Transcripts

Transcripts may be ordered on-line through a student’s WaveNet Account. Transcripts can be mailed, picked up, or sent electronically. If a student no longer has access to WaveNet, then a paper transcript request form can be processed for an additional charge. Transcript request forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. Transcript requests made by telephone, e-mail, or family/friends will not be accepted. Fees are required for each official transcript requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be printed, and if needed can be obtained from a students WaveNet account.

Tutoring

Tutoring services are available to all students at no cost in the Student Success and Tutoring Center. The Center offers individual tutoring, a variety of tutoring resources, virtual tutoring and much more. Appointments can be made online, by phone or in person. For complete information, visit www.hgtc.edu/sstc AND the Student Services tab in WaveNet.

Visitors

Visitors are welcome on the HGTC campuses; however, visitors should be conducting college business. Public Security or Student Services in Building 1100 can provide information and directions. Visitors may enter classrooms only with prior permission of the instructor.

WaveNet

WaveNet is the source for communications by HGTC to students. Each student who is admitted to the College receives a WaveNet user name and password and must retain the user name and password in order to access WaveNet. At the time of admission, students also receive an "H number," which is the student’s unique student identification number.

Regular use of WaveNet is critical for student success at HGTC! WaveNet is the online communication tool for all students, providing access for e-mail from the college, online registration, dropping/adding classes, D2L courses, student personal information , financial accounts, grades and more, plus announcements of College activities, services, and cancellations.

Students are responsible for maintaining and updating their WaveNet accounts information, for checking WaveNet academic and financial information no less than weekly and for checking WaveNet emails daily for information about classes, deadlines and more. Students should provide the College current contact information by submitting updates through WaveNet.

Weapons Policy

No person, except a licensed guard, law enforcement officer or an active member of the armed forces, shall possess a firearm of any kind on any premises, property and/or property immediately adjacent to and owned, operated, or controlled by Horry Georgetown Technical College, including grounds and parking lots of the College or a College sponsored event. . South Carolina Code of Laws Section 16-23-420 (a), provides that these statutory provisions do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon, pursuant to "The Law Abiding Citizens for Self Defense Act of 1996 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicles and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle. Weapons/firearms legally secured in personal vehicles must not be removed from the vehicles while on College grounds. Violation of these provisions may result in criminal prosecution and/or College disciplinary action, including expulsion.