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Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Privacy of Student Records/FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records.

Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification.

Campus Safety

For information related to campus safety, please see the College’s Annual Security Report.

Alcohol and Drug Free Campus

HGTC is an alcohol and drug free campus. For more information, please review the Alcohol & Drug policy.

SAFE Response to Violence

Are you familiar with SAFE?  SAFE stands for Secure, Alert, Fight, Escape. The S.A.F.E. Response to Violence teaches you how to respond in a dangerous situation. These steps can be used in any order, but always ESCAPE first if possible!

  • SECURE: Lock or barricade the door to keep the intruder out.
  • ALERT: Warn the police and those around you.
  • FIGHT: After lockdown, you may have to fight. Think about how you can defend yourself using items such as books, staplers, and other objects. Goals are to distract, disorient, and disarm the aggressor. There is strength in numbers; dislodge the weapon from the aggressor if possible.
  • ESCAPE: S.A.F.E. can be used in any order, but ESCAPE first if possible!

SAFE training provides students and employees with the knowledge necessary to survive when confronted with a dangerous situation on campus. Launch the online training.

Title IX

Are you familiar with Title IX? Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

For more information about Title IX and/or to report a complaint as a student, contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Tamatha Sells, Title IX Coordinator
Building 1100, Rom 107B
Conway, SC


When reported, student concerns are usually resolved through the efforts of HGTC employees. Students may submit written complaints to the Office of Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs or the appropriate designee will respond to the complaint in writing.

HGTC is one of 16 colleges within the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS). The SCTCS Office has implemented a process for reviewing and responding to complaints concerning its member institutions, including enforcement of applicable state laws. Access the Student Complaint Form for the South Carolina Technical College System Office. The SCTCS Office contact information follows:

South Carolina Technical College System
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC  29210

Student Complaint Resolution Chart

If you are having a problem and do not know where to go for assistance, you can refer to the HGTC Student Complaint Resolution Chart.