May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Handbook 
    
2023-2024 Student Handbook

Student Engagement



Overview of Student Engagement

At the center of campus community life, the Student Engagement Office is an integral part of the pulse at GBC. By offering a selection of programs and services that meet the needs of the GBC Community, we create an atmosphere for individuals to interact and learn from one another. Student Engagement provides opportunities for student, faculty, and staff involvement in campus life.

Student Engagement values student decision making, self-directed activity, and the open collaboration of ideas. This department fosters collaborative and developmental experiences in leadership and social responsibility. Additionally, enhancing the academic experience through a broad range of cultural, educational, recreational, social, and leadership programs.

Goldey-Beacom College is fortunate to have physical fitness facilities on campus. The outdoor facilities include a softball field, a soccer field, a basketball and tennis court. Use of the Sawin Athletic/soccer and softball fields requires permission from the Athletics Office. The Gymnasium also offers indoor basketball/volleyball courts and the Fitness Center is equipped with cardiovascular equipment and circuit weight machines.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in campus life by joining an organization or attending events. Leadership opportunities are available through a wide variety of academic, professional and special interest organizations. Becoming involved builds leadership, personal growth, and a sense of community, three ingredients necessary in achieving success in the work environment outside of the College.

Additional information pertaining to Student Engagement may be obtained by contacting the Student Affairs Office at (302) 225-6214 or by visiting our web page.

Student Organizations: Get Involved. Stay Connected.

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE CLUB

Institute of Management Accountants provides a platform for students to learn about how an accounting degree/skills can be used in different career fields. Both accounting and non-accounting majors are welcomed to join the club and benefit from great opportunities such as hearing from experienced accounting professionals and visiting local firms, along with participating in community service opportunities such as volunteer tax return work. Additionally, members will benefit from hearing about CPA and/or CMA certification requirements.

Advisor: Keith Fleury   Email: fleuryk@gbc.edu

ACTIVE MINDS

Active Minds is established to increase awareness to campus and community members of mental health issues and symptoms, available resources, reducing the stigma, removing the barrier to services & support, promoting wellness & building an open environment for individuals to speak up about mental health.

Advisors: Megan Romano, LPC & Dr. Gerard Hoefling   Emails: romanom@gbc.eduhoeflig@gbc.edu

ALPHA CHI

Alpha Chi is a National Honor Society. Membership is limited to juniors and seniors of good character who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class. Activities include an annual induction ceremony, a spring reception for honor students, social activities and scholarly or academic service to the College.

Advisor: Dr. Victoria Neagoe   Email: neagoev@gbc.edu

ATHLETES FOR CHANGE AND EQUALITY (A.C.E)

A.C.E. is an inclusive organization committed to promoting social change. A.C.E. serves our student athletes by providing a forum to exchange experiences and ideas among a diverse group to understand, appreciate and learn from our collective differences.

Advisor: Bethann Burke   Email: burkeb@gbc.edu

BLACK STUDENT UNION

Black Student Union (BSU) is a student organization that promotes personal growth and development for individuals in the college community through diversity, academics, community service and programming. Black Student Union provides the opportunity for students of all races to learn and celebrate black culture, lifestyle, and history.

Advisor: Daesha Slocum   Email: slocumd@gbc.edu

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB

The Entrepreneurship Club will provide a conduit by which students can access relevant entrepreneurial resources, network with prominent community entrepreneurs, faculty, and share entrepreneurial and innovative ideas. To this end, the club is dedicated to furthering an understanding of new businesses, small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation in all businesses.

Advisor: Tatiana Marshall         Email: marshatd@gbc.edu

GBC BOOK CLUB

GBC Book Group provides a forum for students and faculty members to interact and discuss classic and current literature regarding hot topics.

Advisor: Rusty Michalak   Email: michalr@gbc.edu

GBC LIT

GBC LIT welcomes all students to explore their interests in literature, writing, and the arts through activities on campus and in surrounding communities. Members also serve their community through increasing and promoting literacy.

Advisor: Dr. Mary Wheeling   Email: wheeling@gbc.edu

LIGHTNING STUDIO

Lightning Studio is an organization whose members use their talent and interest in photography and video production to work on projects to closer connect the GBC community. Their work is hands on, often having a key role in large campus events. Their efforts in video production, social media, and photography extend into the greater community of Delaware.

Advisor: Geoff Stone   Email: stonege@gbc.edu

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS (NSLS)

The NSLS is an organization that provides a life-changing leadership program that helps students achieve personal growth, career success and empowers them to have a positive impact in their communities.

Advisor: Tatiana Marshall   Email: marshatd@gbc.edu

PRIDE, RESPECT, INDIVIDUALITY, SEXUALITY AND MATURITY (P.R.I.S.M)

PRISM recognizes the various shades of its members’ sexualities and works to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual individuals. It provides a safe, interactive forum for its members through educational, social, and community service programs.

Advisor: Sulakshmi Vaid  Email: vaidsr@gbc.edu

RESIDENT HOUSING ASSOCIATION (RHA)

RHA is an organization that motivates resident students to get involved in on-campus activities. These activities include hall decorating contests, holiday get-togethers, finals week study breaks, service projects, and most other residence hall programs. RHA is also a student voice to implement projects and programs of interest to all resident students.

Advisor: Daesha Slocum  Email: slocumd@gbc.edu

RHO ALPHA SIGMA

Rho Alpha Sigma is a Resident Assistant Honor Society. The organization offers the opportunity to promote excellence, leadership, community and service within the Resident Assistants, campus, and community. Rho Alpha Sigma consist of current Resident Assistants who are nominated by their peers and selected based on criteria from the organization.

Advisor: TBD  Email: reslife@gbc.edu

SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM)

The Society for Human Resource Management is an officially chartered student chapter of the national professional organization. Sponsored by Delaware SHRM, the organization provides a forum for those students interested in HR careers to learn more about opportunities in the field and to begin networking with professionals. For those general business students with an interest in human resources, membership in SHRM provides a forum to discuss and learn the importance of HR issues and challenges in any organization.

Advisor: Dr. Nicole Evans   Email: evansn@gbc.edu

STUDENT ATHLETE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The purpose of the Student Athlete Leadership Academy is to represent the student-athletes’ voice on the campus of Goldey-Beacom College. In addition, it exists to promote good communication between the student-athletes, athletic department administration, coaches and other staff. Also, it has the responsibility to actively encourage student-athlete involvement in campus and community events. The Academy provides leadership workshops and programs for student athletes to develop beyond the team.

Advisor: Michael Torres   Email: torresm@gbc.edu

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)

SGA is the official student governance body at Goldey-Beacom College. Its main responsibilities are to help facilitate student/faculty relations, to ensure that student concerns and needs are resolved and to oversee student clubs and other activities. The Student Government Association ensures that students have a voice in what goes on around campus.

Advisors: Tatiana Marshall  Email: marshatd@gbc.edu 

STUDENTS TAKE ACTION COMMITTEE (STAC)

S.T.A.C is a student-led volunteer group dedicated to community outreach, social justice awareness and advocacy, and student leadership in the spirit of service.

Advisor: Sulakshmi Vaid  Email: vaidsr@gbc.edu

STUDENTS WITH A PURPOSE (SWAP)

Students with a Purpose is an organization that gives students an opportunity to fellowship, support, and provide/receive spiritual encouragement from other students in a positive group setting.

Advisor: Dr. Deanna Merritt   Email: merritd@gbc.edu

 

Student Organization Procedures

Establishing A New Student Club/Organization

New clubs and organizations start every semester at Goldey-Beacom College. The process is relatively simple and involves first gaining recognition from the Student Engagement Office.

*Interested students must submit the New Student Organization Packet including all forms and information to the Student Engagement Office. This packet is available online or from the Student Engagement Office.

Interested students will submit to the Student Engagement Office a roster of at least three current GBC students interested in starting the club/organization, advisor agreement, mission statement, and proposed constitution.

This roster must comprise of names, contact information, and student ID numbers.

Students will also submit via email a copy of their completed constitution, which follows the example constitution included in their introductory packet & mission statement including goals, examples of intended programs, and purpose of the organization, i.e. the need that is met by the creation of this club on the GBC campus.

The Student Engagement Office will review and request revisions as needed.

Academic Requirements for New Student Organization Leadership

  • Must be a currently enrolled GBC student
  • GPA requirement of 2.0 for all new members
  • GPA requirement of 2.5 for all students who wish to be officers in the new club/organization

Every club/organization must have at least one advisor, however, it may be in your best interest to have 2, so that if one cannot attend your event, the other can.  Advisors should know exactly what they are signing up for before they agree to help your organization to make sure events are not canceled.

After the preceding steps are completed, the Student Engagement Office will ensure all documents are verified and eligible. Once any amendments have been made, the organization seeking recognition will be placed on an agenda for a meeting with the Student Engagement Office.

The first meeting is a presentation of the organization’s mission, purpose, and goals as well as an opportunity for the Student Engagement Office to ask questions regarding the proposed new organization.

No student organization may use Goldey-Beacom College’s name for external transactions without prior written approval from the Student Affairs Office.

Advisor Responsibility

The role of a group’s staff/faculty Advisor is important to the success of a student organization. Some of the responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Understanding with all College regulations.
  2. Regularly attending general organization meetings and committee meetings of the organization.
  3. Helping to organize fair election of officers.
  4. Periodically reviewing the goals and purposes of the organization with the membership.
  5. Assisting the organization with the development of goals, objectives, service projects, the implementation of policies and procedures, and the planning and execution of organization activities.
  6. Signing appropriate College-related forms (maintenance requests, memorandum, reservation forms, etc.)
  7. Assisting the organization with maintaining communication with College officials and other campus organizations.
  8. Keeping track of all financial information pertaining to the club/organization. The Advisor will work with the Student Engagement Office to make deposits to and withdrawals from College accounts.
  9. Attending all of the organization’s on-campus activities (during non-business hours) unless advance written approval has been provided by the Student Engagement Office for substitution by another full-time faculty or staff member of GBC.
  10. Supervising the organization’s officers to ensure maintenance of accurate records.
  11. Ensuring that all club/organization members participate in community service projects.
  12. Serving as a Campus Security Authority, attending training and reporting incidents as required by the Clery Act.
  13. Being available to members wishing assistance or counsel. The Advisor’s role is supportive and advisory in nature.

The Advisor’s work with the organization can be considered part of the employee’s professional responsibilities to the institution.

Organization Revocation

Reasons for revocation (any or all of the below):

  1. Unlawful or inappropriate conduct by the organization
  2. Failure to meet chartering requirements
  3. Falsifying documents or statements
  4. Failure to have all club/organization members participate in community services projects

If an organization is revoked the following will occur:

  1. Revocation of organizations will be for a specific period of time
  2. Organization will lose status as a recognized group on campus
  3. Loss of recognition prevents any group from obtaining financial assistance, advertising privileges, mail privileges, use of College’s facilities and services, and using the name of the Goldey-Beacom College to represent the organization

Student Organization Policies

Advertising Policy

To ensure that the advertisements on campus inform and enhance the campus environment and adhere to all College policies, individuals needing to advertise must follow these procedures when they advertise their programs:

  • Advertisements must be approved and stamped by Student Affairs Office staff prior to being posted.
  • Advertisements depicting alcohol or drug use, abuse, sale, or distribution are prohibited.
  • Advertisements must respect the human rights and dignity of individuals. Therefore, advertisements which demean others on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status are strictly prohibited. In addition, advertisements by GBC organizations should complement the mission of the College and adhere to community standards of civility and good taste.
  • The official GBC logo (shield), seal, and Lightning logo may not be used without permission from the Student Affairs Office.
  • Advertisements may only be posted on “GBC News and Information” boards, unless the board belongs to the organization. No items should be posted on other bulletin boards unless prior permission is granted.
  • Only one (1) copy of each approved advertisement may be posted on approved bulletin boards.
  • Pushpins may be used to post advertisements on bulletin boards; but staples may not.
  • All student organizations should properly label their assigned bulletin board.
  • All advertisements must be removed from bulletin boards and other campus locations within 24 hours after an event.
  • All officially recognized student organizations at Goldey-Beacom College are obliged to comply with College policies, including the “Advertising Policy”.
  • Organizations can request a feature on the digital displays found around campus and/or the Student Engagement Office’s Instagram @gbcstudentunion by contacting the Student Engagement Office.

Hosting an Event

Facilities Reservations

  • All requests must be submitted electronically by the organization’s President or registered Advisor through the online request form at least one month prior to the date requested.
  • If there are special requirements, such as auditorium style seating, microphones, special tables, clearing of space, etc., please note them in the online request form.
  • If the space is available, a reservation will be made and a confirmation of the reservation will be sent to the party requesting the reservation.
  • Student organizations are expected to adhere to all College policies while using campus facilities.
  • The organization’s Advisor must be present at all events held during non-business hours.
  • Organizations must adhere to the Advertising Policy  of the Student Handbook. Groups not adhering to this policy may be prohibited from using space on campus.
  • All groups must leave the assigned area no later than the time agreed upon and are responsible for clean-up of the facility after each event.
  • Any damage which occurs during an event will be the responsibility of the group making the reservation. Fines or loss of reservation privileges will be determined by the Student Affairs Office.

Catering Requests

Student organizations are required to use Goldey-Beacom College Catering Services when hosting events with food. When organizations host events with food, student organizations should consult with their advisor to order food. Catering requests should be completed through the Student Organization Catering Request Form. Even if you wish to go through an outside caterer, it must be approved by the Food Services Manager.

Contracts Policy

For purposes of bank accounts or entering of contracts, student organizations may not use Goldey-Beacom College’s name. Please bring all binding agreements and contracts to the Student Engagement Office for processing. Information about student organization accounts can be provided by contacting the Student Engagement Office. Questions regarding contracts may be directed to the Student Engagement Office.

Equal Opportunity Statement

In accordance with the policy of Goldey-Beacom College, the Student Affairs Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its operation. Campus organizations will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender information, pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions, or family responsibilities. All campus organizations will be treated equally by the Student Government Association and by the College.

Event Attendance Policy

Events sponsored on the Goldey-Beacom College campus are intended primarily for currently enrolled students. Visitors to these or other events are expected to abide by College policies and be responsive to staff including Campus Security. Students are responsible for the behavior of any guest(s) that they invite. Visitors are not permitted in the residence halls without prior registration and registered guests must abide by the current Residence Life policies  outlined in the Student Handbook.

Fundraising Policy

All student organizations must obtain approval from the Student Engagement Office prior to starting any fundraising to avoid competition among student organizations. Any funds generated through ticket sales/fundraisers must be logged by College’s the Business Office. Student organizations are not permitted to hold fundraisers that are in direct violation of any GBC policies. Questions regarding fundraising may be directed to the Student Engagement Office.

Athletic Programs

Intercollegiate Athletics

Goldey-Beacom College offers a well-balanced athletics program for men and women in thirteen varsity intercollegiate sports. All students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate programs at GBC. Our athletics teams have the opportunity of competing in conference, regional, and national championships as full members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II) and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The College maintains teams for e-sports, women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track and field.

To be eligible to participate in Goldey-Beacom College’s intercollegiate athletics programs, student-athletes must meet all NCAA Division II and institution standards. Please contact the Director of Athletics or the Associate Athletic Director at (302) 225-6213 or refer to the Athletics website for additional information.

Schedules for all athletics teams are available to all students and are distributed throughout the campus as well as upon request. For updates on teams, schedules, and scores, students can check the website or call the Athletics Office at 302-225-6312.

Open Recreation

Open recreation provides for the needs of individuals who are interested in informal recreation. Athletic facilities are available throughout the year. These facilities encourage student involvement, leadership, competition, physical exercise, friendship, and good times. Current students, staff, and faculty may obtain volleyball, softball, basketball, and tennis equipment from the Athletics Office by providing a valid Lightning Card.

Usage of the Fitness Center, Joseph West Jones Gymnasium, and the Stewart B. Jackson Complex tennis and racquetball courts (with the exception of the Sawin Athletic/soccer field), is limited to current students, staff, and faculty with an up-to-date Lightning Card. Staff, faculty, and students utilizing the Athletic Facilities do so at their own risk as the College assumes no liability for injury. The Sawin Athletic/soccer field and the softball field cannot be used without prior written permission from the Athletics Office. Staff or student organization sponsorship of alumni group(s) is permitted with prior written reservation approval from the Athletics Office, Student Affairs Office, External Affairs, or the Facilities Department.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is located in the Levin Lounge of the Joseph West Jones Center. The Center has a selection of weighting training and cardiovascular machines including ellipticals, treadmills, bicycles, smith machines, kettle balls, free weights, and many multidimensional lifting machines. Any individual using the Fitness Center must following the policies listed below.

  1. All persons must have current and valid Goldey-Beacom College Lightning Card when using the facility.
  2. Only Goldey-Beacom College Students, Faculty, and Staff, who are 18 years or older, are permitted to use the facilities.
  3. Shirts must be worn at all times when in the Fitness Center.
  4. Proper footwear must be worn at all times.
  5. Any person using profanity, fighting, spitting or any other disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the facility.
  6. In case of an emergency, contact Campus Security at (302) 547-0988.

Any student under the age of 18 years old MUST complete a waiver prior to using any equipment in the Fitness Center.