The Student Activities Program compliments the academic program of studies and enhances the overall educational experience of students through their participation in social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and governance activities. The goals of the program are to provide a meaningful student life beyond classroom attendance; to present opportunities for growth and development through social and cultural options; and to promote retention. According to research, students involved in extracurricular activities have a higher program completion rate than students who only attend class.
Such activities support the mission of the college and provide students avenues for personal growth and enrichment. Through participation in clubs and organizations, or other planned activities, students develop a wide range of abilities, including intellectual, communication, athletic, and leadership skills. Students develop self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and an appreciation for other cultures and lifestyles. Finally, students develop a sense of integrity, purpose, and social responsibility that empowers them to be productive within and beyond the college community. Making long-lasting friendships and important contacts are additional benefits.
Paul D. Camp Community College offers each student a range of opportunities beyond formal education, including membership in the Student Government Association (SGA) and other various clubs and organizations. Developing the program is the responsibility of the students and faculty under the guidance and leadership of the counselor on each campus. Each student organization must have a faculty or staff sponsor. All student activity funds must be deposited and expended through the college business office, subject to State Board policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to such funds.
The State Board of the Virginia Community College System recognizes and encourages honorary, scholastic, service organizations, and sports clubs that do not restrict membership based on race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. All student activity programs and recognized organizations must comply with the VCCS’s nondiscrimination policy, except as follows: Any recognized religious or political student organization shall be authorized to limit certain activities only to members who are committed to furthering the mission of such organization. Such activities include ordering the organization’s internal affairs, selecting the organization’s leaders and members, defining the organization’s doctrines, and resolving the organization’s disputes.
The College manages a host of clubs and student organizations. Please visit www.pdc.edu for information on student organizations.