Welcome to East Central Online Orientation! We expect a great year at East Central! Please read the information below, then complete the orientation verification form linked at the bottom of this page. You may add this informational page to your favorites for future reference!
2014 Orientation Dates
- Saturday, June 7
- Friday, June 20
- Friday, July 11
- Friday, August 8
Go to Class!
Go to class and take your studies seriously. Acquire your course syllabus from every class and know it. Keep it available! The syllabus is a guide for you to succeed in class. It will include important dates, important assignments, and other material pertinent to the class.
myEC is a collection of your personal information, such as your grades, current schedule, account information, financial aid information, admissions and financial aid status, advisor, degree plan, and other useful information. Your login should be your student id# and your password given to you once you have been accepted to EC.
Canvas & eLearning
To access your classes online, you may go to www.eccc.edu and click on Canvas. Your login should be your student id number and your myEC password. The community colleges in the state collectively offer online classes. You can get more information about these on the eLearning webpage. These classes are a great alternative for someone who doesn’t have the time for the traditional classes, but they can be more difficult as it takes much discipline to succeed in online courses. Online students receive the same services that on-campus students receive. Contact email@example.com or 601-635-6429 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6322 if you have concerns about these services or if you need more information on the Mississippi Virtual Community College
Students have an opportunity to participate in a number of Financial Aid Programs at the College. Please refer to the College Catalog, Student Handbook, and the Financial Aid Website for detailed information on these programs. The priority deadline for Financial Aid is April 1. However, the College will work with students throughout the semester. IF YOU ARE DEPENDING ON FINANCIAL AID TO PAY FOR YOUR ROOM, BOARD, TUITION, BOOKS, ETC, YOU NEED TO APPLY EARLY AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS. If you wait until the last minute, you will be responsible for paying your fees up front and the College will then reimburse you toward the end of the semester. If you apply late, do not expect everything to be complete by the beginning of the semester. You will be required to complete a certain amount of hours with a certain GPA to continue to be eligible for financial aid. For questions concerning Financial Aid, contact Ms. Brenda Carson at email@example.com or 601.635.6378
Loans: The College participates in various types of loan programs. If you need to acquire a loan contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6380. Remember, loans have to be paid back, with interest, so do not apply for one unless you really need it!
Work/study: The College participates in the Federal Work Study program. If you are interested, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and mark “work study.” For more information, contact Ms. Felicity Purvis at email@example.com or 601-635-6379.
Institutional Scholarships: ECCC offers many different scholarships. Details can be found in the College Catalog. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6204.
East Central offers one- and two-year career-technical degrees, which allow you to go straight into the workforce. More information is available about these programs in the College Catalog and on the Career-Technical website. For more information, contact the Career-Technical Office at email@example.com or 601-635-6210.
Valley Food Service provides food services for the College. Students living in the Residence Halls must purchase a 5-day or 7-day meal plan. Commuter meal cards are also available, or you may pay on a daily basis. See the Student Handbook for more information, or call 601-635-2979.
Lost and Found
Please take any found items to Student Services. If you lost an item, please check with Student Services or contact Keli Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6205.
The Student Center is located in the Student Union. The center is made up of the Grill, the College Bookstore, Admissions, the Success Center, a Fitness Center, and an Activity Center. Student Post Office Boxes are located in the Activity Center. For more information, contact email@example.com or 601-635-6267.
East Central has academic and career-technical advisors who can assist you. All full-time students are assigned to an advising group of staff who are experts in your major. If you decide to change your major, please contact the Admissions office. If you are a career-technical student, contact 601-635-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your advisor will assist you, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you are taking the required classes. If you know where you will transfer to, acquire a copy of their catalog and ensure that you are taking what they require. The Mississippi community colleges and universities have an Articulation Agreement that guarantees seamless transfer of academic courses, called university-parallel courses. The Articulation Agreement can be accessed by clicking this link or at http://www.sbcjc.cc.ms.us. You are encouraged to development a relationship with your advisor and meet with
them at least once a semester.
Burton Library offers a variety of library and learning experiences and services for all constituents regardless of location. The library collection consists of books, nonprint and periodical resources, electronic technologies, and special collections. A valid ECCC I.D. card serves as a library card and must be presented when using the library. For library hours and other information, see the Student Handbook, or go to the Library Webpage. For additional information contact Mr. Leslie Hughes at email@example.com or 601-635-6220.
If you need tutoring in any particular subject, please go to the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Union. Don’t wait until you get too far behind! Individual tutoring and different computer-assisted programs that can assist you are available. If you are interested in tutoring please see the director of the Success Center. More information is available on the Success Center website. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-6346.
Career information is available in the Career Center located in the Eddie M. Smith Student Service building. Contact email@example.com or 601-635-6300.
Student Right to Know
In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542, November 8, 1990, as amended 1993, ECCC provides statistical data on its graduates and the Campus Security Report. For further information, contact Dean Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6267 concerning the Right-to-Know Act.
Read your Student Handbook. Ignorance of the policies is not an excuse. When you enroll at ECCC, you agree to follow the policies set forth by the Board of Trustees. Also, read the Daily Student Bulletin, which is published every day that class is in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. It is available in strategic locations on campus or you can read it online.
We require that you use your ECCC Gmail email address to communicate with your instructors. You will be issued an ECCC gmail address about one week before classes start. Your email adress is normally set using the following schema.
firstname.lastname + last 4 digits of your student id number + @students.eccc.edu
Example: John Doe with id number 123456 would have an email address of email@example.com. Your password is initially set to your myEC password. If you change your MyEC password, your email password is NOT updated.
Warrior Alert is our rapid communication system that sends messages to cell phones, e-mails, text messages, and land line phones during a campus emergency. As a student you may login to your Warrior Alert account and opt out at any time, but participation in the program is strongly recommended. Calls will only be made in imminent emergencies if you choose Emergency only. During the registration period of each term, you will be receiving via your email account correspondence regarding your Warrior Alert login. Once you receive this, please login and update your emergency contact information. If you do not choose Emergency Only, you will also receive class meeting cancellations via Warrior Alert.
EC’s campus newspaper, the Tom-Tom, is published several times each school year and gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in journalism. Scholarships and college credit are also available. The newspaper and yearbook sponsor/advisor is Gennie Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6364).
Fees & Refunds
Fees: A complete schedule of fees is listed in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Fees are due at least one week prior to the first day of classes. The only fee that can be deferred is the meal plan (board), required of all dormitory students. Please see the student handbook to see the details of this deferment. **All fees are subject to change upon approval of the Board of Trustees. For questions about fees contact the Business Office at email@example.com or 601-635-6209.
Refunds: Please refer to the College Catalog or Student Handbook for an explanation of the College’s refund policy.
East Central provides on campus housing. Students are encouraged to complete an Application for Housing and pay the $60.00 room deposit as soon as possible so you can live on campus. Beds are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so make sure that your preferred roommate completes their application and pays their deposit also. You must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours to live on campus. If you drop below 12 hours, you will have to move out. We also offer Honors Housing for sophomore female students with a 3.0 GPA or better. If you want to live in honors housing, you need to see Ms. Marcie Pinson early (before Christmas) of your freshman year. Check out our Campus Tour page to see information about men's and women's residence halls at EC. East Central also offers very limited married housing. For more information, contact Marcie Pinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.635.6213. All residence hall rooms are equipped with wireless internet access and cable television.
To receive mail on campus, you must rent a campus mailbox located in the Activity Center. Mail will be placed in your box by noon each day. To rent a mailbox, pay the fee ($25.00 for the year, $13.00 for the semester) at the Business Office and bring the receipt to Dean Miller in Student Services. Mail will not be delivered to you if you do not have a campus mailbox.
All students who drive to class on the Decatur Campus must have a properly attached decal displayed on their vehicle. Citations will be issued by security if you are parked illegally. Please ensure that you avoid parking in Handicap Parking, Faculty Parking, and the area on the east side of Clark-Venable Baptist Church near the S. Campus Gym. If you receive a ticket, pay it in the Business Office within 5 days, or the amount of the fine will double. The Decatur Police Department will also ticket cars illegally parked on roads that border the Campus. If you need a temporary decal, come by Student Services and acquire one free of charge. If you want to contest a ticket, you will need to appeal in writing to Dean Miller, email@example.com or 601-635-6267. You will need to attach a copy of ticket to your appeal.
Student Rules & Regulations
Students who enroll at East Central are bound by the Rules and Regulations of the College. Please become very familiar with the Student Regulations and the A,B,C Offenses in the Student Handbook as well as the ECCC Dress Code! Students must have their ECCC I.D. visibly on them at all times. If you are asked by a school official (instructor, security guard, janitor, etc.) to surrender your I.D., you must give it to them. You will then be required to see Dean Miller to retrieve your I.D. Dean Miller will investigate and make a determination on whether an offense has occurred. Offenses can result in fines of $50.00 or $100.00 or removal from campus housing or expulsion from school. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6267.
Probation and Suspension Policy: Please become familiar with the probation and suspension policy of the College. If you do not complete 67% of your classes each semester with a certain Grade Point Average (GPA), you could be placed on probation for a semester. If you fail to meet the requirements during your probationary semester, you could be suspended . Details can be found in the Student Handbook and in the College Catalog. If you have questions concerning this policy, please contact the Director of Admissions at email@example.com or 601-635-6206.
Noise: The worst problem on campus is noise from groups around classroom buildings and loud car radios. Please respect the rights of others! The fine for excessive noise is $50.00.
Attendance Requirements: See the Student Handbook to read the detailed attendance policies. In order to be successful in College, you must make efforts to attend every class! There are two types of absences. An official absence is an absence where you are representing the College on official business. Unofficial absences are all other absences such as for illness or any other reason. Each instructor will have different policy as far as whether or not you are allowed to make up work. You will be informed of this the first day of class. Generally, you are allowed to miss two times the number of times a class meets per week. For example, if a class meets three days per week, you can miss the class six times. On your seventh miss, you will be cut out of the class with a grade of W. If a class meets two times per week, you will be cut out on the fifth absence, etc. If you plan to withdraw from the class, you MUST do so before you cut out. If you are cut out of a class, you have the right to appeal to your instructor for reinstatement. You must do so within 5 days. Documentation for why you missed is crucial. If you have questions about attendance policies, contact Dr. Randall E. Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6375.
Withdrawal Procedures: Please be aware of the withdrawal process, which is located in the Student Handbook. To withdraw from a class, you will be required to see your instructor or advisor to begin the process. You will then need to see either a Career-Technical Counselor or an Academic Counselor. Your final step will be to take the Withdrawal Sheet to the Business Office. For questions about withdrawing from college or dropping a course, please contact email@example.com or 601-635-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-635-6231.
Dress Code: Each student should exercise mature judgment concerning wearing apparel during daily life on the campus. Cleanliness and neatness are desirable attributes for any person to possess. No manner of dress will be allowed that would disrupt the normal educational and social process. Students wearing clothing deemed inappropriate or offensive will be asked to change to more appropriate wear and violators of this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.
College employees and students are requested to refer a student whose appearance may be a distraction to the purposes of this institution to the Dean of Students.
Steps to Remember
- Student I.D. Card – Get your I.D. made the day you register for classes or before classes begin. You will need your I.D. to purchase books and to eat if you are a dorm student or are purchasing a commuter meal card. Moreover, it is your “passport” to be on campus and must be worn visibly at all times.
- Parking Decal – If you drive a vehicle on campus, you must have a parking decal displayed on the driver’s
side front window. The cost is $10.00. You can acquire it in Student Services. You will need your Tag Number. “NO DECAL” tickets are $50.00! Spend the $10.00 up front! We will credit the cost to your
- Housing – Complete an application for housing and pay a $60.00 room deposit to the Business Office. Rooms are first-come, first- serve.
- Financial Aid – Ensure you complete the process early or be prepared to wait in long lines. Do not miss class waiting on financial aid.
- Tuition & Fees – Are due a week prior to the beginning of classes.
- Textbooks – If you have not purchased your textbooks, please do so before classes begin. Call 601-635-6250 for more information. Your financial aid must be complete and in the system to use it for textbook purchases.
- Student Handbook – Be familiar with all policies. Copies are available in Student Services and on the website.
- Go to class! Absences are the number one preventive factor in college failure. Never miss a class and you
- Read the Daily Bulletin and Bulletin Board materials daily.
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