Student Affairs and Activities

Instructional Support Services

Instructional support is provided on both the Main and South campuses to students and community members. Testing services include the TSI Assessment as well as make-up and distance education tests. Testing services vary by campus; call 903-463-8724 (Main Campus) or 903-415-2509 (South Campus) to check availability of services at each location. Testing schedules are available on the college website.

Other instructional support is provided through the Math Hub, Writing Center, i-Lab, disability services, tutoring and the Super Student programs, learning strategy referrals, workshops, seminars, and additional course materials. Students with documented disabilities request accommodations through the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (903-463-8751) who then assists students in accessing approved accommodations.

Tutoring Program

Grayson College offers free peer tutoring services to students enrolled in regular college credit programs. Peer tutors are trained and supervised by professional staff. For more information, call 903-463-8751. GC's peer tutoring program is accredited through the College Reading and Learning Association.

GC also provides free tutoring online through Upswing (grayson.upswing.io), which provides quick and convenient access to expert tutors in most college subjects. A link to this resource and user instructions can be found in each Canvas course shell.


Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that offers special support services to increase the chances of successful academic progress and graduation from college. SSS provides eligible GC students assistance such as mentoring, academic advising, tutoring, transfer assistance, career assessments, financial and economic literacy, and individualized student coaching. Active students are also eligible to utilize free printing for classes, to participate in trips to area universities, as well as participating in cultural trips and activities.

Who is eligible for Student Support Services?

To be considered for membership in SSS, students are required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and to also meet one of the following categories:

  • First-Generation College Student (neither parent/guardian has a bachelor's degree)
  • Low Income (based on Federal Income Guidelines)
  • Student with a documented disability

How to Apply to SSS

SSS is funded to serve 140 students per year. Interested students may complete the online application via the college website or visit the SSS office for assistance. Applicants will be contacted within 7 days of applying. If the program is full at the time of application, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Office Location and Hours

The SSS office is in the Counseling/Advising Center in the Student Affairs Building.


Athletics

Grayson College provides a varied athletic program for all its students. Athletics at the intercollegiate level offered at GC include baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, and cheerleading. The program is administered by the athletic director with administrative review. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. Students may also participate in intramural sports teams including basketball and flag football.

The intercollegiate athletic program at GC advocates the personal growth and education of students through their participation in a comprehensive program of NJCAA, Division I sports. As an integral part of the College, the intercollegiate athletic program actively promotes gender equality and diversity and provides community enrichment. If you feel that you have the ability to compete at the intercollegiate level and would like to express your interest in the sports programs, please make those interests known to the Athletic Director.

Facilities

The Fitness Center includes a variety of athletic equipment, dressing rooms, and showers.

Success Coaching and Advising

Success Coaches are available to help students in achieving success by providing students with career planning and placement, as well as assisting with academic concerns.

College Connections COLL 0271

College Connections is designed to help students make successful transitions from a previous level of education or experience (e.g., the military), into College life, from undeclared status into a major, and careers. The course will teach basic academic skills and provide information about available campus resources. Students will be encouraged to develop more definite career plans and a plan to fit their educational goals. Students will also have a connection with their Success Coach and Faculty Advisors during the most critical weeks of their college career. College Connections, COLL 0271, is designed to ensure that students develop the basic educational skills necessary for college success. This course includes note taking, time management, developing an academic plan in the GC Student Planner, career exploration and planning, financial literacy, and vital academic study skills. All First Time in College (FTIC) students will be required to take a College Connections course during their first semester. This does not apply to dual credit students. The course will be available (but not required) for any other Grayson College student who wishes to enroll. The College Connections course fees and tuition will be waived to all who take the course the first time. If an FTIC student takes and fails the course, they will be required to retake the course before or concurrent with their next semester enrollment. Retakes will be paid for by the student. This course is an institutional requirement.

Students accepted for enrollment in the following programs are exempt from being required to take the College Connections course:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Cosmetology
  • Police Academy

Career Planning and Placement

Grayson College offers students the opportunity to engage in career assessments and computerized career guidance programs which assist them in choosing a college major and making career decisions. The College provides career planning and job search services free of charge to students, former students, and those in the process of enrolling.  The Career Placement office provides opportunities for students to learn job search skills, such as resume and cover letter writing and how to interview for a job.

Academic/Vocational Advising

Faculty Advisors and Success Coaches are available to assist students in reaching their goals through developing and following sound academic or vocational plans.

Retention Services and Activities

Students are provided with information, tools, resources, and support systems that facilitate educational persistence and success.

Personal Counseling

The counseling program is designed to support and assist students when personal issues impact their college experience. Personal counseling is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis for urgent needs. Personal counseling services through the college are available on a short-term basis; if longer-term therapy is needed the counseling office will provide the student with information about community resources to assist with their needs.

Veterans Services

GC provides a Veteran Services Office to assist the enrollment of veterans, war orphans, war widows, and totally disabled veterans, their wives, and children. The Veteran Services Office also assists active-duty military guard and reservists. This office serves as a liaison between Grayson College and the Veterans Administration and is located in the Life Center. Please contact the Veteran Services Certifying Official or check the website for information concerning the required documents.

All students are strongly encouraged to visit the Veteran Services Office as part of their college experience.

Behavioral Intervention Team

Grayson College is committed to student success and maintaining a safe campus environment for students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide timely intervention for students who may display early warning signs of concerning, disruptive, and/or violent behavior towards self and/or others. The BIT will investigate and assess every referral and determine the level of intervention needed in order to assist the student of concern.

Grayson Cares

In Counseling and Social Services, the student, counselor, and social worker intern work together to seek resources needed to overcome barriers to success. Staff assists students in connecting to resources available on campus and in the community. Students seek social services for many reasons. Here are some examples of reasons why a student may want to seek social services through Grayson Cares:

  • Campus Food Pantry
  • Food Assistance for family
  • Childcare and Transportation Assistance
  • Emergency Aid Application
  • Gas Voucher Program for transportation to and from college
  • Housing 
  • Utility Assistance
  • Medication Assistance
  • Personal Counseling

To Schedule an Appointment:

Appointments can be made by calling the Counseling and Social Services department at (903) 463-8730. Students can begin the request for social services by completing the Emergency Aid Application at grayson.edu/graysoncares. The Campus Food Pantry is located on the second floor of the Life Center.

Honors College

The Honors College at Grayson College seeks to promote excellence in education through learning-centered honors sections of core courses and participation in the cultural, social, and public service activities of the campus and community. To graduate from the Honors College students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, take at least 12 credit hours of honors courses with the grade of B or better, and to participate in service learning activities with the Honors College on campus and in the community. The Presidential Honors Scholarship for honors students is awarded at the end of spring semester for the following academic year to continuing GC students who apply using the form on the college’s homepage.

Honors Sections

Honors sections are active learning classes of core courses that promote student engagement through participation in the classroom. These sections are open to all students, but enrollment is capped at 25 so that collaboration and communication can more easily occur than in larger sections of the same course. Grayson College reserves the rights to combine certain honors sections with our traditional courses due to enrollment or other factors impacting these courses.

Library

The Grayson College Library is a member of BARR, a four-library consortium whose members include Grayson College, Denison Public Library, Sherman Public Library, and Austin College. Currently enrolled GC students are eligible to obtain a BARR library card. All BARR cardholders have lending privileges at each of the libraries and a courier service delivers books among the libraries. The BARR online catalog can be accessed from the library link on the college website.

To provide access to many electronic databases and the Internet, an open computer lab is available to GC students and the public. The full text databases are also available from every computer on the campus network as well as from home. Software loaded on these computers includes Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. The library also participates in TexShare, and is a member of AMIGOS, which provides OCLC access.

Circulating books are checked out for two weeks. Video cassettes and DVDs are available for circulation and are checked out for a three-day period. The library is “open stack” and students are encouraged to browse. New books are shelved in the area near the circulation desk for easy inspection by faculty and students.

The mission of the Grayson College Library is to meet the appropriate informational needs of both the individual and the community and to provide quality services and materials. The library is committed to cooperating with other information agencies whenever possible, and to continuous improvement.

Grayson College Police Department

Campus peace officers have all of the powers, privileges, and immunities afforded state peace officers and have jurisdiction on all properties that are owned by or under the control of Grayson College. GCPD is located between the BSM and Viking Hall on the college’s main campus. Students and employees who operate a motor vehicle on college property are required to register their vehicle with the police office and place a valid parking permit on the vehicle. Any person desiring a copy of the college’s Crime Awareness and Security Bulletin may obtain a copy in the police office. The bulletin contains information related to campus crime statistics, crime reporting procedures, crime prevention techniques and other information mandated by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The Public Safety and Police Office is a service oriented organization and offers non-traditional law enforcement services. For a complete description of services offered, contact GCPD at 903-463-8619. In an emergency, always call 911.


Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps

Grayson College students have the opportunity to participate in the Air Force ROTC program as crosstown students at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Students are required to attend an academic class, leadership laboratory, and physical training at the University of North Texas once a week during the Fall and Spring academic semesters.

The ROTC mission is to develop quality leaders to serve our country as officers in the United States Air Force. As a part of the program, students will prepare themselves to become an Air Force officer while completing a degree as a college student. Students may participate in the four-year or three-year programs. Students enroll in ROTC classes at the same time and in the same manner as other Grayson College courses. Students register and pay via Grayson College in accordance with published payment deadlines. For more information, contact afrotc.unt.edu or det835@unt.edu.

Aerospace Studies

AERO 1030 - USAF Heritage and Values

1 hour (1;1;1)

This course provides an introduction to the Air Force. It allows students to examine general aspects of the Department of the Air Force, Leadership, benefits, and opportunities for Air Force officers.  The course also lays the foundation for becoming an Airman by outlining our heritage and values. The students will be introduced to the Air Force way of life and gain knowledge on what it means to be an Airman. Prerequisite(s): None.

AERO 1040 - USAF Heritage and Values

1 hour (1;1;1)

As a foundational course, it provides a historical perspective such as lessons on war and US military, AF operations, principles of war, and airpower.  As a whole, this course provides students with a knowledge-level understanding for the employment of air and space power. The students will be introduced to the Air Force way of life and gain knowledge on what it means to be an Airman. Prerequisite(s): None.

AERO 2030 -  Team and Leadership Fundamentals

1 hour (1;1;1)

This is a 1-hour survey course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. It is imperative that students are taught from the beginning that there are many layers to leadership, including aspects that don’t always jump to mind.  Such things include listening, understanding themselves, being a good follower and problem solving efficiently. The students will apply these leadership perspectives when completing team building activities and discussing things like conflict management. Students should demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills.

Prerequisite(s): None.

AERO 2040 -  Team and Leadership Fundamentals

1 hour (1;1;1)

This is a 1-hour survey course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. It is imperative that students are taught from the beginning that there are many layers to leadership, including aspects that don’t always jump to mind.  Such things include listening, understanding themselves, being a good follower and problem solving efficiently. The students will apply these leadership perspectives when completing team building activities and discussing things like conflict management. Students should demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills.

Prerequisite(s): None.

AERO 2920 - Cooperative Education in Aerospace Studies

1–3 hours

Supervised work in a job or project directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective.

Prerequisite(s): Students must meet the employer's requirements and have the consent of the department chair.

May be repeated for credit.


Recruiting

Recruiters, located in the Office of Admissions and Records in the Student Affairs building, are available to provide necessary information and forms to current and prospective students about all programs offered at GC. They provide tours of the campus and programs for groups and individuals. Prospective students can request information by emailing recruiting@grayson.edu or calling 903-465-8604. A recruiter will reply to their requests, answer questions, and assist with enrollment information.

Student Government Association

The Grayson College Student Government Association is responsible for governing student interests, advocating for student concerns, and serving students by hosting activities and events throughout the year. The Director of Student Life and Housing serves as the advisor.

Student Life

The purpose of Student Life is to enhance the student's total college experience. The activities, programs, and services are offered to empower students by providing them with social and leadership rules. The Student Life Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Life Center.

Eligibility for Activities

The eligibility of any student participating in the intercollegiate program will be determined according to the regulations and policies set in scholarship requirements at Grayson College and the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. Any student who has been enrolled during five or more semesters in the College may lose eligibility in any College-sponsored activity.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students who conduct themselves with proper consideration for the rights and works of their associates and who have serious purposes in attending college will have no difficulty in adjusting themselves to student life at Grayson College.

Regulations of the College forbid the use or possession of alcoholic liquors or narcotics or the appearance of the student on the campus under the influence of either.

Hazing 

The College prohibits hazing. Hazing means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act on or off-campus directed against a student, by one person alone or acting with others, that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.

Please refer to the Policies & Procedures Manual located on the website for further explanation of students' rights and responsibilities.

Student Organizations

Baptist Student Ministry

Exists to provide a fellowship for students interested in developing and strengthening their religious life. Participation is open to all students on campus.

Care Center

The Care Center provides emergency financial assistance to students.

Clay Club

The purpose of this club shall be to educate and develop community awareness of the Grayson College Ceramic program, to develop a student ceramic art Gallery Show and to participate in local charity fundraising events.

Cosmetology Shears Club

The purpose of Shears is to build relationships between students. The club also provides educational opportunities for students in the Cosmetology program to attend various hair shows and to provide specialty training to professionals in Cosmetology.

Criminal Justice Club

The purpose of this organization shall be to encourage and foster organized education, training and competition in Criminal Justice including the shooting sports among students, faculty and staff of Grayson College. This purpose specifically includes the training and fielding of teams in local and intercollegiate competitions as well as promoting within the college community an increased knowledge of the criminal justice system and the safe handling and proper care of firearms and the skills of marksmanship.

The objective of this organization shall be to develop and promote among the college community in general, and the competitive individuals and teams in particular, the characteristics of self-discipline, mental control, self-reliance, honesty, sportsmanship and team play.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Club

 (TIPSS-Top Innovative Professionals of Service and Spirits). The purpose of TIPSS is to acknowledge, educate, and promote the development of Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Viticulture and Enology programs at Grayson College. The club will develop community awareness of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management and Viticulture and Enology programs as well as participate in food shows, local charity events and fundraising for both students and the community.

Cultural Diversity Club

The purpose of the organization is to bring cultural awareness to all GC students, faculty, staff and the GC community.

Delta Phi Delta

Delta Phi Delta is an art organization that encourages and promotes the production and appreciation of the visual arts through workshops, exhibitions, and art-related activities. Membership is open to all GC students interested in fostering the arts on campus and in the community.

Delta Psi Omega

Delta Psi Omega is a national fraternity for students involved in dramatic arts and promotes fellowship among students interested in theatre on both local and national levels. Membership is open to all GC students with interest in the Fine Arts.

Dental Assisting Student Association

The Dental Assisting Student Organization is an association focused on the enhancement of student’s knowledge in the field of Dental Assisting. The goal is to promote participation and leadership in the profession of dentistry and in the American Dental Assistants Association. Membership is limited to full-time students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program.

Electrical Technology Club

The Electrical Technology Club provides comprehensive training in electrical technology that helps students succeed in a career as an electrician. Students acquire basic knowledge and skills in applied electrical theory, residential, commercial and industrial wiring, blueprint reading, estimating, National Electrical Code, motor controls, PLC automation and building codes. The club provides a support group for students in the Electrical Technology program.

Eta Sigma Delta

ESD is an honor society for the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department at Grayson College. The purpose of ESD is to recognize the scholastic and professional achievement of students in the academic majors of Hospitality Management, Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts. ESD stands for excellence, leadership, creativity, service and ethics.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Exists to provide a fellowship for athletes and coaches interested in developing their religious life. FCA is open to all students on campus.

Future Educators Club

The purpose is to provide an inspirational atmosphere in which all students can further their knowledge and interest in education and child development by attending scheduled events, participating in stimulating discussions, and promoting education.

Gay Straight Alliance

The purpose of the Gay Straight Alliance shall be to promote a safe-space environment on campus for students of all gender and sexual identities to be and express themselves freely and to promote that students support each other. This organization shall also strive to educate the Grayson County community about homophobia, transphobia, heterophobia and gender identity discrimination.

Grayson College Gamers Guild

The mission of the Gamers Guild is to better serve the community of Grayson College with a variety of engaging activities.

Grayson College History Club     

The mission of the Grayson College History Club is to promote interest and awareness of history within the Grayson College community and the County of Grayson through the use of historical films, lectures, outings, and other events.

Grayson College Music Club

The purpose of the Grayson College Music Club is to promote the Music Department by spreading music throughout the community and to provide a forum for like-minded students to organize events, fundraising opportunities, and attend musical performances.

Grayson College Science Club

The purpose of the Science Club is to explore the interdisciplinary aspect of science, to encourage students’ involvement in the sciences, to provide a support group for students enrolled in science courses, and to encourage students’ involvement in community science activities.

Grayson Honors College

The mission of Grayson Honors College is to better serve the educational needs of academically talented and highly motivated students at the College. The program encourages the participation of the broadest possible range of gifted students.

Grayson Nursing Students Association

This association is the local organization with affiliation in the Texas and National Student Nurses’ Associations. Its purpose is to provide the basic background needed for participation and leadership in the professional association. Membership is limited to students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

HALO Club

(Hispanic American Leadership Organization). The purpose of this organization is to allow immigrant students in Grayson County, especially those with undocumented status, to have an organization that they know will have their best interest at all times, to help enrich member’s leadership skills and encourage them to utilize these skills by their leaderships opportunities throughout Grayson College and the world, and to serve as a bridge between the local area high schools and Grayson College.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Club (HVACR)

It is the mission of the HVACR Club to promote interest and awareness of air conditioning and heating systems within the Grayson College community and Grayson County through the use of lectures, outings, and other events.

Medical Lab Technician Association

The MLT Association mission is to enhance the quest for knowledge through participation in professional society activities and to promote an interest in and gain knowledge of regulatory agencies associated with the medical technicians field. Membership is limited to students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.

Men of Distinction

Men of Distinction is designed to recruit and retain all Grayson College gentlemen with the intent of helping them achieve their educational goals and challenge their potential to inspire to do great things in the community and the world.

Mu Alpha Theta

Mu Alpha Theta is an organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics by providing public recognition of superior mathematical scholarship and by promoting various mathematical activities.  Prospective members must have had at least one mathematics course at or above the College Algebra level, a 3.5 GPA overall in all two-year mathematics courses at or above the College Algebra level, and a 3.3 cumulative GPA in all courses.

Pep Band

The GC Viking Pep Band is open to students of all majors at Grayson College, faculty, staff, and community members. Its primary function is to support the Viking Basketball Teams by performing at home games, as well as other Grayson College events. The Pep Band’s repertoire includes a variety of classic and modern pop music.

Paramedic Student Association

The purpose of the organization is to promote interest in the field of Emergency Medical Services, to provide fellowship among students and faculty, to represent student needs and wants in regard to EMS education, and to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit the college community.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Offering opportunities for scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service, the Society also promotes the exchange of ideas and personal enrichment through fellowship with other scholars. Eligibility requirements in the Omicron Psi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa include current enrollment and a minimum GPA of 3.5 after at least 12 hours of college credit earned at Grayson.

Psychology

The Psychology Club exists to provide an entertaining and inspirational atmosphere in which all students can further their knowledge and interest in psychology. The club members attend scheduled events, participate in stimulating discussions and presentations, and promote psychology as a social science. 

Radiology Club

The purpose is to educate and develop a student’s knowledge of the radiologic science profession, to develop community awareness of Grayson College’s Radiology program, to provide community service opportunities, to promote leadership skills, and to increase camaraderie and generosity towards others.

Rotaract Club

Grayson College’s Rotaract Club is open to all GC students aged 18-30, both full- and part-time and in any area of study. The Grayson County Rotary sponsors GC’s Rotaract, and all of the area Rotary clubs are invited to partner with GC students in mentoring relationships. By definition “Rotary” is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self-He Profits Most Who Serves Best.”

Science Club

The purpose of the Science Club is to explore the interdisciplinary aspect of science, to encourage student involvement in the sciences, to provide a support group for students enrolled in science courses, and to encourage student involvement in community science activities.

Sigma Kappa Delta

National English Honor Society for students in two-year colleges. Students who join Tau Alpha’s community of readers and writers inherit a strong tradition. In addition, they seek leadership opportunities, enjoy Tau Alpha’s festive events with fellow students and English instructors, receive lifelong recognition for academic excellence, and qualify to apply for SKD scholarships and to attend regional and national conferences. To join, candidates must earn a 3.0 grade point average in 12 or more hours of college with a B or better in at least one college English course.

Sisters of Destiny

The purpose of this club is to develop a group of sisters who uplift and encourage one another. The club strives to promote a sense of emotional support with confidentially. The focus is to build a healthy heart, mind, and body. Members form lasting relationships with other women and learn to work tighter in a good study environment. This is a support group for women.

Student Ambassador Program

The Grayson College Student Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for students representing various disciplines to develop leadership and public relations skills while providing a service to GC.

Student Veteran Association

The purpose of this organization is to provide a supportive, inspirational, and informational atmosphere in which veteran students can gather to further their skills in attaining academic success, gain knowledge of benefits and services available as veterans and students, and to form relationships with others with shared experiences.

Vocational Nursing Students Association

The Vocational Nursing Students Association seeks to help further knowledge in the field of vocational nursing. This club participates in many campus activities and programs. Membership in this organization is limited to vocational nursing majors.

Welding Technologies Association

The purpose of the GC Welding Technologies Association is to inform, educate, and increase awareness of changes and skills in the field of welding.

Last updated: 02/26/2020