On behalf of the Community College of Rhode Island, I am delighted that you have decided to join our college community and I welcome you to an educational experience that we hope will help you change your life and achieve your dreams.
Please pay particular to this publication – the Student Handbook. It contains important information about policies and procedures that will give you a better understanding of certain expectations CCRI has of its students and college processes of which you should be aware.
CCRI is an institution of higher learning concerned with achieving and maintaining the highest standards of educational excellence. You have the right to expect the college to fulfill its educational mission as effectively as its capacity and resources will permit. Further, you have a responsibility to use any and all resources available to you to maximize your learning experience at CCRI.
You also have a responsibility to act in such a way that does not infringe upon the rights of fellow students or any school authority. Correspondingly, the college must exercise the right to establish and maintain standards of conduct that will promote an atmosphere conducive to learning and meaningful individual development. These policies are reviewed on the following pages.
While on campus, be sure to take advantage of the expertise of the excellent Advising and Counseling staff members who are here to help guide you through your college experience. The departments within the Office of Opportunity and Outreach (Access, REACH and the Educational Opportunity Center) offer a variety of federally (TRIO) and state-funded programs that support entry into and completion of post-secondary education to Rhode Islanders who face social, economic, racial/ethnic, cultural and linguistic barriers. You also can visit the Success Centers, where you will find academic assistance to help you reach your goals. The Career Placement Office is a great place to begin exploring your career options. So, as you can see, we have many internal resources available to you. Information about any of these and CCRI’s many other departments can be found on www.ccri.edu.
I also hope you will get involved in student life during your time on our campuses. You can find out how to do so, by visiting the Office of Student Life website at www.ccri.edu/osl.
As you may have seen, our latest advertising campaign focuses on the success of our students. They took classes in one of our 80-plus degree and certificate programs, participated in our many clubs and organizations and represented CCRI on our athletic teams. Just remember that can be you and now, as a CCRI student, you have taken an important step toward your own personal success.
After you review this Student Handbook, be sure to let us know, at any time, how we may be of assistance to you. Once again, thank you for choosing CCRI and I wish you great success, both in and outside the classroom.
Dr. Ronald Schertz
Associate Vice President for Student Services
Warwick Campus: 401-825-2179
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