Northwest Florida State College improves lives. We deliver outstanding educational programs that are relevant, accessible, and engaging for students of all ages and provide exceptional cultural, athletic, and economic development activities for the communities served. We commit to excellence, creativity, integrity, and services.
Northwest Florida State College Values:
- Opportunity - meeting each student’s educational need at his or her level of ability
- Excellence - achieving the highest standards
- Learning - acquiring new skills, insights, and ideas
- Success - preparing students for the future
- Creativity - finding innovative ways to accomplish our objectives
- Community - listening and responding to community needs
- Teamwork - supporting and respecting each other and those we serve
Vision 2020 comprises the college’s mission statement of seven core values that are central to all our programs and services, and an accompanying Vision outline. Vision 2020 will focus the work of the college over the coming years and be fully incorporates into all aspects of college life. Vision 2020 was prepared following several months of discussion and work within various standing committees of the college.
Vision One: A Learning-Centered Community
Northwest Florida State College will be a college that places the teaching-learning process at the core of our existence and seeks to improve student success.
- We will assess student learning, hold ourselves accountable for learning outcomes, and invest in resources to improve student learning outcomes.
- We will use learning-focused methods that actively engage students and will seek to help students understand that they are an integral part of the teaching-learning process.
- We will provide learning environments, both in and out of the classroom, that meet student learning needs and encourage student success.
Vision Two: Access to Opportunity
Northwest Florida State College will be the gateway to higher education opportunity for students in areas we serve.
- We will provide educational opportunities at multiple sites and varying times and through alternative delivery methods that maximize the opportunity to earn an education.
- We will seek efficiency and quality while maintaining an affordable tuition level.
Vision Three: Community Engagement
Northwest Florida State College will be recognized as a critical community resource and a valuable partner in advancing cultural, economic, and educational aspirations.
- We will develop partnerships with community organizations to promote educational opportunity.
- We will provide a rich inventory of cultural, athletic, life-long learning, and academic experiences that engage community members in the life of the college.
- We will offer cultural and educational opportunities to the many constituencies we serve in a deliberate effort to broaden and enrich the lives we touch.
Vision Four: Institutional Growth
Northwest Florida State College will seek to grow strategically in areas that increase our impact on the communities we serve.
- We will increase program offerings and enrollments in baccalaureate and career/technical programs.
- We will increase the proportion of students we enroll from the communities we serve.
Vision Five: Financial Stewardship
Northwest Florida State College will be financially secure and will practice wise financial stewardship.
- We will grow the College Foundation’s asset base and increase its annual impact on the college.
- We will maintain sufficient financial reserves to provide security, flexibility, and institutional innovation and development.
Vision Six: A Great Place to Work
Northwest Florida State College will be one of the leading employers in our service area by offering competitive compensation packages and investments in personal and professional development programs and will place and emphasis on job security.
- We will offer a combination of salary and benefits that allows us to recruit and retain the best possible employees.
- We will invest in the personal and professional development of our workforce and provide employees with the tools they need to do their jobs well and prepare them for future career opportunities.
Northwest Florida State College is part of the Florida College System, a network of 28 public state and community colleges. NWF State College offers postsecondary education opportunities to more than 17,000 students annually. Located in the coastal heart of Northwest Florida, the college has earned a reputation for educational excellence and community involvement in its 50 year history. The college operates six area campuses and centers in Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, South Walton County, and Hurlburt Field.
The Florida Legislature initially established the college, originally known as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, as the 18th of the state’s eventual 28 community colleges in 1963. The institution was named Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in March 1964 and opened for students in August 1964. The college’s District Board of Trustees changed the name to Okaloosa-Walton Community College (OWCC) in March 1988 to recognize the college’s expanded role in economic development, cultural programs and other endeavors. Further expansion of the college’s mission occurred in April 2003 when the Florida State Board of Education authorized OWCC to develop baccalaureate degree programs. In December 2003, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved Level II status for the college to grant baccalaureate degrees. The college name officially changed to Okaloosa-Walton College (OWC) on July 1, 2004 to reflect the college’s new status to award bachelor’s degrees. The college began a Bachelor of Applied Science in Project and Acquisitions Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (a joint program with the University of West Florida) in the Fall 2004 semester. In 2007, the Florida Department of Education authorized the college to add baccalaureate degrees in Teacher Education and in 2008 the college’s joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was approved as a stand-alone BSN program to become the college’s third baccalaureate program.
The 2008 Florida Legislature passed the State College Bill (SB 1716) to maximize student access to baccalaureate degrees, respond to community needs for postsecondary education, and provide the degrees that best meet Florida’s employment needs. The bill was signed into law by Florida Governor Charlie Crist on June 12, 2008 at a ceremony held at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the college’s Niceville Campus. In response to Okaloosa-Walton College’s new role as one of Florida’s first state colleges, the OWC District Board of Trustees voted on July 8, 2008 to officially rename the institution as Northwest Florida State College. While the mission of the college has expanded, NWF State College continues its long-standing commitment to open-door admissions, associate degree programs, adult education, certificate programs, and affordable tuition. NWF State College has also maintained the school’s traditional scarlet and silver colors and the Raiders name for sports programs.
The college currently offers baccalaureate programs in Project Management, Management and Supervision, Nursing, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Math Education, Middle Grades General Science Education and Early Childhood Education, Birth through Four. Additional bachelor’s programs may be phased in over the coming years based on regional needs and feasibility. As NWF State College fulfills its role as a state college, students benefit from the opportunity to have accessible, low cost baccalaureate degrees that meet their aspirations as students and meet the needs of higher education in Florida.
In addition to a 264 acre campus in Niceville, NWF State College operates a joint campus with the University of West Florida in Fort Walton Beach, the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, the Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview, the South Walton Center in Santa Rosa Beach and a full-time center at Hurlburt Field.
When its doors first opened in August of 1964 in a temporary campus of vacant buildings in Valparaiso, OWJC had a faculty of ten instructors, three support personnel and five administrators for the 309 full-time and 458 part-time students on hand. Now, approximately 102 full-time and 293 part-time instructors, as well as 455 support staff and 16 administrators serve 17,000 students annually. Since its inception, more than 302,000 persons have been served by OWJC, OWCC, OWC and NWF State College.
Located between State Roads 85 and 285, the 264 beautifully wooded acres of the college’s main campus in Niceville were transferred to OWJC from the Eglin Air Force Reservation by an Act of Congress in January 1966. In 1989, another Act of Congress designated a permanent site for the 156 acre Fort Walton Beach Campus.
Throughout the college’s history, NWF State College has maintained a consistent record of educational excellence. The median grade point average for NWF State College students who transfer to the State University System consistently ranks among the top five in the state. NWF State College professors have been recognized with numerous state and national level awards for instructional excellence. The college’s Forensics/Debate and Brain Bowl academic teams have achieved numerous state and national championships. NWF State College students and student athletes are also consistently named to the All-Florida Academic Teams.
In addition to a record of regional and national accolades, NWF State College offers state-of-the-art student computer labs, a top-rated sports complex, a full program of intercollegiate and intramural sports, a child development center, and a criminal justice training center. The 120,000 square foot Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Niceville Campus provides students the finest in instructional facilities for dance, music, theater, the visual arts and the humanities.
The Niceville Campus is located between State Roads 85 and 285 off of College Boulevard. The Niceville Campus includes the following permanent facilities:
- Activities Center (Building 410) houses the Barnes & Noble College Store, Student Life, The Academic Success Center (ASC), the Career Center, Florida’s Great Northwest, as well as, a conference room for general use.
- Administration (Building 320) houses the executive and administrative offices, including Academic Affairs, Administrative and Financial Services, Marketing and Public Relations, the NWF State College Foundation and the Alumni Association.
- Business and Computer Science (Building 360) houses facilities for instructional programs in business education, business administration, computer science, mid-management and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management. The building contains the offices of the college’s Business and Computer Technology Divisions and offices for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management, including faculty offices. The building also contains the William T. Neshem, Mickey and Dottie Gilmore, and Blanche and Allyn Donaldson classrooms.
- Classroom Building (Building 330) houses ten state-of-the-art, general-purpose classrooms.
- Collegiate High School (Building 340) houses the Collegiate High School offices, classrooms and labs.
- Community Service Complex (Arena, ROTC, Emergency Operations Center, Doolittle Raiders History Exhibit) (Building 200) a multi-purpose facility which houses the college’s Division of Athletics, Health and Fitness, a 2,200 seat basketball Arena, Wellness classrooms, a Fitness Center, the Raider room, and the Col. George E. ‘Bud’ Day Wing of the complex, which houses the college’s ROTC program. A permanent Doolittle Raiders History Exhibit is located in the lobby of the Raiders Arena to honor the WWII heroes for whom the college’s athletic teams are named. The museum-quality exhibit is free of charge and open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and during events held in the Raiders Arena. For information on the exhibit call 729-5203. Okaloosa County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Call Center are also located in the complex. The entire facility is hardened to withstand 190-mph winds and the Arena may serve as a public emergency shelter.
- Engineering Technology (Building 310) houses drafting and design, laboratories for computer-assisted drafting (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), Architecture Studio for AA in Pre-Architecture, Computer Engineering Technology, IT Security, and Network Systems Technology. The building also contains the James Leslie Gibson Drafting Classroom and the college’s CISCO Academy and Microsoft IT Academy.
- English/Communications, Social Science and the Gallimore Center for Healthcare Education (Building 420) houses the college’s various healthcare education programs and a variety of other instructional programs. Located on the upper north mezzanine levels are an open computer lab, three computer labs/classrooms, and faculty offices for the Division of English/Communications and Social Sciences. The first floor level contains additional faculty offices and classrooms, as well as the main office for the Division of English/Communications and Social Sciences and the Bill and Pearl Robinson Classroom. The college’s Nursing and Allied Health programs in registered nursing, radiography, and dental assisting are located in the center core of this building; named the Gallimore Center for Healthcare Education. Located within the Gallimore Center for Healthcare Education are the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Nursing Lab, the Marjorie Cox Gray and Hugh Gray Health Technology Computer Lab, the Meagan Campbell Nursing Lab, the Twin Cities Hospital Surgical Technology Lab, the Juanita Harbaugh Nursing Classroom.
- Information Technology (Building 430) houses the college’s Information Technology staff and the Learning Technologies Offices.
- Learning Resources Center (Library) (Building 500) houses a collection of more than 100,000 items. There are 90,000 books, 8,000 audiovisual items, 200 magazine and newspaper subscriptions, 200 electronic databases and websites with online full-text periodicals and over 80,000 eBooks. A statewide network provides access to the holdings of all 12 state university libraries and 28 college learning resources centers, numerous electronic databases and worldwide information sources through the Internet. The LRC also contains conference room facilities and group study space. The Graphic Design Department and Studio are located on the second floor.
- Maintenance and the Maurice F. Mettee Engineering Plant (Building 600) houses the air conditioning and heating equipment, the Physical Plant (maintenance and custodial).
- Marie Snow Greene Visual Arts (Building 120) is a unique circular building in the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center complex that houses instructional art programs in pottery, drawing and painting is named for arts patron Marie Snow Greene. The Dotty Blacker Gallery is located in the center rotunda of the building and the facility also contains the George S. and Frederick F. LaRoche Painting Studio.
- Mary Lou O’ Connor Child Development and Education Center (Building 530) houses a Child Development Education Center for pre-school age children and features the Sarah Brennan Goodwin Child Development Center Playground.
- Mathematics (Building 300) houses offices, classrooms, and specialized laboratories for the mathematics department. The building also contains the Shirley A. Howard Classroom.
- Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center (Building 100) the main building houses the Mainstage Theater, the Frances Smith Herron Dance Studio, Box Office, and offices for the Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts. The smaller Sprint Theater is located adjacent to the main theater. A central circular sculpture courtyard, which features the college’s signature “Seven Dancers” sculpture, connects the theater building with two instructional wings. The Music Wing contains the Tyler Recital Hall (Eva “Kay” and Don Tyler), the Dewitt and Else Hardmant Orchestra Rehearsal Hall, the Dewitt and Else Hardmant Recording Studio, and various other performing arts Instructional facilities, classrooms and musical studios. The Art Wing contains two art galleries – the Holzhauer Gallery and McIlroy Gallery, as well as an Art History classroom. An outdoor amphitheater is located behind the main complex as is the circular Marie Snow Greene Visual Arts Building. The Seven Dancers courtyard is ringed with benches, which are named in memory or in honor of individuals including: Marvin and Nina Adams, Belinda Besse, Dr. Joseph Matthews, James H. and Mary R. Dietz, James Leslie Gibson, Terry Tislow, Sidney and Agnes Bangma, and Julie A. Massey.
- Observatory (Building 750) located on the northwest corner of the Niceville Campus, the Observatory houses an 18” automated reflective telescope, complete with a CCD camera and software to allow the location and recording of events in the sky, and a classroom for Astronomy classes.
- Public Safety East and Gymnasium (Building 510) houses a multi-purpose facility used to house indoor physical education activities and the facilities, offices, classrooms, and specialized laboratories for programs offered by the Florida Criminal Justice Training Center No. 21 and the college’s Public Safety Division, including the college’s EMS/EMT/Paramedic, Fire Service, and American Heart Association programs. The building also houses the NWFSC Police Department. In addition, the division also utilizes a specialized P.A.T. (Physical Agilities Test) course, located off of West McCracken Way (the campus loop road).
- Public Safety Firing Range (Building 550) is located behind the Mary Lou O’Connor Child Development and Education Center on the northeast corner of the Niceville Campus.
- Public Safety West, Driving and Firefighter Training Ranges (Building 700) are located north of the softball field and include a specialized driving pad for Public Safety motor vehicle training and motorcycle rider safety courses.
- Robert E. Greene Jr. Science Building (Building 350) houses classrooms and laboratory facilities for biological and chemical science programs as well as the college’s Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute and the Carroll Richard Stegall Classroom.
- ROTC Rappel Tower is located north of the softball field. Access is on a select/restricted basis through the college’s ROTC program.
- ROTC Challenge Course a military Confidence Course, located north of the Public Safety Driving pad off of West McCracken Way (the campus loop road), was designed based on a similar facility at the U.S. Army base in Fort Benning, GA. Access to the course is on a select/restricted basis through the college’s ROTC program.
- Receiving and Grounds (Building 630) houses Central Services, Receiving, and grounds equipment and functions.
- Teacher Education and Graphic Services (Building 520) houses offices and classrooms for the college’s Teacher Education programs including the Bachelor of Science in Education degrees and the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Birth through Four. The college’s Graphic Services department, which serves college faculty and staff, is also located in this building.
- Student Services Center (Building 400) houses the Welcome Center, Admission, Registration, Financial Aid, Veteran’s Affairs (VA), the Business Office (Cashier), the Testing Center, Advising, the Office of Disability Support Services, and Recruiting on the second floor. The courtyard level first floor houses food services and several multipurpose meeting spaces. The third floor houses the Costa Leadership Institute, which includes a variety of specialized meeting and conference facilities including the Janet Nadel Morell Conference room, the Charles K. and Eileen H. Arpke, and the Carr, Riggs and Ingram Conference rooms, as well as the Goetsch Gallery.
- Sports Complex is located on the west side of the Niceville Campus and contains field houses for men’s and women’s baseball and softball, two diamonds, bleachers, and a Strength Training Center.
- Welding/Manufacturing (Buildng 560) is located across the street from Teacher Education and Graphic Services on the northeast corner of the Niceville Campus and houses the Welding Technology and Machining programs.
Northwest Florida State College and University of West Florida Fort Walton Beach Campus
The Fort Walton Beach Campus is a joint campus which provides higher education opportunities ranging from Associate to Doctoral degree programs, as well as, non-credit and adult basic education programs. In addition, the campus houses various economic development programs including the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, the Technology Coast Manufacturing & Engineering Network and the Quality Institute. The campus is located on a 156-acre wooded site owned by NWF State College on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, serving about ten percent of the students enrolled in NWFSC by offering almost 200 classes each year. Fifty-one faculty memebers teach on this campus and twelve faculty members’ offices are located on the FWB campus. Two fulltime advisors serve students, many of which come from other locations. The Joint Campus is a full service campus providing admissions, registration, cashiering, financial aid information, advisement, instruction and learning, tutoring and a full service public library. The campus includes the following permanent facilities:
- Administration (1): houses administrative offices and the business and registration offices of both institutions, a large community meeting room, and two conference rooms available for rent to outside organizations.
- Student Affairs (2): houses the Barnes & Noble College Store, Student Center and student government offices along with advising for the University of West Florida. The Office for the NWFSC Police Department is also located in Building 2.
- Classroom Building (3): houses classrooms and the adult basic education offices. This building contains the Evelyn Walters Nelson Classroom, the Crystal Beach Development Classroom, the Heapy Family/Carpet One Classroom, the Howard F. McGee/First City Bank Classroom, G.L. “Jack” Prince, Jr./First City Bank Classroom, and the Katherine C. McGee/First City Bank Classroom.
- Classroom Building (4): houses faculty offices, classrooms, a reading improvement laboratory, some tutoring services and the academic counseling/advising office for Northwest Florida State College.
- Utilities and Maintenance Building (5): houses the air conditioning and heating equipment, central services, maintenance, and custodial/grounds functions for the campus.
- Science Building (6): houses science laboratory facilities for programs in earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics and mechanical engineering laboratory.
- Computer Labs (7): houses computer laboratories, the Math Lab, classrooms, and various Economic Development programs. The building also contains the Judge Ben Gordon Classroom.
- Library, Fitness Center, Auditorium (8): houses the Campus Café coffee shop, a graduate level library operated by the University of West Florida, a fitness center, and a 230 seat lecture auditorium, which is available for rent to outside organizations.
The Chautauqua Center is located on 90 wooded acres along Highway 90 West in DeFuniak Springs, and offers a full range of college services and programs. The center houses two computer labs, a career center, small conferencing facilities and a child care center, as well as the L.E. “Zack” and Henrietta Laird Classroom and the T.P. and Annie R. Campbell Classroom.
Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center
The Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview is located on East James Lee Boulevard (State Highway 90 East) and offers a full range of college services and programs. The center houses two computer labs, classrooms, a student lounge and administrative/student services space, as well as the Margaret S. Gebauer Literacy Classroom.
South Walton Center
The South Walton Center is located on Greenway Trail, just off Highway 331 South in Santa Rosa Beach is a full-service center that offers college credit, adult basic education and other courses and provides placement testing, advising and program planning, registration and financial aid services. The center houses the offices of the college’s Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and the Allyn C. Donaldson Entrepreneurial Center that is part of the college’s Costa Leadership Institute at NWF State College.
Hurlburt Field Center
The Hurlburt Field Center offers college credit and noncredit programs for military and civil service personnel. Also offered are courses specifically geared toward the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) studies and other courses designed to meet the needs of individual military units, base contractors, and individuals who are retiring from the military.
The Northwest Florida State College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization which seeks tax deductible contributions to help the college promote academic excellence through scholarships, instructional enhancements, and educational equipment acquisition.
The Foundation was established in 1988 to give individuals, organizations and businesses the opportunity to directly invest in the educational mission of the college. As an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization, donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation has a Board of Directors comprised of business and community leaders in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
The Foundation is vitally important to the quality and diversity of higher education in our community. The foundation operates under the philosophy of building principal and using the interest to support various NWFS State College endeavors. For information, contact the Foundation Office at (850) 729-5357 or visit www.nwfscfoundation.org.
The Northwest Florida State College Alumni Association’s purpose is to provide our alumni – OWJC, OWCC, OWC, and NWF State College alike – a means to remain involved in the college. Membership in the Alumni Association is open to all graduates and to any student who has attended the College. For more information please contact the NWF State College Foundation at (850) 729-5357 or visit www.nwfsc.edu/alumni.
Mattie M. Kelly Cultural and Environmental Institute
The Mattie M. Kelly Cultural and Environmental Institute was established in 1997. The institute is a partnership of NWF State College, the NWF State College Foundation, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of NWF State College, dedicated to the cultural, environmental, historical and instructional goals set forth for the institute by the late Mattie M. Kelly of Destin. The objectives of the institute are: to conduct biology and marine science studies associated with Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico; to display the cultural heritage of Northwest Florida; to provide instruction in the Fine & Performing Arts and Environmental Sciences; to provide a location for fine arts groups and performing groups; and to provide a location for conferences and seminars offered through NWF State College. For information call (850) 729-5357 or visit http://www.mattiekellyinstitute.org/.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA)
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) program of NWF State College is an organization committed to sustaining and providing optimum utilization of the Choctawhatchee Basin watershed. CBA provides opportunities for citizens, educators, and technical experts to promote the health of the Choctawhatchee Basin watershed. For more information on CBA visit www.basinalliance.org, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or call (850) 200-4171.
Composition of Student Body
NWF State College is a coeducational institution serving approximately 17,000 students annually. Students age 16 to 24 comprise 55 percent of the student body. Students age 25 to 34 comprise 24 percent and students 35 to 49 comprise 18 percent. Other age students comprise the remainder of the student population.
The Northwest Florida State College website is located at www.nwfsc.edu. The website provides access to College information such as admission, registration, financial aid, bookstore, student life, academic resources, instructor websites and more.
RaiderNet is the student on-line information and registration system. RaiderNet provides access to update contact information, register for classes, view grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, order official transcripts, enrollment verification, degree audit, and financial aid status. RaiderNet utilizes a password. To access RaiderNet from the college’s homepage, click the quick link on www.nwfsc.edu. For questions concerning access to RaiderNet, call the Help Desk at (850) 729-5396.
Student Email Accounts
Students are assigned an NWF State College student email account during the application for admission process. The student email address serves as the official method of communication to the student from the college. This email service is reserved for college business. For more information and to access student email, go to www.nwfsc.edu. Send questions concerning access to student email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 729-5396.
NWF State College Alert System
Northwest Florida State College’s safety Alert system enables the college to reach students with emergency information and updates through immediate, direct communications to automatic phone calls, text messages and emails issued by the college. Students who wish to receive NWF State College Alert phone and text messages by automatic notification to their personally selected contact list, must sign up for this free service through the RaiderNet system. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the accuracy of the information and to provide their preferred contact information so that they can be reached in the event of an emergency. In addition, a student may add a parent, guardian or spouse to their emergency contact list.
Agencies or organizations that request permission to display, distribute, or present programs that are not within the educational mission of Northwest Florida State College must submit a request in writing at least two weeks prior to the proposed activity. This request shall contain the name of the organization, the proposed time, date, and location, and the topic of the items to be displayed or distributed. The agency or organization must complete an Events Proposal form which will be routed for review and approval to the Vice President of Administration for final approval by the College President or his designee. The college reserves the right to determine the time, place, and manner of the presentation.
Social Security Number Collection and Use
In compliance with Florida Statute 119.071(5), 229.559 and School Code 1008-396. Northwest Florida State College collects the Social Security Number for use for the College’s functions, tracking responsibilities and assisting students from K-20 in post-secondary education. The College will never release your Social Security Number to unauthorized parties. To protect your identity, each student will be assigned a secure unique student identification number. Your unique student identification number is used for all educational purposes at NWF State College.
Federal legislation requires the college to collect Social Security Numbers to report to the Internal Revenue Service. A student can refuse. However, refusing to comply with Federal guidelines can result in a fee.
All Social Security Numbers are protected by federal regulations and are not released to unauthorized parties.
Copyright Policy Statement
College policy (Policy No. GP14.00) states that employees and students will comply with the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Section 101). Employees and students may use, perform, or reproduce copyrighted works when authorized by (1) licenses or written permission from copyright owner; (2) the fair-use guidelines (available from the Learning Resources Center); (3) the principle of fair use; (4) specific documented exemptions in the law. Copyright items include print, video, electronic data, performances, music, and computer software.
Employees and students who willfully disregard this policy or the specific provisions set forth in the college copyright manual (available in the Learning Resources Center) are subject to state and federal penalties, including civil and criminal liability, as well as college disciplinary action. The college will refuse to grant requests if fulfillment of the request might lead to a violation of the copyright law. Further information is available from the office of the director of learning resources, (850) 729-5392.