Jan 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Student Life and Activities

NRCC students 


Advisors and faculty advise students each semester in the selection of courses which will fulfill their educational goals. However, ultimate responsibility for meeting all stated requirements for the degree rests with students.


Bulletin Boards

In order to keep the campus bulletin boards informative, attractive and, updated, we will abide by the following rules:

APPROVAL: All items posted on campus must be stamped by the Student Activities Advisor. Stamped items have a “life-span” of one month or until the date of the event advertised.

LOCATIONS: Bulletin boards are provided in all NRCC buildings:

  • Rooker Hall - first floor hallway and wall across from Admissions on second floor.
  • Christiansburg Mall site - two locations
  • Martin Hall - outside of bookstore and hallway outside of library.
  • Godbey Hall - area outside classroom G164
  • Edwards Hall - near restroom areas

OFF-LIMITS: Columns in the student lounge, windows, doors, stairwells, ceilings, and any other area which would cause paint to peel or deface the surface.

Please remove your own advertisements after the event. Contact the Student Activities Office for more information at (540) 674-3600, ext. 4431 or email rreedy@nr.edu

Public Information

Students are encouraged to report information to the Public Information Office about accomplishments, awards and honors for publication in area print and online news outlets in the college’s service region including: 

The Southwest Times              The News Messenger

The Pulaski County Patriot      The Floyd Press

The Roanoke Times                 The Virginian Leader

The News Journal

This news will also be sent to media out of the service region upon the request of the student.

An information officer will assist students in publicizing college activities and events when the information is presented in accordance with media deadlines. These public service announcements will be sent to the service region newspapers, as well as New River Valley radio stations, regional television stations and online publications.

Further information may be obtained by calling (540) 674-3600, ext. 4301, or by dropping by the Public Information Office in Edwards Hall.

Campus Telephones

Campus telephones are for business use only, except in extreme emergencies.

NRCC’s toll-free number:     1-866-GO2-NRCC

Diversity at New River Community College

The NRCC community values the pluralistic nature of our society. We recognize diversity that includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, social class, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical or mental capability. We respect the variety of ideas, experiences and practices that such diversity entails. It is our commitment to ensure equal opportunity and to sustain a climate of civility for all who work or study at NRCC, or who otherwise participate in the life of the college.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is located in Edwards Hall (downstairs), Room 104, and is open to students, faculty and staff.

The Fitness Center features the following equipment:

  • treadmills
  • elliptical trainers
  • stationary bicycle
  • select Nautilus equipment
  • dumbbells
  • abdominal mats
  • Stairmaster

Prior to using the facility, patrons must complete a liability form and provide a current Student I.D. card to the Student Activities Office prior to each use of the Fitness Center. To inquire about the hours of operation, please call the Student Activities Office at (540) 674-3600, ext. 4358. For more information visit the Fitness Center webpage.

Flat Screen Monitors on Campus

The flat screen monitors on campus in Dublin and at the mall site are devoted to classroom instruction (if located in classrooms) and for sharing campus information. The Student Lounge in Martin hall, however, is equipped with various audio/visual capabilities for presenting speakers and other entertainment for the campus.

There are three flat screen monitors in the Student Lounge; one is a projector, while the other two are dedicated to local campus information and television channels for news and cultural programming at the discretion of the Student Activities Coordinator.  For more information or make programming requests contact or visit the Student Activities Coordinator in the Student Lounge.

Food - Vending

Refunds of monies lost in vending machines can occur in one of two ways. The first way is to visit the Student Activities office and ask for a refund. The second way is to provide the requested information on a refund envelope that can be found on top of some vending machines. Vending personnel will pick up the refund envelopes; the refunds will be inserted and the refund envelopes will be dropped off at the Security Office within a week. Students can then claim their refund at the Security Office or Student Activities office.


Student organizations may conduct fundraisers with the approval of the club advisor, club leaders, and the Student Activities Coordinator. Fundraising events held on campus will be conducted in the student lounge in Martin Hall. The Student Activities Coordinator maintains a planning calendar for coordinating fundraising events held in the lounge. Usually, only one event per day is allowed, so that profits are maximized for the group efforts invested.

For more information or scheduling a fundraiser, please contact Rod Reedy, Student Activities Coordinator, at rreedy@nr.edu , (540) 674-3600, extention 4358, or visit the Student Activities Office located in the Student Lounge, Martin Hall. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

International and Intercultural Education

New River Community College affirms the importance of multi-culturalism and international awareness. The college is committed to addressing international/ intercultural education issues as an integral part of the student’s academic and social development. Through the institution’s curriculum as well as through extracurricular activities, NRCC supports efforts to foster understanding of international concepts and issues so that students can be well prepared for employment, life and citizenship in the New River Valley, the state of Virginia, the United States and the world. To this end, the college encourages and supports the development of the many aspects of international/ intercultural education and pledges to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other people and cultures. Those interested in multicultural issues and meeting students and employees of other cultures are invited to join the Multicultural Club. Contact Dr. Rukmini Sriranganathan at 674-3600, ext. 4430.

Lost and Found

For lost and found items on the Dublin campus, see the Security Office in Godbey Hall, the Student Activities Office in Martin Hall, or the Library circulation desk in Martin Hall. For lost and found items at the NRV Mall site in Christiansburg, see the front desk or security officer.


To improve campus appearance and help our environment, Facilities Services and the Student Government Association work together in a recycling effort for used paper and aluminum cans. Please place used paper and cans, bottles, newspapers, and magazines in the marked receptacles on campus, or bag them and leave them with Student Activities Advisor in the Lounge in Martin hall. For more information, contact Student Activities Coodinator at rreedy@nr.edu or (540) 674-3600, ext. 4358.

Student Activities Policy

The State Board encourages the development of a student activities program designed to promote educational and cultural experiences. Student activities are out-of-classroom activities that support the mission of the colleges 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.  Additionally, an appropriate and effective student activities program helps students develop a sense of integrity, purpose, and social responsibility that empowers them to be productive within and beyond the college community.

Finally, students develop a sense of integrity, purpose, and social responsibility that empowers them to be productive within and beyond the college community.

The State Board shall recognize and encourage 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. Private clubs, private associations, social fraternities, and social sororities shall not be recognized by the VCCS.

The following regulations and procedures apply to all student activity programs in the community colleges of the VCCS:

  1. The entire program of student activities shall be under college supervision.
  2. There shall be a faculty or staff sponsor for each student organization.
  3. All student activity funds shall be deposited with and expended through the college business office, subject to State Board policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to such funds.
  4. Each college, with the approval of its local board, shall adopt its own regulations and procedures to implement the above policy.
  5. 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.