General Information

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Dates to Remember
For a list of important dates please view the Academic Calendar.

Campus Security/Crime Information
A copy of St. Petersburg College's Annual Security Report, which includes statistics for the previous three (3) years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by St. Petersburg College; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus and which includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters, can be obtained by contacting either the Associate Provost's Office, Site Administrator's Office, the Campus Security Office or the Office of Human Resources.

Equal Access/Equal Opportunity
The Equal Access/Equal Opportunity (EA/EO) Office is designed to help members of the St. Petersburg College community seek fair and just resolutions of conflicts in college matters in a non-adversarial, non-litigious manner. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violate this rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact Pamela Smith, the director of EA/EO/Title IX Coordinator at by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by email at eaeo_director@spcollege.edu.

Accreditation
St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award selected bachelor’s degrees in science and bachelor’s degrees in applied science; associate degrees in arts, associate degrees in science, and associate degrees in applied science; as well as certificates and applied technology diplomas. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Petersburg College. Visit www.spcollege.edu/accreditation.

Notice regarding policies found in this catalog and changes to policies
Students need to review Board of Trustees (BOT) Rules and Procedures to determine complete policies. Students may review BOT Rules at the library or provosts' office. This catalog is for information only and does not constitute a contract between the applicant/student and the College. The College reserves the right to change, modify or alter without notice all fees, charges, tuition, expenses, and costs of any kind and further reserves the right to add or delete without notice any course offering or information in this catalog. The College further reserves the right to change any provision or requirement when such action becomes necessary.

Toward a Drug-Free College
In keeping with its educational and ethical responsibilities, in addition to its legal responsibility as an institution of higher education, St. Petersburg College promotes healthy and legal choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by students and employees. St. Petersburg College subscribes to the basic philosophy of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and is charged to work toward the following goals:

  • Establish and enforce clear policies that promote an educational environment free from the use of alcohol and other drugs, and reasonably free from tobacco smoke.
  • Educate members of the campus community about the health hazards of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as educate them about the legal ramifications associated with illegal drugs.
  • Create an environment that promotes and reinforces healthy, responsible living; respect for and compliance with community and campus standards and regulations; the individual's responsibility within the community and the college's duty to care; and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical and physical well-being of its community members.
  • Provide for a reasonable level of care for alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuses through counseling, treatment and referral.

The foundation of the philosophy concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse for St. Petersburg College is the firm commitment to an educational program that provides adequate information and counseling to help all members of the academic community to make informed, healthy and responsible decisions concerning the use of tobacco and any controlled substance. The college is committed to a healthy environment for learning and living.

Under the college's student regulations, the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or the use, possession, sale, barter, exchange, gift, distribution, or other transaction or any illegal drugs, controlled substances or their chemical counterfeits, are prohibited at or on any campus or center of St. Petersburg College, or at any other college-sponsored or college-affiliated activity or event.

In compliance with the "Florida Clean Indoor Air Act," which mandates the protection of the public health, comfort and environment by providing public places that are reasonably free from tobacco smoke, the smoking of tobacco or any other substance is not permitted on college property except outdoors or in designated smoking areas identified by posted signs.

This policy encompasses all students and employees of the college. Students, by registering at St. Petersburg College, and employees, by entering into an agreement with the college assume the responsibility to become familiar with and to abide by the general regulations and rules of conduct of the college. Students and employees found in violation of these regulations and rules will be disciplined. In addition, disciplinary action may be imposed in special circumstances where prescribed by local, state or federal law. Visitors and guests to the college are subject to the same rules and regulations.

Students are required to sign a statement certifying that as a condition of their admission to the college, they will not unlawfully possess, use, sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver, or possess with the intent to sell, purchase, manufacture, or deliver any controlled substance while enrolled at St. Petersburg College. The statement is included on the student's application form.