The Student Handbook is a guide for college success, college services, campus living, and student conduct. The Student Handbook is available on the College’s website. Students are expected to acquaint themselves and comply with the rules and policies in this Catalog and the Student Handbook.
Center for Achievement and Transition Services
In providing resources and support for academic success, the Center for Achievement and Transition Services (CATS) cultivates engagement in learning, investment in career goals, and persistence in college. In the centrally located CATS building, Peru State students enjoy no-cost access to a full complement of academic support services, such as workshops, tutoring, counseling, testing services, career services, academic guidance, campus information, leadership opportunities, and disability accommodations. With its lounge area, tutoring labs, computer labs, open study areas, quiet study rooms, and direct access to the library, the Center is the perfect place to study between classes. The Center’s facilities and dedicated staff members are great resources for enriching your academic experience.
Clubs and Organizations
Peru State is home to a variety of clubs and organizations, most of which are open to all Peru State College students. For details regarding each of these clubs, please contact the Student Activities Coordinator or visit https://student.peru.edu/studentlife/clubs.html.
Students sometimes feel the need to seek assistance in dealing with issues whether they are personal, vocational, educational, or social. Licensed Student Counselors are on staff on the second floor of the Center for Achievement and Transition Services during regular workweek hours. The counselors’ services are available to all Peru State students at no charge. Appointments are made by the counselor and drop-ins are welcome when the counselor is not already in session. Distance learners may request counseling via telephone, Skype, or Zoom. To contact the counselor for an appointment, students can call 402-872-2425.
Judicial Affairs is an integral part of fostering student growth and development at Peru State. The Office of Student Life implements and manages the judicial affairs system which oversees non-academic student misconduct as stipulated by the Nebraska State College System Board Policies. The basic philosophy of the Peru State judicial system is educational and developmental in nature. Respect for the student, honest dialog, and an objective consideration of all evidence and testimony is critical to the process. The key to effective disciplinary counseling includes: assist the student in understanding the inappropriateness of his/her actions and the ways in which such actions negatively impact other individuals and/or the community; and to help the student identify and learn more effective methods of judgment and action in the future.
Living Learning Communities
Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide opportunities for students to live in close proximity with other students who share similar interests. Some LLCs also include classes in which students in the community enroll. Check the Student Life website for information about current LLC opportunities.
Peru State has four performing ensembles: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Women’s Choir. Students from all majors are eligible to participate in any and all Peru State music ensembles, and all students who qualify financially are eligible for music scholarships.
Concert Band is open to all students who have previous instrumental playing experience. The Concert Band plays music written for full band and also chamber groups, and the compositions performed represent an array of styles by traditional and modern/contemporary composers. Throughout the academic year, the Concert Band also serves as the College’s Pep Band during various athletic events.
Concert Choir is open to all students on campus without audition. This ensemble presents four on-campus concerts each year, records regularly, and makes an annual recruitment tour of area high schools among other travel opportunities. The Concert Choir performs music from diverse musical periods and styles including some major works. While enrollment is open to everyone, students with previous choral experience are welcome and encouraged to sing.
Jazz Band performs traditional big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of American music. Each year the Jazz Band performs several times on campus, as well as throughout southeast Nebraska. Membership is open to all Peru State students through a competitive audition process.
Women’s Choir is open to all females on campus. The ensemble performs a four-concert season and focuses on producing sonorous tone while performing a broad range of music. While enrollment is open without audition, students with previous choral experience are encouraged to sing with us.
The Peru State NAFME Chapter (National Association for Music Education) is open to all students interested in music. The club serves as a professional development resource for music students and serves the music department as hosts/sponsors for festivals, competitions, and other events.
All students and alumni are advised that the Peru State Marketing and Communications Office take photographs and videos of students throughout the year. These photographs and videos often depict students in classrooms, study areas, residence halls, and at athletic events and Peru State related activities. Peru State reserves the right to use these photographs and videos as a part of its publicity and marketing efforts. Students who enroll at Peru State do so with the understanding that these photographs and videos might include their names, pictures, and voices. Such photographs or videos might be included, published or used in Peru State publications, including print, broadcast or electronic media, for publicity, commercial or marketing purposes. Enrollment at Peru State constitutes students’ consent to the inclusion, publication or use of their names, pictures, and voices in Peru State publications, both printed and electronic, without compensation.
News releases about Peru State students (including but not limited to scholarship notices, academic honors, athletic distinctions, etc.), and in some cases photographs, will be submitted by the Peru State Marketing and Communications Department to appropriate media outlets based on a student’s permanent address. Students must specify at the time of registration if they do not want to participate.
Student Success Services
Student Success Services (SSS, a federally funded TRIO-Student Support Services project) is committed to increasing the retention and graduation rates of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities. By providing a supportive network of intensive individualized services, proactive peer leadership, and facilitative campus connections, the project helps bridge gaps in experience and bolsters academic success. Services include academic monitoring and support, individualized tutoring, peer mentoring, and cultural enrichment activities. Staff members provide professional assistance for improving study skills, securing financial aid, managing money, adjusting to college, exploring career options, and preparing for employment and/or graduate school. Participants also enjoy the camaraderie of a supportive community of learners.
Application to participate in SSS is voluntary and admittance is based on federal eligibility criteria and availability of openings. For more information, please inquire at the Center for Achievement and Transition Services (CATS) or call 402-872-2377.
Vehicle Registration and Parking
Students must register their motor vehicles with the Campus Security office, if they plan to operate or park them on campus. Vehicles are defined as all petroleum powered vehicles such as automobiles, motorcycles, or motor scooters. Only vehicles with valid permits and proper identification are allowed to park in residence hall lots and other designated campus parking areas. Students should not park in the residential areas adjacent to the campus.