CFCC 2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    Apr 23, 2024  
CFCC 2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook

Student Life

Athletics and Intramural Activities Phi Theta Kappa
Student Government Association (SGA) Honors Program
Clubs and Organizations Student Publications
Ambassador Program Expressive Activity Policy

Extra-curricular activities are an important part of the total educational experience here at Cape Fear Community College and fulfills the College’s mission by providing a variety of activities that enrich students’ lives. The goal of Student Life is to accommodate student diversity in backgrounds, abilities, interests, and career objectives; enhance academic success; and promote diplomacy, unity, self-discipline, physical and emotional well-being, and develop leadership skills. The social development of the CFCC student is an important phase of the total educational program at Cape Fear Community College.  Under the sponsorship of Student Life, social events include concerts, cookouts, holiday celebrations, charity events, tournaments, athletic events, and various other student body activities. Student Life provides services, programs, and facilities for all students, faculty, and staff of the College. The Student Life office is located in the L-Building on the Downtown Campus. Please go to the college’s Student Life webpage for more exciting opportunities here on campus.

Student success at Cape Fear Community College is based upon academic excellence.  Accordingly, students should attempt to attend all scheduled class and laboratory sessions.  Participation in extra-curricular activities is also important to the total education and personal development of CFCC students.  Occasionally, a student may be required to miss a class session in order to participate in college-sponsored activities such as Athletics, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), CFCC Ambassadors, Student Government Association, program conferences and/or competitions, and other activities approved by Student Life.

College officials sponsoring such approved extracurricular activities are expected to provide advance notice to faculty of anticipated absences and the list of students who will be participating.  In addition, participating students must also inform their instructors in advance of such anticipated absences and are expected to make advance arrangements for making up all missed assignments.  In such cases, class time missed should not be counted absent provided participating students are in good academic standing.

If a faculty member believes that missing class due to a student activity or event is detrimental to the academic success of a specific student, the faculty member may request that the Vice President of Student Services (or his/her designee) review that student’s overall academic and attendance records to determine if the student’s absence warrants exemption from the College’s attendance policy. Students who disagree with the Vice President’s decision may appeal to CFCC’s Judicial Board according to the College’s Grievance Procedure.   

Athletics and Intramural Activities

Cape Fear Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), competing in Region 10. College athletics include men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and cheerleading. Individuals participating in college athletics must be a high school graduate, or obtained a GED. The student athlete must be currently enrolled at CFCC and be in good academic standing. In addition, students participating in intercollegiate athletics must meet NJCAA eligibility requirements and standards. The goals and objectives of intercollegiate athletics are listed below:


  • To enhance academic success of student-athletes
  • To provide opportunities for participation in competitive collegiate sports
  • To promote the development of self-discipline and leadership skills


  • Monitor the academic grade point average of collegiate student-athletes
  • Monitor the retention and graduation/transfer rates of student-athletes               

For more information go to Sea Devil Athletics.

Intramural Program

The CFCC Intramural Program is specifically designed to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have fun, socialize, manage stress and improve personal health and wellness by participating in organized competitive sports and recreational activities.

The intramural program includes a wide variety of events.  Past activities have included a table tennis tournament, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, kick ball games, flag football leagues, volleyball games, and other competitive activities based upon the overall interest of the CFCC students, faculty, and staff. General information and registration materials for intramural sports may be obtained through the Student Life office.                                    

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official organization authorized by the administration to represent all students at Cape Fear Community College. The SGA is a democratic organization and as such elects officers each year.  The State Board of Community Colleges, the CFCC Board of Trustees, and the administration, faculty, and staff fully support the SGA. This support is most visible in the office of the SGA President who, upon election to that office, automatically becomes a member of the Board of Trustees and the College Council.  Additionally, students have SGA representatives on standing college committees. These committees are charged with annually reviewing and recommending changes to the College.

The Student Government Association is an active organization; it is the voice of the student body and has paved the way for good lines of communication between students and the administration. Students receive practical experience in responsible citizenship through participation in a program of self-government. 

The SGA is governed by its Constitution and By-Laws.  Copies of these documents are available on the college’s SGA website.

Clubs and Organizations

CFCC official student organizations and clubs help fulfill the mission of CFCC, accommodate student diversity, enhance academic success, promote diplomacy, unity, discipline, physical/emotional well-being, and develop leadership skills are an important part of Cape Fear Community College’s culture.

Former Clubs and Organizations 

  • Aikido
  • Align Your Sails
  • Architectural Technology
  • ASID
  • Biology
  • Boat Building
  • Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Ceramics
  • Chorus
  • Christian Inquiry
  • Collegiate Secretarial
  • Cosmetology
  • Creative Minds (Creative Writing)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Drama
  • Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO)
  • Engineering Technology Club (ETC)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • F.O.C.U.S. (Film) 
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • French Club
  • Geology
  • Global Diversity
  • Green Building
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Instrumentation
  • Interior Design
  • Jazz
  • Machining Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering/Drafting and Design
  • Metals Guild
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Nursing ADN and LPN
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Sociological Society (CFSSS)
  • Sonography
  • SOAR (Success through Outreach, Access and Building Relationships)
  • Spanish Community Interpreter
  • Students for a Free Tibet
  • Surfrider

New, or former, clubs and organizations must be approved by the Student Life Coordinator annually, in consultation with the Dean of Student Affairs, by submitting an application to the Student Life Coordinator. The written application must state the proposed name of the club/organization, the names of all students actively joining the club/organization, the name of at least one faculty/staff member (full-time CFCC employee) who has agreed to serve as an advisor, and a complete description of the group including, but not limited to, (1) name and purpose statement, (2) goals/initiatives, and (3) a complete description of the club/organization’s proposed activities.

Once a student club/organization is approved, each activity during the academic year must be individually approved by the Student Life Coordinator before it is undertaken. It is the primary responsibility of the proposing organization to provide accurate and complete descriptions of individual activities of the organization.  Inactive student organizations and/or clubs may be disbanded at the College’s discretion. Student Life forms are available on the college’s Student Life webpage.

Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee

The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) was established to review and approve funding requests to encourage and financially support student extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, leadership, cultural, educational, recreational, social, service and civic-oriented opportunities, and/or educational endeavors provided by CFCC’s academic programs. The primary goals and objectives are to provide student life opportunities; improve student engagement; implement specialized services and programs for diverse populations; enrich the campus environment; and encourage student body involvement, thereby promoting academic achievement and offering a student-centered, holistic approach to overall student development. 

The SAFAC ensures collaboration and inclusivity in the process of reviewing and approving funding requests that are fair and represent the diversity of the campus community. The diverse composition of the committee serves as a safeguard that provides checks and balances so that all students and interest groups associated with the college are supported. All SAFAC funding recommendations are subject to final approval by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President of Student Services.

Ambassador Program

Each year, CFCC conducts interviews and selects Student Ambassadors to represent the school in various ways including but not limited to individual and group tours. Student Ambassadors also support Community Relations and CFCC Foundation events.  These students are selected based on academics, leadership qualities, and their ability to represent the positive environment portrayed at CFCC.  The program also provides the opportunity for Student Ambassadors to develop strong communication skills in both small and large group settings and creates a positive, student-friendly environment guided by the Student Recruitment Coordinator. 

Student Ambassadors learn to be leaders and well-rounded representatives of the College by providing a firsthand experience of CFCC, to both current and potential students, and their families.  They also develop skills to help them become successful in both their educational and future endeavors with an emphasis on teamwork and responsibility.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society seeks to encourage college completion and scholarly success by recognizing students who have already achieved a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum of 12 college credits. Once eligible, students will receive an invitation via email and USPS mail during three different PTK membership cycles throughout the year. Membership includes local, regional, and international dues on a one-time only basis (not annual) and is documented on a student’s transcript and diploma, as well as with an official certificate from the international headquarters. Once student scholars join our local chapter of PTK, Alpha Chi Sigma, they access opportunities to network with one another and with prospective employers, colleges, and universities; to gain leadership skills, service opportunities, and new academic experiences; and to apply for scholarships offered through the PTK International Foundation, its corporate partners, and top-notch public and private universities and colleges throughout the world. While PTK is a chance to be recognized while at the two-year college, it seeks to serve members throughout their academic journey and well into their careers. Joining PTK means being celebrated as one of the upper ten percent of all students enrolled in the two-year college system, as well as becoming professionally vested in the largest honor society in American higher education with nearly four million members and 1,300 chapters in 11 different nations. The innovative programs and professional services and array of membership benefits offered to Phi Theta Kappa members are unequaled among honor societies. Programs and projects focus on the Society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly “Member Merge” meetings to obtain further information before joining. Click on Local Chapter when following the link to the college’s PTK webpage.

Honors Program

Mission Statement: The Honors Program at Cape Fear Community College is an academic enrichment program designed to increase the educational experience of students who demonstrate academic excellence.  The program offers students distinctive coursework that provides an opportunity to engage in an academically rigorous experience with other outstanding students; and the program allows students to develop skills in effective communication, critical thinking, independent learning, and scholarly exploration.  The Honors Program will assist the growth of students both academically and personally and help ensure their continued academic success at Cape Fear Community College and beyond. 

Honors Program Eligibility

Students must be enrolled in an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Fine Arts program and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Current CFCC Student: If you are a current CFCC student with a 3.5 GPA in at least 12 Credit Hours completed at college level, then you are eligible for the Honors Program.
  • Recent High School Graduate: If you are a recent high school graduate with a 3.5 GPA (unweighted) or a 3.75 GPA (weighted) in high school, then you are eligible for the Honors Program.
  • Early College High School: If you are currently enrolled in an early college high school with a 3.5 GPA (unweighted) or a 3.75 GPA (weighted) in high school or a 3.5 GPA in at least 12 Credit Hours completed at college level, then you are eligible for the Honors Program.
  • Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment): If you are currently in high school and taking college courses through a Career and College Promise program with a 3.5 GPA (unweighted) or a 3.75 GPA (weighted) in high school or a 3.5 GPA  in at least 12 Credit Hours completed at the college level, then you are eligible for the Honors Program.

Benefits to Honors Students

  • Honors designation on the degree/diploma
  • Recognition at graduation as an “Honors Program” graduate after the successful completion of at least 12 SHC of honors work (4 honors designated academic courses)
  • Transferability of CFCC honors credit to several honors programs at North Carolina four-year institutions
  • Increased competitiveness and preparation for leadership roles
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Increased academic rigor
  • Honors advising and mentoring
  • Priority registration

To apply to the CFCC Honors Program or for additional information go to the Honors Program webpage

Student Publications

All student publications, printed and electronic, are supervised by the Student Life Coordinator, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services.  Students are invited to submit information to the Student Life Coordinator for possible inclusion in printed material.  All material must adhere to the canons of responsible journalism, including the avoidance of libel, indecency, vulgarity, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.

The Vice President of Student Services has the authority to determine responsible student journalism and to prohibit the publication of any material in violation of the canons of responsible journalism.

Guidelines for Display or Distribution of Handbills, Posters, or Other Materials by Student Clubs, Community and Non-Profit Organizations, and Individuals

The College would like to provide educational opportunities to its students and others in the college community and believes that public expression through displays or distribution of handbills, posters, or other materials can play an important role in accomplishing this goal.  The College also believes firmly in its obligation to college employees and its students to provide an environment that is conducive to learning.  Public expression that enhances this environment by affording students and others in the college community exposure to a variety of ideas is encouraged.  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these procedures, to any rules or regulations established by the College pertaining to display or distribution, and to other applicable laws, rules, and regulations, an organization or individual may display or distribute handbills, posters, or other materials that are aimed at providing information to students.

The following guidelines apply to materials posted on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, regardless of the source of those materials.  They include:

  • Posted information shall not contain obscene or libelous information or other information that is not protected by law.
  • Information will not be placed over existing notices.Outdated material will be removed to make room for timely information.
  • All event items must be removed by the sponsoring organization immediately following the event.
  • All notes to be posted in stairwells, at doorways, or in other college locations not otherwise permitted in these guidelines, require approval by the Vice President of Student Services five work days (Monday through Friday) in advance of the proposed posting.

Due to extreme space limitations, information to be posted by student groups, community groups, or individuals in areas other than those reserved for academically-oriented student club/organizations, will be posted for a maximum of two weeks and must be no larger than 8.5” x 11”.

Items not approved in the prescribed manner will be removed and discarded.

Placement of information on vehicles of others on campus is prohibited.

The College reserves exclusive rights to re-arrange materials to accommodate the display of additional materials, to establish limits on the amount of information organizations may display, and to deny additional requests when all designated space is being used.

Failure by any organization or individual to abide by these CFCC guidelines will be grounds for denying additional requests from the same organization or individual.

The College will grant access by an eligible organization or individual to areas of College premises, designated for public expression on a neutral basis, in accordance with these procedures.  A grant of access to any particular organization or individual does not mean that the College endorses the beliefs, practices, or views expressed by that organization or individual, and outside organizations and individuals are expressly prohibited from stating, implying, or suggesting in any manner that they are endorsed by or associated with the College or that any publication, announcement, or other form of expression provided by the organization or individual has been approved by or is associated with the College.  Areas of college premises designated for public expression will not be denied to any organization or individual on the basis of the content of information sought to be provided by or the convictions or affiliations of that organization or individual.  Any organization or individual who believes that the opportunity to display or distribute handbills, posters, or other materials has been denied improperly may appeal by providing a written statement to the Vice President of Student Services within three business days of the date on which the organization or group has been advised of the denial. The Judicial Board will make a final decision within five business days of receiving the appeal.

Given the varying nature of different organizations and the wide-range of notices that individual students and/or college personnel may wish to post on occasion, additional guidelines apply to certain types of organizations and individuals, as noted in the following.

Academically-Oriented Publications

Academically-oriented student clubs/organizations that are directly linked in name, purpose, and practice to specific instructional disciplines or programs offered at CFCC may post discipline-related displays and materials, including announcements of upcoming club meetings, on College bulletin boards in their respective academic departments, subject to advance approval of faculty sponsors, department heads, and the appropriate division deans.

Other student clubs and community and non-profit organizations may distribute or display information relating to the approved purpose including announcements of upcoming meetings, in accordance with the following guidelines:

All items displayed by other student clubs/organizations in the category must be approved by the faculty/staff sponsor and the Vice President of Student Services. Items submitted by community and non-profit organizations must be approved for display by the Vice President of Student Services.  The Vice President of Student Services will consider all requests for display and distribution in light of the availability of areas that are designated for such purposes and the availability of space for the proposed display or distribution within any designated area(s).  Requests for access to distribute or display publications will be reviewed and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The College will communicate its approval, or disapproval, of access for distribution or display and any conditions of access to the requesting organization or group, generally within three business days after the request is submitted.  Access for display or distribution of materials will not be provided if previously approved requests for access to display or distribute materials have resulted in space being unavailable for additional displays or distributions within any designated area(s).  Approved materials may be displayed on the designated bulletin board(s).  No one club/organization may use a disproportionate amount of the allotted space. Committee organizations and individuals may display approved notices on designated bulletin board(s).

Expressive Activity Policy


Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) upholds the freedoms of speech and expression guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for all members of the College community. The College is a place where all ideas and opinions may be expressed freely. The right to free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity that endangers the safety or well-being of any member of the College community. Further, it does not include any activity that interferes with the education of other students or the mission of the institution.

The College has the right, under appropriate circumstances, to regulate the time, place, and manner of exercising these and other constitutionally protected rights.

Providing forums for expressive activity is important because members of the College community have a right to hear, see, and experience diverse intellectual and creative inquiry. Defending that right is a fundamental obligation of the College. Controversy cannot be permitted to abridge the freedoms of speech, thought, expression or assembly.


Although expressive activity is allowed, it is not endorsed by the Board of Trustees or the College unless specifically approved as a College-sanctioned activity.  No individual or group may claim approval or endorsement by the College except with prior written approval by the President or designee.


To facilitate the free exchange of ideas, the College has established space on the College’s premises that may be used by any person, including external groups and other campus guests, for expressive activities. Such activities are inclusive of literature distribution. This use may be without permission or approval from the College so long as the area has not been previously reserved or scheduled for a particular function; no sound amplification is used; and the participants do not violate other College policies. Although it is not necessary for a person using one of the designated outdoor spaces to obtain prior permission from the College, CFCC encourages such persons to contact the Office of Community Relations for scheduling purposes to minimize possible conflicts.


The College has set aside outdoor areas for forums, rallies, demonstrations, and other similar activities. These areas may also be reserved through the College’s space reservation system (Community Relations Office).  Organizations or individuals who reserve these areas have priority.  The outdoor areas currently designated for expressive activity are:

           3.1.1. Downtown Campus:  The grassy area in front of the Burnett (W) Building on Water Street.

           3.1.2. North Campus:  The covered brick patio between the Eric B. McKeithan Center and the soccer field. 


Members of the College community and external guests may also utilize other spaces on College premises for expressive activities on a first-come-first-serve basis such as: courtyards, walkways, grassy areas, and all other areas of the College’s premises (including without limitation hallways, lobbies, offices, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, and auditoriums). Participants must not violate College policies or use sound amplification for expressive activities. Similar to the guidelines outlined in Section 3.1, CFCC encourages the College community and external guests to contact the Office of Community Relations for scheduling purposes to minimize opportunities for disruption to the College’s educational and administrative functions.

     3.3 External groups and individuals also have access to those public forums that may exist on the city sidewalks, city parks, and other public non-College properties that are near or adjacent to the College campuses.


At CFCC, anyone may distribute printed material, offer petitions for signature, make speeches, and hold protests or demonstrations on college premises. To ensure the safety of all members of the College community and the functional integrity of the institution’s educational mission, the following points are emphasized as policy expectations:

     4.1. All such activities must be peaceful, avoiding acts or credible threats of violence and preserving the normal operation of the College.

     4.2. No event shall infringe upon the rights or privileges of anyone who disagrees with the content of expression conveyed.

     4.3. No one will be permitted to harm others, damage or deface property, block access to College buildings, or disrupt classes.  

     4.4. The enforcement of these conditions will not depend in any way on the message or sponsorship of the act or event.

     4.5. Members of the College community who engage in expressive activity shall continue to be fully responsible for their educational or occupational obligations.

If an expressive activity does not satisfy these policy expectations, disrupts College operations or creates a safety hazard, College officials will require the activity to be relocated or rescheduled. Students, employees, and or community visitors who do not abide by the established policy expectations may be subject to discipline by the College and/or law enforcement.


The President or designee shall implement space reservation procedures that comply with this Policy.       


CFCC administration and the Office of Community Relations will consider the anticipated size, required accommodations, noise levels, traffic, time, relationship to nearby areas, security needs, and the evaluation of other relevant scenarios to determine (a) whether a suitable location exists and (b) whether health and safety concerns require special precautions or arrangements.


For the purposes of this Policy, (1) “expressive activity” means public speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which includes, by way of example and not limitation, attempts to address all or portions of the College community with the intention of expressing social, political, religious, artistic, or other views; to disseminate written materials; or to request, accept, collect donations or contributions for a non-profit purpose and (2) “College premises” means property owned, leased, managed, or otherwise controlled by the College including without limitation green space, courtyards, walkways, buildings, and vehicles.

*Last updated: Approved 1/11/17*