Student Life and Athletics
Student activities are a vital and integral part of the total educational environment at the College of Southern Maryland. Through planning and participating in extracurricular activities, a student can develop and expand skills in areas such as leadership, interpersonal communication, time management, goal setting, and decision making. Activities are also a way to meet new people, explore interests, and have fun.
Activities sponsored by student clubs and organizations are under the direction and supervision of the Student Life and Athletics Department as well as the Student Government Association (SGA). Student-sponsored activities are primarily funded through a percentage of the combined fee. The SGA allocates funds to support a wide variety of activities, services, and events.
Intercollegiate athletic activities are also supervised by the Student Life and Athletics Department. The college offers opportunities to compete with other colleges in eight different sports.
The Student Life and Athletics Department provides direction and coordination in the development of a diverse series of extracurricular activities and programs. The department also offers many resources and services to student organizations including leadership development, programming, financial management, overall procedural operation, and advisement. In addition, the office publishes the Student Handbook.
The college has intercollegiate athletics programs for both men and women. Men’s intercollegiate sports include basketball, baseball, golf, lacrosse, cross country and soccer. Women’s intercollegiate sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, lacrosse and volleyball. The college is a charter member of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (JUCO), Region XX, and the National Junior College Athletic Association. All on-campus team activities take place on the La Plata Campus.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to give CSM students a voice in the administrative affairs of the college, particularly in those areas that affect the students’ academics and social programs. The SGA, aided by the vice president of Student and Instructional Support Services, has principal responsibility for overseeing the Student Associations (SA) on all three campuses, as well as establishing policies and regulations for the allocation of student activities funds collected through the combined fee.
The Student Associations (SA) give CSM students a voice on their individual campuses. The SA provides opportunities for the co-curricular education and personal development of students and provides a diverse program of activities and services at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses.
The voting membership of the SA is made up of an executive board (consisting of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer), campus representatives, and club presidents. However, all registered students are members of the SA.
Students wishing to run for office or to find out more about the SA should visit the SA office located on the campus nearest you or the Student Life and Athletics Department located in the CC Building on the La Plata Campus.
The Student Handbook is published annually and contains information on matters of interest to enrolled students as well as policies important to student success. All enrolled students are expected to obtain a copy of the handbook. Copies are available from several locations on all campuses and online.
Student organizations at the College of Southern Maryland serve a valuable educational function, offering students the opportunity to join together around governmental, cultural, political, and special-interest issues and to assume various leadership roles in carrying out group programs and activities. The Student Handbook outlines the academic responsibilities of participating students.
The SGA and other student organizations sponsor a wide variety of activities and programs throughout the year. The SAs coordinate programs and activities at each of the college’s campuses. Information concerning these activities can be found on the Student Life web site at www.csmd.edu/StudentLife.