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English Department

Mission                               Nestor Hall

The mission of the English Department of Columbus State Community College is to promote literacy by providing quality instruction in the areas of composition, creative, writing, and literature that meets the varied needs of the department’s student populations.


  • To strive for excellence in the quality and effectiveness of its courses and educational services.
  • To promote multiple forms of literacy including verbal, visual, and technological.
  • To support the professional development and expertise of the department’s faculty and staff.
  • To build effective partnerships within the institution and throughout the larger community.
  • To increase access to and success in departmental programs.


Columbus State does not offer a degree in English. However, English classes are an important part of the Associate of Arts/Associate of Sciences transfer degree, which represents the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Many students take general education classes here, then transfer them to another college. English is also a prerequisite for many Career & Technical degrees, and good communication skills are an in-demand skill in today's workforce.

Location: Nestor Hall 420             ¦   Hours: M-F 8:00a-4:00p

Phone Number:  (614) 287-2531  

Chairperson: Robyn Lyons-Robinson, (614) 287-2531 or  The Chair's hours vary, so the best manner of contact is the department phone number during  the department office hours.

General Campus Info

Visit the Columbus State Community College Home Page for general information about the college, admissions and financial aid information, programs of study, and links to other departments.

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English Department Services 

The English department offers multiple free tutoring services that may be beneficial to you. The Columbus Campus Writing Center is located in 102 Columbus Hall; visit to make an appointment. Services are also available at Delaware and at some regional learning centers. The Online Writing Center (OWC) can be accessed by logging onto Blackboard using your username and password and looking under "My Organizations." You can find hours and other information about Writing Center services by visiting the English Department website ( and following the links for the Writing Centers.

Plagiarism (English Department Policy)

Plagiarism, such as borrowing passages or whole documents from the Internet or other sources, and presenting another author's actual words, ideas, organization, or conclusions as one's own, will not be tolerated. Students who borrow another writer's material must document their sources accordingly. Students who present as their own the material written by others will be reported to the Dean of Student Life and penalized. A confidential record of the incident will be kept on file pursuant to the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).   Because the penalty is severe, ranging from zero for the assignment to failing for the course to academic dismissal, all students should avoid the slightest hint that they have used borrowed material without giving credit.

ADA Policy

It is Columbus State policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you would like to request such accommodations because of physical, mental or learning disability, please contact the Department of Disability Services, 101 Eibling Hall, 614.287.2570 (V/TTY). Delaware Campus students may also contact an advisor in the Student Services Center, first floor Moeller Hall, 740.203.8000 – Ask for Delaware Campus advising, or, for assistance.

Financial Aid Attendance Reporting

Columbus State is required by federal law to verify the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs and/or who receive educational benefits through the Department of Veteran's Affairs. It is the responsibility of the College to identify students who do not commence attendance or who stop attendance in any course for which they are registered and paid. Non-attendance is reported each semester by each instructor, and results in a student being administratively withdrawn from the class section. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding the impact of course withdrawals on financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal From Course

If you decide to drop a course, you must do so officially. Please refer to the official college calendar for information about the last day to withdraw. Failure to withdraw officially from a course will result in a failing grade recorded on your transcript. Schedule Adjustment Forms are available from the Counseling/Advising Center or the Registration Office.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event that the college must close, or alter its operating schedule, because of severe weather or other emergencies, an announcement will be broadcast on local television and radio stations, and on the college's Web site at Those subscribed to the Rave Mobile Safety program will receive text alerts when campus must close due to emergency or weather-related closings.
Students who reside in areas which fall under a Level III or worse Weather Emergency should not attempt to drive to Columbus State even if the college remains open. Consult your course syllabus for information on the makeup of missed homework, labs, tests, or quizzes, or contact your instructor. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with reading and other assignments when a scheduled class does not meet, whatever the reason.