Current Online Learning Students

Important Information for Online Learning students


Testing information

Proctored tests/assignments for your GCSC online classes can be taken free of charge at any one of GCSC Testing Centers (see below for more information on the different campuses). Another option, which is free for tests that are available online, is to use the testing software Respondus Monitor.  Respondus Monitor allows you to take proctored exams using a web-camera and a microphone from anywhere. If you choose to take your proctored test(s) at an external (non-GCSC) site, you may be responsible for an additional fee by the proctoring institution.

Students living in Bay County will test in the GCSC Testing Center located on the 1st floor of the Student Union West, Room 80. You must make an appointment for taking exams using Register Blast at least two business days in advance of the day you would like to test. Final exams must be scheduled at least one week prior to your preferred test day.

Students living in Gulf or Franklin Counties will test at the Gulf/Franklin Center in Port St. Joe. You must contact the Testing Center at least two weeks prior to the first exam date.

Students requiring a proctor off-site must contact the Testing Center and submit the Off-Campus Proctor Request Form at the beginning of each semester.


LIBRARY Services

All students and employees of Gulf Coast State College are entitled to library materials and services regardless of location, course or program delivery method.

  • We provide assistance in person, by phone, and online through a variety of formats including chat, email, text, and Library Guides
  • You can access library materials in person at the Panama City campus, view them online, or request they be sent to you. We mail items to students who live and are taking classes outside Bay County and send them to our extended campuses through the campus courier.

For more information, please see the library web page, call 850-872-3893, or email


Canvas is where you will review online course lessons, interact with your professor and classmates, take tests, etc. Learn more about Canvas, including software requirements, how to troubleshoot and other frequently asked questions.

Lighthouse Student Portal

When you applied to Gulf Coast State College, you created an account in Lighthouse, the student portal for the College. Using the Lighthouse student portal, you will be able to register for your classes, check your financial aid status, view your grades and more. Learn about Lighthouse and how to use it.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a student in an Online Learning course, you are obligated to the following responsibilities:

  • Always adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy for the course.  You are asked to make your own guarantee that the integrity of the course is not compromised.
  • Give yourself ample time to study the course material, complete assignments and take any practice tests made available to you.  The practice tests have been designed to help you be better prepared for the actual tests.
  • Take your tests as scheduled.  A large window of opportunity to take tests is provided.
  • Ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements for GCSC's Canvas system.
  • Begin the test with ample time left.  Do not start a test with only 1 or 2 hours before the deadline.  Should you happen to get knocked offline or disconnected, there may not be enough time left to complete the test, once you are back online.
  • If you need to withdraw from a course you must complete a formal withdrawal form and submit to Enrollment Services before the published deadline.  Once the form is submitted, contact your instructor to advise him/her of your withdrawal request.

Formal Students Grievance Procedure

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) supports the student's right to lodge complaints, file grievances, and make appeals without fear of adverse action. GCSC has established complaint policies and procedures that apply to all GCSC students on all campuses and online.  Information on procedures for filing academic appeals or grievances is provided in the GCSC Student Handbook.

The purpose of the formal student grievance procedure is to provide a means to mediate a fair and equitable solution to any complaint other than grades and discrimination that a student may have with a college employee, office, or policy. The first process to resolve student grievances should be an informal resolution of complaints with the individual(s) involved when possible.

Students wanting to file a grievance must submit a Formal Student Grievance form, which must be submitted to the appropriate office for review. Academic complaints, other than grade grievances, should be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Complaints related to disability services, public safety, or the help desk should be submitted to the Dean of Student Life. Complaints involving enrollment, registration, advising and other student related services should be submitted to the Dean of Student Life.

Once the Formal Student Grievance form has been submitted to the appropriate office, the complaint will be investigated. Any student who submits a Formal Student Grievance form will be notified of the resolution. Every effort will be made to resolve the complaints within 14 business days, however, time may be extended by mutual consent of the parties concerned.

If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional complaint process, he/she may contact the Florida College System, 325 West Gaines Street, St. 1244, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (850) 245-9449,

Out-of-state distance education students who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page.