Textbooks

POLICY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Adopted: 
Tuesday, February 12, 1985
Revision Number: 
5
Revision Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2016
Reference: 
Educational Programs
Policy: 

Pearl River Community College shall offer textbooks, e-books, school supplies, and merchandise for sale.

Procedure: 

Wildcat Den: The PRCC Wildcat Den offers a complete selection of school supplies. Students with an excess credit balance on their student account may be allowed to charge purchases; certain restrictions may apply. Students with a credit balance of scholarship funds or other non-refundable types of financial aid may charge to their account until one week prior to final exams during the fall and spring terms; certain restrictions may apply.

The Wildcat Den on the Poplarville Campus is located on the first floor of Crosby Hall and at the Forrest County Center on the first floor of the Allied Health Center.

Virtual Bookstore:  Students may now order their required textbooks online at http://bookstore.prcc.edu/ with the use of financial aid or a major credit card. Students may go to the Wildcat Dean website to find a complete listing of textbooks required by course/term.

Course Books: The PRCC Wildcat Den adopted a course fee program for 60% of its courses.  The course fee is attached to each course and covers the cost of all technology materials for that course.  This fee includes an exclusive, pin-less Digital Package which includes an interactive e-book integrated into the student's Learning Management System (LMS-Canvas) that provides students the ability to highlight, annotate, bookmark, print, and access on many different devices.  It also includes any additional resources, labs, videos, PowerPoints, interactive digital homework modules, quizzes, and digital resources the publisher is providing.  The Wildcat Den works closely with the publishers each year to ensure that PRCC is the sole deliverer of the custom Digital Package at the most cost effective price for PRCC students. For those courses not using the course fee model, the Wildcat Den will offer new textbooks for purchase and used textbooks for purchase when available. The Wildcat Den will conduct a Book Buy Back at the end of each semester.

Online Textbooks: If an e-book is not being used and a textbook is required, students enrolled in online courses can purchase their textbooks from the PRCC Wildcat Den.  Students may choose to order textbooks via the PRCC Virtual Bookstore and have them shipped directly to them. All online textbook orders must be prepaid at the time students place their order.  Financial aid and major credit cards are accepted.  Students may also come to campus to make textbook purchases. Students enrolled in online courses that originate from another community college may place a special order for textbooks not stocked by the PRCC Wildcat Den.  Students can do so by sending an email to prccwildcatden@gmail.com.  Students must bring a copy of their verified “Student Profile” into the Wildcat Den when purchasing the textbook or fax a copy with orders being placed.  All orders for online textbooks from other community colleges or direct from the publisher must be placed 7-10 business days prior to the start of online classes or risk a delay in receiving their order in a timely manner.  The Wildcat Den cannot be held responsible for orders that are delayed due to back orders or lost in shipping, etc., or when placed later than 10 days prior to the start of classes.

Payments: Cash, Checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Students may also use financial aid, when available, to charge purchases.  A PRCC ID or driver's license MUST be presented (except for cash payments) at the time of check out.  Personal checks must be imprinted with current address, phone number, and driver's license number.

Wildcat Den hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the Poplarville Campus and 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Forrest County Center; summer hours, June & July, are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For more information students may contact the Wildcat Den at the following:

                                                Poplarville Campus – 601-403-1368
                                                Forrest County Center – 601-545-5501

Merchandise/Textbook Refund: Merchandise and/or textbooks must be in new condition and must be returned within 10 business days from the original date of purchase. To obtain a full refund on merchandise or textbooks, the student must have an original cash register receipt. New books must be in new condition (no markings, erasures, white-out, soiled spots, bent or frayed edges, etc.). Price sticker and/or tags must be on textbooks and merchandise. All items sold in shrink wrap must be returned sealed in the original shrink wrap. Any defective item must be returned within 10 business days of original purchase date. After 10 days, customers must contact the manufacturer directly for warranty information. Contact the Wildcat Den for instructions concerning electronics, laptops, tablets and headphones.

Instructor Book Selection: These requests must be coordinated with the Wildcat Den's Textbook Buyer and the respective department chair. Recommendations for textbook changes should be made to the Wildcat Den's Textbook Buyer by the department chair. All textbook adoptions must be approved by the respective department chair prior to being purchased by the Wildcat Den for purchase by students. Textbook data forms must be submitted to the Wildcat Den's Textbook Buyer for each course being offered.

In order to maintain an adequate inventory of textbooks, textbook data forms must be submitted to the Wildcat Den's Textbook Buyer by March 1 for textbooks required for the next academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters).