How do I get involved with campus life?

Associated Students of COD (ASCOD)

In keeping with the philosophy of College of the Desert, the responsibility for student government is placed with the students. Regularly enrolled students of the College are encouraged to be participating members of ASCOD.

College of the Desert supports an active ASCOD organization. Leadership opportunities exist for COD students in elected and appointed officer positions. Some of these positions include President, Vice President, Officer of Academic Affairs, Officer of External Affairs and Independent Senators. Also, one student from campus is elected each year to serve as Student Trustee and to represent the general student population at the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. ASCOD has adopted a constitution incorporating rules and regulations which provide for a governing body that reflects the interests of the entire student population. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Life located in the Dining Hall Building or call (760) 862-1317.

Activities and Clubs

Through the Office of Student Life, College of the Desert offers a variety of campus clubs and organizations for every phase of campus life. They provide opportunities for students in social, service, curricular, and special interest programs. Students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations.

Each year new clubs are chartered as they are requested by the students. Currently there are over 25 active clubs including:

  • Architecture Club
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Black Student Union
  • Business & Economics Club
  • Desert Cru
  • GSA Club
  • International Club
  • Latina Leadership Network
  • M.E.Ch.A.
  • MESA Club
  • Student Veterans Organization    

Every club is a part of ASCOD, which meets regularly to discuss activities, projects and problems pertaining to its members. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about starting their own student club or joining an existing one by participating in Rush Week, which occurs at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Life located in the Dining Hall Building or call (760) 862-1317.


College of the Desert is a California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) institution competing state-wide in fourteen sports. We are a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, whose membership includes the following colleges: College of the Desert, Cuyamaca, Grossman, Imperial Valley, Mira Costa, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, San Diego Miramar, San Bernardino Valley and Southwestern. Football competes in the Southern California Football Alliance (SCFA) in the American Mountain Division.

At this time, the COD participates in the following sports: for men - baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; for women - basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Students interested in participating in Athletics should contact the Athletic Department at (760) 773-2591 or complete the online questionnaire found on the Athletics webpage.


The College of the Desert Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center, contains all needed course materials, whether required or optional. Both new and used textbooks are available for purchase, and most textbooks are available for rent and in digital format. The bookstore also carries a wide variety of school supplies (imprinted and non-imprinted), in addition to software, electronics, and Tablets. BarCharts and other student reference materials are also available to help students succeed academically. In addition, College of the Desert clothing and gift items are available, as well as a variety of snacks, drinks, and sundries. For more information, including hours of operation, call (760) 773-2564, or visit online. The Bookstore website can also be accessed from the COD main page, click on “Student Services” and then on “Bookstore.”

Enrichment Activities 

The COD offers various co-curricular events to enrich the student learning opportunities outside the normal classroom setting.   

Student Life - The College attempts to foster a casual co-curricular experience for students. Housed in the Dining Hall Building are the offices of the ASCOD and Student Life. The Office of Student Life offers student leadership development, student clubs of varying interests, meeting rooms, and facilities for socializing and student recognition ceremonies. All students are encouraged to participate.

Celebrating Diversity - The College has several events and activities to celebrate diversity, including International Day/Week celebrations and Council on Diversity activities celebrating gender equity and ethnic heritage.  These events are open to all students exposing them to the rewards of cultural awareness and diversity.

Live Performances - The College offers several plays, musical performances and cultural events for student and staff participation and enjoyment throughout the year. Students can participate as performers, set designers, and stage crew. Theater performances occur in Theatre Too, the Pollock Theatre and the McCallum Theatre while many student government and club activities will often include live concerts in outdoor venues.

Art Exhibits - The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts offers regular art shows featuring student, faculty, and professional artists.

Student Publications - The student newspaper, The Chaparral, offers students the opportunity to actively develop their journalism skills. The Chaparral is published monthly and is run entirely by students with the support of a faculty advisor. Faculty members in the Communication Division assist students to publish a student creative writing and poetry journal, The Solstice. This publication encourages intellectual development of students and highlights the growth of student writing skills and creativity.

Student Radio Station, KCOD -  In association with the COD Radio and Television Announcing, Writing and Radio Production courses (RTV-002, RTV-005, and RTV-007) students gain hands-on experience in radio and television broadcasting. Students will create multimedia content, schedule automated programs, conduct live shows, cover remote events and stream over the Internet. Programming includes unique music genres, cultural commentary, news, comedy and talk shows.

Food Services

The main source of food and beverage services on campus is BEEPS, which is located in the Dining Hall Building along with the Office of Student Life and ASCOD. BEEPS offers a wide array of menu items on days that classes are scheduled and a limited menu on other days.


There are no facilities for on-campus housing at College of the Desert. Information regarding off-campus housing is posted on bulletin boards on campus. The College does not inspect or approve the posted facilities and assumes no liability or responsibility for agreements between landlords and the students.


All vehicles must have a parking permit. Visitors to campus may purchase a daily permit from one of the machines on campus.

Students parking on the campus must purchase and properly display a College of the Desert parking permit. Parking permits may be purchased online. Citations are issued by the Public Safety Department.  Parking citation fines shall be paid at the Bursar’s Office located on the first floor of Cravens Student Services Center. If you wish to dispute a citation, Citation Contest Forms may be picked up at the Bursar’s Office during normal business hours or the Public Safety Department office located in South Annex anytime.  Completed forms should be returned to the Bursar’s Office. You may also complete and submit the Contest Of Parking Violation form online. Motorcycles and motorbikes are to park in designated areas.

Conveniently located parking lots provide parking for students’ vehicles. Red, Yellow, Blue and Black curb markings, all No-Parking signs, and Emergency Parking zones are to be observed at all times, day and night.  Parking on or in front of ramps is forbidden day and night.  Restricted parking is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of each school week. Parking regulations may be found on the College website, or obtained from the Bursar’s Office. For more information, please call (760) 773-2515.

Parking for individuals with disabilities (blue curb marking) must be observed both day and evening. Permits are obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles and must be displayed when parking in any designated blue zone.

The College assumes no liability for vehicles parked on the campus.

Security And Safety

The College encourages all persons on campus to practice low-risk and defensive behaviors, and to be especially alert at night. Students and others are advised to park in well-lighted and trafficked areas, and to always lock their vehicles. Students should not pick up strangers or accept rides from persons they do not know.

If you suspect a crime is being committed against persons or property, call (760) 341-2111 or 911.

Safety and Security information published in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act is available upon request from the Public Safety Department.

Smoking Policy

In the interest of employee health and the general welfare of students and the public, the Desert Community College District shall be considered a smoke-free environment. Smoking of any form of tobacco or non-tobacco products is prohibited inside any college facility; in any vehicle owned, operated, leased or charted by the District; in all established eating areas; within 25 feet of all building entrances, exits and operable windows; and in the seating areas of all outdoor athletic facilities owned, operated or leased by the District. Smoking will only be permitted in designated smoking areas and may be permitted for approved theatrical rehearsals and performances where smoking is determined to be an integral part of the rehearsal or performance.

Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) is located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center. All students pay a fee each academic session/semester to support the provision of physical and mental health services. A professional nurse is on duty daily to provide services to students which include health evaluations, first aid, emergency evaluation, health education, consultation, referrals, and intake for making appointments with the College physician. Vision screening, blood pressure screening, tuberculosis screening (TB testing), blood glucose, urinalysis for specific illnesses, and throat cultures for throat infections are also available at the SHWC Office. HIV/STD screening is provided by an outside agency, generally once a month. Flu vaccines are seasonally available for a fee. The College physician is available one day a week for treatment of minor illnesses and evaluation for referral to specialty care. The staff, at the Student Health and Wellness Center, also process all COD student accident insurance claims. Information regarding additional student insurance for sickness and accidents is available through the Student Health and Wellness Center. Limited services are also extended to the Indio Campus and Mecca-Thermal Campus students. For more information please call (760) 776-7211.

Student Mental Health Services

Student Mental Health Services is located on the first floor of the Cravens Student Services Center, within the Student Health and Wellness Center. All students pay a fee each academic session/semester to support the provision of both physical and mental health services for students. Mental Health services for students involve solution-focused, short-term personal counseling aimed at enhancing understanding and resolution of current problems. Individual sessions are made on an appointment basis. For a significant personal crisis requiring immediate assistance, students may go to the Counseling Center or the Student Health and Wellness Center during open hours for referral to a mental health professional. Students requiring long-term or more specialized services may be referred to qualified community resources. Self-help brochures, hand-outs, websites, and reading lists are available, free of charge, as related to mental health and wellness issues. For more information please call (760) 776-7211.