Academic Advising Center
Each college has an academic advising network for its students. In general, students who have declared a major will be assigned an adviser within that major. All members of the faculty have scheduled conference hours posted on their office doors. Students are required to meet with a faculty adviser prior to registering for the next semester's courses. Please note that the student, not the adviser, bears final responsibility for seeing that his or her program fulfills degree requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with an adviser about course scheduling, registration procedures and grading practices, as well as academic problems and concerns. The adviser can call a conference with the student at any time, with reasonable notice. The functions of academic advising at UMass Dartmouth include:
• Assisting students in self-understanding and self-acceptance (value clarification, understanding abilities, interests and limitations).
• Assisting students in their consideration of life goals by relating interests, skills, abilities, and values to careers, the world of work and the nature and purpose of higher education.
• Assisting students in developing an educational plan consistent with life goals and objectives (alternative course action, alternate career considerations, and selections of courses).
• Assisting students in developing decision-making skills.
• Providing accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, and programs.
• Making referrals to other institutional or community support services.
• Assisting students in evaluation or reevaluation of progress toward established goals and educational plans.
• Providing information about students to the institution, colleges and/or academic departments.
• Facilitating the students' successful attainment of educational and career goals.
• Facilitating the students' achievement of GPAs consistent with their abilities.
• Making students aware of the wide range of services and educational opportunities that maybe pertinent to their educational objectives.
• Assisting students in exploring the possible short-and-long range consequences of their choices.
• Assisting students in choosing educational and career objectives commensurate with their interests and abilities.
All students without an assigned faculty advisor, (including undeclared majors) should report to the University's Academic Advising Center. The Academic Advising Center, located on the first floor of the Foster Administration Building., is open every week day and offers academic information to all students. The center is staffed by faculty members and professional staff who assist students needing help with course selection, choosing a major, finding an adviser, getting registered, or solving other problems. Note: Students who are unaware of their adviser should contact the secretary of their academic department.
Students need to get a copy of the Schedule of Courses every semester because each semester the course offerings, faculty assignments, schedule numbers and classrooms change. One of the most helpful items in the Schedule is the Calendar on page II which contains important deadlines and dates for academic procedures. The Schedule also contains an information section, the list of courses offered, a service directory and faculty directory. The class hours are listed in the Schedule of Courses using military time. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/acadvising/
Pre-Medical, Pre-Law, MBA Advising
Students who wish to prepare for admission into graduate schools of medicine, law, or business have many options open to them. By the judicious use of electives, any student within the College of Arts and Sciences can satisfy the course requirements of most medical, law, or business schools. Any student interested in pursuing one of these careers should see the advisor for their area of interest. This may be obtained by contacting the Academic Advising Center.
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is an academic support service which provides peer tutoring, small group review sessions, workshops, handouts for all students, as well as support services for disabled students free of charge.
The goal of the ARC is to help students achieve academic excellence. The ARC is organized into three centers: the Math and Business Center, Science and Engineering Center, and Writing and Reading Center. Each of these centers has a professional director and is staffed by qualified, caring student tutors and aides who have been recommended by faculty. These centers are in the following convenient locations: For more information:
Math and Business Center
Liberal Arts Building-010. 508-999-8716 Tutoring in algebra, calculus, accounting, economics, management science, and elementary statistics.
Science and Engineering Center
Dion Building-217B. 508-999-8718 Tutoring in biology, chemistry, physics, nursing, civil, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering.
Liberal Arts Building-220. 508-999-8710 Tutoring in English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, English as a second language, essay writing, research papers, business and technical communication, reading, and study skills.
The Admissions Office will provide students, faculty, staff and administration with the appropriate view books and application forms for use by family members or friends who wish to apply for admission to UMass Dartmouth. Any member of the UMass Dartmouth community who has a member of his or her immediate family applying is welcome to come to the office in order to discuss the application. Should you have questions regarding Admissions please contact the Admissions Office at http://www.umassd.edu/admissions/. We welcome suggestions particularly from those students who have recently experienced the admissions process.
The primary function of the University Art Gallery is to feature a series of exhibitions of national and international art. Each exhibition is supported by programming in the form of catalogs, lectures, and film and video series. The goal of the programming is to provide students and the general population with exposure to the most advanced and exciting events in the contemporary art world. All events are free and open to the public. Students have input on programming, and students and friends are strongly encouraged to attend all events.
Athletics and Recreation
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience. The coaches are sensitive to and assist student-athletes in maintaining a balance between the demands of academics and involvement in athletics. Administration, faculty and staff support students' involvement in athletics as part of their overall experiences at the university. We also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.
To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
• Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (students, alumni, and institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
• Award no athletically related financial aid to any student-athlete;
• Encourage the development of sportsmanship and ethical conduct, principles of fair play and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
• Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletic opportunities in intercollegiate and intramural sport;
• Ensure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness, and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
• Maintain an atmosphere that will emphasis the health and welfare of our student athletes;
• Ensure the integration of student-athletes into the campus’ overall student life;
• Ensure that athletic programs support the institution's mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution;
• Provide equitable athletic opportunities for males and females, and give equal emphasis to men and women's sports;
• Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
• Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletic performance, which may include opportunities for participation in regional and national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.
The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition, while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. Legislation governing the conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs of member institutions shall apply to basic athletics issues such as admissions, financial aid, eligibility, and recruiting. Member institutions shall be obligated to apply and enforce this legislation.
The university is a member of NCAA Division III. Colleges and universities in NCAA Division III place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience.
In so doing, they seek to strengthen the integration of objectives and programs in athletics with academic and developmental objectives, and to assure the integration of athletes with other students. The intercollegiate program is non-scholarship.
Intercollegiate Programs Offered
The intercollegiate sports program for men includes the following sports:
Cross Country Football
Golf Ice Hockey
Swimming & Diving: Tennis
Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)
The intercollegiate program for women includes the following sports:
Basketball Cross Country
Field Hockey Lacrosse
Softball Swimming & Diving
Tennis Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)
The co-educational intercollegiate program includes the following sports:
Up-to-date information results and schedules for UMass Dartmouth's varsity sports teams may be obtained by calling the Sports Information Line at 508-999-8751 or viewing the Athletics website.
Athletic Programs are offered for all interested students in the following areas:
Endurance swimming fitness First Aid
Karate Kick boxing
Life Guard training Scuba diving
Springboard diving Step aerobics
Swimming Tae Kwon Do
Water Safety Instruction
Intramural Sports Program opportunities are provided for all students in the following sports:
Flag football Roller hockey
Softball Swimming and diving
Table tennis Tennis
For more information go to the intramural web page at http://www.umassd.edu/sports/intramurals/index.html.
Athletic facilities are available for recreational use by students throughout the school year. They include the gymnasium, swimming pools, fitness center, running track, practice soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, and intramural fields. Equipment is also available. Schedules are printed each week in the Torch and posted in the Tripp Athletic Center.
If you wish additional information regarding athletic programs offered through the athletic department, please contact the specific department. Additional information about the Athletic Department and the varsity teams is available on line at http://www.umassd.edu/sports/.
The UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association is the largest volunteer organization on campus. It represents the interests of more than 35,000 former students in all 50 states and around the world. The Alumni Association also has a page on the World Wide Web which provides updated information about Alumni and Alumni events. Serving as a liaison between the University and its former students, the Alumni Association provides opportunities for Alumni to get involved with the current student body. Alumni serve as mentors for students in job shadow experience. The Alumni Association provides scholarships for students. During the Annual Fund phone-a-thons, students call graduates to solicit gift support.
During Homecoming Weekend, hundreds of alumni will return to campus for events that include the Corsair Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, the annual homecoming football game, other Athletic events, and a post-game party and class reunions. Students are invited to attend most activities. Various classes and student organizations also will have reunions at different times of the year. Students have the opportunity to talk with alumni about career choices throughout the year. Monthly career panels bring alumni from various professions back to campus to tell students about their career paths, and to offer students tips on how to enter the job market. The Alumni Career Network reference guide is available to students in the Career Development Center. The guide gives students an opportunity to contact alumni directly for career advice or to arrange visits to job sites.
The Campus Services Department is the administrative service that oversees the following areas: Campus Center and its operations, Auditorium, Dining Services, UMass Pass, Information Center, Lost and Found, Conferencing and Catering. Campus Services provides a wide range of services to students, staff, faculty, and the community. For specific information on services please see the appropriate section below. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/campusservices/campuscenter/
The Campus Center is the University community center for co-curricular services and amenities. As such, the Center services students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and guests. The Campus Center is the home of over two dozen campus organizations and services which include the University Campus Store, McLean Eatery, Campus Center Cafe, Faculty Dining Room, the Mirasols Express, ATM, UMass Pass One Card system, Information Center, Campus Center Operations and the Student Activities Administrative Offices.
In locations throughout Campus Services the following services are offered: technical services, beverage services, setup and breakdown of functions and events, catered food services and special services.
Groups and individuals who wish to make special arrangements to use the facility must obtain an application from the Conference Office located in The Marketplace. For optimum service, all applications must be returned no later than two weeks before the event or desired service. Failure to observe the two week deadline may be cause for denial of service. For further information about the Campus Center services, policies, job availability or facility usage, please drop by the Campus Services Administration (2nd floor) .
Campus Main Auditorium
The Main Auditorium is an 800-seat theater style facility connected to the Campus Center. The Auditorium staff can provide sound, lighting, and setup services for events in this facility. Groups and individuals who wish to make special arrangements to use the facility must obtain an application from the Conference Office located in the Resident Dining Hall.
For optimum service, all applications must be returned no later than two weeks before the event or desired service. Some events such as plays, dance studios and elaborate productions will require longer lead times. Failure to observe the two week deadline may be cause for denial of service. For reservations, please contact the Conference Office in the Resident Dining Hall. All technical needs for the Auditorium and Campus Center can be discussed with the Director of the Campus Center.
Campus Information Center
During the academic year, the Information Center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Services include: postage stamps, photocopies and tickets to on-campus events/programs. During the summer, the Info Center is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Campus Lost and Found
Lost and Found for the University is located at the Information Center. Keys, wallets, handbags, calculators, jewelry, and other valuables are kept in the Campus Center office. Identification is required in reclaiming lost material. If the Info Center is closed, please come to the Campus Center Office. Found items are often turned in to the police station. You can also check with the dispatcher at 508-999-8107 for lost items.
Campus Conference Office (Reservations)
Special use of the Campus Center, Main Auditorium and Marketplace and their conference spaces can be reserved through the Conference and Functions Office located on the Ground Level of the Marketplace. In addition, all Food/Beverage, Room Setup and Breakdown, Audio Visual and custodial services for those areas can be arranged for at the same location. For more information:
The Campus Store supplies all required and recommended textbooks for courses offered at UMass Dartmouth. In addition, the Store offers a variety of products including UMD Clothing, reference books, art supplies, general school supplies, computer software, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, class rings, snack food, beverages, newspapers, magazines, helium balloons and alumni chairs. Gift certificates are also available.
Services offered by the Campus Store include UPS and Fed Ex shipping, special ordering and gift wrapping. The Store sells nursing pins and distributes student name badges. Commencement regalia is distributed in April at the Store to graduating seniors. The Store also provides textbooks and insignia merchandise for the UMass School of Law-Dartmouth.
If your class schedule has been finalized, you may purchase your books for the semester weeks before classes begin. Books go on sale in mid August for the Fall semester and in early January for the Spring. For specific store hours, please call 508 999-8180 and select option #1. Textbooks are the additional costs of being a student. On average, students spend $525 per semester on textbooks. As an alternative to new textbooks, the Campus Store offers used textbooks at a discount of 25%. Used books have been purchased from students here at UMass Dartmouth or through used book wholesalers. Textbooks for all courses are selected by faculty and not by the Campus Store.
Students who receive excess financial aid may be eligible for a Textbook Voucher. These vouchers are available for $400.00 per semester. The money is placed on your ID card at the UMass Pass office. Simply use your ID to purchase books at the Campus Store. Please visit the UMass Pass office for an application and for more information.
Occasionally, the Store may run out of a particular book or it may not have arrived before the start of class. Shortages may result from overseas shipments, late textbook orders from faculty, or the addition of class sections. Whenever the Store is out-of-stock for a textbook, a note is posted on the shelf-tag with the expected arrival date. Some courses do not require textbooks. If you cannot find the textbook for your class, please ask one of the Store’s personnel for assistance.
Refund Policy (Strictly Enforced)
Textbooks may be returned for a full refund until the third week after classes start for the Fall and Spring semesters, and during the first week of class for summer and intersession. No text refunds will be issued without a cash register receipt. The textbook return deadline is printed on the bottom of your receipt, e-mailed to students and advertised on the entrance marquis. New textbooks must be in mint condition, cannot be marked by pen or highlighter with on-line access codes and software intact. Please hold on to your receipt and do not write in your book until you are positive you are going to keep it. The Campus Store will provide a refund on non-textbook items for a period of 30 days. No cash will be refunded without a register receipt. Refunds are not allowed on study guides such as Cliff Notes and Test Prep books. Computer software and accessories can only be returned if unopened with receipt.
The Campus Store sponsors many Book Buyback events throughout the year, at the end of each semester and periodically during the academic year. During Buyback, students may sell their books back to the Campus Store or Used Textbook Wholesalers for cash. Many students have questions on what the Buyback is all about and how the book prices are determined. Please call the Store or visit our web site at www.umassd.edu/campusstore for more information.
Career Development Center (CDC)
The CDC provides a wide array of career resources and services to help students clarify career goals and develop professional skills. Individual career advisement sessions are available by appointment. Workshops are offered frequently in a variety of career-related areas such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, career planning and professional etiquette.
The CDC's Career Resource Library helps students' research and explore careers and find employment opportunities. Various job listings are available including full-time, part-time and summer employment. Internship, experiential learning and co-op opportunities are also available both in the library, located on the first level of the Campus Center and on our web-site at www.umassd.edu/crc. The CDC also coordinates special career-related events and activities such as the annual Career Expo which has become one of the largest on-campus job fairs in southeastern New England. The CDC also coordinates on-campus recruitment for seniors. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/cdc/
The CDC coordinates the Experiential Learning Program which offers work experience at an elective level supervised for academic credit by a faculty member in an appropriate field. The terms and hours are arranged between student, employer, and the faculty sponsor. Registration forms and contracts may be picked up at the center. Experiential learning opportunities are also available such as placements in Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Washington Center offers students the opportunity to intern in the Washington, D.C. area and participate in an academic course. Students may be eligible for up to $4000 in financial assistance and tuition and fee waivers by participating in the Washington Center Internship Program during the fall & spring semesters. For more information visit The Washington Center web site at www.twc.edu. Students interested in the Experiential Learning Program should plan early and meet with a CDC staff member.
Campus Facilities Office
The Campus Facilities Office maintains most buildings and grounds for the University (except the residence halls and resident dining hall ) and is responsible for lighting, heating air conditioning, locks, glass, carpentry, painting, plumbing, custodial services and all other general maintenance. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/policies/foc/
The University takes great pride in the unique architecture and in the attractive landscape that our community enjoys. Litter, graffiti, and vandalism however can reduce our enjoyment of these blessings. Students are urged to use trash receptacles to dispose of unwanted material, to express artistic inspirations in ways that do not mar our buildings, and avoid vandalism. Actions that damage or mar our buildings and landscape are prohibited. Those who violate these prohibitions will receive appropriate disciplinary treatment including public service (community restitution) on grounds and custodial work crews.
Center for Jewish Culture
The Center was established to increase understanding and communication between Jewish and non-Jewish people of southeastern Massachusetts through significant educational and cultural programs. It sponsors workshops, lectures, seminars, and institutes, often in collaboration with other campus and community organizations, that explore aspects of Jewish culture. The Center has established the Judaic collection in the library, including an archive on the history of Jewish organizations and individuals in the Southcoast area. The center contributes to the support of a campus chapter of Hillel, the international Jewish student organization. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/cjc/history.cfm
Center for Portuguese Studies
The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures, and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. The Center sponsors and organizes colloquia, lectures, concerts, film series and other cultural events. The Center also publishes a semiannual journal entitled Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies. The periodical addresses the literatures and cultures of the diverse communities of the Portuguese-speaking world, composed of 200 million people in eight countries on four continents, in terms of critical and theoretical approaches. The Center also awards scholarships for the Summer Program in Portuguese in Portuguese and the academic year. For more information:
Center for Rehabilitation Engineering
The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering was established to improve the quality of life of disabled individuals by the creative application of engineering knowledge and expertise. The main purpose of the Rehabilitation Center is to perform client assessments and follow-up, conduct research, develop and implement devices and systems to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, provide training and education for its clients, and to develop course proposals related to the field of Rehabilitation Engineering. The continuing success of this fine organization is aided by the volunteer work contributed by students and staff. Your participation is encouraged and appreciated. Volunteers are always welcome.
Computing and Information Technology Services (CITS)
The backbone of instructional computing at UMass Dartmouth is the campus network, UMDNet, that allows access to a number of campus computing activities which include E-mail, the library system, WebStudent for student information, the campus Web site, UMass Online courses and the Internet. These network services are accessible from every part of the campus including student housing (ResNet) via direct Ethernet communications. Every student receives an e-mail account which can be accessed using POP or IMAP clients and by using WebMail at: https://webmail.umassd.edu/. Use https for a secure connection. If you are having trouble sending or receiving attachments, use regular http. If you have forgotten your password, you may contact CITS Operations and Access at (508) 999-8532.
For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/cits/
Personal Computer Recommendations
It is important to have a computer for your personal use, but it is even more important that your computer be capable of connecting to the campus network and to the Internet so that you have the ability to function in the electronic environment at UMass Dartmouth. The decision to purchase a PC or Macintosh is, many times, one of preference. There are, however, disciplines that lean toward one or the other. Guidelines are designed to assist students who plan to purchase computers. If you do not plan to purchase a computer, UMass Dartmouth provides computing facilities accessible to all students in locations across the campus. If you have questions about minimum standards for the residence halls or recommended configurations, contact CITS - Computing Support at (508 990-9654).
Computing in Campus Residence Halls
Students living on campus have the opportunity to connect to the UMass Dartmouth Residential Network. This provides a significantly faster Internet connection than those available through a traditional telephone line. Every bed in the residence halls has a port, which means that every student can have a network connection in their room. This type of connection requires the computer to be equipped with an Ethernet Adapter. Students may obtain installation kits from the Residential Network Operations Center, or ResNOC, located on the ground floor of Elmwood Hall. Once a student has setup their computer correctly, they are required to register the computer on the network via a web-based registration system. Students authenticate themselves on the network using their Email username and password.
Computing from Off-campus Housing
Students who wish to access the Internet from off-campus, must establish an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and have whatever equipment they require for access to their service. A number of providers will connect your off campus computer to the Internet and UMass Dartmouth.
Wireless computing is available to students in many public areas and some classrooms on campus. Students interested in using this service must have a notebook computer that meets the minimum wireless requirements, and sign up for a special wireless VPN account.
Public Computing Facilities
There are over 400 computers in public access facilities, many of which are American Disabilities Act compatible. These facilities, located in the Library and in most classroom buildings, are designed to support the class work of students. The Library computer lab houses Pentium-based PCs and PowerMac G4s and is open until 1am Sundays through Thursdays during most of the academic year. Public computing facilities are open to all students, staff and faculty at the university. CITS computing facilities are staffed by student employees, called Computing Assistants.
Mobile Computing Loan Program
Faculty, staff and students possessing a valid UMass Pass may borrow from a limited number of laptops, handhelds and portable projectors from the Mobile Computing Loan Program (MCLP). This equipment is available from the Library's Circulation Desk located on the first floor of the Library. Laptops, handhelds and projectors can be checked-out for up to 3 hours and may be renewed only if equipment is still available for other patrons. Telephone inquiries may be directed to the MCLP telephone line at x8856.
The Help Desk
CITS has standardized on two computer platforms: Apple Macintosh, and PC Compatibles. CITS staff provides help to students using a variety of standard software applications including word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, communications and database management tools. Students may visit the Help Desk located in the Library basement; or call (508) 999-8884 or send e-mail to CITSHelp@umassd.edu for assistance with computer problems. The Help Desk is open all hours the Library lab is open.
Security and Virus Protection
Students are responsible for the security and protection of their own computers. CITS strongly recommends the purchase of Anti-virus software. This software should be kept up to date with the latest virus definitions. Most Anti-virus software comes with an update subscription that provides free updates for one year. Should your computer become infected with a virus, CITS reserves the right to remove it from the campus network. Anti-virus software is available for purchase at the campus store.
Computing Rights & Responsibilities
Think before you type. There are many rules and laws governing how you conduct yourself on the Campus Network, UMDNet. Don't jeopardize your college career by breaking the law. You will have a full-powered Internet account which you are responsible for maintaining up to the standards of the University. For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a UMass Dartmouth computer user, see http://www.umassd.edu/policy/data/data.html.
CITS Employment Opportunities
CITS hires approximately 100 students in numerous roles: computing assistants to support students in the public access facilities; special duty computing assistants to staff the Help Desk; residential network computing assistants to troubleshoot network connections in the residence halls; and web developers to support WWW projects. Students find these positions rewarding and often gain full-time employment in professional and educational arenas as a direct result of their work experience with CITS. While hiring for the upcoming academic year is underway, feel free to stop in the Library Computer Lab located in the basement to pick up an application, or send e-mail to CITSHelp@umassd.edu, to discuss employment possibilities.
College Now is an admissions and support program for students whose educational achievement has been hampered as a result of social, cultural or economic inequities. From the moment of admission, students enrolled through the College Now Program are provided with essential supportive services. All College Now freshman students participate in a Fall developmental program during their freshman year in which they receive assistance and guidance in developing and sharpening those basic academic skills which are vital to their success at the university. After the Fall program, students are expected to maintain a satisfactory academic standing. All College Now students are assigned a counselor during their five year program who will assist students with selecting courses, credit evaluation, and career guidance and development. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/collegenow/
Community Service and Partnerships Office
The CSAP office is committed to helping UMass Dartmouth foster a service ethic on campus. There are community service-related work-study opportunities such as the Community Service Learning Program, the America Reads Program and a host of volunteer agencies and activities in local communities. All students are encouraged to participate in special community service events such as Make a Difference Day and Hunger and Homelessness Clean-up Day. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/seppce/centers/cce/leadershipcivicengagementminor/
The Counseling Center is located in the Auditorium Annex (above Admissions and next to the auditorium).
The Counseling Center provides individual counseling for personal issues such as relationship problems, family problems, homesickness, adjustment to college life, bereavement, depression, poor self-esteem, anger management, procrastination, anxiety, eating disorders, ADD, learning disabilities, academic problems, test anxiety and other subjects of concern to college students. A consulting psychiatrist is available to see students who might benefit from a trial of medication. In addition, each semester several personal growth or support groups are offered. The Counseling Center also provides interest testing, career counseling, and help deciding on a major. Workshops on topics such as leadership skills, assertiveness, time management, improving your memory, preparing for graduate school, and other topics important to success in college are offered each semester. Staff are available to develop workshops on request or for consultation on class projects related to psychology. We have a self-help library of books, handouts, videos, and pamphlets which students may use. We also have an educational resource library with information on graduate and undergraduate institutions and testing programs for entry into graduate and professional programs. The Counseling Center offers a safe, supportive place for students to explore concerns, clarify choices, and develop action plans. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/
Disability Services – The Center for Access and Success
The CAS Office is a support organization helping students who have a disability and wish to pursue their educational goals while adjusting fully to their new environment. CAS provides the following services on an individual basis: reading assistance, mobility assistance, note-taking, peer counseling, advocacy and support. Helping with academic procedures such as orientation, financial aid, residence hall arrangements and placement, the office plugs into all university resources giving an added dimension to these services. Beyond satisfying the immediate needs of students, CAS organizes and holds workshops addressing issues of sensitivity and awareness within the university. If you are in need of any accommodations for events, classes or other University related programs or services, please contact CAS to make arrangements. Our office is (temporarily) located in the Woodland Commons, room 111. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/dss/
At the University Enrollment Center (One-Stop), students receive comprehensive enrollment and financial services for day, evening and summer classes all in one location in the lobby of the Foster Administration Building. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/enrollmentmanagement/
• pay tuition fees, fines and parking tickets
• check the status of financial aid
• register, add and drop classes
• check one’s billing account
• get a copy of class schedule
• check, obtain, or order transcript(s)
• pickup refund checks
• obtain advice and assistance
• obtain or submit financial aid forms or documents
• obtain enrollment certifications for health insurance or other purposes
Some services are also available by using web student. A listing of scholarships is provided on the web at www.umassd.edu/financialaid/scholarships and may be obtained from Financial Aid Office and University Enrollment Center. Included are both merit-based and need-based scholarships, which are often targeted for particular types of students. Most scholarships have a March 1 application deadline for the following year. In addition, other merit-based scholarships are offered competitively to entering freshman and transfer students on the basis of academic achievement and evidence of intellectual and personal creativity.
Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Outreach
The Assistant Chancellor plans, develops, coordinates, and monitors all activities of the University to insure equal employment and equal educational opportunity, and affirmative action. The Assistant Chancellor receives complaints of discrimination on the basis of age, race or color, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or veteran’s status. The Assistant Chancellor works with all members of the University to achieve an environment which is conducive to the growth and development of all.
The office also works with others within the University and throughout the southeastern Massachusetts area to promote cultural diversity; a process designed to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of relationships among people of various cultures.
Community outreach is also an important component of this office, so that the University, as well as the southeastern Massachusetts region benefits from two-way communication.
Also in this office is the Executive Director for the Recruitment and Retention of Culturally Diverse Students. This role helps the Assistant Chancellor to develop and maintain programs as well as a support system which will increase the educational attainment of students who are of racial minority, economically disadvantaged, first-generation college bound, single head of household and/or members of other nontraditional groups that reside within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, especially within the southeastern Massachusetts region.
For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/eeo/
Financial Aid Office
Financial assistance in the form of employment, loans, grants, scholarships and tuition reductions, enables students to continue their education in spite of limited personal resources. The type of aid awarded is related to the financial need and circumstances of the individual. It is the responsibility of the student who desires financial aid to obtain the necessary forms and instructions from the University Enrollment Center or the Financial Aid Office.
If students experience unforeseen financial difficulties at any time or have questions concerning financial aid, they should contact the Student Enrollment Service Center or the Financial Aid Office, Foster Administration Building. For more information:
Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulations
In order to be eligible for continued receipt of financial aid, Federal policy requires the establishment of qualitative and quantitative measures of incremental progress toward the completion of degree requirements. For financial aid purposes, and in order to maintain satisfactory progress toward degree completion, students must meet both quantitative and qualitative measures at specific measurement points. Transfer students who have credit hours accepted by UMass Dartmouth toward UMass Dartmouth degree completion requirements will have those hours calculated into the quantitative measure of progress. Administrative credit remedial courses (those that do not count toward degree requirements) are excluded from satisfactory academic progress determination. Repeated courses are included in the measurement of satisfactory academic progress. The Financial Aid Services office will measure incremental progress toward degree completion annually at the end of the academic year in June. The Financial Aid Services office will notify students who fail to meet the progress requirements listed below. Such students have the option to satisfy the requirements in one of two ways:
• Taking summer courses (at their own expense) to raise either the credit hour or grade point average requirement, or both.
• Requesting a waiver of the requirements due to mitigating circumstances. Students who wish to have the requirements waived due to mitigating circumstances (including, but not limited to, medical issues, family difficulties, documented waiver or addition by Dean to program/major credit requirements) should write a letter to the Director of Financial Aid detailing reasons for failure to meet the requirements. Students who receive this waiver will receive notification of the requirements necessary to bring the hours or grade point average into compliance at the next incremental measurement period.
Students who fail to meet the requirements will be ineligible for any Federal, state, or institutional financial aid until the student is once again in compliance. If the requirements are met due to one of the two options listed above, the student may receive federal, state, and institutional financial aid for the following academic year.
Frederick Douglass Unity House (Unity House)
The Frederick Douglass Unity House (FDUH) was created in the Fall of 1995, as part of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s efforts to acknowledge the unique circumstances of its increasingly diverse student body. FDUH provides a supportive environment for the academic, cultural, recreational and social pursuits of UMD students of color. It is a co-curricular center where activities and initiatives are designed that challenge, foster, and enrich the cultural life of the UMD community. FDUH offers a variety of student-oriented programs on cultural diversity and pluralism, minority empowerment, political activism, social responsibility, and cultural traditions such as dance, storytelling, and poetry. With a library of over 450 volumes on African, African Diaspora and Latino cultural issues, FDUH is a place for research study, discussion, dialogue and academic development. Its TV viewing, computer lab, browsing and conference areas make for a comfortable place for academic, recreational and social occasions. The established study groups are available to assist a variety of self-directed learners in becoming focused and more academically successful. The Frederick Douglass Unity House is located on the first floor of the Residents’ Dining Hall Building. The Unity House is open year round. The Unity House observes an open door policy where all members of the university community are welcome.
For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/fduh/
The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center is conceived as a multi-disciplinary unit dedicated to the development and maintenance of programs in the field of Gerontology. The Gerontology programs emphasize positive attitudes about aging and the aged, analyze the impact of society on the aging process, and examine the effect the elderly have on the culture. The Center encourages participants in the programs to understand aging more fully as it pertains to their own lives. The Center sponsors courses, a minor, a certificate, a virtual major, workshops, lectures, seminars, and facilitates student participation in practicum experience. The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center, Unit #4 Room 5, 508-999-8843.
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Graduate Admissions Office
UMass Dartmouth students are invited to visit the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn about graduate study opportunities at UMass Dartmouth and to obtain general advice about graduate opportunities elsewhere. The Graduate Office processes applications for admission to graduate degree programs and certificate programs for students who have a bachelor’s degree. The Office makes available program descriptions and application forms, collects completed applications and their supporting materials (test scores, transcripts, reference letters, and so forth), and sends complete application files to the departments and colleges for action. When a decision is made and approved, the Office corresponds with the applicant to convey the decision and give information to those accepted about the process of matriculation. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/graduate/
Health Services is located within the First-Year Student Quad area. During the academic year, the hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. When classes are not in session, the hours are 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. The staff consists of Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, a Health Educator, and a part-time physician. Health Services is able to handle most health care needs students may have, referrals are made to off-campus resources when needed. Many health education programs are held throughout the academic year. Notice of these porgrams can be found in the Torch and/or the UMD Webpage.
All services are available to all matriculated students through the Student Health Fee. A current Health Form and immunization record must be on file. Health Services is concerned with the well-being of each student, health education, and disease prevention. Also, Health Services contracts for student health insurance. Information regarding the health insurance requirements is included with the tuition statement. All F-1 and J-1 visa students are required to purchase school insurance.
Massachusetts law requires that all college students have comprehensive health insurance. Those student taking 3/4 or more of the full-time credit are eligible to take the comprehensive health insurance through UMass Dartmouth. UMD has contracted with a company to provide coverage that meets legislative requirements. A description of the plan and instructions on completing the on-line waiver are included with the tuition bill. All students taking 3/4 or more of the full-time credit must complete the on-line waiver in COIN stating whether or not they want the school insurance. All students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the school insurance. This plan meets all US Immigration Department regulations.
All information including the health form links to school insurance are available at http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/health/
Health Insurance Policy
Massachusetts law requires that all students enrolled in institutions of higher education, taking 3/4 or more of the full-time credit load must have comprehensive health insurance. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has contracted with a company to provide coverage that meets legislative requirements. A description of the plan and a waiver card are included with the tuition bill. If a student has comparable coverage, he or she should subtract the premium from the total bill, complete and return the waiver card. All students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the school insurance. This plan meets all US Immigration Department regulations.
University-wide honors activities are available to students who demonstrate high academic achievement. University Honors Programs are designed to:
• provide a forum for the discussion of topics of academic interest along interdisciplinary lines;
• offer departmental and interdisciplinary honors courses; and
• recognize those students whose academic accomplishments are outstanding.
Students with an excellent academic record receive an invitation to participate in the Honors Colloquium, an Honors Essay Contest, the Annual Honors Convocation, and other events that recognize the achievement of honors students. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 may enroll in available introductory level honors sections of courses such as history, sociology, psychology, English, chemistry, philosophy, biology, economics, art history and engineering. Students applying for admission to UMass Dartmouth with test score and/or high school records which predict university performance at honors levels will also be invited to enroll in honors sections.
For continuation in the program students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 in all course work. The academic requirements for completing the University Honors Program and earning the designated Commonwealth Scholar are as follows:
• completion of 15 credits in introductory level honors courses outside the student’s major
• completion of HON 201 - Multidisciplinary Approaches to Scholarly Research and Writing
• completion of 6 credits of junior level honors course work in the student’s major
• completion of 6 credits in the senior year earned for an honors project or thesis
Study abroad or in other US honors programs or the Honors Writing Fellows may be substituted for other requirements listed above, after consultation with the honors director.
A faculty sponsor or honors advisor shall advise honors candidates according to university program and/or departmental guidelines. An evaluation committee shall be established to evaluate the completed honors project/thesis and determine if the work meets standards for honors. Students are required to do a public presentation appropriate to their field of study to complete University Honors Program requirements. Students satisfactorily completing the University Honors Program and/or departmental requirements for honors in the major may, upon graduation, have their diplomas appropriately inscribed and be so designated on the graduation program. For further information: http://www.umassd.edu/honors/
Housing and Residential Education
For a detailed description of the Housing and Residential Education program at UMass Dartmouth, please see the Student Handbook section titled “Housing and Residential Education Handbook.”
An up-to- date listing of off-campus apartments, houses and rooms for rent for UMD students is available at no charge on the web here. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth does not supervise or assume responsibility for the quality of any non-campus owned, off-campus accommodations.
International Student and Scholar Center
The Office for International Students provides advice, programs and workshops. Assistance with immigration forms and any other official papers needed while studying at the University as a student is also available. The office is located in Pine Dale Hall. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/international_students/
Labor Education Center
The Labor Education Center serves as a resource to unions and workers in southeastern Massachusetts. The Center conducts conferences, workshops, short courses and cultural programs on topics such as labor law, economics, collective bargaining, leadership skills, etc. It also provides through its Workplace Education Project ESL, Pre-GED, GED, and Citizenship courses for workers in the area.
The Center assists with the coordination of the Labor Studies minor and Labor Studies Certificate Program for day and evening students. Students interested in learning more about labor studies, the labor movement using the Center’s library and Video collection, pursuing careers in labor relations or an internship with the Center, or a union, are encouraged to visit the Center located in downtown New Bedford or call 508- 999-4047. For more information:
The University Library is at the center of the university’s educational activities, providing support for all academic programs and research. Physically, the library is also located near the center of the campus alongside the campanile. The library is open seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters.
Your university ID, UMass Pass, is also your library card. It entitles you to use and borrow materials from the Claire T. Carney Library and the Law Library. The library offers a strong collection of books, journals, reference works, and databases to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Primo, our discovery system, is the place to begin your search for electronic or print materials. In addition, we subscribe to many subject-specific databases to provide scholarly articles for your research. Remote access to the library databases is available to UMass Dartmouth students via your university email account on our website.
Students may request Boston Library Consortium cards that permit them to access eighteen major research libraries throughout Massachusetts and New England. Additional materials can be accessed through the Commonwealth Catalog which searches the online catalogs of libraries in the Boston Library Consortium and many public libraries in the state, and Worldcat, which is an international catalog. Our InterLibrary Loan service, which allows us to borrow materials from other libraries, widens the search for materials and with the assistance of library staff can locate and secure materials for your use. Articles are delivered electronically and books can be picked up at our Circulation Desk.
Reserve items available for two-hour loan, such as textbooks and required reading, will be found at the Circulation desk. You may also check out equipment for the day such as a laptop, headphones, calculators and markers to use on the white boards throughout the library.
Our Learning Commons offers both assistance with IT questions as well as research and reference. You can work with a librarian at the reference desk, by phone (x8678), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and online with a chat service on our website. You can also contact a subject specialist for more in-depth research needs.
You will find ample study space throughout the library for both individual and group work. Our South Reading Room is designated as quiet study space. We also offer several group study rooms, which should be reserved through ReservIT from the portal.
The Library staff is committed to providing you with the best facilities and services available. To make your work both productive and enjoyable, please, let us know whenever we can help. For more information about the library visit our web site at http://www.lib.umassd.edu
Applications for graduate schools, jobs, loans and scholarships need to be notarized. There are Notary Public individuals in the Office of Student Affairs (Campus Center, 2nd floor) and in the University Finance department (Foster, 2nd floor). Individuals needing a document notarized are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment.
Office of Research Administration
The Office of Research Administration is responsible for supporting the scholarly research and creative activities of the University community. This is accomplished by providing information on funding opportunities, guidance on proposal development and submission, and award administration. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/research/grants/
Professional and Continuing Education
The Professional and Continuing Education division serves as the community’s outreach and recruitment resource for lifelong learning. PCE offers degree programs on the Main Campus and in four other locations including Fall River, Cape Cod and two locations in New Bedford. Academic Advising is available at all locations. PCE provides students of all ages and backgrounds access to the faculty and resources of the university. Students may take courses leading to a degree and may take both credit and non-credit courses for personal and professional enrichment. In addition, students may participate in Summer Art, language and Cultural Institutes and may study abroad through many travel opportunities. Courses are offered for teachers and through many companies and businesses in the region. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/pce/
The Pathways Initiative is an exciting learning opportunity for the academic year. Pathways will provide students the opportunity to begin their education at the University in a supportive learning environment built to support student success. This program is a two-semester initiative designed in a cohort model to help create a learning community. That is, we will make every effort for students to be enrolled in classes with the same cohort group of students in each course.
The Department of Public Safety provides twenty-four hour a day protection of the entire campus and individuals on the campus. Public Safety police officers are vested with full law enforcement powers, identical to the local police in the community. The Officers are trained at the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy and also receive annual in-service and specialized training in first-aid, C.P.R., defense tactics, legal updates, evidence gathering, traffic control, investigations, etc. Officers are available to assist with crime reports, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws regulating underage drinking of alcoholic beverages, the use of controlled substances, weapons, and all other incidents requiring police assistance.
Public Safety shares information regarding arrests and serious crimes with both state and local police adjacent to the University. The serial numbers and identifying description of all stolen motor vehicles, office equipment and other stolen properties from our campus is reported nationwide through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Potential criminal action and emergencies on campus should be reported directly by any student, faculty, staff or visitor to the Department of Public Safety, located at the Power Plant. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/
A list of campus crime statistics for the previous three-year period is available from the Department of Public Safety upon request and through the pamphlet, “A Guide to Campus Safety and Law Enforcement.”
If stopped by the police, remember: The University Police have all the responsibilities and authority of police officers in any municipality. They are real police. If asked for identification, you must cooperate. The officer must identify him/herself by badge or ID number, if you ask. Going to the Police Station for questioning is voluntary, unless you have been arrested. To be placed under arrest, a police officer must inform you of your arrest and the reason for it. If you are not sure what is happening, ASK! You may be arrested with or without warrant, depending upon circumstances. If you are arrested, or believe you are a suspect, consult an attorney as quickly as possible. Try to remember facts, names, places, and times. If you are arrested, know your rights! Being arrested is a serious matter. Under the law you have specific legal rights. These rights apply to you both on and off campus. If arrested by a law enforcement agency, you have the following rights:
• The right to remain silent, since anything you say can be used against you in court;
• The right to complete one telephone call;
• The right to speak with an attorney before answering any questions;
• If you started to answer questions without a lawyer, you have the right to stop answering questions at any time until you speak with an attorney;
• If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may request the court to appoint one;
• All arrests will result in an appearance in court to assure your right to due process in the resolution of any charges made against you. You need not give your permission or consent to a search of your home or automobile; if you give consent or permission, any evidence obtained from the search is admissible against you in court.
• You have the right to file a complaint if you feel there has been any impropriety by the University Police. Anyone with a complaint should file it in a timely fashion, at the Department of Public Safety, and ask to speak to a shift supervisor or a command officer.
Public Safety Programs
The University Investigations and Crime Prevention Unit continues to grow and expand each year. We offer programs and materials dealing with university safety and reduction of crime. Officers who specialize in selected crime prevention duties staff this section. Programs include a Rape Aggression Defense, (RAD) course for women, Community Policing, Operation I.D., Auto Etching, Alcohol Awareness and Anti-drunk Driving Workshops. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit, Department of Public Safety at 508-999-8770.
There is a dedicated phone line that is set up to receive anonymous information about any incident, crime or other issue. Call 508-999-8477 and leave a message. Remember to leave your contact information if you are willing to receive a call back to discuss the message. Although the number is checked daily, it should not be used to report crimes in progress, or for any situation when an immediate police response is needed. In those circumstances, you should call X9191 from any UMD building, or dial 508-999-9191 if using a cell phone or pay phone on campus.
The Facilities and Physical Plant Department maintains most buildings and grounds for the University. It inspects campus facilities on a regular basis, makes repairs affecting safety and security, and also responds to reports of potential safety and security hazards such as broken windows and locks.
The Department of Public safety routinely surveys the campus for defective lighting and other safety hazards. They forward written reports on such hazards to the Facilities Department for repairs. Students as well as faculty and staff should call the Facilities and Physical Plant Office at 508-999-8100, or the Department of Public Safety at 508-9998107 to report any safety or security hazard.
Shuttle Services “DART VAN”
The University also provides the “DART VAN”, a shuttle van for on-campus safety transportation. The service begins at 5:30 each night and ends at 2:00am, 7 days-a-week. When there are special events on campus, extended service is provided for one half-hour after the event closes. There is a pre-set route that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. DART service stops are designated with a sign and are located at the residence halls, the campus center, the gym, Cedar Dell, and the library. The DART does not respond to special requests for transportation except to provide direct service for disabled students.
Safety Escort Service
The Department of Public Safety provides safety escorts upon request, depending upon availability of officers. Service is requested by dialing University Police at 508-999-8107. In addition, a student-staffed escort service is available for the safety of anyone visiting the library. This service operates from the second floor of the library and is for the safety of anyone walking to the adjoining academic parking lots. Hours of operation are 5:00pm until the library closes, Sunday through Thursday.
An emergency telephone system is provided on campus. These emergency telephones are in strategic locations around campus and are easily identified by their distinctive orange containers as well as by their bright blue light during the nighttime. The emergency phones are connected directly to the police dispatch desk. No dialing is required. They may also be used to summons an escort.
All members of the university community wishing to use their cars on campus must register with the Parking Office in the Campus Center and receive a parking sticker. Resident students may keep a vehicle on campus. Decals for handicapped parking will be issued at the Department of Public Safety; all wishing to obtain permits for handicapped parking must register there.
• Students must park within white lines only.
• Non-resident students cannot park in the lots marked “residential” but may park in “commuter” lots as marked on their parking decal.
• Residential students may only park in lots marked “residential.”
• If you have a borrowed car, you must get a temporary pass at the Department of Public Safety.
• Mopeds and motorized vehicles of any type are not permitted inside a building. Under no circumstances may vehicles be stored in an apartment or on the porch.
Religious Resource Center
Campus Ministry coordinates the religious activities and serves the spiritual needs of the university community. Clergy and ministers from major religious denominations provide opportunities for worship, spiritual direction and counseling, and programs which enable students, faculty and staff to integrate spiritual life with vocational and career choices.
The staff is available to persons of all creeds and will make referrals to resources of particular religious traditions in the greater community at the request of the individual. The office is located on the second floor of the Campus Center, room 216, and is open daily on a walk-in basis. Appointments with a specific campus minister may be made by stopping by the office or by calling the RRC at 508-999-8872. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/departments/religiousresourcecenter/
(U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps)
UMass Dartmouth undergraduate students may participate in Army ROTC through a cooperative program with Providence College in Rhode Island. The U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) teaches leadership, teamwork, and responsibility through a curriculum that includes elective courses, leadership labs, and physical fitness training sessions. The Patriot Battalion is located at Providence College which also serves UMass Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, Brown University, Bryant College, the Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, and Rhode Island College. The ROTC Program is designed to prepare men and women for success in college, as an Army Officer or for any chosen career, and offers opportunities for financial assistance in the form of scholarships.
• UMass Dartmouth students may participate in Providence College’s ROTC program and receive benefits from so doing, including financial aid.
• Students register for Providence College courses at Providence College. UMass Dartmouth does not provide registration services for these courses.
• Students can get ROTC courses/credits posted to the UMass Dartmouth transcript using the methodology for Transfer Credit, according to the transfer credit policies of their specific academic department. Students planning to participate in ROTC should use the Transfer Course Prior Approval process, to receive initial departmental approval of such transfer credit.
• Students obtain ROTC program advising and access to scholarships through the ROTC program at Providence College. For more information see here: Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Student Affairs Office
The Associate Vice Chancellor, Assistant Vice Chancellor, and Associate Dean of Students are located in the Student Affairs Office and supervise all of the activities and departments of the Division of Student Affairs in order to ensure that they meet effectively the broad educational goals of the university and the individual needs of students. The Student Affairs Office staff members serve as advocates for all students. This office serves as a liaison between the faculty and the co-curricular needs and services of the students. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/
Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Process
Students considering taking a temporary Leave of Absence from UMass Dartmouth or permanently Withdrawing from the University should visit the Student Affairs Office. Students requesting a Leave of Absence should see their College’s Associate Dean prior to coming to the Student Affairs Office.
Medical Leave of Absence
Students needing to take a Medical Leave, should first see either the Director of Counseling Services or the Director of Health Services before coming to the Student Affairs Office.
Student Emergency Funds
Students who either need a temporary loan or wish to apply for a grant (funding that does not need to be paid back) due to an unexpected emergency (not for paying a tuition/fee bill) are encouraged to speak to a member of the Student Affairs Office.
Students who need assistance, but do not know the appropriate office or department to visit, are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs – we’ll get you to the right place!
Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution
The Office Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution is responsible for overseeing the development, distribution and enforcement of University student conduct regulations. The mission of the SCDR office is to foster the development of community standards and individual behavior through education, with an emphasis on policies, procedures, student rights and responsibilities. Information about the University Conduct system appears in a later section of this Student Handbook. For more information, stop by the office of Student Affairs on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/departments/studentconductanddisputeresolution/
Student Employment Opportunities
There are many jobs opportunities available for students on and off campus. Student employment is an integral part of student life for a large portion of the student body. On-campus and off-campus opportunities are available from the Financial Aid Office website, the Career Development Center, and are also advertised on campus bulletin boards and department websites. Students are encouraged to start early and to utilize all resources available to them. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/financialaid/studentemployment/
Students interested in pursuing a course of study in another country may obtain information and get appropriate forms from the Study Away Programs Office, located in Pine Dale, first floor. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/ipo/studyabroad/
For many, we are the face of UMass Dartmouth and we are here to help ensure a good relationship with all of our UMass Dartmouth neighbors. Coinciding with this mission are the many events held on campus. From celebrating our annual commencement, to hosting regional conferences, to opening our facilities for Southcoast groups, we make every effort to welcome numerous groups to the university. To that end, our University Relations offices help UMass Dartmouth maintain and improve relationships with current and prospective students, alumni, faculty members and employees, elected and appointed government officials, parents of our students and residents of the Southcoast region. For more information: http://www1.umassd.edu/publicaffairs/mediarelations/
Upward Bound Program
The Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program for disadvantaged high school students attending New Bedford High School, Westport High, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The purpose of the Program is to increase the numbers of low income and potential first generation college students in the target area who will be prepared to go on to higher education. The program is designed to generate the academic skills and motivation necessary for gaining admission to and succeeding in post-secondary education. This mission is achieved by providing instruction, tutoring, counseling, academic and career advisement, and a host of other services to the participants in the Program.
During the academic year students meet weekly for tutoring either in the Upward Bound course offered at their school or at one of several tutorial sites. Counseling and advisement are provided to all students to ensure that they are progressing academically and receiving all support services needed. Regular staff contact with students affords an opportunity to help stimulate the student’s level of motivation and appreciation for academic excellence. Once each month students come together for a “Saturday Session” during which they might participate in activities such as field trips, workshops, presentations, cultural enrichment activities, or college visits. The Program also offers a six-week summer residential component housed on the UMass Dartmouth campus. Students attend classes in English, Math, Science, Computers, and foreign language to prepare them for the upcoming year in high school. Tutoring and other academic support services are provided. Seniors and some juniors are also offered a tuition free college course for which credit may be transferred to the college or university as they matriculate upon graduation from high school.
During the highly structured daily schedule in the summer, students are engaged in a host of other activities such as SAT prep, public speaking, student and youth development sessions, career exploration and orientation, college and scholarship search, recreation and physical fitness, cultural enrichment and other field trips, and other activities. Typically, each year, the Program graduates 15-25 seniors and 90-100% of all Upward Bound graduates go on to enroll in college the following Fall semester. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/upwardbound/
Veterans Affairs Services
VA programs are approved for benefits available under specified chapters of Title 38,
U.S. Code. Eligible students must obtain an application on campus, or from their regional Veterans Administration Office. Veterans’ tuition waivers are available for individuals who are considered Veterans under M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7 (43), including WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanese peace keeping force, Grenada rescue mission, the Panamanian intervention force, or the Persian Gulf, provided they meet other eligibility criteria, to include: a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year and in accord with the university’s residency requirements; not in default of any federal student loans or owing a refund; being a degree candidate or eligible to apply for a degree candidacy.
The Office of the University Registrar will issue a Certificate of Eligibility which should be presented to the Office of Veterans’ Affairs for certification of enrollment. It is the veteran students’ responsibility to notify the University of any changes in course credit load or addresses, in a timely manner. The Financial Aid Office assists Veterans with Financial Aid and the Associate Dean of Students in the Student Affairs Office is available to assist Veterans with a variety of personal and academic needs. For more information:
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Center
Founded in 1970, the UMass Dartmouth Women’s Resource Center was combined with the new LGBT Center in 2011 and re-located to the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. The Center will provide resources that help to create an educational atmosphere rich in visible role models and free of sexual bias and inequities, where women and people of all genders and sexual identities can grow to their full potential. The Center provides cultural opportunities that further women and LGBT student’s personal and professional development and promotes a broader understanding of the diverse experiences of all women, genders, and sexual identities. Central to our mission is the recognition that explorations any population must take place in tandem with explorations of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other significant aspects of individual identity. The Center acts as a central coordinating agency for campus and community groups. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/cwgs/
The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Center offers programs on women’s health, political activism, diversity, violence against women, sexual identity, and sisterhood. Each semester, the Center will sponsor discussion groups, forums, and workshops on topics such as sexual harassment, gender equity, racism, women in leadership, motherhood, ageism, and sexuality.
The Center has a variety of resources relating to women, gender, and sexuality such as:
• Library of over 500 titles
• Resource files, brochures and pamphlets
• Lounge and conference room for group use