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Office of Student Affairs

Office of Student Affairs

Building a community. Empowering students.

Welcome! Student Affairs is an integral part of your educational process and offers programs and services to help you achieve your full potential at UMass Dartmouth.

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM STUDENT AFFAIRS

Hello from the 'other side'! I hope your transition to virtual learning has gone as smoothly as possible and that you are settling into the new normal for the remainder of this semester. As the Chancellor has stated, this is certainly not how any of us in the Division of Student Affairs anticipated spending the rest of the spring 2020 semester, but we are here for you and remain committed to your success – even if our support, care and advocacy are done a bit differently given our new normal.

The Division of Student Affairs continues to be available to assist students during the transition to and throughout this period of online modality. As a reminder,

  • UMass Dartmouth will deliver all face-to-face courses online for the remainder of the semester.
  • UMass Dartmouth will cancel all events through May 31.

We understand that this is a difficult and anxious time and we will continue to adapt our services to fit the needs of the University community. To that end, please refer to below information specific regarding Student Affairs’ services. And, as always, but of particular importance right now, PLEASE regularly check your email and the University’s website for the most updated information.

#UMassDTogether, always,

VC Shannon

If you have a question, need, or concern and wish to communicate with someone in any of the below departments, you may also use our new Assistance Form.

Care and Advocacy

Care and Advocacy is available to assist students who are struggling with a wide range of academic and personal concerns such as academic difficulties, personal health or wellness, and housing and food insecurity.

Arnie’s Cupboard

Students who remain on campus and who find themselves in need of items stocked in Arnie’s Cupboard can contact Marianne Sullivan, Director of Health Services, at msullivan@umassd.edu or through your patient portal in your electronic health record. Please include a phone number to contact you directly for follow up and coordination.

Students who are living off campus and find themselves in need should contact the GBFB online at https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/. Type in the town you live-in and a list of local pantries will be provided.

Career Center

Your Career Center can help you move forward with your job and/or internship while you are away from campus. We can also help you make choices about career and/or major as well as work with you as you apply to graduate programs.

We are happy to “meet” with you via technology. We invite you to schedule an appointment through Handshake. If you are not able to find a time that matches your schedule, please call the Center at (508)999-8658 or email us at career@umassd.edu.

If you are not currently using Handshake, go to our website (www.umassd.edu/career) to activate your account. Once you’ve done that be sure to download the free Handshake app. You will then be able to see career events and which employers are actively recruiting for jobs and internships.

Center for Access and Success

The Center for Access and Success will be consulting with students and faculty remotely. We are committed to providing tips on moving to an online platform, handling stress, and similar topics via email and our website. Students are also meeting with our graduate assistants via Zoom for academic coaching. Please contact access_success@umassd.edu or at (508)999-8711.

Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality

The CWGS student staff is engaging in all social media--Instagram, Facebook, Twitter--and will be offering some online programming for women’s history month and sexual assault awareness month. Juli Parker is available, as well, to address any issues Trans students are having being fully online.

Counseling Center

The counseling center staff will continue to offer services remotely. Please  call (508)999-8648 and leave a message. A counselor will get back to you as soon as possible. If this is an emergency, refer to our Emergency Resources webpage. Please see our webpage umassd.edu/counseling/ for additional information regarding stress management and coping resources.

Frederick Douglass Unity House

The Frederick Douglass Unity House has continued to provide students with services and support through online mediums and one-on-one phone and virtual meetings. We are actively supporting students by addressing their needs and engaging them in our programming structures and planning designed to support their personal and professional development. We are working with students to address some of the challenges they face with the current online educational structure and being at home. Our individualized support structure, and interactive, high trafficked environment, though impacted by the lack of personal contact students have come to expect from us, is being moved online and our staff are finding innovative ways to triage needs and collaborate with other offices across campus to address the needs of our students and mitigate some of the barriers to academic excellence and engagement they face in this new online environment. We encourage faculty and staff to reach out to our office and staff to ensure that all students are supported. Please feel free to contact any of us below:

Health Services

Health Services continues to offer services to students remotely. Students should send a secure message through their patient portal or call the office at (508)999-8982. Please leave a contact phone number in the event we need to speak with you directly. Providers can address your healthcare needs remotely during this challenging time. For a life threatening emergency, call (508)999-9191 if you are on campus or 911 if you are off campus.

Housing and Residential Education

As of Tuesday, March 24th, only students with extenuating circumstances that have been approved through the petition process are permitted to remain in housing. Those who petitioned to remain in housing during our virtual learning period have received a decision regarding their petition, and the housing portal is closed at this time.

Should a student have a new extenuating circumstance and need to speak with someone from Housing and Residential Education about on-campus housing, they should contact housing@umassd.edu. All emails will be responded to within one business day. Students who were unable to return to collect their belongings from their residence hall room by Monday, March 23, 2020 must discuss alternate arrangements with the staff in Housing and Residential Education. All student needs were and continue to be addressed on a case by case basis.

Mail

Mail operations including student mail & packaging, campus regular mail and priority mail will attempt to deliver mail every other day as resources allow.  If any department wants to schedule to come and pick up their mail or schedule deliveries during the limited ours of operation please call (508)999.8065.

Leduc Center for Civic Engagement

The Leduc Center continues to offer services to students, faculty, and community partners remotely. Please call the office at 508-999-8144. We will be happy to return your call if you leave a detailed message along with a contact name and phone number. You may also reach us via email at leduccenter@umassd.edu.

LiveWell: Office of Health Promotion

LiveWell: Office of Health Promotion continues to offer services to students remotely. Follow the UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators’ social media accounts (UMassDPHE on Facebook and Instagram) for information on upcoming programs and tips to support students’well-being, including a new feature “Thrive in 5”. “Thrive in 5” features short (5 mins in length or less) curated YouTube videos.

Peer Health Educator recruitment was extended through Tues. April 7. Students should submit an online application at http://www.umassd.edu/phe. Candidate interviews will be conducted over the phone or via Zoom.

Students seeking individual support should contact the office by email at livewell@umassd.edu.

New Student & Family Programs

New Student & Family Programs continues to offer services to students & families remotely. Currently, we are wrapping up Orientation Leader interviews, updating the online orientation, and planning a flexible approach to June Orientation. In addition, we are maintaining contact with our commuters via email and our social media accounts:

Facebook: UMass Dartmouth Commuters

Instagram: @umassdcommuters

Anyone wishing to contact our office can do so by emailing sscott1@umassd.edu or calling 508.999.8407.

Office of Student Conduct

Conduct Conference Facilitators and Investigators may be sending Conduct Conference Notifications and Investigation Interview Notifications to schedule meetings with you about open Student Conduct Cases. These meetings will be scheduled via telephone or Zoom.

Student Conduct Advisors are available to assist students with questions about the student conduct process via Zoom, telephone, and email. Send an email to studentconduct@umassd.edu if you are seeking to contact a Student Conduct Advisor.

For students who need information about their disciplinary record from UMass Dartmouth (for transfer, government employment, or for a state Bar Examiner, send your request and attach any pertinent forms to studentconduct@umassd.edu.

Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) Office

The SAIL Office continues to offer the same services/assistance while working remotely. The best way to reach us is to email SAIL@umassd.edu, and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member. Please note that we are in contact with the Student Government Association and will be in contact with student organizations via MyOrgs about upcoming organization election procedures, general elections, and budget requests for next year. Follow us on our social media Instagram: @UMassD_SAIL and Facebook for up-to-date information.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Police

We are maintaining staffing levels previously established will continue to provide public safety services to our community. We will respond to all emergency calls involving crimes of violence, emergency medical services or personal injury immediately. Call (508)999-9191 for emergencies any time of the day or night.

For calls that do not involve emergencies,  we ask that you first call the department at (508)999-8107 before responding to the station. A police officer will be assigned to address your concerns by telephone and email to maintain social distancing.

Thank you for your understanding.

Shannon M. Finning, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

(508) 999-8640
sfinning@umassd.edu

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