13: Student Affairs and Student Services

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Student Affairs

Division of Student Affairs (The Rotunda 924-7984) The Division of Student Affairs is concerned with all phases of student life at the University. It serves as the principal agency for the advising of students in their extracurricular and personal affairs, and coordinates University efforts to assist students with disabilities who qualify for special attention under Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Vice President for Student Affairs has responsibility and authority in all relations with offices of student government.

African-American Affairs Office (Luther P. Jackson House, #4 Dawson's Row, 924-7923) The mission of the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) is to assist the University with providing a sensitive and welcoming environment for African-American students. To this end, it works with such offices as financial aid, career planning and placement, counseling, student health, etc. to facilitate the delivery of services to students. In addition, the OAAA offers a variety of programs and services. Its nationally acclaimed Peer Advisor Program aids first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition. The Student-Faculty/Administrator Mentoring Program gives students supportive and nurturing experiences for personal and intellectual development. The Student Leadership Program provides leadership training and development from first-year through graduate/professional school. The Luther Porter Jackson Cultural Center contributes to the cultural life of the University by offering workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibitions related to the African-American experience. The Nat Turner Library is a repository for print and audiovisual materials documenting the Black experience in the United States. OAAA services include academic monitoring, outreach, and recognition; personal counseling and advising; University orientation; alumni networking; and student advocacy.

In addition, the OAAA (working in conjunction with the parents of African-American students) created the Parents Advisory Association (PAA), which assists with a variety of support opportunities for students including the establishment of the PAA Emergency Loan.

Dean of Students Office (Second Floor, Peabody Hall 924-7133), Office of Residence Life (Dabney House 924-3736)   The staff members are located in two functional offices where they attempt to meet the diverse needs of graduate and undergraduate students. They view their offices as centers of communication for student concerns to be exposed, discussed and acted upon in both formal and informal settings. The members of the staff are willing to meet with individuals or groups to examine alternatives to issues of student life.

The staff is involved with student government, organizations, residential life, judicial concerns, orientation,and student activities. They serve on a variety of University-wide committees and provide valuable resources for others. In general, the Office of the Dean of Students is an ideal place in the administration to take problems or ideas and seek solutions. All students are encouraged to visit.

Department of Student Health Services (Elson Student Health Center 924-5362) Student Health Services provides outpatient care in General Medicine, Gynecology, counseling and psychological services, and educational services through health promotion for all registered University students. It is the mission and responsibility of the department to insure the achievement and maintenance of students' health and knowledge of healthful practices that support their educational achievement, social adjustment, and participation in extracurricular activities to their full potential. The focus of Student Health is on education and wellness through health promotion programs and outreach, advocacy of students' health interests, and a belief that each clinical encounter is an opportunity for teaching healthful lifestyle practices. A full description of Student Health Services may be found in the chapter entitled University Regulations.

Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (530 McCormick Road 243-5180) LNEC provides direct and indirect services to students with diagnosed disabilities. LNEC teaches learning strategies to individuals; mediates academic accommodation with faculty and deans; arranges for scribe and transcribing services, reading services, word processing and written language assistance, interpreters, and class notes during periods of absence related to the disability; and serves as liaison with standardized test bureaus, Recording for the Blind, and agencies for specific disabilities or rehabilitation. LNEC also offers limited screening services to identify and address academic problems of matriculated students.

Office of Career Planning and Placement (Garrett Hall 924-8900) The primary focus of the Office of Career Planning and Placement (OCPP) is the teaching of a process of career decision-making and effective job search strategies leading to self-placement. Appropriate programs and services are offered to assist students in understanding how to explore personal values, interests, and skills and relate these factors to realistic career direction. Among the major career planning activities offered by the OCPP are the following: career decision-making courses for academic credit; an extensive written and audiovisual career library; programs enabling current students to gain advice and career information from alumni career advisor volunteers; a minority career day involving over 100 employer representatives; a pre-medical and health professions advising program; a pre-law advising service; special workshops, seminars, and programs on a variety of career or graduate study topics; an EXTERN program allowing students the opportunity to "test" a tentative career choice through brief on-the-job experience; newsletters and other self-help resources designed to provide timely information about career planning topics.

OCPP is also accessible on-line by an electronic mail help line and also through a homepage which connects students to world wide career and job search information and vacancy listings, graduate school databases, and much more.

Job search services provided students include: on-grounds interviews with corporations, governmental agencies, and school systems; a robust on-line site; internship advising and databases; a database of actual jobs listed for University of Virginia students and graduates; videoconferenced interviews; numerous job fairs; and a credentials service for eligible degree candidates which provides for the reproduction and distribution of recommendations.

Satellite offices are maintained in the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and in the School of Architecture.

Students and alumni are encouraged to explore the career resources of the OCPP, and schedule appointments with the staff for individual attention.

Office of Financial Aid to Students (918 N Emmet Street, 982-6000) Financial Aid provides assistance to students in obtaining grants, loans and work-study to defray part of their educational expenses. The services of this office are outlined in Chapter 3.

Ombudsman Services The University has chosen not to identify a single Ombudsman, but to handle grievances within each school or the applicable service area because of the many schools in the professional, graduate, and undergraduate areas of study and the offices involved in providing student services. The grievance procedure is described in the chapter entitled University Regulations.

Open House Hotline (A Program of Madison House, 295-TALK) Trained volunteers are available to help callers using nondirective, nonjudgmental, confidential empathic listening. Referrals to professional and long-term assistance are available. The hotline operates during most of the academic year Monday through Friday, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 A.M., and 24 hours on the weekend.

Resident Staff Program (Dabney House 924-3736) Each residence hall is staffed by members of resident staff who are available to assist students through peer counseling, referral, and programming. This student peer program is supervised by the Office of the Dean of Students/Residence Life.

Students with Disabilities (243-5180 or 243-5189) Students who have any physical or emotional impairment which may require reasonable accommodation at the University should contact the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center. Such impairments may include but are not limited to: impaired vision, hearing, mobility, or a specific learning disability such as dyslexia or expressive dysphasia. The University is making every reasonable attempt to make the Grounds and its facilities accessible, and through reassignment of classroom space in a need-based program, accessibility is assured. Students seeking academic accommodation are advised to make early contact with the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center to ensure minimum disruption of classes and progress towards their degree program.

Students' Legal Services Program (2015 Ivy Road, Suite 416, 977-1670) Student Council Sponsored legal counsel is available through this program to those students who pay the student activities fee. The agency is staffed by two attorneys and a large support staff. Most areas of civil law and some criminal cases are handled by this office, with a concentration on landlord-tenant conflicts, consumer rights, and related legal situations arising from a student's residence in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. Initial consultations are free.

Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program (Dean of Students, Peabody Hall 924-7133) The Transfer Student Peer Advisor (TSPA) Program aids traditional and non-traditional age students transferring to the University. The primary goal of this program is to assist transfer students to integrate into the University rapidly and with ease. Every year approximately 50 students are selected to serve as TSPAs. Each initiates contact with 10 to 12 transfer students during the summer and then serves as a primary resource and guide for these transfers as they enter the University.

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