Resource Guide 2013-14
Table of Contents Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Indiana Promise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Legacy of Herman B Wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 About FYE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Living at IU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Student Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Housing and Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 I-BUCKS, Hoosier Bucks, and CampusAccess Account . . . . . 10 Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Health and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 What to Do During an Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Campus News and Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mentoring and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Your Rights and Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Disability Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 International Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Diversity on Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Getting Around Campus and Beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Safety Tips for Pedestrians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Religious Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 To-Do List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Learning at IU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Academic Advising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 See Your Academic Advisor Right Away . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Academic Units and Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 What Is a Syllabus? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Professor Ruesinkâ€™s Reliable Rules for Success . . . . . . . . .30 Need Academic Assistance? Turn Here for Help . . . . . . . . 31 Academic Honesty and Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 To-Do List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Getting Involved at IU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 A Few of the Many Ways to Get Involved . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Culture Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Arts, Entertainment, and Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 To-Do List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Explore Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Parents and Family Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Advice and Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Stay Connected to IU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Access to Student Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Visit Bloomington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 To-Do List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Notes and Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Dear students and family members:
Welcome to the Indiana University Bloomington family! Your IU experience is full of exciting possibilities, and we’ll introduce you to many of them at New Student Orientation. Of course, New Student Orientation can only cover so much. So we created this Resource Guide, which details many of the opportunities, support systems, and services available to students and their families. Keep it with you during orientation, and reference it throughout the next year. We hope you enjoy orientation and find it to be a beneficial springboard to your IU experience. Be sure to attend all sessions, ask a lot of questions, and meet other new members of the IU family. If you need any assistance or have questions during orientation or the upcoming year, just let us know. We’re here to help you.
Your New Student Orientation Staff (The OTeam)
The Office of First Year Experience Programs Staff
FYE: Your Guide to Your First Year
The Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE, for short) helps you make the most of your first year at IU. We’ll guide you through IU traditions, add depth to your academic study through helpful events, and answer any and all questions you may have about being a Hoosier. Learn more on page 6 and at fye.indiana.edu, and connect with us at facebook.com/iufye and on Twitter: @iufye.
The Indiana Promise Indiana University is a community built on the foundations of academic excellence, personal development, and social responsibility. The expectations of this community include engaging in rigorous intellectual inquiry and artistic creativity, recognizing each individual’s accountability for his or her own behavior, and appreciating the contributions made by all community members. The Indiana Promise expresses the student’s commitment to these values and acknowledges the importance of the student’s active participation in the IU experience. Students make this promise both to Indiana University and to themselves.
I promise that:
I will be ethical in my academic work.
I will respect the dignity of others, treating them with civility and understanding.
I will take personal responsibility for what I say and what I do.
The Legacy of Herman B Wells
Many people have made Indiana University into the worldclass institution it is today. Perhaps the most influential was Herman B Wells. During his tenure as IU’s president (1937 to 1962) and chancellor (1962 to his death in 2000), Wells helped transform IU into a top public research institution and a leader in the arts and international studies. He was a strong advocate for civil rights, academic freedom, and what he called the “islands of green” throughout our campus. Wells frequently walked around campus, engaging students in conversations and involving himself in student activities. His passion for IU and the people here is one of his greatest legacies. In his autobiography, Being Lucky, Wells wrote, “With the right spirit, the right atmosphere, the right ambience, nearly all things become possible in the learning process, which is the central purpose of a university.” Wells was instrumental in creating that atmosphere at IU. You can still feel it today.
The Wells Touch
According to tradition, touching the outstretched hand of the Herman B Wells statue in the Old Crescent brings good luck and academic success.
About FYE Whether you’re new to college or simply new to IU Bloomington, the Office of First Year Experience Programs (or FYE) is here to support you. As you begin your first year here, you’ll start to see all the possibilities IU offers. Research opportunities. Study abroad. Student activities. Community service. Specialized academic programs. Leadership roles. FYE offers guidance and help as you explore your options. Through programs, resources, and services, we’ll provide the information you need to make your education and experience at IU everything you want them to be.
Here for You All Year Your first experience as an IU student is New Student Orientation, but your connection with FYE continues throughout your first year.
Beginning your IU experience in the fall? You won’t want to miss a minute of Proud Traditions: Welcome Week 2013. With events ranging from the Freshman Induction Ceremony to CultureFest to the Traditions and Spirit of IU, these five exciting days will help you become comfortable with and knowledgeable about the people, places, and opportunities at IU.
Take an amazing, pre-semester trip alongside future friends through IUBeginnings. Choose from more than a dozen trips—such as rafting in the Appalachian Mountains or networking with employers in Chicago—that will take you on an adventure and ease you into IU life.
Year-Round Programs and Support
We’re with you throughout the academic year, too. Our programs, newsletters, and online information will keep you connected and up to date with life on campus and all that is available to you. Be sure to watch for our highlight events such as “Trading Laces,” “What’s Next for You @ IU,” and “New Student Service Day.” Contact us at email@example.com or (812) 855-HELP (4357) if you ever have questions or need guidance.
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View the IU Bucket List of things to do before you graduate. Explore FYE programs and events. Get good-to-know info for students and parents. Learn how to join our spirited student staff.
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Living at IU IU is your new home away from home, and we want to help you make the most of your time here. That starts with a great education, but it also includes offering the support you need to connect with other Hoosiers, be safe, navigate life at IU, and prepare for your life after graduation. As you might expect from a place as big as IU, you have a lot to learn about living here. But don’t worry: FYE and countless other offices and programs will help you.
Student Affairs Dean of Students Indiana Memorial Union M088 studentaffairs.iub.edu The Dean of Students office oversees the Division of Student Affairs, providing broad support to individual students, student groups, parents, alumni, and other members of the IU community. Charged with the general welfare of students, the Dean of Students helps ensure student success. The offices within Student Affairs cover a wide range of issues, activities, services, and concerns. Visit the Student Affairs website to: •• Connect with a variety of offices, including the IU Health Center and the Career Development Center, as well as support programs for female students and gender affairs. •• Find links to resources such as academic policies and information about student rights.
Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith talks with students on Move-In Day.
Housing and Dining Living at IU
Living on campus helps you make the connections that will shape your IU experience. You’ll have a built-in community of new friends. Your resident assistant and residence hall staff will help you figure out how IU works and adapt to IU life. And you’ll quickly discover the array of events, activities, and opportunities that make every day at IU exciting. Plus, you’ll be a short walk from your classes, the Wells Library, the Student Recreational Sports Center, the Indiana Memorial Union, and all of IU’s support services on campus. Not living on campus? IU has lots of offices, programs, and activities that will help you feel at home here and thrive, academically and otherwise. Residential Programs and Services (RPS) 801 N. Jordan Avenue rps.indiana.edu facebook.com/RPSIU @iurps firstname.lastname@example.org (general assistance) email@example.com (assignments, roommates, cancellation) RPS manages on-campus residence halls, apartments, and 24 dining locations. It also provides leadership development, employment, and scholarship opportunities for students. We’re excited to provide you housing and food service during your first year, and look forward to having you stay with us on campus all four years. Visit the RPS website to: •• Read the Move In Guide and A to Z Guide to Residence Hall Living. •• Log in to My Housing to see your housing assignment. •• Learn about dining locations, menus, and hours. •• Access I-BUCKS Services to add I-BUCKS or switch meal plans. (See page 10 for more about I-BUCKS.) •• Cancel housing and dining arrangements.
Residential Programs and Services Dining rps.indiana.edu/diningguide.cfml RPS has 24 dining locations in residence halls and other campus buildings, with options including traditional dining rooms, food courts, cafés, convenience stores, and eMEAL online ordering. RPS offers several meal plan options for students living on and off campus. Indiana Memorial Union Dining imu.indiana.edu/dining/index.shtml The IMU offers a variety of venues to satisfy your craving. For quick eats, try Starbucks, Burger King, Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Sakura Sushi, Cyclone Salads, Freshens or the Dunn Meadow Café. The Tudor Room features casual dining in an elegant setting and its famous grand buffet is an IU tradition. Students enjoy a discount after 1:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. Looking for a sweet treat? Visit Sugar & Spice for delicious cookies, breads, bagels, cupcakes, and more. IMU Dining Services also operates the Cyber Café in the Wells Library. The café features Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and a homemade deli. The IMU and Cyber Café accept Campus Access, credit, debit, cash, and Hoosier Bucks.
Find out when each semester starts, when it ends, and all the important breaks and milestones in between (like the deadlines to drop and add classes) at studentcentral.indiana.edu.
I-BUCKS, Hoosier Bucks, and CampusAccess Account Your CampusAccess (student ID) card gives you access to many services and resources, including three separate programs for dining.
I-BUCKS The scoop: The e-currency of the RPS meal plans Use at: 24 RPS dining locations on campus Discount: 60% discount on posted prices for most meal plans Learn more: rps.indiana.edu/diningguideibucks.cfml
Hoosier Bucks The scoop: A new e-currency good at dining locations across campus Use at: All RPS dining facilities, IMU dining locations, and the Wells Library Cyber Café Discount: 25% discount on posted prices Learn more: hoosierbucks.indiana.edu
CampusAccess Account The scoop: Can be used to buy food on campus and off, plus for everything from buying books to doing laundry Use at: All over campus—including RPS dining facilities and the IMU—and more than 80 off-campus locations Learn more: next page, cacard.indiana.edu
Student Central on Union provides information about different financial aid programs, primarily focusing on need-based aid programs from federal and state resources. Your eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined after you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so make sure to file it each year before the March priority date. You should also regularly check your to-do list in OneStart for items that may require your action.
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Financial Aid: Student Central on Union 408 N. Union St. Room 106 www.studentcentral.indiana.edu
Banking Information You can see a list of Bloomington-area banks and banking associations at www.chamberbloomington. org. Click on “Business Directory” and search by category for “banks and banking associations.” Many of these banks have branch offices and/or ATM locations on or near campus, and some have checking and savings options designed specifically for students. Many students open local checking and/or savings accounts, particularly to avoid added fees such as ATM charges.
Visit the Student Central on Union website to: •• Get information about types of financial aid, eligibility, and applying for aid •• Review the cost of attending IU, learn to manage your aid, and more Paying Your Bills: Office of the Bursar Poplars Building, Room W100 (812) 855-2636 firstname.lastname@example.org bursar.indiana.edu The Office of the Bursar handles IU’s billing operations—you’ll pay your IU tuition, fees, and other charges through this office. The bursar also disburses refunds. Monthly statements detailing any new activity or an unpaid balance will be sent to your IU email address; payments are due the 10th of each month. Go to the Office of the Bursar’s website http://bursar.indiana.edu to: •• Create Authorized Payer access for anyone who will help with bills—paying, viewing e-bills, asking questions •• Sign the Title IV Authorization to ensure your federal aid will be used fully to pay your IU charges •• Set up your Direct Deposit record for receiving bursar refunds of financial aid and other credits as appropriate •• Accept your Federal Direct Loans if you want to borrow these funds to help with your educational expenses
CampusAccess Card Eigenmann Hall, Bottom Level Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine Level cacard.indiana.edu The CampusAccess Card is your official IU student ID, but it’s also a lot more. You’ll use it to enter your residence hall, check out library materials, get into recreational facilities, ride the bus, and pay for meals. Your card is also a convenient way to buy things. It’s accepted at more than 80 off-campus locations and all over campus, including at the IU Bookstore and throughout the Indiana Memorial Union. You can get everything from salads to pizza, buy books and shirts, make copies, do your laundry, buy software, or just grab a cup of coffee. Visit the CampusAccess website to: •• Check your balance and add funds. •• See where you can use your card on and off campus. •• Learn how to get a new card if you lose it or didn’t get one at orientation. Resource Guide
Health and Safety Living at IU
Your well-being is a top priority for everyone at IU. We offer many services to help you stay healthy and safe, from the full-service IU Health Center to a 24/7 police force to awareness programs. Of course, one of the most important factors in your health and safety is you. So try to balance your responsibilities, eat well, and get exercise. Be aware of your surroundings, and make good choices in your social life. Look out for your fellow students. And take advantage of these resources and services. Street Smart streetsmart.indiana.edu facebook.com/StreetSmartPartyAnimals @StreetSmartIU Everyone—including you—shares the responsibility for keeping IU safe. Street Smart encourages the members of the IU community to look after each other and make safety a priority. Check out the Street Smart website, Facebook page, and Twitter feeds for info and tips about personal health, social life, campus safety, and mental health—all delivered with wit by the Street Smart party animals.
Holla! We’re the Street Smart party animals, and we’ll pop up from time to time with tips on how to be safe at IU.
IU Police Department 1469 E. 17th Street (812) 855-4111 Emergency: 911 www.indiana.edu/~iupd The full- and part-time officers at this 24/7 law enforcement agency provide police and security services to IU and enforce Indiana laws and IU regulations. IUPD also educates the IU community on crime prevention and personal safety. As part of one of the largest university police organizations in the United States, IUPD officers are involved in the campus community in many ways. They are also accessible to and concerned about students. Visit the IUPD website for information on crime alerts and statistics, emergency preparedness, community programs, and more.
Office of Alternative Screening and Intervention Services (OASIS) Eigenmann Hall 726 West studentaffairs.iub.edu/oasis
Commission on Personal Safety (CPS) http://studentaffairs.iub.edu/cps The Commission on Personal Safety helps the campus make improvements in pedestrian and bicycle safety, campus lighting, sexual assault prevention, and safety services. Visit the CPS website to learn how to join, read about crime statistics, and to connect with other safety organizations such as IU Safety Escort, Culture of Care, Protect IU, and more. Safety Escort (812) 855-SAFE (7233) safety.indiana.edu This service provides safe van transportation for students who would otherwise be walking alone at night. Visit the website for current hours and other details. Protect IU protect.iu.edu
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OASIS is the campus hub for alcohol and other drug prevention, education, and intervention. OASIS counselors and prevention specialists provide non-judgmental support and training to students, parents, and organizations. OASIS is responsible for distributing a yearly campus substance use survey and manages the online alcohol and sexual assault prevention course that all first-year students are required to take. We also provide support and information for parents. OASIS provides programming and education in residence halls, Greek chapters, and other organizations, as well as support and resource identification for both recovering students and those simply wanting to have fun sober.
Reporting Harassment Incidents: The IU Incident Teams Report an incident: (812) 855-8188, email@example.com, m.iu.edu, or on the website studentaffairs.iub.edu/incident The Incident Teams assist and support students who report incidents of discrimination in finding a resolution, and document incidents to inform the campus about discrimination in our community. Anyone experiencing or observing physical, verbal, or written discrimination or harassment based on race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability can report these incidents to the Incident Teams. Sexual Assault Crisis Service IU Health Center, corner of Jordan Avenue and Tenth Street 24-hour crisis line: (812) 855-8900 healthcenter.indiana.edu/counseling/services/ sexual-assault.shtml The Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) offers 24-hour crisis intervention, individual and group counseling to those affected by sexual assault, and outreach and educational programs for student groups, residence halls, classes, fraternities, and sororities. SACS advises three student groups that offer peer education and support. Contact SACS if you want to learn more or help raise awareness about issues of consent and safety.
The Protect IU website provides students, parents, and other members of the IU community with timely information about a wide range of safety and security issues—from notices related to campus safety situations to tips for personal safety, crime prevention, emergency preparedness, and staying safe online—all in one place.
Learn how to take a walk in someone else’s shoes at fye.indiana.edu Resource Guide
Students: Did You Know?
You can reduce your risk of being involved in nonconsensual sex.
What Is Consent? •• Consent is an unmistakable, often verbal positive response to participate in a sexual activity. Consent must be freely given and not coerced. •• Consent cannot be legally given when someone is intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs.
Women: Did You Know? Statistics •• 1 in 6 women will experience a sexual assault during their time in college. •• 90% of women who are sexually assaulted had a prior relationship with the assailant. Consent and Women •• Any sexual activity in which one partner has not given consent is sexual assault. •• If you have not given consent, no one has the right to have any type of sexual interaction with you.
Men: Did You Know? Statistics •• 1 in 12 men admit to committing acts that meet the legal definition of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. •• More than 1 in 5 men report “becoming so sexually aroused that they could not stop themselves from having sex, even though the woman did not consent.” •• 84% of men who committed sexual assault said that what they did was definitely not sexual assault. Consent and Men •• Any sexual activity in which one partner has not given consent is sexual assault.
IU Campus Recreational Sports Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC): 1601 Law Lane Wildermuth Intramural Center: 1025 E. Seventh Street www.iurecsports.org facebook.com/iurecsports @iurecsports Participating in Campus Recreational Sports is a great way to make friends, learn a new activity, and be active. Your CampusAccess (student ID) card gets you access to two sports/fitness facilities with multiple strength and cardio rooms (400+ pieces of equipment!), basketball courts, tracks, pools, and group exercise studios that host over 80 free weekly sessions.
•• If you are unsure about your partner’s wishes, ask for consent before continuing. •• Don’t assume a person wants to have sex because of how the person is dressed or how the person acts— these are not indications of consent. •• Don’t assume that when a person wants to spend time alone with you, it means the person wants to engage in sexual activity.
Alcohol and Other Drugs •• 75% of male students involved in a sexual assault had been drinking or using drugs. •• 55% of female students involved in a sexual assault had been drinking or using drugs. •• Alcohol and other drugs may interfere with your ability to recognize your partner’s feelings about, and comfort with, what’s happening. •• Be aware of your friends when they are drinking at a party. You might be able to stop them from doing something they’ll regret.
Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault
A sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Nothing that you do can prevent someone from making the choice to assault you. However, taking these steps can reduce the risk of a sexual assault occurring. •• Going to a party? Go with friends and leave with friends. •• Trust your feelings. If you feel uncomfortable and are being pressured, recognize it and get away from the situation.
For a minimal fee, you can participate in student favorites like intramural sports, yoga/Pilates, CycleFit and CircuitStrength workout sessions, and personal training. IU also has over 45 club sports. IU Health Center Corner of Jordan Avenue and Tenth Street healthcenter.indiana.edu facebook.com/iuhealthandwellness @IUHealthCenter The IU Health Center is an on-campus, full-service medical clinic and counseling center featuring an on-site lab, a retail pharmacy, and a host of other services specializing in treating college-aged patients.
The IU Health Center is not part of the IU Health network. Your Health Fee benefits only cover treatment at the on-campus IU Health Center, not at IU Health facilities elsewhere in Bloomington.
•• Look out for your friends. If your friends appear to be drunk or are with others who are drunk, don’t leave them alone. •• If you choose to drink, be aware of how much you have had to drink and whether you can communicate clearly. •• Be clear about your expectations. Ask your partner about her or his expectations. Now is not the time to be shy or coy.
How to Support Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted What to Do •• Listen to and believe her/him. •• Ask what her/his immediate needs are. •• Allow her/him to come to her/his own decisions and conclusions. •• Direct her/him to available resources. •• If she/he would like to have a medical exam performed for evidence, remind her/him not to shower. This way, there will be evidence if she/he later decides to prosecute. •• Ask for assistance if you feel uncomfortable dealing with the situation. What Not to Do •• Do not blame her/him. •• Do not ask questions about what happened or imply that it was her/his fault. •• Do not reinforce the sense of victimization by making decisions for her/him. •• Do not evaluate her/his statements or make value judgments about them. •• Do not minimize the seriousness of the assault.
Sexual Misconduct Alleged violations can be reported to the Office of Student Ethics or the Dean of Students Office. Per the Code: http://www.iu.edu/~code/bloomington/discipline/ appendix_e.shtml, and Federal Law (Title IX), the university must investigate all reports of sexual misconduct where a student is involved, regardless of where the alleged violation occurred. In addition, a student may be charged when the acts arise from university activities that are being conducted off campus, if the misconduct undermines the security of the university community, the integrity of the educational process, or poses a serious threat to self or others. The university handles all reported cases of sexual misconduct that involve a student, are alleged on university grounds, and/or are associated with IUsponsored events.
Feeling rough? Get medical care on campus at the IU Health Center.
Additional services include a walk-in clinic for sudden illnesses and injuries, a women’s health clinic, digital X-rays, and numerous wellness and health education programs designed to help students live a healthier and productive lifestyle. No cash? Just transfer your charges to your bursar bill. Visit the Health Center website to: •• See the hours for appointments, walk-ins, after-hours medical advice, and counseling. •• Log in to MyHealth to schedule appointments, manage prescriptions and your personal health record, and see lab results. •• Learn how IU’s health fee entitles you to free and low-cost care. Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital 601 W. Second Street iuhealth.org/bloomington IU Health Bloomington Hospital is a part of the statewide IU Health system, and serves more than 400,000 people in south central Indiana. Services include emergency medicine, outpatient surgery, and inpatient care in specialties ranging from general medical care to orthopedics and women’s and children’s services.
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Indiana University Health Urgent Care Centers East: 326 S. Woodcrest Drive West: 3443 W. Third Street iuhealth.org/bloomington The IU Health Urgent Care Centers in Bloomington provide walk-in treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, such as allergies/sinus infections, sprains and strains, and colds/flu.
When the weather is crazy, don’t be lazy! Seek shelter!
Monroe Hospital 4011 S. Monroe Medical Park Boulevard www.monroehospital.com Monroe Hospital offers emergency room services, surgical services, physical therapy, laboratory services, radiology, and more. School of Optometry Eye Care Center Atwater Eye Care Center: 744 E. Third Street www.opt.indiana.edu/clinics Featuring the most up-to-date ophthalmic equipment, the IU School of Optometry Eye Care Center offers eye and vision care to patients of all ages and is open to the public. The center also has a large selection of stylish eyewear.
What to Do During an Emergency Fire If you discover a fire, explosion, or smoke in a building: •• Activate the nearest fire alarm. •• Immediately evacuate the building, warning others as you exit. •• Do not use elevators. •• Once outside, call 911 to report the fire. •• Move well away from the building. •• Obey all emergency personnel. •• If you know someone is still in the building, alert emergency personnel and tell them his/her location. •• Do not re-enter the building until emergency personnel give you permission. Tornado If a tornado has been identified in the area by spotters and/or radar: •• Outdoor sirens and weather radios will sound. •• If you’re outside, take immediate shelter in the nearest building. •• If you’re inside, take shelter in the basement or the building’s lowest floor or most interior room, away from glass windows and exit doors. •• Take a weather radio, laptop, or AM/FM radio with you to receive updates. •• Do not leave shelter until the tornado warning has expired or an all-clear is given.
Earthquake If you’re inside: •• Take shelter under a sturdy piece of furniture. •• Stay away from windows, hanging objects, and heavy furniture. •• Stay where you are until the shaking stops. •• After the shaking stops, evacuate the building. •• Do not use elevators. If you’re outside: •• If possible, move to a clear area away from trees, poles, and buildings. Warning Systems IU-Notify: This IU alert system sends emergency notifications via phone, email, and text. Learn more on the next page. Tornado sirens: The steady wail of these loud outdoor sirens indicates that a tornado warning has been issued or a tornado has been spotted. NOAA Weather Radios: Found in residence hall offices and buildings throughout campus, these radios sound during weather events such as severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, tornado watches and warnings, and flash flood watches and warnings. Learn more about emergency preparedness at protect.iu.edu/emergency.
Crimson CORPS firstname.lastname@example.org crimsoncorps.iub.edu
Campus News and Information IU Bloomington Website iub.edu The campus website includes a variety of information and links for current students, and features the latest campus news and events. Indiana Daily Student (IDS) Ernie Pyle Hall 120 www.idsnews.com This free student newspaper and website are perennial winners of national student media awards. Students from all majors and experience levels write for the IDS, and students have final authority on its editorial content. IU-Notify protect.iu.edu/emergency/iunotify IU-Notify is IU’s comprehensive alert system. In addition to methods like sirens and web pages, it includes a messaging system that calls, emails, and texts members of the IU community in the event of an emergency. Your basic information will be automatically loaded into IU-Notify, but you should log in to OneStart to add information like your cell phone number. Campus Call Center (812) 855-IUIU (4848) email@example.com The Campus Call Center is a “front door” to information and people at IU, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call Center staff can give you IU and Bloomington phone numbers, directions, information about campus events, and a lot more.
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Crimson CORPS (Caring, Open-Minded, Respectful Peer Support) is a group of carefully selected undergraduates who are trained to provide informal, accepting, and nonjudgmental peer support. The CORPS strives to promote a culture of compassion and action at IU, and to bring awareness to issues of emotional well-being within the student community through advocacy, outreach, and peer-to-peer support. For information on joining or contacting a Crimson CORPS member, please visit the website.
Bloomington Information Like IU, Bloomington always has a lot going on. Sources for local news and events include: •• City of Bloomington: bloomington.in.gov •• Everybody’s Bloomington: bloomington.in.gov/everybodys •• Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.visitbloomington.com Other Sources of Info •• FYE website: fye.indiana.edu •• WIUX student radio: 99.1 FM, www.wiux.org •• WFIU public radio: 103.7 FM, indianapublicmedia.org/radio •• IU Student Television: available 24 hours a day on campus cable, www.iustv.com •• WTIU public television: indianapublicmedia.org/tv
Mentoring and Support Many IU offices and programs offer mentoring and support. Here are a few of them. Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development Eigenmann Hall 619 www.indiana.edu/~omsld This office enhances student life and learning through mentoring, academic support, leadership development, study abroad opportunities, support for 21st Century Scholars, and assistance with graduate school preparation. Groups Scholars Program Maxwell Hall 200 www.indiana.edu/~groups facebook.com/GroupsProgram The Groups Program helps specially selected students at every step of their IU experience, offering the academic, tutorial, and financial support to excel in the classroom and beyond. If you’re a Groups Scholars Program student, check in with your advisor there often. Hudson and Holland Scholars Program Memorial Hall West 108 www.iub.edu/~hhsp The Hudson and Holland Scholars Program serves to recruit, retain, and graduate students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to academic success and social justice. The program includes advising sessions, a conference, workshops, a freshman seminar, overseas study opportunities, and more. Current students can apply—see the program’s website for eligibility.
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Play it safe, party animal! Make good choices when you go out and never let your friends walk home alone.
Your Rights and Responsibilities You have both rights and responsibilities as a member of the IU community. You need to be aware of them—that’s part of making and keeping the Indiana Promise. Understanding the behaviors expected of IU students begins with the Code. Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct www.iu.edu/~code The Code, as it’s often called, contains descriptions of policies that apply to all IU students and information about the procedures used to address academic and personal misconduct. You’re expected to be familiar with it, so make sure to review it. Read it online, or pick up a hard copy from the Office of Student Ethics and AntiHarassment Programs. Student Advocates Office Eigenmann Hall West 229 studentaffairs.iub.edu/advocates facebook.com/IUBadvocates The Student Advocates Office helps students resolve personal and academic problems. Services include advising on campus judicial charges, assisting with grade change and withdrawal requests, and providing a safe place to report assault, harassment, and other conflicts.
Visit the Student Advocates Office website to: •• Read about common academic and administrative concerns. •• Learn about the campus judicial process, including issues of personal and academic misconduct. •• Find information and services for survivors of physical or sexual misconduct.
Alcohol Policy Each year, college students across the country die or suffer serious injuries because of inappropriate alcohol consumption. The majority of campus vandalism, academic failure, student discipline, and criminal justice problems are alcohol related. Indiana University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that enables students to succeed academically, and has policies concerning the use, misuse, and abuse of alcohol as defined in Part II, Section H (22) a–f of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Alcohol use is prohibited in most undergraduate residence halls, and is always prohibited for students who are not of legal drinking age. Students are also expected to abide by Indiana law. In addition, the university has nearly 40 programs designed to educate students about alcohol misuse/abuse, and faculty infuse information and research into their curricula. 18
Student Legal Services www.indiana.edu/~sls facebook.com/stulegal @IUStudentLegal
Visit the Student Legal Services website to: •• Access resources to help you avoid legal issues, like “Top Ten Things to Think About When You Rent” and the “SLS Party Manual.” •• Read the SLS Blawg. •• Make an appointment to discuss your legal problem confidentially and without charge. Office of Student Ethics and Anti-Harassment Programs 801 N. Jordan Avenue studentaffairs.iub.edu/ethics firstname.lastname@example.org This office responds to alleged acts of personal and/or academic misconduct following procedures outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, the Procedures for Bloomington Campus (http://www.iu.edu/~code/code/index.shtml), and Residential Programs and Services A-Z Guide (http://www.rps.indiana.edu/rules.cfml). Focusing on student rights and fair treatment, it oversees the campus judicial system, which is separate from the Bloomington legal system.
Disability Services Disability Services for Students Wells Library, West Tower, Third Floor studentaffairs.iub.edu/dss facebook.com/iubdss @IUBDSS Disability Services for Students (DSS) offers all-around support for students with disabilities, ensuring them equal access to IU programs and services. Services include helping students document their disabilities and secure appropriate accommodations. If you think you’ll need disability support services, contact DSS as soon as possible.
Office of International Services Poplars Building, Room 221 400 E. Seventh Street ois.iu.edu
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Student Legal Services (SLS) is the on-campus law firm. It provides confidential legal representation to IU students facing lawsuits as well as information and assistance to help them avoid legal entanglements. When students do have legal problems, SLS employs full-time, licensed attorneys and law students to help manage and resolve the situations. SLS representation is paid for through the Student Activity Fee and is available without additional charge.
The Office of International Services (OIS) helps international students and scholars integrate into life at IU and in Bloomington, stay in compliance with U.S. visa and immigration regulations, and navigate many other aspects of life here. OIS also offers programming that celebrates cultural, social, and political diversity among people worldwide. OIS welcomes domestic students interested in volunteering to help with events, such as International Orientation in August and English language practice. Visit the OIS website to: •• Get basic information about how things work in the United States. •• Review information about travel, employment, and maintaining immigration status. •• Learn about upcoming cross-cultural programs.
Diversity on Campus IU Bloomington is truly a representation of our global society. We’re home to students from all 50 states, more than 130 countries, and a wide variety of religions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, political interests, and experiences. True to the Indiana Promise, we respect and embrace people’s differences, and we celebrate our commonalities. Through the experiences and beliefs of others, we learn about our world and ourselves. Explore these diversity-related resources, and find more at www.indiana.edu/~dema. Office of Diversity Education Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Room A-231 www.indiana.edu/~diversit facebook.com/groups/16396094492 The Office of Diversity Education serves as a resource for issues of diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. It helps students prepare for a global economy and increasingly diverse population by providing multicultural competence training and opportunities to interact with IU’s multicultural students.
Also see the information about the Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center on page 31. Resource Guide
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CommUNITY Education Program (CUE) 801 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 208 cue.indiana.edu Get involved in activities that promote diversity dialogue and social justice through CUE programs in each residence hall. Activities include an annual Civil Rights Immersion Trip to civil rights landmarks. Ask about becoming a CommUNITY Educator for your residence hall. Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) 705 E. Seventh Street, Room 204 http://studentaffairs.iub.edu/comu facebook.com/iu.comu COMU increases awareness and understanding of the factors that lead to racism and other forms of oppression. You can serve on COMU’s committees with other students, faculty, and staff, and student groups and events planners can apply for up to $100 in COMU funding.
Technology University Information Technology Services (UITS) Wells Library Information Commons Indiana Memorial Union M089 nu2it.iu.edu facebook.com/iu.uits @uitsnews No matter where you are on (or off) campus, you’ll need the right tools to help you get and stay connected. That’s where UITS comes in. With some of the best resources in the nation, we make sure you have the tech you need to be successful at IU and beyond. Get started with technology Visit New to IT@IU to: •• Get 24/7 tech support. •• Connect to the IU Secure network. •• Check out deals and discounts. •• Access downloadable and streaming software at no cost. •• Expand your tech skills.
Get your IU on the go with IU Mobile (m.iu.edu). It’s available anytime, anywhere, and features everything from bus schedules to seat finders for computer labs.
Put away those flash drives, and get in the cloud with Box at IU. Current students get 50 GB of storage at no cost.
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Getting Around Campus and Beyond Campus Bus Service 120 W. Grimes Lane iubus.indiana.edu
Residential Programs and Services Parking 801 N. Jordan Avenue rps.indiana.edu/parking.cfml
Your IU transportation fee gives you prepaid access to IU’s buses, and visitors like your parents can ride for free. The IU Campus Bus Service operates several routes that stop at residence halls, academic buildings, the Wells Library, the Indiana Memorial Union, and many other spots on campus.
RPS Parking controls all D parking lots around the residence halls. You can get on the waitlist for a D permit in the Online Services area of the RPS website. D permits are limited, and they’re awarded based on when students originally applied for RPS housing. If you don’t receive a D permit, you can buy an E or F permit from Parking Operations.
Visit the Campus Bus Service website, or use the IU Mobile website (m.iu.edu) or app, to: •• Track buses in real time. •• See bus schedules.
Residents requesting a permit due to a medical situation should contact Parking Operations. D3 permits for apartment housing are sold firstcome, first-served at each building’s center desk.
IU is a big place—1,937 acres, to be exact. If you need help finding your way around, use the campus map at maps.iu.edu/bloomington.php.
Bloomington Transit www.bloomingtontransit.com Bloomington Transit routes serve several points on campus and fan out into residential neighborhoods, retail centers, and the shopping mall. You can ride Bloomington Transit just by showing your CampusAccess (student ID) card.
Parking Operations 310 S. Fess Avenue, in the Henderson Parking Garage parking.indiana.edu facebook.com/pages/IUB-ParkingOperations/144717762322318 @IUParking Parking Operations oversees the system of parking permits and zones for IU employees and students. It also offers temporary permits, meters, and parking garages for visitors. If you live on campus and don’t receive a D permit, or if you live off campus, you can buy an E permit (for the Assembly Hall/Memorial Stadium area north of 17th Street) or F permit (for parking from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in parking garages and non-24-hour A, C, and E spaces). Visit the Parking Operations website to: •• Use the Lot Locator tool and see a map of IU’s parking garages. •• Learn about parking regulations, how to appeal citations, and event, visitor, and free parking.
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Motorist Assistance (812) 855-9849 iubus.indiana.edu/parking_operations/ assistance_park.aspx
Shuttle Services Several services offer transportation between IU and locations such as Indianapolis International Airport and the Chicagoland area.
Dead battery? Flat tire? Empty gas tank? Keys locked in your car? Motorist Assistance can help. You can use this service for free three times per academic year—and for a fee after that—if your car is parked legally on campus. This service is available Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Examples include: •• Catch a Ride: www.catcharide.com •• GO Express Travel: www.goexpresstravel.com •• Star of America: www.soashuttle.com
Biking iubus.indiana.edu/parking_operations/alt_ bicycling.aspx bloomington.in.gov/bike
Need some wheels? Zipcar provides cars on campus and on demand 24/7. Reserve them online by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included. IU students can apply for a discounted membership on Zipcar’s IU web page and also get a $35 driving credit.
Bikes are big in Bloomington. The Little 500 bicycle races are an IU tradition, and the League of American Bicyclists has recognized both IU and Bloomington for being bike friendly. If you bring a bike to campus, make sure to register it with Parking Operations—it only costs $10—and attach your permit to your bike. Invest in a good lock, and take advantage of the many bike racks around campus and town. And ride safely: always wear a helmet, ride with traffic, obey all street signs and signals, and use bike lights, light-colored clothing, and reflectors to make sure you’re visible when riding in the dark.
Zipcar (Car Sharing) www.zipcar.com/iub
Zimride (Ride Sharing) www.zimride.com/iub This private ride-sharing network for IU Bloomington helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, split the costs by driving other IU community members. If you don’t have a car, find a ride where you need to go.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Keep these strategies in mind when walking around campus and Bloomington. •• Avoid dark or hazardous areas. Use well-lighted walkways, such as the lighted pedestrian routes on campus. To report a non-working outside light, call (812) 855-8728. •• Avoid being out alone at night. Go with a friend, take a bus or taxi, or call the IUSA Safety Escort service at (812) 855-SAFE (7233). •• Be alert. Walk confidently and pay attention to your surroundings and who is around you. Report suspicious people and incidents to police immediately.
•• Use all of the safety mechanisms that are available to you, including locks, security doors, public transportation, and friends. •• Notice the locations of the emergency call boxes throughout campus. They will connect you immediately with the IU Police Department. In addition, all residence halls have phones at their main entrances that can be used for emergency calls.
IU students come from a variety of religious backgrounds. In addition to support services and cultural events on and off campus, Bloomington has many places of worship for students who wish to observe their faiths or learn about other faiths.
•• You started your to-do list on your FY(Me) page at fye.indiana.edu. That list will help you keep organized as you start your IU experience, so check back periodically for updates.
Religious Holidays and Classes IU respects the right of all students to observe religious holidays and will make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances. Review your syllabus for each of your classes, and if potential conflicts with religious holidays exist, notify your professors within the first two weeks of class in order to discuss accommodations. More information and a link to the accommodation request form are at teaching.iub.edu/policies_religious.php.
Places of Worship
Many of the area’s religious services and organizations are listed in the Indiana Daily Student religious directory: www.idsnews.com/news/directories/religious.
Watch your tail when crossing the street. Use crosswalks, get off your phone, and look both ways at intersections.
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•• IU email is used for all official university communications, including billing information. Check it often. Starting now. Really. •• Contact your assigned roommate(s) to get acquainted and plan your room setup. •• Visit bursar.indiana.edu to learn about IU billing and payments, and set up an Authorized Payer who can view and pay your bills. •• Sign up for direct deposit of bursar refunds in OneStart under Student Self-Service. •• Learn about financial aid and view the timeline for applying each year at studentcentral.indiana. edu/financial-aid/. •• Check your to-do items in OneStart throughout the year for important messages about financial aid. •• Update your IU-Notify contact information in OneStart so you can stay informed about emergencies. •• Review the UITS ComputerGuide (computerguide.iu.edu) for recommendations and requirements for PCs and Macs, as well as discounts and deals from vendors such as HP, Dell, Apple, and Sony. •• Visit IUware (iuware.iu.edu) for hundreds of free software downloads, including site-licensed products from Adobe, Microsoft, and Symantec. •• Go to the IU Knowledge Base (kb.iu.edu) for answers to all of your technology questions. •• Complete the MoneySmarts Financial Literacy experience. You can access it in OneStart in your to-do list.
Learning at IU First and foremost, you’re at IU to learn. From over 150 majors to research opportunities to internships, IU has an amazing array of options to help you expand your knowledge and explore your potential. As during any new experience, you’ll need some guidance. The staff in our schools and academic-related offices will help you adjust to college, take advantage of opportunities on campus and elsewhere, and plan for your post-IU life. It all starts with your academic advisor.
Academic Advising All new students will meet one on one with an academic advisor during New Student Orientation. From there, you’ll be assigned an advisor with whom you’ll meet regularly. His or her office could even be in your residence hall. Your advisor helps you identify your academic and career interests, develop plans to reach academic and personal goals, plan for future semesters, connect with campus resources, and stay on track throughout your IU career. Most new students begin in the University Division (UD) where they prepare for admission to their intended schools. A small percentage of new students are admitted directly into a particular school, such as the Jacobs School of Music or the Kelley School of Business, and will meet with advisors specific to those programs.
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Visit your advisor often. Prepare in advance for your appointments. Check your IU email regularly—that’s how your advisor will send announcements.
See Your Academic Advisor Right Away By Frank Reiter
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You are about to make one of the most exciting transitions of your adult life—the transition to IU Bloomington. Your academic advisor is ready and waiting to help you with this transition, and will help you focus on your academics, your plans, and your goals. Your advisor should be one of the first people you think of when you have a question or problem. Why should you see your academic advisor right away?
Your advisor can help you:
Explore majors to identify which ones interest you
Because IU has so many options
Because IU has many rules and requirements
Learn about requirements for chosen or potential major(s) and minor(s)
Because sometimes you don’t know whom to ask
Find courses related to your interests
Because it feels good to have one more person on your side rooting for you
Plan your academic program for each semester
Review your grades and identify course-related problems
Because it feels nice to sit and talk to a real person who is happy to make time for you
Find tutoring and other academic support services as needed
Develop time management and study skills
Explore possibilities for participation in special programs, such as overseas study
Obtain information about other student service units
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Because IU can feel so big
Remember: Staying in regular contact with your advisor—and participating actively in the advising process—will help you meet important deadlines and make good decisions about your academic career.
Frank Reiter is the director of academic advising for University Division.
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Academic Units and Resources University Division (UD) Maxwell Hall 101 ud.iub.edu
Hutton Honors College 811 E. Seventh Street www.indiana.edu/~iubhonor
University Division is the first-year academic home and advising resource for most new IU Bloomington undergraduates, as well as for students beyond the first year who continue to prepare for admission to degree-granting programs.
The small-enrollment courses at the Hutton Honors College are designed for inquisitive students who are comfortable crossing intellectual boundaries and challenging old conventions. More than 60 HHC seminars and 200 departmental honors courses are offered at IU each year.
UD academic advisors are experts on the degree requirements for all IU Bloomington undergraduate programs. First-year students living on campus are usually matched with an advisor in or near their residence hall. First-year students living off campus, transfer students, international students, and continuing students typically see an advisor in UD’s main office in Maxwell Hall.
Visit the Hutton Honors College website to: •• Discover the dozens of extracurricular activities the HHC offers, including special audiences with distinguished visitors to campus. •• Learn about HHC academic advising.
Visit UD’s website to: •• Explore your academic options using our alphabetical lists of majors and minors. •• Get information on our Explore Your Options workshops for various academic programs. •• Access planning tools that will help you understand degree requirements and prepare for meetings with your academic advisor. •• Learn about important policies and procedures. IU Libraries Herman B Wells Library and other locations throughout campus libraries.iub.edu Do you know what you need to succeed? We do! Consistently cited as one of the nation’s best academic library systems, the IU Libraries will support and guide you in finding, evaluating, and using information to successfully complete assignments and projects. The Libraries will help connect you with amazing resources, from Shakespeare’s first folio to the Gutenberg Bible and beyond that will transform your work in ways you may not have thought possible.
No matter what you’re majoring in, you can study overseas. IU offers more than 250 programs in 52 countries, 17 languages (including English), and nearly every field of study.
Office of Overseas Study indiana.edu/~overseas facebook.com/iuoverseas @iuoverseas The Office of Overseas Study helps more than 2,200 IU Bloomington students study abroad each year. Students can use most of their existing financial aid overseas, and IU offers several scholarships to support international experiences. Research shows that IU students who study abroad graduate in less time and with higher GPAs than their peers. Visit the Overseas Study website to: •• See program options. •• Get advice on choosing a program.
Visit the IU Libraries website to: •• Learn how you can get help from a librarian in person or by phone, email, chat, or text (libraries.iub.edu/ask). •• Access more than 500 databases and millions of books. •• Get personalized research assistance with your school work (libraries.iub.edu/consult).
IU Bloomington has 11 undergraduate schools. See the full list at iub.edu/academic.
Career Development Center and Arts & Sciences Career Services 625 N. Jordan Avenue www.iucareers.com facebook.com/IUCareers @IUCareers The Career Development Center helps all IU students—and liberal arts students in particular—prepare for their future careers. Services include drop-in and hour-long advising, career development courses, and career fairs for internships and full-time positions. Start using IU’s career services your first year to learn about your skills and interests, writing resumes and cover letters, and finding part-time jobs and internships. Visit the Career Development Center website to: •• See upcoming career-related events, such as employer information sessions and career fairs. •• Look for internships and part- or full-time employment in the myIUcareers database. Office of the Registrar studentcentral.indiana.edu
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Many IU schools and departments have career services offices just for their students. See the list at www.iub.edu/student/career.shtml.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is designed to protect students’ private records. See page 39 for more details. Learn more about FERPA at studentcentral.indiana.edu/ personal-information/access/privacy-rights.shtml. Veterans Support Services (VSS) Indiana Memorial Union M084 veterans.indiana.edu email@example.com 812-856-1985 @IUvetserv VSS provides broad academic, administrative, and social support for military and veteran students and their families. It’s also the designated office for processing VA education benefits (GI Bill). Visit the Veterans Support Services website to: •• Complete the Getting Started checklist, which includes information about admissions and applying for benefits. •• Find the syllabus for the First Year Veterans Experience course. IU Bookstore
Student Central on Union combines the expertise of the offices of the Registrar and Student Financial Assistance into a single point-of-service for class registration information, transcript requests, schedule adjustment, and student financial aid. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Central website to monitor deadlines and to access or update important information. Note: As a public institution, IU adheres to the
Indiana Memorial Union, Assembly Hall (Varsity Shop), and Kirkwood Avenue (Varsity Shop) iubookstore.com facebook.com/iubkstore The IU Bookstore has almost everything you need for college, including textbooks, a wide selection of IU apparel, items for your room, and great educational discounts on computer hardware and software. Visit the IU Bookstore website to: Order your textbooks online for easy pick-up. To save money, shop early for the best selection of used books.
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What Is a Syllabus? By Professor David Rubinstein
The syllabus is like the Facebook page for a course, because the syllabus tells you everything that the course wants you to know about it. Although the syllabus is probably the shortest document you will read in the whole course, it is the most valuable, because it boldly shows you how to survive and triumph during the semester.
Tips for reading your syllabus: Note the instructor’s office hours and location. These hours are not the only time the instructor will be in his or her office, but it is the time devoted solely to meeting with students. If you have other classes scheduled during your instructor’s office hours, ask to schedule an alternate appointment.
Note the due dates for all major assignments and exams. If you have a conflict with any of the dates, including religious holidays, see the instructor early in the semester to discuss your options. Also, consider when major projects and assignments fall relative to your other courses. Use a calendar/planner to help you plan for all of your courses.
Note the instructor’s policies regarding absences, tardiness, and participation.
Note the schedule of assigned reading. When a reading is assigned, it should be completed before the lecture that day. The lecture or course activities are more engaging when you have done the assigned reading.
Refer back to the syllabus often during the semester. At a minimum, consult the syllabus weekly for readings. Double-check the syllabus before submitting each paper or project to make sure you have met the deadline, style, length, and other requirements. If any are unclear, speak to the instructor before the assignment is due.
Honor. The Indiana Promise isn’t a random bunch of words; it defines what we stand up for. Every syllabus, in its own way, inspires us to be who we are, who we always want to be, and describes what we stand up for: it’s up to all of us to uphold the principles of the Indiana Promise.
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A typical syllabus might be structured like: IU101: Introduction to IU Fall 2013 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Instructor:
IU Professor p firstname.lastname@example.org Office: Indiana Memorial Union Phone: 855-0000 Office Hours: Wednesday, 3–5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Course Objectives The course objectives outline what you will learn in the course. Required Reading and Materials A list of textbooks and other materials needed to complete assigned reading and assignments will be included in the syllabus. Expectations and Grading Course policies related to attendance, participation, and grading will be noted in the syllabus. Assignments Instructions and grading criteria for each paper, project, presentation, and assignment will be stated in the syllabus. Course Schedule The course schedule lists the topic of each class period, along with the due date of every assignment and exam.
David Rubinstein is an award-winning professor of strategic management in the IU Kelley School of Business and participates in Professor’s Perspective during New Student Orientation.
Professor Ruesinkâ€™s Reliable Rules for Success Learning at IU
1 Go to class regularly, sit up front, and get to know the instructor.
6 Form learning groups of three to five people, meet regularly, and use your interactions with the group to complete your notes.
2 Read pertinent material before going to class. 7 Do all the course assignments. 3 Take abundant lecture notes, leaving half the space on the page blank. 4 After class, go to your textbook and other course materials, and write comments in the margins as you study the topics just covered in lecture. Fill the remaining half of the space in your lecture notes with information from the textbook. 5 Review your notes from earlier parts of the course regularly, writing down the connections that you notice between various parts and adding more information whenever possible.
8 Check exams from previous semesters to get ideas about the kind of questions to expect. Write out actual answers to short-answer and essay questions that you expect to appear on exams. Ask a friend to critique your answers. 9 Eat well and get ample sleep before each exam. 10 Ask questions of the teaching staff, and go to office hours.
Serious attention to study skills and to time management can usually yield better grades for less work. Best of all, such effort can result in well-developed thinking skills and in superior long-term retention of the course material. You will find that there will be time left for extracurricular athletic, musical, and artistic activities. Professor Albert Ruesink has received multiple awards for teaching and for service. He has taught both introductory and advanced courses in biology and served New Student Orientation through Professorâ€™s Perspective for many years.
Connect with resources to help you succeed all year long. Learn more at fye.indiana.edu.
Need Academic Assistance? Turn Here for Help. Academic Support Center (ASC) Briscoe, Forest, and Teter Residence Centers www.indiana.edu/~acadsupp/ASChome.shtml
Student Academic Center (SAC) 408 N. Union Street, Suite 300 sac.indiana.edu
The ASC offers free tutoring in math, writing, and other subjects, as well as academic/informational programming and walk-in advising. And itâ€™s convenient, with locations in three residence halls and evening hours.
The SAC helps students adjust to the academic demands of college. Its offerings include for-credit courses; individualized academic assessment and assistance; and free, noncredit programs such as workshops and smallgroup, peer-assisted study sessions for specific coursesâ€”all designed to help you be successful.
Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center Wells Library, Room 101 www.indiana.edu/~iuadapts
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The Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATAC) offers technology-based solutions for students, faculty, and staff who have mobility, learning, hearing, or vision disabilities. Services include providing hardware and software that help people access information in alternative ways and high-speed scanning that converts books into electronic text.
Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) Wells Library Information Commons, Academic Support Centers www.indiana.edu/~wts facebook.com/pages/IUB-Writing-TutorialServices/249232068058 WTS provides free, 50-minute consultations to students working on writing assignments for classes. Tutors assist with all parts of the writing process, from brainstorming to organizing to revising, and are available at convenient hours. The WTS website also offers tips on a number of common writing problems.
Stressed? Talk it out with your resident assistant, your advisor, a professor, the staff at these academic centers, or Counseling and Psychological Services. Or talk to a friend. Just talk to someone.
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Academic Honesty and Integrity Being dishonest in your coursework doesn’t help you learn. But it can affect your status as an IU student and result in both academic and/or personal misconduct sanctions from faculty and the Dean of Students. Fulfill the Indiana Promise and do ethical academic work by following these guidelines: • Don’t merely copy and paste from the Internet. If you use online sources, make sure to cite them as you would any other source. After all, your professor can do web searches too.
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• Always cite your sources. Anytime you use someone else’s ideas, words, or concepts, cite them properly. If you aren’t sure how, ask your professor or associate instructor. • Always do your own work. Never submit a friend’s work as your own. Only work in a group if your professor approves it. • Never reuse old assignments. Don’t use the same assignment for two classes, even if they take place in different semesters. For more information about academic or personal misconduct, see the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct at www.iu.edu/~code, talk to a professor, or ask an advisor.
To-Do List •• Explore your area(s) of academic interest. Good places to start include University Division (ud.iub.edu), Explore Majors at IU (exploremajors.indiana.edu), and schools and departments (www.iub.edu/academic). •• Also visit University Division’s website for a list of courses to consider taking your first year, academic planning tools, and other need-toknow academic information. •• After you register for classes, plan for your books and supplies. You have many options: buy or rent, new or used, printed or electronic. •• Log into and familiarize yourself with OneStart and Oncourse before the semester starts. •• Explore the resources at the Herman B Wells Library, including hundreds of computer workstations for individuals and groups, reference services, more than 500 databases, and millions of books. •• Explore careers in your area of interest. Start with the Career Development Center (see page 27) and the career office at your chosen school. •• Know IU’s expectations regarding academic honesty and integrity. Start with the information to the left, and always remember the Indiana Promise.
Getting Involved at IU Academics are important, but your IU experience is even better when you get involved outside of class. Join one or more of over 750 student organizations. Go to campuswide events like Homecoming. Explore our celebrated cultural offerings. Volunteer for local nonprofits. Research shows that getting involved in co-curricular activities can boost your critical-thinking skills, ability to relate to others, and self-confidence. You’ll also get leadership experience, expand your horizons, and build the skills you’ll need in your career. Plus, you’ll make memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
A Few of the Many Ways to Get Involved Student Life and Learning Indiana Memorial Union, Room 371 Iusll.indiana.edu Student Life and Learning, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, supports student learning through experiences that promote civility, leadership, citizenship, and inclusion. Visit the Student Life and Learning website to: •• Learn how to get involved in one or more of over 750 student organizations. •• Explore retreats, classes, and programs that help students become great leaders. •• Find information about service opportunities on campus and in the community. Student Life and Learning: Fraternities and Sororities Indiana Memorial Union 371 studentaffairs.iub.edu/sll/fraternities-sororities About 20 percent of IU undergraduates are members of fraternities or sororities. Student Life and Learning supports IU’s greek community to help provide a learning experience that enables students to become better men and women. Visit Student Life and Learning’s website to: •• Learn more about joining the fraternities and sororities in IU’s four greek councils. •• Explore which fraternity or sorority might be right for you by reviewing the grade report and the list of Greek award winners. •• Read FAQs about greek life for parents and students.
Ready to start experiencing all things IU? View the IU Bucket List at fye.indiana.edu.
Indiana Memorial Union and Union Board 900 E. Seventh Street imu.indiana.edu The Indiana Memorial Union, known as the IMU, is the center of campus life. Its 500,000 square feet house everything you would expect from one of the world’s largest student unions, including several dining venues, the IU Bookstore, banking, a bowling alley, billiards tables, a student technology center, and a hotel and conference center. Union Board, the largest student programming body on campus, is the governing body of the IMU. It organizes a range of events and activities that are open to all IU students, including the nation’s longest-running student-sponsored film series, lectures, and concerts. Visit the IMU website to: •• See what’s happening at the IMU this week. •• Learn about everything the IMU offers, including places to eat and their hours. •• Get info about the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center for your family’s next trip to campus. Indiana University Athletics North End Zone, Memorial Stadium iuhoosiers.com
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Big Ten athletics. IU traditions and pride. IU Athletics has it all and wants you to be a part of it. Football tickets are only $30, and the football/ men’s basketball combo plan is just $270. Plus, you can attend the 22 other IU sports for free.
Visit the IU Athletics website to: •• Get game information, such as schedules, rosters, and news. •• Learn about student promotions. •• Get Crimson Club (student rewards program) updates. Indiana University Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association (SAA) 1000 E. 17th Street alumni.indiana.edu/affiliates/student facebook.com/iusaa @iusaa You’re a student now, but you’ll be a Hoosier forever. The IU Alumni Center, through SAA, connects the student experience with the alumni experience through leadership development, the continuation of IU traditions, and philanthropy. Look for Homecoming events such as the Nearly Naked Mile as well as the SAA leadership development course and professional development opportunities such as job shadowing, networking nights, and etiquette dinners. The IU Alumni Association connects more than 560,000 living IU alumni around the world with the university, each other, and the “glory of old IU.” Visit the SAA website to: •• Learn how to join. •• See the discounts that SAA members receive. •• Explore leadership opportunities.
Every Hoosier needs to know how to do a proper IU “fists and blades.” Learn at The Traditions and Spirit of IU event during Welcome Week!
During Welcome Week, CultureFest celebrates IU’s cultural diversity with food, music, and dancing.
Culture Centers Helene G. Simon Hillel Center 730 E. Third Street www.iuhillel.org
The ACC is a place where you can study, learn a new language for free, get involved in cultural events, volunteer, find support, and meet new friends. The center is committed to listening to students’ needs, advocating for ways to address them, and building an inclusive, supportive community that celebrates diversity. Its website lists more than 20 Asian student organizations on campus.
Indiana Hillel is the “Jewish home away from home” for students at IU. It is dedicated to assuring that Jewish college students have opportunities to develop their leadership potential and to express their Jewishness in student groups, events, and many other traditional and creative ways. The center also serves as a resource for all IU faculty, staff, and students and the Bloomington community.
First Nations Educational and Cultural Center (FNECC) Ashton-Weatherly Hall 203 www.indiana.edu/~fnecc
La Casa / Latino Cultural Center 715 E. Seventh Street www.indiana.edu/~lacasa
The FNECC focuses on being a resource for Native students, faculty, and staff. The FNECC also seeks to build an ally community that supports Natives and is respectfully interested in Native culture. The FNECC holds many events, including the annual IUB Powwow in the fall and the Annual Native Film Festival in the spring. The FNECC also has weekly activities such as craft classes, potlucks, and other cultural educational opportunities. Everyone is welcome regardless of heritage or knowledge of Native culture. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services (GLBT) 705 E. Seventh Street www.indiana.edu/~glbt GLBT Student Support Services provides information on GLBT issues, academic services and support for students, advocacy opportunities, intern and volunteer positions, and educational programming.
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Asian Culture Center (ACC) 807 E. Tenth Street www.indiana.edu/~acc
La Casa promotes academic excellence, personal growth, and cultural pride through support services and programming. It serves as an advocacy office and a link between the university and the Latino community. The center also assists in the recruitment and retention of Latino students, faculty, and staff. Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center 275 N. Jordan Avenue nmbcc.indiana.edu facebook.com/nealmarshallblackculturecenter @nmbcc_iu Also known as “The House,” the Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall Black Culture Center facilitates programs and services to support students and promote understanding of the Black experience. It is committed to academic excellence, community building, and supporting IU’s efforts to recruit and retain Black students.
Arts, Entertainment, and Culture IU is famous for the variety and quality of its artistic and cultural offerings. Start with these, and be on the lookout for many more on campus each day. •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••
African American Arts Institute, www.indiana.edu/~aaai Archives of Traditional Music, www.indiana.edu/~libarchm Department of Theatre and Drama, www.indiana.edu/~thtr Grunwald Gallery of Art, www.indiana.edu/~grunwald IU Art Museum, www.indiana.edu/~iuam IU Auditorium, www.iuauditorium.com IU Cinema, www.cinema.indiana.edu Jacobs School of Music, music.indiana.edu Lilly Library, www.indiana.edu/~liblilly Mathers Museum of World Cultures, www.indiana.edu/~mathers
To-Do List •• Log in to myINvolvement.indiana.edu and explore IU’s student organizations. •• Go to Welcome Week events in August, and read your monthly FYE e-newsletter. •• Attend the Student Involvement Fair in the early fall to learn more about student organizations, local nonprofits, and IU offices and programs. •• Follow your IU Bucket List you received at New Student Orientation. Watch the FYE website, fye.indiana.edu, each week for suggestions, and even print an extra copy. Start checking items off!
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•• Keep your eyes and ears open for interesting opportunities at your residence center and your school, and ask people you know about ways you can get involved. •• Take a chance! Try something new, like going to an opera at the Musical Arts Center or attending an event at one of IU’s culture centers.
Explore Bloomington By becoming an IU student, you’ve also joined the Bloomington community and opened yourself to all sorts of experiences in this exciting city of 80,000. In Bloomington, you’ll find a range of restaurants serving everything from tapas to Thai. Eclectic shops. Three lakes, including Indiana’s largest, Lake Monroe. The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Nightclubs. A popular farmers’ market. A full slate of plays and concerts at venues like the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, whose “Indiana” sign lights up lively Kirkwood Avenue.
Learn more about what’s available at bloomington.in.gov/everybodys and www.visitbloomington.com. Or just start exploring.
Parents and Family Members Whether you’re sending a student to college for the first time or the fifth, it’s a big adjustment. To make this transition easier, IU has several services and programs specifically for families. And FYE is here throughout your student’s first year to give you information and answers. We want to help you be a great resource for your student, just as we hope to be. Be sure your student provides us with your email address so you receive our monthly parent newsletter, and visit fye.indiana.edu throughout the year to see our “Good to Know” information for parents. You can reach us at (812) 855-HELP (4357) and email@example.com. After all, we have the same goal you do: help your student succeed.
Advice and Ideas See IU as your student does.
During your student’s first semester, be sure to visit for special events and try to see campus through his or her eyes. Take a campus tour and check out your student’s classroom buildings and favorite hangouts. As the semester continues, be sure to talk about academic progress to help prevent any end-of-semester surprises.
Stay in touch.
Call, email, and/or text each week. Make a photo collage of favorite people and places from home to decorate your student’s residence hall room. And send care packages during midterms, during finals, or out of the blue, just to let your student know you’re thinking of him or her.
When you talk to or email your student, share stories about what’s going on at home, but also ask questions. Get to know the names of your student’s friends, professors, and classes, and show that you care by asking about them.
Be a helper, not a solver.
Get to know IU’s resources and staff members so you can help out when necessary—but don’t try to solve your student’s problems. If issues arise with a roommate or professor, encourage your student to talk it out or seek assistance from the appropriate university staff. The first year of college is a great time to establish independence, and difficult experiences can contribute to personal growth even more than positive ones. So support, don’t rescue.
Stay Connected to IU Parents Association Indiana Memorial Union M088 studentaffairs.iub.edu/parents When your son or daughter enrolls at IU Bloomington, you automatically become a member of the Parents Association. This organization helps you connect with your student’s IU experience through the Campus Link newsletter, a list of resources, and two campuswide events: Freshman Family Weekend (September 20–22, 2013) and Parents Weekend (November 8–10, 2013). Parents Fund iufoundation.iu.edu/giving/iuf-programs.html Each year, thousands of dedicated parents like you give to the Parents Fund. Administered by the IU Foundation, this fund supports programs that enrich the lives of every IU Bloomington undergraduate and help sustain IU’s efforts to mold young people into caring, thinking adults.
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Access to Student Information As a public institution, IU adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is designed to protect students’ private records. FERPA limits the information about academic and discipline issues that parents and guardians can get directly from university officials. If a parent wants more information than what is provided by his or her student, IU may release information either (a) after the student signs a statement releasing information to the parent, or (b) after the parent provides appropriate documentation to show that, according to FERPA, the parent meets the criteria for accessing information without the student’s consent. In addition, IU notifies parents or guardians under certain conditions when students who are under 21 years of age violate alcohol or drug policies. For more information, contact the University Division Records Office at (812) 855-7797 and read the Office of the Registrar’s FERPA fact sheet at studentcentral.indiana.edu/personalinformation/access/privacy-rights.shtml.
Authorization to Access Student Information
Students are able to authorize another person, such as a parent or guardian, to view a limited amount of personal information in OneStart, including financial aid information, descriptions of holds on records, grades, unofficial transcripts, and class schedules. If your student releases this information to you in this manner, this release does not extend to other parties and is limited to just the information available. Even if your student creates access for you to view this information via OneStart, it does not allow the university to share this information by any other method, such as phone, email, fax, or an in-person visit.
Student Steps to Authorize Access to His/Her Information 1.
Log in to onestart.iu.edu.
2. Select “Student Self-Service.” 3. Under “Services & Information” and under “IU Accounts,” select “Assign 3rd Party Access.” 4. Create a username and passphrase for your parent/guardian, indicate what information you want to make available, and click “Save.” 5. Your parent/guardian will be able to access the information you have authorized. You may change authorizations at any time.
Parent/Guardian Steps to Access Student Information Note: You will need your student’s 10-digit university ID number, as well as the username and passphrase your student created for you. 1.
Go to onestart.iu.edu.
2. Select “3rd Party Access.” 3. Review the third-party access information and then select “Click here to view student information.” 4. Enter your student’s 10-digit university ID and your username and passphrase that your student provided to you. 5. You will be able to view the information, but you won’t be able to make changes.
Any questions you have about access to information should be directed to your student.
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Bloomington is a great place to visit—especially when you have a student here. Tour IU’s campus, visit the shops and restaurants on Kirkwood Avenue and the courthouse square, see a show or three. In other words, get to know the community where your student now lives most of the year.
•• Talk to your student about attending Freshman Family Weekend (September 20-22, 2013) and Parents Weekend (November 8-10, 2013), and make hotel plans.
Bloomington has a variety of accommodation options, from full-service resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts. When planning a visit during busy times—such as the fall semester movein period, Parents Weekend, Freshman Family Weekend, or Commencement—it’s essential that you make accommodations as far in advance as possible. The closest major airport is Indianapolis International Airport, which is approximately 60 minutes from campus.
Learn more about visiting Bloomington and IU: Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau 2855 N. Walnut Street (800) 800-0037 (toll free), (812) 334-8900 www.visitbloomington.com
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IU Visitor Information Center 530 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Suite 104 (812) 856-GOIU (4648) www.indiana.edu/~iuvis
•• Visit fye.indiana.edu and explore our “Good to Know” information for parents, including IU and Bloomington resources, recommended reading, and ways to support your student. •• Join the RPS Family Club to receive an e-newsletter and read the weekly “In Touch” email sent to students. Go to rps.indiana.edu/fclub.cfml. •• Sign up to receive emails with news and alerts related to safety, security, and preparedness at protect.iu.edu/connect.
Great Topics for Conversations with Your First-Year Student ••
What he or she is most excited and nervous about
How and when he or she wants to communicate with you
How his or her classes are going throughout the year
What to do if he or she starts to struggle in a class
Decision making and consequences, especially involving alcohol, drugs, and sex
Notes and Contacts Use these pages to take notes during New Student Orientation and jot down contact information for people you meet and presenters you want to contact later.
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