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ARE YOU READY FOR NJCU? The New Student Orientation (NSO) is a series of events designed to introduce you to the academic, cultural and social aspects of student life at NJCU. The NSO will provide the opportunity to learn about various educational opportunities, how to access our services and resources, and your responsibilities as a student. Finally, you will meet other Knights and members of the NJCU family.

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As partners in your success, the professionals within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management are here to help you successfully navigate this new terrain. In this guide, you’ll find a schedule of orientation activities along with information and advice that will aid your transition into the exciting world of New Jersey City University.

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What’s Inside? y New Student Orientation

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Your guide to orientation, session descriptions, schedules and more y Academic Resources | An invaluable introduction to enrollment, success programs, and advisement

Your ticket to an exciting and rewarding college experience y Campus Resources | Connections to a wide variety of services and programs available

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Your guide to orientation, session descriptions, schedules and more

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President’s Message Orientation Schedule Orientation Leaders Spring 2020 Undergraduate Calendar University Leadership Orientation to College NJCU Gothic Card Registering for Classes Title IX

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Financial Aid Office of Student Accounts Helpful Enrollment Tips Degree Audit Streamline Student Scheduling Office of the Registrar University Advisement Center Navigate Student–College Simplified Student Early Alert and Academic Progress Reports Center for Leadership and Engagement

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Faculty Expectations General Education Learning Communities TRiO Learning Community The HUB: Centralized Tutoring Center Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library

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Frequently Asked Questions General Education Tier 1 Courses


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STUDENT LIFE Your ticket to an exciting and rewarding college experience 39 40 41 41 42 42 44 45 46 47 48 49

Athletics Student Government Association Greek Life Student Media Study Abroad National Student Exchange Residence Life Dining Services Barnes & Noble Parking and Transportation Information Technology Electronic Footprint

CAMPUS RESOURCES Connections to a wide variety of services and programs available 52 53 53 54 54 55

Student Outreach and Retention Transfer Resource Center University Centers Counseling Center Health and Wellness Center Department of Public Safety

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Military and Veterans Services Specialized Services Academic Career Planning and Placement Student Employment Cooperative Education Program Gothic Knight Food Pantry Weekend Backpack Program Children’s Learning Center Post-Orientation Checklist

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Welcome to New Jersey City University. As president of this great institution, it has been my tremendous privilege to witness, every day, the transformational effects that knowledge can provide—on our students, our community, our state, and our world. NJCU proudly boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. With more than 60 different ethnicities represented, and more than 30 languages spoken on campus, every day is a cultural experience at NJCU, and the University hosts a broad range of activities and events designed to foster cultural sensitivity and understanding—one of the most important lessons we can impart on today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. NJCU is a place where students explore fundamental questions of meaning, pursue innovative achievement, and launch successful careers. NJCU joins in common service toward the betterment of society, and I personally welcome you to explore all that NJCU has to offer.

Sue Henderson, Ph.D. President, NJCU

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9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

ORIENTATION CHECK-IN All students are required to check in to receive their Orientation packet. Gilligan Student Union, 1st Floor

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST AND RESOURCE FAIR Start your day off by speaking with representatives of the student body, faculty, and staff. Gilligan Student Union, 1st Floor

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS Be motivated and get an overview of what you can expect of University life at NJCU while also learning more about our rich traditions. Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

TITLE IX – RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Learn how federal Title IX laws protect students and what the University is doing to comply with Title IX policies. Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH Please join us for lunch at your convenience in the Gilligan Student Union Lobby. Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Session 1 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Session 2

ROUNDTABLE – NJCU 101 Join fellow students and professionals in roundtable discussions as they answer any and all questions about NJCU and what resources, career services, advisement, and graduate school services are available. See your individualized packet for your schedule. Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room

CONNECTING WITH NJCU Let’s connect with your advisors and Orientation Leaders in a fun, active way. See your individualized packet for your schedule. Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

PLACEMENT TEST Complete the Freshman Placement test before you register for classes. See your individualized packet for your schedule. Karnoutsos Hall, Room 115

TRUE COLORS What is you color? Come and learn about your personality and how to better connect 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. and communicate with others. Session 3 See your individualized packet for your schedule. Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Session 3 NEXT STEPS Complete your enrollment – Secure your Gothic ID, register for class, or speak to financial aid. Faculty and staff will be available to assist students in finalizing their fall enrollment. See your individualized packet for your schedule. Campuswide

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MEET YOUR ORIENTATION LEADERS 01. Daniel Antunes #KnowYourTeam

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02. Alyssa Attidore #YouOnlyLiveOnce Childhood Education, ’23

03. Juan Belamide #ReachOut Biology, ’23

04. Ricky Cruz #KnowYourRights Political Science, ’21

05. Alan Cruz #ChangeTheCulture Marketing, ’22

06. Het Dave #RespectEveryone Criminal Justice, ’21

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II. Kerolos Rophail #StayPositive Assistant to the Director, New Student Programs

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07. Isiaka Gbadamassi #TakeControl Physics, ’23

08. Rosaury Gomez #BeYourOwnBoss Education, ’23

09. Victoria Gonzales #OpenMindedness Biology, ’23

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10. Thyquel Halley #IamPossible Marketing, ’23

11. Michelle Hernandez #Don'tStopTilYouGetEnough Psychology, ’23

12. Parris Johnson #Smile Psychology, ’22

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13. Zehra Karahan #AlwaysInclude

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14. Omar Kanaan #Humanity Biology, ’23

15. Christian Lozano #TakeRisks Computer Science, ’21

16. Shaquana Nelson #AgeIsJustANumber Biology, ’22

17. Marcella Newkirk #ChangeHistoryAndGive BackToOthers Early Education, ’23

18. Akainah Orelien #FightForEveryone Health Science, ’23

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19. Kiara Osbourne-Willis #EmbraceTheSmile Criminal Justice, ’23

20. Lisbeth Polanco #Don'tLetTheScareStopYou Business Management, ’22

21. Haimwattie Swah #NeverGiveUp Psychology, ’19

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22. Xavier Small #AwakeningYourSpirit Psychology, ’21

23. Josselyn Torres #BelieveYouCan English Literature, ’21

24. Jacqueline Zhinin #PushYourself Accounting, ’23

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SPRING 2020 UNDERGRADUATE CALENDAR Academic Calendar: njcu.edu/academics/academic-calendar University Events: njcu.edu/community/events

January 20

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY: UNIVERSITY CLOSED 2020 Spring semester classes begin.

January 21 2020 Spring payment deadline for students who enrolled on December 2nd or later. January 21 to 27

Add/Drop course(s) for the 2020 Spring term.

January 24

Deadline to apply for Field Experience II and Senior Internship for Fall 2020.

January 27

Deadline to drop course(s) at 100% refund.

January 28 to April 1

Period to submit Pass/Fail forms at Registrar’s Office, H-214.

February 17

PRESIDENTS’ DAY: UNIVERSITY CLOSED

February 18

Final day to withdraw from course(s) for 50% refund of tuition with a “W” grade. Withdrawal Form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, Hepburn Hall, Room 214.

February 21

DEADLINE: To declare a major for all degree students with 35 or more earned credits and with a least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

March 4

DEADLINE: Incomplete grades for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semester become “F” grades.

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SPRING RECESS: Classes resume March 16

April 1

Final day to withdraw from a course(s) for a “W” grade at the Registrar’s Office H-214.

April 2

Annual Spring Career Fair, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Gilligan Student Union, Multipurpose Room

April 10, 11

GOOD FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: No Classes

May 5, 6

Reading Days

May 7 to 13

Final Exam Week for the 2020 Spring semester.

May 13

End of 2020 Spring semester.

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PRESIDENT’S CABINET The President’s Cabinet is comprised of senior academic and administrative staff members who serve as the President’s leadership team. The Cabinet advises the President on issues of broad import to institutional well-being and success. As stewards of NJCU’s institutional mission, members of the Cabinet act collectively, providing leadership as well as supporting leadership and establishing short- and long-term strategic and tactical goals for the University.

Senior Team Aaron Aska, Ed.D. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Tamara Jhashi, Ph.D. Senior Vice President and Provost, Academic Affairs

Al Ramey, J.D. University Counsel

Guillermo "Will" de Veyga, Ph.D. Chief of Staff

Jason Kroll, M.P.A. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Jim White, M.S. Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer

Sue Gerber, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Virginia Meléndez, M.A. Executive Coordinator to the President and Secretary to Board of Trustees

Cabinet Nurdan Aydin, Ph.D. Associate Provost

Jeff Livingston Associate Vice President, Real Estate and Capital Projects

Benjamin Rohdin, M.P.A. Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management

Jodi Bailey, M.Ed. Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Jennifer Luciano Assistant Dean for Residence Life & Community Engagement

Navin Saiboo, M.A. Director, University Registrar

Jose Balda, ’00, M.A. ’05 Director, University Admissions

Robert Macauley, M.A. Director, Financial Aid

João Sedycias, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Alice Blount-Fenney Internal Auditor

Sherrie Madia, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Fred Smith, M.A., M.S. Director, Library

Kwi Brennen, M.B.A. Associate Vice President, Development

Bernard McSherry, M.B.A., D.P.S. Dean, School of Business

Phyllis Szani, ’86, M.A. ’12 Associate Vice President, Information Technology

Tamara Cunningham, ’00, M.C.I.S. Assistant Vice President, Global Initiatives

Luis Morales Budget Officer & Risk Manager

Rosemary Tavares, M.S. Controller

Edie DelVecchio, M.B.A. Associate Vice President, Business Services

Karen Morgan, Ph.D. Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Experience

Shawn Tucker, M.C.R.P. Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics

Michael Edmondson, Ph.D. Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning

Lisa Norcia, ’95, M.A. ’06 Director, EEO/AA/Diversity

Ashok Vaseashta, Ph.D., D.Sc. Executive Director, Office of Research Grants and Sponsored Programs

Ron Hurley, ’00, M.S. ’09, D.Sc. ’15 Associate Vice President, Public Safety

Andre Pearson Associate Vice President, Building Services

Deborah Gee Woo, Ed.D. Dean College of Education and Professional Studies

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Rafael Perez, Esq. Chair

Edward P. Fowlkes

Joseph F. Scott, FACHE

Owen M. Ryan, ’85, M.B.A. Vice Chair

James A. Jacobson, B.A.

Edward A. Whittaker, Ph.D.

T. Steven Chang, Ph.D.

Vij Pawar, J.D.

John J. Moore, ’56, J.D., L.L.M. Trustee emeritus

Henry A. Coleman, Ph.D.

Carlos Rendo, J.D.

Marilyn Williams Bennett, ’71, M.A. ’75, M.A.,Trustee emeritus

NJCU FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Peter Hernandez, B.S. Chair

Andrea Ducas

Caryn Parlavecchio, M.A.

Paul Silverman, B.A. Vice Chair

Alex Forrester, B.A., ’10 (Hon.)

Chirag Patel, ’89, B.S., ’15 (Hon.)

Judith Wodynski, '76, M.A. '77 Secretary

Sue Henderson, Ph.D.

Dagmar Rosa-Bjorkeson, M.S.

Edward O’Connor, M.B.A., Treasurer

Stephen Hess, M.B.A.

Thomas J. Stanton, III, B.A.

Kwi Brennan, M.B.A. Executive Director

Sang Jin Kim, Ph.D.

Luke Visconti, B.S., ’13 (Hon.)

Robert Antonicello, M.A.

Carlos Lejnieks, M.Sc.

Jim White, M.S.

Anthony Bastardi, M.S.I.E.

Alfred Parinello, ’73 B.A.

Timothy White ’99

New Student Orientation Steering Committee The New Student Orientation was designed to empower and grow our incoming students. NJCU is student first and student focused. We provide a holistic approach to the student’s education as well as the student’s personal, social, and professional growth in mind. Anthony Surratt, Chair Director, Office of New Student Programs

Jeffrey Dessources Director, Center for Leadership and Engagement

Ben Rohdin, Co-Chair Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management

Woodrow Lewis Associate Dean, Dean of Students

Jodi Bailey Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Sherrie Madia Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Jessica Vinci Associate Director, Strategic Enrollment Communications

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ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE Orientation to College (OTC) is where you learn how to be a successful college student. In this course, you will learn about habits, perspectives and mindsets that correspond with effective learning strategies. This course provides incoming students with a highly supportive environment to explore their personal and career goals, learn pertinent academic skills such as notetaking and effective test taking, enhance their oral and written

communication through interactive presentations, as well as learn to navigate the NJCU campus with a focus on the NJCU Student Success Initiative goals. Students will be enrolled into sections with their respective major Academic Advisors, when possible. OTC will help you understand how to make the most of your college experience!

First Year Common Reading Program The First Year Common Reading Program at New Jersey City University provides freshmen with a shared academic and intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, promote critical thinking and communication skills, and build community among first-year students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

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All incoming freshmen will receive a copy of the selected text during the first week of classes. The book will be covered in INTD 101 classes. Additionally, the first-year book will be a nexus for first-year programming throughout the semester, including book readings and discussions with administrators and faculty, guest lectures, and more.

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NJCU GOTHIC CARD NJCU GOTHIC CARD is the official identification and security card for University students, faculty, staff and affiliates of the Gothic Knights community. The Gothic Card ID is used to provide campus security for students and employees by granting access privileges to various academic buildings and residential halls. It is the medium for connecting users to services such as parking, library, vending, and printing services. It is a campus pass providing access to athletic games and special events. It works like a debit card, reduces the need for carry cash and offers a mobile platform to deposit funds on the card to pay for necessities while on campus. Using the Gothic Card versus cash currency or credit cards enables you to discounts and prizes. The Gothic Card can be used for purchases in 3 ways:

Gothic Card funds Gothic Card funds is a prepaid-stored-value account that's part of your Gothic Card ID. It is the convenient, cashless way to pay for purchases on and off campus. The campus area's most popular businesses accept Gothic Card funds.

Financial Aid Book Voucher funds You will need your Gothic Card in order to obtain a Book Voucher during active semester. In addition, you will be able to use Book Voucher funds to purchase items in the Campus Bookstore.

Dining Meal Plan funds Dining Meal Plan funds is a stored value credit plan which is part of a residential housing contract. Dining Meal funds can be used to purchase food items in the specialty dining locations on-campus (Vodra Café, GSUB Café, and Dunkin Donuts). Cannot be used at the off-campus locations, parking services and/or vending machines.

Obtain your Gothic Card ID by visiting our location: Campus Card Services – ID Center Hepburn Hall, Room 114 Office: 201-200-2273 (CARD) GothicCard@njcu.edu Hours Mondays – Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call for late night schedule.

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REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

Class registration procedures are conducted on GothicNet. Here’s how to get started.


As a new student, you’ve already registered for Spring 2020. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for Fall 2020 registration: How Do I Enroll in a Class? 1 Enter your GothicNet ID and Password then click on the Sign In button.

5 To search for a course, select Class Search and click on the Search button to proceed.

10 Once the course has been added to your Shopping Cart, click on the Proceed to Step 2 of 3 button.

2 Once you have logged onto GothicNet, you will be defaulted to the Student Dashboard tab. Click on Enroll for Courses (Open) link.

6 Click on the drop down arrow of Subject and select the desired subject.

11 Click on the Finish Enrolling button to finish the enrollment process.

7 Click on the drop down arrow of Course Career and select the career.

12 Check the Message and Status sections to confirm enrollment was successful.

8 Once the selections have been made click on the Search button.

13 Click on My Class Schedule button to view your class schedule.

9 Review the course information and then click on the Next button.

The Enrolling Process is complete.

4 If necessary, click on the Change Term button to select a different Term.

7 Check the message and status sections to confirm the drop was successful.

3 Click on circular button to select the term then click on the Continue button to proceed. 4 If you have the Class number, enter the number in the box then click on the Enter button, and proceed to Step 9.

How Do I Drop a Class? 1 Enter your GothicNet ID and Password then click on the Sign In button. 2 Once you have logged onto GothicNet, you will be defaulted to the Student Dashboard tab. Click on Enroll for Courses (Open) link.

5 To select the course you would like to drop, click on the select square box and proceed to click on the Drop Selected Classes button.

8 Finally, click on My Class Schedule button to view and/or your class schedule.

6 Review course information and click on the Finish Dropping button to proceed.

The Enrolling Process is complete.

1 Enter your GothicNet ID and Password then click on the Sign In button.

5 Click on the drop down arrow of Select form your schedule and select the course you would like to Drop.

8 Verify both courses and click on the Finish Swapping button to finish swapping the courses.

2 Once you have logged onto GothicNet, you will be defaulted to the Student Dashboard tab. Click on Enroll for Courses (Open) link.

6 Click on the Search button to search for the course you would like to enroll for or enter the Class Number and click the Enter button.

9 Check the Message and Status sections to confirm the enrollment was Successful.

3 Click on the SWAP tab.

7 Review the course information and click on the Next button to continue with the enrollment process.

3 Click on the Drop tab.

How Do I Swap a Class?

4 Click on circular button to select the Term and click on the Continue button to proceed with the enrollment process.

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NJCU COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IX A Campus Environment Free From Discrimination New Jersey City University (NJCU) is a higher education place of work, teaching, and learning for the benefit of students and the overall campus community. NJCU is committed to providing a campus environment free from discrimination. Compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Section 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”) is an important part of this commitment. Title IX is a federal civil rights law and provides that... “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion.

Reporting Possible Title IX Violations A university has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to address sexual harassment or sexual violence complaints under Title IX. In order to address questions related to Title IX compliance or to facilitate the reporting of violations under Title IX, the following persons have been designated Deputy Title IX Coordinators to whom such inquiries or complaints should be made.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators Ms. Jodi Bailey Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management jbailey2@njcu.edu; Tel: 201-200-3525 Dr. Maria Lynn Interim Associate Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences of the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences mlynn@njcu.edu; Tel: 201-200-3001 Mr. Robert Piaskowsky Director – Talent Management Learning & Development, Employee Relations of Human Resources rpiaskowsky@njcu.edu; Tel: 201-200-2067 University-wide Title IX coordination of Title IX is provided by Ms. Lisa Norcia, Director of EEO/AA/Diversity, who is the designated Title IX Coordinator for NJCU.

Title IX Coordinator Ms. Lisa Norcia Director, EEO/AA/Diversity lnorcia@njcu.edu; Tel: 201-200-3075 In addition to making an inquiry or complaint to one of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, persons who believe they have been subjected to conduct in violation of Title IX should take note of the availability of the following resources for reporting or support and are encouraged to avail themselves of any that they determine to be appropriate for their individual circumstances.

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University Resources The Office of the Dean of Students Gilligan Student Union, Room 127; Tel: 201-200-3525 The Health & Wellness Center* Vodra Hall, Suite 107; Tel: 201-200-3456 The Counseling Center* Gilligan Student Union, Room 308, Tel: 201-200-3165 Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity* Gilligan Student Union, Room 318; Tel: 201-200-3189 Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/Diversity Hepburn Hall, Room 306; Tel: 201-200-3075 Public Safety Department Rossey Hall Room 114/115; Tel: 201-200-3128 or call 55 Emergency Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. *Confidential Resources


Off-Campus Resources Hudson SPEAKS Against Sexual Violence (Designated rape crisis center for Hudson County) Christ Hospital, 179 Palisade Ave., Jersey City Tel: 201-795-5757, 24-hour hotline

Liberty Health Behavioral Health Services Available 24 hours including Sundays and holidays 355 Grand Street, Jersey City Tel: 201-915-2455

The Jersey City Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Tel: 911 Emergency

S.A.V.A. (Sexual Assault Victim Assistance) Division of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Available 24 hours including Sundays and holidays Tel: 201-915-1234

Horizon Health Center 710 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City Tel: 201-451-6300

Women’s Rising 270 Fairmount Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306 Tel: 201-333-5700, Domestic Violence 24/7 Helpline

Title IX Compliance As an academic community, we share responsibility to foster and maintain a safe campus community free from discrimination on the basis of sex.

persons: Ms. Jodi Bailey, Dr. Maria Lynn, Mr. Robert Piaskowsky, or Ms. Lisa Norcia.

Complaints involving Title IX violations may be filed directly with With regard to reports of incidents of sexual violence and other the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights conduct in violation of Title IX, all employees (with the exception (OCR), Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., of the Counseling Center, Health & Wellness Center, and the 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100. Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center) are required to report any such Tel. 800-421-3481; Fax: 202-453-6012, TDD 1-800-877-8339, incidents which come to their attention to anyone of the following Email: OCR@ed.gov.

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES


FINANCIAL AID Financing Your Education at NJCU New Jersey City University believes that money should not be an obstacle to higher education. Our financial aid programs are designed to help students manage the cost of tuition and to make the pursuit of higher education a reality for those who attend NJCU. Currently 75% of our undergraduate students receive financial aid, with NJCU providing more than 20 million in funding annually. Financial aid eligibility, at the time of application, is based upon calculation of financial need. Once enrolled, funding is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a minimum threshold of enrollment.

Paying for College: Start with the Office of Financial Aid! y

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for state or federal assistance. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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Attend NJCU’s financial aid workshops to learn about programs specific to the University. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 201-200-3173 for information on dates and times.

Finding money for college can take some work, but it’s worth it!

Types of Aid NJCU has many options for financing your education from scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid to loans with affordable repayment options. We can help you find the best financial aid package to fund your education.

Eligibility Based on Enrollment To be eligible for various forms of financial aid, students must be enrolled in a minimum number of credit hours per semester as follows: State Aid

12 credits or more

Pell Grant

Full award

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3/4 award

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1/2 award

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1/4 award

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Federal Direct Loans 6 credits or more Federal Work Study

6 credits or more

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program There are two types of Direct Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. You must have a valid FAFSA on file, be enrolled at least halftime in a degree granting program and maintaining satisfactory academic progress to receive Stafford loans. Direct Subsidized Loans: The subsidized loan is need-based, which is determined by the difference between the cost of attendance and your expected family contribution. Students

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borrowing the subsidized loan do not pay interest on the loan while they are enrolled at least half-time. The U.S. Department of Education pays interest while the borrower is in school and during grace and deferment periods. Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Unsubsidized loans are non-needbased, and students are not required to demonstrate financial need to borrow an unsubsidized loan. Interest is charged during all periods, including while you are in school and during grace and deferment periods. If you choose not to pay the interest during these periods, your interest will accrue and be capitalized (your interest will be added to the principal amount of your loan).

Federal Direct Plus Loan Program Federal PLUS loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students who have a valid FAFSA on file, are enrolled at least half-time, and are maintaining satisfactory academic progress. The parent borrower must not have an adverse credit history. If the parent does not pass the credit check, the parent may still receive a loan if someone agrees to endorse the loan. The endorser promises to repay the loan if the parent fails to do so. The current interest rate is fixed at 7.00% and borrowers are responsible for all interest on the loan. Repayment begins 60 days after the second disbursement on this loan. The maximum amount that may be borrowed is calculated by subtracting other aid from the cost of attendance.

Federal Direct Grad Plus Loans Graduate and professional degree students are eligible for lowinterest Grad PLUS Loans. A credit check will be performed. Should you choose to complete your application more than 180 days prior to the start of your semester, you may be required to undergo a second credit check. To borrow a Direct PLUS Loan you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, must not be in a default on any federal education loans or owe an overpayment on a federal education grant, must be enrolled in at least 6 credits, and must meet other general eligibility requirements for the federal student aid programs. Repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan and a current fixed interest rate of 7.00%. NOTE: For both Parent and Graduate PLUS loans, forbearance and deferments are available if you qualify. To determine if you do, contact DL Servicing at 1-800848-0979.

Origination Fee An amount payable by the borrower and deducted from the principal of a loan prior to disbursement to the borrower. For federally-backed loans, the origination fee is paid to the federal government to offset the cost of the interest subsidy to borrowers. The exact amount will be reported to you on the “Disclosure Statement”.


Scholarships

When to consider private loans

NJCU Endowed and Annual Scholarships for Continuing Students. The University Scholarship Committee annually awards more than 300 scholarships made available by the NJCU Foundation through gifts from friends, corporations, and alumni. These scholarships are awarded to continuing students based on financial need, academic achievement, and/or other merit. The University Scholarship Committee will consider all continuing students that meet the criteria for a specific award. Awards are announced in August.

Private student loans should be considered if the student meets any of the following criteria:

Submit an Application for Scholarships njcu.edu/scholarships y

External

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Freshman/Transfer

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Graduate

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Robert Noyce Scholarships for STEM Teachers in NJ

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Received the maximum in all other programs

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Matriculate student enrolled less than half-time, under 6 credits

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Non-matriculated students

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Not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

Once you have completed the loan application from the lender, approved loans will take up to 15 business days or more for processing. Should you choose a private loan to fund educational expenses, please consider the following: y

Do not apply for your alternative loan more than 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying. Otherwise, your credit check may run out and the loan will not be valid at the time of disbursement.

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Choose one lender that fits your needs best and stick with them! Multiple applications will significantly delay the processing of your loan.

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Schedule ALL of the courses you plan to take BEFORE you apply for your loan to assure your loan is certified for the correct amount. Increases may not be possible after the loan is certified.

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A separate loan application is required for summer session(s) and for each award year.

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Use only valid loan term dates. Invalid loan term dates may delay certification of your loan.

Attend Workshops Attend NJCU's financial aid workshops to learn about programs specific to the University. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 201-200-3173 for information on dates and times. Finding money for college can take some work, but NJCU’s Financial Aid Counselors are here to help!

Keep your eyes and ears open for financial aid deadlines! Filing the FAFSA isn’t a one-time thing. Students who want to continue receiving aid throughout their college careers must file the FAFSA every year. Priority deadlines are dependent on the type of aid you receive (i.e. Tuition Aid Grants vs. Loans), so keep your eyes open for emails and text messages from our Financial Aid office, reminding you about important deadlines. You can also check our Financial Aid website at njcu.edu/ financialaid for priority deadlines and reminders. NJCU many options for financing your education from scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid to loans with affordable repayment options. We can help you find the best financial aid package to fund your education. It’s 2:00 a.m. and you have a question about financial aid­—what do you do? FATV is the answer! For 24/7 access to financial aid questions and answers, we’ve compiled a library of short videos to explain the most important elements of the funding process. Our video playlists include information for parents, alumni, current undergraduates, graduate students, Spanish speakers, and future undergraduates!

Office Hours Semester Fall and Spring Summer (September – May) (June – August) Monday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (tentative) Saturday Closed Closed Sunday Closed Closed Contact Information Hepburn Hall, Room 215 Phone: 201-200-3173 Fax: 201-200-3181 FinancialAid@njcu.edu njcu.edu/FinancialAid

Go to njcu.FinancialAidTV.com to view our videos.

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OFFICE OF STUDENT ACCOUNTS Welcome to the Office of Student Accounts of New Jersey City University. We look forward to working with you during your college career.

The Office of Student Accounts manages the following functions: y

y

Cashiering – posting payments, providing payment options, account inquiries, issue student refund checks, and administer monthly payment plans Billing – produce and send electronic billing statements, follow-up notifications and third party invoices

y

Collections – delinquent student accounts, manage outside collection agencies

y

IRS Form 1098-T Tax Forms – produce and provide students with Tuition Statements according to federal guidelines.

The University’s official form of communication is via your NJCU email account. Please see our Electronic Notification Policy on the Office of Student Accounts website for more information. Fall & Spring Semester Office Hours Summer Office Hours (When Classes Are in Session) Monday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hepburn Hall, Room 106 Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Phone: 201-200-3045 (Closed 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for lunch) Fax: 201-200-2049 bursar@njcu.edu njcu.edu/bursar

Please note, that the Office of Student Accounts will be open until 7:00 p.m. at the beginning of the semester for registration, add/drop, and to accept payments. We will also be open until 7:00 p.m. on the payment deadline for the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters. The office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. See the NJCU Academic calendar for holidays and University closings.

Important Information Electronic bill (e-Bill) is the official method of billing as no paper statements are produced. An email will be sent to your NJCU email account when your bill is ready to be viewed in GothicNet. Authorized Users are people other than yourself that you would like to give access to your student billing information and make payments on your behalf. Students can sign up multiple individuals of their choosing by entering their email address. The authorized user will receive their own username and password to access the student’s account. Payment in-full can be made in-person with cash, check, money order or certified check. Check, credit or debit card payments can be made online through your GothicNet account at https://gothicnet.njcu.edu. Checks can be mailed to the address above. Please make checks payable to “New Jersey City University” and include your GothicNet ID number/Student ID number and semester you are paying for. Credit/Debit card payments are accepted ONLINE ONLY. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. PLEASE NOTE: there is a 2.85% surcharge fee based on the amount you are paying. We cannot accept any credit/debit card payments in-person. Unpaid balances or accounts not enrolled in a monthly payment plan by the posted payment deadlines are subject to their registration being

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dropped for non-payment and/or a $75 late fee. Roster spots are not guaranteed in the previous registration if a student is dropped for nonpayment. A financial hold flag preventing future registration and/or release of your transcripts may be place on your account as well. Tuition Waivers and third party letters of credit need to be submitted to the office on or before payment deadline. All applicable fees must be paid either in-full or via a payment plan by payment deadline in order for a student to be cleared for the semester. Electronic refund (e-Refund) is the direct deposit service that allows you to have your refund automatically deposited directly into your personal checking or savings account. You can enroll for this service online through your GothicNet account. You will need to have your checking/savings account number and routing number to enroll in the service. Students can enroll in a Payment Plan directly through their GothicNet account by logging on to https://gothicnet.njcu.edu. The University requires a $37 enrollment fee to participate in the plan. Please note, the first installment along with the enrollment fee needs to be paid by the posted payment deadline in order for you to be cleared for the semester. To enroll into a payment plan you have to have a minimum balance of $200. All billing notifications of upcoming installments will be sent to the student’s NJCU email account

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only, paper bills will not be sent. Student account balances for use in monthly payment plans are reduced by pending financial aid in GothicNet. Incurring additional charges (tuition, fees, room, board, etc.) or reductions in your financial aid will automatically result in an increase to your plan amount. Notification will be sent to your NJCU email account of any changes to your plan balance and subsequent increase of your monthly payments. Students are responsible for any and all of these changes to their payment plans. Past due balances may not be included as part of the payment plan. These balances must be paid in full to the University prior to enrolling in a plan. Plan participants may elect to have their monthly installments withdrawn automatically from the checking or savings account. This can be done by selecting this option on GothicNet. Please be aware, incurring additional charges or reductions to pending financial aid on your student account will result in automatically increased monthly installments. A late fee of $75 will be assessed for each late payment made. If two consecutive payments are missed and your account is not made current with your next payment, your payment plan will be cancelled by the University. Students will be notified at the time of cancellation and payment in full will then be due immediately. Multiple plan cancellations due to non-payment may result in the student being ineligible to join the plan in the future.


HELPFUL ENROLLMENT TIPS y

Use your degree audit to plan ahead and map your courses before seeing your academic advisor.

y

Check GothicNet before your registration date to make sure you have no holds or issues with your registration status. By giving yourself ample time to fix or remove those holds, you don’t miss out on classes that fill up quickly!

y

Understand the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from a course. You can drop a course during the first week of classes (known as an the “add/drop” period), without being charged tuition for the course. The course will not appear on your official transcript as dropped.

y

Withdrawing from a course means you drop it after the add/drop period, and will be responsible for a percentage, or in some cases, all of the tuition charges. You’ll receive a “W” on your official transcript for withdrawing. The “W” will not impact your GPA, however, withdrawals may impact your financial aid awards.

y

Registering for 15 credits a semester will allow you to graduate in 4 years! Graduating in 4 years saves you time and money. If you end up withdrawing from a course during the semester, you’ll want to consider taking summer classes to make up for the credits, so you can stay on the 4-year graduation path. Summer courses are a great way to finish your degree faster.

DEGREE AUDIT The degree audit is an academic advising document, as well as an online self-service tool, that maps a student's degree requirements and allows you to track your progress toward completion of your degree requirements. The purpose of the audit is to provide information to assist in academic planning and appropriate course scheduling. Degree Audits are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate students by accessing GothicNet. The degree audit does the following: y

Lists course work completed at NJCU and at other schools from which you submitted official transcripts.

y

Puts courses into their appropriate degree requirement sections

y

Lists course work that is currently in progress.

STREAMLINE STUDENT SCHEDULING College Scheduler empower students to easily find the perfect class schedule. With student-centric design, the platform delivers an exceptional registration experience, enhancing one of the most critical points on the journey towards a degree. y

Improve Registration Automating student schedule generation streamlining planning, saving time and alleviating frustration.

y

Balancing Learning with Life Customize breaks allows students to schedule around obligations such as work, sports, or family while factoring in best learning times or styles.

y

Support On-Time Graduation Maximize credit hours, utilize degree plans and pre-load required courses to help keep students on track to degree completion.

1 Log into GothicNet. 2 Click Schedule Planner to easily plan your class schedule. 3 Add courses to take next term. 4 Add breaks to block off times you are unavailable. 5 Click Generate Schedules to see all possible schedules. 6 Go to View to see individual schedules in detail. 7 From the View schedule screen, click Shopping Cart button to begin registration.

THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR The Office of the Registrar can assist you with a wide range of enrollment and student services processes from adjusting your class schedule to petitioning in – state tuition and applying for graduation. The Office of the Registrar strives to provide excellent customer service and accurate information to students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and the general public in the area of record keeping, course scheduling, graduation clearance, information management and data analysis.

Contact Information Hepburn Hall, Rooms 213/214 Phone: 201-200-3333 Fax: 201-200-2062 registrar@njcu.edu njcu.edu/registrar

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UNIVERSITY ADVISEMENT CENTER

NAVIGATE STUDENT– COLLEGE SIMPLIFIED

The University Advisement Center (UAC) provides information and support to assist undergraduate students in completing their general education requirements, gain entry into an academic major, and successfully earn an undergraduate degree. The Center aims to promote student development and success by helping students identify, clarify and realize their academic goals. Through individualized professional advising, the UAC is committed to engaging students in the achievement of their own educational, personal, and career goals. We seek to foster autonomy by challenging and supporting students in their process towards self-directed lifelong learning. Your academic advisors are knowledgeable about all the programs and majors offered at NJCU, and are available to help you succeed.

Navigate Student helps you tackle college so you can make the most of your experience and graduate prepared for what’s next. Through a personalized app, Navigate Student helps you make decisions, complete important tasks and explore campus.

Make an Appointment UAC advisors are here and happy to meet with you. You should plan to meet with your advisor periodically throughout the semester, including at the beginning of every registration period. Registration opens in March for the Fall semester and again in October, for the Spring semester. You can make an appointment to meet with your assigned advisor in person by coming to Vodra Hall, Room 101, or by calling our office. Contact Information Vodra Hall, Room 101 Phone: 201-200-3300/3422 UAC@njcu.edu

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Locate and reach out to your advisors and professors in seconds. Sync your class schedule with your phone calendar. Discover supportive resources­–including directions to key offices on campus. Get reminders and alerts about important deadlines. Make your own to-do list and set reminders.

Visit njcu.edu/EAB and download the Navigate Student–College Simplified app and explore the features available to our NJCU students.


STUDENT EARLY ALERT AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS REPORTS Student Early Alert is a way for the university to support students who begin to show signs of academic distress early on in the semester. Through the use of Academic Progress Reports, faculty can indicate concern for students that are on a path to failing a course, and can provide feedback on the progress of these students throughout the semester. Early Alert will allow student support staff to intervene and assist you if your professor feels you’re showing signs of academic distress. Faculty members, as well as student services professionals may look for the following criteria to establish Early Alert: y

Sleeping in class

y

Issues with financial aid

y

Missed multiple assignments

y

Failed midterm

y

Medical issues

y

A high number of course withdrawals

FACULTY EXPECTATIONS As a college student, it can be both exciting and intimidating to take a class with a professor and expert in their field. While many of our faculty are teachers, scholars, researchers, authors, and consultants, their goal as YOUR professor is to help you learn! Faculty will teach you the information and skills that are relevant to their discipline- but only YOU can learn it. Having an idea of what the expectations are for each course you’re in will help enhance your learning experience and allow you to build a positive professional relationship with your professor. Your professor may expect the following of you: y

Read the syllabus

y

Attend class regularly

y

Be an active learner

y

Read the assigned materials before class

y

Avoid cramming for tests

y

Treat your instructor and classmates with respect

y

Turn in assignments on time

y

Participate in discussions

y

Be informed about the policies of the instructor’s class

y

Develop effective study strategies.

THE CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT The Center for Leadership and Engagement exists under the Division of Student Affairs at New Jersey City University and supports the initiative of “students first,” helping and guiding our students from Freshman Orientation to Graduation. Our office coordinates multicultural, academic, social, and experiential learning activities. We are also responsible for community service and volunteerism, leadership development, and more. We are responsible for scheduling and maintaining the inhouse spaces, conference rooms, multipurpose rooms, etc. of the Gilligan Student Union. We also facilitate various activities of student development, as well as collaborate with other departments and student organizations to ensure the best events and experience for the students and entire NJCU community. For more information, visit our website njcu.edu/CLE and stay in the know with everything going on throughout the year! Contact Information Gilligan Student Union, Room 111 Phone: 201-200-3585 Fax: 201-200-2329

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GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING COMMUNITIES The General Education Learning Communities (GELCs) are thematic pairs and clusters taken together by a cohort of students. Professors work together to integrate courses, align teaching strategies, and build joint assignments and assessments. This encourages students to make connections among linked courses and learn from relationships among course content and modes of inquiry. It also provides a great opportunity for students to build relationships with peers taking two or three courses together in the same semester. Note: students need to see an advisor to enroll in the GELCs. Please contact GenEd@njcu.edu for more information.

What is Gen Ed?

Gen Ed: How It Works

The General Education program provides students with invaluable learning experiences across a wide range of academic fields on topics of general interest. While major and minor programs focus on specific disciplines, the Gen Ed program ensures that all students, regardless of major, explore a range of scholarly approaches in a variety of fields. While its scope is broad, Gen Ed prioritizes in-depth, active learning and emphasizes essential skills building for success in college and beyond.

Students complete the Gen Ed program by moving through the Tiers in order—first Tier 1, then Tier 2, and finally Tier 3— though some overlap may be necessary in some semesters.

y

In the Gen Ed Learning Communities, students take two or more thematically linked courses together, learning about fascinating topics from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

y

Students gain knowledge through study and experience; they discover and pursue their chosen areas of interest in courses that explore distinct approaches to intellectual inquiry.

y

y

Tier 1 consists of a required English Composition and Math course plus four seminar courses in the Modes of Inquiry.

y

Tier 2 consists of English Composition and six seminar courses in the Modes of Inquiry.

y

All Gen Ed students take at least two seminars (at least 6 credits) in each of the four Modes of Inquiry for a total of ten seminar courses (at least 30 credits) across Tiers 1 and 2.

y

All students take one Tier 3 capstone course (3 credits) in the final semester of Gen Ed.

y

Intermodal courses count toward the distribution requirements in two Modes of Inquiry; they provide greater flexibility in selecting future seminars but count only once toward the ten seminar courses (at least 30 credits) required across Tiers 1 and 2.

y

The seminars that count toward the distribution requirements in the Modes of Inquiry are listed in the Master Course List.

Academic study becomes an integrative exploration of oneself and the world.

If you have questions about the Gen Ed requirements, or about which Academic Planning Sheet to use, please see your academic advisor. For more information, email GenEd@njcu.edu.

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TRiO LEARNING COMMUNITY (TLC) PROGRAM The TRiO Learning Community (TLC) Program, a federal student Support Services Program at New Jersey City University, is funded by the United States Department of Education and New Jersey City University. This program is designed to provide support services to low-income, first-generation students and/or students with disabilities. The TRiO Learning Community (TLC) Program at New Jersey City University is known nationally as a federal Student Support Services (SSS) program. TLC is a federally-funded TRiO program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students in meeting basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education. Although nationally each program is different, we all share the same purpose: to retain and graduate the students we serve. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. Projects include: instruction in basic study skills; tutorial services; academic, financial, or personal counseling; assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs; guidance on career options; mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency (LEP); and college scholarships.

Services Offered

Mission TLC is a federally funded TRiO program committed to the success of first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities. Our mission is to: y

Inspire students to believe that they can achieve academic success

y

Develop their Desire to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge, and acumen to complete a post-secondary education

y

Support students with necessary services in order for them to Persist until graduation

TLC participants graduate as polished and knowledgeable professionals ready to continue on to graduate school or as global citizens ready to conquer the competitive work force.

Program Eligibility Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at New Jersey City University; be a U.S. citizen or National of the United States or meet the requirements for federal student financial aid; demonstrate academic need; and have at least ONE of the following apply to you: y

You are a First-Generation College Student (neither of the student's parents have received a bachelor's degree);

y

You Demonstrate Financial Need (meet income requirements established by federal guidelines);

y

You Have a Documented Disability

Student Support Services enrollment is limited. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All services are provided at no cost to participants.

y

Academic Advising

y

Academic Peer Tutoring

y

Academic Coaching

y

Graduate School Counseling

y

College Success Workshops

Contact Information

y

Cultural Enrichment Activities

y

Financial Aid Completion Assistance

y

Study Abroad Opportunities

TRiO Learning Community Program Hepburn Hall, Room 112-E Phone: 201-200-2204 Fax: 201-200-2203

y

Career Guidance

y

Reference Library

y

Computer and Printing Access

y

Personal Support

y

Community Service Opportunities

Office Hours Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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THE HUB: CENTRALIZED TUTORING CENTER

CONGRESSMAN FRANK J. GUARINI LIBRARY

The Hub: Centralized Tutoring Center at New Jersey City University empowers a diverse student population to become independent learners and campus leaders. By providing holistic, personalized tutoring and academic support services, The Hub enhances retention and supports the student success initiatives set forth by the university.

Our library is named in honor of Congressman Frank J. Guarini, an accomplished politician and philanthropist born and raised in Jersey City.

We offer tutoring in: y

Writing

y

Mathematics

y

Reading (Annotation, Comprehension, Research)

y

STEM Subjects

y

Accounting

y

Praxis Core

y

GRE

ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS

The mission of the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library is to provide services and materials to the students, faculty, staff, and community in support of the curriculum and other educational objectives of New Jersey City University, including the learning outcome for information literacy. This library’s collections and services have been developed to support classroom teaching and to enable students to meet course requirements successfully. Additionally, one of the library’s primary goals involves helping students develop information literacy: the skill in locating, evaluating, and utilizing information necessary to engage in life-long learning.

Services Continuously updated, the library is stocked with the latest periodicals and publications, offering many resources to keep its patrons up to date. Our powerful Summon database enables students to access online resources from both the campus and abroad with their NJCU login.

y

Praxis Core

y

Note-Taking

y

Let's Write (International Students and English Language Learners)

y

Grammar

y

Chicago Style

Order booking, scheduling classes, filing interlibrary loans, reciprocal borrowing, and reserving course materials are a few of the ways the library.

y

APA

Ask a Librarian

y

Writing the Advanced Research Paper

y

Let's Talk (International Students and English Language Learners

Need help? Our team is here to help with our “Ask a Librarian” services. Reach us in-person, by phone, or by text with your question for a prompt response. y

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday Closed

y y

In person: Reference Text this number: Department, second floor 201-667-2238; of the library. or scan the QR By phone: 201-200-3033 code with your smartphone: Text a Librarian via GoogleVoice:

Contact Us Guarini Library, First Floor, Room 115A Phone: 201-200-3513 thehub@njcu.edu

Website Visit our official website to learn more about the library’s services and all we have to offer the NJCU community at njcu.edu/library. Hours Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I know who my advisor is? Academic Advisors are assigned according to the first letters of a student’s last name. Students may identify and contact their academic advisor in advance of correspondence from the University Academic Center (UAC), located in Vodra Hall, Room 101 or call them at 201-200-3300 or 201-200-3422.

Where can commuters get a meal plan? NJCU’s food service provider, Gourmet Dining, offers resident and commuter students a delectable array of choices at three locations. In addition, commuters can select from two meal plan options, if they so choose. For more information please visit: njcu.edu/CampusDining.

Where can I print? Students have the options to print at the Academic Technology Services Professional Studies Building, Room 103 free of charge. In addition, students can also visit NJCU’s Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library located on campus to print documents but are charged to print. If you have any further questions on services available in the library, their number is 201-200-3030.

Where can I heat up my food? Students can heat up their food at Commuter Lounge located in the Gilligan Student Union Building, Room 106 and on the second floor in the Main Cafe. Be sure to also check out the value menu for affordable dining while you’re there.

Where can I get a discounted transportation pass? In order to receive the NJ Transit discount, students must purchase monthly Light Rail passes by accessing the NJ Transit link via GothicNet. Go to Main Menu select Campus Life once logged into GothicNet, Click on NJCU/NJTransit Rider Program, Click on NJTransit Discounted Passes, follow steps to sign up.

What happens if my GPA falls below 2.00? If you have a cumulative or a semester GPA below 2.00 you run the risk of being placed on academic probation. In order for you to avoid academic suspension or dismissal, you must stay above the retention level. This may also impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), as it relates to financial aid funding. If you’re notified of failing to meet SAP, you may be ineligible for federal, state or institutional financial aid. In addition, in order to graduate you must have a minimum 2.00 GPA and a 2.00 GPA in your major.

Must I officially withdraw if I need to stop attending classes? Yes. We encourage you to submit a withdrawal request form to the Registrar’s Office, Hepburn Hall, Room 214 to prevent receiving an “F” as a grade. The course will receive a “W” grade after you complete the withdrawal process. After the add/drop period and the first third of the semester, students are eligible to receive a 50% refund for each credit below 12 undergraduate credits. After the first third of the semester to November 1 (Fall) and April 1 (Spring) or mid semester for summer sessions, the course will receive a “W” grade and student is not entitled to any refund. #HEARMYVOICE // @NJCU.ORIENTATION

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GENERAL EDUCATION TIER I COURSES BY MODES OF INQUIRY Creative Process and Production Course List

CODE

TITLE

ESL 140

The Language of Science: A Journalistic Approach

3

LANG 145

9/11 Before and After

3

LTED 160

Languages of Power and Social Justice

3

MDT 167

World Music

3

MEDI 120

Understanding Movies: The Art of Film

3

PHIL 102

Critical Thinking

3

PHIL 109

Bioethics

3

PHIL 113

Environmental Ethics

3

PHIL 125

Ethics in Everyday Life

3

PHIL 135

World Religions Today

3

PHIL 140

The Examined Life

3

CODE

TITLE

ART 114

The Passion for Painting: An Enduring and Meaningful Art Form

3

ART 125

Making & Interpreting Clay Objects: Exam Development of Ceramics and its Role in Society

3

Websites for Everyone: Implementing Word Press (CMS) Sites for Business and Self-Promotion

3

ART 150

Empower Tools: Art as a Catalyst for Social Change

3

ART 170

Time Travel: Introduction to Time-Based Art

3

CS 125

Game Programming

3

POLI 130

Debating Current Controversies

3

ENGL 150

From Game Playing to Creative Writing: Literary Games and Formal Experiments in Creative Writing

3

WGST 101

Telling Women's Lives

3

WGST 109

Gender, Sexuality and Culture

3

MDT 109

Musical Improvisation

3

MDT 110

Music and the City

3

MDT 165

Masters and Innovators in US: Billings to Tupac and Beyond

3

MDT 166

Exploring Western Music

3

ART 145

CR.

CR.

Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies Course List CODE

TITLE

ENGL 125

Stories of the University

3

ENGL 130

Reading the Environment: Ecotexts and the Global Local

3

ENGL 133

Dark Stories for Young Adults

3

ENGL 135

Old and New Worlds: Place in US Immigrant Literature

3

ENGL 150

From Game Playing to Creative Writing: Literary Games and Formal Experiments in Creative Writing

3

American Myths: The Experience of Cultural Change

3

ESL 130

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Scientific and Quantitative Inquiries Course List CODE

TITLE

CR.

BIOL 140

Scientific Inquiry

3

CHEM 130

The Chemistry of Everyday Things

3

CHEM 131

Chemistry in the Kitchen: Learning Chemistry through Food and Cooking

3

CHEM 140

Making the Case: Forensic Science

3

CS 120

Computers and Information Technology

3

EESC 120

Water Explorer: Introduction to Water Science

3

EESC 121

Mapping the City

3

EESC 135

Our Planet Earth: Introduction to Dynamic Earth Processes

3

ESL 140

The Language of Science: A Journalistic Approach

3

MGMT 110 Life is Good Business: Understanding how Business Impacts Everyday Life

3

PHYS 108

3

The Physics of Sports


CODE

TITLE

CR.

CODE

TITLE

PHYS 114

Why Things Move: Thinking Science through Motion

3

PSYC 120

Social Psych of Everyday Life

PSYC 140 SECU 155

POLI 120

Global Challenges

3

POLI 130

Debating Current Controversies

3

3

POLI 140

American Politics

3

Exploring Human Sexual Behaviors

3

PSYC 100

The Psychology of Self-Development

3

Introduction to International Security

3

SECU 155

Introduction to International Security

3

Social and Historical Perspectives Course List

SOCI 109

The Changing Family

3

SOCI 121

Sociology of Families

3

WGST 101

Telling Women's Lives

3

WGST 109

Gender, Sexuality and Culture

3

WGST 110

Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures

3

WGST 130

Rebel Girls

3

CODE

TITLE

AFRO 101

The African Diaspora

3

AFRO 125

African American History: From Africa to Emancipation

3

AFRO 140

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present

3

ECON 103

Current Economic Issues

3

ECON 110

History of Economic Thought

3

ECON 115

Money and Markets

3

EESC 120

Water Explorer: Introduction to Water Science

3

EESC 130

Understanding Ethnic Conflict

3

ENGL 125

Stories of the University

3

ENGL 130

Reading the Environment: Ecotexts and the Global Local

3

ETHN 130

Understanding Ethnic Conflict

3

HIST 131

Metropolitan New York

3

HIST 133

Cranks, Critics, and Communards

3

LATI 105

Studying Latin America, Caribbean, and Latinos in the USA

3

LATI 122

Archaeology of Mesoamerica Cultures

3

MDT 165

Masters and Innovators in US: Billings to Tupac and Beyond

3

MDT 166

Exploring Western Music

3

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The Contributions of Women Composers to the Art of Musical Composition

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MEDI 130

The History of Media

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MGMT 110 Life is Good Business: Understanding how Business Impacts Everyday Life

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Meta Majors Meta majors combine individual majors under a large umbrella to allow students whom are undecided to enroll in various courses among a wide academic spectrum while remaining ontrack to meet their expected graduation. This type of structure is targeted to aid students interested in multiple fields or currently undeclared to avoid falling behind or taking a superfluous amount of courses unrelated to their to-be-declared majors. New Jersey City University academic programs cover broad ground and a range of interests. NJCU’s individual attention to its students, combined with exciting opportunities typically offered only in much larger universities, creates an educational value and experience that consistently exceeds expectations of its students.

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ATHLETICS

The Athletics Program offers first-class training facilities, academic support for student-athletes, and community service opportunities throughout the year. In addition, NJCU Athletics boasts a robust Athletics Hall of Fame, in which alumni are inducted each year.

NCAA DIVISION III 21 Varsity Athletic Teams

Men’s Sports Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer Tennis Track and Field (Indoor) Track and Field (Outdoor) Volleyball Wrestling

Women’s Sports Basketball Bowling Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track and Field (Indoor) Track and Field (Outdoor) Volleyball Wrestling

Intramural Sports Program The intramural Sports Program is committed to satisfying the needs of the New Jersey City University Community through providing a structured format for competition, where playing the game or entering the contest is more important than winning. This ensures individuals the opportunity to maintain fitness, relax, make friends and find a healthy release from the stress of studying and classes. Many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff and alumni have seized the opportunity to enjoy various intramural and recreational activities. Our facilities in the John Moore Athletic Center include three full length basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor track, a swimming pool/sauna, and a fully equipped fitness center. Intramural and recreational activities are also held in our outdoor athletic facility (Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex) on route 440 just past Danforth Ave where we offer Softball and Flag Football among other activities. The hours of operation for the JMAC are:

The pool hours are:

Mondays — Thursdays 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Mondays — Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fridays

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sundays

3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fridays

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sundays

3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

For information regarding the fitness center or Intramural and recreational activities please visit njcugothicknights.com then click on Intramurals or contact the Intramural Coordinator at svillamizar@njcu.edu or 201-200-2170.

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#WeAreNJCUSGA STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION The Student Government Association (SGA) welcomes all current and prospective NJCU students to our website! The purpose of SGA is to serve the student body and act as a liaison between the students, faculty and staff of the university.

What is SGA? yLeadership skills development yAdvocates for students yLiaison to the administration yConnection to the Jersey City community yPlans student activities yOffers different ways of getting involved yAnd more!

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Greek Life Brotherhood and sisterhood; service and high ideals; citizenship, leadership, and scholarship—NJCU’s officially recognized fraternities and sororities contribute many positive aspects to the NJCU educational experience and community. Self-governed by the Inter-Greek Council, these strong, respected organizations provide opportunities for members to grow in leadership and personal responsibility and forge meaningful relationships that last a lifetime. Greek Life at NJCU is an active life, complementing academic accomplishment with community service projects, philanthropic fundraising, a lively annual Greek Week, social events, and more. Among the fraternities and sororities at NJCU you will find interests including social and cultural awareness, women’s issues, child welfare, and high-energy stepping and strolling competitions. We invite you to learn more about the missions, interests, and unique aspects of the fraternities and sororities at NJCU and find out if one is right for you. FRATERNITIES y Alpha Phi Alpha y Alpha Phi Omega y Iota Phi Theta y Kappa Alpha Psi y Lambda Sigma Upsilon y Lambda Theta Phi y Phi Beta Sigma y Psi Sigma Phi y Tau Kappa Epsilon

SORORITIES y Theta Phi Alpha Women’s Fraternity y Alpha Kappa Alpha y Chi Upsilon Sigma y Lambda Pi Upsilon y Lambda Tau Omega y Lambda Theta Alpha y Mu Sigma Upsilon y Omega Phi Chi y Phi Chi Epsilon y Zeta Phi Beta

NJCU Student Media publishes The Gothic Times newspaper six times a year, as well as podcasts, a website (gothictimes.net) an App and social media. Completely produced and written by students, the offices are located in the Gilligan Student Union, Third Floor, Room 301. The Director of Student Media, Theta Pavis, can be reached at 201-600-9593 or tpavisweil@njcu. edu. Student Media provides an open forum to the campus community for the free expression and exchange of ideas

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Learn how you can study abroad! Hoping to immerse yourself in an exciting new culture, learn a new language, or gain a more global perspective? NJCU offers study abroad opportunities for a semester, summer, or academic year in nearly 50 countries around the world. Studying abroad is a profound, life-changing experience that is both fun and exciting and will help you grow academically and personally while preparing you for a career.

Want to study abroad? Here's how to apply: y

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Visit njcu.edu/academics/study-abroad/study-abroadbasics and read “Study Abroad Basics� to learn about study abroad requirements and opportunities. Visit njcu.edu/academics/study-abroad/where-can-yougo to view destinations. Read about the programs and note deadlines, special requirements, and program-specific forms. Schedule an appointment to visit us in Professional Studies Building, Room 414 to discuss study abroad options.

Submit the NJCU Study Abroad Application at njcu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/ SV_1MTlwCc4ErRKbfD. Contact Information y

Craig Katz Director of International Programs Professional Studies Building, Room 414 Phone: 201-200-2089 Fax: 201-200-2326 Goabroad@njcu.edu

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Complete and return these additional forms: 1 Financial Aid Form 2 Medical Examination Report 3 Course Approval Form

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Prepare partner program application materials.

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Submit a copy of your passport (which must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled program dates).


NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE (NSE) The National Student Exchange is a consortium of over 168 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada. Through this academic program, students continue to make progress toward their NJCU degree while studying at another fully accredited institution. After a semester or year on exchange, students return to NJCU to complete their remaining degree requirements and graduate. If it is time to expand your curriculum, strike out on your own, explore new interests, study with new faculty, hear different ideas, make new friends, or create new opportunities, then widen your horizons through the National Student Exchange.

REQUIREMENTS

STEPS TO APPLY

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2.5 GPA

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Contact Coordinator

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Complete 1 academic term

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Review Options

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Apply

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Be in good academic standing

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Placement

Contact Information Matthew Lahm NSE Coordinator Vodra Hall, Room101 Phone: 201-200-3571 Fax: 201-200-3229 MLahm@NJCU.edu njcu.edu/NSE

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RESIDENCE LIFE NJCU offers extensive resources for every student, whether they choose to live on campus or commute. In addition to social organizations and clubs, students are afforded access to academic advising, career planning and placement, and special needs support in various University centers. Students can live in one of three residence halls and enjoy the opportunity to experience campus life, meet new people, and learn in a multicultural environment outside of the classroom. The residence halls are conveniently located near classes, the library, the athletics and fitness center, and campus events. Housing is available for all interested students. Each student residence hall offers staff coverage, 24-hour security, on-site laundry, kitchen facilities, study lounges, computer labs, and online computer capabilities. Meal plans are provided and campus-housing residents are welcome to participate in a variety of educational, community service, and recreational programs offered by the Office of Residence Life.

VODRA HALL y y y y y y

102 Beds Traditional Hall - Double and Single (limited) Suite Style Bath Upper Class Residence Card Access Community Game Room

WEST CAMPUS VILLAGE y y y y y y y y y

427 Beds Traditional Hall - Double & Single Apartments, Shared Bath Music Room/Pods Fitness Center Convenience Dining - C Store Conference/Meeting Room Game Room Convenience Parking Community Laundry

CO-OP HALL y y y y y y

100 Beds Traditional Hall - Double Rooms Community Bath Freshman/Transfer/First Year Community Laundry Transitional Counselor/Mentor

Contact information NJCU Office of Residence Life West Campus Village 2039 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305 reslife@njcu.edu Phone: 201-200-2338 Fax: 201-200-2251

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DINING SERVICES Our dining hall are structured somewhat like a cafeteria, with different stations students can order food from. Traditional meal plan options are available to our residential students, while our commuters can take full advantage of our Gothic Card Flex plan that works like debit-card with no hidden fees and with ease of use. Resident students have the option at specific locations to all-you-can-eat meal pass so a four-course dinner costs the same as a bowl of oatmeal. Associated dining flex funds allow for flexibility to other various on-campus locations. Note: Students wishing to add flex funds as part of their financial aid must contact the Bursar or Campus Card offices for assistance.

Dining Locations Student Union Café Located on the second floor of Gilligan Student Union, the Student Union Café offers the most variety to diners on campus: y Daily upscale, restaurant style entrée with a protein, starch, and vegetable y Daily made-to-order sauté bar y Daily grill specials for breakfast and lunch y Daily pizza, calzone, and roll specials y Tacos, burritos, and taco salads y Salad bar y Fruit smoothies and ice cream y Fresh baked goods Hours Mondays – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays CLOSED

Vodra Café The newly renovated Vodra Dining Hall is an all-you-can-eat buffet open to the NJCU community and visitors. Hours Mondays – Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dunkin’ Donuts Located in the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library lobby. Hours Mondays – Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLOSED

Dining Services Contact 201-200-2345 or 201-889-2754

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NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY BARNES & NOBLE is the best place to get everything you need for the upcoming year. We know buying textbooks can be stressful, but the University bookstore makes it easy by featuring used rental and digital options. RENT OR BUY SAVE UP TO 80% ON TEXTBOOKS ERROL NARVAEZ Store Manager 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07305 Phone: 201-435-6607 Store Hours Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays CLOSED Sundays CLOSED

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PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION Parking and Transportation Services is responsible for the regulation and enforcement of all University parking lots. Any vehicle parked on university property must be in a marked parking space at all times. Like most universities, a convenient parking space is a premium commodity for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Our Security Officers monitor all parking lots throughout the University to ensure that vehicles are in compliance with all rules and regulations. Our goal is to ensure that parking spaces are available for those who have a

purpose on campus. We accomplish this through uniform and consistent parking enforcement. Parking regulations help to ensure that there is an orderly system in place for all who use vehicles when coming to campus. The regulations also ensure that emergency vehicles and equipment have immediate access to all campus locations. Voluntary compliance is encouraged. Our staff is committed to providing the best service possible to each member of the University community and each person visiting campus. Our staff will

be happy to offer any assistance or clarify information during your visit to the NJCU campus.

USE OF YOUR PARKING CARD The use of your New Jersey City University parking card binds you to the Terms and Conditions on the back of the card. Parking cards are not transferable to other parties and are valid only to the person to whom they are assigned.

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The Department of Information Technology is dedicated to providing efficient and reliable support services to our entire user community. Please call HELP (x4357) from any NJCU office extension phone, or call 201-253-4357 (from any non-NJCU office extension phone, such as your mobile phone, home phone, etc.), during the hours of operation which are listed below. For general support issues, call HELP (x4357) from any NJCU office extension phone, or call 201-253-4357 (from any non-NJCU office extension phone, such as your mobile phone, home phone, etc.) Technology support services are provided through the IT Help Desk unit. This support unit is committed to delivering quality customer service and technical solutions in support of campuswide technology. Please call or send an email to helpdesk@njcu.edu for your technology support needs. You may also access our general FAQ system. Or you can visit our GothicNet Help Page for additional resources Contact information for Help Desk

Hours Of Operation

Professional Studies Building, Room 101 (in Computer Lab) On-Campus Phone: ext. 4357 Off-Campus Phone: 201-253-4357 helpdesk@njcu.edu

Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fridays Saturdays CLOSED Sundays CLOSED

Main contact information Rossey Hall, Room 58 Phone: 201-200-3350 Fax: 201-200-2332 it@njcu.edu

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ELECTRONIC FOOTPRINT Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are increasingly popular tools for students to communicate. These sites enable users to interact and connect in a way like never before; however, abusing or using them unguardedly leaves users vulnerable to spam and hackers.

Our online and day-to-day personas have become interchangeable, as our actions in each sphere often affect our lives in the other. Being responsible with your electronic footprint is critical to maintaining a professional online presence and also to keep sensitive information (such as credit cards or passwords) secure.

A few tips for remaining secure and professional online include: y

Avoid offensive or derogatory language—if you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online

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Keep your contact info private. Even listing the info as visible to “Friends Only” could expose your data to malicious third parties seeking your data.

y

Take a moment to explore the privacy settings on your social platforms. Learn who can see your

content and adjust your settings to your comfort level. y

Watch what you say: threatening language (of any sort) directed at another person is a crime.

y

Photos are forever. Check social media often where you are tagged and be sure the content is appropriate and reflects your best self.

y

When using a public computer or any device that is not your own, be sure to sign out of any applications or programs before shutting down or logging off. Some passwords and logins remain on the system if not properly erased.

@NJCU.Orientation

@NJCUCLE

@NJCUniversity

@NJCUCLE

@NJCUTUBE

@NJCUPresident

@NewJerseyCityUniversity

@NJCULibrary

@NJCUniversity

@NJCUBookstore

@NJCUAthletics

@NJCUDPS

@NJCUGothicKnights

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CAMPUS RESOURCES

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The Office of Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) is committed to supporting the college transition and persistence of first-time freshman. The SOAR Office equips students with the valuable skills and resources needed to overcome academic, social, and/or financial obstacles. SOAR partners with offices University-wide to deliver a host of retention-based initiatives to NJCU students and parents.

Services Offered: NJCU Students:

Rising Knight Peer Mentoring Program

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Rising Knight Peer Mentoring (RKPM): New students are paired with talented peer mentors who work to develop a supportive relationship with his or her mentee, helping them successfully navigate their first year at NJCU.

The mission of the Rising Knight Peer Mentoring Program is to help first year freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to college. We strive to increase student success and engagement by providing students with resources, encouragement, and guidance during their first year.

y

Financial Assistance: SOAR helps qualified students identify financial resources to help them finance their education.

Benefits:

y

y

One-on-one Personal Development Meetings: SOAR offers personalized one-on-one meetings with SOAR staff to offer guidance and advice to students on various college success topics. Proactive Outreach: SOAR conducts outreach primarily through calling campaigns, designed and implemented around important university timelines and deadlines.

Parents and Family (At Student’s Request): y

Meetings with SOAR Staff (On phone or face to face)

y

Parent and Family Communications

y

Make connections with NJCU staff and students!

y

Learn about opportunities for involvement and leadership on campus!

y

Participate in fun social events!

y

One on one Mentoring Opportunities!

Our Mentors: Rising Knight Peer Mentors are experienced upperclassmen who are trained to develop a supportive relationship with their mentees. Peer Mentors assist with the successful transition of their mentees into the University by referring them to appropriate campus resources and monitoring mentee success throughout the semester. Hours Mondays – Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact Information Gilligan Student Union, Room 211 Phone: 201-200-3577 Fax: 201-200-3599 njcu.edu/SOAR SOAR@njcu.edu

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TRANSFER RESOURCE CENTER The Transfer Resource Center is committed to serving transfer students by helping them prepare for rewarding academic experiences, easing their transition to New Jersey City University and promoting their progress toward timely graduation. Some of the many services offered by our office include: y

Providing transcript evaluations and course articulation services

y

Advocating and assisting in their transition to the university community

y

Connecting them to student-centered services and academic departments for assistance with admissions, advising, registration and academic support services

y

Individual counseling to guide transfers throughout their adjustment

y

Spotlighting and celebrating academic excellence and university community involvement

Additionally, NJCU is the top choice for many transfer students because we offer the lowest tuition of any four-year, college or university in New Jersey. NJCU provides more than $20 million in financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans every year to all our students, especially our transfers. Transferring to a new school can be a challenging experience. Our goal at the Transfer Resource Center is to provide services to prospective, new, and continuing transfer students to help them as they transition into the NJCU community. Contact Information

Hepburn Hall, Room 201 Alison Maysilles, Director transfer@njcu.edu Sadia Choudhry, Transfer Enrollment Specialist njcu.edu/trc Justin Pannullo, Transfer Enrollment Specialist Phone: 201-200-3418 Fax: 201-200-2312

Office Hours Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer 2019 Office Hours Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

UNIVERSITY CENTERS NJCU’s bustling, intellectually engaging campus includes a variety of resources to meet the diverse needs and interests of our community, from promoting business formation and growth in New Jersey to providing childcare, career resources, confidential counseling, and more. The Center for Student Success helps students develop the necessary skills, strategies, and behaviors to improve their academic standing and identify appropriate career objectives. It offers peer tutoring in entry-level courses, workshops on academic success, and referrals to academic departments and support programs. The Confucius Institute at NJCU, a new, prestigious international partnership with the People’s Republic of China’s Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages and Ministry of Higher Education that will provide world-class education on Chinese language and culture for students, research and teaching opportunities for faculty, and invaluable economic and cultural exchanges throughout our region. The Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center conducts research and offers lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and performances that explore issues and aspects of the African diaspora.

The Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity has a 46-year-history of providing support services for students as well as the community. We provide education, advocacy, support and empowerment on a host of topics impacting marginalized groups. From providing confidential resources to survivors of gender-based violence to training allies who ensure a safe, inclusive and affirming environment for the LGBTQIA communities, our Center is involved in a plethora of initiatives that enhance the social development, emotional well-being, and academic success of our students. The Scientific Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is comprised of more than 20 faculty members in STEM departments. The Institute is an umbrella organization that fosters collaboration among faculty and provides a central clearinghouse to identify research opportunities for undergraduate students. The Center for the Arts brings the University’s cultural offerings together under one creative umbrella. With New York City just across the river, the NJCU Center for the Arts is a cultural hub of North Jersey, hosting guest artists and speakers in the performing, visual, film, and literary arts, alongside student presentations.

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COUNSELING CENTER The Counseling Center offers registered NJCU students free and confidential services, delivered by qualified, experienced professionals. Short-term individual and couples counseling and support groups are available to address students’ personal concerns. Our staff is dedicated to helping students enhance their psychological, social, and intellectual development. Whether you are facing challenges in your relationships, coping with anxiety or depression, concerned about family problems, dealing with losses, confused about your career path, having academic difficulties, or struggling with identity issues, we are here to help. The Counseling Center offers a variety of services that assist students in resolving problems that arise from personal situations and/or college pressures and that help students achieve their personal best.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER Free services, no appointment needed—NJCU’s Health and Wellness Center is as affordable and convenient for registered students as it is helpful and outstanding. Located in easily accessible Vodra Hall, the Health and Wellness Center offers preventive and primary care services to help NJCU students stay healthy, regardless of insurance. No appointment is necessary; students are seen in the order in which they arrive unless their condition warrants otherwise.

With the utmost compassion, professionalism, and confidentiality, HWC’s experienced, highly trained staff provides patients: y

Care for acute concerns including respiratory illness, sprains and strains, fever, stomach pains, skin rashes, and minor emergencies

We offer: y

Individual counseling

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Assistance with chronic illness

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Support Groups

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Services such as pregnancy testing, blood pressure screening, and weight monitoring

Individual Counseling Individual counseling involves meeting with one of our four counselors to discuss and explore your concerns. Students are provided up to 12 sessions per academic year (September 1 – August 31). Counseling sessions are 45 minutes in length, and most clients are seen on a weekly basis while working towards their goals.

Support Groups Support groups involve a small group of students meeting with one of our therapists (and for some groups, an NJCU staff coleader), typically once a week for 1.5 or 2 hours. These groups provide the opportunity for individuals to speak with others who share a common area of concern in a supportive environment through sharing, receiving feedback, and providing feedback to others. The counselor who serves as the group facilitator helps the group members to communicate productively. Stop by our office at GSU, Room 308 to learn about our current group offerings! Contact Information Gilligan Student Union, Room 308 Phone: 201-200-3165 Fax: 201-200-2558

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In addition to providing referrals for off-campus specialists and other resources as needed, HWC’s full-time registered nurses and part-time physician educate students on ways to improve their personal health and self-advocacy in the future as informed consumers of healthcare services. All students are required to submit their entrance health forms and immunization records. Download the NJCU Entrance Health Record at njcu.edu/healthwellnesscenter. Contact Information Vodra Hall, Room 107 Fax: 201-200-2011


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Your safety and security at the University are of vital concern. Every member of the New Jersey City University community has a stake in providing a safe environment for teaching and learning. New Jersey City University is amongst the nation's best urban universities. We are located in the most interesting metropolitan area of the country. We are proud of our urban tradition and the educational opportunities it provides for our students. We are also aware of the challenges posed by such an environment, and have developed a comprehensive public safety program designed to reduce the opportunities for incidents, and to promote the participation of the entire University community in crime awareness and deterrence.

The responsibility for personal safety does not and cannot rest primarily with the University or our Public Safety Department; rather, it rests primarily with you and me as individuals. By working together, we can improve the safety and security of everyone on campus. University Public Safety Officers are available twenty-four hours a day to respond to any emergency or request for public safety services. Officers conduct pro-active loss preventative patrols throughout the campus in vehicles and on foot. Officers patrol all parking areas. In addition, officers are assigned to all residence halls.

A Message from the Associate Vice President of the Department of Public Safety On behalf of the Department of Public Safety, it is my pleasure to welcome you to New Jersey City University. I want to assure you that my staff and I will continuously work around the clock to maintain a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike. We believe that

We work vigilantly with our municipal, state and federal law enforcement and fire safety partners to ensure the safety and security of our community. You can help in a couple of ways: first, by being aware of your surroundings and belongings; secondly by reporting unusual or suspicious behavior.

Safety is a shared responsibility and ask that you join us in making our campus, as well as our community, a safe and pleasant place to learn, live and work.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and ideas for making NJCU an even safer environment. To share your ideas, please visit the Public Safety Office located at Rossey Hall, Room 114/115; call us at 201-200-3128; or email us at publicsafety@njcu.edu.

The Department of Public Safety offers comprehensive safety and security services to all valued members of our community. Ron Hurley, DS.c., CPP Associate Vice President of Public Safety Contact Information Rossey Hall, Rooms 114/115 Available 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week Phone: 201-200-3128 or DIAL 55 Emergency publicsafety@njcu.edu

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MILITARY & VETERANS SERVICES The Office of Military & Veterans Services provides assistance to Veterans, Services Members, and their Dependents in order to ensure a seamless transition into the academic arena. The office assists with admissions, academic advisement and registration, student support and advocacy, internal and external referral services (for healthcare, employment, readjustment, etc.) and Veteran educational counseling and processing. In addition, the office acts as a resource for faculty, staff and the community at large. The office is committed to supporting the retention and success of our student population by creating a welcoming environment that acts as a one stop shop for military friendly services.

Military & Veterans Educational Programs available to our students: y

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

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Transfer of Entitlement Program (TOE)

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Yellow Ribbon Program (YR)

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

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Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

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Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

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Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

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Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

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New Jersey National Guard Tuition Bill Program (NJNGTB)

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Veterans Tuition Credit Program/Vietnam Veterans Tuition Assistance Program (VTCP/VVTAP)

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Federal Tuition Assistance Program (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)

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Army & Air Force ROTC partnerships (Seton Hall and NJIT Cross-Town Schools)

For questions about the above listed programs contact the Office of Military & Veterans Services.

Contact Information Grossnickle Hall, Room 418 Phone: 201-200-3199 Fax: 201-200-3590 veterans@njcu.edu

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SPECIALIZED SERVICES NJCU students with disabilities are provided equal access to college programs through the provision of reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The OSS/SI serves as a resource for students with mobility, vision, hearing, learning, and other disabilities that may require campus/classroom accommodations and/or academic support.

Supplemental Instruction Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a trademarked method of delivering academic support to students through a collaborative learning environment. SI serves historically challenging gatekeeper courses. SI sessions target study skills, collaborative exercises and integration of course concepts without re-lecturing the material. NJCU’s SI Program currently supports gatekeeper courses within our science and math programs.

Mission Statement The mission of the Office of Specialized Services is to: y

Provide equal access for students with disabilities to NJCU’s academic programs and activities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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Provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students.

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Maintain an accessible environment for all students with disabilities.

The OSS/SI assists students in securing reasonable accommodations supported by documentation. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, alternate testing arrangements, adaptive/assistive technology, and assistance in arranging for sign language interpreters, books in alternate format, and peer note-takers. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify and to request services. Students requesting accommodations are required to submit appropriate and recent documentation of their diagnosed disabilities.

Documentation Guidelines All disability documentation should include the following:

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Recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.

Students with learning disabilities are required to submit the most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP), Educational Evaluation and Psychological Evaluation. The mission of the NJCU Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is to: y

Increase student retention and success in historically difficult gateway courses within our STEM disciplines by providing collaborative learning experiences.

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The program’s goal is to improve student’s understanding of course content, foster critical thinking skills and introduce and apply study skills that will support learning beyond the SI session meetings.

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mondays – Fridays Evening hours are available by appointment. Contact Information Karnoutsos Hall, Room 105 Phone: 201-200-2091 (OSS) Phone: 201-200-2557 (SI) Jennifer Aitken Director

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The credentials of the evaluator(s);

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A diagnostic statement identifying the disability;

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Description of the diagnostic methodology used;

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Description of the current functional limitations;

Joan Serafin Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction

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Description of the expected progression or stability of the disability;

Eleanor Rodriguez Program Assistant

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Current and/or past accommodations, services and/or medications;

Jazmin Zegarra Coordinator, Specialized Services

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ACADEMIC CAREER PLANNING AND PLACEMENT The Career Center provides comprehensive services and resources to assist with researching careers, finding job opportunities, preparing for graduate school, improving resume writing and interviewing skills, and landing appropriate internships for career advancement. We have the information and links that will help you with your job search and career development needs.

The Following Services are Offered y

Directing utilization of the Career Library to research careers, graduate schools, employers, employment opportunities, cooperative education internships.

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Directing students to career publications listing jobs and providing career job-search information.

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Providing individualized career counseling to discuss the choice of a major for careers of interest, planning a job search, researching career information, selecting a graduate program of study.

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Administering vocational testing to evaluate interests.

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Conducting workshops regarding selection of majors for careers of interest, applying to graduate school, writing resumes, learning interview skills.

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Advising non-declared students regarding appropriate majors for career interests.

Employment Services y

Cooperative Education Internships for declared majors.

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Part-Time job opportunities.

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Campus recruitment program.

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Graduate placement referral for senior students and alumni.

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Credentials service for senior students and alumni to forward resumes and references upon request.

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Internet jobs service through College Central and PlacePro.

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Career Fairs

Contact Information Vodra Hall, Room 101 Phone: 201-200-3005/6 or 800-624-1046 Fax: 201-200-3229

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STUDENT EMPLOYMENT Federal Work Study Campus employment while attending college is one way to offset your education costs. NJCU participates in the Federal Work-Study program to assist you in managing the costs of your higher education.

What is the Federal Work-Study Program? The work-study program is a federally funded program administered by NJCU to promote access to on-campus employment to help offset educational expenses. Work study students may work part-time during the academic year and fulltime during the summer sessions.

How do I apply for the Federal Work-Study Program? Students who wish to be considered for the academic year or Summer Federal Work-Study Program must file their FAFSA no later than April 15 of each year and must indicate their interest in the program on the FAFSA application. Students will be considered for Federal Work-Study on a first-come firstserved basis. If you have already filed your FAFSA application and answered ‘no’ to the question regarding interest in Federal Work-Study, come to the Financial Aid Office on the second floor of Hepburn Hall to complete a separate application.

How many hours per week of campus employment are available? Students may work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and must be enrolled at least half-time during that time. If there are funds available for the summer term, students may also work up to 30 hours during the summer sessions. Please note that these are the maximum hours permitted, not the number of hours the student must work as part of the work-study program.


COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM The Cooperative Education Program consists of a combination of work and study for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years of study. The Co-op Ed Program is designed to combine classroom learning with practical experience in an educationally beneficial way. Students may choose from a wide range of employment opportunities to enhance both their academic classroom experience and their professional career skills. To apply for admission to the Cooperative Education Program, students must have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative average, declared major, and approval from the department chairperson. Placed students may work in either full-time or part-time positions, and they may earn a maximum of 12 undergraduate degree credits. Students enrolled in the Cooperative Education Program are offered salaried, entry-level, professional positions in financial institutions, media facilities, service organizations, health agencies, retail stores, etc. Interested students should complete an application form and submit a resume to the Office of Cooperative Education. Assistant Directors of the Office of Cooperative Education have designated areas for placement. Listings for each Assistant Director are posted in the academic departments and in the Office of Cooperative Education.

Cooperative Education Program Benefits Benefits of Co-op Program cited by students and employers include: y

Students have the opportunity to test their skills and abilities.

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Practical work experience may be included in student resume.

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Academic credit is earned for a supervised field experience.

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Employers may provide references for future jobs or graduate school application.

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Money earned may be used to offset the cost of education.

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New and marketable skills are developed for the marketplace.

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Practical experience enhances the understanding of academic concepts.

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Opportunity for employment after graduation is increased.

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Career goals are clarified.

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Co-op experience is recorded on university transcript.

Cooperative Education Program Placement A cooperative education assignment is developed according to student interests, skills, and educational background. Assignments are chosen to match, as closely as possible, the long-range career goals of students. Hence, students have the opportunity of viewing a variety of options within industry. Students who are hired for cooperative education internship function as employees at the place of employment, fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the internship. Additional responsibilities evolve from the academic component of the cooperative education experience and faculty supervision. Students are supervised by faculty coordinators who are responsible for developing learning objectives, approving projects, and assigning final grades for the experience. Cooperative education employers offer students constructive and interesting work, and they communicate regularly with coop staff and faculty coordinators. This relationship helps to ensure a successful experience for students and employers. Each year, over 450 employers are involved in the University's Cooperative Education Program, Cooperative Education internship opportunities are available in small, medium, and large organizations within the public and private sector.

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GOTHIC KNIGHT FOOD PANTRY Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success. Hunger makes it difficult to study, sleep, or engage in academics and social activities at the same level as peers. If our students' physiological needs aren't being met, it ultimately decreases the chances of meeting their full potential and their overall experience at New Jersey City University. At NJCU, we’re here to help—so we created the Gothic Knight Food Pantry (GKFP) to address food insecurity. The GKFP is open to all with a Gothic Card ID. We are sustained by the generosity of our donors. We seek donations of perishable and non-perishable food items as well as personal care items and small household items. Hours Tuesdays Thursdays

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Weekend Backpack Program Clients registered for the program are welcome to shop in the pantry for products for use over the weekend. Backpacks must be returned the following week to sustain the program. Contact Information Robert Quinones Assistant Director of Community Engagement Gilligan Student Union, Room 111 Phone: 201-200-3299 Fax: 201-200-2329 rquinones@njcu.edu

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CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER At NJCU, it’s not just college students receiving an affordable world-class education—young children of University students, alumni, and employees receive the same at the University’s fully licensed and accredited Children’s Learning Center (CLC). In addition to providing up to 60 hours per week of daytime, after-school, and drop-in childcare to approximately 100 children, the center serves as a training site for NJCU students—all at an extremely competitive cost to parents. Established in 1982, the Children’s Learning Center is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which emphasizes project-based learning, the use of art as a developmental tool, collaborative group work, and attention to the physical classroom environment as a component of teaching and learning. Our teachers embrace the most current understanding of child development, multiculturalism, and

performance-based assessment. Children enrolled full-time in preschool and pre-kindergarten programs can receive individualized curriculum designed around each child’s personal developmental level, interests, and learning style. At NJCU’s Children’s Learning Center, children are encouraged to think creatively and independently by highly qualified, enthusiastic teachers who truly respect and value them. In partnership with parents, we focus on nourishing each child’s self-worth, confidence, and potential, and providing an educational experience that inspires in them a lifelong love of learning. We invite you to tour the Children’s Learning Center with your child to learn about the program, the benefits it provides our families, and the ways you can be involved in your child’s early education. For more information call 201-200-3342 or visit njcu.edu/CLC.

Hours The Children's Learning Center operates on the University's schedule and is open on days that classes are in session. This includes weather-related closings and delayed openings. Fall & Spring Semesters: Mondays – Fridays 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer Session I: Mondays – Thursdays

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Session II: Mondays – Thursdays

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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POST-ORIENTATION CHECKLIST £ Turn in immunization records to the Health and Wellness Center £ Get your Gothic ID £ Order books for class £ Make your class schedule £ Review your financial aid package on gothicnet.njcu.edu. Make sure your tuition and fees are paid in fully by payment deadline £ Register for your vehicle and parking arrangement in Hepburn Hall, Room 119 £ Talk to your parents about:

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Academic expectations

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We hope you made the most out of New Student Orientation and continue to look back on the memories you created at the event. More importantly, we want to make sure you had the chance to learn about the services, resources and educational opportunities provided to you by the university. As partners in your success, it’s important to us that you’re prepared to successfully navigate your new role and responsibility as a college student. Please take the time to provide us with your feedback, so we can be sure you have the tools and resources needed to succeed in your first year as a Gothic Knight! Leave us your feedback: njcu.edu/HearMyVoice Interested in connecting with your peers after orientation? Follow us!

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CAMPUS MAPS

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CAMPUS MAP KEY 1. Hepburn Hall 2. Grossnickle Hall 3. Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library 4. Vodra Hall 5. Rossey Hall 6. Education and Professional Studies Building 7. Science Building 8. George Karnoutsos Arts and Sciences Hall 9. Fries Hall

10. Gilligan Student Union 11. Visual Arts Building 12. John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center 13. A. Harry Moore Laboratory School 14. Co-Op Dormitory 15. Facilities and Construction Management Building 16. College Street Houses 17. West Village

PARKING P1. V.I.P. Parking P2. Visitor Parking P3. Visitor Parking P4. Faculty/Staff Parking

TRANSPORTATION – – –

Hudson Bergen Light Rail to Harborside Stop PATH to Exchange Place Station Bus to Exchange Place

PARKING P1. Central Parking, 110 Plaza 5 P2. Central Parking, 135 Greene Street

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