Issues at Radford University Alcohol & Drug use: – Cleary Report 2008-09; 127 counts of Liquor Law violations referred for Campus Judicial Action Alcohol related death – November 2010 Multiple student transports with B.A.C.s over 3.0 – Fall 2010 Hate crime & tolerance: – Cleary Report 2008-09; 7 counts of Hate Crimes including on and off campus. Instances of swastikas being drawn on white boards – Fall 2009 Faggot being yelled at non-heterosexual students – continuous Apathy Little student involvement and engagement Low attendance of programming/athletic events No sense of campus identity/school spirit Universal (Sexual Assault, suicides): Under-reported sexual assault and Multiple suicide ideations – 2009-2010
The Dean of Students Office Our Mission The Office of the Dean of Students promotes and facilitates student learning, engagement and development outside the classroom and collaborates with others to enhance the quality of life for students at Radford University. Our Task The Office of the Dean of Students responds to the informational and personal concerns of students and oversees the protection of student rights. The office plays a major role in promoting and upholding the shared values and ideals of the Radford University community. The office provides a variety of services for students. These include student advocacy services, student conduct services, off-campus student services, student publications, student insurance, information for parents and families, absence notices, references/verifications for graduate school and employment, and services with the Student Government Association.
Supporting Evidence Programming Conduct Health & Safety Freshman and sophomore males are most likely to be involved in Conduct issues due to discipline problems (Daniels 1997) These offenders are typically on campus students who are abusing alcohol or another substance at the time of their offense Beemyn, Curtis, Davis, and Tubbs: college events and activities play a significant role in a students sense of belonging and connection with the great campus community. The quality and quantity of a students involvement on campus also has a positive impact on the students learning and development (51). Due to the positive impact that programming has on college students, we can utilize programming as a way to directly work with the Dean of Students Office. Conduct Programming Beemyn, Curtis, Davis, and Tubbs: college events and activities play a significant role in a students sense of belonging and connection with the great campus community. The quality and quantity of a students involvement on campus also has a positive impact on the students learning and development (51). due to the positive impact that programming has on college students, we can utilize programming as a way to directly work with the Dean of Students Office. individuals over the life span are confronted by a series of development challenges to their current identity or development status that require some sort of response (207). Psychosocial theorists believe that individuals develop through a process that involves the accomplishment of a series of developmental tasks (Kern, 207). Cognitive development theories Stipulates that students grow through accommodation and assimilation of new ideas and information into preexisting notions and information Health and safety concerns play an important role on the performance and success of students in their social and academic development. Health & Safety One of the general premises of any education system has been to promote and help having healthy and safe individuals that can be working at their full potential to achieve their academic and personal goals. Radford University counts with RUPD and the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, and Several organizations that work parallel to the University providing support in time of need. The Student Health Center at RU is equipped to provide diagnosis and treatments and several services to all registered students currently enroll at RU. Community Service and Community based learning through educational sanctioning Social Justice and Restorative Justice help promote diversity awareness and can be achieved though intentional conversations and sanctioning.
Programming Conduct Health & Safety A.C.H.I.E.V.M.E.N.T Appreciate, Community, Honor, Identity, Encouragement, Versatility, Motivation, Enthusiasm, Networking, Tolerance As the ultimate goal of this program is to develop a cohesive campus community we will do so through offering intentional programming which will increase the mental health of our students while reducing student the prevalence of student conduct. We sincerely believe that there is a direct correlation, as shown through the literature review, and that when we focus on providing intentional programming opportunities geared towards broadening students social, educational, and political orientations they will engage in a spirit of campus cohesiveness and community. We believe that ACHIEVMENT represents the multiple aspects that we are attempt to produce through our programming model. With these aspects tied to the programming, health and safety, and conduct, the upmost productive community can be formed.
$10 gift card to Starbucks The Dept. of Student Affairs has implemented a programming model whose focus is to build a strong and cohesive campus community The deptartment will use Facebook and Foursquare as a tool to meet students on their own turf. We seek to engage students in on-campus programs which aim to change normative behavior to that of healthy campus involvement. Free yogurt for 2 from By The Ounce Residential Life will grab students attention the day they move in by having them like the Residential Life webpage when they pick up their room key. This of course will be completely optional but the goal is to entice students by providing incentives for participation in the program. Students will receive their first incentive in the form of a pack of Smarties simply for liking the webpage. On the Residential Life Facebook page, there will be a tiered gameboard where students can play a semester-long game where they track participation in on- campus programs. Students will be eligible to move up a tier when they have attended an approved on-campus program. They can only move up a tier once a week, so students must be involved in a program every week to to finish the game. Free Muse dinner for 2 On campus departments such as SGA, athletics, and R-Space can apply to have their programs included in the competition. Departments must contribute to a positive campus community to be involved in the competition by proving that their program promotes good mental health and results in a reduction of conduct violations. Free Ben & Jerrys ice cream cake Students must prove that they have attended approved campus programs to move up a tier on Facebook. Each approved program will receive a one-time only password to give students that attend that particular program Free small order of Highlander rolls from Highlander Pizza Students will then use this password to check in to the program. The designated program coordinator will allow a one minute time frame for students to check into the program after it has begun. They will then receive their ladder point. $30 towards posters in annual poster sale The Resident Director for Education and Involvement will be the person responsible for maintaining the Foursquare and Facebook account, including creating each events password. S/he will also determine which programs are included. Free on-campus concert ticket The Facebook account will act as a hub to publish programming opportunities that count towards achieving the next tier. The RDEI will update this account daily $50 RU Express for laundry and vending Each tier the students reach represents a prize that they are eligible to win. 1 in 25 students at each level will win the prize. $75 of Radford Apparel from bookstore Students can track their own and other players progress on the Residential Life Facebook page through an interactive tiered pyramid system. Lunch with administrator of choice Because Foursquare is a Twitter application, students will also be able to see in Real Time which programs their friends are attending. Space in new on-campus apartment The goal is to eventually make attending on- campus programs a popular choice for students. Students will also have a chance to expose themselves to many different on- campus organizations who are participating in the program. The hope is that this exposure will get students interested in becoming involved in not only attending on- campus events, but planning them as well. Shadow President Kyle for a day Research shows that involved students are more invested in both their academics and campus community. Likewise, students who are invested in their community are less likely to violate community standards by breaking the Student Code of Conduct. Commuter Parking By the time the competition is over, Student Affairs staff will have the pleasure of rewarding faithful program attenders with the chance to win better and better prizes. Ipod touch Prizes range from a $10 Starbucks gift card to the chance to win a free single room for the following school year. Free Single Room Free tubing trip at Mccoy Falls for 4 The Pyramid of Prizes