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1 1 Keys to Success Mills College New Student Orientation Fall 2006

2 2 Schedule Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Transfer Credit Information M Center Records Advising The Curriculum and Registration 15 Minute Break Financial Aid Student Accounts myMILLS Online Registration Public Safety

3 3 Services for Students with Disabilities Division of Student Life Jess Miller, Director 510.430.2264

4 4 Transfer Credit M Center – Records Kristen Smith, Associate Registrar 510.430.3131

5 5 M Center Records Oversees registration Evaluates transfer credit Oversees the study abroad and domestic exchange programs Reviews students for graduation and prepares diplomas Provides transcripts and enrollment verifications Maintains all academic records

6 6 M Center Records also: Supports the Provost’s Office by: Creating the Course Schedule Preparing petitions and reports for the Academic Standing Committee Assigning students to advisors Providing support for advisors by: Creating and updating your Mills Academic Plan (MAP) Performing Junior Evaluations

7 7 Mills Academic Plan (MAP) MAPs are prepared On entrance for transfer students Indicates where transfer credit is place in General Education area of requirements OR When Major is Declared

8 8 MAPs are Updated by Records When a transfer student declares her major When any student requests a junior evaluation Just before the fall of a student’s senior year

9 9 MAP Distribution When MAPs are created or updated, a copy goes to: The student The advisor The student’s file

10 10 What does my MAP tell me? Your progress toward your degree or certificate objective Specific courses meeting General Education Requirements Specific courses meeting Major and Minor requirements Summary of credits earned, in progress, and remaining

11 11 The Curriculum

12 12 Overall Requirements 34 semester course credits (will refer to as “credits”) for a Bachelors of Arts Degree 34 credits for Bachelor of Science Degree 17 credits for the Pre- Nursing Certificate

13 13 Residency Requirements At least 12 credits must be taken at Mills for Bachelor’s Degree; 8.5 for the Pre-Nursing Certificate At least the final two semesters of courses must be taken at Mills.

14 14 The Bachelor of Arts Degree In addition to the overall requirements, students must complete: the 11 course/10 credit General Education Program the major requirements the minor requirements (optional)

15 15 The Bachelor of Arts Degree the second major or minor requirements (optional) 17 elective credits (outside the major) at least 9 upper division credits (numbered 100 – 199) during the junior or senior year

16 16 The Bachelor of Science Degree Same as the Bachelor of Arts Degree except: Includes a Natural Science and Mathematics Core of 10.75 credits Includes an Independent Experience (1 credit) Requires 10 rather than 17 electives which must be non- science.

17 17 The Pre-Nursing Certificate Requires set series of courses, including: 5 science courses ENG 001 COLL 005 10 courses in various fields such as history, sociology, psychology, and education Nursing Leadership Seminar (recommended) Offers opportunity to enter the professional nursing (BS) program at Samuel Merritt College

18 18 Course Restrictions Certain types of courses have limits as to how many times they can be taken: PE Activity Courses: 4 max @.25 each = 1 scc; further PE activity courses can be taken as “audits.” Courses graded P/NP instead of letter grades: 2 credits maximum outside the major or minor

19 19 Where Do I Find out More? Complete listing of programs, requirements and academic regulations can be found in the Catalog either in print or online. Ask your advisor!

20 20 Graduation Application All students must file a Graduation Application by November 1 st of their senior year.

21 21 Advising

22 22 Advising at Mills Is a faculty role, rather than an administrative role Creates an immediate connection between the student and the Mills faculty Is a partnership between the student and the faculty member, with each responsible for the success of the relationship

23 23 Who is My Advisor? Your advisor was listed in an Advising Assignment Letter sent to you in the Orientation Packet. The letter contained the name of your advisor, his or her department and contact information. If you are unsure of who your advisor is, ask Dr. Workman at the next session.

24 24 How was My Advisor Selected? Advisors are assigned according to the field of interest expressed by the student on the Admissions Application. The advisor will be from a department that was listed as one of the student’s top three fields of interest.

25 25 What if My Field of Interest has Changed? All advisors can help a student through orientation and registration, even if the advisor is from a different department than the student’s field of interest. After registration, a student is welcome to change advisors if she wishes. Contact the M Center for instructions.

26 26 What Does My Advisor Do? Assists you with your academic plan Approves your selection of courses and releases your registration hold allowing you to register online Provides resources if you need assistance in non- academic areas

27 27 When Do I Meet My Advisor? You will meet your advisor in a group session following this session. Your advisor will be available for an individual appointment with you starting at 1:00 this afternoon and through tomorrow at 4:00. You may arrange your appointment by phoning or emailing your advisor.

28 28 What Do I Need to Bring to my Advising Appointment? Registration Agreement Form Trial Worksheet with at least a tentative schedule worked out Any questions

29 29 Are there Specific Classes I Need to Take Now? COLL 005 ENG 001 (if you are required to take it based on the English Placement Test results) COLL 060 (if you are entering as a sophomore)

30 30 Registration

31 31 When and How Do I Register? Registration takes place Tuesday through Friday, August 22 through 25, from 9:00 am to 11:59 pm. Registration is done online (or in person at the M Center during regular business hours)

32 32 How Do I Prepare for Registration? Make sure you can access your myMILLs account. Meet with your advisor prior to registration. Bring a Registration Agreement Form to the meeting Bring a tentative schedule to this meeting.

33 33 Selecting Courses Use the online or printed catalog to look up course requirements. Use the online or printed course schedule to find out when classes meet. The online schedule is the most up-to-date. The online schedule allows you to click on the CRN to see the course description.

34 34 Other Resources for Selecting Courses Links to the right of the online schedule provide additional information: “Search the Schedule” allows you to search the schedule by subject, time, etc. “Curriculum Listings” gives you a list of the General Education courses that are being offered this fall.

35 35 “Special Topics Course Descriptions” provides descriptions not available in the catalog. “Course Loads and Credits” defines full-time (3.5 credits) and a normal course load (4.25 credits). Other Resources for Selecting Courses

36 36 Registration Agreement Form The courses that you and your advisor agree on are listed on the Registration Agreement Form You keep this form to refer to when you register online. If you register at the M Center you need to bring this form, signed by your advisor. Your advisor may use this form as a contract between the two of you.

37 37 Do I Have to Register Before Classes Begin? You do not have to be registered before classes begin, but you must register by 11:59 pm on August 25 (or 4:00 pm if registering in the M Center). Faculty understand that students may be attending the first one or two sessions of their class without being registered.

38 38 How Do I Register? Your advisor releases your online registration hold You go into your myMILLS account to “Registration Information” All the instructions for registering are under “Register/Add/Drop Classes”

39 39 Signature Requirements To register online, advisor electronically releases online registration hold To register in person at the M Center, advisor signs the Registration Agreement Form To add a class after online registration, advisor must sign Add/Drop form If class is closed the instructor must sign the Add/Drop Form To drop after online registration, advisor must sign add/drop form Instructor must sign if drop is after September 6

40 40 Special Issues Don’t register for science labs

41 41 Important Dates and Deadlines Classes begin Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Courses must be added by the end of the 2 nd week of classes (Sep. 6) Courses may be dropped through the 8 th week of classes (October 18) Always check the Academic Calendar for specific deadlines and dates

42 42 M Center Records Staff Alice Knudsen, Registrar Kristen Smith, Associate Registrar Teresa Liu, Administrative Assistant Stacey Duschl, Administrative Assistant We hire 3 work/study students each year

43 43 M Center Records Contact Information General Records Assistance: Email Academic Standing Petitions Email Transfer Credit Evaluations Email

44 44 15 Minute Break

45 45 Financial Aid Recordkeeping Reapplying for financial aid Requirements for receiving your financial aid Check-In Registration/full-time enrollment All documents received/requirements met

46 46 Financial Aid Maintaining eligibility for financial aid Effect of changes in enrollment, housing status, etc. on financial aid award Outside scholarships/private loans How and when your financial aid will be disbursed

47 47 Student Accounts Refer to Student Bill in Handout

48 48 Student Accounts Compilation of Charges (tuition and fees) and Payments(payments and financial aid) You must “clear” your account by August 1 for Fall semester and January 3 for Spring semester by paying in full, having financial aid that covers your balance or paying your first installment payment to Tuition Management Systems.

49 49 Student Accounts Medical waivers must be completed and received by August 1 for Fall semester, and January 3 for Spring semester.

50 50 Student Accounts Bills are sent to the student using the hierarchy of: PO- post office box assigned to residential students MA- mailing address if living off campus PR- permanent address If the bill should be sent to someone other than the student, then a billing address (BI) must be provided.

51 51 myMILLS

52 52 Registration Online Registration Instructions

53 53 Department of Public Safety Campus Safety

54 54 Mission Statement Our mission is to assist the college by providing a safe environment for our Mills community. To accomplish this mission, we have: Public Safety Officers on campus to enforce the Colleges polices and rules. The Oakland Police Department (OPD) to respond and enforce state and local laws. Fire Rescue to respond to fire alarms and medical emergencies And you to call 911 first, then Public Safety for needed assistance

55 55 Public Safety Department Contact Information Location: Sage Hall, 138 Emergency Service Numbers Public Safety - (510) 430-5555 From a Campus Phone x5555 Non – emergency - x2124 Tang Center Advice Nurse (510) 643-7197 Resident Asst Cell Phone (510) 812-0596

56 56 Public Safety Department Contact Information Oakland Police Dept (OPD) non-emergency: 510.777.3333 emergency (cell):510.777.3211 emergency (non-cell):911 After calling OPD please also call Public Safety, so that they can appropriately direct emergency personnel.

57 57 Driver Assistance Vehicle Jumpstarts: Public Safety Officers will attempt to jumpstart your car using a jump pack only. Vehicle Lockouts, Tires & Air: Public Safety does not provide these services but can assist you with contacting a local tow company or auto shop for assistance.

58 58 Fire Alarms When you hear a fire alarm: Stop what you’re doing. Evacuate. Use fire exit stairs to leave the building. Go to a designated (EAA) Emergency Assembly Area. Do not jeopardize your life or the safety of others. Emergency Assembly Area maps are available from Public Safety. *Emergency Preparedness Training is available throughout the year* Pick up a flyer!

59 59 PARKING ON CAMPUS ALL PARKING REGULATIONS ARE ENFORCED Further information regarding parking regulations can be found in the parking guide and on the Public Safety website. Regulated parking areas include: Disabled Parking Reserve Parking Visitor Parking Residential Parking Loading and Unloading Parking Violators can be fined and towed. Parking Citation Appeal forms are available at Sage Hall.

60 60 Personal Safety Being aware of safety is an important part of campus crime prevention. You can call Public Safety at (510) 430-2124 or (510) 430- 5555 All Elevator Emergency Phones ring to Public Safety.

61 61 Personal Safety Campus Watch - Prevent Theft W= Who is that stranger? A= Ask: May I help you? Can I call for assistance for you? T= Take time to secure valuables. *lock up valuable items* C=Call Public Safety. (510) 430-5555 H= Help your fellow community members. *know your community members* Photocopy all important papers. Keep the copies in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you items are lost or stolen.

62 62 How to Report a Crime If you see a crime in progress or evidence that one has occurred Contact Campus Safety, ext. 2124 immediately. If the situation is an emergency, contact the Oakland Police Department at 911 (on campus). Remember as much information as possible. The following is a helpful list of possible information needed by authorities in an investigation.

63 63 How to Report a Crime Description of a Person: Notice permanent features such as hair color, height, facial hair, facial structure. What was the person last seen wearing? Does the person have any distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, birthmarks, etc to make them stand out? Description of an Object: Note basics like size, color and shape. Note identifying characteristics such as a license plate, even part of it, or an odor, etc.

64 64 How to Report a Crime Description of an Incident: Stay as objective as possible. Try and answer as many of the following: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Keep things in chronological order as much as possible. State where you were standing/sitting at the time of the incident to give a better description. Information provided in partnership with Paperclip Communications “Staying Safe on Campus.”

65 65 Jeanne Clery Disclosure “The Student Right to Know Act” It is the policy of Mills College to encourage the reporting of all crimes, injuries, accidents and other emergencies to the appropriate authority. In compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998 (formerly The Student Right to Know Act of 1990), Mills regularly provides information regarding crime statistics and security measures to employees, prospective students, and matriculated students through: The Activity Log “Blotter” Campus Alerts via campus e-mail Crime Prevention Meetings

66 66 Jeanne Clery Disclosure “The Student Right to Know Act” In addition, Mills publishes an annual report of certain categories of crimes that have been reported on the Mills campus, the Mills public safety policies and procedures, the Mills policies that address sexual assault response and reporting, and other measures the College takes to prevent crime and insure safety. For more information on Jeanne Clery visit:

67 67 Arson Murder Robbery Manslaughter, Voluntary (Non- Negligent) Manslaughter, Negligence Forcible Rape Sexual Offenses-Battery Sexual Offenses Non-Forcible Aggravated Assault On-Campus Burglaries (Crimes in Residential Facilities are included in On-Campus) On-Campus Residential Burglaries Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure Report

68 68 Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure Report Alcohol offenses referred for disciplinary action Drug offenses referred for disciplinary action Weapons Offenses Megan’s Law - Registered Sexual Offenders: Public Safety Crime Statistics are available onling at: es/safety_and_transportation/index/ php

69 69 LOST AND FOUND Report all lost Mills ID Cards immediately to the Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS) Office at 510-430-2127. Any recovered Mills ID Cards are turned over to the HMDS office, located in Sage Hall Room 138. Call Public Safety/HMDS at 510- 430-2127 to: *Report lost property *Recover found property

70 70 CAMPUS SAFETY Public Safety looks forward to seeing you at one of its sponsored events: Residential Life/Public Safety/Fire Department “Residential Fire Safety 101 Emergency Preparedness “CORE I & II” CPR & First Aid Anti-Defamation League “ Unlearning Hate” Health and Community Service Faire sponsored by APER/DSL/DPS/HLTH

71 71 CAMPUS SAFETY Domestic Violence Seminar - sponsored by Conference Services and Public Safety. Campus Wide Emergency Exercise Drill *Interested in volunteering? Fill out an interest card. SIMS “Standardized Emergency Management System” Training NCPC Community Meetings- sponsored by the Oakland Police Department and Public Safety.

72 72 Campus Safety Thank you for your interest during this presentation. “Fall into Safety Year Round.”

73 73 Questions and Answers & Conclusion

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