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Fall 2021 COVID Frequently Asked Questions –  Important COVID 19 Updates

Firebirds We are Available to Serve You Remotely!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is closed to in-person visits until further notice.  The office will reopen August 9, 2021.  You may email Enrollment Services at enrollmentservices@udc.edu  or call 202.274.6155 (M-F 8:30-5:00pm) for assistance.  Please be sure to include your full name and student id number with your email inquiry.  You can expect a reply to your email within one to two business days.  We thank you in advance for your patience and look forward to meeting you this fall.

Virtual New Student Orientation and Onboarding

Fall 2021 

July 7 – August 13, 2021

All new students are required to participate in the New Student Orientation (NSO) starting July 7 – August 13, 2021.   NSO will combine online resources, with live, virtual activities, all geared to helping you successfully transition to the university.  Upon completion, new students will be able to register for classes.

Important Dates

Activity Required or Optional Date Time
Orientation Required Wednesday., July 7th  through Friday. August  13th* Complete within 2 days of notification of your enrollment in the orientation course.
Live Question & Answer Sessions

(Webex)

Optional, but highly recommended that you participate in one session. Wednesday, July 14th
Tuesday, July 20th
Thursday, July 29th
Wednesday, August 4th
Tuesday, August 10th
Thursday, August 19th
TBA
Welcome Week Optional, but highly recommended that you participate. TBA TBA

* Complete within 2 days of notification of your enrollment in the orientation course.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Will I have to come to campus to complete orientation?

No, fall 2021 orientation will be conducted virtually on our online platform, https://www.udc.edu/orientation/orientation-course/.  The password will be included in your invitation that you will receive from enrollmentservices@udc.edu.

What information will be provided during orientation?

Orientation Agenda

Welcome Message from President Mason

-Virtual Campus Tour

-Your Path to Success

-Digital Learning and Success Strategies

-Navigating Your Finances

-Firebird Life

-Title IX and Clery Act

-Cultural Competence

-University Resources

-Closing and Next Steps

How do I log in to complete virtual orientation?

Orientation will be conducted virtually on our online platform, https://www.udc.edu/orientation/orientation-course/.  The password will be sent to students who have accepted their offer of admission, https://www.udc.edu/admissions/confirmation-of-enrollment-form/ . The password for the orientation platform will be included in the invitation you will receive from enrollmentservices@udc.edu.

How long will take to complete orientation?

While students have 2-day window to complete orientation, orientation may be completed within 4hrs.  You do not have to complete orientation in one setting, you are encouraged to stop and take breaks whenever you deem appropriate.  However, be mindful that you will not be permitted to register until you have completed orientation.  Therefore, we encourage students to complete orientation as soon as possible.

How do I know if I successfully completed orientation?

Once you have completed all 8 modules and assessment in the next steps you have completed orientation. Also, if you entered your email you will receive a certificate of completion. Lastly, you will receive an email and/or text advising that you have completed and next steps.

I have completed orientation, what are my next steps?

Please log into your myUDC portal, my.udc.edu to ensure you do not have any outstanding holds that will prevent you from registering from classes.  For your convenience, you may find step by step instructions. If you have successfully satisfied all admission and immunization record holds, you should only see the academic advising and orientation holds on your account which will be removed after you have scheduled an appointment with your academic advisor. If you admission holds such as final high school transcript, please contact your high school immediately and ask that your final high school transcript (graduation date/school official signature) is emailed to the Office of Admission at udctranscores@udc.edu. If you have outstanding immunization history form and immunization records, please upload them udc.studenthealthportal.com.  If you need assistance health services may be reached at (202) 274-5030.

How do I register for classes?

Once you completed orientation and have ensured all holds have been cleared (except orientation and advising), please schedule a virtual  appointment with your assigned academic advisor using the A.AC.T Platform.  You may access the A.AC.T platform by signing into your myUDC portal, my.udc.edu selecting QuickLaunch then A.AC.T.  Academic advisors are assigned by campus and program. Please refer to the chart’s below to identify your advisor. Once you have been advised on what courses to take your advising hold will be removed and you may visit How to register for classes for step by step registration instructions.

STUDENT SUCCESS SPECIALISTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVISING CASELOADS
Ms. Domina Glenn
domina.glenn@udc.edu
202-235-5386 -  CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/Dl1vi9Wsw2
Corrections Administration, Education
Dr. Janice Jackson
janice.jackson1@udc.edu
202-235-5385 -  CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/OOtd_xN_pu
Architectural Engineering Tech., Computer Accounting Tech., Computer Science Technology, Construction Management, Graphic Design, Music,
Law Enforcement Last Name: Li-Z
Mr. Daunte Marshall
daunte.marshall@udc.edu
202-878-1388 - CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/xE40PNYdCm
Mortuary Science, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Natural Sciences
Ms. Tara McNair
tara.mcnair@udc.edu
202-875-2066 - CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/EwfzTZeyHt
Aviation Maintenance Tech., Business Administration, Fashion Merchandising, Hospitality Management-Tourism, Legal Assistant, Law Enforcement Last Name: A-Le

 

Mr. Lasean Robinson
lasean.robinson@udc.edu
202-963-8509- CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/pkpU1qUjJH
Liberal Studies, Non-Degree Seeking Students
Mr. Breion Goldsby-Harris
Academic Coach
breion.goldsbyharris@udc.edu
202-875-4060 - CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/dFm7Fs1c7
Probation Students (Van Ness and Community College)
ACADEMIC ADVISING – VAN NESS VAN NESS ADVISING CASELOADS
Mr. Grady Wright
grady.wright@udc.edu
202-819-2327 –  CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/mbSv3Ae3KI
Business Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Health Education, (not taking new students) Nutrition and Dietetics, Urban Sustainability, Architecture (BS)
Jasmine Fleming
jasmine.fleming@udc.edu
202-923-0585 –  CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/OsO_BgidwZ
Art (BA), Administration of Justice (BA), Digital Media, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (BA), English (BA), Human Development, Music (BM), Political Science, Social Work, Special Education, Psychology
Gift Middlebrooks
gift.middlebrooks@udc.edu
202-963-8515 - CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/tcRR4wUncK
Civil Engineering (BS), Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering (BS) (BA), Biology (BS), Chemistry (BS), Mathematics 
Mr. Joseph Pinkney
joseph.pinkney@udc.edu
202-897-8107
Probation Students – Currently out of office
Please meet with:
Mr. Breion Goldsby-Harris
Academic Coach
breion.goldsbyharris@udc.edu
202-875-4060 – CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/dFm7Fs1c7
Ms. Latosha Baldwin
Assistant Director of Student Success
latosha.baldwin@udc.edu
202-274-6604
SEND EMAIL FOR ADVISING ASSISTANCE
Non-Degree Seeking Students/Dual Enrollment
SEND EMAIL FOR ADVISING ASSISTANCE
Dr. Darryl Hylton
Academic Coach
darryl.hylton@udc.edu
202-963-8508 – CLICK BELOW TO MAKE AN APPT
https://udc.campus.eab.com/pal/2yMFZTkg1J
DC-UP Students (Van Ness and Community College)
I am transfer student with 60+ credits. Who is my advisor?

When you communicate with your advisor, please address them appropriately, for example:
Dear Dr./Professor ______
I would like to set up a meeting to discuss registration for fall/spring semester.  My name is _____.  My student ID number is ______.  My major is ______.  I can be reached at _______ (current phone number).  Thank you for you time.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Thomas Licata, Acting Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (thomas.licata@udc.edu, 274-6366)
Mr. Terry Best, Staff Assistant (terry.best@udc.edu, 274-5194)
Department of Arts and Humanities
Chair, Dr. Alex Howe (ahowe@udc.edu)

  • Music
  • Digital Media
  • English
  • Art

Department of Education and Social Work
Chair, Dr. Anika Burtin (anika.burtin@udc.edu), on sabbatical. Please refer to Dr. Thomas Licata (thomas.licata@udc.edu)

Department of Math and Science
Chair, Dr. Xueqing Song (xsong@udc.edu)

  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chair, Dr. Guy Shroyer (gshroyer@udc.edu)

  • Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Administration of Justice
  • Political Science

College of Architecture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences

CAUSES Dean’s Office
Dr. James Maiden – Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Health, Nutrition and Dietetics, Architecture, Nursing jmaiden@udc.edu
Dr. Cooper  Kenneth.cooper@udc.edu

  • Urban Sustainability

Dr. Jackson phronie.jackson@udc.edu

  • Health Education

Dr. B Michelle Harris bharris@udc.edu

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Professor Ralph Belton rbelton@udc.edu / *Dr. Kimberly Tuttle* kimberly.tuttle@udc.edu

  • Architecture

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

All transfer students go to their faculty advisors for this department year round
Dr. Behera      pbehera@udc.edu

  • Civil Engineering

Dr. Wellman   Briana.wellman@udc.edu

  • Computer Science and Information Technology

Dr. Ososanya  eososanya@udc.edu

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Klein         kate.klein@udc.edu

  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

Dr. Ivanov Sergey - sivanov@udc.edu

  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Logistics/International Trade
  • Hospitality

Dr. Tan - tihkoon.tan@udc.edu

  • Accounting
  • Finance
How can I check the status of my financial aid?

You can check your status by logging into your MyUDC portal/StudentForms account, my.udc.edu and selecting the finical aid tab. If you have questions after you have reviewed your status, please email finaid@udc.edu or call (202) 274-5157.

How can I purchase my books?

We offer an optional book program named Follett All AccessFollett All Access is a comprehensive program that provides all course materials (i.e. textbooks, lab kits and required supplies as determined by your instructor) by the first day of classes for those students registered by. For example, if you are taking 12 credit hours, you will be charged $408.00 (12 x 34 = 408) for access to this program for the spring semester.  We encourage students to participate in this program. Fall 2021 semester opt-out date July 10, 2021-August 29,2021

https://www.udc.edu/enrollment-management/follett-access-textbook-program/

However, you may opt-out of the fall semester through August 30, 2021 if you choose to do so. For more information about the program and/or to access the opt out link, please visit https://www.udc.edu/enrollment-management/follett-access-textbook-program/.

I have registered for classes and noticed I was charged for health insurance. I have my own health insurance, how do I get this removed from my account?

Within 24-48hrs after you register for classes, you may opt out of the University sponsored health insurance program by visiting www.firststudent.com. Please have your insurance card available before you log into this website.  If your waiver is approved, the Office of Student Accounts (studentaccounts@udc.edu or 202-274-5168) will remove this charge within 3 business days.

How do I obtain my University ID Card?

As University facilities began to open in July 2021 additional information regarding procedures will be shared and this page will be updated accordingly.

How do I obtain a parking pass?

As University facilities began to open in July 2021 additional information regarding procedures will be shared and this page will be updated accordingly.  In the interim, you may find the parking pass information https://www.udc.edu/administration/operations/auxiliary-services/parking/permits/  and rates by visiting, https://www.udc.edu/administration/operations/auxiliary-services/parking/parking-rates/ .

I have not received my myUDC portal log in credentials?

After you accept your offer of admission, https://www.udc.edu/admissions/confirmation-of-enrollment-form/ , you will receive an email from no-repy-myudc@udc.edu with your log in credentials.  Please be sure to check your junk and spam folders.

If you cannot locate the email with your credentials, please call the IT Help Desk at 202.274.5941 or email support@udc.edu.  For faster service, ensure that you have your student id number handy.

Are students required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes, COVID vaccinations will be required for all students, faculty and staff effective the fall 2021 semester. Please upload proof of vaccination or submit your religious or medical exemption request by August 2nd ,  https://www.udc.edu/health-services/immunizations/ . Additionally, students under the age of 27 and international students have additional vaccination requirements which may also be uploaded on our immunization portal.

Student Orientation Group Shot

What to Do before Orientation

STEP 1 – STEP 1 – Confirmation of Enrollment
STEP 2 – Submit Final Transcripts, udctranscores@udc.edu
STEP 3 – Submit Health Forms – Students under the age of 27  must complete the Immunization History Form and upload a copy of their immunization records by logging on to the Student Health Portal UDC Student Health Portal
STEP 4 – Apply for Residency Status (if applicable) –Apply for Residency Status (if applicable), Establishing DC and Metro Residency

Follett Access Program

Transforming the Way Course Materials are Delivered – Follett Access Textbook Program

The Follett ACCESS program takes the hassle out of course material buying because course material costs are covered as part of the Follett All Access Fee. This allows every enrolled student access to all required materials on day one. Click HERE to learn more.

Student Ambassadors

Student Life – How to Get Involved!

Student Clubs & Organizations – If you want the total college experience, you need to get involved! There are plenty of clubs, organizations, activities, and events waiting just for YOU!

Click HERE for more information.

Mason at Student Orientation

Parent & Family Program

Sending a child to college has an impact on the entire family. It’s our goal to provide you with the resources and support that you need to help your student succeed. Check out our Parent Corner for more information.

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