Student Development – FAQ’s

Office of Student Life

Will the Office of Student Life continue to host events?

Yes! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the campus is closed. We will continue to have events, workshops and other offerings virtually. Please check your UDC email, MyUDC and the University’s social media accounts for ongoing information, marketing and links to our virtual events.

Will I be able to join a club or organization this semester?

Yes! All clubs and organizations will be active and run as normal. Clubs and organizations will continue to hold meetings and host events for the student body.

Will I be able to join a Greek letter organization?

Perhaps. New membership intake will be suspended for the fall semester except for organizations with less than three members. Greeks will continue to host events on behalf their respective organizations. It is highly encouraged that students attend those events for more information.

Who do I contact for more information on Student Life?

Students can contact Melinda Jennings, Director of Student Life at melinda.jennings@udc.edu and Ms. Mary Roberts, Student Activities Specialist (Van Ness) at mroberts@udc.edu. We also encourage you to follow @udcstudentlife on Instagram.

Student Outreach and Leadership Development (S.O.L.D.)

What is the office of student outreach and leadership development?

The mission of the S.O.L.D. office is to provide support and enrichment opportunities for students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). We are committed to help students survive and thrive by increasing their engagement on and off campus, fostering their academic success, and creating a supportive social environment. We promote student leadership development through student-initiated outreach and retention projects, and serve as a bridge between the information, resources, and services that contribute to their success.

What does SOLD provide?
  • Student Involvement/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Scholar Programming
  • Leadership Development

https://www.udc.edu/student-life/student-outreach-and-leadership-development/

What is the Student Ambassador program?

The mission of the Student Ambassador Program is to share the UDC experience with prospective students, their families, and community members. Student Ambassadors, selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement, and UDC pride, strive to convey the value of a life-long relationship between the University and all of our stakeholders on campus. Ambassadors have a pulse on how students want to have fun while on campus. They organize events that allow the campus community to come together in various ways.  Ambassadors engage in activities that:

  • communicate the mission and culture of the University;
  • strengthen our traditions;
  • promote UDC pride; and
  • encourage lifelong involvement with the University.
What are the requirements to become a University Student Ambassador?

To be eligible to apply for membership, interested students must be enrolled full-time in a two-year, four-year, graduate or professional degree at the University, hold a minimum 3.0 GPA AND meet the respective criteria below:

Undergraduate

Two Year and Four Year

Currently enrolled full-time in at least 12 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, having earned at least 12 credits at the University of the

District of Columbia.

Graduate Currently enrolled full-time in at least nine (9) credit hours of graduate coursework, having earned twelve (12) graduate credits at the University of the District of Columbia.
Law School Currently enrolled in at least ten (10) credit hours of coursework at the UDC Law School, having completed the first semester of law school at the University of the District of Columbia.

Applicants selected must commit a minimum of four academic terms to the Student Ambassador Program and commit to at least three events that include weekends and weeknights, on and off campus. Students must apply with two (2) recommendation forms from a campus faculty member and University representative. Interviews are conducted as part of the selection process. Incentives: Participation should be viewed as an honor; other incentives include the following: · The Ambassador Kit (i.e.: blazer, Student Ambassador shirt, name badge, portfolio, etc.) · Developmental and continued Leadership Development training · Recognition at University convocation and/or college specific ceremonies · Three hundred-dollar ($300) stipend each academic semester ($600 annual stipend)

What is the UDC Fresh Produce Pantry?

UDC Fresh Produce Pantry is located on the second floor of building 4250 in room 2414.  We continue to serve UDC students with nutritious food/produce from the Firebird Farm. All non – perishable items are housed in the 4250-pantry location (no longer the cabinets in CAUSES building) along with produce and other items. IF approved by the University cabinet, limited pantry staff will prep food on Tuesdays/Wednesdays (in the new location) and disseminate via drive – thru/walk – up services from the mezzanine level of 4250 Connecticut Ave. NW.   (where the Metro Busses park/drive-thru)  (fall 2020)

**Fall 2020: Volunteer positions (and hours) are only being offered to this specific group of students (not open to all students as in previous semesters).

https://www.udc.edu/udc-student-food-pantry/#1596138668825-9a9a689c-f623

What is The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)?

The University of the District of Columbia established a chapter with The National Society of Leadership and Success for its students. NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and collegiate leadership development program. And the only program of its kind to have earned accreditation for its programming. NSLS differentiates itself from traditional honor societies in that students must complete a step-by-step leadership development program in order to become inducted. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop many in-demand skills such as leadership, communication, and team building.   If you are interested in learning more about the University of the District of Columbia NSLS chapter, please contact Doni Russell, Chapter Advisor at Drussell@udc.edu.

Where can I find resources for COVID – 19?

The COVID19 Resource page is available for staff, student and faculty utilization.  Once the user log-in to MyUDC there is a COVID19 tab among the top row of information tabs.  This tab is a reservoir of great information. The UDC Emergency Resource page has a correlating email address; emergencyresources@udc.edu .

https://my.udc.edu/group/mycampus/coronavirus-information/additional-covid-19-resources

How do I sign – up for volunteer activities on campus?

Majority of on – campus volunteer opportunities are suspended in response to the COVID social distancing.  Virtual volunteer opportunities will be posted, on the UDC Career Services Handshake platform, on a rolling basis (as received).    If you have specific questions, please contact Doni Russell at Drussell@udc.edu.

Office of Judicial Affairs

I have been written up for an alleged infraction to the code of student conduct, what happens next?

The Office of Judicial Affairs will review the alleged infraction and determine if this is a violation to the Student Code of Conduct. If it is determined there is a violation to the Student Code of Conduct, the Office of Judicial Affairs will notify the student(s) involved in the alleged infraction via their University email address on the date, location, and time of their judicial hearing.

Do i have to be informed that I am being accused of a violation?

Most students are aware when their behavior does not meet with community standards and expectations. While students may not be informed by the complainant, that they have been accused of a violation, all students will be notified by the Office of Judicial Affairs that a complaint has been made.

May I speak with the judicial hearing officer/administrator prior to my hearing?

Yes, once you received the letter of notification from the Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) students are encouraged to speak with the Judicial Hearing Officer prior to the start of their hearing. The letter of notification that is sent to the student states, that they may contact the Office of Judicial Affairs prior to the start of their hearing. There are students who would like to be apprised of the entire judicial hearing procedure.

What do I need to bring for a judicial hearing?

A student should bring a UDC student identification or some photo identification, any evidence pertaining to the incident and any witnesses who were present at the time of the incident.

May I have someone present with me during a judicial hearing?

The student may have someone present at the hearing serving as an advisor. The advisor cannot actively participate during the hearing procedure. The Judicial Hearing Officer will provide the guidelines and procedures at the beginning of the hearing and will explain the role of an advisor if there is one present.

Will my parents or guardians be notified?

If a student is 18 and above their parents and or guardians will not be notified. If a student is under the age of 18 at the time of a judicial hearing, then the Office of Judicial Affairs will have to notify their parents or guardians.

Can my parents attend the hearing?

Yes, a parent can attend the hearing if they are acting in the capacity of the student’s advisor. An advisor cannot actively participate during the hearing procedure. The advisor shall not be authorized to address the hearing officer or committee on behalf of the student.

How soon will I receive the results of my judicial hearing?

A student is notified of the hearing results within five (5) business days by the University’s Judicial Hearing Officer upon adjournment. The student will be notified of their results via their UDC email address.

If I am found in violation, will i have an opportunity to appeal?

Yes. A student can appeal the decision of the hearing committee within five (5) business days of the date of the results letter. There will be a paragraph in the results letter explaining the appeal process.

Where do I submit my appeal?

You can submit your appeal to the Office of Judicial Affairs specifically to: (1) mstrothers@udc.edu, or (2) judicialaffairs@udc.edu

What are the grounds for appeal?

A student can appeal on the following: (1) Discovery of New Information, (2) Procedural Error, and or (3) Sanction Not Within Permissible Scope of Discipline.

Office of  Veterans Affairs

Will I be able to use my GI Bill during the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes, you can use your GI Bill to pay for courses during the semester.

Will there be any amendments that reflect Fall 2020 change from face to face to online modality?

Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits which President Trump signed into law March 21. The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the Covid019 outbreak. The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training. Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.

Will I be use Vocational Rehabilitation During the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes, the university accepts vocational rehabilitation as a way to cover tuition, books and fees. Please reach out to the Director of Veterans Affairs at Sequoyah.Adebayo@udc.edu for more information.

I would like to use my GI Bill benefits for the Fall 2020 semester, what do I need?

Please submit a copy of you certificate of eligibility, DD-214 and complete the VA Enrollment Request form found on the UDC website. Reach out to the Director of Veterans Affairs at Sequoyah.Adebayo@udc.edu for more information on how to submit those documents.

Student Center

Will the Student Center be open for Fall 2020 semester?

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 effects on our community, the University has made the difficult decision to close the Student Center until further notice. We hope to reopen during the Spring 2021 semester.

Is the event that I planned to host in the Student Center canceled for Fall 2020?

All events involving any size group have been canceled for the Fall by the office of Space Reservations & Event Management, including those in the Student Center. Please contact the office of Space Reservations and Event Management for further details.

I left items in my locker in the Student Center. Will I be able to retrieve them?

The Student Center gained permission for students to retrieve their belongings from their rental lockers during early August 2020. We will work with the University administration to have additional days to allow students to pick-up their items. We will announce these days via our email list of students who have lockers space during the Spring 2020 semester.

If I have questions that would be answered by the staff at the Campus Information Center in the Student Center, how will I now get those questions answered during this time?

The Student Center has set up a Virtual Campus Information Center that is staffed Monday – Fridays from 8 am – 6 pm. Use the following link to access the Virtual Campus Information Center:
http://universityofdc.webex.com/meet/studentcenter

Will the Student Center host virtual student engagement programs during the Fall semester?

Yes. The Student Center shall provide virtual programming, hosted by the Student Center Program Board, during the Fall semester. Our first programs will take place during Weeks of Welcome on September 14, 2020. Please keep an eye on our website, (www.udc.edu/student-center), myUDC.edu emails, and our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for more details. (Events & details are subject to change.)

Will the Student Center host group exercise class and other fitness programs during the Fall semester?

Yes. A schedule of group exercise and fitness classes should be posted to the Student Center website soon. Please keep an eye on our website, myUDC.edu emails, and social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for more details. Classes will be held through our social media accounts and the Virtual Wellness Center using the link below when a class is in session:
http://universityofdc.webex.com/meet/wellnesscenter
(Class schedule subject to change).

Will the Student Center hire student staff for the Fall semester?

Currently, we are not hiring new staff. Please keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for further information on when we will hire new staff.

International Student Services

How many classes do F-1 international students need to be enrolled in to maintain good status?

In order to register your SEVIS record and remain in Active status, F-1 international students must be enrolled full-time and be in good standing (no Holds on accounts) no later than September 11, 2020. That means 12 credits for undergraduates and 9 for graduate students. Exceptions can be approved ONLY by the International Student Services and/or Designated School Official.

UDC will conduct most classes online, can I enroll in classes from my home country?

Continuing students you may remain their home country and enroll in full-time classes online for the fall 2020 semester. Your SEVIS record will remain active.
5- month rule: Under current conditions, if an Active F student leaves the US to complete studies online, their SEVIS record should remain in Active status and not be terminated. While the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, students deemed to be maintaining status if they are making normal progress in their course of study. For that reason, the five-month temporary absences provision addressed in 8 CFR 214.2 (f)(4) will not apply for students who remain in Active status. The five-month rule related to student transfers will not apply to students affected by COVID-19.

What do I need to know about returning to US?

If you are currently abroad, you may return to the US and study full-time online for the fall 2020 semester. However, it is recommended that you check on any travel restrictions your country might have regarding international travel, including restrictions applicable to counties you may travel through. Be sure you have a valid travel signature on you I-20 (see below).

How do I get a Travel Signatures?

When you are ready to return to the US, you must have a DSO signature on your I-20 to be
admitted. Check the date of the last travel signature found on page 2 of your I-20. Travel signatures are valid for one year. Please contact International Student Services if you need a travel signature.

I am graduating in December 2020 and would like more information about OPT

F-1 international students who are graduating in December and wish to gain practical experience in their field of study, must attend the mandatory OPT workshop on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:00am
Meeting link: https://universityofdc.webex.com/universityofdc/j.php?MTID=mbfac45bacf4cfd48d6cb3b35744ead10
Meeting number: 132 325 0465
Password: nS44fcb9abG
Join by video system:
Dial 1323250465@universityofdc.webex.com
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
Access code: 132 325 0465

I have completed one year of study and would like to participate in an Internship (CPT)

A mandatory CPT Workshop will be conducted on October 30, 2020 on Webex

Who do contact for more information about International Student Services?

Diana Housein Salaita
International Student Services Coordinator
dianasalaita@udc.edu
Prospective students should send inquiries by email to: International@udc.edu

Office of  Residential Life

How do I apply for housing for the 2020 – 2021 academic year?

Please visit udc.edu/housing to apply for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Once you submit your housing application, you will be placed on the waiting list. We will connect you once a space becomes available.  We are extremely limited for this academic year due to COVID-19. Also, we only house 2 residents per apartment.

Where is UDC Housing located?

3003 Van Ness & 2950 Van Ness (Ava Van Ness)

What is the housing cost for the 2020 – 2021 academic year?

The cost per semester is $5,800.00, which will be $11,600.00 for the academic year.

I need help finding off-campus housing?

Please contact housing@udc.edu. They will provide some options in the area for you.

Where should I go if I need support with food and supplies?

The Office of Residence Life will support current residents living on campus with. If you need support, please e-mail Quintin.Veasley@udc.edu.

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

Please e-mail Quintin.Veasley@udu.edu

Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs (CDIMA)

What is the CDIMA?

The CDIMA is the acronym for the Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs. It is dedicated to promoting social justice through the development of co-curricular programs and educational activities that enhance the personal development, success, and collegiate experience for historically marginalized students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

Who does it serve and what is it for?

It serves as the hub for Social Justice on campus and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive campus culture that intentionally values the personal, intellectual & academic growth of all

students while prioritizing the experiences of international, undocumented, LGBTQ/Non-binary and 1st-generation UDC students.

I want to build my leadership and learn more about social justice, what should I do?

The CDIMA has a plethora of opportunities like the Short-term Study Abroad Travel Education Program, Feminist Book Club, Social Justice Ambassador Program where students can receive training, political education and mentoring.

I want to join an organization that speaks to my identity, culture and values, what do I do?

Join the CDIMA Cultural Organization Council (CCOC). The CCOC

consists of cultural/affinity student organization leaders coming together to share

culture, build awareness and develop community towards shared experiential

learning. Through this coalition, the CCOC helps build community, collaboration

and comradery through an intersectional lens.

CCOC includes a member of the following organizations:

  • USGA
  • CCSGA
  • The Alliance Group (LGBTQ/Non-binary Student Org)
  • Carribean Student Association (Carribean born and/or affinity)
  • LatinX Association (LatinX and/or affinity)
  • Migration Matters (Centers the needs of migrants including but not limited to, DACA, DED, TPS etc.)
  • African Student Association (African continent born/African American)
I’m struggling with my gender identity or sexual orientation.

Please contact Ms.McNally for direct support, resources and services. trinice.mcnally@udc.edu

I am an undocumented, DACA-Recipient or TPS holder and I need support.

Please contact Ms.McNally for direct support, resources and services.  trinice.mcnally@udc.edu

How can I learn more about the work of the center?

Follow us on IG @udc_cdima for live updates.

I'm an international student and need support. Who should I contact?

Please contact the International Student Services Coordinator Ms.Diana Salaita directly at diana.salaita@udc.edu

For any other questions, please contact Ms.Trinice McNally at trinice.mcnally@udc.edu