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Living-Learning Communities at DSU

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A unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier!

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What Can a Living-Learning Community Offer Me? A Living-Learning Community allows you the option to live as a community of learners in a specific residence hall or clustered portion of the hall. You'll  live with other students who are exploring similar majors, career choices and interests. The Learning Community’s coordinator comes to the residence halls to meet you, and in some cases upper class peer mentors live alongside you in the residence halls to help you have a great start to a college career.  There are five residential Living-Learning Communities with specific themes from which you can choose to participate. Living-Learning Community Descriptions  College Advance in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is designed to help first-year students develop a strong academic foundation that will lead to success in college and beyond. The program links members of this learning community in English Composition I and U.S. History since 1865  during the fall semester of their freshman year. In their sophomore, junior and senior years, students will continue to take one class together. Students also participate in a vast array of extra and co-curricular activities, receive additional academic support, and interact with their peers who share similar academic and professional interests. Participants reside in Meta V. Jenkins  The Health and Wellness (HWLLC) encourages students to develop and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit, as well as share a commitment to the pursuit of optimal health. Programs will focus on academic success, personal development and leadership potential through the promotion of six key areas of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and occupational. The members of the Health and Wellness Living-Learning community reside in Warren-Franklin Residence Hall.    The Leadership and Service Living-Learning Community provides new students with the opportunity to impact the surrounding community through leadership, service learning and civic engagement, and the essential tools to become strong, ethical leaders. This community is ideally suited for students who aspire to become future leaders of student organizations or student government, or within their majors or professional fields. It is also for those who just want to challenge themselves in personal growth. Whether the desire is to lead an organization or focus on becoming a more confident and prepared individual, this community is a great way to progress in both leadership and service! The members of the Leadership and Service LLC reside in Medgar Evers Hall.  Project Success is a six-week, pre-college program for students admitted to the University under special conditions. The special conditions for admission include participation in a yearlong academic monitoring program that begins with an intense, six-week summer residential program. The student must complete a college math, college English and/or “developmental course(s).” These courses must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or above. As a structured program, students are provided with tutoring, supplemental instruction, support labs, mentoring, counseling and opportunities for social bonding. Upon completion of the full program (including the fall and spring semesters), students who maintain a 2.0 and above cumulative GPA are allowed to continue their enrollment at the University, without special conditions. They continue to be monitored by University College staff members. Visit http://www.desu.edu/academics/summer-bridge-programs for more information. ​ Jumpstart is an academic enrichment and leadership development program that provides a seamless transitional opportunity for first-time freshmen to get a “jumpstart” on their college career by staying on campus, and completing up to eleven (11) credits during five (5) weeks in the summer. Jumpstart provides students the opportunity to fast-track their academic success and leadership development in a nurturing learning community upon starting the fall semester. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or better combined with a SAT score of 800 are invited to participate in the program.  Visit http://www.desu.edu/academics/summer-bridge-programs for more information.                                                                                                    How To Apply If you are interested in any of the Living- Learning Communities listed above please complete a Learning Communities Application and pay your housing deposit by clicking this Housing Deposit Link. Please note that you are only allowed to select one learning community.      Want More Information? Please feel free to contact us at learningcommunities@desu.edu   or 302-857-7201.       

Parent, Guardian & Family Resources

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Parent/Guardian/Family Resources Parental Role At the Office of Student Accessibility Services, we understand that you as parents may be accustomed to playing a very active role in your student’s education. Also, we understand that parents of students with a disability have additional concerns beyond those of other parents. While in the secondary education level (elementary to high school) as parents of a student with a disability, you may have worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team at the high school level or below, to make sure that your student received accommodations. At the post-secondary level or college, this model changes immensely. While the Office of Student Accessibility Services assists students with a disability on campus, there is no equivalent to the team approach to which you may be familiar to obtaining. This means that Office of Student Accessibility Services and the Delaware State University faculty are not responsible for identifying students with a disability or connecting them with OSAS. Students must identify first themselves to OSAS. Furthermore, since your student is attending college, and is at least (or almost) 18 years of age, he or she is viewed as an adult. The student is the only one who can initiate and participate in the process of applying for accommodations Therefore, the student staying involved in the accommodation process with the Coordinator and the Faculty is critical for academic success. Finally, your role is to encourage your student to apply for the necessary accommodations, and then allow the student to take on the responsibility. Some of the experiences and independence your student will gain by going to college includes making the choice about whether or not to obtain disability accommodations. Internet DSU Counseling Services - helping student meet their personal, social and academic needs (located in the Education and Humanities Building, room 123) Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund - A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 Information Parent/Guardian/Family Resources Summary of Legal Difference between Secondary and Postsecondary Education Unreasonable Accommodations - list of what is not considered reasonable accommodations in college.  

Faculty/Staff Resources

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Faculty/Staff Resources Suggested Syllabus Statement Accommodations for Students with Disabilities If there is any student in this class who is in need of academic accommodations and who is registered with the Office of Student Accessibility Services, please make an individual appointment with the course instructor to discuss accommodations as soon as possible. If any student who is not registered with the Office of Student Accessibility Services and needs academic accommodation, please go to the Office of Student Accessibility Services to register and receive accommodations. NOTE: If you need special accommodations, it is your responsibility to inform the Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS) of your situation so that accommodations can be made. The OSAS is located in room 218 in the William C. Jason Library (phone 302.857.7304)  Universal Design for Accessibility and Instructional Information Mason Accessibility on the Web and Beyond UDL - Universe: Ensuing Access through Collaboration and Technology Accessible Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning Adding Captions to Videos How to Create Accessible Video Copyright Laws for Internet Media Fair Use Law Providing Access to Media Uncaptioned Videoclips Faculty Referral Letter to the Faculty from OSAS Faculty Referral Form DSU Test Cover Sheets Test Cover for the Office of Testing Test Cover for the Library Internet UC Berkeley - teaching tips for students with various disabilities The Faculty Room - a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. Video are included. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund - A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 University of Washington Video Collection – Videos for faculty and staff on disability related information Open Colleges - resources and information on how to teach students with Down's syndrome Amazing Video on "Thinking outside the box" for careers Information Faculty and Staff Resources Students with Disabilities: Attendance in Class - General Statement Summary of Legal Difference between Secondary and Postsecondary Education When faculty are TOO Accommodating

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