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Advisement and Preregistration Plan

As the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow, Delaware State University has taken steps to ensure that you have uninterrupted access to your course instruction and support services required for successful completion of the academic year. As communicated in an email to all faculty, staff and students yesterday morning, all classes will be held online via Blackboard until April 6th, when classes are planned to resume face to face. Therefore, as part of these efforts, the Office of Student Success has devised a plan of action and list of resources for academic advising and pre-registration.  As of now, the plan is as follows: 

  1. Advisement and Pre-registration
    • Advisement for Fall preregistration will be delivered online.
    • Completed Course selections forms will be emailed to unregistered Freshmen and Sophomores by advisors.
    • Upon receipt, students are expected to review and confirm approval of course selections and notify advisors via email.
    • Upon notification, advisor will complete schedule prepopulation and notify student.
    • Upon notification, student reviews schedule and confirms schedule with advisors via email.
    • Advisors will hold two weekly Blackboard collaborate or Microsoft team meetings to answer general questions – log in access to your assigned session will be provided via email.
    • Hours of Operation – 8:30am- 4:30pm.  Also, Advisors’ evening hours will be communicated via email to assigned advisees.
  2. IDP I and II Completion
    • Schedule an appointment with an advisor in Appointment plus @ https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/9enxxddk/ for IDP meeting.
    • IDP questions will be emailed to students – Students are to complete and review with advisors during virtual/online Advisement session.  Advisement sessions will include, but not be limited to:
      • i. Midterm Grades
      • ii. Fall Course Schedule
      • iii. Financial Aid & Student Account Reminders
      • iv. Course Add & Drop (as needed)  
      • v. Change of Major (as needed) 
  3. Success Plans
    • Success plan will be completed on an as needed basis. Contact your advisor. 
  4. Programming
    • Two student success workshop sessions will be developed and available for students. Ms. Tiffany Alexander, Academic Program Coordinator will coordinate this process and make outreach to students. She can be reached at talexander [at] desu.edu , if you have any questions.
  5. Books & Course Material
    • If your books or course materials are in your dorms, notify your faculty and advisor.
    • Faculty are working to address how you will use the material; more information to follow. 
  6. Housing and Residential Life
    • The Office of Student Affairs is developing protocols to deal with all situations involving critical questions of housing in special cases; more details will be forthcoming in the next two days on the University website.
    • However, a list of student names has been compiled (i.e. athletes, international, foster care etc.…) of whom may require/need special accommodation during this time.
    • If you fall in any of these categories, notify the housing office for assistance during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30pm). Any questions or concerns call or email Mr. Phillip Holmes, Director of Housing @ pholmes [at] desu.edu.
  7. Student Accessibility Services:
    • For information on accommodation during please visit the SAS website or contact SAS Ms. Ann Knettler, Coordinator of Accessibility Services via (phone) 302.857.6898 or (email)  aksmith [at] desu.edu
  8. Library Services
    • The library services will be available as scheduled. Please see library schedule attached.  
    • If library research assistance is required or students have questions about their library accounts, contact the library via Libref [at] desu.edu  or 302-857-6191, during  regular scheduled hours to speak to someone. Students can also use the chat app on the library’s main page to chat with a reference librarian: http://www.desu.edu/academics/library 
  9. Academic Support Services
    • Tutoring – academic support through Tutor.com, online tutoring, that will remain available to students. Please see attached flyer with information on access to online tutoring. Any questions, contact Ms. Anna Cortese, Director @ acortese [at] desu.edu  
  10. Contact
    • General Inquiries: studentsuccess [at] desu.edu  b. Advisor Listing – For list of Advisors, see advisor directory attached.
  11. Student Athletes
    • Student athletes stay in contact via email with your Athletic Advisors and Primary advisors to ensure successful transition and satisfactory academic progress during this period. Any questions contact , Mrs. Nikita Y. Robins-Thompson, Associate Director of Athletics @ nrobinsthompson [at] desu.edu
  12. Honors
    • Honor Students stay in contact via email with your Program Director and Primary advisors to ensure successful transition, compliance and satisfactory academic progress during this period. Any questions contact, Mrs. Shonda Poe, Director of Honors Program spoe [at] desu.edu or Mrs. Terry Paul-Secretary, Honors Program tpsmith [at] desu.edu
  13. International Students
    • International Students stay in contact via email with your Primary advisors and Program Director to ensure successful transition, compliance and satisfactory academic progress during this period. Any questions contact, your advisors, see attached advisor listing and or contact Mrs. Candace Moore, Director of International Programs cmoore [at] desu.edu.
  14. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) See list of FAQs to address some of your concerns.  Rest assured, that the office of Student Success will remain vigilant in our efforts to provide you with the necessary support needed during this time and will communicate any changes to the Action Plan. We will continue to send weekly communications via email and social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).