Each student is assigned an academic adviser from his or her school. The adviser maintains advisee records and provides information on major, minor, distribution, and graduation requirements. The adviser also refers the student to appropriate persons or offices when extra assistance is needed and can help locate information on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines. In addition to meeting their advisers during advance registration periods, students should actively seek their assistance before academic problems develop. Moreover, by working closely with their advisers, students can be more informed about their wide range of educational opportunities. Positive student-adviser relationships are most likely to develop with frequent interaction and open communication.
The Office of First Year Programs and Orientation coordinates the Ithaca College summer orientation program for parents and students. Students take placement exams, meet with an academic adviser, and register for their first-semester classes at one of the six sessions offered in June and July. Upon receipt of the enrollment deposit, students receive information about registering for summer orientation. Freshmen move-in day and the beginning of continuing orientation is the Saturday before fall classes begin.
Special Academic Opportunities
Qualified students can pursue special prestigious academic opportunities such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Minority Leaders Fellowship Program, and the All-USA Academic Team recognition. For information on the institutional nomination process and other details, contact the Office of the Provost.
OMA Academic Programs
The Ithaca Achievement Program (IAP), sponsored by Ithaca College under the auspices of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is designed to recruit, retain, and graduate students from groups historically underrepresented in American higher education because of ethnic or racial background. Groups targeted are African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Native American. Students who choose to participate in IAP take part in a wide variety of educational, cultural, social, and community service activities to enhance their success.
Ithaca College also sponsors the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP provides a broad range of services to state residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary institution. HEOP students meet both academic and financial guidelines set by the New York State Education Department and the College.
In addition, Ithaca College sponsors the New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). CSTEP provides academic enrichment and career-oriented experiences for students who want careers in science- and health-related fields or in licensed professions such as law and accounting. CSTEP students participate in internships, conduct research, and become involved with faculty or professional mentors to learn more about their areas of interest. Eligibility for CSTEP depends on a number of factors, including New York residency, ethnicity, and family income levels. More detailed descriptions of the programs, including application procedures, are under "Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)" in the "Student Information" section.
The Ithaca College library provides both access to the tools and education in the competencies that students need to achieve excellence in their chosen fields. In support of the College's mission to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, the library integrates traditional print and the newest electronic resources to create a comprehensive information commons.
Students can consult an on-site print collection of 400,000 volumes and 1,500 periodicals, or connect, on and off campus, to 150 databases that serve as the gateway to a wide range of online resources and over 15,000 full-text journals. The library's music collection consists of 36,000 books and scores, as well as 20,000 records and CDs. The visual collection comprises 8,000 films, VHS videos, and DVDs. Multipurpose computer workstations, laptops for use on the library's wireless network, a multimedia center equipped to access all media formats, and a technology classroom all support the library's integration of traditional media and services with the latest information technology. Any materials not owned by or electronically accessible to the library may be obtained through an online interlibrary loan request.
Located on the second to fifth floors of the Gannett Center, the library is central to both the campus and the intellectual community of faculty, staff, and students. The library staff provides friendly, expert assistance in locating and using all the library's in-house and online resources. The reference librarians possess a full range of subject expertise and act as partners in the research endeavors of both students and faculty. They are available daily at the Information Services Desk on the first floor of the library, by phone at 274-3890, by e-mail, and by individual appointment. E-mail contacts are listed at "Ask a Librarian." The reference staff also offers a seven-week, one-credit course on Library Resources and Methods of Research.
The library's regular hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-midnight, Friday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday noon-midnight. The library opens its main floor as a study area Sunday-Thursday midnight-2:00 a.m. throughout the semester and extends its regular hours the week before final exams. Study space is configured to accommodate both quiet, individual work and collaborative group projects.
The writing center, located in 228 Roy H. Park Hall, serves all students who wish to become better writers. It offers one-on-one tutorials to work on any stage of the writing process in any discipline, from brainstorming ideas to revising drafts for clarity, coherence, correctness, and documentation of sources. Assistance is also offered in improving reading comprehension and refining written English skills for international students.
Information Technology Services
Students in all disciplines use computers supported by Information Technology Services (ITS). Every school in the College offers courses that include computing. Students studying such diverse topics as music theory, developmental psychology, finance, physical therapy, or writing will find opportunities to use computers for class. An extensive collection of programming languages, data analysis packages, and business programs supports the curriculum.
The ITS staff consists of a director and 58 full-time professional employees. Members of the staff provide free workshops and consulting services to Ithaca College students and faculty. The office is located in 102 Muller Hall; phone 607-274-1000.
ITS supports student computer facilities located all over the campus, containing more than 650 microcomputers on a campuswide network. This includes Macintosh and Windows computer classrooms, along with a number of open-access labs. The largest and most-used facility is the microcomputer complex on the first floor of Friends Hall. One of the Friends labs is open 24 hours a day, and the rest are open from early morning to late at night throughout the school year. Labs are staffed by student consultants who are skilled at helping people use the computers.
All Ithaca College students automatically receive an account for using e-mail and storing files on a network server. The College has installed network connections for students in all of the residence hall rooms. Students who have their own computers can use these connections for high-speed access to campus computer resources and the Internet. There are no charges for these network connections.
Ithaca College has an active presence on the Internet and World Wide Web. The College's home page (www.ithaca.edu) serves as a campuswide information system with a plethora of information about campus events, class notes, courses, and other College information. Many courses at the College are also available from or supplemented by a special Web server for course delivery (courses.ithaca.edu).
Ithaca College seeks to ensure that all students have access to its programs and activities. The Office of Affirmative Action oversees the College's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Office of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities assists students in accessing reasonable accommodations and in determining which accommodations are appropriate.
Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, testing modifications, note-taking support, special parking permits, assistive technology, and assistance with class registration.
For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities at 607-274-1005 (TDD: 607-274-1767).
Under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994 (PL 103-382), Ithaca College is required to disclose annually certain information concerning the College's intercollegiate athletics program. This information, based on the previous reporting year, is available for inspection upon request by students, prospective students, and the public at the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 320 Job Hall, 607-274-3909.
The security of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Ithaca College. Our annual security report provides information on personal safety and crime prevention strategies, the law enforcement authority of the Office of Public Safety, policies and procedures for reporting any crimes that may occur on campus, and crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. Copies of this report are available to prospective students and their families upon request from the Office of Admission, 100 Job Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850-7020, or online at Ithaca College Policy Manual.
A. Ozolins, Office of Publications, 21. October, 2002