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8 ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

The University understands that sometimes students have special academic needs that cannot be attendedto by the class deans, individual course instructors or department chairs. Therefore, it offers a range of academic support services that are available to all students. Among these services are the following:

8.1  Counseling and Psychological Services

 
Fordham’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is a comprehensive mental health center that is dedicated to promoting the emotional and psychological health and wellness. At CPS, we recognize that University life can be stressful due to academic, financial, family and social pressures. These stressors can sometimes contribute to or exacerbate more significant psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, or difficulties with sleeping, eating or attention. CPS provides a range of services to help students address and cope more effectively with their stress and psychological concerns. No matter what challenges you’re experiencing, our free and confidential services can help you better understand your difficulties, develop more self-awareness, and enhance your coping skills, academic performance, self-esteem, relationships and overall well-being.
 
The CPS hours during the academic year are Monday - Thursday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Summer hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Offices are shown below:
 
Rose Hill Campus                          Lincoln Center Campus
O’Hare Hall, Basement                   McMahon Hall, Room 211
(718) 817-3725                            (212) 636-6225
 

 8.2 The Campion Institute

http://www.fordham.edu/fellowships

Fordham strongly encourages eligible students to compete for fellowships and grants. Not only do such applications offer the prospect of support for research and advanced studies, but the process of applying for these awards yields important long-term benefits. Many award competitions demand immediate action during the first weeks of classes in the fall, particularly those of interest to graduating seniors. Those students who intend to apply for external scholarships should see Mrs. Maria Noonan, Assistant Director of Prestigious Fellowships for Rose Hill (manoonan@fordham.edu) or Ms. Mary Shelley, Assistant Director of Prestigious Fellowships at Lincoln Center (mashelley@fordham .edu). Students interested in the Fulbright Scholarship and other IIE opportunities should contact Mrs. Rebecca Stark-Gendrano (rstarkgendrano@fordham.edu). 

The Office of Prestigious Fellowships holds meetings and workshops that alert the student to different opportunities and that discuss the different elements of the application process, such as proposal writing and interviewing techniques. Certain students are recommended to work closely with faculty mentors in composing their fellowship applications. More information, especially about individual fellowships, may be found at www.Fordham.edu/fellowships. 

The Office of Prestigious Fellowships is part of the Campion Institute that was created for the mission of advancing excellence throughout the University and enhancing the University's reputation both nationally and internationally. Under the patronage of the 16th-century scholar and martyr St. Edmund Campion, the Institute exists to encourage students to undertake ever more challenging intellectual opportunities in the Ignatian tradition of magis through the development of discernment and eloquentia perfecta, not merely for self interest but more for the service of humanity.
 
The Director of the Campion Institute is Dr. John Ryle Kezel (kezel@fordham.edu) and its offices may be found in Thebaud Hall (rooms 106, 107,108) and Lowenstein 716, room i.


8.3 Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

http://www.fordham.edu/step

Fordham University's Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program is an undergraduate scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, health-related and licensed professions. The program, which is part of a statewide effort to address the issue of minority under-representation in the professions listed below, emphasizes academic preparation and achievement, and career awareness. Fordham's program is one of 45 that exist on college campuses throughout New York State.

Among services provided to students are academic and career counseling, paid internships and research assistantships, student skills workshops, review classes for all pre-health pre-requisite courses, career seminars and networking opportunities, and scholarships for test preparation courses.

CSTEP helps prepare students for the following careers:

Allied Health Professions 
Accounting 
Architecture 
Chiropractic Medicine 
Computer Science 
Dentistry 
Education 
Engineering 
Law 
Medicine 
Optometry 
Pharmacy 
Physical and Natural Sciences 
Podiatry
Psychology 
Social Work 
Veterinary Medicine 

For more information, contact Michael A. Molina, Director at molina@fordham.edu or (718) 817 3266.

8.4 The Writing Center:

Rose Hill: We are open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. -8 p.m.; Fridays we are open between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Writing Center is located on the east side of Dealy Hall’s fifth floor—in the Department of Economics. The student may reserve up to an hour of writing help with the staff of the center on any given day and as much as an hour-and-a-half per week. To sign up for a session of either one-half or one hour, go to www.fordham.edu/writingcenter and follow the instructions. If there are questions, please call us at: (718) 817-4032. 

If a student cannot attend their session, they should log on to the online sign-up site and cancel his/her appointment. If the student is not there at the appointed time, the session may be given to someone else or simply cancelled. Walk-ins are welcome whenever space is available. If no tutor is free to help, students are encouraged to visit the online sign-up system to find an available slot. 

The student should bring their assignment and expect to do work. 

Lincoln Center: We have day  and evening hours available. Please feel free to contact us at the number below, if you have specific questions about the center’s hours. The Writing Center is located in the Lowenstein Center, Room 302e. We reside in one of the private study rooms. Students may reserve up to an hour of writing help with the staff of the center on any given day and as much as an hour-and-a-half per week. To sign up for a session of either one-half or one hour, go to www.fordham.edu/writingcenter and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please call us at: (212) 636-6417. 

If a student cannot attend their session, they should log on to the online sign-up site and cancel his/her appointment. If the student is not there at the appointed time, the session may be given to someone else or simply cancelled. Walk-ins are welcome whenever space is available. If no tutor is free to help, students are encouraged to visit the online sign-up system to find an available slot. 

The student should bring their assignment and expect to do work. 
 

8.5 Office of Disability Services:

The Office of Disability Services works with students, faculty and staff to ensure appropriate services for students with disabilities. Fordham University will make reasonable accommodations and provide auxiliary aids and services to assist otherwise qualified persons in achieving access to its programs, services and facilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Applicants who have been accepted for admission or current students who would like Fordham to accommodate a disability are required to contact the Office of Disability Services at 718-817-0655 to arrange an intake appointment, submit current documentation, and develop their accommodation plan with ODS staff.  At Rose Hill the office is located in O’Hare Hall on the Lower Level, and at Lincoln Center at 33 West 60th Street, room 224.  Please specify when calling whether you are a Lincoln Center or Rose Hill student.  Students are not eligible for receiving academic accommodations until they complete the registration process with ODS. 

ODS would like to request that all faculty members include the following standard statement in each class syllabus in order to increase awareness of the services that ODS provides and encourage students with disabilities to self-identify in order to properly access their accommodations:  “If you are a student with a documented disability and require academic accommodations, you need to register with the Office of Disability Services for Students (ODS) in order to request academic accommodations for your courses.  Please contact the main ODS office at Rose Hill at 718-817-0655 to arrange services.  Staff at ODS can walk you through the process and arrange appointments depending on which campus youtake courses at.  Accommodations are not retroactive, so you need to register with ODS prior to receiving your accommodations.  Please see me after class or during office hours if you have questions or would like to submit your academic accommodation letter to me if you are already registered for accommodations with Fordham.”  

Please see the link below for complete details about the services and procedures required by ODS.

http://tinyurl.com/FacultyTrainingProgram

8.6 Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP):

Located in Freeman Hall 102 at Rose Hill, and in room 803 at Lincoln Center, HEOP provides mandatory tutoring for freshmen who are enrolled in its program. Academic workshops and academic and personal counseling are also provided for HEOP students. Staff members are available for consultation at all times. The Director at Rose Hill is Stephanie Mukherjee, extension 4205 and the Director at Lincoln Center is Elena Vranich, extension 6238.

8.7 College and Departmental Tutoring Services:

Business:
Father Boyle Society and Beta Alpha Psi members provide peer-to-peer tutoring to students seeking assistance in a business course. Interested students should stop by the Gabelli Study Center (Hughes Hall, Rom 207) or email Brian Dunn bdunn@fordham.edu to reserve a tutor. 

Biology: Inquiriesmay be made to the Department of Biological Sciences Chair or Associate Chair in Larkin 160. 

Chemistry: Inquiries may be made to the Department of Chemistry Chair or Associate Chair in John Mulcahy Hall 642.
 
Classical Languages and Civilizations: Graduate students in the department can provide tutorial assistance to undergraduates. Students should consult either their professor or the Chair of the Department of Classics in FMH 428. 

Computer Science: Tutoring is available for students in Structures of Computer Science (CISC 1100) and Discrete Structures (CISC 1400). For more updated information, contact Danielle Aprea (JMH 340, 718-817-4480, aprea@cis.fordham.edu). 

Economics: Students can go to the Economics Tutoring Center in Dealy E-533 or LL302F at Lincoln Center or email ecotutor@fordham.edu for an appointment. 

Mathematics: At Rose Hill, the Department of Mathematics runs a Math Help Room in JMH 410. Staffed by professors and upper-class mathematics students, the Help Room is generally open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. At Lincoln Center the Math Help Room is in LL 302F, and the hours are posted outside the office. 

Modern Languages & Literatures: Free tutoring, practice, and conversation in all languages taught in the department is available. Please contact the department for tutoring schedules: extension 2650 at Rose Hill and extension 6381 at Lincoln Center. No appointment is necessary. The Language Labs in Keating B25 at Rose Hill and LL 412 at Lincoln Center also assist students with modern languages. 

Philosophy: Graduate students in the department can sometimes provide tutorial assistance to undergraduates. Students in need of such assistance should contact the Associate Chair of the Department in Collins Hall 107 for tutorial referrals.
 
Physics: The Department of Physics provides students with a range of tutoring options, from free tutorial assistance to paid assistance from a few adjunct professors. Contact the departmental secretary in Freeman Hall 208 for further information. 

Other Subjects: Contact the chair or associate chair of the department or the director of the program in the Academic Directory that follows or check www.fordham.edu/fcrh/tutoring for updated information at the beginning of each semester.


8.8 Academic Advising for Student-Athletes

Director:
Francis P. Taylor III
RH: Keating Hall 106, (718) 817-4660, ftaylor@fordham.edu

The primary mission of the Office of Academic Advising for Student-Athletes is to provide Fordham University’s more than 500 NCAA student-athletes with the resources and direction needed to achieve their scholastic potential and to prepare them for post-graduate scholastic, athletic, and career opportunities. The office brings a breadth and depth of experience in athletics and higher education to their many responsibilities. These responsibilities include: general academic counseling, eligibility monitoring, assistance in maintaining satisfactory progress toward degrees, and course scheduling. Mid- and post-semester grade reviews are conducted every semester. 

The office has six full-time administrators: Francis P. Taylor III (director and academic advisor), Eric J. Sanders (senior associate academic advisor), Sister Anne Walsh, RSHM (associate academic advisor), Melissa Yeagley (associate academic advisor), Carla Lide (assistant academic advisor), and Tom Campbell (assistant academic advisor for basketball). All of these Dean’s staff members are dedicated to working with, and for, Fordham’s student-athletes. Direct interaction by the faculty with any of the advisors is highly encouraged any time that a question, concern, or opportunity for scholastic improvement presents itself. Consider the office as an extension of your teaching resources.

8.9 International Programs


8.9.1 Office for International Services

 

The Office for International Services is a resource center for the University’s international community and their interests.

 

For our international non-immigrant students, the office facilitates their adjustment to life in the United States by assisting students in matters concerning immigration, such as visa, status, SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 forms, employment and travel authorizations. This office also provides the students with personal counseling, information on health insurance requirements and banking, and programs to promote cross cultural and international understanding. Our office also serves as a resource for our Academic Departments and Administrative Offices on immigration matters regarding our international faculty, researchers and scholars. OIS also coordinates and administers Fordham's faculty international network and its pertinent events.

 

For more information, you can contact Salvatore Longarino, Director of OIS at 718-817-3145 or 212-636-6270 or email ois@fordham.edu

 

8.9.2 Institute of American Language and Culture
www.fordham.edu/esl


The Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) is the Fordham English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Courses are available to all non-native English speakers – those currently enrolled in a Fordham credit program, those intending to enroll in a Fordham program in the future, and those who simply want to improve their English language skills for personal or professional reasons.

 

The IALC office is located at the Lincoln Center Campus, at 33 West 60th Street on the 3rd floor. The majority of our courses and workshops take place in the Lowenstein Building at 113 West 60th Street. A limited number of courses and workshops for matriculated students take place at the Rose Hill campus during the academic year. 

 

Professors and administrators are encouraged to refer students, friends, colleagues, relatives, and family members in need of English language assistance to our program for English proficiency evaluation and possible participation/enrollment in academic workshops and/or classes. A combination of traditional ESL courses (which address reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening and vocabulary skills) and content-based courses, designed to bridge the gap between English language studies and university-level content courses, are offered. Fordham undergraduate students may receive college credit for College ESL Writing 1 or 2.

 

For more information, contact Irene Badaracco, Director of IALC at 212-636-7994 or email esl@fordham.edu.

 

8.9.3 Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center

 

Beginning in summer 2012 (Class of 2106), all international students are asked to attend a Global Transition Program during the week preceding the three general orientation days. On the first morning, all non-native English speakers take the Fordham English Language Test (FELT) administered by Fordham's Institute of American Language and Culture. As needed, students are enrolled for their first semester in the ESL courses, College Writing (ILAC 2026) for 6 credits and Sociology of American Culture (SOCI 1025) for 3 credits. Frequently these students will also fulfill the core requirement in mathematical / computational reasoning to complete their 12-credit registration.

 

The Global Transition also includes a thorough introduction to the American academic culture and Fordham's particular curriculum, academic processes, resources and expectations.

 

8.9.4 Gabelli School of Business

 

The Gabelli School of Business collaborates in Fordham’s new Global Transition Program, which provides an early arrival, 5-day Orientation for new international students that combines academic, administrative, and social activities to ease the transition this population typically experiences. In addition, course registration for international Gabelli students is strategically adjusted to allow for transition to full-time English language coursework, and students are language-tested to ensure the best possible class placements. The Gabelli School of Business also pairs incoming international students with upper-class mentors as peer resources to support adjustment to their new environment.

 

Several culturally specific initiatives are being designed for incoming international students to further address cultural needs. For example, prior to arrival, incoming Chinese students are provided with the contact information of a Chinese member of the Gabelli School faculty, which provides a way for incoming students to communicate in their first language with a member of the Gabelli School team. During the school year, the Gabelli School offers academic and social coaching sessions in an effort to better prepare students for success inside and outside of the classroom, by helping them to practically address working in teams, classroom participation, academic performance, and cultural code-switching.



 


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