NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FAMILY HANDBOOK 2020-2021 - Sac State

 
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FAMILY HANDBOOK 2020-2021 - Sac State
2020-2021
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
       FAMILY HANDBOOK
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FAMILY HANDBOOK 2020-2021 - Sac State
WELCOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY,

                                                                                                                                                                     Today marks the beginning of one of the most exciting journeys in your family’s life. You
TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                                                                                    and your student are now part of the Hornet Family. Your student has made an excellent
                                                                                                                                                                     choice to attend Sacramento State, and I hope that your experience in our orientation
                                                                                                                                                                     will provide you with all of the information you need. We thank you for choosing us and
President’s Welcome...................................................................................................... 1
                                                                                                                                                                     for taking the time to support your student.
Welcome Hornet Families.............................................................................................. 2
Academic Calendar......................................................................................................... 3                                         We have more than 50 academic programs on campus, nearly 300 clubs and organizations,
                                                                                                                                                                    3,500 students participating in our recreational sports programs, and numerous community
Academic Colleges & Majors..........................................................................................4                                                service opportunities. Your family member is joining a vibrant and diverse student bod
Finish in Four/Through in Two....................................................................................... 5                                               that is full of students who are involved and active on campus and in their community.
What Makes a Degree.....................................................................................................6                                           This campus is large with many unfamiliar faces and new challenges, but encouraging your
                                                                                                                                   student to get involved on campus will not only help them to build a network of support here, but will also help them find
General Education & Graduation Requirements......................................................... 7
                                                                                                                                   their place and sense of belonging.
Sample Student Week....................................................................................................8
                                                                                                                                   Graduating from college is a challenging process, and no student should have to go through that alone. Your involvement
KEYS to Degree................................................................................................................9
                                                                                                                                   in your student’s orientation shows your commitment to their success, and I ask that you continue to encourage them and
Academic Advising...................................................................................................10-11          support them as they experience those challenges. We have many resources on campus to support students academically,
Tutoring Resources........................................................................................................ 12      culturally, emotionally, and physically. We encourage your student to use Smart Planner to plan their course schedules and
Grading Policies & FERPA............................................................................................. 13           to track degree progress on one of our many dashboards. We hope that your student will take advantage of these resources
                                                                                                                                   so that together we can help them succeed.
Academic & Student Resources............................................................................. 14-16
Your Student’s Graduation Checklist........................................................................... 17                  Students are not the only ones going through a time of significant change when they enter college; many of you will too.
                                                                                                                                   Please take advantage of our Parents & Families Program (https://www.csus.edu/student-affairs/centers-programs/
Career Center............................................................................................................18-19 .
                                                                                                                                   parents-families) where you can learn more about getting involved on campus, supporting student success, and obtaining
Technology Resources...................................................................................................20          information about campus resources. We are a Hornet Family, and that family includes you.
Course Registration...................................................................................................... 21
                                                                                                                                   I hope that orientation is both exciting and useful for you. You will receive a lot of information, and it may feel overwhelming.
Registration Fees..........................................................................................................22      I hope that you will keep this Family Handbook with you as your student begins the semester. Thank you for entrusting us
Study Abroad.................................................................................................................23    with your student; we are excited to have you as part of the Hornet Family. Together, we can ensure that your student achieves
Dean of Students...........................................................................................................24      their dreams.

Where Campus Life Happens................................................................................. 25-27                   WELCOME TO SACRAMENTO STATE AND STINGERS UP!
Parents & Families Program........................................................................................28
                                                                                                                                   Sincerely,
Parent Ambassadors.....................................................................................................29
Family FAQ............................................................................................................... 30-31
On-Campus Housing..................................................................................................... 32
Student Health & Counseling Services.......................................................................33                      Robert S. Nelsen
                                                                                                                                   President, nelsen@csus.edu
Campus Safety..............................................................................................................34
Next Steps After Orientation....................................................................................... 35
Campus Map & Directory....................................................................................... 36-37

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Welcome Hornet Families                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Academic Calendar 2020–2021

                                                                                                                                        IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

                                                                                                                                        Fall 2020
                                                                                                                                        August 31 (Mon)...........................................................................First Day of Classes                        QUICK FACT
                                                                                                                                        September 7 (Mon)................................................................ Labor Day (No Classes)                        Sacramento State operates
       Dear Hornet Families,                                                                                                            October 1 (Thur)............................... FAFSA & DREAM Act Application Filing Begins                                       on a semester system.
                                                                                                                                        October 12 (Mon)............. Columbus / Indigenous Peoples Day (Classes in Session)                                           The calendar is divided into two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16-week semesters. There is a
               We are excited that your student has selected our University as their new home away from home. The start                 October 23–24 (Fri–Sat)..................................................................Family Weekend                      six-week break between semesters
               of your student’s college experience is an exciting time. A new adventure begins for them but also for you.              November 11 (Wed)..........................................................Veterans Day (No Classes)                          and a 12-week break in summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Many students take advantage of
                                                                                                                                        November 26–27 (Thur–Fri).................................. Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)                                   the breaks between semesters to
               Family member support contributes to student success. We hope you find this Family Handbook to be a great                December 11 (Fri)......................................................................... Last Day of Classes               enroll in winter or summer courses.
               resource. Within these pages you’ll find information about academic support (pages 12, 14–16), career planning
                                                                                                                                        December 14–18 (Mon–Fri)........................................................Final Examinations
               (page 18–19), planning for graduation (page 17), health and counseling services (page 33), campus safety
                                                                                                                                        December 24–January 1 (Thur–Fri).................................................. Campus Closed
               (page 34) and so much more. There are a variety of programs dedicated to helping your student succeed and are
               highlighted in this Handbook.                                                                                            Winter Intersession 2021
                                                                                                                                        January 5 (Tue).............................................. First Day of Winter Intersession Classes
               In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked Sac State as the fourth most diverse university in the western United         January 22 (Fri)..............................................Last Day of Winter Intersession Classes
               States. Sac State faculty, staff, administrators, and students work collaboratively to create an atmosphere in which
               diversity can flourish based upon principles of social consciousness, awareness, support, and respect for all. No        Spring 2021
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MANDATORY SEXUAL
               matter your student’s background, they belong here.                                                                      January 25 (Mon)..........................................................................First Day of Classes                     VIOLENCE & ALCOHOL
                                                                                                                                        February 15 (Mon)..............................................Presidents’ Day (Classes in Session)                               EDUCATION PROGRAM
               We hope you will be able to visit our beautiful campus. If you are a Sac State alum, you’ll see a lot of changes. When
                                                                                                                                        March 1 (Mon)..................................... FAFSA & DREAM Act Priority Filing Deadline                                   All new students are required
               you go on a tour, you might notice construction happening throughout campus. It’s an exciting time to be at Sac                                                                                                                                         to complete two online safety
                                                                                                                                        March 22–28 (Mon–Sun)................................................. Spring Break (No Classes)                               tutorials about sexual violence
               State. Recent additions to campus include The Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex (which also has a planetarium),
               a residence hall, parking structure and the expansion of our University Union. In Fall 2020, we will see the opening
                                                                                                                                        March 31 (Wed)....................................................Cesar Chavez Holiday (No Classes)                            and alcohol abuse prevention.
                                                                                                                                        May 1 (Sat)............................................................ Financial Aid Document Deadline                       These tutorials are REQUIRED to
               of a new Welcome Center and expansion of The WELL. Come visit campus—Family Weekend is October 23–24, 2020.                                                                                                                                            be completed by October 18 for
                                                                                                                                        May 14 (Fri).................................................................................. Last Day of Classes           students starting in the fall and by
               As your student gets connected with the campus community, we encourage you also to be involved by becoming               May 17–21 (Mon–Fri).................................................................Final Examinations                        March 7 for students starting in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the spring. FAILURE TO COMPLETE
               a member of our Parents & Families Program (details on pages 28–29). They also have an active Facebook page:             May 21–23 (Fri–Sun)...................................................................... Commencement                         THE TUTORIALS WILL RESULT
               SacStateParents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IN A REGISTRATION HOLD.
                                                                                                                                        Summer 2021 – Tentative                                                                                                         STUDENTS WILL BE UNABLE
                                                                                                                                        June 1 (Tue)................................................................ First Day of Classes (Session 1)                 TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES FOR
       Welcome to the Hornet Family. Stingers Up!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER
                                                                                                                                        July 5 (Mon)...................................... Independence Day Observed (Campus Closed)                                  UNTIL THE TWO TUTORIALS ARE
       2020 Orientation Team                                                                                                            July 9 (Fri)....................................................................................Session 1 concludes          COMPLETED. To access the tutorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        go to shcssacstate.org under
                                                                                                                                        July 12 (Mon)............................................................. First Day of Classes (Session 2)                            Saftey Tutorials.
                                                                                                                                        Aug 20 (Fri).................................................................................Session 2 concludes

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Academic Colleges & Majors                                                                                                                                                                                                 Finish in Four/Through in Two

       * Impacted Major

        COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS                   COLLEGE OF EDUCATION                           Forensic Chemistry
        Art (48–75 units)                           Child Development (48–50 units)              Geography (46 units)
           Art Education                              Early Development Care and Education         Geographic Information Systems
           Art Studio                                 Elementary Pre-Credential                    Human Geography
           Art History                                Individualized Integrated Pre-Credential     Metropolitan Area Planning
           Studio Arts Methods                        Subject Matter Program                       Physical Geography
        Communication Studies (39–48 units)           Social and Community Settings              Geology (51–61 units)
           General Communication                    Deaf Studies (41–44 units)                     Earth Science                           There are a variety of ways your student can maximize their time and earn their degree. If your student wants
           Public Relations                                                                        Geology                                 to earn a bachelor’s degree within 2 years (transfer students) or 4 years (first year students) they will need to
        Dance (48 units)                            COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING &                       Hydrogeology
                                                       COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                                    complete the equivalent of 30 units annually. Save time and money with Finish in Four/Through in Two!
        Design Studies (48 units)                                                                Mathematics (48–52 units)
        English (45 units)                          Civil Engineering (94 units)                 Physics & Astronomy (65–81 units)
        Film (39–45 units)                          Computer Engineering (98 units)                Applied Physics
        French (36 units)                           Computer Science (81 units)                    Physics                                 Here are a few examples:
        Graphic Design (78 units)*                  Construction Management (102 units)            Physics Teacher Preparation

                                                                                                                                           OPTION 1
        History (42–72 units)                       Electrical Engineering (92 units)                                                                           FALL SEMESTER                                   SPRING SEMESTER
           General Major                            Mechanical Engineering (92 units)            COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES &                                      15 units                                         15 units
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       = 30 UNITS
           History Pre-Credential                                                                   INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
                                                    COLLEGE OF HEALTH &                          Anthropology (52–53 units)
        Humanities & Religious Studies (39 units)      HUMAN SERVICES
           Humanities                                                                               Archaeology and Biological
                                                    Communication Sciences and Disorders            Culture, Language & Society
           Religious Studies                           (52–55 units)

                                                                                                                                           OPTION 2
                                                                                                    General Anthropology                                FALL SEMESTER               WINTER INTERSESSION                 SPRING SEMESTER
        Interior Architecture (78 units)            Criminal Justice (60 units)*
                                                                                                 Asian Studies (36 units)                                  15 units                       3 units                           12 units
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       = 30 UNITS
        Journalism (37 units)                       Health Science (54 units)*
        Music (37–78 units)                                                                         Chinese Studies
                                                    Kinesiology (57–60 units)
           Instrumental                                                                             Japanese Studies
                                                       Athletic Administration
           Jazz                                                                                     Korean Studies
                                                       Athletic Care
                                                                                                    South and Southeast Asian Studies

                                                                                                                                           OPTION 3
           Keyboard                                    Athletic Coaching Education                                                                      FALL SEMESTER                  SPRING SEMESTER                  SUMMER SESSION
           Music Education                             Exercise Science
                                                                                                 Economics (42–45 units)
                                                                                                                                                           15 units                        12 units                         3 units
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       = 30 UNITS
           Theory-Composition                                                                    Environmental Studies (65–66 units)
                                                       Physical Activity and Wellness
           Voice                                                                                 Ethnic Studies (36 units)
                                                       Physical Education Teacher Education
        Philosophy (40–53 units)                                                                    Asian American Studies
                                                    Nursing (64 units)*
           Ethics, Politics, and Law                                                                Chicana/o Studies
                                                    Public Health (54 units)                                                                                                    WINTER

                                                                                                                                           OPTION 4
           General Major                                                                            General Major                                     FALL SEMESTER                                 SPRING SEMESTER          SUMMER SESSION
                                                       Community Health Education
                                                                                                    Native American Studies                              12 units
                                                                                                                                                                             INTERSESSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                        12 units                 3 units
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       = 30 UNITS
           Honors                                      Health Care Administration                                                                                               3 units
           Logic and Philosophy of Science                                                          Pan African Studies
                                                       Occupational Health & Safety
        Photography (79 units)                                                                   Family & Consumer Sciences (49 units)
                                                    Recreation, Parks and Tourism
        Spanish (42 units)                             Administration (57–71 units)                 Single Subject Program in Family and
                                                       Recreation and Park Management               Consumer Sciences Education
        Theatre (48 units)
                                                       Recreation Therapy                        Family Studies & Human Development
                                                    Social Work (48 units)                          (51 units)
        COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
                                                                                                 Fashion Merchandising and
        Business Administration (63–72 units)*                                                      Management (51 units)                                                                                  Sacramento State offers three-week Winter
                                                    COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES &
          Accountancy                                 MATHEMATICS                                Gerontology (48 units)                                                                                    Intersession courses as well as six-week and 12-week
          Business Analytics                        Biological Sciences (62–85 units)*           International Relations (42 units)
          Entrepreneurship
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Summer Session courses.
                                                      Biomedical Sciences                        Liberal Studies (100–103 units)
          Finance – General
                                                      Cell & Molecular Biology                   Nutrition & Food (54–80 units)
          Finance – Financial Planning                                                                                                                                                                     Details can be found at: www.cce.csus.edu
                                                      Clinical Laboratory Sciences                  Dietetics
          Finance – Real Estate
                                                      Ecology, Evolution & Conservation          Political Science (39–51 units)
          Finance – Risk Management
                                                      Forensic Biology                              General Major
          General Management
                                                      General Biology                               Political Science & Journalism
          Human Res/Organizational Behavior
                                                      Microbiology                               Psychology (46–50 units)*
          International Business
                                                    Chemistry (64–77 units)                      Social Science (60 units)
          Management Information Systems
          Marketing                                   Biochemistry                               Sociology (43 units)
          Supply Chain Management                     Chemistry                                  Women’s Studies (36 units)

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What Makes Up a College Degree                                                                                                                                                                      General Education & Graduation Requirements

       Distribution of Units (varies by major)
                                                                                                                                    General Education & Graduation Requirements
       Total Units to Graduate
       120 units.                                                                                                                   Sac State students are required to complete 48 units of General Education courses from five areas. Students complete these
                                                                                                                                    requirements by taking courses at Sac State, transferring college credit from other colleges/universities, or by successfully
       Major                                                                                                                        completing Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Listed below are examples of some of the
       Major units required vary on the major and concentration (see page                                                           courses offered in these areas.
                                                                                GE Units:                        Major Units:
       4 for details). Students must have a declared major by the time they
                                                                                39 lower division                36 -102 units      Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)                                    Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
       complete 60 units
                                                                                + 9 upper division               csus.edu/catalog   • A1: Introduction to Public Speaking                               • Introduction to Archaeology, Cultural Geography, Principles
       General Education (GE)                                                                                                       • A2: Accelerated Academic Literacies, Academic Literacies I & II     of Sociology, The Modern Middle East,
                                                                                48 units
       48 units of GE are required for all students. 9 units must be upper-                                                         • A3: Argumentation and Critical Thinking                             Genocide and Holocaust Studies, Women of Color, The
       division (courses at Sac State numbered 100-199).                                                                                                                                                  Fall of Communism, Bioethics, U.S. History: 1607-1877,
                                                                                                                                    Area B: The Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (12 Units)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          History of American Women, Social History of the U.S.,
       Electives                                                                                Elective Units                      • B1: Introduction to Astronomy, General Chemistry, Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Essentials of Government, American Political Thought,
       Additional courses needed to fulfill the total units to graduate. This                     (or minor)                          Science, Physical Geography, Physics
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The American West
       may include a second major, minor, or courses of interest.                             to reach 120 units                    • B2: Physical Anthropology, General Biology,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
                                                                                                                                      Environmental Science
       Minor (optional)                                                                                                                                                                                 •   First Year Seminar, Human Development, Nutrition and
                                                                                                                                    • B3: Lab class from one of the above two areas
       A pattern of courses similar to the major, but less comprehensive.                                                                                                                                   Wellness, Human Sexuality
                                                                                           GE Units + Major Units +                 • B4: Quantitative Reasoning, Statistics, Calculus
       Most minors require 21 units.                                                        Additional Electives =                  • B5: Oceanography, Brain/Gender-Related Differences
                                                                                                                                                                                                               GE Exceptions for Engineering Majors
       Class Standing by Units:                                                               120 minimum units                     Area C: The Arts and Humanities (12 Units)                                 • A3 – met by major
                                                                                              required for degree
                                                                                                                                    • C1: Introduction to Theatre, Music Appreciation, and                     • B1, B3 & B5 – met by major
                                                                                                                                      Traditional Asian Art. Dance Cultures of America, History
              First Year         0-29          Juniors           60-89                                                                                                                                         • Area C – English 20 or equivalent
                                                                                                                                      of Rock Music, Multicultural Puppetry, Women in Art,
              Sophomores         30-59         Seniors           90+                                                                  Masterpieces of Cinema, 20th Century American Drama                      • Any Area D – 3 upper-division units met
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by major
                                                                                                                                    • C2: French Civilization, Archaeology of Mexico, Ancient
                                                                                                                                      Greece, History of Philosophy, Introduction to British                   • Exempt from Foreign Language requirement
       Unit Requirements                                                                                                              Literature, Ethics, Exploring World Religions, Classical                 GE Exceptions for Computer Science Majors
                                                                                                                                      Mythology, Elementary Italian
       Transferable College Units                                                                                                                                                                              • B1, B3 & B5 – met by major

       Students can transfer a maximum of 70 units from a community college.                                                                                                                                   • Any Area D – 3 units met by major (PHIL 103)

       There is no limit on transferable units from four-year institutions.                                                                                                                                    • Exempt from Foreign Language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 requirement
       Residence Units
       Students must complete at least 30 units at Sac State. At least nine                ADVISING TIP
       of these units must be from General Education courses.                                                                       Graduation Requirements
                                                                                             Keep your Family Handbook
                                                                                           handy and use it as a reference.         1. College Composition II                                           4. Race & Ethnicity in American Society
       COURSE NUMBERING                                                                       There are a lot of resources             English 20 (or approved transferable course)                        (Comparing two or more ethnic groups in the US) Example:
                                                                                           listed in the handbook that will
                                                                                                                                    2. Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ)                                 Multicultural America, Ethnic America, Multicultural
       Lower Division Units                                                                be useful to you as you support                                                                                 Perspectives on American Theater, African-Caribbean Dance
                                                                                                                                       Placement exam or portfolio submission of essays for
                                                                                                      your student.
       Sac State courses numbered 1-99.                                                                                                review. Occurs after 60 units are completed. This is the         5. Foreign Language
                                                                                                                                       pre-requisite to completing Writing Intesive course.                (Completion of a second semester course) American Sign
       Upper Division Units                                                                                                                                                                                Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean,
                                                                                                                                    3. Writing Intensive
       Sac State courses numbered 100-199. Students must complete at least                                                             (Minimum 5,000-word writing assignment required)                    Spanish
       39 upper-division units (at least 9 units must be from General                                                                  Example: The Nature of Culture, Business Ethics & Society,       6. American Institutions
       Education courses).                                                                                                             Existentialism, Perspectives on Leisure                             Requires a US History course as well as a US and California
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Government course.

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Sample Student Week                                                                                                                                                                                                                         KEYS to Degree

        Being a successful college student requires excellent time management skills. There are 168 hours per week for students to
        manage academics, personal life, and work schedule. Here is an example of how those hours are spent each week if a student
        is enrolled in 15 units:

       Most lecture classes are 3 units; lecture/                                                             CLASS
         lab combination classes, and some
        preparatory courses, can range from                                                                 15 HOURS
                     4 to 5 units.
         Participation in class is almost always
      required, and is usually part of the course                                                                                    Smart Advising Tools Support Timely Graduation
          grade. Students who are not in class
        cannot participate. Unlike high school,                          HOMEWORK
      most instructors will not remind students                         & STUDY TIME                                                 KEYS to Degree Toolbox & Smart Planner            What are the KEYS tools? Learn more at
       of assignments and exams, as all details                                                                                                                                        csus.edu/keys
                are listed on the syllabus.
                                                                          30 HOURS                                                   Students who plan ahead, graduate on time.
                                                                                                                                     And that planning begins now – with the           Here is a complete list of tools in the KEYS
                                                                                                                                     KEYS to Degree (Kit to Empower Your Success)      Toolbox:
      The rule of thumb is that for each hour                                                                                        Toolbox in their Student Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Smart Planner
      spent in class during the week, at least                                                                                       The integrated planning, scheduling and
       2 hours should be spent outside of                                                                                                                                              •   Sac State Scheduler
      class to keep up with readings, group
                                                                                                                       SLEEP         assessment tools in the KEYS to Degree

      projects, papers and other homework.                                                                           56 HOURS        Toolbox empower students to plan, pick,           •   Enrollment
                                                                                                                                     enroll, assess, and ultimately, achieve their
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Financial Aid Meter
                                                                                                                                     graduation goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Progress to Degree
          Sleep seems to be a low priority for many new                                                                              Advising + Smart Tools = SUCCESS
       students, though they are encouraged to remember                                                                                                                                •   Transfer Credit Report
        that SLEEP IS NECESSARY. Eight hours per night is                                                                            Student graduation planning has three pillars:
        recommended which equates to 56 hours a week.
                                                                                 PERSONAL                                            regular advising, the Academic Requirements       •   Academic Requirements Report
                                                                                 47 HOURS
                                                                                                                                     Report, which highlights their degree             •   Advising Summary
                                                                                                                                     requirements, and using Smart Planner and
                           Meals                                                                                                                                                       •   Application for Graduation
                                                                                                                                     the other KEYS to Degree tools.
          Structured activities (ex: gym, church)                                                                                                                                      Encourage your student to put these tools
        Commuting to/from campus and parking                                                                        WORK             Why work harder? Plan smarter
                                                                                                                                                                                       to work – they’ll discover the ease of online
                   Family obligations
                                                                                                                  20 HOURS           Students start with Smart Planner, which          degree planning and assessment, benefit from
                 Socializing with friends
                                                                                                                                     is pre-built with their degree roadmap for        more meaningful advising appointments,
      Campus involvement (clubs, community service,
                     attending events)                                                                                               their major. Smart Planner allows them to         and stay motivated with real-time progress
                                                                                                                                     plan for now, even years in advance, and          dashboards guiding them every step of the
                                                                                                                                     plug their planned courses directly into Sac      way through graduation – smart!
             Consider your unique responsibilities when it comes                                                                     State Scheduler to make registration simple.
            to income and budgeting your finances. Make sure to                                                                      Plus, Smart Planner captures valuable course                                                         HORNET TIP
           formulate the right combination of work and school to                                                                     request data to help the university better meet
                    accommodate your goals and needs.                                                                                                                                                                                  Students who commit to take
                                                                                                                                     student needs.                                                                                      at least 30 units a year are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       well on their way to graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on-time, in 2 or 4 years.
       Good time management is essential to ensure students are successful. A great resource is the Peer and Academic
       Resource Center (PARC), which is located on the 2nd floor of Lassen Hall. They offer a variety of workshops each
       semester which include tutoring, study skills and time management. Visit www.csus.edu/parc for more information.

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Academic Advising                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Academic Advising

                                                Academic Advisors can be a great resource to help students                         Additional Advising Programs
                                                achieve their goals. Your student should meet with an academic advisor
                                                                                                                                   In addition to major and GE advisors, there are other types of advising
                                                each semester. Advisors help students stay on the track                            resources for students:
                                                to graduation by:
                                                                                                                                   • First-Year Advising – Coordinated by the Academic Advising Center
                                                •    Assisting with course selection                                                 (Lassen Hall, 1013). All first-year students are required to meet with
                                                •    Answering questions about academic policies and procedures                      an advisor during their first two semesters as advising is critical to
                                                •    Recommending campus resources                                                   academic success and persistence. Academic advisors and peer
                                                •    Updating their Smart Planner                                                    mentors meet with first-year students each semester to discuss course
                                                                                                                                     selection, study tips, resources for students, and academic planning.
                                                •    Developing strategies to improve academic performance
                                                                                                                                   • NCAA Student-Athletes – Located in the Student-Athlete Resource
                                                                                                                                     Center, SARC (Lassen Hall, 3002). Advisors assist student-athletes with
                                                General Education Advising - Advisors in the Academic                                selecting courses and maintaining NCAA compliance and eligibility,
                                                Advising Center (Lassen Hall,1013) assist in understanding General
                                                                                                                                     and provide additional academic support such as computer labs and
                                                Education (GE) and graduation requirements. Advising is offered on                   tutoring.
                                                a drop-in basis.
                                                                                                                                   • Honors Program – Honors faculty and staff provide advising to honors
                                                                                     Major Advising - Professors in                  students throughout their undergraduate career. Honors students are
                                                          ADVISING TIP               major departments assist students               required to complete a general education pattern specific to the program
                                                                                                                                     requirements and expectations. Admission to the Honors Program is
                                                    General Education advisors are   with program expectations and course
                                                                                                                                     offered only to entering first-year students.
                                                      available on a drop-in basis   sequencing. Students should contact
                                                      for current students and by    their major department for an advising
                                                       appointment for first year    session.                                      Declaring or Changing a Major/Minor
                                                        students in Lassen Hall                                                    Students who wish to change their major or add a minor must file a Declaration of
                                                     room 1013, Monday – Friday
                                                                                     Undeclared Advising - Students                Major or Declaration of Minor form. These forms can be found online at: www.
                                                    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Advisors
                                                                                     who are unsure about a major or career        csus.edu/registrar/forms. The department chairperson’s signature is required
                                                        are available during the
                                                                                     can receive assistance in the Career Center   for all major changes. The following departments have their own Declaration of
                                                      summer, spring and winter
                                                        break as well as during      (Lassen Hall, 1013) with career and major
                                                                                                                                   Major form: Child Development, Computer Science, and all Engineering majors.
                                                              the semester.          exploration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FACULTY TIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Students should regularly seek
                                                STUDENT SUCCESS CENTERS                                                                                                                                                                academic advising for their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       major course selection and
                                                Each college offers Success Centers to help guide students through their                                                                                                                  graduation planning.
                                                academic careers at Sacramento State. Find your college and contact
                                                information below:
                                                College of Arts & Letters                   College of Health & Human Services
                                                MRP 2001                                    SLN 3000
                                                www.csus.edu/college/                       www.csus.edu/hhs/centers/
                                                arts-letters/student-success                chhs_ssc.html                                       IMPACTED MAJORS AND EXPRESSED INTEREST

                                                College of Business                         College of Natural Sciences
                                                                                                                                               Majors become impacted when the number of students interested in a major exceeds the number of
                                                TAH 1030                                    & Mathematics                              spaces available. Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Nursing, and Psychology
                                                www.csus.edu/cba/ose                        TSC 1004                                   are impacted majors. Students not admitted into the major are considered “Expressed Interest”. Students must
                                                                                            www.csus.edu/college/
                                                College of Education                                                                   complete all specified pre-requisites, GPA requirements and submit an impaction application to the major
                                                                                            natural-sciencesmathematics/
                                                EUR 401                                                                                department. For details, speak with an advisor.
                                                                                            advising-center
                                                www.csus.edu/college/
                                                education/student-support                   College of Social Sciences &
                                                                                            Interdisciplinary Studies
                                                College of Engineering &                    AMD 452A
                                                Computer Science                            www.csus.edu/ssis
                                                SCL 1213
                                                www.ecs.csus.edu/ssc

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Tutoring Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Grading Policies & FERPA

                                                                                                                                                         Grade Point Average (GPA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Grade                                                Grade Points
                                                                                                                                                         Term GPA: Based on the grades earned in a specific semester.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A.......................................................................4
                                                                                                                                                         Sac State GPA: Based on all college courses taken at Sac State.           A-..................................................................3.7
                                                                                                                                                         Overall GPA: Based on all college level courses taken, including          B+..................................................................3.3
                                                                                                                                                         previous colleges/universities attended.                                  B.......................................................................3
                                                                                                                                                         Dean’s Honor List: Compiled each semester and requires                    B-...................................................................2.7
                                                                                                                                                         12 units of graded coursework and a minimum 3.0 GPA for freshmen          C+.................................................................2.3
       DEGREES Project                                                       Peer & Academic Resource Center (PARC)                                      and 3.25 GPA for all other undergraduates.                                C.......................................................................2
       Lassen Hall, 2006 | (916) 278-7355                                    Lassen Hall, 2200 | (916) 278-6010                                          Graduating with Honors: Honors at graduation are awarded                  C-...................................................................1.7
       www.csus.edu/degreesproject                                           www.csus.edu/parc                                                           based only on Sacramento State coursework grade point average.            D+.................................................................1.3
                                                                                                                                                         Cum Laude: 3.50-3.74; Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.89;
       Dedicated to Educating, Graduating, and Retaining Educational         The Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) is a centralized                                                                                         D.......................................................................1
                                                                                                                                                         Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00.
       Equity Students (DEGREES) is a program designed to promote            location of support where students are united for common                                                                                              D-..................................................................0.7
       the retention and graduation of all campus underrepresented           goals of excellence and student success through peer-led                                                                                              F: Failure.........................................................0
       students. The overarching goal of the program is to connect           and student-driven services. PARC provides academic support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WU: Unauthorized Withdrawal..................0
       students with a variety of campus resources to impact their overall   services including one unit supplemental instruction courses for
                                                                                                                                                         Academic Status                                                           W: Withdrawal	����������������������������������������� N/A
       success in college.                                                   challenging General Education classes (such as Biology, Chemistry,
                                                                             Economics, History, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Computer                  Good Standing: Students with Sac State and cumulative grade               I: Incomplete	�������������������������������������������� N/A
       Mathematics Tutoring Lab (The Math Lab)                               Science, and Government). In addition, peer mentors provide                 point averages (GPA) of 2.00 or above are considered in good              CR: Credit................................................... N/A
                                                                             academic review and test preparation sessions, advising and                 academic standing.
       Brighton Hall, 118 | (916) 278-6796                                   individual and group drop-in tutoring sessions.                                                                                                       NC: No Credit	������������������������������������������� N/A
                                                                                                                                                         Academic Probation: Students are placed on academic probation
       www.csus.edu/math/students/mathlab.htm
                                                                                                                                                         if their cumulative Sac State or overall GPA falls below 2.00.
       The Math Lab is a tutoring center that assists students enrolled      University Reading and Writing Center (URWC)
       in lower division mathematics and statistics courses. Students        Calaveras Hall, 128 | (916) 278-6356                                                                                                                  The Family Educational
       may use this facility on a drop-in basis at no cost. Tutors provide
                                                                             www.csus.edu/writingcenter                                                                                                                            Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
       assistance with course related problems encountered in
                                                                                                                                                         Grading Policies                                                          (FERPA)
       homework assignments and in preparation for examinations.             The University Reading and Writing Center (URWC) is a place for all
                                                                             Sacramento State students to get help with reading and writing              “W” grade: Issued when a student officially drops a class after the       FERPA is a federal law regarding the privacy
       Paving, Excellence, Retention, Success in Student                     for any course or project. Trained undergraduate and graduate                fourth week or withdraws from all courses. It does not affect the GPA.   of student records and the obligations of the
       Trajectories (PERSIST)                                                student tutors emphasize non-judgmental and encouraging                                                                                               institution, primarily in the areas of release
                                                                                                                                                          Students are permitted up to 18 units of W grades.
                                                                             feedback at any stage of the writing process, including helping                                                                                       of the records and the access provided to
       Lassen Hall, 2006 | (916) 278-6725
                                                                             writers to begin an assignment and generate ideas, identify a               “WU” grade: Issued when a student stops attending a class without         these records. Education records include
       www.csus.edu/saseep/persist                                                                                                                                                                                                 academic, financial, health and student
                                                                             focus for a paper, work on developing ideas, refine organization,            properly dropping the course. “WU” computes in the GPA as 0
                                                                             cite sources, clarify language, and improve proofreading                                                                                              conduct records.
       PERSIST is designed to meet the needs of students who are                                                                                          points, like an “F” grade.
       in their second-year of college at California State University,       and editing strategies. The URWC also provides help for students                                                                                      This information is protected under FERPA,
       Sacramento. PERSIST provides campus resource support, college         who are preparing to take the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ).          “I” grade: May be arranged at the end of the semester if a student        and parents may not have access unless the
       level advising, progress to degree workshops, registration            Students interested in becoming a URWC tutor should contact                  has coursework remaining to complete a class. Students must work         student has provided written authorization
       assistance, one-on-one advising, wellness, financial aid, and         the Director.                                                                with instructor to arrange completing remaining work. The “I” grade      that specifically identifies what information
       workforce information.                                                                                                                             will convert to an “F” if not completed within one year of the terms     may be released to the parent(s).
                                                                                                                                                          of the contract.                                                          A student’s education records may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    released to parents or guardians only if they
                                                                                                                                                         Repeating Courses: Students may not repeat courses in which                have been given a written release by the
                                                                                           MAJOR COURSE TUTORING                                         a grade of “C” or higher was previously earned. If a course is             student, in compliance with a subpoena, or
                                                                                       Some students may need additional support with major              repeated, the original grade will not be calculated in the GPA,            by having the parent submit a completed
                                                                                        coursework. Tutoring or peer mentor resources may be             but both attempts will remain on the transcript. Courses can be           “Certification of Financial Dependency” form
                                                                                     available. The first step in getting help with a class is to meet                                                                              along with supporting documentation.
                                                                                                                                                         repeated no more than two times. A maximum of 16 units can be
                                                                                                 with the instructor during office hours.
                                                                                                                                                         repeated for grade forgiveness.

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Academic & Student Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Academic & Student Resources

        Academic Advising Center                                                Dreamer Resource Center                                            Guardian Scholars Program                                                     McNair Scholars Program
        Lassen Hall, 1013 | (916) 278-1000                                      Riverfront Center, 1022 | (916) 278-7241                           Lassen Hall, 2302 | (916) 278-6184                                            River Front Center, 203 | (916) 278-5118
        www.csus.edu/acad                                                       www.csus.edu/saseep/drc                                            www.csus.edu/gs                                                               www.csus.edu/mcnair
        Visit an Academic Advisor for questions about which General             The mission of the Dreamer Resource Center is to make the dream    The Guardian Scholars Program offers support and services for                 The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
        Education (GE) and graduation requirements. Advisors help               of a college degree a reality for undocumented students and        students who have been in the foster care or kinship care systems.            is designed to prepare selected first generation students for
        students select the courses to match their goals and interests.         students with mixed-status families at Sacramento State and help   The program provides mentoring, academic and career counseling,               study at the graduate level. Students who have earned 45 units
        Students can meet an advisor through drop-in advising or                students overcome the unique challenges that get in the way of     advising, financial assistance, experiential learning, volunteer              or more, have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and are low income and first
        individual appointments.                                                achieving academic, personal and professional excellence.          opportunities, and social events throughout the year. Guardian                in their family to attend college, or students who are ethnically
                                                                                                                                                   Scholars benefit from priority registration, personalized advising and        underrepresented can gain research skills, knowledge, and
        Bursar’s Office                                                         Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)                              a community of students with common life experiences.                         information needed to complete graduate and doctoral degrees
        Lassen Hall, 1001 & 1003 | (916) 278-1000                               Lassen Hall, 2205 | (916) 278-6183                                                                                                               in their fields of study.
        www.csus.edu/bursar                                                     www.csus.edu/eop                                                   Honors Program
        The Bursar’s Office serves students by offering cashiering services,    The Educational Opportunity Program helps provide first-           Academic Information Resource Center, 4002                                    MESA Engineering Program
        payment plans, disbursement of financial aid (including direct          generation college students support to reach their higher          (916) 278-2804 | www.csus.edu/honorsprogram                                   Santa Clara Hall, 1213 | (916) 278-6699
        deposit), refunds, and OneCard services. We also work with              education goals. EOP serves students from low-income,              The Honors Program offers qualified and highly motivated students             www.ecs.csus.edu/mep
        sponsored and waiver students, and run the “Your Money Matters!”        educationally disadvantaged communities who may not have had       a cohesive and integrated GE curriculum. The program promotes                 MESA Engineering Program helps students increase their success
        financial literacy program.                                             the opportunity to prepare adequately for a college education.     integrative learning and a global perspective. Honors students                in their engineering or computer science college studies. Focusing
                                                                                EOP students have the true potential to succeed at Sac State and   complete their GE requirements in classes reserved for Honors                 on highly motivated students from educationally disadvantaged
        College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)                               EOP staff help them do so through student advising, counseling,    students. They experience individualized attention from dedicated             backgrounds, MEP provides an on-campus home for its members
        River Front Center, 1027 | (916) 278-7241                               tutorial services and other support mechanisms.                    professors, seminars in their academic programs, extracurricular              with a large 24 hour-a-day study center/computer lab that
        www.csus.edu/camp                                                                                                                          activities in the form of cultural events, and interaction with faculty       encourages study groups. The program assists in the coordination
                                                                                Faculty Student Mentor Program (FSMP)                              members and their fellow Honors students.                                     of tutoring services for all students in the College of Engineering
        The College Assistance Migrant Program helps students from
                                                                                Lassen Hall, 2205 | (916) 278-7332                                                                                                               and Computer Science.
        migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds transition to
                                                                                www.csus.edu/fsmp                                                  The Hornet Bookstore
        college and provides intrusive first-year services to develop the
        skills needed to successfully graduate. CAMP provides financial         The Faculty Student Mentor Program is a University-wide            (916) 278-6446 | www.hornetbookstore.com                                      Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program
        guidance, academic, personal and career counseling, mentoring,          effort through which faculty members and peer mentors build        The Hornet Bookstore carries required textbooks and course materials          Lassen Hall, 2205 | (916) 278-2655
        and tutors. CAMP program provides a “home away from home,”              relationships with students and offer academic, career and         used in campus curricula. In addition, the bookstore carries collegiate       www.csus.edu/student-affairs/centers-programs/mlk-scholars
        environment for all of its students.                                    personal support, particularly students from low-income, first-    apparel, school supplies and general books. Students and faculty              The program is designed to support and ensure the success of
                                                                                generation backgrounds, or students who are facing educational     can purchase computers and software at academic pricing. Snacks,              African American students or those with an interest in African
        Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program (CWC)                        challenges. FSMP goals include increasing student graduation       sundries and gift items are also available. Visit the bookstore for more      American heritage in their quest toward a degree at Sacramento
        Amador Hall, 460 | (916) 278-5363                                       rates by helping develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes      information and to find product availability.                                 State. Their vision is to foster an ethos of success that permeates the
        www.csus.edu/cooper                                                     necessary to complete their academic goals and promoting                                                                                         scholarly experience, the community and the world by setting a
        Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program is founded on                overall excellence in students.                                    Information Resources & Technology (IRT) Service Desk                         tone of lifelong improvement that inspires and fulfills the dream of
        the guiding principles of Leadership, Scholarship and Service.                                                                             Academic Information Resource Center (AIRC), 2005                             Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
                                                                                Full Circle Project (FCP)                                          (916) 278-7337 | www.csus.edu/irt/servicedesk
        The program upholds traditions represented in African-American
                                                                                Library, 1000A | (916) 278-5172 | www.csus.edu/fcp                                                                                               Office of Student Conduct (OSC)
        culture that is best expressed in relationships between family,                                                                            The IRT Service Desk is a student’s first point of contact for
        community and students. CWC serves between fifty-sixty scholars         The Full Circle Project is a comprehensive approach to improve     assistance with University-wide technology services, such as their            University Union, Second Floor | (916) 278-4056
        per year; admission to the program is primarily in the fall. Scholars   retention and graduation rates of Sacramento State’s Asian         SacLink account and password, Canvas, My Sac State, wireless, email,          www.csus.edu/student/osc
        admitted into the program are mentored by Sac State faculty, staff      American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other high need           printing, software, and more. IRT also offers open computer labs and          The Office of Student Conduct supports the University mission by
        and local community members.                                            students. The Full Circle Project aims to assist AAPI students     free laptop checkout. Students can call, click, live chat, or visit the IRT   administering the student discipline process with professionalism,
                                                                                throughout his or her entire college careers, and provide ample    Service Desk Team 7 days a week during operating hours.                       procedural fairness, and respect. OSC collaborates with faculty, staff,
                                                                                leadership opportunities to engage in service both on and off                                                                                    and students to build a community of honesty, safety, and care. OSC
                                                                                campus to enhance their university experience.                                                                                                   provides student support, outreach, and education on community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 responsibilities, ethical development, and policy.

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Academic & Student Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                           Your Student’s Graduation Checklist

                                                                                                                                                          Finishing the degree and graduating from Sac State is an exciting time for
        OneCard                                                              Student Service Center                                                       students and their families. Here’s a checklist of important steps as you
        Lassen Hall, 1001 | (916) 278-1000                                   Lassen Hall, 1000 | (916) 278-1000 | www.csus.edu/ssc                        prepare to finish your degree.
        www.csus.edu/onecard                                                 The Student Service Center is your student’s first stop for services
        The OneCard is Sacramento State’s official photo identification      and information. Our team is dedicated to supporting student
        card for students. The OneCard serves as: a library card, a way to   success by providing accurate and comprehensive information                   ADVISING
        make on-campus purchases, access card for campus sporting and        to the Sacramento State Community. Students will find a team of               ‰ The Graduation Channel will appear on your student’s My Sac State Student
        social events, public transit card (with valid commuter sleeve),     dedicated Student Service Specialists and Counselors trained to                 Services page at the completion of 75 units.
        off campus discount card, computer lab print card, and a Wells       assist you with a variety of inquiries and processes related but not
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Your student should monitor their major and General Education progress
        Fargo ATM/PIN debit card. Visit our website to read more about       limited to the University Registrar, Financial Aid & Scholarships,
                                                                                                                                                             in the Student Center via My Academics tab and click on: Academic
        OneCard’s amazing features!                                          Bursar and Admissions. We look forward to helping your student                  Requirements report and the Progress to Degree report.
                                                                             stay on track toward successful degree completion!
        The Serna Center                                                                                                                                   ‰ Encourage your student to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising
                                                                                                                                                             Center to review GE and graduation requirements.
                                                                             Testing Center
        River Front Center, 1 | (916) 278-7241
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Your student will need to meet with their major/minor advisor to review
        www.csus.edu/sernacenter                                             Library 14 | (916) 278-6296 | www.csus.edu/testing
                                                                                                                                                             requirements to make sure they are on track.
        The mission of the Serna Center is to encourage policy and           The Testing Center supports the academic community by
        political knowledge, activism and engagement, student                coordinating and administering classroom exams to students
        access and excellence, and community service. The Serna              registered with the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities          APPLYING FOR GRADUATION
        Center achieves its mission through guest lectures, panels           (SSWD), makeup exams for classroom exams, a variety of national               www.csus.edu/registrar/Graduation/index.html
        and forums, internships and civic engagement opportunities,          examinations (CBEST and GRE Subject Tests), campusspecific exams
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Students should attend a graduation workshop so they understand the
        and involvement in student success initiatives. The Serna            (Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) and Writing Placement for
                                                                                                                                                             process.
        Center’s primary but not sole focus is Chicana/os and Latina/        Graduate Students (WPG).
        os, and underrepresented and underserved populations in the                                                                                        ‰ When they have completed 85 units, your student can submit their
                                                                                                                                                             graduation application online.
        Sacramento region.                                                   University Library
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Students access their graduation application by logging into their Student
                                                                             (916) 278-5679 | www.library.csus.edu
        Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD)                                                                                                        Center via the “other academic” drop-down menu. They will need to meet
                                                                             With 1.4 million volumes, 300 computers, 250 databases and                      with their faculty advisor to review and approve the graduation application.
        Lassen Hall, 1008 | (916) 278-6955 | www.csus.edu/sswd               over 40,000 journals accessible 24/7 online, students will find
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Graduation applications have deadlines:
        Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) offers a wide          the OneSearch system provides more scholarly search results
                                                                                                                                                             Students completing their degree in Fall submit their application by
        range of support services and accommodations to ensure               than you’ll find in Google. The Library has a place for your
                                                                                                                                                             February 1
        students with disabilities have equal access and opportunity         student, whether they prefer the 4th floor Quiet Study or the
        to pursue their educational goals. Services are available to         Group Study areas. The User Services Desk has course reserve                    Students completing their degree in Spring/Summer submit application by
        students with visual and communication limitations, learning         materials and free laptop check-out.                                            October 1
        and psychological disabilities, mobility and other functional
        limitations, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing.           University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS)
        Services are based on individual needs and may include                                                                                             SEMESTER OF GRADUATION www.csus.edu/commencement
                                                                             Welcome Center | (916) 278-PARK (7275) | www.csus.edu/utaps
        disability related counseling, note taking, reader services,
                                                                             UTAPS provides customer service to the University’s students and              ‰ Grad Fest takes place in the spring. This is a good time to purchase
        accommodated testing, sign language interpreters, real-time
                                                                             visitors in the areas of parking, permit sales, parking enforcement,            your cap and gown, join the Alumni Association, and order graduation
        captioning, and textbooks in alternate formats.
                                                                             citation payments, citation appeals, traffic direction and special              announcements.

        Student-Athlete Resource Center (SARC)                               event parking services. Additionally, UTAPS is a resource for                 ‰ All students must RSVP for their Commencement ceremony.
                                                                             alternative modes of transportation including the Hornet Express
        Lassen Hall, 3002 | (916) 278-7796 | www.csus.edu/sarc                                                                                             ‰ Students must order tickets for guests who want to attend Commencement.
                                                                             Shuttle, Night Shuttle, Sac State Commute Choices Program and                   Seating is limited.
        The Student-Athlete Resource Center (SARC) supports NCAA             commuter passes to ride the Sacramento Regional Transit (RT)
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ Commencement takes place in May.
        Division 1 student-athletes in successfully completing a college     light rail and buses.
        degree while preparing them for success after college by providing
        a variety of academic support. The SARC provides services that
        include counseling, eligibility certification, NCAA compliance, as                                                                                 POST GRADUATION
        well as additional academic support in the forms of computer                    PARENT TIP                                                         ‰ Students should check the Student Center for any outstanding holds or fees
        labs, individual tutoring, and specialized retention mentoring for                                                                                   (ex: parking tickets, late library books… etc.). All holds and fees must be
                                                                                   The Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) office also offers
        student-athletes with additional academic needs.                         accommodations for students with temporary disabilities such as cart        cleared before their diploma is ordered.
                                                                                  transportation for students on crutches or note takers for students      ‰ Your student will receive Sac State email notification that their degree has
                                                                                                   with temporary hand impairment.                           been confirmed.
                                                                                                                                                           ‰ When the degree is confirmed, a diploma will be ordered and mailed to your
                                                                                                                                                             student. Diplomas are NOT forwarded so it is important that your student has
                                                                                                                                                             an accurate mailing address on their Student Center.

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Career Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career Center

                                                Drop-in Sessions:                                                              3. When should a new transfer student get connected
                                                Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. or by appointment                               with the Career Center?
                                                                                                                               NOW! New transfer students should connect with Career Center services as
                                                1. What is the Career Center?                                                  soon as they can to help them with their future goals and career exploration,
                                                The Career Center supports the mission of the University to “transform         gaining career skills, and finding further workplace experience. Part-time jobs and
                                                lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success.” Through     internships are another great way for students to be more competitive in their
                                                career development, we engage, educate and empower our students                future careers, with many internship opportunities converting to paid full-time
                                                to thrive and successfully contribute to today’s economic workforce.           positions. Through the Career Center, students have the opportunity to learn
                                                Together we can help students with:                                            directly from industry experts, explore options and build a professional network
                                                                                                                               by attending career fairs, information sessions, and events and by participating in
                                                • Choosing or changing a major or career path
                                                                                                                               specialized career programs such as professional seminars, internship/volunteer
                                                • Finding and applying for internships and other experiential                  programs and connecting with career networks.
                                                  learning opportunities
                                                • Learning part-time and full-time job search strategies                       4. How can the Career Center help students who are undeclared
                                                • Writing, critiquing, and revising resumes and cover letters                  or thinking about a career/major decision?
                                                • Learning and practicing interview skills, strategies, and techniques         The Career Center provides individual career counseling and support, workshops
                                                • Assessing skills, values, and interests                                      and online resources to engage students in exploring skills, interests and values,
                                                • Overcoming obstacles to achieve educational and career goals                 identifying career options and challenges to accomplishing their goals. Career
                                                                                                                               counseling also offers assessments to support students’ career and major
                                                • Relating majors to the world of work
                                                                                                                               exploration. The goal of career counseling is to help students learn how to make
                                                • Connecting with potential employers through career fairs,                    informed decisions in their educational and career choices.
                                                  workshops, panels and networking events
                                                • Graduate school planning
                                                                                                                               5. What type of online tools and resources are on the Career
                                                • And more!
                                                                                                                               Center’s website?
                                                                                                                               Here is a sampling of Career Center online resources for students on our website:
                                                2. When and how should first year students connect
                                                                                                                               • Handshake: The place to go to find internships, part-time and full time job opportunities.
                                                with the Career Center?
                                                                                                                               • FOCUS 2 Career: An online, self-paced career assessment tool to explore how students’ interests, values, personality,
                                                First year students are encouraged to get connected with the Career
                                                                                                                                 skills, and hobbies can connect to Sacramento State majors and career options.
                                                Center early to explore skills, interests and career options. It’s never too
                                                early to get experience in the workplace through part-time jobs and            • Big Interview: Utilize this all-new virtual interview prep tool to practice interviewing skills.
                                                internships, which can help students fine tune career interests and            • Sac State Career Network: An online platform where students can get advice from alumni who have been in their shoes.
                                                develop basic workplace skills. Drop-in appointments are a great place
                                                to start when students come to the Career Center for the first time.
                                                Once a student has had a drop-in visit, they can schedule an individual        6. Do you want to be a part of the Career Center? Are you an employer looking to hire? Consider a Hornet!
                                                appointment with a career counselor.                                           Post internship and job opportunities, attend recruitment events, participate in on-campus interviews and more. Our
                                                                                                                               Employer Relations team can also assist with internship development and provide recruitment consultation to help
                                                                                                                               you meet your target audience. To connect with employer services visit the “Employers” link on our website or call
                                                                                                                               (916) 278-6231.

                                                                                                                               7. Are you an alumni of Sac State?
                                                                                                                               Give advice to an emerging Hornet professional through our new online networking platform in partnership
                                                                                                                               with the Alumni Association, the Sac State Career Network. For more information, visit: csus.edu/student-life/
                                                                             Career Center                                     career-center.
                                                                     Lassen Hall, 1013 | (916) 278-6231
                                                                   csus.edu/student-life/career-center

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