Orientation Presentation

Academic Advisement

Topics covered in the Advisor's presentation for Student Orientation include:

  1. Credit Hour: Seat time or instruction time. 1 hour 15 minutes for 1 credit. 2 hours 50 minutes for 3 credits.
  2. Closed classes: when classes get full and cannot let any more students enroll w/o special permission by instructor. Permit to enter a closed class has to be signed by the instructor.
  3. Restricted classes: Classes that require prerequisite courses before enrolling. Call numbers are not published in the schedule, so students have to visit the departments or the academic advisors to get call numbers. Classes that are commonly restricted are English and math.
  4. Grading system:
    1. Incompletes: when special circumstances arise with students where they cannot complete the coursework for their class, they can get a grade of "Incomplete". Incomplete grades have one semester to be corrected when a student is enrolled in the subsequent semester.
    2. Withdrawal Grades: WP=withdrawal passing
      WF=withdrawal failing, is calculated as a failing grade in the GPA.
      WNC=Withdrawal, No Credit. Withdrew with unsatisfactory performance.
      W=withdrawal. Approved administrative withdrawal.
  5. Grade Replacement: When students want to repeat a course for an improved grade. For example, when students receive a grade of "D", they can repeat the course and replace the D once they complete the repeated course with a better grade.
  6. Academic Calendar: Published in each schedule book. It lists the deadline dates for admission, registration, withdrawing from classes or university, financial disenrollment, etc.
  7. English, Math, Science Sequence. Prerequisites are listed for the English, Math and Science courses in the schedule books. English 099 before English 100 or Math 100 before Math 120, etc.
  8. Catalog: UNMG catalog is divided into three sections. First section deals with administrative business such as policies and procedures related to student enrollment. Middle section has the programs listed in alphabetical order. Third section lists the course descriptions as well as the listing of faculty and staff of UNMG.
  9. Reading the schedule. Spring schedule is by itself. Summer and fall schedules are combined. Courses are listed by departments and in alphabetical order. The short-term courses are usually listed at the beginning of the schedules. The courses are read left to right beginning with the call numbers and ending with the instructors' names.
  10. Registration: to register for classes students can use the Internet or the telephone. Generally, the instructions for using either method of registration are listed on page 6 or 7 in the class schedule. Students are required to have a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) for their registration activities. It should be a number that can be easily recalled. The registration is called I-TEL-UNM. The telephone number or web address is in the schedule.
  11. Success strategies:
    1. Plan your schoolwork around your family and/or other activities. Plan to do homework on a consistent basis every day. Use a planner. Set deadlines for Term papers and presentations, and start research early.
    2. Time Management: dedicate 2 hours per credit to studying every week. For example, a 3 credit class will need 6 hours of study time during the week. 12 credits generally require 36 hours of study time during the week.
    3. Self discipline. Learn to say "No" to your friends or to yourself when it means taking time away from studying. Decline offers to go partying or drive to cities, etc.
  12. Placement for English and Math: Which English and Math classes are you able to take? Students can bring in their ACT or SAT test scores, and they can also take the COMPASS test and use those scores for placement.
  13. Alternative ways of getting credit:
    1. Credit by examination: Taking and passing an exam for specific subjects.
      1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program) qualifying scores earn students credit. Two kinds of CLEP: General and Subject. Students can take the exam before they earn 26 semester hours (equal 2 semesters). Registration and fees are involved.
      2. Challenge a course exam: to get credit for a class without taking the class. Pay $10 per credit for Technical courses and regular tuition costs for other courses.
    2. Transfer of credits: Credits from other colleges can be applied to a program at UNM-Gallup, if applicable. D grades from NM colleges are acceptable for transfer credit. D grades from out of state colleges are unacceptable.
    3. Military credit: credits from the military service can be accepted as transfer credits.
  14. FERPA: Family Education Record Privacy Act. Every student's transcript and/or academic record is confidential. Transcripts can only be released to the student or to other agencies with student's permission. No information is released about student's whereabouts on campus. It is recommended that students share their class schedules with their family members or other people with whom the student wishes to share their schedule. In case of emergencies, campus safety officers will be directed to find the student.
  15. Dispute Resolution related topics. (Grievance Procedures & Student Disciplinary Procedure) Grievance Procedure begins with a meeting of the two disputing parties. If there is no resolution, it goes to the next level until a solution is reached. The procedure begins with a written documentation to the Director of Student Services.
  16. Policy on Academic Dishonesty. Students who are dishonest in their academic work may receive failing grades or reduced grades. It may lead to dismissal from campus. Cheating on exams, quizzes, plagiarism, claiming work done by others or other means such as downloading material off the Internet, are all acts of dishonesty and will result in disciplinary action.
  17. Student Code of Conduct: Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly, respectful manner and to be law-abiding citizens while on campus. Refer to Student Handbook page 62-64. Student code of conduct in the classroom is to be on time to class, engage in the lecture and not visit. Visiting with other students is distracting and very disrespectful to other students and the instructor. Students can be asked to leave the classroom if they do a lot of visiting. Cell phones are not allowed in the classroom.
  18. Campus Safety and Security: UNM Gallup Police Department is in Calvin Hall. The officers are commissioned officers who have the authority to enforce all applicable laws and ordinances including traffic laws on campus.
  19. Children on campus and childcare. Children should NOT be brought to the classroom.. Unattended children will be reported to campus safety or the child protective services. There is a daycare center next to Lions Hall to accommodate students who have small children.
  20. Parking. All of the major buildings have parking lots and parking is free. There is parking for motorcycle and designated handicapped parking areas for handicapped people.