Oct 29, 2020  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services and Programs for Students


 

Academic Advising

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At Metro State, students are provided multiple sources of academic advising support. Continuing students with declared majors receive advising assistance from their academic departments. New students and students without declared majors receive advising support from the Academic Advising Center, CN 104. Services available to students in the center include the following: assistance with course selection, scheduling and registration; help with long-term degree planning; identification of degree enhancement strategies; and ongoing developmental advising, including assistance with the major-minor selection process, adjustment to college, etc. For additional information call 303-556-3680.

Access Center for Disability Accommodations and Adaptive Technology

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Providing equal opportunity is an important and shared responsibility at Metro State. The Access Center shares this responsibility by assisting students with documented disabilities in reaching their academic potential. Our office strives to accomplish this by providing qualified students with disabilities reasonable academic accommodations as mandated under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Disability categories served by our office include: ADD/ADHD, Systematic Illness, Deaf/HOH, Learning, Cognitive, Psychological, Vision, and Physical.

Students requesting an accommodation need to contact the Access Center and arrange an intake interview. Students need to provide appropriate documentation that describes their diagnosed disability and current functional limitations. Accommodations and/or services for which the student may be eligible will be based on the provided documentation. Examples of accommodations and services include: extended exam time, peer note-takers, interpreters, alternative text, priority registration and disability counseling and advocacy.

The Access Center provides eligible students with access to some of the latest adaptive technology. Approved students will receive training and access to a variety of hardware and software products in our computer lab area. Software available for use includes JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Zoom-Text and TextHelp Read & Write.

The Access Center is located in the Auraria Library, Suite 116. For further information, call 303-556-8387 or access the Web site at: mscd.edu/access.

Alumni Relations

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The Metro State Alumni Association is open to all graduates, students, former students and friends. We strive to provide mutually beneficial programs and services and to offer opportunities. As a student, take advantage of your Alumni Association for great Metro State connections, professional opportunities, career advice and networking. If you’re interested in making connections, refining your leadership and organizational skills, and making a difference on campus, get involved with our new student ambassador organization.

As a graduate, your involvement can happen in any number of ways: Alumni career services, recent alumni council, social and networking events, and more. More than 70,000 alumni across the nation share your Metro State pride.

You’re always invited to events and to take advantage of our programs and services.

A complete inventory of these programs and services, as well as other information, can always be found at mscd.edu/alumni. Naturally, you’re always welcome to stop by the Alumni House on 1059 Ninth Street Park.

Auraria Campus Police Department

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The Auraria Campus Police Department is fully certified and authorized to provide police services to the Auraria campus and is proud to maintain its reputation as one of the safest campuses in the state.

In addition to a police chief and 22 full time police officers, the Auraria Campus Police Department employs security guards and communication personnel. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on foot, bicycles, golf carts, and in patrol cars.

The Auraria Campus Police Department also provides additional services to the campus community such as vehicle unlocks, crime prevention programs, emergency responses, and fingerprinting.

The Auraria Campus Police Department is located at 1201 Fifth Street. Routine calls–303-556-5000; EMERGENCY CALLS–911 (or use one of the emergency phones located around campus).

Auraria Early Learning Center

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The center provides high quality early childhood care and education to the children of students, staff and faculty. A discovery, child-oriented approach is provided by professional teaching staff to children ages 12 months to 6 years. Preregistration is required. Please call 303-556-3188 for information.

Career Services

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Tivoli (TIV) Room 215, 303-556-3664, mscd.edu/career

Career Services offers assistance to students and alumni in the following areas:

  • Career counseling and career assessments – Individuals are assisted in clarifying their career interests and personality strengths as they relate to college majors and the world of work. Videotaped mock interviews are available as well.
  • Career events – Fairs and seminars are held throughout the fall and spring semesters. These events provide an opportunity to network with prospective employers and identify career opportunities. Information is available through the Career Services Web site, mscd.edu/career. Click on the Events link.
  • Job Postings – A customized online employment service for students and alumni. Post resumes and other job search documents and search through current full-time, part-time and internship postings for entry-level positions listed by employers specifically targeting Metro State.
  • Career workshops – These workshops provide information about resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, image management and graduate school.
  • Career library – The library includes print and electronic resources, job vacancies, salary surveys, graduate school information, and various career research resources. Consult with Career Services staff and learn to utilize an extensive set of electronic resources for career planning, searchable job databases, and other job search tools.
  • eChoices, Discover, and Vault programs – These online programs are comprehensive, easy-to-use and provide information on occupations, colleges, financial aid, career planning and testing.
  • mscd.edu/career – Our Web site has a wealth of information about jobs and careers.

Center for Visual Art

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Located off-campus in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District, the Center for Visual Art (CVA) was created in 1990 by Metro State to serve the College and the Rocky Mountain region. Open all year, CVA organizes and hosts diverse exhibitions including artists of national and international significance, which otherwise would be unavailable to the College community and state populace. CVA is a cornerstone of the N.A.S.A.D. accredited art department. Past exhibitions have included works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Sally Mann, Gregory Crewdson, Sandy Skoglund, Picasso, Alfred Stieglitz, Romare Bearden. CVA also hosts Metro State’s BFA Thesis exhibitions featuring the works of the College’s graduating art students and a biannual exhibition of the Metro State art faculty.

Education and community outreach are important facets of CVA. Students, including the Art Department’s 1000 majors/minors and 15,000+ members of the general public, visit CVA each year. Visitors take advantage of the many lectures, tours and workshops available in conjunction with the exhibitions. Outreach programs, providing art workshops and activities for Denver’s at-risk youth are another element of CVA’s education program and commitment to the community. Work-study positions, internships and volunteer opportunities are only a few ways that Metro students can become involved at CVA. Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Center for Visual Art is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204; Telephone: 303-294-5207, Fax: 303-294-5210; MetroStateCVA.org.

Counseling Center

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The Counseling Center staff provides services to currently enrolled Metropolitan State College students at no additional charge beyond student fees. The staff is ethnically and culturally diverse. Services include personal therapy, support groups, stress management, and crisis intervention. The center also coordinates an active Peer Education Program. Students may request an appointment for their first visit in advance. Follow-up appointments are made to accommodate class schedules. The staff also provides consultations to faculty, staff, and student groups upon request. Faculty are encouraged to invite Counseling Center staff to address mental health issues in their classes. The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. and is located in Tivoli 651. For additional information call 303-556-3132.

Extended Campus

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Fully accredited courses are offered at two convenient locations in the Denver metro area: Metro South, 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village, 303-721-1313 and Metro North, 11990 Grant Street, Northglenn, 303-450-5111. Extended Campus offers evening, weekend and accelerated classes in a variety of formats including telecourses, correspondence courses, and other distance learning options. Extended Campus schedules are available each semester.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services at Auraria

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Student Services is open to all Auraria students as a resource for exploring issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. This program offers a variety of support, education and advocacy services for the entire campus community:

  • Support for those who may have questions about sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Advocacy for students experiencing discrimination or harassment based on a real or perceived gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity;
  • Speakers bureau for classes and events on various aspects of sexual orientation, gender identity and related issues;
  • Training programs and workshops about combating homophobia, transphobia, working with GLBT individuals, and sensitivity considerations;
  • Library of books, videos and resource files available for research and leisure;
  • Sponsored events; educational, academic, and social; such as National Coming Out Day Celebration, GLBT Awareness Month keynote speaker, World AIDS Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance and many other forums providing information and dialogue about GLBT issues.

The GLBT Student Services office is located in the Tivoli Student Union, Room 213, and is staffed by a director with the support of student employees and volunteers. Input and involvement from the entire campus community is welcome. For additional information call 303-556-6333, visit www.mscd.edu/~glbtss or email info@glbtss.org.

Health Center at Auraria

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All Metro State students have access to medical services at the Health Center. Student health insurance is NOT required in order to use the Health Center. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical assistants staff the facility. Students will be asked to complete a sign-in sheet and show a current semester ID card each time they check in.

Services include treatment of illness and injuries, lab testing, medications, physicals, health maintenance exams, sexually transmitted disease information/testing, birth control information/services, minor surgery, cholesterol screening, immunizations, HIV testing, blood pressure checks, casting, suturing, health education, public health services, and X-ray. Payment is required at the time of service except for students who participate in the Student Health Insurance Program and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Plan exceptions or co-pays may apply.

Scheduled and walk-in appointments are available. Walk-in services begin at 7:50 a.m., Monday–Friday. Walk in access varies daily, contingent upon when all patient slots have been filled; thus, the daily closure time for walk-in care is variable. Patients are encouraged to call for an appointment or walk in as early as possible. The Health Center at Auraria is located in the Plaza Building, Room 150, on the lower level. Brochures with additional information are available at the Health Center or go to our Web site at www.mscd.edu/healthcenter. For further details call 303-556-2525.

High School Upward Bound

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This program is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in and beyond high school for youths who are low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The program provides intensive academic instruction during the school year, as well as a six-week summer session. A full range of academic skill preparation in reading, writing, and mathematics is part of a comprehensive counseling and enrichment program. Upon completion of their high school studies, program participants are enrolled in the Upward Bound Bridge Program, prior to pursuing their full-time postsecondary studies at an institution of their choice and ability. This program develops creative thinking, effective expression and positive attitudes toward learning. The students are recruited at the beginning of their sophomore year in high school from five target-area high schools located in Denver County (East, Lincoln, Manual, North, and West High School). For additional information call 303-556-2812.

Immigrant Services Program

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As a part of the Student Academic Success Center, the Immigrant Services Program provides assistance to students whose first language is not English. The program offers intensive academic and personal advising, assessment, tutoring, assisting with the financial aid application process, and monitoring student progress. Because the program does not offer ESL classes, students with limited English proficiency are referred to the appropriate curricula. For information call 303-556-4048 or visit us online at:www.mscd.edu/~sas/immigrantservices/

Information Technology

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Information Technology at Metropolitan State College of Denver provides students with the opportunity to use the most current technology either on campus or from home. Metropolitan State College of Denver offers more than 30 computer laboratories for use by all current students. The software in laboratories ranges from word processing and computer graphics to the most current engineering software. Information on the location and operating hours of student labs is available in the current class schedule or at mscd.edu/infotech/complabs/hours. Metro State students needing adaptive equipment or additional assistance with technology due to a disability can visit the Access Center, Library Room 116. The computer lab currently has software to assist students with hearing, learning, visual and orthopedic disabilities. Further information is available at mscd.edu/access; 303-556-8387 (Access Center).

The Metro State Homepage (mscd.edu) provides many online services for students including:

  • online registration
  • online admissions
  • orientation and assessment
  • financial aid
  • records
  • course catalog
  • class schedules

Responsible Use Policy

Before students receive e-mail accounts, they are required to read and agree to the Responsible Use of Technology Resources Policy. This policy is in place to protect all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the stability of the computing environment. It is important to be familiar with the terms of the Responsible Use Policy as misuse of computing resources may include suspension of computing privileges, referral to an appropriate authority on campus and referral to a law enforcement agency. Disciplinary action by the College may include suspension, expulsion and requirements to make financial restitution. The policy is listed in the student handbook and online at mscd.edu/infotech/policies/itpolicy2.

Information Technology at Metro State is committed to providing students with the best possible computing service on campus and from home. Assistance is available in the student labs or through the Metro State Center for Technology Services at 1-877-35ASKIT (1-877-352-7548) or at mscd.edu/AskIT.

International Student Services

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Metro State provides a variety of services to international students attending Metro State. These include counseling on visas, school transfers, work permission and housing; conducting academic and cultural orientation sessions; assisting with immigration issues; providing information to embassies and sponsors; advising on academic issues; and organizing social and cultural events. International students should contact the Academic Advising Center. 

Metro Quick Start Program

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The Metro Quick Start Program is designed to help students complete the necessary college prerequisites for reading and/or English in one semester.   The Quick Start program provides Metro State students with a group of connected classes presented in an academically rigorous, accelerated hybrid format (both online and classroom instruction). During the semester, students will be connected with academic support programs like Student Academic Success and First Year Success. Students will also have access to a program advisor who will help them select classes for the upcoming semester. After completing the program, students will be ready to take General Studies classes at Metro State. For information call 303-556-4048 or visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas.

Metro Scholars Program

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As part of the Student Academic Success Center, The Metro Scholars Program provides specific scholarship students with services designed to support the development of academic, social and leadership skills. Students who participate in the program receive individualized support services from staff and peer mentors that include academic coaching, peer mentoring, career development, and academic skill building services. Students will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities to connect with other students and to engage in the Metro State community. All program services are designed to help students reach their full academic potential and goals at Metro State. Scholarships served by the program include the Daniels Opportunity, Daniels Fund, PaceSetter and Reischer Scholarships.  For information call 303-352-4950 or visit us online at mscd.edu/sas/metroscholars.

Metro Summer Scholars Program

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As a part of the Student Academic Success Center, the Metro Summer Scholars Program's mission is to facilitate the successful transition of high school graduates as they enter Metro State and to increase the academic preparedness, retention, and graduation of participants in the intensive summer program. Program participants develop through academic and social learning communities that unite students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds in an environment that promotes academic excellence and collegiality. Students receive a scholarship for the summer program, earn college credit, and participate in enrichment workshops anc! activities that enhance their summer experience, transition, and connection to Metro State College. The office is located in Central Classroom Building, Room 103. For information call 303-556-4023 or visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas/metrobridge/.

Short-Term Emergency Student Loan Program

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The Short-Term Emergency Student Loan Program offers short-term (30-day) interest-free loans to eligible Metro State College students of up to $210.00 per loan; with a maximum of two loans per term. Applications are available at the Scholarship Center in the Central Classroom, room 120, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Qualifying criteria, procedures for submission and online applications are available through our Web site (mscd.edu/financialaid/types/shortterm); or contact the Short-Term Loan office in the Scholarship Center at 303-352-4247.

Student Academic Success Center

Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a collaboration of several integrated retention initiatives that support student engagement, success, and graduation. The programs that are a part of Student Academic Success include: Academic Alert, Immigrant Services, College Success, Metro Summer Scholars, Metro Scholars, Student Intervention Services, Student Support Services (a federal TRIO Program), and the Tutoring Center. SASC provides structured services and programming such as individual coaching/advising, peer advising, academic monitoring, tutoring, supplemental instruction, workshops, and referrals to other campus services. Student Academic Success Center is located in Central Classroom Building 103, 303-556-4048. For more information, visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas/.

Student Academic Success Tutoring

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As a part of the Student Academic Success Center, the Tutoring Center provides free, walk-in, one-on-one, and online tutoring assistance to all students enrolled at Metro State. The center promotes an environment that is welcoming to the diverse student body of Metro State by providing professionally trained tutors who are competent in subject material and areas such as diversity, learning styles, and communication. You can either drop in during our group tutoring times listed on our website or schedule a session with a tutor. The office is located in Tivoli 124. For information call 303-556-6439 or visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas/tutoring.

Student Intervention Services

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As part of the Student Academic Success Center, Student Intervention Services (SIS) administers and enforces the Academic Standing Policy for the college. SIS works with the probationary and probationary re-admit students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0. Students are assisted with developing an individualized success strategy, which may include assistance with advising, scheduling and referrals to appropriate services. SIS provides the necessary information to the Academic Review Committee for review of the submitted, academic suspension appeals. Students identified as needing our services are notified by email, and an academic hold is placed on their registration until they meet with a member of the SIS staff. SIS also administers the Academic Alert Program, which provides staff with midterm grades to assist students as early in the semester as possible. The office is located in Central Classroom Building, Room 103. For information call 303-556-4048, or visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas/sis/.

The Spring International Language Center at Auraria

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Intensive English classes at the Spring International Language Center focus on all language skills: grammar, reading, writing and listening/speaking, in addition to special electives that students can choose each term, such as TOEFL preparation, vocabulary building and pronunciation. Five nine-week terms are offered throughout the year to enable students to complete their English study quickly. Students are placed at one of the six levels, with assessment of learner outcomes at the completion of each level. Spring International Language Center is located on the fourth floor of the Tivoli Student Union, Room 454. For more information call 303-534-1616.

Tivoli Student Union

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The Tivoli Student Union, managed by Student Auxiliary Services, is the heart of campus service and social activities. The Student Union houses Student Government, Activities and Life offices as well as the newspaper offices for Metro State, the Community College of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. Other Metro State offices located here include the Tutoring Center, e.den Student Computer Lab, the Counseling Center, New Student Orientation, Testing and Assessment, and the UCD Career Counseling Center. You will also find the tri-institutional office of the GLBT at the Student Union.

Additional student services at the Tivoli Student Union include the Auraria Campus Bookstore, Campus Computers, the Club Hub, Clicks! Copy Center, Conference Services, and the ID Program and Commuter Resource Center. Conference Services, located in Tivoli 325, will help you make arrangements for meeting space in the Tivoli, St. Francis, St. Cajetan’s and the P.E. Event Center, as well as outdoor table rentals.

If you want a break or a quiet place to study, the Tivoli Student Union is just the place. With a wide variety of food venues you will find a place to suit your appetite, schedule and budget. If you would rather retreat, you can watch TV in the Roger Braun Student Lounge, play a game of pool at Sigi’s Pool Hall and Arcade, meet a study group in the multicultural lounge or study in total silence in the Garage Quiet Study Lounge. For more information about the Tivoli Student Union, call 303-556-6330.

TRiO Student Support Services Program

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TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to foster academic excellence and increase retention and graduation rates of first generation, low-income students and students with disabilities at Metro State. Students enrolled in the program receive tutoring, personal counseling, academic advising, assistance with financial aid and financial literacy, and opportunities to participate in cultural activities. The program also provides skill building workshops and support with graduate school preparation. The office is located in Central Classroom 101. For more information, call 303-556-4722, or visit us online at: mscd.edu/sas/sss.

TRiO Veterans Upward Bound

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The primary mission of the Veterans Upward Bound Program is to provide eligible military veterans with academic skills refresher training through a core curriculum of subjects that prepares them to learn as well as succeed at the postsecondary educational level. VUB participants are also informed of various support services that are available to all students on nearly every college campus. Upon successful completion of the VUB Program, veteran participants are not only familiar with the services and resources that would be available to them as college students, but more importantly they possess a renewed confidence in their academic abilities — a vital asset that is necessary for success in college.

Veteran Education Benefits

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Veteran certifying officials in the Office of the Registrar assist veterans and/or their dependents in obtaining their education benefits granted by the GI Bill. Different VA chapters provide different types of entitlement. The veteran and/or dependent(s) may be eligible for tutorial assistance, VA work-study, advance payment and emergency student loans. The Office of the Registrar certifies and tracks the academic progress of entitled veterans and dependents. For information regarding veteran education benefits, please speak with a representative in CN 203 or call 303-556-2993.

Women’s Services

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The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services is committed to the empowerment of women through education. To help students have a positive college experience, women’s services provides referrals to campus and community resources, information about scholarships, assistance with the process of entering Metro State College, advocacy services for students dealing with harassment or discrimination, and programs and events that focus on issues of particular concern to women. The institute houses a small library with a variety of books and other resource materials on women’s experiences, histories and contributions to society. Call 303-556-8441 or stop by 1033 Ninth Street Park for more information.

Writing Center

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The Writing Center staff of composition instructors and trained writing tutors is committed to working with students in developing their writing abilities. Tutors help students identify problem areas and provide instruction on how to eliminate them. Through one-on-one instruction, tutors teach students to generate, organize, and develop ideas; to revise and edit with confidence; and to handle issues of format and documentation. For more information contact the Writing Center at 303-556-6070.

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