Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

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From admission to graduation, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs staff works diligently to provide students with engaging campus life programming and efficient administrative services which support their continued enrollment at the University. Collectively, they are dedicated to creating an environment which promotes individual growth and success.

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Visit the Admissions page for information about admission to NJCU.  

FOR NEW AND CURRENT STUDENTS
If you are a freshman, readmitted or transfer student, please read some of your advisement expectations and responsibilities below. 

ADVISEMENT AND REGISTRATION: EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

WHY SHOULD I SEE MY ADVISOR?
The University Advisement Center (UAC) is the central place for all undergraduate advisement at NJCU. We are a campus-wide advising service center for undergraduates who are undecided about a major and want to explore the many academic opportunities on campus. The UAC also assists students who are considering changing majors or would like to explore other options. Your academic advisors are knowledgeable about all the programs and majors offered at NJCU and are available to help you succeed. 

WHO IS MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR?
Academic Advisors are assigned to assist new, undeclared, transfer, and veteran students. By using the first letter of your last name, you will be able to find your assigned advisor. If your last name begins with the letter listed under the last name below, contact the advisor to the right of the alphabet. Please see below: 

LAST NAME ALPHABET  ACADEMIC ADVISORS
A-Ci Lorena Laverde
Cj-Gl George Marano
Gm-Le Leah Jackson
Lf-O Daysi Romero
P-Se Naomi Wright
Sf-Z Kathleen Banks
Veteran Students Elaine Gargiulo
Transfer Student Evaluator Alison Maysilles

WHEN SHOULD I SEE MY ADVISOR?
You should plan to meet with your advisor at the beginning of every registration period. Registration opens in March for the Fall semester and again in October, for the Spring semester. Registration will continue to be open until the end of the first week of class of that following semester. Your advisor can help you think about your educational goals and can help you plan for your years at NJCU. Failure to visit your advisor will affect your ability to register in future semesters. Seek an advisor soon after the last day to add classes. 

How can I see my advisor: Making an Appointment 
The UAC is open Monday through Friday during the academic year and is closed on Fridays during the summer. Please refer to this guide for its hours of operation. Please call the UAC at (201)200-3300/3422 to schedule an appointment with your advisor. You may also e-mail your advisor to schedule an appointment directly.

ACADEMIC ADVISING: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Your academic advisor is your guide to success at NJCU. The advisement process allows you to create a relationship with an advisor who can assist you with planning your educational career, learning the skills you need for academic success, and connecting you to a variety of campus resources and services. 

Academic advising is a collaborative process between you and your advisor. Your relationship with an advisor is a two-way street by which both you and your advisor have defined responsibilities for ensuring a successful partnership. 

ADVISOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
You can expect your academic advisor to: 

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and college policies and procedures 
  • Encourage and guide you as you define and develop realistic goals 
  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans 
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus 
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal plans 
  • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals 
  • Be accessible for meetings with you via office hours, telephone, and e-mail 
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements 
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding your educational record  

STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITIES
As an advisee, we expect you to: 

  • Schedule regular appointments and/or make regular contact with your advisor during each semester 
  • Come prepared to each advising appointment with questions and material for discussion 
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience 
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern 
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals 
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to easily access them when needed 
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your academic advisor 
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information 
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and skills 
  • Become knowledgeable about University programs, policies, and procedures 
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions 

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Visit the NJCU Transfer Resource Center website for more information.

VETERAN STUDENTS
Visit the NJCU Veterans website for more information.

Jimmy Jung, Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer and is a member of the President's Cabinet, and is primarily responsible for establishing the student development and enrollment management priorities for the University. The Offices of Admissions, Registration Services, Financial Aid, and Athletics report directly to the Vice President. The Vice President is supported by two members of Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Dean of Students, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; and the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, in providing executive management for all divisional operations. 

Lyn Hamlin, Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is a member of the President's Cabinet, serves as the Senior Student Affairs Officer in the absence of the Vice President, and is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. The Dean of Students provides division-wide leadership in all areas and provides executive level supervision over the Office of Campus Life, Center for Student Success, Counseling and Wellness Services, the Children’s Learning Center, the Office of Residence Life, the Trio Learning Communities Program (TLC) and the Speicher-Rubin Women's Center for Equity & Diversity. Serving as the student’s advocate and in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the Dean of Students responds to all student-related issues, concerns and emergencies.

Demond Hargrove, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs provides leadership and administrative support in the planning, development, and management of the Division of Student Affairs. As a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Assistant Vice President leads the Student Affairs Assessment initiatives, oversees the development and maintenance of the divisional budget, coordinates divisional human resource management activities, and provides divisional leadership in the area of business continuity planning and emergency management. In addition, the Assistant Vice President is responsible for leading and directing the University Service Center and providing supervision for all staff.  
 
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