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Guide to Campus Resources

While no one can force you to take advantage of the support services offered here at the University of Minnesota, Morris, your adviser, your professors, and the Morris Academic Alert committee hope you will. This website is designed to give you some helpful information about available academic resourcesso you can make informed decisions about what services would be most helpful to you.

Academic Support Services

Academic Assistance Center

Location: Room 362 Briggs Library
Phone: 589-6178
Staff: Kerri Barnstuble, Program Coordinator

The AAC’s mission is to provide UMM students with the help they need to be successful in their courses. Over half of the students at Morris take advantage of at least one of the services offered through the AAC. Services include small-group tutoring, one-on-one academic counseling and drop-in help rooms. The Center hires about 50 tutors each year from a wide variety of disciplines—from calculus to music. All services are free to registered students.

Academic Advising

Location: 110 Briggs Library
Phone: 589-6065
Staff: Brenda Boever, Coordinator
Ginger Nohl, Student Support

The Advising Office is a great source of information related to questions on how to change your major, change advisors, or plan your class schedule. You can also learn what you need to do to stay in good academic standing, work well with your adviser, and what happens if you are suspended or put on probation.

Office of the Registrar

Location: 212 Behmler Hall
Phone: 589-6026
Staff: Clare Dingley , Registrar
Bonnie Gulbrandson, Student Support
Jeri Squier, Student Support

To learn the deadlines for dropping, withdrawing from or adding classes, check out the Registrar’s Office Website.

The Registrar’s office website can be helpful in other ways as well. If you want to read about class excuse policies, or if you are considering changing your major and you’d like to know how the classes you’ve already taken fit into that major, all this information can be easily found there.

If you click on “Graduation” on the left hand navigation bar, and go to number 8 on the checklist, you will have an opportunity to plug in different grades to determine how your GPA will be affected.

Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs

Location: 110 Multi-Ethnic Resource Center
Phone: 589-6095
Contact person for academic alert: Tracy Peterson, Associate Director
Sue Lor, Coordinator
Pilar Eble, Coordinator
Other staff members: Hilda Ladner, Director
Bonnie Tipcke, Executive Administrative Specialist

EDI provides the following services for U.S. students of color and international students:

  • Academically advise first year students Assists in the adjustment process of students of color and international students to the University through the summer Gateway Program and STELLAR program as well as with orientation sessions for incoming students of color;
  • Monitor the academic progress of all students of color and international students, intervening and making referrals when needed;
  • Design workshops to encourage exceptional students of color to apply for national scholarships;
  • Collaborate with the Center for International Programs to encourage students of color to study abroad;
  • Plan and coordinate the Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program, a program where second year students are ‘matched’ with a faculty member to do a project/research in their area of interest;
  • Design and implement cultural and educational activities such as World Touch Cultural Heritage Week; and
  • Serve as a resource to the campus on student of color and international student issues.

Writing Room

Location: 327 Briggs Library
Phone: 589-6299
Coordinator: Tisha Turk

The writing room is staffed by English Instructors and students who are trained to help students analyze and improve their papers. Tutors can help students at any stage of the writing process.

Student Support Services

Sometimes students struggle in their classes because they aren’t quite sure what they want to do with their lives and how their current courses or major are helping them move in the direction they envisioned. Other students find themselves dealing with emotional or physical stress or disabilities that are impacting their academic success. The following student support services at UMM can help students reduce stress, explore career options, cope with a disability or work through the changes brought about by a sudden, life-changing event.

Student Affairs

Location: Behmler Hall 309
Phone: 589-6013
Staff: Sandy Olson-Loy
Melody Veenendaal

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs coordinates support for students during times of personal emergencies (e.g. injuries that require hospitalization, extended personal and family health issues or bereavement) or changes in student status (e.g. being called to active military duty). The office assists students with excused absences for classes as well as planning for extended absences and medical withdrawals.

Career Services

Location: 110 Briggs Library
Phone: 589-6065
Staff: Gary Donovan, Associate Director
Irene Maloney, Student Support

The career center helps students find jobs, internships and graduate school information. The office also provides career advising and resume help for all students.

Disability Services

Location: 362 Briggs Library
Phone: 589-6178
Staff: Nancy Cheeseman, Disability Services Director

The Disability Services Office arranges accommodations for students with documented physical, learning or mental disabilities. Accommodations, such as extended time on exams, or texts in alternate formats, are designed to make students more successful in the classroom.

Student Counseling

Location: 235 Behmler Hall
Phone: 589-6060
Staff: Henry Fulda (Director), Gail Hockert, Erica Karger-Gatzow, Bridget Joos and Jane Kill

Student Counseling helps students cope with mental illnesses, recover from alcohol or drug abuse, and manage any type of personal crises or stress.

Student Counseling also deals with emergencies, such as suicide threats and sexual assault. After hours, students in need of emergency services can call campus police at 589-1155, or 911.

Someplace Safe

Location: 202 Atlantic Avenue
Phone: 320-424-2301 or 218-739-3132
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 800-974-3359

Someplace Safe helps survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence by explaining options, providing support, identifying appropriate resources and acting as a legal advocate. Friends and family members of survivors may also receive counseling and assistance.

Sexual Orientation Issues

Phone: 589-6276
Staff: Argie Manolis

The Queer Issues Committee provides support for students who are struggling with issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Students who wish to explore opportunities for referrals, support or advocacy may contact the chair to schedule a confidential conversation. In addition to providing support, the Queer Issues Committee coordinates Safe Zone training and other educational opportunities on campus.

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Location: Wellness Center, Gay Hall Room 16A
Phone: 589-6061 (after hours 800-974-3359)
Staff: Bridget Joos, Program Coordinator

Bridget acts as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Services are also available for the family and friends of survivors. She provides resources and referrals, helps student work with the student behavior committee and provides information for students, faculty and staff regarding options and accurate information regarding violence and sexual violence. She can meet with students in her office or elsewhere.