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Meeting Date:June 12, 2012
ACA Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
8:15 Breakfast and Social Time - Sponsored by School of Undergraduate Studies -- Thank you!
8:35 Hindi Urdu Flagship
Selina Keilani spoke about the Hindi Urdu Flagship, a federally funded undergraduate program designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu. HUF students complete the program in addition to majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts. Students who participate may receive a National Language Flagship Certification. There are two program tracks: The first track is 5 years long and designed for students without any background in the language, and the second track is 4 years for students with some basic knowledge of Hindi/Urdu. Students who are highly motivated, academically strong, and have an interest in study abroad opportunities are encouraged to apply. The program works well with any major/ degree option. For more information, you may contact Selina Keilani, Assistant Director.
Kazique (KP) Price spoke about AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education program available to the entire UT community. This alcohol awareness program is designed to educate drinkers and nondrinkers and help them make healthier choices. The confidential program comes in two parts. Part 1 is to be completed before freshmen come to campus, and part 2 is taken after they arrive. Part 1 should be completed before August 24th and part 2 by October 19th. If students do not complete the online modules, then a bar is placed on their record. The bar prevents students from accessing their end-of-semester grades online. It was noted, however, that students are still able to order official transcripts. The program emphasizes the importance of the health, safety, and academic success of every incoming student.
9:10 OSFS Summer Withdrawal Process
Reanna Addison spoke to the membership about upcoming changes. In an effort to comply with federal law this summer, the Office of Student Financial Services will be contacting students to have them confirm their attendance for the second session. Students need to be registered for six hours this summer or their financial aid could be withdrawn. Students should visit their “cash page” and confirm their course selections for the second summer session. University Extension classroom courses are included in financial aid – but not online/ correspondence courses! When second session begins, July 9th, students have until the 4th class day to confirm classes on their cash page. Advisors may contact Reanna with questions.
9:30 Campus Climate Response Team
The Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT) develops the implementation of appropriate responses to campus climate incidents impacting the UT Austin community. The office may be utilized by anyone in the campus community (faculty, staff, students). Lately, their most frequent incidents involve derogatory comments posted on social media. They serve as a referral hub to UTPD and Dean of Students.
The core functions of the CCRT include:
- Investigating and managing specific incidents
- Supporting individuals involved, including both those targeted by an incident and those who initiated the incident
- Providing appropriate and effective education
- Identifying and connecting with appropriate support services
- Evaluating the response process post incident
- Coordinating, when appropriate, activities with other campus-wide entities, especially those involved with crisis management.
In addition, through the work of the CCRT, potential gaps in UT Austin policies and procedures that may impede the university's ability to minimize campus climate incidents may be addressed, increasing the likelihood of creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment.
Next ACA meeting is July 19th and will be in the stadium with Athletics as the sponsor.
Susan Brown announced that the Astronomy Student Association is hosting star parties during the second day of freshmen orientation this summer. They will be held on the roof of RLM.
Encourage students to enroll in a FIG because UGS 302/303 and PSY 301 will be difficult to get into on their own!
RHE 306 will open seats every week during orientation.
July 19 ACA Monthly Meeting (8:15-10:00am, Stadium)
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