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Student Success

The Office of Student Success is dedicate to assisting student to successfully achieve their educational goals.

Students are assigned a Success Advisor based on their major.  Your advisor will assist you in developing a graduation plan, registering in classes and identifying resources to assist in successful progression toward your degree.  They are here to help you in a variety of ways beyond simply registering for classes.

Every student also has a faculty advisor who will work with you regarding career pathways in your major to determine appropriate elective credit, internships and other experiences that will assist you in a deeper preparation in your chosen career.

At Thomas University professional staff serve as Success Advisors and provide support in assisting you to achieve your academic goals.   All students are assigned an advisor based on their declared major which allows you benefit from a deep understanding of the course progression and processes unique to that program.

Your Success Advisor is a resource beyond simply registering for classes.  Any questions you have concerning your experience here at  Thomas University and any difficulties you may be experiencing related to maintaining your enrollment at TU can be discussed with your Success Advisor.  They will be happy to provide suggestions and referrals to resources that help you be successful.

Registration

For new students: New students receive notification of their assigned advisor through Thomas University email shortly after they are accepted to the university. Advisors call, email or text new students to receive responses to important questions before finalizing the course schedule. Students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor as soon as possible to insure the best possible schedule of classes during their first semester.

For returning students: Academic advisement takes place during the regular registration period that precedes the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students are encouraged to contact and discuss course options with their Success Advisor each semester to select a class schedule.  Meetings are available through appointment in-person or video chat, email or phone. Advisors help you stay on track for graduation requirements and maintain accurate degree progression sheets.

The Student Disability Support Services Office serves as Thomas University’s entry-point into advocacy for on-campus, online, and distance students with disabilities. We work with faculty and staff to provide academic accommodations for the unique needs of students both in and out of the classroom at Thomas University. By providing support services to students with disabilities, TU offers an opportunity for students to achieve their academic and personal goals.

Remember, you must request services each and every semester you would like services to occur.

Thomas University is committed to ensuring all qualified students have access to quality education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Disability Services Contact:

Dr. Katrina Steele
229-226-1621, ext 1164
ksteele@thomasu.edu
Add ADA Connect to your Canvas home page! ADA Connect is a resource in Canvas for students to find information about the Office of Disability Services, study resources and disability awareness activities. To add this resource to your Canvas home page, follow these instructions:
  • Log in to Canvas;
  • Click on the 'Help' button on the left side;
  • Click on 'Students with Disabilities;
  • Click on the + button in the top right to add to your Canvas home page.

+Academic Accommodations

Students can receive various academic accommodations based upon their individual needs.Some examples of accommodations are having course materials made available in alternative formats such as:
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio books
Other accommodations:
  • Assistive software
  • Alternative testing locations
  • Extra time on tests
      This is not an exhaustive list of accommodations. Accommodations are individualized and will be discussed and implemented depending on the academic needs of each individual student.

+Requesting Accommodations

Thomas University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, both of which ensure that no student is denied benefits, excluded from participation, or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of a disability.

Students request accommodations for documented disabilities have the legal responsibility to request reasonable accommodations in a timely manner and to provide the institution with appropriate documentation of any disabling conditions. Sufficient advance notice of a request for an accommodation is required in order to give the various offices involved in making the accommodation a reasonable period of time to evaluate the request. It is important to note that self-disclosure of a disability is strictly voluntary.

Students who are interested in receiving accommodations based on their disabilities should complete the steps listed below in advance of the anticipated need for services and accommodations and complete the attached form. This form and documentation of the disability must be received no later than TWO WEEKS prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to attend classes for accommodations to be made in a timely manner.

Students must be officially admitted to Thomas University.

Students requesting accommodations should complete the Voluntary Request for Accommodation form below to register with the office of Student Disability Support Services.

Current, written documentation from appropriate professional personnel is required and documentation is subject to verification by Thomas University.

Approval of reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case based on the justification contained in the written documentation provided by the student.

NOTE: Thomas University offers the following reasonable accommodations:

  • Note-takers
  • Interpreters
  • Extended time for Testing
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Accessible facilities
  • Class materials in alternative format (Deadlines required in order to receive materials prior to the start of class.)

+Voluntary Request for Accommodation Form

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers wide variety of services to Thomas University students, including feedback on writing, workshops focusing on a variety of writing topics, self-service opportunities available on this web site and through the ARC Blackboard shell, as well as tutoring in math, biology, and other discipline specific areas.

Face-to-face appointments are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and 9 a.m.-noon on Fridays on our Forbes Campus site in the Magnolia Building.

TU’s Online ARC services operate via email transactions. You can send an email to Robin Depaola at rdepaola@thomasu.edu.

All students are also encouraged to take advantage of Turnitin.com. If you are interested in checking your papers for plagiarism before you submit them to your professors, please email Robin DePaola.

Thomas University believes the ability to express yourself on the written page and to develop critical thinking skills through math are key to your successful career and future. Consequently, we offer writing and math tutors for specific hours each semester.

The sessions are personal and hands-on; you bring your specific work with your individual questions. You set the agenda.

Writing

The writing tutors will provide help not only with essays and research papers for composition courses but also with writing assignments in other classes. The writing staff is committed to providing feedback on each point in the writing process, from getting started and finding a focus, to helping students find and correct their own grammar and usage problems.

Sample questions:

  • Is the thesis clear?
  • Do I have enough supporting details?
  • Are my transitions effective?
  • Did I document my Internet sources properly?

Mathematics

The math tutors will assist with any basic math, algebra, calculus, or trigonometry assignments on which you need extra, individual discussion to keep you on track in the classroom.

The math tutor is the student resource for guiding you through assignments, assisting with specific math problems, and preparing you to become a more efficient thinker and math problem solver.

Come prepared to work:

  • Bring the specific math problem with you.
  • Do I need my textbook for this session?
  • Have I followed the problem solving method as described in the text or by the teacher?

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