University Of Northern Iowa Graduate Student Handbook

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Graduate Student HandbookDear Graduate Student,As graduate students, all of you are now a part of our community. The Graduate College is the unit oncampus that oversees everything from admissions to completion and professional development for ourgraduate community. We ensure policies are inclusive, promote scholarship, and provide resourcesgraduate students need; in short, we support your programs to give you the highest-quality learningexperience possible. It’s our job and our passion to make sure that graduate school will help you developyour skills to find fulfillment emotionally, intellectually, publicly, and academically. You can read about ushere: school is a community and there are many units across campus that can help you build yours—the library offers rentals of all kinds, personalized tutoring and librarians that can help you with research.The Office of Research & Special Programs can also help you find funding and plan for any majorresearch you need to undertake. If you’re ever struggling or just need someone to talk to, please reach outto our counseling center in the Student Health Center or at Your well-being alwayscomes first.As we take on tomorrow, we prepare a path for the leaders, innovators, dreamers, artists, etc. of thefuture. Our programs will challenge your thoughts, open your minds and hearts and prepare you to takeon your future path. During this semester, we invite you to get immersed in grad education. Join ourevents such as 3MT, lunch breaks and coffee with the Dean. Share your feedback, share yourexperiences. Connect with any of the GC staff in Lang 110 so we can learn more about what you wantgraduate school to be.Gabriela Olivares, Ph.D.Interim Dean of the Graduate CollegeWendy Hoofnagle, Ph.D.Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate CollegePage 2 of 27

Table of ContentsUNI Graduate College .1Graduate College Website . 1Thesis and Dissertation Services . 1Graduate College Staff . 1Graduate Education at UNI . 2Admissions . 2Online and Distance Education . 3Registrar’s Office . 3INSPIRE Conference. 3Health, Safety & Support at UNI . 4Center for Violence Prevention . 4Compliance and Equity Management, Office of . 4Counseling Center . 4Department of Public Safety . 5Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct . 5Diversity . 5Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, Office of . 6Student Accessibility Services . 6Student Health Clinic . 7Student Wellness Services . 7Getting Started at UNI . 8Campus Map . 8CatID . 8Dining on Campus . 8eLearning . 9Health Requirement Form-Mandatory. 9Housing: On Campus . 9Housing: Off Campus . 10MyUNIverse and Student Center. 10Parking . 10Paying Your University Bill (U-Bill) . 10UNI Email Account . 11UNI ID Card . 11Welcome New Graduate Students! . 11Student Services & Resources. 12A-Z Alphabetical Index to UNI Website . 12

Academics. 12Career Services. 12Dean of Students . 12Examination Services . 12Information Technology Services (ITS). 13International Programs, Office of . 13Professional Development . 13Research & Sponsored Programs, Office of . 14Rod Library . 14Student Affairs, Division of . 14The Learning Center @ Rod Library . 15UNI Bookstore . 16University Policies and Procedures . 16Financial Aid & Scholarships at UNI . 17Awards & Funding Opportunities . 17Financial Aid & Scholarships . 17Graduate Assistantships . 17Graduate College Tuition Scholarships . 17Involvement on UNI Campus . 19Arts & Athletics . 19Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) . 19Student Life & Event Services . 19Wellness and Recreation Services. 20Cedar Valley Community . 21Cedar Falls Community . 21Cedar Falls Community School District . 21Waterloo Community . 21Waterloo Community School District . 21Graduation & Beyond .22Registrar’s Office- Graduation and Commencement . 22Alumni Association. 22Page2 of 27

Graduate Student HandbookUNI Graduate CollegeOffice Location: 110 Lang HallOffice Phone: 319-273-2748gradcollege@uni.edu8:00am- 4:30pm Monday-FridayThe Graduate College provides resources and guidance to graduate students from being a prospective studentthrough graduation. The Graduate College oversees and implements graduate policies and procedures. Graduateeducation is also about being part of a community so the Graduate College encourages students to take part in themany activities and professional development opportunities that are offered throughout the year.Graduate College Website the Graduate College website for detailed information on a variety of topics: Graduate Admission Graduate College Assistantships and Graduate College Tuition Scholarships Graduate Programs and Degrees Graduate INSPIRE Conference Thesis & Dissertation Information University Policies[Go Back to Menu]Thesis and Dissertation ServicesThe Thesis and Dissertation Reviewer is available for appointments for assistance with theses and dissertations. Allappointments will be held in person in the Learning Center or electronically via Zoom. Appointments will cover: Writing and research assistance Planning and process of completing a thesis or dissertation Formatting the document per the Thesis and Dissertation Manual Meeting Graduate College requirementsSchedule an appointment here![Go Back to Menu]

Graduate Student HandbookGraduate College StaffGabriela OlivaresInterim Dean of the Graduate CollegeVP of Research & Sponsored Programsgabriela.olivares@uni.eduWendy HoofnagleInterim Associate Dean of the Graduate Collegewendy.hoofnagle@uni.eduDiego Saavedra RojasData Analyst and Graduate Funding CoordinatorDiego.Saavedra@uni.eduKellen WohlpartThesis and Dissertation Reviewer and Digital Publications CoordinatorKathryn.Wohlpart@uni.eduJason CoxGraduate Admission and Outreach CoordinatorJason.Cox@uni.eduRubina ChowdhuryDean[Go Back to Menu]

Graduate Education at -degreesUNI offers over 50 outstanding graduate programs leading to degrees in business, education, the natural sciences,humanities, arts, and the social and behavioral sciences. Some programs are offered at a distance and others areavailable residentially. Whatever the selected mode of study, students will be working with graduate faculty who havebeen recognized nationally and internationally.Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) oIntensive Study Areas:oAllied Health, Recreation &ooCurriculum and InstructionoEducationaloLeadership/Special EducationoCommunity College TeachingMathematics for the MiddleMaster of Arts in Education (MAE)Grades Emphasis Early Childhood EducationNon-Teaching Emphasis Educational Psychology: Context & TechniquesSecondary Teaching EmphasisPostsecondary Education:Student AffairsMaster of Accounting (MAcc)EmphasisCommunity ServicesoMathematicsof Assessment Elementary Education Music Literacy Education Philanthropy and Nonprofit DevelopmentPrincipalshipSpecialist in Education (Ed.S.) Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs Special Education PsychologySchool PsychologyoMaster of Arts (MA)oClinical ScienceArt Education Communication & Media School Library Studies Counseling Science Educationo oo Geography HistoryooSchoolEnglisho Clinical Mental Healtho Creative Writing Emphasis English Studies EmphasisLiterature Emphasis Public History EmphasisEarth Science EducationoConsultant EmphasisField Specialization EmphasisSpecial Education ConsultantMaster of Athletic Training (MATR)Master of Business Administration (MBA)Physics EducationMaster of Music (MM)Speech-Language Pathology Composition of MusicTeacher Leadership for International ConductingEducators Jazz PedagogyTeaching English to Speakers of Other Music EducationLanguages Music HistoryTeaching English to Speakers of Other PerformanceLanguages/ Spanish Piano Performance & Pedagogy Teaching English in Secondary Schools Women’s and Gender StudiesLearning Technologies & InstructionalDesignMaster of Science (MS) Physical Education: Kinesiology Physical Education: Pedagogy Emphasis oSocial ooMaster of Public Policy (MPP)Master of Social Work (MSW)oBiologyoTechnologyAdvanced SettingFoundation[Go Back to Menu]Page2 of 27

Online and Distance ne & Distance Education expands access to high-quality educational opportunities available through a varietyof methods, technologies, and exemplary support services. It provides leadership in the planning, promotion,support and administration of credit courses and programs that fall outside “traditional” on-campus coursework.Offerings are delivered via interactive video, online, at off-campus locations, or through a blended approach.[Go Back to Menu]Registrar’s Office the Registrar’s Office website for detailed information and guidance on a variety of topics including: Graduation and Commencement Residency Requirements Registering for Classes Transcript Requests Tuition and Fees[Go Back to Menu]INSPIRE Conference INSPIRE Student Conference for Research and Engagement is held each spring term and is an expansion ofthe Graduate Student Symposium that was held in years past. The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Collegeand the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This university-wide conference allows both undergraduate andgraduate students to showcase their scholarship and engagement. Registration and additional details for theINSPIRE Conference will be available at the beginning of each spring semester; submissions are due each March.The INSPIRE Conference provides the opportunity for graduate students to present their research projects andperform their creative works to the campus community. This allows students to gain experience presenting andperforming at a conference. The INSPIRE Conference is also a great way for students to gain feedback about theirpresentation or performance from graduate faculty judges.[Go Back to Menu]Page3 of 27

Health, Safety & Support at UNIFor an Emergency call 911For UNI Police call 319-273-2710Center for Violence Prevention mission of the Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education,K-12 schools, victim service agencies, law enforcement and the criminal justice system to systematically implementbest practice violence prevention and evaluation strategies in collaboration with state, family and communitypartners.[Go Back to Menu]Compliance and Equity Management, Office of of the campus community are entitled to an educational and working environment free of discrimination,harassment, and retaliation ( The University provides a variety of resources to assistindividuals who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to address the effects of theincident and to help them determine whether and how to make a formal complaint about the incident. Additionalinformation can be found at of Compliance and Equity Management houses the Title IX Officer who oversees the University’s responseto incidents of sexual misconduct as well as other forms of discrimination and harassment. Office of Complianceand Equity Management also directs prevention efforts across campus, including education and awareness,affirmative action planning, and equal opportunity efforts. Additional resource-related information can be found at[Go Back to Menu]Counseling Center UNI Counseling Center promotes the personal development and psychological well-being of all students andencourages a college environment that is conducive to growth and learning. Enrolled students paying the mandatoryhealth fee are eligible for a free initial assessment and clinical recommendations. Therapy groups, crisisappointments, and short term individual therapy (5 sessions) per academic year are provided at no additional charge.Additionally, the Counseling Center offers Mental Health Ally Training which educates participants on makingchange to the mental health culture at UNI. The following is contact information for services:Page4 of 27

Call 319-273-2676 for an Initial Assessment appointment. For urgent situations outside of office hours, call the Counseling Center at 319-273-2676 and press 2 tospeak to a crisis counselor. Text “Hello” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Visit to access a mental health screening tool, information about mentalhealth and other issues geared towards you, and resources for learning more and getting help.[Go Back to Menu]Department of Public Safety Department of Public Safety website provides information regarding crime prevention, personal and propertyprotection, safety escort services, emergency procedures, and parking. Visit to find campus crime statistics. The Department of Public Safety has sworn police officers who are onduty 24- hours a day seven days a week. Parking Division information can also be found on their website.[Go Back to Menu]Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual tps:// At the University of Northern Iowa, our mission is to create and maintain an inclusive educationalenvironment which prepares students to thrive in a diverse, global environment.According to UNI’s Diversity website, “Diversity describes the rich differences that people bring to the Universityof Northern Iowa community. It can refer broadly to culture, identity and ideology, or more specifically to age,gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation,marital status, national origin, or veteran status. Diversity is a dynamic concept, shaped by history, and changing asour understanding of the world and its people evolves.” The following are campus diversity resources: International Students and Scholars Office Office of International Admissions Student Organizations such as Ethnic & Cultural Organizations, Language Organizations, Religion &Spirituality Organizations, and Political & Activism Organizations[Go Back to Menu]Page5 of 27

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, Office of Center for Multicultural Education to their website, the UNI Center for Multicultural Education will advance inclusion and socialjustice through advocacy and support of underrepresented and marginalized students, provide diversityeducation for all its community members, and promote a safe and welcoming environment that fostersacademic success, a sense of belonging, and respect for all people and cultures. Gender and Sexuality Services mission of Gender & Sexuality Services is to ".promote healthy, engaged, successful LGBT studentsand allies. Gender & Sexuality Services provides a safe space, resources, and educational opportunities toadvocate for an inclusive community." Gender & Sexuality Services offers Safe Zone Ally program whichis designed to identify and train community members interested in the continued growth of an inclusivecampus community. Military and Veteran Student Services service is to support military members, veterans, and their families at UNI as they transition betweenmilitary duty, college, and new careers. They are committed to faculty and staff education, on and off campusresource networking, advocacy, and listening to each student to ensure that each military affiliated students'voice is heard and they are empowered to achieve success in class and beyond.[Go Back to Menu]Student Accessibility Services Accessibility Services (SAS) views disabilities as an integral part of the rich diversity at the University ofNorthern Iowa. To that end, SAS works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an accessibleeducational environment for students. Assistive Technology Assistive technology (AT) is any piece of equipment, product, or system which isutilized to improve the functional capacities of a person’s learning or living environment and can be usedby people with a wide range of abilities. Individuals at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) have accessto various assistive technologies on campus to support their academic needs. Classroom AccommodationsoooooAccess to Food, Water, Medicine, and Medical SuppliesAlternative Textbooks & Course MaterialsAudio Recording LecturesPreferential SeatingSign Language InterpretingPage6 of 27

[Go Back to Menu]Student Health Clinic Student Health Clinic functions as a general medical clinic and provides evaluation and treatment for a widevariety of health concerns. Routine health exams, illness or injury evaluations, mental health services, andcoordination of care for chronic medical issues are a few of the services offered. If you are a registered UNI studenttaking five or more hours per semester you qualify for their services.[Go Back to Menu]Student Wellness Services Wellness Services supports the journey toward optimal health and well-being through holistic healthpromotion and education to enhance student success. The office coordinates program initiatives, providesinformation and referral, raises awareness and influences a culture of care at UNI. The Student Wellness Servicesoffer the following: Wellness coaching: Meet one-on-one with trained staff or graduate students to use strengths to meetgoals. Intuitive eating consultation: Create a healthy relationship with food, the body and the mind. Alcohol and other drug (AOD) preventative and educational services: For help and support, or email[Go Back to Menu]Page7 of 27

Getting Started at UNICampus Map[Go Back to Menu]CatID CatID consists of a student’s username and passphrase (password). Students create their CatID when theycomplete their application for admission. A CatID is used to log into eLearning, MyUNIverse and the student’s UNIe-mail account. The system will prompt students to change their passphrase yearly.[Go Back to Menu]Dining on Campus is proud to offer a vast selection of dining locations featuring quality food, variety, convenience, and flexibility.With two dining centers, three convenience stores, two cafes, a coffee shop, and food court conveniently situatedthroughout campus, there's sure to be something to satisfy all. UNI Dining offers a selection of meal plans to fit theneeds of our student population. Visit the website to map out your first and next meal on campus and find out whyUNI was named the #1 college food in Iowa! The Dining Centerso

University of Northern Iowa Graduate Student Handbook Page 2 of 20. Dear Graduate Student, Unlock your Potential. Start your Future. Our Graduate Student Handbook is designed for you, our newest members of the UNI graduate community. You will find resources to help you start achieving before you even step on campus. The handbook will unlock some

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