Orientation and Advising
- What orientation programs are offered at Cal State East Bay?
- What academic advising is available to me?
- How do I receive course requirement information?
- What honors programs does the university offer?
Cal State East Bay offers orientation and advisement programs prior to each quarter to introduce new students to the university and to prepare students for registration. Through special programs planned for freshmen, transfer, and graduate students, Orientation provides essential information about degree requirements, campus resources, and registration. During Orientation, new students receive academic advising and learn about the campus from current students. Tours of the campus are also available.
Both the Hayward Hills and Concord campuses offer orientation programs. Detailed information about Orientation is mailed to all individuals who have been admitted. Students awaiting final notice of admission may attend Orientation, although attendance does not constitute admission by the university.
In addition to the information mailed directly to applicants, the Class Schedule published each quarter provides specific information regarding the dates and locations of orientation programs. For additional information, contact Student Life and Leadership Programs at 510-885-3657. The Class Schedule may be viewed online at: www.csueastbay.edu/schedule/.
Consulting with an Advisor
Every student who enters Cal State East Bay is entitled to receive major advising from a faculty member in the department or, if taking an Interdisciplinary Studies major, a committee member in his or her major. Undeclared Students, International Students, as well as most other undergraduate students, receive advising on General Education and other undergraduate degree requirements from Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE). (See the "Academic Assistance" section of the Student Services chapter for information on Academic Advising and Career Education.) All new students should see their advisors (major advisor and one of the AACE academic counselors) at least once each quarter during their first year at Cal State East Bay.
Freshmen and sophomores should develop a program with their advisors that will satisfy all requirements (general education, major, and minor or option if required) for the degree. Undergraduate transfer students are encouraged to attend orientation for their first advising session or contact Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE) at (510) 885-3621. Once transfer students receive the evaluation of their previous college credit, they should develop with their advisor a complete program of courses leading to the baccalaureate degree. Students should consult with their major and GE advisors before making changes to their program.
For information on the catalog requirements under which a student may graduate, see the Baccalaureate Degree Information chapter.
Faculty Office Hours
The faculty of the university is available during regularly scheduled office hours, which are at times other than scheduled classes. The times of the office hours are posted outside each faculty office, at the faculty member's department, on the department website, and on the faculty member's course syllabi. The faculty member informs the department of his/her office hours the first day of classes each quarter.
Full-time faculty members maintain a minimum of three office hours per week and also make provision for meeting with students by appointment at a mutually convenient time beyond the stated office hours. The full-time faculty member's office hours shall be held over at least two days and at least in half-hour blocks. Part-time faculty will maintain the equivalent of one office hour per week for each four WTUs of their teaching load with a minimum of one hour and a maximum of three hours per week.
Faculty teaching online must also hold office hours and may make alternative arrangements with the Department Chair to be available online or by telephone. Online faculty's office hours must include at least one hour of availability by telephone per week.
If for any reason a faculty member cannot meet the posted office hours, the faculty member will inform the Department Chair. If possible, the department will note the absence on the faculty office door.
Normal office hours are to be maintained during the Final Examination period. If a final examination conflicts with a posted office hour, an alternative hour is to be posted for that week alone.
Faculty shall provide you with a course syllabus, which should be placed on the course Blackboard site at the beginning of the quarter, containing the following information:
- Name of instructor, office location, office hours, office telephone number, and @csueastbay.edu e-mail;
- Course number and title, classroom location, number of units, prerequisites, a course description, objectives and student learning outcomes;
- Required texts and any other required and/or recommended materials;
- Student-supplied equipment and materials necessary for course activities;
- Course specific requirements and their due dates, such as examinations, quizzes, papers, field trips, and labs;
- Grading policy, which includes the relative weight of examinations, quizzes, papers, class participation, and other factors, and the grading scale;
- Attendance and make-up work policies and implications for grading;
- The following statement and reference to University policies regarding cheating and academic dishonesty: “By enrolling in this class the student agrees to uphold the standards of academic integrity described at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/academic/academic-policies/academic-dishonesty.html.”
- Accommodations for students with disabilities. Sample statement: “If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, or if you would need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation, please contact me as soon as possible. Students with disabilities needing accommodation should speak with the Accessibility Services.”
- Emergency information. Sample statement: “California State University, East Bay is committed to being a safe and caring community. Your appropriate response in the event of an emergency can help save lives. Information on what to do in an emergency situation (earthquake, electrical outage, fire, extreme heat, severe storm, hazardous materials, terrorist attack) may be found at: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/risk-management/ehs/emergency-management/index.html. Please be familiar with these procedures. Information on this page is updated as required. Please review the information on a regular basis.”
Faculties also are encouraged to include additional items such as:
- Course outline;
- Types of quizzes and exams (e.g., true-false, multiple choice, short-answer, essay);
- Availability of appropriate tutoring services;
- Policies regarding audio and video recording and use of electronic devices;
- Reference to University classroom behavior policies;
- Classroom food and drink policies.
Furthermore, faculty should advise you of their expectations for you in the course no later than the end of the second class. Any changes in course requirements should be communicated to you in a timely manner. It is your responsibility to read the course statement and to request any clarification of course policies. If you add the course after the first week of class, you must seek course information in a timely manner.
This policy is to be implemented by each department.
There is a University Honors Program open to any student who meets the criteria for admission. See the University Honors Program section of the Student Services chapter of this catalog. Individual departments may also develop honors programs. Departmental Honors Programs are upper division programs designed to provide special courses and advanced, independent reading and research for superior students in the individual majors. Contact the chair of the department for additional information.