2002-2003 UAF Catalog

Student Services

Helping You Stay on Track

Academic Records, Registration and Graduation -- Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office provides services to students including registration, academic records support, academic policy interpretation, veterans' certification, degree audits, graduation certification, testing services and transcript processing. Using a sophisticated computerized student information system, registration is enhanced by the use of telephone and online registration. Timely processing of grades and academic record accuracy and maintenance are greatly enhanced by the student information system. Students may access some grades and unofficial transcripts on the web alaska.edu/uaonline. The Registrar's Office is located on the first floor of Signers' Hall, (907) 474-6300, 474-6708 (TTY), 474-7097 (fax), e-mail fyregis@uaf.edu and web www.uaf.edu/reg/.

Admissions Office

The Office of Admissions provides services for prospective students, including pre-admissions counseling, campus visits, admissions, evaluation of transfer credit, academic policy interpretation and determination of residency for tuition purposes for students applying for admission. Students considering applying or enrolling at UAF are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions. For information telephone (907) 474-7500 or (800) 478-1UAF (478-1823).


Center for Health and Counseling

The Center for Health and Counseling offers the following services: health care, counseling, substance abuse evaluation and referral, disability services, health education and assistance with student health insurance. Students must pay the health center fee to be eligible for health care and counseling services.

The medical staff provide primary health care and referrals for specialty medical services when appropriate. General office visits for illness and injury are provided at no charge. Physical examinations, medications, laboratory services and medical supplies are provided at reduced cost. Students should call for appointments. Emergency appointments are available when necessary.

The counseling staff offer individual, group and crisis intervention counseling. Counselors, all with graduate-level training, provide assistance with a variety of personal and interpersonal issues. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments. In an emergency, a student is usually seen the same day. The counseling staff also provides specialized evaluation and referral for alcohol and other drug problems at no charge when requested on a voluntary basis. There is a charge for mandatory evaluations.

The center also provides coordination of services for students with disabilities. For a description of these services see the section on Disability Services.

Professional staff provide information, health education and referral for individuals and groups seeking to maintain or improve upon physical and mental health.

The Student Health Insurance Program is administered through the center. An insurance coordinator is available to answer questions about policy coverage and to assist with information about how to file claims.

The staff of the Center for Health and Counseling provides consultation, education and crisis intervention on the campus in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all members of the campus community. Students and staff alike benefit from the presence of the center on the campus, even if they never make personal use of its services.

The Center for Health and Counseling is located on the second floor of the Whitaker Building (see campus map for location). The center is open weekdays during the regular academic year. For more information telephone (907) 474-7043 or 474-7045 (TTY), fax (907) 474-5777, e-mail fyheaco@uaf.edu, or web www.uaf.edu/chc/.

Disability Services

UAF is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Students who anticipate needing accommodations at UAF should contact the coordinator as early as possible in the admission process. Services provided include: information regarding the ADA as it applies to higher education, review of student documentation, assistance in determining accommodations needed, help with arrangements for academic services, specialized equipment if necessary and referral to community resources. Services are free of charge and available to all students with qualifying disabilities, regardless of the number of credits taken.

Curb cuts and ramps have been installed at UAF. Almost all campus buildings contain accessible restroom facilities and elevators. The library and museum are accessible and the swimming pool is equipped with a hydraulic lift. Accessible living accommodations are available. A variety of adaptive equipment and technologies are available, including an assistive technology laboratory in the Rasmuson Library.

For more information contact the coordinator of Disability Services at the Center for Health and Counseling, telephone (907) 474-7043 and (907) 474-1827 (TTY), e-mail fydso@uaf.edu, or web www.uaf.edu/chc/Disability.htm.

Graduate School

For UAF graduate student information or an application (available online) for admission to graduate study, contact the Graduate School, 304 Signers' Hall, (907) 474-7464, e-mail fygrads@uaf.edu, or web www.uaf.edu/gradsch/.

Specialized Programs

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has selected Northern Studies as part of the unique or specialized graduate program it coordinates in the western states as the Western Regional Graduate Programs. Residents of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming who major in northern studies pay resident tuition at UAF.

Orientation Program

Orientation UAF's goal is to get you off to a great start! This program is offered for all new students who have been accepted to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Whether you are a first-time freshman, a transfer student, a returning adult student, an international student or a graduate student, there will be a variety of programs to address your needs.

The Orientation UAF program includes the following services: shuttle from the airport, early entrance into the residence halls, a parents' orientation program, campus tours, a variety of workshops about campus resources and lots of fun activities where you can meet new people. For information contact the Wood Center and Student Activities Office at (907) 474-2760, or web www.uaf.edu/orientation/.

Polar Express Identification Card

The Polar Express card is the official UAF identification card. This photo ID card is used by students, staff and faculty for identification, access to UAF facilities, and to make purchases.

Use the Polar Express card as identification to check out library books, vote in student elections, access student health services and other student services. The card's magnetic stripe holds a unique key that provides secure access to residence halls, laboratories and the Student Recreation Center. Once you have purchased value on the Polar Express system, the card may be used to pay for a variety of goods including all dining services locations, vending machines, photocopiers, the Wood Center counter, and the bookstore.

For Polar Express card information telephone (907) 474-7657, web www.uaf.edu/fyexprss/.

Student Services, Dean's Office

The mission of Student Services is to support student success by promoting personal excellence, academic achievement and lifelong learning. In general, the Dean's office helps students solve problems. The Dean of Student Services office is available as a resource and referral center for students. If you don't know where else to go for help within UAF, contact the Dean's office for assistance.

The Dean of Student Services serves as the senior student affairs officer at UAF. Departments that are part of Student Services include: judicial services, athletics and recreation, residence life, career services, rural student services, office of multicultural affairs, health and counseling, Wood Center and student activities, bookstore, upward bound classic and upward bound math/science. For more information contact Dean of Student Services, 514 Gruening, e-mail fyssd@uaf.edu, telephone (907) 474-7317 or web www.uaf.edu/ssd/.

Testing Services

As a national test center, the UAF Testing Services Office contracts and administers paper and pencil, and computer-based exams and advises UAF students, prospective students and the community on national testing matters for college admissions and placement and career and professional certification. Testing Services also coordinates credit by examination; both local and through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and private proctoring. For more information and registration materials, visit Testing Services in 112 Signers' Hall, call (907) 474-5277 or e-mail fytest@uaf.edu, or web www.uaf.edu/reg/testing/.

Veterans' Services

The Veterans' Services Office assists veterans, service members and eligible dependents with paperwork for degree and certificate programs. As a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the office monitors the academic progress of veterans, in compliance with Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations.

The Veterans' Office advises and monitors the educational progress and status of Chapters 30 (New Montgomery GI Bill), 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), 32 (VEAP), 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program) and 1606 (selected reserve). If you are qualified and wish to use your VA educational benefits under Chapters 30, 32, 35 and 1606, you must be admitted to a state-approved degree or certificate program. If you are qualified and wish to use Chapter 31 (vocational rehabilitation) benefits, you must meet with the local DVA vocational rehabilitation counselor, who will review, recommend and authorize use of your benefits and forward your paperwork to the UAF Veterans' Services office. If you are unsure whether you have a GI bill entitlement, you should contact the VA in Muskogee, Oklahoma at (888) GI-BILL-1 [(888)-442-4551]. Questions about establishing disability or using Chapter 31 benefits, or general veterans' information not associated with education, should be directed to the local Veterans' Center, 540 Fourth Avenue, Suite 100, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, or call (907) 456-4238.

Because the Department of Veterans' Affairs processes benefit payments as a form of reimbursement, you should initiate your VA paperwork 60-90 days prior to your school start date. The Department of Veterans' Affairs offers an advance pay program available through the UAF Veterans' Services office. To determine if you qualify, stop by the Veterans' Services office, 113 Signers' Hall, call the Office of the Registrar, (907) 474-6300, or e-mail fyregis@uaf.edu or web www.uaf.edu/reg/veterans/.

Wood Center

Wood Center is a center of campus activities and services. The center's services and facilities are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni and university guests. The center is where friends meet and relax.

Wood Center offers many services: campus information, dining facilities, bowling, pool tables, video games, lockers for rent, laundry room, shower facilities, and darkrooms. Wood Center also has lost and found, an automatic teller machine (ATM), meeting rooms, an outdoor adventures program, and recreational equipment rentals.

The Wood Center Pub offers a wide variety of entertainment each evening Monday through Friday, with special events scheduled on various Saturdays. The Pub offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, microbrews, fine wines and non-alcoholic beverages (must be 21 to enter).

For information telephone (907) 474-7037, or web www.uaf.edu/woodctr/.