Students found responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Life may be placed on Disciplinary Reprimand or Disciplinary Probation for a specified period of time. Anecdotal experience is that students without a good support system will often will have additional Code violations during the probation period, especially first-year students. These violations could lead to a suspension of a student for at least one semester. To assist students, the Critical Mentoring and Student Support program (Critical MASS) has been established with UI faculty, staff, and graduate students serving in the mentor role. It is expected that Mentors have at least one year with the University of Iowa.
Critical MASS mentors will provide support and a faculty/staff/graduate student connection for referred students. The goals of the Critical MASS program are:
The primary assessment of this program is a reduction in second violations of the Code of Student Life.
A Critical MASS mentor will be asked to meet regularly (4 times) with an assigned mentee. This check-in should be in person (about sixty minutes), but email or phone check-ins at other times can be used. The purpose of the check-in is to see how the student is doing, monitor their progress toward their substance use goals (e.g., not using alcohol at all, or using moderately, depending on the student and the situation), and provide them with information about additional resources on campus, if needed.
As a mentor meets with a student, the mentor will certainly find that the student may benefit from connection with other services on campus, such as the University Counseling Service, Student Health Service, or academic support services, such as a writing center, a tutor, or academic advising. A list of common resources will be provided to mentor. If a mentor becomes concerned about a student’s safety or well-being, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
All Critical MASS mentors will be asked to attend an annual training session and to provide regular updates to the Office of the Dean of Students. Mentors will meet with their mentee a total of four times over three to four months. These updates can be brief (a template follows) with the main focus on anything requiring action by the Dean of Students. The average time committment is 6-8 hours total.
Student Name: Jane Doe
Date and Time of the meeting
Latest steps: (a brief description of latest meeting)
Next steps: (date or time frame for next meeting, note regarding any pending referrals or actions)
Action required by Dean of Students: (e.g., do you need the Dean to initiate a referral, to notify the student of noncompliance, etc.)
Faculty, staff, and graduate students are volunteering to take on this role because they care about students and their success. The mentor’s role as a Critical MASS mentor is to provide support and connect students with appropriate resources. However, it is the student’s responsibility to take action. A mentor is not expected to make calls or accompany students to appointments, etc. While, mentors are certainly welcome to form a more personal relationship with your student(s)—for instance, having your meeting over lunch—it is not required. Mentors are expected to understand and uphold FERPA guidelines.
The student should contact the mentor within three days of notification and meet in person within two weeks of notification. The student is expected to set up each meeting and attend each meeting. If a student is unable to attend a meeting there should be communication with the mentor and a meeting rescheduled. Failure to attend a meeting may result in further Code of Student Life violations.
The University of Iowa is a large institution, but programs such as this can make it smaller.
(Registration is kept confidential in the Office of the Dean of Students unless indicted otherwise on the questions.)
2013 Critical MASS Summer Training Sessions
Thursday, June 06, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in Ohio State--343
Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Monday, June 17, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Friday, July 26, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Monday, July 29, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Tuesday, July 30, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Tuesday, August 06, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Wednesday, August 07, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Tuesday, August 13, 2013; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM in 2nd Floor Board Room--245
Returning mentors can view the training on-line on ICON, or attend an in-person training session during the summer. The training will take approximately 30 minutes either on-line or in-person.
Returning Mentor Training is available in August
Student Success Lunch & Learn Series is open to all Critical MASS Mentors and the university community.
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