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New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs

Commuter Services

Assisting CI Commuter Students

The purpose of Commuter Services is to assess and respond to the diverse needs of commuting students and increase student engagement as a member of the CI community. As a component of New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs, Commuter Services aims to assist commuting students with their educational journey at CI in the following ways:

  • Develop a commuter network to engage students with one another
  • Act as an advocate for commuter student needs
  • Conduct ongoing assessment to identify and respond to the particular needs of commuter students

Commuter Student Needs

Last year a needs assessment survey was given to 144 of our commuter students. The results showed a variety of unmet needs that are currently being addressed. Some of the needs that we have already identified are:

  • Establishing a Commuter Club on campus
  • Lockers to store books and personal items on campus
  • Activities for commuter students to engage with one another
  • Online ride share system to identify potential carpooling partners
  • To be informed of the resources offered on campus
  • A commuter student lounge
  • Events that connect them to other commuter students
  • More information about events on campus
  • More information on ways to get involved

For more information or to get involved, contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs at (805) 437-3160 or send us an e-mail at orientation@csuci.edu.

Commuter Resources

Dolphin One Card

Your campus ID card can be loaded with funds to be used at these campus locations:

  • Check out books from the Broome Library
  • Release print jobs at printers in Library open labs
  • Pay for food at Islands Café, Lighthouse Café, Sea Store, Freudian Sip, and in the Town Center at Tortilla's Grill, Sammy's Market, Juice It Up and Subway

Follow the links below for more information about the Dolphin One Card:

Campus Recreation (Gym)

Student fees allow you to work out and use the facilities at the Recreation Center located in Arroyo Hall, and offers programs and activities in seven different categories:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Informal (Open) Recreation
  • Instructional Programs
  • Intramural and Extramural sports
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Waterfront
  • Sports Clubs

Visit the Campus Recreation website for more information.

Transportation and Parking Services

Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) offers alternative transportation resources for students, faculty and staff looking for alternate ways to commute to and from campus.

Semester parking permits may be purchased at TPS and students are allowed to register up to two cars per permit. Daily permits are also available for purchase at TPS or various locations around campus. Both permits allow students to park in all “A" lots (excluding labeled faculty, metered or restricted spots).

TPS can answer any questions you may have regarding on-campus parking. Visit TPS in Placer Hall, call (805) 437-8430 or visit their website for more information.

Campus Safety Escort Program

The safety escort program is designed to provide a safe and reliable means of transportation for CI students, faculty, and staff from one on-campus location to another, including buildings, residence halls and vehicles. The program is available Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Call Police & Parking Services at (805) 437-8444 or ext. 8444 from any campus phone to request a safety escort.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services delivers programs and student services designed to enrich the whole development of CI students. They provide several resources including the following:

  • Drop-in Counseling
  • Graduate School Counseling
  • Resume Clinics
  • Career Counseling
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Assessments
  • Event and Workshop Calendars

Visit the Career Development Services website for more information.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) provides services similar to those provided by your family physician including the following:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and/or injury
  • Physical examinations
  • Family planning services, including pap smears, STD screening and birth control
  • Emergency contraception
  • Immunizations/Tuberculin screening

Visit the SHS website for more information.

Personal Counseling Services helps students deal with various issues that may arise including but not limited to:

  • Extreme anxiety or panic
  • Extreme sadness
  • Death of a friend or loved one
  • Thoughts of self harm
  • Thoughts of harming someone else
  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Having odd or intrusive thoughts
  • Sexual assault

Visit the Personal Counseling Services website for more information.

Disability Resource Programs

Disability Resource Programs assists students with disabilities including individuals with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments, learning disabilities, ADD or ADHD, emotional/psychological problems, or chronic illnesses. Disability Resource Programs provides a range of resources for students with disabilities including:

  • Disability management counseling
  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Retention strategies
  • Multiple discipline and integrative approaches with Personal Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Career Development Services, Enrollment Services, Housing and Residential Education, and Academic Advising
  • Faculty notification letters
  • New and transfer student orientation
  • Documentation evaluation and determination of accommodations
  • Alternative and extended test services
  • Scribes for examinations
  • Note-taker services
  • Equipment loan (audio taped lectures

Disability Resource Programs is located in the Educational Access Center, Bell Tower Room 1541.  For more information on services provided or how to receive services, please call Disability Resource Programs at (805) 437-3331 (V/TTY) or visit their website.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is open to support all members of the CI community in their academic endeavors. We offer free peer tutoring in mathematics during all business hours, as well as peer tutoring in other subjects depending on tutor availability. Our tutors will help students with study skills, fundamental concepts, comprehension, homework, test preparation, and much more. Tutors at the LRC work with students to foster better understanding and promote learning.

For reserving study rooms, finding out specific times that a subject is available for tutoring, or any additional information, please contact the Learning Resource Center by email at lrc@csuci.edu or by phone at (805) 437-8409.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center's mission is to support all members of the CI community with their writing at any stage of the composing process. Our peer writing tutors can assist students with academic projects, help them to understand and brainstorm, organize their essays, develop and document their ideas, and learn to polish and edit their own papers. We offer a learning resource, not an editing service. Students are also welcome to bring in other types of written work, such as résumés and letters of application. The center's services are free of charge.

For appointments and other questions, please call (805) 437-8409 or email writing.tutors@csuci.edu.

CI Lounge Locations

Looking for a place to hang out or get some homework done in between classes? The Mission Lounge (left) and Student Union (right) are great places to connect with other students or just get some work done. 

Photo of students studying in the Mission Lounge.Photo of available seating at the Student Union.

 

How about having a little fun during your down time? The Student Union has games and fun things for students to do at a low rate!

Photo of the game room at the Student Union.Photo of the game room at the Student Union. 

Photo of the game room at the Student Union. 

Where can I go to heat up my food?  Communal microwaves can be found in the Mission Lounge located in Bell Tower East (left).  Another location with a microwave for public use is the Student Union near the information desk (right). 

Photo of the microwaves in the Mission Lounge.Photo of the microwave at the Student Union. 

 

Commuter Student Myths

“Commuter students need to get more involved on campus.”

Commuter students are involved although their activities do not necessarily fit a definition of involvement limited to campus clubs and organizations. Commuters are often living very active and involved lives, contributing through community service, developing skills through employment or investing time in family relationships.

“No matter what CI does, commuter students will never participate in on-campus programs and events.”

Although the myth is that commuter students’ hectic schedules will prevent them from participating in an event or program at all, it is timing, location, format, and subject that affect whether commuter students are willing to make time for on-campus activities.

“It is impossible to reach commuter students because they spend so little time on campus.”

Our survey reported that commuter students prefer information via email, flyers, Websites, and word of mouth.

Commuter Student Realities

“Commuter students need reliable transportation.”

No matter the mode, commuting to and from campus places demands on commuter students’ time and energy. Our survey reported that 70% of commuter students had reliable transportation and that this was not a reason for not attending events.

“Commuter students have multiple life roles.”

Recent studies show that commuter students are not necessarily less engaged than other students, but they must, because of time and energy constraints, make their engagement more strategic.

“Commuter students need a sense of belonging on campus.”

Seventy-two percent of CI commuter students reported they want to be involved in campus events and ninety-six percent feel they are connected to CI and have CI pride.

For more information please visit this Website (PDF, 59KB).

 

For more information or to get involved, contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs at (805) 437-3160 or send us an e-mail at orientation@csuci.edu.

 

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