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Undergraduate Orientation 2020

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Virtual Orientation

Welcome to Clark! Your academic journey begins today. We have assembled videos and information to help you understand how to navigate our community. The information is divided into categories and is for all new students, domestic and international.

We expect you will watch all of the videos (don’t worry — they are short!) and return to them more than once if needed. There are a number of items that are mandatory, and they are noted as such. The required videos vary in length and will be discussed in your orientation groups before classes begin.

All new students have been assigned a peer mentor, who will guide you through Orientation and beyond. Your peer mentor will reach out to you today and will be a support through orientation and the fall semester. Be sure to check out the “Meet the Orientation Staff” section below to see our student leader team!

Although the videos and supplemental information will remain on this site throughout the beginning of the semester, it’s important that you view all material before you move into your residence halls or, for those of you living away from campus, before Aug. 20.

For New Students

Includes all first-year, transfer, residential, commuter, and international students.

In this section you will be introduced to a number of offices, services, and programs related to academics at Clark University.

Please note the items with an asterisk (*) are required.

Shared Academic Experience*

“Minding the Gap” is a documentary film capturing the coming-of-age of four young people growing up in Rockford, Illinois. Skateboarders Bing, Keire, and Zack connect with one another as they seek an outlet from the pressure and trauma of poverty, racism, and abuse experienced at home, and Nina and Zack struggle to start a family in the midst of this environment.

“Minding the Gap” captures the process of growing up and focuses on the difficult work of redefining ourselves in the face of challenge and hardship. Please note: The film includes discussions of domestic violence and abuse, and shows alcohol and marijuana consumption. Based on the description, if you do not feel comfortable watching this film as part of the shared academic experience, please email firstyearexperience@clarku.edu to discuss alternate arrangements.

You will need to log in to the view the film by selecting “log in through Clark University Moodle” after clicking the link below. After logging in with your Clark credentials, you will find the film in Panopto.

Below, you will find a list of discussion questions. Please review and think critically about them, as you will be asked to discuss them in your orientation groups with your peer mentor.

View Video

View Minding the Gap (.pdf)


Academic Support

The Office for Academic Support helps all undergraduate students achieve their full academic potential. Review this one-page summary of our services to learn more about tutoring, learning groups, workshops, and the other resources we provide. Visit our website, email us, or follow us on Instagram for more information.

View Academic Support (.pdf)


Academic Advising

Welcome to Academic Advising at Clark! We are here to support you through your entire undergraduate journey. We not only can help you select classes, but also evaluate transfer credit, provide guidance as you determine your major, and more.

View Video

Download Transfer Student FAQ (.pdf)


Writing Center

The Writing Center, a free resource for all students, offers assistance on any piece of writing, at any stage of the writing process. It’s never too early — or too late — to receive feedback on your writing; we’re here to help!

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Student Accessibility Services

Clark University provides support for qualified students who register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). The staff works with students to coordinate academic and residential accommodations and other services on campus. SAS reviews documentation as part of an accommodation request and then works with the student to identify applicable accommodations. If you have any questions, please email AccessibilityServices@clarku.edu.

View SAS Quick Guide

View SAS Guide for Students Already Registered


Library

The Goddard Library is committed to helping you find the resources that you need to be successful. We will make our physical resources available as long as it is safe to do so, and we offer a wide variety of online collections. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website.

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A Clark education isn’t just academics, study abroad, and research. It’s also about immersing yourself in our community, getting involved, meeting people from around the world, and engaging in conversations about local, national, and global events. Clarkies are passionate about many issues and learn they can have a positive impact on society. Hallmarks of Clark’s vibrant campus life include living in our residence halls, participating in athletics and recreation, activism, working out in the gym, commuting from neighboring cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, and just having fun.

Please note the items with an asterisk (*) are required.

Student Engagement*

Clark students find their “person(s)” through club and organization involvement. Just use your Clark email to sign in to our portal, Clark Engage, to search for upcoming events, club and organization meetings,  and/or audition times for upcoming performing arts!

The Clark Undergraduate Student Council (CUSC) serves as the voice of the undergraduate student body. Meetings are weekly and all members of the Clark community are invited. Follow CUSC on Instagram (@clark_cusc) to stay up-to-date on information and to learn about how student governance works at Clark.

Have an idea for a program? Don’t know what club to connect with? Want to form your own group? Email the staff in the Office of Student Leadership and Programming at campus_life@clarku.edu. You also can follow us on Instagram: @clarku_campuslife.

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Community Engagement

Volunteering and other community service activities are a big part of the Clark experience. Learn how the Community Engagement and Volunteering Office can connect you with opportunities that match your passions.

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Fostering Inclusive Communities: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Clark*

Clark is an extraordinary learning community characterized not only by a commitment to discovery, understanding, and knowledge, but also a deep appreciation for its importance to individual lives and change in our society. We are a community that prides itself on fostering a sense of belonging and care for one another.

On Aug. 16, you will receive an email from EverFi with a link to a required module you must complete before Aug. 20. The module will take roughly 30–60 minutes to complete.

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The module will offer incoming Clarkies an introduction to our community’s values of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. The key topics covered will be processed in your orientation groups and continue throughout your first-year experience. We invite each of you to engage in this critical conversation at Clark and beyond.


International Students and Scholars Office

Greetings and welcome to Clark University! The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) serves as the central resource on campus for international students.

Required for International Students*

We have prepared a virtual orientation experience for you. Please visit the ISSO Portal to complete your orientation and to view your International Student Checklist. You are required to complete the Immigration Check-In and the Clark Orientation Webinar Program. Please make sure you do not complete the Immigration Check-In until you arrive in the United States.

The portal also contains lots of information to help you get settled at Clark and in Worcester.

Log in to the ISSO Portal


Sustainable Clark

What is Sustainable Clark? It’s you. It’s me. It’s every one of us. We are all able to make a difference in the world — everything you do, every day, matters. Whether it is choosing to reuse, recycling right, watching your waste, or being energy-conscious — what you do ripples out into the community and it all adds up! You are immersed at Clark with meaningful and impactful sustainability features, as well as nearly 100 courses across disciplines; its all around you every day: call it the Green Beating Heart of Clark!

From working to reduce greenhouse gases to expanding our investment in solar energy, and doing the little things that reduce consumption, Clark University is making sustainability not just a goal, but a long-term commitment. Sustainability is a journey; we invite you to join us.

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Experiential learning happens when you apply theories and academic content gleaned in the classroom to real-world experiences through community service and engagement, studying and living around the world, or participating in an internship or leadership project. Learn about some of the exciting opportunities Clark can offer you.

Please note the items with an asterisk (*) are required.

Career Connection Center

Through the Career Connections Center (CCC), you can obtain advice, research careers, find a job or internship, connect with employers and alumni mentors, work on your resumé, practice your interview skills, and much more. The CCC is home to the Career Lab and the following offices: Career Development, On-Campus Student Employment, Opportunity Funding, Employer Engagement, and ClarkCONNECT. When you’re ready, we are here for you!

View Career Connections Center Video

View Career Development Video

View Employer Engagement Video


Student Employment on Campus

When you’re ready, the Career Connections Center has dedicated staff to assist you with your undergraduate student employment job search — and once you’re in a job, we can help make your work experience a successful one. Available undergraduate student employment opportunities can be found on Handshake.

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Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships Office

The Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships supports students through applying to on-campus funding, external awards, writing personal statements, and proposals for scholarships and graduate school. Competitive students have a strong academic record, a history of involvement and leadership on campus and/or in the community, and a sense of how they want to contribute to the world. We guide students through the process of articulating their stories, experiences, and aspirations for the future.

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Study Abroad

It’s never too early to start thinking about possible international opportunities by researching Clark’s 50 partner programs around the world. You can study away from campus in a variety of ways, including short-term, semester-long, yearlong, and faculty-led programs, and more. Follow our social media accounts, speak with a peer ambassador, and start envisioning the opportunities that await.

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It’s important to start this chapter of your life with healthy routines and safe practices. Learn about specific resources at Clark that help promote holistic wellness.

Please note the items with an asterisk (*) are required.

Succeeding on Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic*

We understand that coming to campus this fall will be like no other fall semester opening. This video covers basic information on COVID-19 and what the fall semester will be like.  For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit the Healthy Clark website.

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The Clark Commitment*

By now, you should already have read and signed The Clark Commitment, which summarizes our mutual obligations to one another, the personal determination needed to live up to them, and the specific steps these obligations require. At the core of the Commitment is this fundamental principle: “I know that my choices affect my well-being and the well-being of others on campus and in the community.”

It is imperative that you read, understand, and agree to this Commitment.

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Immunizations*

All incoming students are required to submit health forms before they come to campus. Please visit the Health Services website for more information. The University will hold an immunization clinic the week before classes begin. You may be able to get any missing vaccines then, but we need to receive your immunization form immediately as the clinic will be by appointment only. This form can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at healthservices@clarku.edu.


Navigating Counseling and Personal Growth

The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth is committed to supporting your mental and emotional health as you start your journey at Clark. All services of the department currently are being delivered in a virtual format; watch the videos below to learn about the resources the Center provides and how to request an appointment.

View CPG Overview Video

View How to Make Appointment Video


Introduction to Wellness at Clark

Meet Dr. Erica Beachy and learn more about wellness education at Clark. The goal of this program is to develop equitable health, prevention, and well-being initiatives that improve the wellness of our community. Learn who the wellness ambassadors are, where we are located, and how to engage with us!

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Self-Care*

We know that we are in a trying and difficult time right now. Watch this video to learn more about self-care —    what it is and isn’t — and various practices and techniques you can incorporate into your life to take good care of yourself.

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Consenting Communities*

“Consenting Communities” is a program developed by Clark students using interactive dialogue and hypothetical situations to inform new students about what consent means on our campus. You will engage in a peer-led conversation around consent and the video below during orientation. Our trained student consent advocates will create a comfortable, friendly environment in which to discuss this topic and will answer questions you may have.

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Title IX*

Title IX is a federal law that prevents gender discrimination on college campuses. It applies to everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity, or gender expression. Title IX offenses include sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, or rape/sexual assault. The Title IX office can assist if you would like to report such an incident or if you are interested in learning about what supportive measures are available to you, even if you choose not to participate in a formal Title IX process.

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There are many services at Clark that students use daily. Learn about some of the resources you may use right away while transitioning to life to Clark.

Please note the items with an asterisk (*) are required.

Information Technology Services (ITS)*

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to make sure you are electronically prepared to have a successful Clark experience. All new students must read and complete the tasks described below BEFORE arriving on campus.

  1. Check your technology: It is important to ensure that your primary computing device is up to the task. We’ve collected the minimum requirements — hardware and software — for your primary device, including links to free software such as Microsoft Office and Zoom.
  2. Prepare your device for registration: The Clark network is designed to support your academic and social technology needs. Like all data networks, you share it with everyone else connected to it. At home, it may be a parent or a sibling, but at Clark, you’ll share this resource with more than 4,000 of your new friends. In order to meet the technical and legal requirements of maintaining our network, there are a couple of specific things you’ll need to do.
    • Have an up-to-date operating system (Windows 10, or Mac OS 10.14 or higher, with all updates applied).
    • Have an up-to-date antivirus program (Sophos is provided by Clark University).

Click below for more details including links to software and step-by-step guides to preparing your device for registration.

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Offices and Departments During COVID

Clark University is committed to a healthy and productive campus experience. Student services and departments continue to be fully operational, and services are available virtually to support the safety and well-being of our campus community.

During the fall semester, there may be some offices physically open, but as questions arise, email should be your first option to reach offices and people. If you can’t find the answer on the website for the office or department, send an email! Your message will either be forwarded to the person who can answer the question(s) for you or you will be invited to have a telephone call or virtual appointment with the office.

Clark staff are generally available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Take a deep breath, be patient, stay safe, and you will find the answer.

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Dining Services

We look forward to welcoming you to Clark and to serving you at all our dining locations. We have carefully planned for your arrival and are following all recommended safety protocols. Take a look at the attached document and we will see you soon.

View Dining Services (.pdf)


University Police (CUPD)

Watch a short video about the Clark University Police Department. The department, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is located in the basement of Bullock Hall. Our campus police provide a host of services to the entire Clark community.

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Parking

If you are bringing a car to campus, you must have a parking permit. Click here for information about cars on campus, where to park, and how to obtain a parking permit.

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OneCard*

Your Clark OneCard is your ID (and more) — keep it with you at all times. Meet Jane Switchenko, who manages the OneCard Office.

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Meet the Orientation Staff

Student Leaders

Meet the Team

Professional Staff Members

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Engagement Opportunities

Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Thursday, Aug. 20

Residential Floor Meetings

Welcome to Clark University! The Residential Life and Housing staff are ready to help make this an amazing experience for you. To prepare for your residential experience this year, and to learn about life in the halls, your student resident adviser (RA) will be hosting a mandatory virtual floor meeting the night you move into your residence hall.

The floor meeting will start at 9 p.m. and will be followed by an optional, fun virtual social, during which you’ll have the opportunity to connect with your fellow floormates and meet other Clarkies.

Outdoor Movie

On Wednesday and Thursday nights (for students who have moved in and received negative test results), there will be an outdoor movie screening. More information will be available on Clark Engage as we get closer to the date.

Friday, Aug. 21 – Sunday, Aug. 23

Orientation didn’t end when you finished watching all of the required videos! Our Orientation team and other student leaders are determined to help connect new students to each other and to campus. We value connection, engagement, and community; whether you are joining us in person or virtually, we will have opportunities for you to make new friends before classes start.

Engagement opportunities will be added as we solidify details in the coming week. All opportunities will be updated and detailed on Clark Engage.

You will have a mandatory meeting with your peer mentor each day. They will be your guide as you decide which engagement opportunities are right for you.

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Supporting Online Learning at Clark

Wherever Clark students and faculty come together, whether online or in the classroom, the hallmarks of a Clark education remain the same: renowned academics led by an exceptional faculty, and a campus network committed to support, advising, and academic success.

This is a special time for you and your family — stay involved.

Contact Information

Office of Student Leadership and Programming

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