|student services divisions|
|Office of the Dean of Student Services|
The Dean’s Office, in the person of the Dean of Student Services, assists students with the assimilation process so they can readily become part of the university community. The Dean helps students interpret, clarify and understand university policies and procedures and receives student complaints, suggestions, and concerns. The Dean serves on all honor and conduct councils. One of the primary responsibilities of the Dean is to safeguard and represent students’ interests.
The Dean of Student Services manages and provides direction to all divisions of Student Services and is available to meet with students and parents who have concerns related to any aspect of university life.
The AUD Athletics Office promotes and strengthens individuals’ leadership, teamwork, and collaboration skills through a wide range of athletic opportunities, including sports team competitions, intramurals, drop-in sports, and fitness-related activities.
For the highly competitive student athlete who is interested in competing against universities from the UAE and elsewhere, AUD offers a number of intercollegiate team sports. Tryouts for students who desire to join the AUD teams are carried out at the beginning of each semester.
AUD Athletics also has a program for all students who are interested in staying fit. Athletics facilities are open to all in the AUD community when official games and practices aren’t scheduled. The AUD Housing also have two fully equipped student gyms available only to Housing students.
The AUD Career Services Office assists students and alumni to successfully explore and prepare for rewarding and meaningful careers. These services will allow students and alumni to develop and maintain a competitive advantage in the emerging employment market.
Career advisors ensure that students successfully bridge the transition from university life to work life through equipping them with career guidance, interview tactics, job search skills, marketplace readiness preparation, and a network of employment opportunities.
Students are strongly encouraged to register with Career Services during their first academic year and work closely with a career advisor to develop their career plan parallel with their studies. Early exposure to the work environment is also encouraged, as it solidifies students’ academic commitment and allows a better understanding of the relationship between the classroom and the marketplace.
The Career Services Manager liaises with regional and multinational companies, creating a business network to offer employment and internship opportunities to AUD students and alumni. Through a series of workshops and on campus events, students, graduates and employees are brought together that AUD’s talent is employed by the market’s leaders. The annual Career Fair is the epitome of the division’s efforts in achieving student and employer networking.
|Career Services Registration Process|
Career counseling sessions and workshops are provided to all students and alumni. However, students need to register with Career Services in advance, in order to gain access to counseling, career resources, employer events and job vacancies.
The AUD Counseling Office provides professional and confidential counseling services to students in a warm and empathetic environment. These private services will help students overcome personal difficulties that may interfere with or hinder their academic success, and their personal/professional development.
Students face a variety of challenges which affect their personal growth, emotional wellbeing and success in university. Conflicts and problems often arise which prevent students from reaching their full-potential. Students may find that their usual ways of handling problems are not working well for some reason. That is why AUD offers one-on-one personal counseling services. The Personal Counselor’s role is to assess the problem and provide support and guidance for students experiencing personal problems. The confidentiality of the counseling sessions is protected by the counselor’s code of ethics.
Students can talk about the problems they are facing, explore related thoughts, feelings and understand their personal resources. For some students, one conversation is all they need to make things better, while others may return for several appointments. The Personal Counselor provides referrals to qualified, certified, and experienced counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists
Counseling Services also offer seminars and work shops on mental health detection and prevention. These are designed to help student’s identify, understand and respond to general mental health issues.
The AUD Health Center promotes, improves, and maintains a healthy campus environment by providing accessible, high-quality care, health supervision, and educational programs, which encourages students, faculty, and staff to preserve their overall well-being.
Health Services, headed by the Health Center Director (Registered Nurse) and supported by two staff nurses, offers both preventive and daily health care and health education designed to support the physical and emotional health of students and staff. Health services are available 24 hours a day. The Health Center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (during Summer II, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.). After working hours and during weekends, emergency health services are provided by staff nurses who reside on campus and are on call. For any medical emergency, students should call the University Hotline: 04-3183 555. The security guard will inform the nurse on duty. There are two treatment rooms equipped for emergencies in the Male and Female Residence Halls. First Aid Guides are posted in all housing rooms, in the Library, in the Adjunct Rooms, at the Main Reception, and at all the security guard locations.
Health services are available for all students, faculty, staff, and families living on campus. Services include treatment for minor health emergencies and conditions, dispensing medication for minor health problems, providing individuals with medical referrals, and offering information on health-related issues. Preventive medicine is also emphasized at AUD.
The university Health Center maintains a close relationship with the American Hospital in Dubai (AHD). The university Health Center refers students to this facility and others in the area.
The university Health Center promotes health awareness and education programs through health days and workshops conducted throughout the academic year, such as Nutrition and Eating Disorders, Blood Drives, Drugs and Narcotics Awareness, Sexually Transmitted illnesses, Anxiety and Stress Management, Stop Smoking Campaign, Healthy Skincare, Health Hazards in Youth, Vision Disorders, and other topics based on student’s needs.
Newly enrolled students are required to provide their Health History Form endorsed by a licensed physician; failing to do so, the students will be put on registration hold for the subsequent semester. Students should make sure that their health records are current and up-to-date.
Enrolled students with medical problems or disabilities, who may require care or restriction of their campus activities, must submit to the Health Director and/or Student Support Manager an up-to-date medical report from their family physician describing their conditions, restrictions, and special requirements. All health-related documents, reports, and information are kept confidential in the AUD Health Center. Student’s health information is not released to those not involved in the student’s immediate care without his or her expressed permission. Students may complete the Authorization for Disclosure of Health History Info Form for information sharing as necessary.
Student’s health forms are included in the AUD Application for Admission, can be printed from the AUD website, or collected from AUD Health Center.
AUD offers a private health insurance plan for students who do not have any medical coverage; details and information related to the insurance are placed on AUD website, Health section.
Blood testing for residence visas is facilitated and organized through the AUD Health Center. This service is offered only to students and staff sponsored by the university.
AUD Health Services does not issue statements or excuses for class absence.
The AUD Student Activities Office creates an inclusive community, in which students engage in a variety of social, cultural, intellectual, and leadership programs and activities. This community is developed through governance, club involvement, and civic engagement/service opportunities.
Involvement in student activities at university is an important component of student life. AUD’s American educational philosophy stresses a well-rounded student experience. Through participation in clubs and organizations, students not only become involved in university life, but also strengthen their socialization, team-building, leadership, event planning and organizational skills. Membership in student clubs and organizations also enables students to make new friends and share mutual interests with fellow students. The memories created on campus, through activities, is an essential part of the holistic development of a university student. The aim of the Office of Student Activities is to create and offer those opportunities for AUD students.
The Coordinator of Student Activities, with assistance from the Student Government Association, creates and plans numerous activities for students throughout the year. These activities, designed to be social and cultural, include desert safaris, dhow trips, beach parties, guest lectures, dinners, international celebrations, plays, music nights and other events.
AUD-sponsored activities introduce students to many of the diverse social and cultural events held in each city. A calendar of events is available on the university’s website. Any student having an idea for a student activity should contact the Coordinator of Student Activities.
The AUD Student Housing Office provides residential students with a safe and well-maintained living/learning environment that supports individual progress and provides quality services and programming. These facilities were designed to establish a sense of community coupled with responsible, independent and shared living.
AUD student housing consists of four residential buildings, two for males and two for females. The male and female residence halls are totally segregated. On the ground floor of each building there is a fully equipped kitchen, a student lounge, a laundry room, and a TV room. AUD has clear guidelines for what constitutes inappropriate behavior in student housing. It is the responsibility of students to abide by these rules at all times.
The Housing Manager oversees security, receives and arranges for maintenance and repairs in the student housing, handles roommate conflicts and general complaints, enforces housing rules and regulations, and offers emotional support to students in order to ensure a safe, comfortable, and peaceful living and learning environment. There are a number of important rules and regulations that govern student housing. The AUD Housing Kit contains all housing information.
Resident Assistants work in both the residence halls and the Housing Office. They report directly to the Housing Manager and assist with various duties. These duties include, but are not limited to: receiving maintenance requests, recording complaints, answering questions, making appointments for the Housing Manager, and conducting tours for prospective students and their parents. In addition, Resident Assistants report any violations of housing rules, damage to residence halls, maintenance needs and suggestions for improvements in the housing. Resident Assistants, working in close collaboration with the Housing Manager and Student Activities Coordinator(s), plan and host various dorm activities and programs. Any housing student interested in applying for a Resident Assistant position should contact the Housing Manager.
The Student Support Office enriches the educational, intellectual, and personal growth of AUD’s diverse student population by assisting them in developing skills and strategies to effectively respond to academic challenges. These support programs will help students achieve academic success and embrace life-long learning habits.
The Office of Student Support offers a range of services to help students develop their own educational goals and succeed in their chosen program of study. These academic support services include: individualized academic counseling, access to tutoring and peer-tutoring, workshops and disability support services. The Student Support Manager also retains a list of tutors who offer individual tutoring sessions for students in need of academic assistance.
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