Office of the Provost

First Year Instructor Resources

Below are various resources for use in a First Year Orientation Course: 

Spring Semester 2019

Success Series Workshops

Click here for the Spring 2019 Success Series Workshop Flyer sponsored by the Center for Success Coaching (and in collaboration with colleagues from the Writing Center, Financial Aid, etc.).

Flyers will be posted in pivotal areas across campus (Res Halls, Student Union, etc.) in the next week.  I would like to encourage you to share with students via FYE/first year courses, probation students, etc.  You will note the workshops occur primarily in January/February, and take place in the Student Union at various days/times.  The pdf of the flyer will be placed on the CSC website as well in the next week if you wish to link to that within your student communications.

The workshops are FREE, attendance is documented/tracked, content is high quality, all workshops are evaluated/assessed, and attendance reports can be provided to instructors/advisors/colleges if embedding in probation requirements and so forth.

Questions?  Contact Julie Fischer-Kinney, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention, 419.530.1263,



Fall Semester 2018

Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome offers a nonstop schedule of events and experiences. There's an activity for everyone. Whether you're new or returning to campus, The University of Toledo wants to give you a warm welcome.  Materials will be posted as they become available.

 Starfish Early Alert & Connect

As we continue to expand the customization and usage of Starfish Early Alert & Connect on campus, I wanted to make everyone aware of some helpful resources that can be used in FYE classes, with individual students (in appointments), etc. 

  • UT Starfish Website:
  • The “Getting Started Guide for Students” is a two-sided pdf document found on the Starfish website under the “Students” section.  The document is attached to this email for your reference.  The document can be downloaded, printed, and even dropped into BlackBoard course shells as a helpful resource for students.
  • Students can access Starfish via the MyUT Portal > Student Tab > under “My Other Resources”. 
  • Only students who have an assigned Success Coach are in Starfish.  If you have a student unable to access Starfish and/or without a coach (late admit, etc.), please let me know and I will get them into the system.
  • At this time, not all faculty/staff are in Starfish.  We have configured all Success Coaches; Residence Hall Directors; academic advisors in UC, AR, and NSM; faculty teaching 1000/2000 level courses in AR; CCP instructors; Academic Support Services (LEC/Writing Center/SI); instructors teaching courses with student-athletes enrolled; and a number of individuals in areas such as Financial Aid, Student Affairs, etc. into Starfish.  The goal is to continue to expand usage and customization across areas of campus to holistically support our students. 

Please feel free to contact me or Raelyn Mejias Santoro, Student Success Systems Administrator, at any time with questions regarding Starfish.  Julie serve as the Functional Lead and Raelyn is the Technical Lead.  Julie Fischer-Kinney, Ph.D. at  419.530.1263 or 

Success Series Workshops

There are 9 workshops; we have them split into two flyers.  The first flyer covers the first four workshops for fall; the second flyer the remaining during the fall semester.   

Student Success Series Workshops: interactive, food, rsvp recommend Four of the six workshops are ideal for first year students and students on academic probation; the other two workshops are geared more towards 2nd yr+ students.

All of the workshops are interactive and have learning outcomes.  They are also evaluated and assessed.  Lists of attendees at the workshops will be sent back to FYE instructors and colleges after each event for your records. We do ask students to RSVP due to space limitations.  Please encourage your students to attend.

Questions?  Contact Julie Fischer-Kinney, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention, 419.530.1263,

Safety Information and Resources

From Jeff C. Newton, UT's Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police There are several options available to provide information about safety as a part of the First Year Orientation class:

A.L.I.C.E. Training
A.L.C.E is a 1.5 hour national program with a curriculum instructing the student on how to survive a violent encounter.  UTPD offers A.L.I.C.E. trainings at scheduled times throughout each semester by request for larger groups.   Contact the ALiCE coordinator at ALICE@utoledo.eduView A.L.I.C.E. Training flyer.

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.  Violent Intruder Preparedness
Run.Hide.Fight is a 50 minute training developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security instructing the student on how to survive a violent encounter.  Run.Hide.Fight instructs concepts similar to A.L.I.C.E. but is delivered in a condensed version.  There are several dates available, found on the RSVP form.  There must be 10 registered participants for a scheduled class to be conducted and a limit of 160 seats available per class.  RUN. HIDE. FLGHT Flyer

Pizza with Police
Meet members of the UTPD, ask questions, sign up for the Rave Guardian App, get important safety information, learn about UTPD social media and UT crime statistics"  Pizza with Police Flyer

Personal Safety and Self Defense
Free Personal Safety and Self Defense classes, open to University of Toledo students, faculty & staff.  Wear comfortable clothing & tennis shoes.  Personal Safety and Self Defense Flyer

UT Alert – Please sign up to receive UT Alert text messages for emergencies occurring on or near campus.  To opt in, log into MyUT and find the "UT Alert Registration/Update" link at the bottom of the page under the "My Other Resources" header.  It only takes a minute to sign up.  In additions to emergencies, UT will send notices to students when classes are suspended by the University due to inclement weather conditions.

Rave Guardian – Search your smartphone app store for the "Rave Guardian" safety app.  The Rave Guardian app works on and off campus and has the following features:

  • "hot buttons" for campus police and 9-1-1
  • send text messages to campus policeprogram in trusted friends as Guardians allowing notification to your Guardians should you activate a distress alarm.  Guardians receive a GPS location of your phone.  Campus Police may be added as Guardians should you choose.
  • Build your personal profile providing Public Safety important medical or accessibility information should you choose to activate a distress alarm.

Healthy Boundaries class is facilitated by Lt Tressa Johnson and focus on educating students on establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. There is no flyer for Health Boundaries as the training is scheduled to groups upon request.  Contact Lt Johnson to coordinate at

Safety Video:  Strongly recommend all instructors at a minimum to show the newly updated UT Safety video.  It’s only a minute long but highlights important topics. Safety Video:


   Other Safety Video Segments may be found here:

Social Media: The University of Toledo Police Department provides students safety education and information over our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram sites. Please encourage students to follow UTPD on social media @UToledoPD.

If further assistance on safety issues is needed, contact Jeff Newton directly: Jeffrey C. Newton, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police at 419.530.2222 or  Lt Tressa Johnson to schedule a program at 419.530.2158

Counseling Center's online assessment to pre-screen for depression and anxiety

Mental health is a key part of student overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

life@college programs -  Fall 2018 

The life@college program is an educational program targeted toward first year college students. This program addresses high-risk student issues that affect student retention. The programs are easily woven into the First Year courses. The life@college series has a history of being very positively received by attending students.

Instructors are encouraged to assign and route their students to attend this series. Attendance vouchers are distributed at the sessions so students can turn them into their instructors to receive attendance credit. Each year the attendance in this program is over 3,000 students.  This student handout (document) can be easily attached to the course syllabi. The attached student handout provides students easy access to various dates and times of presentations.

Students can select any session time that works for their schedule.  Most students attend as individuals, not with their entire FYE class.  We encourage you to work this program into your syllabi for Fall 2018.  We look forward to serving the UT first year students this fall.

Life@college Part I: September 17 - 21, 2018 

Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program 

The YWCA HOPE Rape Crisis Center assist students through the campus and criminal process after a sexual assault, along with providing medical, legal and Title IX advocacy. As a partner of The University of Toledo, they have a 50 minute engaging presentation that will address sexual assault, break down myths, discuss rape culture and ensure that students understand the confidential and non-confidential reporting systems that we have at The University of Toledo. To arrange a presentation contact Jamie Wlosowicz | H.O.P.E. Center, Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate at T: 567-395-5576 (call/text) 24/7:  866-557-7273,

Center for International Studies and Programs

CISP recognizes that international education is important to UT faculty, staff, administrators and students alike. In today's globalized world it is important to link our curricula meaningfully to the world. CISP can be the connection linking your students or office to an internationalized UT. Students can learn about opportunities to explore their worlds by studying, working,   interning, or volunteering abroad. CISP can find ways to link student goals with CISP program options, while promoting international engagement. Request a classroom presentation by completing this CISP Presentation Request Form.

Career Services

Career Services recognizes that unique experiences outside of the classroom and career development are important for our students to succeed. Request a presentation by completing the Career Services presentation request form.

Learning Enhancement Center/Writing Center

Consider allowing a representative from the Learning Enhancement Center/Writing Center to take just five minutes of one of your classes to talk about their services. Call 419.530.2176 to make arrangements.

In addition, our Learning Enhancement Center offers the following workshops that can be presented in your course:

•         Study Smarter, Not Harder (Study Strategies)
•         Beat the Clock: Learn to Effectively Manage Your Time (Time Management)
•         Mastering the Art of Taking Notes (Note Taking Skills)
These interactive workshops are 45 minutes in length and can be modified to meet your objectives. 

AlcoholEdu,an alcohol abuse prevention course, and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAP-U), formerly known as Haven, a sexual assault prevention course

The University of Toledo is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of the University Community.  As part of this commitment, all newly admitted students (Transfer, Direct From High School, 100% Online, and CCP) are required to complete AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAP-U).  These two online courses are being offered through EverFi.

The University of Toledo is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of the University community.  As part of this commitment, all newly admitted students are required to complete AlcoholEdu, an alcohol abuse prevention course, and SAP-U, formerly known as Haven, a sexual assault prevention course.  These two online courses are being offered through a partnership with EverFi. 

You may refer any questions and/or concerns regarding either AlcoholEdu or SAP-U to Ashleigh Wade, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Affairs, using email to or by phone at 419.530.1258.


Communication to all newly admitted students was sent out on Monday, 7/2/2018, from Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Donald Kamm, the Title IX Coordinator.  The students have been asked to complete the following by the deadlines listed below –

  • Complete Part 1 of AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates by Monday, August 20, 2018.
  • Complete Part 2 of AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates by Monday, October 15, 2018.
    • Please note that any newly admitted student that does not complete Part 1 and 2 of the courses listed above will have a Registration Hold placed on their account which will prevent them from registering for Spring Semester 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding either course/completion, please feel free to contact me via e-mail or telephone at the information listed below.  The communication the students received is attached for your review.

Blackboard Shell

Based on the feedback that the course shell should be more easily modified to fit instructor specific materials and that the shell should utilize more external learning resources, the shell was re-constructed to be easily customized to your specific needs. There are also additional resources that have been added for students to understand the learning benefits of service learning, experiential learning and being involved in campus activities earlier in their academic journey—a greater impact in the retention of students.

Last Updated: 4/15/19