Office of the Provost

First Year Instructor Resources

Fall Semester 2019

Fall Semester 2019Below are various resources for use in a First Year Orientation Course

Blackboard Shell

The FYE Blackboard course shell will remain the same for fall 2019.  We plan to revamp the course shell for fall 2020.  Instructors will have access to the Blackboard FYE Instructor Resource Organization.  We thought this year would be a more effective tool for instructors to utilize for this upcoming fall 2019 semester. If you need to access the Blackboard organization site, please contact Tiffany Whitman at 419.530.2152 or

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 allows you to communicate with your students, alert them of their current academic status in your course, and identify members in their success network (success coach, academic advisor, residence hall director, etc.) to better assist them throughout the semester.  

  • Reference the Starfish Website to access direct links for the bolded items below.
  • Direct students to the “Getting Started Guide” to further inform them of Starfish capabilities and how to access platform. The guide  encourages students to enable mobile notification, update their university contact information, and communicate to their success network (instructors, success coach, etc.).
  • If you plan to participate in Early Alert Reports,  notify students by including the Starfish description in your syllabus. 
    • Syllabus statement: The University of  Toledo is deeply dedicated to your success as a student. You may receive notifications to your Rockets email account throughout the semester based on your academic progress in this course. These notifications may include follow up outreach from Success Coaches or  Academic Advisors to strategize your approach to college coursework.  For more information on Starfish, visit
  • Only students who have an assigned Success Coach will appear in Starfish, so compare your class roster to the list of students in Starfish. If you are missing any students, please inform Raelyn Mejias Santoro (raelyn.mejiassantoro@utoledo.eduto get them into the system.
  • At this time, not all faculty/staff are in Starfish. The goal is to continue to expand usage and customize across areas of campus to holistically support our students. 
  • For further faculty resources, please reference the blackboard course shell with supplemental FYE materials.

Questions about Starfish can be directed to Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney, Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention (Starfish functional lead) at, and Raelyn Mejias Santoro (Starfish technical lead) at

Success Series Workshops 

Download Coach Express Flyer  Download Success Series Workshops     

There are two different Center for Success Coaching program series for fall 2019. 

The first is called Coach Express.  The attached is a current draft of the Coach Express offerings which occur in the months of September, October, and November.  We are working on getting the programs into Invonet currently so that students can search, see some information about each (description), and RSVP if interested.  These events are roughly 15-20 minutes in duration and will occur in various places across campus to meet students where they are at!

 We will also continue to offer Success Series Workshops which are one hour in duration.  A calendar view of these workshops is provided. The workshops are in Invonet as well for students to RSVP and learn more about the topic.

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

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. 

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" 

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. 

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 2019 

life@college student handout

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.  Attached is the student handout (document) which 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 2019.  We look forward to serving the UT first year students this fall.  

Please note:  For Fall 2019, we will only be doing a Life@college Part I.

Life@college Part I: September 16 - 20, 2019

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.

Last Updated: 12/18/19