Welcome Back!

I hope you had an enjoyable summer! I extend a special welcome to all new students who are joining us this year, we are happy to have you here at DelVal.

As we begin a new year together, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask each of you to commit to reviewing some important resource and policy information that will give you the tools you need to make informed decisions during the year ahead.

Our listing of helpful contacts may be of use as you have questions or need direction or resources. The staff in all the departments in the student affairs division (athletics, counseling, health services, learning support, residence life and housing, and student involvement) looks forward to working with and assisting you in having a great experience this year.

Policy information

A number of particularly important policies directly relate to our college’s core values and our commitment to creating an environment that affirms respect for self and others, and that seeks excellence, accountability and integrity in all things.

I thank all of you in advance for taking some time to review some key policies so you can do your part to make our community the best it can possibly be. A Student Life Policy Guide is now maintained on-line for your ease of use. Links to a number of key policies and resources are below. I thank all of you in advance for taking some time to review some key policies so you can do your part to make our community the best it can possibly be.

Specifically, I draw your attention to the following:

  • The Code of Conduct outlines the values and responsibilities associated with membership in the DelVal community. This document describes the college’s procedures for responding to academic and social concerns.
     
  • The college’s new Sexual Misconduct Policy is extremely important for you to review. DelVal, like colleges across the country, has been working diligently to address this issue. Please remember that if you ever need support, information or advocacy, that there are resources available to you.
     
  • The Bias Incident Policy and Response serves as a tangible representation of our commitment to foster an inclusive environment and to address instances of intolerance should they arise.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you certain rights with respect to your education records. Please refer to the Annual Notice of FERPA Rights to review these rights and DelVal’s policy, which includes information about the release of directory information.

Through your attention to these and other policies you and your classmates will be making a positive impact on Delaware Valley College and on each other.

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Again, welcome back. I wish you a productive, engaging and rewarding fall semester. I hope to have the chance to meet many of you at various “meet and greet” sessions that will be occurring this semester!

Best,

Dr. April Vari
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students