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NSOP 2014 Orientation Leader Statement of Acceptance and Understanding of Expectations

Congratulations on being selected as one of the 2014 New Student Orientation Program’s Orientation Leaders. You are the front line in interacting with the new incoming students; therefore your role is very important in helping their transition to Columbia University.

The following is a Statement of Acceptance and Understanding of Expectations for the Orientation Leader (OL) position for NSOP 2014.  Below is a list of expectations for the OL position.  Please read each expectation carefully and email the NSOP Staff if anything is unclear.  You will be asked below to indicate that you have read and fully understand these expectations. 

  • Work the full week of NSOP and NSOP training (August 21-September 1, 2014). (Do not schedule conflicting obligations for NSOP or NSOP training, i.e. MCAT, GRE, LSAT, etc. exams or practice sessions.)
  • Attend the Spring NSOP Study Break on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Attend Fall training which starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
  • Be available to your new students throughout the week for questions. 
  • Meet regularly with your new incoming students throughout the week and contact them at least once a day aside from group meetings.
  • Help students in their transition process being an ongoing resource and contacting them on a regular basis.
  • Notify staff members if there is someone who is need of additional support by following emergency protocol procedures which will be covered during NSOP training.
  • Be present at all mandatory NSOP events with your assigned group.
  • Support the implementation of NSOP programs throughout the week by being prompt, enthusiastic, and ready to help all parties involved.
  • Encourage new students to attend NSOP events and communicate the importance of these events to them.
  • Communicate with Crew Chiefs, Student Leader Coordinators, and the students in your OL group in a timely manner.  A 12-24 hour turn-around time for responses to emails is expected.
  • Email your new students when you are assigned them in July within one week of receiving their contact information. 
  • Use your Columbia or Barnard email account for all email communication with your assigned students. 
  • Keep your students enthused and involved. We hired you because we trust that you will do this!
  • Remember that you function as a representative of the University. You are expected to behave accordingly during on and off duty hours. This includes keeping all online profiles appropriate and professional (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) In addition, this means representing the four school relationship positively.
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy on the use of alcohol, drugs and/or violence during the entirety of NSOP regardless if you are of the legal age.
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for any inappropriate fraternization with new incoming students.
  • You must have a 2.5 GPA to be an Orientation Leader.

I understand that failure to fulfill these duties will result in the loss of housing, repayment of monies owed to the Institution for interim housing, and/or referral to go through a disciplinary process at my respective school. 

By clicking below, you are agreeing to fulfill the above assigned duties from today's date to the conclusion of NSOP which is September 1, 2014. You must log-in to complete the Statement of Acceptance and Understanding of Expectations using your UNI and password. The log-in is located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

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