Orientation

The annual Orientation programme signals the start of a new academic year. The progam facilitates the necessary adjustment process that all new students must go through as they make that transition from high school to university (traditional students); frm a situation of work and maybe being in charge, to the status of a student (mature students); from ones native land to a new country (non-Jamaican students) and to an institution with a different approach to learning and development from that encountered at the high school level. With the above in mind each year, the Office of Student Services, in collaboration with Faculty, Student Affairs, Student Leaders and the Public Relations Office develop and implement an orientation programme based on the following objectives:    

  • To welcome students and to make them feel comfortable, relaxed and trusting.
  • Through academic advising and career counselling, to help new students choose appropriate course options relevant to their career choice.

  • To help students understand the structure of the institution – Halls, Faculties, Departments, Guild of Students, Campus, University.
  • To acquaint students with the layout of the Campus.
  • To acquaint students with the regulations governing Campus facilities and activities e.g. Halls of residence, health centre, libraries, examinations, faculty offices, use of the shuttle bus and registration.
  • To inform students of their rights and responsibilities as students of the Mona Campus.
  • To sensitize students to the Campus safety measures and the need for taking responsibility for their personal safety.
  • To introduce students to the structures and activities that will facilitate their total development eg.
    • Cultural Programmes
    • Personal Development Programmes
    • Opportunities for achieving excellence and the Campus' method of recognizing student's involvement

  • To inform students about sources of help for problems that may arise during their Campus life.
  • To help students cope with any stress or distress resulting from:
    • separation from families and friends
    • adjusting to a new environment
    • managing a newly acquired independence

 
Hall Orientation

The objectives of the orientation which were identified earlier were to be met in the Halls through Hall specific programmes. The Hall orientation programmes were planned by the Student Services Managers in collaboration with the members of the Hall committees. Despite the presentation of outlines of very positive programmes to the Director of Student Services and a commitment by student leaders to honour the Campus statement against ragging, there were reports of elements of ragging in some Halls of residence.

The Hall Orientation programme was highly successful in teaching the traditions of the Hall; in encouraging Hall loyalty; in motivating students to participate in Campus activities and in helping them make friends quickly. It also help students to understand the functions of the Hall Committee and the Student Services Managers; in introducing students to sources of help