About the UI REACH Experience

Once on Campus

About the UI REACH Experience

What is a typical day in the UI REACH Program?

Each student is responsible for setting an alarm early enough so they can appropriately dress, eat breakfast, organize for the day, and be on time for the first class or activity. Students get ready for morning classes and go to Burge Marketplace for breakfast with fellow students. After breakfast, there will be a few classes. In the afternoon, students have study tables, internships, and community life experiences. Students have time for leisure activities and dinner each day. On most evenings, there will be study tables or an event to attend.

On the weekends, the staff coordinates a variety of opportunities to help students get involved in the campus or community. Some of these include social outings, community service, leisure activities, and sports events. In the beginning of the year, UI REACH staff plan additional weekend programs to ensure students do not become bored and lonely. As the semester continues, students are encouraged to plan their own social gatherings and events as they learn more about the offerings on the campus and in the surrounding community.

Is there a curfew? How is it monitored?

Yes. Students need to be back in the residence hall by 11:00 PM on Sunday through Thursday and by 12:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Can I have a friend or family member visit me in my room?

Students can have guests in their room to visit, but guests who do not live in the building must leave before curfew. No overnight guests are allowed for students of the UI REACH Program. Residents are responsible for staying with their guests and monitoring the behavior of their guests at all times in the residence halls. All guests, including parents, need to be escorted by the student within the residence hall at all times.

Who is responsible for cleaning my room and hall?

Roommates are responsible for sharing the duties of cleaning their room. Cleaning tasks are assigned when students complete the roommate agreement. Bathrooms and other common areas are cleaned daily by housing staff, but students must clean up any messes they create.

What are Quiet and Courtesy Hours?

Conversation should be kept at a level that does not disturb the study and sleep of other residents. It is a student’s right and responsibility to approach noisy people to ask them to be quiet. When a student chooses not to cooperate, it is important to inform the Resident Assistant about the issue at the time it occurs.

Once on campus

What if my roommate and I do not get along?

Sharing a room with someone offers many opportunities for interesting experiences, fun, and maybe a life-long friendship. Any relationship requires respect, consideration, patience, and compromise. Good communication helps students have a successful living experience. If problems such as different schedules, habits, and lifestyles occur, the Resident Assistant and UI REACH advisor are trained to help students resolve these conflicts. It is important to talk about problems when they happen instead of writing a note or complaining to another student on the floor. The staff mediates conflicts in roommate situations and strives to reach a compromise with the individuals involved. At the beginning of each semester the Resident Assistant helps both roommates discuss issues such as anticipated normal bedtime, study habits, guests, cleaning the room, sharing belongings, and interests to set a good foundation for the relationship. A written agreement documents what the roommates agree to and may be amended at any point throughout the semester.

What should I do if I feel worried or scared?

Coming to college can be a difficult transition for many reasons. Most college students experience feelings of loneliness, homesickness, fear, or concern. You are not alone in this experience or these feelings.  It can be helpful to talk to someone about your concerns. You can talk to your parent/guardian, a roommate, a neighbor in your hall, your Resident Assistant, or a UI REACH advisor.

There may also be a time when you do not feel comfortable talking to the people listed above. The University of Iowa offers free Counseling Services to all students. You can contact them at (319) 335-7294 to schedule a same day appointment.

If you feel threatened by another person's comments or actions, discuss this with a hall or UI REACH staff member. If the threat is immediate, contact the University police.

What if I feel sick?

UI students may access UI Health Care 24/7 through their computer, tablet, or phone. UIeCare is available anywhere in Iowa with an internet connection and a webcam, and works with desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.  This new service is ideal for urgent – but non life-threatening – issues: minor injuries and illnesses that occur after hours, away from home, or when an office visit is just not convenient.

Start your virtual visit by going to UIeCare.com. You will be asked some routine questions about where you are and who you are, to make sure you are eligible for a virtual visit. You’ll also be asked for credit card information, but your card won’t be charged until your visit is complete.

When the initial screening is complete, there will be a brief wait while a provider is contacted, and then the virtual visit will begin.

How will I meet new people?

“I am nervous about moving away from my family because I don’t know anyone at The University of Iowa.”

This is a common statement made by most first-year college students, so it is important to remember that you are not alone on this journey.

We are excited to have you join the UI REACH experience and to create opportunities for you to meet students in your hall community and on campus. Talk to your roommate, a neighbor, or a RA to learn about common interests or to talk about similar concerns you may have about moving to college.

How do I receive and send mail?

Letters and packages are delivered to the hall front desk each day. If a package comes to the desk for you, a “package slip” is placed in your mailbox. Your room key opens your mail box. You need to present your Iowa One (University ID) Card to the front desk to pick up the package. Outgoing mail with proper postage can be left at the front desk to be picked up daily by the mail personnel.

Mail should be addressed as follows:
Student's Name
100 Stanley Hall, Room#___
Iowa City, IA 52242-1217

Do I have to carry my room key and student ID with me at all times?

Yes. With any security system, all residents play a major role to ensure their own safety. Each student is responsible for carrying their room key and Iowa One (University ID) Card at all times. Each roommate should lock the room door when they leave or are asleep. You need your University ID Card to eat in the dining halls and to do laundry. The card has private information and access to money in your account, so you should not loan it to anyone.

It costs $122.60 to replace the room key and $25.00 to replace the Iowa One card

What should I do if I get lost?

We recommend that you carry a campus map with you during your first semester at The University of Iowa so you can become familiar with places on campus.

If you are lost on campus and do not have a map, go to the nearest building and ask someone in an office to assist you in finding your class, hall, etc.

If you are lost in the community, go to the nearest business, school, store, or restaurant to ask an employee for directions. You may also ask a police officer or bus driver for directions to get to the place you are going.

You may call the UI REACH on-call phone.

You may program the residence hall address into your phone if you have that app (application).

Will I receive a grade for classes and internships?

Yes. You are graded on class participation, in-class assignments, and homework. You receive a grade for each internship. You must earn a passing grade to earn credit for each class and your internship. Students may be placed on academic probation or even dismissed from the Program if they do not attend classes or complete assignments satisfactorily.

Who should I contact if there is an emergency on campus?

There are “Code Blue Phones” around campus that connect you immediately to the University Police if you have an emergency. There are also police around campus in cars and on bikes to respond to emergency situations.

If something happens and there is not an officer nearby, go to the closest campus building and report the emergency to a staff member.

If it is a weather-related or fire emergency, you should follow the directions given by staff or instructors at the time of the emergency.

In case of an emergency, UI REACH students will be able to contact a UI REACH on-call staff member.

What happens if I miss class?

Class attendance and participation are key parts of the learning experience for the UI REACH Program. Students are responsible for attending classes, internships, and programs regularly. Attendance and participation are included in the grade for each course, so ongoing attendance concerns may affect a student’s grade, participation in the Program, and graduation from the program.

Also, UI REACH staff and instructors understand that sometimes students may have a prior commitment, for example, a doctor’s appointment that conflicts with their schedule. In this situation, please give the instructor advanced notice of your absence when possible. If you miss a class without notification, it is your responsibility to follow-up with the instructor to talk about make-up work and a due date.

What happens if I get in trouble by breaking a university or hall policy?

Students must follow The University of Iowa Code of Student Life, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the Residence Hall Guidebook. These documents explain general rules and academic conduct policies. UI REACH staff may be involved in the disciplinary process and outcome decision. Typically, UI REACH students will follow the University of Iowa’s procedure identified for alleged violations of the Code of Student Life.

UI REACH students can be dismissed from The University of Iowa and the UI REACH Program. Violations of the Code of Life can result in sanctions including written warnings, probation, restitution and fines, exclusion from University facilities or activities, a no contact order, suspension, or expulsion. A student may also be removed from the residence halls if an infraction occurred or involved Residence Halls.