Academic advising is a vital service to students regarding programs of study and career options. It ensures that students have information necessary to make good decisions about their future. Students are assigned an advisor; an advisor may be a faculty or academic advisor, to provide guidance on academic programs in general, and degree checklists, specifically. Degree checklists are issued by the Registrar’s Office or may be obtained from an advisor. The checklist should be utilized before registering for classes. While advisors are initially assigned to students, students may request a change by completing a Change of Advisor form available in the Registrar’s Office. Other services available through the program include Academic Advising, Career Counseling, New Student Orientation, Referral Services, GED Testing, Transfer Assistance and Veteran Assistance. An advisor who assists students with admissions, academic advising, transferability, placement testing, career assessment, financial aid, and registration is also available at each Regional Center. Referrals are made to professional counselors in governmental agencies or private counseling facilities.
Associated Students of Diné College
The Associated Students of Diné College (ASDC) is the student government body of the College. All registered students are members of the ASDC. Students elect officers during the spring of each academic year. The ASDC President serves as a voting member on the President's Council and the Board of Regents. The association coordinates chartered clubs and organizations with the Student Programs.
Athletics and Intramural Sports
The College promotes intercollegiate men’s and a woman’s cross-country and track, archery, and rodeo. The crosscountry team has won national championships in six of the past 11 years. The archery team is sanctioned by the College Division of the National Archery Association. In recent years, it has ranked third in the nation. The Rodeo team holds membership in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Grand Canyon Region. In recent years, its members have placed individually and as a team at regional and national competitions. Intramural and extramural sports are offered at Tsaile Campus.
The bookstores at Tsaile and Shiprock provide textbooks, art supplies, office supplies, and personal items. Textbooks for Regional Center courses are available for purchase on-site for a limited time at the beginning of the semester.
The Tsaile Campus Police Department operates on a 24-hour, year-round basis and has full authority Peace Officers and non-commissioned Security Officers. Shiprock Campus is served by Security Officers. All sites are assisted by the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement.
The Tsaile Campus has two day-care facilities on campus that are run by the Navajo Nation’s Division of Social Services. Special agreements are in place to facilitate services to children of Diné College students, faculty and staff.
Diné College Libraries
Library services are available to the College’s students, faculty, and staff at all campuses and Sites. Located at the Crownpoint, Shiprock, and Tsaile Campuses, the collections offer 90,000 books, 3,000 videos and DVDs, 600 magazines, newspapers, and journals in print and microform, and online access to much more. The catalog may be searched online at http://library.dinecollege.edu. Students, faculty, and staff may request to have circulating materials delivered from any Diné College library to any Diné College campus or center using their library issued barcode. Subscription based online databases may be accessed through the College’s computer network, or by logging in with a library issued barcode, subject to appropriate license agreements. The libraries can be reached at 1-800-495-6040 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diné College Web Site
The College web site provides current information about all aspects of our programs and services. It is located at http://www.dinecollege.edu/. WarriorWeb is the internal site for members of the Diné College community. It is located at https://warriorweb.dinecollege.edu/ics/.
Eligibility for Activities
Any student may participate in extra-curricular activities provided by the College except as restricted by regulations established for campus organizations and intercollegiate activities. Students must maintain good social standing as well as a cumulative 2.00 GPA or better. Any student on academic probationary status is ineligible to hold office in any student organization or to participate in intercollegiate athletic competition (see the following section) until the deficiency is removed.
Eligibility for Intramural Sports Certification
For prospective student-athletes, a properly completed Eligibility Form must be filed with the Registrar’s Office prior to participation in intramural or intercollegiate sports. Student athletes are not permitted to participate in athletic competition without proper certification.
• Attendance - Student athletes must be duly admitted and maintain regular attendance in each course. Athletes are responsible
for maintaining the attendance requirements as described in the course syllabi.
• Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - Student athletes must demonstrate satisfactory progress with a 2.00 CGPA or higher to continue athletic participation and maintain enrollment of 12 credit hours. Student athletes who drop below 12 hours and/or whose CGPA falls below 2.00 are immediately ineligible for athletic participation.
• Satisfactory Completion - To be eligible for the next semester, a student athlete must have passed 12 or more credit hours with a 2.00
CGPA or higher.
• Falsification of Records - Student athletes who falsify their academic records shall become immediately ineligible from further
participation and competition.
Eligibility requirements for Intercollegiate Sports
For a student to be eligible for any intercollegiate competition, the student must conform to the following regulations:
• The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a graduate equivalent degree (GED).
• All students must be enrolled in a recognized academic program and be making progress towards a 2/4 year degree at the attending college.
• All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes.
• Second semester students must: a) pass 12 credit hours his/her first term, b) must have achieved a GPA of 2.0.
• Thereafter, all students must pass 24 credit hours the two preceding terms of attendance.
• After accumulating 24-48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• After accumulating more than 48 credit hours, the student must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
• Summer and inter-term credit hours can be used to satisfy the 12/24 credit hour rule and GPA requirement.
• Summer credit hours should be attached to the preceding spring term for eligibility purposes. Winter term credits should be attached to the first semester.
Foundation Studies (FST)
Foundation Studies provides classes in developmental reading, writing, and mathematics. Academic support is offered through FST mini-courses that focus on time management, note taking, test taking, and active listening skills. The College Success course prepares students for the demands of the competitive college scene and world of work. FST courses bridge academics to careers and vocations. Foundation Studies courses are provided at all campuses.
General Education Development (GED) Testing
The Student Services Program at Tsaile Campus administers GED Tests for individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have not completed high school. If an individual successfully completes the GED tests, the student is sent an official transcript and a GED Diploma in the mail from Arizona Department of Education. A fee of $25 is charged. For more information, call (928) 724-6727.
The Shiprock Learning Center also administers GED Tests monthly with additional testing dates as necessary. The fee is $10 per test or $50 for the entire battery. Individuals must be 16 or older, have a Referral Form from a local ABE/GED program, and have a New Mexico state issued identification card or driver’s license. With passing scores, the State of New Mexico issues a high school diploma and transcript. For more information, call (505) 368-3565.
All Arizona students are encouraged to either complete the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) forms with the Arizona Department of Economic Security at the Tsaile Health Clinic for Tsaile residents or to provide information on family health care insurance. Services are available at the Tsaile Health Center to the extent that “the provision of such health service will not result in a denial or diminution of health services to [other] eligible Indians." Health services are available to all Diné College Americans Indian students
through the U.S. Public Health Service. Non-Indian students are seen in emergencies, and eye and dental care is not available.
Students not eligible for Public Health Services are responsible for any health care costs incurred while they are students at Diné College. Diné College offers private health insurance for domestic and international students and their dependents. Information on this program is obtained from the Dean of Student Services.
Ned Hatathli Museum
The museum is a component of the Center for Diné Studies and is located on the third and fourth floors of the Ned Hatathli Center at Tsaile Campus. It features a variety of audio-visual exhibitions plus traveling exhibits, workshops, and lectures. The permanent collection consists of historical manuscripts, films, tapes, photographs, and Navajo and other tribal artifacts.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The Associated Students of Diné College has chartered the following student organization, mainly at Tsaile Campus. Call your local center for participation in student clubs.
Students have the right to submit significant complaints in writing to College authorities. Such complaints are duly considered. Forms for registering complaints are available at the Student Services, Academic Affairs, and Regional Directors' offices.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
All Diné College students have rights and responsibilities identified in the Student Code of Conduct Booklet. Copies may be obtained from the Student Services Office or Regional Center offices.
Students with Disabilities
The college provides reasonable educational support and other academic services to disabled students. A student with disability who wishes to enroll for classes should contact Student Services at the Tsaile Campus or the designated representative at the Regional center.
Students in postsecondary education are responsible for self-identifying themselves as individuals with disabilities, providing disability documentation, and requesting accommodations. The college is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. The college does not provide special education versions, IEP (Individualized Education Programs) plans, specialized progress reports, etc. Primary and secondary schools are legally mandated to identify students with disabilities and provide a free and
appropriate education for the needs of students with disabilities. Because of this, many students with disabilities and their families think high school disability records automatically transferred to the college along with academic records, and the college continues services and accommodations in high school. However, this is not the case. In postsecondary education, the responsibility to identify a disability lies with the student, if in fact he or she desires to request services and accommodations on the basis of disability. Records regarding disability do not automatically transfer from high school to college. Such records can only be released or transferred with the written permission of
the adult students (in cases where the student is under the age of 18, parent or guardian permission is also required). Under federal law, family members are not provided with access to student information regarding disabilities, accommodations or academic progress. Disability related information and documentation are treated the same as medical information and handled under strict rules of confidentiality. Information is shared only on a limited basis within the college and then only when there is a compelling reason for the individual seeking the information to have knowledge of a special aspect of this confidential information. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), also known as the Buckley Amendment, provides faculty with free access to educational information in institutional files regarding students with whom they are teaching, advising or other capacity. Disability related records are excluded from free access under FERPA. Also excluded from free access under FERPA are inquiries external to the institution related to a student’s disability or academic progress.
Tsaile and Shiprock Campuses have a Certifying official to assist veteran students with using their educational benefits. Diné College curricula and courses are approved by the Arizona and New Mexico Veterans Commission State Approving Agencies. For additional information contact the Student Services Program at the Tsaile or Shiprock Campuses.