Section Four: Success Strategies

Important Academic Policies

Important Academic Policies

Learning the System

Attending college and managing your academic career can feel overwhelming and complicated, especially at first. Most students find they grow more comfortable with time and experience. They learn to adapt to a new vocabulary and more responsibility.

The best ways to quick-start your abilities are to:

  • Participate in the New Student Orientation process
  • Take Counseling 50, Introduction to College
  • Browse the Counseling Center's website which is full of useful information, and read their on-line student success seminar.
  • Become familiar with the Schedule of Classes
  • Familiarize yourself with the De Anza College Catalog for the year you start, especially the sections which describe:
    • College policies and regulations,
    • General education requirements, and
    • Major's degree or certificate requirements. 
    • You may want to download those requirements for future reference.
  • Read this Disability Information Student Handbook (DISH) thoroughly
  • Ask questions of your instructors and your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist whenever you don’t understand something.
  • Review the Academic Integrity and Student Success Senate Policy of 5/20/02 which describes in detail the expectations of faculty, students, and administration to mutually contribute to an educational environment that fosters academic integrity, defined "as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values:
    • Honesty,
    • Trust,
    • Fairness,
    • Respect, and
    • Responsibility."

Importance of Dates and Deadlines

Little happens automatically in college. Most often actions that affect your academic career must be initiated by you. When you have done something, it is best to follow up for confirmation that the action you wanted has taken place.  If you submit something in writing or by email, be sure to keep a copy for yourself.

Pay close attention to deadlines which may apply. After deadlines pass, it may be more difficult or impossible to accomplish your objective.

Watch these deadline dates VERY carefully: (all have published deadlines and procedures)

  • Registering, adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes,
  • Paying for fees for registration,
  • Filing forms,
  • Applying for credit/no credit,
  • Applying for graduation,
  • Etc.

The most critical dates are always in the Class Schedule on the De Anza website Academic Calendar, Important Dates and Deadlines.

You may also watch around campus for posts of essential dates or be sure to read the weekly campus newspaper, La Voz.

If you have provided an email address, you may receive email communications from the College or the DSS program.  Be sure to read them, and don't overlook them  in  your "spam" or "junk" folder.  If you aren't receiving emails, be sure to check with the DSS  office to correct your email address or check change your computer setting redirect them from your "junk" to "incoming" mail folders.

Don’t let the “snooze, you lose” happen to you.

"The Paper Chase"

Even if you keep your computer records in order, a paper trail is still a good method to prevent misunderstandings and correct possible mistakes.

  • Always keep copies of important documents, communications, receipts, and records.
  • Check your grades in your courses and keep your graded work until after the quarter ends.
  • Check your official grade /transcript after every quarter to ensure the grades are recorded correctly.
  • Make a file labeled “Important De Anza Papers” and keep all college papers in permanent storage.

Green Sheets

The “green sheet,” and/or a course syllabus will be handed out in each class at the beginning of the quarter. Always keep these for at least the quarter and become familiar with their contents, which will include at least the:

  1. Instructor’s purpose and description of the course
  2. Required materials
  3. Attendance policy
  4. Grading policy
  5. Contact information for the instructor

They may also list specifics of the course requirements, including a schedule and details about assignments and exams.

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DISH Table of Contents

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Section One: Coming to De Anza College

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

General / College-Wide Accommodations and Services

Instructional / Classroom Accommodations and Services:

Alternate Media Services:

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Services:

Legal Aspects

Concerns and Complaints

Section Three: Disability Support Programs & Services Instruction

Section Four: Success Strategies

Section Five: Campus and Community Life

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