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Mustang Days is Stevenson University's academic orientation and course registration program designed to help all new incoming (freshman and transfer) students make a smooth transition into college. Students will have the opportunity to connect with other new students, meet with faculty and staff within their major and their Student Success Coach, register for the upcoming semester, and become familiar with important resources available on campus.

For Summer 2020, Mustang Days will occur online through Stevenson’s Learning Management System, BlackBoard.

Goals

Completion of your Virtual Mustang Day is required for all new students at Stevenson University. The online modules are especially designed to help in your transition and to begin your orientation process that will continue through your first year.

Completing your Virtual Mustang Day will allow you to:

  • Interact with other new students who are beginning this exciting and new journey with you
  • Be introduced to your academic program, policies, curriculum, and degree requirements
  • Receive class schedule for the upcoming semester
  • Learn more about becoming a member of the Stevenson University community
  • Find instructions on obtaining your SUOne card
  • Have all of your questions answered
ACCESSING YOUR VIRTUAL MUSTANG DAY

In order to complete your Virtual Mustang Days you must first activate your Stevenson University Single Sign On (SSO). Your Single Sign On is your username and password to access all of Stevenson's technology resources. After submitting your enrollment deposit to the Admissions Office, you should receive an email from TechConnection@stevenson.edu with instructions on activating your SSO.

Account activation emails will begin to be sent throughout the week of May 4. Please note that it takes up to one week from the time you submit your enrollment deposit to activate your account and get access to your Virtual Mustang Day.

Once you’ve activated your SSO, follow the below steps to begin your Virtual Mustang Days:

  1. Sign in to the SUNow Portal with your SU username and password (SSO).
  2. On the left hand side of the SUNow Portal, under “Applications” click the link for “BlackBoard”
  3. Login to BlackBoard with your SSO.
  4. Under “My Courses” click on “20FREG - REG 100 - Mustang Day”

There are multiple modules that need to be complete in your Mustang Day before you will be able to register for courses. You need to complete each “Knowledge Check” with a score of 70% or higher for the next module to be available.

A few days after you’ve completed your Mustang Day, check your SU email for a certification of completion with follow up instructions regarding course registration, advising, and additional opportunities to connect with SU!

If you have any issues activating your Stevenson Single Sign On, please call TechConnection at 443-334-3000.
FAQs
  1. What is Mustang Days?
    Mustang Days is Stevenson University's academic orientation and new student registration program designed to help incoming students make a smooth transition into the Stevenson community.
     
  2. Is Mustang Days mandatory?
    Yes, Mustang Days is for all new students at Stevenson University. This day is especially designed to help in your transition and to begin your orientation process that will continue through your first year.
     
  3. Is Mustang Days occurring online for Summer 2020?
    Yes!  Mustang Days has been adapted to be completed online through SU’s Learning Management System (BlackBoard) – you’ll still get an opportunity to learn more about academic policies and resources, as well as get an opportunity to start interacting with other new students through your Virtual Mustang Days experience.
     
  4. What if the Virtual Mustang Day isn’t appearing for me in BlackBoard?
    It can take a few days for our processes to run from the time you submit your enrollment deposit and activate your SSO.  Typically, the REG_100 Mustang Day course will appear in BlackBoard approximately 48 hours after you’ve activated your SU Single Sign On.  You can contact mustangdays@stevenson.edu if you have a question about access to the BlackBoard modules.
     
  5. When do I need to complete my Mustang Day by?
    We encourage all students to complete their Mustang Day as quickly as they can and will follow up with students in case you’re struggling.  The modules should take less than one hour to complete. Keep in mind – you won’t be registered for classes until AFTER you’ve completed your Mustang Day and any necessary placement testing. The sooner you finish these items, the sooner you’ll get your Fall 2020 schedule.
     
  6. Is there a cost associated with Mustang Days?
    No, there is no cost to attend Mustang Days.
     
  7. What if I don’t have access to the technology needed to complete my Mustang Day?
    If that happens, please contact the Director of First Year Experience at mustangdays@stevenson.edu for other options for completing your Mustang Day requirements.
     
  8. I’m a transfer student – do I need to complete Mustang Days?
    Yes – there is a specifically designed Virtual Mustang Day just for transfer students.
     
  9. How will I get my class schedule for the upcoming semester?
    After you’ve completed your Virtual Mustang Day, you will receive follow up instructions on course registration and advising.  For new freshmen, you’ll work with your assigned Student Success Coach, for transfer students, you’ll work directly with your Academic Department.

    REMEMBER – you won’t be able to register for courses without first completing your Virtual Mustang Day.
Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents

As the parent of an incoming student, we know you may have questions and want to support your student the best you can, as we move through the summer. We’ve compiled a few resources below to help you navigate the enrollment and course registration process with your student.

If you have any questions about Mustang Days, please email mustangdays@stevenson.edu.

Download Parents’ Guide to Virtual Mustang Days for an overview of your student’s Virtual Mustang Day, including instructions to access and complete the Mustang Day, and copy of content.

What is FERPA and how does it impact you and your student?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

What does this mean – now that your student is enrolled at a school beyond the high school level (Stevenson), you do not have immediate access to your student’s record (including their grades and their bill) regardless of whose paying the bill or the age of your child – faculty, staff and administrators may not be able to speak with you regarding your student’s record, bill, grades, etc.

Students can choose to allow other people access to certain areas of their education record. The phrase used to indicate this is “granting proxy access”; the person getting access is referred to as the “proxy.” Students usually grant this access to parents, guardians, or spouses. A student is also able to designate multiple proxies and to specify the type of access each proxy may have.

Once Proxy Access is assigned by the student, the person receiving the access can see the specified information, and the University is authorized to speak regarding this information to the proxy. Please remember, the proxy access is determined by the student. If the student gives proxy access only to Student Finance, then the proxy will not be able to view Grades.

Students will need to follow the steps below to grant Parent Proxy access:

  1. Sign in to the student SUNOW portal
  2. Choose Assign Proxy Access under the Self-Service Menu
  3. Select a Proxy from drop down box choose a person
  4. Select the permission for proxy user. Choose from Student Finance, Financial Aid, Academics or Notifications. To authorize parent ability to Make a Payment and/or view Account Activity you must choose Student Finance.
  5. Read & click the Disclosure Agreement and click SAVE.
  6. You may Add Another User to have proxy access. Please follow the detailed information prompts to add another user with proxy access to your selected student information.

*Note: Students will need to grant proxy access in order for parents/guardians to access Student Finance and make payment arrangements online.

Parent Q&A’s

Throughout the summer, the Director, First Year Experience, will host a number of Q&A sessions for parents of incoming students through BlueJeans. Check back later this summer for a list of dates and times.
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