Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.29 / 2.00 Josh Hengemuhle
Assistant Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students No

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

As part of Welcome Days, all first-year undergraduate students were required to participate in a virtual session related to sustainability. First-year students also have an option to attend a Metro Transit training session and receive a free bus/train pass to familiarize them with mass transit and ensure that they feel safe and confident taking it.

The sustainability session, which was required for first-year students, was also provided as an option to transfer students. The description of the Welcome Days sustainability orientation session appears below.

Sustainability at St. Thomas Orientation Session
This 3-part session will help you learn how to join fellow Tommies in creating a better world for present and future generations. You will have a chance to win sustainability-themed prizes while exploring student activities, classes, research opportunities, and actions you can take to make a difference throughout the year.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Welcome Days sustainability session requirement for first-year students was implemented in 2019 and delivered that summer as an in-person event. In the summer of 2020, the session was delivered as an online, asynchronous event.

The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for undergraduate and transfer student orientation. The Dougherty Family College (DFC) is responsible for orientation for students entering the two-year DFC program, and graduate programs are responsible for orientation for their incoming students.

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