Student Engagement


What We Do


UAB 1715 Building exteriorOur office is located in the 1715 Building
1715 9th Avenue South
205-975-9509
engagement@uab.edu
The Office of Student Engagement aims to provide developmental learning, holistic engagement and preventative education to every member of the UAB community.

Student Engagement staff aims to:

  • Work with students to help identify and overcome barriers to success
  • Help students get connected to campus and community resources
  • Serve as advocates to help students navigate the university system
  • Provide referrals for longer-term care
  • Conduct outreach and education to students and other campus community partners on relevant issues students may face
  • Serve in consultation to staff, faculty, students and families
  • Interpret and uphold the University Non-Academic Code of Conduct to provide a safe and inclusive campus community environment
  • Provide access to our food and school supplies pantry for students experiencing financial need and food insecurity

You're not alone; we are here to help.

Student Engagement is committed to nurturing, protecting and providing for its students. If you or someone you know is the victim of a physical or sexual assault or domestic violence, please remember: you are not alone. It is not your fault. UAB departments such as Student Health and Wellness, Women’s Advocacy and Counseling, and Student Engagement are here to offer assistance. Within Student Engagement, we have Case Managers to work closely and confidentially with undergraduate and graduate students. We will help you report a crime, receive medical attention or get you connected to the right resources. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, or alcohol or drug abuse, we have assembled a list of medical professionals, counselors and support agencies, both on and off-campus, to lead you back to recovery.

Student Conduct


Your first priority at UAB is to get a great education, plain and simple. The Non-Academic Conduct Policy, maintained by the office of Student Engagement, provides the guidelines that protect your chance at getting that top-quality education by setting the standard for what it means to be a successful student.

Non-Academic Student Conduct Policy
Student Engagement, specifically with regards to student conduct is one of many channels that the university can use to foster the personal development of its students. In cases where a student engages in non-academic misconduct, the conduct process is also an approach that we use to protect the safety of the university community. While the conduct process does adjudicate misconduct, it is not a legal system. The conduct process does not use the same procedures, burdens of proof, or rules of evidence as the legal systems. In order to maintain an educational tone, the university takes steps to ensure that the process is as non-adversarial as possible, while still safeguarding the rights of students.

The non-academic misconduct process is an integral part of the educational mission and goals of UAB and Student Life. The Office of Student Engagement oversees and implements the non-academic misconduct process. The nonacademic misconduct process is designed to provide and help maintain an educational atmosphere with emphasis on developing individual understanding and acceptance of personal and social responsibilities; creating a sense of belonging within a welcoming environment; and challenging and supporting students to reflect, integrate, and act upon their UAB experience.

Report a violation of the Code of Conduct

FAQs


How do I alert Student Engagement if I am worried about a student?
Please fill out the Report a Student of Concern form online and submit it to our Care Team. Student Engagement and the UAB Care Team aim to identify distressed, disruptive, disturbed students and to consult together about ways to effectively and appropriately intervene.

What are examples of concerning behavior?
Behaviors of concern can range from poor classroom attendance, to dramatic weight loss, to overtly suicidal statements. Please see the Care Team site for more information on these and other signs of trouble.

How can I help a student in distress?
The Office of Student Engagement and Student Health and Wellness offer a presentation to faculty and staff to help identify characteristics of a distressed and/or disruptive student, offering strategies to intervene and introducing campus resources for students who need additional support or assistance. Please contact Emily Feinstein, Director of Student Engagement to schedule a presentation.

How do I report a crime?
Contact UAB Police. Should you want to report voluntary incidents, potential criminal actions, or suspicious incidents, the UAB Police are here to help.

What if I am being sexually harassed?
Contact the Title IX Coordinator and Student Engagement Office.

What if I have been sexually assaulted?
Please see the Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault.

UAB takes sexual harassment, assault and discrimination very seriously. Please know that UAB has an entire team dedicated to help you through this process. Whether you are not sure and want to review the policy, or are uncertain as to how to report it and what can be done; please know we are here to help.

What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any kind of sexual contact against a person’s will and without consent. It can be accomplished by direct force, threats of force, manipulation, or trickery. This includes rape, inappropriate touching, or sexual harassment. Additional info on sexual assault

What is Consent?
UAB believes that all sexually activity should be consensual. Therefore, consent must be obtained prior to engaging in any sexual activity, and for each new sexual activity. Any sexual act that occurs without consent may be considered a sexual assault and/or misconduct. Additional info on consent

What is Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It is when someone repeatedly contacts you, follows you, sends you things, talks to you when you don’t want them to, or threatens you. Additional info on stalking

Case Management


Need some help? Contact a case manager.

If you're struggling with a problem — whether it's medical, relational, psychological, financial, or academic — our case managers are here to help you find the right resources, plan your next steps, and identify ways to be most successful at UAB. Our case managers work closely with Student Health & Wellness, the Graduate Student Association, and various other campus and community resources.

A Case Manager Helps in Many Ways:
  • Medical
  • Relational
  • Psychological
  • Financial
  • Academic

Our case managers also help students in need to access the food and school supplies pantry available in our office. To contact a case manager or to schedule an appointment, call 205-975-9509 or send them an email.

leslie-riley
Leslie Riley, Case Manager, leslieriley@uab.edu

shawra-rainer
Shawra Rainer, Case Management Specialist, srainer@uab.edu

Presentations


Student Engagement Presentation Request Form


The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to a safe, supportive learning and working environment for all members of the campus community. Campus safety is our top priority, and we take all threats of violence seriously to protect everyone’s health and well-being. The Office of Student Engagement is launching a multi-pronged awareness campaign – See Something, Say Something, Do Something – to promote campus safety for students, faculty, and staff.

Preventing violence on campus depends on UAB community members identifying and communicating behaviors of concern—early identification of concerns allows faculty and staff to provide resources to students in distress to minimize harm to self or others. You can help by being aware of your surroundings on campus and reporting any unusual activity from people. We are all responsible for safety. If you see something, say and do something about it—report any concerning behavior and suspicious activity.

Please see below our listing of available presentations that can be customized for your group. Contact Emily Feinstein, Director of Student Engagement, at eufeinstein@uab.edu or (205)975-9509 for any questions regarding presentations.



Overview of Student Engagement

20 minutes / 45 minutes

The Office of Student Engagement aims to provide developmental learning, holistic engagement and preventative education to every member of the UAB community. Student Engagement staff aims to:
  • Work with students to help identify and overcome barriers to success
  • Help students get connected to campus and community resources
  • Serve as advocates to help students navigate the university system
  • Provide referrals for longer-term care
  • Conduct outreach and education to students and other campus community partners on relevant issues students may face
  • Serve in consultation to staff, faculty, students and families
  • Interpret and uphold the University Non-Academic Code of Conduct to provide a safe and inclusive campus community environment



Overview of Non-Academic Conduct

20 minutes / 45 minutes

Student Engagement, specifically with regards to student conduct is one of many channels that the university can use to foster the personal development of its students. In cases where a student engages in non-academic misconduct, the conduct process is also an approach that we use to protect the safety of the university community. While the conduct process does adjudicate misconduct, it is not a legal system. The conduct process does not use the same procedures, burdens of proof, or rules of evidence as the legal systems. In order to maintain an educational tone, the university takes steps to ensure that the process is as non-adversarial as possible, while still safeguarding the rights of students.



Title IX: What is it and what is my role in the community

20 minutes / 45 minutes / 60 minutes

The University of Alabama at Birmingham strongly supports and encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct. Reporting provides resources to victims and contributes to keeping the campus safe. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is maintained by the Office of Civil Rights within the United States Department of Education. Title IX maintains that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination; sexual assault is considered a form of sexual harassment under Title IX. The University conducts investigations reported to the Title IX Coordinators. For more information regarding your options and responsibilities under Title IX, please request a workshop.



What is the UAB Care Team : Distressed and Disruptive Students

45 minutes / 60 minutes

One of the goals for the Office of Student Engagement is to provide outreach and support for faculty and staff. One of the ways that we go about providing this outreach is through presentations to faculty and staff about the ways that they can recognize, interact with, and help distressed and disruptive students in their classes. This presentation includes additional information from the Counseling and Wellness Center, Disability Support Services, the Police Department, Student Health Services, Title IX Coordinator and Investigator, and other campus partners.



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