Important dates

Fall 2018
August 27 - Fall classes begin
August 27 - AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins through October 15 
August 27 - September 7   - Late enrollment - space available basis. Register online with late add code or register in-person with signature of instructor or late add code 
September 1-2 - College closed - no Saturday/Sunday classes
September 3 - Holiday - Labor Day - college closed
September 7 - Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees
September 7 - Last day to add a full-term class
September 7 - Last day to drop a full-term class, in-person, without a “W” appearing on transcript
September 9 - Last day to drop a full-term class, online, without a “W” appearing on transcript
September 15 - Graduation ling deadline for spring 2018 graduates to be considered for the early registration option.
September 21 - Last day to request P/NP option for a full-term class
September 28 - Holiday - Native American Day - college closed (Saturday and Sunday classes are in session)
Shorter terms starting in the fall
Beginning fall 2018, terms will be 16 weeks instead of 18 weeks long. Same quality instruction, same amount of time with your instructor. Fall 2018 classes begin August 27 and end December 16. For information on how this may impact you, visit shorter terms starting fall 2018.
Please be a good neighbor and consider our neighborhood
Help us preserve DVC's excellent reputation by doing your part to be a good neighbor! We understand that our students sometimes have to park on neighborhood streets at the beginning of the semester when campus parking is harder to find. If you do park off campus, please show respect for our neighbors by doing your part to keep their streets clean, quiet, and peaceful!
Campus safety
Diablo Valley College and the Contra Costa Community College District are committed to maintaining a safe environment at our campus sites. While not all circumstances are preventable, we are continually working to ensure that protocols and procedures are in place to respond to emergencies as expediently as possible: protecting the safety of our employees, students, and visitors remains among the highest of priorities for our College and District.  Learn more about our safety features and programs at DVC.

Follow these safety tips to help you protect yourself, your belongings, and fellow students on campus:
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you - especially if you are alone or it is dark.
  • Stay on well-traveled paths in open areas. Avoid dark, concealed, or unpopulated areas.
  • If possible, walk with a friend -- even during daylight hours.
  • Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace.
  • If you feel you are being followed, walk quickly to areas where there are other people. If in danger, screaming or yelling loudly will attract attention.
  • And don't forget to download and use the new Campus Shield app.
New for fall 2018 - Car Drop-Off
We'll park your car for you - for FREE

Parking is challenging at the start of the new term. Car drop-off gives you one less thing to worry about during the first two-weeks of class.
FREE Microsoft Office software for all DVC students!
DVC students get Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus at no cost via the Microsoft Professional Plus Benefit program.
Smoke Free DVC
Diablo Valley College is now a Tobacco-Free Institution
DVC is committed to promoting the good health of our students, staff and broader community by providing a healthy environment in which to learn and work. Given the negative health impacts of tobacco and similar product use, the Governing Board has established policy (GBP #2045) designating DVC as a tobacco-free institution. Therefore: 
Smoking, smoking substitutes, smoke inducing devices and vaping are considered a health hazard and are prohibited on all college property. This includes, but is not limited to, products containing tobacco or nicotine, e-cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, hookah smoking, personal vaporizers/electronic smoking devices, marijuana and controlled substances regulated under federal law. 

This policy shall apply to all students, employees, volunteers, vendors, consultants, agents, contractors, and visitors on Diablo Valley College property as defined above. Consistent with Government Code 7597.1, the Governing Board has imposed fines and set enforcement standards for DVC in order to ensure a tobacco-free environment.

Please read the complete smoking policy on our website. 

Take a deep breath and enjoy a SMOKE FREE DVC!
Did you know that we have a food pantry?
DVC Food Pantry provides emergency, supplemental food to DVC students.

The food pantry opens on Monday, August 27 and is located in the Student Union Multicultural Center. For more information visit DVC Food Pantry .

Don't miss the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 19, 4-6:00pm.
Stay connected with DVC WiFi
Follow the  step-by-step instructions  for wireless internet on the DVC campus. You will need your InSite Portal ID and password.
Fall Fest 2018
Come to Fall Fest on Wednesday, September 19, 11am-2pm, in the Commons. Learn about student services, student life (clubs, and student government), and student resources that are available to you. Get information, and ask questions. Fun, food, games, and music! For more information, visit Fall Fest 2018 .
Would you like money for textbooks? Priority registration?
DVC EOPS is accepting applications for new fall 2018 EOPS students. Eligible students can receive money to purchase textbooks, priority registration, UC and CSU application fee waivers, and more. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 7, 2018 . However, space is limited and the application period may close sooner if the program reaches capacity. To apply, please complete the online application.

For more information, visit DVC EOPS or stop by our office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building.
Join student government
Interested in joining student government? Attend one of the information sessions offered  August 28 – September 6, learn about student government,   and obtain a petition packet. Interested students must submit their petition pack by Friday, September 7 and must attend the retreat on Saturday, September 8 , 9:30am-3:30pm.
Join DVC's Umoja program!
Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is part of a statewide program committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students.

The DVC Umoja program is looking for students who want to engage in our learning community for 2018-19. Students in Umoja are required to take two linked courses each semester, meet with a mentor, participate in field trips, and meet other program requirements. If you want to be part of a strong community that supports each other's success, please email  UmojaProgram@dvc.edu  for more information.
Students clubs at DVC
Have you renewed your club for the fall? Club renewal is open on DVCsync now through September 24. Go to  DVCsync   and renew your club for fall 2018. Contact  John Christensen   or stop by the Student Union Building if you have any questions.

Does your club need  DVCsync   training?   Need help learning how to navigate DVCsync, our new clubs and student government portal? Stop by the Student Union Building or contact  John Christensen .
Assessment Center announcements
Assessment is one of the most important steps in the enrollment process. In addition to traditional assessments, DVC offers an online placement tool for students that graduated high school after 2007. This tool is used to determine your placement in English and math based on your high school courses, grades, and GPA.

Learn more by visiting the Assessment Center . Assessments are offered on a regular basis, and appointments can be made  online  or in the  Assessment Center .
Apply for EOPS and get money for textbooks!
Need FREE money for textbooks? Want PRIORITY REGISTRATION? Interested in getting FREE UC or CSU APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS for transferring? 

EOPS provides these benefits and more to eligible students. To see if you qualify, complete the new fall EOPS application today.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, September 7, 2018 . Spaces are limited and the application period may end earlier. Submit your application today to begin receiving EOPS services as soon as possible.
Financial aid announcements

Bank Mobile
New method for receiving financial aid
If you have not yet signed up for Bank Mobile , you must do so in order to receive your financial aid funds. MoneyNetwork information does not carry over to this new service. Learn more by visiting Receive Your Aid .

There's still time to apply for financial aid!
If you haven't applied for financial aid, it is not too late to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA or DREAM Act. If you need assistance, visit the enrollment lab or visit DVC Financial Aid for more information.
Study abroad in Florence, Italy
Don’t miss the lifetime opportunity to live and study in Florence, Italy for the spring 2019 semester. To learn more, attend one the  upcoming information sessions .

Scheduled information sessions
Wednesday, August 29, 12-1 pm, BFL 105
Wednesday, September 5, 10-11 pm, FO 234
Wednesday, September 12, 1-2 pm, BFL 105
Thursday, September 20, 5-6 pm, BFL 105
Wednesday, September 26, 3-4 pm, FO 234
Volunteers needed!
GET INVOLVED in your campus community!  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to welcome new students to DVC.
 
Our annual Welcome Day event will be held at the San Ramon Campus on Monday, August 20 and at the Pleasant Hill Campus on Saturday, August 25 . Come help new students explore campus, attend informative workshops, and prepare for a successful first term. If you would like to be a part of this welcoming and fun event at either campus, please complete the Welcome Day Volunteer Form.

Welcome Week August 27 and August 28 at the Pleasant Hill Campus. Make the first week of school less stressful during the August “back-to-school” rush by helping fellow students locate classrooms and student services, assisting with Insite Portal/WebAdvisor, and making the transition into the new term easier for everyone.  If you are interested in helping with our “back-to-school” rush at the Pleasant Hill Campus, please complete the  Welcome Services Volunteer Form.
 
Benefits of volunteering include:
  • Obtaining Volunteer Certificates (for each event)
  • Sharing your DVC pride with new students, guests and families
  • Having the opportunity to publicly demonstrate your commitment to DVC’s mission and values
  • Bolstering college applications and resumes

If you have any questions, please contact Mercy Pono at  mpono@dvc.edu or 925-969-2115.
Name change - 911 Shield app now called Campus Shield (mobile blue phones)
Campus safety in the palm of your hand! The Campus Shield app is fully operational and available in the Apple iTunes store , or in the  Android app store
Counseling announcements

Counseling appointments
When deciding whether to make a counseling appointment or seeing a counselor on drop-in, remember that appointments are for 30 minutes and drop-ins are intended for quick answers to questions from 10-12 minutes.

Schedule an appointment online or at the Counseling Services front desk in the Student Services Building. New counseling appointments are released every Monday, so go online or drop by to make an appointment! Appointments fill up fast so schedule yours as soon as possible! 

DVC athletics
For students interested in continuing as student athletes, we have 18 sports teams. Contact Athletic Counselor, Terry Armstrong for more information on how to get connected to your sport.

Even though you may not be an athlete, DVC offers many fitness options through their kinesiology activity courses. Search KNACT in the course schedule for fun, new friends, and fitness.
Welcome Day at DVC
Attending DVC for the first time? Then join us for a one-day welcome event! Come explore your campus community, meet your faculty and peers, attend informative workshops, learn about exciting opportunities, and get prepared for a successful first term!

San Ramon Campus
Monday, August 20
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Campus
Saturday, August 25
8:30 am-12:00 pm or 12:30-4:00 pm
Career and Transfer Center announcements
Welcome back, everyone! We hope your summer was a blast and we are glad to have you back. To welcome you all back, the Career and Transfer Center will be giving out free donuts and drinks to students on Wednesday, September 5, 9am-noon. Be sure to stop by the Career and Transfer Center (SSC-202) while supplies last.
CalWORKs announcements
Are you a parent? If so, did you know you can receive county assistance to attend school? County assistance includes money for your household, food stamps, medical coverage, vouchers to pay for your books, parking, educational supplies, and free child care while you go to school. Stop by or contact the CalWORKs Office for more information about eligibility and services.
DVC calendar
Check out the campus calendar to find out what's happening at DVC! Discover important academic dates, workshops, guest speakers, drama production, musical events, festivals, and MORE!
Where to eat at DVC        
New to DVC? Want to know where to eat on campus?  Check out the food services available at DVC.
DVC's new custom clothing and accessories!
Check out DVC's new custom apparel and accessories website. You can now order clothing and accessories with the DVC logo on your choice of clothing and/or accessories, including UnderArmour! Many options and colors to choose from. Shop today!
DVC Connect Card
Do you have your DVC ID and ASDVC discount sticker? Go to the Student Union to get both. The library also provides black and white ID cards, and the Book Store sells the discount sticker for $10, so you can get 5 percent off of your purchases there. Visit DVC Connect Card for more information.
Marijuana policy at DVC
Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it is still prohibited on all Contra Costa Community College District property, colleges and campuses.
First Year Experience (FYE)
First year students! Jump start your college success! Enroll in a First Year Experience (FYE) fall pathway at DVC! 

FYE helps students:
• connect to campus resources
• find a community of friends
• gain skills for college success
• explore career and major pathways
• get a great start in reaching your educational goals

The Business FYE Pathway is linked with three classes and has two cohorts. 
• Cohort 1: BUS 109 - 1358, ENGL 118 - 1511, COUNS 100 - 2922. 
• Cohort 2: BUS 109 - 1359, ENGL 122 - 0655, COUNS 100 - 2923.

The Communication FYE Pathway is linked with three classes: COUNS 100 - 2913, ENGL 122 - 0652, COMM 120 - 2636

The STEM FYE Program is linked with three classes: accelerated MATH 120 - 3430 and 121 - 0491 sequence, CHEM 108 - 2394, COUNS 100 - 2914

The Human Behavior FYE Pathway is linked with three classes at the San Ramon campus: COUNS 100 - 9163, HIST 121 - 9370, ENGL 122 - 9253.

For more information, visit First Year Experience (FYE). To participate, register for the linked classes and complete the FYE Intake Form.
Policy on skateboarding, skating, and bicycling on campus
In accordance with V.C. 21113(f), the use of bicycles, motorized bicycles, electric bicycles, skateboards, electrically motorized boards, and roller skates on the DVC campus is strictly prohibited.
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