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Addressing Student Basic Needs

Listed on the Otis College website are resources and services that the College offers to address and provide support for some challenges that many students face, such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, and lack of access to basic needs.

Support includes:

  • Feed-A-Need Program
  • Otis College Food Pantry
  • Fresh Fridays
  • Resource Exchange
  • Ride-Share Program
  • Housing Resources
  • Otis College Mental Health Services

Classroom Management

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(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

The classroom environment continues to change as our students change. There is an increasing faculty need for resources and support in understanding how to identify and triage at-risk student behavior in the classroom. The following resources will support your learning about how to manage crisis in the classroom.

  1. Best Practices: Preventing and Managing Challenging Classroom Situations
  2. Classroom Management Issues and Solutions Table
  3. Dealing with Troublesome Behaviors in the Classroom
  4. Responding to Disruptive or Threatening Student Behavior: A Guide for Faculty
  5. LinkedIn Learning ( Classroom Management

Student Counseling Services

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Student Counseling Services are available to support all currently enrolled Otis College students. Services are free and confidential.

More information.


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(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

FERPA and Social Media (Faculty Focus, 2011)

“FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. Simply stated, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records. These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.” 
FERPA does not prevent faculty from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. Faculty who want to incorporate social media into their classrooms should be mindful of the following (adapted from Faculty Focus): 

  • When students are assigned to post information to public social media platforms outside of the College’s LMS, they should be informed that their material may be viewed by others. 
  • Students should not be required to release personal information on a public site. 
  • Faculty comments or grades on student material should not be made public.
  •  While not clearly required by law, students under the age of 18 should get their parent’s consent to post public work.

Student Health and Wellness Center

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The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) includes both medical and counseling services for all currently enrolled Otis College students. All students have access to the SHWC, even if they do not have the student health insurance.  

More information.

Accessibility (supporting students)

Describing Visual Resources Toolkit

The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and for all the technologies that interact with publications when indexing, searching, or converting text to speech. Description makes visual resources more discoverable and sustainable, and makes publications more useful to more people.

In academic publications in the arts and humanities, description must be scholarly as well as accessible, and in line with existing standards: metadata, copyright, and disciplinary conventions. It is therefore best managed by the scholars, academic publishers, and arts organizations who create the publications.

The resources in this toolkit are designed to support authors, editors, publishers, and arts organizations in advancing the description of visual resources for accessibility in arts and humanities publications.

Disability Services

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All students seeking disability accommodations in the classroom need to contact Dr. Carol Branch at 310-846-2554 or e-mail

"From Where I Sit" Video Series

- featuring eight CSU Fullerton students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. Recorded in 2011.

They tell their stories by answering five questions:

  • What is your disability?
  • What made you decide to come to college?
  • What is it like in the classroom?
  • What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  • What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?

It is amazing to realize what we can do as faculty to support student learning.

Additional forms, articles, policies are found in the Dashboard > Staff/Faculty Forms under Menu.

The following statement should be included in your Otis College syllabus:

If you are a student with a documented disability (chronic medical, physical, learning, or psychological) requiring reasonable academic accommodations, you must contact Disability Services (located in Ahmanson 205, 310-846-2554) before you need any accommodations. Retroactive accommodations are not provided, so please be sure to make your request early in the semester. All discussions will remain confidential.

For additional information, please visit the Disability Services website

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