Here are the answers to common misconceptions that some students have about the departments within Student Academic Services:
Myth: Anyone can join ACE.
Truth: Students who identify as any one of the following can join ACE: first-generation college student, high financial need, or have a documented disability.
Myth: ACE provides financial aid funds.
Truth: ACE does not provide direct financial support, but services are free of charge due to the federal grant used to cover all program costs.
Myth: Undocumented students can join ACE.
Truth: Since the government is funded by federal government funds, undocumented students are ineligible to apply.
Myth: Military-affiliated students are politically conservatives and unapproachable.
Truth: Military-affiliated students are merely a microcosm of the United States population as a whole. Each military-affiliated student has their own interests and points of view.
Myth: All military-affiliated students have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Truth: As of 2017, the United States Office of Veterans Affairs reports that somewhere between 11-20% of veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) have some form of PTSD.
Myth: The Military Veteran Student Services (MVSS) Office is for military-affiliated students only.
Truth: MVSS is open to any and all students who wish to work with us and our military-affiliated student population. Having a military background or a family member who served is not required. For more information about MVSS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myth: Supplemental Instruction (SI) and peer tutoring just re-lectures course material.
Truth: Our SI leaders and peer tutors are trained to do the opposite; to provide interactive learning sessions that will help students better understand and comprehend the material.
Myth: Students have to pay for tutoring.
Truth: Tutoring is free of charge for students. Loyola believes in providing students with the necessary academic tools to be successful, without financial burden.
Myth: Going to just one SI or tutoring session will get you an "A" in a course.
Truth: Unfortunately, this is not true. We highly recommend students go to tutoring and SI sessions regularly to ensure they are understanding the course material.
Myth: Tutoring Center offers tutoring for every class.
Truth: Logistically, we cannot provide coverage for every class offered at Loyola, so we focus on the historically difficult classes, which are identified by high rates of D and F grades, as well as withdraw rates. If students need tutoring assistance in a class not already covered by SI or tutoring, they can get in touch with the Tutoring Center to see if it is a possibility.
Myth: SI leaders and peer tutors aren't relatable since they did well in the course.
Truth: Our SI leaders and peer tutors are students themseleves, who have taken these historically difficult courses and passed with at least an A-. They recognize student needs better than anyone, because they have been in students' shoes.
Myth: There are only a few students registered with the SAC.
Truth: There are over 1,600 students affiliated with the Student Accessibility Center.
Myth: SAC is notified about students with disabilities by the Undergraduate Admissions Office when they apply to go to Loyola.
Truth: Students must self-disclose and register with the SAC if they would like to discuss accommodations.
Myth: Accommodations are only assigned the first week of class.
Truth: Students are encouraged to register before the start of the semester and to provide faculty with their accomodation letter as soon as possible. However, students are able to register at any point in the semester.
Myth: You can ask a student what their disability is.
Truth: You should not ask a student to disclose their disability.
Myth: You have to have a completed resume to get it reviewed.
Truth: You can have your resume reviewed at any point, regardless of how far along you are in the process.
Myth: You have to have a declared major and/or know what you want to do as a career.
Truth: Everyone is welcomed to meet with an advisor, even if you are undeclared or have no idea what you want to do in the future. Career advisors are trained to help you understand your interests and how they can possibly translate into a career path.
Myth: The CDC only sees students who have made an appointment.
Truth: While students should call 773.508.7716 to schedule an appointment, we also offer drop-in hours at either campus for most of the school year.
Myth: The CDC only provides resume reviews.
Truth: The CDC offers numerous services and programs for students, including advising, career fairs, job shadowing, career mentoring & networking programs, student employment, mock interviews, life planning, and more!