Student Services Department (SSD) develops, coordinates and provides comprehensive support services for the steady growth and development of the students. This department facilitate the welfare, discipline, supervision and reward of student activities as well as guiding and encouraging them on a number of extra-curricular activities that are beneficial to their well-being and development. SSD also has the responsibility of enacting and enforcing rules and regulations to help students have a safe and secure environment on campus. The department works in conjunction with the Academic and Academic Support Services departments toward achieving SUN vision, vision, goals and objective. SSD aims at ensuring the students to be responsible through counseling and ensuring smooth academic progress of students in the programs. SSD also supports and promotes student-centered environment through student-faculty interaction at regular intervals to solve various academic and career development issues. Students are encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities for their overall development, the SSD orientations are carried out at regular intervals.
In summary Students Service Department is poised to uphold the core values of the University and to enhance student development and success through innovative programs, supervision of the provision and delivery of services, as well as continued partnerships with other organs of the University, which is in-line with the policy manual, the policy manual was developed to provide rules and regulations of SUN students.
The goals of the Student Services Department are as follows:
1. To provide effective continuous orientations to new and continuing students.
2. To counsel students for progression in academics and to provide effective academic advisory.
3. To orient students with knowledge and skills set through Professional Skills Development Programs (PSDPs) thereby grooming them for suitable global career opportunities.
4. To coordinate and address issues of Class Representatives, SRC and hostel students.
5. To plan, coordinate social events and club activities.
6. To process all student requests timely.
Student Counseling Policy aim at comforting the students in the first month of joining Skyline University Nigeria by orientating them on various Academic and Academic Support Services available at the university. The counselling continues throughout the stay of the students on various dimensions of academic-related issues, performance issues, career issues and graduation requirements. Student counseling also helps students take maximum benefit of the facilities and services rendered by SUN as a student and as an Alumnus. The students’ counsellors carry out the Academic counseling at the Undergraduate level. The forms of counselling they offer include:
· Personal/ General Counselling
· Change of program counselling
· Transfer of Credit (TOC) Counselling
The SSD is responsible for coordinating continuing and new students’ orientation. The Vice chancellor, Registrar, Deans, Director of Academic Support Service (DASS) and the Department heads, gives the orientation jointly. The orientation activity is scheduled and carried out at the beginning of every semester in each academic year. This orientation covers various aspects of their academic tenure and familiarizes them with different institutional activities at the university such as:
3. Applications and Requests
The department with the collaboration of admin department allocate faculty members to respective students as their advisors who will offer consultations, guide the students, track their academic progress and encourage them. The department also coordinates advisory meetings and consolidate advisory reports twice in a semester for the advisors and their respective advisees to discuss issues and find proper ways of resolving them.
5. Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) and Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Coordination
SSD is responsible for organizing and coordinating PSDP. The main objective of PSDP is to train and equip the students with skills set towards personal and professional development. This training becomes handy when students set out for SIWES or when in the labour market after graduation. The department in collaboration with the corporate affairs Office (CAO) also helps in coordinating Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) for junior students.
6. Class Representatives (CRs) Election
The department with the help of the faculties are responsible for Class Representatives’ election every semester and holding monthly CRs meeting to discuss issues and concerns of students if any and to find possible ways of resolving them.
7. Students Club and Associations
Student activities are important elements of the learning process in developing students holistically. The department (SSD) establishes students clubs for execution for various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities and students are encouraged to participate to improve their cognitive, social and mental abilities. The SSD invites interested students to register online through their portal for membership of various committees and clubs based on students areas of interest. The Department is responsible for organizing, coordinating and managing the club activities. Some of the clubs and associations include:
· Chattered Skyline University Nigeria Toastmasters Club with Number: 07870285 (District 94)
· SUN Arts and Photography Club
· SUN Music and Theatre Club
8. Students Community Services and Volunteering
To strengthen the universities Corporate Social Responsibilities and to give room for volunteering and engaging the students in communities services, the Students under the guidance of SSD came up with an initiative called “Hand to Heart”, a project where students with the help of SUN staff donate food and other basic needs items to the needy monthly and more often in the holy month of Ramadan.
9. SUN Peer Learning Package
SUN Peer Learning Package is a creation of the SSD to cater for hostel students (SUN Care) and academically weak students (SUN Tutorials). It is a package that supports and gives assistance to students in the different capacities. The team in charge of each package will serve to guide students in each category to an efficient orientation/induction into the culture at play in the University and the host community as well as improving their Academic standing/quality of students respectively; these programs run concurrently and supervised for good outcomes.
As part of its activities, the department in collaboration with Students Representative Council (SRC) organizes and coordinates events for SUN students to socialize and create awareness to become better part of themselves throughout their stay in the university and beyond. Some of the SUN students events include:
· Neophytes (Freshers’ Party)
· Iftar Party
· Cultural Day
· Farewell Party
· Celebration of World Event Days:
-World Cancer Awareness Day
-World Environment Day
-World AIDS Day
-World Teachers Day
-International Youth Day
-World Hepatitis Day
-World Women’s Day