2014 Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to North Carolina Central University School of Law!


When is Orientation for NCCU School of Law and what time should I arrive on the first day?

Orientation is scheduled for August 12 – 14, 2014 for students enrolling in both the Day and the Evening program.

Day program students should arrive for registration and report to the Great Hall between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12th.   A continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge. The orientation program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Classrooms 100 (Section 101), Classroom 202 (Section 102) and Classroom 102 (Section 103). Your section will be provided to you at orientation.  Students will be available to direct you to the Great Hall as well as to your classroom for the first session.  Orientation will end at approximately 4:30 pm on Tuesday and resume on Wednesday, August 13th at 12:00 noon, ending for the day at 8:30 p.m.  The final day of orientation will be Thursday, August 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 4:30 p.m.  For a detailed Day Program orientation schedule, click here.

Evening program students should arrive for registration and report to the Law School lobby between 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th.  A light reception will be provided in the Great Hall beginning at 5:45 p.m.  The orientation program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom 100. All Evening program students are in Section 104.  Students will be available to direct you to the Great Hall as well as to Classroom 100.  Orientation will end at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and resume on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  Dinner on Wednesday is optional for Evening Program students.  The final day of orientation will be Thursday, August 14th; pictures will be taken beginning from 5:00 – 6:30 pm and the substantive sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.  For a detailed Evening Program orientation schedule, click here.

Note: Attendance at all sessions of orientation is mandatory.

What should I wear during orientation?

The appropriate dress during orientation is business casual with the exception of the photo session as well as the session on professionalism. For these two sessions, the appropriate dress is business attire. The photo session is on Wednesday for day students and on Thursday for evening students. The professionalism session will be conducted on Wednesday evening for both day and evening program students.

Do I need a permit to park on campus and how do I obtain a parking permit?

Parking on campus is by permit only or by using the short-term pay station at the Latham Parking Deck.

All faculty, staff and students who desire a permit to park on campus are required to register their vehicles with the University Police Department, pay a registration fee and display a valid permit on their vehicle. Faculty, staff and student hang tags must be placed on the rear-view mirror facing outward at all times the vehicle is parked on campus property. Parking on campus is zoned parking. An NCCU parking permit authorizes parking in specific areas according to the permit designation.

To obtain a student permit please complete the Motor Vehicle Registration form, (Click here to download the Commuter Vehicle Registration form.) Take the form to the Bursar’s Office to remit payment, then take the form and your receipt to the Traffic Office.

During orientation week, the University will have open parking.  This will allow you to park in available spaces with the exception of reserved spaces and tow-away zones, which are clearly marked.  Parking lots near the Law School that have student parking are the O’Kelly, School of Education, Criminal Justice and Nelson Street lots.  Please remember to park in unreserved spaces only.  You are encouraged to obtain a campus decal prior to orientation so that you won’t have any parking issues once classes begin.  If you wait to purchase your decal during orientation, you will likely experience long lines.

Fees

The parking permit for vehicles will be paid at the beginning of the period for which the permit is issued or when any person first becomes associated with the university and wishes a permit.

Listed below are parking rates for the past academic year.  Rate information for the coming year is not yet available and subject to change.

Reserved $575
Latham parking deck $475
Faculty/Staff $475
Students $300
Temporary employees $50 per month, $240 per semester
Student Evening (after 4 p.m.) $80 per semester
Motorcycle $300 ($25 if it is second vehicle permitted)
Replacement decal $20
Hourly decal $4 (0 – 4 hours)
$8 (4 – 8 hours)

What should I bring to orientation?

During orientation, you will receive what will seem like an overwhelming amount of information. In order to record everything, you should bring a pen/pencil and notepad.  You may also wish to bring a laptop computer.  For details on suggested requirements, please see below.

Will food be provided during orientation?

During the Day Program orientation, a continental breakfast will be provided on Tuesday morning and lunch will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  During the Evening Program orientation, a light reception will be provided on Tuesday.  A light dinner will be held on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. prior to the professionalism session for students in both programs.

When is the earliest to check-in for campus housing?

Law students who will reside in campus housing should have already received a housing assignment from the Department of Residential Life.  For additional information on housing and details on when you can check-in, please contact the Department of Residential Life at at 919-530-6227 or 919-530-5157.

Laptop and Wireless Access

NCCU School of Law has a seamless integration of technology, therefore, it is highly recommended that each student own a new or up-to-date laptop computer.  A laptop will be vital for accessing Lecture Capture (Panopto), taking exams electronically (ExamSoft) and participating in distance education courses.  Financial aid may be used in some cases for the purchase of a new laptop.  Please contact the financial aid office for more details.

The following are recommendations for laptops:

MS Windows (PC) minimum specs:

  1. Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor or greater
  2. Storage: 320 GB or larger
  3. RAM: 4 GB or more
  4. Operating System: Windows 7 or later

MacBook minimum specs:

  1. Processor: Core2Duo or later
  2. Storage: 160 or greater
  3. RAM: 2 GB or more
  4. Operating System: OS 10.6 or later

At this time, IPads and Android Tablets are not recommended.

For questions about laptop and wireless access, please contact the Information Technology and Facilities Management Department at 919-530-7174.

How can I access my class schedule?

Your schedule will be available to view beginning July 8th.  To access your schedule:

Go to the NCCU website at www.nccu.edu.  Click on  Login to myEOL at the top right hand corner of the page.

Login as a “Student” and enter your Username and Password.  Your username is the first half of your NCCU email address. (Ex. If your NCCU address is msmith@eagles.nccu.edu,  your username will be msmith.)  Your password will be the same password that you use to login to your NCCU email.

Once logged-in, the “Student Portal” screen will populate.

Select the Banner SSB box to the right of the page.

The “Main Menu” screen will then populate.

Select the Student and Financial Aid link.

The “Student Services & Financial Aid” screen will then populate.

Select the Registration link.

From the “Registration” screen, select the Student Detail Schedule link.

The “Select Term” screen will then populate.  Select Fall 2014.

From here, you can review your schedule.

What textbooks will I need and how can I order them?

The Fall 2014 Booklist is now available.   To access, go to the NCCU Law School website, click on Academics from the top menu, select Schedules and Booklists from the dropdown menu, and click onFall 2014 Book list.   If you wish to order your textbooks, please go to the Bookstore website at nccu.bkstr.com to place your textbook orders. Please click on the Textbooks and Course Materials link on the left side and follow the instructions.

For students who place their textbook orders with the Bookstore, you can have your order shipped to your home address or pick them up from the bookstore. If you choose to pick up your textbook order at the Bookstore, please ensure that you bring a photo ID with you for verification.

When can I get my textbooks if I don’t want to order them in advance?

You may visit the NCCU Bookstore to purchase your textbooks. Bookstore hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have any questions regarding purchasing your textbooks, please feel free to contact the Bookstore at 919-530-6445.

How can I purchase my books using financial aid?

You must first ensure that all paperwork related to your financial aid has been completed, including accepting your loans and signing your promissory notes. Also, you will need to set up your NCCU Eagle Card ID (see below). Once this is done, you can have the funds placed on your Eagle Card which you will then use at the bookstore.

For additional questions regarding the purchase of books using financial aid, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Ronald Douglas at 919-530-6365.

Will I receive an NCCU ID card?

Yes, your NCCU ID (Eagle Card) is your one-card access to a variety of campus services and facilities. Students receive a personal Eagle Card as part of the tuition. The Card is imprinted with your photo ID and provides access to campus dining rooms and dormitories and is required for entry into many other campus facilities as well as events and fee-supported activities.

You may get your Eagle Card beginning Monday, July 7th.  The Eagle Card Office is located on the campus of NCCU in Room 117 of the Lee Biology Building.  The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  When you visit the office, you will be asked for your Banner ID number as well as a picture ID.

For more information on obtaining your Eagle Card, you may contact the Eagle Card Office at 919-530-7523 or 530-7543.

How can I process an Insurance Waiver?

Student Blue, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, will be the insurance vendor for the 2014-15 academic year.  The estimated premium for the year will be $1,576 per year ($788 per semester).  Students can visit www.bcbsnc.com/student for plan benefits.

Students are required to have health insurance to attend a UNC system school.  Students with existing health insurance coverage can waive out of the school insurance plan.  Students must enroll in or waive out of the coverage no later than September 10, 2014.  Visit  www.bcbsnc.com/student to start the process.  Students that do not submit an approved waiver, and have not enrolled themselves in the program, will be enrolled automatically.  Students who have existing family or individual coverage through another Blue Cross Blue Shield plan must complete the enrollment/waiver process as well.