“Orientation” includes introductory sessions/events organized and delivered by Campus Orientation Teams to acquaint students with and provide information and assistance to new students about the various social settings and campus life so that they will be aware of and be familiar with university life at the beginning of their University life.

Guiding principles

  • acquaint new students with the wide range of issues facing them as Haramaya university students, including factors affecting their personal safety
  • Introduce the variety of student services that are available on campus so that students feel able to navigate the university on their own
  • Assist the students in understanding rules, regulations and policies
  • Acquaint students with the university’s mission and goals and assist them in understanding how these relate to their life goals.
  • Assist them in discovering how to avoid potential problems and in identifying where to find help when they need it.
  • Introduce them to the strategies that will help them get on to a good start.
  • Create a campus atmosphere that reduces anxiety and stimulates attractive learning environment.
  • Enhance student critical thinking, social and leadership skills.

Orientation Procedures


  • Organizing Campus Orientation Unit (Orientation Staff) from relevant departments
  • Establishing Information Desks at convenient sites (entrance)
  • Preparing properly decorated venue with welcoming quotes which will be able to accommodate large number of students
  • Inviting resource persons who would share their experiences
  • Preparing Coordinators (recruiting volunteers from senior students)
  • Preparing brochures, student guide books, site maps, (Disseminated Materials)
  • Erecting direction indicators/labeled pointers in different places on campus
  • Planning and organizing a favorable program enhanced with entertainment.
  • Refreshment will also be served during orientation sessions


To acquaint students with campus life continuously and update them on issues that are relevant until they fully experience campus life.

  • Address issues related with students with disabilities, foreign students, female students and students who need affirmative action.
  • Acquaint students with extra-curricular activities that are currently available
  • Clubs
  • Student Union
  • Outdoor and Indoor activities on each campuses
  • Sports activities
  • The university launches free Legal services
  • Introduce the Bill of Rights and Code of conduct
  • Provide examples of habitual mal-practices that contradict the rules and regulations of the university and how they should behave in the university
  • Organize and conduct campus tour by clustering students in manageable groups.
  • Information on alternative catering and entertainment places and institutions that would help them in their day-to-day activities.
  • Familiarize students with clearance and withdrawal process

Students are expected to:

  • Communicate their concerns about safety or health to the university clinic immediately;
  • Contact counseling service officers about any feelings or need for counseling regarding either academic or personal problems.
  • Know that it is their responsibility to ask for assistance; however, the Counselor may refer a student at any time, if appropriate and necessary, to a higher service providing entity.
  • Get Clearance to leave campus at the end of each year and keep a copy of the document for themselves.
  • Return every property when they withdraw due to illness, personal hardship, or good causes.