Welcome new NYU Parents and welcome back Returning Parents! The NYU Parent Newsletter is a monthly online e-newsletter produced by the Student Resource Center to provide parents with important deadlines and information. This newsletter is distributed to parents of students from freshman to senior year, and serves to supplement the NYU Parents website which has numerous resources available to you and your student. Be sure to check the website regularly for dates, deadlines, contact information, and neighborhood resources at www.nyu.edu/parents. As you read through the information below, please let us know of any suggestions for future editions.
-- David Vogelsang, Executive Director
GETTING INVOLVED ON CAMPUS
Encouraging your student to join a student organization is one of the best ways to help your student feel a sense of community and connectedness, as well as to make NYU feel smaller and more intimate. Students have a variety of options at NYU to get involved -- click here for more. We also hope your student will be able to attend the annual Club Fest event on Monday, September 8th to meet members of more than 400 all-university student organizations.
Living with a roommate can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a student's college career, often times resulting in life-long friendships. However, at times it can have its challenges - especially for so many students who may have grown up having their own space. The Department of Residential Life and Housing Services has provided a Roommate Connections Handbook (PDF) which contains useful information on developing positive relationships, as well as other resources should conflict arise between students -- read more ». Staff are also available within each hall -- visit your student's residence hall webpage for a list of contacts.
PLANNING FOR BREAKS
We understand the importance of advance planning for travel during class breaks and have provided a list of dates below. Note that residence halls remain open during all breaks. Fall break periods include:
TIPS FOR STUDENTS ON SLEEP
Now that many of you are not around to remind your student to get to bed on time, it's important for you to let them know that sleep is an essential element of wellbeing and a key component of academic success. In a Spring 2013 survey, 89% of NYU students reported sleepiness during the day as a problem, and 16% said it impacted their academic performance. Ben Franklin had it right when he said, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Take a look at the "Sleep Soundly (PDF)" for tips you can provide your student. These are just one of a number of resources provided to students to help them stay healthy by the Student Health Center's Health Promotion Office.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CLASS ATTENDANCE
The Parent Helpline often receives calls about student attendance around religious holidays. We value the diversity of our students and their beliefs, however, New York University, as a nonsectarian institution, adheres to the general policy of including in its official calendar only certain legal holidays. It has also long been University policy that members of any religious group may, without penalty, absent themselves from classes when compliance with their religious obligations requires it. Please refer to the policy to assist your student -- read more ».
Look for the following topics in next month's newsletter -- Parents Day (for parents of new students), graduation planning, health information, academic resources, Fall Break, and more. Of course you may always email or call with your questions.
Each year we communicate to students about preparedness during inclement weather, campus emergencies, or other important safety information, both in New York and our away sites. We ask that you help us reinforce this information with your student. Visit www.nyu.edu/besafe to review safety and preparedness at NYU and note the important offices below.
For both emergency and non-emergency situations, assistance is available through the Department of Public Safety Command Center, 24 hours, seven days a week. Be sure to add 212.998.2222 to your contact list.
Also note that the Wellness Exchange has professional counselors available 24/7 to assist students who are in crisis or just need to talk. Counselors are also a great resource for parents if you need some advice on helping your student. Call 212-443-9999.
Both numbers are located on the back of all student ID cards.