Students are just a few weeks away from the Thanksgiving Break, followed by final exams, and the end of the semester -- and we're all waiting our first blast of winter cold! This newsletter is a bit late as we play catch-up from Alumni and Parents Day this past weekend. In this newsletter we offer you information and resources particularly appropriate to the season, as well as useful information on January Session, study away, spring registration, dining plans, health and wellness, and the Thanksgiving break.
FREE SEASONAL FLU SHOTS
A few more dates are still available for FREE flu shots at NYU. The best way for your student to avoid getting the flu, which could interfere with classes, exams and winter travel plans, is to GET VACCINATED! Click for outreach dates and locations in New York >>
This time of the year the Parents Helpline often receives questions about meal plans and determining how many meals should be left to get a student through the remainder of the semester. Dining Services has put together a Flex Meal Tracker (PDF) to help track meal usage. In addition, information is also available through the Campus Cash and Meal Plan Guest Portal >>
THANKSGIVING BREAK: November 27 and 28
As a reminder, NYU residence halls remain open throughout university breaks and holidays, with some services like dining and campus transportation limited or unavailable. If your student is staying on-campus during the break, the Student Resource Center's Thanksgiving Break Guide, which includes information on campus events, facility hours, and things to do in NYC, will available Monday, November 24th.
It's never too early to plan ahead. Students have three major airports to choose from in the NYC area, with a variety of transportation options, including taxi, bus, train, and subway. For information on getting to and from local airports, click here >>
SPRING STUDY AWAY
If your student is preparing to go on a Spring 2015 semester abroad program, you are probably feeling both a mix of excitement and nervousness. A great resource is the Parents' Page of the Study Away Website. Additionally, you can read about your student's study away location by choosing the city on the NYU Study Away website. If your student is living on campus and wondering what to do with their stuff while away, the Student Resource Center has put together a list of storage, moving, and shipping resources to assist with the process - click here for more >>
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OVER WINTER BREAK
The Student Health Center recommends that any student planning international travel over winter break, make an appointment as early as possible with our Travel Medicine program to ensure that they will have all the information, vaccines and medications needed to stay safe and healthy during their trip. The CDC continues to issue level 3 travel warnings to the three countries that are most affected by the current Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. This means that all non –essential travel to these countries should be avoided. As such, NYU is prohibiting University research, education and business travel to these areas for students, faculty and staff.
Students planning to travel to an area adjacent to or within this restricted area are encouraged to notify the Student Health Center of their plans for assistance in strategizing on ways to stay safe. If students are unable to notify the SHC prior to their planned travel, they will be required to do so before returning to campus. For questions, call 212-443-1000.
The registration period for the Spring 2015 semester begins on Monday, November 17th. Registration for some courses can be competitive, and students typically make an effort to submit their course choices as early as possible. Students should be encouraged to contact their adviser if they have not already done so to ensure they are able to register at their scheduled date/time. Also note that students with outstanding balances may be blocked from registering and were recently notified of their status, which can also be checked on NYU's e-Suite or via NYU Albert. Read more on the process >>
SPRING SEMESTER HOUSING for COMMUTERS
Living in the residence halls provides an invaluable complement to a student's academic career, allowing students to connect with people, places, and the city. For students wishing to experience on campus living, the Spring semester offers a perfect opportunity. To learn more about housing availability students should access the Housing Application via the housing forms page, available through the NYUHome > Housing Forms Log-In Channel. For more information, explore the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services website. Apply today!
JANUARY SESSION: January 5-23, 2015
NYU's three-week January Term gives students the opportunity to take full advantage of the month-long winter break by taking courses for major/minor credit or to explore a new academic interest. January Term offers students the chance to get ahead or catch up with their degree progress without the distractions of internships, work, club responsibilities, and the other usual demands on their time they balance during the fall and spring semesters. Course registration for January Term is now open, and financial aid is available.
Fall Exams are December 15-19 with Winter Recess beginning December 20th. Now's a good time to have your student review their exam schedule to help with scheduling of travel plans. Note that residence halls remain open through all breaks, however students who will be studying abroad in the Spring will be required move-out of their residence hall. Be sure to have your student check with their Resource Center (front desk) for more details.
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.