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NYU is back to the hustle and bustle as students find their way to classes, navigate new buildings, and settle into the first weeks of classes. We hope you found the August issue informative. We will continue to provide you with helpful information throughout the semester that is relative and important to parents. Note that because this newsletter is distributed to parents of students from freshman to senior year, not all information will be relative to everyone. As you read this newsletter, if you have ideas for future newsletters or suggestions, please let us know.


  • 15: Last Day to Change Meal Plans for Fall 2012 (students access through NYU Home)
  • 15: Priority Deadline for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to submit online applications for Spring study away at NYU's Global Academic Centers. Click for more information >>
  • 17: Course Drop / Add period ends (www.nyu.edu/onestop)
  • 30: Last Day to Select/Waive Student Health Insurance (www.nyu.edu/shc/)

Developing new relationships can be one of the more difficult responsibilities students have when they are new to NYU. 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. NYU has hundreds of student clubs and organizations ranging from arts to politics, recreation to religion, and academic to social. Additionally, there are club sports, student government associations, class activity boards, community service opportunities, and musical ensembles to choose from. For links to the various involvement opportunities, click here >>.

The NYU Passport Drive is a university-wide initiative that provides students with a global advantage by assisting with the passport application process.  On September 12, 2012, in conjunction with the US Post Office, “First Time Passport Applicants” may apply for a passport on campus. For additional details about the program, click here >>

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, living with someone also has its challenges - especially for so many students who may have grown up having their own space. Personality differences and disagreements are a normal part of roommate relationships, and it is important fo any of these issues to be addressed by everyone living in the room/apartment. The Office of Residential Life & Housing Services is available to assist students with situations that may arise between roommates/suitemates and has provided a guide on their website which contains useful information in working through a conflict. Click for more >>

In conjunction with the New York City Police Department, the NYU Department of Public Safety is hosting Operation ID on September 12th and 19th, from 1:00 to 4:30pm. This program involves registering cell/smart phones, iPods, tablets, laptop computers and other small electronic devices with the police and having the device discretely "tagged" using an infrared pen. Owner information and the description/model/serial number of the property is placed in a database so if a device is stolen or lost and reported to the police, identification of the owner is possible when an arrest or recovery of the property is made. This program is available to the entire NYU Community and is free of charge. Click here for locations and other safety information.

PARENTS DAY: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Held annually for the parents of new Freshmen and Transfer students, Parents Day features a variety of academic and informational programs designed to introduce parents to academic and student life at NYU. It is also a great opportunity to visit with your son or daughter and explore the city. If you prefer, we also invite you to make the day your own, participating in what your schedule will allow. To help us gage attendance, please register your attendance. Registration will open on September 20, 2012. If you would like for us to send you a reminder, click here >>

With a population of students that is more national and global, we understand the importance of advance planning for travel during break periods. Although we are providing you with dates below, students should also check their course syllabus or consult with their professor to confirm class meeting and exam schedules. Note that residence halls remain open during all breaks. Fall break periods include:

  • October 15-16 - Fall Break -- no classes for students, however the University is open.
  • Thursday November 22 - Sunday 25 - University closed. Although classes are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 21, students should check with their professors to confirm if their class will be held on that day.
  • For additional dates, a more comprehensive calendar is available at www.nyu.edu/parents.

The safety of our students is a top priority for NYU. One of the most important tools in an emergency, small or large, is swift communication. NYU has the capacity to send mass text messages to a student's mobile device in order to provide them with direct and timely information in case of an emergency. As a parent, you can assist by making sure your student has updated their cell phone number on their Albert account and informing them that communication is two-way. We will do all we can to communicate to students, but as they are free to come and go, encouraging them to let others know (like roommates, parents, friends, hall staff, etc) where they will be during an emergency will help all of us be better informed.

In addition to text messages, students have a number of places where they can search for information 24/7 regarding emergencies, inclement weather closings, or other important communications. These include the following:

  • the NYU website, specifically www.nyu.edu/alert
  • by calling the Information Alerts Hotline at 212-998-1220 (on the back of student ID)
  • the Department of Public Safety, 212-998-2222 (on the back of student ID)
  • the NYU Mobile App - www.nyu.edu/mobile
  • the NYU Wellness Exchange, 212-443-9999 (on the back of student ID)
  • and of course by asking any one of our Public Safety Officers stationed in NYU residence halls and academic buildings throughout campus

For more information about resources for students regarding safety and security, please visit the Department of Public Safety's website by clicking here.



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FALL 2012
Fall Break: Oct 15 & 16 (no classes)
Parents Day: Oct 20
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 22-25
Final Exams: Dec 17-21
Winter Break: Dec 22-Jan 1
Optional January Session: Jan 7-25
MLK Holiday: Jan 21
First Day of Spring Classes: Jan 28

Parent Helpline & Resources
212-998-4219 (M-F, 9am-5pm)

For emergencies throughout the year, the NYU Department of Public Safety, as well as the Wellness Exchange, are available 24/7. Contact information is as follows:

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