Dear NYU Parents;
I hope you were able to enjoy the long break with your student. The new semester kicked off with a big snowstorm, but otherwise a pretty mild winter here in NYC. In this newsletter, we welcome President Hamilton to campus, remind you of how we communicate to students during inclement weather, as well as pertinent information regarding tax forms, study away opportunities, student health, graduation, and the housing re-application process. We also extend a special welcome to parents of newly enrolled New York students. As always, should you have topics you would like to see in these monthly newsletters, let me know. Happy New Year -- David Vogelsang, Executive Director
On January 1, 2016, NYU began a new chapter in its history with the start of Andrew Hamilton as President of New York University. Hopefully, your student will have an opportunity to meet Andy as he makes his rounds to events, programs, and receptions throughout the semester. In the meantime, meet Andy on YouTube . . . .
We know many students experienced travel challenges at the start of classes due to Snowstorm Jonas. As we do with any major weather condition, we started our communication to students earlier in the week as conditions were being monitored. Please know that the University notifies students of closings or delays via their NYU email address and posts notifications on the NYU website, Facebook and Twitter. Under extreme conditions, we will notify students via text message. Students may also call the InfoAlert Recorded Hotline at 212-998-1220 located on the back of their NYU ID. In the event your student finds it difficult to travel when the University is open during inclement weather, they should communicate directly with their faculty and teachers if they are unable to make it to class.
Now is the time to start thinking about Housing for next year in New York. As a reminder, students are guaranteed University housing for their entire undergraduate academic career provided that they continue to meet all application, payment, registration, and occupancy conditions. Students are not guaranteed a specific hall or room placement. Students who fail to meet the reapplication deadline will lose their renewable status and will be eligible for housing only through a non-guaranteed, non-renewable housing application process. Students who apply and pay by the deadline are guaranteed housing and are eligible to participate in the online room selection process. Please also be aware of the strict cancellation deadlines.
Important Dates: The re-application process for the 2016-2017 (next academic year) begins on March 7, 2016 with the on-line application and $1,000 reservation payment due by March 23, 2016. Save the dates!
In preparation for May graduation in New York, the Senior Class Activities Board is hosting "100 Nights Before Commencement" -- a graduation information fair -- tonight, February 10th. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about Commencement, school-specific graduation ceremonies, photos, rings, diplomas, tickets, and other relative details. Information is also available now at www.nyu.edu/commencement.
NYU students have an enviable opportunity to complement their degree program with an experience learning and exploring away from New York. NYU encourages students to take an academic journey led by top local scholars, artists, and professionals at NYU's facilities in Abu Dhabi, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington DC. Students can also choose from international summer programs, or to participate in the University's international exchange program with some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Parent specific information is available on the website, nyu.edu/global/parents. Applications are now being accepted with priority consideration given to students who apply by February 15th. Visit www.nyu.edu/studyaway for more details.
With 95.4% of the graduating Class of 2015 employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development is pleased to share its annual report, “Life Beyond the Square,” on job placement for last year's NYC graduating class. (Washington Square and Tandon School of Engineering). Click for additional reports. It's never too early for your student to take advantage of the various resources and staff available to assist students.
IRS Form 1098-T, entitled "Tuition Statement," contains information to assist the IRS and students or parents in determining eligibility to claim educational related tax credits such as the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. The form is available for eligible students annually by January 31 via NYU eSuite. Additional details including instructions about receiving the form electronically, are available on the Bursar's website. Click here for more information.
FLU SHOTS: Flu activity is increasing in New York City. If your student has not already received their seasonal flu vaccine, please have them call the Student Health Center at 212-443-1000 to schedule an appointment while we still have a supply of vaccine. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, but is particularly important in those who have a history of underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or others that put them at risk for complications from the flu. Please also remind your student about the value of frequent hand washing to prevent illness! As we mentioned in the Fall, anyone who may have traveled to West Africa over the break, specifically to the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, should call the Student Health Center at 212-443-1000 so that we can provide support and assist with monitoring to keep your student and our community safe.
STRESSBUSTERS is a student-led community wellness program supervised by the Health Promotion Office and beloved by NYU students. Recruitment for new volunteers is happening now, and training will start in March. Learn more here, and let your student know about this opportunity to be a part of one of the most popular programs on campus.
Throughout the semester 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.