Information for Parents
Students often look to their parents for support and guidance in managing their health. Working together, we can create an even more caring, supportive, and healthy environment for your student. As a vital partner, below are initial actions that you, as a parent, can take to support your student’s health and success:
Read Through the Health Requirements Website
You can find health requirements and submission deadlines, as well as information on medical, mental health, disability, and dental services by visiting nyu.edu/health/requirements.
Know the Resources Available to Students
Nationally recognized through numerous awards and accolades and with over 225 full-time college health specialists, the Student Health Center offers a comprehensive set of medical, psychological, health promotion, accessibility, and ancillary services to address the full spectrum of students’ health and wellness needs.
Transition Care & Arrange Support Before Classes Start
NYU provides a wonderful educational opportunity for your student. (You must be so proud!) However, new academic and social experiences can lead to stress, or other mental and physical health issues. During these times, students may need the assistance of medical and mental health professionals. Both students experiencing emotional or physical difficulty for the first time, or those who experienced such issues in the past, may benefit from ongoing professional assistance. Arranging for this kind of support before classes start means they are more prepared to take full advantage of their educational experience.
If you would like to help your student arrange support before classes start, the Wellness Exchange is available at (212) 443-9999 to assist and respond to your questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Select an Effective Health Insurance Plan, and Review Insurance Information with Your Student
All students are required to maintain adequate health insurance coverage that includes medical and mental health benefits in the New York City area. Most students are enrolled automatically in one of the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plans as part of the course registration process. To learn more about the NYU Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plans, to change enrollment options, or to waive out of the plan by the deadline, visit www.nyu.edu/health/insurance. If you are thinking about waiving out of the NYU plan, consider the “out of area” coverage, including the out of pocket costs and/or deductibles, the referrals/pre-approval process, and the copay policy. Regardless of the insurance plan, please ensure that your student has an insurance card and other relevant insurance information.
Watch for Warning Signs and Know Your Emergency Resources
If you become aware that something is wrong – that your student may be in need of help – the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 is ready to assist and respond to your questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In an emergency situation, we instruct students to call 911 and NYU Public Safety at (212) 998-2222 to get the immediate assistance they need. If you are aware of an emergency involving your student, call NYU Public Safety at (212) 998-2222.