Parent and Family Newsletter | July 12, 2019
New Student and Family Orientation
Residence Hall Move-In | Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22

  • ReadySet is the primary resource for new students and their families. Take some time to explore it with your student!

  • Remind your student to check their e-mail account once or twice a week for important information. Share the new student checklist with them.

Housing Assignments and Move-In Logistics
Living on Campus and Building the Roommate Relationship

New students are expected to receive their housing assignment, roommate information, and related details via their email on July 15. This is the information that many of them have been waiting for--so expectations can be extremely high.

Please note, if your student does not receive an assignment on July 15, it is likely due to their immunization records not being submitted. Your student can check on the status of their records here .

This is an exciting time filled with changes not only for students but for families as well. In anticipation of your student joining the Syracuse University residential campus, we want to make sure you are well informed about how you can support your student in processing their housing assignment.

A great deal of time and coordination goes into making new student assignments. There are no specific room preferences available to your student, therefore, the assignment made by the Housing Office will not change. Students may request a change to their room or their roommate when the Housing Office wait list goes live later in the fall semester. We appreciate your cooperation in reinforcing this with your student and hope that they take the opportunity to look at the floor plans of the residence hall and get to know their floor mates and the Office of Student Living staff.
Living away from home for the first time can be a tough transition and sharing a room (for maybe the first time) can be even more challenging. We know that most incoming students are concerned about receiving the “perfect roommate match.” However, we suggest that your student connect with their roommate personally (on the phone, if possible) before looking at social media. While it has many advantages, social media provides a limited--and sometimes inaccurate--glimpse into someone's world.
Adjusting to a residential community means establishing new ground rules, negotiating different standards of sharing and fairness, and learning to respect others’ privacy, priorities and opinions. Adjusting to life at Syracuse University (including sharing a room) is a process that takes time. Therefore, we do not make any initial changes in housing assignments during the first four weeks of the semester.
The first conversation with a roommate can be about move-in logistics, what side of the room they might like to occupy, and their basic interests. This discussion will lay the groundwork for the Roommate Agreement they will complete with the guidance of their Resident Advisor when they settle into their residence hall room.

Here are some links that you may find helpful as you and your student plan:

Please note that all North Campus residence halls have extra long (XL) twin beds.

Because residence halls are occupied with summer visitors or under construction with improvements, please refrain from planning a trip to campus to see your student's room assignment.
Meal Plans and eating on campus
All students residing in a residence hall are required to have a meal plan. If a student selected the 14 meal plan, as an example, they have any 14 meals to eat from Thursday breakfast through Wednesday dinner. Please note that unused meals do not carry into the following week. In addition, this meal plan comes with $200 in SUpercard FOOD money.  This money can be used at any of the cafés and snack bars on campus. Any unused FOOD money carries over to the spring semester and must be used by Commencement. The 14 meal plan also has 15 guest meals your student can use or take you to a meal when you are on campus. The meal plan will duplicate for the spring semester.  Meal plans may be lowered through Friday, September 6, 2019.  A student can always increase their plan throughout the semester. More information is available here
SUpercard FOOD and SUpercard PLUS funds can be added to your student’s account by their logging into their MySlice account. This will be charged to your bursar bill. Additionally, you may add funds to their account by utilizing the mobile GET application . Select the choice of FOOD or PLUS, add the amount you wish to purchase and enter your credit card information. Funds will automatically be added to your students account.

Your student should submit a photo for production of their SUID card. The actual card with the photo they submitted will be available at their residence hall upon check in. If your student is commuting, their card will be available at 206 Steele Hall. Their SUID card is good for their time at the University. If they lose their card, a student can get a replacement card at 206 Steele Hall. The cost of replacement is $25.  Please note there is an RFID chip in the card so students are discouraged from putting a hole in the card.
Feel free to contact Housing, Meal Plan, and ID Card Services at  if you have any questions!
Syracuse University Bookstore
MicroFridge Rental

Sale price valid through
August 1, 2019

This all-in-one refrigerator, freezer, and microwave is approved by Syracuse University for use in residence halls, helping your room feel a little more like home! It measures 18 5/8" wide by 19 1/2" deep by 43 1/2" tall and uses only one plug-no need for extension cords or adapters.


Click here to learn more about Computer Purchases at the Syracuse University Bookstore.

Student Health
August 2019 Active Coverage Deadline is Monday, July 22
for Student Health Insurance
Annually, all full-time, matriculated Syracuse University students are required to demonstrate proof of qualifying health insurance coverage or enroll into the Student Health Insurance Plan. To prevent a lapse in coverage and/or have active coverage by Thursday, August 1, 2019, students should proactively enroll on MySlice by Monday, July 22, 2019.

The deadline to enroll or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan is Monday, September 16, 2019. The charge for the Student Health Insurance Plan will appear on your student’s Bursar account. The charge is removed for those with an approved waiver demonstrating qualifying coverage.
Students may use their SU NetID and password to log into MySlice and access the enroll/waive form, located in the 'Student Services' section under the 'Student Health Insurance' header. Students can also grant parents/guardians acce ss to their MySlice account to complete this process.
For additional information, please email the Student Health Insurance Office or visit the Student Health Insurance site .
Health History Immunization Records Deadline Thursday, July 25
New students cannot access housing assignments, class schedules, or parking and arrival passes until health history and immunization record forms have been submitted.
In accordance with New York Public Health Law Sections 2165 and 2167, all students who were born on or after Tuesday, January 1, 1957, and registered for six or more credit hours or residing in University housing, must demonstrate proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal disease.

The following immunization records must be submitted before arriving on campus:

  • Two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations
  • One Meningococcal meningitis vaccination, within the last five years and
after the age of 16

Students may use their SU NetID and password to log into the Patient Portal to submit the needed health history and immunization record forms.
Records may be acquired by contacting the student’s primary care physician or previous school or institution. The health and wellness team is available to assist students who have not been vaccinated or do not have vaccination records. For additional information, please contact the Medical Records Office at 315.443.2667.
Important Conversations
Talking to Your Student About
Personal Safety

While Syracuse University has one of the lowest crimes rates in the city, and continues to experience less crime, it is important to talk to your student about personal safety. Here are some safety strategies to share:

  • Never walk alone. Walking in groups of three or more is safest--especially after dark.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Don't wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Never leave belongings unattended, even for just a minute.
  • Always lock all doors and windows
  • If you bring a bike to campus, secure it with a U-Bolt lock
  • Download the LiveSafe app, which acts as a “mobile blue light,” allowing users to connect with the Emergency Communications Center at the touch of a button.
  • Plan ahead and use the University's many different transportation options.

For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety's website.
Syracuse Welcome Airport Shuttle Service
Syracuse University is excited to offer free shuttle service from Hancock International Airport (in Syracuse, NY). We are also excited to offer - for a small fee - a limited transportation service from JFK (in New York City) on August 14 and August 16.

Please register no later than one week prior to arrival.
Syracuse University Cultural Centers
Disability Cultural Center

Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center (DCC) mission is to provide a space for connection and community while engaging in programming and outreach focusing on disability as diversity. Founded in 2011, it was the world’s first disability cultural center with a full-time staff member focused on the disabled student experience and is one of the first disability cultural centers to be housed within a student affairs division rather than a disability services office. We welcome all students with visible and invisible disabilities (including mental health, substance use, and learning disabilities) and their allies.
Through extensive intersectional campus-wide social, educational, and cultural programming, the DCC ensures that accessibility is not only at the forefront of everyone’s mind but also that disabled students of all identities feel like they are part of the Syracuse University Orange family. Join us for frosty fun at Tennity Ice Pavilion playing sled hockey and adaptive curling, feed your head at our monthly disability scholar and activist speaker series, or just hang out or study in our living room at our shared suite with the LGBT Resource Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs in 548 Bird Library! 

If your student is interested in becoming involved, please have them follow our social media accounts: Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube ! For more information, visit our website at . We’ve also compiled a handy Disability History and Culture Research Guide listing a wide array of informative videos, books, and peer-reviewed journals for those seeking to learn more.
LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT RC provides community building, outreach and visibility, and intellectual and leadership development that centers the experience of people with marginalized sexualities and genders. We invite on- and off- campus community members to join us as we seek to understand the ways that privilege and oppression manifest in our society, commit to ending oppression in our communities, and to actively engage in struggles to achieve liberation. 
Throughout the academic year, we organize events, programs, and trainings to help queer and trans students find community and resources at Syracuse University. Some of our annual events include LGBTQ+ History Month (October), Trans Day of Remembrance (November), the HoliGay Party (December), Trans Week of Liberation (March), and Lavender Graduation (April). Additionally, we host student-led programs. Some past examples have been painting parties, knitting and venting sessions, discussions on food insecurity and learning how to make simple, affordable meals, or game and movie nights. You can find pictures of our past events on our Facebook page or Instagram
We host two closed discussion groups that meet twice a month: Fusion is a group for LGBTQ+ people of color; Embody is a group for genderqueer, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, and trans people. Our Center also provides monthly Safe Zone workshops, which is a campus-wide program provided to making our campus safer, more welcoming, and an inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.
Our annual Resource and Cultural Center Student Social will take place on Wednesday, August 28 from 7-9 p.m. (550 Bird Library) in partnership with the Disability Cultural Center (DCC) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). Join us for food (vegan, kosher, halal, gluten-free options available), board and video games, and a low-stim space where you can meet other queer, trans, disabled, and students of color. 

For more information about the LGBT Resource Center, including meeting dates/times for Fusion , Embody , or Safe Zone workshops, please contact or 315.443.3983.
New Student Send-Offs
Attend a send-off near you!

 The Syracuse University Alumni Association is pleased to offer our New Student Send-Off series during the summer as we welcome the newest members of the Orange family to Syracuse University. Hosted by SU’s regional alumni clubs, members of the Board of Trustees, individual alumni, and/or SU parents, these gatherings are a perfect way for new incoming students to kick off their time as a Syracuse University student.

Send-offs allow members of the Class of 2023 and their parents to get to know current students and other new SU families. Registrants can have their questions answered by current students and alumni—all while showing off your Orange spirit! All new students will receive a special Syracuse gift.

This year, we have 41 send-offs planned in 38 cities around the country and the world. Check out our complete list of send-offs below and register for one near you. We look forward to seeing you at a send-off this summer! For more information on our send-offs, send an email to:  or call us at 315.443.3258.
Click here for a complete listing of send-off dates and locations, and to register for one near you. 
Disability Services launches OnTrack
Interested in having an Academic Coach during your first-year college transition?

This fall the Office of Disability Services is launching OnTrack at SU, a new fee-based program designed to meet the growing demand for individualized academic support for students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD).  
Please click here to visit the Office of Disability Services website.
Family Weekend Registration
Family Weekend registration is now available! You can purchase $25 tickets for the football game within the registration process.

Please be sure to register your student as a guest.
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