College is not only an adjustment for your student, but also for you as a parent. We strive to provide a living environment that creates a sense of belonging and community for students to develop the whole person, “head, heart, intellect and feelings,” and a desire to learn from every experience. In this sense we hope to collaborate with you as they grow and develop into young adults.
As in any new living experience there are social adjustments and one can expect concerns about living situations at times. As we partner with you to assist your student, we ask that you keep the following in mind:
- If problems arise pertaining to living on campus and in the residence halls, it is important for students to take an active role in resolving them. This helps them to deal with situations that may occur in the future.
- Trained Residence Life staff members are available to problem solve with your student. While we are willing to talk to you about your concerns as a parent, involvement must be primarily and directly with the student. This helps prevent any miscommunication and is critical in resolving most issues.
- If you, as a parent, feel you must intervene in some way, please do not do so without your student’s knowledge. In order for a successful resolution to occur and for it to be an educational experience for your student, the student must be involved.
- While it may be helpful for you to guide and support your student through these situations, they must be given the opportunity to grow and follow their own course of action.
For future viewing: On the Office of Residence Life Home Page we have provided links to articles that may be helpful to you as a parent as well as videos prepared on living concerns that could arise and how they can be handled.
If you have concerns or questions about residence hall living, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 216-397-4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.