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August 2014


Welcome, Parents!

Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2014–15 academic year. We hope you find it helps keep you in touch with what’s happening at the University. Know others who would like to receive Parents Buzz every month? They may subscribe online at

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University Updates Policy on Sexual Misconduct

The Student Sexual Misconduct policy has been updated on the recommendation of a committee of faculty, staff, and students. The policy defines sexual misconduct, outlines student rights, identifies resources available to the student community, and guides the University’s response to reports of possible sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Read more...

Beth Olivares Appointed Dean for Diversity Initiatives

Beth Olivares has been appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Olivares also serves as director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity, and as a faculty development and diversity officer. Read more...

New University Bookstore Anchors College Town

Expanded offerings and the addition of community activities are just a few of the changes students can expect at the bookstore this fall. Read more...

Office of Parent and Family Relations Launches Facebook Page

“Like” the new Parent and Family Relations Facebook page to view campus updates, articles, tips, pictures, and more. You can also download the official UR Parents cover image. Be one of the first 10 likes and a picture of you and your student will be featured on the page for Family Photo Friday.

Communal Principles Project: Inclusion

The Communal Principles Project, an initiative of the College, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is charged with promoting the principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. This is the “Year of Inclusion,” featuring—among other things—activities related to the principle. Students are invited to apply for grants (both $200 and $500) to develop new programs and events that exemplify the spirit and purpose of inclusion to the College community. Read more...

I-9 Form Required for Students Planning to Work at the University

Students who plan to work at the University must complete an I-9 form before they can start work. Part I of the I-9 must be completed by students at Students should then schedule an appointment with their financial aid counselor to complete Part II. They must bring their original documentation with them to the appointment. The most common documents used are a driver’s license and original Social Security card, birth certificate or a certified copy, or a passport. The appointment should take about 5 to 10 minutes. The Financial Aid Office is located in G13 Wallis Hall on the River Campus. Eastman students must visit the Financial Aid Office at Miller Place on Gibbs Street to complete an I-9.

Student Advantage Card Can Help Students Save

Looking for discounts on Amtrak and Greyhound for your student’s travel plans? The University partners with Student Advantage to offer students a card that includes discounts at many national retailers. Purchase a card online and view the list of existing discounts associated with the program. A one-year card is $20, and a four-year card is $45.

UR Tech Store Offers Apple Promotion, Protection Plans

The UR Tech Store reminds students that Sept. 9 is the last chance to take advantage of Apple's back-to-school promotion: buy a qualifying Mac and receive a $100 App Store gift card, or buy a qualifying iPad and get a $50 App Store gift card. Also, the store is offering Safeware protection plans with accidental damage protection for tablets and computers. Visit the UR Tech Store website for more information.

Bus Transportation Available

My Bus Home is offering roundtrip or one-way transportation from campus to Albany, N.Y., and Ludlow and Newton, Mass.; Easton, Pa., Bridgewater, N.J., and New York City (Penn Station); and Jericho and White Plains, N.Y., and Darien, Conn. Visit for more information.

Reminders for First-Time Student Loan Borrowers

Students who are first-time borrowers of federal loans need to complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note (MPN) before a loan can be credited to their accounts. Students can access their loan requirements by logging into FAOnline and visiting the “Required Documents” tab. A “Loan Lab” will be held on campus during Orientation to help students with completing the loan requirements online before the start of classes.

Study Abroad Adds to Its Programs

The Center for Study Abroad is introducing new exchange programs with Bristol University and the University of York in the United Kingdom, Seoul National University in Korea, the University of Western Australia, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to its portfolio of affiliated study abroad programs in nearly 40 countries. A new program for computer science majors, AIT Budapest, is also being introduced. Visit the Center for Study Abroad’s website for more information.


The College Center for Advising Services

The center assists undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Professional academic advisors are available to see students both on a walk-in basis and for scheduled appointments. Students can stop by for program planning advice; to rearrange their schedule (e.g., dropping or adding courses, overloading or underloading); to learn about clusters and how to use the Cluster Search Engine; to explore special academic opportunities such as the Take Five Scholars and KEY programs; to verify that AP or IB credit has been awarded; and to help answer specific academic questions. All new students are encouraged to use the CCAS advising services in addition to consulting with their individually assigned pre-major advisors. CCAS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lattimore 312 and offers walk-in appointments every afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Read more...

Introduction to Health Professions Advising

The Health Professions Advising Office supports students interested in exploring health professions, planning academic programs, obtaining clinical and research experience, and preparing for applications to postbaccalaureate programs. The office has open hours in Lattimore 203 during the first two weeks of classes and regularly scheduled drop-in hours throughout the semester to answer quick questions and offers weekly seminars, conferences, and other resources to help students in their academic endeavors. Read more...

Online Programs Offered to First- and Second-Year Students

New, optional programs—“Successful UR First-Years (SURF)” and “How to Be a Successful Sophomore”—are available to first- and second-year students by logging into Campus Club Connection. CCAS, Orientation, Sophomore Committee, and Wilson Commons Student Activities created the programs to help students in the College explore curricular and cocurricular resources.

Resources for students:

Student Life

Get Ready to Move In

Beginning on Aug. 25, more than 1,300 members of the Class of 2018 will arrive on River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music. Take a look at Move-in Days of yesteryear. Read more...

Student Presidents Welcome Classmates

College Students’ Association President Antoinette Esce ’15 and Vice President David Stark ’16 welcome students back to the River Campus, and Eastman Students’ Association President Tanya Chanphanitpornkit ’15E welcomes students to Eastman.

A Brief History of Campus Traditions

Explore some of Rochester’s campus traditions from the forthcoming history Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester from 1850–2005. Read more...

Opportunities for Students

Engineering Course Focuses on Professional Identity

An interactive course designed to teach “real life” communication skills and strategies to help engineering students present their best professional selves is available this fall. Students in the course, WRT 273: Communicating your Professional Identity (2 credits), will explore and articulate their internship and career goals as they develop a professional communication portfolio. Five sections will be offered; class size is limited to 15 per section. Email for more information.

TEAM Master’s Program for Business-Savvy Engineers

The interdisciplinary master’s program in technical entrepreneurship and management, or TEAM, jointly offered by the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the Simon Business School, is designed to teach engineering students to go beyond invention to application and commercialization. The program is a 4-1 BS/MS option for undergraduates. To learn more about the program, contact Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500 or

UR Student Incubator Program

The University’s Student Incubator program at High Tech Rochester, made possible by Mark Ain ’67S (MBA), is accepting applications. Student Incubator companies have access to all client amenities within the HTR Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, including Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who provide coaching, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Rochester students at any level of study can apply. Read more...

Dining Services

Dining Services Ranked among Nation’s Best

The University’s dining services has been ranked sixth on the 2014 list of 75 Best Colleges for Food in America by The Daily Meal, an online publication that reports the latest culinary news and trends around the world. Read more...

Reminder about Meal Plans

Dining Services reminds students that they can access their meal plans for the fall semester from Aug. 26 to Dec. 22. The meal plan change periods are Sept. 2–10 for fall ($25 change fee applies). For the spring semester, the change periods are Oct. 27–31, December 1–3, and Jan. 19–23, 2015 ($25 change fee applies). Students can get a change request form online under the meal plans tab at

Health Care

Complete the Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process

Every year, all full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process during fall open enrollment. The final date for completing the online insurance process is Sept. 15. Enrolling or waiving health insurance promptly ensures continuing coverage and accurate billing. Waivers approved after any month’s billing date will be reflected on the next tuition billing statement. Insurance plans must meet all University criteria to be approved for a waiver. Requests to waive may be audited. Students who do not enroll or waive online will be enrolled on the University-sponsored plan for the year. Read more...

Immunization Deadline Approaches

To protect student and campus health, all incoming full-time and parttime students must meet New York State requirements for immunizations by Sept. 30. If students have not submitted a completed Health History Form to University Health Service, they should do so immediately, either in person or by sending it to Box 270617. Any student whose form is not complete by the deadline will be assessed a late fee and may be asked to leave campus and barred from future registration. Questions should be sent to Read more...

Preparing a ‘Student Health Kit’

University Health Service recommends that parents help their sons and daughters prepare for that first cold or minor injury by putting together a “Student Health Kit” to keep in their student’s room. Items to put in the box include over-the-counter medications (for cold symptoms, pain, fever, allergies, insect bites, stomach distress), medications your child takes regularly, and supplies (thermometer, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and bandages). Remember, too, that University Health Service (UHS) is located on campus and is open seven days a week during the school year. To learn more about UHS, visit


Yellowjacket Weekend (featuring Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney, above), Eastman Welcome Weekend, the Fringe Festival, Meliora Weekend, and Eastman Weekend fill the fall calendar. Read more...

Register Now for Meliora Weekend, Eastman Weekend

Meliora Weekend, Oct. 16–19, is a Rochester tradition welcoming alumni, parents, and friends to campus for homecoming, reunion, and parents and family weekend. Registration is open at Remember to book your hotel early.

Eastman Weekend, Oct. 17–19, features concerts, lectures, tours, and exhibits for Eastman School alumni and parents. Online registration is under way at Downtown hotels have been reserved at discounted rates during the weekend. View the list here.

Parents, You’re Always Welcome

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional alumni programs.


Yellowjackets Look to Build on Past Success

Many of the Yellowjackets who helped lead last year’s athletic success return this season. Read more...


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