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No rt h w e s t e r n Un i ve r si ty

Parent Guide 2013–14

p rov i de d t o pa r e nt s a nd fam i li e s by t he O ffic e o f N e w S t u de nt a nd Fam i ly Pr o gr am s, D i v i s i o n o f S t u de nt A f fai r s

T his guid e is d es i gne d t o h e l p pa r e nt s o f No r th w e ste r n und erg rad uat es ta k e a dva nta ge o f Uni ve r si ty se r vi ce s a nd resources and to encourage conversations about student

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Contents undergraduate education

Academic Advising and Placement............................2 Academic Integrity..........................2 Academic Standing..........................2 Course Registration........................3 Educational Records.......................3 Grades..............................................3 Graduation.......................................4 Transferring between Schools........4 Transferring Course Credit............4 Undergraduate Registration Requirement...............................5 Withdrawing from/Reentering the University.............................5 Student Life and Services

Campus Safety.................................5 Center for Student Involvement.....6 Counseling and Psychological Services...............6 Dean of Students.............................6 Fellowships......................................8 Financial Aid....................................8 Fraternity and Sorority Life...........8 International Office.........................8 Multicultural Student Affairs........9 New Student and Family Programs........................9

Norris University Center................9 Residential Services........................9 Student Accounts and Financial Services.....................10 Transportation..............................11 University Academic Advising Center........................11 University Career Services...........12 University Chaplain......................12 University Health Service and Insurance...........................13 University Policy on Drugs and Alcohol...............................13 WildCARD......................................14 Women’s Center.............................14 Writing Place.................................14 Making the Transition

Advice for Parents.........................15 Getting Involved............................17 Staying Informed...........................18 Useful Resources...........................18


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Undergraduate Education The University’s six undergraduate schools share a priority: undergraduate teaching and learning. But the campus culture is decentralized, with each school setting the number and type of requirements for its degree programs and with its faculty determining the curricula and approving new programs and courses. In every school, however, there are general education requirements as well as intensive coursework in a major. Cross-school collaboration is common and valued. The scholars and accomplished professionals who make up the faculty integrate their research and professional experience into classroom instruction. As a result, students are exposed to the latest perspectives and engage with professionals excited about their work. Each school also encourages independent research or creative work with faculty. Field study, internship, and off-campus research opportunities are available during both the regular academic year and Summer Session. Northwestern also encourages study abroad. Early planning should allow most students, regardless of school or major, to study abroad and still graduate within four years. Academic Advising and Placement

Each freshman chooses his or her academic program in consultation with an adviser. Advising sessions benefit students by helping them think carefully about their academic interests and informing them about course offerings. 2

Placement tests in fields such as foreign languages, chemistry, and mathematics are offered online and should be taken the summer before freshman year. Many freshmen enter with Advanced Place­ment or Interna­ tional Baccalaureate credit or with credit for completing college courses; such credits allow a student to begin with more advanced courses. Academic Integrity /integrity A respect for individual achievement lies at the heart of academic culture. Every student belongs to a community of scholars with a fundamental commitment to academic integrity. An academic integrity brochure is available on the University provost’s website and in the dean’s office of each school. The brochure gives examples of violations (plagiarism, cheating, fabrication of data, etc.) and describes the sanctions that may be imposed following a violation (grade reduction, letter of reprimand, suspension, denial of honors, or permanent exclusion from Northwestern, for example). Students charged with violations may not change their registration in a course in which a charge is pending or a finding of a violation has been made. Academic Standing

Decisions about academic standing are the responsibility of the faculty of the school in which the student is registered. Academic probation constitutes notice of unsatisfactory performance and may be imposed when a student is not maintaining minimum standards for graduation. It is intended to be helpful rather than

course Registration

New students register for fall classes during Wildcat Welcome, after they and their advisers have agreed on a course schedule. Course descriptions appear in the Undergraduate Catalog on the website of the Office of the Registrar: www.registrar.northwestern .edu. Quarterly class listings appear on CAESAR, the University’s student information portal: www.northwestern .edu/caesar. Educational Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, students who are 18 or older have certain rights regarding their educational records, and colleges and universities have certain obligations about releasing information

contained in the records—including grades and enrollment and billing information—to third parties, including parents. In compliance with FERPA, grade reports are not automatically mailed to parents; students are responsible for disclosing their grades. Students may download their quarterly grade report at www or request that it be mailed to them or to their parents. For a detailed explanation of FERPA, consult the registrar’s website at Grades

The following system is used in computing the grade point average (GPA): Grade Points A 4.0 A– 3.7 B+ 3.3 B 3.0 B– 2.7 C+ 2.3 C 2.0 C– 1.7 D 1.0 F 0 Fail X 0 Failed to earn credit; missed final exam Y 0 Failed to earn credit; work incomplete The following notations are ignored in computing the GPA: P Pass with credit N No grade, no credit K In progress S Satisfactory (noncredit course) U Unsatisfactory (noncredit course) W Withdrawn by permission If an X or Y grade is to be changed and credit established, the 3

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punitive and does not become part of a student’s permanent academic record. The Undergraduate Education chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog identifies several circum­stances that might lead to probation. Students may be dismissed for academic deficiencies when their academic record does not improve significantly during a period of academic probation. The Undergraduate Education chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog identifies some of the circumstances that may lead to dismissal. The cumulative academic record is considered in every case involving academic dismissal. As a matter of general policy, the probationary period for a freshman may be extended to the third quarter of residence if that appears to be in the best interests of the student and of the University, but not if the student’s record clearly discloses lack of aptitude or flagrant neglect of work.

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deficiencies must be made up before the end of the following quarter of attendance at Northwestern. Weinberg College students petition to change a grade of X or Y in the dean’s office. Examinations Professors may schedule exams anytime during the quarter, with midterms most often occurring in the third to the fifth week; final examinations are scheduled at the times indicated in the quarterly class schedule. Permission to be absent from the final examination is given by the instructor and the dean only for cause beyond the student’s control and is usually secured before the exam date.

cum laude; and those in the next 12 percent, cum laude. Graduating seniors who have done outstanding work in connection with a research project or work of an integrative nature may receive departmental honors. Students are nominated by their departments, and the school’s faculty makes the final decisions.

Dean’s List The quarterly GPA required for the dean’s list varies by school and ranges from 3.7 to 4.0. Students may inquire in their dean’s office.

Honorary Organizations Students are selected for membership in certain honorary societies for superior scholarship or other outstanding achievements. New members of Phi Beta Kappa (arts and sciences); Zeta Phi Eta (communication); Eta Kappa Nu, Kappa Theta Epsilon, Omega Chi Epsilon, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi (engineering); Kappa Tau Alpha (journalism); and Pi Kappa Lambda (music) are announced in the annual Commencement program.


Transferring between Schools

Undergraduates must file a degree application one calendar year before anticipated graduation. McCormick School students must file applications with the school’s Academic Services Office; students in the other five schools must file with the Office of the Registrar. An all-University Commencement is held each June, and the individual schools also host graduation convocations.

A student who wishes to transfer from one Northwestern undergraduate school to another must follow guidelines set by the University and by the school. Assistance is available from the Office of the Registrar at 847491-5234, the University Academic Advising Center at 847-467-3900, or the dean’s office of the school into which transfer is desired. Transferring Course Credit

Graduating with Honors Graduation honors are determined by grades in all work at Northwestern. Students in the highest 5 percent of their undergraduate school class are awarded degrees summa cum laude; those in the next 8 percent, magna


Before taking courses at another institution in the summer or during the regular academic year, a student already enrolled at Northwestern must receive approval to transfer the credits. Forms for obtaining approval are available from the dean’s office of

each school and at www.registrar /transferring_non-NUCourses.html. Undergraduate Registration Requirement

Withdrawing from/reentering the University

After registering for classes in any quarter, students who wish to withdraw from the University must immediately file a withdrawal form, obtainable from the registrar’s office or the dean’s office of each school. Withdrawal takes effect the day that the completed form, bearing the required signatures, is received at the Office of the Registrar. Students who have taken the final exam may not withdraw and must take the grade they earned. Students who have withdrawn and wish to reenter must file an application with the Office of the Registrar six weeks before desired reentry.

Campus Safety No college campus is completely insulated from the pressures and problems of everyday life. Northwestern’s urban/suburban location has many advantages, but potential problems are inherent in such a setting. Violent crime in the area is relatively rare; by far the principal campus crime is theft. Campus crime statistics are posted by University Police at /annual-report/index.html. Any parent may call the dean of students with a concern about safety. University Police employs welltrained officers whose services include safety initiatives, crime prevention, law enforcement, parking control, special-event policing, and emergency management. Most University Police officers hold college degrees; all are police academy graduates with full law-enforcement authority. The office is open 24/7 and may be reached in nonemergencies at 847-491-3456. Numerous readily accessible indoor and outdoor emergency phones connect directly with University Police from all parts of campus. University Police emphasizes that the key to safety on campus is student awareness. Officers speak to all new students, discussing crime prevention and ways to contribute to security in the residence halls and to personal safety. Note regarding insurance coverage for theft of personal property: The University insures only its own


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The Undergraduate Registration Require­ment applies to undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree and must be completed in addition to the degree requirements established by the various school faculties. The URR is predicated on the principle that when a student receives a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, the majority of his or her academic work is completed at the University. Students should know all provisions of the URR, found at www /undergraduate-registration-requirement .html. Questions about interpreting the URR may directed to the Office of the Registrar at 847-491-5234 or

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property and is not responsible for property it does not own. Faculty, staff, and students must insure their own property. Students living on campus are encouraged to check their parents’ homeowner’s insurance policies to see if theft of their belongings on campus is covered. Center for Student Involvement Providing support and advice to a wide variety of student groups on campus is the heart of the mission of the Center for Student Involvement. Ranging from community service, LGBT support, theater, and social justice groups to leadership development and paraprofessional organizations, student-run programs offer many opportunities for social inter­action and developing greater awareness of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. The CSI website includes links to descriptions of more than 480 groups open to Northwestern students. Counseling and Psychological Services Emotional or psychological difficulties arise for most students at some point, and coping can be made more difficult by students’ separation from their primary support network of family and friends. At these times, counseling can be a safe, supportive, and objective way for students to sort out problems. With a professional staff comprising psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, Northwestern’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers core mental health services that include one-on-one psychological counseling 6

sessions, psychotherapy groups, psychiatric and medication consultation, psychoeducational programs on various topics, outside referrals when appropriate, and crisis consultation and intervention. Students can be assured of confidentiality; only with a student’s written permission or under other limited circumstances as prescribed by Illinois state law will anyone outside of CAPS be given information about a student’s counseling. Full-time enrolled students may receive up to 12 appointments with a CAPS therapist at no cost. Psychiatric services are offered only when a student is in ongoing counseling at CAPS. A CAPS therapist is on call 24 hours a day year-round for emergencies. The phone number for an appointment or further information is 847-491-2151. Dean of Students

Based in the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students is a central resource for student life issues and oversees four other offices: Services for Students with Disabilities, Off-Campus Life, Student Assistance and Support Services, and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Undergraduates, graduate students, parents, faculty, and staff who have any questions or concerns regarding student life should contact the dean of students at 847-491-8430 or Services for Students with Disabilities This office facilitates reasonable academic, extracurricular, and environmental accommodations for Northwestern students with disabilities. In addition to supporting

Off-Campus Life The Off-Campus Life Office is a first point of contact for Northwestern students living off campus, supporting their access to services and resources of the University and those of the Evanston and Chicago metro communities. The office is also tasked with promoting students’ full understanding of the rights and responsibilities they have in common with their nonstudent neighbors. Student Assistance and Support Services Most students enter Northwestern prepared to manage the everyday stresses of college life. But when unforeseen life events—unexpected illness or injury, a personal or family crisis—or other major disruptions interfere with their academic, extracurricular, or social success, students may turn to the Student Assistance and Support Services team for help. SASS fosters students’ well-being by

providing referrals and facilitating access to a well-coordinated network of campus and community resources. Through NUhelp, an online portal that SASS will launch in fall 2013, students can report any concerns regarding their own or another student’s well-being, discover health and wellness programs, and find sources of academic assistance specific to their school. Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution In cases of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct or other rules, Division of Student Affairs staff generally meet with the student(s) involved to discuss the conduct in question and resolve any code violations in an educational way. The student(s) may either accept any proposed administrative resolutions or request that the University Hearing and Appeals System resolve the matter. Through UHAS, students or the University may file complaints alleging violations of University rules, regulations, or policies (for example, excessive noise, physical abuse, property theft or damage, unauthorized entry to University facilities, alcohol and drug infractions, and disruption); these matters are heard and resolved by a UHAS board consisting of students, faculty, and staff. Cases involving violations of academic integrity are resolved by deans in the six undergraduate schools. The Sexual Assault Hearing and Appeals System has jurisdiction over cases involving allegations of sexual assault. The outcomes of University rule violations may include probation, 7

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the self-determination of these students, SSD works to raise campuswide awareness of issues of access, thus enriching the experience of the University community as a whole. While not required, it is strongly recommended that all students with disabilities register with SSD, as it is the proper channel for requesting accommodations if and when needed. Northwestern respects its students’ rights to confidentiality, and no disability-related information appears on transcripts or other Northwestern records. More information is available on the website or by contacting SSD at 847-467-5530 (voice), 847-467-5533 (TTY),

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suspension, or exclusion from North­ western, as well as educational and restorative actions. Further information is in the Northwestern University Student Handbook, available online at, and on the student conduct website. Parents with questions may call 847491-4582 or email student-conduct Fellowships Students may apply for external fellowships with the help of the Office of Fellowships. Office staff have expertise in identifying funding opportunities that are a good fit for students. These may include—but not be limited to—such major fellowships as Gates Cambridge, Luce, Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman, as well as the Fulbright Scholars Program, which funds research and study in 140 countries worldwide. National Science Foundation, Javits, and other awards programs have underwritten PhD study and research for dozens of Northwestern graduates. Other fellowships match students who show promise of success in academic, business, or policy settings with policy makers in government and international organizations. Information is available from the Office of Fellowships, 1940 Sheridan Road, 847-491-2617. Financial Aid Grants, loans, and part-time jobs are awarded to full-time undergraduate students based on need. Students must reapply for aid each year and


in mid-February are emailed instructions for reapplication, which is usually due May 1. In the event of dramatic changes in their financial circumstances, students not currently receiving aid should contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid at 847-491-7400 or undergradaid Fraternity and Sorority Life Northwestern’s fraternity and sorority community comprises 45 organizations, including 28 that are housed on campus, 9 that are culturally based, and 6 that are historically African American. About 39 percent of undergraduates belong to the community, gaining experience in service, scholastic, social, athletic, and leadership activities while participating in self-governance. International Office Northwestern is home to approximately 2,500 students with origins in more than 100 countries, and the Inter­national Office is their source for advice and programming that fosters their full integration into the University community. Students may come to the office to meet with immigration advisers on a drop-in basis or receive advising online via IOchat. Each fall the office hosts an orientation in collaboration with the International Student Association, and throughout the year the Community Council for Inter­national Students, IO’s affiliate community organization, offers a variety of social and informational programs.

Norris University Center With its wide array of services, resources, and meeting spaces, Norris University Center is a focal point of leadership and community on campus. It is the headquarters of the Center for Student Involvement and numerous student organizations that provide leadership opportunities and access to the advising and support services of center staff. Classes that are both fun and educational are offered each quarter by Norris Mini Courses. The Game Room has the latest gaming systems, ARTica Studios offers supplies and space for creativity, and Norris Outdoors rents out camping and sporting equipment. Meals and snacks are available from Frontera Fresco, Willie’s Food Court, Starbucks, Northshore Pizza Company, and a convenience store. Other amenities include a Dell computer lounge and printing station, a lounge for commuter students, and a prayer/ meditation room. Additional retail services include the Norris Bookstore, which stocks textbooks and spirit gear, and a FedEx office, an Apple Campus Store, and a full-service U.S. Bank branch.

New Student and Family Programs Based in the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is responsible for Wildcat Welcome, Family Weekend, and other programs and services that help acclimate students and their families to life at Northwestern. Find out more about NSFP activities by seeing the website or contacting the office at orientation@northwestern .edu or 847-467-6100.

Residential Services About 4,250 undergraduate students live in University housing, 900 live in fraternity or sorority houses, and the remaining 2,600 commute from home or live off campus. Most University residence rooms are doubles, but residences also contain single rooms and suites. Residence halls range in size from 21 to 600 residents, while residential colleges accommodate 36 to 300, with each college structured around a theme. 9

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Multicultural Student Affairs Multicultural Student Affairs is the umbrella organization for four distinct departments—African American Student Affairs, Asian/ Asian American Student Affairs, Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs, and the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center— whose shared mission is to enhance students’ academic, social, cultural, and personal development. MSA is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that promotes identity development, intercultural exchange, academic excellence, and leadership. While its departments primarily focus on traditionally underserved student populations, MSA strives to play an important role in creating an institutional climate that values diversity and educates the Northwestern community about cultural competence and social justice. In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external affiliates, MSA facilitates cross-cultural interactions and other initiatives that highlight the value of diversity.

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Each living unit’s live-in student staff, supervised by the Office of University Residential Life, provides support and programming to promote community and to encourage each student’s growth and development. In addition, one or more community assistants—mature upperclass or graduate students—act as advisers in the residence. A professional residence director is responsible for the administration of each large residence hall and group of smaller houses. Room and board bills for fall are issued in mid-August. Returning students apply for a room for the following academic year in the preceding spring quarter, when procedures and priorities for assignment are announced. Students who do not receive a housing assignment in the initial assignment period are put on the wait list; by the start of the academic year all wait-listed students are usually offered University housing. Students and parents with questions about University Residential Services may call 847-467-HOME (4663). nuCuisine High quality, freshness, variety, innovation, and convenience are the hallmarks of nuCuisine, Northwestern’s innovative campus meal program. Unlimited buffet-style dining is offered in six residential dining locations—Allison Residential Community, Elder Residential Community, Foster-Walker Complex, Sargent Hall, Willard Residential College, and 1835 Hinman. (Residents of halls without on-site dining service may eat in any of these.) Menus at each hall vary, with selections that range


from authentic ethnic and homestyle to vegan and vegetarian to deli and grilled-to-order fare. Additionally, several retail locations on campus— including quick-service cafés, convenience stores, and nationally known franchises such as Frontera Fresco, Starbucks, and Einstein Bros. Bagels—offer “grab-n-go” snacks and beverages. See the website for complete information about nuCuisine meal plans and rates, residential and retail dining locations, hours, menus, nutrition information, and more. Student accounts and Financial Services The University’s Office of Student Accounts is responsible for billing students and collecting tuition, fees, and room and board charges. Due dates are September 1 for fall quarter, January 1 for winter quarter, and April 1 for spring quarter. A fee is assessed for late payment. Due dates cannot be extended if bills are not received. Stu­dents may view their account information and access eBill and ePay by logging into CAESAR at www They may also authorize their parents to view bills and make payments online. The University offers an installment payment plan, 9PAY, to allow parents to spread the costs of tuition and fees for the academic year over nine monthly payments beginning in July. 9PAY applications are due June 1. For more information please contact a counselor at 847-491-8950 or student-financial-services


Parking Permits /permits/student.html Due to campus space constraints, the purchase of Northwestern’s $25 Ryan Field parking permit (valid for the whole year) is recommended for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who live on campus and require off-street parking for extended periods. Seniors are eligible to purchase permits for the University’s main on-campus lots. Students may petition the University Parking Committee for an exception to these regulations. SafeRide SafeRide provides Northwestern students, faculty, and staff with a safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark. Operating from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly when classes are in session. SafeRide’s service is available both on the Evanston and in parts of the Evanston area. Rides are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and may be requested by calling 847-491-7000.

Shuttle Bus Service Shuttle buses operate on the Evanston campus during the regular academic year. Except during scheduled school breaks, the Evanston Loop, Campus Loop, and Ryan Field shuttles are in service throughout most of each weekday. Schedules are posted at all designated stops and on the website, which also has information about weekend, intercampus, Shop-N-Ride, and other specialized shuttle services. University Academic Advising Center Supplementing the advising students receive from their respective academic departments, programs, and schools, the University Academic Advising Center helps students from across the University to develop educational plans that fit their interests and goals. UAAC advisers are especially helpful for students in cross-school programs and for those considering a transfer from one undergraduate school to another, exploring a double major or dual degree, or needing to resolve academic issues outside the scope their department or school. In addition, the center offers quarterly workshops on study skills and test-taking strategies. For students interested in the health professions, UAAC offers individual advising, organizes group information sessions, hosts presentations by school admissions officers, and provides a recommendation file service for applicants to medical, dental, and other health professions graduate programs.


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Bicycles The Evanston campus has 2½ miles of bicycle paths that connect to the city of Evanston’s bicycle paths. Bicycles stored on campus must be registered with Uni­versity Police and kept in designated areas such as bicycle racks and bicycle storage rooms. A bicycle locked to a railing, stairwell, or ramp or in a hallway, doorway, or room in a residence hall or academic building creates a safety hazard in the event of fire and may be removed at the owner’s expense.

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University Career Services

University chaplain University Career Services is a centralized career center, providing a full spectrum of career counseling and advising services, workshops, programming, and special events for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. It aims to help students translate their superb Northwestern education into excellent professional opportunities, including successful job and internship searches and graduate work. Services include • Confidential career counseling and career assessments • Help with internship- and jobsearch processes, including résumé review, mock interviewing, and advice on salary negotiations • Campus workshops and outreach, including job fairs, internship programs, and career discussion groups • Databases offering access to internships and full- and part-time jobs • CareerCat, a career management system that offers access to job postings and on-campus interviews for students, easy online registration, and other features • Info sessions and campus recruiting visits by hundreds of employers • Credential, dossier, and recommendation files services The Career Information Center offers current resources and publications on industries and occupations, internship opportunities, employer contacts, salary information, and graduate and professional school preparation. Students are encouraged to register with University Career Services on the UCS website. For further information call 847-491-3700 or email The Office of the University Chaplain oversees religious life on campus. There are more than 40 religious fellowship groups, spanning a wide range of faith traditions. Examples include the Christian Science Organization, Muslim-Cultural Students Associa­tion, Baha’i Club, a Buddhist study group, and Campus Crusade for Christ, among others. In addition, there are five campus ministry centers: Canterbury Northwestern, Fiedler Hillel, Sheil Catholic Center, University Christian Ministry, and University Lutheran Center. The chaplains work to create an inclusive and safe environment in which students may explore and grow in their own religious or spiritual tradition. University chapel services are held at the Alice Millar Chapel and Religious Center at 11 a.m. each Sunday during the regular academic year. While generally within the Protestant Christian tradition, the chapel is ecumenical in its approach to worship and programs, which are open to members of all faiths. The religious center hosts a variety of special services and events, such as Muslim Juma’a prayers and Buddhist meditation, as well as discussion groups, lectures, organ recitals, concerts, and dramatic performances. The chaplains welcome personal conferences with students, either on a drop-in basis or by appointment, and are available to meet with parents and family members. For more information contact the University chaplain at 847-491-7256.


University Health Service and insurance

Center for Awareness, Response, and education Based in the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness of the Northwestern University Health Service, the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education serves students who have experienced sexual violence. CARE provides information about healthcare and counseling resources and facilitates student access to such measures as changing class schedules, changing housing arrangements, reporting to police and/or filing criminal charges, or filing a complaint through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Located in the heart of campus, Northwestern University Library is home to 5 million volumes, including its renowned African studies, music, and transportation libraries. University Library offers services and instruction sessions to help students navigate its resources, and its staff includes a librarian for incoming freshmen and librarian-specialists in more than 65 subjects. Open until 3 a.m. on most nights (24/7 during final exams), the Library’s three buildings—University Library, Deering Library, and the north campus Mudd Library—provide a variety of spaces for quiet study and collaborative group work, and students have access to computers, printers, scanners, and media software. More than 250 students are hired to work in the library each year. University Policy on Drugs and Alcohol

Most freshmen have had exposure to alcohol and drugs and have had to decide whether and under what circumstances to use these substances. Because your son or daughter will encounter social and peer pressure to drink, you should discuss how he or she will deal with this issue in a new environment. Students at Northwestern are subject to Illinois law, which prohibits the provision of alcohol to and the possession of liquor by any person under the age of 21. Illinois law also provides for penalties for possessing any fraudulent evidence of age and identity, including a fake driver’s license or ID, or selling or furnishing any fraudulent evidence of age and identity to any person under 21. The 13

student life and services The University maintains a health service for students, including a pharmacy, laboratory, radiology suite, and health education program, at Searle Hall. Students registered for full-time study (as defined by their program and the registrar) are entitled to the full privileges of this service. Full-time students must comply with Illinois state and Northwestern Univer­sity health, immunization, and insurance requirements, which are described in the Health Service and insurance information they receive after their acceptance to the University. Students who fail to comply will be subject to late fees, and their registrations will be withheld until these requirements are met. If parents have questions, please visit the NUHS website or call 847-491-2113.

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use or possession of illegal drugs and controlled substances is also prohibited. Additionally, students under 21 are not permitted to be in the presence of alcohol (and no students are allowed to be in the presence of drug use) in University-owned housing, including fraternity and sorority houses. The misuse of alcohol and the illegal use of narcotics or other controlled substances is a serious threat to the health of the user and the wellbeing and safety of members of our community. In addition to legal penalties, students involved in alcohol- or drug-related incidents may face disciplinary actions and be required to undergo evaluation by a substanceabuse counselor and, if appropriate, a mandatory program of education and treatment. Students who repeatedly engage in such incidents, who are involved in serious or egregious matters, or who fail to follow prescribed treatment will face further disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, and exclusion from the University and relocation or removal from University housing. To promote student health and safety, Northwestern has a Responsible Action Protocol that is designed to encourage students to seek prompt, professional medical assistance in emergencies, particularly those involving possible alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. The protocol provides an incentive to call for help by eliminating or lessening disciplinary outcomes for students who act responsibly and seek assistance even though they might have committed infractions before or in conjunction


with the emergency. In any emergency, students should always call, stay, and cooperate—that is, call 911, stay with the person needing assistance, and cooperate with emergency and North­ west­ern officials. WildCARD The WildCARD, the University student ID card, is used as a library card, meal card (for residential students), ATM/ debit card, identification for cashing checks, and a pass to ride University shuttle buses and to gain admission to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatics Center and to athletic events. Women’s Center The mission of the Women’s Center is to address issues of gender equity individually and institutionally. In addition to serving as a safe haven and gathering place for women students, staff, and faculty, the center provides educational programming, advocacy, confidential counseling, outreach and coalition building, resource referrals, and other services. Writing Place The Writing Place, located in University Library’s north tower, is a writing resource center. Undergradu­ates with superior writing skills are trained to help their peers at all stages of the writing process—from narrowing a topic and formulating ideas to evaluating and revising rough drafts.

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How will you keep in touch with your student? What are your expectations? Have you made these expectations explicit? Do you anticipate changes in these expectations over time? What is your philosophy about learning? How do grades fit in? Is it important to you that your student is excited about what she or he is learning? How often do you find yourself mentioning your student’s academic successes in casual conversations with friends? How much is your student’s success part of your identity?

What kind of example are you setting by the choices you have made? How will you handle challenging discussions regarding your lifestyle and beliefs? How will you understand changes in your student over time? Do you have a conceptual understanding of cognitive and moral development? Have you been straightforward about financial realities? Do you send mixed messages about money? Do you have an estimation of true living expenses at Northwestern? How do you feel about credit cards and bank accounts? advice for parents

The Parent-Student Relationship Parents, especially those who are sending a son or daughter to college for the first time, may find the following suggestions helpful. Stay in touch. Parents serve as anchors to disperse news from home. Email from home is often read and reread, even if not answered, and acceptance from home can restore self-worth to students’ often shaky identities. Focus on communication, not control. Pay attention, ask questions,


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The college years are a time of change and development for both students and parents, and excitement, fear, confusion and discomfort are common reactions. Some familiarity with what to expect can ease the challenges of transition for all members of the family. Letting go does not mean that college students no longer need firm parental support and guidance. Over time, however, parents will have to let go of certain old ways of relating while negotiating new ones. The following questions— adapted from Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years by K. Coburn and M. Treeger (Quill, 2000)—may be useful to you as you go through the transition of sending your child to college:

What have you communicated to your student about alcohol, drugs, and sex? How will you handle it when you find evidence that experimentation in these areas is occurring?

and watch for signs that may point to adjustment problems, such as coming home every weekend or rarely mentioning friends. But instead of offering direct advice, you might ask about steps already taken and other options, such as contacting organizations on campus. Never force communication; it is enough for your student to know you are there.

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Try to be supportive. This may mean simply listening or sending a care package. Remind your student that you are there whenever needed, but don’t be discouraged if you detect an unwillingness to discuss relationships and activities. Adjust expectations. Competition is keener in college than in high school. Given that nearly all of their classmates graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, many Northwestern students find themselves no longer at the top of the class. Struggling to maintain a B average may upset a student’s identity as an “overachiever.” Students are very tuned in to their parents’ reaction to grades, and parents need to reassure their students that insecurities are normal and to examine their own expectations. Also keep in mind that developing social connections and a sense of community is no less important than academic success. A student who maintains high grades but has difficulty making friends may also need help with the adjustment process. Expect changes. Students change majors an average of three times; matching interests and abilities is an arduous process. The impulse to 16

challenge assumptions and cultivate experimental self-images intensifies in college. Your student may come home looking different, sounding different, and acting different. You may also notice the “freshman 15” weight gain. Be willing to discuss values. Parents may insist that their example speaks for itself, but students care what their parents think. Treating conversations as “teaching moments” and calmly showing concern may open a dialogue where you can be a real resource. Let your student make mistakes. This is probably the hardest suggestion, but remember that mistakes may be valuable learning opportunities. Be patient. Don’t panic if your student is experiencing difficulty adjusting to college. Some students expect to start deep friendships as soon as they arrive on campus. It may be helpful to remind them that their high school friendships took a while to form, and new relationships at Northwestern will take time as well. Put matters in perspective. Young adults often call parents when they are down and call friends when they are up. You may receive a skewed view of your student’s well-being. Finanaces Students accustomed to having a parttime job, access to a car at home, their own room, etc., may encounter a new or confusing financial dependency during the college years. Because college represents a tremendous financial investment, some parents are tempted to exert intrusive controls that impede

developing autonomy. A system that allows your son or daughter room for financial choices and responsibility is important. Consider the following tips: Keep track of your student’s daily expenses for two months in order to analyze how money is spent. Establish one lump sum payment at the beginning of the quarter so that your student gains experience in budgeting. Be explicit about what you will provide money for and what is expected to be provided by your son or daughter.

Establish clear guidelines for the use of any credit cards. Never use money as a bribe or threat. Getting Involved

Many parents want to get involved with Northwestern. Attending Family Weekend each year, reading the Daily Northwestern online, purchasing season tickets to sports events, sharing information with students about your career, or listing job and internship opportunities through University Career Services—all of these can strengthen your association with Northwestern. Family Weekend /parents/family-weekend Family Weekend is held each fall to welcome parents of undergraduate

Northwestern Alumni Association The NAA connects current undergraduates and their parents to a vibrant community of more than 200,000 alumni. It offers a variety of programs and events for current students— including Homecoming, Dinner with 12 Strangers, the Etiquette Banquet, the Northwestern Externship Program, and Northwestern Day at Wrigley Field—and access to a network of alumni who offer job-search assistance to students and alumni. Alumni Clubs are active in more than 50 metropolitan areas worldwide, and parents are encouraged to join their local club and participate in its social and educational events. Also of interest to parents, the NAA Store—www.alumni.northwestern .edu/marketplace—provides a link to partner company Every time you send a special treat to your son or daughter, your purchase supports NAA programs. Additionally, the NAA sponsors Northwestern’s official class ring, designed to include symbols unique to Northwestern and meaningful to both students and alumni; for details visit www.alumni For more information on the NAA and member benefits, visit the NAA website or call 800-­NU-ALUMS or 847-491-7200.


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Have your student open and maintain a checking account.

students as members of the Northwestern community and help them become familiar with campus life. Classroom visits, meetings with University administrators and deans, a president’s convocation, receptions, and a Wildcat football game are among the planned activities.

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Parents’ Fund /parents The Parents’ Fund, part of the North­ western Annual Fund, raises money to enhance all aspects of undergraduate life at the University. It helps provide the financial flexibility necessary for improving and expanding undergraduate offerings and facilities, bringing prominent guest speakers to campus, and responding quickly to opportunities as they arise. A growing committee of parent volunteers makes the Parents’ Fund a meaningful way for parents to get involved at Northwestern. For more information call 800-222-5603.

Northwestern Magazine Northwestern, the University’s quarterly alumni magazine, is sent to alumni, faculty, and parents of undergraduates.

Staying Informed

Books and Wildcat Spirit Gear Norris Center Bookstore 847-491-3990

Electronic Mailing List for Parents and Families Parents and families who subscribe to the electronic mailing list receive email messages from the Division of Student Affairs, including a quarterly newsletter and email messages of special interest to parents and families. To subscribe, follow the instructions at If you have questions or need assistance, email family@northwestern .edu. Northwestern Website The site has a wealth of information about the University and daily Northwestern news updates.

Daily Northwestern The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper, is published in print and online Monday through Friday during the school year. 18

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Airport Transportation /transportation/airport/index.html Offered just for Northwestern students at the start and end of each break, AirHop provides nonstop motorcoach transportation options to and from both Midway and O’Hare airports for less than the cost of splitting cab fare.

Beck’s Book Store 716 Clark Street, Evanston 847-492-1900 Campus Gear 1717 Sherman Avenue, Evanston 847-869-6968 Celebrating Special Occasions nuCuisine Campus Catering .asp?id=1&url=/index.asp 847-467-6110 Delivers birthday treats and goodies, with 10 packages to choose from. Free delivery. Bennison’s Bakery 1000 Davis Street, Evanston 847-328-9434

Delivers birthday treats and goodies, 7 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Signature required upon delivery. A $15 delivery charge may apply. Tag’s Bakery 2010 Central Street, Evanston 847-328-1200 Delivers birthday treats and goodies, 7 a.m.–noon, Monday–Friday. Signature required upon delivery. A $10 delivery charge may apply. Moving to/from Campus The University does not provide storage for students’ personal belongings over the summer months, so it’s advisable for you and your son or daughter to have an end-of-year moving plan. A few student-run organizations offer summer storage options at move-out time each spring. Shipping Belongings to Campus /services/mail/wwpc.html • Choose UPS, FedEx, or another company that provides tracking information and proof of delivery. • Schedule delivery to coincide with Wildcat Welcome. (Packages arriving too early will be sent back.) • Address each package as follows: Student name Residence hall name, room number Residence hall street address Evanston, IL 60201

Please note: If “Northwestern University” appears anywhere in the address, delivery will be delayed.


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University Hymn Hail to Alma Mater! We will sing thy praise forever; All thy sons and daughters Pledge thee victory and honor. Alma Mater, praise be thine, May thy name forever shine! Hail to Purple! Hail to White! Hail to thee, Northwestern!

Words by Thomas Tyra ’54, music by Franz Joseph Haydn


University Fight Song Go! U Northwestern! Break right through that line. With our colors flying, We will cheer you all the time, U! Rah! Rah! Go! U Northwestern! Fight for victory, Spread far the fame of our fair name. Go, Northwestern! Win that game! Go! U Northwestern! (Whistle) (Yell) Go, Northwestern, Go! (Whistle) (Yell) Go, Northwestern, Go! Hit ’em hard! Hit ’em low! Go, Northwestern, Go! (Repeat chorus) (Yell) Varsity, Varsity, Hit ’em hard and low! Varsity, Varsity, Go, Northwestern, Go! U Rah, Rah! U Rah, Rah! U Northwestern Rah!

Words and music by Theodore Van Etten, class of 1913


The Northwestern Parent Guide: 2013-2014  
The Northwestern Parent Guide: 2013-2014