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Parents contribute to student success by: • understanding the student experience and knowing about resources available at the University. • supporting the University’s goals for student outcomes (see Student Learning and Development Outcomes—pages 3-5). • knowing when to step in to help their student and when to empower their student to take responsibility. • becoming an active member of the University community by attending campus events, helping other parents understand the student experience, and advocating for and supporting the University of Minnesota. The more you understand about the University of Minnesota and about your student’s transition to college, the easier it will be to support your student. Parents’ greatest concerns for their students during the first year revolve around safety, finances, health and wellness, academic advising, and career preparation.

Campus safety Parents consistently list safety as a top concern. But it is not always a student’s greatest concern. Regular reminders from parents can make a difference in helping students remember to trust their instincts, secure their belongings, avoid leaving laptops or cell phones unattended for even a short time, and lock residence hall doors when they step out of the room and when they’re sleeping. As a precaution, be sure your student has an inventory of valuable items (bikes, cell phones and other technology, and debit and credit cards), including a record of serial numbers and card numbers. The information should be kept in a secure place. Being safe in today’s world includes being alert to online security. For many students,

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sharing passwords and PIN numbers with the people they love is the norm. It’s not uncommon for students to provide that information to a boyfriend or girlfriend, a best friend, or a roommate. If those relationships fail, however, students can find themselves with significant problems. The most powerful message a parent can deliver is, “Don’t share your passwords or PINs with anyone: Not even me.” That is a clear statement of the importance of guarding online information. Please see page 31 for more on safe computing practices. For more information on campus safety, see page 30.

HAVEN: Online module The University of Minnesota is committed to the safety, dignity, and respect of all of its students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and visitors. To promote safety on campus, all incoming first-year students are expected to complete an online course called Haven before the first day of the semester. This course will teach students key definitions and statistics, bystander skills, and campusspecific policies, procedures, and resources. They will receive log-in information by email. Student completion of the program will be documented and reported to the University.

Money management A college education has great value: Research shows college graduates earn more over their lifetime and are more satisfied with their life. As students move toward graduation, it’s important that the cost of their education doesn’t include significant or unnecessary post-graduation debt.

CARE PACKAGES Send happy thoughts— on any occasion—to a student you care about with a themed package from Gopher Express. Wish them luck on a big test or send a birthday package. Packages can be delivered to the residence hall or picked up at Gopher Express in Coffman Memorial Union. More information: sua.umn.edu/carepackages

As your family prepares for the start of school, parents are encouraged to provide guidance on budgeting and financial management. The University’s philosophy is that students are well advised to “Live Like a Student Now So You Don’t Have to Later.”

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Gold Book 2015  

The University of Minnesota Gold Book introduces first-year students and their families to many of the University’s departments and services...

Gold Book 2015  

The University of Minnesota Gold Book introduces first-year students and their families to many of the University’s departments and services...

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