Resources for Families and Student Supporters
On this page:
- Adjusting to College
- Supporting Your Student
- Family Association
- Protected Student Information
- Serious Incident
This page is a resource for the families and supporters of current and future Raiders. We use the term “family” knowing that this looks different for many students. Sometimes this means parents, other times it means grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, guardians, friends, and chosen family members. At some point during every student’s college experience, they will go to those of you who they know, love, and trust for advice. You may not know what resources exist to support them, so whatever your role is in supporting a student, we are here to help.
Adjusting to College
The student adjustment to college can be just as important to them as it is to families. Life and academics can be drastically different from what they are used to from high school. Students may need to be encouraged to try new things, participate in campus activities, and meet new people. Students may also need reassurance that they can email professors and advisors, go to university offices for support, and ask for what they need independently before asking someone to do so on their behalf.
We ask that students get into the habit of checking their university email every day, setting up their voicemails, downloading the CORQ App to see university events, and embracing the awkwardness of being in a new place with new people (because so is everyone else). This can be true for residential and commuter students.
Supporting Your Student
College can be a time for personal and professional growth and exploration. It can be a culture shock mixed with excitement and anxiety. You can help your student normalize the transition process by supporting their adjustment. This can include:
- Saying connected with regular check-ins
- Asking questions to show interest in their education
- Learning about on-campus resources in case your student needs additional help
- Helping your student practice self-advocacy skills to foster confident independence.
The Family Association is open to all student supporters of current and future raiders. This organization allows you to sign up for semesterly newsletters about upcoming events, campus changes, and resource features that are commonly requested by families and student supporters. Sign up (or opt-out of these emails). You do not have to sign up for the newsletters in order to access resources or support, join the Wright State Parents Group on Facebook, or to know about student and family-related upcoming events.
Protected Student Information
All student information is protected under the FERPA law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). This means that information regarding a student’s academics, billing, or activities cannot be given to a parent or family member unless the student has given written permission. If your student chooses to make you a “proxy” information can be released to you but this will not allow to make decisions on behalf of your student.
Visit the Student Proxy Access page for your student to make you a proxy.
At different times, students and their supporters may need to access resources for support, academics, wellness, financial aid, engagement, and more. Here are some of the most commonly requested resources:
Student Advocacy and Wellness Center
The Student Advocacy and Wellness Center serves as a “starting point” for students who may need help navigating systems at the university and in the community. Sometimes students (and their supporters) find their way to SAWC during times of academic or personal hardship. This could include medical or mental health-related absences, financial challenges, housing insecurity, food insecurity, or assistance understanding university policies and services. As a starting point, we will help students find the best possible resource for their success and stay with them through the issue’s resolution.
- Tutoring: Helps achieve individual academic goals in all disciplines and become an independent and successful learner
- Advising: Helps define and achieve academic goals
- Registrar: Responsible for academic and classroom scheduling, grading and academic records maintenance, degree awarding, FERPA compliance, and systems support
- Office of Disability Services
- Commencement (Graduation)
- Success Coaches
- RaiderConnect: Student Accounts, Financial Aid & Registration services for students
- Scholarships: A scholarship is a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid.
- Parent-Plus Loan: A parent loan is a loan a student's parent may borrow to assist in paying for the student's educationally-related expenses.
- Counseling and Wellness Services: Offers a wide range of therapeutic services including group, individual, couples, and family therapy
- Health Insurance Benefits
- Student Health/Wright Physicians: Student Health Services is student's source for primary health care and wellness services
- Campus Recreation: Provides quality recreational opportunities for the Wright State community
- University Police: Ensures a safe and secure educational environment that promotes diversity, tolerance, academic freedom, and respect for the individual
- Community Standards and Student Conduct: Educates students regarding their civic and social responsibilities as members of a global society
- Title IX
- Student Legal Services: Provides confidential legal assistance and representation
- Wright State Alert: Emergency notification system
- University Calendar of Events
- Student Involvement and Leadership: Provides student organization services, campus programs, fraternity and sorority life, leadership development programs, and commuter and off-campus services
- Greek Life: Engages one another and the larger campus community in its commitment to achieve excellence
- Sport Clubs: Provides the opportunity to university students for recreation, competition, and instruction in a variety of active pursuits
- Inclusive Excellence: Brings together resources, cultural centers, and diversity programs to build a more inclusive community
Unfortunately, serious events can occur that have a profound impact on a student and their family. During these times it can be difficult to know who to contact and what resources may be available. Reaching out to the Student Advocacy and Wellness Center’s 24/7 on-call phone may be the most appropriate resource. Examples of this could be:
- A student’s loved one died or experienced a catastrophic injury/event that will impact their attendance and participation in classes.
- Student has been hospitalized for physical or mental health reasons and will miss class or deadlines, and/or may need additional support or accommodations when they return to school.
- Student experienced some form of personal or familial hardship that may require them to withdraw from classes, submit a petition form for academics or finances, or request an incomplete for one or more courses.
- Student has experienced a catastrophic injury and is incapacitated or will be away for an extended period of time.
- Student has died.
As a forever member of the Wright State Family, you can be reassured that we will do whatever we can to assist you through this process with respect and transparency.
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