Greetings Eagle Families!
By the end of this month, your Eagle leaves your nest for ours. And whether this is your first college send-off or if you’re an old pro, it can be an emotional time for the whole family. Our advice? Reserve time for unhurried moments together instead of stressing about “dorm décor”. Really, the only thing your student can’t get here in DC is…you.
Our team has wrapped up most of our online summer orientation programs for your student, but Orientation Leaders are still available and eager to help answer your student’s questions as they get ready for move-in. Once your student moves in, they’ll join us for our highly interactive in-person Eagle Summit. Don’t worry, we’ll give them all the details they need in the coming weeks. For now, you and your Eagle can focus on savoring the last days of summer and getting excited about the opportunities ahead.
Here are some questions you asked, and how we answered them:
Q: Is there a waiver/document that grants me access to all student records?
A: No, there is no single waiver that grants all access. Students control what information is shared and with whom. They may grant or withdraw permission at any time. In addition, American University does not serve as a custodian of medical directives, healthcare proxy, or power of attorney. To grant permissions, they’ll need to speak with the specific office for each service. Talk with your student about the extent to which they want to disclose information with you, and what kind.
Want to learn more about the privacy of student records? Check out our module on Canvas!
Q: What does transportation look like on campus?
A:There are many modes of transportation to get students to and from campus! Students receive a U-Pass to take the metro anywhere in DC. As a reminder, first-year residents are not permitted to have a car on campus. Check out our transportation programs website, which features additional easy and attractive transportation options for the AU community!
Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!
The New Student and Family Programs Team