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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 www.newi9.com. 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 www.mybushome.com 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.