- The Role of Student Affairs
- As Student Adovcates
- Lessons in Self-Responsibility
- Privacy of Student Records and Northwestern University's FERPA Policy
- Where do We Expect You to Develop?
- Contributing to Community
- Benefits of Smart Choices
What is the role of the Student Affairs division in your development? In a nutshell:
- We provide opportunities for students to achieve competence in academic and non-academic arenas
- We challenge students while also providing support
- We teach students how to manage emotions
- We help students become autonomous so they can move from dependence to interdependence
- We encourage students to determine who they really are, on so many levels
- We support the development of positive relationships, including those with family, friends, partners and diverse individuals
- We help students identify and pursue their purpose
- We offer assistance as students develop their values and figure out what they stand for
Many members of the campus community are involved in the student development process on a regular basis. They include:
Residential Life Staff; Orientation Peer Advisers; Support for Students with Disabilities; Student Leaders ; Career Services Professionals; Health Services Staff; Faculty Members; Student Conduct Office; Coaches; CAPS Counselors; Greek Life Advisers; Academic Support Services; CSI Staff; Student Activities Staff; University Chaplain's Office; and many, many others!
- We treat students as adults, getting you involved in solving your own problems instead of relying upon others to do it for them.
- We intervene if we become aware of a potentially life-threatening behavior occurring
- We don't serve as "babysitters" for students
- We are concerned with students' safety and educate them on ways to keep themselves and others safe
- We don't ever want to see a student get hurt
- We expect students to take responsibility for their own actions, we are here to support students every step of the way
Self-responsibility is one of the most important things you can learn at college. Initially, it may take some trial and error for the lessons to kick in but, once they do, you will have learned a valuable fact: no one is responsible for your life but you.
We expect students to take responsibility for:
- Their behavioral choices
- Respecting rules and policies
- Academic honesty and persistence
- Personal integrity and care
- Developing healthy study, eating, and sleep habits
- Seeking assistance when needed
- Being a positive member of the campus community
Many people are available to students to help them right a wrong. As long as they take responsibility for their choices and actions, they'll find support ever step of the way.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. It applies to schools receiving funds through the U.S. Department of Education.
Once a student enters college or turns 18 years old, rights to control the release of records and information under FERPA transfer from parents to students. Therefore, a student’s educational records are typically not shared with parents unless your student gives written permission or it's a special case, such as a health or safety emergency.
Institutions are required to post an annual FERPA notification. For more information, please visit Northwestern University's FERPA Policy within the Registrar's site or just ask us. You can also download the FERPA release form (PDF).
There are several areas in which we expect you to learn and develop during your time at NU. These learning domains include:
- Ethics and Values
- Intra- and Interpersonal Competence
- Civic and Community Engagement
- Multicultural Competence
- Healthy Living
- Responsible Independence
- Career Development
Being Open to Diversity
Chances are that you will be positively challenged by the new people you encounter on campus. The roommate with very different political views, the friend with a different religious background, the classmate from a different ethnicity all will open your eyes, if you are willing. We encourage this type of growth because a student who is open to diversity will experience Northwestern and the world much differently than one who is not.
It may start out as a stint with hall government. Then, you may get involved with a community service organization. Soon, you may be leading an organization or doing an internship with a group on campus or in the Evanston/Chicago community you believe in. Community involvement means different things for different people. What's most important is that you engage with this place and with our community. You are here to contribute as much as you are to take in!
Responsible Action Protocol
Never become so intoxicated that you lose consciousness or the ability to keep yourself safe. And if you should encounter anyone in such a state, you are to intervene and help. Use our Responsible Action Protocol:
- Call 911
- Stay with the person needing assistance
- Cooperate with emergency & university officials
- Alcohol and Other Drugs. It's possible that you will be tempted to experiment with alcohol and other drugs during your college years. You can make smart choices. Make choices that don't threaten your safety as well as those around you. Northwestern University Police Department provides resources and information on Alcohol and Drug Awareness. There is also a dedicated website for Alcohol and Other Resources.
- Personal Safety: Playing it Smart
Our campus safety experts Northwestern University Police Department advocate:
- Not walking alone in isolated areas
- Keeping living spaces locked
- Not giving out personal information to people met online
- Reporting any threatening texts, calls or emails right away
Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, and Take Care of Our Community, Northwestern.