Helpful Tips and Reminders for Parents

The following checklist serves as a guide for parents and guardians. Here are some things to consider before sending your son or daughter off to college:

Fall 2016 Move-in Day

Move in for new, incoming first-year students is on Thursday, August 25th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  When arriving on campus, student helpers will direct you towards the check-in area where residents will receive their room keys and ID. Faculty, staff, and returning students will be on hand to help assist with move in.  Most students will be able to have all belongings moved into their room within 30 minutes of arriving to campus. Returning and transfer students may move into the residence halls on Sunday, August 30th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Please report directly to the residence hall to receive keys.

 

Costs associated with living on campus

In addition to room & board costs that are sometimes covered by student loans and/or financial aid, your student will encounter additional costs associated with housing, such as deposits, laundry supplies, parking permits, or damage and fine assessments from our office. (NOTE: Monetary fines from our office are sometimes a result of violating policies and damaging the facilities in which they live.)

Medical/Health Insurance

Does your student know how to properly use or access his/her medical insurance? Oftentimes, college students are still covered under their parents’ policies. Although students may receive basic services in the health center on campus, most students will use an outside medical provider for different reasons.

University Recesses

Classes are not in session during Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring recesses. Therefore, you should make necessary arrangements to pick your student up if he or she does not have a vehicle.  Below is a schedule of when the halls close and open for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Thanksgiving Recess
Halls Close - Wednesday, November 23 @ Noon
Halls Reopen - Sunday, Novenber 27 @ Noon

Winter Recess
Halls Close - Saturday, December 17 @ Noon
Halls Reopen - Tuesday, January 3 @ Noon

Spring Recess
Halls Close - Saturday, March 4 @ Noon
Halls Reopen - Sunday, March 12 @ Noon

Summer Recess
Halls Close - Saturday, April 29 @ Noon

Food

Since all residents are required to purchase a meal plan, it may be not necessary for students and/or parents to shop for groceries. However, many students will want to keep some snacks, drinks, and other food on hand in their apartments or rooms. Students who live in the University Court or Academic Villages will have an oven and stove, but they are still required to have a meal plan.

Transportation

All residents are permitted to have a vehicle on campus. The cost to park on campus is $75 a year. For students without a vehicle, there are local transportation options available, including bus, taxi and a Saturday shuttle to Wal-Mart. Check out the Transportation section for more information.

Banking

Does your student have a bank that is located within a reasonable distance from campus? There are several banks in Greensburg, including PNC, First Niagara, and Citizens. There is a PNC ATM machine on the Pitt-Greensburg campus.

Cleaning

Your student will be responsible for the cleanliness of his or her own room/apartment. Our custodial staff does not clean individual rooms or bathrooms. Make sure you equip your student with the necessary advice and supplies to clean his or her own room.

Tips for Parents

  • Be reassuring. Your student needs to know that he or she is doing the right thing by going away to college. Reassure your student that he or she is making the right choice.
  • Communicate, but don’t overdo it! Oftentimes parents have the urge to call their student every day. With cell phone use so prevalent today, this is even more tempting. It is essential to keep in contact with your student, but no student wants his or her parent keeping daily tabs on them. 
  • Use e-mail, texting, or social media to talk. When a student enrolls at Pitt-Greensburg, he or she receives their very own Pitt e-mail account. Encourage your student to use e-mail as a means of communicating. Oftentimes students will communicate via e-mail or social media because it feels less intrusive than if a parent were calling every day.
  • But don’t forget “snail mail.” Nothing brightens a student’s day more than receiving something in the mail in his or her residence hall. Students anxiously await for greeting cards and letters from family or friends.
  • Send care packages. Even better than sending the occasional e-mail or note via postal mail, is the care package. Care packages are a college phenomenon, and your student will love them. Consider making and sending a care package or purchasing one from the Pitt-Greensburg Book Store, which can be delivered to your student's room.
  • Be there during the stressful times. College can be a very stressful time in one’s life. Your student may want to vent from time to time, and you can help by simply being there. Listen to your student without making judgments.
  • Encourage. Part of your role as a partner during the college years is to encourage your student. Encourage them to study, to get involved, and to take over their own lives. This means cleaning up after themselves and doing their own laundry. It also means waking up in the morning and actually going to class. You can make sure your student does all of these by encouraging them.
  • Have a discussion about alcohol & drugs. The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a dry campus. This means no alcohol (including empty containers) or drugs and paraphernalia is permitted on campus. We treat violations of our drug & alcohol policy very seriously. Violations of this policy sometimes result in students being removed from the residence halls or suspended from the University. Have a conversation about these repercussions for violating our alcohol & drug policy.
  • Prepare your student. Parents and guardians can be helpful by preparing their students for college. Teach them how to do laundry and about responsible spending. Teach them how to appropriately handle conflicts or problems that might arise. A parent’s first instinct is to intervene in these situations by calling the University. Give your student the advice and tools necessary to handle these problems on their own.
  • Discuss academics. Obviously, your son or daughter is moving away in order to pursue a degree. It becomes extremely costly if your student does not do well academically. Consider asking generalized questions, such as, “How are your classes?” or “Have you done any interesting projects lately?” This can help open the channels of communication between you and your student. (In regards to student grades, please note that your student will receive his or her grades electronically – they are not sent home to parents. Be sure to discuss with your student his or her progress.)

Alcohol Policy 

It is a violation of the campus alcohol policy for students or guests to possess and/or consume alcohol on campus, regardless of their age.  Being publicly intoxicated on campus or being knowingly present of alcoholic beverages are also considered violations of the alcohol policy.  As students are held responsible for knowing all of the policies, please encourage them to read the Student Handbook prior to arriving on campus.

Alcohol Wise Online Course

To help students make well-informed decisions regarding alcohol, first-semester freshman must complete the Alcohol Wise online course prior to arriving on campus. Students will receive an email explaining how to access the course. Students that fail to complete the course will have a hold placed onto their account which will prevent them from receiving grades and registering for classes.