October 2018

 
 
 
GW FAMILY NEWSLETTER
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Dear GW Families,

We hope that your students are enjoying being back on campus after a restful fall break and that they are on their way to having a successful semester.  Students are in the process of taking their midterm exams, and as this can be a stressful time, we wanted to ensure that you are able to offer support for your students during this time by guiding them towards the various on-campus resources.  This message includes information on student holds, mid-semester resources, winter break and spring arrival housing, and FAFSA.

Also, if you know of a student that may need extra support, please submit an online CARE Network Report.  The CARE Network identifies and responds to students facing academic or personal challenges by connecting them to university resources in order to help retain and support them through graduation.  The system "connects the dots" between appropriate university departments to provide holistic care for students who may need additional assistance.  

We are excited to welcome you back on campus in a few days for Colonials Weekend! Be prepared for a wonderful weekend full of informative and engaging activities and memorable experiences with your student.  

Raise High!

Sincerely,

Dr. Tracy Arwari
Director, Student Support and Family Engagement
 
 
 
Mid-Semester Resources
1.  The Colonial Health Center offers individual and group support for students feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. 
2.  Coordinated by GW Libraries and Academic InnovationAcademic Commons is a one-stop shop for academic resources and services across the university.  GW offers a wide range of academic support, offered by a variety of departments and divisions.  
3.  The Writing Center works with students to strengthen their abilities as writers and to become stronger editors of their own work.  
4.  Academic advisors are an excellent source of information on academic regulations and requirements, career exploration, graduate school, life after college, and letters of reference, and can help your student find answers to their academic questions. 
5.  Encourage your student to take advantage of the resources they have right in the classroom!  Faculty members are required to offer office hours for students to get additional support in their classes.  In addition, Teaching Assistants, when applicable often have office hours and can also be incredibly helpful.
6.  Staying in good physical shape is just as important as maintaining good psychological health.  Campus Recreation offers various programs to promote health and fitness for GW students and LHWC members
7.  GW Listens is a student-run peer support network for those experiencing psychological health difficulties. To phone in to the hotline, call (202) 242-8255 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 AM, Sunday to Tuesday, during the academic year. Visit the GW Listens website to learn more.
8.  If your student needs academic accommodations, remind them to visit Disability Support Services (DSS)as soon as possible. 
 
Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Spring 2019 class registration starts in early November.  Remind your student to check for any holds on their account that may prevent them from registering for classes.

Students can check GWeb or the GW Mobile App's Registrar section for any financial or administrative holds on their account.  The Student Accounts Office placed financial holds on accounts showing a balance of $1,000 or more on October 15th.  

Students can also regularly view registration holds alerts and other important information, such as housing selection, financial aid award notification, student accounts, and other personalized business on the myGW Portal 
 
New Student Mandatory Immunization Requirement
This is a reminder that ALL new students under the age of 26 must submit proof of immunizations as required by DC Law 3-20. 
Students should visit the Colonial Health Center patient portal at mychc.gwu.edu and follow the instructions below:
  1. Click here to access the patient portal and sign-in with your GW Email Address ([email protected]) and password. Ensure that you are logging in on Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Click on the “Medical Clearances” tab on the left side of the screen.
  3. Under “Medical Clearances” click on the green “Update” button to upload a photo or scan of your immunization record. Please ensure that all documents are legible.
      -Please note:  If you are waiving your Meningococcal vaccination, upload the waiver form here as well.
  4. Click on each the green “Update” button next to each type of immunization and enter in the dates of immunization. You must enter in all of your dates for the required immunizations in order for us to verify your record.
  5. Once you have updated all of your immunization dates, a staff member at CHC will review your record. Please check back to see if your immunization clearance was satisfied or not.
Missing or incomplete records will result in the inability for a student to register for subsequent semesters.  For questions, please email [email protected] or call 202-994-5300 option #3. 
 
FAFSA
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for filing. It’s never too early to start completing the form. Students must apply for financial aid each year by filing the FAFSA. The purpose is to determine students’ eligibility for financial aid awards, which are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about financial aid or the FAFSA, please contact Colonial Central at 202-994-9000, where representatives are available to provide guidance.     
 
Winter Beak and Spring Early Arrival Housing
Please take a look at the Winter Break and Spring Early Arrival Housing options that was recently sent to students.  Please note that undergraduate residence halls will be closed from Friday, December 21, 2018 at noon through Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:30am.  Additionally, all university offices will be closed from December 24- January 2.   
 
First-Generation Student Support
Students who are first in their families to attend college face a unique set of needs.  In support of these students, the CSE offers a number of programs and resources to support the First-Generation student experience such as the Founding Scholars program, First Generation Connect, First Friday Dinners/Workshops, First-Gen United, First-Generation Residential Community, along with many other initiatives and resources.  
 
Collegiate Recovery Community
GW is proud to host a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders, and/or other process addictions.  We support all pathways to recovery and define recovery as a lifelong commitment to pursuing optimal health and well-being. Our hope is that the CRC will provide a supportive community to help you navigate recovery, thrive in your environment, and strive to be the best versions of yourselves, while pursuing your academic, professional, and personal goals. 
 
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