Information for Parents
Parents, guardians and families are instrumental in helping their student with a successful transition from high school to college. Disability Services for Students has some recommendations on how you can assist in that transition. If you have any questions about the information outlined on this page, please feel free to give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
1. Encourage your student to be an active participant in his/her educational experience. This will require
that he/she is both responsible and accountable. You can foster independence and responsibility
in your student by encouraging your student to:
- Check their BW email account 2-3 times each day. Most communication from the university, faculty and staff will go to their BW email account.
- Respond to emails in a timely manner. Since email is the primary form of communication, students need to develop a habit of communicating electronically. It is helpful if those communications include the student's first and last name, BW ID number, a greeting or salutation and spell check.
- Schedule meetings with their professors if they have questions about assignments, difficulty with course content or concerns about their progress in the course. Please do not call faculty members and ask for information on your student as they are not able to provide you with this information.
- Schedule meetings with their academic advisor(s) each semester. Your student will need to meet with their academic advisor to be released for registration and converse about dropping classes if needed.
- Become familiar and utilize available campus resources. If your student contacts you because they are upset or having academic difficulty advise them to seek the resources on campus. This could include their faculty, academic advisor, Disability Services, Residence Life, Registrar or Dean of Students.
- Maintain contact with Disability Services throughout the academic year. This includes following processes, policies and procedures.
- Review the Student Handbook so they are aware of and comply with University policies, practices and procedures. It is also helpful in understanding BW community and University culture.
- Become a self-advocate regarding their disability. Your student will need to be aware of their disability, their functional limitations and develop appropriate coping strategies.
- Continue taking medications as prescribed. Many students suddenly stop their medications and this could negatively impact their physical, mental health and academic success.
2. Ask your student to keep you informed of their academic progress. Please be advised that grades
and other academic information are not readily available to parents.
3. If your student is a commuter, please encourage them to stay on campus instead of returning home
in between classes. This will help them become part of the BW community. (See Commuter
Services information below).
- Listed below are some of the available campus resources that you may want to be familiar with. Encourage your student to reach out if difficulty arises:
- Academic Advising: http://www.bw.edu/resources/advise/
- Career Services: http://www.bw.edu/career/
- Commuter Services: http://www.bw.edu/resources/comserv/
- Counseling Services: http://www.bw.edu/resources/counseling/
- Disability Services for Students: http://www.bw.edu/resources/disability
- Provost Office: http://www.bw.edu/resources/dean/
- Registrar: http://www.bw.edu/resources/registration/
- Residence Life: http://www.bw.edu/stulife/reslife/
- The Learning Center: http://www.bw.edu/resources/learn