Parents and Families

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We've had a wonderful start to academic year 2015-2016 here on campus. The autumn leaves are changing colors, the students are filling U-M's classrooms, unions, and community centers, and after a very hot beginning to the term, we're finally feeling the relief of some cooler temperatures here in Ann Arbor.

Student Life is the part of the university that supports every aspect of your students' lives on campus. That means we’re also here for them during the challenging times. This month I participated in a community-wide meeting with representatives of all Greek Life chapters on campus. Academic, administrative, and Greek Life student leaders spoke on community values and the need for culture change to address alcohol abuse and sexual assault among other problems. I am looking forward to the community’s hard work over the coming year to make those necessary changes, and Student Life’s Office of Greek Life (featured in this newsletter) will be active participants in ensuring that change.

This fall, we will be increasing our communications with parents and families whose students harm themselves or others while drinking alcohol. I hope you'll read the article about our new approach. This month’s newsletter also provides tips for talking to your students about alcohol harm and sexual assault prevention. Student Life serves as a campus partner to you when it comes to student safety and U-M culture regarding alcohol consumption – together we can improve this challenging campus problem.

I'd also like to share with you the results of U-M’s Campus Climate Survey regarding sexual misconduct on campus; the link includes complete survey results. As you read these sobering and challenging statistics, know that Student Life is daily intervening to prevent sexual misconduct through prevention programs and services, many included in our programming for all first year students.

Finally, I hope you’ll take a moment to view President Schlissel’s speech launching a campus wide conversation on diversity. He calls for innovative and ambitious measures to address "the hardest problem and biggest challenge that we're going to confront together." Student Life's many programs and services dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and equity are here for you and for your students – including our New Trotter initiative and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

As always, if I can be of any assistance in connecting you with our many resources and services, please do not hesitate to contact this office – assist-me@umich.edu or (734) 764-5132.

E. Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Life

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