Family Connections

Seattle University's family e-newsletter - October 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! Please make sure to include this email address:, to your safe senders list to keep the newsletter from ending up in your "junk mail."

family weekend, october 20-22. registration open

Family Weekend is right around the corner! It is our opportunity to welcome you back to campus to enjoy a number of events with your student. Pick and choose what works for you! Registration is open and should be completed by October 12. A number of events fill up quickly so register soon if you have not already done so. Find details at

Unable to attend Family Weekend? Send a note to your student with the help of our campus Outreach Center. See details here.

Does your student expect to graduate in June?

While it seems like graduation is a long time away, students expecting to graduate in June must apply for graduation by November 1.

Third Party Access changes

As your student continues to grow towards independence and adulthood, we expect that you are having discussions with them about their academic performance and financial aid situation. Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) students control access to their educational records and can share details of their progress with you. These conversations can be an important step for your student’s ownership of their own educational success. Should your student find a need to give you additional access to some of this information, they can provide “Third Party Authorization” to you.

If you have current authorization to your student’s financial aid information or academic record, your authorization will expire on October 12, due to a database system upgrade. Please note that your access to the Student Account Center to view/pay bills is not affected by this upgrade, because it is a separate system. However, both SU Online and the Student Account Center will be temporarily unavailable to anyone from October 12 to 16.

Your student will receive an email by October 12 letting them know current authorizations are expiring, and giving them instructions on how to authorize in the new system. FERPA requires that students initiate any third party authorization process. Beginning on October 16, they will be able to do so by going to SU Online. The process for academic record authorization is outlined here.

If authorized for financial aid package information, you will be able to view it online or to talk with Student Financial Services staff in person or on the phone after providing your student’s Seattle University ID# as a security measure.

If authorized to discuss elements of their academic record, you will be able to call your student’s advising office to discuss the specific parts of their record they have designated. You will be required to provide your student’s ID# as a security measure. No online access to your student’s academic records will be available.

The advising centers are listed below:

· The Albers School of Business and Economics; Dr. Theresa Ling, Assistant Dean;; 206-296-5720

· The College of Arts and Sciences, the Arts and Sciences Advising Center,, 206-296-2840

· The College of Nursing and Diagnostic Ultrasound Program; Rebecca Severson, Undergraduate Program Coordinator;; 206-296-2098

· The College of Science and Engineering, Advising Center,, 206-296-2500.

· The Matteo Ricci College; Dr. Dan Washburn, Associate Dean;; 206-296-4475

· The Premajor Studies Program, Bellarmine Advising Center,, 206-296-2260

· School of New & Continuing Studies; Suki Kwon, Academic Counselor;; 206-296-6937

We apologize for any inconvenience this system change may cause. We look forward to having improved service as a result of the upgrade.

Winter break late departure/early arrival

Students in campus housing wishing to delay their winter break departure or arrive back on campus early in January must submit a request to do that via the myHousing Portal. The deadline to do this is November 10. More information may be found here.

Lyft credit

Attention SU Parents. Your students are going places. Whether they’re off to class, hitting the gym, scoping out the next late night pizza stop, or touring around the city, you can help get them there. Start off the school year right with the gift of Lyft Credit so they can explore all Seattle University and this city has to offer.

Campus Happenings/Important dates

Keep track of important academic dates with the Academic Calendar.

Check out upcoming Music, Theater and Gallery Openings.

Show your SU Redhawk Spirit! Info on Athletic Events.

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