Parents Concerns about Students »
Parents are often the first people to whom students communicate their concerns about classes, health, relationships, etc. Thus, the Office of Student Support Services wants to ensure that parents have the information they need to appropriately refer their students to the university’s resources.
Parents concerned about their student’s mental health should refer to the Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) in the University Health Center. CAPS clinicians are available to meet with students for a wide variety of concerns. Parents should note that CAPS staff members are not legally able to communicate about your student with you directly (unless the student signs a release authorizing this communication). Parents of students who have experienced trauma can help them cope under these difficult circumstances. Click here for some tips on helping your student cope with trauma. You can find more information about CAPS at http://www.uhs.uga.edu/caps/parents.html.
General Course Concerns: Students may experience a wide variety of concerns related to their academic coursework. Parents should encourage their students to address any concerns or questions about particular classes with their instructors. Parents should also encourage their students to read their course syllabi and understand the expectations that instructors have for their courses. Students should also consult with their academic advisors on matters related to course registration, degree requirements, and programs of study. Lastly, parents should refer their students to the Division of Academic Enhancement (http://www.uga.edu/dae/) to explore the services and resources offered to support students’ academic efforts.
Hardship Withdrawals: Students who need to withdraw from their academic courses for hardship circumstances should be in contact with the Office of Student Support Services. More information about hardship withdrawals can be found at http://www.uga.edu/studentsupport/services/hardship_withdrawal.htm.
Withdrawals: Students who are interested in withdrawing from a single course can do so via OASIS. Students are allowed to receive 4 non-hardship WPs (withdrew passing) grades during their undergraduate careers. Parents should encourage their students to contact the Office of the Registrar (706-542-4040) with specific questions about single-course withdrawals.
Students needing assistance with selecting a major or seeking a job should contact the Career Center. More information about the services and programs offered through the Career Center can be found at http://www.career.uga.edu/.
Some students may find transitioning into life at UGA more difficult than others. Parents should encourage their students to get involved in activities and organizations that are of interest. Refer to the following resources on campus to encourage the involvement of your student:
Center for Student Organizations: http://www.uga.edu/stuorgs/
Campus Ministry Association: http://www.uga.edu/cma/
Office of Greek Life: http://www.uga.edu/greeklife/