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For information, go to wichita.edu/covid.

NOTE: We are open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak! Please note we are working remotely as much as possible at this time. We can still be reached at 316-978-6105 or at shocker.family@wichita.edu.

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Keeping Connected

Shocker Family Programs

Starting a college career can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Wichita State University offers a number of resources to help students make a successful transition to life as a Shocker. We are here to help your student transition academically and socially to campus by connecting them with the people, services, and support they need to get them to graduation and beyond.

We are here to encourage your student's well-being and academic success while at Wichita State. If you ever need to reach us, please call 316-978-3149 or email shocker.family@wichita.edu.

 
 

This August...

Getting Started

It’s normal for both families and students to feel a combination of excitement and apprehension about starting college. Whether students grew up just a few blocks from the university or are traveling many miles, transitioning to a new environment and new routines is the name of the game this month. Everyone may feel a bit disoriented for a while; just remember to give yourself some time to adjust. Actively seeking out support and getting involved in new activities will help both families and students.

Things Families Need to Know

COVID-19 Guide

Students will be expected to take precautions and engage in safe behavior in order to come or return to campus. See the Health and Safety section below for more information, or read more in the COVID-19 Student Guide.

» Click here to visit the university hub for COVID-19 information and updates.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In compliance with the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974” (FERPA), as amended, the following constitutes the institution’s policy on providing appropriate access to educational records, while protecting their confidentiality:

Wichita State University accords all rights under the law to students. Those rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records;
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights;
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent;
  4. The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Wichita State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

» Click here to read the full notification of FERPA Rights.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Registrar at 316-978-3055.

Proxy Users

Under FERPA, parents do not have access to their student's collegiate educational record unless the student provides consent. In an effort to meet the needs of WSU students and parents, and to encourage students to safeguard their myWSU username and password, the Office of the Registrar is pleased to announce that students no longer need to fill out a paper form in order to provide such consent. Authorization by the student is now available entirely online.

» Click here to read more and access instructions.

Authorized Users

Students can give others (parents, employers, etc.) the ability to access their account information. In compliance with FERPA, student financial records may not be shared with a third party without written consent. Adding an authorized user is written consent that an individual may view account information and make payments on the student's behalf. Please note that authorized users do not have access to their student's stored payment methods, academic records, or other personal information.

» Click here for instructions on setting up an authorized user.

» Already an authorized user? Click here to view a bill or make a payment.

Shocker Alert

Get the emergency information you need instantly and effortlessly! With the Shocker Alert System, we will contact you by email the moment there is an emergency or weather alert that affects the campus.

To sign up for text alerts through our emergency notification system, Rave, click here.

Rave Guardian Mobile App

As part of Wichita State’s ongoing commitment to campus safety, the university offers the Rave Guardian, a free mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. Click here to view more details.

» Click here to see the app in the Google Play store.

» Click here to see the app in the Apple Store.

How Can Families Help?

  • Reassure your student that they have a place in the family and in your home regardless of the changes. Having a stable home base helps students adjust to college.
  • Encourage your student to get involved. Students who get connected with campus life tend to do better academically, learn to manage their time and have an easier adjustment. Go to wichita.edu/involvement for more information on student involvement opportunities.
  • If your student is living in the residence halls, suggest they get to know their Resident Assistant (RA) and neighbors. If your student is living at home, let them know you’re happy to hear they stayed on campus to study or spend time with friends.
  • It can feel strange for families to hear about new people and routines in students’ lives. Remind yourself that developing new support networks helps students to be successful.

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