Welcome: Here Begins New Life!
This year, the Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment “SCORE” office oversaw the development of a new student booklet. It is written from a student perspective especially for you. Read it, and use it as you will. We hope it will guide you as you make your way into your new Scripps community.
Letter from the Acting Dean of Students Samuel C. Haynes
Added: July 25
Dear Members of the Class of 2018,
As Acting Dean of Students, it is my great pleasure to welcome each of you to the Scripps campus in just a few weeks. Indeed, New Student Orientation, and the start of classes will be here before we know it!
I am writing today to provide you with some important information and to offer a few suggestions as you prepare to move to Claremont. The following recommendations stem from the collective wisdom accumulated over the years by past deans and Scripps families and are intended to assist you and your family (please make sure they read this letter) in making a smooth transition to Scripps.
Solving the Packing Blues
If you are traveling by car and items do not fit, or if you are coming from afar and cannot fathom how you will get it all here, remember you can ship items to the Scripps College Mailroom. Address the packages to yourself and send them to Scripps College, 345 E 9th St, #(your box nuber), Claremont, CA 91711. Our ability to store numerous boxes is quite limited, so please ship items just prior to your departure for campus with a projected arrival date of Monday, August 18 or later. You may also order a number of needed products online and have them sent directly to campus in time for your arrival. Given that nearly all first-year students will have one or two roommates (many of you will have two) and limited space, we encourage you to plan accordingly when deciding what to bring or ship.
If something is forgotten, no need to worry; it can be mailed to, or purchased in, Claremont. Target, Walmart, major department stores, and drug stores are plentiful in the area. You can pick up bulky items like laundry baskets and detergent here, and we will run a shuttle to Target on Saturday of Orientation for students who need to purchase items. Coordinate your purchases with your roommate(s). Maybe you’ll decide to shop together when you get here. There is no point in having two or three major items like lamps (no halogen, please), mini-refrigerators, fans, etc.
The Car Dilemma
Many parents and students ask about cars. We strongly discourage students, especially first-year students, from bringing cars to campus. Every study of residential student life has shown that having a car, particularly during the first year, correlates with lower grades and slower adjustment to college life. All Scripps classes are within easy walking distance, no farther than 10 minutes away.
The Claremont Colleges strive to provide a diverse and lively social environment on the campuses—movies, plays, lectures, parties, bus trips to museums, beaches, and other area attractions are only some of the offerings. When students do leave campus, they discover many of the places they want to go are a short walk, bus, or taxi ride away. The cost of an occasional cab ride is far less than the costs associated with maintaining an automobile.
The College has a few vans for student group use; any student with a driver’s license and a good driving record can become a registered driver. Students may check a van out for group use—a trip to the beach, the mall, a hiking trip, etc. Zip cars are also available, and students may rent these vehicles for individual use by the hour or by the day. These cars are a wonderful alternative for students who occasionally want, or need, to leave campus.
Another common question is how much spending money will you need? The answer varies greatly from student to student. My recommendation is that you put together a three-month budget. Do it in detail—laundry money, water/soda and miscellaneous snack items, entertainment, college apparel, etc. After reviewing the budget as a family, decide on an initial amount. Track your spending, and be prepared to both review your past expenditures and to explain any need for increases at the three-month mark. Now is the time for you to really focus on good spending habits and take responsibility for the budgeting process.
Health Matters More! Information and Insurance Requirement
Although we hope that all students have a year of good health and remain accident free, some of you will encounter some health issues while on campus. The Claremont Consortium’s Student Health and Counseling Services department has a medical center with full-time physicians and nurse practitioners, as well as a counseling center with psychologists and access to a psychiatrist. Both centers are open and available to all students. For more information about our health facilities and services, please see: cuc.claremont.edu/shacs.
Heath Insurance Plan
While we provide some health services on site, students may need services beyond what is offered at the medical and counseling centers. As a result, all students are required to have health insurance coverage throughout their enrollment at Scripps. All entering students will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered by The Claremont Colleges.
However, if you wish to use your family’s insurance plan instead, you will need to waive out of SHIP by demonstrating proof of health insurance coverage. If you have not done so already, here is a link to the health insurance information you received on July 1, 2014, with information on how to waive out of SHIP: renstudent.com. The deadline to complete the waiver process has been extended to August 15, 2014.
Health Insurance Card
Students enrolling in The Claremont Colleges SHIP plan will receive an ID card directly from our insurance company, Ascension.
If you will be using your own health plan, be certain to bring an ID card for your family insurance with you, and carry it when you travel. When you arrive, keep a copy in a safe place in your room. Having your insurance card expedites matters at the emergency room or at an off-campus medical facility. You should keep a photocopy at home for your use.
Students and their families should also become familiar with any requirements that their carrier has for out-of-area health coverage—pre-authorization, prescription reimbursement, etc.
College Health Records and Information
The Orientation Forms Checklist, the Student Health Services Forms, and information about Student Health and Counseling Services may be found online.
You are asked to submit a medical history form to Student Health Services by August 1, 2014. Please make certain you follow through on this request; it is of great importance to our physicians in providing appropriate medical care. The form is kept in our Student Health Services center. If there are any health changes (new allergies, illness, etc.) you should update your record.
Your health records are confidential, and we, in the Office of the Dean of Students, do not have access to the medical history you submit to Student Health Services. If you and/or your family feel we should know about particular medical needs or conditions, please notify the Office of the Dean of Students directly. Examples may include: diabetes, epilepsy, ongoing health problems requiring medication or special accommodations, etc. We, too, keep the information confidential and will be in a better position to assist you should anything arise.
It is important that your immunizations be up to date. Health professionals are now recommending that college students receive the MCV4 for meningitis and an updated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, if needed.
Illness During the Academic Year
Should you become ill during the semester and need to miss a substantial amount of class time or return home, you should contact the Dean of Students staff. We will notify your professors, assist you with taking an incomplete if the illness strikes at exam time, and otherwise assist with your college obligations. You may also be asked to provide us with medical documentation, especially if you are absent from class for an extended period of time.
Please bring an adequate supply of any prescription medication you are taking, and check with your doctor about how best to arrange for refills. Some students bring their prescriptions and make arrangements for it to be filled at a local pharmacy. Some pharmacies, both here and in your area, refill prescriptions via mail. Make sure you are diligent about requesting refills in advance of needing them, and don’t forget the importance of taking your medications as prescribed and completing the prescription.
Students with Disabilities
If you have a disability and may be in need of reasonable accommodations to participate in the academic program of the College, please go here for more information about how to request accommodations and necessary documentation.
Please email your documentation and accompanying recommendations to Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Academic Support Services, before the start of the fall semester.
If you need accommodations for language, math, or chemistry placement exams administered during New Student Orientation, please send an email request and supporting documentation to Dean Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez by August 15, 2014, to have adequate time to review your request and make appropriate arrangements.
During the next few weeks, you may contact the Office of the Dean of Students to set up a phone appointment to discuss your situation at (909) 621-8277. Once on campus, you may visit our office to set up an in-person appointment.
Take care of yourself! Good day-to-day practices head off illness and help prevent stress. The 5-College Health Education Outreach office has professional staff available to work with students on wellness issues. They offer a variety of programming and work one-on-one with students as desired. We encourage you to take full advantage of this valuable resource.
One final health-related note: We know you are capable of handling many concerns on your own, whether the issues are yours or those of a friend. That said, you might encounter situations where you find yourself overwhelmed. Situations can also arise that should not’t be handled alone. Please know that the Dean of Students staff is here to assist you and your classmates. We are committed to supporting and helping you and others identify the appropriate resources during difficult times.
New Students Resource Booklet: “From Us to You”
This year, the Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment “SCORE” office oversaw the development of a new student booklet. It is written from a student perspective especially for you. Read it, and use it as you will. We hope it will guide you as you make your way into your new Scripps community. Take a look now »
Planning Your Orientation Visit
I want to remind you to please visit our online Orientation site. Much of the information you need—and answers to many of your questions—can be found there.
Please note we will have a New Parent Orientation program for parents, family members, and friends on Thursday, August 28, 2014. The schedule begins late morning, extends through the afternoon, and ends with the President’s Reception. Family members should plan on departing that evening. Students will be very busy throughout Orientation as they prepare for the semester and connect with their classmates.
Looking ahead, we invite families to join us for Family Weekend, February 13–16, 2015.The weekend provides an excellent opportunity to learn about classroom and co-curricular experiences and to meet many of the College’s faculty.
Final Thoughts for New Students and Their Families
Don’t forget to review the Orientation [permalink href=12]Forms Checklist online[/permalink]. And please, continue to monitor your email, and in particular, visit the Orientation site regularly. New information is posted on a near-daily basis.
Students: We look forward to celebrating your arrival and to offering our support throughout your Scripps journey. Great adventures lie ahead!
Families: Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your new college student, and please know that my staff and I always welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback.
See you all at Orientation! Incipit Vita Nova!
Samuel C. Haynes
Acting Dean of Students