Student Affairs Parent Liaison

  • Mr. John Felio
    Dean of Students
  • Sarazen Student Union
    Room 310
  • (518) 783-2328
    jfelio@siena.edu

Quick Answers for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents for Fall 2013

 

IS THERE A DESIGNATED LIAISON FOR PARENTS TO CALL OR WRITE TO IF THEY HAVE A QUESTION OR CONCERN?

Yes, Mr. John Felio, Dean of Students, serves as the parent liaison for the Division of Student

Affairs. Dean Felio can be reached at jfelio@siena.edu or by calling him 518 783-2328.

 

DO YOU OR YOUR STUDENT NEED TO COME TO CAMPUS DURING THE SUMMER TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

 

No. Students do not have to come to Siena to register for classes

 

With the information students supply online on the Be A Saint site on the “Academic Interests Form”  - including a list of classes they wish to take - and information on their high school transcripts and application, our professional staff is all set to register them for Fall classes.  A member of the Academic Affairs staff will contact the student over the summer if we have questions and the student can always contact us any time with questions or concerns at summeradvising@siena.edu  or 783-2955.

 

Alternatively, students who have special circumstance can choose to come to Siena, meet with a faculty member to discuss the options and then register on their own in one of our computer labs under the guidance of trained administrator.

 

Please note that many majors are very prescriptive. For instance, students in the School of Business and School of Science have very few choices in their first semester. Regardless of the choices they do have, we will be pre-registering them – depending on the major- in up to three courses. That means that if they are come to campus in July, they will have only one or two choices for the remaining courses. Some Science majors have no choice at all. Liberal Arts majors are largely non prescriptive- they take Foundations, an introductory course in their major, and three courses of their choice.

 

Please note that there is no advantage to either option – coming to campus or allowing us to do it for

them. The same number of seats – therefore the chance of getting one- will be open for each option.

Additional information can be found at : www2.siena.edu/AcceptedTransferStudents.

 

WHICH OFFICE AT SIENA COLLEGE CAN PROVIDE ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION FOR OUR INSURANCE COMPANY?

 

Contact the Registrar’s Office and they will verify that a student is enrolled and sign the appropriate

form. The link for the Registrar’s Office is www2.siena.edu/registrar.

 

DOES SIENA HAVE AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN?

Siena College has an Emergency Operations Plan. Siena takes all incidents affecting students, faculty

and staff safety as serious and time sensitive. Please visit the Emergency Info website for information on

Siena’s Emergency Response Plan. The College has also published an Emergency Response Guide  for the Community. This document can be accessed by going to the Public Safety Webpage. We ask that all families have a conversation with your student about how they could leave campus quickly if the College were to close for an emergency (i.e. flu virus or long term power outages). If you live out the area, it is important that you and your child discuss alternatives and where they could go if they cannot get to their home location immediately.

 

We encourage your student to sign up for the Siena Alert System which will provide a text message and email to their Siena email account for emergency situations. The link to the Emergency Info page is www2.siena.edu/emergencyinfo.

 

HOW DO I CHANGE EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION?

A change in any emergency information should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs by emailing

studentaffairs@siena.edu. We would like these changes in writing for our files.

 

WHAT IF MY SON OR DAUGHTER BECOMES ILL?

The Health Services Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm while school is in session. Services are provided by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants in collaboration with a physician, all of whom are affiliated with St. Peter’s Hospital. Students are encouraged to call the office for a same day appointment. Medical records are confidential and we cannot release medical information to any third party, including parents, unless we have a signed waiver by your student. 

 

After hours, if your student needs emergency care, they will be transported to St. Peter’s Hospital. If it is

not an emergency, a listing of urgent care facilities in Loudonville is on the website. You will be contacted by the Dean or staff member on call for any life threatening emergency. Parents are notified

of any alcohol or drug related transport the next business day.

 

IS STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIRED?

All full time registered students are required to have health insurance coverage and must provide

verification of coverage annually. Full time students are automatically enrolled into the Aetna Student

Health Plan offered by Siena College. If you presently are covered by another health insurance plan, you

may process a waiver to opt out of this plan prior to the deadline of September 30, 2013 and your bill

be adjusted accordingly. Additional information about the student health plan including the waiver is

available at www.gallagherkoster.com/siena.

 

HOW WILL MY SON OR DAUGHTER GET TO THE DOCTOR’S OR URGENT CARE?

Siena has the NEMT (Non-Emergency Medical Transport Program). Siena College has made

arrangements with a local taxi company to provide transportation for students for emergency room

visits that do not require an ambulance and/or for off-campus medical appointments and permit the

students to charge the fee to their student account. For more information, visit the webpage:

www2.siena.edu/healthservices

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS TOO ILL TO ATTEND CLASS?

Students are encouraged to notify their professor  for a missed class due to illness.  Each faculty member maintains  their own attendance policy. The Office of the Dean of Students assists students with issues arising from illness and missing classes for an extended period of time. Documentation from the treating practitioner is required. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 518-783-2328 or via fax at 518-783-4200.

 

HOW DO PARENTS PUT MONEY ON A STUDENT’S SAINT CARD?

Yes, money can be placed on your student’s card during business hours. Please contact the Saint Card

Office at 518-782-8282 or visit the website.

 

HOW DO I PAY MY STUDENT’S BILL?

The Office of Business Affairs is located in 202 Siena Hall. You can contact the office at 518-783-2317 or

by fax at 518-786-5004 or via email at studentaccounts@siena.edu.

 

HOW CAN I ACCESS MY STUDENT’S GRADES?

Student midterm and final grades are accessed on line through a program called “Web for Students.”

Grades are not sent home. We encourage students to give their parents their grades OR access to their

“Web for Students” account.

 

CAN A FRESHMAN HAVE A CAR ON CAMPUS?

Freshmen cannot have vehicles on campus due to limited parking. For information on parking and

vehicles , please see the Office of Public Safety at  www2.siena.edu/publicsafety.

 

WILL I BE INFORMED OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION?

The Office of Student Affairs reserves the right to notify parents of students of disciplinary action taken against the student with a signed release from the student. In cases of alcohol and/or drug policy violations, the College reserves the right to notify (usually in writing) parents of students under 21 once the case has been adjudicated regardless of whether the student signed a release.

 

The College reserves the right to contact parents and/or legal guardians without student consent in the

case of health or safety emergencies, most specifically in instances where a student has been transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication, regardless of age, so that parents may discuss the situation with their child. The College also reserves the right without student consent to notify parents of students who have been disciplined for non forcible sex offenses or violent crimes that are violations of Siena College's Code of Conduct.

 

The College is allowed to notify parents without student consent in all instances stated above under the

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA").  For specific questions regarding student conduct, please contact John Felio,Dean of Students at jfelio@siena.edu.

 

HOW DOES THE COLLEGE ADDRESS ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ISSUES?

The College addresses alcohol and other drugs using a three-pronged approach: education, strong

behavioral expectations and sanctioning as outlined in the student code of conduct in Siena Life (student

handbook), and substance use assessment/assistance. For more info, please see the web link

www2.siena.edu/sienalife

 

HOW WILL I KNOW HOW MY STUDENT IS DOING ACADEMICALLY?

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs can answer general questions that parents might have

regarding academic programs. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), the

College is not allowed to convey any academic information to parents unless the student provides their

consent in writing. Students can do this by sending Dr. Ellard an email from their Siena account to:

pellard@siena.edu.

 

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR FAMILY WEEKEND AND WHEN SHOULD I MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS?

Family Weekend is October 4-6, 2013 and we suggest that you make your reservations during the

summer. A link to local hotels is off the "Visiting Campus" webpage at: http://www2.siena.edu/pages/1267.asp.  A mailing will be sent to parents in late August with detailed information and registration paperwork.