Forge Your Foundation: Parent Orientation

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Welcome Class of 2024 parents!

We're so excited to welcome you and your student into the W&J Family. We're proud that you've entrusted us with the important task of educating your child and helping to shape the into our future leaders over the next four years. Coming to college is an adjustment for not only the student, but also for the parent. We're on this journey together and will always aim to do whatever we can to make it easier for you.

Greetings from the Knapps

Eva Chatterjee-Sutton

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Jeff Frick

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Quarantine Support for Students

Your student’s first experiences at W&J this year will look quite different than in previous years. While we believe it is essential for the health and safety of our community that students participate in a 10-day quarantine upon arrival to campus, we want to ensure you that we will give no less attention, care, and support to your students as they navigate their first two weeks.  

  • Every student will choose from a delicious menu of meals provided by dining services, which will be delivered to them every day 
  • Should your student receive mail, packages or course materials from faculty, we will make sure it is delivered to their dorm. 
  • All first-year students will participate in Fall 2020 Orientation over the course of their quarantine and into the fall semester. Commuter and remote students will also follow along live at home.  
  • Beyond Orientation, several offices included Student Activities & Organizations, Admission, and Residence Life have planned a schedule of robust and diverse programming to keep your students connected, engaged and meeting friends when they are not in class.  
  • All of our Resident Assistants and Link Mentors have completed their quarantine and will be actively engaging in virtual community building and support for your students. 
  • Our Health & Counseling staff have created opportunities for students to attend drop-in groups with licensed psychologists and peer counselors, in addition to the telehealth sessions they are providing.  

Student Success Consultants

Our Student Success Consultants promote an increase in learning, persistence and feelings of connectedness through holistically addressing students’ experiences. Our SSC’s meet once weekly with every first-year student during their freshman year to provide educational guidance, and support using a variety of consultative techniques to create personalized interventions, coaching, and support services for W&J first-year students. 


Rachel Stalker
Student Success Consultant


Yafeu Rougier
Student Success Consultant

CARE Team  

At W&J, we strive to create an environment where student success is prioritized above all else. The CARE Team is an interdisciplinary group of W&J staff and faculty who meet weekly to promote prevention and early intervention for students who may be experiencing distress, or exhibiting harmful or disruptive behaviors. Any W&J community member can submit an online referral form to alert the CARE Team about their concern for a student. The members of the CARE Team then collaborate to discuss how to best and most appropriately support the student of concern in order to promote positive growth and development.  

COVID-19 Policies 

An Addendum to the Student Handbook was created in relation to new policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this Addendum is to provide guidance to all students in navigating the fall semester during the unprecedented situation. Any policies that are outlined take precedence over other policies you may find on campus. If you have questions or notice disparities that you would like more clarification on please be sure to contact the Office of Community Standards and Support Services at or 724-531-6868.

Other Resources:

Fall 2020 FAQ
Pledge to Promote Safety 

Transitioning to College: Guides for Parents & Families 

Even before the challenges introduced by COVID-19, every first-year student experienced their own unique challenges and adjustments to college life. Similarly, each parent or guardian has different expectations for and reaction to their student’s college experience. As one method of support for our W&J families, please feel free to refer to these resources below at your leisure: 

Supporting a First-Year Student in the Time of COVID 
Transition to College Brochure
Starting the Conversation about Mental Health with your Student
Going to College and Staying Connected: Communication Between College Freshmen and Their Parents