The countdown is on to Day One at Dalhousie View Online

The final countdown is on. Your student will be arriving on campus in the next two weeks, participating in orientation programming, and starting their classes at Dalhousie. Do they feel prepared? Have they worked through our new student checklist and completed all of the things they need to do before they arrive on campus? Have they completed the Start on Track Online orientation modules? Here are a few reminders and conversation tips to help them (and you!) prepare. 


And, if your student lives in residence...
  • There is an entire website dedicated to residence move-in that includes what to bring, when and where to arrive, and more
  • Your student can pre-order their textbooks and have them boxed and ready for them when they arrive through Books in Res (deadline August 30)
  • Your student can pre-order items for their residence room including kitchenware, small appliances, and bedding through the Dorm Goods program (deadline August 30)
  • In Halifax, your student can sign up to drop off their bags to residence early (August 31 or September 1)
  • Halifax Campus residences are alcohol-free from Sept. 2-11 (with the exception of Glengary Apartments, Graduate House and LeMarchant Place). This pilot is one tactic of many as part of a broader alcohol harm reduction approach for Dalhousie. Learn more about the program.

Conversations to have with your student

At Dal, we are committed to supporting and educating students about the personal, academic, and legal consequences of high-risk drinking and other important topics. We offer hundreds of opportunities to get involved that do not involve alcohol. We also hold students accountable for violations of university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, alcohol and sexual harassment policies.

Family, friends and supporters can play an important role in influencing their student’s choices, and conversations about important topics such as alcohol use, sex, consent, mental health, diversity, and inclusion that can have a lasting impact on behaviour. We encourage you to talk openly and honestly about these topics before your student arrives on campus. 

A few tips...
  • Talk to your student about drinking responsibly to reduce risk of harm, and remind them that not all university students choose to drink alcohol. 
  • If your student chooses to drink, vague messages about "being a responsible drinker" lack clear direction. Instead, talk about strategies like: eat a meal before drinking, alternate non-alcoholic drinks with water throughout the evening, and plan how to get home safely before going out. In Halifax, Dal Security offers a free shuttle service called Tiger Patrol and in Truro, Security Officers provide a safewalk service on campus.
  • Conversations about healthy and unhealthy relationships are a great way to start a conversation about consent and sexual assault. Healthy relationships are ones that are open, honest, and where each person respects the other's choices and boundaries. 
  • Ask your student if they feel prepared to find help for themselves or their friends. Help them locate resources like the Sexual Assault Response Protocol for campus. 
  • Dal is a diverse and exciting community. Encourage your student to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures, and to respectfully learn more about new perspectives and experiences and to share their own. 

Learn more about safety & respect and Security Services at Dal.

Tip: You and your student can download the DalSAFE app for mobile access to Security Services, Tiger Patrol, the Safewalk Service, interactive maps, campus notices, parking info, a mental health toolkit, and many other resources to enhance their personal safety. 
We look forward to welcoming you and your student to Dal!

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