Parent Information

This Parent section provides the information that has been most frequently requested by the parents and supporters of our campus residents. Please use this information as a tool to help educate your son or daughter on how to manage their housing accommodations, contract, meeting with deadlines, and complying with policies.

If you do not find the information you want, check out the other REACH pages, or email REACH at housing@sonoma.edu

Parent e-Newsletter

Parents and guardians of current residents are able to subscribe to a monthly electronic announcement service called Parent e-Newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, you may do so starting August 1.

By joining the announcement service, we will provide you with monthly updates of important dates, upcoming events, and essential contract information. Sharing this information keeps you informed of news and events in the Residential Community (RC). Very similar information is distributed to the residents in a monthly newsletter called MyRC Newsletter. The residents receive more specific details in their newsletter than what's posted in the Parent e-Newsletter service. We want to encourage student development and responsibility by them handling their own business.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students".

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to specific parties or under specific conditions such as health and safety, as outlined in 34 CFR § 99.31

Please visit the FERPA site for detailed information.

SSU Immunization Requirements

As a condition of SSU enrollment and in accordance with California law and California State University policy, all entering SSU students born after 1956 are required to send copies of official immunization records documenting their immunization or immunity to Measles & Rubella (typically given as MMR vaccine).  All students who will be under age 19 when their first semester at SSU begins must also show proof of full immunization to Hepatitis B. Copies of official records must be sent to the SSU Office of Admissions and Records at least six weeks prior to the start of the student’s first semester of classes to avoid late compliance penalties including a hold on the student’s ability to register for future classes. To read the full details about the required immunizations and how to comply with these requirements, please visit the Student Health Center website or Immunizations page.

Meningococcal Vaccine for College Freshman

During the contracting process, students will receive information about Meningococcal Disease and vaccine. It is recommended that youth ages 16 and up receive a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine especially if they plan on living in a residential community setting.

Insurance

Health & Accident

During the period covered by the License Agreement, the student is encouraged to obtain health and accident insurance. Many dependent students are covered under their parents or guardians insurance. However, if you are interested in purchasing health insurance please visit the CSU Health Link site which is a program affiliated with Sonoma State's Associated Students. The Associated Students can be reached at (707) 664-2815.

Personal Belongings

The University has no insurance to cover the personal or property damage of students. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain such insurance, such as a renter's policy. Sometimes this will be covered under a parent's homeowner's policy, but you will want to check with your insurance agent about the details. A search on the internet will reveal other options related to renter's insurance; please do your due diligence in finding a policy that best meets your needs.