Learning the ins and outs of Saint Louis University might seem overwhelming at first. The answers to many questions you might have are below, as well as links to download specific sections of the Parent and Family Handbook. You can also ask for advice from experienced family members in the Billiken Parent and Family Association Facebook group.
Visit slu.edu/housing, or check out our FAQ on meal plans and dining at SLU.
SLU has a largely residential campus, and our grounds services employees work to ensure walkways are clear and safe for students. In the event of severe winter weather, you can determine the University's status by calling 314-977-7669 (SNOW) or following our official social media accounts.
SLUs Family Weekend is held in partnership with our Homecoming Weekend. Billikens, their parents, family members, and alumni can celebrate this special event together during the fall semester.
Students need permission from their academic advisor to drop a class. After the first week of the semester, the adviser's signature will also be required. Check the University's academic calendar for specific dates related to dropping a class if your student hopes to drop without a “W” appearing on his or her transcript.
Be aware that “holds” may placed your student's account that prohibit the ability to drop/add classes and need to be resolved before any registration changes can be made. For a list of possible holds, visit the Registrar's office.
Accessibility and Disability Resources
To be admitted to SLU, all students, including those with or without disabilities, must meet the minimum qualifications for admission. Applicants with documented disabilities are granted equal consideration and are not required to identify their disabilities during the application process.
Students may disclose their disability at any time during their academic career at SLU.
While high school accommodations are largely governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which guarantees mandatory, free education that leads to the outcome of successful learning, college accommodations are largely governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It guarantees equal access to education with no additional outcomes specified.
Your student is responsible for requesting reasonable accommodations if he or she wishes to do so and for coordinating with instructors to arrange how those accommodations will be carried out in the classroom.
Students should be aware that they must self-advocate, rather than it being left up to parents, teachers or the institution. SLU's Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources facilitates accommodations for all students, except those within the SLU School of Law or School of Medicine. While the office may be able to answer some of your questions, its primary role is to work directly with students.
Safety and security are top priorities at SLU. All of our residence halls and the
Marchetti Towers are locked 24 hours a day. Any SLU student ID can be used to enter
the front door but only residents of the building can swipe their ID a second time
to gain access beyond the security desk.
Visitors must check in at the front desk and be escorted at all times. Security cameras are present and can be accessed by hall staff and the Department of Public Safety. Sprinklers and smoke detectors are also present in all apartments and residence halls.
Visitation policies vary by housing option. Detailed information can be found for each residence hall or apartment at slu.edu/housing. Regardless of which policy is in place, all guests must be registered at the security desk and be escorted at all times. Please be sure you and your student review the Housing and Residence Life Handbook for more information.
Student mail is not delivered to individual residence hall facilities. Residential
students are assigned a mailbox (also known as a MSC box) with their housing assignment.
Students will receive their mailbox number with their housing assignment letter, and
they may keep the same mailbox for their entire time living on campus. The mailroom
is located on the first floor on the east side of the Busch Student Center. When addressing
mail to your student, use the following format:
Student first and last name
20 N. Grand, MSC Box ________
St. Louis, MO 63103
If a student receives a package, he or she will be notified via a package slip in their mailbox and will pick up the item from the mailroom. For more information visit student mail services.
Students are expected to check out within 24 hours of their last final exam. Students who are unable to check out at that time should contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life to request an extension.
Students generally do not have to remove items from their rooms during Thanksgiving, winter or spring breaks, though they may wish to bring items of particular value home with them.
There is a brief period at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters when students can meet with their residence hall coordinator to discuss room reassignment options. Otherwise, room reassignments are typically not made.
Our staff is available to work with roommates who are having difficulties communicating or getting along. We have seen great success with students who can work through difficult situations and learn how to resolve conflict. Typically, the roommate agreement all parties sign at the beginning of the year will be revisited. Peer mediation is also provided.
- Any open flame or open element device, such as grills, toasters or toaster ovens
- Candles (with or without wicks) and incense
- Air conditioners (other than those owned by the University)
- Signs considered to be University or government property
- Halogen lamps, lava lamps, sunlamps and incandescent bulbs
- Firearms, weapons and/or ammunition
- Alcohol collections or trophies (pyramids, excessive bottles, cans, cartons)
- Wireless internet routers
Saint Louis University partners with Bedloft.com. Renting a bed loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in residence hall rooms, so we highly recommend students take advantage of the service. Students who preorder can even have their furniture set up before move-in day.
Saint Louis University accepts cash, check, money order and wire transfer as payment. Credit card payments (MasterCard, Amex, Discover, Visa), with a convenience fee, may be made through the Payment Suite via mySLU. Checks should include the student's nine-digit Banner ID number and be made payable to Saint Louis University. A non-refundable $25 fee is assessed for each returned check or ACH payment.
You have the option of paying the balance in full, participating in a payment plan or securing loans in advance of the payment due date. Payments must be received before the due date (postmarked checks are not applicable). For more information, visit slu.edu/financial-services.
The U.S. Department of Education offers an online Financial Tool Kit outlining information and tips to help you understand your role in your child's financial aid application. The advice includes guidance about how parents make college more affordable, figuring out whether they will qualify for loans, why parents have to be involved when it is the student who is applying for federal student aid and what parent information is reported on the FAFSA form.
U.S. Bank ATMs are located in the Busch Student Center, DuBourg Hall, the Learning Resource Center, Doctor's Office Building, the School of Law and Saint Louis University Hospital.
Employment and Career Planning
Most on-campus jobs are found in Handshake, an online jobs database maintained by SLU's Department of Career Services. The jobs are divided by federal work study and non-federal work study. Students can search for jobs, complete an application, and upload a résumé. We recommend students apply for more than one job and to follow up with the department about one week later.
SLU's Department of Career Services works closely with faculty and employers to help
students gain essential work experience through internships while they are still working
on their degree.
While we do not place students into jobs, we do have a database with more than 3,000 employers in St. Louis, across the country and around the world. SLU has a reciprocity agreement with many of the other Jesuit career centers, and our online database, Handshake , also has a search tool that allows students to look for jobs nationwide.
We can help students develop a job search plan, learn how to network, create winning application materials and interview well. In addition, we offer opportunities throughout the academic year for students to connect face-to-face with employers in a variety of ways.
Health and Wellness
Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time SLU undergraduate students. If your student is not covered by your insurance, he or she will be charged for and will receive coverage under the University Health Plan.
Students must be registered in classes as a full-time student to be recognized in Aetna's system. Please allow two business days after registering full-time to attempt to waive or enroll. Make sure to use the full nine digit Banner ID (including the leading 000) when using Aetna's site.
If a student already has other (non-University Health Plan) health insurance coverage, they may submit a waiver request online through Aetna Student Health. They need to have their insurance information available when they submit requests, as they will be asked detailed information about their existing coverage.
The deadline to waive or enroll in the UHP is September 30 for the 2017 fall term or February 14 for the 2018 spring term. Any full-time students who have not waived by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in the UHP. No changes can be made and waiver requests will not be accepted by Aetna after the deadline, so it is very important that students who have other coverage take the necessary action before the deadline to avoid non-reversible premium charges for the UHP.
If a student waives in the fall term, they will not need to waive again for the spring. It is only necessary to waive once per academic year. For more information about the UHP and how to enroll or waive, visit the Student Health Center page.
SLU's Student Health Center and University Counseling Center provide confidential medical treatment, counseling, physical therapy and outpatient services for all students. Office visits require an appointment, which can usually be made the same day by calling student health at 314-977-2323 and University counseling at 314-977-8255. If there is an urgent situation, however, students may walk in to either center.
For hours, locations and additional information, visit the SLU Student Health Center or the University Counseling Center.
In the event of a true medical or mental health emergency, students should call 911
immediately and arrange for ambulatory transport to the nearest hospital.
Otherwise, a Saint Louis University nurse is on call at 314-977-2323 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and during holidays. The nurse can help your student decide if the condition is a true emergency or can wait until the Student Health Center opens. In the event of a mental health crisis, a counselor is on call at all times and can be reached at 314-977-8255.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
You can assist your student by learning more about Greek Life at SLU. Support your student but allow them to make their own membership decisions. Ultimately,
he or she needs to find the chapter that is the best fit for them.
Fraternities and sororities are not for everyone. The membership process can also involve disappointments. Sometimes a prospective member may feel a connection where a chapter does not. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who is interested in a fraternity or sorority at SLU will receive an invitation to membership. However, if your student keeps his or her options open, there is a good chance that a fraternity/sorority chapter can be a rewarding part of their college experience.
Talk with your student about the costs of membership before they join. Discuss who will pay for dues and other chapter-related expenses.
The Greek Life experience changes over time, and fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. If you went to college, fraternity and sorority life probably looks different than it did when you were a student. If you went to SLU, the chapters you were familiar with or involved in may have evolved and changed since you graduated. It is likely that your student’s experience will be different than your own.
Chapters at SLU welcome recommendations for membership from Greek alumni/ae who are family members, friends, neighbors and other acquaintances. Recommendation letters are not a required part of the recruitment process, however, and each chapter may give them different consideration.If you would like to send a recommendation, you may contact the chapter directly, or send them to the Student Involvement Center: Greek Recruitment (specify chapter)
c/o Program Coordinators of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Busch Student Center, Suite 319
20 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103 For consideration for sorority formal recruitment, all recommendations must be received prior to the first day of recruitment.
- Ask your student to provide you with the name and phone number of the chapter president, new member educator and chapter adviser. These are important contacts for you to keep on hand.
- If you are assisting with the financial costs of membership, ask your student when and how you should expect to receive a bill and how payments are scheduled and processed. Some chapters use online billing, while others utilize a paper process. Many one-time dues are paid during the first year, so expect it to be the most expensive.
- Initiation is important. Be supportive and respectful of this time for your student.
- Attend special weekends for parents and families, as well as special events sponsored by the chapter. It is a great way to take part in the fraternity/sorority experience.
- Encourage your student to attend programs sponsored by the fraternity/sorority community and the Division of Student Development.
- Encourage your student to be a part of the University community and to take advantage of its many resources and opportunities.
While the first year of college can be a challenge to navigate, participation in a fraternity or sorority has been shown to increase student retention at the university level. Many fraternity and sorority chapters offer structured study hours, mentoring and support, time management and study skills workshops.
Typically the first semester is the most time intensive due to the chapter's member education programs. Following initiation, the time commitment will depend on how active your student chooses to become in the chapter.
Members are expected to attend weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events throughout the year. Other events, such as brotherhood/sisterhood events, service projects, leadership development programs and social events are also a part of membership, but may be optional.
Students who take on leadership roles within the chapter may commit a significant amount of time, however they are still able to balance school, work and other commitments. Current members will be the first to tell you that the more they put into their chapter involvement, the more they get out of their membership.
Fraternities and sororities collect membership dues that provide for a variety of services and events for members. The first semester/year tends to be the most expensive, as the chapters collect one-time fees that go toward the national organization.
Chapters vary both in their costs and what is included in dues. Most fraternities and sororities offer to arrange payment plans for members to ease the cost over the course of the semester. There also may be scholarships available to active members. As your student explores membership, encourage them to have a conversation about the costs associated with membership and what is included.
All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regarding underage consumption at their events. In addition, alcohol is strictly forbidden as part of the membership recruitment process.
Chapters in good standing with the University can host social functions. Events must follow the guidelines and policies of the University, the Student Involvement Center, governing councils and international/national organizations. Each chapter is expected to practice appropriate risk management and create a responsible and safe social environment for its members and guests.
If you suspect that your student is participating in activities that could be considered hazing, please contact the Saint Louis University Department of Public Safety at 314-977-3000. You can also call the toll-free national hazing hotline, 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293), to anonymously report a hazing incident.
The Greek community at Saint Louis University is self-governing, with chapter members taking responsibility for the leadership among individual fraternities and sororities. Students elected or appointed to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the chapter, often with support and mentoring by alumni/ae.
SLU's Student Involvement Center also has program coordinators dedicated to fraternity and sorority life. These full-time staff members oversee the community, advise chapter and council leaders, and provide support to members, leaders and advisers.
In addition, each of our chapters is part of a national fraternity or sorority, which provides governance and an additional layer of support through professional staff at the headquarters, and volunteers on the local, regional and national levels.
For chapter-specific questions, consider working with your student to contact the following individuals:
- Chapter Billing Information: Chapter treasurer/finance officer, chapter financial adviser, chapter adviser
- Recruitment: Council recruitment officer, chapter recruitment chair, chapter president, chapter recruitment adviser, chapter adviser
- New Member Program/Chapter Education: New member/associate/pledge educator, chapter president, membership education adviser, chapter adviser
- Initiation: New member/associate/pledge educator, chaplain/ritual chair, chapter president, chapter adviser
SLU's program coordinators of fraternity and sorority life are also available to answer your questions about the fraternity and sorority community.
Student Responsibility and Conduct
Parents frequently have questions that relate to student responsibility and our campus community standards. Some of the most common questions follow. You may also contact the office of Student Responsibility and Conduct directly at 314-977-7326 or email@example.com for additional questions.
The University’s overall policies, community standards and residence hall policies are outlined and available online in the SLU Student Handbook. It is the student's responsibility to review and understand the policies and expectations of student behavior.
If a student is documented for being involved in a potential policy violation, he or she will receive an “individual hearing.” At that time, your student will have the opportunity to discuss the incident with the University hearing officer.
This hearing is set apart from any civil or criminal legal process. Our objective is to teach students to accept responsibility for their actions, help them realize the impact of their decisions and to foster positive community values. Students must represent themselves. Attorneys are not permitted. Failure to attend will result in the case being decided in the student’s absence, as well as a failure to comply violation.
Should the student accept responsibility for the charges, he or she will receive sanctions designed to educate them about how their actions impact themselves and others. If a student does not agree with the violation(s) or sanctions, they have three days to appeal. The appeal will be sent to the Student Appeal Board, which is made up of undergraduate students. Its determination is final.