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Family Member Resources

What’s Going ‘Round: A Free Monthly E–Newsletter for Families

Family Connection is a Florida State University organization for the parents and family members of all currently enrolled students. A free e–newsletter, What’s Going ‘Round, is published monthly to keep families up–to–date on events and issues around Tallahassee and the Florida State University community. Family members enrolled in the What’s Going ‘Round e–list also receive the benefit of special news blasts containing information, like crime alerts, which effect the University’s operation and/or your students experience. You can subscribe by visiting the Family Connection website and entering your email address in the garnet box at the bottom right corner of the page.

Participate in an FSUchat Session

Florida State University hosts scheduled online chat sessions for new students and family members to talk with current students and representatives from University departments and programs. Participating in an FSUchat is a great way to get your questions answered while learning all about life at FSU, including University programs or services. Chat topics and moderators change frequently; learn more about upcoming chat events and register for your username by clicking “FSUchat“.

Family Connection

You have the opportunity to become a member of Family Connection and to assist your student in achieving his/her educational goals. Family Connection was initiated by parents and family members of current Florida State University students along with the University’s staff to promote family involvement and encourage appropriate strategies by which family members can support a students personal and intellectual development during college.

Dean of Students Department

The Dean of Students Department supports the holistic development of students through advocacy, empowerment, leadership, accountability, and community. It does this by supporting the University’s academic mission and by providing services, advocacy, and crisis management for all students through creative problem-solving, accessibility, and accountability. Areas reporting to the Dean of Students Department include Case Management Services, Family Connection, New Student & Family Programs, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Student Disability Resource Center, Victim Advocate Program, and Withdrawal Services.

It’s All Academics for Parents!

The Dean of Undergraduate Studies has put together a quick reference guide, “ It’s All Academic For Parents” of information and resources for the families of undergraduate students at Florida State University. Topics covered in this document include: Academic Warning/Probation, Advising, Confidentiality, Deadlines, Disability Resources, University Policies/Graduation Requirements, and more. For information about tutoring and other academic support services, see Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).

Campus Safety & Florida State University Police Department

The Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD) supports Florida State University’s mission by promoting a safe and secure higher education environment while providing proactive police and customer–related services aimed at reducing crime. Along with various campus partners, FSUPD works with students and staff to establish and maintain a comfortable living and learning environment. More information can be found on this topic by clicking here.

Student Privacy & Parental Access

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the educational records of students enrolled in a post-secondary institution, regardless of age. Learn more about this policy, the way Florida State University protects student data and how parental access is articulated by visiting the Student Privacy & Parental Access webpage.

Seminole Dining

Higher education should be about great food for your body as well as your mind. Fill both while at Florida State University by using making use of the multiple dining opportunities provided by Seminole Dining. Between attending classes, studying, and having fun, you might have little time left to shop, cook and clean. Relax…Seminole Dining will do the work for you at one of FSU’s all–you–can–eat restaurants or retail locations.

Student Housing

  • Are you worried about your student getting up in time for class? What him or her to be close to all the action on campus? If so, then living in one of FSU’s amazing residence halls or apartment complexes is the solution to all your student’s needs. Visit University Housing for more information. A student is encouraged to apply for on–campus housing as soon as he/she is accepted to increase chances of being assigned a space in Florida State University’s residence halls.
  • If your student has decided not to live on campus, make sure you make alternative arrangements for housing in Tallahassee as soon as possible.

Tallahassee: Home to Florida State University & Your Student!

Remember that your student will be sharing Tallahassee as a home with other students and citizens. Review the student information, resources, and reminders provided by the City of Tallahassee (Student Living in Tallahassee).

To assist you with travel planning to and from Florida State University, Avis Rent–A–Car offers a special FSU discount. To access this discount, make your rental reservation online using THIS LINK or call 1.800.331.1212 and reference AWD (Avis Worldwide Discount) number X354300. Information about Tallahassee Hotels can be found at

The Dean of Student Department supports an inclusive academic environment through education, empowerment, crisis management, and advocacy of students in collaboration with campus and community partners.

We welcome students and family members to connect with the Dean of Students Department if you are experiencing a crisis or just need someone to talk through a problem or experience you are having at Florida State University.

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