Resources for Parents & Families

February 2020 Newsletter

  WHAT’S NEW? SUNY New Paltz Parent Newsletter



The Center for Student Success promotes student learning, academic engagement, and timely degree completion through the coordination of peer-based academic support programs and the management of the College’s Academic Success Referral System, Starfish Early Alert.

Through collaborative efforts with faculty, academic departments and student services, the Center provides an inclusive, student-oriented learning environment that stimulates academic engagement and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes in support of lifelong learning.

Students interested in scheduling an appointment with a trained peer learning Facilitator – such as an academic coach, subject tutor, or writing consultant – can make an appointment online through 

Located in Old Main B106, the Center for Student Success provides the following support services and resources:
Peer Academic Success Coaching
In 30 minute, one-on-one sessions, CSS student leaders are equipped to help peers:

o   Develop SMART academic goals,
   Learn tactics for improved time management
   Acquire and apply new study strategies and academic approaches
   Identify their personal learning style
   And more!

The Center for Student Success also offers Subject Tutoring and the Writers’ Studio in addition to STAR-NY Online Tutoring


For more information on the Center for Student Success, please visit


NEW PALTZ IN THE NEWS - School of Business offering free income tax assistance

Community members with a gross income below $56,000 can get free income tax help this year, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the SUNY New Paltz School of Business.

Through the VITA program, New Paltz business students receive IRS training and are certified to provide basic tax return preparation assistance and free e-filing. They provide this service on a walk-in basis to all individuals who qualify for simple tax filing.

VITA income tax assistance will be open from Feb. 3 – April 7 in van den Berg Hall, room 208, on the SUNY New Paltz campus. The service will be open on the following days and times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

VITA will be unavailable from March 16-20, while SUNY New Paltz is closed for Spring Break, and any other days when the College is closed due to inclement weather.

To take advantage of this free, walk-in service, qualified individuals should bring photo ID and Social Security cards; tax documents such as W-2s & 1099s; last year’s tax return (if available); and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.

If you have questions about the program, or if you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to participate, please contact the School of Business at 845-257-2642.

For weekly New Paltz news, please click on New Paltz News.


ARTICLE OF THE MONTH - Leadership Opportunities for Your Student

Already underway, and throughout every spring semester, the campus swells with activities that launch application processes for various positions on campus. For example, if you attended Orientation in the summer, you are quite familiar with Orientation Leaders/Peer Mentors (OL’s), who work full-time on campus for 8 weeks in the summer and part-time throughout the following school year. For most of you, your student lives on campus, so you are familiar with Resident Assistants (RA’s) who live on each floor and assist students with issues or requests. There is a myriad of leadership opportunities like these (that will start in the summer or next fall) that your student can begin applying for now, including Student Activities Managers, Resident Assistants, and Admissions Crew.

In addition, The Career Resource Center offers unique services, programs, and resources, to both current students and alumni of all majors, to assist with their career development. Whether your student is deciding on a major, applying to graduate school, seeking volunteer experience, or searching for an internship the Career Resource Center offers guidance. For more information on the services, the Career Resource Center has the offer, please click here:

An additional event that is necessary for any student thinking about ways they can ‘jump start’ their future is the Networking Fair for Jobs & Internships.  On March 4h, the fair will take place on campus for students interested in looking for a summer job, volunteer opportunity, or to speak to potential employers about what they can do to prepare themselves to be marketable in a given organization or corporation.



  • February 4 - March 30: Course Withdrawal Period: A student may withdraw from a course that started at the beginning of the semester ($ 20 course withdrawal fee) Policy and procedure and Students elect course withdrawal here
  • February 17: President’s Day - Classes in Session
  • February 17: Deregistration for non-payment Spring 2020 Student Accounts website
  • February 28: Last day for a student to submit work due for a course graded “I” (incomplete) for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020
  • March 10: Mid-Point of Spring 2020 semester
  • March 16 - March 20: Spring Break - No classes



Spring Break takes place in March, with classes ending the evening of Friday, March 13th and resuming on the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  Most Residence Halls shut down for this break and students must vacate their hall by Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on March 17th and can return after 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 22nd. (This DOES NOT include the following 10-month halls: Bouton, Ashokan, Awosting, Mohonk, and Gage.) Residence Halls are locked during this period, however, students are still encouraged to take valuables with them during their break (e.g. laptops, jewelry, cash, passport, ID’s, medications, etc.)


September Newsletter -Get involved


As described during Orientation, on an ongoing basis, there are a number of activities for your first-year student to do outside of the classroom. The Center for Student Development host Saturday movie nights on campus once a month in the fall and spring semester. This is an opportunity to host movies before they’re released to the public on DVD, to you, for free. There’s free admission, free popcorn, and free giveaways too! These movie nights are open to all classes and this an opportunity for students to hang out with their OL’s. The “Saturday Movie Night Series” events for the semester can be viewed at

The Office of Student Activities and Union Services also sponsors large scale events promoted campus-wide every month. Students can find details about these events by logging into their selecting the "engage" tab. In addition to these events, Student Activities and Union Services hosts annual programs every year.  To view these programs, click on

The Athletics and Wellness Center host daily free group exercise to all students throughout the academic year. For more information on the group exercises offered, please click on Additionally, for a schedule of games happening on campus please visit