Parents and Visitors
Parents & Visitors
The University of Iowa residence halls are more than just a place to live. In addition to safe and comfortable surroundings, they provide a glimpse of what living in society is all about. University Housing & Dining works diligently to support students not just in terms of lodging and dining, but also in their growth as people. We take this task very seriously, and appreciate very much the trust you put in us by sending your student to this university.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
As a parent, you should understand your rights and the rights of your student, as well as the limitations of your involvement in your student's life away from home under the law. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act limits the information that can be shared with you without your student's express consent. University Housing & Dining staff members will be able to discuss policies and regulations in general terms but will be unable to provide specific information about your son or daughter. Please urge your student to work with staff members when concerns arise and maintain open communication with you to ensure a positive and enriching living experience.
Safety and Security
University Housing & Dining staff members are concerned about the safety and security of both students and their belongings. Working with the University Department of Public Safety, they continually review and evaluate safety policies and measures. Your student's cooperation in making these measures effective is essential.
- Every residence hall room is equipped with a peephole so your student can identify guests before admitting them to the room.
- We encourage students to keep their room door locked at all times and not to open it to strangers.
- A Public Safety guard patrols the halls nightly from midnight to 6 a.m.
- Residence hall staff are on duty or on call 24 hours a day, every day.
- The halls are locked at midnight, and residents are given a key or proximity card to gain entrance after doors are locked.
In terms of fire safety, we do the following:
- Halls are equipped with fire alarm systems and are inspected by the fire marshal.
- Each room contains a smoke detector and most buildings have fire suppression (sprinkler) systems.
- Fire drills are conducted in compliance with state laws.
Keeping in Touch
For most students, having their parents keep in touch is far more important than they might let on. Feeling homesick is definitely not considered cool in campus culture, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. We strongly encourage parents to remain active and connected to their students' lives, especially during the first few semesters.
Coming to campus to visit your student can be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and see how they've grown away from home.