Introduction

We are here to support our students—new and current. We have several key organizations within Suffolk to help address any need a student may have while enrolled at our institution.

July 28, 2020

Welcome Students!

We are very much looking forward to students returning to campus for the fall semester. This year's campus life comes with many changes as a result of the ongoing pandemic, along with new responsibilities and commitments -- from scheduled tests for COVID-19 to face coverings, social distance requirements and more. Care and safety for the entire community will be our guiding principle this fall, and compliance will be key to a safe and fulfilling educational experience. We urge everyone to use their good judgment from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to sleep.

Incoming and returning undergraduate and graduate students will see a campus where much is new and different, from changes to the use of classrooms and lounges to residence halls and dining areas. Directional signage will show pedestrians which way to go, and for those in a stairwell, which way is up, literally. Some stairwells will be reserved for upward travel while others will be for those going down. Elevators will have scaled-down capacity, and if your classrooms or residence hall room are on the first five floors of a building and you are able, you will be asked to use stairways rather than elevators.

You will see from the Return to School Student Guide [PDF] that the University is changing certain procedures, daily operations, and policies needed for you to learn and live in this community. The information provided is accurate as of July 27, 2020. Please go to the University's Campus Reopening 2020: Info for CAS & SBS Students & Families which will be frequently updated.

It will be up to all of us as a community of students, faculty, and staff to respect these changes on campus-wearing face coverings in public, maintaining physical distancing, complying with testing requirements, reporting symptoms-and to live our lives in a similar manner both on and off campus. This is our collective responsibility for the health of each other and the community. I hope we can agree to a level of mutual accountability with each other as a way to interrupt the spread of the virus, protect this community, and maintain a healthy environment for us all. It will only work if we work together to make it happen.

Again, as the fall semester approaches, we eagerly await your arrival. We are putting in place new safety precautions to support the community's well-being and to make life on campus as rewarding and inspiring as ever.

Welcome back.

Ann E. Coyne, EdD
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

The Student Government Association

Dear Suffolk Student,

It is an honor to welcome you to Suffolk University on behalf of the undergraduate student body and the Student Government Association. We are eager for you to join and experience the uniqueness of our campus community. You are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys yet.

You have an advantage and opportunity that not many students have outside of being a Suffolk student. With the State House being a part of our campus and the Financial District close by and interwoven within our community, your internship opportunities are both endless and innovative. You have the opportunity to discover the rich history of Boston whether near or far. The Suffolk experience is an opportunity of a lifetime.

If you’re still nervous about finding a home here at Suffolk, be sure to get involved. There are over 100 student led organizations with open arms ready to welcome any student interested in joining their groups. Getting involved will connect you with students from all around the globe, faculty, administration, and possibly even your passions. Go for it. Get involved. Find your passion and pursue it. Take that risk and step out of your comfort zone because you never know where it may lead you.

These next four years will be fun but challenging. Never forget that you have a whole support system alongside you. The Student Government Association’s door is always open to guide and support you with whatever you may need. Our community is filled with numerous resources ready for you to utilize.

Now, go out there and show both Suffolk University and yourself all that you are capable of. The sky is the limit especially when you have the support of the entire university. Welcome to your new home!

For all the returning students, welcome back! Congratulations on making it this far, keep working hard and thriving. You’re a year closer to the finish line.

Best,

Karine Kanj
Student Government Association President
Sawyer Building. Suite 324C 8
Ashburton Pl.
Boston, MA 02108
617-573-8697
Email us at SGA

The Graduate Student Association

Dear Graduate Student,

Welcome to the Suffolk Community! I speak for the Graduate Student Association and “Ram”ily in saying we are so happy to welcome you to campus either for the first time or back from Summer! For those of you who are new to Suffolk University, welcome to a community unlike any other. For those Graduate Students who are back, I would like to congratulate you on being another step closer to the completion of your chosen degree. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is honored to be a primary resource for you throughout the year. GSA is ready and able to assist you in any concerns or questions you may have regarding campus life, graduate student clubs/organizations, and more.

GSA is fortunate enough to have ability to represent all graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School. Our goals as the Graduate Student Association are aligned with are promotion of social, volunteer, as well as cultural programs for graduate students. As a beacon between the graduate student population and upper administration, we are honored to be the ones to support our graduate students.

As a Suffolk graduate student, it is important for you to know that we value you and your contribution to the Suffolk community. Graduate students are able to use as many resources as an undergraduate student including counseling health and wellness, student leadership and involvement, as well as a number of program and networking opportunities presented on campus. GSA seeks to support you through your academic and personal journey with engagement beyond the classroom in the form of graduate student clubs and organizations. Some examples of clubs and organizations you can get involved with are Suffolk University Graduate Business Association (SUGBA), Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Graduate Women in Business (GWIB), and Suffolk University Queer Graduates and Professionals (QGAP).

Now that you are an exclusive member of the Suffolk community, you will be receiving email updates from GSA regarding our general meetings, as well as any upcoming events or opportunities available to graduate students. We strive to have monthly general meetings that are open to any graduate students who would like to attend to find out more about us, address a concern, or simply become a more informed member of the Graduate Student Association. In addition, we advertise our events and other events on campus through our social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Be sure to get in contact with us via social media if you want to learn more and are interested in getting involved on campus!

Welcome to the Graduate Student Association Family! We are looking to help you make the most out of your Suffolk experience, as a few years can go by quickly. We also want to make sure that your time spent here as a graduate student is as unique and filled with opportunities to streamline your education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are here for you!

Best wishes,

Isabella Russo
Graduate Student Association President
M.Ed. Candidate in Higher Education Administration
Email us at GSA