a student and their family moving carrying belongings during move-in

Families provide a crucial support system in the journey to college - we see you and all that you do behind-the-scenes to support your Catamount. Thank you! You’re such an important part of this transition and we’re excited to welcome you to Catamount Community right alongside your student. We know that you and your family will also be impacted by this change to a virtual summer orientation program, and we are here to provide some time-tested guidance and support.


While college is a time of great discovery, growth, and adventure; it can also be challenging and at times overwhelming. The UVM Vice Provost and Dean of Students office is here to support you and your student's success by providing advocacy and support for students and families who are facing challenges ranging from mental and physical wellbeing to financial, familial and beyond.

Their intent is to make the UVM campus a "home away from home" by offering a full range of services and resources. They're are always available to answer questions, and discuss difficult situations that families or students may find challenging - and invite you to contact their office with any questions or concerns during your student's UVM career.


Family Events

You’ve likely got a lot of questions - from what it’s like to live on campus, to how to navigate your finances and billing.  We’re here to help. As the summer progresses we’ll be adding a number of live sessions meants to help give you the information and provide a space to ask questions so you can support your student’s transition to college and success throughout their UVM career.

Save the date for these upcoming sessions -

*All Times are Eastern Daylight Time & Recordings will be Posted after Sessions.


A Family's Guide to College

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Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Joe Russell, Asst. Dean of Students will provide you with information and strategies to assist you in supporting your student as they navigate the many academic, social, and developmental aspects of college life.


Preparing for Fall: 'UVM Strong' Presentation

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Learn more about UVM's preparations, policies, and procedures as it relates to the global pandemic and the fall semester.


Navigating Financial Matters

Recording coming soon.

Navigate the world of billing, scholarships, awards, and deadlines with Student Financial Services Staff.


UVMStrong Updates + Living on Campus Session

Recording coming soon.

Residential Life is teaming up with the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee for a session that will speak to living and dining on campus and many fall logistics. In advance of this session, review the 'UVMStrong Fall 2020 Learning Options: On-Campus/At-Home Planning' communication here.


Families in Transition

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Join Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Annie Stevens and Assistant Dean of Students, Joe Russell as they provide an interactive discussion about navigating the complex relationship between families and students through their journey to independence. 

Tech Tip: Unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place using Microsoft Teams. You do not need to download the teams app and you do not need an log-in to access these meetings.  Step-by-step instructions on how to access a Teams Live meeting without a login are available in the UVM Tech Team knowledgebase under 'Joining Anonymously'.


UVM takes your student's privacy seriously. We work within federal policies to ensure your young adults' rights are protected throughout their time at UVM.  University officials are constrained in what they can share with parents/families, absent consent of the student, by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.  This includes things like grades, schedules, transcripts, billing information and more.

Initially this might feel counterintuitive to supporting your student in this transition - but consider it a great jumping off point for setting expectations and establishing clear lines of communication between you, well before the start of the academic year. Additionally, learning more about Proxy Access could resolve some frustrations around accessing financial information.

For more regarding students’ rights with respect to access to, and privacy of their student educational record - read the University’s FERPA Rights Disclosure Policy (pdf).



A Helping Hand

Here are some important resources that'll help you navigate all that lies ahead...