Welcome Families of the Class of 2024 and Class of 2020 Transfer Families

Blue Jay Family Group Hug

Congratulations Blue Jay Families! We are excited to be partnering with you!

The Office of Parent and Family Relations supports families in their transition to Hopkins by providing programs, services, and resources that help ensure a positive experience for both you and your students. As you continue on this journey, you and your student may feel overwhelmed with information at times. However, a timeline has been created to make it easier to understand what is required.

There will also be a portal specifically for your student that will assist them with all timelines, deadlines, and information leading up to student orientation and beyond.

Below are additional programs and resources that can assist you in helping your student.

Summer Send-Off Parties

The Johns Hopkins Parents Programs and Giving Office is throwing a virtual party in your honor! Join us via Zoom to meet current Blue Jay families, students, alumni and staff for your chance to meet other local 2024 Blue Jay families in your area. While we can’t all be together in person, that’s not stopping JHU from welcoming you to your new family. Event details to be announced this spring. We can’t wait to welcome you and your parents virtually this summer!

Blue Jay Family Communication

The following publications are available for families both in the lead-up to Orientation and throughout the year:

  • The Blue Jay Family Welcome is a publication specifically for families of incoming first-year, transfer, and international students. It is published throughout the summer in preparation for Orientation and Move-in.
  • The Blue Jay Family Flyer is a monthly newsletter sent throughout the entire year to all Blue Jay Families whose students have signed them up on our distribution list. This publication goes beyond Orientation, giving families information about valuable university resources and updates on campus and student life.

In order to receive both publications, your student must sign you up on the distribution list via the Student Information System, otherwise known as SIS. Your student will soon be given a JHED ID, which will allow them to log in to SIS. Below are the procedures for your student to register you so that you can receive the publications and be listed as an emergency contact:

  • In order to receive the Blue Jay Family Welcome and Flyer, your student will first need to log into SIS and provide your most current email address.
  • To add a parent or family member as an authorized user, your student will again need to log into SIS, navigate to the “Personal Info” menu, then select “Authorized User”. From here, they can add a new user or edit/delete an existing user and modify access levels.
  • To add or update emergency contact information, your student will again need to log into SIS, navigate to the “Personal Info” menu, then select “Emergency Contact”. From here, they can add or modify emergency contact information including name/relationship, phone number, and email address.

By being an authorized user you will be placed on the distribution list for the Blue Jay Family Welcome and Flyer.

You are also welcome to visit the Blue Jay Family Flyer archives to view past issues.

University Housing and Community Living

Living on-campus at Hopkins is an important part of your student’s experience. It provides them with an opportunity to engage with their peers and to participate in various programs planned by the Residence Life staff. You can explore the JHU residence halls and find recommendations for what your student should bring at the Community Living website.

Housing Assignments for Fall 2020

Information regarding room assignments for Fall 2020 on-campus housing will be released in conjunction with university decisions related to the fall semester. Please visit the Housing website to learn more about living on campus.Rest assured, the Housing Office will contact you when information is available about Fall 2020 on-campus housing.

Family WeekendBlue Jay Family posing in front of Gilman Hall

Join us for Family Weekend to explore the campus community, connect with faculty and staff, meet fellow Blue Jay Families, and experience JHU with your student. This year’s Virtual Family Weekend will take place on October 2–4, 2020. We will be posting updates more updates about Family Weekend in the future!

Blue Jay Family Ambassadors

The Blue Jay Family Ambassador program gives interested families an opportunity to assist in the programs and services we offer to all Blue Jay Families throughout the year. Ambassadors play a vital role in helping the Parent and Family Relations office better understand the needs of our Blue Jay Family community.

The Blue Jay Family Ambassador program is for parents and family members who would like to volunteer their time in programs and provide insight and feedback. The program is made up of three committees; volunteers can choose a single committee to participate in or take part in all three.

To become an ambassador, simply fill out the interest form and submit your information. A follow-up confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided. If you have signed up in the past and are unsure whether your membership is still current, please re-submit the form. This will help us update your information.

Health & Well-Being

Here at Johns Hopkins we are not just concerned with your student’s academics, but their overall health and well-being. There are many resources available that support and educate your student in staying healthy. Please become familiar with these various websites to ensure you can support your student:

Health Benefits

Coronavirus Update from Cigna

If you are a Cigna customer, they will waive all co-pays and cost-shares for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing as recommended by your health care provider. Please click here for more information.

It is policy of Johns Hopkins University that all full-time students in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering maintain adequate health insurance coverage to provide protection against unexpected accidents and illnesses.

Additionally, please note that there is a Health Requirement “To-Do” List that your student is required to complete before attending classes. Your student will have this same list in their student portal that will be sent on April 1.

As a full-time student, you will be automatically enrolled in the university’s student-sponsored health benefits plan, and the plan premium will be charged to your university student account, unless proof of comparable health insurance is provided for students eligible to waive. You are also eligible to enroll in dental and vision coverage, if you so choose.

If you have private health insurance coverage comparable to the university plan, then you may be eligible to submit a waiver request form via the Student Information System (SIS) during the open-enrollment period. Please be aware that a waiver request form must be submitted each academic year regardless if your insurance information has changed or not. If you want to maintain dental and/or vision insurance, you also need to re-enroll in each year.

If you do not complete a waiver or the waiver submitted has been denied, the student will remain enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan and the student account will be charged for individual coverage. No exceptions to the waiver criteria will be made.

Open Enrollment and Deadline Dates

The open-enrollment period will begin on July 1st and end on September 15th each academic year.
Waivers can only be accepted during open enrollment and will not be accepted after September 15th. Dental and vision enrollments can only be made during open enrollment unless you experience a qualifying life event, such as marriage, loss of coverage, or birth/adoption of a child.

All international students with a F1 or J1 Visa status are ineligible to waive and are required to purchase the university plan.

Details about the student health benefit plan offered by the university are provided in the following documents:

To locate the nearest hospital or health care provider who is part of the Cigna PPO Network, visit the Cigna website or contact CHP at (877) 657-5044.

For information regarding the new vision plan and dental plan options available to students, please visit the Student Health Benefits Plan page on the JHU benefits site, or contact JHUStudentBenefits@jhu.edu.

Additional resources and cost of coverage can also be found on the JHU benefits website.

ID Cards

Incoming students: A copy of your CHP Insurance ID card will be available to print through your SIS at the start of the plan period, beginning August 15th.

Continuing students: To print a copy of your current CHP Insurance ID card for the 2017/2018 plan period during open enrollment, visit CHP’s Online ID Card Login.

Online Waiver Instructions

Follow these steps to waive out of the university insurance plan (during open enrollment only, the deadline to submit a waiver is September 15th):

  • Log into your SIS self-service main page
  • Select the “Personal Info” menu
  • Choose “Student Insurance Benefits” from the dropdown
  • Select “Click here to go to Health Insurance Screen”
  • Click on the “Waive Health Insurance” link, which will take you to the waiver processing page

Note: If the waiver request form meets all waiver criteria and is accepted then you will be waived for the entire plan period. Contact the Office of the Registrar if your insurance coverage changes during the academic year.

Please be aware that a waiver request form must be submitted each academic year regardless if your insurance information has changed or not.

If you do not complete a waiver or the waiver submitted has been denied, you will remain enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan and your student account will be charged for individual coverage. No exceptions to the waiver criteria will be made.

Questions on Health Insurance and Benefits

Answers to frequently asked questions are listed on the “Health Insurance” page of your SIS self-service account. You may contact ASENInsurance@jhu.edu with additional questions regarding enrollment in student health plan. Concerns regarding enrollment in the student vision and dental plan should be directed to JHUStudentBenefis@jhu.edu

For questions regarding the student health benefits plan, contact the Student Health Benefits Team in the Office of the Registrar at 410-516-8080.

President’s Parents Roundtable

The President’s Parents Roundtable consists of a small group of families, hailing from across the country and around the globe, who serve as special advisors to JHU’s president and his leadership team. This program is sponsored by Parents Programs and Giving. Please contact Parents Programs and Giving for more information.

Hopkins Parents Council

The Hopkins Parents Council provides those Blue Jay Families who would like to be involved philanthropically an opportunity to provide support for student leadership programs, host special events, and engage with university leadership and faculty. The Council is sponsored by Parents Programs and Giving. For more information, please contact Parents Programs and Giving.