Parent and Family Resources

Encouraging Independence

As a guardian, you can support your student(s) by partnering with us to guide them to a variety of University resources, encouraging them to make positive decisions, and embracing this new chapter in their lives.

Student Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of your student’s educational records. Under the terms of FERPA, the University may not share a student’s educational records without their prior consent. Education records include, but are not limited to, grade reports, transcripts, and other academic files.

If your student wishes, they may grant you permission to access specific records by establishing an authorized user through their SIS self-service account.

Important Dates

For important enrollment services dates, please view our Academic Calendar.

Fall 2017

First Day of Fall Classes August 31, 2017
Labor Day–No Classes September 4, 2017
Fall Break–No Classes October 20, 2017
Thanksgiving Vacation November 20–26, 2017
Fall Final Exams December 13–22, 2017

*PDF Document: View Fall Final Exam Schedule

Spring 2018

First Day of Spring Classes January 29, 2018
Spring Vacation March 19–25, 2018
Spring Final Exams May 9–May 17, 2018

If students have additional questions or concerns, they may contact the Registrations Team:

Verification of Enrollment

This is a document proving that a student was or was not enrolled in some capacity during a certain time frame. Students can access and print an enrollment verification certificate from the National Student Clearinghouse at any time through their SIS self-service account. Students may also request an official verification letter from the Office of the Registrar by contacting

Student Health Insurance

It is University policy that all full-time students maintain adequate health insurance coverage to provide protection against unexpected accidents and illnesses. Students will be automatically enrolled in the university’s student-sponsored health benefits plan every academic year for annual coverage beginning August 15th. Students are billed to their student account in two separate payments for the annual plan premium. Half of the plan premium is billed prior to the start of the fall term, and the other half of the plan premium is billed prior the start of the spring term.

Plan details can be found on our Student Health Benefits page. Students with existing comparable health insurance coverage must submit a waiver request each year through their SIS self-service account during the open enrollment period beginning July 1st, with a deadline of September 15th. New students admitted to the University for the Spring term have from December 15th until February 14th to waive coverage. No late waivers or mid-plan waivers will be accepted.

Note: University policy requires all international students on a F1 or J1 visa to remain enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan, no waivers are allowed for this student population. Domestic graduate students enrolled in a part-time program and registered for less than three courses are not eligible to enroll in the Student Health Benefits Plan.

Students may contact for assistance.

More Helpful Resources

Additional information and links to other JHU offices are available on the Blue Jay Families website to help you stay informed and support your student.