Letter to parents
Dear Parents of Members of the Class of 2010:
As the parent of two college-age daughters, a freshman and a senior, I suspect we share many joys and anxieties at this stage of our lives. This is a time of great transition for our families—both for our students and for us as parents! I write to address candidly some serious subjects about college life for your consideration and reflection, with the hope that you, in turn, will invest some time this summer engaging your student in conversation about joining the Elon University community.
Drinking on Campus
The Elon University campus is a transformative place. It is a constant thrill to watch students grow intellectually, spiritually, artistically, athletically, emotionally, and in many other ways. The university experience offers wonderful opportunities for students to continue to discover their talents and their places in the world. In this context of witnessing students develop to their full potential, it is heartbreaking to see a young life take a sudden, dramatic, and tragic turn. Almost always, the abuse of alcohol—binge drinking—plays a major role in such a life-changing event.
I ask you to address or re-address these key points with your son or daughter this summer:
Upholding Values in the Internet Age
During the upcoming academic year, we will place a great deal of emphasis on the Elon academic and social honor codes, including a ceremony in early September for the entire Class of 2010 that will speak to the values that are foundational to our community. We will engage our students in conversations on how these values apply not only in traditional settings such as the classroom, residence halls, and social interactions, but also in the use of technology. Technology is ubiquitous in the lives of young people today and presents marvelous new opportunities for communication, community building, information management, and for enhancing teaching and learning. Well over half our first year students are already getting to know their roommates and classmates through Facebook, MySpace, or other online social networks. Unfortunately, all colleges and universities, including Elon, have experienced instances where students have been unaware of the consequences of posting personal information in the public domain or have misused technology in ways that violate the values and honor codes of the university.
With regard to emphasizing ethics and personal responsibility in the use of technology , Elon will emphasize four values with the Class of 2010
Your support as parents in reinforcing these values and principles will help us maintain a safe and healthy campus environment, which is essential to learning and to personal growth. I urge you to discuss the contents of this letter with your son or daughter in the weeks leading up to the transition to campus.
I look forward to greeting you personally in August at the New Student Convocation, the next step in your student’s journey to adult independence.
Leo M. Lambert