Information for Parents & Guardians
For many of you, this is the first time that your child is away from home for a significant period of time. We understand that this can be an exciting and apprehensive time both for parents and students. In this section, we hope to give you an idea of what to expect in the areas that matter most to you. If you have any questions that we have not answered here, please contact us.
Housing and Dining
Housing is provided in the Warren Towers residence hall and dining is provided in a Boston University dining hall for high school summer program participants. Students live together in Warren Towers, which is made up of three separate towers of dormitory rooms. Young men and women live in separate towers, usually two students to a room. Please note that some students may live in singles or triples. The dining hall offers a variety of food options and can accommodate a range of diets.
Different meal plans are available for both High School Honors and Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) residential students (14- or 19-meals a week). Choose a 14-meal plan if your student likes to sleep through breakfast or eat off-campus every once in a while. Choose a 19-meal plan if your student likes to eat every meal in the dining hall. Commuting students can purchase convenience points to purchase food at the George Sherman Union or buy meals so they can eat with their friends in the dining hall.
Summer Challenge and Academic Immersion students are required to live on campus and the total charge for these programs includes 19-meals each week.
The room and board for Summer Preview residential students includes 19-meals for the week. Lunch for Summer Preview commuter students includes lunch in the dining hall for the week. Please note that Summer Preview residential students must be at least 14 years old.
Warren Towers has air conditioning in some study areas and the TV lounge but not in the dorm rooms. We recommend that students bring a fan with them or buy one when they arrive on campus.
Safety and Supervision
Warren Towers is staffed with security guards 24 hours per day, 7 days a week in addition to carefully selected Program Assistants who live on each floor with the students and accompany them on all program activities. There is a curfew: 11 pm (Sunday - Thursday) and midnight (Friday and Saturday). All planned activities are mandatory. However, students are allowed to leave campus during free time as long as they have at least one other program participant with them and inform a Program Assistant of their plans. Summer Preview students may not leave campus without a Program Assistant.
In addition, hall directors and resident assistant staff live in the residence hall. Boston University also maintains a full-time professional police department with over 40 police officers available to assist in the event of an emergency.
Program Residential Staff
Our program residential staff, comprised of Program Assistants, a Senior Program Assistant, and the Student Life Coordinator, is always on hand to help our high school students. Program Assistants are Boston University undergraduates and some are even alumni of BU's Summer Term High School Programs. Our program residential staff has a thorough knowledge of Boston University and the city of Boston. Program Assistants get to know the high school students well, acting as chaperones for all program activities and guiding them through this process. They are highly visible and a great resource for the students.
Students in the High School Honors Program receive up to eight Boston University credits for the courses they take. Most other colleges and universities will accept these credits, but you need to confirm this with the school(s) your son or daughter may attend. Students who matriculate into Boston University will have these courses count towards their overall GPA. The grades received in these courses are permanent and cannot be stricken from students' records.
Summer Challenge and Summer Preview students do not receive academic credit for their academic work. They are provided certificates of completion and written evaluations from their instructors in August and September. Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) and Academic Immersion (AIM) students also do not receive academic credit and instead receive certificates of completion in August and September.
All program activities are mandatory unless otherwise stated. This is to ensure that we develop a supportive and inclusive student community within the programs and expose students to all that Boston has to offer. In the past, activities have included group trips to Faneuil Hall, Harvard Square, Hampton Beach, and the theater. A schedule of activities is emailed to students and parents approximately one week before the start of the program.
Free Time Guidelines
Students are allowed to leave campus during their free time. However, students are not permitted to leave campus by themselves—they must be accompanied by at least one other student in the program or by a Program Assistant. Summer Preview students must be with a Program Assistant if travelling off campus. Students may not leave the city of Boston without the permission of their parents and our program. Our program reserves the right to restrict students’ access to any part of Boston for security or other concerns. When students do leave campus, they need to inform a Program Assistant of their destination and time of return. Students must return before any scheduled activity and no later than curfew. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in discipline and possible removal from the program.
If a student must miss a Program activity because of a special circumstance (i.e., a wedding), the student’s parent must send a written request to the Summer Term Office at least two weeks before the program begins. Requests should be sent via email to the Summer Term High School Programs office and should include a description of the special circumstance, the date and time the student will be away from the planned activity, and signatures from both the parent and student. Requests made once the program begins will not be considered. A decision will be made and a student is only authorized to leave once the Summer Term Office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
REMEMBER: Students are not allowed to miss any class time and there are no overnight absences for Summer Challenge/Summer Preview/Academic Immersion students. If the Summer Term Office authorizes a student to miss a planned activity, the student must return by curfew.
If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with their son or daughter or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, it must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. In addition, the student’s parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian can email a letter of permission to email@example.com. The letter should include details about the visit such as the time that the student will leave and return to campus and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
Overnight Absence from Campus*
*Only for High School Honors and Research Internship students. Overnight absences are not allowed for Summer Challenge, Summer Preview, or Academic Immersion students.
Due to the High School Honors and Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) six week duration, students occasionally need to leave campus overnight (for family reunions, emergencies, etc.). If a student needs to be away from campus overnight, the student’s parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs Office by email at least 48 hours in advance. The parent or guardian can email a letter of permission to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that overnight absences be kept to a minimum as participants are expected to take part in weekend program activities. A student is authorized to leave once the Summer Term Office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
Drugs and Alcohol
No illicit drugs or alcohol are allowed in the dorm or on campus and they may not be consumed during the duration of the program. Students found in possession of, under the influence of, in the presence of, and/or suspected of consuming these prohibited items will be removed from the program immediately and may receive additional Program and University sanctions. There are no exceptions. If the Program finds evidence that students were engaged in these prohibited activities during the program, the Program and University may also apply sanctions after the Program has ended. Decisions on incidents involving illicit drugs and alcohol are up to the discretion of the Boston University Summer Term High School Programs staff.
Boston University reserves the right to remove a student from the program if, in the determination of University medical staff, a student’s continued enrollment would create a significant risk to the health and safety of the student or others, or if the student refuses to cooperate with efforts deemed necessary by the University to evaluate the student’s conduct. Residents are prohibited from engaging in conduct, in or out of the residence facility, which poses a threat to the health or safety of persons or property or interferes with the rights or well-being of others. In addition, residents are prohibited from engaging in conduct (in or out of the residence facility) that violates 1) Program policies; 2) any provision of the Code of Student Responsibilities; 3) the Boston University Conditions of Use and Policy on Computing Ethics; 4) the Residence License Agreement; 5) any rule/regulation of the University; or 6) any other applicable law.
Tolerance of Others:
A fundamental goal of the Summer Term High School Programs is to foster a community environment based upon mutual respect and openness. Therefore, any form of discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, and/or sexual orientation, constitutes unacceptable behavior.
Respecting the rights of other students presupposes that in the close and diverse society of residence life, student expression of opinion will be respectful of others and will be exercised in good taste and decency. Bigotry, hatred, and intolerance have no place in the residential community. In displaying or distributing expressions of opinion, students are expected to show respect for the aesthetic, social, moral, and religious feelings of others upon whom their views may be imposed. Students living in the residences are entitled to expect that those with whom they live will demonstrate tolerance for diversity and respect for privacy.
Boston University is committed to supporting the academic, social, and cultural integration of individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to foster academic excellence, personal responsibility, and leadership growth in disabled students. Individuals are encouraged to contact Disability Services to discuss support services and accommodations they may need, including auxiliary aids like sign-language interpreters, exam accommodation, note-taking services, text in alternative format, and assistive technology. Accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual's diagnosis and documented needs. Disability Services is also available to consult with individuals and groups regarding architectural, programmatic, digital, or communication access. The University's Compliance Officer for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the Director of Disability Services, Lorraine E. Wolf, Ph.D., who can be reached at email@example.com. The Office of Disability Services may be reached at 617-353-3658, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at bu.edu/disability.
Application and Program Fee Policies
Application fees are non-refundable. No refund or reduction in the total charge, tuition, or service fees will be made for a student who arrives to the program late, leaves the program early, or is dismissed from the program due to a violation of the program guidelines.
The nearest MoneyGram service location is on-campus:
900 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
The nearest Western Union service location is off-campus:
841 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Program Assistants are available to accompany students to CVS and Walgreens.