Parent communication during the college years should be primarily with the student rather than directly with the institution. We, therefore, encourage parents and students to create open lines of communication so that parents are able to get information such as grades from the best source: their students. However, the Ashoka Parents Office can help you to appropriately maintain contact with your student’s college life while still giving your student some distance.
Grade reports are shared directly with the students at the end of each term. If a student is placed on Academic Review (Ashoka’s version of probation) by the Academic Standing Committee, a letter is sent to the student and the parent. The Academic Handbook includes a full description of expectations, rules, and disciplinary processes.
In matters of health and safety—such as serious illness or injury—the Office of Residential Life will contact the parent/ family. In this context, we encourage a full disclosure of pre-existing illnesses/ conditions. We are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of such information. We also encourage you to call the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions or concerns.
On disciplinary matters, student life staff members, usually from the Office of Residential Life or the Office of Student Affairs, respond to incident reports and complaints. Most times this results in a conversation about acceptable behavior. For students who engage in egregious conduct or patterns of unacceptable behavior, we address the behavior through formal disciplinary channels. The Campus Handbook includes a full description of expectations, rules, and disciplinary processes.