Winthrop University: Family Programs - EFC October 2018
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Eagle Family Connection

October 2018

Hello Parents and Family Members!

October is a very exciting time at Winthrop! With the fall season underway, we have included many essential articles in this edition of the Eagle Family Connection. The Academic Success Center has provided an article regarding interim grades to help keep you up-to-date about academic resources for students. The Department of Residence Life outlines important information regarding residence halls closing for Fall Break, and a few other articles are available. Don't forget to like the Office of New Student and Family Programs Facebook page for updates and information about what is going on in our office and at Winthrop. 

If you are interested in attending Family Day, email, and we will get you set up. We hope to see you there!  As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is here to keep you connected and informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center


Student Financial Services

Part of Campus Life is looking ahead to the next semester! Students will be meeting with advisors this month to plan their Spring course schedule. Part of that planning process means taking care of ˜other' business to ensure that students are financially prepared for the Spring semester.

Registration for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, November 7. Each student is assigned a registration time assignment and may not register before his/her assigned time but may register any time after the assigned time.

To be able to register for Spring 2019 courses, students must not have any registration holds on their account. Registration holds can exist for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to an outstanding balance on their account. Students may check their holds and balance any time via Wingspan.

To view their accounts, students should:

  • Select "Account Summary and Payments"
  • Select "View Activity"


Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center at Winthrop is committed to supporting student success. Each semester, a student can request one or two free tutors from the Center in more than 50+ general education classes. The tutoring sessions are recurring and meet weekly throughout the semester, with the same tutor at the same day/time every week. In order to sign up for a tutor, students will need to attend one 30-minute tutee seminar per academic year. These seminars are held every Friday at 2 p.m. in Dinkins Auditorium. Students can also come by the Academic Success Center for academic coaching if they are struggling with time management, study skills, or getting connected to resources.

In a few weeks, the Academic Success Center will also be reaching out to offer support to students whose interim grades are below average. These grades are a guideline to assist students and advisors in assessing where the student is at that particular point in the semester. Interim grades do not appear on a transcript (unofficial or official), and students should keep in mind that their grades are only reflective of the amount of graded work done in the class up to that point. Most often, there is plenty of time to bring up a low grade. If not, a student has time to consult with the instructor, advisor, or other support unit about whether to withdraw from the class. 

If students have any academic questions or concerns, they are more than welcomed to drop by the Academic Success Center and schedule an appointment. The office is located in Dinkins 106, and the telephone number is 803/323-3929.


Residence Halls Close for Fall Break

Ready for a long weekend with your student? Residence Halls close for Fall Break on Friday, October 12, at 9 a.m. and reopen Monday, October 15, at 2 p.m. Students will not be allowed to enter their residence hall room after the 9 a.m. closing. 

As students depart, residence hall staff will check every room for general health and safety. These inspections are plain view searches. Staff will be checking for prohibited items including fire hazards (extension cords, candles, etc.) and will also check the general cleanliness of the room and suite bathrooms. As a reminder, the residence hall contract provides for periodic health and safety inspections.

Special arrangements for students to stay over the break can be made for those students who are student teachers, participating in an internship, athletes whose names have been submitted by the Athletic Department, students with Rock Hill area jobs, and students who live more than 300 miles from the Winthrop campus. Please keep in mind, dining service options are extremely limited over Fall Break.

A Break Stay form, which is available to all students online through Eaglesnest, includes instructions on how to submit a request to stay. Students who are staying for the Fall Break must make their own arrangements to stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey, or The Courtyard, if not currently assigned to those halls. All other halls will be closed. 

All approved students will receive a printable permission form that they must carry throughout the break. Students are not allowed to have room guests during the break. Students should contact their Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) or Residence Life at 803/323-2223 with further questions.


Campus Police

Winthrop Campus Police sent the following message to students on September 27. We're sharing it here to ask that you encourage your students to practice safety and look out for each other. Thank you for your partnership in this!

Dear Campus Community,

I hope that everyone is having a great semester and getting geared-up for a much-deserved Fall Break. I wanted to take just a moment to remind everyone of a few simple tips that will help to keep everyone safe throughout the entire semester and into the New Year.

Please remember to lock your doors and secure your valuables, for both your vehicle and residence hall rooms, if even away for a few moments. Lock your doors and windows at night or when taking a nap. Do not leave messages on your door or on social media, indicating when you are away or when you may return. Be very cautious of telephone surveys and scammers that may attempt to gain your personal information. Never, under any circumstances, share personal or financial information with anyone you are not familiar with. Always report suspicious people or activities to Campus Police. Campus Police depend on you as our extra set of eyes. Always feel free to call Campus Police even if you are not certain you should. Do not prop open doors and allow anyone to "tailgate" in behind you. Keep all bank cards, money, jewelry, and expensive items secured. Being proactive, and not reactive, helps foster a safer, more secure environment for all!

Please be assured that Winthrop University is a very safe place, but it takes everyone working together to maintain our excellent record. Remember that Campus Police are here for you 24 hours each day, all year long. We love to hear from you and are always more than happy to assist you in any way possible.

I am available, as well, if you should like to speak with me in person. I may be reached at 803/323-3496. Stay safe.

Ken Scoggins, Chief, Winthrop Campus Police


Dean of Students

Vote during Fall Break!

In the State of South Carolina, if you are registered to vote, you may cast an absentee ballot in person in the Election Commission office of the county in which you are registered. A complete list of commission offices may be found at  Make sure you bring a state issued ID, military ID, or valid passport.

Due to Hurricane Florence, South Carolina has extended the voting registration deadline to October 17, 2018. Please encourage your student to make sure they are registered to vote and to vote in the 2018 election.


Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their personal and academic information to parents, guardians, or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, financial aid, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove access at any time. This does NOT take the place of the signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.


The Inn at Winthrop

For your lodging needs please contact Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall. The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment.

Contact Amanda James for more information. 


Important Dates

Fall Break (no classes, offices open) October 12 - 15
Election Day (no classes, offices open)  November 6
Spring 2019 Course Registration Begins November 7

Last Updated: 7/13/22