Frequently Asked Questions
Dress for Summer College is casual. Students may wear shorts or jeans to classes and activities, avoiding very short shorts or skirts and very revealing tanks or other tops. Rooms in which they will have classes and other activities are air-conditioned and can get quite cold, so they might want a light layer for the chillier buildings or for cool evenings. Residence halls are also air-conditioned. Bathrooms are shared and likely to be down the corridor from student rooms. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in the residence halls.
Students will be living in one of the campus residence halls. The building is accessible only through use of a fob, or an electronic key. The program mentors will be staying in the same residence hall. The residence hall is air-conditioned and is equipped with washing machines and dryers (which operate on quarters).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by the campus dining services. Students and mentors will eat in the Commons, the main dining hall. Students should inform the program coordinators if they have any dietary restrictions. Most dietary needs can be accommodated.
We assume that most students will have cell phones. However, in addition, during the day, you’ll be able to contact Wendy Kolmar (973-408-3632) and Maya Sanyal (973-408-8834) at their office numbers. In case of an emergency, you can contact Drew’s Public Safety Department (973-408-3379), which will have a list of students’ names and rooms and will be able to get in touch with a student or with the program director as necessary.
Drew University is a small, safe suburban campus located about 30 miles from New York City, in Madison NJ. The campus is easily accessible by NJ Transit train from Newark Broad Street and New York Penn Stations; the train stops in town about 5 minutes from campus.
During Summer College, health care will not be available for visiting students on the Drew campus. In order to take the best care of students while they are on campus, we have made arrangements to ensure the availability of good health care should the students need it.
In non-emergency situations, should a student in her/his judgement or ours, require medical attention, we will attempt to contact the parent/guardian or have the student contact the parent/guardian. If we are able to reach the parent/guardian and they are not too far away and wish to attend to the situation, they may take the student to their own physician. We encourage parents/guardians to do that. If we are not able to reach the parent/guardian, or if they cannot come to Drew, we will take the student to a walk-in Omnimed clinic about 10-minutes from campus. Please make sure that all health information and authorization forms are signed, so that we have to authority to seek treatment for the student and the essential information we need to do so.
In emergencies, should they arise, we will do what is necessary, using an available local hospital, most often the Morristown Memorial Hospital, and contacting the parent/guardian for authorization when feasible.
The student body of Summer College will be covered under a blanket liability insurance policy subscribed to by Drew University. However, the students’ medical, dental, and hospital expenses are not covered by Drew University or Summer College and remain the responsibility of the parents/guardians and/or their family health insurance.