Supporting Your Student

Parents and family members play an important role in the success of incoming students. As students transition to their life on campus, we recognize that this is also a transition for you. This page is designed to include various information and resources that can help you prepare to support your student in their journey as a Missouri Western Griffon.

Parent Checklist

Missouri Western is committed to protecting the privacy of student education records. Once students are registered in classes at MWSU they control the release of their information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) says that a student’s educational records are confidential and will only be shared with school officials who have a legitimate education interest, like academic advisors; in connection with the receipt of financial aid; to federal, state or local education authorities or accrediting agencies; and in health or safety emergencies. MWSU also has established “directory information” which will be released upon a public request.

Students can authorize MWSU to allow access to their academic and/or financial records for anyone they choose – parents, a spouse, family or friend. If a student wants to grant access to their academic records, they must sign Federal Buckley permission forms, which are located in their online orientation module.

The Griffon Alert system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the Missouri Western campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency or campus closure due to weather. The system is designed for students, staff and faculty only, but each student may add additional emails and phone numbers for family members who wish to receive alerts.

The Family Newsletter is the best way to stay connected to what is happening at Missouri Western while your student is away. Subscribe to the newsletter to hear about upcoming events like Family Weekend and important campus updates.

Students can sign-up up to four immediate family members to receive free admission to all home Griffon Games through the Max Experience.

1. Photo I.D. of family member will be required at gate upon issuance of ticket
2. One ticket per family member will be issued
3. Only immediate family are eligible for free admission to contests. Immediate family includes: parents, siblings 18 and under, children, and/or spouse
4. All tickets will be issued on game day only.
a. Football tickets will be issued at the Spratt Stadium ticket booth
b. Basketball tickets will be issued at the main ticket booth located on the west side of Looney Complex
c. Other home athletic events – tickets will be issued at the main ticket window

Sign up here

When your student officially moves into our residence halls, you can send a little taste of home through mail or care packages. To send something to your student, follow the format below.

Name (As listed on record with the University)
4801 East University Drive
Hall – Room # (599D Griffon Hall)
St. Joseph, MO 64507

If you plan to come visit your student, pay close attention to visitor policies. Overnight guests are not permitted in Scanlon, Leaverton, or Vaselakos Halls. If agreed upon by roommates/suitemates, residents are allowed to have overnight guests in Griffon, Juda, & Beshears Halls.

Dates to Know:

  • August 11 & 12 – Move-in

  • August 13- 15 – Griffon Edge

  • August 17 – First Day of Classes

  • September 19 – 20 – Family Weekend

  • November 22-29 – Fall Break (No Classes)

  • December 12-18 – Final Exams

  • January 19 – Spring Semester Begins