What if my GVSU student is an only child?
Sibs & Kids Weekend is a tradition that provides for family and friends of Grand Valley State University. Your GVSU student may register whomever they wish. This is not an event held exclusively for siblings. Sibs & Kids is an event with planned for participants of all ages.
How much is it per sibling/guest?
Each sibling/guest is $20 with potential additional fees depending on what other events you choose to register your sibling/guest for.
What if we need to cancel the registration?
Once you register your sib/kids for the weekend, no refunds will be given.
Where do Sibs & Kids stay while they are visiting Grand Valley State University?
Guests of our Grand Valley students stay with their sibling or friend in their on-campus residential communities or in the personal residences of our off-campus students. On the registration form, we ask where your guests will be residing for the weekend. We ask this so that we may notify our colleagues in the Office of Housing and Residential Life. This department partners with the committee to provide a quality experience for our guests.
Who is responsible for the sib/kid visiting for the weekend?
Each GVSU student is responsible for those visiting and will be held accountable for their actions and the actions of their guests. This includes their behavior on and off campus. Sibs & Kids Weekend is treated as any other day at GVSU where students are to uphold all of the requirements of the GVSU Student Code.
Please remember that all GVSU students are responsible for the actions of their guests per the GVSU Student Code.
What do the guests need to bring for the weekend?
It is important to chat with the GVSU student to determine whether or not pillows or blankets are necessary to pack for the weekend. We also encourage you to pack bathing suits and beach towels, winter outdoor playing gear, and a few extra dollars for snacks and/or a trip to the University Bookstore. Please make sure to pack any medications that they may require, anything that will make them feel comfortable while away from home, etc. There is the opportunity to roller skate or roller blade, so if you own your own .... feel free to bring them along! Basically, this weekend is to be treated as one big sleepover. You should send your child with all of the essentials i.e. toothbrush, pajamas, underwear, etc.
It is also the responsibility of the Grand Valley student to accompany their sib/kid/guests to all activities and functions. Should the guest be present and unaccompanied, the emergency contact person will be notified.
How are emergencies handled?
All emergencies are handled by the Campus Police department on campus. When you arrive to check in, you will be asked to furnish the university a name and number so that we may handle any emergencies. Please consider who should be listed. It is helpful that this individual is able to make medical decisions on behalf of the guest. If this contact is not provided, the emergency contact for the GVSU student will be used in the event of an emergency.
How do our Sibs & Kids eat while attending the program?
Students currently on a meal plan who have not yet used their guest meals, may use them during the weekend. Students who have purchased plans with a declining balance may use those balances to pay for their guests. If you would like to purchase more Debit Dollars for your student, please contact Campus Dining.
There will also be some activities where some sort of food will be available.
What do the parents do during Sibs & Kids weekend?
This weekend is Grand Valley's gift of relaxation to our parents. This is a weekend for you to stay at home without your kids or to visit the university, find a local hotel, and enjoy all that Grand Rapids and West Michigan has to offer.
My child/guest has special needs for the weekend. How are they accommodated?
Please let us know of any special dietary or access needs. Please indicate these requests on the registration website or you may call the Office of Student Life at 616-331-2345.
When and where do we check in for the weekend?
Check-in occurs in the Kirkhof Center on Friday where volunteers will assist you in picking up your packet of information, meal coupons, and final schedules for the program. If you are not arriving until Saturday, please check in at the Information Desk in the Kirkhof Center lobby for all of your materials. Locate the Kirkhof Center utilizing this campus map. Registration after noon on Saturday will be in the Fieldhouse Arena.
Will we be asked to provide any more information?
Throughout the course of the program, the participants will be asked to offer their input about specific events. After the weekend is over, the Grand Valley student will be provided an evaluation of the program. Please work with the student to complete the questions regarding registration if he/she was not involved in that process.
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