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Summer Assignments

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Common Book Project
Clarkson University has established the tradition of assigning a summer reading to all incoming first-year students. This shared reading provides a common experience that introduces students to the intellectual life of Clarkson and encourages a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. The Common Book will be incorporated into Orientation through group discussions, and will relate to the University’s Convocation, a traditional gathering held each year before the first day of classes that commemorates the official beginning of the academic year. Explore the Common Book Guide!

Eating Animals

The 2017 common book is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. A panel of local food stakeholders will deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at Convocation on Sunday, August 27th, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena!

AlcoholEdu
First-year students will receive an email in July in their Clarkson email account with instructions for accessing AlcoholEdu.

AlcoholEdu reduces high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harms among college students. The program motivates behavior change by:

  • Resetting unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol
  • Linking choices about drinking to academic and personal success
  • Helping students practice safer decision-making
  • Engaging students to create a healthier campus community 

Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault
First-year students will receive an email in July in their Clarkson email account with instructions for accessing Haven. 

With data from the National Institute of Justice showing that one in five college women and one in 16 men will experience some form of non-consensual sexual activity by graduation, the widespread impact of sexual violence on students presents an urgent and pressing challenge for our nation’s campuses. Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™ addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, which impact countless college students across the country.