Important Information about the Health Insurance Requirement

New full-time graduate students and law students, new and returning international graduate students, and graduate fellows (new and continuing) are reminded they must now provide proof of acceptable, ACA-compliant health insurance coverage while they are enrolled at the University.

Students who do not submit proof of insurance through the online waiver process by August 31, 2015, will be automatically enrolled in, and billed for, the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan offered by the University. Please provide proof of insurance as soon as possible through the Gallagher Student Health website.

If you wish be automatically enrolled in this plan, you do not need to complete the waiver. You will receive a confirmation of your enrollment in the Aetna plan through your @syr.edu email.

There are several FAQs posted to the Health Services Website including information about the requirement for international students and graduate fellows. If you have specific questions about how this requirement affects you, please contact:

Gabby Chapman in the Graduate School (Graduate students and fellows) 315-443-3425 (email)

HR Service Center (Current graduate fellows transitioning off the employee POMCO plan and Graduate Assistants/Research Assistants/Teaching Assistants eligible to enroll in the employee health plan) 315-443-4042 (click here for HR contact page)

Mary Idzior in the Slutzker Center for International Services (International students) 315-443-2457 (email)

Please feel free to reach out to us, the GSO, if you still have concerns or your issue cannot be resolved after contacting the persons / offices mentioned above.

Election Results

The Senate at its April 22 Elections Special Meeting elected officers to next year’s Board:

President: Can Aslan, Bioengineering
Internal Vice President: Sam Leitermann, Math
External Vice President: Samantha Sallade, School Psychology (vacancy appointment by Board)
Comptroller: Jose Muller, Business Administration

University and At-Large Senators were also elected. Per the Constitution, additional University and At-Large Senators will be elected in the fall, along with our Financial and Recording Secretaries. Congratulations to all elected!

Letter of Censure and Administrative Response Relating to Student Health Changes

On April 1, 2015, the GSO Senate voted unanimously to censure the administration for several of its actions and decisions surrounding the changes to student health insurance. Read the full letter here. Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz and Ben Ware responded in a letter back to the GSO. We encourage any students who have questions about the new health insurance requirement or the new Aetna Student Health plan to contact Health Services or visit their website.

If you are a graduate student, the GSO is your recognized voice at SU.

Please take a look at the many benefits and services provided to you through the GSO and feel free to contact us with any questions.

The GSO is committed to maintaining Syracuse University as a first-rate institution for graduate education in all aspects of graduate student life.

Calendar of Events

If you would like to add your event to our calendar, please email us two weeks in advance.