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Student Handbook - Introduction

Dear Students:

We want to welcome you all to the new academic year, especially those of you who are beginning your first year at Rice. You are all about to embark on an exciting adventure.

Rice University strives to provide an intellectually and socially vibrant campus that offers a safe and supportive environment for all. Each of us plays a role in preserving this environment, and this handbook describes the privileges and responsibilities that we grant to our students as members of the Rice community. You will also learn about many campus services and resources available to support your achievements, enhance your college experience, and assist in times of difficulty.

It is important that you take time to familiarize yourself with the materials in this handbook. Let us know if you have any questions, or if you have suggestions for how this handbook can be improved.

We offer you our very best wishes for a wonderful year.


John S. Hutchinson
Dean of Undergraduates 

Paula Sanders
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies