At Boston University, A Checkup Call From The Top

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Time was, a call from the dean’s office meant trouble, a stern summons to shape up academically, or to cool it on Friday nights.

But last week at Boston University, first-year students received friendly check-in calls from school staff to see how they are handling the often tricky adjustment to college life.

With new students wrapping up their first month on campus, school staff and administrators, including the provost and dean of students, spent the week calling all 4,300 first-year and transfer students, an ambitious gesture designed to make them feel at home.

“It’s about community,’’ said Kenneth Elmore, the university’s dean of students. “We want students to know we’re here to help.’’

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