Residence Hall Programs

Shippensburg’s residence life staff are here to help you get the most out of your college experience. Our program priorities include academic success, safety, engagement, social justice and inclusion and personal development. We are committed to providing you with a safe and friendly environment for living, learning, and reaching your full potential.

Five Priorities

  1. Academic Success - The Office of Housing & Residence Life’s primary goal is to support students in their academic pursuits. We accomplish this by providing a living environment that offers residents convenient access to faculty, classrooms, libraries, computer labs, study lounges and more. Our staff also conduct outreach to residents to ensure that they are attending classes and are utilizing campus resources. We also provide a living environment that is friendly, quiet and conducive for academic purposes. This is all done in an effort to retain and graduate students with a Shippensburg University degree and in good academic standing.

  2. Safety - The Office of Housing & Residence Life has multiple security measures in place to ensure the safety of students. Our staff members are trained on university policies and complete consistent community walks of the halls every day. Our residence halls are in close proximity to the Shippensburg University Police Department and we regularly collaborate to ensure fire safety and security. We also focus on educating our residents on safety, ethical decision-making, policy, law and what it means to be a Shippensburg student. Should an emergency arise, a staff member is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  3. Engagement - The Office of Housing & Residence Life believes students should be engaged in activities, events, culture, news and current issues at Shippensburg University. Within the residence halls, students should be contributing members that create a positive environment for Ship student success. Residence life staff should not only encourage residents to become active members of the Ship community, but should also be role models for what it means to be civically engaged students. This can be done by connecting students to opportunities such as Hall Council, Housing Ambassadors, Desk Assistants, Living and Learning Communities and other campus organizations. Residence life staff can passively provide information regarding current events, activities, campus news and service opportunities for students that will help them develop a personal connection and commitment to the university.

  4. Social Justice and Inclusion - Inclusion begins with the respectful consideration of viewpoints and recognition of biases that we hold within ourselves. It includes noticing which voices are silent in conversations, which voices are not present and intentionally providing safe spaces for those viewpoints to be shared. Inclusion starts with the selection of our residence life staff and ensuring just opportunities and representation. This is all done in order to create a living learning environment that promotes physical, psychological, and emotional security. Regardless of individual intentions, impact matters, and the Office of Housing & Residence Life at Shippensburg University is committed to providing safe spaces for students and staff to continue to grow in their inclusivity.

  5. Personal Development - The Office of Housing and Residence Life is committed to students’ social, interpersonal, intrapersonal, professional and emotional growth. We encourage students to explore their individual passions, endeavors and identities. Our staff members are caring, diverse, motivated, well-trained, ethical and are dedicated to their own intellectual growth. Residents learn skills that will benefit them in their careers and as members of their future communities.

Community Development

The Office of Housing & Residence Life has a community development model that is focused heavily on one-on-one interactions between resident assistants and residents. Throughout the academic year, resident assistants will follow up with residents on their experience at Shippensburg University and connect residents to resources they need.

Campus collaborators are designed to allow the Office of Housing & Residence Life staff to collaborate with other departments on campus and spread awareness about specific topics as they relate to identity, mattering and marginality, underrepresented populations and more. These interactive programs take place throughout the school year to educate students about the diverse population in which they live.

Several weekend programs are sponsored throughout the year. These late night programs generally run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. These programs offer food, games, dances and prizes. The goal of the weekend programs is to provide a late night, fun program for our students. Each residence hall is responsible for planning one weekend program per year that is open to the entire campus.

Previous weekend programs have included game shows, dances, casino nights, and a haunted house.

Each Residence Director will host six RD programs a year based off of the five priorities of the department. They will be conducted within the residence halls and the goal of these programs is to provide co-curricular opportunities for residents on campus.