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Safety and Transportation
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Missing an exam or assignment due to a family vacation is not a valid excuse for absence. University policy excuses the absences of students only in the case of an illness (self or dependent), religious observances, participation in University activities at the request of University authorities, and compelling circumstances beyond the student's control. Students must submit the request in writing and supply appropriate documentation, e.g. medical documentation. An instructor is not under obligation to reschedule assessments or give a student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence. Students with written, excused absences are entitled to a makeup exam at a time mutually convenient for the instructor and student.
Students with physical or learning disabilities should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at (717) 477-1364. More information on the services provided and contact information for the Office of Accessibility Resources can be found online.
You can get this information by talking to your son or daughter. If your son or daughter is 18 years of age or older, the University cannot release any records, including academic information, to parents or guardians. This policy has been put in place by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The University issues reports of progress including grades, written evaluations, and letters of warning directly to the student and during their freshman year, they will recieve early warning grades for their courses. Students can view their grades online at the student services intranet site https://info.ship.edu.
The official academic policies are available in the college catalog which can be found here. The college catalog is revised every two years; however, the policies are effective according to the year and semester you were admitted.
Services provided at the Etter Health Center include provision of crutches and wheelchairs, sickness or injury appointments with a nurse or Doctor, laboratory tests (i.e. mono test, rapid strep test etc.), care of chronic illness, allergy injections, and illness prevention and health maintenance. A full list of services provided can be found here.
The comprehensive health fee that is a part of the tuition at Shippensburg University allows students to access the services provided at Etter Health center throughout the academic year.
If you have a conflict with your arrival time, it is best to contact the housing office at (717) 477-1701 to discuss your options. In many cases, individuals who require early housing due to athletics, marching band, or academic organizations have already been set up for an early move in date but it is best to check the accommodations.
An up-to-date list of suggested items as well as a list of items that are not permitted on campus can be found online.
If your student has a conflict with his or her roommate, it is recommended that you suggest they talk to their Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) about the situation.
Students are not able to store their belongings over the summer on campus due to the amount of camps and conferences that occur on campus that use the residence halls throughout the summer that require the space.
Safety and Transportation
Yes, there is a safe alternative to walking on campus alone at night. The Residence Hall Association provide a transport service across campus called The Raider Ride for students seven days a week from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Students can call the service at 717-377-5985 to request a pick-up on campus. If a student is off campus and feels unsafe walking back to campus, they can contact the police department at 717‐477‐1444 to request an escort.
Yes, first year students are allowed to have a car on campus. Parking decals must be visibly displayed on the back right-hand side of the bumper and can be picked up anytime throughout the academic year. The cost for all student parking decals is $75.00 for the first decal; additional decals for the same student are $10.00. Information regarding parking regulations is available through the Shippensburg University Department of Public Safety.
For students who do not have a car on campus, the Raider Regional Transit bus system is provided for students free of charge. The bus routes provide transportation not only around campus, but also throughout the community to places such as Wal-Mart and into nearby Chambersburg. More information can be found here on the bus stations and schedules along with information on how to access the bus system to Harrisburg where students can shop or find connecting transportation by train or bus to their final destination.
An FAQ of the university parking rules and regulations is available online and a copy will be issued to each eligible person when he or she registers his or her vehicle with the Shippensburg University Police. All vehicles must be registered with the police. Vehicles registered and operated by resident freshman and sophomore students will be permitted to park in storage parking facilities only. No exceptions will be made.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Policies on student conduct are outlined in detail in the student handbook.
Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available campus wide in all academic buildings, residence halls, and even in many outdoor areas. Students will need to log onto the internet using their email username and password. More information regarding our servers and troubleshooting is available through the Technology Help Desk.
Yes, SU offers email and web page services to students through the university web server.