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Director's Welcome

Hello students! On behalf of the orientation team, I'd like to wish you good luck this semester. We hope your transition to Shippensburg University has gone well thus far. For those of you who will be joining us in January, plans are underway for our spring orientation program and we will soon open up applications for orientation leader positions. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Important Links

Student Handbook 

University Policies and Course Descriptions 

Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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Contacts

Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007
Email: orientation@ship.edu 

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This page contains parents' frequently asked questions from various sources on and off campus. If you have a question that isn't answered here or would like to comment on information that should be provided here, please send email to orientation@ship.edu.

ACADEMICS

1. What should my student do if a scheduled exam conflicts with a family vacation, reunion, etc.?

2. Who helps students with physical or learning disabilities?

3. How can I get information about my student’s academic progress/grades?

4. Where are the official academic policies available?

HEALTH

1. What types of services are provided at the University Health Center?

2. What are the fees for services?

HOUSING

1. Can my student move into the residence hall early?

2. What items are or are not allowed in the residence halls?

3. What should I do if my students has a conflict with his or her roommate?

4. Can students store their belongings over the summer?

SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION

1. Is there a safe alternative to walking on campus alone during the night or early morning hours?

2. Are first year students allowed to have cars on campus?

3. What are the alternatives if my student does not have a car on campus?

4. Where can I find information about campus driving and parking regulations?

DRUG AND ALOCOHOL POLICY

1. What are University rules that govern the use of alcohol and drugs?

TECHNOLOGY

1. How can students access the internet through Shippensburg University?

2. Does SU offer free Email and web pages to students?


ACADEMICS

1. What should my student do if a scheduled exam conflicts with a family vacation, reunion, etc.?

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.

2. Who helps students with physical or learning disabilities?

Students with physical or learning disabilities should contact the office of disability services at (717) 477-1364. More information on the services provided and contact information for the office of disability services can be found at the following link: http://www.ship.edu/ODS/

3. How can I get information about my student’s academic progress/grades?

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.

4. Where are the official academic policies available?

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.

HEALTH

1. What types of services are provided at the University Health Center

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.

2. What are the fees for services?

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. 

HOUSING

1. Can my student move into the residence hall early?

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.

2. What items are or are not allowed in the residence halls?
An up to date list of suggested items as well as a list of items that are not permitted on campus can be found on the housing page here.

3. What should I do if my students has a conflict with his or her roommate?

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.

4. Can students store their belongings over the summer?
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

1. Is there a safe alternative to walking on campus alone during the night or early morning hours?
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.

2. Are first year students allowed to have cars on campus?
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. Decals are $65 with each subsequent decal costing $10. For information regarding parking regulations, visit the University Public Safety webpage here.

3. What are the alternatives if my student does not have a car on campus?

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. 

4. Where can I find information about campus driving and parking regulations?

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 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

1. What are University rules that govern the use of alcohol and drugs?

Policies on student conduct are outlined in detail in the publication called Swataney, which is available online at here. Elements of the campus drug, alcohol, and gambling policies are outlined below.

Alcohol , Illegal Drugs, and Gambling*

  • No person shall provide alcohol to minors, sell alcohol, or serve alcohol from a common source. No person shall consume, possess, or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on the campus, despite his or her age.
  • No person shall manufacture, distribute, sell, exchange, use, offer to sell, be in the presence of, or possess illegal drugs, narcotics, or drug paraphernalia. Illegal drugs are defined by state and federal statutes.
  • No person shall engage in any gambling activities except as authorized by state and federal law.

*All alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and disposed of by University staff. Items such as kegs, taps, and beer bongs will be given to the University Police. Any funds gained from the return of these items (e.g., deposit) will be donated to the Shippensburg University Foundation, designated for the University Library.

*All drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and given to the University Police. The police may further investigate the situation, resulting potentially in legal charges being filed.

TECHNOLOGY

1. How can students access the Internet through Shippensburg University?

Information about student internet access, in addition to other computer related questions, can be found at http://www.ship.edu/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=1217.

2. Does SU offer free Email and web pages to students?

Yes, SU offers Email and web page services to students through the university web server.