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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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Academic Major Planning Guide 

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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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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?

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?


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).

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.