Career Planning. Susquehanna's Center for Career Services provides programs and resources to assist students at each stage of their academic careers. The university encourages students to explore their own interests and abilities, to identify a major program of study and plan for a career. Students define career objectives, identify and research potential places of employment and learn to communicate effectively with employers.
Susquehanna's Core curriculum includes a required one-credit, seven-week career planning course to be taken during the sophomore year. The focus is on self assessment, career research and job/internship search skills (resumes and interviewing). Individual office appointments are available for more concentrated work in these and other areas, while workshops often explore more diverse subjects like salary negotiation and business dining etiquette. In addition to its programs, the Center hosts representatives from business, industry, government and education at job fairs and on-campus interviews. The office also provides information and assistance for students interested in graduate study.
Students have access to printed and electronic directories of potential employers and job listings. The Alumni Career Team (ACT) database of interested alumni, along with externship and internship programs, helps students to network with employers. The career development staff works cooperatively with academic departments to arrange and supervise academic internships. For more information about internships and externships, see the Active Learning section.
Counseling Center. Susquehanna offers a range of psychological services under the supervision of the director of counseling, a licensed psychologist. Services include brief counseling for students experiencing personal and/or academic difficulties, psychiatric referrals to the university's consulting psychiatrist, testing referrals, and referrals to area mental health providers for those students who wish to meet with someone outside the university or whose needs cannot be managed by the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center also serves as a campus resource for information about mental health and substance abuse and provides workshops on these and related matters. Services provided by the staff of the Counseling Center are free of charge to all students enrolled fulltime.
Health Services. Susquehanna requires each student to have a physical examination performed by his or her physician, fulfill certain immunization requirements, and complete a health record before entering the university. Nurses and the university physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant are on duty weekdays at regular clinic hours. Nurses are on call at other times. Their services are available to full-time students for treatment of illness or injury. All students are required to enroll in the university’s student health insurance program to facilitate general health and emergency services.
Multicultural Organizations. The university offers several programs designed to affirm cultural diversity and prepare students to live in a pluralistic society. These efforts are coordinated by a director who advises students of color and international students, serves as advisor to the Diversity Council, and provides support and assistance to individuals. The Diversity Council is made up of representatives from recognized student groups, including the Asian Student Coalition; the Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Susquehanna University (BGLASS); the Black Student Union, the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood organizations for students of color, Fuego Latino Latin Dance Group, the Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), the Student Association for Cultural Awareness (SACA), Susquehanna University International (SUI), and WomenSpeak. The Diversity Council also offers a Multicultural Student Leadership Development Institute.
Susquehanna University Statement on Cultural Diversity. As an integral part of the educational experience, Susquehanna is committed to developing a campus that is pluralistic and culturally diverse. We seek to develop programs in student, staff, and faculty recruitment and retention, in the curriculum, and in activities that reflect this commitment. The Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as the coordinating center and catalyst for such activities.
- Mission Statement. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to enriching the educational experience of Susquehanna University students through the promotion and integration of diversity and multiculturalism in all residential, scholastic, and community policies and programs.
- Susquehanna University recognizes that, as a community, we all share similarities and commonalities, but, each individual is inherently different and these differences should be welcomed, embraced, and supported.
- We hold the expectation that all students, staff, faculty, and administration will seek to understand different cultures, languages, and peoples and have an awareness of the needs of others’ cultures without making judgments.
- We will strive to ensure that all Susquehanna University constituencies will have equal access to resources and services that demonstrate positive attitudes, behaviors, and values and in all programming, services, and experiences.
- The Office of Multicultural Affairs will continually evaluate and assess the manner in which we conduct the business of education to make sure that all members of the SU community are seen as valuable resources. We will also evaluate our commitment to the promotion of acceptance of the diversity of cultures, languages, customs, and values of the staff and students.
Orientation. The university sponsors an orientation program to help new students quickly become part of the Susquehanna community. Students meet other students, confer with their faculty advisors, and learn about various campus programs, policies and traditions. A student committee plans orientation under the direction of the Coordinator of First Year Programs.
Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety, located in the Degenstein Campus Center, operates 24 hours a day. In addition to normal law enforcement duties, the department provides a variety of auxiliary services.
Tutorial Services. Staffed by professional and peer tutors, Tutorial Services provides academic support for all SU students, including one-to-one assistance in writing, mathematics and foreign languages. Students may also consult with an academic counselor or a college-level study skills specialist who can help with such issues as time management strategies, analysis of texts, and test-taking skills. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.susqu.edu/tutorial.
Women's Resource Center. The Women's Resource Center has two locations: in the lower level of Bogar Hall and in the Women's Studies House, 604 University Avenue. The office in Bogar offers a variety of resource materials related to women's issues and services. Staffed by student workers and volunteers, it serves as a referral and drop-in center for students, faculty and staff. The Women's Studies House hosts events related to Women's Studies and houses additional resource materials (indexed in Bogar).
Services for Students with Disabilities. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the university makes efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The goal of these efforts is to help students make the most of their educational experience at Susquehanna. The university will consider a student as having a disability upon receipt of a recent (i.e., within the last three years) adequate diagnostic report from a medical professional and/or licensed psychologist. This report should be sent to the Director of Counseling, Kathy Bradley, who serves as coordinator of services for students with disabilities. The report should document the diagnosis and basis on which that diagnosis is made, those areas (e.g. academic matters, mobility issues) substantially affected by the disability, and recommendations for accommodations. The fact that a student has a disability and the nature of the disability are considered confidential information and will be released only to appropriate individuals with the student's written permission.
Susquehanna does not offer a separate program for students with learning disabilities, but strives to help students with learning disabilities succeed within the existing curriculum. The University urges students with such disabilities to meet with Dr. Bradley as soon as they arrive on campus so that accommodations may be arranged as early as possible. Students requesting accommodations are to meet with Dr. Bradley at least one time per academic year. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, extended testing time, tape recording of lectures, and special seating. Students with learning disabilities also have access to other support services available to all students. These support services include counseling and tutorial services. Students with learning disabilities should be aware that university-based tutorial services are not remedial and are not offered by learning-disability specialists.
There are several compliance officers for services to students with disabilities. Kathy Bradley, director of the counseling center and associate dean for personal development, coordinates the programs. Dave Henry, physical plant director, is responsible for physical facilities compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Maureen Pugh, the director of human resources is responsible for employment compliance.