Career Services. 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.
A one-credit, seven-week career planning course is offered. The focus is on self assessment, career research and employment/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 such as salary negotiation and dining etiquette. In addition to its programs, the Center hosts representatives from business, industry, government and education at career 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, along with externship and internship programs, helps students to network with potential employers. The career services staff works cooperatively with academic departments to help students prepare for, identify and secure 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 full-time.
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. To be considered for disability accommodations, the student should forward recent documentation of the disability to the director of the counseling center. Full information about the required documentation and steps for obtaining accommodations is discussed in the disabilities policy available at www.susqu.edu/counseling/disabilities.htm.
There are several compliance officers for services to students with disabilities. The director of the counseling center coordinates the programs. The physical plant director is responsible for physical facilities compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The director of human resources is responsible for employment compliance.
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 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 Affairs. As an integral part of the educational experience, Susquehanna University is committed to developing a campus that is pluralistic and culturally diverse—one where everyone is welcome. The Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes learning opportunities for the campus community to integrate diversity and multiculturalism in all residential, scholastic, and community policies and programs. The office maintains a multimedia resource library available to all students, staff and faculty, and provides ongoing support for the university SAFE ZONE project (a network of allies for the university’s LGBTQ students), the annual Latino Symposium, and other diversity initiatives.
First Year Programs. Susquehanna University has an office dedicated to helping new students adjust to their first-year experience. Offering programs designed to aid first-year students in their transition to university life, the Office of First Year Programs coordinates entrance activities such as one-day Summer Preview Days, when new students meet and interact with other members of the incoming class, learn about campus resources and services from campus personnel, meet with faculty advisors to review fall semester courses, and complete placement exams. In addition, first-year students participate in an extended orientation experience through Fall Orientation and Welcome Week. These activities immerse new students in the campus community while providing learning and skill-building contexts. Along with specially designed first-year courses and programs, students may be engaged in supplemental learning activities such as: the SU S.P.L.A.S.H. Project, an optional one-week community service event; Leaders, Inc., a six-week seminar on leadership development; or induction into Alpha Lambda Delta honorary society for their scholarly endeavors. Susquehanna University provides new students with a wide variety of services and programs to assure a smooth and successful transition.
Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety, located in the Degenstein Campus Center, operates 24 hours a day. Public safety officers enhance the academic experience by maintaining the safe environment within our community. This goal is accomplished by providing a variety of services such as security, law enforcement, fire safety, training, and other auxiliary duties.
Tutorial Services. Staffed by professional and peer tutors, the Tutorial Services provides academic support for all university 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. More information is available 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 (Bogar 014) 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).