Career Development. Susquehanna’s Career Development Center 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, 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.
Counseling Center. Confidential counseling services are available free of charge to Susquehanna University students. Services include brief individual counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, alcohol and drug assessment and referral, and consultation to the university community. Students requiring longer-term counseling and students who wish to pursue counseling outside of the university are offered referrals to local clinicians. The mission of our clinical services is to inspire clients to care for and about themselves, to enhance learning, and to empower the opening of possibilities when facing challenges. In our educational, outreach and prevention services, we inspire the Susquehanna community to care for each other, to promote mental health and resilience, and to reduce stigma.
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, students should forward recent documentation of their condition to the coordinator of disability services. Full information about the required documentation and steps for obtaining accommodations is discussed in the disabilities policy available at www.susqu.edu/academics/12687.asp.
There are several compliance officers for services to students with disabilities. The coordinator of disability services coordinates the programs. The director of facilities management 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.
Center for Diversity and Social Justice. 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 welcomed. The Center for Diversity and Social Justice promotes learning opportunities for the campus community to integrate diversity and multiculturalism in all residential, scholastic and community policies and programs. The center’s signature program is the Scholar Mentor initiative, which offers mentoring to all first year students to assist in their transition to college. The center 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 advisers to review fall-semester course options, 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 SU SPLASH, an optional one-week service-learning event, or induction into Alpha Lambda Delta honorary society for their scholarly endeavors. In addition to the aforementioned activities, the Office of First-Year Programs works with students to review and evaluate academic progress and personal development throughout the year. 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 18th Street Commons Community Building, operates 24 hours a day. Public safety officers enhance the academic experience by maintaining a 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.
Center for Academic Achievement. Staffed by professional and peer tutors, the Center for Academic Achievement provides academic support for all university students, including one-on-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 is currently located in the lower level of the Scholars' House. It has on hand a variety of resource materials related to women's issues and services and serves as a referral and drop-in center for students, faculty and staff.