2019-2020 Graduate/Doctorate Catalog 
    May 28, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate/Doctorate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

New Student Orientation

Orientation sessions precede each semester in order for the student to become familiar with the University, technology services, campus policies and procedures, and to obtain an individual course schedule. A new student entering the University is encouraged to view the orientation presentations available online on My HU.

Student Housing

The Office of Student Services can assist the student to find housing with the University’s local Harrisburg partners.

Student Parking

Park UP Harrisburg (parkHarrisburg.com) operates the parking facilities in Harrisburg. Prices vary by facility. Check the website for specifics.

Health and Personal Counseling Services

Medical and counseling services are not provided on campus. A full-service hospital is located three city blocks from the University. For students in the Harrisburg area that can commute to campus and reside in Pennsylvania, short-term mental health services are available. Students should contact counseling@harrisburgu.edu. For students that do not reside in Pennsylvania or in a commutable distance to the physical campus, students may contact counseling@harrisburgu.edu for referral services in the student’s location. More information can be found at the website: http://harrsiburgu.edu/counseling-services.

Accessibility Support Services

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology welcomes diversity among its students and, in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, seeks to provide reasonable and effective support services.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require the University to make reasonable accommodations for those otherwise qualified individuals with a disability who request accommodations. A reasonable academic accommodation is a modification or adjustment that allows an individual to gain equal access and have equal opportunity to participate in the University’s courses, services, activities, and use of the facilities. The University is not obligated to provide an accommodation that requires a change in the curriculum or alteration of any essential elements or functions of a program.

The applicant must provide recent documentation (within 3 years) of any disability that may affect learning to ensure that appropriate accommodations are considered. The documentation must be certified by a licensed professional in that field and include a specific diagnosis indicating the severity, a description of how the disability substantially impacts the student, and any suggested accommodation. A student may apply for an accommodation prior to admission with the requested documentation. The student may contact the Office of Student Services to request accommodations.

Textbook Services

Textbooks are made available at the time of registration for student purchase through the services of MBS Direct, which has an online store at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/harrisburgu.htm for new and used textbook purchase or rentals. A complete textbook listing is available on MBS Direct. Textbooks and other supplies (if specified for a course) must be obtained by the student prior to the first day of class.

Additional online textbook purchase and rental options are available through companies such as Amazon.com and Chegg.com. Book retailers carry a small selection of texts but also have the ability to process online textbooks orders.

University Library

The mission of the Library is to support the mission of the University by enabling excellence in teaching and learning through the provision of robust access to information resources, the integration of information literacy throughout the curriculum, and the provision of physical and virtual spaces for free intellectual curiosity, learning, collaboration, and knowledge sharing and creation. Library services include:

  • collaboration between the librarians and faculty to integrate information literacy skill development and use of information resources into the curriculum;
  • access to a wide range of information sources selected to enhance course-based and independent learning, such as
    • online databases of articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals; 
    • streaming multimedia such as documentaries and video learning courses; 
    • electronic books; and 
    • a self-service library located in the Learning Commons offering physical-format books, games, and periodicals;
  • research guidance for students by phone, e-mail, or in person;
  • partnerships with other libraries to provide access to their information sources, free of charge to our students and faculty; and
  • group study rooms which may be reserved in advance through a librarian.

For more information including reporting of lost or damaged items and replacement charges see the Student Handbook.

For more information, visit the library’s website at http://library.harrisburgu.edu. Electronic content is available on the website 24 hours a day from on- or off-campus. Off-campus use requires authentication with valid University credentials.

Technology Services

Information Technology Services is responsible for connecting the student, faculty, and staff to technology resources in support of the University’s mission. Technology services include:

  • a robust and reliable infrastructure to enable excellence in learning;
  • a required laptop program and an entirely wireless campus to facilitate mobile computing and access to content;
  • high-end classroom technologies to enhance interactivity and the capture and distribution of classroom content;
  • access to enterprise software applications such as our course management system;
  • MyHU; Office365 email and productivity suite; and many other course related software programs; 
  • the Harrisburg University Campus Card services which enables building access, pay-for-print, and book check-out from the library while serving primarily as the official university identification; and, 
  • training, orientation, and support for all university technology services.

For more information, contact Helpdesk at Helpdesk@HarrisburgU.edu or 717.901.5177 with questions.

Academic Advising

Academic advising can be a critical component of a student’s education. Every graduate student is assigned to an academic advisor who is a faculty member. The advisor helps the student explore academic goals and assists in course selection for the academic program. The Office of Student Services supports the faculty role in advising. In addition, it assists the student to access resources and developing strategies when non-academic factors affect a student’s ability to succeed.

Career Services

The student obtains career counseling from the academic advisor, the Office of Experiential Programs, and the Office of Workforce Development. The following services can be obtained by enrolled students and alumni: one-on-one career counseling, assessment inventories, program and career exploration, professional development resources, mock interviews, and resume review. For more information, contact CareerServices@HarrisburgU.edu.