Student Services

ACADEMIC ADVISING

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies provides a supportive atmosphere that empowers adult learners to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals.  In keeping with the missions of the College and SCPS, academic advisors provide the tools necessary to accomplish these goals while recognizing the needs and outcomes unique to each learner. 

The School’s academic advising team are experienced professionals with relevant academic and practical work experience that support students at every step of their journey.   Advisors reside at each of the SCPS locations: 

  • Ms. Leigh Cassidy, Undergraduate Students, Lancaster Center 
  • Ms. Stephanie Hughes, Undergraduate Students, Elizabethtown Main Campus
  • Mr. Darcey Mills, Undergraduate Students, Dixon University Center, Harrisburg 
  • Ms. Joy Verner, Graduate Students, Elizabethtown Main Campus
  • Ms. Julie Walton, EXCEL Students, Elizabethtown Main Campus

Once accepted to SCPS, a learner is assigned to an academic advisor based upon program and geographic location.  Academic advisors provide information and guidance regarding (1) transition to the college, (2) declaration of major, minor, and/or concentration, (3) course selections and registration, (4) academic support services and student resources, (5) institutional policies and procedures, and (6) academic integrity.  The advisor also assists in developing an educational plan consistent with the learner’s personal and career objectives.

In conjunction with the advisor, the SCPS Student Handbook and the college’s student portal JayWeb are designed to sustain the learner’s active participation in the academic decision-making process.

THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES

Students are invited to attend career and networking events hosted by Career Services throughout the academic year.   

Students are encouraged to utilize resources  on the Career Services website for job search resources, advice, and resume samples. Students may also meet with staff for assistance with their job search planning as well.   Potential jobs can be found on the posting platform Handshake. 

Please contact Jane Nini, Director of Career Services, at ninij@etown.edu or (717) 361-1206 for more information.

THE COLLEGE STORE

On the Elizabethtown campus, the College Store is located in the Brossman Commons Campus Center. It carries various class and office supplies, convenience items, and Etown logo merchandise.

Online shopping is also available here

PLEASE NOTE:  Textbooks for SCPS courses are NOT available through the College Store.

TEXTBOOKS

Books for all locations and sessions are available through the SCPS online vendor - MBS Direct.  If you choose to order your books from a different vendor, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct book. Some customized books may not be available through other vendors. You can view the booklist for the current semester here.

Students are encouraged to pay for textbooks directly rather than using financial aid money. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course, federal regulations specify a Title IV Refund Formula be used in calculating the refund amount. That amount will then be returned to the aid source, not the student, and students may then owe money for the cost of the books. If students instead pay for the books up-front and later have excess aid funds left on account, those monies will be refunded to the student. 

Students may utilize the online buyback services provided by MBS Direct. MBS Direct staff also invites students to bring books to Elizabethtown Campus during the College’s buy-back week (usually during finals week of the Elizabethtown College full-semester day program). Hours for the College’s buy-back week are during the day; call the bookstore for information.

THE HIGH LIBRARY, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE MAIN CAMPUS

The High Library, located on the Elizabethtown campus, offers many resources for students.  The library’s homepage is a great place to start for all academic research, as the library subscribes to more than 80 searchable databases with lots of full-text articles, e-books, and other materials. 

The library’s homepage features the following links and tools…

  • QuickSearch
  • Databases & Articles
  • Journal Finder
  • Research Help
  • Ask a Librarian

All off-campus users will be prompted to enter their E-town usernames and passwords in order to access the library’s online resources.  (Students should contact their academic advising coordinator if they cannot log in or access information.)

Students who wish to check materials out of the library will need a college ID card issued by Campus Security.  Your academic advisor can assist in this process. 

Students may also take advantage of interlibrary loan and the library’s reciprocal borrowing agreements with other area institutions like ACLCP  and PALCI 

Study space is also available for students and faculty.  Students may reserve group study rooms via an online reservation system.  The library’s schedule of hours is also posted on the website: http://etown.libcal.com/.  Note that summer and holiday hours may vary.

For specific questions or more individualized help, please contact the SCPS Librarian, Ms. Jennifer Strain at
strainj@etown.edu or (717) 361-1480.

SMARTHINKING

Smarthinking is a tutoring service that provides web-based tutoring 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can access live tutorials in accounting, math, business, writing, sciences, etc., as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, research tools, and study skills manuals.

Smarthinking is NOT an answering or proofreading/editing service.

Smarthinking is FREE to SCPS students. Additional information and videos may be found in JayWeb; students can request an account by contacting their academic advisor.

THE LEARNING ZONE

Located on the main Elizabethtown campus, the Learning Zone offers a variety of services to students to help meet the demands of college coursework.  Tutoring, writing consultation, and tips for improving academic performance are available.  To learn more about the services or to schedule an appointment, please call the Learning Zone at (717) 361-1185 or e-mail at learningzone@etown.edu. 

THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES

Elizabethtown College welcomes all academically qualified students with disabilities to its community, and is committed to providing equal access to all courses, programs, services, and activities.  The Office of Disability Services works with all academic offices and campus departments in order to facilitate the inclusion and full participation of students with disabilities.

Disability Services is committed to providing equal access and reasonable academic accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities according to guidelines proposed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) , and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The ADA defines a disability as:

  • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual. Major activities are those activities which the average person can perform without difficulty. Examples of major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, concentrating, reading, caring for oneself, sitting, standing, lifting, and bending, A major life activity also includes the operation of major bodily functions, including but not limited to, functions of the immune, digestive, endocrine, respiratory and circulatory systems, of the bowel, the bladder, and of normal cell growth.
  • a record of such impairment; or
  • being regarded as having such impairment.

Students who meet the first (actual disability) and second (record of disability) parts of the definition are entitled to reasonable accommodations; "individuals who only meet the third part (regarded as) are protected from discrimination under the law, but are not entitled to accommodations under ADA."

For further clarification about policies for students with disabilities, please contact your academic advisor or Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services, at (717) 361-1227 or daviesl@etown.edu.

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