Good to Know

Good to Know

Pre-Registration

You must complete your Pre-Registration Activity Guide in LionPath prior to enrolling for classes.

Orientation

Your attendance at Orientation/New Student Day is mandatory, not optional. You must attend all Orientation sessions to give yourself the best possible start at Penn State Beaver. If you have questions, please contact the staff assistant for Residence Life at 724-773-3959.

Email

Check your Penn State email at least once a day. You'll start receiving Penn State emails before the semester begins. If you want to forward your PSU email to another account, follow the instructions here.

Course schedule

Some of your course times and locations might change by the beginning of the semester. Be sure to get a final copy of your schedule from LionPath right before classes begin.

Center for Academic Achievement

College is extremely different from high school. College requires that you take personal responsibility for your actions, or lack of actions, both in and out of the classroom. You can always find academic support and assistance in the Center for Academic Achievement, room 105 Ross Administration Building (RAB). You must also be sure to communicate frequently and clearly with all of your professors and/or instructors and your academic adviser.

Insurance

Every Penn State student should be covered by some type of insurance. The following are coverage options:

This is available to undergraduate and graduate students:

  • who have no health insurance coverage
  • who need supplemental insurance because their current plan does not provide adequate coverage while they are at Penn State
  • who are international students and must comply with Penn State's Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement.

Student Conduct

Penn State Beaver administration and faculty are proud of the fact that throughout its long history, the Beaver campus student body has always exhibited outstanding conduct and behavior. This is a record all students are expected to respect and uphold.

Members of the University community are accountable to several different authorities, each with its own interests, obligations, regulations, sanctions, and processes for enforcement and adjudication. Furthermore, all members of the University community, i.e. full and part-time students, faculty, and staff, have an obligation to fulfill the responsibilities incumbent upon all citizens as well as the responsibilities of their particular roles within the academic community.

Therefore, the University has established a Code of Conduct related to its educational mission. All members of the University community share the obligation to abide by this Code of Conduct which describes behaviors that are inconsistent with the essential values of the University community.

Intentionally attempting or assisting in these behaviors may be considered as serious as actually engaging in these behaviors. A person commits a violation when, with intent to commit a specific violation of the Code of Conduct, he/she performs any act that constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that violation. Many Code of Conduct items are supported by University Policy Statements. For more information, please visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/conduct.

Computer and Software Misuse

Access to and use of computer facilities, electronically stored data, and software shall comply with federal law, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the rules and regulations of the University. Misuse of computers, computer facilities, and software are violations of law and may be charged as such. A member of the Penn State community may also be subject to University regulations if he/she:

  • Intentionally and without authorization accesses, alters, interferes with the operation of, damages, or destroys all or part of any computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, and/or computer database.
  • Intentionally or knowingly and without authorization gives or publishes a password, identifying code, personal identification number (PIN), or other confidential information about a computer, computer system, computer network, or database.

University regulations apply to all University computers and computer equipment, computerized data, and all data owned or held through agreement by the University. These regulations may also apply to computer equipment and data belonging to or held by agreement by members of the University community or others when violations are deemed to have a substantial adverse effect upon the University community or upon individual members of the University community.

Penn State Beaver's computer labs are for classes and general student use, but they are not open to the public. For more information, please visit computer lab hours, or contact Ted Froats, director of information technology, 724-773-3566.

Laptop Borrowing Program

The University does not provide students with computers. However, wireless Internet-ready laptop computers are available from the the library for short-term loan to students. Loans require a $10 refundable deposit which is returned to the student if/when the laptop is returned undamaged and on time. To make arrangements to borrow a computer, students should visit the library's front desk. Computers are provided through the Student Computer Fee Fund and can be used only by University students. If you have questions or need more information regarding borrowing a laptop, please contact Amy Deuink, associate librarian, 724-773-3791.

Parking Privileges

All students, faculty, and staff must register their vehicles. During the first full week of classes, all vehicle registration must be completed through the Office of Finance and Business, 101 Ross Administration Building, 724-773-3502 or 724-773-3546. Please bring your vehicle owner's card, student id+, and your driver's license when registering your vehicle. Penn State Beaver can provide all students with a parking space, but students should park only in the student parking areas which are clearly designated by white lines.