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    Campus Life and Student Services

    Valaida S. Walker, Vice President for Student Affairs
    James A. Fitzsimmons, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    Kristl L. Wiernicki, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

    Student Services

    James A. Fitzsimmons, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    404 Student Activities Center
    (215) 204-7188
    (215) 204-1663 (Fax)

    The Dean of Students' office provides guidance and support to individual students, parents, and student groups regarding nonacademic issues such as Housing, New Student Orientation, Judicial Affairs, Leadership Programs, Campus Activities and Student Clubs and Organizations. In addition, the Dean of Students office also facilitates the oversight of Temple Student Government, The Temple News, the student run newspaper, the Templar, the student yearbook and the Graphics Media Center, which assists student clubs and organizations in printing, duplication and marketing of their events and activities.

    Students are encouraged to become involved in the numerous student leadership positions that are part of each Student Affairs Office. These include peer leadership positions which assist students with disabilities, international students, and resident students as well as students wishing to seek experience in facilities management, technical crews for campus performances, and campus programming for a very diverse student population.

    For more information, please see the Student Handbook at the home page of the Student Assistance Center at www.Temple.edu/assistance/

    Student Media

    Students on the Main Campus produce their own editorially independent newspaper, the Temple News (http://www.temple.edu/temple_news/), during the academic year and distribute it to all campuses. Both the Temple News and the Templar, Temple's annual undergraduate yearbook, are staffed entirely by students and have offices on the Main Campus in the Student Activities Center (SAC). The yearbook focuses on events and activities that affect the entire University community on all campuses. WRTI FM (90.1) is Temple University's jazz and classical music radio station. It is located on the first floor of Annenberg Hall. A limited number of student jobs are available. The Graphics Media Center (GMC) (http://www.temple.edu/GMC/), entirely staffed by students, creates and distributes posters, banners, flyers, buttons, web pages, and more for the University community. It is located on the third floor of SAC.

    Student Government

    Temple Student Government (TSG) is the most comprehensive student government body at the University. TSG is composed of elected representatives from different schools and colleges at Temple, individual collegial assemblies, and at-large representatives.

    TSG advocates student perspectives to the faculty and administration concerning University policy and programs. It also funds a variety of student activities through the TSG Allocations Board. In addition to the University-wide Government, each school and college has its own collegial assembly and some campuses, such as Ambler, have their own student governments.

    Intercollegiate athletics

    Temple conducts a program of intercollegiate athletics that includes baseball, men and women's basketball, men and women's crew, fencing, field hockey, football, golf,men and women's gymnastics, lacrosse, men and women's soccer, softball, men and women's tennis, men and women's track and field, and volleyball.

    Temple is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, The Atlantic Ten Conference, and the Big East Football Conference. Temple University is also a member of the Collegiate Football Association.

    Intramural Sports

    A number of intramural sports, as well as a number of sports clubs, are offered on the Main Campus. The Department of Recreation Services has the most up-to-date listing of these sports and information about how to join them.

    For more information, see the Student Handbook

    Career Development Services

    Patricia N. Sancho Peterson, Director
    Mitten Hall, 2nd Floor
    (215) 204-7981

    Career Development Services assists students and alumni/ae with career planning and provides information on employment. Students are encouraged to begin their career planning as early as possible, preferably in their freshman and sophomore years. Career counseling is offered for all career interests. There is a job posting system for students looking for part-time or summer jobs as well as those looking for full-time employment following graduation.

    The On-Campus Recruiting Program brings several hundred prospective employers to campus. Resumes for this program are posted through 1st Place, and are reviewed by employers. Students selected can then schedule an appointment with the recruiters on-line. Corporate information sessions and seminars on employment in various fields are presented frequently.

    Workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, resume critiques, Liberal Arts career options, success at a job fair, and many others are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Career fairs, where students may discuss career plans and career opportunities with employers, are scheduled throughout the year as well. Periodically, international job fairs and graduate school fairs are offered for those students interested in these options. All events are posted in the Career Development Services office, and a semester "Schedule of Events" is published.

    The Career Development Services Library has extensive information on career planning, occupational information, employer literature, testing (LSAT, GMAT, NTE, etc.) information and graduate school catalogs. A comprehensive set of job posting binders is updated regularly and lists hundreds of jobs available to graduating students. The CDS Library houses networked computers for career searches on the Internet. Hundreds of websites are linked and students can find information about virtually any career path. A stand-alone computer utilizes SIGIPlus software for career guidance and planning.

    Cooperative Education
    (215) 204-1241

    Cooperative Education (Co-op) coordinates classroom instruction and practical application. This program is currently available to students enrolled in Business and Management, Mathematics, and Computer & Information Sciences majors. Students work in fields related to their majors and receive pay during the employment period. They can also receive academic credit through college or department Co-op courses, which may be elected by students on Co-op assignments. Co-op employment resembles regular employment, except that student employees are hired for a limited period of time. Standards and procedures which apply to permanent employees also apply to Co-op student employees. Interviewing, hiring, and determination of salary and benefits are the responsibility of the employer.

    Extern Program
    (215) 204-1241

    The Extern Program is an optional work experience/career education program designed to aid students in making better informed career decisions based on practical experience and self-assessment.

    Students accepted into the program receive individualized career counseling, on-the-job experience, and academic assignments. Students are placed as volunteers with organizations in areas which complement their career objectives and/or fields of study.

    The program is usually offered during the first two full weeks of January, coinciding with the University's winter break. Participating students receive two or three academic credits.

    Student Employment
    (215) 204-7291

    Each year, thousands of Temple University students find part-time, temporary, and summer employment, both on- and off-campus, through the Student Employment Program. Employers from around the Philadelphia region provide student employment opportunities on an ongoing basis. Students can visit Career Development Services to view the listings, which are posted Monday through Friday. Before seeking employment, international students must contact the Office of International Services for approval and clearance. Two annual job fairs are held each year for student employment opportunities.

    Student Activities

    Main Campus
    321 Student Activities Center
    (215) 204-7131

    Health Sciences Center Office
    Student Faculty Center
    (215) 707-4017

    The primary goals of the Student Activities Office are to maintain Temple's student union facilities (Student Activities Center and the Student Faculty Center), provide services and promote programs that are responsive to student developmental needs, and to serve the physical, social, co-curricular and continuing educational needs of the campus community.

    With the support of the Student Activities staff and various student committees and organizations, these student union facilities are "laboratories" where students can learn and practice leadership, programming, management, social responsibility, and interpersonal skills. As a center for the academic community, we provide a place for increased interaction and understanding among individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    The Student Activities Center on Main Campus houses a movie theater, game room, the University bookstore, lounges, meeting rooms, food court, snack bar, travel agent, post office, and full service bank. The Student Activities staff also operates the "Owl Cove," a student-run daytime eatery and evening programming facility in Mitten Hall.

    On the Health Sciences campus, the Student Faculty Center houses a conference center, meeting rooms, cafeteria, art gallery, bookstore, gymnasium, weight room, and dance studio.

    Student Activities staff also serve as advisers and resource persons for more than 140 clubs and organizations, including the student-run Program Boards, fraternities, sororities, and Temple Student Government.

    Student Assistance Center

    Shelly Dunham, Director
    Student Activities Center, 1st Floor
    (215) 204-8531

    The Student Assistance Center is staffed by undergraduate peer consultants, graduate assistants and administrative professionals. Our goal is to provide service to the undergraduate and graduate student population through the following programs and services:
    • New Student Orientation
    • Parent Orientation & Parents Weekend
    • Information & Referral Services
    • Leadership Development
    • Workshops
      Student Development Transcripts
      Leadership Conference
      Honor Society-Alpha Lambda Delta
    • Administrative Ombudsperson for non-academic issues
    • University Disciplinary Code Administration
    • Tutorial & Typing Referrals
    • Student scholarship Memorial Awards coordination
Students are encouraged to visit the office for assistance in these and other areas. The staff is trained to aid in your success!

University Counseling Services

John Dimino, Ph.D. Director
Sullivan Hall, Lower Level
(215) 204-7276

University Counseling Services provides a comprehensive array of counseling and support services for individuals and groups who are experiencing emotional, educational or vocational concerns. The department's goal is to provide students with an opportunity to explore issues of concern in a safe and supportive setting.. The staff is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals. The five components of the department are listed below.

Psychological Services

Psychological Services is staffed by licensed psychologists who provide brief individual, couple, and group counseling, as well as referral, consultation, and educational workshops. Some common issues that are addressed, either individually or in groups include:

• relationship problems
• stress, depression, anxiety
• eating disorders
• loss and/or grief
• procrastination
• shyness
• academic performance
• career decisions
• family problems
• sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases
• gay and lesbian issues
• racism
• sexism
• vocational counseling

The Psychological Services staff will also assist students locate resources and other services available on campus or in the city that are specific to their needs.

CERT (Conflict Education Resource Team)

CERT, a peer-run program supervised by psychological services staff, exists to assist in the resolution of conflict, and to provide information regarding the nature and value of conflict. In addition to offering educational workshops and programs, CERT provides free conflict mediations and coachings to students who wish to find alternatives to resolving conflicts such as roommate disputes, organizational or club conflict, borrowing or lending disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, familial conflict, and more. These services are available by appointment.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services is committed to caring for the mental health needs of Temple University students, by providing psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations, and short-term individual psychotherapy. The psychiatrist also responds to referrals from other UCS units and serves as a liaison to the Health Sciences Center. Students are seen by appointment, except in emergency situations where immediate care is required

DARE (Drug and Alcohol Referral and Education)

The Drug and Alcohol Referral and Education Program (DARE) is a comprehensive program focusing on all aspects of alcohol and other drug use and abuse. The DARE program is staffed by certified addictions counselors who work with students individually and in groups. DARE also sponsors a group of trained peer educators who offer workshops and other educational activities. These workshops emphasize positive decision-making and alternatives to alcohol and other drug use. Several anonymous recovery groups including AA, CA, NA, OA, and ACOA meet regularly on Temple's campus.

SACE (Sexual Assault Counseling and Education)

Recognizing that college students are often at risk for sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of interpersonal violence, the SACE program plays a pivotal role in changing attitudes and myths about violence through education and workshops within the University community. In addition, the program provides resources for workshops, participation in curriculum development, and coordination of services for survivors of assault. The SACE staff provides crisis intervention, survivor advocacy, individual therapy and groups for survivors of assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual harassment. SACE also utilizes peer educators who provide student support and training throughout the year. All services are confidential.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The staff also provides onsite services at the Ambler and Tyler campuses. Students are seen by appointment except in emergency situations when immediate care is required. Services are free to registered students. All services are free and confidential.

Please call (215) 204-7276 for more information.

Disability Resources and Services

Dorothy Cebula, Director
100 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-1280 (V)
(215) 204-1786 (TTY)
(215) 204-6794 (FAX)

Disability Resources and Services arranges accommodations and provides information in accessing programs, facilities, and activities of the University for student with disabilities.

Services include assisting with academic adjustments and accommodations including sign language interpreters, test proctoring, library research, adaptive computing equipment loan, study strategies, notetaking and reader services. Information on mobility, wheelchair storage and repair area, adaptive computing, small equipment loan, specialized scholarship and career/internship resources are also available.

Student Health Services

Ilene N. Moore, M.D., J.D., Director
Lower Level, Mitten Hall
1931 N. Broad St.
(215) 204-4660 (TDD)
(215) 204-7500 (Voice)

Student Health Services endeavors to promote a high standard of health among Temple University students through programs in preventive medicine and health education in addition to diagnosis and treatment of basic injury and illness. Services offered at the Main, Ambler, Tyler, and Health Sciences Center campuses include nurse and general physician/nurse practitioner care, an immunization/allergy injection clinic, and a self-care cold and wound center. Other services offered at Main Campus include dermatology and gynecology consultation, HIV testing, and health education.

Student Health Fee

Students are charged a fee each semester during the academic year to help subsidize the basic diagnostic and treatment services provided by nurses and physicians at all four campus locations. Gynecology/family planning services and laboratory testing are specialized services available at Main Campus and by appointment at the other campuses.

Student Health Insurance

As the Student Health Fee is not an insurance premium, all students are strongly encouraged to carry health insurance. The costs of prescription medicines, specialized medical care, hospital and outpatient treatment, including emergency room services or diagnostic testing, whether provided by Temple University Hospital or another facility, are not covered by the Student Health Fee and must be paid by students who are not covered by health insurance. Hospital insurance is mandatory for international students throughout their stay at the University.

Students may obtain information and applications for Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans offered through Temple by contacting the Personnel Services Benefits Office, Room 201, University Services Building, (215) 204-1321.


Students living in University housing and/or participating in intercollegiate athletics or the marching band are requested to provide physician-documented proof of two measles immunizations. Immunization against mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and varicella is also recommended.

Office of University Housing

Regina Rousso, Director
405 Student Activities Center
(215) 204-7184

At Temple University, residence halls at the Main, Ambler, and Tyler School of Art campuses provide an opportunity for students to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom, library, and laboratory. The Office of University Housing attempts to create group living environments in which each student is offered an opportunity to develop as an individual in an atmosphere which encourages emotional, social, and intellectual development. Additionally, the Office of University Housing is committed to creating community living environments which value and promote an appreciation for diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and people. See the Campuses.

Students interested in obtaining more information about, or applying for, any of the above housing accommodations should write to the Office of University Housing, 405 Student Activities Center, 1755 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122, or call (215) 204-7223 or (215) 204-7224.

Office of International Services

Martyn J. Miller, Director
203 B Vivacqua Hall
(215) 204-7229
(215) 204-6166 (Fax)

The Office of International Services coordinates a number of educational and programming services for international students and visiting faculty and research scholars. It sponsors cross-cultural programs and provides assistance to international and national organizations.

International Students and Scholars

International students are assisted with problems in adjusting to a new culture and receive advice on immigration laws, housing, social events in the area, admissions, and financial aid requirements of the University. Similar services are also provided to international faculty, scholars and researchers.

The Office offers an Intensive English Language Program (IELP). The program consists of a coordinated series of full-time, non-credit English courses for non-native speakers of English. The courses are designed to guide the non-English speaker to functional competence in English for university study, business, medicine, industry, or science. For more information, please visit the IELP web site at http://www.temple.edu/ielp.

Health insurance is mandatory for all international students in non-immigrant student status. Student are required to show evidence of having health insurance which meets the following United States Information Agency (USIA) standards: a maximum deductible of $500 per accident or illness; payment of at least 75% of covered medical expenses; maximum benefit per accident or illness of at least $50,000; repatriation benefits of $7,500 or more; medical evacuation benefits of $10,000 or more. For further information, call Temple University Personnel Benefits, 215-204-1321.

In addition, international students permanently residing in high-incidence countries (Asia, Africa, India, Latin America, Mainland China, the Middle East, Eastern European countries, and countries of the former USSR) must demonstrate that they are free of active tuberculosis by submitting a Tuberculosis Screening Record, which has been certified by a licensed physician, to Student Health Services.

Orientations for new international students is required and held in August and January - see Orientation in the Admissions section of the Bulletin.

Recreation Services

Steve Young, Director
Suite 102, McGonigle Hall
1800 N. Broad St.
(215) 204-1267
The Department of Recreation Services offers a wide variety of recreational sports opportunities for students, faculty and staff to pursue in their leisure time at the main campus. The total program encompasses eight major components: informal recreation, intramurals, sport clubs, aerobics, aquatics, special events, group fitness sessions and adapted recreation. Activities range from structured, competitive leagues to self-directed fitness avenues.

In the Spring of 1998, the brand new Independence Blue Cross Student Recreation Center opened its doors with the student in mind. The 59,000 square foot facility provides participants with a first-class environment for fitness conditioning, aerobics, martial arts, racquetball, indoor jogging, and special events. Opening in late Spring 1999 will be the Student Recreation Fieldhouse, providing indoor court space for basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis. For a brief view of the department components and facility areas, visit our Website at http://www.temple.edu/recsvcs/

User fees are assessed to employees and any student not charged the mandatory Rec Fee in their tuition bill.

For further information, schedules, and literature, please visit our office in Suite 102, McGonigle Hall or call (215) 204-1267. Facility hours are available by calling our Informal Rec Hotline at (215) 204-3223.