Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 University Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 University Student Handbook [FINAL EDITION]

Alphabetical Listing of Services and Information



Academic Support Services

The Office of Academic Support Services is comprised of a number of programs that are designed to help Widener University undergraduate students maximize their academic success. The academic support programs and services provided by Widener include academic coaching for assistance with study skills and time management, academic tutoring, early assessment, and more. All services are outlined in detailed on the Academic Support Services website.

Banking

The university offers full service banking with TD Bank. TD Bank is conveniently located at 1410 Providence Ave, Chester PA, across the street from Lipka Hall. An automated teller machine (ATM) is located in the lobby of Old Main near Campus Safety. For hours and information, please call TD Bank at 610-499-3660.

Bookstore

The Widener Bookstore is located at University Crossings at 15th Street and Providence Avenue. The store carries a variety of merchandise, including greeting cards, books, souvenirs, clothing, calculators, lab coats, school supplies, and specialty items. The Bookstore offers a large selection of used textbooks. It buys back current editions of used textbooks if there is a market for them. Please visit the Widener University Bookstore online to learn more information.

Campus1Card

The Campus1Card is the official identification card of Widener University. It is used as an I.D. card, library card, meal plan card, residence hall access card, academic building access card, and a flexible spending debit card. All Campus1Cards are the property of Widener University. Widener undergraduate students and employees must carry the card at all times and return the card to the university upon request. Widener supplies the first Campus1Card to every student. The Campus1Card is expected to last the length of a student’s time at Widener. If a card is lost or stolen, the student will pay a fee to replace it. Please visit the Campus1Card Office online to learn more information about the Campus1Card and instructions for usage and care.

Career Design and Development

Career success relies on more than earning a degree. Students need to know what jobs are available, where they are, what it takes to compete, and how to make all this information work for them. The staff of Career Design and Development helps undergraduate students navigate the world of career preparation and search. Career success starts in the freshman year. Visit our office early and often to:

  • explore available careers in any major.
  • understand what is required to enter a preferred field.
  • develop a network and learn how to parlay it into opportunities.
  • gain valuable experience through co-ops, internships, and externships.
  • create powerful cover letters, resumes, personal statements, as well as Linked In profiles and other social media branding.
  • practice effective interviewing skills.
  • research and apply to graduate schools.
  • practice professional etiquette.

Students can access Handshake, a premier recruiting and career management online platform that enables undergraduate students to connect easily with employers, apply for jobs and internships, and register for career events.

To learn more, contact us at 610-499-4176, or visit the Career Design and Development website.

Computing and Information Technology

Computing resources are managed by the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). The main offices are located on the Chester campus on the second floor of Academic Center North (ACN). Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is located in the Wolfgram Memorial Library on the lower level. The Delaware campus office is located in the Main Law building on the first floor. The Harrisburg campus office is located in the library building on the second floor. To learn more about campus services, employment opportunities, and hours of operations, please visit the Information Technology Services website.

Students are issued an email account, a university login ID, and a password. These credentials are used to access email, Wi-Fi, computers around campus including general and instructional labs, and other online resources. All official university correspondence will be sent to students’ university issued email account.

In addition, ITS maintains and supports Internet access and general-purpose computing labs on all campuses. On the Chester campus, ITS maintains computer classrooms and provides support for classrooms equipped with multimedia equipment.

Student technical support is available through the walk-in Student Technology Support Center (STSC), located on the main level of the Wolfgram Memorial Library on the Chester Campus. Services include basic hardware/software support, virus/malware remediation, and problems connecting to the university’s network. For up to date STSC operating hours, search for STSC on the MyWidener portal.

ITS is partnered with an external support center to offer technical support to members of Widener University 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can submit a service request by going to quickticket.widener.edu. Students can also talk to a support specialist by calling the ITS Help Desk at 610-499-1047.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling is available at Widener’s Counseling Center. Help is provided for issues such as the transition to college, interpersonal problems, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and addictions. A variety of outreach programs are provided. Psychological consultation and medication management services are available on a limited basis. Services are provided by licensed psychologists and psychology interns under the supervision of licensed psychologists. For more information on services offered and hours of operation, please visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website.

Day Care Services

Located at 1800 Walnut Street in Chester, the Child Development Center provides a day care, nursery school, and kindergarten program for children ages two years and nine months to five years. Open year-round, the center operates half day and full-day sessions. The center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Human Services. The center received the highest four-star rating from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information, call 610-499-1097 or visit the Child Development Center website.

Dining on Campus

Widener offers several convenient dining choices on campus. For a listing of dining locations and hours on the Main Campus, as well as menus, meal plans, and other information, visit our Dining Services website.

  • The university’s dining hall, Pride Cafe, is located on the first floor of University Center and features chef-prepared meals, pizza made in a wood burning oven and fresh rotisserie meats. The Pride Cafe is students’ destination for great food and good times. The Pride Cafe offers an all-you-care-to-eat dining venue. Students can choose from a variety of freshly prepared, made-to order options on a daily basis. Our new True Balance Station gives students with special diet needs access to meals safely prepared to avoid major allergens and prevent cross-contamination. The dining room offers a variety of seating options, including comfortable tables, booths, and banquettes. The Pride Cafe accepts the Campus1Card, the university’s Flex Dollars, cash, and credit and debit cards.
  • Provisions On Demand (POD), located on the main floor of University Center, reinvents the campus store experience by blending the features of “corner store” quick convenience with modern market style fare and service. POD offers a variety of fresh food and produce, delicious prepared meals, and everyday essentials that deliver quality, selection, and value. POD accepts flex dollars, cash, and debit and credit cards.
  • Bento Sushi, which is also located on the main floor of the University Center, offers a made to order Japanese food program that includes menu items like sushi, rice bowls, udon noodle soup, ramen and bento boxes. Flex dollars, cash, and credit accepted.
  • Tenders Love & Chicken (TLC) is rooted in using the highest-quality ingredients to create phenomenal comfort fare: chicken tenders, complete with various sides and homemade sauces. TLC is also located on the first floor of University Center and accepts Flex Dollars, cash, and debit and credit cards.
  • Moe’s Southwestern Grill, in Harris Hall, offers Southwestern staples from burritos to nachos in a lively environment. Flex dollars, cash, and credit accepted.
  • Einstein Bros Bagels offers a wide variety of fresh baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, homemade desserts, and gourmet coffee. Flex dollars, cash, and credit accepted.
  • At the Burger Studio, undergraduate students can create their own masterpiece, customizing a fresh, off-the-grill burger, chicken and beef cheese steaks, or chicken breast sandwich with more than 30 different toppings. Burger Studio is also located on the first floor of University Center and accepts Flex Dollars, cash, and debit and credit cards.
  • If you are looking for a great cappuccino or espresso, Starbucks in the Atrium of the University Center is the place to go. The world’s largest specialty coffee chain brings more than 30 blends and single-origin coffees as well as bakery goods, specialty drinks, sandwiches and merchandise right to the heart of campus. This space has been designed to provide a retreat destination to gather, study and socialize. Flex dollars, cash, and credit accepted.
  • Kirkbride Express is located on the 2nd floor of Kirkbride Hall and features fresh pre-made sandwiches, salads, and yogurt parfaits, as well as coffee, tea, and other refreshments. Flex dollars, cash, and credit and debit cards are accepted.
  • Freshens Fresh Food Studio, located on the first floor of Freedom Hall, offers smoothies, yogurt, salads, rice bowls, flat breads, and cold beverages. This location combines convenience, personalization and healthy options on the fly. Flex Dollars, cash, and debit and credit cards are accepted.
  • Good Uncle is an app-based, on-demand food delivery service that brings freshly prepared, restaurant quality meals and features a rotating menu of diverse, healthy and indulgent items. Orders are picked up from popular and convenient spots located right on campus. Flex Dollars, cash, and debit and credit cards are accepted.
  • Widener Catering, located in the University Center, provides delicious catering for events, as well as treats to surprise someone with a little something special. Check out their menus at www.widener.catertrax.com

In addition, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room is located in Academic Center North. During the fall and spring semesters, tourism and hospitality management students, as part of their curriculum, run the dining room and offer dinner on Wednesdays. Reservations are required. Use of the Campus1Card is permissible in the Marriott Dining Room. Visit the website for a schedule and menus: https://www.widener.edu/events 

General Dining Services Policies

  • The Campus1Card is not transferable and may never be loaned to anyone.
  • A valid student Campus1Card must be presented to the staff member at the dining room door. If no Campus1Card is produced, the cash meal rate will be charged.
  • The Campus1Card is to be presented upon request to the checker, Widener dining managers, Campus Safety, or university administrators.
  • If you lose or misplace your Campus1Card or meal ticket, you must see the person on duty in the Enrollment Services Center to secure a temporary meal card.
  • Our OZZI system is available for all campus members to partake in our reusable to-go program, which can be used in all of our retail stores on campus, as well as the Pride Cafe. All Meal Plan holders will be eligible for one token to participate in the program, additional tokens are available for purchase.
  • Widener dining services encourages you to provide suggestions or concerns with any given meal immediately to a Widener dining staff member, supervisor, or manager. Guests can provide feedback regarding the dining services to our online response team at www.yourdiningvoice.com. We encourage undergraduate students to provide timely feedback, both positive and negative, as well as have group meetings to collaborate on programming and offerings throughout the semester via our Student Government sponsored “Eat and Greet” meetings. The Widener Dining management team can be reached at campusdining@widener.edu, or at 610-499-4418.

Meal Exchange

Unlimited and block meal plan subscribers are permitted to swipe for a meal at Einstein’s Bagels, Moe’s Southwestern Grill, Bento Sushi, Tenders Love & Chicken, Kirkbride Express and Freshens. Items eligible for meal exchange are posted at each location. Unlimited meal plan subscribers can only use one swipe per meal period. If a guest uses a swipe as an exchange, the card will not be able to be swiped at the Pride Cafe until the next meal period.

General Dining Room Regulations

Appropriate disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against any student believed to be violating any Widener dining regulations, as follows:

  • Your Campus 1 Card is your personal access to the dining program. The card cannot be transferred to anyone for admittance into the dining hall or for purchasing meals in retail locations.
  • All food must be consumed in the dining hall. No food is permitted to leave the dining hall, unless you have identified as using an OZZI to-go container and have notified the cashier on your arrival and followed the to-go policies.
  • No china, cutlery, glasses, cups, or any other university property may be removed from dining areas.
  • All guests in the dining area are expected to cooperate fully with Widener dining staff and security.
  • Please be mindful of others that will be dining in the area after you are finished. Busing your own dishes and utensils to the tray return is required.
  • Shirts, shoes, and pants are required in all dining facilities.
  • Pets are not allowed at any of our dining operations (except service animals).
  • Proper behavior is expected of all guests in our dining locations. This includes no throwing of food, shouting, fighting, and disturbing of other guests.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in dining locations.
  • Athletic equipment, cleats, fraternity and sorority signage, or tools are not allowed in dining areas.
  • No containers are to be brought into or out of the dining room for the purpose of removing food or beverages.
  • Anyone confined to Student Health Services or to a residential hall at the direction of the physician or on-duty nurse will be allowed specified food items. Student Health Services will authorize food service in writing to supply food items.
  • Appropriate disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against any student believed to be violating any Widener dining regulations.

Diversity Initiatives

Widener strives to develop an inclusive and welcoming university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all our members and where our students are prepared for living in a global and ever-changing world. Widener is committed to an ambitious and robust diversity agenda. Visit the following website for more information:

Diversity and Inclusion

Enrollment Services

The Enrollment Services Center assists students with applying for and managing financial aid, billing, course registration, and the Campus1Card. The center is located in Lipka Hall and houses Financial Aid Services, the Bursar, the Registrar, and Campus1Card. Students who withdraw or graduate from the university must clear through Enrollment Services. For hours of operation, a full listing of services, and more information, visit these Enrollment Services websites: 


widener.edu/BursarOffice (Business Office) 
widener.edu/Campus1CardOffice (Campus1Card) 
widener.edu/FinancialAidOffice (Financial Aid) 
widener.edu/RegistrarOffice (Registrar) 

Facsimile (FAX) Service

Facsimile (fax) service for undergraduate students is available through the Office of Student Engagement, located on the ground level of the University Center. There is no charge to receive a fax. To use this service, please consult the Front Desk of the Office of Student Engagement.

Fees and Payment

For a comprehensive rate and payment guide at Widener, including tuition, room, board, activities, refunds, and more, visit the Bursar’s webpage: widener.edu/BursarOffice

Financial Information

Widener recognizes that financing a college education can be a fundamental concern for students. Through a variety of financial aid programs, the university attempts to assist students who are unable to meet the full cost of attendance on their own. The Financial Aid Services Office helps students explore options and plan for the investment in their college education. The Financial Aid Services staff are available daily to discuss financial aid planning. For comprehensive information on financing your education and applying for financial aid, visit: widener.edu/FinancialAidOffice

ID Card

See Campus1Card.

International Student Services

See International Student Services website.

Study Abroad

See Study Abroad website.

Library Services

For detailed information about the Widener University libraries, including services offered and hours of operation, visit the library’s websites: 

Wolfgram Memorial Library

Commonwealth Law School Library

Delaware Law School Library

 

Part-time job opportunities in the library are available for students, including those eligible for work-study, and are posted on Handshake

Wolfgram Memorial Library

All Widener students are eligible to use the resources provided by the Wolfgram Memorial Library located on the Chester Campus including its many online resources, e.g. databases, electronic journals, electronic books and digital collections from on campus and remotely. 

Instruction in the use of the library is available to all students as part of their English classes. Seminars in advanced library research skills or one-on-one research consultations can also be arranged for upperclassmen, graduate students, and transfer students. The liaison librarian for your subject area is your “go to” librarian for any questions you may have about the library. Click here

Students have generous borrowing privileges for books and access to computers, printers, scanning, and copying equipment in the library. A rotating collection of current best sellers, known as the McNaughton collection, is available. And, Interlibrary loan makes it possible to borrow materials from other libraries that is not available at the Wolfgram Library. There are rooms for group study and individual study carrels. The Campus1Card is required to enter the building and for borrowing.

The library offers an online chat service where you can chat directly to ask a librarian any research questions while on or off campus. If chat is currently offline, you can reach out by email, text or telephone for assistance. Open hours for the Wolfgram Memorial Library building and online virtual assistance are posted on the library’s website.

Law School Libraries

The Delaware Law School Library (located on the Delaware Campus in Wilmington) and the Commonwealth Law School Library (located on the Harrisburg Campus) each provide a variety of legal resources. The Delaware Law School Library is the major law library in Delaware and is widely recognized as one of the major law libraries in the region. See Library Services

Lost and Found

All property found on campus should be taken to Campus Safety within 48 hours of when it was found. Campus Safety will serve as the custodian of all found property. If an individual finds an object in public areas, it is his or her responsibility to take it to the Campus Safety Office. Items left in common areas such as the library and dining hall will be taken to Campus Safety by the staff workers in these areas. All staff workers will be directed to take found items to Campus Safety no later than the end of their shift. Athletic clothing and other athletic-related items found at the Schwartz Center will be handled by the equipment room at Schwartz Center.

Please use discretion in dealing with lost property. For example, a textbook that contains owner identification found in a classroom, should, if possible, be given to the student rather than transferring it to Campus Safety.

Campus Safety will store and catalog all found items. It will maintain a database of all these items and provide the documentation necessary to ensure that these items are returned to the appropriate owners or finders. Upon receipt of an object, Campus Safety will attempt to identify and contact the owner. If the owner cannot be identified, Campus Safety will proceed as follows:

  • Attach an ID label to the item noting where, when, and by whom it was found.
  • Give the finder a receipt for the found object. The receipt will contain the ID number of the finder, a description of the object, and where and when the object was found.
  • Enter the item in a database.

Procedure for claiming lost items:

  • Try to locate lost items in the Campus Safety Office as soon as possible. Any such inquiry will be logged by Campus Safety.
  • Prior to being shown any item, the claimer must describe the item and indicate the approximate time and place where the item was lost.
  • The claimer will sign a form confirming that the item claimed is their property.

Procedure for the disposal of found property not claimed:

  • Campus Safety will hold the found property for 30 days. During that time, owners of the lost property will be able to claim the items they lost.
  • After 30 days, Campus Safety will attempt to contact the finder and offer her or him the items found. However, the executive director of the Campus Safety Department may recommend that an item be retained for a period of longer than 30 days before it is offered to the finder.
  • If the finder does not claim the property within 10 days after notification, the executive director of the Campus Safety Department will appropriately dispose of the property.

Math Tutoring

The Math Center provides individual tutoring in mathematics for all Widener students. The Math Center operates on a drop-in basis from 11am - 9pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 11am - 3pm on Fridays. In addition to the campus math center, our virtual math center is open daily, M-Th, from 4pm-9pm, no appointment needed: https://widener.zoom.us/my/mathtutor1821

 

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Multicultural Student Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) actively promotes programs and activities that support Widener University’s goal to “advance a culture of diversity and inclusion” through the “We’re All Widener!” inclusion campaign. The MSA Office actively develops, facilitates, and supports a variety of cultural, educational, interfaith, mentoring, and social programs that assist in the recruitment, orientation, retention, and graduation of multicultural and international students. The operations of the MSA Office are structured to encourage cultural understanding and an accepting and inclusive community for all students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about the MSA programs and activities, visit the Multicultural Student Affairs website.

Music

Widener undergraduate students may choose to participate in groups offering a wide range of music experiences, from baroque to modern jazz. For information about Widener’s music programs and activities, visit the Music Department website.

The Widener University Marching Band

The Marching Band performs at halftime of home football games and presents corps-style performances utilizing woodwind, brass, drumline, and color guard.

The Widener University Pep Band

The Pep Band brings lively performances to Widener’s athletic events, creating an energetic atmosphere for football and basketball games.

The Widener University Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble performs contemporary, concert, and traditional band literature.

The Widener University Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble has limited membership and meets for the purpose of studying the concepts and performing the literature characteristic of the jazz orchestra.

The Widener University Chamber Ensemble

The Chamber Ensemble is open to undergraduate students at all levels and emphasizes small ensemble playing. Groups meet weekly; placement and repertoire are based on instrumentation and ability. Performance opportunities include both traditional recitals and less formal settings.

The Widener University Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble performs both chamber and conducted works using a wide range of percussion instruments.

The Widener University Chorale

All members of the Widener community are welcome to join the university’s official choral ensemble.

The Widener University Gospel Choir

All members of the Widener community are welcome to join the university’s gospel choir.

The Widener University Pep Band

The Pep Band brings lively performances to Widener’s athletic events, creating an energetic atmosphere for football and basketball games.

Name (Chosen Name; Nickname) Policy

Widener University recognizes that some of its students may use first names other than their legal first names to identify themselves. Because of this, the university allows use of a first name different than one’s legal first name on college records where it is legally permissible. 

Such records include, but are not limited to: the student ID card; class roster; university email; faculty advisee list; library records; commencement program; and diploma. The student’s legal first name will continue to be used in the following places: Financial aid, billing records, and communication; official and unofficial transcripts; paychecks and paystubs; Registrar’s Office records (i.e., permanent student file records); some official forms or correspondence (e.g., financial aid awards, residence life contracts, departmental or program notices, new hire forms); time entry system; and transfer credit evaluation. 

To designate a first name other than the legal name, students should contact Enrollment Services. 

Parking

General Rules and Regulations

Widener University undergraduate students and employees must register with the Enrollment Services Center all motor vehicles owned or operated by them in conjunction with their college attendance or employment. Widener University parking regulations apply to all motor vehicles parked or driven at any time on the university campus.

All parking lots, parking areas, and parking spaces are clearly marked with signs or other markings. A motor vehicle may not be parked in any area from which it is restricted by signs, other traffic control devices, markings, or by specific action of Campus Safety or other departments. Widener University is not responsible for any damage or thefts to vehicles parked on its property.

Motor vehicles may not be parked in areas not specifically designated as valid parking zones. No motor vehicle may be parked at any time on a sidewalk or crosswalk; on the grass; in front of a driveway, doorway, or steps; within an intersection; on the roadway side of any vehicle that has stopped or parked at the side of a roadway; in any service driveway or associated turnaround; or in any residence hall. Handicap parking is strictly enforced.

No vehicle may interfere with the use of a fire hydrant, fire lane, or other emergency zone; create any other hazard; or unreasonably interfere with the free and proper use of the roadway or parking area. No vehicle can be parked in streets blocking area residents from their parking.

All questions concerning the parking rules and regulations should be directed to the Office of Campus Safety, 610-499-4200.

Registration

A motor vehicle must be registered no later than five calendar days after the date on which it is first brought to the Widener Campus. Temporary parking permits must be obtained immediately through the Enrollment Services Center.

Parking Permits and Fees

All parking on campus is by permit only. Permits are required to park in all campus lots. Parking permits are available to all employees and to all undergraduate students and visitors. They can be obtained online at widener.edu/ParkingStore or directly from the Enrollment Services Center at Lipka Hall; phone: 610-499-1018. Parking permits are not transferable and remain the property of Campus Safety, which may recall or revoke a permit for cause at any time. No refunds will be given in the year in which the permit is valid.

A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a reserved space; it guarantees only an opportunity to park within a specific area if there is space available.

A person with parking fines outstanding from current or previous years may not register a vehicle.

Eligible undergraduate students should purchase their academic year parking permit by visiting the online Parking Permit Store located here.

Maps showing parking areas are available online at widener.edu/directions, at the Enrollment Services Center, and in the Office of Campus Safety in Old Main.

Students’ automobiles should not be parked on the campus unless they bear valid official campus parking stickers, and then they should be parked only in the areas approved by the university.

All vehicles on campus must be registered through Enrollment Services with Campus Safety. Violators are subject to fines, immobilization, and towing at owner’s expense.

Penalties for Violations

A motor vehicle in violation of any of the Widener University parking regulations is subject to a parking summons and may be towed or immobilized at the expense of the owner.

Motor vehicles parked in a handicap parking lane without proper identification for such an occupant are subject to a fine and may be towed or immobilized at the owner’s expense.

Parking Violations and Fines

Parking in a fire lane or handicapped spot is a $50 fine; all other violations are a $25 fine. Immobilization fees are a $25 fine plus all outstanding fines. Any damage to university property will result in a fine, payment of damage cost, and disciplinary action with possible suspension. Fines may be paid at the Enrollment Services Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, payment can be mailed to the Enrollment Services Center. For more information, call 610-499-4202. Any fine not paid or appealed within five days will be charged to the individual’s account.

Appeals

If individuals feel they have grounds for an appeal, they should submit a copy of the citation and letter of appeal to the Office of Campus Safety.

Temporary Restrictions

Widener University reserves the right to temporarily restrict and change all parking regulations as needs require. Such restrictions will be conspicuously posted on appropriate signs and traffic control devices and will, when practical, be publicly announced in advance.

Parking Hangtags

Parking hangtags must be hung on the rearview mirror for a registration permit to be valid.

Car Covers

Covering a motor vehicle in any fashion that prevents immediate viewing of the registration plate(s) and university decal is prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine.

Scofflaws

The accumulation of multiple parking violations indicates a disregard of the university’s regulations. Immobilization or towing may be used as an additional enforcement tool.

Pennsylvania Military College Museum

The Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) Museum, located in Alumni Auditorium, was established in 1999 by PMC Alumni to preserve the exceptional heritage of Widener’s predecessor schools – Pennsylvania Military Academy and Pennsylvania Military College. Until its Corps of Cadets was disbanded in 1972, PMC was known as the “West Point of the Keystone State” and was the second oldest private military college in the United States. Through an impressive array of memorabilia and artifacts, as well as electronic access to archival documents and photographs, this museum is a lasting monument to PMC’s proud history and its cadre of alumni, both military and civilian. It also preserves and protects the strong institutional values of academic achievement, personal honor, and community service for all Widener students of the future. For hours of operation and to learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Military College Museum website.

Postal Services

Located in University Center, Widener’s Post Office is open Monday– Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, the Post Office is open 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Many postal services are offered, including Express Mail.

All resident undergraduate students will be assigned a mailbox. Students are required to use their box numbers as part of their address to expedite receipt of their mail at the university. For example:

Name
Widener University
WU P.O. Box #
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792

Resident undergraduate students must return their mailbox key to the Post Office within one week of leaving the university, and this includes leaving for the summer. Students who fail to turn in their mailbox key will receive a $25.00 charge for lock services.

The use of chain letters or other potentially fraudulent mailings is strictly prohibited, and university mail services are not to be used for these purposes.

If mail is to be sent to a student box from campus, please be sure to list the student’s name and box number. The Post Office will not deliver mail without these two items.

Recreation and Fitness

For Pride Recreation Center hours of operation, a complete list of policies and procedures, activity schedules, and more information on club sport and intramural programs, visit the Office of Pride Recreation Center in MyWidener.

Registrar and Academic Records

The Registrar’s Office deals with all matters relating to a student’s academic record, such as maintaining student’s transcripts, registration, grading, and graduation petitions. The office also produces the final exam schedule, coordinates class scheduling, and responds to requests for transcripts, loan deferment forms, and enrollment and degree verifications. The Registrar’s Office is part of the Enrollment Services Center and is located in Lipka Hall at 15th and Potter Streets. For a complete list of the office’s functions and services, visit the Registrar’s website: widener.edu/registraroffice

Widener University is a corporation, chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Delaware, with authority vested in its Board of Trustees. Appropriate authority, then, is specifically delegated by the board to the president of Widener University, and through the president to other members of the administration and faculty and to individuals and groups throughout the institution. The following policies and procedures articulate specific rights or privileges the university grants students and the expectations it has for them. 

The Office of Student Affairs, Continuing Studies, or the Graduate Program Office will handle reports of violations of the Widener Compact directly by settlement or by referral to the appropriate hearing boards or administrator. For undergraduate students, the interim dean of students may choose to notify parents of students of disciplinary action or potential problems. Officers and faculty advisors should note that the Office of Student Affairs, Continuing Studies, or the Graduate Program Office may withdraw university recognition from student groups or organizations for just cause. 

Spiritual, Religious, and Interfaith Services

The Interfaith Sacred Space accommodates the devotional and meditational needs of our students, faculty, and staff. It is located on the lower level of the University Center. This unique space has resources designed to embrace meditation and the diverse faith traditions found in the Widener University community, including a foot washing station.

Our Interfaith student organizations offer a variety of events, activities, programs, and worship opportunities throughout the academic year that encourage students—religious and nonreligious—to explore their spirituality. Interfaith student organizations are advised by the MSA Office and a diverse group of local faith community leaders.

Should you have faith-related questions or need information regarding attending local worship services,  contact the program coordinator in the Multicultural Student Affairs Office at kasmith1@widener.edu. Check the events calendar on the website and social media accounts for our Interfaith student organizations regularly for information regarding events, activities, and worship opportunities. 

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services is a comprehensive support service for students who have documented disabilities. Student Accessibility Services serves as an advocate for students who have disabilities. Any student has the right to request reasonable accommodation of a disability. A student seeking accommodations needs to submit appropriate documentation of the disability to Student Accessibility Services. If the student has any questions or concerns about the response to a request, the student is encouraged to meet with the director to discuss those concerns as part of the interactive process. If the student and director are unable to reach a satisfactory resolution, the student can put their grievance in writing to the provost. Students are advised to review the university policy for addressing issues of students and employees with disabilities. Visit the Student Accessibility Services website for hours and more information.

Tutoring

Tutoring is available for most freshman courses and various upper-class courses. Tutoring services are available in a small group formats as well as individual sessions. For more information, visit the Academic Support and Advising website.

University Center

The University Center is the epicenter of community life and campus engagement at Widener University. In support of the mission and values of the University, the University Center advances a sense of community, enhances the student experience, and cultivates unity by embracing and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. The University Center provides an inclusive atmosphere by delivering a wide array of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs, services, and facilities designed to solidify an enduring connection to the institution and an enhanced sense of Widener Pride.

Members of the University Community are able to enjoy a number of services and facilities in the University Center including access to seven dedicated meeting rooms, five community lounges, University Post Office, Interfaith Center, E*Sports Arena, Dance Studio, outdoor fire ring and student park, and a number of dining facilities including the Pride Café, POD Market, Starbucks Coffee Company, Tenders, Love, and Chicken (TLC), and Bento Sushi.

Additionally, the University Center houses a variety of administrative offices and departments including the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Student Engagement, Office of Residence Life, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of University Center Administration, Center for Civic and Global Engagement, and Aramark Dining Services. The Student Government Association maintains an office on the lower level of the University Center next to the Pride Den.

Event and meeting room setups are coordinated by the Office of University Center Administration. All room reservation and setup requests should be submitted through the 25Live Room Reservation System no later than three days prior to the event or meeting. Advance notification will allow the Office of University Center Administration to properly inform and schedule student and professional staff, assess event furniture and resource needs, and properly notify campus partners of facility usage.

Events and meetings that supply food to participants must be catered by Aramark Dining Services, unless written permission is received by the Director of Catering for Aramark Dining Services prior to the event.

The Office of University Center promotes the development of the whole student by enhancing the classroom experience through experiential learning opportunities. This development is often accomplished through leadership opportunities, participatory decision-making, and empowerment directly connected with the operation of the facility. The Office of University Center Administration is an active member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). ACUI is the professional home to thousands of campus community builders around the world and is focused on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field. The Association strives to provide an inclusive and welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.

For additional information about services offered by the Office of University Center Administration, please email us at universitycenter@widener.edu.

Veterans

Widener University is approved for the training of veterans, active duty military, and dependents of veterans or active duty military for all degree and internship programs. Veterans, active duty military, and dependents enrolling for the first time should apply for benefits at www.va.gov. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will send a Certificate of Eligibility directly to the applicant. The applicant should forward the certificate via email to the Certifying School Office for Widener University. Veterans, active duty military, and dependents should apply at least six weeks prior to their expected date of enrollment.

Veterans transferring from another institution to Widener University are required to submit VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training).

The following paperwork is required by Widener University:

  1. Certificate of Eligibility
  2. DD 214 (when applicable)
  3. Application for Veterans Enrollment Certification, found at the Enrollment Services - Bursar website.
  4. VA Form 22-1995 or VA Form 22-5495 (if applicable).

Currently, those enrolled are required to complete an Application for Veterans Enrollment Certification on an annual basis. This enrollment status requirement is designed to assist in avoiding delays in certifying. For more information, please visit the Military & Veterans Admissions website or call 610-499-4144.

Writing Assistance

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Old Main Annex and provides help for any writing assignment regardless of the course. At the Writing Center, undergraduate students work one on one with an instructor whose job is to meet their individual needs. The center is beneficial to both the good writer who wants additional polishing and the student who is having difficulty. Students can use the center on their own initiative or at the suggestion of a faculty member. Appointments are suggested by calling  610-499-4332 to make an appointment. Please visit the Writing Center website for more information.