We consistently hear from students and families that The University of Scranton is a remarkable community. Among the reasons our community is so dynamic and supportive are the range of services and resources we provide and, most importantly, the way in which our students take ownership of their Scranton experience. On this page, we have assembled links to activities, departments, clubs, organizations, services and resources that are devoted to helping you make the most of your time at Scranton.
If you would like more information on any of the on-campus resources, please do not hesitate to call our office at (570)-941-7620 or visit one of the corresponding pages.
Campus Ministries invites members of the entire University community to join us in reflection and celebration as we work together in a variety of ways to promote justice, to revere life in all its diversity and to grow closer to God. At our daily and Sunday liturgies, and special campus-wide liturgical celebrations, students, faculty and staff minister to each other as musicians, readers, Eucharistic ministers and ministers of hospitality.
You may choose to attend one of a variety of popular weekend retreats at our beautiful and peaceful Conference and Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. This invitation is extended to everyone—regardless of one’s religious tradition. Take a look at some of the possibilities!
The University of Scranton, through the establishment of the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW), is committed to assisting every member of the community in the development of self responsibility and responsible decision making. Wellness is a continuous, active process - not a single life event or achievement. It is a process of becoming aware of the different areas of your life, identifying the areas that need improvement, and then making choices that will help you attain a higher level of health and well-being.
The purpose of the Jane Kopas Women’s Center is to advance an environment in which people can live and work together in equity, understanding, and mutual respect. The Women’s Center works to increase awareness of gender equity issues and thus promote personal growth and whole-person development among University students, faculty, and staff. The Center strengthens the sense of shared purpose throughout the University by addressing gender issues on campus and working to ensure the integration of women into every facet of the University community. It contributes to the University’s commitment to community service and social justice by providing leadership and resources on gender issues.
In order to overcome “the legacy of systematic discrimination against women,” described in the Jesuits’ 34th Congregation document, the Center is dedicated to empowering women to reach their fullest potential. However, it recognizes that gender discrimination adversely affects men and women. Therefore, we recognize the need for both women and men to work together for gender equality. The Center respects cultural and racial diversity as an expression of this commitment to equality, working to dismantle the internal and external structures of discrimination in order to develop new models for gender equality and justice.
We're building a diverse community at the University of Scranton because it's a part of our mission and our identity. We share in an educational tradition that began over 450 years ago when Saint Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus. From the beginning, the Jesuits welcomed students of diverse backgrounds, races, and religions. This openness grows from the Jesuit belief that we find God in the world with all its rich diversity.
The Multicultural Center values the personal and academic growth of all students. We are a resource dedicated to assisting students holistically, and honoring the diverse identities and perspectives that make our campus special. Your experience at The University of Scranton is our top priority! Please feel free to visit us anytime!
The Office of Equity and Diversity Strives to:
• Ensure the University's compliance with State and Federal Equal Opportunity laws, including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
• Protect equal opportunity, related to conditions, terms and privileges of employment and education;
• Provide an internal avenue of redress through the investigation and resolution of complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment;
• Offer reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities;
• Support the University in its proactive recruitment, hiring and retention policies to enhance a welcoming, inclusive community for all students and employees;
• Foster mutual respect and understanding among all campus communities and constituents.
• Promote an awareness of, and appreciation for diversity through education sponsored programs.
The mission of the Office of Equity and Diversity is to build an inclusive community and to equip our students to serve in an increasingly diverse world.
The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment.
The University's Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy is available for review at:
Title IX Coordinator
The University of Scranton Title IX Coordinator is Elizabeth Garcia, Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity who is responsible for oversight and implementation of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Click here for full information on REPORTING sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and stalking, and access to essential SUPPORT and RESOURCES.
Accommodations for Faculty and Staff
OED handles requests for accommodations for faculty and staff. For more information, visit https://www.scranton.edu/equity-diversity/laws.shtml for the University's policies on "Reasonable Accommodations Policy under the Americans with Disabilities Act", "Religious Accommodations Policy" and "Pregnancy Accommodations Policy for Employees".
The Recreational Sports Department at the University of Scranton seeks to provide a comprehensive program of physical sports activities designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of the University students, faculty, and staff members. Through the intramural programs there are opportunities to learn sports skills for contemporary or lifelong needs; to participate in structured competitive or non-competitive activities; to develop or maintain a measure of physical fitness; to participate in activities for the development of social and emotional fitness and to assist in providing a desirable university atmosphere designed to stimulate, promote, and enhance the formal education process.
Group exercise classes are offered on a weekly basis and include spin, yoga, Zumba, HIT, and Abs and Buns. Those wishing to take a spin class can register on IMLeagues.com. All other classes operate on a drop in basis.
Open recreation opportunities are available in both the Byron Complex and the Pilarz Hall Fitness Center. Both facilities are open over 110 hours each week and can be accessed with your Royal Card.
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in intramural programs. Most leagues meet once a week and require approximately an hour of your time. You are welcome to participate in as many leagues as you would like. Refer to http://athletics.scranton.edu/Recreational_Sports/Intramurals/Intramural_Information for more details on intramural offerings.
It is to be expected that students will come to Student Health Services for treatment of illness or injury. However, each member of the staff of Student Health Services is committed to promoting student learning and personal development within the multiple dimensions of wellness including social, intellectual, career, emotional, spiritual as well as physical.
We invite you to come to Student Health Services to explore any aspect of your well-being. Our services include provision of information and referral to other departments within The University or greater Scranton community to insure that you receive the assistance you need.
The University Police Department is the primary law enforcement authority at The University of Scranton. University Police Officers have full law enforcement powers, including the authority to make arrests for criminal violations on University property. Our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with 17 full time sworn Police Officers, 3 Service Officers, 4 Police Dispatchers, 30 Student Officers, and over 150 security cameras around the campus. University Police includes other departments such as Parking Services, Emergency Communications, and Environmental Health & Safety. These entities work in unison with each other to ensure that the University of Scranton enjoys the safest environment available for our students, faculty, and staff.
March 30 2016, the PLEAC Commission voted unanimously to accredit The University of Scranton Police Department. Less than 10% of police agencies in Pennsylvania are PLEAC accredited, with University Police being 1 of only 6 private Colleges/Universities in PA meeting all 135 standards required for accreditation. It is a huge accomplishment for our department, and we look forward to serving and protecting our community through the delivery of a caring, competent, and professional police service while upholding the sanctity and integrity of the law and the institution that is The University of Scranton.