January 2020

Volume 2, Issue 6

  • Academic Affairs

    Tutoring Services
    Tutoring Services is currently recruiting peer tutors for Spring 2020. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, please have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If your student has any questions, please have them contact tutor@kutztown.edu or stop by the office located at 30 Rohrbach Library.

    The Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)
    Students can start the spring semester strong by using the academic resources offered by the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA). CASA helps students with time management, note taking, textbook reading and test taking skills. CASA staff is available to work with students during the evening as well as on Sundays. To learn more, please go to the CASA website.

    Retention and Student Success
    Prepare for a successful Spring 2020 by attending the KU Success Conference. The KU Success Conference is an opportunity for students on academic warning or probation to learn new academic success strategies while forming close connections with faculty and staff who will assist in helping your student realize their potential. The KU Success Conference is free of charge and will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to register for the KU Success Conference. Parents are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    Earn Early Registration with our KU Succeed Program
    KU Succeed is an academic recovery program for students who are no longer in good academic standing (Academic Warning or Probation). The program is designed to help students return to good academic standing by providing a framework for academic success. This framework includes skill-building seminars, mentoring and educational and personal advising. To attend KU Succeed, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    Career Development Center
    Semester break is the time to learn more about a future career. Check out
    How to Guide for Arranging Job Shadowing Experiences. For more information email: careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

  • Administration and Finance

    1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
    The 1098-T tax documents will only account for those payments posted in 2019. Payments posted in January 2020 will be included in the 2020 item. Remember, payments only are reported when applying to tuition and required fees, Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (QTRE). Housing and meals are not considered QTRE. These documents will be available online approximately the middle of the month (an email will be sent as well as our website updated when these are ready). If these are not retrieved online, a paper copy will be mailed to the home address on MyKU. For more information please review our website and refer to your tax professional.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Insurance Cards
    Occasionally, a student may need additional medical or mental health services and be referred to a specialist, radiologic testing center or laboratory. It would be helpful in these instances if your student has an insurance card. To obtain a card, call the 800 number on the back of your card to request a copy. Also, it is important for your student to know which laboratory they need to use based on your insurance company’s requirements. Thank you for helping us keep your student healthy.

    Esports Arena
    During the winter break, 157 McFarland Student Union is under construction to become an esports arena opening during the first week of classes in January. Students may join the esports club and try out to compete on a team for one of seven different games. For more information, students may contact Connor Ellis at celli788@live.kutztown.edu or join the Kutztown Esports Discord here: https://discord.gg/.

    Census Takers Needed
    Is your student looking for a job? Part time jobs are available for the 2020 census. Become a census taker. Pay is $19.50/hour and the hiring will take place during January and February. For more information and to apply: https://2020census.gov/en.html.

    Spring Involvement Fair
    Students can explore involvement opportunities with student organizations by attending the Spring Involvement Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 218 McFarland Student Union. Student leaders from organizations will be present to welcome new members and provide information. Questions? Contact involvement@kutztown.edu.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    New Public Safety Officers Sworn In
    The three newest members of the KU Department of Public Safety and Police Services, Officers Buckley, Fernandez and Gross,  were sworn in Monday, Dec. 23, by Judge Greth.

  • Housing and Dining

    2020-2021 Room Selection Process
    It is time to start thinking about next year. Step 1 of the housing selection process began last month.

    – Step 1: complete the housing application, including the $75 processing fee. Students have received details in their KU student email.
    – Step 2: creation of student’s My College Roomie Profile. This process is underway. To be eligible for this step of the process, students must have completed their application.
    – Step 3/4: roommate matching and room selection. These steps occur during the Spring 2020 semester. More information will be provided in future newsletters.

    Students who are required to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, based on the residency-requirement policy, must complete this process. Any student required to live on campus who has not completed the housing application process or a residency exception, will be assigned a housing assignment (based on availability) and the housing processing fee at the end of the process.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Winter Athletic Schedules Available on KUBears.com
    See the Golden Bears athletic teams in action this winter. KU features basketball, track and field, swimming, bowling and wrestling teams competing this month. Students are admitted free to all home games. Check out full schedules at www.kubears.com.

    Warm up with KU Presents! this Spring
    February is full of action as Dance Theatre of Harlem graces the Schaeffer stage Feb. 5 and Apollo’s Fire brings baroque Feb. 25. Celtic tenor Emmet Cahill extends the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations March 18. The season comes to a close in April with Fabulous Equinox Orchestra on April 2 and newly announces Tony-Award winner Laura Benanti on April 15. Visit www.KutztownPresents.org for more information on all of the performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.KutztownPresents.org or by calling 610-683-4092. KU students can access $10 tickets by using their MyKU log in at https://kutztown.universitytickets.com/shibboleth-sp.

  • KU Campus Store

    How to purchase course materials?
    Your student’s custom Virtual Shelf for this semester, which has been created with the required course materials for their spring semester, is ready to view. We have included all of our affordable options, which includes rental, used and digital materials.

    To view a Virtual Shelf:
    – Sign into our website www.kubstore.com with a KU email and password.
    – Review the Virtual Shelf.
    – Complete the order.

    What are the benefits of Virtual Shelf? With a simple click of the mouse, this tool will allow a student to conveniently locate all of their required course materials and affordable options. Manually searching their course schedule to find their materials will no longer be necessary. Virtual Shelf will do the work for them as a course materials assistant. Additional information can be found here www.kubstore.com/about-virtual-shelf.

    Paying for course materials with Financial Aid?
    If your student is receiving financial aid in excess of their tuition, fees, meals, etc., they may qualify for a bookstore account to purchase course-required books and supplies. They can submit a request online by clicking here beginning Monday, Jan. 6. Purchases can be made in-store or online with a bookstore account until Feb. 4.

    Why purchase from KU Campus Store?
    – As a nonprofit affiliate of KU, our priority is student success and retention.
    – Savings up to 80% off the price of new materials with a large selection of rental, used and
       digital materials.
    – Full refunds for materials in original condition throughout the add/drop period.
    – We contribute our surplus to student scholarships, activities and campus athletics.

    Our goal is for students to have access to the most affordable course materials available to support their academic success.

  • KU Foundation

    1866 Minute Giving Challenge – Save the Date
    Save the date for the second annual 1866 Minute Giving Challenge, April 16-17. Last year, more than $151,000 was raised to support Kutztown students like yours. Follow the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations on Facebook and Instagram for more information in the new year.

    Connect with Us
    The KU Foundation has been raising funds to support the students, faculty, programs and capital needs of Kutztown University since 1983, and the Alumni Relations team works hard to enhance the experience of KU grads. With the generous support of KU alumni and friends of the university, we've raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, endowment, building projects, academic programs, athletics and more. Check out our website, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

  • Dates to Know

    Deadline to withdrawal from a Winter Session 2020 course and receive a grade of W. There is no withdrawal from individual courses after this date.

    Friday, Jan. 10

    Classes end for Winter 2020 session.

    Thursday, Jan. 16

    All Winter 2020 semester session grades must be electronically submitted by 3 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 17

    Winter 2020 grades available through MyKU at 8 p.m. unless notified.

    Friday, Jan. 17

    Residence halls open at 1 p.m. for the Spring 2020 semester.

    Monday, Jan. 20


    Monday, Jan. 20

    Spring 2020 semester classes begin.

    Tuesday, Jan. 21

    Add/drop and Late Registration.

    Tuesday, Jan. 21 –
    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 25

    Last day to add/drop a course in MyKU for all students.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    Spring 2020: Last day to drop a course ends at midnight. No reduction of charges or refunds for individual courses after midnight.

    Tuesday, Jan, 28

    Spring 2020 “W” period.

    Wednesday, Jan. 29 –
    Friday, April 3

    On or about this date, Spring 2020 Late Registration invoicing processes run electronically. Due Date, Thursday, Feb. 13.

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    Last day to request a Spring 2020 Bookstore Account based on pending authorized aid through the Financial Aid office.

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    Spring 2020: Orientation billing due.

    Friday, Jan. 31

    Spring 2020: Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 80% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Jan. 31

    Last day to exchange/return textbooks to KU Campus Store without a drop slip.

    Friday, Jan. 31

    Last day to make purchases for an approved Bookstore Account based on approved pending aid.

    Tuesday, Feb. 4

    Last day for Undergraduate and Graduate students to apply for Spring 2020 graduation.

    Tuesday, Feb. 4

    Refunds for overpayments of Spring 2020 will begin no sooner than this date.

    Friday, Feb. 7

    Spring 2020: Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Feb. 7

    First day Spring 2020 Financial Aid can disburse.

    Friday, Feb. 7


Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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Non-discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.

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