General Institutional Information
Accreditations & Approvals
Seton Hill University is accredited nationally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.
Availability of Information (for Students)
Students are notified annually of the easiest ways to find information that pertains to them, including information that is made available on the Seton Hill website, in the University Catalog, and in the Student and Institutional Policy sections of PolicyTech.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Office of Student Involvement plans student activities and programs with the assistance of members from the Seton Hill Programming Board (SHPB). Students who have ideas for programs or would like to participate in the selection of campus events and activities are highly encouraged to join the Programming Board. Activities include social and cultural planned events as well as spontaneous programming. A wide variety of activities are offered in order to meet the diverse interests of SHU students. Popular activities include trips to Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., various regional amusement parks; Pittsburgh sporting events; museum, ballet, and theatre trips; recent release movie screenings; various types of aerobic classes; and musicians, comedians, and other entertainers on campus. Learn more about student activities here.
In accordance with the University’s Antihazing Policy, hazing in any form is prohibited in any University-related activity. Any individual(s) in the University community, including faculty, staff, and/or university-sponsored student organizations or clubs that engage in hazing will be subject to immediate disciplinary action. The University may impose sanctions notwithstanding any civil or criminal liability that violators may be subject to in accordance with the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law. In accordance with the legal reporting requirements, Seton Hill University does not have any violations of its Antihazing Policy or Federal or State laws related to hazing that have been reported to the University in the last five years as of the 2020-21 academic year.
Students with disabilities (permanent or temporary) may need a variety of services, accommodations, or auxiliary aids. Decisions about these services are based on documentation, interview, knowledge of specific needs, and compliance with 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008. The Director and Associate Director of Disability Services work closely with students with disabilities to assess and meet individual needs by arranging for reasonable accommodations, which may include readers, notes, extended testing time, distractions-reduced testing environments, and access to special adaptive equipment and e-text, among others.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the director at (724) 837-4295 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility for services. All students seeking accommodations MUST self-disclose to the Disability Services Office BEFORE any accommodations can be provided. Although students may self-disclose at any time, students are strongly encouraged to self-disclose early in their academic careers. If is recommended that first-year students disclose in the summer before the start of the fall term if possible.
- Fall 2022 SHU Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Fall 2022 Retention & Graduation by Pell / Stafford Status (PDF)
- Job Placement Services
- Job Placement Rates
- Graduate and Professional Education of Graduates
- NCAA Academic Success Report (PDF)
Price of Attendance
Net Price Calculator
A quality education is one of the most important investments you can make. At Seton Hill, we’ll work directly with you and your family to create a financial aid offer to help make a Seton Hill education as affordable as possible. Our Net Price Calculator is designed to help you estimate your merit scholarship, financial aid and costs.
Refund/Withdrawal Policy and Procedure
Visit the Campus Bookstore website.
Academic Programs, Facilities and Faculty
Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity and Title IX Sexual Harassment
Seton Hill University, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, genetic information, age, marital status, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. Further, the University will continue to take afﬁrmative steps to support and advance these values. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.
For more information, please visit our Harassment-Free Community and Title IX page and view our Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy. Those who have experienced prohibited conduct are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator using the contact information below. Seton Hill University students and employees are also able to submit an anonymous report through our online reporting system. Complaints may also be directed to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education at (800) 421-3481 or by email at OCR@ed.gov.
Michelle Walters, Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (724) 552-2923
Office Address: Performing Arts Center G07 or Administration Annex (by appointment)
President Mary Finger, along with presidents from 12 other colleges and universities in southwestern PA, speaks out against sexual violence on college campuses through this special Southwest PA Says No More initiative.
University Statement on Peaceful Protest
Seton Hill University's mission as a Catholic, Setonian university fosters civil discourse and supports peaceful protest on issues that promote the sanctity of human life and the dignity of every person. As we educate students committed to transforming the world, Seton Hill admissions decisions for applicants and accepted students will not be affected by disciplinary action taken by schools that result from a student's participation in peaceful, responsible and lawful demonstrations.
Mandatory Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 State Authorization Regulations, effective July 1, 2020, this Mandatory Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure is provided by Seton Hill University in relation to educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
Seton Hill University has been approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
State Student Complaint Process
Teacher Preparation Program
Title II Report (PDF)
Student Financial Assistance
- Contact Information
- Financial Aid Information (Types of Aid, Criteria, Eligibility Requirements, Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations)
- Penalty for Drug Violations
- Return of Title IV Financial Aid
- Terms and conditions of Title IV, HEA loans (Microsoft Word Doc)
Sample Loan Repayment Schedule
When it comes time to repay your Federal Direct Student Loan, you will need to select a repayment plan. There are several repayment plans: standard, extended, graduated, income contingent, income based, and pay-as-you earn. How much you pay and how long you take to repay your loans will vary depending on the repayment plan you choose. Consolidation loans also have varying repayment plans.
The Department of Education has loan repayment calculators that students can use to estimate monthly repayment amount(s) for their federal student loans. Go this webpage and then log in with your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).
State Grant Information
- Undergraduate Program Students
- Graduate Program Students
- Online Bachelor's Degree & Certificate Program Students
- NSLDS - Notice of Release of Information
- Entrance Counseling for Borrowers
- Exit Counseling for Borrowers
- Code of Conduct
Private Loan Information
- Undergraduate Program Students
- Graduate Program Students
- Online Bachelor's Degree & Certificate Program Students
- Code of Conduct
Health & Safety
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) brochure [required by the Drug Free Schools Act] is published each year and distributed to each student by the Registrar as part of registration. The biennial report is referenced there and is kept on file in the Prevention Services Office. The sanctions are referenced in the AOD task force meeting held at the end of each semester. Minutes are kept on file by the Prevention Services Office and distributed to all AOD task force members. For more information, please view the Institutional Health and Safety Policies in PolicyTech.
Please refer to the Student Policies section of PolicyTech for more information or view our Security Report.
Missing Student Policy
Seton Hill University takes student safety very seriously. To this end, the following policy has been developed in order to assist in locating Seton Hill student(s) living in University-owned, campus housing, which based on the facts and circumstances known to the University, are determined to be missing. This policy is in compliance with Section 488 of the Higher Education Act of 2008.
If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify the Seton Hill University Campus Police Department at 724-830-4999. The Seton Hill University Campus Police Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
After investigating a missing person report, should the Seton Hill University Campus Police Department determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, Seton Hill University will notify the Greensburg Police Department and the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, Seton Hill University will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after the Seton Hill University Campus Police has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.
The University will request of all students each year that they provide, on a voluntary basis, contact information in the event that the student would be reported officially missing during his or her tenure at the University.
If students wish to change their emergency contact information, they may do so by submitting a letter in writing to the Registrar’s Office.
Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
Please refer to Campus Safety.
Voter Registration Information
Voter registration forms are available in Seton Hill’s Office of Financial Services and Registrar or on the Westmoreland County website.
Common Data Set
- 2021-2022 (pdf)
Grievances & Appeals
If you are taking any Seton Hill courses and you have a complaint about your experience with Seton Hill, you have two options.
1. You can follow Seton Hill's process for student complaints, detailed below.
Grievance & Appeal Procedures
The following procedure should be followed for those instances in which a student has a concern about a faculty member:
- The student should make an appointment with the faculty member to discuss the problem and/or concern. This step must take place before any further action can occur. The only exception to a direct meeting with the faculty member is if the student feels she/he is in physical danger.
- If the student has met with the faculty member and is still not satisfied, she/he should meet with the Dean of the School or Graduate Program Director (or the Department Chair, if a student is in the Visual and Performing Arts School). If appropriate, the Dean of Graduate Program Director may schedule a three-way meeting to discuss the issue(s) being raised. If the concern is not resolved at the Department Chair level in the Visual and Performing Arts Division, the student should make an appointment with the Dean.
- If the concern is not resolved at the school level, the student should make an appointment with the Provost. Prior to the meeting, the student will be informed that the Provost will consult with the Dean of the School to determine how the issue has been handled to this point. Depending on the student complaint, if the issue is not resolved, the Provost may recommend that the student consider filing a formal academic grievance.
- If the concern is not resolved after meeting with the Provost and the student has decided not to file a formal academic grievance, the decision of the Provost in these matters is final.
Academic Grievance Board
If any student feels she/he has cause for grievance in academic matters (commonly related to grading practices), the student may request in writing that the Provost initiate the student grievance procedure. The student must explain her/his grounds for grievance, and this request must be made no later than two weeks after grades are posted for the course. The Provost will discuss the matter with the involved faculty and the student, and then help them to establish an ad hoc Grievance Board to call a meeting regarding the grievance. This meeting will take place no later than the second week of the semester following the complaint. This board will consist of two faculty members and two students, agreed upon by both parties, and a fifth member from the University community, chosen by the previously mentioned four. If the faculty involved has not named two faculty members for this board within two weeks, the Provost will appoint them. The Grievance Board will act in an advisory capacity to the Provost. The Grievance Board must make a recommendation within two weeks of the meeting. The decision of the Provost is final in these matters.
You may also contact the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is Seton Hill's regional accrediting agency.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-2680
Telephone: (267) 284-5000
Fax: (215) 662-5501
2. If you reside outside of Pennsylvania while attending Seton Hill, in many cases you can file a complaint in the state where you are residing. As required by federal regulations, we direct you to a list of resources here, compiled and updated by the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
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