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The 2023-2024 Student Handbook (PDF) is a resource for all students to use regarding issues pertaining to the University. Below is the table of contents for the online version of the student handbook. Each section will provide you with the most up-to-date information, including any changes during the academic year.

This policy affirms Point Park University's commitment to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and the pursuit of diversity.  Point Park University does not discriminate on the basis of: sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age (40 years and over), ancestry, individuals with disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, caregiver status or familial status, in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities or with respect to employment or admission to the University’s educational programs and activities.

This policy is in accord with local, state and federal laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Pittsburgh Human Relations Act. Inquiries regarding these regulations and policies, or complaints, should be referred to Point Park’s vice president of human resources at phone number 412-392-4727 or the Managing Director of Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator at 412-392-8158. Complaints of discrimination can be filed via the Incident Reporting Form online at and will be processed by the University Office of Compliance and Integrity according to Point Park’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment. Complaints may also be emailed to 

Inquiries regarding Title IX and the Title IX regulations should also be referred to the University’s Title IX coordinator. The Managing Director of Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Stark Poling, may be reached at 412-392-8158 or Student Center, Room 104D, 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. A Title IX incident report can be filed via the Incident Reporting Form online at

Welcome to Point Park University. There are a few things you should know about point park and the experience you can expect here.

You will engage in a more active and more professional education here. We focus on student success by providing distinctive, innovative experiential learning opportunities. Point Park’s, cooperative education program is unique in the region and provides qualified students with full-time, paid employment with our professional partners while earning college credits.

Our distinguished faculty, bring real world experience into the classroom and connect our students with internships and jobs. You will benefit from their “practice-what-they-teach” approach.

This is an exciting time at point Park. You have seen that are safe urban location provides easy, access to arts, organization, entertainment, venues, and hundreds of small businesses in large corporations, where you will find internships, jobs, and cooperative education placements. Our village park provides an enjoyable outdoor space to gather. The Student Center is where members of our community can work out, socialize, and study. These amenities reflect our commitment to provide the highest quality education for our students, and to enhance the vitality of our Downtown Pittsburgh neighborhood.

At Point Park, we stand by the value we deliver as a private university. With a lower tuition cost than many of our competitors, plus generous financial aid packages, a Point Park education delivers an outstanding return on your college investment.

I am very proud of the University’s Center for Student Success that is at the heart of a coordinated, campus-wide commitment to support all students as they pursue a Point Park degree. The Center is a starting point for any type of academic question. It is a centralized hub where students can get answers, assistance, and encouragement to help them achieve academic excellence and answer questions they may have about the registration process.

Our exceptional Professional Career-Readiness Center provides services and programs to help you develop the necessary professional skills to achieve your goals. You will receive a Career Guide that contains important information on sample resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters, as well as job search information and interview preparation. Working closely with the Career-Readiness Center will empower you to follow the path to maximize your career opportunities.

Point Park’s history as an integral part of Downtown Pittsburgh, our commitment to an education based in real-world experience, and the role we continue to play in shaping in the future of our region’s workforce are great sources of pride for all of us. I’m sure you’ll do great things as part of the Point Park University community.


Dr. Chris W. Brussalis

The academic calendar contains all of the important dates related to each academic term such as start and end dates, break periods, schedule change periods, etc.

The university events calendar is a calendar of important dates and events of interest to the wider university community.

The events calendar in PointSync is the place to find upcoming events for students.

Center for Student Success
Family Weekend
Financial Aid
Honors Program
Pioneer Ambassador Program
Professional Career-Readiness Center
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program
Students Accounts
Student Center
Student Conduct
Student Employment
Student Life
     Commuter Resources
     Housing and Occupancy Management
     Residential Programming
     Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL)
Study Abroad

Accessibility Services
ATM Machines
Copy Machines
Dining Services
     Dining Locations
     Meal Plans and Flex Dollars
     Microwave Ovens
     Vending Machines
Disability Services
Lockers and Storage
Lost and Found
Mail Center and Student Mailboxes
     Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridge Recycling
Repairs and Maintenance
Student Success Support
Study Lounges
Tutoring Services
Advertising and Commercial Enterprise
Appropriate Dress
Change of Address, Name, Emergency Contact Information
Confidentiality of Student Records
     Parental Notification and Disclosure
     Confidentiality of Medical Records
Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and Resolution
Disruptive Behavior
Medical Documentation Policy
Missing Student Policy
Personal Property
Pets and Animals
Photo and Multimedia Release (Students)
Pioneer Cards (Student ID)
Political Activities
Preferred Name Policy
Recording Devices
School Closing and Critical Announcements
Sign Posting and Information Distribution
Social Functions (Students)
Social Media & Online Behavior Policy
     Students in Fully Online Programs
Soliciting and Selling
Student Complaints Involving Staff or Faculty
Student Organizations (Policy)
Underage Children on Campus
University Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harrassment, Relationship Violence and Stalking
Use of University Facilities
Use of University Name

Alcohol and Other Drugs
     University Alcohol Policy
     University Drug Policy
Code of Student Conduct
     Statement of Purpose
     Statement of Community Responsibilities and Expectations
     Student Groups and Organizations
     Definition of Terms
     Prohibited Conduct
Student Conduct Processes
     Inherent Authority
     Procedural Guidelines
     Stsudent Conduct Meetings
     Student Conduct Records
     Student Conduct Record Expungement
     Student Conduct Sanctions
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy
     Prohibition of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
     Prohibition of Gender-Based Harassment
     Prohibition of Retaliation
     Resolutions Process

Academic Integrity
     Definition of Plagiarism
     Avoidance of Plagiarism
     Sanctions for Plagiarism or Other Academic Dishonesty
     Notification of Extended and Serious Illness
     Excused Absences
     Leave of Absence
     Religious Leave Policy
Classroom Disruption Policy
Core Curriculum Requirements
     Incomplete "I" Grade
     Pass/No Credit Option
     Grade Changes
     Grade Point Average
     Grade Appeals
     Accessing Grades
     Academic Probation and Dismissal
Institutional Review Board
Military Deployment Policy
Online 8-Week Course Policy
Schedule/Course Changes
     Course Additions and Withdrawals
     Complete Withdrawal
     Medical Exception Request
     Official Transcripts
     Unofficial Transcripts
Transfer Credit/Transfer Policy
     Advanced Standing Credit
     Post-Matriculation Transfer Credit
     Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing Evaluation Appeal Process

Medical Documentation Policy
Medical and Mental Health Hospitalization
Mental Health Emergency Policy and Protocol
SafeZone: LGBTQ Support
Student Health Center
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
     Eligibility and Enrollment
     Students Required to Have Health Insurance (Mandatory Students)
     Important Notes for Athletes
     Deadlines and Coverage Dates
     SHIP Late Enrollment Requests (enrollment after the deadline)
     SHIP Early Termination (before July 31)
     SHIP Waiver
     Mandatory vs. Voluntary Status
     Athletic and Performing Arts Secondary Accident Insurance
Substance Abuse
University Counseling Center
University Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking

University Police Department
     Annual Security Report
     Safety Programs
     General Safety Tips
     Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies
     Residence Hall Security
Fire Safety
     Fire Safety Policies
     Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms
Emergency Notification System (PointALERT)
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
     General Procedures
     Special Needs Evacuations
     Residence Halls
General Information
     Dining and Meals
     Internet/University Network Access
     Repairs & Maintenance
     Telephone Service
     Transportation and Parking
     Residence Halls
Community Living
     Rights and Responsibilities
     Roommate Reminders
     Resident Educators
Housing Policies
     Insurance (Personal Property)
     Room Assignments and Occupancy
     Room Cancellation/Termination of Contract
     Refund Schedule for Residence Hall Charges
     Reinstatement Fee
     Vacation Periods
     Rate Schedule
     Room Changes
     Consolidation Policy
     Move-In/Move-Out Procedures
Residence Hall Policies
     Access to Facilities
     Hall Sports
     Lock Out Policy
     Lost Keys
     Pets and Animals
     Pioneer Card (Student ID)
     Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours
     Room Decorations
     Room Occupancy Limits
     Safety and Security
     Sign Posting and Information Distribution
     Sublet Policy

Computer Labs
Computer Purchasing Program
Domain Account (Username)
Internet/University Network Access
     Residence Hall Connectivity
     Wireless Access
Technical Assistance - User Support
Policy for the Responsible Use of Computer and Technology Resources
     Prohibited Activities
     Policy Violations
     Copyright Infringement

Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student Media and Organizations
Honor Societies

Campus Map
Bus Service - Long Distance
Public Transportation and Ridesharing
     Trip Planning
     Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT)
     Other Regional Commuting Options
Taxi, Limo, Car, and Driver Services
     Station Square
     Pittsburgh Parking Authority
     Garage Locations Near Point Park
     Street Parking
     Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers
     Bicycle Information and Parking