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Temporary Student Handbook Addendum

Mission Statement

Shepherd University, a West Virginia public liberal arts university, is a diverse community of learners and a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas. We are the regional center for academic, cultural, and economic opportunity. Our mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values: learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community.

Vision Statement

Shepherd: A Premier Public Liberal Arts University

We will be a nationally respected community of learners where passion, purpose, and experience unite to inspire individuals to shape the world.

Welcome from the Shepherd University President

Dear Students,

The start of the academic year is an uplifting time here at Shepherd – for you, our faculty and staff. The new academic year affords all of us a clean slate that we can fill with exciting courses, inspiring guest lectures, championship-level athletics, valuable volunteer projects, and memorable social, service, and recreational events.

First-year and Transfer students–welcome to Shepherd! You will find Shepherd to be a friendly and open campus where you will feel right at home.

Upperclassmen–we are glad you have returned to continue your studies at Shepherd! Please help our first-year students become acclimated to the campus as they begin their studies and life’s new adventure with us.

Shepherd prides itself on promoting civility; please use fair play and courtesy in your treatment of others — on campus as well as in your personal life.

Dedicate yourself to the pursuit of knowledge; aspire to make your family and friends proud of you and your accomplishments. You are the next generation of leaders and model citizens.

Become an active participant in the life of the campus through volunteer service, athletics (collegiate and intramural), and membership in Shepherd’s clubs and organizations. You will find that many of the skills you learn outside the classroom will aid you throughout your life and professional career.

I wish you a successful and productive academic year, and look forward to seeing you on campus!

Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D. ’74
President of Shepherd University

Welcome from the SGA President!

My fellow students,

To all the first-year students, welcome to Shepherd University! And to all our returning Rams, welcome back! This year will be a time where we as a campus community transition back into normalcy after over a year online and socially distanced.

Shepherd University is proud to be home to incredibly dedicated faculty and staff who want to see students succeed. We provide a unique college experience, with a small campus where everyone knows your name and the small town where community members recognize you when you walk into their businesses. Our student body has committed itself to providing spaces for students to feel a sense of belonging, including affinity groups, community service organizations, social fraternity and sorority life, professional fraternities, etc. With the vast array of clubs and organizations to join, you will build meaningful connections wherever you go. No matter how you decide to take part in our tightly knit community, you will evolve and make so many wonderful memories. Our annual organization fair is held in September, so you’ll be able to see for yourself how many ways there are to get involved!

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body for the entire student body, with senators representing student organizations who have your interests in mind. Joining one or more of these organizations means you might have the opportunity to become one of these senators in the future! If you have any student concerns or if you want to see the proceedings yourself, we meet every Tuesday at 5 pm in the Storer Ballroom on the third floor of the Student Center. Any concerns you might have outside of our regular meeting hours can be brought to us in the SGA office on the ground floor of the Student Center during our office hours.

This year, I hope you all have the chance to get involved on campus—we have so much to offer, and I know that there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Elana Gutmann

Student Government Association President

Welcome from the Vice President of Student Affairs!

Dear Shepherd University Student,

Welcome!  Your success at Shepherd matters.  The information provided in our student handbook will foster your success at Shepherd.  Please review and become familiar with the handbook; it will assist you in knowing your rights as a student, understanding policies and procedures, and connecting you to resources and guidelines.

All students deserve to enjoy a positive experience at Shepherd.  We strive to create an environment where you will…

Additionally, students who follow the four recommendations listed below experience a higher likelihood of success.

  1. Attend class every day, ask questions in class, ask your professor to explain anything you do not understand, and be sure to submit your work on time.
  2. Seek help the first time you need it, when are not sure of a concept in class, or have any question related to your educational journey in or outside the classroom you can’t answer.
  3. Engage at Shepherd by joining a student organization, attending an event, or getting a job on campus.
  4. Socialize and meet other students who share similar and opposing views as your own. We want you to connect with other students and actively engage in your learning experience at Shepherd through multiple perspectives.

Remember, you possess the ability to create your experience through the many opportunities at Shepherd.  Our faculty and staff want you to thrive in this environment designed to meet your needs.  We believe if you consistently engage, make connections, and prioritize your education, you will succeed.

College can be full of challenges and excitement as you balance personal, professional, and educational demands while pursuing your degree.  However, the choices you make mist be the best for you.  Utilize the resources and suggestions described in this handbook to assist you on your college journey.  Do not hesitate to reach out my colleagues and me to assist you.  Best wishes for a successful year.


Holly Frye

Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Community Relations

Welcome From The Dean of Graduate studies!

Welcome to Shepherd University!  I send a warm welcome from the Division’s graduate faculty and staff.  Please use this Handbook as a valuable resource during your time as a Shepherd University graduate student.

We are committed to helping create a wonderful educational experience for all graduate students whether attending part-time or full-time.  The faculty work to create a graduate culture that commits to life-long learning and the appreciation of knowledge, embrace s strong scholarship and creativity, and values service to the community.  We create environments where students are learning with and from peers as well as their instructors.  We value the diversity of our students and our student-centered approach embraces the lived experiences that each student brings to the classroom.

As graduate students, we recognize the many life responsibilities each of you have.  We encourage you to get involved with opportunities within your academic programs and the University in general as your schedules permit.  These experiences as well as ones in the local communities can enhance classroom learning.

Know that that Program Coordinators and I are here to ensure you have a rich experience as you work to complete your Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Dr. Richard A. Stevens, Jr.

Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies