Your Success is our Focus
The Student Success Office hosts faculty, staff, and programs to assist in student guidance, support, and engagement. We are your one-stop location to access services and resources that will help support your academic performance.
- Academic Advising
- First-Year Experience
- Disability Support Services
- Student Success Coaching
We’re Here to Help You Succeed
Academic Advising at Stevenson University is a free support service available to all degree-seeking students. Advisors can assist with a wide range of academic matters, from selecting a major to planning for graduate school. The Office of Student Success provides services and resources to students, faculty, and staff that will strengthen academic performance, enhance student satisfaction, and improve student retention.
All enrolled degree-seeking students have an assigned advisor that specializes in a single major. Students who have not selected a major are assigned to advisors who only advise deciding students. The advising office’s general advisors are available for complex situations and can help students on a walk-in basis, although appointments are encouraged. Students are responsible for fulfilling college requirements, but advisors are the assisting experts who can help students plan an efficient program of study.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After 4:30 p.m. by appointment only
Location: Garrison Hall South
Student Success Coaching
The Student Success Coaches guide and collaborate with traditional freshmen students during their transition to life at Stevenson University. Coaches use a holistic approach with each student to develop an individualized plan for their academic, professional, and personal success. They educate students about university resources and serve as a compass to help them navigate their first year in college. In addition, coaches provide proactive course planning and advising, as well as registration assistance.
For more information about Student Success Coaching contact the Office of Student Success at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academic Link Learning Center
Connecting Students with Academic Success
The John L. Stasiak Academic Link Learning Center was established to support Stevenson’s commitment to cultivating a rich learning environment where students thrive, connecting them to a wide array of accessible academic support services and innovative programs. These connections help students in their pursuit of success and independent learning as they achieve their academic and career goals.
Owings Mills Campus
Garrison Hall South, 101
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Peer and professional tutoring is free to students. Tutors are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, are trained to help students develop effective study strategies, increase understanding of course content and become independent learners.
To view availability and schedule a tutoring appointment, log into TutorTrac with your SU Single Sign-On.
Current students, faculty, and staff wishing to learn more about our tutoring services may visit our SU Now Portal page.
The Academic Link also hosts testing services for Stevenson’s undergraduate students, providing accessible, secure test proctoring and exceptional customer service while ensuring the highest level of academic integrity. Students are encouraged to take approved make-up exams in our testing center on the Owings Mills Campus.
To schedule an approved exam with the Academic Link Testing Center, contact the Academic Link Desk. Current students, faculty, and staff wishing to learn more about the Testing Center may visit our SU Now Portal page.
Students with disabilities who require accommodations should visit Office of Disability Services web page to learn how to register. Current students seeking ODS information, forms, and documents should visit the ODS SU Now Portal.
Stevenson students are expected to model honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, and courage. These values provide a framework for positive relationships between students and their peers, as well as between students and their faculty members. Consistency in practicing these values allows members of the Stevenson community to trust in the integrity of all academic pursuits.
Stevenson encourages students to be proud of integrity, and to be engaged in promoting integrity through campus activities. The SAIC (Student Academic Integrity Committee) allows students to be a part of the process in educating their fellow students about the importance of academic integrity. The committee created a University-wide Honor Pledge in 2015, and hosts events to increase campus awareness of academic integrity.
Details of the policy and process, including the definitions of academic misconduct, can be found in the Academic Integrity Policy.
“I pledge on my honor that I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this assignment/exam.“
The SU Honor Pledge is a unifying statement across all disciplines and fields of study. It represents Stevenson’s culture of integrity, one of the University’s four core values, and serves as a consistent reminder to students of the importance of academic integrity.
To promote The Pledge and our community’s core value of integrity, the SAIC hosts an annual series of Pledge Days on each campus. During Pledge Days, you are encouraged to sign a banner pledging your honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. The SAIC gives away candy and other fun items as students sign the banner. The banner, which has hundreds of signatures, hangs across from The Rock in the Manuszak Center on the Greenspring Campus.
Freshmen receive a lot of helpful information during their Freshman Seminar course. How do you create a resume? What resources are available at Stevenson? What exactly is “academic integrity?” In order to provide information in a relatable way, members of the SAIC help deliver presentations on academic integrity to Freshmen. Students are encouraged to ask questions, analyze common integrity-related scenarios, and learn about resources available to them.
Academic Integrity Week
Academic Integrity Week is a University-wide series of events in the fall that promote academic integrity as integral to the learning process. The SAIC hosts a movie night and discusses how honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage play a role in the movie. Workshops on time management and study skills are held in conjunction with The Academic Link. The SAIC also passes out free items like key chains or stress balls to provide students with a tangible reminder of integrity.
The Office of Academic Integrity and the Stevenson Library partner each semester to host a series of citation workshops the week before midterms. Students are encouraged to come and hear an overview of citation, and ask assignment-related citation questions of the librarians. The Stevenson Library is an excellent resource for students, and faculty often offer extra credit to students who attend one of the workshops.
New Mustang Experience
As a new student at Stevenson University, you’ll take part in The New Mustang Experience – an intentional, programmatic, effort designed to help you make a smooth transition to the Stevenson community. During this time, you’ll get the opportunity to meet new students, get to know your faculty and academic support resources, and learn more about being a Mustang.
Stevenson University admits qualified students regardless of disability and welcomes the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. The Office of Disability Services coordinates with various campus partners to ensure equal access to University programs, facilities and services.
Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services prior to the start of their first academic semester, or upon onset of disability, to initiate the intake and eligibility process. The student must have an active role in the Office of Disability Services’ registration process. Parents, Faculty, Staff, etc., may not request services on the student’s behalf.
If you have a disability and require an accommodation, including academics, housing, meal plan, or an Emotional Support Animal, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services. Registration involves the following three steps:
1. Follow this link to fill-out an intake form
2. Once you have completed this electronic intake form, you will be asked to upload documentation from your provider to the system – View Documentation Guidelines.
3. After submitting an intake form and disability documentation, students should contact the Office of Disability Services to schedule an intake meeting.
After your intake meeting, you will receive a written response to your accommodation request from the Office of Disability Services. Upon approval for accommodations, students must initiate a request to use their approved accommodations at the beginning of each academic semester. Students must follow the policies and procedures identified for utilizing each accommodation they are approved for.
The Office of Disability Services approves reasonable accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s needs and the recommendations contained in the disability documentation. These services may include, but are not limited to:
- Extended time on quizzes, tests, and exams.
- Reduced distraction testing environment.
- Note taking assistance.
- Preferential class seating.
- Sign language interpreters.
- Assistive Technology.
- Alternate format texts.
Please note that once approved, some accommodations may take several weeks to arrange. Students with disabilities are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Success as early as possible upon deciding to attend Stevenson University.
Postsecondary Disability Support
Click here to review this helpful guide from the Maryland Department of Disabilities.
Classroom to Career
Meet Kaitlin Kirkwood, a Business Communication major and graduate of the class of 2016. As a student, Kaitlin had several student jobs on campus, including as a student ambassador, OWL, and SUTV host. As a manager of the internship at the Discovery Channel, Kaitlin applies the skills she learned in her classes as well as on the job as a student.