Online Resource Hub

Online Resource Hub

Navigating multiple accounts can get tricky at times! That’s why we have provided you with all the important links you will need to visit on a regular basis as an online student.

Feel free to bookmark this page so you can easily navigate to the online resources you need conveniently located in one place!

Starting Point for Issues Within an Online Course

If ever you experience any issues within an online course, the first place to seek help is: contact your course instructor. This can be done from within Schoology, or by emailing your instructor via his or her CSU email address.

Student Portal
Find your personal academic information including schedules, grades, attendance and degree progress.
If you experience any access issues, email the IT Helpdesk or select one of the available options in our support article.

Schoology
Access CSU’s Learning Management System to interact with course material, instructors and other students.
You are welcome to sign up for the orientation course.
Most students also use the Schoology Mobile App.
If you experience any access issues, email the System Administrator.

Student Account
Log in to see your student bill and find payment.
If you experience any access issues, be sure you are registered, or reset your password. If neither of these links help you, contact the Business Office.

Student Email
Use your school email address for all school-related communication with instructors, advisors, faculty, staff and students.
If you experience any access issues, you can set up your student email, reset your password or email the IT Helpdesk.

CSU’s Academic Policies
See the academic standards and expectations at CSU, including procedures for handling plagiarism.

Online Course Schedules
See the online courses scheduled for the next two years.

Academic Catalog
Read detailed information on academics, curriculum, faculty and courses.

Library Access
The Murphy Memorial Library at Clarks Summit University offers valuable support for online students including access to databases, use of library resources, reciprocal borrowing programs and interlibrary loan services.
(More information is provided below, under “Library.”)

Order Textbooks
Go to eCampus Virtual Bookstore to view and purchase textbooks. eCampus is competitively priced; however, you may purchase textbooks from any source they choose. (You’ll also find CSU gear to purchase here, too!)

Online Session Dates
See projected CSU online session dates for the next four years.

Improve your writing skills with assistance from the Online Writing Center.

To use this service, please observe the following guidelines:

Submission
Attach your paper as a Word document to an email addressed to writingcenter@ClarksSummitU.edu.

Additional Assignment Information
Please include instruction as to the nature of the assignment. You may attach assignment instructions as a Word or PDF document or in the body of the email.

Subject Line
Use “Writing Center: Undergraduate,” “Writing Center: Graduate” or “Writing Center: Seminary” as your subject line. This allows the Online Writing Center to deal with your paper appropriately.

Scheduling Guidelines
Please submit your paper at least three or four days before your due date, so the paper may be returned to you in time for you to make corrections and submit to your instructor on time.

Your paper will be returned to you via the email address you used to send it.

Murphy Memorial Library

Databases
As a CSU student, you have access to thousands of journals and full-text articles online.

  1. From the library’s webpage, click on “Library Databases.”
  2. Choose the database you would like to search.
  3. Provide your CSU email address and password in the box that pops up.
  4. Once in, if prompted, choose which specific databases you would like to search for articles and eBooks and then click “Continue.” Choose “full text” if you need the material immediately. You may also save articles to your computer or email them to yourself. If you would like to save searches, you need to create an account within each database.
  5. You may also find articles in the library catalog by using the search bar on the library’s webpage. Choose an article in the results list and click “view full text” to access it. Note that searching databases directly as described in numbers one through four above will yield more comprehensive results than searching this way.

Reciprocal Borrowing Programs
As a CSU student, you have borrowing privileges at academic libraries throughout the United States and Canada. For details and links to maps to determine if there is a participating library near you, click here.

Interlibrary Loan
If you need an article that is not available in full text through CSU’s databases, follow the link provided with the article summary to “Request this item through interlibrary loan.” Our staff will obtain the article from another library and email it to you. Know that this may take several days, so please plan accordingly.

Books
It is usually quickest and least expensive for students to borrow books locally from libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges as described above or through your local public library. Academic libraries in your area may extend borrowing privileges to community members even if CSU does not have a reciprocal relationship.

Books that are not available to you locally may be requested through your local public library’s interlibrary loan service.

If you need one chapter or less of a book, email the library, so the pages can be scanned and emailed to you.

If you need a book owned by CSU’s Murphy Memorial Library and are unable to acquire a needed book through any of the above means, please email the library.

Contact Information
If you experience any difficulties or have questions about using library resources, please contact the library so we may assist you.

library@clarkssummitu.edu | 570.585.9285 (Circulation Desk)

Disability Services: Guidelines & Procedures

Clarks Summit University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to educational opportunities to students with disabilities.

Find more details about Disability Services: Guidelines & Procedures.

Process

  • Self-Identify and Submit Documentation
    It is up to individual students to decide whether they want to disclose their disabilities. The extent of services is determined on a case-by-case basis, and CSU is under no obligation to provide accommodations unless students have provided the appropriate documentation.

    Documentation is kept confidential, and it does not become part of a student’s educational record.

    Documentation can be sent in three ways:
    1.Email: skinder@ClarksSummitU.edu
    2. Mail:  538 Venard Rd
    South Abington Twp., PA 18411
    ATTN: Summer Kinder
    3.Attach to ADA/Accommodations Request form

    Complete ADA/Accommodations Request form

    Disability Services will review the accommodations Intake form and documentation.

  • Meet with Director (online or in person)

     

    During this meeting, the student and the representative from Disability Services will discuss submitted documentation and accommodations that may be appropriate. It is important that Disability Services has all necessary documentation prior to this meeting so that accommodations can be decided upon during the meeting. After this meeting, Disability Services will notify the student of the status of accommodations requested via school-supplied email address.
  • Communicate with Professors

     

    Students are to follow up with each professor/instructor to introduce themselves and to present the accommodations letter/email to each professor/instructor for implementation of accommodations.
  • Request Accommodations Each Semester

     

    Once a student has registered with Disability Services, please follow the accommodation request procedure each semester since courses and needs change.
  • Disability Documentation Guidelines

     

    In order to standardize the process for requesting accommodations, Clarks Summit University has adopted the standards set forth by Educational Testing Services (ETS). These standards are national standards from a well-respected organization, and many of our students will deal with ETS when they take Praxis exams or graduate school exams. We adopt these standards in order to make the process of planning and preparing for college easier for students who require accommodations. Students (and parents) are advised to refer professional evaluators to these guidelines before submission of documentation for an accommodation request.

Further details are provided on our page about Disability Services: Guidelines & Procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Support

  • How long is my application valid?
    Once approved, online students will need to apply one week prior to the beginning of each new session of courses. This will allow the Director of Learning Support Services to contact the appropriate new faculty. The applicant must include the names of the courses to be taken and the professors teaching them.
  • When should I begin the process of applying?
    Students are encouraged to submit the request form well in advance (a minimum of three weeks) of beginning their courses, so the request can be considered, and appropriate plans and arrangements can be implemented in a timely fashion.
  • What if my disability and/or need changes?
    If a student’s disability and/or need changes, a request form should be resubmitted stating the changes and/or new request for accommodations.

Who Do I Contact If I Have an Issue or Question?

The following contacts should be used to receive support in the areas outlined. Some of these links are web pages containing contact information.

Billing: 

CSU Student Email: 

Financial Aid:

LibraryEmail the Library
    (The Library web page also has helpful information)

Online Writing Center: Email the Writing Center
    (Instructions are higher up on this page; also on the Writing Center page)

Portal (Student Portal): Email IT Helpdesk or select one of the available options in our support article

Registrar: Visit the Registrar’s page or Email the Registrar’s Office
(course schedules, forms, transcripts)

SchoologyEmail Distance Education
    (The Schoology Help Center has plenty of useful information)

Technology: Email IT Helpdesk

 

What defines an online class at Clarks Summit University?

At Clarks Summit University, an online class is a course that is taught in a virtual classroom. You will interact with professors and classmates, read textbooks and do assignments, and receive credit for the course. You can take classes online that would move you toward a degree or just for personal enrichment.

How can I find out which online courses are available?

A listing of the Clarks Summit University’s undergraduate, graduate and seminary online and distance learning courses with descriptions are available online: Online degrees (plus links to program descriptions and courses).

How much time do online classes take?

Undergraduate Students should plan on 30 minutes of online time at least five days a week as well as the time necessary to complete offline reading and assignments. Total time required to complete coursework varies according to the individual, but the average time commitment for a three-credit-hour undergraduate class would be 12 to 18 hours a week, including online time.

How long are the online courses?

Almost all online and distance learning education classes run in eight-week sessions.

How much do online classes and distance learning education classes cost?

You can review the online undergraduate, graduate and seminary costs at the Online Tuition and Discounts page.

Will I need to buy course materials?

Yes. Most online and distance learning courses will require textbooks just like courses offered in an on-campus classroom setting. You can find the listed textbooks for upcoming online courses via our eCampus virtual bookstore.

Are online classes self-paced, or are there due dates?

Classes have due dates for assignments to help you pace yourself.

Can I earn my entire degree online?

Yes, we have a variety of fully online degrees. To learn more, email admissions@clarkssummitu.edu.

Will my online degree be competitive?

Yes. It doesn’t matter if you take all your coursework online, on campus or through a combination of the two; your degree will be from Clarks Summit University. Your online degree will be just as competitive as if you had done all your coursework on campus. 

Is an online degree accredited the same as on-campus degrees?

Yes. Clarks Summit University is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, The Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Your degree is accredited regardless of whether you earn it online, on campus or through a combination of the two.

Can I start online learning anytime?

Yes. Class sessions begin five times each year: August, October, January, March and May. You can start in any term.

Will I need to be online at specific times?

No. You can do your coursework at any time. Many assignments will be due by midnight on the due date, but there are no “real-time” requirements.

As an online student, will I be interacting with others?

Yes. CSU’s online courses are heavily interactive. You will be communicating with your professor and participating in discussion with your classmates. Some classes incorporate collaborative group projects as well. This is an exciting opportunity to build relationships with classmates from around the country and the world.

What advising services are available to online students?

Students are assigned an advisor when they are enrolled as students in an academic program. Additional student services and benefits, including discounts on software and access to a wealth of resources through the Murphy Memorial Library, are also available. 

What standards of academic progress do I need to maintain to remain in the program?

The standards of academic progress will vary according to the particular degree requirements. Please check the Academic Policies page, and inquire about the program requirements from your academic advisor for answers to your specific questions. 

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

Do I need a webcam to participate?

The majority of online classes will not require a webcam to participate or complete assignments. Some specialty classes may require a webcam or some way to record short videos.

Will I need to download media files?

Downloading media files is not required for every class but is a component of some online classes. Media files can usually be loaded and played within Schoology; yet most are downloadable if that is desired.

How fast does my internet connection need to be?

Anything faster than 56k (dial-up) should be sufficient. You will be better served with a high-speed connection.

What computer hardware and software do I need?

These considerations are covered at our Information Technology page. A few of our Bible courses also require specific Bible program software, which will be identified in the courses once you have access to them.

How do I turn in my online course assignments?

Online course assignments are uploaded into Schoology, the program which hosts Clarks Summit University’s online classes.

How do I obtain my grades?

All students may set up a Student Portal account. Once this account has been created, students may access all the resources available on Portal, including viewing their final grades. Throughout the course of the class, assignment grades are posted in Schoology.

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