International Student Handbook 2012-2013
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Table of Contents Page Welcome Message
Academic Studies ●
Academic Conduct Misconduct Plagiarism Academic Advising Academic Help Your Academic Status Academic Standing Grades Grade Point Average Types of Academic Standing Registration and Records Adding Classes Dropping/Withdrawing from Classes Enrollment Verification Student Records Student ID Cards PSU OneCard Tuition and Fees How to Pay Tuition and Fees PSU Tuition and Fees Payment Policy Tuition Refund Policy Scholarships and Awards Academic Calendar
Code of Conduct
Academic Misconduct Behavioral Misconduct Housing Issues How the Conduct Process Works Hostile Environment and Harassment Alcohol Policy Smoking Policy Weapons Policy
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The Adjustment Experience Stages of the Cultural Adjustment Process Steps that will help you through the Cultural Adjustment Process International Student Life Team Support
Email, Banking and Telephone Options • PSU Email Accounts ●
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Banking Checking/Savings Accounts Credit Cards
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Telephones Cell Phones Computers Software & Technology
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Employment Options ● ●
On Campus Employment Off Campus Employment Curricular Practical Training Optional Practical Training Economic Hardship Academic Training Getting a Social Security Number
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Entertainment, Activities, Religious Centers and Shopping ● ● ● ● ● ●
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Art and Cultural Events Festivals Parks and Gardens Religious Centers Restaurants and Groceries Shopping Shopping Malls Furniture Textbooks Sports and Recreation Outdoor Activities Weekend Getaways
Getting to Know the Campus
Important PSU Buildings Places of Interest on Campus Family Resources Recycle and ReUse at PSU
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PSU’s Student Coverage Health Insurance Waiver Fees, Coverage Requirements and Deadlines
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PSU Residence Halls First Year Experience Housing Non First Year Furnished Rooms Global Village Meal Plans Other Housing Options University Pointe at College Station College Housing Northwest Host Family (Short-term and Long-term) Short-term, Temporary, or Emergency Housing Off-Campus Housing
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Immigration Regulations ●
Responsibilities of International Students Credit and Enrollment Requirements Co-Enrollment Additional Requirements Grace Period F-1 Students and F-2 Dependents J-1 Students and J-2 Dependents Immigration Documents Passport I-94 Card I-20 DS-2019 Immigrations Transfer Process Travel
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70 Personal Safety Tips Personal Possessions Personal Boundaries Reporting Options Support Services Emergency Services
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TriMet Student FlexPass Program Car Rental Bicycles
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Special Thanks We would like to thank the PSU Iranian Student Association (ISA) for sharing information and materials which have been used in this handbook. Cover Images Images by PSU international students including Vu Tran and Khalil Alfuraih. Disclaimer All information contained within this document was correct on September 1st, 2012. For the most up to date version of this document, please see our website: http:/www./oia.pdx.edu/intl_students/orientation.
Welcome to Portland State University (PSU)
We extend a special welcome to all new international students at PSU. As an international student, you have a unique opportunity to expand and share your cultural, social, and academic experiences. We encourage you to come in to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)* with any questions you may have. Not only can we provide important information about your immigration status, but we can also answer questions about PSU, the city of Portland and the surrounding area. Our office is located in: East Hall, Room 101 632 SW Hall Street (Corner of Broadway Ave. and Hall St.) 503-725-4094 email@example.com http://www.oia.pdx.edu The International Student Lounge is located in East Hall, Room 122.
International Student & Scholar Services wishes you a successful and memorable time at PSU.
*see glossary for definition
Office of International Student and Scholar Services Staff Directory Call 503-725 + extension Name
Visiting Scholar Advisor (J-1)
Graduate Assistant for ISSS
International Student Life Assistant
International Student & SEVIS Advisor
International Student Life Advisor
International Student Advisor
Middle Eastern Student Advisor
International Student Life Advisor
Associate Director & Advisor, ISSS
International Student Advisor
IELP & ESL Student Advisor
IELP International Student Advisor
International Faculty Advisor
Associate Director, Intâ€™l Student Life
Academic Studies Learning how to operate in a new academic situation is a challenge, and doing so in a different culture and in another language can be especially challenging. In many cultures, there is a great difference in status between students and professors. Students listen quietly, not questioning what the professor says. In the U.S., it is acceptable for students to ask questions and discuss topics with the professor. You are expected to come to class on time, to notify your professor ahead of time if you will be absent, and to participate. During your first class, your professors will give you a syllabus, which lists office hours, and when and how they can be contacted. If you have a problem with the material presented in class, it is expected that you will see the professor during office hours and ask for help. The syllabus also tells when assignments are due. The dress code is informal in U.S. classrooms. Smoking is not permitted in classrooms or university offices. Some professors permit students to have food and beverages in the classroom. (Reprinted from Ohio State University International Student Handbook)
Academic Conduct Americans value originality and individual achievement. These values are reflected in the rules of academic honesty, and thus, students are evaluated academically on their own original work. What constitutes academic honesty varies from culture to culture, and it is important to understand the rules of academic conduct at PSU.
behaviors: • • • • • •
Academic Misconduct (Cheating) In many cultures, it is common for students to collaborate on papers and projects. In the U.S. it is against the rules to do so, unless the professor states that the paper or project is to be worked on in groups. PSU defines academic misconduct as any of the following Violating course rules as stated in the course syllabus (this includes getting assistance from or providing assistance to another student or students on a project or paper). Providing or receiving information during quizzes and examinations. Falsifying, fabricating, or dishonest reporting of research results. Taking the place of another student or enlisting another student to take your place in an examination. Altering grades or marks by the student in an effort to change the earned grade Plagiarizing.
Plagiarism In the U.S., ideas are considered the property of their author. It is considered stealing to use the ideas of another in a paper or presentation without giving credit to the author of the idea. Types of plagiarism include: • Word-for-word copying of someone else’s work without attributing the source (this would include using the words of an author or another student without indicating that they are not your own). • Changing a few words of someone else’s work but not acknowledging that the ideas are not your own. When using the ideas of another person, give that person’s name and the publication where the ideas were published. If you have any questions about this, contact your instructor. (Reprinted from Ohio State University International Student Handbook)
Academic Advising The goal of PSU's academic advising services is to assist you in understanding the following: • • • •
Both the requirements for graduation and the university's institutional policies. What campus resources are available. The value of activities outside the classroom. The balance between your responsibilities and those of the university.
PSU believes that academic advising should be a part of your entire academic career, beginning with your pre-admissions contacts with the university and with International Student Orientation, and that you should have frequent contact with advisors during the entire time you attend PSU. Academic advising, provided by both professional advisors and faculty advisors, will assist you with the following: • • • • • • •
Exploration of personal life goals. Exploration of career and academic goals (including graduation and professional programs). Integration of personal, academic, and career goals. Selection of general education options, degree, and major or program of study Selection and scheduling of courses. Understanding university policies and regulations. Information about and referral to university resources and services.
Undergraduate and transfer students should visit an academic advisor in their department. If you are an undergraduate student and you are thinking about changing your major, you should visit Advising & Career Services: Advising & Career Services University Services Building, Room 402 503-725-4005 askACS@pdx.edu http://www.pdx.edu/uasc Graduate students are assigned an academic advisor within their graduate department. Graduate students should also become familiar with the Office of Graduate Studies which is the principal resource for studentâ€™s graduate programs: Office of Graduate Studies Extended Studies Building (XSB), Room 184 503-725-8410 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pdx.edu/ogs/ Academic Help A variety of resources exist on campus to provide students with direct academic assistance. In addition to the office hours of their professors, there is also a Math Lab, the Writing Center and the Learning Center. Students can use these resources to receive help with specific assignments, general concepts or ideas, preparing for tests, conforming to the different stylistic guidelines (e.g., MLA, Chicago, APA), and a variety of different subject-specific assistance. More information can be found at the following websites or under the following numbers: Math Computer Lab Fariborz Maseeh Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Neuberger, Room 465 Math Tutoring Neuberger Hall, Atrium outside of Room 334 http://www.mth.pdx.edu (With tutoring schedule) 503-725-3621 Learning Center Millar Library, Second Floor http://www.pdx.edu/tutoring/ 503-725-4448 Writing Center Cramer Hall, Room 188 http://www.writingcenter.pdx.edu 503-725-3570 9
Graduating is not always as simple as it may appear to be. There are three sets of requirements for a baccalaureate degree at PSU: •
General education (University Studies or the Honors Program).
Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Music).
For a graduate degree, students should consult with their academic advisor to find out about their graduate degree requirements. It is important that you stay in touch with your academic advisor to ensure that you meet the requirements for each of these areas or you may find that you have to spend additional time studying at PSU. This, in turn, could jeopardize your immigration status. Your Academic Status International students must maintain full-time status (a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and a minimum of 9 credit hours for graduate students in every term enrolled). If you choose to WITHDRAW from a course or change the grading option to AUDIT, you MUST consult with your international student advisor prior to doing so. Reducing your credit load to less than full time may place you out of status with the United States Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS)*. Failure to maintain the proper number of credits may also result in you having to abandon your studies and return to your home country. Do not take too many classes. Give yourself time to adjust to the U.S., to PSU, and to your classes. Taking too many classes can result in you receiving low grades and increasing your stress level. Taking too many classes may also endanger your academic standing and admission to professional programs. Listen to your academic and international student advisors.
Academic Standing Grades End of term grades are available on the Wednesday following finals week. Students may view grades and print grade reports using the PSU Information System called https://my.pdx.edu* online. Calculating your Grade Point Average (GPA)* Each letter grade corresponds to a numeric value on a scale from 0.0 to 4.0, in which A corresponds to 4.0. A student’s academic success for a quarter is measured cumulatively, which is computed by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of credits taken. Under specific circumstances, letters such as: I (incomplete); W (Withdraw); X (No basis for grade); P (Pass); and NP (No Pass) may appear in grade reports. These letters are not grades and are not included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. *see glossary for definition 10
Grade Scale Grade
Types of Academic Standing Good Academic Standing Course hours are completed with a satisfactory grade point average required for a specific year of college so that the student is making satisfactory progress. Academic Warning A notice that your grades are below the academic requirements. The minimum university grade point average is 2.0 (higher for some majors) for graduation with a baccalaureate degree and 3.0 for a graduate degree. Academic Probation An enrollment restriction as a result of poor grades. If you are placed on academic probation, be certain to consult your international student advisor. Academic Disqualification A suspension from the university due to academic difficulties. If you are placed on academic probation, you will be automatically disqualified at the end of the following quarter after the warning if you have not raised your GPA. Please note: In case of academic warning, probation, disqualification/suspension, consult ISSS. For additional information on warning levels and GPA requirements, see the PSU Bulletin or consult your major department. 11
Office Hours Each instructor and professor has regularly scheduled office hours each week. During this time, students can meet with their professors to discuss course work, ask questions, or get to know their professor. Professors often recommend that students schedule time to see them within their office hours. Information on office hours will be available in the course syllabus for each class or by contacting the professor or the department office.
Registration and Records All new international students are eligible to register for their first term of classes online before International Student Orientation. For all registration periods following their initial term of enrollment at PSU, students will register on their own. Students can register for classes during the pre-term registration period and may make changes to their registration until after the term begins. Pre-term registration dates are prioritized according to student class standings, which are determined by the number of credits a student has earned. It is important for students to be aware of the available dates for registration, as well as deadlines for adding and dropping classes, making grade changes, withdrawing from classes, refund percentages and other policies. You can find these dates in the PSU Student Handbook, or online at: http://www.pdx.edu/registration/calendar or on page 17 of this handbook. If you are unsure which classes to register for, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Student Identification Number (PSU ID Number) PSU assigns each student an ID number which will be used during your studies at PSU. Your PSU ID number will be a 9-digit number beginning with the number 9. Adding Classes A student who has registered and wishes to add a course may do so in the first two weeks of the quarter. If you want to add a class after the first week, you must go to the Registration windows in Neuberger Hall Lobby and complete a Special Registration Form. Dropping/Withdrawing from Classes Classes may be dropped during the first four weeks of the quarter online. If you wish to drop a class after this time, you must get permission from the academic department delivering the class. The department will stamp or sign the Special Registration Form, which can be obtained at the Registrarâ€™s Office.
After you have this form filled out by the academic department, you will need to take it to the Registration window in Neuberger Hall Lobby. You must get permission from an international student advisor if you want or need to drop below full time enrollment. You can find out more information on paying fees on the Business Affairs website: http://www.pdx.edu/bao/payments Please note: If you do not officially drop a class that you do not attend, or if you receive an X grade, you will fail the class, be charged for the class and you will be expected to pay the fees. You may also violate your student status because this course may not be counted as part of your full time course load. Be sure to check your term calendar in the Bulletin for deadline dates. Enrollment Verification If you need to provide verification of enrollment, you may obtain this at the registration windows. Often, this is necessary for health and car insurance, scholarships, loans, and employers. If the verification does not have to be signed by a university official, a student can print their schedule from the web. Some students may also require this verification in the form of a status letter. These may be requested from ISSS by filling out a Student Request Form. Status letter requests take about three to five business days to process, so please plan accordingly. Student Records The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)* gives domestic and international students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These include the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentâ€™s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. FERPA authorizes the university to make public disclosure, upon request, of student directory information. Student directory information includes the studentâ€™s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, number of credits earned, and the fact of enrollment, including whether the student is enrolled full-time or part-time. Students may request nondisclosure of student directory information by specifying nondisclosure, in writing, to: The Office of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid Portland State University, PO Box 751 Portland, OR, 97207-0751 Due to FERPA regulations, the university cannot release information to parents and family; therefore it is always important to keep them up to date on your academic and living situations. International students should be aware that the Patriot Act gives special permission to employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)*. At their request, university officials are required to release information to Homeland Security about any F-1 or J-1 students who are currently studying at or have previously studied at PSU. 13
*see glossary for definition
Student ID Cards If you are enrolled in one or more credits at PSU, you are eligible for a student ID card which can be used to access many services on campus and in the community. To get an ID card, students must go to the Neuberger Hall ID Windows and have a photo taken. A $15 fee is then charged to your account. A valid ID can be used on campus for building and parking access, the library, computer labs, athletic events and gym facilities. Off campus, the ID can be used for discounted movie ticket, museum passes, the Japanese Gardens and for Symphony tickets, and other places that accept student ID cards. PSU OneCard PSU students also have an ID card called the PSU. Higher One distributes university refunds to you onto the card. You can choose to have the funds deposited to a free OneAccount checking account, transferred to an existing bank account, or have a paper check mailed to you. If you choose to open a OneAccount checking account, you can use your ID card as a debit card off campus wherever MasterCard is accepted. Manage your OneCard online at: https://psuone.higheroneaccount.com/ The Higher One institution does not have any physical branches in Portland, so if an issue arises (fraud, card theft, overdraft fees, etc.) it must be resolved over the phone. For further information about ID cards, please contact: ID Services, Neuberger Hall Lobby 503-725-8333 http://www.pdx.edu/bao/id-card-services
Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees are determined by the Oregon State University System (OUS) Board of Higher Education and are subject to change. Each year, the Offices of Admissions and ISSS determines how much money international students will need for tuition, fees and other normal living expenses. For more information on tuition and fees see: http://www.pdx.edu/registration/tuition.html
How to Pay Tuition and Fees You have three options for paying your tuition and fees: 1. Online: You can pay using the PSU Information System at: https://my.pdx.edu • There is a $50.00 fee if you use a visa card. • You can pay with an e-Check if you have a checking account (separate bank fees may apply). • MasterCard, American Express and Discover have a service charge of 2.75% • If you open a PSU one account you can pay through that, free of charge. 2. U.S. mail: You can send a check in the mail. 3. In person: You can visit the cashier’s windows in the Neuberger Hall lobby and pay using cash or check. (Please note: during the first several weeks of each term, lines can be very long.) Tuition and Fees Payment Policy Oregon University System and Portland State University policies require payment of tuition, housing and fees by the 10th of every month. If payment is not received, interest and billing fees will be applied on the billing statement on the 15th of the month. Students who cannot meet fee payment deadlines may choose the Revolving Charge Account Plan. For more information on the payment policy see: http://www.pdx.edu/bao/payments Students are financially responsible for all classes for which they are registered prior to the second week of each term. Students who discover that they cannot attend must cancel their registration prior to the second week of each term to avoid financial obligation. Tuition Refund Policy Students receive a: • 100% refund for courses dropped before the second week of the term. • 70% refund for courses dropped in the second week of the term. • 40% refund for courses dropped in the third week of the term. • 20% refund for courses dropped in the fourth week of the term. For more information on tuition refunds see: http://www.pdx.edu/bao/tuition-refunds
Scholarships and Awards ISSS administers three scholarships that are available to qualified F-1 and J-1 students: ● International Student Retention Scholarship. ● International Cultural Service Program Scholarship. ● Keith Morden Memorial Scholarship. Please go to: http://www.oia.pdx.edu/intl_students/scholarships for more information. 15
PSU International Admissions administers one scholarship: â—? International Achievement Scholarship (this scholarship is only awarded to new students who have not yet attended PSU classes with a PSU I-20 or DS 2019). Please go to: http://www.pdx.edu/scholarships/future-international for more information. Diversity Scholarships recognize students who demonstrate outstanding achievement, service to school and community, leadership qualities and the potential to contribute to the diversity of the campus community. A specific goal of the scholarship is to attract and support students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to the learning environment by sharing their strengths and diverse perspectives. International students often qualify for these scholarships. Portland State University has a number of scholarships and awards which are administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, by individual academic departments, or by special committees developed for specific scholarships. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships administers the general undergraduate scholarships, many of which are open to international students. These scholarships generally are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, promise, and financial need. International students should also contact the department responsible for their program of study to find out if that department has scholarships or fellowships that are open to international students. Students apply for the general undergraduate scholarships, as well as many of the departmental scholarships, through one single online scholarship application. The link to that online scholarship application, as well as additional information about specific PSU scholarships in the online PSU Scholarship Database, is available online at: http://www.pdx.edu/scholarships/ Another great resource for information on national scholarships is: http://www.fastweb.com While many scholarships are available only to U.S. citizens, there are often scholarships that are available to international students as well. Be sure that any scholarships of interest to you are not limited to U.S. citizens.
Portland State University 2012-2013 Academic Calendar 2012-2013 Important Dates to Remember
Class schedule April 30th available Pre-term May 14th registration begins Classes begin September 24th Last day to apply September 28th for undergraduate For Winter graduation degree Last day of 100% September 30th refund for dropped classes* Last day to add September 30th classesꜝ Period for 70% October 1st-7th refund for dropped classesꜝ Last day add October 5th classes (with special approval) Last day to drop October 7th classes without a Wꜝ 40% refund for October 8th-14th dropped classes, W is recordedꜝ 20% refund for October 15th-21st dropped classes, W is recordedꜝ Last day to November 11th withdraw from classes with a Wꜝ Last day to November 11th change grading optionꜝ Classes End December 2nd Final Exams Week December 3rd-8th Grades posted December 12th online Holidays November 12th, (University is 22nd & 23rd closed) ꜝYou MUST speak to an Immigration drop a class.
January 7th January 11th For Spring graduation January 13th
April 1st April 5th For Summer graduation April 7th
January 28thFebruary 3rd
March 17th March 18th-23rd March 27th
June 9th June 10th-15th June 19th
Advisor in East Hall, Room 101 before you
Code of Conduct All Portland State University Students are bound by the Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility. The University supports the right of all people to live and learn in a safe and respectful environment that promotes free speech. The student conduct code is designed to protect the freedoms and fundamental rights of all members of the University community. The Code applies to all students and activities at the University, during any University event (regardless of location) and to off-campus conduct that is connected to the University. Academic Misconduct In the Code of Conduct, Academic Misconduct is defined as the act of knowingly or intentionally taking credit for the work of another person. This includes cheating, plagiarism (such as word for word copying, using borrowed words or phrases from an original text, or paraphrasing another writer's ideas), buying or selling course assignments and performing academic assignments (including tests and exams) for other people. It is also against the rules to give the University false information (in the form of forged or altered University documents and records) or knowingly failing to provide required information to the University. If your professor discovers that you have cheated or plagiarized an assignment they can give you a failing grade and they will report you to the Director of Conduct. Behavioral Misconduct A quick list of things you should not do on the Portland State University campus: ● Bring weapons like knives or guns to campus. ● Bring, sell or use drugs like marijuana on campus. ● Harm or threaten to harm other people on campus. ● Stalk or harass other students, faculty or staff. ○ Stalking is defined in the code as repeatedly following another person or repeatedly sending electronic (like emails) or telephonic (like texts or phone calls) communication after you have been told to stop. ○ Basically, if someone asks you to stop a certain behavior – just stop! If you have concerns about the request to stop the behavior, ask a trusted advisor what you should do. ● Sexually harass or assault other students, faculty or staff. ○ This piece of the code is taken very seriously by the University. The consequences for these actions can be very severe.
Again, if someone asks you to stop a certain behavior – stop right away! If you have concerns about the request to stop the behavior, ask a trusted advisor what you should do. Drink or carry alcohol on campus (if you are under 21 years old). Sell or give alcohol to other people who are under 21 years old. Smoke cigarettes in non-smoking areas. Illegally download movies, music or programs from the Internet using the University computer systems. ○
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Housing Issues If you live in University Housing you must also follow the rules found in the Standards of Residence, which you can find on the Housing website: http://www.pdx.edu/housing How the Conduct Process Works ● The Complaint: Anyone can submit a written complaint to the Director of Conduct alleging that a student has broken a rule in the Code of Conduct. The Director of Conduct reviews the complaint and decides whether to move forward with an investigation. •
The Email: If he decides to investigate the complaint, the Director of Conduct will send an email to your PSU email address. This email describes the complaint and requests a meeting to investigate the matter.
The Meeting: You are required to participate in the meeting. During the meeting you have the opportunity to talk about the situation. The Director of Conduct has the right to decide whether you are responsible or not without your participation. Sometimes, the Director of Conduct will decide that someone else should hear the complaint. This may be a different Conduct Officer, or it may be the Student Conduct Committee.
The Decision: After the meeting the Director of Conduct will send you his decision via email to your PSU email address. If you are found responsible you will be assigned sanctions, which are assignments you must complete by a certain deadline. If you are found responsible you may also be assigned a conduct fee. This fee will be charged to your PSU student account.
The Sanctions: Assigned sanctions can include mediation, monetary restitution, an educational assignment such as researching and writing a paper, disciplinary probation, and even suspension or expulsion from the University. If you do not complete the sanction by the assigned deadline a hold will be placed on your student account which prevents you from registering for classes or dropping classes online. It can also prevent you from requesting transcripts from the University when you leave PSU.
If you have any questions about the Student Code of Conduct, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life. You can reach the office by phone at 503-725- 4422, by email at: email@example.com or by visiting the office in SMSU, Room 433. Please note: These Code highlights are for your convenience only. The full Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility is available at: http://www.pdx.edu/dos/ psu-student-code-conduct 19
Hostile Environment and Harassment A work or learning environment is “hostile” when unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical behavior of a prohibited nature is severe and pervasive enough to unreasonably interfere with an employee’s work or a student’s learning, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment to a “reasonable person.” The hostile environment standard focuses on the “poisoning” of a work or learning environment rather than on tangible actions directed against a person. An employer, teacher, co-worker, vendor, or fellow student can create a hostile environment. Individuals holding positions of authority are responsible for ensuring that employees or students do not create a hostile environment. A single incident or a few incidents may not necessarily rise to the level of illegal harassment; however, a single extreme incident could constitute prohibited discrimination or harassment. Each matter needs to be evaluated individually. If severe and pervasive enough to interfere with work or learning, the following types of conduct may create a hostile environment: • • • • • • •
Jokes or insults. Flirting. Comments about a person’s body or sex life. Sexually degrading comments. Repeated invitations for dates. Abusive language directed at a person because of his or her belonging to a protected class. Sexually crude hand gestures, leering at the body, sexually suggestive winking, standing too close.
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Display of posters, cartoons, etc. regarding sexually suggestive themes, race, religion, etc. Pornography. Sexually suggestive “gifts.” Stalking behavior. Touching, hugging, kissing, or patting. Intentional and repeated brushing or bumping against a person’s body. Restraining or blocking a person’s movement.
Some behaviors, which may be acceptable in certain contexts, are inappropriate in the workplace or classroom, particularly if an objection is expressed. Whether or not the behavior is contrary to law or university policy depends upon the circumstances of each case. Taken from http://www.ohsu.edu/aaeo/investigation/hostile_environment.html • •
For Campus Public Safety Office Information, go to: http://www.pdx.edu/cpso/safety-security For policies, go to: http://www.pdx.edu/fadm/internal-management-directives
Alcohol Policy • The PSU campus has been designated “Drug free” and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Campus Public Safety Office. • Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the PSU Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior University approval. Organizations or groups 20
violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by the University. The State of Oregon sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage. Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, are available from the Campus Public Safety Office. Effective January 1, 1990, a package of state laws was passed regarding alcohol. They include the following: • Minor in possession – any attempt to purchase by a person under 21 years is a violation (up to $250 fine). • Providing liquor to a minor – Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in prison and a fine, plus restitution and community service). • Mandatory minimums: 1st conviction is $350; 2nd conviction is $1,000; 3rd or subsequent conviction is $1,000 and 30 days imprisonment. • For the purposes of the Oregon DUII statutes, for a person under 21 years of age, any amount of alcohol in the blood constitutes being under the influence of intoxicating liquor (Class A misdemeanor: penalty of up to 1 year and $2,500 fine, and suspension or revocation of driving privileges). o A violation of any law regarding alcohol is also a violation of the University's Student Code of Conduct and will be treated as a separate disciplinary matter by the University.
Smoking Policy • No tobacco products are sold on campus. • Smoking is to be prohibited within 25 feet of doors, windows that open and air intakes or any other covered area. • Urban Plaza is smoke-free, which includes all open space between the College of Urban & Public Affairs and the Academic & Student Recreation Center. • Smoking is also prohibited in any area of University Housing, including entryways. Clean Air Corridor Policy • PSU has established a Clean Air Corridor that includes all of the space in between Lincoln Hall and Shattuck Hall. Click here to view the corridor: http://www.pdx.edu/healthycampus/cac-map • The corridor is a pollution free zone, which means that there is no smoking permitted in addition to not allowing the usage of other pollutant creators such as small utility vehicles and pressure washers among others. Weapons Policy • The policy of the Oregon University System is that the possession of weapons, including firearms, is prohibited on all property owned or controlled by the Oregon University System. • Students, faculty, staff, and guests of PSU may not bring weapons, including firearms, onto University owned or controlled property. Students who violate this prohibition will be subject to appropriate discipline through the Student Conduct Code process. Similarly, faculty or staff members who violate this prohibition will be subject to appropriate discipline through the applicable employee discipline process.
Cultural Adjustment The Adjustment Experience When you decided to study in the U.S., you may have anticipated that some adjustments would have to be made with respect to differences in climate, food, time, and culture. The cultural adjustment process is not an easy or comfortable one, but it can be an extremely productive and rewarding experience. It may take several months to feel comfortable in your new environment. Many people attain new levels of self-awareness, personal growth, and gain a new understanding of their own cultures in addition to that of the new country. Although everyone goes through some adjustment process, it is important to remember that the experience is different for each of us! Stages of the Cultural Adjustment Process Stage 1: You may experience general anxiety combined with a great deal of excitement. There are many details to keep you busy. Often, you find there is no real time to sit down and think during the first few weeks in a new place. When the excitement wears off, you may feel very emotional. Stage 2: When the initial excitement fades, you may feel a lot of frustration and become tired of operating in English. It may seem to take forever to accomplish something that once took you a very short time. You may miss friends and family back home and have less energy and tolerance than usual. Changes may occur in your eating and sleeping habits. This is a time you need to pay extra attention to your health. It is important to remember that this is a normal and expected part of the cultural adjustment process. Stage 3: A greater sense of regularity now becomes noticeable. During this time, you may find that you laugh at the mistakes that irritated you only a few weeks ago. You may also find that information is more easily absorbed, and your energy level is higher. Stage 4: The final stage is a sense of ease in the new culture. You have a better understanding of how the culture works, and parts of it may even begin to feel comfortable.
Steps that will help you through the Cultural Adjustment Process: Be aware of the cultural adjustment process. Realize that it is natural to miss your family, friends, and home. Talk about these feelings with someone you feel comfortable with, or someone who has experienced the same feelings in the past. Spend time with people from your home country or other international students. There are many international student organizations that you can join to meet new friends. Find an American to be a cultural informant for you to gain insights into American culture. Also, try asking several different Americans the same question. The differences and similarities in answers may surprise you. Stay busy. Get involved in activities, but also continue hobbies and sports that you enjoy in your home country. Maintain your sense of humor. Anyone who has lived in another culture has funny and/or embarrassing stories. You are not alone. Laughing at these situations can ease the tension. Keep realistic expectations. It may take longer to accomplish tasks in a new culture, a new academic environment, and a new language. 23
Remain open minded, flexible, and adaptable. You will find things that do not make sense. Remember that you are experiencing these events through your particular cultural lens. It will take some time before you can see through an American lens. Remember that being in a new culture can be confusing. It is often difficult to figure things out on your own, so ask questions. Communicate with your professors at PSU. In many cultures students do not talk to professors, but here, in the United States, it is extremely important to talk to your professors. If you do not understand an assignment, are going to miss a class, or are unable to hand in an assignment, talk to your professors. The only way they can make informed decisions about your class work is if you inform them. If you feel uncomfortable speaking with them directly, you can speak to an advisor in ISSS.
International Student Life Team Support The International Student Life Team exists to support students during their time at PSU. If you are having any adjustment issues, you can visit the International Student Lounge, East Hall, Room 122, Monday-Friday, 1-4pm and speak with an advisor. The International Student Life Team organizes many events and activities which you can get involved in to help you meet new people and learn more about Portland. All international students receive two communications each week which contain important information about upcoming trips, events and activities. Be sure to check your PSU email regularly to ensure you stay up to date with what is happening on and off campus.
Email, Banking and Telephone Options PSU Email Accounts PSU offers free email accounts to all students. Students must use the account not only for the email service, but also for accessing student accounts and information on class registration, financial aid, and Desire2Learn (D2L)*. ISSS only sends emails to student’s PSU email accounts. Forwarding emails to an outside email account is not reliable, so be sure to check your PSU email regularly. If you have questions regarding your email account, D2L account or access to my.pdx.edu please contact the Office of Information Technology at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-725-4357.
Banking Checking/Savings Accounts Opening a checking and/or savings account is a good way to keep your money safe whilst you are in the U.S. Basic information will be asked of you to prevent fraud. A Social Security Number (SSN)* should not be required to open an account. If you have any questions about opening an account, please contact the International Student Life Team in East Hall, Room 122.
Credit Cards In order to apply for a credit card, a credit history and SSN are needed. A good credit history is a requirement for many financial affairs like attaining good interest rates on loans, but unfortunately new students usually do not have a credit history in the U.S.. To build a good credit history, it is recommended not to purchase more than half of your credit line each month and to pay the balance on due dates. Things to look for when selecting a bank: • Amount of branches and ATMs/cash points in the area. • Online banking system. • Student benefits. Banks around campus include Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bank, and Umpqua.
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Telephones There are many different phone companies which provide land line service inside your home or apartment. Often phone companies offer packages (bundles of phone service, wireless service, cable TV service, etc.) for lower prices than you would pay if you signed up for each service separately. Be very careful, though, when entering into such agreements, as most “good deals” require a year or longer commitment. A phone company will charge an initial installation fee (about $60.00), and there will also be monthly fees (depending upon services, they can be $20-$50). For general plans, you will not be charged for local calls you make from your home, but you will usually be charged for “long distance” calls. Please note: Long distance often means outside the greater Portland area! As cell phones become more popular, there are fewer and fewer public phones, but those that do exist are mostly still coin-operated rather than card-operated. Phones can be found in public places and a local call is usually $0.50 and you can talk for an unlimited period of time. The phone company publishes telephone books for every town. Most people who receive telephone services are listed alphabetically in the telephone books. If you would prefer to not be listed, you need to tell the phone company this when you sign up for service. Local information or directory assistance can be obtained by dialing 411. Check the front of the phone book for area codes and tips on how to find long-distance numbers. There is a charge for 411 calls. Please note: Oregon uses a system of 10-digits. In the Portland area, you must dial the area code (503) or (971) before dialing the phone number. All calls with the area code (541) are considered long distance.
Cell Phones There are various cell phone providers in the area whose plans and prices vary. Provides include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Virgin Mobile. The best way to find what you are looking for is to go into a store and see what they have to offer. Remember to shop around before you decide on a particular provider. Please note: Prepaid services are not as common in the U.S. as they are in other countries.
Computers Many computer manufacturers offer discounts to students which can be obtained by confirming your PSU e-mail account through their website or logging into your my.pdx.edu account in the store. This is a great way to cut costs! Some of the companies that offer this discounted pricing are: • Dell: http://premier.dell.com/portal/messages.aspx?c=US&l=en&s=hied&cs=RC1233169 • Apple: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/findyourschool • Lenovo: http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/portlandstate/StdAffinityPortal/en_ US/StdAffinity:Home?home=portlandstate&affinity=portlandstate&menuid=products • HP: http://hp.force.com/external/pdx?client=pdx&schoolSearchPin=AP7607&jumpid=ex_ r329_app_psu_012711&aoid=82120
Software & Technology Many software and technology companies also offer discounts on their products for students. Popular programs that are available include Microsoft Office and Adobe Illustrator. One website that includes these programs and several other is TechHead which you can access here: http://techhead.org/highered/
Employment Options On-Campus Employment On-campus employment is granted to full-time students as long as it does not interfere with the studentâ€™s program of study or delay graduation. New international students are eligible to work on-campus as soon as they report to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), but no sooner than 30 days prior to their first term of study. Transfer students may work on campus as soon as PSU has issued them an I-20. Permission must be obtained from ISSS before beginning work. At your request, ISSS will review your eligibility and then issue a letter authorizing you to work on campus. If you do not already have one, you will need to present this letter (along with a letter of offer from your employer) to the Social Security Administration Office to obtain a Social Security Number (See SSN section on page 31 for more details). The PSU Human Resources Office will also need to see your on campus employment authorization letter. The office is located at: PSU Human Resources Office Market Center Building (MCB) 1600 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 518 Federal regulations limit your on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while classes are in session. In your annual vacation term, you may work full time (40 hours per week) on campus even if you choose to take classes. If you work more than 20 hours in one week (outside of your vacation term), you are working illegally.
On-campus jobs are posted on Career Connect: https://portland.experience.com/er/security/login.jsp
International students are not eligible for “work study” positions on campus. If you would like assistance writing you resume or a cover letter, please contact Advising & Career Services (contact details below). Located within Advising & Career Services, the Student Employment Office posts hundreds of part-time jobs, many of which are degree related. Please note that you MAY NOT work off-campus without prior authorization from ISSS and/or USCIS. For more information contact: Advising & Career Services University Services Building (USB), Room 402 503-725-4613 askACS@pdx.edu http://www.pdx.edu/careers
Off Campus Employment Students with F-1 Visa Status Practical Training Practical training is employment in a student’s major field of study. You are eligible for practical training if you have been a full-time enrolled student for one academic year and are in F-1 status. There are two types of practical training: Curricular (CPT) and Optional (OPT). Curricular Practical Training (CPT)* In order to be eligible for CPT, you must be in F-1 status and have been enrolled for 9 consecutive months, unless you are enrolled in a graduate program which requires that all students in your program begin an internship earlier within the first academic year of the program. This exemption currently applies only to programs in the Graduate School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Education. CPT must be related to your field of study. This type of practical training can be an internship, cooperative education, practicum, or professional experience listed as a course in your curriculum. It may be full-time or part-time employment and must be credit bearing. Additionally, the credit you earn for doing CPT must count toward the completion of your degree. Because CPT credit must be degree related, you may only use CPT before you have met your degree requirements. Please note: If you complete a total of 12 months of full-time CPT, you are not eligible for any period of Optional Practical Training (OPT). Part-time CPT does not affect a student's eligibility for OPT. *see glossary for definition 29
Authorization for CPT is obtained from ISSS. You must submit your CPT application to EH 101 at least ten business days prior to your employment start date and you may not begin working until you have been authorized. If you start working before you are authorized, or if you fail to request a timely extension, you are considered to be working illegally. Optional Practical Training (OPT)* Optional Practical Training (OPT) enables international students to gain valuable work experience related to their fields of study. F-1 students are eligible for up to 12 months of full-time employment authorization for each HIGHER level of education completed (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD). Applications are filed with ISSS, but it is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that approves the applications. While OPT is not employer specific, OPT work must be related to the field of study for the degree program listed on the I-20. International students who wish to gain OPT authorization must demonstrate that they are in valid F-1 status, which means that they must have been enrolled full time for a full academic year prior to the OPT start date. Some Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students may apply for a 17month extension. Please visit the ISSS office or attend an OPT/CPT workshop, held throughout the academic year (http://www.oia.pdx.edu/isss) for more information about: • • • •
Pre-completion vs. Post-completion OPT. Application timing (at least three months before you plan to start working). Starting OPT / Travel while on OPT (it is not advised that anyone travel before they get approved for OPT). Unemployment during OPT period.
Economic Hardship Off-Campus Employment Authorization can be granted based upon severe economic hardship if you are in good academic standing, carry a full-time course load, and have been in F-1 status for nine consecutive months. Economic Hardship authorization allows students to work off campus in any job for up to 20 hours per week during the term and full time during the annual vacation term. Severe economic hardship is a situation caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond your control. This may include a loss of tuition waiver, loss of on campus employment, substantial fluctuation in the value of currency or the exchange rate from your home country, unexpected changes in the financial condition of your source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses. An increase in tuition does not constitute an unforeseen economic need. Please see your international student advisor for more information. *see glossary for definition
Students with J1 Visa Status Employment authorization for J-1 students takes the form of a letter from ISSS. J-1 students may work on campus just as F-1 students may, however most J-1 students choose to work off campus if at all. To do so, Academic Training must be authorized. Academic Training (AT) Students with J-1 status are eligible for Academic Training (AT). AT is a term used by the United States Department of State to describe employment in the student’s major field of study. This training may be done at a company or an organization and either before or after completion of studies. To be eligible, you must find work that is directly related to your field of study as indicated on your DS-2019 form, and you must be a fulltime student in good academic standing. Authorization for academic training is provided by ISSS. Please see your international student advisor for more information about the approval process. Employment can only begin after you have received authorization from ISSS.
Getting a Social Security Number (SSN) To be employed in the U.S., you must have a Social Security Card. You can apply for a card at any Social Security office. Please be sure to bring: • An employment authorization letter and offer letter from your supervisor. • Passport. • I-94 Departure Card (white card from Customs). • DS-2019 or I-20 certificate of eligibility form. Be sure to get your receipt as this is your only proof of employment eligibility until you receive your card in the mail. Make sure you provide the Social Security Office with a valid mailing address on your application. Social Security Office Locations: 1538 SW Yamhill Portland, OR, 97205 (Closest location to PSU) 211 NE Schuyler St Portland, OR, 97212 17421 SE McLoughlin Blvd Milwaukie, OR, 97267 11975 SW 2nd St Beaverton, OR, 97005 You can also find a list of Social Security Administration Offices here: http://www.ssa.gov
Entertainment, Activities, Religious Centers and Shopping Arts and Cultural Events Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night Colored Pencils is an event celebrating new Portland, with traditional culinary arts, and an extraordinary mix of fine and performing artists. http://www.coloredpencilsart.com/ First Thursday The art galleries in downtown Portland invite you to join them on the first Thursday of every month for an evening of free art, music, food, and drinks. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the art exhibits; hours are generally 6pm-9pm and during the warmer months, you will find more galleries participating. http://www.firstthursdayportland.com/ Last Thursday On the last Thursday of every month there is a street fair on NE Alberta Street that takes place in galleries and shops during the winter months, and outside during warmer months, with tables set up by local artisans and traveling merchants along the sidewalk. Street performers and food carts also participate in the street fair. Last Thursday begins in the early evening and goes late into the evening. http://www.lastthursdayonalberta.com/ Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the publicâ€™s understanding of science and technology. OMSI makes science exciting and relevant through exhibits, programs, and experiences that are presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion. http://www.omsi.edu/home The Oregon Ballet Theatre The Oregon Ballet Theatre performs five programs a year at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. http://www.obt.org/ The Portland Art Museum (PAM) The oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest houses more than 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflecting the history of art from ancient times to the present. There is a permanent collection of European and American art, as well as a fine collection of English silver. Admission varies for individuals, but there is an annual membership special for students for $12/year and children 17 and under enter free. http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/
Portland Opera Portland Opera’s mission is to inspire, challenge and uplift its audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Opera patrons come in all ages and from all over the region. Their main stage productions draw nearly 42,000 patrons, selling out many of the season’s performances. http://www.portlandopera.org/ Portland Symphony Since the Oregon Symphony was established more than 100 years ago, it has been recognized for its internationally acclaimed music directors, skilled performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services in education and regional touring. The Oregon Symphony now ranks among the largest orchestras in the nation and as one of the largest arts organizations in the Northwest, with an attendance of more than 225,000 people annually and 76 full-time musicians. http://www.orsymphony.org Saturday Market The Portland Saturday Market is held on Saturdays and Sundays from March until December. This thriving open-air marketplace offers local arts and crafts, an international food court, street musicians, special events, and activities for kids. The Saturday Market is located under the west end of the Burnside Bridge. http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/
Festivals Art in the Pearl Over 120 artists offer their works at the Art in this Pearl community arts event. Other festivities include artist demonstrations, music and food. This festival is held Labor Day weekend in the NW Park Blocks. http://www.artinthepearl.com/ Bite of Oregon Every August for over twenty years, Portland has been celebrating The Bite of Oregon. Great music, food from some of Portland’s best restaurants and wine from over 20 wineries across the state are offered along the waterfront at this festival with proceeds going to the Oregon Special Olympics. http://www.biteoforegon.com/ Christmas Ship Parade For over 50 years the Christmas Ship Fleet, averaging 50-60 boats, sail the Willamette and Columbia Rivers the two weeks before Christmas. http://www.christmasships.org/ Cinco de Mayo The Mexican celebration of independence is celebrated in Portland every year in May at Portland’s Waterfront Park and includes food, music and dancing. http://www.cincodemayo.org/ 33
Country Specific Festivals Each year, Portland has a number of country specific festivals including the Greek Festivals, Italian Festival, Polish Festival, and the Mexican Festival. http://www.travelportland.com/ Musicfest NW In September, over 250 bands featuring all music genres perform at various places around Portland. http://www.musicfestnw.com/ Portland Jazz Festival PDX Jazz is dedicated to bringing world class jazz to the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Jazz Festival is an annual, multi-venue series of more than 120 jazz events presented each February within the downtown area of Portland. http://pdxjazz.com/ Portland Rose Festival & Parade The Portland Rose Festival is an annual event held in early June at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and there is family entertainment with a carnival atmosphere. The highlight of the 11-day event is the nationally-known Grand Floral Parade, the second largest all floral parade in North America. Other Rose Festival features include dragon boat races, the Starlight Parade, Fleet Week, fireworks, and music. http://www.rosefestival.org/ Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Held right on the waterfront, the four day Waterfront Blues Festival brings people from all over the state (as well as boaters) the hear some of the best blues bands from all over the world and watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/
Parks and Gardens Forest Park Forest Park (1505 NW 23rd Avenue) is composed of 5,000 acres and is the largest urban park in the nation. The park has over 74 miles of hiking, jogging, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. http://forestparkconservancy.org/ Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park Waterfront Park (Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison Street & NW Glisan Street) runs along the west bank of the Willamette River in downtown Portland and was named for former Governor Tom McCall, who proposed creating the public park. Waterfront Park hosts many of Portlandâ€™s large festivals, concerts and events, including the Rose Festival. The park is also a great place for jogging, cycling and people watching. Several landmarks are located in Waterfront Park. On warm days, children can play in the Salmon Street Springs fountainâ€™s changing water patterns.
International Rose Test Garden The International Rose Test Garden (400 Southwest Kingston Avenue) was established in 1915 and is the oldest official test garden in the world. Visitors can see over 8,000 different roses and a great view of Portland’s skyline and Mt. Hood. http://www.rosegardenstore.org/ Jamison Square The Portland Streetcar stops just across the street from Jamison Square (810 NW 11th Avenue) in the Pearl District, one of Portland’s trendiest neighborhoods. The square boasts four totem sculptures designed by Kenny Scharf, play structures and a fountain. Japanese Garden The Garden (611 SW Kingston Avenue) is located in the west hills, directly above the Rose Gardens in Washington Park. Many people consider it the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. The 5.5 acre garden has five traditional gardens and the serene tea garden was actually built in Japan. http://www.japanesegarden.com/ Mount Tabor Park Mt. Tabor (SE 60th and Salmon Street) is a volcanic cinder cone named by Plympton Kelly after Mt. Tabor in Israel. The park has gently curving parkways, numerous walking trails, and a nursery yard that showcases native plants. The Park includes basketball courts, picnic areas, play areas, restrooms, dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paths— paved and unpaved, tennis courts, volleyball court, and more. The park offers a great view of the city at sunset. North and South Park Blocks The North Park Blocks (SW Park Avenue from Salmon Street to Jackson Street) were dedicated to Portland in 1869 and it is one of the oldest parks in the city. The 2.43-acre park includes statues, playgrounds and restrooms. The South Park Blocks are adjacent to PSU and stretch across twelve city blocks into downtown Portland. The South Park Blocks are considered to be the cultural district of the city and include the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Art Museum, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and the Oregon Ballet Theater. Portland Classical Chinese Garden The beautiful Classical Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street) is an authentic Suzhoustyle garden designed and constructed by architects and artisans from China. The garden is a balance of walkways, pavilions and exquisite plant life that offers a view into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking. http://www.portlandchinesegarden.org/ Vera Katz East bank Esplanade The East bank Esplanade (SE Water Ave & Hawthorne Boulevard) is 1.5 miles long, extending north from the Hawthorne Bridge, past the Morrison and Burnside Bridges, to the Steel Bridge with connections to eastside neighborhoods as well as across the river to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It has the longest floating walkway of its kind in the U.S. Markers along the walkway explain the history of the area.
Washington Park Washington Park is one of Oregon's oldest parks that was acquired in 1871. It is a favorite of Portlanders and visitors alike. Included in this 129.5-acre park are playgrounds, restrooms, picnic areas, hiking trails, several tennis courts, and a soccer field. The park features a central fountain, known as the Chiming Fountain and several statues of notable Oregonians of the past, including a memorial to Lewis and Clark. Located within the park is the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Zoo, and Oregon Children’s Museum. http://www.washingtonparkpdx.org/
Religious Centers Below is a list of some of the many religious centers in the Portland Metro area. You can find many more using the Google search engine: http://www.google.com Baha’i Faith: 8720 North Ivanhoe St, 503- 289-6331 Bilal Masjid: 4115 Southwest 160th Avenue Beaverton, 503-591-7233 Congregation Beth Israel (Jewish): 1972 Northwest Flanders St, 503-222-1069 First Baptist Church: 909 SW 11th Ave, 503-227-0041 First United Methodist Church: 1838 SW Jefferson St , 503-228-3195 Iranian Church: 6550 SE Alexander St, Hillsboro, 503-818-1321 Islamic Center of Portland: 6940 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, 503-526-9305 Mahasiddha Buddhist Center: 3635 SW Hood Ave, 503-233-6747 Saint James Lutheran Church: 1315 SW Park Ave , 503-227-2439 Saint Mary’s Catholic Cathedral: 1716 NW Davis St , 503-228-4397
Restaurants and Groceries Portland has restaurants which offer food from all over the world. Using the search engine Google: http://www.google.com you can type in a specific type of cuisine followed by the word “Portland” will generate a number of restaurants and a map to help you locate them. The food carts scattered around the city are a must and offer foods from all over the world—find Food Carts Portland on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/FoodCartsPortland to get the most up-to-date information on food cart happenings.
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African E'njoni Café: 910 North Killingsworth Street, 503-286-1401 Horn of Africa: 5237 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, 503-331‐9844 Mummy’s: 622 SW Columbia St, 503-224‐7465 Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant: 2413 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, 503-2876302
Brazilian Brazil Grill Restaurant: 1201 SW 12th Ave, 503-222‐0002
Caribbean Pambiche: 2811 NE Glisan Street, 503-233-0511 XV: 15 SW 2nd Ave, 503-790-9090
European Cuisine Alexis (Greek): 215 W Burnside St, 503-224‐8577 Berlin Inn Restaurant & Bakery (German): 3131 SE 12th Avenue, 503-236-6761 Grandpa’s Café (Polish): 3832 North Interstate (Polish Hall basement) Patanegra: 1818 NW 23rd Place, 503-227-7282 Rheinlander German Restaurant: 5035 NE Sandy Blvd, 503-288‐5503 Toro Bravo: 120 NE Russell St, 503-281-4464 Two Brothers Cafe And Grill (Croatian): 829 Southeast Cesar Chavez Blvd, 503232-3424 4-4-2 Soccer Bar: 1739 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-238-3693
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Indian Cuisine East India Co. Grill & Bar: 821 SW 11th Ave, 503-227‐8815 Swagat Indian Cuisine: 2074 NW Lovejoy St, 503-227‐4300 Tandoor Indian Kitchen: 406 SW Oak St, 503-243‐7777 Vindalho: 2038 SE Clinton Street, 503-467-4550
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Middle Eastern Cuisine Abu-Rasheed Lebanese: 1921 Southwest 6th Avenue, 503-274-4412 Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine: 3401 SE Belmont St, 503-236‐8325 Nicholas: 318 Southeast Grand Avenue, 503-235-5123
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Grocery Shopping We advise you to shop at major grocery stores rather than small convenience stores, as the larger stores offer less expensive products. The two largest grocery stores closest to PSU are: Safeway 1030 SW Jefferson St Portland, 97201 Fred Meyer 100 NW 20th Ave Portland, 97209 If you are shopping at Fred Meyer or Safeway, do your shopping during the weekend, preferably Sunday, as the sales are at their highest on fresh products. Check local newspapers and your mailbox for coupons as well. The large chain stores normally offer free rewards card. Signing up for a rewards card often enable you to get discounts on certain items, so it is definitely worth going to the Customer Service Desk and signing up for a card. If you are looking for items that you can use to prepare foods from your home country, you should look in the phone book under â€œgrocers-retailâ€? for small specialty stores, or using the Google search engine. Some of these stores are: African International Food Market: 922 N Killingsworth St., Portland, 97217 An Dong (Chinese): 5441 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, 97206 Bazaar (Pakistani/Indian/Middle Eastern Market Place): 10255 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, 97005 Dashen International Groceries: 3022 NE Glisan St., Portland, 97232 Paldo World (Korean): 3975 SW 114th Ave., Beaverton, 97005 Roman Russian Food Store: 6911 SE Foster Road, Portland, 97206 Uwajimaya (Japanese):10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton 97005 Natural and organic foods can be found at: Food Front Cooperative Grocery: 2375 NW Thurman, Portland, 97210 New Seasons: 1954 SE Division St., Portland, 97202 Whole Foods Market: 2825 E Burnside, Portland, 97214 38
Shopping The city of Portland will not disappoint those who are looking for the typical American experience of shopping in a mall. The closest mall, Pioneer Place, is located downtown, just a 5-10 minute walk from campus, or two stops on the Max train. The Lloyd Center is another mall just across the Willamette River. You can get there by taking the Max (Portlandâ€™s rail line) from downtown. The Lloyd Center also has two movie theaters. Shopping Malls Lloyd Center 2201 Lloyd Center / Broadway District in Northeast Portland http://www.lloydcentermall.com/ Pioneer Place 700 SW 5th Ave / Downtown in Southwest Portland http://www.pioneerplace.com/ Washington Square 9585 SW Washington Square Rd / Outer Southwest Portland http://www.shopwashingtonsquare.com/ You may choose to buy second-hand clothes at one of Portlandâ€™s many thrift shops. These stores sell things that are used. In the last few years, there has been a growing trend for college students to buy clothes in second-hand stores. Sometimes the items they sell are very good, and you can buy them for much less than if they were new. Look in the Yellow Pages under the heading Second Hand Stores and Thrift Shops to find one near you. Some of these stores sell items that were donated. When these items are sold, the money is used to help people who are hungry or homeless. Furniture Furniture can be purchased or rented. A number of companies rent furniture in the Portland area. Look in the Yellow Pages under Furniture Renting & Leasing. Call around to compare prices. You may also contact FOCUS. FOCUS is a community coalition of non-profit organizations, churches, campus ministries and individuals in the Portland metropolitan area that provides support and services for international students and scholars of all cultures and beliefs. For FOCUS contact information; please go to: http://www.focuspsu.com There are many different ways to find beds, mattresses, rugs, desks, chairs, and kitchen equipment. A lot of furniture items may be found on: http://www.craigslist.org.
Textbooks Textbooks are available from the PSU Bookstore, located at: Portland State Bookstore 1715 SW 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97201 503-226-2631 http://www.portlandstatebookstore.com/
The easiest way to purchase textbooks is at the PSU Bookstore, where new and used books are for sale. Full refunds are given for returned books during a short time at the beginning of each term. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS for proof of purchase when returning books. Your used books may be sold back for a percentage of the price paid at the end of each term. The bookstore also has a textbook rental program. Ask for details at the PSU bookstore. Another location to get books (usually for a lower price) is at is Cedric’s University Book Exchange, located at: Cedric’s University Book Exchange: 1510 SW 6th Ave Portland, OR 97201 http://www.half.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/ are among the most popular websites to obtain the least expensive books in various conditions (brand new, like new, used, to very used) and you can sell them after you are done using them. Ask your fellow classmates and friends to share books or buy them for a used price. This is an inexpensive and convenient way to obtain textbooks. Please note: Graduate students often need to use textbooks for projects or thesis writing. It is a good idea to keep your books until you graduate. Summit Library An easy way to get books that are not available at PSU’s Millar Library is to use the Summit Libraries or Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). Books requested through Summit usually arrive at the PSU library within three to five days and are available to loan for six weeks; students can scan or copy the pages that they will need before they return it. Ask a librarian to show you how to do this the first time and you should have no problem doing it yourself afterwards (you will need to put in your last name and PSU ID number). Please note: Interlibrary Loan cannot be used for textbooks.
Sports & Recreation Support PSU Sport Teams PSU has many sports teams which you can support including basketball, football, and soccer. Admittance to any of the PSU sporting events is free for students with a valid student ID. Attending these sporting events can be a great way to connect with other students and get a taste of Portland State culture. For more information, please go to: http://www.goviks.com/index.aspx Intramural Sports The Portland State Student Recreation Center offers a variety of intramural sports teams that you are able to join or create a new team to compete against other Portland State students. These teams usually have a small fee associated with them and you play against other students from the university. For more information on intramurals please go to the intramural website at: http://www.pdx.edu/recreation/intramurals Basketball Portland loves basketball and they love the Portland Trailblazers. Home games are held at the Rose Garden and ticket prices vary depending on the team they are playing, but may be purchased for $15 or less at times. http://www.nba.com/blazers.com/blazers Golf There are over 60 public and private golf courses in the Portland metro area. Several are well-known championship courses; a good site for more information on courses and rates is: http://www.oregongolf.com/destination/portland.htm Soccer The Portland Timbers Soccer team plays at the newly renovated PGE Park. The Timbers became a part of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2011, joining the top professional soccer league in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.portlandtimbers.com/
Outdoor Activities Bicycle Paths Cycling is a favorite sport in the Northwest, especially in Portland, which features hundreds of miles of bike lanes and trails. A list of trails, maps, workshops, and more can be found at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance: http://btaoregon.org/
Campgrounds If you are ready to explore Oregon’s natural beauty, sleep under the starry night sky and sing around a campfire, then it’s time to go camping! There are more than 50 parks with year-round and seasonal campgrounds in the Oregon state park system. Half of Oregon’s state park campgrounds accept campsite reservations and the other half are first-come, first-served. http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/index.shtml Skiing and Snowboarding Mt. Hood’s naturally rugged terrain offers skiers some of the best skiing in the Pacific Northwest. A little more than an hour’s drive away, Mt. Hood is the premiere skiing destination for Portlanders. The ski season lasts from November through February and can run longer if the weather dictates. Mt. Hood’s three most popular ski resorts are Meadows, Timberline Lodge Ski Resort and Ski Bowl. • • •
Meadows: Meadows has one of the longest vertical drops in the country as well as five high-speed express lifts. The sports learning center helps guests get the most out of their winter snow activities. http://www.skihood.com/ Ski Bowl: Some of the steepest downhill ski runs can be found at Ski Bowl, which also has snow-tubing, a summer adventure park and the nation’s largest night ski area. http://www.skibowl.com/ Timberline Lodge: Timberline's Palmer Snowfield, at 8,500 feet above sea level, offers skiing year-round for those at the intermediate to advanced level. Four high-speed quads as well as other lifts serving all levels of ability keep skiers moving to the various ski runs on the mountain. Timberline also offers 71 rooms at the historic and picturesque lodge. http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ Wind Surfing The 25-40 mile per hour winds that blow down the Columbia River Gorge make it the perfect place to go for world-class windsurfing. Hood River, Oregon, sixty miles east of Portland on Interstate 84, is considered to be the windsurfing and kite boarding capital of the world. Even if you are not a windsurfer, the beautiful scenery alone is a good reason to visit this part of Oregon. Closer to Portland in the Columbia River Gorge, Rooster Rock State Park is a popular destination for windsurfers in winter as well as summer. Rooster Rock also has one of the largest swimming beaches near Portland and is designated as a nude beach. http://www.oregon.com/windsurfing
Weekend Getaways Columbia River Gorge The picturesque Columbia River Gorge is a river canyon that separates Oregon and Washington states. It is 80 miles in length and in some areas the black basalt cliffs are up to 4,000 feet deep. It is one of the most scenic naturally preserved areas in United States. There are 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Gorge including Multnomah Falls, the second-highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. Hiking, mountain biking and wind-surfing are popular sports that are enjoyed in the Columbia River Gorge. 42
Mount St Helens On a clear day, a drive to Mt. St. Helens makes a great day trip from Portland. The snow-covered Mt. St. Helens looks like a giant ice-cream cone in the distant sky. The famous volcano erupted on May 18th, 1980 and remnants of the devastation can still be seen today. Multnomah Falls Located 30 miles east of Portland on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. A hiking trail leads across Benson Bridge, which is located between the upper and lower falls. In winter, the frozen waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful. Built in 1925, Multnomah Falls Lodge is a day lodge only, which offers a full service restaurant serving northwest cuisine as well as a lounge and bar, snack bar, and a gift shop. http://www.multnomahfallslodge.com/ Oregon Coast Beaches The North Oregon coast beaches are within two hours driving time from Portland. The spectacular coastline has much to offer its visitors with breathtaking views of unspoiled beaches, sand dunes and rocky cliffs, along with miles of hiking trails. Although the north coast waters are too cold for most people to swim, wet-suit surfing is popular on some beaches. http://visittheoregoncoast.com/
Photo by Hao Nguyen.
Getting to Know the PSU Campus To interact with the campus map, visit: http://www.fap.pdx.edu/floorplans/
Important PSU Buildings
East Hall (EH) Broadway/SW 6th Ave and Hall All International student documentation relating to your F/J visa, International Student Lounge, international student and life advisors, and Study Abroad programs.
Neuberger Hall (NH) Broadway and Hall/Harrison Registration, tuition and fees payment, and PSU OneCard services.
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Broadway/Park Blocks and Montgomery Student organizations, food court, A/V support office, game roomsâ€” billiard, Xbox, Play Station, and bowling. 45
Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) SW 5th/6th and Harrison All facilities free for students at PSU, outdoor equipment rental for minimum fees.
Millar Library Park Blocks and Harrison Group study rooms for two to ten people, quiet floors, unlimited number of take-home books, computer labs, comics section, coffee stand, and much more.
Peter Stott Center Park Blocks and Hall/College St Home to Viking Athletics and the physical education courses offered through the School of Community Health. 46
Places of Interest on Campus Campus Recreation Center (ASRC) This is a place to make new friends, meet old ones and release some of that tension from reading all those textbooks: http://www.pdx.edu/recreation/ The facility includes a two-court gymnasium, a 1/11 mile, three lane running track, a synthetic floor gymnasium equipped with dasher boards for floor hockey and indoor soccer, a large cardiovascular and weight training facility, two multi-purpose group fitness suites, an aquatic complex including a lap pool and whirlpool spa, locker rooms, bouldering wall, and work space for student clubs and intramurals. There are fitness classes, expanded intramurals (so you can find people to play with), aquatics programs, and opportunities to learn how to really get outdoors. You can visit the Outdoor Program on the other side of the building (see below) where you can sign up for either a day of relaxation or an intensive skills-development seminar in exploring the wild side of Oregon. Free for students with PSU ID. Food For Thought Café (FFT) Located in the basement of Smith, FFT provides inexpensive food, coffee, dessert, a place to study, and occasionally hosts events and musical acts. For more information, go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-for-Thought-Cafe/147701107092 Women’s Resource Center (WRC) • Located in the Montgomery Hall Basement. • Lounge is open to everyone. For more information, go to http://www.pdx.edu/wrc/ Queer Resource Center (QRC) • Located in Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 458. • Offers confidential advising to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students. • Offers safe sex supplies. • Lounge is open to everyone. For more information, go to http://www.qrc.pdx.edu/
Family Resources at PSU PSU supports all types of families and offers many resources to help balance family and student life. There are many places on campus that are family friendly spaces as well as lactation spaces for women who wish to nurse their children. The link below provides a map of these spaces as well as additional resources for student parents. http://www.pdx.edu/sites/www.pdx.edu.wrc/files/PSU_lactation_map_brochure.pdf Student-Parent Services Located in the Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 462, Student-Parent Services offers help finding child care as well as some financial assistance for on campus childcare. They also offer events and forums to help student parents balance their responsibilities as both a parent and a student. For more information go to: http://www.sps.pdx.edu/ Helen Gordon Child Development Center • Daycare/ preschool/ kindergarten for children ages 4 months – 6 years old. • Excellent student to child ratio. For more information, go to: http://www.hgcdc.pdx.edu/ Resources for International Student-Parents • Anna Gindlesperger is an International Student Life Advisor in East Hall, Room 122. Anna is available to answer questions and help connect student parents to PSU and other community resources. Her phone number is 503-725-9766 and her e-mail is: email@example.com • Dina Lingga is the Middle East Student Women’s Resource Coordinator and her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org Category
Name of resource
Helen Gordon Child Development Center
ASPSU Children Center
Part-time day care for PSU’s students, faculty, and stuff
It provides more info about different daycares outside PSU
PSU Recreation Center
Viking Game Room
Family Friendly Spaces/Lactation Rooms
http://www.pdx.edu/hr/sites/ww w.pdx.edu.hr/files/PSU_lactation %20map%20brochure%20revis ed%20March%2026th.pdf http://www.pdx.edu/littmanand white/
Kids and family can have an access to PSU Rec Center and enjoy the different activities, but under some conditions. A fun place to spend your free time in playing billiards, bowling, and video games. This brochure has places that can student parents enjoy their time with their kids at PSU
This gallery has an outstanding art work for PSU students.
Student Parent Services Family Activities
Littman Gallery Water Fountain
This fountain is located in front of the Hoffman Hall
Recycle and ReUse at PSU Recycling is easy at PSU! There are two containers for recycling: â€˘ â€˘
Mixed recycling for notebook paper, soda & soup cans and plastic bottles. Glass recycling for all clean glass bottles and jars.
PSU also has a free office supply exchange program called the ReUse Room. Located in Cramer Hall, Room 180, students can pick up binders, notebooks, poster boards and more for FREE! PSU can supply your office or student group with materials for composting. If you are interested in having compost available for your office or group or have any questions about composting or recycling, please contact PSU Recycles at email@example.com or go to their website at: http://www.pdx.edu/planning-sustainability/psurecycles
Health Insurance All F-1 and J-1 international students and their families at PSU are required by law to carry health insurance for the duration of their studies. Healthcare in the U.S. is very expensive and this is intended to protect you from serious financial hardship. It is your responsibility to comply with insurance requirements by checking your student bill for insurance fees each term or meeting all of the requirements for a waiver. This includes vacation terms, thesis and dissertation research periods, internship training periods, etc., whether you are enrolled or not, as long as you are on a valid PSU I-20 or DS-2019. PSU’s Student Healthcare Coverage PSU’s required insurance coverage and fees consist of two parts: •
Health Service Fee – $119 per term included in your tuition when taking 5 or more in-load credits. Allows students access to the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), a primary health care clinic on campus for all PSU students enrolled in 5 or more in-load credits. This clinic includes many services such as: Student Health, Counseling, Testing, and Dental services. This fee may not be waived. Health Insurance Plan – $560 per term. This is a $100,000 major medical health insurance plan to cover your medical needs while a student. $560 per term charged 3 times per year (Fall term, Winter term, Spring/Summer Combination). This fee will show as a separate line item on your tuition bill. This fee can be waived if you meet specific criteria (see below).
For information about the benefits provided by this student health insurance plan, please view the 2012-13 PSU Health Insurance Brochure. You can find out all about the Health Insurance Plan and SHAC services at: http://www.pdx.edu/shac If you need to purchase insurance for your dependents, or weekly coverage if you arrive in the U.S. before or after the term dates, are involved in OPT (Optional Practical Training) or are an International Scholar please call our Broker, Wells Fargo Student Insurance Services (WFIS) at (800) 853-5899. It is the student’s responsibility to reenroll their dependents each term directly through WFIS with a credit card.
Special Circumstances for Waiver of the PSU Health Insurance Plan Fees for health insurance will appear on your student bill each term and cannot be waived unless allowed by one of the following special circumstances: • • • •
You are on a J visa and have adequate health insurance purchased before you arrive in the U.S.. Your government or embassy pays for your insurance through an outside company. You have insurance coverage through your US employer during your practical training period. You have insurance through your spouse’s employer.
Applying for Waiver of the PSU Health Insurance Plan To obtain a waiver of the Supplemental Plan coverage and fee you must do the following: • • •
Ensure that you have the minimum coverage required by law (see below). Submit an online waiver request through the Wells Fargo Insurance Services Waiver Form. Check your student billing account for the removal of the Health Insurance Plan fee.
To waive the PSU Health Insurance Plan, your insurance coverage must meet all of the following requirements: • •
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Does your plan provide primary care services within 25 miles of PSU? For example, if you get sick and need to see a doctor, will your plan pay for your medical bills if you see a doctor within 25 miles of campus? Does your plan have less than a $1,000 yearly deductible? A deductible is the amount of money the insurance company has you pay first, before the insurance begins to pay for your medical bills. Please note: if you are a J-1 student, your immigration status requires that your insurance plan’s deductible cannot exceed $500 per incident. Does your plan offer Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health benefits? In other words, does your plan cover any counseling visits or treatment programs for alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, etc. Does your plan pay for at least 80% of Inpatient Hospitalization? For example, if you have to stay in the hospital for a few days, will your plan pay 80% or more of that hospital bill? Does your plan cover at least $100,000 medical maximum? Does your plan have prescription coverage? Does your plan have coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation?
You will be charged the PSU Health Insurance Plan fee if ANY of the following apply to you: • • • • •
Proof of insurance is submitted AFTER the term deadline. The start or end date of your coverage is missing. Your coverage does not meet the minimum requirements. Your renewal leaves a gap in your coverage dates. Your insurance expires before the first day of the following term.
Fees, Coverage Requirements and Deadlines Students will normally pay the Health Service Fee with their tuition for the classes they are taking. The Health Service Fee is a mandatory student fee for all students taking 5 or more in-load credits at PSU. If you are taking below 5 credits, you will not be charged the Health Services Fee and you will not have access to the Center for Student Health and Counseling. 2012-2013 Academic Year Each term: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer Combined Student
Each Child $699
Must Begin By May Not End Before Waiver Submission Deadline
09/19/2013 06/24/2013 (Note)
To qualify for a waiver of the Spring/Summer PSU Student Health Insurance fee, your insurance may not expire before the beginning of the Fall 2013 insurance plan unless you will graduate in Spring quarter. For questions about: If you have any questions about your health insurance, please contact the Health Insurance Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about SHAC, please go to: http://www.pdx.edu/shac/ For more information about the insurance plan, go to: http://oia.pdx.edu/intl_students/insurance/
Housing One of the most important issues to address after students are admitted to PSU is where they are going to live. Housing depends on a student’s financial situation, desired commute time to and from school, and the location they want to live in. Choosing the right housing option contributes significantly to your mental peace and educational success. We know that students who live on campus are more likely to be successful at PSU!
PSU Residence Halls On the housing section of the university’s website, students may view photos, floor plans and virtual tour videos at: http://www.pdx.edu/housing/buildings This will give you a good idea of what the rooms will look like if you are unable to come to campus before you move in. General features of PSU housing: • 25% of the housing population is international students! • Housing contracts are academic year contract (September 15th, 2012-June 15th, 2013)—each student pays once each term (fall, winter, spring). All contracts are binding, so please make sure you read the contract before you sign it! • All fees are assessed on your PSU Student Account, making it easy to pay all of your education costs in one place. • If a student decides to break the contract, the contract will not be refunded • Some building units are furnished, while others are not. Please plan ahead for making furniture arrangements not provided by PSU. • Some units have small kitchenettes; some have microwaves instead of ovens. • Some buildings have bathrooms in the units, while others provide community bathrooms for each gender per floor. Please visit the website to view specific floor plans and tours. • All buildings are located on campus; therefore, students can have the benefit of living on campus (no transportation required, easy access to student centers, etc.) • There are two people assigned to certain units. Students who complete the contract online can enter the “Roommate Search Engine” by completing a roommate profile. This process will match you with 5-7 people who are interested in the same things you are, hopefully making for a better match. • All utilities, plus internet access, local phone line and cable television are included in the Housing fees.
There are a number of benefits to living on campus, and PSU housing offers a wide variety of options to meet the diverse needs of PSU students. Living on campus is easy, as all housing fees are billed to your student account and include all utilities, water, gas, wireless internet, local phone and in many instances cable TV with premium channels. First Year Experience Housing The First Year Experience Program (FYE), PSU’s largest Living Learning Community, is located on floors 3-7 of Broadway and floors 3-7 of Ondine. This program enhances residents’ first year of college by incorporating social activities and academic support into their living environment. FYE residents have access to a variety of resources and entertainment designed to ease the transition to university life and promote success for the remainder of their education. First year students ages 19 and under who decide to live in University Housing will be assigned to the First Year Experience (FYE). This popular program includes a meal plan in the term rate. FYE also includes 5 optional Themed Housing Communities and two Living Learning Communities (LLCs): Health and Wellness - health maintenance, physical wellness, and outdoor pursuits. STEMs - for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Cultural Diversity & Awareness - social and cultural activities designed to increase cultural understanding. Quiet - an intensively quiet environment for students from various academic disciplines and majors. Substance/Tobacco Free – committed to a lifestyle without any use of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances. Sustainability FRINQ Living Learning Community– students will enroll in the same Freshman Inquiry Course and learn about sustainable relationships and the interconnectedness of global systems in today’s world. Global Leadership FRINQ Living Learning Community– students will enroll in the same Freshman Inquiry Course and learn about civic engagement and global citizenship.
Total Cost per Term
305 sq. ft. Double
305 sq. ft. Single
Studio Suite Studio Suite
295 sq. ft. Double
295 sq. ft. Single
*Meal Plan prices vary depending on the plan you select, more information below.
Non First Year Furnished Rooms All furnished units are charged by the bed space. This means that if two people are living in a unit, each resident (or adult family member) is billed the double rate. If one resident moves out, the remaining resident is responsible only for the double rate. If a resident is approved to live in a furnished unit as a single, he or she will pay the single rate. Building
Floors 3 – 4
Cost Per Term
555 – 574 sq. Single ft. Double
574 sq. ft. Triple
$2,920 $3,080 $1,790 $1,890 $1,525
305 sq. ft. Single
117 – 163 sq. Single Only ft.
295 sq. ft. Single Double
Floors 4 – 5
290 sq. ft. Single
Meal plans are NOT required for students living in non-first year housing. Plans may be purchased separately.
Global Village LLC Global Village enriches students in a rich international living experience, embracing cultural differences, communications skills, and international awareness. Global Village provides leadership opportunities and partnerships with other groups on campus, such as the Multicultural Center and International Student Services. Global Village is located on the 9th floor of the Ondine building. For more information on Global Village go to: http://www.pdx.edu/housing/global-village If you have questions about living on campus, please contact the PSU Housing office at: email@example.com or 503-725-4370.
Meal Plans PSU Dining has a meal plan that is a perfect fit for everyone. Students choose how many meals at Victor’s (an All You Care to Eat urban dining experience featuring a rotating menu) to enjoy per week. The plan includes ‘Dining Dollars’ that can be used at numerous campus dining locations. First year students have three meal plan options to choose from: 19, 15, or 10 meals per week:
Meals Per Week Dining Dollars
Total Cost per Term
19 15 10
$1213 $1211 $1064
$50 $100 $175
Other Housing Options University Pointe @ College Station – On Campus Apartments for Portland State Students The newest housing option for international students attending PSU is University Pointe @ College Station Apartments. University Pointe is an on campus student apartment development that is brand new for fall 2012. While University Pointe is considered on campus living at PSU, it is developed and professionally managed by American Campus Communities. American Campus is the nation’s premier owner and manager of luxurious, academicallyoriented student housing. Spaces are limited and are filling up quickly for fall. Visit University Pointe online at: http://univpointe.com or call the leasing office at: 503-9240003 to get more information! University Pointe Features: • Private and shared bedroom accommodations. • Private and shared bathrooms available. • Individual leases. • Fully equipped kitchens: microwave, oven, refrigerator, dish washer. • Furnished apartments with leather style furniture. • Samsung 46” LED smart TV in every apartment. • Wireless internet in every apartment. • On-site MAX stop. • 24 hour fitness center. • 24 hour computer lab. • Utilities included: water, sewer, trash, cable TV, internet and electricity (up to a cap). • 12 month and 10 month contracts available. • Meal plan is not required but may be purchased through campus dining. A complete list of amenities and features can be found at: http://univpointe.com 57
Floor Plans & Rates
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4 Bedroom / 2 Bath Apartment Each resident has their own private bedroom and shares a bathroom with one of the other residents. Dining area with table and chairs. Kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator and dish washer. Leather style couch and chair in the living room. 46” LED Smart TV connected to wireless internet. Bicycle racks in apartment.
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2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Private Apartment Each resident has their own private bedroom and private bathroom. Dining area with table and chairs. Kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator and dish washer. Leather style couch and chair in the living room. 46” LED Smart TV connected to wireless internet. Bicycle racks in apartment.
2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Shared Apartment Each resident shares a bedroom and a bathroom with one other person. Built in dining area with barstools. Kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator and dish washer. Leather style couch and chair in the living room. 46” LED Smart TV connected to wireless internet. Bicycle racks in apartment.
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Studio 1 Bathroom studio apartment. Dining area with table and chairs. Kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator and dish washer. Leather style couch and chair. 46” LED Smart TV connected to wireless internet. Bicycle rack in apartment.
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Complete information and pricing on individual floor plans can be found at: http://univpointe.com/floorplans
University Pointe Floor Plan
Square Footage of Apartment
Housing Cost per Month*
Housing Cost per Term*
4 Bedroom / 2 Bath Furnished
2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Shared
2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Private
*prices shown (both Monthly and Per Term) reflect limited time construction special pricing *unfurnished floor plans available in 4/2, 2/2 and studio for $30 less per month
College Housing Northwest Started by PSU students in 1969, these housing options are close to campus and more information may be found at: http://www.housingnorthwest.org/ • Typical prices range from $600-700 for studios, one-bedrooms from $700-850 and 2-bedrooms from $900-1,200. • Except for the electricity, all utilities are included in the rent. There is a small fee for internet access (for example, it is $6 a month in the Goose Hollow Tower). • There is a deposit, and in many cases it is considered the last month’s rent. • If you want your deposit back, residents should give 30 days’ notice prior to vacating. • All tenants must go through a criminal and credit screening process. • Each tenant is responsible to the building financially, so if a roommate does not pay their share of the rent on time you are not held responsible. • At least one tenant in each unit must be a current college student. Host Family (Short-term and Long-term) You can request to stay with a Portland family in their home. Two host family organizations that PSU students use on a regular basis are: Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students (FOCUS) FOCUS is a Christian organization which offers short and long term home stays to international students. For more information please see the FOCUS website: http://www.focuspsu.com/ ANDEO International Homestays ANDEO is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing host families for international students living in Portland. Please see the ANDEO website for more information: http://www.andeo.org/
Short-term, Temporary, or Emergency Housing Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students (FOCUS) FOCUS is a community coalition of non-profit organizations, churches, campus ministries and individuals in the Portland metropolitan area that provides support and services for international students and scholars of all cultures and beliefs. FOCUS has many providers who are happy to take in students for a few days or weeks when they first arrive and need time to look for an apartment. Please contact the FOCUS Homestay Coordinator at least 1 week before your planned arrival. For more information, please see the FOCUS website: http://www.focuspsu.com/
University Place Hotel University Place Hotel is located next to the PSU Campus. University Place sometimes offers discounted rate for PSU international students. PSU University Place Hotel 310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, OR 97201 1-866-845-4647 http://www.uplacehotel.com/
Other Short-term Options:
The Mark Spencer Hotel 409 SW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97205 1-800-548-3293 http://www.markspencer.com/ Nightly rate: Ask about special PSU rate
For links to other accommodations in Portland You can also visit the Travel Portland website: http://www.travelportland.com/ Youth Hostels Hostelling International, Portland Hawthorne District 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 503-236-3380 http://www.portlandhostel.org/ Northwest Portland International Hostel & Guesthouse 425 NW 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 503-241-2783 http://www.nwportlandhostel.com/ Hostelling International, Oregon Council http://www.oregonhostels.org/
Off-Campus Housing Places 4 Students is a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for students. This service is free for all PSU students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus. Landlords can list properties at rates that are very competitive and less than most other mediums of advertising. To find out more, please see the Places 4 Students website: https://www.places4students.com Several websites you might find helpful for off-campus housing information are: • The Willamette Week Newspaper: http://portland.wweek.com/rentals • The Oregonian Newspaper: http://realestate.oregonlive.com/ • Craigslist: http://portland.craigslist.org/roo/ Timing for finding a good house, apartment, or room is important. The ideal time for starting a housing search is two months in advance of each term. The best time of year to find housing close to the PSU campus is June-August as many students take the summer term off. Different buildings include various utilities in the rent, and often water, gas, garbage, and sewage are included; this leaves the tenant to pay for the electricity. Generally, apartments come unfurnished. Deposits are typical and in many cases are considered the last month’s rent. Remember to give at least 30 days’ notice if choosing to move out to not jeopardize the deposit. Please note: If you go to visit a room or apartment that is for rent, never go alone. It is important to keep safety in mind when look for a place to stay, so always take a friend with you!
Immigration Regulations Responsibilities of International Students As an international student at PSU, you must always remember that your immigration status is your responsibility and that ultimately, you are in charge of maintaining it. Some things for you to be aware of: Credit and Enrollment Requirements You must be enrolled as a full-time student during fall, winter and spring terms each year for the duration of your studies. Occasionally, students are allowed to take an alternate vacation term or a leave of absence, but these situations MUST be discussed with your international student advisor well before the term in question begins. Full-time status is defined below: Undergraduate Students: A minimum of 12 credit hours successfully completed per term. Undergraduate Post-baccalaureate Students: A minimum of 12 credit hours successfully completed each term if pursuing a second undergraduate degree. Graduate Students: A minimum of 9 credit hours successfully completed per term. At least 8 credits must be completed at the graduate level each quarter. Students may include 1 undergraduate credit in their full-time course of study each quarter (e.g., a physical education class) to complete a total of 9 credits, but it is preferred that graduate students take all graduate level credits if possible. Graduate Post-baccalaureate Students Post-baccalaureate graduate students (students pursuing full admission to a graduate program) must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours if the student is taking at least one 3 or 4 credit graduate course or 12 credit hours if the student is taking only undergraduate courses. Full-time enrollment is a serious immigration matter and should not be taken lightly. If you have any questions regarding your class credit hours and your immigration status, contact an ISSS international student advisor. In order to complete a credit hour, you must receive either a passing grade (A-D) or a P (pass). Withdrawal from a course or a grade option change to audit (AU) will not count as credit toward your full-time status. If for any reason you feel you are unable to complete the required number of credit hours, speak to an international student advisor so that they can discuss the situation with you. 62
The following marks are acceptable grades for course completion: A, B, C, D, and P (Pass) The following marks are not acceptable:
X W AU M
No basis for grade Withdraw Audit Missing
The following grades may jeopardize your immigration status: F Fail I Incomplete NP No pass We recommend that you speak with an international student advisor as soon as you know you may receive one of the grades above so that your options can be explained to you. Co-Enrollment International students may enroll simultaneously at two USCIS-approved institutions. This is called being co-enrolled. PSU policy requires those students wishing to co-enroll to carry at least half of their required credits at PSU (for undergraduate students, this means at least 6 credits, for graduate students, at least 5 credits). Your remaining credits may be taken at another institution. If you wish to co-enroll, you must do the following: â€˘ â€˘
Bring proof of your enrollment at the other institution to East Hall, Room 101 (ISSS), before the first Friday of the term in which you wish to co-enroll. Bring an unofficial grade report to ISSS at the end of each term you co-enroll. Please note: your co-enrollment at another institution may not affect your progress towards completing your degree in a timely manner. The classes you are taking at other institutions should count towards your graduation from PSU.
If you are interested in co-enrolling, you should speak to an international student advisor at ISSS before doing so to ensure that you understand the process and regulations.
Additional Requirements You must understand your immigration status and maintain it. This includes obtaining extensions of your I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) if you will not complete your program by the date indicated on those forms. In addition, you must notify ISSS of changes to your major or level of study. You must receive permission from ISSS before working on or off campus.
You are required by the Federal Government to keep the university informed if your address changes. Addresses can be updated online in the PSU Information System (My.pdx.edu). You can update your address yourself online at https://my.pdx.edu/ under the student tab; view/update addresses and phone, or you can come into ISSS and fill out a change of address form. Changes must be reported within 10 days of moving to a new address. The ISSS Office will notify the USCIS of your new address. Please note: if you are expecting mail from USCIS you must also notify them that you have moved. Mail from the USCIS is federal mail and it will not be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service. Addresses are not considered to be confidential and will be published in the student directory and released if requested by a third party. Students who do not want their addresses released must complete a confidentiality request in Neuberger Hall. If you change your address, you should also inform the United States Postal Service (USPS) at: https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/icoa-main-flow.do?execution=e1s1 Grace period F-1 and J-1 students are admitted to the U.S. for a period of stay noted as duration of status or D/S on the I-94 card. Duration of status is defined as the period during which you, as a student, are pursuing a full course of study in any educational program and any periods of authorized practical or academic training. F-1 students are allowed a 60day grace period within which to depart from the U.S. following completion of the degree program or Optional Practical Training (OPT) and a 15-day grace period if the student breaks off his or her course of study prior to completion (with ISSS approval). J-1 students are allowed a 30-day grace period following the completion of their period of study or academic training. F-1 students â€“ program extension If you will not complete your educational program within the time period indicated on your I-20 form, you must request a program extension. You will need to demonstrate that you have maintained your immigration status, are currently enrolled full-time, have sufficient financial resources for the amount of time remaining to complete your degree, and you must have legitimate academic or medical reasons for the delay, such as a change in major or research topic, unexpected research problems or documented illness. You must apply to ISSS for a program extension before the expected completion date indicated on your I-20 form. If approved, ISSS will prepare a new I-20 form for you and notify USCIS of your new graduation date. If you cannot demonstrate valid academic or medical reasons for your delay, you may be considered in violation of your immigration status and will have to apply for reinstatement to your F-1 student status. ISSS can assist you with this process. Please see an international student advisor if you think you may be out of status, or if you have questions regarding your status. F-2 Dependents F-2 dependents are not eligible to work or to take classes towards a degree. They may take recreational or vocational classes such as English language courses or non-degree courses. F-2 children may enroll in elementary through high school. If you want to bring your spouse or child to the U.S., come to ISSS and fill out a request form. 64
You will need to provide financial documentation which shows enough money to support each dependent. The spouse and/or child(ren) will take the I-20 along with other required documentation when applying for an F-2 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. J-1 students A new DS-2019 form must be obtained from your sponsor before your current one has expired. However, J-1 students are only occasionally allowed to extend their programs if there is an appropriate reason for a program extension. If your program sponsor is PSU, you need to establish that you are maintaining full-time student status at PSU and that you have sufficient funds for the extended period. This will need to be verified before a new DS-2019 form is issued. Your program sponsor will then send a copy of the new DS-2019 form to the U.S. Department of State for notification of your extension. J-2 Dependents J-2 dependents can apply to USCIS for work authorization; however they may not work to support the principal J-1 exchange visitor. This authorization can be requested once the J-2 has been in the U.S. for at least 30 days. If your J2 spouse would like to work, please visit your international student advisor to discuss the application process. Processing time takes about 3 months.
Immigration Documents Passport You passport must be valid at all times. Your F-1 or J-1 status requires that your passport be valid at least 6 months into the future. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to renew your passport. To do so, contact your countryâ€™s embassy or consulate. I-94 Card At your port of entry into the United States, a small white card was stapled to your passport by an immigration official. This is your I-94 card. It is very important and should be left stapled in your passport. Information on your port of entry, arrival date, visa status, and how long you have been given permission to stay in the U.S. (for F-1 students this should read D/S) is on the card. Also located on your I-94 is your Admission Number. This number was given to you before you went through U.S. Customs on your first entry to the United States. The number looks something like this: 995-000935 60. If your I-94 Card has been lost or stolen, contact ISSS immediately. Duration of status (D/S) The D/S notation on your I-94 card stands for Duration of Status. As long as you are maintaining full-time status (a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduate students and a minimum of 9 credits for graduate students) at the school you are authorized to attend, you are maintaining your immigration status.
Maintaining full-time status means not only registering for the required number of credits, but also successfully completing them. Please note: J-1 students will either have D/S or a date on the I-94 card. If your I-94 card is date specific, the date on it should match the completion date on your form DS2019. I-20 (F-1 visa holders only) The I-20 is the document Portland State University prepared to show the U.S. Consulate abroad that you had been admitted to PSU and had shown sufficient finances for one year of study. You should keep all of the I-20s you are given while studying in the United States (from all universities). This form contains important information and becomes a record of your immigration history. You need to obtain a new I-20 if the information on your I-20 changes in any way. If your I-20 form is ever lost or stolen, please notify ISSS immediately. DS-2019 (J-1 visa holders only) The DS-2019 is the form you received from Portland State University or your sponsoring agency and is to be retained by you during your entire length of study. This form has important information and is a record of your immigration history. You need to obtain a new DS-2019 if the information on your DS-2019 changes in any way. If your DS2019 form is ever lost or stolen, please notify ISSS immediately.
Immigration Transfer Process F-1 Visa Holders You are considered a transfer student if you are moving from one U.S. school to another (this includes a U.S. high school, college, university, or an English language program). If you are a student who wishes to transfer, you must: • Have valid F-1 status. • Have maintained a full-time academic course load at your previous school. • Have been released in SEVIS by your previous institution to transfer to PSU. Transferring to PSU Upon arriving at PSU, you must: • Obtain a new I-20 form. • Attend International Student Orientation. • Enroll at PSU in the next possible term. • Complete section 11 of your new I-20 form and submit it to ISSS within 15 days of the start of classes. • Attend New Student Orientation (F1 Undergraduates only).
J-1 Visa Holders • Obtain a new DS-2019 form from PSU. • Attend International Student Orientation. • Be sure that the international student advisors at both the old and new schools are taking the necessary steps to complete the transfer. • Take your new DS-2019, passport and I-94 to check in at International Student Orientation. Transferring Away From PSU If you decide that you wish to transfer away from PSU, you must visit ISSS. ISSS may need to complete a transfer clearance form for your new college or university indicating that you have maintained your immigration status. Once you have been admitted to the new school you wish to attend, have given ISSS proof of your admission, and completed PSU’s Transfer Release Form, ISSS will transfer your SEVIS record to the new institution. Once ISSS has released your SEVIS record, we no longer have access to it and cannot retrieve it from the new institution. Please note: Your new school cannot issue a new I-20 to you or complete your transfer process until they have access to your SEVIS record.
Travel F-1 and J-1 visa holders If you leave the U.S. at any time during your studies and intend to re-enter, you must be in possession of a valid I-20 or DS2019 to present to immigration officials upon your return to the U.S border. If your I-20 or DS 2019 has changed substantially, you should obtain a new one from ISSS reflecting the new information. To travel outside the U.S., you need a valid I-20 or DS-2019 form, signed by an international student advisor in ISSS. This signature informs Customs and Border Protection officials that you are maintaining your immigration status at PSU. The signature, located on page three of your I-20 or in the bottom-right corner of your DS2019, is valid for 12 months. It is advisable, however, to get a new signature if the most recent travel endorsement is older than six months. You must also have the following documents when you attempt to re-enter the United States: • A valid passport with a validity period extending at least six months into the future. • A valid visa unless you are traveling to Canada or Mexico (see below). • A valid I-94. • Please note: You will surrender your I-94 card to the border officials when leaving the U.S. and receive a new one upon re-entry except when you travel to Canada or Mexico. • If you have been authorized for OPT you will also need your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card. 67
Travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (F-1 & J-1 visa holders): Re-entry from these countries does not require a valid F-1 or J-1 visa for most students. If your I-94 card (the small white card you received when you first entered the United States) is valid for longer than the period you expect to stay in that country and you stay for 30 days or fewer, your visa need not be valid. If your I-94 card says D/S, this is sufficient, as long as you are not nearing the completion date indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019 forms.
In addition to a valid I-94 form, you will need to take along a valid passport and your valid I-20 or DS-2019. It is advisable to take evidence of financial support, which could include a bank statement or a scholarship letter from your sponsor. A valid F-1 or J-1 visa is not necessary for re-entry into the U.S. from Canada, the Caribbean, or Mexico if your visit was for 30 days or fewer. When you travel to these locations and intend to stay for fewer than 30 days, do NOT surrender your I-94 card. Show the immigration officials your valid I-94 card when you enter Canada or Mexico, clarify that you intend to stay for fewer than 30 days and do not let the border officials take your I-94 card. When you re-enter the United States, you will present it again and may again need to clarify that you are using it for â€œautomatic visa re-validationâ€?.
Please note: Some students may need a visa to enter Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. Students from Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan are unfortunately not eligible for automatic visa re-validation and must therefore have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa as well as the other immigration documents if they wish to re-enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico. If you travel to these locations, you will need to contact the appropriate embassy in the U.S.. A list of which citizens need a visa to enter these countries can be found in EH 101 or online through the embassiesâ€™ websites.
The Canadian and Mexican Embassies closest to PSU are: Canadian Consulate 1501 4th Avenue, Suite #600 Seattle, WA 98101 206-443-1777 http://www.canadianembassy.org/
Mexican Consulate 1305 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR 97201 503-274-1450 http://www.sre.gob.mx/portland
When you enter or depart from the U.S., bring the items below (required): • Passport. • I-94. • I-20 (for F-1) or DS-2019 (for J-1) with a current travel signature from your advisor. We advise you to bring every I-20/DS 2019 that you have ever received in addition to the most recent. Optional: • Proof of residence (i.e. apartment lease or rental agreement, transcript of academic courses showing current address). • Credit Card (if you have one). • PSU Transcript (you can print this from Banweb/PSU Information System). • Status letter from your international student advisor if you have had problems with your academic or immigration status in the past.
Safety While Portland is considered to be a very safe city, you should still take the same precautions with respect to your personal safety that you would in any large, metropolitan city in the world. Please remember that if you ever feel unsafe, the best thing to do is to follow your instincts. Personal Safety Tips Always be aware of your surroundings, and walk like you know where you are. When walking on city streets at night, always try to walk with a friend or a group in a lighted area. If you are on campus and someone is following you or threatens you in any way, step into any campus building, call the Campus Public Safety Office at 503-725-4404 and report it to the Campus Public Safety Officer. If you are off campus, find a phone, call 911, or go into the closest open business. On the PSU Campus you will notice that there are telephone kiosks with blue lights on top of them. These kiosks have a red button that you can press which connects you directly with the Campus Public Safety Office which you can call in any situation where you feel unsafe. Personal Possessions In order to ensure that nothing is stolen from you, you should always keep your apartment, dorm room, or house door locked at all times. If you live on the ground floor of an apartment building, it is not advisable to leave your windows open at night or when you are not at home. If you do want/need to leave your window open for ventilation purposes, it is a good idea to open your windows only a few inches and block them with a board so no one can open them further and crawl in. ● ●
If you keep valuables such as jewelry and cash in your home, make sure they are well hidden. Do not carry large amounts of cash. Keep your passport in a safe place, and only carry it with you only when absolutely necessary. If your passport is stolen, report the theft to your Embassy in the U.S. and to ISSS*. If your passport is stolen on campus, you should also report the theft to the Campus Public Safety Office, by calling 503-725-4404. If you own or use a car, never leave anything valuable in it. If you must, put valuables in the trunk, hide them under a seat, or cover them before you leave your car. Avoid parking on dark streets. The best place to park is under a street light or in a staffed parking structure. Make sure the car you are driving is insured! At Portland State, there is a period of time during the start of each term, when students can return their textbooks to the bookstore for a full refund provided you have your receipt with you. If your textbooks are stolen and the receipt is with them, the thief can return your textbooks to the bookstore for a full refund. *See Glossary for definition 70
We advise you to keep your textbook receipt in your wallet and NOT with your textbooks to prevent a thief from being able to return your books. They are expensive and YOU need them! File a theft report with the Campus Public Safety Office 503-725-4407 or your local Police agency as soon as you are sure that your laptop has been stolen.
Personal Boundaries In the U.S., it is illegal for one person to force another person to have sex with them no matter what the situation. If you are on a date with someone who wants to have sex with you and you do not want to have sex, tell them NO. If someone forces you to have sex, it is considered rape or sexual assault. PSU also has rules against touching someone against their will, sexually touching or having sex with someone when they are intoxicated, and harassing or hurting someone by following them, calling them against their will, or doing other things to intimidate or scare them. If you have had any of these things happen to you, you do not have to deal with it alone. PSU has a number of reporting and support service options: Reporting Options All of the following options are available to you, and can be pursued individually or simultaneously. The Advocate at the Women’s Resource Center (503-725-5672) or: firstname.lastname@example.org, can help talk through your options and can accompany you through the process of accessing any of these reporting services: ● You can make a police report to the Portland Police Bureau (911 or 503-8233333). ● You can make a report to: http://www.pdx.edu/cpso/ (503-725-4404). ● If the other person is a student, you can file a Student Code of Conduct complaint through the Office of Conduct and Community Standards. For details on the Student Code of Conduct, visit their website at: http://www.pdx.edu/dos or call 503-725-4422. ● This link contains the various reporting forms used by Campus Safety http://www.pdx.edu/cpso/forms-1. This includes an anonymous sexual assault form that you can use to report an assault for data and safety reasons but without filing a charge. Support Services The PSU Women’s Resource Center supports students of all genders. Their Advocate can help you figure out your options. They can keep your information private in most situations – ask them for details. Find them at: http://www.pdx.edu/wrc or 503-7255672. ●
The Portland Women's Crisis Line is a confidential, 24-hour service that can be reached at 503-235-5333 or online at: http://pwcl.org/ and specializes in addressing situations of sexual assault and relationship violence. Counselors and medical professionals at the PSU Student Health and Counseling Center offer fully confidential services. You can access emergency support or make an appointment by calling 503-725-2800. Student Legal Services offers confidential legal advice. You can call them at 503725-4556 or: http://www.pdx.edu/sls/ Clergy and chaplains can offer confidential support, you can find a helpful list at http://psuspirituallifecenter.org/ 71
Emergency Services During your time at PSU you may encounter an emergency or crisis situation, such as the death of a fellow student or the death of a family member, a serious accident, physical or mental illness that requires short or long-term medical care, sexual assault, or any other situation that would require a student to leave campus for a temporary or extended period of time. In situations like these, use the following as a guide to answer the question: Who should I call?
Emergency or Event
Call or Contact
Report an on-campus emergency
Dial 911. In order to reach our Campus Public Safety Office directly call 503-725-4404.
Report an off-campus emergency Dial 911. Need emergency medical care
Contact campus security (nonemergency)
Dial 503-725-4407 to reach Campus Public Safety Office Dispatch.
Dial 503-725-2800 to reach Counseling and Psychological Reach a counselor for Services (CAPS) between 8am and 7pm Monday through assistance with a Thursday. Friday hours are 9am to 5pm. After hours or on mental health weekends dial 503-988-4888 to reach the Multnomah County emergency Crisis Line . If you need immediate assistance, call Campus Public Safety Office at 503-725-4404, or 911. Other options for supporting and reporting include: ●
Report a rape or sexual assault that occurred on or off campus
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Report student misconduct
To talk to someone about a sexual assault situation call 503-725-5672 to reach the Interpersonal Violence Advocate at the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) during office hours. To reach an advocate after office hours call the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) at 503-235-5333. For confidential medical or counseling support contact Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) at 503-725-2800. To make a Student Conduct Code complaint regarding sexual misconduct, click here. To make a report to Campus Public Safety Office call 503725-4404. To make a report to Portland Police Bureau call 911.
Contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life by dialing 503725-4422 or click here to submit a report of student misconduct. 72
Report a student Dial 503-725-4404 to reach Campus Public Safety Office. serious injury or death Report a crime that occurred on campus
Call Campus Public Safety Office at 503-725-4407 in an emergency. For non-emergencies dial 503-725-4404.
Report a crime that occurred off campus
Call Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333
Want to report a student incident, but I'm not sure who to call
Contact us for guidance! Dial 503-725-4422 or enter a report online here: www.pdx.edu/dos/care-team and you will receive a call within one business day.
Report a bias incident
Enter a report here: www.pdx.edu/dos/bias-response-team and you will receive a follow up call within one business day.
You can also speak to your student advisor or a member of the International Student Life Team in East Hall, Room 122, if you are unsure who to contact.
Transportation TriMet TriMet is the Portland public transportation system and the least expensive way to travel around the city. TriMet provides various commuter services in the Portland metro area, including Buses, Street Car, Max Light Rail (red, blue, green and yellow lines), and WES (Westide Express Service). You can visit the TriMet website and plan your trips, check timetables and schedules at: http://trimet.org/ Where to Buy Tickets and Passes • On board the bus: Pay your fare or buy a 1-Day Pass on any TriMet bus. Just insert coins or bills (exact change only) into the fare box when you board. Note: Operators cannot give change. • Neighborhood ticket outlets: Buy fares at neighborhood ticket outlets in the Portland area, including most Albertsons, Fred Meyer and Safeway stores. • Ticket vending machines at MAX and WES stations: Tickets and passes are available from the self-service ticket machines located at MAX and WES stations. • The TriMet ticket office at Pioneer Courthouse Square: Buy tickets or passes in person at the office downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square. • Online at the TriMet store: Save time and order tickets and passes online using a credit card (a shipping-and-handling fee is charged for each order). Portland Streetcar All current PSU students and employees are allowed to ride the entire Portland Streetcar system for free! Just show your valid PSU Photo ID card and you can ride free from the South Waterfront to Northwest Portland and across the river to The Lloyd Center and OMSI on the East side. Student FlexPass Program To help you save on the cost of using transit, PSU sells the Student FlexPass, a partially subsidized, All-Zone TriMet Transit Pass. The FlexPass is valid on all TriMet buses, MAX light rail, and Portland Streetcar for the current academic term. The per-term cost for the FlexPass is approximately 30% off TriMet’s retail price. The FlexPass itself is a sticker that is applied to your PSU ID card. You simply show your ID card with the attached FlexPass to any TriMet driver or fare inspector and you are free to ride anywhere TriMet goes.
The transportation and parking office is located at: 1812 SW 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97201 503-725-3442 email@example.com http://www.pdx.edu/transportation/
What you need to purchase a FlexPass: • PSU Photo ID. • Enrollment in three credits or more for the current term. • Must be purchased in person at the Transportation & Parking Services Office. • Pay by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or bill the cost to your PSU student account. • Must be purchased before the end of the second week of the term. Refunds/Returns Full refunds are available for FlexPasses returned within five business days of the date of purchase. After that period, the FlexPass is no longer refundable. Replacements There are NO refunds or replacements for lost or stolen FlexPasses. If your FlexPass is lost or stolen during the sales period, you may purchase a second FlexPass at its full value. For damaged FlexPasses, please contact the transportation office to request a replacement. You will need to return the damaged FlexPass sticker in order to be eligible for a replacement. All requests for replacement FlexPasses must be approved by PSU Transportation & Parking Services and TriMet.
Car Rental Renting a car is a good option if you want to take a trip outside of the Portland metro area. Typically, you have to be at least 25 years to rent a vehicle without having to pay for extra insurance. Below is a list of some of the most common rental companies: Avis: Enterprise: Hertz: Zipcar:
http://www.avis.com http://www.enterprise.com http://www.hertz.com http://www.zipcar.com
If you are going to buy a car, you must have the following: •
An Oregon driver’s license: If you intend to stay in Oregon for more than six months (e.g., students enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students), you may apply for an Oregon Driver’s License (ODL). Proof of residence and two forms of identification are required. More information is available at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/index.shtml
Liability insurance: The law requires that you have liability insurance on your vehicle. This insurance covers physical or property damage you or your car may do to another car and/or person in the event of an accident. Your license will be suspended if you do not have liability insurance.
Bicycles Portland is a very bicycle-friendly city and bikes are another inexpensive way to travel around Portland. Bike lanes and bike paths are marked throughout the city. If you do purchase a bike, you may want to join the PSU Bike Hub, an on-campus bicycle repair shop designed specifically for the PSU Community. To find out more about the Bike Hub, please click here: http://www.pdx.edu/bikehub/ Bike theft can be problematic; therefore, it is important to keep your bike well-secured. A good website to check out if you are interested in using your bicycle to get around Portland is: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/
Glossary of Academic Terms and Abbreviations Academic Advisor
A staff of faculty member appointed to assist a student in planning the studentâ€™s academic career.
Add a course*
To enter a course in which you were not enrolled at the beginning of the semester.
The courses that all students are required to complete prior to graduation, regardless of their academic major.
The number of courses taken per term.
Curricular Practical Training.
Credit awarded for participation and completion of a course.
Total number of credits for which a student is enrolled. A fulltime credit load per term for undergraduates is 12 credit hours and a full-time load for graduates is 9 credit hours.
The Degree Audit Report System (DARS) is a tool to assist in the academic advising process. It is meant to help advisors and students in the process of course selection and academic program planning. Students should review their DARS report prior to meeting with an Academic Advisor.
Providing learning through media (e.g. computer) where the teacher and student are physically separated.
Department of Homeland Security.
Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status.
Duration of Status.
Desire to Learn, PSUâ€™s learning management system.
Drop a course*
To withdraw from a course.
Employment Authorization Card.
A course selected by the student, which is not a requirement for a program but still fulfills graduation requirements.
Refers to a student’s right of privacy concerning release of information without authorized consent. (FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974).
Full time student visa.
Grade Point Average.
A temporary mark given to a student who is unable to complete the requirements for a course during the term. You must have an acceptable reason for choosing to leave a course incomplete and must require the course requirements within a specified time period after the term ends.
International Student and Scholar Services.
A government form issued by your school letting USCIS know you are eligible for an F-1 visa.
Form noting the arrival/departure dates for immigrants (a white card you get when you go through customs in the U.S.
Exchange visitor visa.
A web portal where you can check grades, pay your bills, register for classes, access D2L and more!
Optional Practical Training.
PSU ID Number
Unique, nine digit identification number given to all students when they are admitted to PSU. This number begins with a 9.
Social Security Number.
Take a “W”*
Withdraw from a class after the official drop-date, resulting in a “W” grade on your transcript.
United States Citizen and Immigration Services.
*You MUST speak to an Immigration Advisor in East Hall 101 before you drop a course. **You MUST speak to an Immigration Advisor in East Hall 101 and with your professor before you can leave a course incomplete. Some terms taken from the Global Compass publication at University of Pittsburgh.
Contact Us: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) East Hall, 1st Floor 632 SW Hall Street (Corner of Broadway Ave. and Hall St.) 503-725-4094 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.oia.pdx.edu The International Student Lounge is located in East Hall, Room 122. http://www.oia.pdx.edu/intl_students