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Student Activities: Frequently Asked Questions
What does C.S.C. stand for?
C.S.C. is the abbreviation for Congregatio a Sancta Cruce, the Latin name of the
Congregation of Holy Cross. The C.S.C. is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers
founded in France in 1837. The first C.S.C. came to the United States in 1841.
Members of the order came to the University of Portland in 1902 at the invitation of
Archbishop Alexander Christie, head of the Archdiocese of Portland. Currently there
are 35 members of the Congregation of Holy Cross serving at the University of
Portland. The office is located in Franz 352 and Rev. Francis J. Murphy, C.S.C., serves as
superior of the community.
How can I get to the airport or train station at breaks?
In addition to local commercial taxicab, limousine, and airport shuttle services, ASUP
offers a free student-run shuttle, Pilot Express. This service typically runs during semester breaks, excluding summer break (it does not run at the end of the spring semester or the beginning of the fall semester). Times and dates are determined by ASUP and vary each year. For more specific information contact ASUP, (503) 943-7471.
At the end of the semester, what do I do with my books?
Many textbooks are worth keeping for your professional reference library. However if
you choose to sell your books to other students you have these options:
- You may take advantage of the bookstore’s (Barnes & Noble) buy-back program
for textbooks in good condition that will be used for a course the next semester
(up until they reach a certain quota per book). For more information contact the
bookstore, (503) 943-7125.
- You may take out a personal ad in The Beacon, submitted to the newspaper office
in St. Mary’s Student Center by 6:00 p.m. on Mondays.
- You may submit fliers to the Office of Student Activities to be placed on campus bulletin
boards in common areas. For more information, call (503) 943-7470.
How can I get someone’s campus telephone number?
The campus directory for faculty and staff members can be accessed online at
www.up.edu/directory. Student directory information can be accessed through Pilots
UP. You may also call the campus operator for phone numbers (dial “0”) from a campus
phone or 503-943-7911 from off-campus). The operator will connect you to campus
numbers. No numbers will be given out during the first two weeks of fall semester.
It is important to have the first and last name of the person you are trying to call.
Personal information can be updated if needed by logging in to the PilotsUP portal at
https://pilots.up.edu and clicking on the Self-Serve tab at the top of the page. Some
people wish to keep their telephone number and other directory information confidential.
If you wish to have this information withheld, see the procedures listed in
“Confidentiality, Student Records, and Student Directory Information” in the chapter
on Student Rights and Responsibilities in this handbook.
Where can I find information about off-campus housing?
In the Office of Residence Life during the regular hours of 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.,
students can peruse listings kept in a binder. Local landlords also frequently post on
http://www.oregonlive.com and http://portland.craigslist.org.
If I’m a commuter student, where can I hang out between classes?
Whether you live two blocks away from campus or drive 25 miles to get here, you fall
into the category of “off-campus” or “commuter” student. In addition to spending
time in the library or working out in Howard Hall, St. Mary’s Lounge and the Pilot
House Lounge are two facilities you should visit. Also, Shepard Freshman Resource
Center has a lounge available to all freshmen, including commuter freshmen.
Are there any special services for adult undergraduate students? If you are an undergraduate student who is 25 years or older, the term “adult student" is used to distinguish you from the traditional-aged undergraduates. The Office of Student Activities provides some services and programs for adult undergraduates, including social opportunities. Services include weekday access to an area in St. Mary’s Lounge with a refrigerator, microwave, and local phone. Contact the program assistant in student activities for more information.
How can I find out what’s going on around campus?
The Office of Student Activities and Shepard Freshman Resource Center are excellent
sources of information about what’s happening. Be sure to check PilotsUP for announcements
and events as well as the University web site (www.up.edu/calendar). The
Campus Information Center in the Pilot House is also a great source of information
about campus programs, as are the bulletin boards in the Pilot House, Commons,
Franz Hall, Buckley Center and other locations. The Beacon, the student newspaper
published every Thursday, also lists upcoming events and is available on newspaper
racks around campus.
What is PilotsUP?
Starting in 2005, PilotsUP is the campus’s web portal. Students can log into PilotsUP
from on or off campus to access web-based email, check in on University events,
manage personal and academic calendars and information, access the campus directory,
and keep up with coursework and assignments. Introduced in its baseline form,
PilotsUP will grow as it responds to students’ online needs. Login at
Where can I study at night on campus?
In Fall 2005, the Pilot House Lounge was converted into 24-hour study space. After
the building is closed, students can access the lounge area with an i.d. card. The residence
halls offer study areas for their residents, and the library is open for all community
members. When there are no programs scheduled in St. Mary’s Lounge, both
commuters and residents are welcome to study there. During fall and spring semesters
when school is in session, St. Mary’s Lounge is open until midnight.
What if I have a problem to solve?
There are several avenues for problem-solving depending on what kind of problem
you have. First, deal with the problem at the lowest possible level. If you have a conflict
with your roommate, talk to that person first. If you have a problem getting
information or assistance from a department, ask to speak to the department manager.
If you have a general complaint about the University, determine who has responsibility
for the area and make an appointment to see him or her. Follow your discussion
with a written letter describing your understanding of what took place and any
agreements reached. Keep a copy for your own record. If you are not satisfied with
the outcome of your meeting or consequent decisions, you might take your concern
to the next higher level. The full process for solving academic matters is: faculty
member, department chair, dean of the college or school, provost, president. A residence
hall conflict might follow this path: resident assistant, resident director, director
of residence life, vice president for student services, president. If you don’t know
where to start with a concern, consult with a faculty or staff person who you know
but who is removed from the situation. If you have questions or concerns about food
service, Bon Appetit works with a food committee composed of student representatives;
contact your representative or fill out a comment card at the door of The
Commons and your concern will be addressed. If you have a concern you want to
share with the campus, The Beacon will publish letters to the editor according to its