Dear Campus Community,

I am reaching out today as we, as a nation, a campus community, and individuals continue to process the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. At Shippensburg University we remain committed to the march toward gender equality and women’s rights and acknowledge the distinct impact this decision will have, especially on underserved and underrepresented populations.

We also acknowledge the value and importance of diverse viewpoints and encourage our community to share, discuss, and advocate with a spirit of kindness, openness, and respect. This is how we learn, and this is how we bring about collaborative and meaningful change for the greater good.

This issue is complex, still evolving and for many, frightening. We are here for you, even during the summer months and I want to remind you of the various support programs available at Ship and beyond.

Students, faculty, and staff can utilize the Pride and Gender Equity Center (PAGE) Center for supportive services. The PAGE Center is open Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the summer months and is located in CUB 232. All are welcome.

The University Counseling Center is available for students enrolled in classes during the summer months. Feel free to reach out to the center by calling 717-477-1481.

Additional off campus resources for faculty, students, and staff include: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline):  1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline:  1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741
  • Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741

Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek support by utilizing the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is sponsored through the Office of Human Resources. Contact 717-477-1124 for assistance.

Charles E. Patterson, PhD

President, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania