Jun 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Services for Students

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Academic Advancement Center

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The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) helps you maximize your academic potential. The Center, a department of University College serving undergraduates from across campus, provides a variety of support services including:

Courses. You can enroll in credit courses taught by the AAC staff. UC 106, Academic Computing Skills, is a one–credit course designed to enhance computer skills required for many classes, such as the Microsoft Office suite of programs, research on the Web, creating a Web page, and creating and editing multimedia files, including video. UC 110, Learning Strategies, is a three–credit course designed to teach effective study strategies. Techniques that increase effectiveness in managing time, taking notes, reading and comprehending text material, and preparing for exams are emphasized. UC 112, College Reading Skills, is a two–credit course designed to improve reading comprehension of college–level material. Techniques, such as summarizing main ideas, organizing textbook content, understanding inference and point of view, adjusting reading rate, expanding vocabulary, and developing critical thinking skills are stressed. Course enrollment is limited to students with ACT reading scores below 21. UC 112B, a one–credit reading and vocabulary course, is available for good readers seeking even higher proficiency in reading. The class is five weeks in length. Individual reading and study–skills assistance is provided free on a noncredit appointment basis to any student requesting assistance. (See Course Descriptions section for descriptions of additional UC courses.)

Tutoring. Individual tutoring is available for skill development and for mastery of course content. Our staff will work with you on math, reading, and study skills, free of charge. You also may request a referral to a private content tutor, whom you will be expected to pay directly. In most areas, tutors are readily available; in all cases, we will do our best to connect you with a qualified tutor. To learn more about tutoring services available through the AAC, visit http://www.ohio.edu/aac/tutoring/.

Supplemental Instruction (SI). SI provides free study sessions for selected courses. The sessions are conducted by undergraduates who attend the class and work with the professor to help students share and master information. The sessions are open to anyone enrolled in the selected courses. The courses selected for SI are usually courses with high enrollments and high rates of poor performance or failure. If a class is selected for SI, the leader is introduced during class and will announce the SI session schedule. In addition to listening for announcements in the class, you can access the SI sessions schedule online at http://www.ohio.edu/aac/supins/.

Computer Skills. The AAC Computer Lab, located on the first floor of Alden Library, is a modern multimedia facility equipped with both Macintosh and Windows computers, scanners, mini DV decks, high–quality color printing, DVD burners, and various supporting software from Adobe, Apple, Macromedia, and Microsoft. Skilled computer assistants are available for one–on–one help. For more information regarding hardware, software, and open hours, visit the AAC lab Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/aac/lab/.

College Adjustment Program (CAP). CAP, which operates under a U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant, helps students attain academic success and graduate from college. CAP provides a broad range of services for students who meet federal eligibility requirements. Read more about CAP, including eligibility requirements, in the University College section.

You may also contact the Academic Advancement Center to learn more about its programs and services. Please call 740.593.2644, fax 740.593.0338, visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/aac/, e–mail aac@ohio.edu, or visit us on the first floor of Alden Library.

Academic Advising

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Academic advising is a central element of your undergraduate educational experience at Ohio University. Each college, department, and school has faculty and/or professional advisors available to provide information about academic options and University resources to promote your learning and development. Your college/department/school will assign you an advisor who can help you create an educational plan consistent with your academic, career, and personal goals. Your advisor will also assist in the preparation of an appropriate class schedule each quarter. However, it is your responsibility to be prepared for advising appointments and to know and follow current requirements. Although meeting with your advisor before registering each quarter is important, it is strongly recommended that you maintain regular contact at other times with your advisor. Questions about academic advising or how to contact your advisor should be directed to your college office. You can find priority registration and advising information at http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/ by clicking on MyRegistration and Advising Info under Online Services for Students.

Baker University Center

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Named for Ohio University’s 14th president, John Calhoun Baker, the Center opened in January 2007. It replaced the original Baker Center which was located on the northwest corner of E. Union St. and College St. (across from the College Green). The building provides facilities, programs, services, and amenities that serve the University community, the Athens community, and visitors. It is operated by the Division of Students Affairs.


As a center of activity that contributes significantly to the quality of campus life, the John Calhoun Baker University Center takes pride in being an attractive, functional, socially vibrant, welcoming gathering place for all Ohio University students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University.

To this end, the John Calhoun Baker University Center staff provides superior building operations, useful and up–to–date University information services, and active program support for the wide range of social, intellectual, and cultural events that occur in the Center.

For more information about the University Center, please visit http://www.ohio.edu/center/.

Campus Life

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Campus Life is your connection to campus and community involvement—the place where you can discover everything you want to know about student organizations; Greek life; community service and involvement opportunities; family and special–event weekend information; and leadership programming. If you want to get involved on campus, stop by our office in Baker University Center 355, call 740.593.4025, or visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/campuslife/.

Community Service

The Center for Community Service works with campus and community partners to promote community service collaborations that benefit the community, foster mutual learning, and prepare students for responsible citizenship. The Center is a connecting point for students, faculty, staff, community members, and community–based organizations interested in volunteer and community service. For information, call 740.593.4007.

Greek Life

Sororities and fraternities have been a part of campus life since 1841. Today, the Greek community consists of 30 international sororities and fraternities, with approximately 11 percent of the student body participating as members. Involvement opportunities include a wide range of social, educational, and philanthropic activities, as well as leadership opportunities within the Interfraternity Council (http://www.ouifc.com), the National Pan–Hellenic Council, the Women’s Panhellenic Association (http://www.ohiou.edu/~wpa), and one Latina chapter.

Leadership Development

Campus Life prepares students for socially responsible leadership in their communities. There are a variety of programs offered to help you learn about leadership and your potential. The Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center provides leadership assistance and resources to all students and student organizations. The Ohio University LeaderShape Institute focuses on leading with integrity.

Student Organizations

Ohio University has more than 350 student organizations to explore. Becoming involved can help you perform better in other areas of your life and feel more a part of the University. You’ll learn about community and about effective membership and leadership. To find an organization that might be of interest to you, search the student organization directory (www.ohio.edu/campuslife)

Honor Societies

These national organizations confer membership in recognition of high scholastic attainment and the fulfillment of other requirements. Honor societies encourage the development of a well–rounded personality and leadership and service qualities, in addition to academic achievement.

Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshman Honor Society
Alpha Omicron Alpha, Aviation
Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice
Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering
Arnold Air Society, Aerospace Studies
Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society
Civil Engineering Honor Society
Delta Phi Alpha, German
Delta Sigma Pi, Profession Business Fraternity
Epsilon Pi Tau, Industrial Technology
Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Science
Gamma Pi Delta, Nontraditional Students
Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geography
Golden Key, Scholarship
Honors College Society
Kappa Delta Pi, Education
Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Honorary
Lamda Omega, Nursing
Lambda Pi Eta, Communication
Mortar Board, Scholarship, Activities
National Residence Hall Honorary
Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering
Omicron Delta Kappa, National Honor Society
Order of Omega, Greek Leadership
Phi Alpha Honor Society, Social Work
Phi Alpha Theta, History
Phi Gamma Nu, Business
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity
Phi Sigma Iota, French
Phi Sigma Pi National Co–ed Honor Fraternity
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science
Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering
Psi Chi, Psychology
Rho Lambda, National Panhellenic Honorary
Sigma Alpha Iota, Music
Sigma Alpha Lambda, Community Service
Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish
Sigma Sigma Phi, Osteopathic Medicine
Sigma Tau Delta, English
Society of Professional Journalists
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering
Tau Beta Sigma, Band

Career Services

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The Office of Career Services provides assistance with making career decisions, exploring major and career options, attending career fairs, and conducting effective job searches. Services, which are free to all students and alumni, include:

  1. Individual career advising on issues such as major, career options, résumé and cover letter writing/critiques, attending graduate school, and career search strategies.
  2. Web–based programs such as Focus and OCIS that identify interests, abilities, and values. “Career Beam” is a Net–based employer–research system containing a database of 20 million organizations. “VAULT”, the Online Career Library, includes information on various careers, employers, and other relevant information.
  3. Seminars on résumé preparation, interviewing techniques, career planning, and other career–related topics.
  4. The Mock Interview Program, which allows you to practice and improve your interview performance.
  5. Career fairs that bring a variety of employers to campus to discuss career opportunities. Career fairs, open to all students and alumni, are held in October and February. The Teacher Recruitment Consortium is held spring quarter.
  6. The Career Resource Center, which contains a wealth of information: career guides, employer directories, graduate school guides and admissions test bulletins, internships and summer job listings, employer literature, and professional job vacancies.

The Career Services Web site not only provides you with general career information, but also can connect you with a range of other resources on the Internet. It is linked to the Ohio University home page under “Employment” or can be reached at http://www.ohio.edu/careers/.

Services for Graduating Students and Alumni

The Office of Career Services also offers the Bobcat Online Job Search Program for graduating students and alumni. This program consists of three services: computerized résumé referral, online job postings, and on–campus interviewing. To be eligible for this program, you must register with the office by attending a registration orientation session that explains services and procedures and completing required materials.

You are encouraged to work with Career Services throughout your University experience for assistance in all career–related matters. For more information, call 740.593.2909. The Office of Career Services is located in Baker University Center 533.

Counseling and Psychological Services

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Counseling and psychological services are available on an individual and group basis for personal, educational, and career concerns. All consultations are confidential and are provided by a staff of counselors, psychologists, and trainees.

If you have personal problems of any kind (emotional, social, marital, substance abuse, stress, etc.), you can receive help with understanding and resolving those difficulties.

If you feel your concerns are urgent, you can request an emergency appointment.

If you are worried about a friend, you can call or drop in and ask for a consultation appointment.

If you are having academic difficulties, you can receive help in understanding and resolving your concerns so you may improve your performance.

If you are uncertain about your educational or career objectives, you can obtain assistance in appraising your abilities, interests, performance, etc., so you may identify more appropriate and satisfying directions.

Psychiatric consultations for medication are available. You can make an appointment to discuss your personal adjustment, educational concerns, or career concerns by stopping by our offices on the third floor of Hudson Health Center (use the side entrance next to Voigt Hall and see the receptionist), or by calling 740.593.1616 between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Disability Services

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The Office of Disability Services is committed to assuring equality of opportunity and full participation at Ohio University for persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. Persons requiring reasonable accommodations for disabilities must provide documentation and register with the Office of Disability Services. The Office provides guidelines for required documentation of a disability.

The Office of Disability Services has the primary responsibility for identifying and coordinating services to meet the particular needs of the person with a disability. General services include priority registration and tutoring services through the Academic Advancement Center. Classroom, workplace, and housing accommodations are personalized to each individual’s needs. All students, regardless of disability, are subject to established academic requirements. Ohio University recognizes the need for reasonable accommodations to promote program accessibility.

All inquiries concerning disabilities are confidential. If you have questions concerning services, please contact us:

Office of Disability Services
Crewson House, Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.593.2620
F: 740.593.0790
TTD: 740.593.0193
Web: http://www.ohio.edu/equity/disabilityservices/
E-mail: equity@ohio.edu

The Office for Institutional Equity works in collaboration with Disability Services to ensure that visitors, students, staff, and faculty have equal access to educational and employment opportunities at Ohio University. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed because of disability, or if you believe reasonable accommodation has not been made for you, you may file a complaint with the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator at the Office for Institutional Equity:

Laura L. Myers, J.D., M.A.
Interim Director - Office for Institutional Equity
Title IX, ADA/504 Coordinator
101 Crewson House
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.593.2620
Web: http://www.ohio.edu/equity/
E-mail: equity@ohio.edu

See also: Institutional Equity, this section.

Environmental Health and Safety

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Located in Hudson Health Center, Environmental Health and Safety provides environmental and occupational health, safety, and sanitation services to the campus community. We forge the vital link between a safe and healthy campus environment and the University mission through competent and dependable services. Programs are administered to ensure the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The department works to ensure compliance with fire authority, health department, OSHA, CDC, EPA, NRC, DOT, and other regulatory agency requirements. A multidisciplinary professional staff coordinates programs in environmental sanitation, food sanitation, pest control, radiation safety, occupational safety, ergonomics, indoor air quality, infectious waste, asbestos and lead abatement, emergency program management, environmental management, industrial hygiene, fire safety, biosafety, and hazardous materials management. Training programs are also conducted. For more information about the Department of EHS, visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/ehs/.

Health Service

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The Student Health Service (SHS) is located in Hudson Health Center on the North Green (building 35 on the campus map). Medical care is provided Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All enrolled students have access to the SHS outpatient clinic. You do not have to purchase the University insurance plan to receive services through SHS.

Serving you are a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, x–ray facilities, immunization services, and a physical therapy department, staffed by physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, pharmacists, and registered laboratory and x–ray technicians.

International students must have a tuberculosis skin test upon first arriving in Athens or returning to the campus after an absence of two or more years. This test is given free of charge. See the quarterly Schedule of Classes for details.

Visit the SHS Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/hudson/shs/index.cfm.

Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic

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The Ohio University Hearing, Speech, and Language Clinic offers diagnostic and treatment services to University students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community. Services are available to all age groups, from infants to adults. A fee list is available upon request.

Speech and language services cover such areas as articulation, language, stuttering, and voice. Audiology services include the identification and management of problems in hearing and balance, including the selection and use of hearing aids, auditory processing, and developmental communication problems posed by hearing loss.

The clinic operates five days per week and is staffed by graduate students majoring in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences under the continual supervision of fully licensed and credentialed faculty and staff.

For assistance with a hearing, speech, or language question, inquire at the clinic office in Grover Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 740.593.1404. Clinic services are available throughout the year.

Help Center, Allen Student

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Have a problem and don’t know where to begin to find help to solve it? The Allen Student Help Center can help you. This friendly office has staff members who offer:

  • Guidance for students who are academically lost, or who are struggling with multiple concerns and aren’t sure whom to ask
  • Walk–in study skills assistance
  • Academic success workshops
  • Walk–in or appointment assistance

Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Allen Student Help Center
Baker University Center 419
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701


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The Residential Housing Office coordinates and manages the on-campus living environment including administering all room and board charges. The office supports the educational goals of the University within the residence halls by promoting community living, fostering the development of individuals and groups within the living environment, and providing support and information to residents.

Housing Regulation

The Ohio University parietal rule requires that students reside on campus for their first two years of academic study and carry an associated meal plan unless they meet one or more of the exemption criteria outlined below. This applies to new, transfer, relocating and re-enrolling students. NOTE: Credit hours earned by students while attending high school (via advanced placement, Senate Bill 140, Senior to Sophomore etc.) will not be considered toward exemption eligibility from the housing requirement. The contract for housing and dining services is binding for the entire academic year. If you do not comply with this regulation, you may be denied registration. 

Housing Regulation Exemptions

If you meet any of the following conditions, you may request to be exempt from the housing regulation. Falsification of any material submitted in support of an exemption request is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in a referral to University Judiciaries.

  1. You are enrolled as a part–time (10 credit hours or fewer during the academic year, 5 hours or fewer during each summer session) student as defined in this catalog.
  2. You are a married student living with your spouse or a single parent living with your children within commuting distance (50 miles) of the University.
  3. You live with parents or guardians whose permanent residence is within commuting distance (50 miles) of the University.
  4. You have completed one academic year in residence prior to fall quarter and are living in a recognized fraternity or sorority house. This exemption is not available to continuing students once the academic year begins. Student request must be approved by the Campus Involvement Center.
  5. You are over the age of 23 prior to the quarter in which you are enrolling.
  6. You are a veteran who has 18 or more months of active military service.

Special Status Students

Students taking classes during the summer and Ohio Program of Intensive English students must comply with the housing regulation. If you are not sure of your status, contact Housing.

Residence Halls

The Central Residential Housing Office is located in Chubb Hall on Ohio University’s main campus. Smaller offices are located on each green (East, South, and West). Residence halls have full-time professional and paraprofessional live-in staff carefully selected and trained to offer informed and meaningful assistance. The staff-to-student ratio in upperclass halls is about 1:35, while in freshman halls it is 1:26. Services offered include providing a safe and healthful environment conducive to sound academic pursuit; creating opportunities for growth and development through educational, recreational, social, and cultural programming; involving faculty in residence halls; meeting the needs of students through the use of special-interest housing (intensive study, residential learning communities, honors, scholars, academic emphasis); promoting student involvement and leadership by encouraging participation in hall government; emphasizing the concepts of responsibility, respect, and consideration for others; interpreting University policies and procedures; serving as an information source and referral agent to other University services; and providing confidential personal advising for such concerns as adjustment, academic performance, substance abuse, and relationships. Much of the learning that occurs during the collegiate experience takes place outside the formal classroom setting. The living-learning atmosphere of the residence halls is one of the prime catalysts in this growth process. While each residence hall is unique in character and spirit, they all offer the opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from a diverse student population.

Off-Campus Living

When the time comes to move off campus, the Office of Residential Housing and Off-Campus Living can assist and support you with our programming and resources. We will help you become aware of your rights and your responsibilities as students, tenants, and members of the Athens community. However, the University bears no responsibility for living conditions or problems therein to either the homeowner or the student resident.

Information Technology

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Ohio University’s Office of Information Technology provides telephone, data and video communications, comprehensive desktop computer technical support, ID card services, audio–visual equipment maintenance, and state–of–the–art computing resources and facilities for the University community.

Technical support can be obtained by calling the Service Desk at 740.593.1222, by sending an e–mail to servicedesk@ohio.edu, or by visiting the IT Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/technology/. Visit the Tech Depot, Baker University Center 112, for software and computer sales, ID cards, clickers, computer repairs, and technical support.

Computer Labs

Lab computers can be used to access the Internet and various software programs. Lab locations are listed at http://www.ohio.edu/technology/computers/index.cfm. In addition, a combined Library/Information Technology “Learning Commons” computer lab is available on the second floor of Alden Library. Many departments also operate computing labs for their own students. Approximately 50 labs are available on campus—some labs are open to all majors, and some are restricted to people within a certain major. All labs contain laser printers for high–quality output. Visit http://www.ohio.edu/technology/ for specific software titles, lab hours, and general information.

Educational Testing Center

The Educational Testing Center is a computer–based testing facility that offers numerous testing sessions per week. Available tests include the GRE, Praxis I, and TOEFL. Visit http://www.ohio.edu/etc/ for a complete listing of tests, hours of operation, and other important information.


Ohio University has several software site licenses that provide software to students. Visit http://www.ohio.edu/software/ for more information, including eligibility, cost, and how to obtain the software.

Computer Purchase Options

OHIO students are eligible to purchase laptop and desktop computer systems at a discount from several preferred vendors. Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and Apple Macbooks are available through OHIO’s Go Mobile program (http://technology.ohio.edu/go-mobile/). Apple, Dell, Gateway, and HP offer discounts for OHIO students on desktop computers. To learn more, visit http://technology.ohio.edu/buy/.

Institutional Equity

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The Office for Institutional Equity is charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with federal and state law and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment. This includes investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment, making policy recommendations, advising units about hiring process, offering mandated training within the University community, ensuring educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities, and monitoring compliance with the University’s own affirmative action initiatives.

The Director of the Office of Institutional Equity also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and ADA/504 Coordinator.

Ohio University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military veteran status in its employment practices or in the provision of educational programs and services. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies, to receive discrimination/harassment complaints from members of the University community, and to monitor the institution’s compliance with state and federal non-discrimination laws and regulations:

Laura L. Myers, J.D., M.A.
Interim Director - Office for Institutional Equity
An Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator
101 Crewson House
Athens, OH 45701

For more information about Ohio University’s policies prohibiting discrimination, and for a description of Ohio University’s grievance procedures, please visit the Web page for the Office for Institutional Equity at http://www.ohio.edu/equity. For information specifically about sexual harassment, please visit the Sexual Harassment Prevention Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/harassment/.

Institutional Equity is an office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Insurance, Medical

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All domestic students registered for seven or more credit hours and international students registered for one or more credit hours are required to maintain a health insurance plan. To assist with this requirement, the University offers a major medical insurance plan designed to supplement the care provided by Student Health Services. Subject to the policy’s benefits and exclusions, it provides protection against major medical and surgical expenses for the insured student at home, at school, or while traveling anywhere in the world. In addition to accident and sickness benefits, it includes repatriation, medical evacuation, and accidental death benefits.

All students are billed automatically for this plan. Domestic students can waive the insurance if they have another policy in force at the time they are enrolled. This waiver must be completed with the Office of the Bursar by the waiver deadline specified each quarter. Only the International Student and Faculty Services Office can approve an insurance waiver for an international student. Domestic students taking fewer than seven hours, or any student participating in an internship program, co–op program, or completing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation should contact the student insurance office in Hudson Health Center at 740.597.1816 about the availability of coverage. If you are married or a single parent, coverage for your dependents is also available.

Intercollegiate Athletics

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Mission Statement

The mission of Ohio Intercollegiate Athletics is to successfully develop the student-athlete as a person, student, and athlete. Athletics also contributes to the University through athletic and academic achievement, generates visibility, promotes institutional pride, enhances campus life, and serves as a connection with alumni and fans.

Vision Statement

Ohio University Athletics strives to be a national-level program through all sports participating in post-season competition, earning recognition as the premier athletic program in the Mid-American Conference, while renowned for academic excellence through outstanding graduation rates and scholastic honors. Athletics will provide exceptional value and benefit to the mission of Ohio University and community, demonstrate unrivaled pride, and foster relationships with all constituents. The athletic department is committed to the utmost integrity through NCAAA rules compliance, fiscal responsibility, and student-athlete personal development.

Ohio University is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a charter member of the Mid–American Conference (MAC). The conference, which was founded in 1946, also includes Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami, Northern Illinois, Temple, Toledo, and Western Michigan.

The University fields a total of 16 intercollegiate teams—6 for men and 10 for women. The University offers baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and wrestling for men. Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, indoor track, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, outdoor track, and volleyball are offered for women.

The Reese and Jacoby trophies are awarded annually by the MAC to the institutions compiling the best overall conference records for men and women, respectively.

Athletic facilities include the 13,168–seat Convocation Center, the site of basketball, volleyball, and wrestling contests. Constructed in 1968, the building houses athletic offices, training facilities, locker rooms, and equipment rooms. Peden Stadium, with its five–story tower and a capacity of 24,000, is the home of Bobcat football and the Phillips Academic Services Center. In November 1999, the 10,000–square feet Dr. Steve and Kathy Carin Strength and Conditioning Center, located in Peden Stadium, was dedicated. The Aquatic Center contains an Olympic–size pool, including 16 25–yard lanes, nine 50–meter lanes, and two one–meter and two three–meter diving boards. The golf teams utilize practice facilities at the Athens Country Club and the University’s driving range on West State Street. The baseball team competes at Bob Wren Stadium, while softball plays at a state–of–of–the–art facility. The $2.1 million baseball/softball complex was completed in 1999. Located in the Athletics Mall, Pruitt Field is the home competition site for field hockey. The multi–purpose facility features a top of the line playing surface with a signature red brick grandstand. The facility encompasses the all–weather, eight–lane Goldsberry track, home to Ohio’s track and field team. The Ohio soccer team plays at Chessa Field, dedicated in the fall of 2002.

If you are interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics, contact the head coach of your preferred sport as soon as possible. Contact information can be found at the intercollegiate athletics Web site at http://www.ohiobobcats.com/.

International Students

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Admission information on undergraduate admission for international students is available from the director of admissions, Chubb Hall. Information on graduate admission is available from Graduate College, McKee House.


More than 20 internationally oriented student organizations exist at Ohio University. They represent national, regional, religious, academic, and social interests and join together for special programs throughout the year. Programming reaches a high point in spring during International Week and the International Street Fair, conducted in cooperation with the city of Athens and the International Student Union.

The International Student Union (ISU)

ISU functions at Ohio University as the umbrella organization for more than 20 international student organizations and serves as the international programming body for the community on campus. ISU members come from all corners of the world, representing the collective educational, cultural, and developmental interests of more than 100 countries.

Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE)

The OPIE administers English proficiency examinations and provides intensive language instruction for those needing it. (See descriptions of courses and programs elsewhere in this catalog.)

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services offers consultation about any concern, including immigration, financial, and personal problems. All new students, as well as returning students starting a new degree program, must report to this office upon arrival. An orientation program will be conducted for a few days before the opening of each quarter to introduce new students to the campus.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services also works with other departments and organizations on campus, such as Residence Life, Career Services, Campus Life, International Studies, and the International Student Union to promote international programs, including cross–cultural workshops and the annual International Week, which create a welcoming and supportive climate for international students.

International Families

Support services are provided to international families through the Office of International Student and Faculty Services. Upon arrival, family members are given information about health care and insurance, English language classes, community services, and social activities. International advisors are also available for consultation on immigration and employment questions.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center

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The LGBT Center advances the diversity mission of Ohio University by creating a campus environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBT students, and strive to enhance these students’ learning and engagement as well as increase their retention. Our broader influence emerges from providing resources, educational opportunities, and social justice initiatives to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at Ohio University and beyond. The Center offers a variety of educational and cultural programs and events throughout the academic year. Please visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/lgbt for more information about our programs and services.


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The Ohio University Libraries are central to learning, teaching, and research activities of students and faculty. The main library on the Athens campus is Alden Library, located on the College Green. Other facilities include the Music/Dance Library in Glidden Hall, the Library Annex, and libraries at all of the regional campuses.


The Libraries’ collections include more than 2.9 million volumes and more than 300,000 electronic resources, including e–books, e–journals, databases, and image collections, all available on the Internet. In addition, the collections of maps, microforms, photographs, videos, CDs, and other nonprint items number more than 3 million. The Libraries’ Web site serves as a gateway to the print and electronic collections. Access to the electronic collections is seamlessly available on campus. Off-campus access requires authentication using an Oak ID and password.

Ohio University students and faculty also have easy access to library materials from across the state through OhioLINK, a consortium of academic libraries. OhioLINK offers more than 46 million items for quick delivery from 86 other Ohio libraries. Through OCLC (an international network) and other partners, materials from other U.S. libraries and from around the world are available readily for research and study through Interlibrary Loan.


Each of Alden Library’s seven floors has at least one service center to help library users and many house the separate subject and special collections: Archives and Special Collections, Children’s Collection, Fine Arts Library, Government Documents Department, Media Library, Map Collection, Microforms and Nonprint Collection, and the Center for International Collections. Librarians offer a variety of orientation and instructional programs to strengthen students’ awareness and understanding of information resources and the research process.

Alden Library Learning Commons, a collaborative endeavor with Information Technology and University College, provides students with a technology–enriched learning environment. Located on the second floor, the space offers an appealing atmosphere conducive to individual research, group study, or collaborative course projects. The state–of–the–art facility houses computer workstations, circulating laptops, multimedia stations, networked printers, and access to a variety of software applications. Qualified and friendly library staff offer research assistance, Writing Center advisors provide consultations on writing projects, and Information Technology assistants help users with hardware and software.

Alden Library provides 24-hour access to the Learning Commons (second floor) Sunday through Friday, except for summer quarter and intersessions. Hours are extended for the entire building before and during final exams. Alden Library has about 2,500 seats, 15 group study rooms, and over 400 computers available to the University community. All of Alden Library has wireless Internet access for personal laptop use.

For more information about the Ohio University Libraries, visit our Web site at http://www.library.ohiou.edu/.

Multicultural Programs

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The Office of Multicultural Programs seeks to provide a diverse range of programs and opportunities that are educational, recreational, social, and cultural. Committed to supporting and promoting multicultural awareness and appreciation, the staff develops programs that increase understanding and appreciation of cultural differences by familiarizing the campus community with the contributions and histories of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American cultures. Other services include:


The office plans and coordinates professional, educational, and cultural programs such as the annual Hispanic Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage Week, Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month, and Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


The Office of Multicultural Programs has formal advising relationships with the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and the Ohio University chapter of the National Pan–Hellenic Council (NPHC). The office maintains an informal advising relationship with ethnic student organizations such as the Native Peoples Awareness Coalition (NPAC), and Alpha Psi Lambda, the coed Hispanic–interest fraternity. All of these organizations plan programs and activities that benefit the entire University community.

Cultural Center

The Cultural Center serves as a place where cultural teaching and learning is the focus of all programs and activities. Its focus is intercultural and provides a place where members of the University community, representing a variety of backgrounds, participate in programs and activities. All programming in the Center is designed to increase human understanding through the study and expression of culture.

The Center comprises 5,000 square feet of space, including a community lounge, a large meeting room, an art gallery, a multipurpose room, a computer lab, and office spaces for staff and students.

Activities include art exhibits, musical and literary presentations, organizational meetings, workshops, lectures, discussions, and leadership development and training activities.

Please visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/ for the latest information about our programs.

Ombudsman Office

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The role of the Ombudsman is to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty, and staff within the University system. The Ombudsman Office can make inquiries on your behalf, help you make an informed response to your situation, mediate or facilitate discussions, and make recommendations for procedural or policy change. Complaints and grievances brought to the Ombudsman are handled with confidentiality. The office seeks informal resolution of issues and can also provide advice on formal University grievance procedures.

Parking/Motor Vehicle Registration

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On–campus resident parking is available on a limited basis for students with sophomore status or higher. Freshmen living on campus are not permitted to purchase parking. Commuter parking is available to all students who live outside a certain radius of campus. More information can be obtained at the Parking Services Web site at http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/, by stopping by Parking Services located at 100 Factory Street, or by calling 740.593.1917.

Before students can drive or park on Ohio University property, they must register their vehicles with Parking Services. Failure to register a motor vehicle or parking illegally makes the violator subject to penalties as printed on the violation/citation. Motorcycle parking is restricted to specifically designated areas. There is no charge to register vehicles.

Parking maps are also available free of charge at Parking Services.

CATCAB is a free service designed to transport students, faculty, and staff with permanent or temporary mobility limitations. Users of this service are asked to preschedule for transports to classes and other campus functions. CATCAB is available 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Schedules and other information regarding the use of CATCAB can be obtained by calling 740.597.1909.

Police, Ohio University

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The Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) is a full–service professional law enforcement agency, with uniformed police officers patrolling throughout the campus community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ohio University police officers patrol on foot, in marked cruisers, and on bicycle. Having a full–time law enforcement agency operating on campus allows uninterrupted safety and security, continual customer service, and immediate response to emergency situations. The Department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for our community through law enforcement, education, and a team approach to problem solving. The Department is involved in many functions that assist with safety and security of the Ohio University campus and its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Emergency “Blue Light” telephones have been installed on the main entrance of every residence hall as well as various locations throughout the University campus. Issues with safe and secure lighting are also monitored by the Ohio University Police Department. Students and others are encouraged to identify areas on campus they feel are not lighted sufficiently.

Department members provide and participate in educational programs designed to help educate University community members about their own safety and the safety of others.

SAFE–T (Safe Arrival For Everyone—Tonight) Patrol Division. SAFE–T provides a free walking escort to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Ohio University. The service is available every night of the week during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. SAFE–T Patrol’s mission and focus is to provide Safe Arrival For Everyone concerned about his/her safety on campus.

A SAFE–T Patrol team will be glad to meet you and escort you safely to your destination within the campus community and limited areas adjacent to campus. While on duty, all teams are under the supervision of a police lieutenant and in constant radio contact with the Ohio University Police Department.

Hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. We do not operate on recognized holidays. Service can be provided during hours of operation by calling 740.593.4040 or by simply stopping a SAFE–T Patrol team on duty and requesting their assistance for a safe walk to your destination. If you need assistance outside the normal hours of operation, please contact the OUPD at 740.593.1911.

Recreation, Campus

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The Division of Campus Recreation, under the administration of the College of Health and Human Services, has a deep tradition of excellence by providing a variety of programming in an environment conducive to the holistic development of our participants and employees. “Where recreation meets learning” has special meaning to us and serves as the framework for our practice. Through the establishment of learning outcomes, the Division promotes the physical, emotional, and social growth of individuals by encouraging the development of lifelong skills and positive attitudes through recreational activities.

The Division’s facilities include the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, Aquatic Center, Bird Arena, Challenge Course, Golf and Tennis Center, Disc Golf Course, Driving Range, and an Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center. Campus Recreation programs include Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Adventure Program, Challenge Program, and Fitness Program.

The Aquatic Center features a 50–meter–by–25–yard indoor swimming pool with two three–meter and two one–meter diving boards, an underwater observation area for viewing swimming and diving techniques, and a sun deck. Activities include lap and recreational swimming, aqua aerobics, kayaking class, scuba, and learn-to-swim programs for all ages and abilities.

Bird Ice Arena is an indoor facility that features an illuminated 190–by–85–foot ice surface with a seamless crystaplex dasher board system. The arena is equipped with skate rentals, skate sharpening, pro shop, concession stand, and a viewing/party lounge. Bird Arena serves as home ice for the Ohio University ice hockey club team. Other activities include recreational skating, academic classes, intramural broomball, recreational hockey, learn–to–skate programs, and figure skating.

The Ping Center is one of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country. The center offers a 36–foot–high, double–sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, an elevated four–lane running track, and eight racquetball courts (two convert to squash courts and four convert to wallyball courts). The fitness area and free weight room provide users with a variety of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, including equipment for physically challenged individuals. Spacious group fitness and combative arts rooms are also available. The lounge is furnished with sofas, chairs, chess tables, a big–screen television, dance floor, and e–mail stations.

The Golf and Tennis Center, located immediately next to the Ping Center, consists of a nine–hole, par–35 golf course, putting greens, four indoor tennis courts, and six outdoor tennis courts. The indoor tennis courts are covered by a 40–foot tent structure, allowing players to compete in state–of–the–art playing conditions. The clubhouse offers golf and tennis equipment rentals, golf cart rental, racket restringing, private lessons, concessions, and resale items.

The illuminated 300–yard driving range is located on West State Street and can accommodate approximately 30 drivers.

Located at the Golf and Tennis Center, the nine–hole disc golf course is played similarly to traditional golf except players attempt to land a Frisbee–type disc into an elevated metal basket that serves as a catcher. Individual discs or sets may be purchased at the center.

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for outdoor adventure sports and activities. It offers outdoor adventure trips, outdoor clinics, gear rental and sales, an outdoor climbing tower, a low–and high–challenge course, and an indoor climbing wall. The Outdoor Pursuits Program is housed in the Ping Center.

The Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center offers for rent or sale backpacking, camping, climbing, canoeing, and scuba–diving equipment. The rental center is located next to the loading dock outside the east wing of the Ping Center.

The Challenge Course is an enjoyable and exciting way to work toward various goals with a group. Through a variety of elements and team–building activities, the course takes participants to new heights. It comprises a low course and a high course, in which participants utilize their physical and mental strengths to reach individual and group goals. The Challenge Course is available on a private rental basis to groups of 10–15. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community are welcome.

The Ping Center, Aquatic Center, and Golf and Tennis Center, open year round, are available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Golf and Tennis Center is also available to the community. The Aquatic Center is open to the community during lap and recreational swim times. The Ping Center is available to the community on special weekend events and as guests of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Bird Arena and the driving range operations are seasonal and open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

The division administers more than 35 recognized club sports on campus. Each club is run by students and establishes an organizational framework, leadership, and a schedule to meet the needs of its members. New clubs can be organized if they meet the needs of the University community. Many of the outdoor club sport activities take place on the South Green club sports fields, the Stimson Avenue club sports fields, and the West State Street club sports fields. Use of these fields is by reservation only.

The Fitness Program offers diverse program opportunities, including group fitness sessions ranging from traditional Step and Hi/Lo to Cardio Kick. Workshops offer exciting activities such as running and weight management. Personal fitness training and fitness assessments also are available. Two licensed massage therapists offer 30 and 60–minute massages.

The Intramural Sports Program offers a diverse set of structured activities for students, faculty, and staff. The program offers individual, dual, and team sports for men, women, and coed teams. Team activities include dodgeball, basketball, broomball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor soccer, sand volleyball, outdoor soccer, softball, and volleyball. Team sports activities are scheduled in leagues, which play during the afternoons and evenings. Individual and dual activities are offered for badminton, corn hole, golf, racquetball, squash, table tennis, and tennis. Individual and dual activities may be scheduled events or are scheduled to fit the availability of the participants.

The Division also offers recreational special events throughout the year. For more information on facilities and programs, call 740.597.CREC or visit our Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/recreation/.

Registrar, University

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The Office of the University Registrar provides a wide range of services to the academic community. The mission of the Office of the University Registrar is:

  • to support the academic mission and purpose of the University;
  • to provide information and academic services to the University community in an efficient, user–friendly manner while ensuring accuracy, integrity, and confidentiality of academic records;
  • to provide exemplary service by continually improving our business processes for registration, scheduling, academic records, degree audit, and related functions;
  • to effectively communicate procedures and responsibilities for the successful use of our services; and
  • to adhere to policies and model the highest standards of the registrar profession.

Many services are available online at http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/. Services for students include registration, Schedule of Classes, grade reports, address update, class schedules, transcripts, degree audit (DARS) reports, and graduation application. Faculty may obtain class lists and advisee lists and use these tools to communicate with their students. Other services provided by the Office of the University Registrar include classroom scheduling, veterans educational benefits, degree and enrollment verification, re–enrollment processing, and maintenance of student personal information (address, phone, name, etc.).

The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday. Visit Registrar Services, first floor lobby, Chubb Hall; call 740.593.4191; or e–mail registrar@ohio.edu.

Student Senate

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Student Senate is the elected representative voice of the student body and is part of the network of campus governmental bodies that also includes the Administrative Senate, Classified Senate, Faculty Senate, and Graduate Student Senate. Student Senate initiates programs and coordinates activities beneficial to students. Student Senate is responsible for the appointment of undergraduate students to University committees, and for allocating more than $348,000 a year to student organizations. You are encouraged to contact the Student Senate for help in resolving issues and for information regarding programs and projects.


Women’s Center

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The mission of Ohio University Women’s Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and in surrounding communities. In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women, while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity.

The Center offers regularly scheduled educational and cultural programming on issues relating to women and gender throughout the academic year. Activities include a weekly series of brown bag presentations, formal and informal support groups, and movie nights, as well as lectures, discussions, and other public events. The Center houses a library of women–related books and magazines, provides meeting space for student and community groups, offers resources for women on campus and in the community, and provides advocacy on gender issues. The Center also sponsors a mentoring program for women students and will host a women’s leadership initiative in the future. Please visit the Center’s Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/womenscenter for more information.


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