Dec 01, 2023  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Services for Students

Graduate College

The Graduate assists students with the University processes of admission, registration, and graduate appointment contracts, and electronic theses and dissertations, and is a source of information on matters affecting graduate students. Personnel in this office are available for consultation and assistance on matters of interest to graduate students. All official graduate files are kept in this office.

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Baker University Center


Named for Ohio University’s 14th president, John Calhoun Baker, the Center provides facilitieis, programs, services, and amenities that serve the University community, the Athens community, and visitors. It is operated by the Division of Student Affairs. For more information about the University Center, please visit

Campus Life


Campus Life is your connection to campus and community involvement – the place where you can discover everything you want to know about student organizations, 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 335, call 740.593.4025, or visit the office Web site at

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.

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 (

Career Services


 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


Counseling and Psychological Services


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.

Cultural Events and Entertainment


University students have the opportunity to see theatrical productions produced by the Ohio University School of Theater during the academic year. In addition, the Ohio Valley Summer Theater stages productions.

The School of Music offers recitals and concerts by students, faculty, and visiting artists, and the School of Music Opera Workshop.

The Performing Arts Series comprises 10 to 14 national and international programs that include symphony orchestras, Broadway theater, dance, recitalists, choral, and ethnic programs.

A variety of art exhibitions are available in the University’s Kennedy Museum of American Art. Additional exhibitions, including work by the School of Art faculty and students, are displayed in the Siegfried Hall and Trisolini Galleries.

Pop concerts by contemporary entertainers are sponsored by student organizations on campus. First-run movies, foreign films, experimental movies, and classic films are shown throughout the year.

The University invites distinguished speakers and artists to appear in recital or to lecture informally on campus through the Schools of Theater, Music, and Dance; the Kennedy Lecture Series, Frontiers in Science Lecture Series, and Student Lectures.

The University’s public radio stations, WOUB-AM and -FM, and public television station, WOUB-TV, provide entertaining and educational programming for the University and community.

Disability Services and Institutional Equity


Office of Disability Services

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

Institutional Equity

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:

 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 For information specifically about sexual harassment, please visit the Sexual Harassment Prevention Web site at

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

Environmental Health and Safety


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

Graduate Council


The Graduate Council reviews, coordinates, and serves as an advocate for graduate education at Ohio University. The council has both advisory and policy-recommending responsibilities for graduate education. The council initiates, reviews, and recommends University-wide policy and new directions for graduate education.

The Graduate Council recommends to the University Curriculum Council the initiation, implementation, and elimination of graduate programs and degrees at Ohio University. Other recommendations by the council go through the provost to the president for final approval.

Graduate Council selects the annual finalists for the Named Graduate Fellowships, and reviews and nominates graduate students for selected regional and national competitions.

The composition of the Graduate Council represents both departments that grant doctoral degrees and those offering only master’s degrees.

Graduate Student Senate


The Graduate Student Senate is composed of student representatives from each graduate academic department. It represents the graduate student body in the University community and provides a forum in which graduate students can discuss issues related to their concerns about both academic and nonacademic aspects of the community.

The Graduate Student Senate is recognized by the University as the representative graduate student organization, and is therefore responsible for recommending graduate students for positions on University standing committees. The senate also awards the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the Graduate Student Senate John Houk Memorial Research Grants for graduate student research. Other Graduate Student Senate activities include workshops on such topics as grant writing and library resource system identification and use, and yearly research activities on the quality of graduate life and education.

The Graduate Student Senate meets on a regular basis. All meetings are announced and open to the public.

For more information or a copy of the Graduate Student Senate constitution, contact the president of Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, Athens OH 45701-2979, telephone 740.593.1899. The Web address is

Health Service


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

Health Insurance


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.

Hearing, Speech, and Language Clinic


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.

Housing and Dining Services


Residence Halls

The Residential Housing Office coordinates and manages the on-campus living environment. 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.

Many graduate students find on-campus living to be a convenient and comfortable option. Residence hall options for graduate students include a building designated for graduate students and students over 21 years of age; air conditioned facilities; and quiet study. Residence hall space designated for graduate students is on South Green and offers single rooms.

Residence hall housing is requested by returning the housing acceptance agreement to Ohio University Housing Office. Priority for residence hall assignments is established by the date the agreement is returned and on a space available basis. Assignments are made in the order the agreements are received; those received earlier are assigned first. Information regarding housing options and the housing contract is available on the Residential Housing web site at

The Housing and Dining Services contract is binding for the entire academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), unless you graduate or otherwise leave the University. Once the academic year begins, it is highly unlikely that a continuing student will be released from the contractual obligation that is assumed when the agreement is returned.


If you have questions about the residence halls or want information concerning University Apartments, contact the Residential Housing Office, Chubb Hall 060, Athens, OH 45701, telephone 740.593.4090.

University Apartments

Ohio University apartments are rented primarily to married students, students with children, and single graduate students. The Wolfe Street Apartments are located on the southeast corner of the main campus, near the Ping Recreation Center. Fifty units are available in a two-story brick building: 38 one-bedroom units, 8 bedroom/nurseries, and 4 efficiencies. Out-door parking facilities, coin-operated laundries, and a fenced playground are located in the complex. Details about the apartments and lease applications are available at Due to University Apartments popularity, there is always a waiting list for our Wolfe Street Apartment Complex. Applicants are placed on the waiting list according to the date the application is received.

Interim Housing

The University tries to provide graduate students with housing at a nominal cost during the breaks between the fall and winter quarters and the winter and spring quarters, when residence halls are closed. Interim housing will likely involve a temporary change of residence.

For a period of about 40 days - from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day - Ohio University is not in session. You should plan to have sufficient funds to cover living expenses for this period. Dining Services is not available on campus during this time.

Dining Services

Because no single plan could possibly suit each of our students, Ohio University Dining Services provides many different meal plan options to fit students’ budgets, schedules, lifestyles and eating habits. You do not have to live on-campus to participate in one of the meal plans

Regular meal plan holders may use their full allotment of meals each week in any of the five dining halls. The standard meal plan week is Sunday through Saturday. After Saturday dinner, balances reset for the next week.

Super meal plan holders may use their full allotment of meals each week in any of the dining halls themselves, or they may spend some of those meals on guests. Super meal plan holders also have the option of converting any of their weekly meals to a cash equivalency at any of our three markets in Nelson, Boyd, and Shively. Super meal plans are also accepted at the Boyd, Nelson, and Shively Grab n’ Go locations as a meal exchange.

Detailed meal plan information including pricing is available through our website at Please review the many options available to students and choose the plan that best fits your lifestyle.

Dining Services also offers four unique retail venues within Baker University Center. We understand the ever-changing needs of students … one day you need to grab a quick bite on the way to class, the next day you want to enjoy a leisurely dinner with your friends. In working to meet students’ needs, we have created a wide variety of options that allow students to dine and shop according to their lifestyle and schedule. No matter what you choose, you will always enjoy fresh and delicious food served in a fun and exciting atmosphere. While you’re here, stop in and enjoy West 82 Food Court, Latitude 39 fine dining restaurant, The Front Room Coffeehouse, and Bobcat Essentials retail boutique! Baker University Center venues accept cash, Bobcat Cash, Visa/MasterCard and Dining Services Gift Cards.

Information Center


A complete information service in Baker University Center answers questions regarding University services, programs, campus events, and facilities. Guest Services desks are located on the first and fourth floors. For information, call 740.593.4000.

The Guest Services Desks have Ohio University brochures, the Campus Directory, academic and social calendars, and researches questions when information is not immediately available. In addition, it provides check cashing services.

For University personnel and student telephone numbers during the day, call the switchboard 740.593.1000.

Information Techonology


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, or by visiting the IT Web site at Visit the Tech Depot, Baker University Center 112, for software and computer sales, ID cards, clickers, computer repairs, and technical support.

Computer Labs

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 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 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 ( Apple, Dell, Gateway, and HP offer discounts for OHIO students on desktop computers. To learn more, visit

International Students


Financial Aid

Assistantships are available from academic departments. Students should contact departments directly. Entering international students are eligible to apply for awards based on academic promise; those already enrolled at Ohio University may apply for the same awards.


More than 20 internationally oriented student organizations exist at Ohio University, representing national, regional, religious, and social interests. They 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 programming body for the international 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) and English Language Improvement Program (ELIP)

OPIE provides intensive English language instruction for students needing further language training. Courses range from beginning level to advanced classes for graduate students. English Language Improvement Program offers quarterly courses to improve writing and oral communication skills. ELIP courses carry three graduate credits each. OPIE also administers language proficiency tests.

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, Student Life, International Studies, Phi Beta Delta, and the Fulbright Alumni Association to promote programs, such as cross-cultural awareness workshops, which create a 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


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 for more information about our programs and services.



The University Libraries support research, teaching, and learning at Ohio University, providing print and electronic collections, and serving as an information resource center for students and faculty. The Vernon Roger Alden Library, located on the College Green, is the central library facility on the Athens campus.


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

Multicultural Programs


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 for the latest information about our programs.

Ombudsman Office



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.


More information about services is provided on the web site, The office is located in 501 Baker Center, telephone (740) 593-2627..

Parking Services



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, 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


The Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) is a full-service professional law enforcement agency, with uniformed police officer 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, continuous 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, staff,faculty, 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 sufficiently lighted.

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

The SAFE-T (Safe Arrival For Everyone-Tonight) Patrol Division provides a free walking escort to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at Ohio University. The service is available every night of the week during the academic quarters. SAFE-T Patrol’s mission and focus is to provide Safe Arrival For Everyone concerned about their 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 academic quarter. 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 593.1911.

Recreation, Campus


The Division of Campus Recreation, under the administration of the College of Health and Human Services, is committed to the health and wellness of the Ohio University community. A commitment is made to improve the quality of life by providing quality facilities and programs and ensuring customer satisfaction.

The division’s facilities include the Aquatic Center, Bird Ice Arena, Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, disc golf course, driving range, Golf and Tennis Center, Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center and the Challenge Course. 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 inlcude 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 arena 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, eight racquetball courts (two convert to squash courts and four convert to wallyball courts, and a finished outdoor patio), and a combative arts room. A small games area offers billiard tables, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball. The fitness area and free weight room provides users with a variety of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, including equipment for physically challenged individuals. Spacious aerobics and combative arts rooms are also available. The lounge is furnished with sofas, chairs, chest tables, big screen televisions, dance floor, and electronic 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, racquet 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 similar to traditional golf except that 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 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 outside the East wing of the Ping Center next to the loading dock.

The Challenge Coursean enjoyable and exciting way to work towards various goals with a group. Through a variety of elements and team-building activities, the course takes participants to new heights. Composed of a low course and a high course, 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 the 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 driving range operations are seasonal and open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

The Club Sports program offers the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of athletic events while gaining friendships and developing valuable leadership skills. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to compete in any of the 36 active organizations. Each individual club is student-operated and establishes an organizational framework, leadership, and schedule to meet the members’ needs.

The Fitness Program offers diverse fitness opportunities including: personal training, group fitness classes, drop-in cardio and weight rooms, and massage therapy. The trained fitness staff will assist students in making good lifestyle decisions by providing opportunities to develop and enhance personal wellness and health management skills.

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, bowling, broomball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor soccer, sand volleyball, outdoor soccer, softball, and volleyball. Team sports are scheduled in leagues, which play during the afternoons and evenings. Individual and dual activities are offered for air hockey, badminton, billiards, darts, disc golf, foosball, horseshoes, racquetball, squash, table tennis, tennis, and wrestling. 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

Registrar, Ohio University



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 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

Research Compliance


The office helps faculty, staff, and students conduct responsible research in today’s regulatory environment. Research Compliance is the central point of contact for researchers seeking assistance with research regulation issues. All human subjects research must receive approval or a signed letter of exemption prior to initiation of work. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves human subjects research. All use of live, vertebrate animals in research and teaching must receive approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to initiation of work. The office provides training opportunities on research compliance topics.

Research and Sponsored Programs


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) assists faculty, staff and students in interpreting guidelines, preparing proposals, negotiating terms and conditions, and obtaining awards for external support of research, scholarship, creative activities, theses, dissertations, fellowships, and other projects. ORSP provides online subscriptions to funding source databases. Access is available to all members of the University community. ORSP can facilitate electronic proposal submission. Graduate students may be appointed to externally-supported faculty-directed projects as Graduate Research Assistants and when eligible receive a stipend and tuition scholarship.

Women’s Center


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 for more information.