Jun 10, 2023  
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2013-2015 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2013-2015 [Archived Catalog]

Services for Students

Graduate College

The Graduate College assists students with the University processes of admission, registration, graduate appointment contracts, and electronic theses and dissertations.  The Graduate College is also 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 and Event Services


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. Event Services also provides event solutions for Walter Hall Rotunda, Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, and Galbreath Chapel.

For more information about Event Services and Baker University Center, please visit www.ohio.edu/eventservices.

Campus Involvement Center


The Campus Involvement Center (CIC) is your connection to campus and community involvement—the place where you can discover everything you want to know about student organizations; Greek life; health and wellness issues, community service, involvement opportunities and social programs. If you want to get involved on campus, stop by our office in Baker University Center 339 and 355, call 740.593.4025, or visit our website at www.ohio.edu/involvement.

Arts and Entertainment

The Campus Involvement Center provides fun, innovative and interactive events for Ohio University students. Starting with opening weekend and continuing through the year, you can look forward to exciting programs and events. Our Performing Arts and Concert Series bring to campus, big name comedians, broadway plays, and concerts usually only accessible in large cities. We also feature on-going programs, the Emerging Artist Series, Open Stage and Blue Pencil Comedy all featuring the talents of Ohio University students. You can pick up a calendar of events in the CIC offices.

Community Service

The Campus Involvement Center works with campus and community partners to promote community service collaborations that benefit the community, foster mutual learning, and prepare students for responsible citizenship. We connect students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in volunteer and community service with community based organizations. Every Saturday, we coordinate a Community Service Project of the Week. For information, call 740.593.4007.

Student Organizations

Ohio University has more than 380 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/involvement). If you can’t find an organization that meets your interest, we can help you start one.

Career and Leadership Development

The Career and Leadership Development Center provides assistance with making career decisions, exploring major and career options, attending career fairs, conducting effective job searches and leadership development. 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.    Full range of personal and leadership brand development seminars, including: Strengths Finder, True Colors, Emotional Intelligence, and many others.

3.    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.

4.    Annual Leadership Awards Gala to recognize student leadership and accomplishments on a university wide level.

5.    Seminars on résumé preparation, interviewing techniques, career planning, and other career–related topics.

6.    Professional development trainings and seminars including: running effective meetings, networking, budgeting, professional etiquette, and more.

7.    The Mock Interview Program, which allows you to practice and improve your interview performance.

8.    Certificate of completion in the 21st Century Leadership Series - a series of seven seminars crafted to connect students to the most important and marketable aspects of being a leader from every level of an organization.

9.    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 the fall and spring semesters. The Teacher Recruitment Consortium is held the spring semester.

10.    The Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, which offers a comprehensive index for all students to get involved with other leadership programs, opportunities, printed resources, and leadership courses occurring throughout the entire university.

11.    The Career Resource Center, which contains a wealth of information: career guides and job search resources.

The Career Services website 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 “Division of Student Affairs” or can be reached at www.ohio.edu/careers/.


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, pre-doctoral interns, and graduate student trainees from the Department of Psychology, Counselor Education and Social Work.

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 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 can identify more appropriate and satisfying directions.

You can consult with a counselor about your concerns or if you are worried about a friend during our walk-in hours that are available on a first come, first served basis throughout the day, Monday through Friday. Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., students can reach a counselor on weekday evenings and anytime during the weekend if they need crisis intervention services by calling 740.593.1616.

Psychiatric consultations for medication are available by appointment, pending an initial consultation with one of our counselors.

Our services are located on the third floor of Hudson Health Center. Students who pay the Wellbeing Fee are not charged for individual, group, and relationship counseling or for psychiatric services. For students who opt not to pay the fee, appointments beyond an initial walk-in session are charged to the students account. Please note that Counseling and Psychological Services does not bill or submit claims to insurance providers.

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.

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


Office of Disability Services

It is the mission of the Office of Disability Services to ensure equal opportunity and access for students of the Ohio University community. Central to this mission is the development of an academic environment that is accessible to all people without the need for adaptation. While working toward the goal of full inclusion, accommodations must still be provided on an individual basis.

At the college level, it is the individual student’s responsibility to initiate the registration process with the Office of Disability Services. Students may initiate a request to the Office of Disability Services at any point in their academic career. To be eligible for disability services a student must:

•    submit current disability documentation (as described below)
•    receive notification from a disability services advisor that you are eligible
•    schedule and attend an intake appointment with your assigned disability services advisor

The type of documentation required depends upon the individual disability. Guidelines for documentation are available on our website or inquiries may also be made in person or by phone.

Office of Disability Services

348 Baker University Center

Athens, OH 45701

Telephone: 740.593.2620

Fax: 740.593.0790


Graduate Council


Graduate Council is a standing committee composed of administrators, faculty, and students that was created through Faculty Senate. It meets monthly to review, coordinate, and serve as an advocate for graduate education at Ohio University. The council has both advisory and policy making responsibilities for graduate education.

The Council initiates, reviews, and recommends university-wide policy and new directions for graduate education. Graduate education issues that also involve an international component should contact the University International Council.

The Graduate Council also 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. The composition of the Graduate Council represents departments and schools that grant master’s degrees and that award doctoral degrees.  See below for the meeting schedule.

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 www.ohio.edu/gss

Health Services (Campus Care) 


Campus Care 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. - 5:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. All enrolled students have access to Campus Care. You do not have to purchase the University insurance plan to receive services through Campus Care.

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 Schedule of Classes for details.

Visit the Campus Care website at www.oucom.ohiou.edu/CampusCare

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 Communication Sciences and Disorders, 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 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 740.593.1404. Clinic services are available throughout the year.

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 Culinary Services


Residence Halls

The mission of the Department of Residential Housing is to cultivate development through purposeful and innovative programs, practices, and services provided in a safe and inclusive residential environment, both on and off campus.

While most dorms on campus house undergraduate students, there are some geared toward older students and graduate students. The Wolfe Street Apartments (pictured above) are the only campus apartments that are strictly for married, graduate, or older students. However, Bromley Hall Apartments and East Green and New South Green (dorm numbers #122- #136) dorms also provide pleasant environments for graduate students. All campus living units are walking distance to any point on campus or the uptown area of Athens.

The Residential Housing Central Business Office located in 060 Chubb Hall is your one stop shop for any services related to the administration of on-campus housing and dining contracts. The central business office is also responsible for the room assignment process, the returning student room selection (RSRS) process, and the overall management of OHIO’s residence hall system. Our staff works diligently to ensure that our facilities are safe and supportive environments for our residential students.

The central business office is also charged with enforcing Ohio University’s housing requirement for first and second year students. For more information about the OHIO housing requirement and other services related to our office, please browse the pages located under the ‘Contracts & Assignments’ tab on our site menu.

Additionally, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. The service counter is open during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday) and provides walk-up service in regards to housing contracts, dining / board plans, bobcat cash and our university laundry centers. You can also reach us at 740.593.4090 or housing@ohio.edu.

Interim Housing

The University tries to provide graduate students with housing at a nominal cost during the breaks between the fall and spring semesters, when residence halls are closed. Interim housing will likely involve a temporary change of residence.  You should plan to have sufficient funds to cover living expenses for this period. Dining Services is not available on campus during this time.

Ohio University Culinary Services

The mission of Ohio University Culinary Services is to provide the highest quality dining and consumer experience possible for the diverse university community and guests, in support of the educational mission and residential concept of our institution.  The Culinary Services Department is a division of Finance and Administration. It is responsible for the operation of all food services on the Athens campus.

Culinary Services consists of four dining halls, full service catering, three convenience stores, two Grab ‘N Go’s, a full service bakery and vegetable processing area, Central Production Kitchen, and a warehouse for Culinary Services and the entire campus, Front Room Coffee House, Southside Espresso Bar (small coffee house at Nelson) Cafe BiblioTech (small coffee house on the 2nd floor of Alden), Latitude 39 (a casual fine dining restaurant), Bobcat Essentials (clothing, gifts, computer supplies, and snack items), and West 82 Food Court with the following seven concepts: Southwest/Mexican, Italian/Pizza, Asian/Indian, N.Y. Deli, Grill, Grab ‘N Go, and a salad/soup station. We employ over 1,300 students, cooks and custodians, and 39 management staff. We offer a production manager internship program where students may earn up to 12 undergraduate or graduate credits and we have a nationally recognized student leader program. We serve approximately 3.8 million meals per year and have 8,100 students on meal plans.  National benchmarking surveys conducted by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has ranked Ohio University Culinary Services as one of the most efficient college food service operations twelve years in a row.

For more information on Ohio University Culinary Services, visit the webpage: www.ohio.edu/food

Information Technology


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 OIT Service Desk at 740.593.1222, or by visiting the IT website at www.ohio.edu/oitech. 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. The Tech Depot offers 13 lab computers on the first floor of Baker University Center, and Alden Library has more than 350 computers available for you use. Many departments also operate labs for their own students. Approximately 50 labs are available on campus—some labs are open to all majors, while some are restricted to people within a certain major. For departmental labs, contact the sponsoring department 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 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 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 the Tech Depot on the first floor of Baker University Center. Visit www.ohio.edu/oit/techdepot/ for more information.

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 inquiries 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.
Executive Director - Office for Institutional Equity
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator
Crewson House 101
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 www.ohio.edu/equity. For information specifically about sexual harassment, please visit the Sexual Harassment Prevention website at www.ohio.edu/harassment/

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

Insurance, Medical


Health insurance coverage is a requirement for all Ohio University students attending classes on the Athens campus. In order to assist with this requirement, the University offers a student insurance plan through United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR). Ohio University automatically enrolls domestic students registered for five or more credit hours and international students registered for one or more credit hours for the semester in the insurance plan. Domestic students may waive the student insurance plan if they are covered under another plan

This online waiver must be completed through the My OHIO portal by the waiver deadline.

Students taking fewer than five hours, student participating in a co-op, internship or education abroad program, and graduate students completing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation may be eligible to participate in the plan. Also, coverage for a spouse or domestic partner and/or dependent children of a covered student is required for international students and available for domestic students. Information about plan benefits and eligibility as well as enrollment forms are available on the UHCSR website: www.uhcsr.com.

Regional campus students should contact their regional campus student services office for enrollment information. Regional campus students are not automatically enrolled in an insurance plan. and must be enrolled in nine or more semester hours to be eligible.

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.


Many 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) and English Language Improvement Program (ELIP)

The Ohio Program on Intensive English (OPIE), founded in 1967, is the oldest university English program in the state of Ohio.  Its official mission is to raise the proficiency level and intercultural fluency of non-native speakers of English to meet their language, academic and professional needs. To achieve this goal, OPIE provides high quality language and cultural instruction, and assessment or testing.  OPIE is located in 155 Gordy Hall, 740-593-4577, www.ohio.edu/linguistics/opie/

The mission of the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) is to provide advanced level writing and oral communication instruction for graduate students so that they can communicate effectively.  ELIP offers courses for Graduate Writing and Oral Communications. Courses focus on graduate coursework and needs.  ELIP is located in the Department of Linguistics, 383 Gordy Hall, 740-593-4564.  www.ohio.edu/linguistics/elip/

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services

The principal mission of the Office of International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) is to provide support services for international students, faculty, staff and scholars, and their dependents; to enable them to achieve their educational goals and objectives.

Our mission is based upon Ohio University’s goal to provide education for interdependence by furthering international education at Ohio University and within the Athens community, by supporting an environment conducive to intercultural learning & exchange and fostering opportunities for students, staff, faculty and develop a global perspective fundamental to full participation in the world. 

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) is here to serve all internationals in any way possible. Responsibilities of the ISFS include providing information and assistance on immigration matters; acting as a liaison with sponsoring agencies and foreign governments; providing information on campus and community services available to international student and faculty members; and promoting intercultural exchange programs between international students and the University community.

All new international students MUST report to ISFS for immigration check-in before registering for classes.  ISFS is located Walter International Education Center, 15 Park Place, 740-593-4330, www.ohio.edu/isfs/

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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender 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 LGBT Center offers a variety of educational and cultural programs and events throughout the academic year. Please visit our Web site at www.ohio.edu/lgbt for more information about our programs and services.



The Ohio University Libraries are central to the 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 and the Library Annex. Each of the regional campuses also maintains a library.


The Libraries’ collections include more than 3 million volumes and more than 300,000 electronic resources, including e–books, e–journals, databases, and image collections, all available on the Internet. The Libraries also contain significant numbers of non-print items such as maps, DVDs, photographs and CDs. Alden Library also houses exemplary special, rare and international collections in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Harris Fine Arts Library and the Center for International Collections.

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 as a current affiliate of the University.

Ohio University students and faculty also have easy access to library materials from across the state through OhioLINK, which offers more than 46 million items for quick delivery from nearly 90 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.


Subject librarians offer a variety of available opportunities to assist students in learning to find, evaluate, and properly use quality information, including course-integrated instruction and one-on-one research assistance, all available online or in-person . Look for the “Ask a Librarian” links on the Libraries’ Web sites.

Alden Library’s Learning Commons, a collaborative endeavor with Information Technology and University College, provides students with a technology–rich 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 semester 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 University Libraries has wireless Internet access for personal laptop use.

For more information about Ohio University Libraries, visit our website at www.ohio.edu/library.

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 www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/ 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. Serving as a neutral and confidential resource for the campus community, 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, www.ohio.edu/ombuds/. The office is located in 501 Baker Center, telephone (740) 593-2627.

Parking Services / Motor Vehicle Registration


On–campus resident parking is available on a limited basis for students with sophomore status or higher. Periodically, freshmen living on campus may purchase parking if there is parking available in designated areas. Commuter parking is available to all students who live outside a certain radius of campus. More information can be obtained at the Parking Services website at 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


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 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every night of the week during the fall and spring semesters (excluding university recognized holidays). 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.

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 his/her 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


The Department of Campus Recreation, under the administration of the Division of Student Affairs, 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. Through the establishment of learning outcomes, the department promotes the physical, emotional, and social growth of individuals by encouraging the development of lifelong skills and positive attitudes through recreational activities.

The department’s facilities include the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, Aquatic Center, Bird Ice Arena, Challenge Course, Golf and Tennis Center, Disc Golf Course, Driving Range, and an Outdoor Pursuits Service 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, 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 showcases 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, 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.

From the #1 tee on the front lawn of the Ping 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 Golf and Tennis Center.

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for outdoor adventure sports and activities. It features 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 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 department administers more than 35 recognized club sports on campus. Each club is operated 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 Zumba. Workshops offer exciting activities such as Ping 7X and cycling. 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 including 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 department also offers recreational special events throughout the year. For more information on facilities and programs, call 740.597.CREC or visit www.ohio.edu/recreation/.

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 my.ohio.edu. Services for students include registration, Schedule of Classes, grade reports, address update, class schedules, transcripts, degree audit (DARS) reports, and graduation application. Services for faculty include the Faculty & Advising Center (class lists/grading, advisee lists/degree audit reports, and 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 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. Visit Registrar Services, first floor lobby, Chubb Hall; call 740.593.4191; or e–mail registrar@ohio.edu.

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 Ohio University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) supports faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to seek, secure, and manage extramural funding in the most accurate and efficient manner. ORSP is responsible for endorsing all proposals submitted to external agencies by the Ohio University community. Pre- and post-award staff aid in proposal development and award negotiation, ensuring alignment with sponsor guidelines and university, state, and federal policies.

Risk Management and Safety


Located at University Service Center 142, 49 Factory Street, Risk Management and Safety (RMS) combines the dedicated technical and professional staff in the departments of Emergency Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, Ohio University Police Department, Radiation Safety, and Risk Management and Insurance. 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 and safety, ergonomics, indoor air quality, infectious waste, asbestos and lead abatement, emergency program management, environmental management, industrial hygiene, fire safety, biosafety, insurance claims management, and hazardous materials management. Training programs are also conducted. For more information about the Department of RMS, visit our website at www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety.

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 website at www.ohio.edu/womenscenter for more information.

The Women’s Center also operates the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program, which is located in McKee House, 44 University Terrace. Its mission is to create a SAFE campus where victims and survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence are thoroughly respected and supported. We work to empower the campus community to deal with these issues through confidential advocacy, education and resources. The Survivor Advocacy Program provides confidential support services for victims of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or is experiencing domestic/dating violence or stalking, you can call our 24/7 hotline: 740.597.7723 (SAFE).