Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Services for Students

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Academic Advancement Center

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The Academic Advancement Center (AAC), a department of University College, offers programs and services to assist students to meet the academic demands of university work. Conveniently located on the first floor of Alden Library, the AAC helps you maximize your academic potential by providing a variety of support services including:

Courses: You can enroll in credit courses taught by the AAC staff.  UC 1100 Learning Strategies  is a two–credit course designed to teach effective study strategies. Techniques that increase effectiveness in managing time, taking notes, reading and comprehending text material, and preparing for exams are emphasized. UC D998 College Reading Skills  is a two–credit developmental course designed to improve reading comprehension of college–level material. Techniques, such as summarizing main ideas, organizing textbook content, understanding inference and point of view, adjusting reading rate, expanding vocabulary, and developing critical thinking skills are stressed. Course enrollment is limited to students with ACT reading scores below 21 or SAT verbal score below 495. (See Course Descriptions  section for descriptions of additional UC courses.)

Peer Tutoring: Individual tutoring is available for skill development and for mastery of course content in many undergraduate courses. To schedule an appointment, visit www.ohio.edu/uc/aac/study-skills.cfm and click on TutorTrac. Students pay the tutor directly at the time of the session. Tutors are available for most 1000 – 2000 level courses; however, securing a tutor is not guaranteed.  If you are unable to find a tutor, please complete the request form available online or stop in to speak with a Tutoring Services staff member. We will do our best to connect you with a qualified tutor.

Reading and Study Skills Help:  AAC professional staff provides help with strategies for improving academic performance. One-on-one study skills tutoring appointments are available at no charge. Our professional staff can help with exam preparation, taking good notes, mastering textbooks, reading strategies, time management, memory, and concentration. For information about scheduling an appointment go to www.ohio.edu/uc/aac/study-skills.cfm.    

Online Study Tips provides interactive units that you can complete on your own. Go to studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/.

Math and Science Center: Free math and science help is available to undergraduates enrolled in many math or science related courses, (e.g., calculus, accounting, economics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences). Students can meet with a tutor by attending the drop-in center that meets Sunday - Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or by making a one-on-one 30-minute appointment on Tutor Trac. For more information go to www.ohio.edu/tutoring/mathCenter.cfm.

The Student Writing Center: Located in the Alden Library (2nd floor), the Student Writing Center provides free scheduled and walk-in face-to-face appointments, as well as online appointments. Assistance is available at any stage of the writing process, from understanding the assignment to looking at the revised draft. You can get help with developing the thesis or main idea, organizing or developing the ideas, the bibliography, grammatical issues or any other writing concerns. Visit www.ohio.edu/uc/aac/swc.cfm.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI provides free weekly review sessions for traditionally challenging courses. The sessions are conducted by undergraduate students who have successfully completed the course and work with the instructor to create study sessions where students work together to problem solve and gain a deeper understanding of course concepts. Students who consistently attend SI sessions often receive a higher grade than those who do not.The sessions are open to anyone enrolled in the selected courses. If a class is selected for SI, the leader is introduced during class and will announce the SI session schedule. In addition to listening for announcements in the class, you can access the SI sessions schedule online at www.ohio.edu/si.

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

Academic Advising

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Each college, school, and department has faculty and/or professional advisors who will provide information about academic options, degree programs, and University resources. Your assigned advisor is interested in your learning and development and will help you create an educational plan consistent with your academic, career, and personal goals. Your advisor will also assist in the preparation of an appropriate schedule each semester. However, advising is a collaborative process. It is your responsibility to be prepared for advising appointments and to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the department, school, college, and University levels.

Although meeting with your advisor before registering for classes each semester is important, this is not the only time you should meet with your advisor. Advisors can help you gather information about the field(s) you are considering and can direct you to helpful university resources.

Questions about academic advising or how to contact your advisor should be directed to your college or regional campus student services office. You can also determine who your advisor is by logging onto your My OHIO Student Center. Your advisor will be listed in the column on the right side of the screen.  Your enrollment appointment time (the time when you may begin registering) is available on the same page and immediately above your advisor assignment. The University Registrar will also send you an email each semester regarding your enrollment appointment time.

Advising Center, Allen Student

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The Allen Student Advising Center works with students who are not sure how to begin solving their problems. The friendly staff offer:

  • Guidance for students who are academically lost, or who are struggling with multiple concerns and aren’t sure whom to ask
  • Academic programs and workshops
  • Walk–in or appointment assistance
  • Academic coaching program
  • Programs and support for first-generation college students

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

Allen Student Advising Center
Baker University Center 417
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Baker University Center and Event Services

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Named for Ohio University’s 14th president, John Calhoun Baker, the University Center opened in January 2007. The building houses programming and meeting space, fine and casual dining, retail operations and a welcoming environment for students to congregate. Baker University Center serves the University community, the Athens community, and campus guest.  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. Additionally, Event Services exists to provide customer centered event solutions while providing significant out-of-class opportunities to maximize student growth and development.

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 oversees event operations for Walter Hall Rotunda, Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, and Galbreath Chapel as well as providing event support to programs across the campus. For more information about Event Services and Baker University Center, please visit www.ohio.edu/eventservices.

Campus Involvement Center

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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; sorority and fraternity 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.

Sorority and Fraternity Life
The Ohio University fraternity and sorority community has existed for over 160 years. Fraternity and sorority members value service to others, academic excellence, and membership development. Organizations provide members with service, leadership, social, and other developmental experiences. The Campus Involvement Center supports all sororities and fraternities on campus and advises the Inter-fraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA), Order of Omega and Rho Lambda Honor Societies, Greek programming, and the Greek Community Council (GCC). We post information updates on this website and make announcements through our Facebook fan page (Ohio University Greek Life) and you can follow us on Twitter (Ohio U_GreekLife).

Health Promotion
The Campus Involvement Center helps Ohio University students become and stay healthy. We can provide you with up-to-date health information, help you research health topics, and let you know when and where to attend peer-presented health and wellness programs. You can even request a workshop or presentation for your organization, residence hall, or class and join our Latex League.

Student Organizations
Ohio University has hundreds of 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.

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

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

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

Career and Leadership Development Center

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The Career & Leadership Development Center (CLDC) engages with students and alumni to provide resources and development opportunities throughout their time at Ohio University and long after graduation. We encourage students to connect with the CLDC in their first year on campus to maximize their career planning time and resources.

CLDC Resources

•   Career coaching is available in a 10-minute drop-in format Monday-Friday from 11:00am-5:00pm and by 30-minute appointment to explore any topic related to major and career exploration, job and internship searching, and graduate school exploration.

•   Leadership Coaching gives students the opportunity to develop key skills essential to employers, with the support of a personalized process and a professional coach. During three, 30-minute sessions over a period of four weeks, participants will: Identify their top five strengths with StrengthsFinder, set 2 short-term goals to improve experience within one leadership skill, and learn to articulate accomplishments.

•   Career and leadership courses are led each semester by CLDC staff. Each course integrates a variety of developmental exercises and assignments ranging from major and career exploration to job searching and interviewing and leadership skill development. To see a list of classes offered by the CLDC, check out the updated listing on our website.

•   Mock interviews allow participants to improve interview performance in a 30-minute practice interview. Interviews can be conducted by phone, face-to-face, or Skype.

•   Ohio University Career Tools is our one-stop shop for all resources related to leadership and career development. This intuitive site includes everything from major exploration information, a personality assessment, ideas for getting involved on campus, and numerous job search tools. Resources discovered through this portal can be a great starting point for a career coaching conversation.

•   Two leadership certificate programs provide our students with experiences outside of the classroom that enhance professional and leadership development.

•   The Foundations Leadership Experience Program, a six-week program for first year students, provides the opportunity to meet other first year students, better define a personal leadership style, and participate in community service opportunities.

•   Pepsi Scholars is a program designed for first year students to experience leadership development in a fun and engaging way. Students in Pepsi Scholars will explore their strengths, be empowered to develop effective teams, impact their communities and leave a lasting legacy at Ohio University.

•   CLDC’s career fairs bring a variety of employers seeking OHIO students directly to campus. Two annual Career & Internship Fairs are held in the fall and spring semesters with employers recruiting candidates from all majors. The Teacher Recruitment Consortium is held in spring semester for teacher education students and alumni/ae.

•   Bobcat CareerLink is Ohio University’s job and internship search database. Upload a resume to Bobcat CareerLink to access online job and internship postings, identify upcoming on campus interview opportunities, and to see a list of coming events.

•   Prepare for the Fair, a series of workshops the week before both the fall and spring Career & Internship Fairs, will help you prepare by teaching you what to wear, how to network, and what to expect from the fair. To see a list of upcoming events, check out Bobcat CareerLink.

Contact Information

For more information about the CLDC or any of the programs listed above, or to schedule any of our coaching or mock interview services, please call 740.593.2909. The Career & Leadership Development Center is located in Baker University Center 533. To access our online resources, visit our website at www.ohio.edu/careerandleadership or through social media sites (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter) @OHIOCLDC.


College Achievement Program (CAP)

College Achievement Program (CAP): The College Achievement Program (CAP) has provided services and opportunities that help qualified Ohio University students adjust to the challenges of college life. Since 1979, CAP has developed a strong record of aiding in student retention and graduation. CAP is located in the Academic Advancement Center (Alden Library 101) and is supported by Ohio University and by a Student Support Services TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The following are some examples of the services CAP offers to assist students as they work toward graduation:

  • Academic success coaching in study skills, college reading/writing, financial literacy, and math/science skills.
  • Individual tutoring at no cost to the student
  • Math workshops to help students prepare for the Tier I quantitative skills requirement
  • An instructional computer lab with free printing
  • Comprehensive, one-on-one academic advising
  • Career planning and guidance, including assistance selecting a major
  • Intensive support for students on probation
  • Assistance with graduate school applications
  • Peer advisors to help students navigate the university experience
  • Tickets to unique cultural and social events on campus and around town

Eligibility for CAP is determined according to a two-tier system. Students must satisfy both tiers to be eligible for CAP. As CAP is a small program and space is limited, eligibility does not guarantee admission. CAP serves approximately 275 students annually.

Tier 1:To meet this requirement a student must demonstrate an academic need. This is defined as:

  • having an ACT composite less than 23 or
  • having a SAT combined verbal/math score less than 1090 or
  • having a high school GPA below 3.0 or
  • possessing a General Education Diploma (GED) or
  • being on academic probation (continuing students)

If a student satisfies the Tier 1 requirement, he/she must also meet at least one of the Tier 2 requirements.

Tier 2:To satisfy this requirement a student must:

  • be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year school) or
  • come from a family whose income meets federal guidelines for low-income level or
  • have a documented disability and be registered with Ohio University’s Office of Disability Services

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Most students are admitted to CAP prior to the start of their first semester at Ohio University. Continuing students who meet the eligibility requirements may be admitted, as long as they have earned fewer than 40 semester hours of credit.

For more information about CAP, please visit www.ohio.edu/aac/cap/. You may also contact the Academic Advancement Center at 740.593.2644 or acc-cap@ohio.edu.

Counseling and Psychological Services

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

If you desire a consultation about psychiatric medication, you can meet with a staff member about obtaining a referral to meet with our psychiatrist.

You can consult with a counselor about your concerns, or if you are worried about a friend during our walk-in hours available on a first come, first served basis between 9:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., 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. Counselors in Residence are available several evenings/week for drop-in services. Please check www.ohio.edu/counseling for specific times and locations to meet with them.

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. Drop-in sessions are free to all students. Students who are enrolled with the OHIO Guarantee (which started Fall semester 2015) are eligible for all CPS services without additional fees. Upper classmen, transfer students, graduate and professional students who are not enrolled with the OHIO Guarantee will have the option of paying the Well-Being Fee ($60.00/semester)  to be eligible for CPS services. Students who opt out of the Well-Being Fee will be charged per session beyond the initial drop-in appointment. The charges vary depending on the services sought at CPS. You can visit www.ohio.edu/wellbeing/ for these fees and additional information about the benefits of the Well-Being Plan. Please note that CPS  does not bill, or submit claims to insurance providers.

Equal Opportunity and Accessibility

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility is charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with federal and state law and institutional policy guidelines that promote an equal opportunity within education and employment and equal access to all programs, services and facilities. This includes 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 for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility also serves as the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator.

Ohio University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, 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 monitor the university’s compliance with state and federal regulations with, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other laws around accessibility; handle inquiries regarding access and receipt of accommodations for persons with disabilities; and to respond to complaints for persons who feel they have not been afforded equal opportunity in employment and education:

Dianne Bouvier, Ph.D.
Director - Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
ADA/504 Coordinator
Lindley 023
Athens, OH 45701

For more information about The Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility, please visit www.ohio.edu/equal-opportunity

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility is an office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

The Office for Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) ensures that the University maintains an employment and educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. ECRC does this by monitoring the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination on the basis of protected status, making policy recommendations, offering training, and by providing avenues for the resolution of grievances which are based on protected status. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ethnicity, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veterans status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.

ECRC supports the University’s efforts to foster a diverse student body and workforce; therefore ECRC often collaborates with campus partners who have responsibilities for those efforts, such as the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility.

The ECRC office houses the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Ohio University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ethnicity, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veterans status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information 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.

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
Lindley Hall 006
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 website of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/. For information specifically about resources, policies and processes related to student-sexual misconduct, please visit the Student Sexual Misconduct section of the ECRC website.

Equity and Civil Rights Compliance is an office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Health Service (Campus Care)

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Campus Care is located in Hudson Health Center (building 35 on the campus map). Medical care is provided Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m during the academic term, and Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. during the winter, spring, and summer breaks. All enrolled students have access to Campus Care. You do not have to purchase the University sponsored insurance plan to receive services through Campus Care.

Campus Care physicians and nurse practitioners provide student focused care for acute and chronic illnesses. Some services available include Campus Quick Care, Primary Care Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Allergy Injection and Immunization Clinic, Eating Disorder Clinic, Transgender Health Services, X-ray, Laboratory services. Ohio University Therapy Associates provides physical therapy services. In addition, the DrugStore @ OU provides a full service Pharmacy located on the 1st floor of Campus Care.

International students must be evaluated for tuberculosis upon first arriving in Athens or returning to the campus after an absence of two or more years. This test is given on the first floor of Campus Care 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Visit the Campus Care website at www.ohio.edu/campuscare

Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic

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

Speech and language services cover rehabilitation and habilitation in such areas as articulation, child language, adult language, swallowing, stuttering, alternative and augmentative communication, 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, tinnitus management, aural rehabilitation and cochlear implants, and other custom hearing products. 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 W174 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 740.593.1404. Clinic services are available throughout the year. Visit the Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic website at www.ouhearingandspeech.com.

Housing and Residence Life

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

Housing Regulation
The Ohio University housing requirement states that students must reside on campus for their first two years of academic study (comprised of fall and spring semester) and carry an associated meal plan, unless they meet one or more of the exemption criteria outlined below. This applies to new, transfer, relocating, and re-enrolling students. NOTE: Credit hours earned by students while attending high school (via advanced placement, College Credit Plus, Senate Bill 140, Senior to Sophomore, etc.) will not be considered toward exemption eligibility from the housing requirement. Summer session may be considered if attendance is necessary to substitute for one missed term during the academic year (fall or spring). The contract for housing and dining services is binding for the entire academic year. If you do not comply with this regulation, you may be denied registration for course enrollment. 

Ohio University requires all students residing in the residence halls be immunized against meningococcal disease.  A student can be exempt from the vaccination requirement if, after reading the information provided by the University that explains the benefits and risks associated with being vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis, the student chooses not to be vaccinated.  Students electing not to receive the vaccine must sign a waiver, which will be available for signature upon checking into the assigned residence hall.

Housing Regulation Exemptions
If you meet any of the following conditions, you may request to be exempt from the housing requirement. Falsification of any material submitted in support of an exemption request is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in a referral to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.

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

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

Residence Halls
The Housing and Residence Life central office is located in the Living Learning Center located on South Green. Housing and Residence Life green offices are located on each green (Jefferson Hall, O’Bleness House, and Boyd Hall). Residence halls have professional and student live-in staff who are carefully selected and trained to offer informed and meaningful assistance. The staff-to-student ratio in upperclass halls is about 1:35, while in first year halls it is 1:26. Services offered include:

  • providing a safe environment conducive to sound academic pursuit;
  • creating opportunities for growth and development through educational, recreational, social, and cultural programming;
  • involving faculty in residence halls;
  • meeting the needs of students through the use of special-interest housing (intensive study, residential learning communities, honors, scholars, academic emphasis);
  • promoting student involvement and leadership by encouraging participation in hall government;
  • emphasizing the concepts of responsibility, respect, and consideration for others;
  • upholding University policies and procedures;
  • serving as an information source and referral agent to other University services;
  • and providing confidential personal advising for such concerns as adjustment, academic performance, substance abuse, and relationships.

Learning at Ohio University happens both inside and outside of the classroom. The living-learning atmosphere of the residence halls is one of the prime catalysts in this growth process. While each residence hall is unique in character and spirit, they all offer the opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from a diverse student population.

Information Technology

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Ohio University’s Office of Information Technology provides telephone, Internet and video communications, comprehensive computer 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 submitting a request online at www.ohio.edu/oitech. Visit the Bobcat 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. A combined Library/Information Technology “Learning Commons” computer lab is available on the second floor of Alden Library (www.library.ohiou.edu/serv/lc/techserv.html). Many departments also operate labs for their own students. 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/ecampus/testingservices/ 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. “Business class” Dell computers and a large selection of Apple devices are available through the Bobcat Depot on the first floor of Baker University Center. Visit bobcatdepot.ohio.edu for more information.



Insurance, Medical

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Health insurance coverage is a requirement for all Ohio University students registered for Athens campus hours. (includes Athens online classes, excludes eCampus credit hours)  In order to assist with this requirement, the University offers a student health insurance policy provided by United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR). Ohio University automatically enrolls domestic students registered for five or more Athens Campus credit hours and international students registered for one or more credit hours in the insurance plan. Domestic students covered under another health insurance policy may waive the student insurance plan online prior to the posted waiver deadline. The online waiver must be completed through the My OHIO portal by the waiver deadline. Waiving the student health insurance during the first semester in which a student is enrolled for the academic year will automatically waive insurance for the rest of the academic year, as long as the student status remains the same. If the health insurance waiver is not completed by the posted semester deadline, the University considers the student to be uninsured, and the student will remain enrolled in the University Student Health Insurance Policy, and the premium amount will remain on the student’s University account.

Students who need to re-enroll in the insurance policy after completing the wavier may do so by contacting the student health insurance administrator by email at studentinsurance@ohio.edu.

Students taking fewer than five hours, 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 on a voluntary basis. International students who have a spouse or domestic partner and/or dependent children living with them in the United States are required to enroll their dependents in the health insurance policy. Domestic students enrolled in the policy are able to enroll their spouse/domestic partner and dependents on a voluntary basis during open enrollment periods each semester. Please email studentinsurance@ohio.edu to request an enrollment form, or visit www.uhcsr.com/Ohio to obtain the form.

Regional campus students enrolled for one or more credit hours are eligible to enroll in the student health insurance program on a voluntary basis during open enrollment periods at the beginning of each semester, prior to the posted waiver/open enrollment deadline. Regional Campus students enrolled in the policy also have the ability to enroll their spouse/domestic partner, and/or children in the health insurance policy on a voluntary basis.

The current policy brochure and enrollment forms are available on the UHCSR website: www.UHCSR.com/Ohio. Information regarding premium prices, effective dates of coverage, Frequently Asked Questions, and directions to waive the student health insurance can be found online through the University Bursar’s webpage by clicking here.  

Intercollegiate Athletics

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Mission Statement
The mission of Ohio University Athletics is to successfully develop the student-athlete as a person, student, and athlete. While operating with the utmost integrity. Athletics contributes to the University through athletic and academic achievement, generating visibility, promoting institutional pride, enhancing campus life, and serving as a connection with alumni and fans.

Vision Statement
Ohio Athletics will demonstrate unprecedented excellence in athletics, academics, and student-athlete development.

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

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

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

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

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

International Students

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Admission information on undergraduate admission for international students is available from Undergraduate Admissions, Chubb Hall 120. Information on graduate admission is available from Graduate College, Research and Technology Center 220.

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

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services
The Office of International Student and Faculty Services offers consultation about any concern, including immigration, financial, and personal problems. All new students, as well as returning students starting a new degree program, must report to this office upon arrival. An international orientation program will be conducted during the week before the opening of each semester to introduce new students to the campus. The Office of International Student and Faculty Services is located in the Walter International Education Center.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services also works with other departments and organizations on campus, such as the Division of Student Affairs, the Women’s Center, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Global Opportunities, the Center for International Studies, and the International Student Union to promote international programs, including cross–cultural workshops and the annual International Week, which create a welcoming and supportive climate for international students.

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (LGBT Center)

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The LGBT Center advances the diversity mission of Ohio University by creating a university environment and community inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and queerness. We focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBT students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community.   Though we focus on the dynamics of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, people of ALL identities (LGBT and non-LGBT) are welcome to participate in all the center does.

As an academic support unit, we strive to enhance students’ learning and engagement as well as increase the retention of LGBT students.  Our broader influence emerges from providing resources, educational opportunities, social gatherings, and LGBT justice initiatives to ALL students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at Ohio University and beyond.

Some of the programs offered through the center include: SafeZone training, SpeakOUT, guest lecturing, annual Queer Studies Conference, lunchtime discussions, film screenings, advocacy efforts on and off campus, and a physical space for students to gather as a community.  In addition to current programming efforts, the center welcomes (and is eager to) to collaborate with members of the Bobcat Family to develop events that reflect the needs, interests, and passions of individuals on and off campus.

Please visit www.ohio.edu/lgbt for more information about our programs and services. Also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram (OULGBT Center)


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The mission of the Ohio University Libraries is to connect learners to information for discovery, intellectual growth and the advancement of knowledge. 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 including almost 800,000 electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals, databases, and image collections, all available on the Internet, as well as significant numbers of nonprint items such as DVDs, maps, 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’ website serves as a gateway to the print and electronic collections. Access to the electronic collections is seamlessly available on campus. Off-campus access is available through 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.

Services and Spaces
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’ websites.

Alden Library’s Learning Commons, a collaborative endeavor with University College, provides students with expert assistance in an 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 facility houses computer workstations, circulating laptops, multimedia stations, networked printers, access to a variety of software applications and fully equipped group study/presentation rooms. Qualified and friendly library staff offer research assistance, Writing Center tutors provide consultations on writing projects, and 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 more information about Ohio University Libraries, visit our website at www.ohio.edu/library.

Multicultural Programs

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

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

The Office of Multicultural Programs has formal advising relationships with the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB). The office maintains an informal advising relationship with ethnic student organizations such as the Native Peoples Awareness Coalition (NPAC), Black Student Union and the OU Chapter of the NAACP. All of these organizations plan programs and activities that benefit the entire University community.

Multicultural Center
The Cultural Center (located in Baker University Center 205) 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 library, 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.

Ombudsperson Office

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The role of the Ombudsperson is to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty, and staff within the University system. The Ombudsperson 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 can be obtained at the Ombudsperson Office website at www.ohio.edu/ombuds

Parking, Motor Vehicle Registration, Transportation Services

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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.

CATS Late Night Service
CATS Late Night is a free service to faculty/staff and students and provides a safe means of transportation across the Ohio University Athens campus in a 15 passenger shuttle bus that is temperature controlled. This bus is clearly marked with information and is easily distinguished as a safe means of transportation at night.The late night service times are Monday through Friday between the hours of 5:30PM EST and 2:00AM EST and Saturday between the hours of 10:00EST and 2:00AM EST. CATS Late Night services are not available during university breaks and holidays when classes are not in session. You are able to request rides during the service hours by calling 740.593.4040

Police, Ohio University

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

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

Recreation, Campus

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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. 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 Walter Fieldhouse. Campus recreation programs include Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Pursuits, Challenge Program, and Fitness. Provided by their general fee, currently enrolled students have access to the following activities at no additional fee: recreation and lap swimming, recreational ice skating, entrance to the Charles J. Ping Center, group fitness classes and various fitness events, the climbing wall and various outdoor pursuits clinics, outdoor tennis courts, and the Walter Fieldhouse. Additional activities, programs, and events are provided for a minimal fee.

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 fitness classes, kayaking, 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 dasher board system. The arena is equipped with skate rentals, skate sharpening, pro shop, concession stand, and a viewing lounge. Bird Arena serves as home ice for the ACHA Ohio University Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Ice Hockey team. Other activities include recreational hockey leagues, recreation skating, academic classes, intramural broomball, youth learn–to–skate and play hockey programs, and figure skating.

The Ping Center showcases a 36–foot–high, double–sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, a four–lane running track, and eight racquetball courts (two convert to squash courts and four convert to wallyball courts). In 2014, the Ping Center created a new weight room and functional fitness space. The fitness area and free weight room provide users with a variety of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment. Ping also provides a spacious group fitness and combative arts room.

The Fitness Program offers more than 55 group fitness classes a week ranging from kickboxing, to Zumba, to cycling, and yoga. Personal fitness training and fitness assessments also are available. The fitness program also offers a women’s only strength training program, Bobcat Barbelles, and personalized fitness programs like OHIO Fit Club and specialized workshops and events. For a current group fitness schedule visit www.ohio.edu/recreation/fitness.

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 all seasons. The clubhouse offers golf and tennis equipment rentals, golf cart rental, racket restringing, private lessons, concessions, and resale items.

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

Campus Recreation also offers a nine hole disc golf course which winds around the Ping Center with hole one starting in the front lawn. Discs are not provided.

The Walter Fieldhouse opened in 2014, and is an 89,000 square-foot multi-purpose facility featuring a full size turf practice field, 4-lane track, and long jump and pole vaulting pit. The facility is host to academic classes, athletic practice, Marching 110 rehearsals, ROTC training and a variety of Student Affairs activities including intramural and club sports and open recreation. Further, Walter Fieldhouse provides opportunities for special events, community activities, and summer conference programming. 

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for activities including adventure trips and climbing skills clinics. It also offers equipment rental and sales, an outdoor climbing tower, a low–and high–challenge course, and an indoor climbing wall. Outdoor Pursuits also offers the Challenge Course, a leadership and team building program. 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.

Club Sports offers the opportunity for OHIO students, faculty, staff, and community to participate in more than 30 sports. 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.

The Intramural Sports Program offers competitive and recreational sports leagues for Ohio University students, faculty, and staff including team sports for women, men, and co-ed teams. Intramural Sports offers 19 different sports and a variety of special events and tournaments throughout the semester. Sports offered include 4v4, 7v7, and 11v11 soccer, sand and court volleyball, softball, tennis, 3v3 and 5v5 basketball, 4v4 and 7v7 flag football, floor hockey, and kickball. Students can register as a team or independently at www.IMLeagues.com

The department also offers special events throughout the year. For more information on facilities and programs, call 740.597.CREC or visit www.ohio.edu/recreation/, or follow @OUCampusRec on Twitter and Facebook.

Registrar, University

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

  • 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 www.ohio.edu/registrar. Services for students include registration, grade reports, address update, class schedules, degree and enrollment verification, 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, 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; email registrar@ohio.edu, or visit www.ohio.edu/registrar.

Risk Management and Safety

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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, 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 health 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.

Student Accessibility Services

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It is the mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to ensure equal opportunity and access for students with disabilities in 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 Student Accessibility Services. Students may initiate a request to Student Accessibility Services at any point in their academic career. To be eligible for student accessibility services a student must:

  • submit current disability documentation
  • submit an application for accommodation
  • receive notification from an accessibility coordinator that you are eligible; and
  • schedule and attend an intake appointment with your assigned accessibility coordinator

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

Student Accessibility Services
Baker University Center 348
Athens, OH 45701
Telephone: 740.593.2620
Fax: 740.593.0790

Student Senate

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The Ohio University Student Senate is the unicameral student government of Ohio University. Senators represent all students and advocate the student opinion to administrators through legislation and as members of university communities. Throughout its history, the Ohio University Student Senate has strived to provide a forum to students so that their voices are heard. Student Senate provides student leaders the opportunity to interact both with each other and with administrators, faculty, community leaders and their constituents. Not only is the Student Senate an advocacy body for the students — a place for open communication and debate about the current issues on campus — but it is also a place to propose changes for the future of students at this university.

Veterans and Military Student Services Center, Brigadier General James M. Abraham–Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield

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Ohio University recognizes and values the contributions that veterans, military personnel (Active, Guard and Reserve), and military dependents make to our campus community in their roles as students, faculty, staff and members of the Athens community. Our Brigadier General James M. Abraham-Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Students Services Center exists to provide, facilitate, and coordinate programs and services for student veterans, military personnel and their family members. We strive to assist veterans and military personnel in making a successful transition to the Ohio University community and provide any necessary support throughout their academic careers. It is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly Institution five years in a row; but we are committed to continued improvement. Military dependents are not forgotten as they are just as much an integral part of our community where we are dedicated to assisting student family members of veterans and military personnel as they transition to the community, and we welcome them into the Bobcat family. We honor the sacrifices veterans and military personnel have made through their service to our nation, and as such, we also strive to assist the dependents of our veterans and military personnel in achieving academic success. Because of our commitment to our veterans and military personnel, we exist to provide, facilitate, and coordinate programs and services for veteran dependent family members as well.

Veterans and Military Student Services Center
Office of the University Registrar
Baker University Center 350
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-566-8387
FAX: 740-593-4145


Women’s Center

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

The center offers regularly scheduled educational and cultural programming on issues relating to women, gender equity and feminism 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 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 provides other leadership opportunities. Please visit the center’s website at www.ohio.edu/womenscenter for more information.

Survivor Advocacy Program

The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program provides confidential advocacy services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. 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 training, and resources. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or is experiencing domestic/dating violence or stalking, you can call our 24/7 crisis line: 740.597.7723 (SAFE). For more information about the Survivor Advocacy Program please visit our website at: www.ohio.edu/survivor/information/about.cfm



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