Jun 13, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Services and Resources

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Student Services

Academic and Research Resources

Office of Global Opportunities

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The Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) is dedicated to helping students fulfill their ambition to study, teach, intern, volunteer and work around world, be it in the United States or abroad. These experiences enhance a student’s degree and marketability for future employers, while pushing them to new limits as they discover more about themselves and their world. The OGO is an important stop on the road to becoming a more effective and valuable member of the global workforce.

The OGO supports students in the following ways:

  • The Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) is the place where students should start their search for an appropriate education abroad experience, be it study abroad, work abroad, internships, or volunteer activities.
  • The OGO serves as an advising center and information clearinghouse for all Ohio University sponsored education abroad programs.
  • The OGO serves as an advising and information center for education abroad programs sponsored by other U.S. universities, international organizations, and private agencies.
  • The OGO provides information and administers designated education abroad scholarship programs, grant sources, and financial aid sources for education abroad for undergraduate and graduate students, such as Fulbright and NSEP (National Security Education Program) opportunities.
  • The OGO manages institutional exchange student agreements and works cooperatively with our counterparts at the partner institutions located in the host country.
  • The OGO assists individual faculty and academic departments in the development of new education abroad programs, preparation of the students for such programs, and on-going evaluation of education abroad programs.
  • The OGO recommends policies and procedures regarding the administration of education abroad programs to the University International Council.
  • The OGO publishes and disseminates information about education abroad opportunities to the Ohio University community. We sponsor programs, workshops, and an annual education abroad fair as a means of publicizing such opportunities.
  • The OGO maintains a database of education abroad participants and programs.

For more information please visit www.ohio.edu/global/goglobal/ or contact:

Office of Global Opportunities
15 Park Pl. (Walter International Education Center)
Athens, OH 45701

OGO is a division of Global Affairs and International Studies at Ohio University.

Graduate College Services

The Graduate College assists students with the University processes of admission, registration, graduate student professional development, graduate tuition appeals, graduate and medical student residency petition, graduate appointment contracts, and electronic theses and dissertations. The Graduate College is also a source of information on matters affecting graduate students. The Graduate College staff present an annual New Student Orientation each fall, sponsor educational and social events to support the graduate student community, and coordinate doctoral hooding during commencement ceremonies. Personnel in this office are available for consultation and assistance on matters of interest to graduate students. All official graduate admission files are kept in this office. Information about Graduate College programs, links to forms, and graduate student resources are on the Graduate College website. The Graduate College is located in Grosvenor Hall, Room 102. Telephone: 740.593.2800. www.ohio.edu/graduate

Graduate Writing and Research Center

The Graduate Writing and Research Center offers research and writing support on major writing projects like theses, dissertations, journal articles, grands, and job search materials. The Center staff partner with the University’s subject librarians to provide research support. Tutoring in research methods and statistics is also available. Information about the Center and appointment scheduling is available on the Center’s website. The Graduate Writing and Research Center is located in Alden Library 309. www.ohio.edu/graduate/gwrc/

Information Technology

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Ohio University Information Technology provides internet access, academic, collaboration, and communication tools, technical support, computer repairs, and state-of-the-art computing resources and facilities for the University community. For more information regarding the services offered to OHIO students, visit techready.ohio.edu. For help, contact the IT Service Desk or stop by the Bobcat Depot in Baker Center 112.


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Ohio University Libraries is a catalyst for research, creativity, knowledge discovery, and student success and transformation. We empower students, faculty, and staff by providing equitable access to knowledge and expertise across all OHIO locations and programs. Athens campus facilities include Alden Library, located on the College Green, the Music & Dance Library in Glidden Hall, and the Library Annex, a high-density storage facility on the edge of town. Library spaces are also integral to the regional campuses at Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern, and Zanesville. 


We offer a variety of opportunities for students to interact with librarians and develop their abilities to reflectively discover information, understand how information is produced and valued, and use information to create new knowledge and ethically participate in communities of learning. These opportunities include workshops, classroom instruction, and one-on-one research assistance. This assistance is offered online and in person, as well as just-in-time or by appointment. Visit University Libraries’ Get Help site for details.


University Libraries’ collections are comprised of over 3.5 million volumes, including more than 1 million e-books, e-journals, and streaming media in addition to our exemplary rare, archival, special, and international materials.

University Libraries’ website serves as a gateway to the print and electronic collections available across all locations. Access to our electronic collections is available throughout the world as a current affiliate of the University using your OHIO ID and password.

Ohio University students also have easy access to print books from across the state through OhioLINK, which offers more than 46 million items for quick delivery to our campuses from over 90 other Ohio libraries.


We understand the important role study spaces can play in the life of the student. We strive to make all our spaces accessible, usable, and inviting. In University Libraries, students will find ample seating, group study and presentation rooms, wifi, public computing, and printing. Qualified and friendly library staff offer technology and research assistance and referrals at all our help desks.

We invite you to explore your campus library in-person and online. For more information about Ohio University Libraries, visit our website at www.ohio.edu/library.

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

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The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) assists students as they pursue grants and fellowships for studying, researching, and teaching abroad, as well as scholarships for undergraduate and graduate school tuition, funded by sources outside of Ohio University. Through the application process for competitive awards like the Rhodes, Fulbright, Critical Language, Truman, Udall, and Goldwater Scholarships, students clarify and write about their experiences and goals and imagine new educational and professional pathways for themselves.

Services offered include providing specific information about scholarships and awards, mentoring and counseling students about their particular situations and candidacies, and guiding students through the application and writing process. Most national awards are merit based and extremely competitive.

ONCA is located at 35 Park Place. Email christopherlewis@ohio.edu for more information or visit www.ohio.edu/honors/onca/.

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. The office also coordinates internal award programs that support the research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty, staff, and students. ORSP is located on the second floor of Grosvenor Hall. For more information about services and internal awards, visit the website at https://www.ohio.edu/research/funding.

Risk Management and Safety

Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance

Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance (ERMI) exists in order to support the strategic objectives of the university. We are dedicated to this goal and pursue it by identifying potential large risks before they occur, and through the mitigation and transfer of these risks by means of appropriate planning. Working closely with departments and staff, ERMI seeks to fulfill the university’s educational mission. Please check out our website at www.ohio.edu/hr/additional-resources/risk-management-and-insurance for insurance guidelines, auto ID cards for university vehicles, the university’s memorandum of insurance, minors on campus information and other useful resources. 

ERMI also administers the workers compensation program and assists with occupational health.  The mission of the Workers’ Compensation department is to provide administrative services to Ohio University employees who have had an occupational injury or disease.  Please visit our website at www.ohio.edu/hr/additional-resources/workers-compensation for resources such as a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) info link where you can get a copy of the university’s most recent BWC certificate, injury reporting packets which contain necessary forms and much more.

Student Research and Creative Activity Expo

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Each spring the university hosts the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo to showcase student research, scholarship, and creative activity of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Participants have the option to have their work reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to compete for prize money. Information about Expo and registration is on the Expo web site, https://www.ohio.edu/studentexpo.


Personal Development and Advocacy Services

Counseling and Psychological Services

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Counseling and Psychological Services provides mental health and adjustment services to students and consultation to faculty, administrators and parents of students. Individual counseling, group counseling, and psychiatry are some of the services we offer at CPS, and we also make referrals to a wide range of other services both on and off campus. 

All consultations are confidential and are provided by a team of licensed counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctoral interns, and graduate student trainees from Psychology, Counselor Education and Social Work.

• If you have personal problems of any kind (emotional, social, relationship, 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 want to learn coping skills to manage academic and personal stress, you can receive support and learn skills to manage those stressors.

• If you desire a consultation about psychiatric medication, you can meet with a staff member about obtaining a referral to for medication evaluation.

For a complete list of services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), please visit our website: https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling/services. Our website will also provide you information as to what services are available virtually via telehealth and in person.

Students can call 740-593-1616, during business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm) to inquire about our services, including how to schedule their first appointment. Students can call this same number 740-593-1616, at any time if they are in crisis for consultation with a counselor (during business hours or outside of business hours and on weekends). Additionally, Counselors in Residence are available several evenings a week from 5p.m. to 10p.m. for drop-in service. Please check https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling/counselor-residence for specific times and how to access them.

Limited psychiatric consultations for medication are available by appointment. In order to schedule a psychiatric appointment, a student needs to complete an initial drop-in appointment and must be referred by their counselor.

Graduate students have the option to pay a $45 Wellbeing Fee per semester or charged per session beyond the initial drop-in appointment. The charges vary depending on the services sought at CPS. Please note that CPS does not bill, or submit claims to insurance providers.

Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

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OHIO University is committed to creating and maintaining a work and learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and free of discriminatory conduct prohibited by OHIO’s Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity Policy.

OHIO University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, marital or parental status, pregnancy, genetic information, or military or veteran status in its employment practices or in its educational programs and services.

The Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) leads efforts to promote and sustain the goals of this policy, to foster equity and opportunity, and to support a campus culture where each individual is provided an equal opportunity to pursue their work and learning aspirations. ECRC does this by monitoring the University’s compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and institutional policy prohibiting discrimination, investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment, making policy recommendations, advising units about hiring processes, and providing training to the University community.

The Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) is an office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. ECRC supports the University’s efforts to foster a diverse student body and workforce by collaborating with campus partners such as the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and University Human Resources.

To learn more about OHIO University’s policies prohibiting discrimination and the grievance procedure for claims of discrimination, go to:  https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/.  For information concerning OHIO University’s efforts to address sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking, go to: https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/student-sexual-misconduct. For more information on OHIO University’s efforts to ensure accessibility in its employment, programs, and services, including requesting accommodations and reporting accessibility concerns, go to: https://www.ohio.edu/accessibility.

The Executive Director of the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX Coordinator has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies, to receive complaints, and to monitor the institution’s compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and university policies prohibiting discrimination:

Kerri Griffin, J.D.
Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
Lindley Hall 006
Athens, OH 45701


Graduate Student Senate

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The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) 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. GSS examines issues affecting graduate students, and submits reports and recommendations to the Office of the President, Budget Planning Council, Graduate Council and other standing university committees, as well as College Deans.

The Graduate Student Senate is 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 forums for graduate students to present their research.

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 Graduate Student Senate Office is located in Baker Center 302. www.ohio.edu/gss

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 providers offer 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. - 12:00 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 or call 740.593.1404. The Clinic is open on Monday, Wednesday 8:00 am to 5:00  pm; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (closes at 5:00 pm for Audiology), and Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Clinic services are available throughout the year. Visit the Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic website at: www.ohio.edu/chsp/hsl/

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, Grosvenor Hall 102.

Many internationally-oriented student organizations exist at Ohio University. They represent national, regional, religious, academic, and social interests and are all under the umbrella of the International Student Union (ISU). A highlight for the International, Athens, and Ohio University communities is in spring during International Week and the International Street Fair. This week and event are sponsored by ISU in cooperation with the City of Athens and the numerous international student organizations within ISU.

The International Student Union of Ohio University
ISU functions at Ohio University as the umbrella organization for more than 17 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.)

International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)
ISFS contributes to the global mission of Ohio University by providing services and support for the international community and by furthering their personal and intellectual development.  ISFS offers consultation for international student concerns, including immigration, financial, and personal struggles. 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. ISFS is located in the Walter International Education Center.

International Student and Faculty Services also collaborates with campus partners including the Career and Leadership Development Center, the Women’s Center, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Global Opportunities, the Center for International Studies, and International Student Union to promote international programs, 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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Our LGBT Center cultivates safe and civil university and community environments that affirm diverse forms of sexuality, gender identity and expression, and queerness. Contributing to OHIO’s pathway to national leadership in inclusive excellence, we strive to be an exceptionally caring and inclusive LGBT Center. Our programming, resources, educational opportunities, and community outreach efforts focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBTQ+ students at Ohio University. In collaboration with academic, co-curricular, and community-based partners, we support LGBTQ+ learning, engagement, access, and retention.

Through trainings, presentations, strategic communications, social gatherings, and other initiatives, we highlight networks of support for LGBTQ+ individuals, on and off campus. We serve and celebrate people of all genders, orientations, and expressions of identity by helping them find productive ways to navigate intersections of diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives.

Some of our student-focused initiatives include our SafeZone training curriculum, SpeakOUt panels, film screenings, identity-based programming, monthly LGBTQ+ support groups, HIV/STI education and prevention, our “Tea with a Librarian” library assistance program, an annual Pride Graduation event, and even a Queer Prom.

Please come visit our LGBT Center in Baker University Center 354! All are welcome and invited, irrespective of gender or sexual identity. You may also visit www.ohio.edu/lgbt for more information about our programs and services and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@OULGBTCenter).

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 Month.

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

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.

Student Accessibility Services coordinates accommodations and connects students with disabilities to the most relevant campus resources. Accessibility coordinators review documentation and determine eligibility according to the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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



Survivor Advocacy Program

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The Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) at OHIO provides support and advocacy services to student survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. We work to increase survivors’ access to support and resources whether the assault/incident(s) occurred recently or in the past.

We are a confidential resource on campus meaning that we are not required to report specific incidents to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance or any other investigating body and may not disclose any information without the permission of the student.

SAP provides a variety of services including (but not limited to):

-Assistance navigating medical, judicial, and legal processes and services.
-Accompaniment to appointments related to medical, judicial/conduct, and legal processes.
-Aid in accommodating housing options and academic needs.
-Support for friends and family of survivors.
-Immediate 24/7 Crisis Line/Response.
-Accompaniment to hospital for SANE/SAFE exams.

SAP is located in Lindley Hall (034/038). We accept drop in and scheduled appointments. We can be reached via our 24/7 crisis line at 740-597-SAFE (7233) or by email at survivor.advocacy@ohio.edu

You can find additional information by visiting our website: www.ohio.edu/survivor

University Accessibility, Office for

For information on OHIO University’s efforts to ensure accessibility in its employment, programs, and services, including requesting accommodations and reporting accessibility concerns, go to: https://www.ohio.edu/accessibility.

The following person within the Office for University Accessibility has been designated as the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator:

Carey Busch
ADA/504 Coordinator
Office for University Accessibility
Lindley Hall 061 (by appointment only)
Athens, OH 45701

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

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In March 2015, Ohio University, created the Brigadier General James M. Abraham–Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center to ensure excellent service and support to our military-affiliated students.  The Veterans Center provides a central location for faculty, military-affiliated students, staff, and family members to receive assistance and support. The Veterans Center provides, facilitates, and coordinates programs and services for student veterans, military personnel, dependent students and their family members. We strive to assist our military-affiliated students in making a successful transition to the Ohio University community and provide any necessary support throughout their academic careers. Ohio University is proud in being recognized as a Military Friendly university for the eighth year in a row, as well as being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a signatory university to the “8 Keys to Veterans Success.” For the second consecutive year, Ohio University has achieved a Top 10 Tier-2 Research Institution ranking—the only university within the state of Ohio to make the Top 10 in any category of the Victory Media® rankings. We are committed to continuously improving our support to our military-affiliated students.

Any student who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits will not have any penalties imposed due to delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This means if the Chapter 31 or 33 student is approved at 100% by the VA and payment by the VA is delayed, the student will not be assessed late fees or be denied access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities. In addition, these students will not be required to borrow additional funds to meet financial obligations to Ohio University due to delayed disbursement of funds by the VA.

We encourage all military-affiliated students to reach out and contact the Veterans Center to take advantage of the transition support, academic advising, and connection to other military-affiliated students. Students expecting to receive veterans educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs must contact the Veterans Center in order for your educational benefits to get started.

If you are a graduate student planning to receive veterans education assistance, you must register for at least 4.5 semester hours for 7 week courses (nonstandard term) and nine (9) semester hours for 15 week courses (standard term) in order to be considered full time for VA education benefits. For more information about veterans benefits, contact:

Veterans and Military Student Services Center
Office of the University Registrar
Baker University Center, Room 350
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Phone: 740.566.8387
FAX: 740.593.4145

Well-Being and Recreation

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University Well-Being and Recreation includes strives to establish a comprehensive and holistic support for student well-being through activities and engagement with Campus Recreation, Health Promotion and Student Health Insurance.

Campus Recreation provides quality, inclusive recreation experiences designed to positively impact the intellectual and personal development of OHIO students and the vitality of the OHIO community by delivering a fully integrated recreation experience that elevates the transformative impact of Ohio University.

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 Well-being & Fitness. Students currently enrolled on the Athens campus have access to the following activities at no additional fee: recreation and lap swimming, recreational skating, the Ping Center, group fitness classes and various fitness events, the climbing wall, outdoor tennis courts. The Golf Course, Intramural and Club Sports, adventure trips, Bird Arena Hockey league, recreational ice skating, and various other events and programs 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. Activities include lap and recreational swimming, and swim lessons programs for all ages and abilities.

Bird Ice Arena is an indoor facility that features an illuminated 190–by–85–foot ice. The ice rink offers skate rentals, skate sharpening, and a viewing lounge. Bird Arena serves as home to the nationally ranked ACHA Ohio University Men’s Division 1 Ice Hockey team. Other activities include recreational hockey leagues, recreation skating, academic classes, broomball, 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 courts, a four–lane running track and racquetball courts. The Ping Center also features a large free weight room and function fitness space. Additionally, a cardio room and cardio lookout provide various options for equipment, cable machines, stair climbers, treadmills, ellipticals and various cardio equipment. The Ping Center also provides a spacious group fitness and F45 studio.

The Golf and Tennis Center is open March through November and offers of a nine–hole, par–35 golf course, putting green, four indoor tennis courts, and six outdoor tennis courts. A 40–foot tent, covers the indoor courts allowing play in all weather. Amenities at the clubhouse include select golf retail, concessions and private lessons for both golf and tennis.  An illuminated 300–yard driving range is located on West State Street and can accommodate approximately 30 golfers. The driving range is open April 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 intramural and club sports. Further, Walter Fieldhouse provides opportunities for special events and community activities.

The Well-Being & Fitness Program offers more than 30 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, Women & Weights, and personalized fitness programs. New for 2021, F45 Training memberships will be available at a reduced rate, along with well-being coaching and webinars, and an inclusive well-being and de-stress series at no cost. For all current offerings and schedules, visit https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/well-being.

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for activities including adventure trips and climbing skills clinics. Outdoor Pursuits also offers equipment rental and sales, an outdoor climbing tower, a low–and high–challenge course, and an indoor climbing wall. The program also offers the Challenge Course, a leadership and team building program. It is comprised of 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.  For all Outdoor Pursuit activities and schedules, visit https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/outdoor.

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.  If you want to join a club, or get more information, visit https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/club-sports.

Intramural Sports are scheduled sports leagues or events between Ohio University students, faculty, and staff who create teams together or participate as individuals.  Choose from dozens of recreational sports and special events that are hosted each semester.  All sports and activities are offered in “competitive” or “recreational” groupings depending on interest and skill level and are all aimed at being active and enjoying recreational sports with other Bobcats!  For more information about offerings and registering for a membership, visit https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/intramural.

The Office of Health Promotion provides programs and services aimed to foster community well-being and help Bobcats be healthy and stay healthy. The Health Promotion team offers health information, peer-to-peer health education, and programs and workshops addressing violence prevention, harm reduction, alcohol and substance abuse, and general health awareness and education. For more information, or to request a workshop, visit https://www.ohio.edu/health-promotion.

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.

The Center offers regularly scheduled educational and cultural programming throughout the academic year. Center programming is from a gendered, and intersectional, lens and is open to everyone from all identities and backgrounds. Activities include: the ALAANA+ Women’s Leadership Cohort, Thirsting for Knowledge Thursdays, the Women’s Mentoring Program, Take Back the Night, arts-based survivor centered programming, the International Women’s Art Installation, body image programming, International Women’s Coffee Hours, Women’s History Month programming, public lectures, film showings, the Young Women Leaders Program with Athens Middle School, and professional and leadership development through programs like She Leads OHIO.

The Center offers resources, including lactation rooms and workshops for student groups. Please visit the center’s website at www.ohio.edu/diversity/womens-center for more information.


Student Services

Baker University Center and Event Services


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

Bursar, Office of

The Office of the Bursar is responsible for billing and collecting balances owed to the University. The office provides payment options and payment plans, processes third party billing for sponsored students, and manages the process for waivable student fees. The Bursar’s office is located in Chubb Hall 010. Current tuition and fees, information about services, or other student account related questions is available through the web at https://www.ohio.edu/bursar.

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; 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 http://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.

Community Service
The Center for Campus and Community Engagement 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. 4098.

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.

Culinary Services

Ohio University Culinary Services is proud to be one of the largest self-operated college dining services in the nation; according to the most recent national benchmarking survey, we are one of the most efficiently-operated college dining services in the nation. Our goal is to provide the finest quality food and service at reasonable costs to our students and guests. Our meal plans offer flexibility, exceptional value, and convenience.  For more information visit www.ohio.edu/food

Additionally, we are the largest employer of students on campus employing 2,100 students in a variety of positions and have a nationally recognized student leader program. For more information about employment visit www.ohio.edu/food/student-employment.

Housing and Residence Life


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
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 on-line signature prior to checking into the assigned residence hall.

Residence Hall Living
The Housing and Residence Life Central Office is located in the Living Learning Center located on South Green.

Residence halls have professional and student live-in staff who are carefully selected and trained to offer informed and meaningful assistance. Services offered include:

  • Providing a safe environment conducive to sound academic pursuit;
  • Creating opportunities for growth and development through educational, recreational, social, and cultural community development efforts;
  • Meeting the needs of students through the use of specialized living experiences (quiet study, residential learning communities, honors, substance free, sustainability, etc.);
  • 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.

Off-Campus Living
Off-Campus Living 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.

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 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.

Ohio Athletics facilities include the 13,168–seat Convocation Center, the site of basketball, volleyball, and wrestling contests. Constructed in 1968, this iconic 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, the Dr. Steve and Kathy Carin Strength and Conditioning Center, and an athletic training facility. The Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center houses academic services and compliance. The Aquatic Center contains an Olympic–size pool, and two one–meter and two three–meter diving boards. The golf teams utilize practice facilities at the Athens Country Club as well as the University’s driving range on West State Street. The baseball team competes at Bob Wren Stadium, while softball competes nearby at the Ohio Softball Field. Located in the Athletics Mall, Pruitt Field is the home competition site for field hockey. This 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 on natural grass at Chessa Field, reconditioned in 2015.
Visit OhioBobcats.com or follow @OhioBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for scores, highlights, and more. 

Transportation & Parking Services (TPS)

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Ohio University Transportation & Parking Services offers a limited number of on-campus residential permits to students with sophomore status or higher. Freshman parking may be available if space allows in designated areas on campus. Those students living outside of a certain radius of campus may be eligible to obtain commuter parking status. For more information on permit types, eligibility and pricing please contact the TPS Customer Care Center. All students are encouraged to register their vehicle with TPS prior to parking on campus.

CATCAB is a free para-transit service to assist faculty/staff and students with mobility limitations which provides door-to-door transportation utilizing fully accessible vehicles. CATCAB services campus locations & up to 1-mile driving distance from the center of campus (Baker University Center) Monday-Friday 7 AM- 3 AM & Saturday-Sunday 9:30 PM – 3 AM. For more information on rider registration requirements please contact the TPS Customer Care Center.

CATS is a free shuttle service servicing students and faculty/staff, which travels to multiple destinations throughout campus. The service runs on dedicated routes Monday-Friday 7 AM – 5:30 PM during Fall & Spring Semester and by request during Summer & Winter Break. No pass or ID is needed to ride! All transit vehicles are fully accessible and equipped with DoubleMap transit tracking software which allows riders to view shuttles in live-time. Download the DoubleMap App today or visit: aptcats.doublemap.com/map/

CATS Late Night is a free on-demand transit service for students & faculty/staff servicing campus locations & up to 2 miles driving distance from the center of campus (Baker University Center). The service provides a safe and secure method of travel across campus running Monday-Friday 5:30 PM – 3 AM & Saturday-Sunday 9:30 PM – 3 AM. Rides can be requested by texting or calling 740-593-4040. Riders are encouraged to schedule rides in advance when possible.

A partnership between Ohio University & the City of Athens enables students and faculty/staff to ride Athens Public Transit buses free with their university ID. Simply present your valid ID to the bus driver for unlimited fare travel. Scheduled routes include access from campus to Athens shopping destinations. All APT buses can be tracked in real time via the DoubleMap App. For specific APT route details or to plan your travel please visit: www.athenstransit.org/

TPS offers year-round shuttle service to the Columbus International Airport (CMH) for students. Visit the TPS website for further information. 

Ohio University has collaborated with Zipcar University to offer four rental vehicles on campus, which allow students 18 and older to rent cars by the hour or the day.  Individuals can register for Zipcar services and receive a discounted membership offer by visiting: www.zipcar.com/universities/ohio-university  or contacting Zipcar Customer Service at 866-4ZIPCAR

For additional information regarding campus transportation & parking accommodations please contact the TPS Customer Care Center team at: Phone: 740-593-1917, E-mail: tps@ohio.edu Website: www.ohio.edu/transportation-parking Twitter: @OUTransParking

Police, Ohio University

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The Ohio University Police Department’s (OUPD) mission is to maintain a safe and secure community, in support of the University’s mission, by providing professional law enforcement services. The department employs thirty-one (31) full-time police officers, sworn by the state of Ohio, who patrol campus in cars, on bikes, and on foot 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the department also has four (4) full-time detectives, two (2) explosive detection canines, and a full-time community relations officer. The department has a well-developed threat assessment program, participates in a regional major crimes task force, and also provides police staffing for special events such as sports games, concerts, and lectures. The department works hard to engage community members through education and other community relations activities. OUPD also works closely with local, state, and federal partners to help keep the campus safe.

Registrar, University

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Mission: Support the University mission by modeling the highest standards of the registrar profession in providing exemplary service to the University’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families, while ensuring accuracy, integrity, and confidentiality of academic records.

Vision: Be a leader in the registrar profession to support and serve the university community.

The Office of the University Registrar provides a wide range of services to the academic community. 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 demographic 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.