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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Services and Resources

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Academic & Research Resources

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Student Services

Academic and Research Resources

English Language Improvement Program (ELIP)

The mission of the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) is to provide advanced level writing and oral communication instruction for graduate students so that they can communicate effectively. ELIP offers courses for Graduate Writing and Oral Communications. Courses focus on graduate coursework and needs.  ELIP also coordinates the SPEAK test each semester for students with new teaching assistantship contracts. ELIP is located in the Department of Linguistics, 383 Gordy Hall, 740.593.4564. www.ohio.edu/linguistics/elip/

Office of Global Opportunities

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. OGO can be a student’s first stop on the road to becoming a more effective and valuable member of the global workforce.

OGO supports students before, during, and after their programs in the following ways:

A team of professional advisors and trained student peer advisors, all of whom have experienced a global opportunity, are excited to work with students to help them choose the programs that best fit their needs.

There are more than 70 Ohio University-sponsored programs to choose from, along with innumerable other programs offered through global program providers and higher education institutions. For more information about these and other opportunities, visit www.ohio.edu/global/goglobal/ or email global.opportunities@ohio.edu. Students can also attend walk-in advising hours at the OGO, Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m., in Walter International Education Center. No appointment is necessary. Al majors welcome.

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 the Research and Technology Building 220. 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

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/oit/help. 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. A complete listing of tests and hours of operation are available on the Center’s website. www.ohio.edu/testing-services/


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. bobcatdepot.ohio.edu/main/home.aspx


The mission of the Ohio University Libraries is to connect learners to information for discover, 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 (www.ohio.edu/library) 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 over 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 a technology–rich learning environment. Located on the second floor, the space offers an appealing atmosphere conducive to individual research, group study, or collaborative course projects. The 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 and Academic Advancement Center staff provide tutoring, and technology assistants help users with hardware and software.

Alden Library provides 24-hour access to the Learning Commons (second floor) and the fourth 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 250 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.

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards 

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) assists students with virtually all facets of applying for some of the most prestigious awards available, including Rhodes, Fulbright, Critical Language, Truman, Udall, and Goldwater Scholarships.

Services offered include providing specific information about scholarships and awards, mentoring and counseling students about their particular situations and candidacies, assisting with the application processes, and organizing supportive programs for students. Most national awards are merit based and extremely competitive. To be considered viable candidates, students should have at least a 3.6 GPA and be involved actively in both their studies and extracurricular activities.

ONCA is located at 35 Park Place. For more information 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 in the Research and Technology Center 104 & 105. For more information about services and internal awards, visit the website at www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.

Risk Management and Safety

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 safety and safety, ergonomics, indoor air quality, infectious waste, asbestos and lead abatement, emergency program management, environmental management, industrial hygiene, fire safety, biosafety, insurance claims management, and hazardous materials management. Training programs are also conducted. Risk Management and Safety is located at University Service Center 142, 49 Factory Street. www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety

Student Research and Creative Activity Expo

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, www.ohio.edu/graduate/ExpoWelcome.cfm.


Personal Development and Advocacy Services

Career and Leadership Development

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.•   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.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and psychological services are available on an individual and group basis for personal, educational, and career concerns. All consultations are confidential and are provided by a staff of counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, pre-doctoral interns, and graduate student trainees from the Department of Psychology, Counselor Education and Social Work. 

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

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

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

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 a counselor.

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. 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.

Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

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: www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/student-sexual-misconduct.cfm. For more information on OHIO University’s efforts to ensure accessibility in its employment, programs, and services, including requesting accommodations and reporting accessibility concerns, click on the “ADA/504” tab at: www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/index.cfm.

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:

Sara L. Trower, J.D.
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator
University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
Lindley Hall 006
Athens, OH 45701


The following person within the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) has been designated as the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator:

Dianne Bouvier, Ph.D.
Director, Equal Opportunity and Accessibility and ADA/504 Coordinator
University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance Lindley Hall 006
Athens, OH 45701

March 2017

Graduate Student Senate

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) 

Campus Care is located in Hudson Health Center on the North Green (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 thorugh 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, and 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 free of charge. See the Schedule of Classes for details.

 Visit the Campus Care website at https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/community-health/Campus-Care/.

Hearing, Speech, and Language Clinic

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

Speech and language services cover such areas as articulation, 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 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 9:00 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 https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/hsl/

International Students


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 represent the collective educational, cultural, and developmental interests of more than 100 countries.

Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE)

The Ohio Program on Intensive English (OPIE), founded in 1967, is the oldest university English program in the state of Ohio. Its official mission is to raise the proficiency level and intercultural fluency of non-native speakers of English to meet their language, academic and professional needs.  OPIE is located in 155 Gordy Hall, 740.593.4577. www.ohio.edu/linguistics/opie/

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) 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 is conducted during the week before the opening of each semester to introduce new students to the campus.

ISFS 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.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services is located in the Walter International Education Center. www.ohio.edu/global/isfs/about/index.cfm

International Families

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center

The LGBT Center advances the diversity mission of Ohio University by creating a university environment and SE Ohio community inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and queerness. We focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community. Though we focus on the dynamics of sexual orientation and gender diversities, 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 LGBTQ+ students. Our broader influence emerges from providing resources, educational opportunities, social gatherings, and LGBTQ+ justice initiatives to ALL students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at Ohio University and beyond.

Some of the program offered through the center include: SafeZone training, SpeakOUT panels, guest lecturing, 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) collaborate with members of the Bobcat Family to develop events that reflect the needs, interests, and passions of individuals on and off campus.

The LGBT Center is located in Baker University Center 354. www.ohio.edu/lgbt/

Multicultural Programs

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

The office plans and coordinates professional, educational, and cultural programs such as the annual Hispanic Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage 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 (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, includeing 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.

Visit www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/ for the latest information about programs.

Ombudsperson Office

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

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

  • 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

The Survivor Advocacy Program 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 otptions and academic needs
  • Support for friends and family of survivors
  • Immediate 24/7 Crisis Line/Response
  • Accompaniment to hospital for SANE/SAFE exams

SAP 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 visitng our website: www.ohio.edu/survivor.

Veteran’s and Military Student Services Center, Brigadier General James M. Abraham-Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield

To provide excellent support to our military-affiliated students, Ohio University created the Brigadier General James M. Abraham–Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center in March 2015. The Center provides a central location for faculty, students, and family members to receive assistance and support. The Center provides, facilitates, and coordinates programs and services for student veterans, military personnel, dependent students and their family members. We strive to assist our veterans and 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 sixth year in a row, as well as being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an “8 Keys to Veterans Success” university. However, we are committed to continuously improving our support to veterans and military-affiliated students. We encourage all veterans and military-affiliated students to reach out and contact the Center to take advantage of the transition support, academic advising, and connection to other veterans and military-affiliated students. Students expecting to receive veterans educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should contact the Center with any questions. Welcome to the Bobcat Family and we hope to hear from you.

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

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.

Educational and cultural programming on issues relating to women and gender are offered throughout the academic year. Activities include a weekly series of brown bag presentations, formal and informal support groups, movie nights, lectures, discussions, and other public events. The center houses a library of women–related books and magazines, provides meeting space for student and community groups, offers resources for women on campus and in the community, and provides advocacy on gender issues. The center also sponsors a mentoring program for women students. Baker University Center 403. www.ohio.edu/womenscenter

Student Services

Baker University Center and Event Services

Named for Ohio University’s 14th president, John Calhoun Baker, the Center opened in January 2007. The building houses  program 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 guests.  It is operated by the Division of Student 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 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.

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 www.ohio.edu/finance/bursar/index.cfm.

Campus Involvement Center

The Campus Involvement Center (CIC) provides information about campus and community involvement including student organizations; Greek life; health and wellness issues, community service, involvement opportunities and social programs. Information related to Arts and Entertainment, Community Services and Student organizations can be obtained in the office in Baker University Center 339 and 355 by calling 740.593.4025. 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. 4098.

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.

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. 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

Culinary Services operates all campus dining halls, campus markets, Grab ‘N Go ‘s, Cafés, and food services within Baker University Center, including the Front Room Coffee House, Latitude 39 (a casual fine dining restaurant), and West 82 Food Court. Meal plans are available to residential and off-campus students as well as faculty and staff.

Culinary Services works to accommodate individuals with special diets (vegan, vegetarian, Halal, Kosher), food allergies (gluten, nuts, soy), or other health concerns (low-fat, lactose, sugar). A registered dietitian is available to meet by appointment.

For more information about Ohio University Culinary Services, menus, locations, and hours, visit the webpage: www.ohio.edu/food.

Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residence Life coordinates and manages the on-campus living environment, including 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 students.

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.

The Housing and Residence Life Central Office located in the Living Learning Center, 11 South Green Drive. Information about facilities and services is found on the department’s website at www.ohio.edu/housing.

Intercollegiate Athletics

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). Founded in 1946, the conference 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.

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, an athletic training facility, and the Phillips Academic Services Center. 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 for scores, highlights, and more.

Parking Services, Motor Vehicle Registration, Transportation Services

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. All students are encouraged to register their vehicle with Parking Services prior to parking on campus. Additional information regarding permit types, eligibility, pricing, permit registration and other campus parking policies are available by contacting Parking Services at 740-593-1917 (M-F 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM) or by visiting www.ohio.edu/parking/.

CATCAB is a free service designed to transport students and faculty/staff with permanent or temporary mobility limitations. Users of this service must provide required documentation to utilize the service are asked to preschedule for transports to classes and other campus functions. CATCAB is available 7 AM – 5:30 PM. M-F. Schedules and other information regarding the use of CATCAB can be obtained by calling 740.593-1702.

CATS and CATS Late Night
CATS is a free shuttle service servicing students and faculty/staff which travels to multiple destinations throughout campus. The service runs on dedicated routes 7 AM – 5:30 PM (M-F). Cats Late Night offers an on demand service from 5:30 PM – 3:30 AM (M-F) and 10 PM – 3:30 AM on Saturday.  CATS/CATS Late Night provides a safe method of travel across campus. All CATS vehicles can be tracked in real time via the Doublemap App. For more information contact 740-593-1611 or visit www.ohio.edu/transportation.

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.

Transportation & Parking Services offers shuttle service to the Columbus International Airport (CMH) for students. Rides start at $35. Additional information regarding airport shuttles is available at: www.ohio.edu/transportation or by contacting 740-593-1702.

Police, Ohio University

The Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) is a full-time, 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 education University community members about their own safety and the safety of others. The Department office is located at 135 Scott Quadrangle. Phone: 740.593.1911. E-mail: police@ohio.edu. Website: www.ohio.edu/police/.

Recreation, Campus

The Department of Campus Recreation, under the administration of the Division of Student Affairs, has a deep tradition of excellence by providing a variety of programming in an environment conducive to the holistic development of our participants and employees. The department promotes the physical, emotional, and social growth of individuals by encouraging the development of lifelong skills and positive attitudes through recreational activities.

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. Included in the general fee, enrolled students have free access to the following facilities and programs: Aquatic Center, Bird Ice Arena, Ping Center, Walter Fieldhouse, outdoor tennis courts, Ping Center climbing wall, and group fitness classes.

For more information on facilities and programs, call 740.597.CREC or visit http://www.ohio.edu/recreation/, or follow @OUCampusRec on Twitter and Facebook.

Registrar, Ohio University

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

  • 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.