GLOSSARY OF TERMS
You can register to audit a class, but you must choose to do so at the time of registration. If you audit a class you do not receive a grade or credit hours, but they do count toward tuition calculation.
Students should use the My OHIO portal (Accounts tab) to access their student account information on My OHIO Student Center. Students can view real time account activity, view historical eBills, enroll in Direct Deposit, enroll in Payment Plan, view 1098-T information, add an authorized user, and make payments. More information is on the Bursar website at Bursar.
Blackboard is a Web-based course management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more.
The Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog is your official source of University policies and procedures. The complete online catalog is available at catalogs.ohio.edu. Use the online catalog search feature to help find information quickly.
The catalog in effect for the term in which you first complete coursework at Ohio University becomes your University and Major Program Catalog of Entry. This catalog defines the University-wide and college-level academic requirements you must complete and academic policies you must follow for the next five years.
The Undergraduate Catalog includes the following:
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING AND FOLLOWING CURRENT UNIVERSITY WIDE, COLLEGE, AND DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES.
The area in which your major is housed.
For BTAS it is Regional Higher Education located in Haning Hall, Athens Campus.
For BCJ it is University College in Chubb Hall, Athens Campus.
Lists the Course Offerings each term.
A database is an organized collection of data for one or more purposes. Ways to classify databases involve the type of their content such as bibliographic, statistical, or document-text. Another way is by application area such as movies or musical comparison.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
A DARS report is issued to currently enrolled students each term for priority registration by your advisor. This report helps in determining requirements for graduation by showing progress toward completing those requirements.
Detailed information on the various fees that are assessed is provided on the Bursar website at Bursar.
Final exams in online classes are given during finals week. Check each course syllabus for specific dates and exam requirements in each class. Many professors require students to take exams in a proctored setting.
As a transfer student, your requirements are determined by when you enroll and the number and type of credit hours transferred.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The basis for determining a student’s scholastic standing is the grade point average (GPA). This average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of term hours of credit attempted. For example, if a student earned a C (2.0) and a B (3.0) in each of two five-hour courses, first multiply the number of hours in each course by the grade point value for that grade (5 x 2 = 10 and 5 x 3 = 15) and add the grade points for each course together to find the total number of grade points (25). Then add the number of hours attempted (5 + 5 = 10) and divide the total number of grade points by the total hours attempted (25/10 = 2.5). The student’s GPA after completing the two classes would be 2.5. A student’s GPA is figured only on credit hours attempted—courses for which the student receives letter grades (A-F), FN (failure, never attended), or FS (failure, stopped attending). FN and FS have the same value as an F. Grades of P (pass) and CR (credit) represent hours earned but are not used to calculate the GPA.
Some students may find they are prevented from registering or receiving diplomas, grades, transcripts, and other University services because holds have been placed on their academic records. Holds are placed when students fail to meet financial or other obligations. Students must clear the holds with the offices that placed the holds before they will be allowed to register or receive other University services.
When you are first admitted to Ohio University, you will receive an OHIO ID. Please follow the instructions in your acceptance letter to activate your OHIO ID. If you lose your activation letter or have other questions about your OHIO ID, please call the Service Desk, (740) 593-1222. For more information, visit the Office of Information Technology.
It is imperative that you know your OHIO ID and password, as many Ohio University services require these to authenticate access.
PID -- Student Identification Number
Transactions for students are handled on the basis of unique Person Identification Numbers (PIDs). Each student is assigned this number upon admission to the University. Social Security Numbers are collected from students at admission and are used for Federal reporting purposes only.
The prerequisites listed for each class in the course offerings are the minimum requirements for each class.
You are required to meet all of the prerequisites for a given course. Failure to meet prerequisites can block your registration for the course or result in a drop or withdrawal from that course.
Tiers are university wide, general education requirements that all undergraduate students must complete. Tier I consists of course requirements to build quantitative and English compositional skills; Tier II consists of course requirements to increase your breadth of knowledge; the Tier III requirement develops the ability to interrelate, synthesize, and integrate knowledge from different academic disciplines.