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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Auditing
You can 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. Please note the following University policies about auditing classes:

The deadline for changing your grading basis from audit to credit or from credit to audit is available in the Academic Calendar.

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Blackboard
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.

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Class Number
The course identification number (four or five digits) needed to register for a course.

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Catalog/Course Number
Indicates departmental and course level, i.e. HIST 321.

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Catalog–Undergraduate
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.

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College/College Office
The area in which your major is housed.

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Course Load
An undergraduate student usually carries a course load of 16-20 quarter hours.  For tuition purposes, a course load of 12-20 hours is assessed comprehensive fees.

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Course Offerings
Online Degree Completion students can view the course offerings at www.ohio.edu/ecampus/current/offerings.htm. Print-based students can view the course offerings at www.ohio.edu/ecampus/independent/list1.htm. All other students should view the course offerings available on the Office of the University Registrar's website.

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Credit Hour
The number of credits a course is worth; normally one credit hour is the equivalent to one lecture or two laboratory periods per week throughout the term.

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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.

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Fee Assessment
Detailed information on the various fees that are assessed is provided on the Bursar website at Bursar.

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FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs the release and access to educational records maintained by Ohio University. For more information, see www.ohio.edu/registrar/ferpa.cfm.

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Final Examinations
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.

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General Education Requirements
General Education requirements are course requirements that must be met by all undergraduate students before graduation, regardless of major.

As a transfer student, your requirements are determined by when you enroll and the number and type of credit hours transferred.

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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. 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.

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Holds
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.

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My OHIO
The Ohio University portal is a dashboard of all online services.  This is where you go to register, receive bill statements, check grades, review your schedule, etc. Go to https://my.ohio.edu.

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OHIO ID
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.

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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.

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Proctor
A proctor verifies that exams are administered under proper conditions.

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Requisites
The requisites listed for each class in the course offerings are the minimum requirements for each class.

You are required to meet all of the requisites for a given course. Failure to meet requisites can block your registration for the course or result in a drop or withdrawal from that course.

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Tiers
Tiers are university wide, general education requirements that all undergraduate students must complete. Tier I consists of course requirements to build quantitative and English composition 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.

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Transcript
A transcript is the official record of a student’s enrollment.

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Withdrawing
If you drop all classes after they have begun, you are withdrawing.  This does not prevent registration in a future term.

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