Ohio University

Coronavirus Response by College of Arts & Sciences

Meet with Your Adviser | Registration Starts April 6

Important Note: The Ohio University Registrar announced the following changes.

Contact Your Adviser: If you are unable to contact your faculty adviser, you can reach out to Dr. Sarah Poggione, Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences.  

Changing majors or adding minors or certificates? In the times of social distancing and virtual education, the college now has an online process for A&S students to request changes to their academic programs. Submit the Application for Update of Academic Program to request updates to your major, add minors or certificates, and more. Feel free to email CAS.undergrad@ohio.edu if you have questions about the form. We are here to support you during this transition!

OHIO Coronavirus News & Updates

Ohio University provides the following sites where information is regularly updated for students, prospective students, staff and faculty:

Advising Resources & Contacts

Watch the Registrar Website for deadline updates:

  • Spring Semester Class Withdraw Deadline Extended to April 24, 2020
  • Fall Semester Academic Advising Begins Monday, March 30, 2020
  • Fall Semester Priority Registration Begins Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Registration Updates

Remote Advising

Important Note: Undergraduate Student Affairs advisers in the College of Arts & Sciences are talking remotely with students. 

Advisers in OHIO’s Allen Student Advising Center also will provide additional academic advising for Athens Campus students via Microsoft Teams.

Remote Tutoring

How to access remote tutoring:

  • Use TutorTrac.
  • Call the Academic Achievement Center at 740.593.2644.

Your tutor will send you an email including a link to your tutoring appointment, which will be a Teams meeting. You and your tutor will be able to use chat, audio and/or video features, share documents, and work together on the whiteboard.

Biological Sciences Advising and Resource Room—the BARR

Peer advisers are available to help students weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m.  BARR helps students from any college taking introductory biology.

  • Just send an email requesting help to biosadvising@ohio.edu.
  • Your peer adviser will send you a link to an appointment for the earliest available time that same day.
  • This link will invite you to join a Teams meeting so you and your peer adviser will be able to use chat, audio and/or video features, share documents, and work together on the whiteboard.

Career and Leadership Development

Online & Remote Classes—Tools, Tips & How To's

Keep Learning

Can’t find what you need? Start with OHIO’s Keep Learning page for steps you can take to successfully continue your studies.

Hot to Get Started with Online Learning

Check out this page with more information on 7 key steps.

  • Review your updated syllabus.
  • Know you course tech requirements.
  • Maintain your academic routine.
  • Share your accessibility concerns.
  • Utilize remote tutoring.
  • Contact your academic adviser.
  • Read study tips for online learning.

How to Communicate

The most important thing during this transition is to check any and all messages from both OHIO University and your professors. This page has more information about email, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard announcements.

Tools for Online Learning

This page has links to service providers, including several companies that are offering free, 60-day internet packages to households that don’t already have an account. It also provides links to OHIO’s technology support (OIT) and Ohio University Libraries.

Study Tips for Online Learning

Never taken an online class before? Don’t worry! Here are seven tips for being a successful online student.

  • #6 Ask for Help: If you feel yourself falling behind or lost, speak up. Don’t wait until an assignment is almost due to ask questions or report issues. Your professors will let you know how best to contact them.

Learning Effective Time Management

The college provides tips on to allocate your time so that you can turn your goals into reality.

Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the constant news and alerts regarding COVID-19, there are steps you can take to help you manage your psychological distress, according to Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

Blackboard

Login and How To's

Teams

Login and How To's

#BobcatsTakeCare

  • See messages to Bobcats near and far, posted using #BobcatsTakeCare.
  • See how much has been donated to the COVID-19 Ohio University Student Emergency Fund.

Faculty Experts Discuss Cornavirus, Working at Home & More

 

Dr. Winfried Just, Professor of Mathematics, discusses the ways in which mathematical models can predict the spread of infectious diseases like coronavirus.

 

Glenn Dutcher, portrait

Dr. Glenn Dutcher, Assistant Professor of Economics, researches working from home and productivity.

Tips and Links

Have a Paper to Write?

Need more than a Google snippet of information? Just looking for something interesting to read? Did you know that you can use Ohio Link to find books, journal articles and more fully online? 

FOMO on the GRE?

Prometric®, which administers TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test and Subject Test, has a web page to answer your questions about refunds, rescheduling and more, as well as pages for TEOFL and GRE.

Teams?

Your professor wants you to join a team? And you don’t even like sports? No worries. Teams is a free tool that your professors may use to create a virtual meeting or class. It works on phone and laptops. But you’ll need to get ready before your first “Teams meeting.” 

Two Tips for Teams

You turned your camera on and you’re seeing—yourself—and the room behind you. Ugh.

  1. You can blur the background and look like a star. Use your cursor or finger to touch the screen and you’ll see a menu bar. Click on the three dots and look for “blur my background.”
  2. And if you do "business on top/party on the bottom"—remember not to stand up.