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Important Information, Policies & Handbook for OPIE Students

Policies and Procedures

International Student and Faculty Services: This staff will help you with immigration, passports, visas, travel papers, etc. They can also help with employment, transferring to another university, and health insurance.

Course Registration: If you are taking OPIE English courses, OPIE will register you at the beginning of the semester. If you are taking academic courses at Ohio University (undergraduate and graduate), you are responsible for registering online. See Course Registration Information.

Withdrawal: If you decide to withdraw or leave OPIE and/or the University before your classes end, your money may not be refunded.  It is important that you understand the University’s policy and consult the official calendar of deadlines. To begin the withdrawal process, visit your college office (University College, Chubb Hall for OPIE-only students). Also make sure to discuss your withdrawal with the Office of International Student and Faculty services.

Housing: Ohio University requires that some students live on campus. All Ohio University enrolled students under the age of 23 with fewer than four academic year semesters (fall/spring semesters only) in the residence halls prior to the start of the semester in which they enroll must reside in university-owned housing and participate in the associated mandatory meal plan. More about campus housing.

If you are not required to live on-campus, you may live off-campus. 

Health Insurance: All enrolled Ohio University and OPIE students are required to have health insurance. See more information about health insurance.

Waivable fees: All Ohio University students are automatically charged for two optional fees: the Wellbeing Fee (enhances student health care) and the Student Legal Service Fee (provides legal services).  To waive or pass on these fees, you must opt out on your My OHIO Student Center, usually by the end of the third week of the semester.

Moodle: Here you can connect to many OPIE Moodles, course management systems that OPIE instructors use to give assignments, collect assignments, share content and resources, and even administer quizzes. 

OPIE-Alden Library Leisure Reading Collection: This is a collection of interesting and fun books designed for learners of English. It is located on the first floor of Alden Library.


Student Forms

Dismissal Appeal Form (No Credit or Lack of Progress)

Students who receive notice that they will be dismissed due to No Credit or Lack of Progress may appeal the decision by submitting this form to the OPIE office before 12:00 p.m. on Friday of the University final exam week. 

Grievance Form (Formal Complaints)

Do you have a problem or complaint about a situation or experience within OPIE that has a negative effect on your dignity (self-esteem), learning, or opportunity to make progress?  If so, OPIE would like to know about your problem or complaint and help to resolve it so that you can continue to learn in the best environment possible.  

Liability Release Waiver 

Trips in nature that involve activities like hiking, boating, or playing sports can have some risks; however, it is extremelyrare for people to injure themselves while doing these activities. In American culture, it is common for students to sign a waiverbefore participating in university-sponsored activities that could results in injuries. Ohio University requires all students to sign the waiver below, stating that they will not hold the university responsible if they are injured while participating in university-sponsored events:

Liability Release Waiver for ON CAMPUS EVENTS [PDF]

Liability Release Waiver for OFF CAMPUS EVENTS [PDF]