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Academic Advancement Center

The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) helps you develop the skills and attitudes necessary for your academic success. The center, a department of University College serving undergraduates from across campus, provides a variety of support services.

Courses You may enroll in credit courses taught by the AAC staff. UC 106 Academic Computing Skills is a one-credit course designed to enhance computer skills required in many academic endeavors, such as the Microsoft Office suite of programs, research on the Web, and using E-mail for academic purposes. UC 110 Learning Strategies is a three-credit course designed to teach effective learning strategies you can use, like remembering textbook material, note taking, managing time, and preparing for exams. UC 112 College Reading Skills is a two-credit course designed to improve your reading comprehension of college-level material. You will learn an effective approach to reading textbooks, adjusting your reading rate, and mastering new vocabulary. (See Courses of Instruction section for descriptions of additional UC Courses.)

Tutoring Individual tutoring is available for skill development and for mastery of course content. Our staff will work with you on writing, and study skills, free of charge, or you may benefit from using computer programs on these topics in the AAC Computer Lab. You also may request a referral to a content tutor, whom you will be expected to pay directly. In most areas, tutors are readily available; in all cases, we will do our best to connect you with a qualified tutor. Requests for tutors may be made at the center or through the AAC Web site (see following page).

Supplemental Instruction (SI) SI sessions are provided in traditionally difficult courses with large class sizes. Students who have succeeded in the courses are hired to attend the classes and then offer three to four study sessions a week for interested and enrolled students. These SI leaders help you review the course material, prepare for exams, and discover study techniques. SI sessions are usually offered in chemistry, biological sciences, economics, math, physics, statics, and psychology courses. Courses with SI sessions are noted in each quarter's Schedule of Classes .

Computer Lab

You will enjoy using this state-of-the-art computer facility to learn new and necessary software, activate and use your E-mail account, access the Internet, complete writing projects, prepare presentation materials, and improve your keyboarding skills. The lab also may assist you in developing reading and math skills and in career planning. Lab assistants are always available to answer questions and to teach new processes.

College Adjustment Program (CAP)

CAP is a special program for students who qualify. Sponsored by the Academic Advancement Center and a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, CAP helps new students adjust to college and meet their educational goals. Read more about CAP in the University College section.

You may contact the Academic Advancement Center to learn more about its programs and services. Please call 740-593-2644, fax 740-593-0338, visit our web site , or e-mail to, or come to the center on the first floor of the Alden Library.

Campus Safety

The Department of Campus Safety is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the university community, as well as the security of all university property. The department oversees the Campus Escort Service and emergency call phones, and reviews lighting conditions to help ensure a crime-free campus. The department also oversees vehicle parking registration on campus. (See "Parking" in this section of the catalog.)

The Campus Escort Service is a free service that offers you a safe walk every night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. During winter quarter, service begins at 7 p.m. Escorts are trained student employees who communicate by radio with the department. Teams consist of a female and male or two females. Call 593-4040 and a team will arrive within minutes. Escorts can also be arranged in advance.

CATCAB (Campus Area Transportation Cutting Across Boundaries) is a free service designed to transport individuals with mobility limitations or health problems. By asking individuals to preschedule, CATCAB is able to provide transportation to classes or University functions that they might otherwise not be able to attend. CATCAB is available from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (After hours, the Campus Escort Service is responsible for transportation.) CATCAB schedules are available in many locations on campus. For more information, call 593-4040.

Emergency "Blue Light" phones are installed outside the main entrance of each residence hall and at the Aquatic Center, Baker Center, Bird Arena, Bryan Hall, the Facilities Management Building, Hudson Health Center, Lasher Hall, Mill Street Apartments, Parks Hall, Peden Stadium, the Ping Center, the President Street Academic Center, the Ridges, Ryors Hall at Oxbow Drive, Seigfred Hall, South Green athletic fields, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Wolfe Street Apartments, and parking lots 104, 109, and 127. Four additional emergency phones are located along the bike path, and three are on the South Green catwalks. By pushing the red button, you can call for emergency help, the Campus Escort Service, information on campus directions or parking, and referral to other campus services.

Safe and secure lighting has been installed throughout the campus. Most recently, high intensity lights have been installed along the golf course section of the bicycle and jogging path that parallels the Hocking River.

In compliance with the Higher Education Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Campus Safety releases a yearly report on campus safety and crime rates. For a copy of this report, contact the Department of Campus Safety, Scott Quad 135, telephone 740-593-1911 , or visit our Web site at and click on "Right to Know Reports."

Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers you assistance in making career decisions, exploring career options, attending career fair, and conducting effective job searches.
Services include:

  1. Individual career advising on issues such as major, career options, resume and cover letter writing/critiques, and job search strategies.

  2. Computerized career guidance programs that identify interests, abilities, and values.

  3. Seminars on resume preparation, basic and advanced interviewing techniques, Internet job search, planning for graduate school, and other career-related topics.

  4. The Mock Interview Program, which allows you to practice and improve your interview performance

  5. Career fairs that bring a variety of employers to campus to discuss career and job opportunities. The Ohio University Career Fair is held Fall Quarter, the Diversity Career Fair Winter Quarter, and the Teacher Recruitment Consortium Spring Quarter. Approximately 125 employers attend each career fair and approximately 100 school districts attend the Teacher Recruitment Consortium.

  6. The Career Resource Library containing a wealth of career information: career guides, employer directories, graduate school guides and admissions test bulletins, internship and summer job listings, employer literature, and professional job vacancies

Services for Graduating Students.

In addition to the above services, which are free to all students and alumni, the office also offers the Online Job Search Program for students who will graduate in the current academic year. This program consists of three special services: computerized resume referral, the Bobcat Job Postings, and on-campus interviewing. To be eligible for this program, you must register with the office by attending a registration seminar which explains services and procedures, paying a nominal fee, and completing required materials.

The Career Services Web site not only provides you with general career information but can connect you with a range of other job-hunting resources on the Internet. It is linked to the Ohio University home page under "Employment" or can be reached at

You are encouraged to work with Career Services throughout your university experience for assistance in all career-related matters. For more information, call 740-593-2909.

Communication Network Services

Ohio University Communication Network Services (CNS) provides telephone, data and video communications, comprehensive desktop computer technical support, ID card services, and audio-visual equipment maintenance for the University community.

Desktop computer technical can be obtained by calling the Support Center at 740-593-1222, by sending e-mail to, or by visiting the CNS website at Networking supplies such as Ethernet cards, cables, and mini-hubs are available at the CNS office, HDL Center 301.

Computer Services

Computer Services provides state-of-the-art computing resources and facilities to Ohio University students at no charge. Professors or instructors arrange for your access to course-specific computer resources.

Computer Services operates a number of satellite labs where you may use computer terminals or microcomputers for your academic work. All terminals and many of the microcomputers can be used to access Ohio University's network of computers.

Lab locations include Alden Library, and the Computer Services Center. Many departments also operate computing labs for their own students. The departmental and Computer Services-managed locations have a wide variety of microcomputer software available, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Works, and WordPerfect for Macintosh. A total of 50 labs are available -- some to all students, some with restrictions.

Five residence halls have labs. Both Jefferson Hall and Brough House have a lab with Macintosh and PC systems, Boyd Hall contains e-mail and PC systems, the Brown Hall lab has PC systems, and Hoover House contains microcomputers that can also be used to access the mainframe computers.

The main offices for Computer Services are in the Computer Services Center. The Alden Instructional Support Lab is located on the second floor of the Alden Library. Hours for the computer labs are posted in the labs on a quarterly basis.

Most of the labs contain laser printers for high-quality output.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and psychological services are available on an individual and group basis for personal, educational, and career concerns. Confidential consultations are provided by a staff of counselors, psychologists, and trainees.

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

If you are having academic difficulties, you can receive help in understanding and resolving your concerns so that 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 that you may identify more appropriate and satisfying directions.

You can make an appointment to discuss your educational, career, or personal adjustment concerns by stopping by our offices on the third floor of Hudson Health Center (use the side entrance next to Voigt Hall and see the receptionist), or by calling 593-1616 between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Disability Services

The Office for Institutional Equity is committed to assuring equality of opportunity and full participation at Ohio University for persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, performing manual tasks, or learning; a record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment. In addition to people who have visible disabilities, the definition includes people with a range of invisible disabilities. These include psychological problems, learning disabilities, and some chronic health problems. Persons requiring reasonable accommodations for disabilities must provide documentation and register with the Office for Institutional Equity. The office provides guidelines for required documentation of a disability. All information concerning disabilities is confidential.

The office for Institutional Equity has the primary responsibility for identifying and coordinating services to meet the particular needs of the person with a disability. General services include priority scheduling, introduction to faculty regarding academic accommodations, transportation assistance, tutoring and study skills assistance through the Academic Advancement Center, learning and study services including liaison with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, library assistance, and work-place and housing accommodations.

All students, regardless of disability, are subject to established academic requirements. Ohio University recognizes the need for reasonable accommodations to promote program accessibility. If you have a disability, contact the Office for Institutional Equity located in Crewson House to discuss your individual needs.

Environmental Health and Safety

Located in Hudson Health Center, Environmental Health and Safety provides environmental and occupational health, safety, and sanitation services to the campus community. 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, 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, industrial hygiene, fire safety, bio-safety, hazardous materials management, and workers compensation. Training programs are also conducted.

Health Service

The Student Health Service (SHS) is located in Hudson Health Center on the North Green (building 35 on the campus map). Medical care is provided 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during fall, winter and spring quarters. You do not have to purchase the University insurance plan to receive services through SHS. All enrolled students have access to the SHS outpatient clinic.

Serving you are a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, x-ray facilities, immunization services, and a physical therapy department staffed by physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and registered laboratory and x-ray technicians.

International students must have a tuberculosis skin test 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 SHS Web site at


Housing administers all room and board charges and oversees the apartment complexes for graduate students, married students, and students with families.

Housing Regulation

If you have fewer than 90 earned credit hours, or have lived on campus fewer than two academic years (six quarters) you must reside in university-owned housing and participate in the food service plan. Before the beginning of each fall quarter, your hours and time in residence on campus will be counted. If you do not have 90 credit hours or two academic years in residence before the beginning of fall quarter, you will be required to live in university-owned housing and have a food service plan for the following academic year.The contract for housing and food service is binding for the entire academic year. If you don't comply with this regulation, you may be denied registration or your registration may be canceled.

Transfer students should contact the Office of Admissions to determine their earned-hour status. Relocating and re-enrolling students should contact the registrar's office.

Housing Regulation Exemptions

If you meet any of the following conditions, you may request (in writing) that you be exempt from the housing regulation. Falsification of any material submitted in support of an exemption request is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in a referral to University Judiciaries.

  1. You are enrolled as a part-time student as defined in this catalog.

  2. You are a married student living with your spouse or a single parent living with your children within commuting distance of the University.

  3. You live with parents or guardians whose permanent residence is within commuting distance of the University.

  4. You have 45 or more earned credit hours or one academic year (three quarters) in residence and are living in a recognized fraternity or sorority house. (This exemption is not available to continuing students once the academic year begins.)

  5. You are a veteran who has 18 or more months of active military service.

Special Students

All special students (students taking classes during the summer, Ohio Program of Intensive English students, etc.) must comply with the housing regulation. If you are not sure of your status, contact Housing.

Note: Continuing students with 90 or more hours of credit earned or two years in residence at the beginning of the fall quarter and new students with 90 or more credit hours and two years in residence may reside in off-campus housing. The university bears no responsibility for the living conditions or problems arising therein to either the home-owner or the student resident.

Institutional Equity

It is the policy of Ohio University that there shall be no discrimination against any individual in educational or employment opportunities because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, or disability. Also, there shall be no discrimination because of age, except in compliance with requirements of retirement plans or state and federal laws and guidelines.

The Office for Institutional Equity monitors hiring, promotion, and transfer of faculty and administrators; develops and implements programs and activities that give recognition to the value of diversity; coordinates services for disabled students and employees; advises students and employees about University policies and procedures regarding nondiscrimination; investigates complaints of discrimination; and seeks to foster a climate that encourages the full realization of the university's mission to promote a just and socially responsive community. If you have a concern about possible discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Institutional Equity. In coordinating services for people with disabilities, the Office for Institutional Equity can advise you about specific resources available at Ohio University. (See the Disability Services section for details.)

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of students, faculty, or staff is prohibited at Ohio University. No male or female member of the Ohio University community, including faculty, contract staff, classified staff, and students, may sexually harass any other member of the community. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and thereby is illegal under law as well as a violation of Ohio University Policy.

This policy defines sexual harassment as unwanted advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or of a student's status in a course, program, or activity;

  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting the individual

  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work, performance, or educational experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.

Examples of sexual harassment (not to be construed as exhaustive) include:

  1. Physical assault

  2. Pressure, subtle or overt, for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one's job, grades, or letters of recommendation

  3. Inappropriate display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures

  4. Direct propositions of a sexual nature

  5. A pattern of conduct that would discomfort or humiliate, or both, a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed, such as unnecessary touching, pinching, patting, or the constant brushing against another's body; use of sexually abusive language (including remarks about a person's clothing, body, bodily movement, or sexual activities); and unwanted and unwelcome teasing and joking of a sexual nature.

All Ohio University employees and students are responsible for compliance with this policy. All University supervisory personnel have an affirmative responsibility to discourage and eliminate conduct inconsistent with this policy. Complaints can be received and investigated only by employees who have been authorized by the institution. Authorization will be given only to individuals who have completed training provided by staff of the Office for Institutional Equity. Any individual who is not authorized but is approached about concerns or complaints regarding harassment must direct the complainant to an authorized employee. Because of their positions or the nature of their work, the following individuals, or their designees, shall have completed training and thereby be authorized to receive and investigate inquiries and complaints: representatives of each major planning unit other than the unit head (a list will be available at the Office for Institutional Equity and the Office of Legal Affairs) and representatives from the Offices for Institutional Equity, Health Education and Wellness, University Judiciaries, Legal Affairs, Ombudsman, and Human Resources. When authorized employees are contacted with a complaint, they must consult with the Office for Institutional Equity.

Insurance, Major Medical

All domestic students registered for seven or more credit hours and international students registered for one or more credit hours are required to maintain a health insurance plan. To assist with this requirement, the University offers a major medical insurance plan designed to supplement the care provided by the Student Health Service.

Subject to the policy's benefits and exclusions, it provides protection against major medical and surgical expenses for the insured student at home, at school, or while traveling anywhere in the world. In addition to accident and sickness benefits, it includes repatriation, medical evacuation, and accidental death benefits.

All students are billed automatically for this plan. Domestic students may waive the insurance if they have another policy in force at the time they are enrolled. Only the International Student Services Office can approve an insurance waiver for an international student. Domestic students taking fewer than 7 hours, or any student participating in an internship program, co-op program, or completing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation should contact the student insurance office in Hudson Health Center at 740-597-1816 about the availability of coverage.

If you are married or a single parent, coverage for your dependents is also available.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Mission Statement.

The Ohio University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide an NCAA Division I-A athletics program committed to supporting the educational mission of the University. The department will strive to achieve excellence and victory within intercollegiate competition at the highest level with deference to a continued commitment to fairness and integrity.

Ohio University is a Division IA member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a charter member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The conference, which was founded in 1946, also includes Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent, Marshall, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan.

The University fields a total of 20 intercollegiate teams-9 for men and 11 for women. The University offers baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, swimming and diving, track, and wrestling for men. Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track, and volleyball are offered for women.

The Reese and Jacoby Trophies are awarded annually by the MAC to the institutions compiling the best overall conference records for men and women respectively. Ohio University won the 1995 Jacoby Trophy.

Athletic facilities include the 13,168-seat Convocation Center, the site of basketball, volleyball, and wrestling contests. Constructed in 1968, the building houses athletic offices, training facilities, locker rooms, equipment rooms, and the Phillips Academic Services Center. Peden Stadium, with its five-story Tower and seating capacity for 20,000 fans, is the home of the football Bobcats. The Aquatic Center contains an Olympic-sized pool, including sixteen 25-yard lanes, nine 50-meter lanes, and two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards. Field hockey and soccer playing fields are located along Shafer Street, and the golf teams practice at the Athens Country Club. The baseball and softball teams compete at the newly constructed Bob Wren Stadium complex. The $2.1 million complex was completed in 1998. In November of 1999, the 10,000-square foot Dr. Steve and Kathy Carin Strength and Conditioning Center was dedicated. The field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams have welcomed the completion of a new multi-purpose facility located in the Athletics Mall. The Astroturf field will be the home competition site for field hockey and lacrosse, and the track teams will compete on the new all-weather eight-lane track facility.

If you are interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics, contact the head coach of your preferred sport as soon as possible or during the first week of the academic year.

International Students


Information on undergraduate admission for international students is available from the director of admissions, Chubb Hall. Information on graduate admission is available from the Office of Graduate Student Services, Wilson Hall.

Financial Aid

A very limited amount of financial aid is available for undergraduate international students. In no case does this cover more than a portion of tuition or other expenses. Entering international students are eligible to apply for awards based on academic promise; those already enrolled at Ohio University may apply for the same awards, and in addition, may request special aid in cases of demonstrated need. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

International House

Shively Hall, a centrally located residence hall, offers special programs for roughly equal numbers of international and U.S. students. The emphasis is on cultural sharing and mutual understanding. A large meeting room, lounges, and a dining hall are available. International students and U.S. students with an interest in other countries are encouraged to live in this hall. Staff members, both international and U.S., are selected because of their interest and training in international affairs.


More than 20 internationally oriented student organizations exist at Ohio University, representing national, regional, religious, and social interests. They join together for special programs throughout the year. Programming reaches a high point in spring quarter 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 programming body for the international community on campus. ISU members come from all corners of the world, representing the collective educational, cultural, and developmental interests of more than 100 countries.

Athens Friends of International Students (AFIS)

AFIS runs a hospitality program and International Wives Club, and, on a modest scale, matches international students with local American families. Visits may be only for a dinner or an afternoon excursion, but sometimes long friendships develop from this brief opportunity to gain insight into American home life.

The International Wives Club brings together wives of foreign students on campus and interested wives of faculty and community people. It serves as a forum for ideas and information and offers a productive and easy way to participate in University life.

Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE).

The OPIE administers English proficiency examinations to all new international students and provides intensive language instruction for those needing it. (See descriptions of courses and programs elsewhere in this catalog.)

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services offers you consultation about any concern you might have, including immigration, financial, and personal problems. All new students, as well as returning students starting a new degree program, must report to the advisor's office upon arrival. An orientation program will be conducted for a few days before the opening of each quarter to introduce new students to the campus.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services also works with other departments and organizations on campus such as Residence Life, Student Life, International Studies, Phi Beta Delta, and the Fulbright Alumni Association to promote programs, such as cross-cultural awareness workshops, which create a supportive climate for international students.

International Women's Program

The International Women's Program is a support group open to all women. The group meets once a week at Mill Street Apartments and provides a way for participants to share their culture with other women. Participants plan a variety of programs and excursions. Fluency in English is not required, and child care is provided.


Alden Library, located on the College Green at the heart of the Athens campus, is a resource center for students and faculty. The Library's staff, its collections, services, and facilities can contribute significantly to students' learning and research experiences at the University. Alden Library is the central location for the University Libraries, which serve all Ohio University campuses.


The Alden Library staff consists of more than 100 trained and experienced individuals, most of whom are assigned to providing assistance and consultation to library users in person and online. Every one of Alden Library's seven floors has at least one service center, continually staffed to provide help and assistance to library users. Librarians utilize two computer labs in Alden Library for a variety of orientation and instructional programs to help students understand the variety of information resources available from the Libraries.


The Libraries' collections include more than 2 million printed volumes, over 20,000 e-books, and subscriptions to about 20,000 journals and magazines, including 5,000 in electronic format. In addition, the collections of maps, microforms, photographs, videos, CDs, and other non-print items number nearly 3 million.


The Libraries' participation in OhioLINK, the online network linking all 79 academic libraries in Ohio, provides convenient requesting and quick delivery of library materials statewide. Through OCLC, an international network, and other cooperative agreements, materials in more distant collections are readily available to University students and faculty for research and study.

Alden Library offers 70 public workstations for access to information resources. Students and faculty can connect to any Internet or Web site, as well as search and consult nearly 300 different online research databases and reference tools, provided through the subscriptions paid by the Libraries or OhioLINK. The networked resources of the Libraries and OhioLINK are accessible, not just from library buildings, but from other campus and off-campus sites.

Alden Library is open 100 hours per week, with longer hours at the end of each quarter, before and during final exams. For those who use the library for reading and study, there are about 2,500 seats and, for group projects, a number of group study rooms. The Library houses separate subject and special collections: Archives and Special Collections, Children's Collection, Fine Arts Library, Government Documents Department, Health Sciences Library, Instructional Media and Technology Services, Map Collection, Microforms and Non-print Collection, and the Center for International Collections. In separate buildings are the Music/Dance Library and reading rooms for chemistry and mathematics journal collections. Each of the regional campuses also has a library.

Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMTS)

IMTS, located on the second floor of the library, provides audiovisual equipment and services to the entire University community. IMTS lends more than 9,000 instructional films and videotapes. Graphic and photographic production services, including CD-ROM and Web materials,are available upon faculty request. Audiovisual equipment such as projectors and recorders can be rented by registered campus student organizations.

For more information about the Ohio University libraries, visit our World Wide Web site:

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, Native American Awareness Week, Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month, Asian American Awareness Week, and the Mind, Body, and Soul Women's Conference.


The Office of Multicultural Programs has formal advising relationships with the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB); the Ohio University chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC); and the Hispanic Scholars Support Program (HSSP). The office maintains an informal advising relationship with ethnic student organizations such as the Native American Awareness Coalition (NAAC), and Alpha Psi Lambda, the co-ed Hispanic-interest fraternity. All of these organizations plan programs and activities that benefit the entire University community.

Lindley Cultural Center.

The Lindley Cultural Center serves as a place where cultural learning and teaching 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.

Housed on the groud floor of Lindley Hall, the newly renovated center is comprised of 5 000 square feet of space including a community lounge, a large meeting room, an art gallery, a multipurpose room, 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.


The ombudsman's primary responsibility is to assist members of the University community in expediting settlement of complaints and grievances. Using broad investigative powers and direct access to all U niversity officials of instruction and administration, the ombudsman may intervene in the bureaucratic process on your behalf when that process unnecessarily or unfairly impinges upon you. Complaints and grievances are handled with complete confidentiality.

You should first try to discuss your concerns with the person most closely associated with the situation. Should such discussion seem difficult or fail to bring acceptable results, the ombudsman may prove an invaluable aid. The ombudsman's office is in Crewson House, 115 S. Court St.

Parking/Motor Vehicle Registration

On-campus resident parking is available on a limited basis for students with sophomore status or higher. Freshman living on campus are not permitted to purchase parking. Commuter parking is available to all students who live outside a certain radius of campus. More information can be obtained at the Department of Campus Safety, 135 Scott Quad or by calling 740-593-1917. If interested in garage parking, please contact the Housing Office at Chubb Hall or call 740-593-4090.

Before students can drive or park on Ohio University property, they must register their vehicle at the Department of Campus Safety, 135 Scott Quad. Failure to register a motor vehicle or parking illegally makes the violator subject to penalties as printed on the violation/citation. Motorcycles are excluded from registration, although parking is restricted to specifically designated areas. There is no charge to register vehicles.

Parking maps are available at the Department of Campus Safety free of charge.

Campus Recreation

The Division of Campus Recreation, under the administration of the College of Health and Human Services, is committed to the health and wellness of the Ohio University community. A commitment is made to improve the quality of life by providing quality facilities and programs and ensuring customer satisfaction.

The division is composed of the Aquatic Center, Bird Ice Arena, Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, driving range, fields, Golf and Tennis Center, and the Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center and Challenge Course. There are programs in club sports, fitness, intramural sports, and outdoor pursuits. These areas complement one another in providing students with facilities and programs to meet their recreational interests and needs. They also fulfill University goals by encouraging physical, emotional, and social growth.

The Aquatic Center features an Olympic-sized pool that has two three-meter and two one-meter diving boards, an underwater observation area for viewing swimming and diving techniques, and a sun deck.

Bird Ice Arena is an indoor arena that features an illuminated 190-by-85-foot ice surface with fiberglass dasher boards. It provides skate rentals, a lounge area, and a concession stand.

The Ping Center is one of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country. It covers more than 168,000 square feet on three floors housing five basketball courts, two multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts (two of which can be converted for squash and wallyball), weight, aerobic, fitness, and combative rooms, an indoor track, climbing wall, game room, meeting rooms, and a lounge.

The Golf and Tennis Center, located immediately next to the Ping Center, consists of a nine-hole golf course, putting greens, four indoor tennis courts, and six outdoor tennis courts. The indoor tennis courts are covered by a 40-foot tent structure, allowing players to compete in state-of-the-art playing conditions. The clubhouse offers golf and tennis equipment rentals, golf cart rental, racquet restringing, private lessons, concessions, and resale items.

The illuminated 300-yard driving range is located on West State Street and can accommodate approximately 30 drivers.

The Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center offers gear rental such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, picnic supplies, sports equipment, and resale items. Access to the rental center is outside the east wing of the Ping Center, next to the loading dock.

Campus Recreation is pleased to announce a new and exciting addition in the "Outdoor Pursuits Challenge Course." The Challenge Course is comprised of two distinct components, the "Low Course" and "High Course." Challenge courses encourage traits such as leadership, teamwork, communication, planning, self-discovery, problem solving, and more. The Challenge Course is available on a private rental basis to groups of 10-15. Students, faculty/staff, alumni, and the community are all welcome.

The Ping Center, Aquatic Center, and the Golf and Tennis Center, open year round, are available to students, faculty, and staff. The Golf and Tennis Center is also available to the community. The Aquatic Center is open to the community during lap and recreational swim times; the Ping Center is available to community on special weekend events and as guests of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Bird Arena, and driving range operations are seasonal and open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

The division administers recognized club sports on campus-currently more than 30 clubs. Each club is run by students and establishes an organizational framework, leadership, and a schedule to meet the needs of its members. New clubs can be organized if they meet the needs of the University community. Many of the outdoor club sport activities take place on the south green club sports fields, the Stimson Avenue club sports fields, and the West State Street club sports fields. Use of these fields is by reservation only.

The Fitness Program offers diverse program opportunities, including fitness sessions ranging from traditional Step and Hi/Lo to Cardio Kick. Instructional programs offer exciting activities such as Yoga and Pilates. Personal fitness training and fitness assessments also are available.

The Intramural Sports Program offers activities for men and women that involve individual, dual, and team competition. Activities include flag football, basketball, baseball, broomball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, cross country, softball, tennis, racquetball, bowling, golf, squash, billiards, table tennis, swimming, floor hockey, soccer, indoor soccer, and wallyball. A coed program for dual and team competition is offered for most activities. All outdoor intramural sports are played on the Mill Street intramural sports field complex (four flag football fields, two soccer fields, five softball fields), the Golf and Tennis Center, and the Athens West State Street baseball field. Use of all intramural sports fields is by reservation only.

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for outdoor adventure sports and activities. It offers various outdoor trips, a gear-rental program, outdoor clinics, a library of outdoor subjects, and a climbing wall. The Outdoor Pursuits Program is housed in the Ping Center.

The division also offers recreational special events throughout the year. For more information on facilities and programs, call 740-597-CREC or visit our Web site at

Residence Life

The Department of Residence Life supports the educational goals of the University in the residence halls. The staff promotes community living, fosters the development of individuals and groups within the living environment, and provides support and information to residents.

Residence life offices are located on each green (East, South, and West). A central office is located on the College Green.

Each green has full-time professional and paraprofessional live-in staff that has been carefully selected and trained to offer informed and meaningful assistance. The staff-to-student ratio in upperclass halls is about 1:35, while in freshman halls it is 1:26. The department also coordinates a student security aide program.

Services offered by this department include providing a safe and healthful environment conducive to sound academic pursuit; creating opportunities for growth and development through educational, recreational, social, and cultural programming; involving faculty in the residence halls as faculty associates and resource people; meeting the needs of students through the use of special-interest housing (intensive study, honors, academic emphasis); promoting student involvement and leadership by encouraging participation in hall government; emphasizing the concepts of responsibility, respect, and consideration for others; interpreting University policies and procedures; serving as an information source and referral agent to other university services; and providing confidential personal advising for such concerns as adjustment, academic performance, substance abuse, and relationships.

Much of the learning that occurs during the collegiate experience takes place outside the formal classroom setting. The living-learning atmosphere of the residence hall is one of the prime catalysts in this growth process. While each residence hall is unique in character and spirit, they all offer the opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from a very diverse student population.

Speech and Hearing Clinic

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

Speech and language services cover such areas as articulation, language, stuttering 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 and developmental communication problems posed by hearing loss.

The clinic operates five days per week and is staffed by graduate students majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences under the continuous supervision of fully licensed and credentialed faculty and staff.

For assistance with a hearing, speech, or language question, inquire at the clinic office in Lindley Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or call 593-1404. Clinic services are available throughout the year.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) is your connection to campus and community involvement - the place where you can discover everything you want to know about student organizations, campus programs, fraternity and sorority life, and community development. If you want to get involved in campus life, stop by our office in Baker University Center 204 or call 740-593-4025.

Leadership Development Programs

Programs. The Ohio University Leadership Development Program prepares students for socially responsible leadership in their communities. There are a variety of programs offered to help you learn about leadership and your potential. A for-credit class is offered through the College of Education (EDCP 400). The Emerging Leaders Program offers first-year students an opportunity to explore difficult issues facing today's leaders. The PLC (Peer Leadership Consultants) and ASPIRE teams offer leadership assistance to all students and student organizations.

Campus Programs

Campus Programs manages a variety of programs and lets everyone know about campus events. We advise University Program Council (UPC), help to coordinate special event weekends, and supply event information to the University community. UPC brings cultural, social, educational, and entertainment programs to the University in collaboration with the International Student Union (ISU), the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB), and the Residence Action Committee (tRAC). In addition to enjoying UPC's events, you can become involved in one of its committees: concerts, communication, cultural arts, special events, and film.

Fraternity and Sorority.

Sororities and fraternities have been a part of campus life since 1841. Today, the Greek community consists of 33 inter/national sororities and fraternities, with approximately 15 percent of the student body participating as members. Involvement includes a wide range of social, educational, and philanthropic activity, as well as leadership opportunities within the Intrafraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Women's Panhellenic Association.

Student Organizations

Ohio University has more than 350 student organizations to explore. Becoming involved can help you perform better in other areas of life and feel more a part of the university. You'll learn about community and about effective membership and leadership.

Honor Societies

These national organizations confer memberships in recognition of high scholastic attainment and the fulfillment of other requirements. Honor societies encourage the development of a well rounded personality and leadership and service qualities in addition to academic achievement.

Alpha Lambda Delta, Scholarship

Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering

Arnold Air Society, Aerospace Studies

Association for Women in Communications, Journalism

Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting

Chemical Engineering Society

Delta Phi Alpha, German

Delta Sigma Pi, Business Administration

Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering

Eta Sigma Phi, Classics

Eta Sigma Gamma, Health-Science

Gamma Pi Delta, Nontraditional Students

Golden Key, Scholarship

Kappa Delta Pi, Education

Kappa Kappa Psi, Band

Mortar Board, Scholarship, Activities

National Residence Hall, Honorary

Omicron Delta Kappa, National Honor Society

Order of Omega, Greek Leadership

Phi Gamma Mu, Social Science

Pi Sigma Alpha, Policital Science

Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering

Phi Alpha Theta, History

Phi Alpha Honor Society, Social Work

Phi Gamma Nu, Business

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music

Phi Sigma Iota, French

Phi Upsilon Omicron, Home Economics

Psi Chi, Psychology

Rho Lambda, National Panhellenic Honorary

Sigma Alpha lota, Music

Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish

Sigma Sigma Phi, Osteopathic Medicine

Sigma Tau Delta, English

Society of Professional Journalists

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering

Tau Beta Sigma, Band

Tri Beta, Biological Honor Society

Student Senate

Student Senate is the elected repreentative voice of the student body and is part of the network of campus governmental bodies that also includes the Administrative Senate, Classified Senate, Faculty Senate, and Graduate Student Senate. Student Senate initiates programs and coordinates activities beneficial to students. Student Senate is responsible for the appointment of undergraduate students to University committees, and for allocating more than $348,000 a year to student organizations. You are encouraged to contact the Student Senate for help in resolving issues and for information regarding programs and projects.

Baker University Center

The John Calhoun Baker University Center is a focal point of cocurricular life at Ohio University. A variety of facilities, programs, and services are provided to the university community.

Recreation Room

The Recreation Room, located in the basement, offers a variety of recreational activities including billiards, air hockey, pinball, and video games.

Front Room

The Front Room, a campus coffeehouse, serves espresso, cappuccino, Starbucks coffee, and specialty gourmet coffees, as well as tea, soda, seltzers, and juices. Also available are locally produced baked goods. Open seven days a week until midnight, it is a popular place to meet friends. Activities are planned for every night and include dance nights, talent shows, open stage, poetry readings, lectures, and live performances by local and regional jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues artists.

The Corner Cafe'

The Corner Cafe' is located on the ground floor, serves Salubre Pizza, Subsation Subs, and Nathan's Hot Dogs daily for lunch and dinner.

State Room

The State Room, located on the first floor, serves lunch daily. Also available are private rooms for luncheon meetings and a catering service.

Information Center

The Information Center in the main lobby offers a computerized campus calendar listing University events, programs, and academic information; notary public services; an automatic teller machine; e-mail access; free telephones for local calls; and up-to-date listings of student, faculty, staff, organizations, departments, and committees. Adjacent to the lobby are a United States Postal Station, the 1954 Lounge, the Alumni Lounge, and the 1804 Lounge, with a grand piano.

Meeting and reception rooms are available in Baker Center for groups from 10 to 500. Available are a ballroom, the Alumni Lounge and the 1804 Lounge, as well as 10 meeting rooms of various sizes. Reservations can be made at the directorÕs office, Room 201. Baker Center also houses the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Multicultural Programs, GLBT(Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered) Programs Office, the Center for Community Service, the Dean of Students Office, and the following student organizations:

Alpha Phi Omega 417

Athena Yearbook 320

Black Student Cultural Programming Board 419

Interfraternity Council 312

International Student Union 425

National Pan-Hellenic Council 313

The Post Ground floor

Student Activities Commission 311

Student Senate 308

Students Defending Students 413

University Program Council (UPC) 407

Women's Panhellenic Association 312

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