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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. UC 112B, a one-credit speed-reading and vocabulary course, is available for good readers seeking even higher proficiency in reading. The class is five weeks in length. Individual reading assistance is provided free on a non-credit appointment basis to any student requesting assistance. (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 reading 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 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 accounting, chemistry, biological sciences, economics, math, physics, statics, and psychology courses. Courses with SI sessions are noted in each quarter's Schedule of Classes .

Computer Skills. The AAC Computer Lab, located on the first floor of Alden Library, is a modern multi-media facility equipped with both Macintosh and Windows computers, scanners, digital camera, zip drives, CD-R/RW and DVD burners, and various supporting software from Adobe, Macromedia, and Microsoft. Skilled computer assistants are available for one-on-one help with any computer use problem, and printing is free.

College Adjustment Program (CAP). CAP, which operates under a U.S. Department of Education grant, helps new students adjust to and graduate from college. CAP is open to students who meed federal eligibility requirements. Read more about CAP, including eligibility requirements,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.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers you assistance in making career decisions, exploring major and career options, attending career fair, and conducting effective job searches. Services, which are free to all students and alumni 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, job search strategies, planning for graduate school, exploring major and career options, 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 opportunities. Career fairs open to all students and alumni, are held in October and February. The Teacher Recruitment Consortium is held Spring Quarter.

  6. the Career Resource Center contains 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.

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

Services for Graduating Students and Alumni.

The office also offers the Bobcat Online Job Search Program for graduating students and alumni. This program consists of three services: computerized resume referral, online job postings, and on-campuss interviewing. To be eligible for this program, you must register with the office by attending a registration orientation session which explains services and procedures, paying a nominal fee, and completing required materials.

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 support 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. Professors or instructors arrange for your access to course-specific computer resources.

Computer Services also operates two satellite labs where you may use microcomputers for your academic work. The microcomputers can be used to access the Internet and 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. Approximately 50 labs are available--some to all students, some with restrictions.

Two residence halls have Windows-based computer labs, including Boyd Hall and Brown Hall.

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.

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 between 1 p.m. 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 hidden 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, information 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. We forge the vital link between a safe and healthy campus environment and the University mission through competent and dependable services. 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, CDC, 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, ergonomics, indoor air quality, infectious waste, asbestos and lead abatement, environmental management, industrial hygiene, fire safety, bio-safety, hazardous material management. Training programs are also conducted. For more information about the Department of EHS, visit our World-Wide Web site:

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. on all weedkays except Thursday, when the hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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

Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic

The Ohio University Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic offers diagnostic and treatment services to University stduents, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Services are available to all age groups from infants to adults. A fee list is availble 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, Speech and Language 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 Grover Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 593-1404. Clinic services are available throughout the year.

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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, veteran status, 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 U niversity'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.)

Harassment Policy. Harassment of students, staff, or faculty is not acceptable behavior at Ohio University. No male or female member of the Ohio University community including faculty, contract staff, classified staff, and students may harass any other member of the community. Many forms of harassment are discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and thereby illegal under law as well as a violation of Ohio University policy. Ohio University is committed to maintaining an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without being harassed. Harassment may lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status.

Harassment is any conduct that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's or group's educational, living, or work environment. Harassment includes conduct relating to race, color, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or veteran status.

In addition, sexual harassment includes 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.

Nonsexual verbal or physical conduct thata denigrates or shows hostility toward another because of the person's gender can be the basis for a hostile, offensive, or intimidating environment claim. Gender-based conduct can take the form of abusive written or graphic material; epithets; sexist slurs; negative sterotyping; jokes, or threatening intimidating, or hostile acts.

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 (the list is available at the Office for Institutional Equity and the Office of Legal Affairsat 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 masterís 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 Florida, 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, and equipment rooms. Peden Stadium, with its five-story Tower and a capacity for 24,000, is the home of Bobcat Football and the Phillips Academic Services Center. 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. Soccer playing fields are located along Shafer Street, and the golf teams practice at the Athens Country Club. The baseball team competes at Bob Wren Stadium, while softball plays at a state-of-the-art facility. The $2.1 million baseball/softball 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 multi-purpose facility located in the Athletics Mall includes Pruitt Field and Goldsberry Track. Pruitt Field is the home competition site for field hockey and lacrosse, and the track teams compete on Goldsberry Track, an all-weather eight-lane track facility. Chessa Field, the home of Ohio Soccer, was dedicated in the Fall of 2002.

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. Contact information can be found at the intercollegiate athletics Web sie

International Students

Admission. 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. Bromley 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.

Associations. 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) 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 and Community Women's Program, 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 and Community Women's Program 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 Family Program. Support services are provided to international families through the Office of International Student and Faculty Services. Upon arrival, family members are given information about health care and insurance. English language classes, community services, and social activities. International advisors are also available for consultation on immigration and employment relations.


The Ohio University Libraries, through their staff members, collections, and services, contribute significantly to students' learning and research experiences at the University. Alden Library, located on the Collete Green in Athens, is the primary location of the University Libraries, which serves all Ohio University campuses.

In other academic buildings are the Music/Dance Library and reading rooms for chemistry and mathematics journal collections. Each of the regional campuses also has a library.

Staff. The Alden Library staff of more than 130 information specialists organize and provide access to collections and assist and consult with library users in person and onliine. Each of Alden Library's seven floors has at least one service center, continually staffed to help library users. Librarians also offer a variety of orientation and instructional programs to strengthen students' awareness and understanding of information resources and the research process.

Collections. The Libraries' collections include more than 2 million printed volumes, over 12,000 e-books, and subscriptions to about 28,000 journals and magazines, including 6,000 in electronic format. In addition, the collections of maps, microforms, photographs, videos, CDs, and other non-print items number nearly 3 million. The Libraries Web site serves as a gateway to the print and electronic collections, which are listed in the online library catalog and in a resource directory.

Services. The Libraries' participation in OhioLINK, a consortium of academic libraries in Ohio, provides convenient requesting and quick delivery of library materials from across the state. 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 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.

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 offers for lending more than 14,000 instructional video and DVD titles. Graphic production services, including research poster displays, digital AV 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:

Programming. The office plans and coordinates professional, educational, and cultural programs such as the annual Hispanic Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage Week, Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month, Asian American Heritage Month, and the Mind, Body, and Soul Women's Conference.

Advising. The Office of Multicultural Programs has formal advising relationships with the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB); and the Ohio University chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The office maintains an informal advising relationship with ethnic student organizations such as the Native People 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 teaching and learning 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.

Office of the Ombuds

The role of the Ombuds is to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty, and staff within the University system. The Ombuds office can make inquiries on your behalf, help you make an informed response to your situation, mediate or facilitate discussions, and make recommendations for procedural or policy change. Complaints and grievances brought to the Ombuds are handled with confidentiality. The office seeks informal resolution of issues and can also provide advice on formal University grievance procedures.

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 Parking Services Web site: or by stopping by Parking Services located at 100 Factory Street, 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 with Parking Services. Failure to register a motor vehicle or parking illegally makes the violator subject to penalties as printed on the violation/citation. Motorcyle parking is restricted to specifically designated areas. There is no charge to register vehicles.

Parking maps are also available free of charge at Parking Services.

CATCAB is a free service designed to transport students, faculty, and staff with permanent or temporary mobility limitations. Users of this service are asked to pre-schedule for transports to classes and other campus functions. CATCAB is available 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Schedules and other information regarding the use of CATCAB can be obtained by calling 597-1909.

University Police

The Ohio University Police Department (OUPD)is a full-service professional law enforcement agency, with uniformed police officer patrols throughout the campus community 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Ohio University Police Officers patrol on foot, in marked cruisers, and on bicycle. Having a full-time law enforcemnt agency operating on cmapus allows uninterrupted safety and security, continuous customer service, and immediate response to emergency situations. The department's mission is to enhance the quality of life for our community through law enforcement, education, and a team approach to problem solving . The department is involved in many functions that assist with safety and security of the Ohio University campus and its students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Emergency "Blue Light" telephones have been installed on the main entrance of every residence hall as well as various locations throughout the University campus. Issues with safe and secure lighting are also monitored by the Ohio University Police Department. Students are others are encouraged to identify areas on campus they feel are not sufficiently lighted.

Department members provide and participate in educational programs designed to help educate University community members about their own safety and the safety of others.

The Campus Escort Service is a free service that offers students, staff, faculty, and visitors a safe ride 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 the winter quarter, the service starts at 7 p.m. Trained student employees who are in constant radio contact with the Ohio University Police operate the service. Call 593-4040 to arrange a ride. The Campus Escort Service serves the Ohio University campus and limited areas off campus.

In compliance with the Higher Education Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Ohio University Police releases a yearly report on campus safety and crime rates. For a copy of this report, contact the Ohio University Police at Scott Quad 235, telephone 740-593-1911, or vist the Web site at and click on "Right to Know Reports."

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, disc golf, 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 a long course 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, lounge area, concession stand, and a pro-shop.

The Ping Center is one of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country. The center offers a 36-foot high double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multi-purpose gymnasiums, an elevated four-lane running track, eight racquetball courts (two convert to squash courts and four convert to wallyball courts), and a combative arts room. A small games area offers billiard tables, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball. The fitness area and free weight room provides users with a variety of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, including equipment for physically challenged individuals. Spacious aerobics and combative arts rooms are also available. The lounge is furnished with sofas, chairs, chest tables, a 52" television, dance floor, and electronic mail stations.

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.

Located at the Golf and Tennis Center, the nine-hole disc golf course is played similar to traditional golf except that players attempt to land a Frisbee-type disc into an elevated metal basket that serves as a catcher. Individual discs or sets may be rented or purchased at the center.

The Outdoor Pursuits Program provides opportunities for outdoor adventure sports and activities. It offers various outdoor trips, gear rental, outdoor clinics, outdoor climbing tower, low and high ropes courses, and a climbing wall. The Outdoor Pursuits Program is housed in the Ping Center.

The Outdoor Pursuits Rental and Sales Center offers for rental or sale outdoor equipment such as canoes, backpacking, camping, tents, coolers, sports equipment, and scuba equipment. The center is located outside the east wing of the ping center, next to the loading dock.

The Challenge Course, also known as a ropes course, is a fun and exciting way to work towards various goals with a group. Through a variety of elements and team-building activities, the course takes participants to new heights. Composed of a low course and a height course, participants utilize their physical and mental strenghts to reach individual and group goals. The Challenge Course is avilable on a private rental basis to groups of 10-15 . Students, faculty/staff, alumni, and the community are welcome.

The Ping Center, Aquatic Center, and the Golf and Tennis Center, open year round, are available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 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 the 30 recognized club sports on campus. 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. Mind/Body sessions offer exciting activities such as Yoga and Pilates. Personal fitness training and fitness assessments also are available. A registered dietician is on staff to provide nutritional services. Two licensed massage therapists offer 30 and 60-minute massages.

The Intramural Sports Program offers a diverse set of structured activities for students, faculty, and staff. The prgram offers individual , dual and team sports for men, women, and coed teams. Team activities include baseball, basketball, bowling, broomball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor soccer, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wallyball. Team sports activities are scheduled in leagues, which play during the afternoons and evenings. Individual and dual activities are offered for air hockey, badminton, bench press, billiards, cross country, darts, disc golf, foosball, horeshoes, marathon, racquetball, squash, table tennis,tennis, and wrestling. Individual and dual activities may be scheduled events or are scheduled to fit the availability of the participants.

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, residential learning communities, 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.

Residence Services

Residence Services administers all room and board charges and overseas the apartment complexes for grduate students, married students, and students with families.

Housing Regulation. If you have fewer than 90 unergraduate earned credit hours, or have lived on campus less than two academic years (six quarters) you must reside in Unversity-owned housing and participate in the associated mandatory meal 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.

Credit hours earned by students while attending high school (via advanced placement, Senate Bill 140, etc.) will not be considered toward exemption eligibility from the housing requirement. The contract for residence and dining services is binding for the entire academic year. If you don't comply with this regulation, you may be denied registrtion or your registration my 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 (11 credit hours or less) 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 Residence Services.

Note: Continuing students with 90 or more hours of undergraduate 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.

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 abut student organizations, campus programs, fraternity and sorority life, and leadership development. If you want to get involved in campus life, stop by our office in Baker University Center 204 or call 740-593-4025, or visit our Web site at

Campus Programs. OSA 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. We also coordinate the "Baker Nights" series of events. 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 Council (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 Life. Sororities and fraternities have been a part of campus life since 1841. Today, the Greek community consists of 31 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.

Leadership Development Programs. The Office of Student Activities 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 four-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 SLC (Student Leadership Consultants) team offers leadership assistance to all students and student organizations.

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
Delta Phi Alpha, German
Delta Sigma Pi, Business Administration
Eta Sigma Gamma, Health Science
Gamma Pi Delta, Nontraditional Students
Gamma Theta Upsion, International Geography
Golden Key, Scholarship
Kappa Delta Pi, Education
Lambda Pi Eta, Communication
Mortar Board, Scholarship, Activities
National Residence Hall Honorary
Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering
Omicron Delta Kappa, National Honor Society>
Order of Omega, Greek Leadership
Phi Alpha Honor Society, Social Work
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Gamma Nu, Business
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music
Phi Sigma Iota, French
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science
Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering
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

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.

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

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

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

The Information Center in the main lobby provides general University information about events and services on campus as well as up-to-date listings of student, faculty, staff, organizations, departments, and committees. Adjacent to the lobby are a United States Post Office, the 1954 Lounge, the Alumni Lounge, and the 1804 Lounge, with includes a grand piano.

Other services available include an automated teller machine, telephone providing free local calls, personal check cashing service, a US Postal stamp machine, and OAK e-mail access.

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 administration office, Room 201. Baker Center also houses the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Multicultural Programs, Banquet and Catering Services, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Programs, 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               305

The Post                           Ground floor

Student Activities Commission               311

Student Senate                              309

Students Defending Students                 328

University Program Council (UPC)            407

Women's Panhellenic Association             312

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