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Student Services provides an update on fall orientations

Student Services provides an update on fall orientations

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Ohio University Chillicothe has made a few modifications to its traditional 3-step orientation process. That process still includes an online orientation, that when completed, is now followed by a remote advising and registration session and a Bobcat Blitz that may be in-person or remote. 

Once students are admitted, they begin the orientation process by logging onto Blackboard to complete the online modules that cover topics such as academic advising, financial aid, relationships with faculty and staff, syllabus content, textbook purchases, and other campus support systems.  

After completing the online content students will meet remotely for individual advising and registration. A faculty or staff advisor will help students plan their schedules and pick out classes by a variety of means including phone, email, text messaging, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams meetings. 

We also want to encourage students to login to their OHIO Student Center and complete the items on their financial aid to do list. They can contact Martha Tanedo at tanedo@ohio.edu with financial aid questions. Required documents should be faxed to the Athens Financial Aid Office at 740.593.4140. 

For any questions related to searching the course catalog, registering for classes and checking financial aid, students should refer back to their online orientation, where these processes are explained or check the important documents on the Orientation Information section of the OHIO Chillicothe webpage. We will also send a remote contact list for contact information related to all student services personnel.  

The final step in the process is Bobcat Blitz. Typically, after checking in at Bobcat Blitz students attend a panel discussion in the Bennett Hall Auditorium, which includes tips on success that focus on accountability and responsibility, persistence, the instructional environment and intellectual engagement from the Dean, Associate Dean, faculty and current students.  This session may be conducted in-person or these tips for success may be recorded and then made accessible for students on an online format along with other important documents on the Orientation Information section of the OHIO Chillicothe webpage.

Hopefully, this will help new students make the transition to OHIO Chillicothe while keeping everyone safe.