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Career Services
Computer Services
Communication Network Services
Counseling and Psychological Services
Cultural Events and Entertainment
Graduate Council
Graduate Student Senate
Health Service
Health Insurance
Information Center
Institutional Equity
Motor Vehicle Registration
Research and Sponsored Programs

Office of Graduate Student Services

The Office of Graduate Student Services assists students with the University processes of admission and registration and is a source of information on matters affecting graduate students. Personnel in this office are available for consultation and assistance on matters of interest to graduate students. All official graduate files are kept in this office.

Career Services

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

A Career Resource Library containing a wealth of career information:

In addition to the above services, which are free to all students, the office provides Computerized Job Search Assistance Program for students who will graduate in the current academic year. This program consists of three special services:

To be eligible for this program, you must register with the office by attending a registration seminar that explains services and procedures; paying a nominal fee; and submitting required materials.

The Career Services Web site - - can provide general career information and connect you with a range of other job-hunting resources on the Internet.

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Career Services, Lindley Hall 185, telephone 740-593-2909, for assistance in all career-related matters.

Computer Services

Computer Services provides state-of-the-art computing resources and facilities to all 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:

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.

Four 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; Brown Hall lab has PC systems; and Hoover House contains microcomputers that can also be used to access 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 Alden Library. Hours for the computer labs are posted in the labs on a quarterly basis.

Most of the labs contains laser printer for printing high-quality output.

Communication Network Services (CNS)

(CNS) provides voice and data communications, along with TCP/IP - based networking support, to the campus community.

The campus telephone network, owned and maintained by Ohio University, furnishes approximately 9,000 voice lines and connects more than 110 buildings on campus through a fiber-optic network. Supporting more than 7,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff on campus, CNS provides on-campus calling, local calling, and long distance service to the campus, as well as maintenance, installation, and technical support for microcomputer and audiovisual equipment.

CNS also supports the University Wide Area Network, reaching all University departments and connecting thousands of computers to campus computing resources. Links to other networks, including the Ohio Academic Resource Network (OARnet), the Internet, and the five Ohio University regional campuses, give students and faculty the ability to access information from networks around the world.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and psychological services are available to graduate and undergraduate students on an individual and group basis for educational, career, and personal adjustment concerns. Confidential consultations are provided by counselors, psychologists, and trainees.

If you are facing personal problems of any kind (emotional, social, marital, substance abuse, stress, etc.), you can receive help in understanding and resolving those difficulties. Workshops on a variety of topics, designed to support the educational, social, and personal growth of students, are frequently offered.

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

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is administered biweekly.

To make an appointment, contact the receptionist on the third floor of Hudson Health Center or call 740-593-1616 between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cultural Events and Entertainment

University students have the opportunity to see theatrical productions produced by the Ohio University School of Theater during the academic year. In addition, the Ohio Valley Summer Theater stages two productions during the summer.

The School of Music offers recitals and concerts by students, faculty, and visiting artists, and the School of Music Opera Workshop produces an annual opera.

The Performing Arts Series comprises 10 to 14 national and international programs that include symphony orchestras, Broadway theater, dance, recitalists, choral, and ethnic programs.

A variety of art exhibitions are available in the University's Kennedy Museum of American Art. Additional exhibitions, including work by the School of Art faculty and students, are displayed in the Seigfred Hall and Trisolini Galleries.

Pop concerts by contemporary entertainers are sponsored by student organizations on campus. First-run movies, foreign films, experimental movies, and classic films are shown throughout the year.

The University invites distinguished speakers and artists to appear in recital or to lecture informally on campus through the Schools of Theater, Music, and Dance; the Kennedy Lecture Series, Frontiers in Science Lecture Series, and Student Lectures.

The University's public radio stations, WOUB-AM and -FM, and public television station, WOUB-TV, provide entertaining and educational programming for the University and community.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council reviews, coordinates, and serves as an advocate for graduate education at Ohio University. The council has both advisory and policy-recommending responsibilities for graduate education. The council initiates, reviews, and recommends University-wide policy and new directions for graduate education.

The Graduate Council recommends to the University Curriculum Council the initiation, implementation, and elimination of graduate programs and degrees at Ohio University. Other recommendations by the council go through the provost to the president for final approval.

The composition of the Graduate Council represents both departments that grant doctoral degrees and those offering only master's degrees.

Graduate Student Senate

The Graduate Student Senate is composed of student representatives from each graduate academic department. It represents the graduate student body in the University community and provides a forum in which graduate students can discuss issues related to their concerns about both academic and nonacademic aspects of the community.

The Graduate Student Senate is recognized by the University as the representative graduate student organization, and is therefore responsible for recommending graduate students for positions on University standing committees. The senate also awards the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the Graduate Student Senate John Houk Memorial Research Grants for graduate student research. Other Graduate Student Senate activities include workshops on such topics as grant writing and library resource system identification and use, and yearly research activities on the quality of graduate life and education.

The Graduate Student Senate meets on a regular basis. All meetings are announced and open to the public.

For more information or a copy of the Graduate Student Senate constitution, contact the president of Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, Athens OH 45701-2979, telephone 740-593-1899.

Health Service

The Student Health Service is located in Hudson Health Center on the North Green. As an enrolled student, you have access to medical care in the ambulatory care clinic on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday. Your eligibility for services does not depend on purchasing student health insurance.

Serving you in the outpatient clinic are a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, x-ray facilities, and a physical therapy department. The staff includes physicians, registered nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and registered laboratory and x-ray technicians. A medical record is maintained.

If you are an international student, you 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. Check the current Schedule of Classes for time and place.

Health Insurance

Ohio University requires students to maintain a health insurance plan. Domestic students taking seven or more hours and international students taking one or more hours will automatically be billed for insurance. The major medical insurance plan offered by the University is designed to supplement the care provided by the Student Health Service. Graduate students participating in an internship or co-op program, or completing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, may also be eligible.

The plan, subject to the benefits and exclusions of the policy, 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, the policy includes repatriation, medical evacuation, and accidental death benefits.

If you are married or a single parent, you may purchase the University accident and sickness plan for your spouse and dependent children. For more information regarding student insurance, you can call the Student Health Service at 740-593-1816.


Residence Hall Housing

Many graduate students find on-campus living to be a convenient and comfortable option. Residence hall options for graduate students include buildings designated for graduate students and students over 21 years of age; for juniors, seniors, and graduate students; air conditioned facilities (available at an extra charge); and facilities with in-room computer connectivity. Predominant room styles include doubles and singles, and there are a few triples and quads. Most residence hall space designated for graduate students is on South Green.

Residence hall housing is secured by returning the housing acceptance agreement to Ohio University Housing. Priority for residence hall assignments is established by the date the agreement is returned. Assignments are made in the order the agreements are received; those received earlier are assigned first.

The housing agreement is binding for the entire academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), unless you graduate or otherwise leave the University. Once the academic year begins, it is highly unlikely that a continuing student will be released from the contractual obligation that is assumed when the agreement is returned.

Food Service

Four basic meal plans are offered to help meet a variety of needs. You do not have to live on campus to participate in one of the meal plans, but may purchase any of the plans as an off-campus student. The 7-meal plan is the least expensive and is for light eaters or those who anticipate eating most of their meals off campus. The 14-meal plan allows you to select any 14 meals during a seven - day period and is a good choice if you tend to spend your weekends away from campus or prefer two meals a day. The 20 - meal plan allows you to eat all meals served during a seven-day period. The most economical of the meal plans, it is preferred by those who eat almost exclusively on campus, athletes, and hearty eaters. The Green Card is for those who want 20 meals a week and don't want to forfeit the value of a meal that they may miss or skip. Unlike the 20-meal plan, the Green Card allows you to use missed meal credits, either by taking a friend to the dining hall or by getting items from one of the snack bars, convenience or walk-up window. This plan may be shared with another student. For the 7-, 14- and 20-meal plans, weekly missed meals are forfeited; the plans are not transferable. All University food service contracts are binding for the entire academic year for on-campus students. Off-campus students may purchase a quarterly meal plan contract.

University Apartments

Ohio University has two apartment complexes rented primarily to married students, students with children, and single graduate students. The Wolfe Street Apartments are located on the southeast corner of the main campus, near Clippinger Laboratories. Fifty units are available in a two-story brick building: 38 one-bedroom units, 8 bedroom/nurseries, 4 efficiencies. The Mill Street Apartments are six blocks northeast of the main campus, adjacent to the intramural fields. Fifty-four one-bedroom apartments are housed in a six-story building with elevator service. Each of the 68 two-bedroom apartments is housed in one of 6 smaller buildings with direct access to the outdoors. Out-door parking facilities, coin-operated laundries, and a fenced playground are located in both complexes.

All Wolfe Street apartments are furnished; Mill Street apartments may be rented either furnished or unfurnished. Furnished apartments are extremely limited. Furnishings in the apartments do not include linens, bedding, dishes, lamps, or rugs. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are equipped with an electric range, refrigerator, and miniblinds. All utilities are included in the monthly rent, including monthly television cable service. A telephone outlet is provided in each unit. Local phone service can be provided by Verizon (formerly GTE) or Bobcat Off-Campus. Students are responsible for selecting and paying for phone service. Air conditioners are permitted with an additional installation and electricity surcharge fee. All guidelines established by the University regarding air conditioner usage must be followed.

Interim Housing

The University tries to provide graduate students with housing at a nominal cost during the breaks between the fall and winter quarters and the winter and spring quarters, when residence halls are closed. Interim housing will likely involve a temporary change of residence.

For a period of about 40 days - from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day - Ohio University is not in session. You should plan to have sufficient funds to cover living expenses for this period. Food service is not available on campus, and meal costs in local restaurants are considerably more than the per-day cost of a regular board plan.

If you have questions about the residence halls or want information concerning University apartments, contact Housing, Chubb Hall 60, Athens OH 45701, telephone 740-593-4090, email:

Information Center

A complete information service in the lobby of Baker University Center answers questions regarding University services, programs, campus events, and facilities. For information, call 740-593-4000.

The Information Center has Ohio University brochures, the Campus Directory, academic and social calendars, and researches questions when information is not immediately available. It provides check cashing services.

For University personnel and student telephone numbers during the day, call the switchboard 740-593-1000; evenings, call the Student Directory at 740-593-2700.

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 age requirements of retirement plans or state and federal laws and guidelines.

Furthermore, the University conducts a vigorous affirmative action program in order to promote equal employment opportunities and to ensure nondiscrimination in all educational programs and activities.

It is a goal of Ohio University to increase the representation of underrepresented students in all of its graduate programs, and to that end, specific efforts are being made by individual academic departments to recruit minority graduate students. Special opportunities for minority and female students have been created through grant funds in several areas, including telecommunications, osteopathic medicine, electrical engineering, psychology, education, and health careers.

For more information about special opportunities, contact the graduate chair in the specific department or the dean's office in the appropriate college.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of students, staff, or faculty 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 may be received and investigated only by employees who have been authorized by the institution. Authorization will be given only to those 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 Office of Legal Affairs); representatives from the Office for Institutional Equity and the Offices of Health Education and Wellness, Judiciaries, Legal Affairs, the Ombudsman, and Human Resources. When authorized employees are contacted to receive a complaint, they must consult the staff of the Office for Institutional Equity.


The University Libraries support research, teaching, and learning at Ohio University, providing print and electronic collections, and serving as an information resource center for students and faculty. The Vernon Roger Alden Library, located on the College Green, is the central library facility on the Athens campus.

Staff. 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. 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.

Collections. 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 electric format. In addition, the collections of maps, microforms, photographs, videos, CDs, and other non-print items number nearly 3 million.

Collections on the main and regional campuses are accessible through ALICE, the Ohio University Libraries online catalog. ALICE can also be used outside the library via a modem or network connection. Tours, instructional presentations, and video orientation are offered to classes and groups upon request. Subject bibliographer services are available to assist with problems in specific academic disciplines.

Services. 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 national and global agreements, materials in more distant research collections are readily available to University students and faculty for research and study. Document delivery and current awareness services are also available to assist in study and research.

Alden Library offers 70 public workstations for use in accessing electronic information resources. The Libraries and OhioLINK together subscribe to nearly 300 online research databases and reference tools. Such networked resources can be consulted and searched, not just from library buildings, but also 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 2500 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.

The Music/Dance Library and two periodical reading rooms, one for chemistry and another for mathematics, are housed in the appropriate academic buildings. Lesser-used library materials are stored at the Lee Library Annex, with deliveries of requested items made to Alden Library twice a day through the week. 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 11,000 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:

Motor Vehicles/Registration

Before driving and/or parking on Ohio University property, students must register their vehicles at the Department of Campus Safety, 135 Scott Quad. Failing to register a motor vehicle or parking illegally makes the violator subject to penalties as printed on the violation/citation. There is no charge to register vehicles.

Motorcycles are exempt from the registration requirement, although they are restricted to specific parking areas.

Parking maps are available at no charge from the Department of Campus Safety. For parking information, you can call 740-593-1917.


The ombudsman serves as an advocate for fairnes while assisting students and from other members of the University community in resolving problems. The Ombudsman works as a change agent when issues or concerns repeatedly emerge, and serves as a resource on University policies and procedures.

Further duties include assisting individuals in accomplishing the expeditious settlement of their problems: intervening in the bureaucratic process on behalf of individuals when that process unnecessarily or unfairly impinges upon them, and using broad investigatory powers and direct and ready access to all University officials of instruction and administration. Complaints and grievances brought to the office are handled with confidentiality. Finally, the Ombudsman reports valid complaints directly to the president when no remedy has been found elsewhere in the University.

The office of the Ombudsman is located in Crewson House 200, telephone 740-593-2627.

Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assists faculty and graduate students in obtaining grants for external support of research, doctoral dissertations, fellowships, and other University-based projects. The office maintains a library of information sources on grant opportunities, which is open to all members of the University community. Graduate students are often appointed to externally supported faculty-directed research projects as graduate research associates and receive a stipend and tuition scholarships.


The Ohio University 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 course, and Tennis Center, Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center and Challenge Course; and there are programs in club sports, fitness, intramural sports, and outdoor pursuits. These areas complement one another in providing Ohio University 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 25 yard by 50 meter 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, concession stand and a pro shop.

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 and seven volleyball 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 accomodate approximately 30 drivers.

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

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, and the West State street clubsports fields. Use of these fields is by reservation only.

The Fitness Program offers diverse program opportunities, including an aerobics schedule ranging from traditional Step and Hi/Lo CardioKick. 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 football, basketball, baseball, broomball, volleyball, 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 Ohio University 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, an outdoor climbing tower, low and high ropes courses, 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 740-597-2732 (CREC) or visit our Web site at

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