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2003-2005 Graduate Catalog for Ohio University

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Office of Graduate Studie

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:

Individual advising on career decision making and job search strategies

Seminars on career decision making, resume preparation, interview techniques, and other career-related topics

A Mock Interview Program that allows you to practice and improve your interview performance;

Career fairs that bring a wide variety of employers to campus to discuss career and job opportunities.

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

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

The Career Services Web site-- http://www.ohiou.edu/careers/--can provide general career information and connect you with a range of other job-hunting resources on the Internet.

You are encouraged to contact 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 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 computer terminals or 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 Alden Library. Hours for the computer labs are posted in the labs on a quarterly basis.

The labs contain laser printers 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 Services

Residence Hall Residence Services

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; air conditioned facilities; and facilities with in-room computers and printers. 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.

The Residence Services 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.

Dining Services

Five 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 10-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 Super 20 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. Bot the Super 20 and Super 14 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 10-, 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 Ping Recreation Center. Fifty units are available in a two-story brick building: 38 one-bedroom units, 8 bedroom/nurseries, and 4 efficiencies. The Mill Street Apartments are six blocks northeast of the main campus, adjacent to the intramural fields. Sixty-two 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. Outdoor 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 at Mill Street are 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. Tenants are responsible for 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. Dining 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 Residence Service, Chubb Hall 60, Athens OH 45701, telephone 740-593-4090, email housing @ohio.edu. housing@ohio.edu.

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.

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, sexual orientation, gender, 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/or 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.

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 sexually 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 msintaining 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, religion and sexual orientation, age, national origin, or veteran status.

In addition, sexual harassment includes unwanted advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physicl 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 that 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 stereotyping; 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 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 is available at the Office for Institutional Equity and Office of Legal Affairs); and at http://www.ohio.edu/Equity/IntakeReps.html and representatives from the Office for Institutional Equity, Health Education and Wellness, University Judiciaries, Legal Affairs, Ombuds, 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 130 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 12,000 e-books, and subscriptions to about 28,000 journals and magazines, including 6,000 in electric format. In addition, the collections of maps, microforms, photographs, videos, CDs, and other non-print items number nearly 3 million.

Services. The Libraries' participation in OhioLINK, the online network linking all 80 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 3,000 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 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.

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 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: http://www.library.ohiou.edu/.

Motor Vehicles/Registration

Parking information can be obtained at the Parking Services Web site: http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/ 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 vehicles with Parking Services. Failure to register a motor vehicle or parking illegally makes the violator subject to penalties as printed on the violation/citation. Motorcycle 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 Ombuds

The ombudsman serves as an advocate for fairnes while assisting students and 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 University Ombuds Office 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 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 a long course 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. 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 recquetball 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 accomodate approximately 30 drivers.

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 challenge courses, and a climbing wall. The Outdoor Pursuits Program is housed in the Ping Center. The Challenge Course comprises 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 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 are seasonal.

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 CardioKick. 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 program offers individual, dual, and team sports for men, women, and coed teams. Team activities include baseball, basketball, bowling, broomball, flag football, volleyball, softball, tennis, racquetball, golf, squash, billiards, table tennis, swimming, floor hockey, indoor soccer, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wallyball. Team sports activities are scheduled in leagues, which play during the afternoon and evenings. Individual and dual activities are offered for air hockey, badminton, bench press, billiards, cross country, darts, disc golf, foosball, horsehoes, 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 740-597-2732 (CREC) or visit our Web site at http://www.ohiou.edu/recreation/

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