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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 Vehicles
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 students and alumni 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 aspects of the job search; 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 job opportunities with students; and a Career Resource Library containing a wealth of career information: employer directories, graduate school guides, admissions test bulletins, summer job and internship listings, employer literature, and job vacancies.

In addition to the above services, which are free to all students, the office provides computerized resume referrals, job listings, and on-campus interviewing to students who will graduate in the current academic year. To be eligible for these special services, you must register with the office by attending an orientation seminar explaining services, procedures, and basic job-hunting techniques; 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 Alden Library, Computer Services Center, Copeland Hall, Grover Center, and the Music Building. Many departments also operate computing labs for their own students. Both 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; 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.

Computer Services operates the OAK student e-mail system, which provides e-mail and Internet access to all university students. It can be used from any network-connected PC or Macintosh or by modem.

Most of the labs contain at least one letter-quality printer, and high-quality laser printer output is available in the Alden and Computer Services Instructional Support labs.

Communication Network Services (CNS)

Communication Network Services (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, psychology trainees, and psychologists.

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.

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.

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 year round. 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

You are required to maintain a health insurance plan if you are registered for seven or more credit hours. To assist with this requirement, the university offers a major medical insurance plan, designed to supplement the care provided by the Student Health Service. This plan is available to all students registered for seven or more hours, and those taking fewer than six hours who are participating in an internship or co-op program or completing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.

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, a major medical-surgical insurance plan for your family is available through the university comprehensive group medical insurance.


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. Housing sends the agreement, along with more detailed information about on-campus living and dining options, once you are admitted. 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. 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-two units are available in a two-story brick building: 38 one-bedroom units, 8 bedroom/nurseries, 4 efficiencies, and 2 two-bedroom units. The Mill Street Apartments are six blocks northeast of the main campus, adjacent to the intramural fields. Sixty-six one-bedroom apartments are housed in a six-story building with elevator service. Each of the 127 two-bedroom apartments is housed in one of 12 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. 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 with local service provided by General Telephone Company of Ohio, but the cost of phone service is not included in the rent. 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.

Information Center

A complete information service in the lobby of Baker 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 listings of university committees and departmental chairpersons. It receives applications for student participation on university committees and researches questions when information is not immediately available. In addition, it provides check cashing services and typewriters.

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 collection comprises 2 million bound volumes, 14,036 periodical subscriptions, and more than 2.8 million research materials including microform units, maps, photographs, cassettes, videotapes, and disks. The main library on the Athens campus is the Vernon Roger Alden Library. The seven-story building has seating accommodations for 2,800 people and is open seven days a week for a total of 102 hours.

Collections. Besides the main collection, which is arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System, the library houses separate subject and special collections: the Archives and Special Collections, Childrens Collection, Government Documents, the Health Sciences Library, Instructional Media and Technology Services, Map Collection, Microforms and Nonprint Collection, and Southeast Asia Collection. In separate buildings are the Music/Dance Library and a number of departmental collections in several scientific disciplines. Each of the regional campuses also has a well established library.

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.

Electronic Resources. Electronic information services can assist you in identifying and obtaining resources. The library offers more than 200 electronic databases (CD-ROM and Internet-based) - many networked within Alden Library. Library workstations also provide access to statewide resources on OhioLINK, to national and international resources on the Internet, and to the vast OCLC Union Catalog. Librarians can assist you with online retrieval of information using commercial database services. Through OCLC and other networks linking libraries around the country and the world, materials in distant collections are easily accessible.

Special Resources for Graduate Study. Graduate students have access to Dissertation Abstracts through OhioLINK. Copies of dissertations from most universities are available for loan or purchase through the Interlibrary Loan Department. Alden Library has copies of all masters theses and doctoral dissertations done by Ohio University students. In addition to databases provided on CD-ROM or through OhioLINK, Alden Library's fee-based Computerized Information Retrieval Service (CIRS) can provide graduate students with citations from hundreds of online databases in almost every subject area.

Instructional Media and Technology Services. Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMTS), located on the second floor of the library, provides audiovisual equipment and services to the entire university community. IMTS has several thousand instructional films, videotapes, and other media available. Instructional development and graphic and photographic production services, which generate a variety of self-study and group instructional materials, are available for academic courses upon faculty request. Audiovisual equipment such as projectors and tape 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

University policy and regulations state that no student shall drive, operate, park, or otherwise use a motor vehicle on the land and property of the university without first registering the vehicle with the director of Campus Safety. This regulation includes student-owned vehicles, as well as vehicles belonging to relatives, friends, rental agencies, and dealers.

Upon registration each quarter you will be given a hang tag, which must be displayed as described in the accompanying brochure.

No two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles or motorized bicycles are permitted on university property except in areas specifically designated for the parking of those vehicles. Signs posted indicate streets closed to these vehicles.


The ombudsman's duties include the maintenance of simple, orderly procedures for receiving requests, complaints, and grievances, both from students and from other members of the university community. The ombudsman works, where a pattern of grievances develops, for a change in regulations, procedures, or personnel, to prevent problems. 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. 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, 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 comprises the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, Aquatic Center, Bird Ice Arena, golf course, and driving range, and programs in intramural sports, fitness, special events, club sports, and noncredit instruction. These areas complement one another in providing Ohio University students with facilities and programs to meet their recreational activity interests and needs. They also fulfill university goals by encouraging physical, emotional, and social growth of individuals and developing skills and positive attitudes.

The Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center is one of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country. It covers more than 165,000 square feet on three floors housing five basketball courts, two multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts (two of which can be converted for squash and wallyball), weight room, aerobic room, fitness room, combative room, indoor track, climbing wall, game room, meeting rooms, lobby, and lounge.

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

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

Ohio University offers a golf course and driving range. The golf course has nine holes and a practice putting green. The driving range is located on West State Street and offers an illuminated 300-yard driving range with the capacity to accommodate approximately 30 participants. Rentals can be made for golf clubs and carts, while a pro shop provides for the purchase of various supplies.

The Ping Recreation Center and Aquatic Center, open year round, are available to students, faculty, staff, and on a more restricted basis, the Athens community. Bird Arena, golf course, and driving range operations are more restrictive due to seasonal conditions.

The Intramural Sports Program offers 33 activities for men and women that involve individual, dual, and team competition. Activities include football, basketball, baseball, broomball, volleyball, inner tube water polo, softball, tennis, racquetball, bowling, golf, squash, billiards, table tennis, swim meets, floor hockey, indoor/outdoor soccer, and wallyball. A coed program for dual and team competition also is offered in a majority of the activities.

The division administers all recognized club sports on campus. Currently, there are more than 30 recognized clubs. Any group of students, faculty, and staff interested in organizing practices and/or competition, or anyone interested in a particular club, should contact the Division of Campus Recreation.

For more information on facilities and programs, call 740-593-9901.

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