Support Services related to the executive orders
International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)
- All students, faculty and staff with concerns or questions about the Executive Order are encouraged to contact International Student and Faculty Services for information and support.
- ISFS provides up-to-date immigration advice to students in F or J status and scholars in J status.
- ISFS offers information for international students electronically (i.e. website) and in person in the Walter International Education Center to assist with immigration registration and requirements.
- ISFS holds orientation sessions to help new students and scholars understand their immigration status and related regulations, as well as providing information about Ohio University and the surrounding community.
- ISFS is warning international students and scholars about a reported phone scam in other regions of OHIO. Callers allegedly tell the students that they have been reported to the authorities for immigration problems and ask them to pay a fee. Any OHIO students or scholars who receive calls like this are advised to not provide any personal information and to not pay any fees. Any such calls should also be reported to ISFS. More information can be found here.
The Office of Legal Affairs
The Office of Legal Affairs has a qualified immigration attorney on staff who provides general immigration resources, information on processes, and advice to H-1B and O-1 non-immigrant university faculty and staff employed at Ohio University. Please click here for the latest updates.
The Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential service open to all students, employees, alumni, parents and community members at Ohio University. The overarching mission of the Office of the Ombudsperson is twofold: to ensure that every member of the university community receives equitable and fair treatment and due process; and to support and facilitate a positive working and learning environment.
Independent Legal Advice
- Faculty, staff and students in need of specific legal advice may need to consult with or retain an outside immigration attorney.
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. AILA offers an attorney referral service through its website.
Harassment, Discrimination and Hate Crimes
- The Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) monitors the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.
- If you need to report harassment or discrimination call 740-593-9140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, titleIX@ohio.edu or email@example.com
Persons who know of a hate crime or have been the victims of a hate crime should report it to police:
Ohio University Police Department (OUPD), 135 Scott Quad, 740-593-1911 (for incidents occurring on campus)
Athens City Police Department, 11 N. College St., 24-hour dispatch at 740-593-6606 or 740-592-3313 (for incidents occurring in the City of Athens).
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) has counselors who are aware of issues international students are facing and are available to meet with students. CPS is located on the third floor of Hudson Health Center, located on North Green. For more information, please call the office at (740) 593-1616.
- The Division of Student Affairs has offered to waive the WellBeing fee for any international student who wishes to access CPS services but did not pay the fee at the beginning of the semester.
United Meditation Room
- Ohio University celebrated the inauguration of its new United Meditation Room with a special ceremony on Thursday, March 2.
- Located on the fifth floor of Alden Library, the new space was created to support the various faiths, beliefs and religious practices of Ohio University students, staff and faculty, as well as community members.
- The student-led initiative to create the room was designed not only to provide a location on campus for individuals to gather for meditation, reflection and/or prayer, but also to recognize the religious and spiritual needs as well as the diversity of the OHIO community.
- The partnership between International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS), Housing & Residence Life and Culinary Services provided campus accommodations to international students in need during the summer months of 2017.
- ISFS can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Addtional information can be found here and here.
- This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education provides additional information.