Ohio University

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

Welcome to Ohio University!


The 2018 Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 5 P.M in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The afternoon will include an employment paperwork session for graduate students holding graduate appointments* (GA, GRS, RA, or TA). The Graduate College will be holding additional employment paperwork sessions during the week of orientation (August 20-24).

*In order to complete employment paperwork, you will be required to show documents that establish identity and employment authorization (see acceptable I-9 documents). Original documents are required. Copies will not be accepted. 

The schedule for the day will be available soon.

International Student Orientation New international graduate students must register for International Student Orientation. For more information, click here
Teaching Assistant Orientation Teaching Assistant Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. For more information about Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation, click here or email Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu.
College/Department/Program Orientation Be sure to check with your academic program regarding any additional orientation activities/events.

Information about Graduate Appointments  

  • Dictionary of Terms (click here)
  • Graduate Appointment Policies (click here)
  • Graduate Employment Forms (coming soon)

Materials  from 2017 Graduate Student Orientation

2017 Graduate Student Employment Paperwork Sessions

The following sessions are for graduate students who have Graduate Appointments (GA, RA, TA, and GRS) and need to fill out employment paperwork. The Graduate College hosts the sessions listed below along with the Payroll department so that students can ask questions and receive answers.

What to bring:

  • International students will need to bring all of their immigration paperwork including their I20, passport and a printed copy of their I94.
  • International students need to have received, or applied for a Social Security Number from the Social Security Administration in order to complete the W4 employment form. The local Social Security Administration branch is located at 743A E State St, Athens, OH 45701.

USCIS I-9 Instructions

Prior to your arrival, Section 1 of the Form I-9 (Fall 2017) should be completed electronically.

Day and Date



Monday, August 21, 2017

12:30-2:30 PM

Research and Technology Center (RTEC) 203

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

12:30-2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

12:30-2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2:30-5:00 pm

Baker University Center Ballroom

Friday, August 25, 2017

12:30-2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Monday, August 28, 2017 through
Friday, September 1, 2017

9:00 AM-1:00 PM Baker University Center 237*

*Human Resources will be holding additional Student Hiring sessions. These sessions will be 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM from Monday, August 28, 2017 through Friday, September 1, 2017 in Baker University Center 237.

2017 Graduate Student Orientation Materials

2017 Graduate Student Orientation Program
Welcome to Ohio University
Graduate College Information
Dr. David Koonce
Academic Integrity
Dr. Valerie Young
Navigating Your Way Through OU
Dr. Katherine Tadlock
Graduate Writing and Research Center
Dr. Talinn Phillips
Professional Development
Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller
Graduate Student Senate
Maria Modayil
Research Compliance
Dr. Chris Hayhow
Library Resources for Graduate Students
Jessica Hagman & Dr. Miriam Intrator
Registrar's Office
Debra Benton
Office of the Bursar
Cory Tinkham
Funding Graduate Studies
Melissa Van Meter
University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
Kerri Griffin, J.D
Managing your Graduate Appointment
Lisa Poston, Katie Tadlock & Nick Wortman
U.S. Taxation for Students and Employees
Robert Payne