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Harris Student Support Center

Serving the students of the Scripps College of Communication

The Harris Student Support Center is made possible by a generous gift from Leon and Dawn Harris, both 1983 graduates of the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication.

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Our staff focuses on:

  • Providing holistic one-on-one advising
  • Relationships with students that foster academic success.
  • Offering intensive support for at-risk students and students on academic probation.

What will you gain from academic advising?

  • Informed guidance that will assist you as you make decisions about your academic goals.
  • An understanding of campus resources and academic programs.
  • Skills such as reading your DARS, using the Online Undergraduate Catalog, and using the online tools available to you for degree planning.
  • An understanding of opportunities available to you that will enhance your academic experience—internships, campus involvement opportunities, etc.

Declaring a minor or certificate

Students enrolled in one of the five schools in the Scripps College of Communication can declare a minor or certificate here.

Where do I go if I need to... ?

The Harris Student Support Center (Make an appointment):

  • Get help with internships, resumes or job search 
  • Schedule a graduation check (First two weeks in fall & spring semesters)
  • Ask questions about my DARS
  • Approve education abroad courses (Bring paperwork from Global Opportunities & paper copy of courses/descriptions you plan to take)
  • Get permission to take a class pass/fail
  • Complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress form
  • Petition for reinstatement after academic dismissal
  • Withdraw from classes on or after the first day of classes
  • Receive academic probation or advising to improve your GPA
  • Add a course after the second week of classes (Must have green permission slip from instructor.)
  • Take classes at another university/transfer credit evaluation questions
  • Ask about Don Perris and Scripps Howard Internship Scholarships
  • Get permission to take more than 20 credit hours 
  • Apply for a tuition appeal Tuition Appeal Form, Medical Documentation Form & Info

Your School/Advisor:

  • Add OR drop a certificate
  • Add OR drop a minor (Exceptions: If you declared a minor in dance or film, go to Jennings House first.)
  • Change to a different sequence/major within my school
  • Declare or change related area (COMS), corollary (MDIA), specialization (JOUR, VICO), or area of concentration (ITS)
  • Change my advisor
  • Earn internship credit
  • Lift my registration hold
  • Substitute or waive major or college requirements on my DARS Note: Tier I, Tier II & Tier III requirements cannot be waived nor substitutions made.


Assistant Dean for Student Success
Schoonover Center 123, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701

Our Schools & Contact Info

School of Communication Studies
Schoonover 400 | 740.593.4842

J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies
Schoonover 360 | 740.593.4890

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Schoonover 200 | 740.593.2539

School of Media Arts & Studies
Schoonover 300 | 740.593.4860

School of Visual Communication
Schoonover 250 | 740.593.4898

Additional Student Resources