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Community Education Guidelines

OHIO Southern Community Education offers personal interest classes that are open to the general public. These non-credit courses are generally offered at the Ironton Campus, where participants learn in a relaxed, accessible environment.


Please register and enroll prior to the first class session. If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met, the class may be canceled. 

Registration and Enrollment may be made in the following ways:


The fastest and easiest way to sign up is by completing our online registration and payment form. 

Be sure to include the name of the course in your registration. All course names and applicable costs can be found here. 

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Register in the Administrative Offices on the second floor of the Riffe Building during business hours.

You can pay the enrollment fee with a valid credit card, check or money order, or cash (cash payment must be less than $50).

Payments & Fees

Payment is due when you enroll. Your enrollment in the class is not guaranteed until payment is received.


A full refund will be issued to all participants if a class is cancelled. When you enroll in a class, you agree to pay the fee whether or not you attend. If you decide to withdraw from a class, you must do so within the designated period of at least 5 working days prior to the class start date. You will be issued a full refund.

If a payment is made by cash or check and a refund is required due to cancellation of the class (either by the University or the participant), the refund could take up to six weeks to be processed. If you pay with by credit card, we can immediately credit your card back at the time of cancellation.

NO REFUND will be given for a class once it has started. A refund based on special circumstances must be requested in writing within seven calendar days after the class start date and is not guaranteed.

NOTE: A returned check does not eliminate a participant's responsibility to pay for the class.

No registrations or payments will be taken during the class. Instructors are not permitted to collect registration forms or payments.

Class Cancellations/Closings

Lack of Enrollment

Community Education classes are self-supporting and all class related expenses are paid from registration fees. Classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation. If that should happen, every effort will be made to notify the participant by email or telephone to find an alternate class, or process a refund.

Emergency and Weather-related Closings

Community Education classes are cancelled only when Ohio University Southern is officially closed due to an emergency or severe weather. If the campus is not closed, Community Education classes will meet as scheduled.

Holiday Closings

All Ohio University holiday closings will be observed and applied to Community Education classes.


Registration and Enrollment Forms are processed during our regular business hours and every effort is made to send participants a confirmation. If you register online, you will need to print out a confirmation at the end of your transaction. If you are unsure of the class location, call the Office of Student Services 740.533.4600.


Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request if you have a disability. Please notify Disability Services, 740.533.4600 a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the starting date of the class.

To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend any of these classes, please contact Teresa McKenzie at or Robert Pleasant at no later than one week before the start of the class. For additional information, contact Community Education at or call 740-533-4550.

Textbooks & Materials

Any required textbooks, materials and supplies are listed in the class description.

Class Size

Class sizes are limited so early registration is recommended. If the class you want to take is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. If the class opens up, the Office of Student Services will notify you.

Enrollment Requirements

If you are 18 years of age or older, you may enroll in Community Education classes. High School graduation is not necessary. Participants younger than 18 years of age may enroll in some classes with written permission from parents or legal guardians, and the permission of the instructor, which must be received prior to the start of the class. Any other exceptions are noted in the class description.

Only persons officially registered and on the roster may attend the class.

Special Note

Student Code of Conduct

The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct applies to all students whether they are enrolled in a degree program or a Community Education class or workshop. The Student Code of Conduct outlines rights and responsibilities of the student and is contained in the College Catalog. Please visit our website at for additional information regarding the Student Code of Conduct.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Ohio University Southern complies fully with FERPA, which governs the release of and access to education records maintained by Ohio University.

For more information regarding FERPA please click here.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity affirmative action university. Ohio University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military veteran status in its employment practices or in the provision of educational programs and services.


Classroom space on campus is limited therefore credit applicable courses will receive first priority for available space.

Ohio University Southern makes every effort to ensure that all information about our Community Education classes is accurate at the time of publication. Occasionally, dates, times, locations, and instructors change. If changes occur, we will notify you using the email, address, or telephone number in our records. Please visit the Community Education class list for updates.