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Family and Guest Orientation

Family and Guest Orientation

Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) believes that a student's support system at home and the people in their lives are critical partners in the transition process.  To assist those people in a successful transition for our students, all student programs coordinated by BSO have an optional family and guest program that happens concurrently with the student program. Family and guest participation is not required, but strongly encouraged.

Family and guest orientation includes sessions specifically designed to inform and educate family members and guests about Ohio University and its educational opportunities, as well as strategies for supporting their student with common transitional issues. While some sessions on program days will include students, participants in these programs should expect to be in their own program to meet these objectives.

Bobcat parents and families are encouraged to sign up for the Dean of Student's monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on information and resources to support students as they transition to college life.

Program Goals for Families and Guests

Through participation in a Bobcat Student Orientation program, families and guests will:

  • Understand the academic requirements and rigor of their student’s chosen major.
  • Identify campus resources, services, or programs available to their students.
  • Be more knowledgeable about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and how it will impact their partnership with the university.
  • Recognize the potential differences in their parental roles and the developmental needs of their students. 

Sign-Up Information

When students sign up for their BSO program, they are asked to indicate how many family members or guests will participate in orientation. This number is only used as an estimate for the program and students do not need to update us if that number changes. Our virtual BSO programs do include a family and guest orientation track with some separate sessions for those interested in participating in the program. Anyone who wishes to participate in the family and guest orientation will receive information along with their student on the day of the program and that is when the guest counts are finalized.