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contents Academics...............................................................................4 Beyond the Classroom...............................................................7 Career Planning.......................................................................9 Finances................................................................................ 11 Involvement & Leadership........................................................ 13 Housing & Residence Life......................................................... 17 Monarch Dining.....................................................................20 Health & Safety......................................................................22 Student Success......................................................................24 Recreation..............................................................................28 Visiting Campus......................................................................29 Preparing for Breaks...............................................................30 Residential Parking..................................................................32 Commuter Students.................................................................33 Communication......................................................................34 Academic Calendar................................................................35 Campus Resources..................................................................36


dear monarch families, We are thrilled to welcome your students to Old Dominion University. This is a place that will allow scholars to thrive in and out of the classroom, alongside fellow peers and supportive faculty and staff. The Family Guide combines many of the resources of the campus community to help your student navigate through this experience. You’ll find ways to keep your family in-the-know about the most important components of being an ODU student, as well as a variety of activities and supportive services to rely on along the way. Life at ODU is active and engaging, and we offer study abroad opportunities, an award-winning Career Management Center that connects students with internships and co-ops in every field imaginable, hundreds of volunteer and outreach initiatives, sports and adventure tours, a 15,000-square-foot student recreation center complete with a rock climbing wall and indoor pool, more than 300 student clubs and organizations, and a series of programs, events, service learning, volunteer, and leadership opportunities. We look forward to seeing your students thrive on our vibrant campus, and we hope the ODU experience becomes one you’ll cherish for years to come. Student Transition and Family Programs Judy Luedtke Executive Director   Latishua Lewis Assistant Director Liz Boyd Coordinator of Second-Year Programs Leslie Mason Office Manager


academics Finish in 4 You’ve heard the phrase “time is money.” At ODU, we want to help ensure that students make the most of their time and money. The ODU Student Government Association wants to make sure students know that spending extra time in school can cost a lot of money. When students stay an extra year, they pay for not only tuition but also a meal plan, room, activity fees, and much more. There are also limitations on what is considered satisfactory academic progress for students receiving financial aid. Depending on the type of aid received, a student may be limited to a maximum of 10 semesters of funding. Students who withdraw or retake courses using ODU’s grade forgiveness policy can also jeopardize their financial aid eligibility.


The Finish in 4 campaign—supported by faculty, advisors, and administrators across campus—is working to ensure that students know they can complete their degrees at ODU in the traditional fouryear time frame if they plan for it. To stay on track, students should meet with an academic advisor each semester. They also should create a full, four-year plan of study in DegreeWorks and ensure they are meeting all degree requirements. To help students create their individual degree plans, sample four-year curriculum sheets have been developed and posted to the Finish in 4 website to provide a template for each major.

General Education Requirements All students receiving baccalaureate degrees from ODU complete the General Education Program in addition to the departmental requirements for their majors. This program prepares students for pursuing a major, broadening their views of life and understanding an increasingly global and diverse world. It provides students with the skills and intellectual perspectives needed to engage in the search for knowledge. The General Education Program develops students’ analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to make reasoned judgments. During the freshman and sophomore years, students complete the lowerdivision general education requirements,

consisting of courses in 12 areas, in order to develop a variety of skills and ways of knowing. Students who have received an associate degree from the Virginia Community College System have already completed the lower-level requirements. At the junior and senior level, students choose from four upper-division options that allow them to apply their developing skills and knowledge at a more advanced level. These options include minors, second majors, business or certification programs, and upper-division courses in colleges outside the student’s major college. Students should see the course catalog for more information about all the options that are available at both the lower and upper divisions.

Faculty ODU is home to many outstanding faculty members who actively engage students both inside and outside the classroom to bring education to life. They are the recipients of 27 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards, the highest honor for teaching in the state, and numerous other teaching recognitions. ODU professors are

masters in their fields, recognized by peers, organizations, businesses, and industries across the country. More than 75 professors have been named Fellows in national societies and professional organizations, and our faculty edit nearly 400 professional and academic journals. 5

academics Academic Integrity Old Dominion takes academic integrity very seriously, and the ODU Code of Student Conduct expressly prohibits cheating, plagiarism, fabricating data or information, and facilitating other students’ cheating. All ODU students are responsible for adhering to the Code of Student Conduct, regardless of familiarity with its content. Students with academic integrity violations may be asked to meet with the faculty member to come to a voluntary resolution or participate in a hearing with the Academic Integrity Council, which will decide on a resolution. Resolutions may include receiving an F on the assignment, receiving an F in the course, having the violation noted on the student’s transcript and/or being placed on probation. Additional sanctions may be enforced if the student is already on probation or has a previous academic integrity violation.


The Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity is always willing to speak to parents and family members about the general student conduct process. However, staff members are not permitted to speak with you about the specifics of your student’s conduct record, incident, or case without written permission from the student because these records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Students can fill out a Release of Information form if they authorize you to speak with staff members about their records. Student conduct proceedings, however, are closed, and therefore, parents and family members are not allowed to attend or participate.

beyond the classroom

Study Abroad Study abroad can enhance any major by challenging students to adapt to a new academic system and to infuse their studies with a global perspective. In addition, the culture and language learning opportunities offered by study abroad are unparalleled. ODU’s Office of Study Abroad offers opportunities to fit every student’s schedule and budget. Trips can be as short as 10 days—often over spring break—or as long as a year.

Students can travel with faculty members or independently, and those who qualify for financial aid can use this aid while earning credit abroad. Approved courses that are taken abroad are fully transferable to students’ academic programs to meet major, minor or general education requirements. Arrangements can also be made for credit-bearing internships or volunteer and work abroad programs. 7

beyond the classroom Undergraduate Research At ODU, we believe that undergraduate students should have the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research. Doing research prepares students to be competitive for top graduate programs and research-related careers. It also helps them acquire valuable, hands-on training in research techniques and methods in their individual fields of study, in addition to honing their writing, reasoning and informed decision-making skills. The Undergraduate Research Program is an initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Honors College and is designed to promote, support, and fund the

involvement of students in ODU’s active research community. These programs are open to all ODU students in good academic standing and include grants to support student research projects, funds for student travel to present work at professional conferences, an annual research symposium where students present their work to the campus research community, and an online undergraduate research journal. Undergraduate research is an invaluable experience that can help students gain an edge for grad school and their careers.

Internships and Co-ops Students at ODU also have the opportunity to gain experience in their major fields of study by participating in related


internships and co-ops. Internships are onetime, paid or unpaid work experiences, while co-ops are continuing, paid work experiences. These experiences can occur while students take classes, or students can work and study in alternating semesters. Interested students can attend an orientation session sponsored by the Career Management Center. Most academic programs require students to have declared their majors or minors, to be classified as juniors or above, and to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. However, each college has its own requirements, and the Career Management Center’s orientation sessions will provide students with the information they need to get started.

career planning Career Management Center The Career Management Center supports students and alumni in their career planning and all steps of the job search process by providing a variety of information, resources, and services. The CMC is home to the award-winning Cyber Career Center which offers dropin service, scheduled appointments, and online career assistance. Students can attend workshops on resume building, job

search skills, dressing for success, preparing for graduate school, interview skills, and finding internships and co-ops. The CMC also sponsors a variety of career fairs right here on campus to connect students directly to employers. If you are also looking for help with your job search, CMC services are also available to immediate family members of current ODU students.

ODU CareerParents It’s never too early to begin career planning, and ODU has exactly what you need to help your student get started. ODU CareerParents is an online resource center to help you help your student to take ownership of his or her career. It provides free information and videos about what your student needs to do to explore careers and develop solid career and job search plans. Monthly webinars provide tips and strategies for you to share with your student. You will also have

access to free resources such as the Employed Grad e-book, the Employed Grad Workbook, articles, and information about campus resources that will get your student engaged in the career planning process. Finally, ODU CareerParents also features an online community where you can ask questions, discuss relevant issues, and share information with others. Visit to check out this great resource.


career planning Student Employment There are a variety of on-campus employment options for students. •  The Federal Work Study program provides funds for part-time employment to help eligible students with the cost of their education. Students who receive a Federal Work Study Award can apply for a position in more than 100 offices and departments on campus. Each position is different, and responsibilities vary depending on the office. ODU CareerLink lists all available Federal Work Study positions.

•  The Student Temporary Assist Team (STAT) employment program is similar to an on-campus temp agency, providing widely varied, short-term work experiences with flexibility to meet the needs of diverse student schedules. Available jobs are sent out to the pool of eligible STAT workers, who sign up for the assignments they want. STAT is managed by the Student Employment Programs team in the Career Management Center.

•  The Learn and Earn Advantage Program (LEAP) is an on-campus work program that allows eligible first-year undergraduate students to earn money and gain valuable job-related skills throughout their first two semesters. Students in LEAP must also enroll in UNIV 195 during their first semester, remain in good academic standing and receive positive job evaluations from their LEAP supervisors each semester.

•  Students can look for other employment opportunities through ODU CareerLink. This online system helps students search and apply for both on- and off-campus and part- and full-time positions. The CMC works with hundreds of off-campus employers every semester to develop part-time jobs, which are posted directly by the employer in CareerLink.

LEAP jobs average 10-15 hours per week, and positions include ODU support services, academic assistant, event assistant, and office assistant. 10

finances Financial Aid Financial aid can be a complex process. To make applying for aid a smooth process, you should file your taxes as early as possible because students need the information for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you do not file your tax return by February 15, you can estimate tax information on the FAFSA, but you will have to update the data once your taxes have been completed. The FAFSA can be found at, and submitting it by the priority deadline of February 15 increases your student’s chance to receive limited state grant funds. Students will receive their Student Aid Report by email. Please review this report for

comments or additional information required by the Department of Education. ODU Student Financial Aid may also request additional information, so be sure to respond by the June 1 deadline to ensure your financial aid will be posted by the tuition deadline. These requests will be sent to students’ ODU email accounts, so encourage your student to check his or her ODU email frequently. Tentative award offer notifications also will be sent via email and these offers can be accepted electronically using Leo Online.

Paying Bills ODU no longer mails paper bills. All billing is now done via email. Failure to receive a billing statement does not release students from the responsibility to pay charges, so it is important that students regularly check their ODU email. Additionally, charges can be viewed via Leo Online. Registrations will not be canceled for non-payment of tuition or non-attendance. Therefore, failure to pay for courses or attend courses will not release students from the responsibility for these charges.

Students can make payments through ODU’s Student Billing System. They can also authorize parents, guardians, or employers to access their bills and pay them. Due dates are listed next to each charge on the bill. The Office of Finance offers a payment plan, which divides the charges for each semester into four payments. Payment plans require a setup fee, but there are no interest or late charges if the bill is paid by the monthly due date. Late payments will be subject to additional fees.


finances Monarch Millionaire Does your college student have questions about banking or financial aid? Has your student received his or her first debit card? Has your student made a budget? Monarch Millionaire, ODU’s free financial literacy program, helps students learn how to manage money in a smart, resourceful way. Students learn the basics of budgeting, banking, credit, and paying for college and life after college. The Office of Finance wants to make this program as accessible to students as possible, so it

is offered at a variety of class times and days. The classes meet for one hour once a week for five weeks. There are various giveaways throughout the program, and students will receive a diploma at a graduation ceremony. Your student will also receive a free Monarch Millionaire T-shirt. For more information or to sign up, students can email monarchmillionaire@ or check out the Monarch Millionaire Facebook page.

Financial Literacy Tips •  Help your student map out a budget. List all sources of income, such as job income, tuition refunds, savings, and gifts. Then list expenses, like school supplies, cell phone, groceries, and gas. Have your student separate money into labeled envelopes so that it gets spent on the right things. Students should be sure to budget money for fun, as well as for savings. •  Encourage students to be smart about building credit. If they must have a credit card, it should be one without an annual fee or hidden charges. Students should choose a card with a low credit limit to discourage splurging and only purchase what they can already afford. Paying off the card in full each month builds credit without building debt. •  Remind students to ask for help when needed. It can be hard for some students to admit they are having trouble, but sometimes it’s best for them to gather their courage and call home. The longer they put it off, the worse it can get. 12

involvement & leadership Student Organizations Old Dominion University hosts more than 300 student organizations, providing students with an opportunity to expand their growth and learning through leadership, service, and socialization with a diverse group of peers. Student organizations are officially registered groups that are completely studentled. Organizations may apply for funding from the Student Government Association to support annual costs and are advised by an ODU faculty or staff member. The Office of Leadership and

Student Involvement provides ongoing support to encourage the success of these organizations, their members, and their leaders. Getting involved provides students with unique and fun opportunities to enhance their academic growth as well as their overall Monarch experience. Such a wide range of options offers something for everyone. If students cannot find what they are looking for, they can start a new organization of their very own! Students can go to to find a list of all of ODU’s great student organizations.


involvement & leadership Monarch Maniacs Does your student want to experience the spirit and excitement of Monarch pride? The Monarch Maniacs are students who want to be more than just casual fans. These energetic students show their commitment and dedication to ODU by supporting ODU athletic and campus events. For a $20 membership fee, students receive multiple benefits including early entry and exclusive giveaways for football

and basketball games, an official Monarch Maniac T-shirt, priority seating for road trips to select away games, television viewing parties for away games, and a membership card, which provides discounts at sponsored vendors in the Norfolk area. Encourage your students to show their Monarch pride and sign up to become a Monarch Maniac today!

Activities & Events There is always something to do at ODU! Throughout the school year, the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement and the Student Activities Council sponsor a variety of events and programs for students, such as movies, workshops, service days, Homecoming, and concerts. These fun activities make it easy for students to get involved on campus so


that they can meet new people, find their niche, have a rich college experience, and prepare for an exciting future. Students can check the ODU calendar online at to see what’s going on around campus. There is no reason to be bored; there is always something new to try at ODU.

Center for Service and Civic Engagement There are many opportunities at ODU for students to make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering their time and energy. The Center for Service and Civic Engagement has contact information for most of the nonprofits in the Hampton Roads area and provides listings of current opportunities. The center’s staff is ready to assist students and student organizations in finding or organizing service events

both on and off campus. Additionally, the center coordinates several service opportunities throughout the year, such as the Freshman Service Experience, Alternative Breaks, Relay for Life, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk and Blue Goes Green Week. Students can email for more information about how they can give back at ODU.

Future Alumni Council The mission of the Future Alumni Council is to connect current students with graduates of ODU, as well as to promote pride and support of the University from freshman year through graduation and beyond. The council encourages students to participate in network and service

activities through several events hosted throughout the year, and it also assists the Alumni Association with events. Future Alumni Council is a great way for students to learn networking skills, meet new people, show their Monarch Pride, and foster their lifelong connections to ODU.


involvement & leadership Office of Intercultural Relations The Office of Intercultural Relations is committed to creating a campus community that values and supports the cultural identities of all ODU students. The office supports competitive and equitable recruitment, international orientation programs and collaborative University partnerships that ensure policies and procedures reflect ODU’s commitment to diversity. The Office of Intercultural

Relations also hosts programs, activities and events that not only present unique and entertaining cultural experiences and celebrations, but that also cultivate a climate of awareness, understanding, and respect of diverse individuals and groups. Students can visit to find out more about the Office of Intercultural Relations programs and events.

Spiritual Life The University Chaplains Association exists to foster spiritual life in the ODU community. The association promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation, enhances the spiritual conscience of the University community, and provides accountability and support for chaplains. Campus ministers are available to talk


about faith issues or for pastoral counseling appointments; they also respond to campus crisis events. The many campus ministries at ODU offer a combination of worship times, fellowship activities and service opportunities. The ministries are listed among the student organizations at

housing & residence life On-Campus Housing Options Students living on campus are given a variety of residential communities to choose from, all with unique accommodations to provide a memorable living experience. Most of these communities feature double rooms— one room shared by two students, with separate furniture for each. The double rooms in England House, France House, Scotland House, and the ODU Inn (which also has some triple rooms) have one bathroom per room, while in Gresham Complex, Rogers Complex, and Whitehurst Hall, one bathroom is shared between every two double rooms. Students can also live in suites, where up to four single or two double rooms share a common living area and bathrooms. Suites can be found in Dominion House, Ireland House, and Virginia House. Students who are interested in apartment style living with the convenience

of being on campus can elect to live in the Nusbaum, Powhatan Village, or University Village apartments. Students living in oncampus apartments are not required to have a meal plan but may sign up for one anyway; all other on-campus students must have a meal plan. Foundation House is a unique cooperative living option for nine academically talented female Virginia residents. Interested students must be upperclassmen and go through an application and interview process. Applicants must demonstrate high academic promise and financial need. Qualified residents receive a room scholarship which pays for most costs associated with the Foundation House. Residents are responsible for the cost of a full meal plan and a small semester room fee.

Living Learning Communities We believe students should have every possible opportunity to succeed at ODU. Living learning communities (LLCs) bring together students with common interests, majors, and goals to live, study, and work together, while providing them with access to educational resources and extracurricular activities to enhance their residential experiences. Research

shows that students who participate in an LLC are more likely to stay in school, are more engaged with faculty members, and have greater satisfaction with the overall college experience. Students can select from a variety of LLCs. See the ODU housing website for more details about the requirements for each LLC and how to apply. 17

housing & residence life Life in the Residence Halls •  Mail is delivered to each building or complex regularly. Packages are delivered to the front desk, except at University Village, where residents can pick up packages at the Milan Station Post Office. •  Residents are provided 60 laundry starts each semester on their ODU ID cards, which is enough for 30 loads of laundry (one wash and one dry per load). If additional starts are needed, they can be purchased with Monarch Plus. Starts carry over from fall to spring semester. •  Kitchenettes are located throughout the residential complexes across campus. Most include a microwave, flat cooktop, and sink. Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves when using the kitchenettes.


•  ODU housekeeping staff are not responsible for cleaning student rooms, including bathrooms. Students should bring their own cleaning supplies for their personal spaces. •  Students may bring a fish to campus if they would like to have a companion. No other pets are allowed to visit or live with students in the residence halls.

Move-in Move-in day is busy, but staff members and volunteers try to make the process as smooth as possible. Students will receive a Move-In Guide in their ODU email accounts prior to arriving. It details all the steps they need to take prior to arrival and once they arrive on campus. It is strongly recommended that students arrive during their scheduled times for move-in; the day is coordinated to ease traffic and congestion. Students who must arrive early to campus due to a required University-sponsored activity, including Preview, can submit an Early Arrival Request. A $25 fee will be assessed to the student’s account for every night he or she checks in prior to move-in day.

Students who will not be arriving to campus on their scheduled move-in date should contact Housing and Residence Life at with their full name, building assignment and University Identification Number (UIN) to inform them of their move-in date. Before coming to campus, review with your student the “What to Bring/What Not to Bring” list on the housing website, and read the Housing & Residence Life Policies and Procedures Handbook. You may also want to review your family insurance policy to be sure that it covers your student’s belongings while he or she is living on campus.


monarch dining Meal Plan Options Student meal plans are available to suit every budget and need. Meal plans are purchased for each semester in a set number of blocks, or meals. One meal is deducted from the total each time students swipe their ODU student ID card at a participating location. Students can use as few or as many meal swipes a day as they desire. They can even use a meal swipe to treat a friend to lunch. Meal plans can be used at any of the all-you-care-to-eat locations on campus. Students can also use their meal plans for Meal Exchanges at any of the P.O.D. Market and P.O.D. Express facilities around campus. At these locations, the student uses one meal swipe to select an option from the Meal Exchange menu. All meal plans also come with Flex Points that can be used at any of the dining locations on campus; the amount of points varies based on the chosen meal plan. Additional Flex Points can be purchased in $50 increments. These points carry over from fall to spring semester when a spring meal plan is purchased, but they do not carry over to the next academic year. Meals do not carry over from semester to semester. There are no refunds for unused Flex Points or meals.


Visit the ODU Card Center website at to find out more about the available meal plans. Oncampus residents who are required to have a meal plan can select their chosen plan during the housing application process. Any student can sign up for a meal plan on the Card Center website or in person at the ODU Card Center in Webb Center. Which meal plans can on-campus residents select? Students living in Dominion House, England House, France House, Gresham Hall, Ireland House, the ODU Inn, Rogers Hall, Scotland House, Virginia House and Whitehurst Hall must select a Block 300, Block 225, or Block 160 meal plan. Students in Powhatan Village Apartments must select a meal plan, but it can be from any of the available options. Students living in Nusbaum Apartments and University Village Apartments are not required to have a meal plan but may select from any of the available options if they want to sign up.

Dining Facilities ODU has a variety of great dining options for students. There are three all-you-careto-eat dining facilities on campus: Legends in Whitehurst Hall, Rogers Café in Rogers Hall and Café 1201 in Webb Center. There are also two P.O.D. Market and two P.O.D. Express facilities on campus. These are located in Webb Center, Gresham Hall, Dominion House, and the University Village. Students can use their meal plans, Flex Points, Monarch Plus, cash or credit

cards at any of these locations. Other dining facilities on campus do not accept meal plans but accept other forms of payment, including Monarch Plus and Flex Points. These locations include Chickfil-A, Subway, Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, Panda Express, Einstein Bros. Bagels and much more! Students can visit dining to see the full list of locations, menus, hours, and accepted payment.

Monarch Plus The Monarch Plus account is a prepaid debit account placed directly on your student’s ID card. It provides the flexibility and convenience of a debit card to use at various on- and off-campus locations, including dining facilities, University Village Bookstore, Monarch Techstore, residence hall laundry facilities, Transportation and Parking Services, select campus vending machines, many nearby restaurants and more. Visit for the full list of participating locations.

Money can be added to a student’s Monarch Plus account at any time using cash, check, money order, traveler’s check, MasterCard or Visa. Deposits can be made online, in person at the ODU Card Center, at the Add Value location across from House of Blue in Webb Center, or by mail. There are no minimum balance requirements and no fees to set up your student’s account.


health & safety Student Health Services Student Health Services provides primary care including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute illness and ongoing care for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Student Health Services also provides family planning services, including annual gynecological exams, pap smears, low cost birth control options, emergency contraception, and screening for sexually transmitted infections. Other services include tuberculosis screening, all staterequired vaccines, and flu shots. Students needing allergy shots can receive them for a nominal fee, but the first shot must be given at the allergist’s office.

Full-time students are eligible for Student Health Services because they have paid a nominal health fee. Part-time students may elect to receive services by paying the fee. Students needing services during the summer are generally required to pay the summer health fee. The health fee covers an unlimited number of visits to Student Health Services. Other fees may apply for special services such as lab tests sent off campus, medications, immunizations, physicals and procedures.

Counseling Services The Office of Counseling Services provides short-term, solution-focused counseling to students who are experiencing mental health concerns that may be interfering with their personal development and ability to be successful. Counseling Services can provide up to 10 sessions of individual counseling and group counseling for a variety of concerns, as well as psychiatric evaluation, medication review, and


consultation. Services do not include intense treatment of severe, chronic or long-term mental illness or mental health problems and medication management. Students can also receive referrals for private mental health care in the local area. Services are provided at no charge, and all records are confidential and are not part of your student’s Old Dominion University record.

Women’s Center The Women’s Center works to create a safe, equitable, and supportive learning community for all. The center’s programs address the unique challenges and opportunities female students encounter in college and engage all students in promoting a culture of care and respect at ODU. These programs include leadership training, community service, and interpersonal violence prevention

education. The Women’s Center also provides support to any students who have experienced sexual harassment, stalking, sexual violence or relationship violence and provides crisis intervention, advocacy, resource and reporting options and both on- and off-campus referrals for counseling and academic support through the Sexual Assault Free Environment program.

ODU Police Department The ODU Police Department is a statecertified law enforcement agency. The police headquarters, located at 4516 Monarch Way, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Police officers patrol the campus grounds and have concurrent jurisdiction with the city of Norfolk Police Department. Students can reach the ODU Police Department at any time by calling 757.683.4000. There are also red emergency telephones inside campus buildings and blue call boxes outdoors around campus that students can use to contact the police. The ODU Police Department provides a number of crime prevention services at no cost to students: •  Students with bicycles can register them with the Police Department, which can reduce the risk of the bike being stolen and increase the chance of it being recovered if it is stolen.

•  Valuable items such as laptops, tablets, and other electronics can be engraved with an identification number to help identify the true owner if the item is stolen. •  Fingerprinting is offered by the Detective Division by appointment. •  Through SAFE Ride, students can request pickup by a courtesy van driven by security personnel, and through Escort Services, they can request student patrol aides to walk with them across campus. These two services are available between 5:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. SAFE Ride and Escort Services can be contacted at 757.683.3477, or by using the red emergency telephones and blue call boxes.


student success Peer Educator Program The Peer Educator Program consists of trained peer tutors, mentors, and academic coaches who are committed to the success of ODU students. Peer Educator services and resources are available free of charge to all undergraduate students at ODU. The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help students achieve academic success by providing mentors to help them work through personal and academic challenges, improve study and social skills,

and aid in setting realistic and tangible goals. The Peer Educator Program for Veterans and Students Affiliated with the Military is an additional option for active-duty personnel, veterans, reservists, spouses, and dependents, which offers academic, professional, and transitional support specially tailored to their needs. Students can call, email, or stop by the Peer Educator Program in the Student Success Center to get set up with a mentor.

Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction Students who need a little help with classes can seek out tutoring in locations all across campus, including the Math and Science Resource Center, Computer Science Lab, Physics Learning Lab, Math Lab and Language Learning Center. Some departments also offer their own tutoring for individual classes, and additional tutoring is available through the Peer Educator Program and online through SMARThinking via Blackboard. While tutoring is not available for every course, it is offered for a wide variety of courses in many departments across campus. Appointments for tutoring in any location can be scheduled online through TutorTrac at 24

The University also offers supplemental instruction for select courses. These sessions are free, weekly peer-led review sessions for courses that students commonly identify as being particularly difficult. Supplemental instruction leaders take information from class lectures and the textbook to review course concepts in various ways, such as special activities and worksheets. Research shows that students who attend these sessions on average score one-half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates. Students can stop by the Peer Educator Program in the Student Success Center to find out more about supplemental instruction and tutoring courses.

Writing Center ODU’s Writing Center provides free, inperson and online tutoring for those students who need assistance with writing projects for any course. All Writing Center tutors are graduate students in the Department of English, and they can help students with any part of the writing process. Tutors will not edit students’ papers for them, but instead, will teach students how to proofread and edit their own papers. Writing Center tutors can even help students get started on

upcoming projects by helping to clarify the assignment and getting students pointed in the right direction. Tutoring sessions are typically 45 minutes long, and appointments are strongly recommended due to the high volume of students seeking assistance. Appointments can be made through TutorTrac at, by phone at 757.683.4013, or in person at the Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons at Perry Library.

Sophomore Success The Sophomore Success Program provides students with the tools and resources needed for a successful sophomore year at ODU. The sophomore year is a critical time for students, as they may be choosing or changing majors, considering internship or study abroad

possibilities, and taking more majorrelated courses. It is common for students to begin to feel lost or overwhelmed. The Sophomore Success Program strives to connect students with campus resources, events and opportunities that will help them find their way to ongoing success. Throughout his or her sophomore year, your student will receive monthly newsletters full of information, tips and resources specific to that month, as well as invitations to various programs, such as monthly luncheons with faculty, community service opportunities, success workshops, information sessions, social gatherings and much more!


student success Educational Accessibility The Office of Educational Accessibility aims to assist all students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. Office staff work with faculty, administrators and students toward the goal of complying with legal mandates and integrating the student into a responsive campus community. The Office of Educational Accessibility coordinates services that enable students with disabilities to act as independently

as possible in a supportive atmosphere that promotes self-reliance. These services include testing accommodations, note sharing, electronic textbooks and more. Students seeking academic accommodations are required to submit documentation verifying their eligibility. All documentation is confidential. Visit to find out more about the documentation guidelines and available services.

Student Support Services If your student is a first-generation college student, low-income student or a student with a disability, he or she may be eligible to participate in Student Support Services, a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This program offers academic support services and activities to help eligible students succeed at ODU, including workshops, tutoring,

peer mentoring, and both academic and financial advising. Students must complete an application and provide required documentation to be considered for these services. Interested students can contact Student Support Services by calling 757.683.3582 or stopping by the Student Success Center.

Student Ombudsperson Services The purpose of Student Ombudsperson Services is to assist students in personal or academic difficulty. The Student Ombudsperson Services office seeks to help students understand and follow University policies and procedures, gather information relative to their concerns and engage in constructive problem solving. 26

The office also assists students with course withdrawals, absence notifications, emergency grants, conflict resolution and withdrawal from the University. Students can visit Student Ombudsperson Services in Webb Center to get the help they need.

Academic Continuance Academic continuance is designed to help students who are facing academic difficulty by providing clear processes for them to return to good academic standing. At the end of each semester—

fall, spring and summer—the Office of Continuance reviews the records of all the students who do not maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA).




Academic Probation

Cumulative GPA falls below 2.0

• Cannot enroll in more than 14 credits next semester (6 credits in summer) • Must improve cumulative GPA above 2.0 by end of the next semester

Academic Warning

Cumulative GPA stays below 2.0 for 2 semesters

• Cannot enroll in more than 14 credits next semester (6 credits in summer) • Required to meet with advisor regularly • Must improve cumulative GPA above 2.0 by achieving semester GPA of 2.0 or better each semester

Academic Suspension (first)

Cumulative GPA stays below 2.0 and semester GPA falls below 2.0

• Must separate from ODU • Students suspended in fall term must separate for spring term • Students suspended in spring term must separate for summer and fall terms • Must apply for readmission • Readmitted students must attend a success workshop before the semester begins

Academic Suspension (second)

Readmitted student’s semester GPA falls below 2.0 before achieving 2.0 cumulative GPA

• No longer eligible to attend ODU


recreation Student Recreation Center ODU’s state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center, located in the heart of campus, is the hub of all sport, wellness and fitness activity on campus. The Rec Center is a 15,000-square-foot, multi-level fitness center with strength, cardio and freeweight equipment. The facility houses an indoor swimming pool, running track, three-court gymnasium, multipurpose court, three group exercise studios, cycling studio, three racquetball courts, pro shop,

outdoor adventure and rental center, bike and skate shop, and rock climbing wall. Through the Rec Center, students have unlimited access to group exercise classes, group cycling classes, mind and body classes, water fitness classes, fitness assessments, and wellness seminars and challenges.

Outdoor Adventure Program The Outdoor Adventure Program run by University Recreation and Wellness aims to increase students’ appreciation and protection of natural resources as well as provide opportunities for personal exploration, growth and leadership development through their participation in outdoor activities. The Outdoor Adventure

Program provides quality and affordable programming all year long for ODU students, including adventure day trips, adventure multi-day trips, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, Nature’s Gym series, Leadership Experiences through Active Participation, a bike-share program, clinics, workshops, and more.

Intramural Sports ODU has one of the most active intramural programs in the region, serving more than 6,000 participants each year. Intramural sports keep the excitement of competition alive while placing emphasis on having fun, good sportsmanship and fair play among all teams and individuals. Intramural programs consist of individual and team leagues, individual and team tournaments and other special events. 28

Championship individuals and teams receive an intramural championship T-shirt and earn a spot on the “Wall of Champions” located in the Student Recreation Center. Students can visit the Student Recreation Center for more information about sports programs.

visiting campus Where to Park Visitors who are going to be on campus for less than seven hours should use the Visitor Lot located on the corner of 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard. The first half-hour is free and each additional hour costs $1. Additional parking is provided at metered spaces and metered lots with pay stations around campus for $1 per hour. Visitors who are going to be on campus for more than seven hours or for several days or

weeks can obtain a visitor pass in the parking office or at the booth in the Visitor Lot during normal business hours for $7 per day. Visitor passes are not valid in student resident, Quad or Village lots or in metered parking lots or spaces. Visitors who have obtained a visitor pass may park in either faculty/staff, commuter or overflow lots. Prices are subject to change.

Where to Stay Many local hotels offer special ODU rates. These rates may not always be available during particular periods, so please contact the hotel directly to see if the ODU rate applies for the duration of your visit. The closest hotel option is the SpringHill

Suites by Marriott located on campus at the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 45th Street. There are many other options in the surrounding area. Visit to find a full list of nearby hotels and other information about visiting campus.


preparing for breaks Residence Hall & Campus Closings Students living in the residence halls are required to leave campus for certain break periods during the year, including the Thanksgiving holiday, Winter Break, and Spring Break. During these closings, students will not have access to the

residence halls, but they may keep their belongings in their rooms. On-campus apartments remain open during break periods, but services will be limited and many campus facilities will be closed.

What to Expect During Breaks The semester goes by quicker than you think it will, and before you know it, your student is heading home for break. When your student returns home, it can be an adjustment for the entire family. Your fellow ODU parents and family members offered several tips for what you can expect: •  Students may come home exhausted from all the final exams and papers they finished before the winter break, and so they may sleep a lot the first day or two. Don’t worry. They’re not zombies! •  Be prepared to discuss money issues openly and honestly. Discuss the importance of budgeting and having a plan. •  Have a straightforward discussion about your expectations when your child returns home. You can’t turn off the “worry button” when it’s midnight and the car is not in the driveway. It is okay to worry about your student’s safety. Come to an agreement that balances your student’s growing independence and your own need to get a good night’s rest. •  Discuss what your student would like to do over break and what you expect from him or her, as well. It is normal for students to want to catch up with old friends or hang out with new ones while they are home. However, spending time with family is also important, especially around the holidays, so have a conversation with your student to find a balance of social and family time that you can both agree on. •  Talk with your student about some of the new ideas, books and subjects they have discovered while at ODU. Conversations on how they have changed, what they have learned and how their goals are evolving can be particularly rewarding. 30

Transportation Options If your student doesn’t have a car or needs to travel a long distance to get home, planning for breaks can be stressful. However, there are many options available to fit a variety of situations and budgets. Norfolk International Airport is a good choice for students who need to travel across the country. Students can

call taxis or take the bus to the airport, or they can schedule shuttles to pick them up. Norfolk also has both an Amtrak and a Greyhound bus station. Students can also utilize a ride-sharing program like NuRide, where they can go online to find others going to the same destinations and even earn rewards for sharing rides.

Transportation Option

Contact Information

Norfolk International Airport Available airlines: AirTran, American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways 757.857.3351

Norfolk Black and White Cabs 757.855.4444

Norfolk Checker Taxi 757.855.3333

Yellow Cab of Norfolk 757.857.8888

Hampton Roads Transit Local bus, light rail and ferry service 757.222.6100

James River Transportation Airport shuttle service 866.823.4626

Amtrak National train service 1.800.331.0008

Greyhound National bus service 1.800.231.2222

NuRide Ride-sharing program


residential parking Parking for On-Campus Residents Students who live on campus are eligible to purchase one of three residential parking permits. However, freshman residents are not permitted

to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year. This policy does not apply to non-traditional freshmen (21 years of age or older).

Residential permit

Available to residents of

Where residents can park

General Resident

Rogers Hall, Nusbaum Apartments, Gresham Hall, ODU Inn, Powhatan Apartments, Whitehurst Hall

• Resident lots • Perimeter lots • Commuter and Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.

University Village

University Village Apartments

• University Village lots • Perimeter lots • Commuter and Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.

Quad Resident

Ireland House, Virginia House, Scotland House, England House, France House, Dominion House

• Lot 42 • Garage E levels 3-5 • Perimeter lots • Commuter and Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.


commuter students Parking for Off-Campus Residents ODU Transportation & Parking Services has three parking permit options available for students who do not reside in University residence facilities.

Off-campus permit

Where students can park


• Commuter lots • Perimeter lots • Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.


• Perimeter lots • Commuter and Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.


• Commuter, Perimeter, and Faculty/Staff Evening Program lots after 3:45 p.m.

Tips for Commuter Students • Attend on-campus programs and sporting events. They’re open to you, too! • Join a student organization to meet new people and make the most of your college experience. • Consider applying for on-campus jobs to save on gas and commuting time. • Intentionally leave time open between your classes and then stay on campus during that time. It will give you a chance to do some studying in the Learning Commons, hang out with friends in Webb Center, or go for a workout in the Student Recreation Center. • Purchase a meal plan. You can eat lunch or dinner in the cafeteria with your peers and avoid fast food runs between classes. 33

communication Parent and Family Involvement: Finding Balance There are so many options for staying in touch that it is easy to be in contact with your student nearly 24/7. How do you strike a balance between having enough contact so that your student knows you care, but not so much that your student feels like you are checking up too often? Students are good at giving subtle (and not so subtle) hints. When they know you are available for coaching and support, they will ask for help. If they feel crowded, they are likely to build barriers. It is important for you to listen to your student’s needs and find the balance that works for you both. With this new transition, now is a great time to consider what your new role is


as the parent or family member of a college student. You play an important role in your student’s success, and staying in touch is an essential part of that role. However, while it is natural to want to intervene and solve their problems for them, especially during those first few months on campus, keep in mind that learning to live independently is one of the most important things students experience in college. Rather than solving their problems, give them advice and encouragement, and then let them act on their own. Students who can learn to find their own way and solve their own problems are well on their way to continued success in college and life.

academic calendar FALL 2014


AUGUST 23 Fall classes begin

MAY 18 Session 1 and Session 3 classes begin 25 Memorial Day Holiday (no classes)

SEPTEMBER 1 Labor Day Holiday (no classes) OCTOBER 11-14 Fall Holiday (no classes) NOVEMBER 26-30 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes, University closed) DECEMBER 5 Classes end 6 Exams begin 12 Exams end 13 Fall Commencement

JUNE 27 Session 1 classes end 29 Session 2 classes begin JULY 3 Independence Day Holiday (no classes) AUGUST 7 Session 3 classes end 8 Session 2 classes end

SPRING 2015 JANUARY 10 Spring classes begin 17-19 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes) MARCH 9-14 Spring Holiday (no classes) APRIL 28 Classes end 30 Exams begin MAY 7 Exams end 8-9 Spring Commencement


campus resources All phone numbers have a 757 area code.


ODU Switchboard

General inquiries

Customer Relations

General registrar/finance inquiries 683.3030


108 Rollins Hall


Advising and Transfer Programs

2000 Student Success Center



1102 Jim Jarrett Athletic Administration Building



4417 Monarch Way


Card Center

1056 Webb University Center


Career Management Center

2202 Webb University Center


Center for Service and Civic Engagement

1063 Webb University Center


Center for Major Exploration

1500 Webb University Center


Counseling Services

1526 Webb University Center


Dining Services

2101 Webb University Center


Educational Accessibility

1021 Student Success Center


Financial Aid

121 Rollins Hall


Housing & Residence Life

1208 Virginia House 4603 Elkhorn Ave.



International Programs

2006 Dragas Hall


Leadership & Student Involvement

1071 Webb University Center



4227 Hampton Blvd.


Military Connection Center

1016 Student Success Center


Transportation & Parking Services

100 Parking Garage A, 4310 Elkhorn Ave.



4516 Monarch Way


Recreation & Wellness

1207 Student Rec Center, 4700 Powhatan Ave.



116 Rollins Hall


Student Conduct & Academic Integrity

2122 Webb University Center


Student Engagement & Enrollment Services

2008 Webb University Center


Student Health Services

1007 Webb University Center


Student Ombudsperson Services

2008 Webb University Center


Student Support Services

2016 Student Success Center


Student Transition & Family Programs

1012 Student Success Center



1102 Student Success Center



1104 Student Success Center


Women’s Center

1000 Webb University Center



street addresses

Residence Halls Dominion House 1425 W. 49th St.

England House 4605 Elkhorn Ave. Foundation House 1018 W. 49th St. France House 4703 Elkhorn Ave. Gresham Complex 1023 W. 49th St. Ireland House 4601 Elkhorn Ave.

Where do I send mail for on-campus residents?

Student Name Street Address Room/Apt ### Norfolk, VA 23508

Nusbaum Apartments

University Village Apartments

Apartments G-N 1011 W. 49th St.

Hampton House 1016 45th St.

Apartments O-V 1004 W. 49th St.

Newport News House 1015 45th St.

Apartments 1-12 1000 W. 49th St.

Norfolk House 1025 45th St.

Apartments A-F 1000 W. 48th St.

Powhatan Apartments

The ODU Inn 4111 Hampton Blvd.

Powhatan I 4701 Powhatan Ave.

Rogers Complex 1065 W. 50th St.

Powhatan II 4601 Powhatan Ave.

Scotland House 4701 Elkhorn Ave. Virginia House 4603 Elkhorn Ave. Whitehurst Hall 1715 W. 48th St.


Chesapeake House 1026 45th St.

Poquoson House 1026 43rd St. Portsmouth House 1016 43rd St. Smithfield House 1015 43rd St. Suffolk House 1025 43rd St. Virginia Beach House 1026 41st St. Williamsburg House 1016 41st St.

Monarch Parent & Family Organization “Empowering the Family to Empower the Student” The Monarch Parent and Family Organization’s mission is to enhance your student’s ODU experience by strategically engaging you with the University. This organization has been formed to provide a meaningful and convenient forum for familial support, advocacy and volunteerism. Through this organization, the University seeks to     

Offer the family/parent’s perspective to the University administration; Provide families a network for information sharing and networking; Involve families in campus activities, events and festivities; Provide a structured sounding board to address ideas and concerns; Cultivate member "ambassadors" to support student recruitment and retention programs. The annual membership fee is $100 per family household. For more information, contact us at or call 757.683.3428. 39


2014 Family Guide