Table of Contents Cowboy Parents Information ................................................ 2
University Health Services .................................................. 16
Welcome Week......................................................................... 3
University Counseling Services .......................................... 17
Academic and Career Development Center ..................... 18
OSU ... Just the Facts ............................................................... 4 Division of Student Aﬀairs .................................................... 4 Student Rights and Responsibilities ..................................... 5 Emergency Contact Numbers ............................................... 5
Student Conduct Education and Administration ............ 18 Student Disability Services .................................................. 19 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center ................................ 20 Seretean Wellness Center ..................................................... 21
University Calendar Information ......................................... 5
Life at OSU
Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence .......................... 6
Fraternity and Sorority Aﬀairs ............................................ 22
Camp Cowboy ......................................................................... 7
Residential Life ...................................................................... 23
Academics & Finance
Residential Life Housing Chart........................................... 24
Bursar’s Oﬃce .......................................................................... 8 Scholarships and Financial Aid............................................. 9 Registrar’s Oﬃce ..................................................................... 9 Important Dates (2010-11 Academic Calendar) ................ 10 Career Services ...................................................................... 11 Student Academic Services .................................................. 12
Health & Safety
University Dining Services .................................................. 25 Living Oﬀ Campus at OSU .................................................. 26 Campus Life ........................................................................... 26 OSU Student Union .............................................................. 27 Campus Recreation ............................................................... 28 Athletic Ticket Information ................................................. 28 Information Technology Division ....................................... 29 Additional Resources for Parents ....................................... 30
OSU Department of Public Safety ...................................... 13
Pete’s Primer (Glossary of university terminology) ......... 31
Parking and Transit Services ............................................... 15
Come for a Visit ..................................................................... 33 Notes ....................................................................................... 35
Cowboy Parents Find out what’s happening on campus. Learn the answers to your questions. Join a great network of parents who are just like you! Interested? Then don’t delay ... join Cowboy Parents today!
Enhance communication between OSU and the parents of OSU students. Empower parents to play a supporting role in the education of their student. Provide parents a forum for networking with other OSU parents. Give parents an active role in promoting the excellence of OSU.
Encourage parents to support OSU programs and activities. Help both parents and students with the transition from home to college. Support the academic community at Oklahoma State University. Cultivate and recruit new students and families to OSU. Enhance students’ “out-of-class” experiences by obtaining parental support for quality student services, student aﬀairs and campus programs.
Keep up with student issues, events, services and activities via monthly and quarterly newsletters. Attend special events—such as the Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Fall Family Weekend. Access the Cowboy Parents Web page at http://parents.okstate.edu. Have the option of purchasing discount tickets for the Fall Family Weekend OSU football game. Receive a special membership gift when you join. Express pride in your OSU student by displaying the Cowboy Parents vehicle decal. Join other OSU parents at the hospitality tent on home football gamedays.
Join Now Any parent of a past or present OSU student can join Cowboy Parents. There are two membership options: $35 buys a one-year membership. $105 buys a lifetime membership (This best buy saves you a minimum of $35 over the four years your student is at OSU.)
Membership dues will be used to support scholarships and programs on an annual basis. All members receive full membership benefits. To join, visit the Parents and Family Relations Web site at http://parents.okstate.edu. You can join online, or send your check as well as your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and the name of your student(s) to the address below. OSU Parents and Family Relations 004 Classroom Building Stillwater, OK 74078
Welcome Week 2010 Welcome Week, formerly known as ALPHA, is the fall welcome program for all new students designed to help you make friends, learn your way around campus and kick oďŹ€ the new school year. This university-wide experience is the final piece of your transition to college and is scheduled immediately before the start of fall semester classes. The marquee event of Welcome Week 2010 is the first ever New Student Convocation. This formal celebration of scholarship and tradition inducts new students into the community of learners at Oklahoma State and marks a significant milestone in your life. Additional 2010 highlights include campuswide social events, the wildly popular Colvin Center gala, and an amazing showcase of OSUâ€™s clubs and organizations.
OSU ... Just the Facts
The OSU system serves the entire state of Oklahoma.
The OSU Spirit Rider tradition began in 1983.
Enrollment at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa averages about 23,000, with approximately 4,500 faculty and staﬀ. System-wide enrollment is about 32,500.
OSU is a member of the NCAA and competes in the prestigious Big 12 Conference.
OSU is the home of 48 NCAA championships plus one national championship in women’s equestrian.
OSU operates a network of agricultural experiment stations and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, which has a presence in all 77 counties.
OSU had a record graduating class in 2004, with 5,000 degree candidates. The last record for OSU was set in 1978-79 when the university had 4,429 graduates.
OSU is Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence. The OSU system is composed of five campuses: OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Okmulgee, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, which includes the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College became Oklahoma State University in 1957.
The real Pistol Pete was Frank Eaton, a U.S. marshal from Perkins, Okla. Today, OSU’s Pistol Pete is one of the most recognizable mascots in collegiate sports.
Orange and black are OSU’s colors because the first athletic teams were called the “Tigers” – after the Princeton Tigers.
Learn more about Oklahoma State and its accomplishments by clicking on the “news” tab at http://osu.okstate.edu.
Division of Student Affairs 201 Whitehurst Stillwater, OK 74078 http://studentaﬀairs.okstate.edu http://theosuexperience.com
Student Aﬀairs Guiding Principles We want our students to be engaged both in and out of the classroom. Our programs and services are designed to:
Support academic success. Help students discover their purpose and passions. Help students develop their leadership skills. Help students develop a passion for serving others. Help students broaden their horizons (appreciating diversity and learning how to work in a global society.) Promote wellness, health and safety.
The Division of Student Aﬀairs welcomes you to the Stillwater campus! We are committed to the success of our students, and our division works hard to ensure every student has the opportunity to maximize their college experience. The Division of Student Aﬀairs includes Campus Life, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Residential Life, Student Union, University Counseling Services, University Dining Services, University Health Services and Seretean Wellness Center. The Vice President for Student Aﬀairs, Dr. Lee E. Bird, provides direction and leadership for programs and services aﬀecting student life and development. Dr. Bird is a regular attendee at student group meetings and activities and is also in regular communication with student leaders to serve as a liaison between the student body and administration. Student Aﬀairs wishes your student academic and personal success throughout the upcoming year! Feel free to contact Dr. Bird by e-mail at lee.bird@okstate. edu or call (405) 744-5328. Welcome to OSU!
Student Rights and Responsibilities Oklahoma State University has a document titled “Student Rights and Responsibilities Governing Student Behavior” (SRR), which contains the standards for your student’s behavior, possible disciplinary sanctions and procedures for processing complaints. A copy of SRR is published in The Daily O’Collegian, the campus newspaper, every fall semester as a service to students. Encourage your son or daughter to retain a copy of this document for his or her reference. Copies are available in the Student Conduct Education and Administration Oﬃce, college academic student services oﬃces, the Vice President for Student Aﬀairs oﬃce, Campus Life and online at http://www.okstate.edu/ucs/srr. html.
Emergency Contact Numbers Campus Life (405) 744-5488 Fraternity & Sorority Aﬀairs (405) 744-5490 OSU Police Department (405) 744-6523 Residential Life (405) 744-5592
SRR also provides information about your son or daughter’s rights as a student and the steps he or she can take should he or she feel they are not being treated fairly by faculty, staﬀ, other students or by “the system. ” It provides information about filing a complaint (i.e., if he or she is being harassed or stalked) and on grade appeals procedures.
Stillwater Fire Department (405) 372-0497
Some behavior or actions that could result in your son or daughter being called in to the Student Conduct Education and Administration Oﬃce or that may cause him or her to file a complaint against another student include:
Stillwater Police Department (405) 372-4171
Academic dishonesty Computer misuse Drinking and driving Drug use or distribution Harassment/Stalking Hazing
Public intoxication Physical abuse Sexual misconduct Theft/Vandalism Threats/Intimidation Underage drinking
Stillwater Medical Center (405) 372-1480
University Counseling Services (405) 744-5472 University Health Services (405) 744-7665 University Information (405) 744-5000
Good citizenship is expected. However, if your student should make a mistake or use poor judgment you should know that the focus of our disciplinary system is education. However, separation from the university may result for repeat or serious violations.
Vice President Student Aﬀairs (405) 744-5328
Statement of Academic Integrity Oklahoma State University is placing renewed emphasis on the importance of academic integrity. The following statement will appear in course syllabi:
“All members of the Oklahoma State University community are committed to academic integrity, which encompasses the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility.” Students, faculty and staﬀ are expected to abide by these values. Contact the Oﬃce of Academic Aﬀairs at (405) 744-8781 if you have any questions about academic integrity.
Pete’s Pointers #1 Trust them. You’ve done your job, now see how it turns out. It’s really a little late to start teaching them right from wrong. Take a deep breath and trust that they have been listening all along. Try to give them room to make some decisions (and some mistakes) on their own. Be in tune to when they could use your advice and don’t be too shocked when they actually call and ask for it.
For your convenience, a universitywide calendar system is available highlighting events on all Oklahoma State University system campuses. You may access the calendar at http://calendar.okstate.edu.
Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence 009-015 Classroom Building Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5481 Fax: (405) 744-5212 E-mail: email@example.com http://www.icae.okstate.edu Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence The Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence (ICAE) takes a holistic approach to empower Oklahoma State University students to think and act in ways that will embrace and promote a more inclusive world. ICAE actively promotes an inclusive approach to diverse ideas and perspectives that all students achieve academic excellence, develop their personal and professional character, and engage in the campus and greater community.
Student/Learner Academics Active Engagement Opportunities Excellence
Diverse Perspectives Ways of Thinking Experiences Voice
Identity Family Culture Experiences
Community Campus Society
Camp Cowboy 006 Classroom Building Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-0383 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://campcowboy.okstate.edu
Camp Cowboy is a fun-filled, three-day freshman orientation experience that includes small group activities, a ropes course, campfires and much more! The camp is designed to prepare students for the OSU experience and everything it has to oﬀer. Best of all, the camp gives participants the opportunity to meet and network with other incoming students, upperclassmen, future professors, and OSU staﬀ and administrators Camp Cowboy’s staﬀ is composed entirely of students, most of whom were campers themselves. There are four directors who oversee all five camps, approximately 120 small group facilitators and “wranglers. ” Their primary function is to interact with campers and ensure their Camp Cowboy experience is like no other.
Cost Cost for Camp Cowboy is $150 and includes: 3 days/ 2 nights lodging Food catered by Stillwater restaurants Ropes course Camp Cowboy T-shirt Transportation between campus and Camp Redlands
Facilities Camp Cowboy is held at OSU’s Camp Redlands, located on the shores of Lake Carl Blackwell approximately six miles west of Stillwater. The camp has a variety of facilities including a full-service lodge, 12 air-conditioned cabins, a ropes course and shower/bathroom facilities making Camp Cowboy a comfortable, fun and safe out-of-the-classroom experience. Camps Camp Cowboy dates are scheduled to meet every campers needs. The 2010 camps are as follows: June
11-13 18-20 25-27
Financial Assistance This year, OSU is oﬀering 75 fee-waiving scholarships. For more information, please contact the Camp Cowboy oﬃce at (405) 744-0383. Students who live in Oklahoma and whose parents or grandparents are members of the OSU Alumni Association may apply for a fee waiver to attend Camp Cowboy. Contact the Alumni Association at (405) 744-5368 to request an application. Please note there are a limited number of need-based fee waivers.
Bursar’s Office 113 Student Union Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5993 Fax: (405) 744-8098 E-mail: email@example.com http://bursar.okstate.edu
The following information is helpful in understanding the billing and payment process at OSU. The actual charges for 2010-2011 vary based on number of hours enrolled. Please note any future tuition and fee increases approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will be approved prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The potential increase will be applicable to the 2010-2011 tuition and fee rates. Billing and Payment Information A monthly itemized billing statement generates the first day of each month with payment due upon receipt and is considered past due after the fifteenth of each applicable month. Notifications to view billing statements via the Web are e-mailed to students at the beginning of each month to their okstate.edu e-mail address. Using their O-Key login and password, students may view their bursar statement online. Federal law limits the information the university may provide to parents of OSU students. The bursar account is in the student’s name and information regarding that account may only be issued directly to the student. Students may give parents access to view their account on the bursar Web site. Only the student can update bursar address online via their SIS account and make changes at http://prodosu.okstate.edu using their O-Key login and password. Please note, accounts are assessed a finance charge at the rate of 1.5 percent per month on any previous month’s unpaid balance. In addition, charging privileges, academic records and clearance for enrollment in future semesters will be denied while there is a past due balance at the university.
Payments may be mailed to P.O. Box 1583, Stillwater, OK 74076. When you send a check as payment, you authorize OSU to clear your check electronically. Your checking account may be debited as soon as the same day we receive your payment. This electronic transaction will appear on your bank statement although your check will not be presented to the financial institution or returned to you. Any resubmission due to insuﬃcient funds may also occur electronically. Please be aware that all checking transactions will remain secure and payment by check constitutes acceptance of these terms. For your convenience, credit card payments are accepted at http://prodosu. okstate.edu/. OSU also oﬀers you the Payment Option Plan (OSU POP) as an alternative to standard payment arrangements. The OSU POP enables families and students to pay university-billed expenses in regular monthly payments. This will aﬀord you the ability to budget your semester costs to best fit your individual needs. Our program provides all of the benefits of a monthly payment plan without incurring interest. By making monthly payments aﬀordable, the OSU POP will help you avoid accumulating additional debt. For more information, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Web site http://bursar.okstate. edu/forms.html. Many students are sponsored through various scholarships from organizations or foundations other than OSU. Typically, the sponsoring organization sends the check directly to the university. These funds are deposited to the student’s account and used to pay any costs
Pete’s Pointers #2 $ Budget $ This is a tough one! It’s hard for students to know how much money they will need per month for expenses, since most aren’t accustomed to buying toothpaste with their allowance. It is very important to try to develop a set budget after a few months have passed. Students tend to spend as much as they are given. Imagine that!
associated with attending OSU. The funds are divided into semesters (e.g., $1,000 will be split $500 for fall semester and $500 for spring semester) unless otherwise stated on the documentation. If a student receives scholarship funds directly, it is recommended the student deposit the funds at our office to process toward their bursar account. Some organizations require a billing invoice from OSU before a scholarship is issued on behalf of the student. If this is the case, our oﬃce should receive notification before the due date of the first semester’s billing statement. Direct Deposit of Credit Balances All financial aid is applied toward the student’s bursar account and a refund (if any) is calculated after taking into account all semester charges incurred at this time. Bursar account credits resulting from a credit card payment are refunded back to the credit card, not to the student. The Electronic Direct Deposit Refund Program provides quicker access to refunds when bursar accounts have credit balances. If you participate in direct deposit, the refund will electronically transfer to your bank account within 48 business hours after the credit balance becomes effective on your bursar account. For students wishing to participate, it is important to apply now! To sign up for Direct Deposit, please visit our Web site at http://bursar.okstate.edu/forms.html. For students not wishing to participate in the Direct Deposit program, refunds are issued by check. Checks are mailed approximately 10 business days after the credit balance becomes eﬀective. The local address listed on the student’s bursar account is used as the mailing address.
Scholarships and Financial Aid 119 Student Union Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-6604 Fax: (405) 744-6438 E-mail: email@example.com http://www.okstate.edu/finaid
The OSU Oﬃce of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to help you and your student locate the financial assistance programs for which you may qualify. More than 85 percent of the students who attend OSU receive some form of financial assistance; OSU students received in excess of $220 million during the 2008-2009 award year.
Pete’s Pointers #3 GRADES-Don’t be surprised if they are lower than normal. Leaving home and moving away to college brings a lot of changes and adjustments, some of which are more manageable than others for many students. It usually takes a semester to sort things out and learn the ropes. First semester grades are often a reflection of just how diﬃcult an adjustment it can be. So when your student promises the next semester will be better, they are usually right.
OSU uses a variety of financial assistance programs, including: scholarships, grants, work-study, loans or a combination of the four to help families pay for college. Some awards are based primarily on academic achievement, potential and/or leadership activities and community service. Other programs are based all, or in part, on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Still other programs, in the form of student and parent loans, are available to families who do not demonstrate financial need. Much of the aid is made available through federal and state programs. A number of programs have limited funding, so it is important to apply early and to apply each year. More detailed information about scholarships and financial aid opportunities at OSU can be found at http://www.okstate.edu/ finaid or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific information for parents can be found at http://www.okstate.edu/finaid/ resources/parents.html. The oﬃce is located in 119 Student Union, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registrar’s Office 322 Student Union Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-6876 Fax: (405) 744-8426 http://www.okstate.edu/registrar
The Oﬃce of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining the oﬃcial academic records for all Oklahoma State University students. The Registrar staﬀ assists students with enrollment, withdrawing, degree or enrollment verification, updating personal information in the Student Information System, fulfilling transcript requests, graduation and other services. Faculty and staﬀ rely on the Registrar for classroom scheduling, course scheduling, class roll coordination, grade submission, various enrollment reports and assistance with the registration process. In addition, the Registrar coordinates the registration process for classes, preparation of the OSU Catalog and the Undergraduate Programs and Requirement Book. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) For many parents this will be the first semester you have a son or daughter attending Oklahoma State University. As a parent, you are excited for your child and anxious as they begin their academic career away from home. We understand your need to be informed on the progress your son or daughter is making in their classes. Because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are limited in the information we can discuss with you concerning your student’s grades and academic progress. These laws were enacted to protect the rights and privacy of students attending an institution of higher education. The quickest and easiest way for parents to receive information about the student’s grades, financial statement or other student information is for the student to provide it. Students can look up information online and provide a copy to their parents. Student records are available at the student self-service Web site at http://prodosu.okstate.edu/. If a parent is unable to obtain academic information directly from the student or has a reason to doubt the information received, then direct access to educational records may be obtained if the student completes a parental access form, available in the Registrar’s oﬃce. This form must be completed by the student in an environment that is not coercive. Parents of a dependent student may alternatively gain access to educational records by producing the most current copy of their Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 to the Registrar’s oﬃce. If parental access has been granted, the student’s educational records may be viewed in person by appointment arranged through the Registrar’s oﬃce.
Mid-Term Grades Mid-term grades are reported for all students enrolled in 1000 and 2000 level courses. Midterm grades for the fall 2010 semester are due October 5. Spring 2011 mid-term grades are due February 22. Students may access their mid-term grades via the Student Information Services (SIS) Web site at http://prodosu.okstate. edu/.
Important Dates Fall 2010 Friday, August 20 Monday, August 23 Monday, August 30
Friday, December 10 Wednesday, November 24 November 25, 26 December 6-10 Friday, December 10 December 13-17 December 17-18
Final enrollment date - late fee assessed after this date Class work begins Last day to add a course (nonrestrictive) Last day to drop a course with 100% refund and no grade Last day to withdraw from all courses with 100% refund and no grade Last day to add a course (restrictive) Last day to drop a course with 50% refund and grade of “W” Last day to withdraw from all courses with 50% refund (withdrawal noted on transcript) University Holiday Six week grades due from faculty Students’ Fall Break Deadline to file diploma application (for name to appear in fall commencement program) Last day to drop a course (grade of “W”)--drop by petition only after this date Last day to withdraw from all courses with automatics grades of “W” Last day to withdraw from all courses with assigned grades of “W” or “F” Class work ends First day of students’ Thanksgiving break University holiday Pre-finals week Class work ends Finals week Commencement weekend
Tuesday, December 21
Final grades due electronically from faculty
Friday, January 7 Monday, January 10 Monday, January 17 Tuesday, January 18
Final Enrollment date - late fee assessed after this date Class work begins University Holiday Last day to add a course (nonrestrictive) Last day to drop a course with 100% refund and no grade Last day to withdraw from all courses with 100% refund and no grade Last day to add a course (restrictive) Last day to drop a course with 50% refund and grade of “W” Last day to withdraw from all courses with 50% refund(withdrawal noted on transcript) Six week grades due from faculty Students’ Spring Break Deadline to file diploma application (for name to appear in spring commencement program) Last day to drop a course (grade of “W”)--drop by petition only after this date Last day to withdraw from all courses with automatics grades of “W” Last day to withdraw from all courses with assigned grades of “W” or “F”Friday, May 8Class work ends Pre-finals week Class work ends Finals week Commencement weekend Final grades due electronically from faculty
Oklahoma State University does not mail final grades to students at the end of the semester. Students receive their grades electronically through the Student Information Services (SIS) Web site at http://prodosu.okstate.edu/. Final grades are due December 21, 2010, for the fall 2010 semester and May 10, 2011, for the spring 2011 semester. New freshmen will receive training using SIS through their orientation classes. Any student who has diﬃculty using SIS may come to the Registrar’s office for assistance and training.
Friday, September 3
Friday, December 3
There are several ways for students to request a copy of their oﬃcial academic transcript: The easiest and fastest way to request a transcript is through SIS. Students are able to request more than one transcript at a time and designate where each is to be sent. There is also a tracking feature that will allow your student to monitor when the request was processed and the transcript sent. Students may also request their transcript in person in the Registrar’s oﬃce. A photo ID is required to view or receive such records. The final option for requesting a transcript is to make a request in writing. The transcript request form is available online at http:// registrar.okstate.edu/TranscriptRequest.html . Transcripts cannot be requested or released to anyone other than the student without the student’s written authorization.
Monday, September 6 Tuesday, October 5 Friday, October 15 Monday, November 1 Friday, November 12
Friday, January 21
Certifications Students needing verifications of their enrollment for insurance, good student discounts, loan deferments, etc. have two options. The easiest and fastest is to make their request in person at the Registrar’s oﬃce. A photo ID is required to release this information, and most requests can be processed within a matter of minutes. Enrollment certification letters may also be requested in writing using the enrollment certification request form available on the Registrar’s Web site at http://registrar.okstate.edu/FormsOnline/ FormsOnline.html. Oﬃce Hours The Oﬃce of the Registrar is located in 322 Student Union and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tuesday, February 22 March 14-18 Friday, April 1 Friday, April 8
Friday, April 22 April 25-29 Friday, April 29 May 2-6 May 6-7 Tuesday, May 10
Career Services 360 & 370 Student Union Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5253 (888) OSU-HIRE Fax: (405) 744-9954 E-mail: email@example.com http://www.hireosugrads.com
Most individuals share a common goal for their student(s): Upon graduation, their student will become employed and begin a successful career. To help students maximize their potential for future employment, OSU Career Services is available to students from admission to college through the beginning of their position with an employer. Career Services staﬀ members encourage students to use the wide range of services oﬀered during their college career, but students will get the most benefit from these services and resources if they access the oﬃce prior to their senior year. While freshmen and/or transfer students are acclimating to college, they must develop good study habits, time management practices and goal setting skills. Students will also benefit from exploring career interest through participation in organizations, volunteer activities and student employment. Career consultants located in the Career Services oﬃces throughout campus can help students identify activities that might interest them. Assistance finding student employment, internships and other work experience is also available through OSU Career Services. Career consultants work with students to ensure they have well developed résumés, cover letters and other job search materials that portray the students positively. Staﬀ members assist students in learning how to obtain part-time jobs through online part-time job listings and specialized annual career fairs, including the Work & Service Fair and the Summer Camp Fair. Additionally, students receive support with other options, including service learning, job shadowing, leadership and volunteer experiences to build the skills necessary for future employment. lnternships, full-time employment and graduate education experiences are facilitated by Career Services through career consulting available in each academic college as well as in the Student Union. Career consultants assist students and alumni by oﬀering individual consultations, job search exploration assistance, career development workshops, mock-interviews and other specialized programming. Electronic job search assistance is also available through the departmental Web site at HireOSUgrads.com. This site allows students and alumni to access the HIRE System, an online job search engine for full-time jobs, internships, federal work-study positions, part-time jobs and co-ops. On-campus interviews and employer information session details are also available on the HIRE System. Additionally, job search tools such as Interview Stream, The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas, myvisajobs.com, and many other job search resources and assessments are available on HireOSUgrads.com. Details on every step of your decision-making process, from beginning the search through graduate school selection or salary negotiation are available on the Web site. Campuswide career fairs are held at least once each semester for students and alumni. These events are excellent opportunities to network with potential employers and learn about specific career options regarding full-time positions, internships, coops and graduate schools. Career Services also oﬀers on-campus interviews to provide the highest degree of service and convenience to students seeking employment. You can help your student by encouraging participation in career development activities. Consistent involvement every semester they are enrolled will allow them to be the most successful in transferring their education to a fulfilling career. Encourage your student to develop a rapport with faculty members by taking advantage of professors’ oﬃce hours. Recommendations from professors, as well as experience gained through part-time jobs, internships and volunteerism can be very valuable when seeking competitive positions upon graduation. Be positive in regards to your student’s specific talents and abilities, and support their career choices and dreams even though they may be diﬀerent from your own initial expectations. Finally, encourage your student to Remember that it’s OK not to know what you want become acquainted with their College Career Consultant and to be when you grow up. Most parents are still the Career Services oﬃce in 360 Student Union. Remember trying to figure this one out, so don’t panic if your college that Career Services mission is to maximize the employment freshman is undecided. They will be exposed to a lot of new and internship opportunities for students. We partner with people, ideas and information that will help shape their students to develop career plans designed to ensure lifelong career choices. Students usually make a better decision if career success. they take some time and do some investigating. OSU even oﬀers courses in career exploration. Check it out!
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Frequently Asked Questions When should my student begin to utilize the Career Services Oﬃce? From admission to position, Career Services is available to students throughout their stay at OSU. We encourage students to use the wide range of services we oﬀer as part of their degree plan at OSU. Students are encouraged to use the services in our oﬃce at any point during their college career to assist with part-time, work study, internship and full-time job search needs. What should my student do if he/she is undecided about a college major and/ or career? O S U C a r e e r S e r v i c e s wo r k s i n partnership with the OSU Academic Career Development Center, to oﬀer assessments and inventories along with follow-up services that provide students with important information about themselves regarding their interests, strengths and weaknesses. Each college on campus has a Career Services office and college career consultants are available in each oﬃce for appointments to meet with students and to discuss career-related issues. The college career consultants are available to help students research potential employers, find appropriate internships, meet employers through career fairs and interview for positions with employers who visit the OSU Campus. Students can visit our student Web site at www.hireOSUgrads.com for information on topics such as resume development, links to OSU employer Web sites, job search methods and resources, job listings, upcoming events and much more. How can parents help Career Services? There are several ways you can help Career Services: 1. Encourage your employer (and you) to recruit OSU students. We are recruiting thousands of employers to hire OSU students for jobs and internships. If you know of potential employers, please refer them to us. Call 1-888-OSU-HIRE or visit the Web site http://www.hireOSUgrads.com. 2. Forward employment notices and information. Career Services maintains a Web site where full-time, part-time, on-campus, oﬀ-campus, work study and internship opportunities are posted for
students to access throughout the year. You can e-mail employments vacancies to firstname.lastname@example.org. 3. Encourage your student to get to know us. We want to meet your loved one! You can help us by encouraging him/her to stop by our oﬃces to meet our staﬀ, and to learn about the services we oﬀer. Students can meet their college career consultants in each of the colleges listed below. 4. Sponsor an internship. An internship is any career related experience that provides exposure to an occupation, industry or career. It can be for pay, for credit (coordinated through an academic department) or done on a volunteer basis, and completed in the summer, fall or spring. Many students participate in internships as a part of their career development. If you can offer an internship opportunity at your place of employment, call us at 1-888-OSU-HIRE and we will be happy to help! Tips to Remember • Listen to your student! It is very important for students to talk about themselves as they pinpoint a career that truly suits them.
• Encourage your students to take advantage of our programs and services from the moment they arrive on campus. • Be patient! Career exploration can be a long process and each student will approach it in his/her own unique style. If your student is struggling, encourage him/her to make an appointment with a college career consultant for individual career advice. • OSU Career Services staﬀ members are dedicated to assisting students with their career search. Please do not hesitate to encourage your student to call on us. It is our pleasure and honor to be of assistance in this very critical life stage. Career Consultants Career Consultants are located in every college as well as at the Career Services office in the Student Union to assist with a job search. Career consultants can provide assistance such as resume development, writing your cover letter, access to job search resources and mock interviews. Visit the Career Services Web site for more information.
Student Academic Services Offices Advising is performed within each of the undergraduate colleges and in the Oﬃce of University Academic Services. Each college structures its advising system based upon the college’s philosophy and perceived student needs. In most colleges, freshman and undeclared students are advised through the college’s oﬃce of student academic services, while declared majors are advised in their major department. Each college had an oﬃce of student academic services to represent the dean in matters concerning undergraduate students. Students should contact their oﬃce of student academic services when questions arise regarding advising, academic programs and requirements, and academic support services.
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) 103 Ag Hall; (405) 744-5395
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 202 Life Sciences East; (405) 744-5658
College of Education (COE) 106 Willard; (405) 744-6350
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) 101 Engineering North; (405) 744-5276
College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) 101 Human Environmental Sciences; (405) 744-5053
Spears School of Business (SSB) 201 Spears School of Business; (405) 744-5069
University Academic Services (UAS) 214 Student Union; (405) 744-5333
University Academic Services (UAS) 214 Student Union; (405) 744-5333
OSU Department of Public Safety 104 USDA Building Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-6523 Fax: (405) 624-8010 http://www.osupd.okstate.edu
Although we have one of the safest campuses in the Big XII, we continue to look for ways to make the campus, and the residence halls in particular, more secure. We understand that your student will do better in the educational process if we provide a safe, orderly and protected environment. To meet this goal, we train our police oﬃcers with emphasis on the concepts of community-oriented policing. Our police department is fully accredited by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police. In fact, we were the first police department in Oklahoma to undergo the rigorous review of policies and procedures that preceded this recognition. As a member of our community, you can expect our oﬃcers and staﬀ to be professional, courteous and helpful. The department offers a full complement of police and safety resources, including oﬃcers in patrol units, on bicycle or walking throughout campus 24 hours a day. We have fully trained criminal investigators, lake patrol oﬃcers and staﬀ experienced in event planning and management. Our community policing oﬃcers participate in many aspects of campus life, trying to solve problems before they become a police matter. To keep the OSU community fully informed, we produce an annual report that details services available and emergency contacts, plus safety tips. It also includes the past three years of crime statistics and is available in a variety of formats, including a hard copy available at the OSU Police Department, Residential Life or the Bursar’s oﬃce. We also maintain a Web site at http://www.osupd.okstate.edu that provides timely and detailed information about all aspects of the public safety eﬀort. This includes bulletins and alerts, upcoming events, the annual report and a list of e-mail addresses for the diﬀerent sections of our department.
lengths to provide a safe, protected and orderly environment on the campus. Because of that eﬀort, academic goals at OSU are rarely interrupted by fear for personal safety.
The OSU Police provide responses and preventative patrols to the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The police staﬀ a 911 emergency phone system and monitor numerous “emergency phones” located throughout the campus. The push of a button will bring a timely response for help or assistance. For non-emergency police information, call 311.
The OSU Police Department oﬀers specialized training to the public about issues ranging from crime prevention and rape avoidance to workplace violence. To schedule a program, call (405) 744-6527.
Campus crime statistics for the past three years, including arrests for drug, alcohol and weapons violations, are contained in the guide. Policies and statistics about sexual assaults are included along with details of the support services available for victims. The guide provides crime prevention tips, Web sites for sex oﬀender lists and clear instructions about getting help or reporting a crime.
You may review information from the guide on the OSU Public Safety Web page at http://www.osupd.okstate.edu. If you would like a printed copy of the “Public Safety Guide”, please call (405) 744-6527 or pick up a copy at Residential Life, the Bursar’s oﬃce or the OSU Public Safety Department (located at 104 USDA Building, Stillwater, OK 74078). How safe is the campus? OSU has one of the lowest crime rates in the Big XII Conference.
We are a part of the OSU team that appreciates you selecting our university and want your experiences here to be pleasant and rewarding. If you encounter any problems or have questions about a police or safety matter, please contact us immediately. Public Safety Guide The OSU Police Department annually produces a “Public Safety Guide” that discloses information about crime on and around the OSU campus and describes programs and policies designed to make the OSU community safer. This publication is required of all colleges and universities and is often referred to as the “Campus Crime Security Act,” “Clery Act” or “Student Right to Know. ” Summary of information in the guide: OSU’s Public Safety oﬃcers are an important part of the educational experience at OSU. They have full authority to enforce laws and make arrests, and they go to extraordinary
Stillwater has been listed among the safest 100 cities in the nation, and we continue to have a lower crime index than most comparable cities.
Are there competent people to handle problems? In general, the university is staﬀed with very competent people.
Pete’s Pointers #5
Know the rules. New freshman can get themselves in a lot of trouble by not knowing rules, regulations, deadlines, etc. We try to educate new students through various orientation programs, but will ultimately hold students responsible for information published in the catalog. Read up on things like tuition due dates, class drop deadlines, grade point average requirements, etc. and be ahead of the game. See the Academic Calendar on page 10 and visit the “Admissions” section of our Web site to view an OSU catalog at http://www.okstate.edu.
We have done several things at OSU to make it a safer campus: 1. Emergency phones (both on campus and in the Greek areas). 2. Parking lot security cameras. 3. Electronic card entry systems. 4. Active patrol, 24 hours a day and seven days a week (which includes foot patrol and bicycle patrol). 5. Safety and crime prevention presentations. 6. Enforcement of alcohol laws (especially drinking and driving). 7. Mutual aid agreements with the Stillwater Police Department and the Payne County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃce. 8. Enhanced 911 system, plus a 311 system. 9. Emergency notification systems.
Bike Theft Prevention Bike theft is a nationwide problem – especially on college campuses. Thefts of bicycles on campus are frequent and account for thousands of dollars in losses each year. All riders of bicycles are encouraged to take the following precautions in order to protect their property:
Lock the bike. Use a high security lock – cables can be cut. A U-bolt type is the most secure.
Secure both wheels and frame to a bike rack.
Park the bike in a lighted area if possible.
Register the bike with OSU Parking Services. This service is provided at no charge and is one of the best methods for tracking stolen property. Record the serial number of the bike and keep it in a safe place.
Engrave the student’s driver’s license number into the bike frame. Engravers are available for use at the OSU Police Department.
Make certain the bike is safely stored or taken it with the student when leaving campus for extended periods. Always park the bike in designated areas only!
In the OSU Department of Public Safety, we have 31 sworn oﬃcers who complete the State of Oklahoma Police Academy and continue professional training throughout their career here, including training for response to terrorism or active shooters. We are an accredited police agency.
Our selection process involves several in-depth interviews, testing to include a polygraph and a psychological evaluation, and an extensive background investigation.
We select officers who have an understanding of the educational process and who are able to exercise discretion and common sense in their enforcement actions.
How can my student avoid problems? Primarily by exercising some common sense: 1. Lock up valuables, or at least keep them out of sight, in the room or in automobiles. 2. Lock doors at night and when out of the room. Always lock automobiles and bicycles. 3. Avoid secluded areas late at night, especially when alone. 4. Protect your books and put your name in them. Do not leave them in public places. 5. Do not loan your keys to anyone. 6. Protect your identity by using complicated passwords and pin numbers. Always be aware of the location of your driver’s license, OSU ID and Social Security card. 7. Report crimes or incidents immediately. 8. While under the age of 21, never consume any alcoholic beverage, and, above all, do not drive after alcohol use. 9. Avoid illegal substance use!
Review the OSU Department of Public Safety Guide with your student.
As students share purchases for their room (i.e., carpet, refrigerator, etc. ), we recommend they make these agreements in writing.
Ask your son/daughter to have no tolerance for roommates or others who use drugs, alcohol or tobacco in the building.
Parking and Transit Services 1006 West Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-6525 Fax: (405) 744-0441 http://www.parking.okstate.edu
Parking As the name implies, the Department of Parking and Transit Services (PTS) is responsible for parking on campus and transit services for both on-campus and oﬀ-campus use. The department issues parking permits to anyone coming to campus who desires to park at one of the more than 120 campus parking lots. For incoming freshman who chose to bring a car to campus, parking permits will be assigned to areas close to where they live. Visitors who come to campus may park within parking lots to which they are assigned for their visit. Students who live oﬀ campus are assigned commuter lots located generally on the perimeter of the campus. Visitor parking permits may be obtained at the Parking and Transit oﬃce Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students may purchase their permit online at the Parking and Transit Web site, http://www.parking.okstate. edu. The site also includes parking rules and reguations, parking rates, a map of parking lot assignments, bicycle registration and motorist assistance. Students needing disability parking can contact Parking and Transit Services to get additional information on how to obtain a disability parking permit. To encourage familiarity with parking rules, enforcement during the first week of the fall semester is limited to warnings for student residential and commuter lots only. Enforcement of parking in staﬀ and faculty lots is conducted year-round. Parking rules are enforced from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After these times students may park in any lot on campus. However, parking in reserved lots or spaces – including disability spaces, loading zones, etc. – is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A common problem for students is enforcement of parking lot assignments. Many times hurried students choose to park in lots that are assigned to other classifications or reserved for special patrons. It is important they understand parking on campus is a privilege and not a right. For those few who park in reserved spaces or are repeat oﬀenders to parking policies, their cars may be impounded or booted. Reaching this level of violation results in significant increases in parking fines. Please talk to your student regarding this issue. All parking fines are posted to their bursar account. Transit The Oklahoma State University Department of Parking and Transit Services provides both on- and oﬀ- campus transit service – known as THE BUS. The two on-campus routes – the orange and the black routes – operate every seven to 15 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the evening gold route operates every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Oﬀ-campus routes provide access
Everyone Rides THE BUS. to most major community shopping and entertainment attractions as well as student apartment locations. The seven oﬀ campus buses operate every 30 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. One oﬀ-campus route operates until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. THE BUS is free to students. All buses are equipped with wheel-chair lifts to provide mobility for persons with disabilities. More information on these transit services is available at the PTS Web site: http:// www.transit.okstate.edu. Besides regular fixed route transit service, PTS oﬀers a curb to curb transit service for persons with disabilities. This service costs $1 per trip and is available to persons who have been pre-qualified by THE BUS or other public transit system that oﬀers this ADA service. (Please contact the OSU Oﬃce Student Disabilities at (405) 744-7116 for further information regarding certification. Applications may be downloaded oﬀ of the PTS Web site at http://www.transit.okstate.edu.) BOB - Tulsa Shuttle The university also oﬀers transit shuttles from Stillwater to Tulsa. This service – commonly called the BOB (Big Orange Bus) – is available to students for a slight fare and operates Monday through Friday. Please refer to http://www.osutulsa.okstate.edu/services/shuttle.asp for information regarding route destinations, times and schedules. You may also call the BOB oﬃces at (405) 744-7100 in Stillwater and (918) 594-8332 in Tulsa for further information.
University Health Services 1202 W Farm Rd Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-7665 http://www.okstate.edu/uhs
Pete’s Pointers #6 Know the services available on campus. Students tend to call home for help when it usually is right under their noses. They may have a high fever and sore throat and beg you to send an ambulance to bring them home because they don’t know what to do. In reality, they may be able to throw a rock from their window and hit the roof of the University Health Services Center. OSU is a small community and has services ready and waiting for most needs a student can present. It is always a good idea to have a contact person on campus, like your student’s academic counselor or housing director, to call for advice or referral. The students of OSU have access to University Health Services, an ambulatory care clinic located on Farm Road, in the midst of student housing. Staﬀed with physicians, physician assistants and equipped with laboratory, x-ray and a retail pharmacy, UHS is able to meet most medical needs of the student body. The hours of the clinic are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can be seen either by making an appointment or being seen on a first come first served basis. (Urge your student to make an appointment, it’s a better use of their time!) Insurance UHS will bill any insurance your student might have if we have the information provided on the insurance card. Please provide this information to your student or obtain a card for them. We do not need this information until they come to the clinic for treatment. Check with your insurance company to determine what payment limitations your plan might have for services in Stillwater. Since our physician visit charges are usually less than $20, filing for reimbursement for a doctor’s visit is not usually a major issue. The UHS pharmacy is online with most insurance plans and can file for reimbursement electronically if we have the information on the insurance card. Payment is not required at time of service. Please note any unpaid balances will be transferred to your student’s bursar account. If we receive insurance payment, we will credit the bursar account. Pharmacy The UHS pharmacy operates like a retail pharmacy. We can fill prescriptions from any authorized, licensed provider. For your convenience, we can also work with your student to have a prescription from home transferred to OSU. If OSU does not participate in your specific pharmacy plan, students can take their prescriptions to any of the area retail pharmacies that might be authorized providers.
Women’s Clinic The Women’s Clinic is provided for the female population of Oklahoma State University. Located in a quiet and private area of University Health Services, the clinic oﬀers information and treatment for a wide range of gynecologic problems. It is staﬀed by the physicians, physician associates and nurses of University Health Services. The Women’s Clinic is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (405) 744-7032. Privacy If your student is 18 or older, his/her medical information is strictly confidential and cannot be discussed with anyone else without the student’s permission. Should you call and want to know information about your student’s treatment or condition, we may have to first obtain permission from your student. We apologize for this inconvenience. Allergy Shots We provide allergy injections to students at our allergy clinic. If your student would like for our staﬀ to administer and oversee these injections, there are some things that we need: 1) copy of the orders from your physician; 2) the student will need to bring the extract into the health center for storage; 3) the student needs to come by the first week of classes to get their specific appointment time, an appointment they will have for the remainder of that semester. Immunizations Oklahoma law requires all students to comply with certain immunization requirements. This is detailed in the “Immunization and Health History” form that will be mailed to your student, or you can download from our Web site, http://www.okstate. edu/UHS. If your student has not complied with these requirements by the fourth week of the semester, a hold will be placed on enrollment for the spring semester. The requirements are consistent with those most students had for attending public schools. Please review the instructions carefully to ensure your student’s compliance with this law.
University Counseling Services Student Counseling Center Career Resource Center Student Disability Services Student Judicial Aﬀairs Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center Cordell Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5472 http://www.okstate.edu/ucs
What is the Student Counseling Center? The goal of the Student Counseling Center (SCC) is to help OSU students maximize their potential. The SCC supports the intellectual, personal and social growth of the individual. The SCC staﬀ consists of licensed professional counselors, psychologists, a psychiatrist and graduate-level interns. How do I know if my student needs counseling? College life can be stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes people can handle these stresses on their own, at other times they may need assistance. Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons; any issue of concern is a legitimate topic to explore with a counselor. What happens in a counseling session? Sometimes students are reluctant to try counseling because they do not know what to expect. SCC oﬀers a safe, non-judgmental environment where one can speak privately yet openly about thoughts and feelings. SCC staﬀ can help a student gain insight into his/her concerns and to explore options for change. Counselors and students collaborate in their counseling work; however, decisions regarding solutions to problems rest with the students. Possible Reasons to Use the Student Counseling Center: Academic Concerns Eating or Weight Problems Anger Family Concerns Anxiety Grief Communication Skills Homesickness/Loneliness Depression Low Motivation/Procrastination Medication Management/Psychiatry
Relationship/Roommate Problems Self-esteem Sexual Assault/Abuse Sexual Orientation Stress
Scheduling Appointments Currently enrolled students are eligible for services—it only takes a phone call or a visit by the student to begin the process. The first visit is with an intake counselor, who gathers relevant information from the student and then schedules a follow-up session with a counselor. The intake and first four sessions are free; eight additional sessions are available for a nominal fee which is charged to the student’s bursar account. Confidentiality Agreements All involvement with the counseling center is confidential (with certain limitations), even if an academic advisor or faculty member refers the student to the SCC. Students 18 and older are not required to have parental consent for services and all SCC counseling records are kept separate from academic and billing records.
Pete’s Pointers #7 Be prepared for anything and we mean ANYTHING! If you were puzzled by them in high school, you certainly will be confused by them when they are in college. They may call home to tell you they have taken up sky diving or show up at Thanksgiving with purple hair. Gear up to expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed. It is so much fun watching them learn and grow from all the new experiences awaiting them.
Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC) Cordell Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-6434 http://okstate.edu/ucs/acdc.html and http://okstate.edu/tutoring.html Possible Reasons to Use the Career Resource Center: Career Assessments Link to Counseling Center Major/Career Decision Making Study Skills Assistance
Stress/Time Management Tutoring Information
Scheduling Appointments Prospective and currently enrolled students are eligible to use the ACDC and can do so by walking into the ACDC or by scheduling an appointment—this ensures access to computers and/or staﬀ assistance. Several times a semester the ACDC works with an entire class, rather than its usual one-on-one approach. Resources The ACDC oﬀers free Web-based career and guidance programs “Career Information System” and “Discover,” along with other assessments that require interpretation with a counselor: “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator” ($16) and “Strong Interest Inventory” ($16). Only currently enrolled students are eligible to take the “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator” and “Strong Interest Inventory.” Study Skills Assistance Staﬀ of the ACDC work with individual students and oﬀer several small group seminars per semester covering a range of study skills problems college students encounter (e.g., test anxiety, note taking, time management and preparing for final exams). The ACDC also distributes study skills handouts and tutoring information.
Student Conduct Education and Administration Cordell Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5470 http://www.okstate.edu/ucs/SJA The staﬀ of Student Conduct Education and Administration contact and meet with students to assess situations of possible non-academic misconduct as described in the “Student Code of Conduct.” SCEA oﬀers education, challenge and support to students who may be struggling with behavioral issues and enforces OSU’s community standards.
Student Conduct Education and Administration Mission Statement The mission of Student Conduct Education and Administration is to administer the “Student Code of Conduct,” to promote student learning and development as well as responsible, healthy behavior, and to provide fairness and due process in the discipline process. Cowboy Community Standards OSU Students aspire to follow these behavioral standards: • Citizenship: Be civically responsible and engaged to improve our campus and community. • Academics: Respect Oklahoma State University’s commitment to academic integrity and uphold the values of honesty and responsibility that preserve our academic community. • Responsibility: Accept responsibility for your learning, personal behavior and future success, appropriately challenging others to do the same. • Diversity: Behave in a manner that recognizes and respects individual diﬀerences, supporting both pluralism and inclusiveness. • Safety: Do no harm and help maintain the safety and welfare of the campus community by immediately reporting unusual or dangerous behavior. To seek help with student behavioral issues, report concerning student behavior or report violations of the “Student Code of Conduct,” please contact: Student Conduct Education and Administration Tawny Taylor, Ph.D. (405) 744-5470 www.okstate.edu/ucs/SCEA
326 Student Union Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078 Hours: M-F 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
Student Disability Services Cordell Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-7116 (V/TTY) http://sds.okstate.edu
Student Disability Services (SDS) at Oklahoma State University offers academic support services to students with disabilities taking courses oﬀered through the OSU and NOC Stillwater campuses. Student Disability Services is committed to providing a community that ensures full participation for students. In addition to oﬀering services to students, Student Disability Services is a resource for faculty and staﬀ members.
American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Questions, comments, complaints or concerns? Visit Student Union room 315 or call (405) 744-7116 (V/TTY)
Support Services Campus Orientation – The oﬃce will provide students with a detailed campus map that highlights accessible entrances to buildings and accessible parking spaces, and will provide a personal campus orientation upon request. Instructor Notification – To aid students in securing the appropriate services, the oﬃce provides instructors with written verification of a student’s disability status and recommendations for academic accommodations. Specialized Testing – Alternative testing formats, as well as auxiliary aids such as readers, scribes or assistive technology, are available. Access to these services is oﬀered as a cooperative eﬀort between university Testing & Evaluation Services and Student Disability Services. Classroom Accommodations – Special seating arrangements, adjustable tables, chairs/desks, qualified interpreters and volunteer note-takers are coordinated through the oﬃce. Accessible Textbooks – Student Disability Services assists students in obtaining required texts and equipment through Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and publishers. SDS will also enlarge, scan or braille required material as necessary. Assistive Technology – Equipment is available for student use, which includes tape recorders, assistive listening devices, closed circuit television, scanner/reader, portable word processor and a brailler. Campus computer labs have computers with spell and grammar check, screen readers, screen magnification software, voice recognition, touch pad/track ball and laser printers. Priority Enrollment – Early enrollment is available as an accommodation to address disability-related needs in scheduling classes. Additional specific services are available as identified on an individual basis. Students are responsible for requesting services each semester or at the time a need is identified. Services are free of charge to students.
Eligibility for Services After acceptance to the university, students should contact Student Disability Services to initiate their request for services. Provision of services includes an intake process during which documentation of the disability is gathered and appropriate strategies and resources are identified. Students must provide documentation of their disability prior to receiving services. Students should submit documentation from a qualified professional stating the nature and severity of the disability, the diagnostic procedures used and recommendations for assistance. Information obtained is confidential and is used solely for the purpose of identifying appropriate support services. Parking Contact OSU Parking Services at (405) 744-6525 for details regarding accessible parking.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center Cordell Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-2818 http://www.okstate.edu/ucs/asac.html
The Student Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center (ASAC), a unit of the Division of Student Aﬀairs, has been designated as the coordinating oﬃce for all matters regarding referrals for substance abuse counseling and/or treatment programs for students. During each semester’s orientation program for new students, a seminar concerning the use and the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol is provided. In addition, the university’s policies, rules and standards for maintaining a campus free of substance abuse, as well as available counseling, treatment, evaluation and education, are reviewed. The Alcohol & Substance Abuse Center participates in the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This weak features a variety of programs and activities geared to educating the campus community and reducing substance abuse. Literature and educational materials on relevant topics regarding substance use and abuse are readily available in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Student Counseling Center. The Student ASAC Counseling Center provides ongoing seminars, workshops, educational programs and outreach activities regarding substance abuse. Programs can be geared to any particular campus group or department upon request. The ASAC recognizes its responsibility for developing, promulgating and enforcing policy regarding alcohol and drug use among students and employees. The ASAC recognizes drug and alcohol use can adversely impact its most important concerns: academic excellence, student development, and the health and safety of the campus community. This policy applies to all levels of the university’s student community. Its success depends upon the belief each person has a role in responding to this issue and that substance abuse is a solvable problem which must be addressed systematically, fairly and with due process of law. Each student deserves the best possible opportunity to achieve academic excellence and a quality campus environment in which to develop and mature. Moreover, the safety and the welfare of all members of the campus community must be assured. The ASAC wants to promote a safe, healthy environment to maximize the potential of all to make significant contributions in life and to promote the concept of individual responsibility for substance use with all members of its community. The ASAC recognizes that substance abuse poses significant and serious threats to its mission as an institution of higher education. The appropriate and legal use of drugs or alcohol is a right and privilege, but the inappropriate or illegal use of drugs or alcohol is not. The ASAC recognizes responsibility to educate the campus community about problems associated with drug and alcohol use. Alcohol and drug counseling are provided to students. The counseling center provides services to all OSU students:
Substance Abuse Individual Counseling Substance Abuse Counseling Group Alcohol and Drug Assessments DUI Assessments Public Intox/Minor in Possession Assessments DUI Referrals
Substance Abuse Court/Legal Counseling Anger Resolution Counseling Substance Abuse Family Counseling Alcohol and Drug Resource/Information Campus Outreach
Seretean Wellness Center 1514 W. Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-WELL (9355) Fax: (405) 744-7670 http://www.wellness.okstate.edu
Share the WEALTH– (405) 744-4298 Share the WEALTH (Wellness Educators Advocating Lifestyles Toward Health) is a peer health education program to address the health issues and concerns facing OSU students. The program is composed of trained peer educators who promote positive health behaviors, increase awareness of campus and community resources, encourage the use of critical thinking during decision making processes and create a support network for students. Share the WEALTH peer educators develop and facilitate health education and awareness presentations and programs. Wellness State is another component of the peer health education program specifically designed for freshman students. It integrates health education with technology in the classroom setting. Presentations are “student friendly” and the “graduates” of the Share the WEALTH program serve as facilitators for these programs. Student Screenings– (405) 744-9355 Every student is eligible for a health screening once a year. Height, weight, total cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition are measured by Wellness Center staﬀ. In addition, students complete a health risk appraisal questionnaire online. Nutrition– (405) 744-9355 Nutrition therapy examines individual eating habits and their relationship to health and disease. A registered and licensed dietitian can assist in the development of a practical meal plan to meet a student’s specific needs. Whether one is trying to improve athletic performance, reduce cholesterol levels, lose weight or overcome an eating disorder, nutrition plays a vital role in achieving goals. Students receive discounted rates. Fitness Center– (405) 744-9355 Exercise is an essential part of the strategy for wellness. Whether a beginning exerciser or a seasoned veteran, students will find everything they need at the Seretean Wellness Center O-Zone to meet their fitness needs. The strength training room includes individual station machines and free weights. The center is also equipped with the latest individual aerobic exercise machines including treadmills, recumbent bicycles, elliptical trainers and stairclimbers. Various times each day, certified instructors lead group exercise classes including hi/lo and step aerobics, kickboxing, yoga and toning. Discounted Fitness Center memberships are available. Healthy Choice Alternatives- Choose Orange University Dining Services oﬀers a variety of healthy eating options in all of its 30+ dining facilities. In the all-you-careto-eat facilities, students will find healthy choices including fresh fruit and salad bars with a variety of healthy dressings. Look for the Choose Orange logo on the healthiest options. For more information, visit http://chooseorange.okstate.edu.
THE FRESHMAN “FIFTEEN”: 15 Positive Steps to College Success
STAY ACTIVE. Walk to class; take the stairs; use the Colvin Center; play intramurals. Find a friend who enjoys working out, so you can motivate each other.
GET SOME SLEEP! Go to bed early at least one night a week.
MAKE BETTER FOOD CHOICES. Focus on more fruits, veggies and whole grains vs. fried or high sugar items.
EAT REGULAR MEALS to avoid late night snacking. Keep your room stocked with healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables, yogurt and graham crackers.
DRINK WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER. Even mild dehydration can cause headaches or fatigue. Plus, it gives the feeling of being “full” and suppresses your appetite.
GET INVOLVED! Join a club. Listen to someone else’s music. Dance. Get to know someone whose style is very diﬀerent from yours. Play games. Have a movie night. Enjoy the outdoors while you can.
EMBRACE DIVERSITY. Get to know people diﬀerent from you. Learn a new language. Eat interesting and unusual foods.
GIVE SOMETHING BACK. Tutor. Walk for the cure. Raise money for your cause. Build a house. Read to a child. Give a compliment. Be a mentor.
GO TO CLASS. Sounds like a no-brainer, but some students forget that they are here to go to school. Even if the class doesn’t take attendance, go!
FORM STUDY GROUPS for tough classes and tests.
MEET YOUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS. Write in a journal. Take a quiet walk. Meditate. Go to a place of worship. Go to someone else’s place of worship.
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF. Pay attention to your feelings. Talk to a friend. Cry occasionally. Laugh daily. Smile in the mirror. Focus on accomplishments. Learn from mistakes.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF INTELLECTUALLY. Take some courses that stretch you. Consider subjects that you know nothing about.
PRACTICE TIME MANAGEMENT. Learn to say “no.” Saying “no” to parties, movies, etc., does not make you a terrible person.
WEAR ORANGE OFTEN. Show OSU pride. A Cowboy is forever!
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs 032 Classroom Building Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078 (405) 744-5490 Fax: (405) 744-2680 E-mail: email@example.com http://gogreek.okstate.edu
Recognized OSU Fraternities and Sororities Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Gamma Rho Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Pi Omega Alpha Tau Omega Beta Theta Pi Chi Omega Delta Delta Delta Delta Epsilon Psi Delta Sigma Theta Delta Tau Delta FarmHouse Gamma Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Order Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Alpha Theta Kappa Delta Kappa Kappa Gamma Kappa Sigma Lambda Chi Alpha Omega Psi Phi Phi Beta Sigma Phi Delta Theta Phi Gamma Delta Phi Kappa Tau Phi Mu Phi Sigma Nu Pi Beta Phi Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Chi Sigma Lambda Gamma Sigma Nu Sigma Pi Sigma Phi Epsilon Tau Kappa Epsilon Zeta Tau Alpha
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs provides advice, counsel and guidance to the approximately 3,000 OSU students who are members of the fraternity and sorority community on our campus. The fraternity and sorority community is composed of four governing councils – Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council. Membership Recruitment There are two topics that are foremost in young peoples’ minds relating to fraternity and sorority life – recruitment and recruitment. Recruitment is the procedure used to invite new members into the sororities and fraternities at OSU. IFC recruitment and Panhellenic recruitment are different. If your son or daughter attended Greek Discovery Day, you have a good head start on understanding the way they work. Panhellenic Formal Fall Recruitment is a process that will take place August 8-14, 2010. The young women participating will move into Kerr-Drummond August 8. Because of a strong partnership between the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Aﬀairs and Residential Life, conferencestyle housing is oﬀered. This allows the young women to live in a central location, to build relationships with each other and become familiar with campus. The recruitment process ends on August 14, which is known as Bid Day. Following Bid Day, new members of the sorority community will be given the opportunity to move into their permanent housing assignments. Potential new members must adhere to specific policies and procedures to complete the recruitment process and be oﬀered membership in one of the sororities at OSU. It is important for you, as parents, to know regardless of what may be said to you or your daughter, membership in a particular chapter cannot be guaranteed by one, or a few, members of any OSU sorority. You may e-mail the recruitment coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IFC recruitment is a more casual process that takes place, literally, year around. A young man interested in becoming a member of one of the IFC fraternities is to complete and return the IFC recruitment registration form. Once the form is on file with Fraternity and Sorority Aﬀairs your son can “sign,” or agree to become involved, with an OSU fraternity any time after June 26, 2010. This form is available online or in 050 Student Union. NPHC and MGC intake are diﬀerent than IFC and Panhellenic and require a specific number of completed college credits for membership. Substance Free All recruitment processes are substancefree events. Your son or daughter should not come into contact with alcohol or any other mind-altering substance while being contacted about joining a fraternity or sorority. If this happens, please contact Fraternity and Sorority Affairs immediately. Hazing A common concern about Greek aﬃliation is hazing. Hazing is not tolerated at Oklahoma State University. All Greek governing bodies at OSU have policies against hazing, the university has a policy against hazing and it’s against the law in Oklahoma and 43 other states. Congress has passed legislation that keeps an individual who has hazed someone from receiving federal financial aid. If you have specific concerns, questions or comments, please contact the Oﬃce of Fraternity and Sorority Aﬀairs. Why should your son or daughter join a fraternity or sorority? • Greek grades are consistently higher. • Greek graduation rates are higher, both four-year and six-year rates. •Greeks comprise a large percentage of campus leadership positions. •Every All-University Intramural Champion has been Greek. •Greeks are extremely involved in OSU’s nationally recognized Homecoming celebration. • Greek alumni continue to be generous donors to the university.
Residential Life Iba Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-5592 Fax: (405) 744-6775 E-mail: email@example.com http://www.reslife.okstate.edu
Pete’s Pointers #8 Be involved and visit (but not too often). Take advantage of as many university-sponsored activities as your student invites you to, but try not to drop in unannounced. Prior contact is a courtesy, and shows that you respect their new found independence and maturity. It also gives them a chance to slide last week’s dirty laundry under the bed. Welcome to Residential Life! With 24 residence halls, three distinct living styles, seven family-first neighborhoods and 20 living learning communities, there is something for everyone on campus. Students can enjoy the convenience of living, eating, working and studying on campus. OSU houses more than 5,000 students each year, and we can’t wait to welcome your student to the OSU Housing and Residential Life family! Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by parents as they prepare for their student to move to college. Housing and Rates Students who live on campus are more involved, graduate earlier and make better grades than students who live oﬀ campus. There is always something to do, people to meet and experiences to share. OSU oﬀers attractive and convenient housing on campus, and there is an option to meet every lifestyle and budget. There are three styles of housing to choose from: community style halls, suites and apartments. Students can also choose from nine or twelve month contracts. There are 20 learning community options for students with common majors, interests and backgrounds with more being added all the time. The possibilities are limitless. (Please check the Residential Life Web site at www.reslife.okstate.edu for the latest information on policies and procedures.) Living on campus is not only convenient in location, but it is also convenient on the pocketbook. All bills are covered in the room rent including electricity, water, sewer, expanded
basic cable television with OSU movie channel, Internet and OSU mainframe access. There is only one deposit to make - what could be easier? Please check the Housing and Residential Life Web site at www.reslife.okstate.edu for the most current housing rates. Security in the Halls OSU boasts one of the safest campuses in the Big XII. OSU takes your student’s safety very seriously, and provides security phones across campus, hall staﬀ member(s) on duty in each hall 24 hours a day and one of the fastest response times of any police department. In addition, we provide card swipe access on exterior doors, automated fire suppression systems and commercial grade locks in all of our facilities. One of the most important factors in providing a safe environment is personal prevention. Students should lock their room/unit doors at all times, including when they are home and when they leave their room, even if it is just to walk down the hall for a minute or two. Also, when the building doors are locked do not let anyone have access to the building by holding open the door or propping the door open. Many halls oﬀer 24-hour desk services to provide additional supervision. Preparing to Live Away from Home Preparing to live in the residence halls can be a very exciting, and very stressful, time. Your student will be able to go online and choose his or her assignment this summer. You and your student can go to the Housing and Residential Life Web site (www.reslife.okstate.edu) and find out all you need to know about moving into the halls including a list of what to bring, what to leave at home, how to connect a computer, what parking is like and how to get along with roommate(s). Be sure to read all of the information and even print it out and bring it with you when you move on campus. There is also a helpful campus map and directions for surviving move-in day. Where to live next year? Even though your student hasn’t moved into the halls yet, it is never too early to start thinking about where he or she will live the next year. On-campus residents participate in priority sign-up each fall. This program allows current residents to choose where they want to live the following year. It is all based on priority rankings, including number of semesters on campus, classification, hours completed and even grade point average. Almost half of on-campus residents choose to live on campus the following year. This is how many of our current residents are able to move into the apartments and suites. Details are available after fall break.
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1 - Portions of Bost and Kamm Halls are furnished and unfurnished. 2 - The first three floors of Stout Hall are open to Honors College students. The fourth floor is open to upperclassmen only. 3 - The 24-hour front desk in the Griffith Community Center serves Allen, Booker, Bost, Davis, Morsani-Smith, Sitlington, Stinchcomb, Young, and Zink Halls. 4 - Only residents who are 21 or older may live together (same gender) in these halls (in designated areas or floors) and consume alcoholic beverages. Housing policies are subject to change. For the latest information, please check the Housing and Residential Life website at www.reslife.okstate.edu.
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