2023-2024 Student Handbook 
    
    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Handbook

Important Offices


Academic Services

Academic Advising

University Hall 107, 740-368-3110

Using a holistic advising approach, advisors guide students in shaping their individualized goals, engaging in thoughtful academic planning, and navigating the possibilities and challenges that college offers. As part of Orientation, you will work with a Faculty Registration Guide (FRG) for initial course registration. As you begin your first semester, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will support your selection of courses and choice of a major/minor. Your advisor can help you brainstorm solutions to academic challenges and make the most of opportunities available through the General Education curriculum and the OWU Connection. In addition, they can help you identify and connect with campus resources to support your goals and needs. As your interests develop, you may continue with your advisor throughout your time at Ohio Wesleyan or request a new advisor. The Director of Holistic Advising is also available to help you understand and address academic policies, opportunities, and concerns.

The Sagan Academic Resource Center

HWCC 324, 740-368-3925

The Sagan Academic Resource Center (Sagan ARC) is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Students may call (740) 368-3925 or stop by to set up appointments.  You may also email arc@owu.edu for more information.  Appointments are arranged on a first come, first served basis and are free of charge.

The Sagan ARC is staffed by professionals as well as student assistants and peer tutors.The Center houses comfortable study stations, and private tutorial rooms.  The Sagan ARC is made up of the following service centers:

 

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers feedback and guidance to all students on all types of writing assignments in any of their classes.  We work with students throughout the writing process, from brainstorming ideas and getting started, to writing and revising drafts and polishing sentences and citations. In addition, we offer suggestions and advice on application essays for scholarships, grants, graduate schools, and other academic opportunities, as well as on resumes and cover letters.

The Writing Center also assists students with removing “U” notations from their transcripts.  Any instructor in any class can assign a student a “U” notation along with the final course grade if the instructor thinks the student would benefit from ongoing support in writing.  Students who receive “U”s work with a professional writing tutor in the Writing Center for one hour a week throughout the following semester.  Usually, the student will work through the brainstorming-drafting-revising stages for three or four short writing assignments from that semester’s classes.  When the student’s writing skills show improvement and the student has completed the tutoring program, the Registrar removes the “U” notation from the student’s transcript.

Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center (ASC) provides one-on-one assistance in the areas of time management, study skills, note taking, test preparation, and test performance. The professionals in the ASC also offer group presentations for classes, athletic teams, fraternities or sororities, and other campus groups.   

Quantitative Skill Center

The Quantitative Skills Center (Q-Center) provides assistance to all students who have questions in their mathematics courses and in some science, psychology, and economic courses.  The mathematics courses tutored by the Q-Center are Math 104, Math 105, Math 108, Math 110, Math 111, and Math 230.  Students receive individual guidance through the problem solving process at a pace comfortable to them.  Appointment tutoring and walk-in tutoring are both available.

Accessibility Services Center

The Accessibility Services Office (ASO) is staffed by the Director of Accessibility Services who works with students with documented disabilities in order to provide equal access to the OWU academic environment. ASO serves students with any type of disability (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, medical and/or mental health conditions) by recommending appropriate academic accommodations at the college level.  The Director of Accessibility Services will refer students to available resources on campus and in the community.  OWU is equipped to provide needed assistive technology to qualified students, including text-to-speech software, speech-to-text software, MS Word, MS Excel, and Read and Write Gold for testing purposes. ASO handles electronic text book requests for qualified students. Students are educated on their responsibilities for accessing disability related services on the college level.  The Director of Accessibility Services is available to provide support and advocacy to students.

University Information Services

Corns Lower Level

740-368-3120

helpdesk@owu.edu    

The staff of Information Services serves as an information and technology catalyst for educational, personal, and professional growth on and off campus.  They are also happy to offer mobile apps for the OWU community.

BishopApps is OWU’s online application suite powered by Google Workspace.  BishopApps provides students with email (BishopMail), calendars, productivity apps, and much more.  Your username and password for BishopApps is the same username and password you use to sign in to BishopNet wireless network, OWU Self-Service, Blackboard, and other services.

University Libraries                                                      

Hobson Library Contact Information

Main Desk:  740-368-3271

This year, Hobson Science Library will serve as the main library location. It’s located on the academic side of campus in the north building of the Schimmel-Conrades Science Center. For more details about library services and locations, please visit the library’s main website library.owu.edu. 

International and Off Campus Programs

Slocum 311, 740-368-3070

International and Off Campus Programs (IOCP) is responsible for supporting, promoting and/or administering the following:

  • international off-campus programs and educational exchanges
  • domestic off-campus for-credit educational programs
  • the application process for study abroad and domestic off-campus programs
  • regulations of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • international and US global nomad students
  • the Theory-to-Practice Grant Program
  • the SIP Grant Program
  • Travel Learning Course Program
  • enrolled international and US global nomad students
  • those participating in off-campus programs
  • the internationalization of the campus
  • programs which aid international students with their adjustment to the campus and Delaware community and in meeting their educational and personal goals (from Orientation through Commencement)

Office of the Registrar

University Hall 007, 740-368-3200

The Registrar’s Office is the repository for all academic records at the University.  The student’s home address, class registration, grades, and final transcripts are maintained in this office.  The Registrar’s staff also coordinates applications for reinstatement, requests for withdrawal and leave of absence, evaluation of transfer credits, veteran’s benefits, and certification of degree requirements.

Privacy of Educational Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly referred to as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, was passed by federal legislators to require educational institutions and agencies to conform to fair practices regarding the release of information about students

Transcript Requests

Ohio Wesleyan is pleased to offer online transcript ordering through the National Student Clearinghouse. Current OWU students can print an unofficial transcript directly from Self Service.

Degree Requirements

An essential first step on the way to graduation is gaining an accurate understanding of what your course of study will require. The Office of the Registrar provides guidelines and helpful tools for tracking your degree progress. Degree audits can be reviewed by students and their advisors at degreeaudit.owu.edu

Transfer Credit

Ohio Wesleyan is a member of Transferology and is happy to evaluate transfer credits from other institutions, along with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and A-Level exam scores. If you are a current OWU student, please complete the Application for Transfer Credit before registering to take credit elsewhere to transfer back to Ohio Wesleyan. If transferring credit in from another school, please request that an official transcript be sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. If you have taken exams which may qualify for credit at Ohio Wesleyan, please have the official scores sent to the Office of the Registrar.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

Ohio Wesleyan University recognizes the sacrifice and honorable service of our U.S. military families. We are dedicated to providing support as you take the next step in achieving your goals. See https://www.owu.edu/academics/office-of-the-registrar/information-for-veterans.

Office of Admission

Slocum Hall, 740-368-3020

The Office of Admission recruits and admits first year and transfer students to the University.  Many on-campus recruiting events including day-only open house programs, overnight visitations and programs featuring particular majors are sponsored by the office throughout the year. Student-guided tours and information sessions with admission counselors are offered at regular intervals each day. Visits may also include meeting with a professor and/or coach, attending a class, or even staying overnight in a residence hall.

Alumni Relations

Mowry 1st Floor, 740-368-3325

The Alumni Relations Office supports opportunities for Ohio Wesleyan Alumni to connect and engage with other OWU Alumni, the campus, faculty, staff, administration and current students.  Signature events coordinated by Alumni Relations include Homecoming & Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, Affinity Group Events and Regional Alumni Events in targeted cities.  The staff also works closely with the Senior Class as they are transitioning into their role as OWU Alumni. 

Athletic Department

Simpson Querrey Fitness Center and Edwards Gym, 740-368-3725

The Athletic Department encompasses support for Varsity Athletics, the coaching staff, and athletic facilities management.  OWU is a Division III school and we compete with institutions such as Denison, Wittenberg, Oberlin, Wooster, Otterbein, Kenyon, Wabash, Hiram, and Allegheny.

The central office is located in the Simpson Querrey and Edwards Gymnasium building, but various coaches/athletics staff can be found in a number of the athletic facilities.  Below is a list of all varsity sports and athletic facilities at OWU:

Fitness and Recreation Facilities

Fitness and Recreation Facilities are designed to serve active students, faculty and staff as they strive to make good lifestyle decisions and to provide opportunities to develop and enhance personal wellness and health.  The facilities are open for use by current students, faculty, and staff and faculty/staff family members.  Current OWU ID’s are required to enter all of the Athletic Fitness facilities.  A limited number of memberships (University Athletic Club) will be available for purchase to OWU alumni and Delaware community members. 

Financial Aid

Slocum Hall 302, 740-368-3050

The Financial Aid Office assists students receiving Title IV financial aid in planning for their financial need throughout the year.  The types of financial aid that is available along with policies and procedures can be found online.

Spirituality

The Chaplain’s Office

HWCC 308, 740-368-3083

Christian-based and interfaith-laced, the University Chaplaincy at Ohio Wesleyan University is “a good place to find yourself.” We provide many different opportunities to meet both individual and group religious needs, as well as help you explore your life calling and develop your moral leadership for service anywhere in the world.  Call us at 740-368-3083, email us at chaplain@owu.edu, or stop by anytime to chat with us on the third and fourth floors of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.  We will do everything we can to meet your need.

Student Engagement and Success

The Division of Student Engagement and Success is made up of eleven departments/units that provide support services, resources, and engagement opportunities to students in order to enrich and advance learning in their collegiate journey 

Title IX

Title IX Coordinator

Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the University with primary responsibility for coordinating the University’s efforts to prevent and respond to cases of sex- or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and misconduct.. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities are critical to the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law.  In broad terms, the Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of University policy in relation to Title IX legal developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University’s Title IX compliance.  Below is the contact information for the Title IX Coordinator:

Dwayne K. Todd, PhD

Vice President for Student Engagement and Success and Dean of Students

Ohio Wesleyan University

Hamilton-Williams Campus Center – Room #230

Delaware OH  43015

740-368-3135

dktodd@owu.edu

Ohio Wesleyan University also designates two other individuals to assist/support the Title IX Coordinator in his/her work to fulfill the compliance efforts.  Below are the names, area of support and contact information for the Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Athletics

Kirsta Cobb

Associate Athletics Director

Senior Woman Administrator

Edward Gymnasium Room 109

740-368-3746

ktcobb@ owu.edu

Student Conduct

Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Ohio Wesleyan University

HWCC Room 225

Delaware, OH  43015

740-368-3175

University Business

Accounting Office /Cashier

University Hall 018, 740-368-3366

Students will visit the Accounting Office to pick up club/organization related checks or for reimbursement from Campus related out of pocket expenditures.

Office of Student Accounts

University Hall 012, 740-368-3362 or 3369

The Bursar’s Office handles questions concerning student accounts.  Examples of student account related topics are listed below:

  • Explanation/clarification of charges and credits/payments
  • Current balance due
  • Payroll deductions to pay a student account
  • Student health insurance coverage
  • Pick up a student account refund check
  • Place a deposit on their OWU-card accounts
  • Make a payment by cash or check for tuition, fines and traffic citations

Student Meal Plan

740-368-3451

Students living on campus are required to participate in a University meal plan.  There are three meal plans offered. Students currently enrolled will select a meal plan for the next academic year when they complete their housing application.

The OWU Card and Card Office

Corns 110, 740-368-3451

Your OWU card is your official University ID and should be carried with you at all times.  Many departments use the OWU Card as a means to grant access to their services. 

University uses for OWU Card:

  • Access card to all residence halls, fraternity houses (locked 24/7) and various academic buildings
  • Meal Plan Card (with Off-Campus Dining Points feature)
  • Official Library Card
  • Access to events and activities
  • Strand Theatre (for discount)
  • Copies made in the Library only (copier points given to each student)
  • Debit Card Feature (if deposit is made onto card) which can be used for the following:
    • Bookstore Purchases
    • OWU Print Services