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Departments & Programs
Vice President's Office Programs
The office of the University Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students is responsible for seventeen departments that provide the out-of-classroom experience that defines student life for OU students. We also provide customized services and programs to meet the needs of our students. Read about these programs below.
Crimson Cruisers Bike Share
The Crimson Cruisers bike share program launched in April 2017 with a fleet of 75 bikes and 10 bike hubs. The bike share program, an initiative of the OU Student Government Association (SGA), is now a thriving collaboration between OU students, staff, administration and Gotcha Bike.
SIGN-UP: To use Crimson Cruisers, OU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to create an account online or through the SoBi (So-Bee) mobile app. OU members have one FREE hour daily.
In the summer of 2018, Student Affairs launched a new initiative called The League. The League is an organized group of former student leaders who have graduated from OU and want to stay connected with Student Affairs. Encourage your former students, friends, staff members, and alumni to join us!
Welcome to the OU Family! As part of your student’s support system, you play a critical role in helping your student succeed from orientation through graduation. We are eager to partner with you in that effort- providing resources, education programs, and opportunities to connect your family to the diverse range of experiences available at OU.
President's Community Scholars is comprised of students who want to make a difference in their community. Through the President's Community Scholars scholarship, President James L. Gallogly recognizes the community service efforts of our best and brightest scholars.
Administered by the office of Leadership & Volunteerism within the Division of Student Affairs, PCS provides high-achieving high school students with the best possible freshman experience through service to local, state and global communities.
The President's Leadership Class was created in 1961 to encourage outstanding Oklahoma high school students to remain in the state for their college careers. Today, 57 years later, the University of Oklahoma's President's Leadership Class attracts students from across the country and has been recognized as one of the nation's top freshman leadership programs. Members of the Class are hand-selected from more than 12,000 applicants to become a part of this tight-knit community of 125 student leaders.
SafeRide was created in 2004 during the implementation of the Student Alcohol Policy to discourage drinking and driving. The program provides safe and free transportation to OU students within the Norman city limits, no questions asked. Each student receives two free, on-demand taxi SafeRides each weekend of operation.
SafeRide is a feature in the OU app, OU Innovate: Innovation for the Everyday, to provide students services at their fingertips. Download the app today and use SafeRide!
SafeRide operates every weekend from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Student Affairs is excited to introduce Shuffle -
a fun, safe and eco-friendly campus ride share service offering $2 electric rides in the campus area!
Just download the app to request a ride anywhere in the service area, or wave down a Shuffle driver and hop in!
To find out all things happening in and around campus 24/7, check out the What To Do website and weekly emails. Events promoted through What To Do are open to all OU students.
Do you have an event you want to publicize? Click the button below, complete the form, and choose the What To Do calendar.
Student Affairs Departments
Student Affairs is responsible for the portion of your collegiate experience that occurs outside the classroom. Our departments specialize in the areas of career services, leadership and volunteerism activities, student life activities, student conduct, housing and food, health services, and more. We also provide student affairs services on our Tulsa, Health Science Center and Arezzo, Italy campuses. Learn more about each of our departments and the services they offer to OU students!
Arezzo, Italy Student Affairs
Arezzo, a classic Tuscan town nestled conveniently between Rome and Florence, is filled with charm, warm welcomes and unforgettable views. As you walk from the ancient City Center down Corso Italia you begin to understand why Italian filmmaker Roberto Benigni chose Arezzo as his canvas, on which he painted the Oscar winning “La Vita è Bella.” Life in Arezzo is beautiful. A magical place, where you can begin to build your Italian dreams, make lifelong friendships, and have experiences so unforgettable, that like a fine Italian wine, the stories get better with time. OU’s Arezzo campus offers a range of academic programs for students interesting in studying abroad.
Mailing Address: University of Oklahoma, Via Pietri, 43, 52100 Arezzo
Phone: (338) 941-4915
Career Services provides career assistance to all OU students from freshman year through graduate school. An outstanding staff provide programs and resources that assist students in discovering interests and selecting a major field of study, finding an internship or full-time employment, or applying for graduate or professional school. Career Services is the OU student's best resource for job outlook, salary, and employment trend information. A wide range of programs facilitate contact between students and employers, and teach career decision-making and job search skills from one-on-one resume critiques to career fairs. (For on or off campus student jobs, contact OU's Human Resources office at 325-1826.)
Fitness + Recreation
Fitness and Recreation provides recreational sports programs, fitness services and facilities. The Sarkeys Fitness Center, the university's recreation and fitness center, offers a state-of-the-art weight room, climbing wall, cardio room, indoor track, basketball courts, volleyball, badminton, racquetball and squash. Additionally, personal training and a full schedule of non-credit fitness classes are available. Periodically, OU students have the opportunity to sign up for outdoor wilderness recreation events and may check-out backpacking and camping equipment. The department is home to OU’s Intramural Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for individuals and groups. Registered Sport Clubs also receive advice and assistance from the department. OU’s Murray Case Sells Pool offers swim lessons, water aerobics, lap and recreational swim.
The Gender+Equality Center (GEC) fosters social justice by advocating for the rights of women and LGBTQ students, empowering those without a voice, and challenging inequality. The GEC helps all students reach their full potential and explore new perspectives. It provides a number of programs to ensure student safety, well-being and success while at the university, including sexual assault prevention and response, breast health education, LGBTQ programs and services and wage equity workshops.
Health Sciences Center
Health Sciences Center (HSC) Student Affairs helps develop a community of health care professionals through recruitment, retention, recreational programs and services. The HSC Student Affairs office provides oversight for student organizations and student government, coordinates student development and community-based programs, provides counseling services, manages the David L. Boren Student Union and provides recreational services and programs. The HSC Writing Center assists students in all of the health disciplines with professional and research documents and publications.
Health Services (OUHS) is a fully accredited ambulatory health care facility staffed by board-certified physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses. The center offers the convenience of an on-campus location and the commitment to high quality care for students, faculty, staff and their dependents. OUHS also offers a women’s center, certified laboratory and radiology services, physical therapy and a pharmacy. The center hosts regular outreach focusing on various health issues and healthy lifestyle choices.
Henderson Scholars Program focuses on the academics, commu-nity service and success of a cohort of 120 students. Henderson Scholars uphold the vision and mission set forth by Dr. George Henderson.
Housing and Food Services
Housing and Food Services provides high-quality housing, dining and catering services that enhance the educational experience of OU students.
Housing and Food Services provides a variety of on-campus living options for students, including both residence halls – for both freshmen and upper class students and apartments -- for upper class students. The convenience, safety and programming options that are available through on-campus living contribute greatly to the success and quality of life for OU students.
The OU community enjoys the dining options that more than 30 restaurants in 14 locations provide. Convenient, healthy dining options are available throughout campus. Nutritional information is available online with a convenient Nutrition Calculator.
Housing and Food Services continually assesses their service to the University community. In addition to exceeding the expectations of students and faculty, they aim to provide staff with an enriching experience at a great place to work.
Leadership & Volunteerism
Leadership & Volunteerism prepares students for leadership responsibilities and roles through educational leadership programming and student volunteer opportunities. The office advises The Big Event, OU students’ annual day of volunteerism, coordinates campus awards and recognition programs, advises the President's Community Scholars scholarship program and serves as a resource for student organizations.
Oklahoma Memorial Union
The Oklahoma Memorial Union is the living room of the university, providing spaces to study and relax. The Union has several lounges, a dance floor, a game room and a food court that houses seven restaurants, at least one of which provides campus dining 24 hours a day. A variety of shops are available, including a university bookstore, art gallery, Starbucks, post office, copy shop and credit union. The union has a computer lab, network connections in the Clarke-Anderson room and wireless internet throughout most of the building. Student organizations may host organization meetings, dinners, receptions and dances in The Union. The Union Programming Board (UPB) is a dynamic student-run organization dedicated to providing diverse programs in the Oklahoma Memorial Union for the University of Oklahoma community. Oklahoma Memorial Union is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year.
This department is responsible for the Norman, Health Sciences Center and Tulsa campuses day-to-day administration of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, the university’s discipline system and coordinates due process under the OU Academic Misconduct Code. It also coordinates alcohol compliance checks for the university's Greek community, and serves as a resource to the university community for dispute resolution and positive alternatives to hazing and alcohol/drug abuse. Groups interested in alcohol education and risk management programs may contact the director.
Student Life is the “hub” of student life at OU. By providing motivation, guidance, encouragement and support to students throughout their collegiate experience, Student Life provides program opportunities and student activities that enhance students’ academic pursuits. The department is also a central resource for more than 400 registered student organizations including OU’s sororities and fraternities. Student Life is home to Camp Crimson, OU’s summer orientation camp for new-to-OU students and Sooner Orientation Weekend, an information and activity-packed event just prior to the start of fall classes. Programs and services specific to African-American, American Indian, Asian and Latino Student Life are also offered through the Student Life office.
Student Media is the steward of The Oklahoma Daily, one of the nation's most-honored multimedia student news organizations; Sooner, annually hailed as one of the best college yearbooks in the country; and other student-managed publications, websites and mobile apps. Under the counsel of Student Media's professional staff of media veterans, more than 100 students work each semester as reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, designers, marketers and salespeople. Most positions are paid, and undergraduates and graduate students from any academic major are encouraged to apply.
Tulsa Student Affairs
Student Affairs at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center is responsible for events, programs and services in a variety of areas impacting the student experience. Student services include campus activities, personal health and wellness, career services, volunteer programs, counseling, the Disability Resource Center, student conduct issues and the health clinic. Additionally, OU-Tulsa Student Affairs advises the student government (OUTSA) and is heavily involved with the registered student organizations.
University Counseling Center
Unversity Counseling Center provides a wide range of counseling services including traditional counseling (individual, couple, group), psychological assessment, psychiatry, consultation and outreach. In addition the center is home to an APA accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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