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In addition to familiarizing yourself with the student resources so as to be able to direct our students to them when necessary, we also want our instructors to feel supported and prepared by FYC. As such, please consider the FYC-Office as a resource for all your teaching needs, and feel free to drop in and discuss any issues you are facing in the classroom or just to chat about your pedagogical approaches. 

Below are some other resources we think you may find helpful:

FYC offers a series of professional development workshops throughout the semester aimed specifically at issues of import to teaching composition. More generally, the OU Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of resources for teachers, including resources for incorporating digital technologies into the classroom and communities aimed specifically toward graduate student teachers and faculty.

In addition to the wealth of access provided by the general library website, the OU libraries offers specific subject guides and resources. The guide for the humanities offers a collection if discipline-specific databases, as well as contact information for the humanities librarians, Kristal Boulden and Leorah Golomb, both of whom serve as excellent resources for us in teaching research.

As composition instructors, we are often uniquely positioned to help students in the early stages of transitioning to student life.The University of Oklahoma has a number of resources aimed at giving our students the best possible chance to succeed on campus, not just academically but in all factors of life. Several of these resources have been placed under the umbrella organization of the University of Oklahoma’s Behavior Intervention Team (BIT), a group of trained campus professionals who respond to reports of disruptive or troubling behavior issues. BIT’s mission is to promote student, faculty and staff success and campus safety by identifying individuals who demonstrate behaviors that may be early warning signs of possible disruptive or violent behavior and intervene at the earliest possible point.

When to make a report:

If you have a student who is (or who you suspect might be)...

  • experiencing a decline in work or academic performance
  • demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior
  • showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight
  • having problems at home, with classes or work
  • making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers
  • sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts
  • abusing alcohol or drugs
  • isolating themselves socially
  • acting paranoid or suspicious
  • frequently angry or easily frustrated
  • struggling with health problems

For more information on BIT, please visit the OU BIT/Compass section entry on our policies page.

The Compass Network is a Provost's initiative assisting undergraduate students facing a multiplicity of issues that could impact their success or degree completion. Our team works collaboratively with University partners to ensure care and support for our students.

If you are working with a student in need of assistance beyond what you feel you can provide as a faculty/staff member, contact us for a consultation or submit a referral at

The hotline serves as an added protection for OU students, handling reports of bias, discrimination, physical or mental harassment or misconduct by OU community members.

The 24 Hour Reporting Hotline service allows for the reporting of incidents or concerns relating, but not limited, to the following:

  • Equal opportunity, Title IX, discrimination or harassment
  • Campus climate and bias
  • Financial matters involving suspected fraud or misuse of University resources
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Public or environmental health and safety
  • Research or scientific misconduct
  • Human resource issues
  • Student conduct

Reports can may be made by calling 844-428-6531 or going online to 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) spells out directly the rights of our students in regards to access to their grades as well as what we can and cannot share with the family members of students. It is our responsibility as instructors to be familiar with FERPA guidelines. 

For information on what to do if the family member of a student contacts you, please visit the Responding to Parents section on the instructor policies page.

You can view and download your pay stubs at OU HR Self-Service. You can also update your contact and federal tax information through this service. If for any reason you have an issue or discrepancy with your pay, please begin by contacting the HR Payroll office at (405) 325-2961. If they tell you it is an issue with FYC, please contact Sara Knight.

For additional resources, such as our guide to teaching ENGL 1113 and 1213, please visit our First-Year Composition page on Canvas.