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Departmental and University Handbooks

Departmental Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct applies to all members of the department (members of the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy include physics, engineering physics, and astrophysics undergraduate students; physics and astronomy graduate students; physics and astronomy postdocs, staff, and faculty; anybody with assigned office space or access to laboratory space in Nielsen and Lin Halls; and visitors to the department). 

Undergraduate students

Departmental handbook for navigating undergraduate studies in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, and engineering physics (so-called Green Book (pdf))

The OU General Catalog can be found at (the links on this site contain degree requirements).

Graduate students

Departmental handbook for navigating graduate studies in physics and astronomy (so-called Red Book (pdf))

Links to the departmental checklists for the Non-Thesis Masters, Thesis Masters, General Exam, and Ph.D. can be found at our Current Students page (scroll down to “Checklists”).

Information on the mentoring program for first-year graduate students (peer- and faculty-mentoring), which was initiated in Fall 2021, can be found at our Current Students page (scroll down to “Mentoring Program”).

The Graduate Student Bulletin, which can be found on the Graduate College’s website , contains a lot of useful information on course requirements, timelines, and more.

University-wide student policies

Links to the Student Code, Academic Policies, Housing Policies, OU Regents Policies, Substance Use, Student Protections, and Student Government Association Policies can be found at the handbooks page for OU Student Life.


Departmental handbook for faculty entitled “Faculty Procedures and Policies Manual” (so-called Blue Book): The Blue Book is currently being updated (a copy can be requested from the Department Chair Phil Gutierrez ( 

Faculty may also refer to the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Faculty Handbook.


Staff may refer to the University of Oklahoma Staff Handbook.