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Find information and resources on many topics across the university from OU HR to the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. If a particular resource is missing, or you would like to suggest a resource be added, please contact Lindsey Johnston.

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Graduate Liaisons and Graduate Administrators have access to an internal dashboard with more comprehensive information. To view, use the link below to log in to Microsoft Office portal using your OU email address and password. 


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Twice a year, usually in October and March, the OU Graduate College hosts meetings to update and seek input from graduate liaisons and staff on policy changes and upcoming initiatives in the OU Graduate College and Office of Graduate Admissions. Invitations to these meetings are emailed to liaisons and staff several weeks before and at least one person from each department who works with graduate students should plan to attend one of the meeting opportunities in fall and one in spring.

The Graduate College has moved the new liaison and graduate program staff training to an online Canvas course.

New liaisons are also encouraged to set up individual meetings with their OU Graduate College degree managment specialists and admissions counselors for more department-specific training.

Graduate College Mentoring and Consultation Services

Dr. Sherri Irvin, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Dr. Liz Karr, Associate Dean of the Graduate College, offer the following services:

  • Confidential consultations with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty about difficulties faced by graduate students or postdocs.
  • Coaching and mentoring of students who are experiencing obstacles to their academic progress.
  • Individual and group-based support for students from underrepresented groups.
  • Work with academic units on strategies to recruit, retain, and foster the success of graduate students and postdocs, including those from underrepresented groups.
  • Workshops and training on a wide variety of topics for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

Mentoring and Consultation Services

To request a mentoring or consultation service, please contact Dr. Irvin ( or Dr. Karr ( about any of these topics.

Graduate Dean's Award

For Excellence in Mentoring of Graduate Students

The Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Graduate Students recognizes outstanding mentoring of graduate students by members of the OU Graduate Faculty. 

Nominations are due to the Graduate College by November 1, 2023 through the Graduate Dean Mentoring Award packet submission portal.

Award details including eligibility, nomination materials, and selection procedures can be found on the Faculty Awards website.

The nomination form can be found here.



Academic Calendars


Find important deadlines, due dates, and holidays from the official university academic calendar.


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Faculty Handbook


A compilation of policy regarding faculty and academic matters, information on facilities, and general organization.


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OU General Catalog


The OU General Catalog describes degree programs available on the Norman campus.


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Graduate Course & Program Changes

Academic units are encouraged to submit course and program changes or additions to the Graduate Council as early in the academic year as possible. Items for Graduate Council consideration should be submitted with all required documentation as described below.

  • Course modifications, additions, and deletions should be requested through the CourseLeaf system by the academic unit's designated CourseLeaf user(s). Follow the instructions in the CourseLeaf Course Request Help Guide to avoid processing delays.
  • They must be approved by the academic unit chair/director and college dean before coming forward to the Graduate Council, according to the agenda deadlines here.
  • If course changes are indicated as part of a program modification or new program, the program modification/proposal should also be submitted in order for the courses to be considered.
  • Proposals for new courses must be accompanied by a complete syllabus. Syllabus templates and examples can be found here. Note that information on the syllabus (course number, course title, etc.) must exactly match the information entered in CourseLeaf.
  • Syllabi should include: 
    • All required policy statements.
    • Indication of the textbooks and/or other instructional materials that will be used.
    • A tentative schedule of topics/assignments/exams/readings.
    • Description of assignments, including details about how extensive they are (e.g., word or page count for essays) and how they will be evaluated.
    • A rubric indicating how the final grade will be calculated.
    • For slashlisted courses, indication of
      • the additional work that will be completed by those in the graduate section.
      • any differences between the undergraduate and graduate sections in evaluation standards or grading schemes.
  • Contact Francesca Giani if you have any questions.