Student Services staff members at USAO are dedicated to helping students accomplish academic and personal goals. USAO recognizes that students are individuals who may need assistance in clarifying or establishing goals as well as help in eliminating the barriers that may hinder their academic progress. Student Services is constantly evolving to complement our academic programs and enhance the total educational experience. More information on services listed below may be obtained by visiting the Student Services office located on the 3rd floor Student Center or calling at 574-1278.
Student Handbook – The Office of Student Services compiles and publishes the USAO Student Handbook, which contains information vital to students and answers questions about university life, including the Student Association Constitution and the student code of conduct. All students are encouraged to become familiar with the contents of the Student Handbook.
Student IDs – The Office of Student Services provides a photo ID card for each first-time enrollee at no charge. A fee is charged for all subsequent ID cards. The ID policy is subject to change; consult the Office of Student Services during the enrollment process for any changes.
Parking Services – On campus parking and traffic is supervised by Campus Security. Parking permits may be obtained from the Office of Student Services – 3rd floor of the Student Center. There is a $30 annual fee for a parking permit for all students.
Security – Campus security and safety is an important feature of campus life. USAO is committed in providing students a safe environment in which to learn and to keep students, parents and employees well informed about campus security. These goals were advanced by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The Campus Security department is committed to ensuring that USAO is in full compliance with that Act, and enforcement of the Act is a priority of the department.
Counseling Services – The Counseling Office located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center provides services and activities to the USAO community which promotes the development of healthy lifestyles and the acquisition of problem-solving and decision-making skills. The Counseling Office is staffed by a licensed mental health professional that provides counseling for personal, social, family, and academic concerns. Through this, we strive to influence the positive development of students' social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and vocational lives.
Career Services – The Career Services Office, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, is available to assist all interested students in finding employment throughout their collegiate career as well as upon graduation. Guidance is offered in career planning and job searches including assistance in creating and updating resumes, writing cover letters, enhancing interview skills, exploring internship opportunities and completing job applications properly. USAO also participates in the Greater Graduate Fair sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
Health Services – A health professional and support staff provides referral, primary health care, and some non-prescriptive medications. The Health Service office (located in the Health and Wellness Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Center) conducts seminars and counseling on health issues. Materials on a wide variety of hygienic needs are available to students through this office, as is health insurance information.
Residential Living – The Office of Student Services is responsible for student housing on campus and provides students with information about various aspects of residential life, including dates for residence hall check-in/check-out and security deposits.
Meal Plans – The Office of Student Services coordinates all on-campus food services. Meal plans are required with housing contracts.
Disability Services – USAO is committed to providing equal opportunities for higher education to academically qualified individuals who are disabled. The Director of Disability Services (Student Center 301) will serve as a liaison in arranging reasonable accommodations. Students must register their disabilities with the coordinator for disability services a minimum of two weeks prior to enrollment to discuss any special arrangements that may be needed. Registration with Disability Services entails: (1) completion of a waiver to authorize the release of information regarding their disability to professors and other campus personnel providing services for the student and (2) presentation of documentation from a qualified professional who is licensed or certified to diagnose the disability in question and provide recommendations regarding accommodations. Acceptable documentation should be current and reflect:
• A specific diagnosis
• Level of severity of the disability
• Functional limitations due to the disability
• Recommended academic accommodations.
Student Association – As a student at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma you are already a member of the Student Association. We hope that as a student of USAO you take advantage of the opportunities that the Student Association offers to you such as running for a student government office or participate in the annual events and programs planned such as Welcome Week, Droverstock, Homecoming and many more!
Student Development – Being involved outside the classroom is a perfect complement to our liberal arts education and enhances the overall educational experience of our students. We offer a variety of involvement opportunities through leadership development programs, volunteer opportunities, new student orientation, first year experience series, academic resources, and student organization advisement. USAO’s student clubs and organizations also provide a variety of opportunities to get involved in campus life. Getting involved is a great way to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and engage in co-curricular activities that enrich the student experience.
Aquatics and Wellness – USAO promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides aquatic and fitness facilities for USAO individuals to enhance their physical development. USAO houses an indoor pool for instruction and open swim opportunities. The Nobbs Wellness Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center and houses a variety of exercise equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines and a room for aerobic activity.