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Student Handbook

Department Descriptions and Services

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students is responsible for the oversight of several areas of operation, including student conduct, financial aid appeals, disability accommodations, campus activities, campus organizations, leadership development, and student-related ombudsmanship. For additional information, visit the Dean of Students website.

Enrollment Management

Office of Admissions & Recruitment

One role of the Enrollment Management offices is that of admissions and recruitment.  Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a transfer student, or a returning adult learner, the Admission and Recruitment Office serves you!  We offer tours of the campus and residence halls and answer general inquiries about SWOSU.  Please call us at (580) 774-3782 or visit the Admissions and Recruitment website.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a three-part experience at SWOSU. First, all freshmen are required to attend a New Student Orientation session prior to the beginning of the fall semester in order to enroll for classes. Next, students will attend Mass Orientation right before school starts. Finally, freshmen will enroll in SWOSUConnect, a semester course where

nd resume/cover letter development.

The Bulldog Job Board is administered by the Office they will learn more about life at SWOSU.  In July, SWOSU NSO also offers Camp Duke to incoming freshmen who want to learn more about university life and SWOSU before beginning their fall semester. More than forty student Orientation Leaders (OLs) assist with all aspects of the program. For more information, contact New Student Orientation at (580) 774-3233 or (580) 774-3782 or visit the New Student Orientation website.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services aids both students and alumni with all areas of career development.  Career Services is available to assist students in many areas, from choosing a major to securing job placement.  Common services used by students and alumni include choosing a major, job and internship searches, mock interviews, jobs fairs, and networking information. All on-campus student positions are posted on this job board and must be applied for using this system.  The Bulldog Job Board also posts a number of off-campus job opportunities for students as well as full-time career opportunities for SWOSU graduates.  All students and alumni with questions regarding the Bulldog Job Board should contact the Office of Career Services at (580) 774-3233 or visit the Career Services website.

International Student Affairs

SWOSU is home to more than 200 international students from approximately 30 countries – literally all around the globe. The Office of International Student Affairs (ISA) supports international students in a variety of ways throughout their relationship with SWOSU—from admission to graduation and beyond. Our goal is to work with each student for their personal, academic, and career success. Dr. Beckloff, the coordinator of ISA, also teaches a SWOSUConnect class each semester and organizes orientation sessions for transfer and graduate international students as needed. The office staff is available daily to answer questions and speak with anyone about international topics. Contact our office at (580) 774-6172 or visit the International Student Affairs website.

Campus Police

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is staffed by commissioned officers who meet the standards of the Oklahoma Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) and who have the power to arrest and bring before the proper courts persons violating the law on university property. The university's police officers collaborate with local police authorities in the exercise of their responsibilities. It is the practice of the DPS to encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the DPS or the appropriate local police authorities. The campus Department of Public Safety is located at the corner of State and College Streets and can be reached at (580) 774-3111 or by visiting the Campus Police website.

Registrar's Office

The registrar's office embodies the university's mission by providing personalized support services to the SWOSU community. It is the responsibility of the Registrar's Office to guide and direct students through the admissions process, keep accurate records, evaluate previous college coursework, provide registration services, and conduct degree checks.

The office is committed to embracing a collaborative teamwork approach, utilizing innovative technology, disseminating correct policy information, protecting privacy, and delivering both prompt and courteous assistance to students, administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni. Please contact our office by calling (580) 774-3778 or by visiting the Registrar's website.

Student Counseling Services

Counseling Services is staffed with three licensed counselors, providing SWOSU students with a wide range of personal counseling resources including individual and group counseling, assessment, and referral.  The priority of Counseling Services is to provide emotional support and encouragement to students in order to increase personal growth and academic success.  Counseling services are free for SWOSU students and located in the Wellness Center. Contact our offices by calling (580) 774-3776 or visit the Student Counseling Services website.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is located in the Wellness Center. A registered nurse is available when classes are in session.  The school nurse provides assessment for illness, injury, and a range of health services with recommendations for self-care or physician referral. A list of fees for services, including a required co-pay per visit, is posted in the Student Health Services lobby.

The university nurse works in cooperation with area physicians to provide health care. Students are required to have on file in Student Health Services a completed health history, documentation of two MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccinations and comply with the Tuberculosis Screening Policy. Any referrals to area physicians are made through the Student Health Services. The University does not cover lab testing, X-rays, emergency room visits, surgeries, treatment for injuries or medications. Health Services provided are billed to the student’s business account. Students are responsible for costs associated with treatment.

Services available include immunizations appropriate for the college population, blood sugar checks, blood pressure and weight monitoring, HIV testing, pregnancy testing, over-the-counter medications at cost, and administration of allergy injections and other medications as ordered by a physician. For further information, call (580) 774-3776 or visit the Student Health Services website.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education which is offered to qualified high school students based on family income and/or being a first generation college student. Students enter the program as freshmen, sophomores or juniors in high school. Participants in the program are offered academic counseling and guidance, cultural and educational field trips, and career exploration.  Students receive instruction in literature, composition, foreign language, math, science, study skills and financial literacy on Saturdays, after school, and during summer program. Graduating seniors bridge into the university by attending the summer bridge program and earn 5-6 college credits upon completion. For more information, visit the Upward Bound website.

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