Career Development Services
Career Development Services (CDS) offers services to assist all ODU undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni in learning career decision making, internal assessment and external exploration, reflection, world of work readiness, and job/internship/graduate program search skills. Teaching career readiness skills and an educational developmental philosophy are keys to students’ success as well as internships, networking, active career research, timely intentional involvement in each stage of career development, and meaningful student employment and internship engagement. A range of comprehensive services includes individual career counseling, career fairs, student employment, on-campus interviews, career classes, internship support, assisting in maximizing career outcomes (placement), workshops, outreach, in-class presentations, web content, and more. CDS has received national recognition for select programs, and staff provide national and regional leadership in the field. CDS has a Main Center as well as college-based services.
The Student Employment Program is designed to assist students in locating on- or off-campus, part-time, or seasonal, or Federal Work Study (FWS) positions for those who qualify. Traditional on campus employment programs for students with Federal Work Study (FWS) include, the Student Temporary Assist Team (STAT), Community Service Internship Program (CSI), and the America Reads (AR) program. Students without FWS may qualify for hourly student employment positions. Career Development Services lists jobs of all types, including permanent full-time positions, through ODU CareerLink. This powerful interactive web-based system is available free to students and alumni of Old Dominion University. The ODU CareerLink database contains employer information, career information, a career event calendar and interview schedules, as well as the means to electronically apply for positions posted. CareerLink is the primary tool used by Career Development Services to communicate with students about various career opportunities and events to help students succeed at Old Dominion University and into their careers.
Individual career consultations and electronic assessment tools as well as seminars on career exploration are available to assist in major and career path selection. Each college has an experienced professional CDS staff assigned to offer career development services to students at all levels. CDS maintains full service college-based services in the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Engineering and Technology, and Sciences, which house the CDS Liaison to that college. The Liaison for the College of Education operates a part-time center in conjunction with the College of Education's Career and Academic Resource Center. CDS services are also available to students at the Virginia Beach, Tri-Cities and Peninsula Higher Education Centers Centers.
Cooperative education and internship experiences are available at the junior, senior and graduate levels. These programs allow students to gain valuable experience related to their major, while testing out possible career choices. All students are encouraged to participate in one or more practical experiences.
Professional seminars in resume writing, job search strategies, interview skills, salary negotiation and other career-related topics are offered throughout the year and are also available in video streamed and on-line versions. These are complemented by classroom and group presentations and other special career events, including employer information sessions, as well as employer and alumni career information panels and etiquette dinners.
General career fairs are held twice a year and are supplemented by specialized fairs for specific populations, including a teacher fair, a graduate recruitment fair, co-op/intern fair and a summer job fair. Graduating students can also take advantage of the On-campus Recruiting Program, which provides the opportunity to interview, on campus, with employers for entry-level positions.
A new program on Career Decisions, Values and You is offered to freshmen who are interested in learning more in depth about career decision making, exploring their decisions and discussing careers, values, and skills. The program offers a two-part session with an interest inventory and values and skills inventories for homework between the two sessions. Other new initiatives include development of an Employer Advisory Board and Employer Office Hours programs, career outcomes reporting, a Career Development 4 year Engagement Model, and collaborative working teams with partners to help students better identify their skills. Using the new Career Blue Print: 7 Steps for Success, students may learn how to be successful from Preview on by engaging in these activities, reflecting, sharing and mapping their steps.
Many of the programs and services available on campus are also offered on-line and via video streaming through the CDS website, ODU CareerLink, and the Career Commons. CDS has developed this exciting opportunity as part of the any-time, any-place virtual career center model for students and alumni who prefer or require assistance from a career professional through electronic means. The Career Commons allows CDS staff to provide quality career assistance from a distance, replicating face-to-face services through interactive media and multiple electronic means of communication. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recognized CDS for this initiative with the Chevron Corporation Award.
More information is available 24/7/365 by calling the CDS Career Coaches at 800-937-ODU1 or virtually via the internet at http://www.odu.edu/cds. During normal working hours please call 757-683-4388 or visit a satellite office in one of the colleges or the main CDS office in Webb Center North, suite 2202.
Career Advantage Program
The Career Advantage Program (CAP) consists of a practical work experience that may take the form of an internship, cooperative education experience, clinical rotation, student teaching, or a class containing a real-world, hands-on project or experience, as appropriate for each college and its majors. Classes meeting the specifications for a CAP experience are clearly noted in the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog as “Qualifies as a CAP Experience.”
Student Health Services
Old Dominion University Student Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. The Health Center is located at 1007 South Webb Center (757) 683-3132, Facsimile (757) 683-5930. Health Promotion services are located at 1525 North Webb Center (757) 683-5927.
Student Health Services provides primary outpatient care and health promotion for Old Dominion University students. These services include medical care for acute illness and minor injury, routine health care, preventive health care, and family planning. Student Health Services also provides referrals to health care providers in the local community for services beyond the scope of the campus health center. Laboratory testing sent off campus and x-rays or other diagnostic tests are done at the student’s expense. Full-time Norfolk campus students should complete the immunization requirements before coming to school. Any immunizations administered at Student Health Services are done at the student’s expense.
Health History/Immunization Requirements
All entering full-time Norfolk campus students (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and English Language Center students) are required to complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment on the health history form submitted to Student Health Services. Each student determined to be part of an at risk population for TB must present the results of a TB skin test (Mantoux PPD) or TB blood test to Student Health Services within two months prior to matriculation at Old Dominion University. Any student with symptoms of active TB will be required to be tested immediately. Students are expected to be in compliance with the University Policy for TB screening.
All entering full-time Norfolk campus students are required to have all their immunizations up to date. This includes the Meningitis and Hepatitis B vaccines or signed waiver on Part C of their health history form if the student declines these vaccines. Students who do not submit the required health history/immunization documentation will not be allowed to register for the second semester. A complete list of immunization requirements and health history/immunization forms are on the Student Health Services website at http://www.odu.edu/studenthealth.
Health promotion provides Old Dominion University students with information, education and programs to address their health concerns and needs. Health promotion focuses on the whole person and seeks to engage students in educational, experiential, and service learning opportunities to illustrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Health promotion is also responsible for campus-wide programs. Topics include: alcohol, drugs, sexual health, nutrition, stress and many other factors that affect student success. Students may volunteer as members of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Call (757) 683-5927 to speak with a health educator.
Student Health Insurance
All full-time and part-time students are encouraged to make provision for payment of charges for health services not provided by Student Health Services. The University recommends that all students carry adequate personal health insurance. International students are required to have health insurance. See the Student Health Services web site for information regarding health insurance at http://www.odu.edu/studenthealth.
Graduate Student Health Insurance
Health insurance is available to all graduate students through UnitedHealthCare StudentResources. Open enrollment for the fall semester begins in July. Open enrollment for the spring semester begins in December. Graduate assistants and graduate fellows making more than $5,000 a semester are eligible for subsidized coverage. For more information, go to http://www.odu.edu/graduateschool/graduate-student-health-insurance or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate students are encouraged to seek off-campus housing through the Housing & Residence Life Office. Off-Campus Housing Services provides guidance and support to students who desire off-campus housing accommodations. Students are provided resources and educational materials to help them in their search for affordable and convenient housing. Students are also provided access to the listings directory where local landlords and property managers post vacancies specifically intended for ODU students.
For further information about living off-campus please visit www.odu.edu/offcampushousing. For answers to specific questions or for one-on-one assistance, contact: Off-Campus Housing Services, 4603 Elkhorn Avenue, Suite 1208, Norfolk, VA 23529 or email: OffCampusHousingServices@odu.edu.
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The Office of International Programs (OIP) coordinates activities that focus on Old Dominion University’s strategic commitment to campus-wide internationalization. These activities fall into three general categories, all of which are designed to expand student understanding of our interdependent world: encouraging the incorporation of international issues and perspectives into undergraduate and graduate education; facilitating international exchange of students and faculty; and sharing international interests and expertise with the broader Hampton Roads community that Old Dominion University seeks to serve. For more detailed information, visit the OIP website at www.odu.edu/oip.
OIP facilitates the development of the University’s cooperative agreements and exchange programs with other institutions of higher learning around the world in order to encourage exchange of students and faculty as well as collaborative research. OIP staff provide advising support for international fellowships, such as the Fulbright, Boren Awards, and the Gilman International Scholarship Program.
OIP sponsors and coordinates international programs that serve and involve the citizens of the region and the state. These may include appearances by foreign diplomats, scholars and artists, workshops for teachers and other professionals, and support for internationally-focused community organizations.
OIP includes the Office of Study Abroad and Office of Visa and Immigration Service Advising (VISA).
The English Language Center, which provides effective, quality instruction of English for non-native speakers, is located in the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development. Please refer to the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development for additional information.
Office of Study Abroad (OSA)
Increasing global awareness happens in both the classroom and elsewhere on Old Dominion’s multicultural campus, but there is no substitute for traveling abroad to acquire a personal perspective on our increasingly interdependent world. Old Dominion students participate in a wide array of study abroad experiences as an integral part of their college education. Faculty-led programs of study in the summer and over spring break are available in different subject areas (from Service Learning in South Africa, to Theatre in London, to Business Studies in Korea and China). Semester and academic year study abroad programs and reciprocal student exchange programs offer long-term opportunities in virtually all areas of the world. Old Dominion is a member of study abroad consortia that sponsor high quality programs around the globe, providing opportunities for exchange with over 100 universities overseas. Regardless of one’s field of study, almost all Old Dominion students can study abroad. Practically all forms of student financial aid may be applied to an academic program abroad, and travel grants are available for many programs. Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are ODU scholarships that provide special support for selected majors. Internships, volunteer placements and short-term work opportunities overseas are additional options.
The Office of Study Abroad administers overseas academic programs and authorizes transfer credit from approved programs of study. OSA houses resources on study abroad opportunities and general reference materials on international travel, scholarships, internships and work abroad opportunities. A Study Abroad Fair is held every semester, and pre-departure orientation programs and “re-entry” sessions when students return from abroad are also organized by the staff. Please visit the OSA’s website at www.odu.edu/studyabroad.
Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA)
The Old Dominion University community includes more than 800 international students and 100 visiting scholars from 118 foreign countries. Serving the immigration advising and personal needs of these individuals is the main mission of Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA). The office provides administrative support and documentation services along with resource and regulatory advising that assist international students and scholars in successfully achieving their academic and research goals. VISA also works closely with academic departments and administrative offices and helps to educate them on regulatory requirements. Additionally, VISA offers to all university staff the Global Certificate Program, a series of workshops that help in building awareness of the international community’s needs, as well as to develop and strengthen skills in intercultural communication. VISA administers the International Student Leadership Award, which provides tuition support for undergraduate international students who demonstrate leadership and community involvement. Visit the VISA website at https://www.odu.edu/visa.
Filipino American Center
In line with Old Dominion's vision of a multicultural university, the Filipino American Center responds dynamically and creatively to the academic, educational, cultural, and social concerns of Filipino Americans. It serves as a resource and research center for Philippine history and culture and the Filipino American experience. It is a center for social interaction where Filipino culture and values are promoted, revitalized and celebrated. The center serves as a cultural liaison to the University and the Hampton Roads communities. Its strategic location in the College of Arts and Letters allows for an integrated approach in crafting and encountering new avenues of culture with a distinctive academic orientation.
The Center incorporates into its programs a heightened awareness for the diverse heritage of the Filipino American. The goals of the center are to serve as a resource center for the University, the Filipino American and the Hampton Roads communities and conduct research on Filipino Americans, promote courses in Filipino American Studies, and plan summer programs or semester abroad (Philippines), and foster close linkages with Filipino American alumni.
The Filipino American Center is located in Dragas Hall, Room 2000. For more information, visit the web page at http://www.odu.edu/life/support/fac.
The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR)
The Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center, located at 2114 Webb Center, serves as a cultural hub for students and faculty. With its fully mediated and functional design, faculty can conduct classes, visitors can relax in plush seating while reading books from the Center’s library or watching programs and DVDs on one of the 46” plasma televisions. Students have access to the computer area, can learn a new language with Rosetta Stone programs, or have a group study session. The Intercultural Center is not only a study or work space, it is also an area where students can relax and connect with friends and the University community.
The Diversity Institute
The Diversity Institute (DI) enhances awareness, commitment, knowledge, and skills that are needed to develop leaders as change agents in a culturally diverse world. Semester-long sessions include modules and cultural learning labs that train participants on how to operate in a diverse multicultural and global setting. In addition to developing communication skills needed in a pluralistic society and expanding one’s world view, DI is an excellent resume-builder. For more information, visit the Diversity Institute site at http://www.odu.edu/life/gettinginvolved/leadership/diversity-institute.
International Initiatives Unit
As citizens of a new, global community, it is imperative that individuals have the skills to navigate diverse settings and successfully interact with others. Therefore, OIR is committed to the academic, social, and cultural support of the international student population, as well as providing opportunities for domestic students to enhance their own cultural competency. OIR strives to sustain a vibrant international student community by providing an array of services, such as arrival assistance, orientation support, on- and off-campus activities, and social networking opportunities. OIR actively encourages international-domestic student relationships by providing cultural programs and events such as International Festival, International Education Week, Global Monarch Club, the International Student Advisory Board, and various cultural celebrations throughout the academic year. Thus, programs, workshops, activities, and events are designed so that participants will be prepared for successful integration into today’s global society.
Intercultural Initiatives Unit
Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Month, Asian American Seasons, Interfaith Dialogues, and LGBTQ Heritage are just a few of the cultural expressions that educate the campus and Hampton Roads about the diversity within our multicultural communities. Student affinity groups facilitated by OIR allow current Monarchs the opportunity to engage and provide an active advisory role regarding OIR programs and events. Our programs, activities, and educational initiatives are designed to raise the awareness of the complexities within American cultural frameworks and how one can negotiate positive engagement across and within cultures.
The Social Entrepreneurship unit consists of the Social Entrepreneurs Council (SEC); Spark Change Theater; Intercultural Matters Series; Faculty Voice Brown Bag Series; and the Dialogue on Emerging Issues. In partnership with the SEC advisory council, the Office of Intercultural Relations presents innovative film forums, workshop series, lecture series, and informal discussions that promote faculty and student engagement and co-curricular opportunities for the exploration of social justice paradigms and intercultural systems.
The Office of Intercultural Relations is located at 2109 Webb University Center. Please visit the website at http://www.odu.edu/oir; OIR is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
The Graduate Student Organization is an officially recognized group formed especially to meet the needs of Old Dominion University's graduate student body. The goal of the organization is to be an outlet for the graduate student voice, to act as a liaison group between the graduate students and the University, and to bring the University the concerns or issues that are specific to the graduate student community. Foremost among its many goals is to form an overall meeting arena for the graduate students to get to know each other outside of individual courses of study.
Current projects include working on such issues as graduate housing opportunities and increased support for graduate research and professional development.
For more information, see orgs.odu.edu/gso.
Recreation and Wellness
The Recreation and Wellness Department vision is "Through quality innovative programs and services, we provide the foundation for lifelong exploration and development of the mind, body, and spirit." The department offers programming in the following areas:
- Intramural Sports
- Informal Recreation
- Sport Clubs
- Fitness & Wellness
- Outdoor Adventure
- Summer Camps
- Student Development
The Student Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that features nearly 15,000 square feet of fitness equipment, a rock climbing wall, a multi-activity center gym, racquetball courts, a cycling studio, an outdoor adventure rental center, a swimming pool and much more. The Student Recreation Center is located at 4700 Powhatan Avenue. In addition, the Fitness Center at University Village provides participants with another state-of-the-art workout facility. Participants must be able to validate their identity with the biometric hand system or a valid University ID card when attempting to enter or participate in programs and activities sponsored by the department. For daily updates of programs and services, hours and special events, visit the webpage at http://www.odu.edu/recreation or contact the office at 683-3384.
The Women’s Center offers programs and services designed to promote gender equity and address the special challenges and opportunities female students encounter in the pursuit of higher education. Recognizing the critical role that both women and men play in promoting an environment free of gender bias, Women's Center programs are designed to educate and inspire students to achieve their personal, academic and professional potential.
The Sexual Assault Free Environment (S.A.F.E.) Program provides crisis intervention, education, advocacy and ODU policy/procedure information related to issues of sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and relationship violence. W.I.L.D., Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, provides an opportunity for female students to identify and develop their leadership skills through seven modules. Additional programs are offered throughout the year that address a variety of topics related to women’s academic and personal success including programs in celebration of Women’s History Month in March. Referrals to University and community resources are also available. Students are encouraged to get involved with the Women’s Center as a volunteer, intern, or M-POWER Peer Educator.
Programs and services of the Center are open to women and men. For more information, please call 757-683-4109 or visit http://www.odu.edu/life/support/womenscenter.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities. Sexual harassment and sexual violence have been recognized as a form of discrimination in violation of Title IX. For information, counseling or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, individuals may contact the Title IX Coordinator, who is also the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, located at 121-A Spong Hall; the Assistant Vice President can be reached at (757) 683-3141 or email@example.com.
Monarch Dining Services operates a large variety of dining locations on campus that include all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants, national brand favorites, convenience stores and coffee shops. Whether students live on campus, walk to campus, or commute, there are dining options in every neighborhood of campus where food selections are available to conveniently meet students' needs.
Legends residential restaurant and a convenience store in Whitehurst Hall are located on the West side of campus. JuiceBar Juices in the Student Recreation Center prepares fresh, cold-pressed juices. P.O.D. Market Quad has convenience items in the Quad neighborhood where students may select from made-to-order subs, snacks, beverages and more. A brand new, state-of-the-art dining facility opens in Fall 2016. The ODU Restaurant Commons serves dynamic menus that feature American Classics and ethnic cuisine from South America, Italy, Mexico, Asia and International Tapas. The Restaurant Commons accepts meal swipes. For questions about special dietary needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the core of campus, Webb Center is home to Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Pizza Hut/ Wing Street, Sushi with Gusto and P.O.D. Express. Einstein’s Brothers Bagels is conveniently located in the library and serves salads, sandwiches, pastries, coffee and more. Express in the Batten Arts and Letters Building has beverages, quick meal options and snack items.
On the East side of campus, Rogers Café is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant conveniently located in Rogers Hall. Adjacent to Rogers Café is P.O.D. Express in Gresham Hall, which offers late night meals and snacks.
Visit Starbucks on Monarch Way for signature beverages, baked goods and Starbucks merchandise. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is also located in the Village neighborhood and serves fresh, never frozen chicken finger meals. P.O.D. Market Village is open late and has frozen foods, snacks, convenience items, and made-to-order favorites.
All Monarch Dining locations and Monarch Catering accept cash, credit, Monarch Plus and Flex Points. Meal swipes may be used for Meal Exchange at all P.O.D. Market locations.
There are several meal plan options available to all students (residents and commuters) that provide value, convenience and flexibility when dining on campus.
For a complete campus dining map, hours of operation and more, please visit www.odu.edu/dining.
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The Department of Transportation and Parking Services is responsible for providing quality parking and transportation services throughout campus. A variety of surface parking lots and garages are available throughout campus to students, faculty and staff. All motor vehicles parked in University parking facilities must display a valid parking permit/pass or pay at a designated metered space. Students, faculty and staff are required to purchase permits. Permits may be purchased online at www.odu.edu/parking or at the Transportation and Parking Services front office, located at the corner of 43rd Street and Elkhorn Avenue. Visitors and guests may park in all Garages and pay the meter in metered parking except the 43rd Street Garage (B).
University motor vehicle regulations are enforced year-round except as noted in the ODU Motor Vehicle Regulations. Permit regulations are enforced from 7 a.m. Monday until 10 p.m. Friday. Evening permits are available for purchase by students attending classes after 3:45 p.m. and are not valid prior to 3:45 p.m.
Transportation and Parking Services has many alternative transportation options for students who do not have a vehicle on campus. Monarch Transit shuttle buses take students around the Norfolk campus and to off-campus locations such as Wal-Mart and downtown Norfolk on weekends. The Safe Ride evening van service is available to drive students home seven days a week from sunset to 2:30 a.m. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) bus passes are available at a reduced rate to all current students. Zipcars are also located on campus for students 18 years or older to utilize for low hourly or daily rates. Bicycles can be rented from the Outdoor Adventure Program in the Student Recreation Center.
Additional information on rules, regulations, and services may be obtained by calling ODU Transportation and Parking Services at (757) 683-4004 or by visiting the website at http://www.odu.edu/parking.
University Village Bookstore
The University Village Bookstore is the official on-campus bookstore of Old Dominion University – offering products and services to students, faculty and the surrounding community both in-store and online via https://www.shopodu.com. The University Village Bookstore houses 20,000 titles providing the most options to the campus community. The primary purpose is to serve the students of the University by making books and supplies available for courses.
Additionally, the bookstore serves the campus community by maintaining a wide selection of computers, computer products, alumni apparel, ODU football and basketball gear, gifts, and accessories. Furthermore, the bookstore provides faculty services, a robust used books program, Rent-A-Text, and a growing BryteWave digital library. The bookstore also hosts events that include book signings and children’s events. Store partners include eBooks, Greek apparel, Software Shop, and Starbucks.
The bookstore is located at 4417 Monarch Way and is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please call 757-423-2308.
University Card Center
All students who are officially registered for one or more credit hours in the current semester at Old Dominion University are eligible to receive a free student ID card. Student ID cards are issued at the University Card Center located in Room 1056 Webb Center. If the ID card is lost or stolen, there is a replacement fee. Spouses and dependents of students are not eligible to receive an ID card.
The University ID card is an official form of identification. The ID card lists the bearer’s first name, last name and middle initial, University identification number (UIN) and status with the University. Each student can possess only one valid ODU ID card at a time. The ID card must be carried at all times when at Old Dominion University and presented upon request to University officials. Any misuse of the University ID card will result in disciplinary actions.
Not only is the University ID card an official form of identification, it also serves many other functions. Students can use their card to check out books from the library, participate in University events, obtain HRT bus passes, access their residence hall, use their meal plan, and make purchases from their Monarch Plus account. Monarch Plus can be used at on-campus locations and participating merchants off campus. For more information, visit the website at www.odu.edu/cardcenter, email email@example.com, or call 757-683-3508.
Webb University Center
Opened in May 1966, Webb University Center was named after the University's first president, Lewis W. Webb, who served the University from 1962 until 1969. Webb Center is the community center for all members of the University family--students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests. The Center provides services, conveniences, and amenities that members of the University family need in their daily lives on campus. It also provides a place for getting to know and understand one another outside the classroom.
Webb University Center's staff are dedicated to providing a friendly and attractive environment in which campus constituents can be brought together to build campus community. The staff provide services and maintain the facility in support of student learning and development through student activities, programs, meetings, and special events.
Webb Information Desk
Webb Information Desk provides students, faculty/staff, and guests of the University with information about departments, student organizations, activities, classes, policies, and more. In addition, the Information Desk offers the following products and services: postage stamps, student organization event tickets, car assistance program, semester locker rentals, lost and found, game room equipment, and free DVD rental service. The Webb Information Desk is located in the front lobby of Webb Center and can be reached by calling (757) 683-5914.
The Office of Educational Accessibility is committed to creating access to higher education for students with disabilities. The University meets the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and its Amendments of 2008 by providing accommodations and services, which are based upon documentation submitted by the student. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with learning, medical, psychological, visual, hearing, physical, temporary mobility, and other impairments on an individual basis. Accommodations and other supportive services available in the Office of Educational Accessibility make a positive difference in the educational experience of students with disabilities and contribute significantly to their academic success.
In order to obtain assistance, all students must provide appropriate documentation and register with the Office of Educational Accessibility. Guidelines for documentation and procedures for registration may be located at http://www.odu.edu/educationalaccessibility. More specific information can be obtained by calling (757) 683-4655. Student interactions with the Office of Educational Accessibility remain confidential. New students needing interpreters are expected to contact the Office of Educational Accessibility at least 45 days before registration to make arrangements. Currently enrolled students need to make arrangements for accommodations as soon as they have pre-registered for a semester.
The Office of Educational Accessibility is located at 1021 Student Success Center.
The Section 504 Coordinator, who is also Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, is located at 1301 Spong Hall and can be reached at (757) 683-3141.
Division of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services
The Division of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services is responsible for the development, implementation, communication, and maintenance of an institutional focus on student success, which includes enrollment management. In partnership with the Provost and other University leaders, this area is responsible for the coordination of student success programs across the University and for student retention. The division provides creative leadership and strategic direction for a diverse array of student engagement services and programs including: Admissions (Undergraduate, Graduate, International), Institutional Research, Assessment/Planning and Budget Management, Campus Ministries, Career Development Services, Center for Major Exploration, Counseling Services, Divisional IT Support, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Intercultural Relations, Recreation and Wellness, Leadership and Student Involvement, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Health Center, Student Outreach & Support, Student Transition and Family Programs, Transfer Evaluation Services, and Women’s Center.
Student Outreach and Support (SOS)
Student Outreach and Support (SOS) provides services to students who experience administrative, academic, or personal road blocks. These services include extended absence notification, emergency grants, and administrative withdrawals from the University. SOS is available to help students achieve their personal and academic goals.
ODU Cares is an extension of Student Outreach and Support. The Care Team was developed to provide a University-wide system of care and support for students who experience an unexpected crisis. The Care Team's role is to determine effective strategies for addressing concerns and connecting students with the appropriate resources. Student Outreach and Support is located in Suite 2008, second floor South Wing of Webb Center, and can be reached at (757) 683-3442. For more information please visit the SOS website at: https://www.odu.edu/life/support/student-outreach.
Office of Leadership and Student Involvement
Involvement in campus life contributes to students’ overall development. By discovering and participating in co-curricular activities, students can develop their interpersonal and leadership skills and increase their career-related learning. The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement (LSI) provides experiences, services and opportunities that promote the advancement of social and intellectual development. By encouraging student involvement, LSI promotes life-long learning, responsible citizenship and a commitment to the Monarch and surrounding communities. For more information, visit the website at http://www.odu.edu/studentinvolvement or call (757) 683-3446.
The office oversees the following:
To maximize and realize the potential of individual students and student organizations, the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement assists in the planning and implementation of leadership conferences, seminars, courses, and retreats throughout the academic year. These programs, available to any student, special interest group or student organization, focus on the identified purpose or needs of each group. Individual students interested in developing their leadership skills are also urged to participate. Events include the Leadership Lecture Series, Freshman Summer Institute, and Monarch Leaders Retreat.
Center for Service and Civic Engagement
The Center provides students with the opportunity to enhance their educational experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom by engaging in meaningful service to the campus and local and global communities. Events include Relay for Life, Blue Goes Green Week, and Monarch Service Days.
Service-learning provides students with integrative learning opportunities that connect the themes and theories of their coursework to tangible community-based work that enriches communities by addressing key community issues and needs in collaboration with diverse community partners. LSI provides resources and support for faculty interested in service-learning. In addition, there is a service-learning Living Learning Community available for students in Housing and Residence Life.
There are over 350 student organizations that promote student interests in a broad range of fields. Organizations are student-run and a complete list of organizations can be found at http://odu.orgsync.com/SearchOrgs. To support these organizations, LSI coordinates the recognition and annual registration process for new and existing organizations, provides officer training, group development, leadership education, budget utilization, and guidance in the organization of major concerts, programs, and other activities that groups sponsor.
To facilitate collaboration between student organizations and members within student groups, the U-Center includes computers, work spaces, storage, a conference room and lounge area. Students can meet in the U-Center located at 1045 Webb Center.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
LSI advises 20 international/national fraternities and 11 international/national sororities at Old Dominion University. The purpose of these organizations includes the maintenance of high standards of fraternal life and inter-Greek relations and cooperation with the University in achieving high social standards and sound scholarship. Service to the University and the community, encouragement for leadership and brother/sisterhood are also at the forefront of Greek activity. The groups are coordinated through the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), and Panhellenic Council (PHC), along with Leadership and Student Involvement. Any student interested in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Old Dominion University should visit http://www.odu.edu/life/gettinginvolved/greek.
Fraternities at the University
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Alpha Kappa Lambda
- Kappa Alpha Order
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Kappa Delta Rho
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Lambda Upsilon Lambda
- Omega Psi Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Phi Gamma Delta
- Phi Kappa Tau
- Phi Mu Alpha
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Sigma Pi
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Theta Chi
Sororities at the University
- Alpha Phi
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Delta Zeta
- Kappa Delta
- Pi Beta Phi
- Sigma Gamma Rho
- Sigma Lambda Upsilon
- Sigma Sigma SIgma
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Zeta Tau Alpha
Student Activities Council
Student Activities Council (SAC) is a student-run organization with the goal of providing quality events for Old Dominion University including films, special events, speakers, and concerts. Committee members help in planning and organizing these events.
Mace and Crown Newspaper
Students at Old Dominion University publish a weekly newspaper, the Mace & Crown, every Wednesday throughout the academic semesters. In addition to keeping the campus informed, the newspaper provides students the opportunity to develop skills in writing, photography, advertising, and management.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is involved in many topical issues touching all areas of University life. Participating in SGA is open to all students who may serve as elected senators or as volunteers on committees. Call 683-3438 for more information regarding these positions.
WODU Radio Station
The student-operated campus radio station serves two main purposes: providing experience for students interested in broadcasting and entertaining and sharing relevant information with the student population. Students involved with WODU can develop their skills in all areas of broadcasting including management, marketing, engineering and news and sports reporting.
Through Event Management, LSI coordinates all space allocations in Webb Center for meetings and events.
Implementation of Major Programs and Events
LSI helps to plan and implement activities and events to enrich the lives of students. These include Involvement fair, Homecoming, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services Leaders Award Ceremony, Week of Welcome, and Programs All Weekend (PAW).