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, Mane Connect Success Coaching, 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.

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:

Leadership Development

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, Public Service 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.

Student Organizations

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 21 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
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • 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
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • 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.

Event Management

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).

The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Old Dominion University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and honors superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The Society hosts an initiation ceremony and provides scholarships for academic excellence. Membership in the Society is by invitation only, which requires both superior scholarship and good character as criteria. 

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, 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.  Freshmen may qualify for the Learn and Earn Advantage Program (LEAP.)  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, Education, Engineering and Technology, and Sciences, which house the CDS Liaison to that college. CDS services are also available to students at the Virginia Beach, Tri-Cities and Peninsula Higher Education 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.

Career Decision Making Workshops are offered to students who are interested in learning more in depth about career decision making, exploring their decisions and discussing careers, values, and skills. Students are led through a career development model beginning as freshmen and continuing through graduation.

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.”

Center for Major Exploration (CME)

The primary purpose of CME is to assist students who have not selected a major upon entry to the University or who want to explore a new major at some point during their college career. This assistance is provided through individual advising and major/career exploration. The staff is concerned with supporting students in developing and evaluating their academic and career plans and providing services to enhance students’ academic and future career success.  CME advisors work with students to identify their skills, interests, and values, in order to match them with a major that is compatible with their strengths and preferences. CME staff work collaboratively with staff in Career Development Services to offer additional programs and services throughout the year that address a variety of topics related to academic success, choosing a major, and career development. CME advisors teach a one-credit career and major exploration course, UNIV 120, which provides students with a structured exploration of majors and careers and is open to any student at the University during their first two years.  CME advisors also provide information for students regarding academic policies and procedures, as well as information about other student services and administrative offices at the University. The Center for Major Exploration is located in 1500 Webb Center on the first floor in the North Mall; the phone number is 757-683-4805 and the website can be found at https://www.odu.edu/success/academic/majorexploration.

CME uses a sequential, three-step process during a student’s first semester to assist the student with deciding on a major:

  1. Initial Interview – Provides an opportunity for the advisor and student to get to know each other and begin the process of exploration and discovery
  2. Decision-Making Workshop – Teaches students to identify and implement good decision-making skills, as well as the process of making a thoughtful and informed major choice
  3. Advising/Major Exploration Appointment – In this appointment, students work with their advisor to identify appropriate courses for the next semester that will fulfill University requirements, while assisting them in moving toward their chosen major or allowing them to explore an area of interest.

Students will stay with their CME advisor until they have chosen a major, at which point they will be referred to the appropriate major advisor.

Counseling Services

The primary purpose of Counseling Services is to assist students with the transitions and changes they encounter during their college years. The staff helps students to better understand themselves and their potentials and to enhance problem-solving skills. The staff also lends support and assistance during times of crisis.

Counseling Services offers individual assessment, short-term individual/couples counseling, group counseling, 24-hour mental health crisis intervention, psycho-educational outreach programs and referral for long-term counseling, and psychiatric services. Consultation services are also available to students, faculty, staff and student organizations.

For more information, visit the website at www.odu.edu/counseling, or call 757-683-4401. The Office of Counseling Services is located at 1526 Webb Center, North Wing.

Educational Accessibility

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 found 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.

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.

Housing and Residence Life

Living on campus provides students opportunities to build life-long friendships, engage in academic pursuits, and develop a sense of community. Housing & Residence Life (HRL) staff members facilitate a residential experience that encourages the exploration of new ideas, supports the development of community and personal growth, and strives to make meaningful connections between students' academic and personal lives.

Living on campus provides students opportunities to be active members of their community. Socializing with friends, dining in the halls, and taking advantage of academic support services are just a few of the many benefits of living on campus. Whether living in a residence hall or apartment style community, students can experience university life to its fullest as residents. Students will spend a significant amount of time in their living environment, and HRL staff want students to feel as if their residence hall or on-campus apartment is their “home away from home.” HRL staff are committed to providing a premier living learning community where students can be successful in and outside of the classroom.

HRL staff provide a learner-centered environment conducive to students' academic success through intentional Living-Learning Communities (LLCs). LLCs offer students the opportunity to live and engage with other students that have similar academic and co-curricular interests. Living in an LLC uniquely connects students to the ODU community while achieving student success.

Engaging in HRL community experiences during the first eight weeks of the semester can have long-term positive benefits. Remaining fully engaged in academic pursuits, campus life, and service learning will maximize students' time as an ODU Monarch Citizen. Serving in a leadership capacity will give students an opportunity to help shape their involvement while at ODU. Student leaders living in the residence halls are responsible for coordinating dynamic community experiences that further enhance the collegiate journey. Living on campus at ODU can provide endless possibilities for students who have the desire and want to become global citizens.

For further information about living options on campus, please visit the HRL website at: http://www.odu.edu/life/housing , contact Housing & Residence Life at (757) 683-4283 or email housing@odu.edu. 4603 Elkhorn Ave., Suite 1208, Norfolk, VA 23529

Off-Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Student Life Office was created to provide a centralized location for off-campus students to receive guidance, support, and resources for their off-campus experience.

The Off-Campus Student Life Office connects students to several resources, including:

  • Easily navigable web page with property listings from local landlords
  • Off-Campus Housing Fair
  • Assistance with finding off-campus roommates, including regular roommate fairs
  • Programming about renters' rights and responsibilities and off-campus behavior
  • City of Norfolk tenant resources, including assistance with resolving issues with landlords
  • FREE safety alarms and light bulbs

In addition to providing resources to students, office staff also strive to work collaboratively with the neighborhoods surrounding Old Dominion University and the City of Norfolk on livability issues affecting students and long-term residents.

For additional information about Off-Campus Student Life, please visit the website at https://www.odu.edu/life/offcampus or contact the Off-Campus Student Life Office at 757.683.4187. The office is located at 1105 Webb Center, Norfolk, VA 23529.

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 are welcome to visit 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 opportunity. For more information, visit the Diversity Institute site at http://www.odu.edu/life/gettinginvolved/leadership/diversity-institute.

International Initiatives Unit

As a citizen of a global community, it is imperative that individuals have the knowledge, awareness, and 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. The International Initiatives Unit promotes campus internationalization and global learning through cultural events and educational programs as well as training, workshops and presentations on topics related to global, intercultural and international education. 

Through international student initiatives, OIR collaborates with the student community and offices/departments across campus to host program initiatives to welcome, orient, and enhance a sense of belonging, engagement, and success of international students. Examples of the international student initiatives include the International Student Advisory Board, Arrival Assistance, International Student Welcome Reception, International Celebration, and many other opportunities. Through global learning and engagement programs, OIR provides an array of initiatives to enrich and enhance global competency for ODU community members such as International Education Week, global mentorship programs through the Global Monarch Club, Global Café, Asian Student Color & Water Festival, and various cultural celebrations throughout the academic year. These programs, workshops, activities, and events are designed so that participants will be informed, educated, and prepared for successful integration into today’s interconnected global society. For more information, visit the International Initiatives website at http://odu.edu/oir/international-initiatives.html.html.html.

Intercultural Initiatives Unit

The vast diversity within our country weaves a rich fabric of unique traditions, beliefs, and values. The intercultural initiatives unit provides a platform for exploration and education of our unique cultures and celebration of an inclusive community. Whether it is programs within Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Month, Asian American Seasons, Interfaith Dialogues, and LGBTQ Heritage, each is a cultural expression that educates the campus and Hampton Roads about the diversity within our multicultural communities. Other initiatives include Unity Fest and Symposiums for Black and Hispanic students; Sankofa and Adelante dinners that bring together students, faculty, administrators, and alumni; interfaith forums and current issues forums; and affinity advisory student groups, which provide Monarchs with opportunities to engage across cultures. 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. For more information, visit the Intercultural Initiatives website at http://ww2.odu.edu/oir/intercultural-initiatives%20.html.html.

Social Justice & Equity Unit

The Social Justice & Equity unit consists of the Own Your Narrative, Language of Inclusion Series, and other transformational initiatives. 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 2114 Webb University Center. Please visit the website at http://www.odu.edu/oir; OIR is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, OrgSync, and Tumblr.

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
  • Aquatics
  • 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.

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

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 website for information regarding health insurance at http://www.odu.edu/studenthealth.


Student Conduct & Academic Integrity

The Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity (OSCAI) oversees the administration of the student conduct system as outlined in Board of Visitors Policy 1530: Code of Student Conduct. The mission of OSCAI is to promote academic and personal responsibility, facilitate resolutions that align with the interests of the University community, and collaboratively address student behavior. Through interactions with students, staff hope to foster a climate of personal and academic integrity that facilitates the success of all University community members. In support of this mission, the office provides education to the University community and serves as a resource for anyone with inquiries related to student conduct.

The Code of Student Conduct applies to a person who has a continuing relationship with the University as a student. Examples of violations heard under the Code include, but are not limited to, academic integrity, threats of harm, assault, and sexual violence (Title IX).

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 Renee Dunman, Title IX Coordinator, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, located at 1301 Spong Hall; (757) 683-3141 or rdunman@odu.edu.

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.

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.


Women’s Center

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 1301 Spong Hall; the Assistant Vice President can be reached at (757) 683-3141 or rdunman@odu.edu.


Old Dominion University’s athletic program is among the most successful in the United States, boasting 28 team and four individual national championships, including three in women’s basketball, nine in field hockey, 15 in sailing, a women’s tennis clay court national crown, a men’s basketball Division II title, and three individual wrestling Division II titles.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is the home for Old Dominion University’s 18 varsity programs for men and women. Old Dominion University offers competitive programs for student-athletes in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Men’s and women’s soccer
  • Field hockey
  • Men’s and women’s sailing
  • Men’s and women’s basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
  • Women’s lacrosse
  • Men’s and women’s golf
  • Men’s and women’s tennis
  • Baseball
  • Women’s rowing
  • The University is reviewing additional intercollegiate program opportunities for women.

Old Dominion University is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and became a member of Conference USA (C-USA) on July 1, 2013. The 14 teams in C-USA for 2016-17 include: UNC Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Marshall University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Southern Mississippi, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Middle Tennessee State University, Old Dominion University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas San Antonio, Rice University, the University of Texas El Paso and Western Kentucky University. Eight of ODU's sports compete in C-USA, including football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, baseball and women's swimming. The field hockey team is an associate member of the Big East Conference, wrestling competes as an associate member of the Mid-American Conference, men's swimming competes as an associate member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association conference, women's rowing is a Big 12 Conference associate member, and the women's lacrosse team is an associate member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. 

All enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend home ODU athletic events free of charge, during the regular season contests. Post-season events are subject to charge. Bookmark www.odusports.com/students/ as this will be students' portal to claim student tickets online using Student Identification Number (UIN) for football and basketball games. Once registered for one complimentary student ticket, students can purchase additional student guest tickets (up to four guest tickets per event). Guest tickets are charged a discounted rate and the price varies by sport. Student and student guest tickets are subject to availability and often sellout in advance of the game. Student and student guest tickets are available for registration and purchase several weeks before the game by logging on to the student ticket portal listed above.

Students will receive an email confirmation and have the option to use their mobile device or a print-at-home option to retrieve ticket(s). Students must show their printed ticket or digital ticket on their phone at the student entrance. For soccer, baseball, wrestling and other special athletic events, students are admitted at the gate by showing a valid ODU student ID card. For more information contact the Constant Center Box Office at (757) 683-4444.

In addition, Old Dominion University provides students with a variety of recreational and intramural activities through its Recreation and Wellness Department. For more information on these activities contact the Recreation and Wellness Department at (757) 683-3384.

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 1301 Spong Hall; the Assistant Vice President can be reached at (757) 683-3141 or rdunman@odu.edu.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a wide range of technology services and support, providing high-quality, cost-effective computing and communications services that meet the needs of the University community.

As technology continues to change the face of higher education, ITS is committed to advancing ODU’s innovative educational delivery and technology resources. In support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and other educational pursuits, ITS is committed to assisting students with their technology needs so they can succeed in all of their academic endeavors.

The ITS Help Desk is the first point of contact for IT applications and services, providing centralized technology support to students, staff and faculty. From the office in Webb Center, a student team provides peer-to-peer and walk-up technical support to individuals with technology questions, as well as on-site support for students in University housing.

How to Get Technical Support:

  • Email (24x7):          

Email itshelp@odu.edu with a detailed description of the problem.

  • Phone (24x7):

Call (757) 683-3192 anytime for technical assistance.
(toll free 877-348-6503)

  • In Person:   

Walk-up service is available in Webb Center (Room 1504)
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Knowledge Base: 

Search for answers to FAQs at kb.odu.edu.

  • Online:

Request assistance online at fp.odu.edu. Log in with the MIDAS ID and password.

ITS provides, maintains, and/or manages the following systems and services University-wide:

  • Computing accounts for faculty, staff and students
  • Academic and instructional systems
  • Administrative computing systems
  • Data and telecommunications networks
  • High-speed wired and wireless Internet connectivity
  • MonarchVision (Cable TV)
  • Media technology equipment in support of academic and University-related activities

Additional information about all computer services at ODU can be found on the ITS web page.

Computer Accounts

ITS provides all students with a MIDAS account (Monarch Identification and Authorization System). MIDAS is the University's identity and password management system, providing access to most ODU technology services such as email, Blackboard, the myODU Portal, video streaming courses and other important resources. 

Creating a MIDAS account
Go to the MIDAS website at midas.odu.edu to create the MIDAS account. During the creation process, a security profile will be established so that a new password can be created if needed. After the account is created, email access will be available immediately, but access to other University services and resources may take an additional 24-48 hours.  

myODU Portal

The myODU Portal, located at my.odu.edu, provides a single point of access to University services. The portal page can be customized with links to the resources used most frequently, including Blackboard, Leo Online, University announcements, and Internet-based University email.

Student Email Accounts

The student email account is activated automatically when the MIDAS account is created. Student email accounts are provided through Gmail and serve as the official electronic mail system for all University-related communications, policies, announcements, tuition bills and other information. Access student email at monarchs.odu.edu or through the myODU portal at my.odu.edu.

The Residential Network (ResNet)

ResNet is managed by ITS and provides high-quality data (wired and wireless), voice and video services to students living on campus. Professional staff and student workers provide technological services and support for high-speed Internet access, cable television (MonarchVision), personal computers and mobile devices. Wired Internet connections in the residence halls allow each resident an individual connection that can be used for desktop PCs, game consoles or media streaming devices. Students may also request local phone service. 

Computer Labs

ITS computer labs – located in the Learning Commons, Webb Center and all Higher Education Centers – are equipped with Windows and Mac machines, a variety of academic software, laser printers and IT consultants to help with computer and software issues. Log in to lab computers using the MIDAS ID and password. Schedules are posted at www.odu.edu/ts/labs-classrooms. Additional computing resources, including printers, are available in some academic buildings and residence halls.

Virtual Computing
ODU offers two virtual computing environments. The Monarch Virtual Environment (MOVE) allows access to standard lab computers – with specialized software like SAS, Matlab, SPSS – from any Internet-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. Alternatively, the Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) allows reservation of a "virtual computer" – loaded with specific operating systems and applications – remotely through the Internet. Both virtual environments are available 24 hours a day. Please visit www.odu.edu/ts/labs-classrooms/virtual for more information.

Personal Computers on Campus

In order to effectively use information technology resources at ODU, student computers should at least meet the University’s minimum technical specifications found at www.odu.edu/academics/student-computing/guidelines.

If the purchase of a computer is needed, the University Village Bookstore offers educational pricing on Apple and Dell computers through the Mobile Monarch student notebook program. Computers in this program have been selected to meet the requirements of the University's academic computing environment, and are typically business class systems with reliable standard components. Students can purchase a computer with up to a four-year warranty, which can be serviced at the on-campus support center. 

Academic Software/Instructional Systems

  • Software for Download - Through the University’s software licensing program, students can download McAfee Virus Scan software for Windows and Mac, free of charge, to their personal computers. ODU also offers Office 365 (Microsoft Office products) at no cost to all current students. These and additional instructional software titles like EndNote and X-WIN 32 can be found in the ITS Software and Services Catalog at www.odu.edu/ts/software-services.
  • Web Conferencing - ODU offers web conferencing and collaboration tools that allow students and faculty to conduct same-time meetings and presentations. Meeting participants can interact through chats, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, multi-person video, dynamic white-boarding and polling. For more information, visit www.odu.edu/its.
  • Learning Management System - ODU's interactive learning system enhances the classroom experience by enabling continued class collaboration, facilitating feedback from peers and instructors, and allowing for unlimited access to course documents, reading assignments and other supplementary materials. The course management system also incorporates web pages, email, discussion boards, chat rooms, online quizzes, virtual groups and document sharing. For more information, visit www.odu.edu/its.

Online Learning

Old Dominion University’s Office of Distance Learning delivers graduate and undergraduate courses in programs available online using a variety of delivery technologies. These include Online Asynchronous - students access course material online from any location and complete coursework at their own pace (some same-time activity may be included, and courses typically follow the traditional semester schedule) and Online Synchronous or Web Conferencing - students access class online during a live meeting using WebEx or other video conferencing system. For information about specific programs and available delivery formats, visit http://online.odu.edu/academics.

As well as offering some programs completely online, ODU also has a long-standing partnership with the Virginia Community College System making it easier for students to complete a bachelor's degree without leaving their local communities. With the Guaranteed Acceptance Agreement, students can complete the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree at the community college and easily transfer to Old Dominion University to complete the degree program. Once accepted, students have the option of studying online or at Old Dominion's main campus. Support services are provided to students around the country and the world online and through partnerships with the community colleges, military installations and higher education centers across Virginia and in Washington state and Arizona.

For more information about ODU Online, visit http://online.odu.edu/.

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 1301 Spong Hall; the Assistant Vice President can be reached at (757) 683-3141 or rdunman@odu.edu.

Military Outreach

Old Dominion University is proud of its affiliation with military personnel and their families who represent all branches of the armed services. Students will find a variety of programs to match their personal and professional goals through the University’s eight colleges. Courses are available on campus and at distance in live, synchronous, and anytime, asynchronous formats. Old Dominion operates extended campuses on or near military installations in and outside Virginia, where students can use the facilities to attend live web conferenced classes or participate in on-line courses. In addition students can take classes worldwide with a computer and internet connectivity. Distance learning personnel at all locations are trained to facilitate registration, admissions, and advising. Old Dominion accepts tuition assistance and serves the special needs of veterans, on campus or at distance, with a dedicated staff.

Our Military Connections Center provides comprehensive support for students to succeed at ODU from the point of admission through graduation and ultimately on to a productive career. For more on the Military Connections Center, visit http://www.odu.edu/military/students/connection.

Old Dominion University is a charter member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, as well as DANTES, and Troops to Teachers. The University is also member of the GoArmyED network, the USAF’s Associate’s to Bachelor’s Cooperative (AUABC), and the Navy’s NCPACE and Distance Learning Partnership programs, all of which provide substantial credit for military training as well as flexibility, convenience, and affordability.

Regional Higher Education Centers

Old Dominion University operates three easily accessible Regional Higher Education Centers within metropolitan Hampton Roads:  ODU Peninsula, located in the City of Hampton on the Thomas Nelson Community College Campus; ODU Tri-Cities Center, located in the City of Portsmouth, across from the VMASC facility in the City of Suffolk; and ODU Virginia Beach at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center in the Princess Anne Commons corridor. 

Each of the Regional Higher Education Centers offer both credit course programming in support of select degrees and certificates, and also a wide range of academic success services for commuter, transfer, and graduate students. Courses are conducted through multiple modes, including traditional face-to-face with instructor on-site, two-way video-conferencing, web-based (via platforms such as WebEx and AdobeConnect), and hybrid programming.  Each of the Regional Higher Education Centers also provide select classrooms equipped with course capture technologies for faculty and student convenience.  Student support services available on-site at the Regional Higher Education Centers include admissions and registration assistance, academic advising, open computer labs and access to the wireless network, testing and proctoring, access to the University’s library, Career Development Services, and University ID cards.  ODU-Virginia Beach also features the Meyera Oberndorf Learning Commons, a Writing Center, and routine co-curricular programming including the annual Literary Festival, National Poetry Month Celebration, and Wellness Wave.  Students can use resources and attend events at the Regional Higher Education Centers whether they are taking courses on-site, on-line, and/or at another University location.

Each Regional Higher Education Center also provides office space for faculty and graduate students as well as meeting, conference and training space for student and faculty clubs and organizations, alumni, government agencies, corporations, industry, nonprofits, and other educational partners.  Resources include seminar/meeting rooms, teleconferencing, and technical support; ODU Virginia Beach also features a 120-seat lecture hall. In addition, the Regional Higher Education Centers support a diverse array of community engagement efforts, ranging from cultural and arts events free and open to the public, to partnerships with local K-12 school districts. The Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia, the ODU-Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) , and the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development are headquartered at ODU Virginia Beach.  ODU-Peninsula provides headquarters for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC).  For more information, go to http://www.odu.edu/regionalcenters.

600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200
Hampton, Virginia 23666
757-766-5200 (switchboard); 757-766-5201 (fax)

1070 University Boulevard
Portsmouth, VA 23703
757-686-6220 (switchboard); 757-686-6219 (fax)

ODU-Virginia Beach
1881 University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
757-368-4100 (switchboard); 757-368-4109 (fax)

Dining Services

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.

Broderick Dining Commons is the University's brand new, state-of-the-art dining facility and boasts seven different restaurant concepts. It is a unique dine-in experience that takes the rush out of mealtime and lets students unwind and connect with friends. Restaurant concepts include: Rice Sticks Asian Kitchen, Maize South American Grill, Mosaic International, Bud's American Classics, EVOO Italian Cuisine, Uno Mas Fresh Mexican Flavors, and 350 Degrees Baked Goods. Features include: A self-serve pantry; full service three-course Hibachi & Noodle Bowl meals; family-style community table with Italian cuisine; large screen TVs; integrated music system; and a variety of indoor and outdoor seating. 

Also in the core of campus is Webb Center, which is home to Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Pizza Hut/Wing Street, Salad to Go, Top Dog, 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.

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. 

On the East side of campus, Rogers Café is a renovated all-you-care-to-eat restaurant. This conveniently located dining hall is central to the Gresham and Rogers Hall communities and has extended hours to offer late-night meals and snacks.

The Den by Denny's is located on Monarch Way in the University Village. It has a modern interior, on-trend menu items, and late night hours. It offers breakfast all day, burgers, sandwiches, burritos, salads, milkshakes and more. 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 and convenience items.

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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International Programs

Steve Bell, Interim Executive Director

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 mobility 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 mobility 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 the 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.

Transportation and Parking Services

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.

Office of Research

Old Dominion University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having High research activity. Old Dominion’s Office of Research works on behalf of faculty, staff and students to enhance and grow the University’s research enterprise through strategic planning, infrastructure support, proposal development services for faculty and administrators, assuring research compliance, encouraging technology transfer, promoting applied research, and by facilitating opportunities for collaboration with local, state and federal agencies, foundations, and industry sponsors of research. The office is led by the Vice President for Research and includes staff members who leverage a breadth of experience from both academic and private sector backgrounds. Sponsored research administration services, encompassing the range of pre- and post-award grant and contract administration, are provided by the Old Dominion University Research Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization.

While most of Old Dominion’s research activities and centers are housed within specific colleges, the ones that are the most diverse in terms of their research focus and/or scope are organized in the Office of Research. The Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC), the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, the Center for Educational Partnerships (TCEP) and the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (CCRFR) are four such entities.

The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is a multidisciplinary modeling, simulation and visualization collaborative research center. With industry, government, and academic partners, VMASC furthers the development and application of modeling, simulation, and visualization as decision-making tools and promotes economic development through transferring its intellectual property into the commercial sector. Its core capabilities are: military modeling and simulation (primarily combat simulations), homeland security and homeland defense modeling and simulation, medical simulations including biomedical representations, social system modeling, transportation modeling, virtual environments for training, coastal resilience analyses, and use of big data in simulations. VMASC creates computer simulations and conducts program analyses to meet stakeholders' needs. Computer simulations provide the capability to: quickly and economically test theories and ideas; help visualize and understand complex situations; prioritize labor and capital investment opportunities; and reduce the risk inherent in business decisions. The research interests and capabilities of VMASC include: simulation methodologies, mathematical modeling, simulation inter-operability, verification and validation, distributed simulation, computer visualization, immersive virtual environments, human factors, social behavior, performance analysis, intelligent systems, decision support and collaboration methodologies, and modeling and simulation systems integration.

The Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics (FRRCB) is recognized as a leader in understanding the interaction of electromagnetic fields and ionized gases with biological cells and applying this knowledge to the development of medical diagnostics, therapeutics, and environmental decontamination. The center is part of an International Consortium for Bioelectrics that includes universities and research institutes from Japan, Germany, France and the United States. The objectives of the center are to perform leading edge interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research, recruit top faculty and exceptional graduate students, support regional, national and international programs, and increase external funding and institutional visibility. Research conducted at the FRRCB has attracted substantial federal agency support including multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. The FRRCB has expertise in pulsed power technology for biological and medical applications in the sub-nanosecond to the millisecond range and includes the design and modeling of pulse delivery systems. A wide range of research is conducted at the center including new cancer therapies, wound healing, decontamination, imaging and cardiovascular applications. Old Dominion University is licensing proprietary FRRCB technology in medicine and biology.

The Center for Educational Partnerships (TCEP) establishes collaborative educational enterprises with schools and school divisions that support dissemination of proven practices, rigorous field trials of promising models, and development and testing of innovative research-based models in collaboration with Old Dominion University's primary educational partners.

TCEP focuses its efforts on the following activities:

  • Developing broad-based partnerships with school divisions in the Hampton Roads area and greater Virginia.
  • Serving as a conduit through which Old Dominion University will endeavor to make available the best local, state, national, and international resources to the primary partners to fulfill our mutual obligation to assure academic achievement, development of responsible citizenship, and self-fulfillment of the youth served by our partner schools.
  • Pursuing selected inter-institutional and international educational partnerships that capitalize on identified areas of strength at ODU or enhance strategic relationships between these partners and the Hampton Roads community.

The Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (CCRFR), a full partnership between ODU, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and William and Mary, was established in 2016 by the Virginia General Assembly.  The center engages the expertise, resources and intellectual vibrancy of the partner institutions in support of building resilience to recurrent flooding and sea level rise.  The center serves, advises, and supports Virginia by conducting interdisciplinary studies and providing training, technical and non-technical services and policy guidance in recurrent flooding resilience to the Commonwealth and its local governments, state agencies, industries and citizens.  Recognizing that flooding impacts the entire Commonwealth, the CCRFR works throughout Virginia by supporting short- and long-term projects within cities, in regions or throughout the state.  Faculty are currently engaged in research that will provide cities and counties with localized subsidence data, build risk communication strategies within stakeholder groups, increase resilience within the tourism industry, map flood hazards in western Virginia, and test resilience strategies.  The CCRFR is committed to working with partners across the Commonwealth and aims to leverage and enhance existing resilience strategies in Virginia.  

Research and Enterprise Centers

The University has established a number of research and enterprise centers: https://www.odu.edu/impact/centers. Please check the web pages of the Office of Research http://www.odu.edu/research and those of the individual colleges for information regarding centers in specific areas.

Research Policies

The Office of Research is responsible for regulatory oversight of research involving human subjects, animal subjects, and biological materials. Students intending to conduct research in these areas should be aware that approval from a relevant committee (i.e. IRB, IACUC, IBC) may be required before the research can be initiated. The Office of Research also provides oversight and guidance regarding Responsible Conduct of Research, Conflicts of Interest, and Export Controls.

Students engaged in scientific research or other scholarly activity at Old Dominion University should also be aware of the University’s Policy, Procedures and Timeline for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Scientific Research and Scholarly Activity. The policy can be found in its entirety in the Board of Visitors manual section on Research Policies at http://www.odu.edu/about/policiesandprocedures/bov.

Innovations Commercialization

Students who are self-sponsored and did not use significant resources of Old Dominion University own their inventions. Only students who receive compensation through sponsored research, tuition/fee waivers, scholarships, assistantships, or other financial arrangements and/or make substantial use of University facilities in developing proprietary ideas or technology are covered by Old Dominion University’s Policy on Intellectual Property. This policy covers the ownership and use of copyrighted works, inventions, and any other form of intellectual property. In those cases where the University has a vested interest in intellectual property, the policy specifies how inventions are disclosed, evaluated for protection and commercialization, and how any revenues derived will be distributed between the inventor/author and the University. The policy can be found in its entirety at: http://www.odu.edu/content/dam/odu/offices/bov/policies/1400/bov1424.pdf.

Students who used significant resources of Old Dominion University could be offered exclusive licenses at very attractive terms. Please call the Office of Research for more details at 757-683-4027. Further information can be found at: http://www.odu.edu/content/dam/odu/offices/research/docs/an-inventors-guide-to-innovations-commercialization-at-old-dominion-university.pdf.

Research Foundation

The Old Dominion University Research Foundation is a separate, private, not-for-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1965. The foundation serves as the fiscal and administrative agent to manage research and sponsored programs for Old Dominion University. The foundation’s purpose is to promote the education, research and public service objectives of Old Dominion University by encouraging, advancing, fostering, and conducting research and sponsored programs in engineering, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, education, and all other branches of learning.

The foundation is the contracting agent for University research grants and contracts with external funding agencies. In fiscal year 2016, the Research Foundation received $47.3 million in awards for research and sponsored programs. Research and sponsored program activity for fiscal year 2016, measured by amount of expenditures, totaled $50.5 million for projects sponsored by federal, state, and local government agencies and a variety of corporations and private foundations.

Technical direction of a sponsored program remains the responsibility of the principal investigator. The foundation supports the University and assists investigators by providing a broad range of administrative and technical support services. Among these services are: financial administration, budget preparation and monitoring, financial compliance guidance, proposal preparation and submission assistance, project payroll and human resources, financial reporting, technical reporting support, procurement and equipment inventory control.

Ted Constant Convocation Center

The Ted Constant Convocation Center, which opened in October 2002, is a 9,100-seat multi-purpose arena located on the campus of Old Dominion University. It is known as one of the premier mid-sized collegiate venues in the country by industry publications. The Constant Center is the cornerstone in the University Village, a 75-acre development that also features restaurants, shopping, offices, research labs and residences with high-tech connections to the campus. It is also home to the Old Dominion Monarch and Lady Monarch basketball teams, and plays host to ODU Wrestling matches, a variety of family-oriented events as well as concerts, ODU commencements, career fairs, and lectures.

“The Ted” has 7,319 fixed fully cushioned seats, 862 upper club/priority seats, 16 luxury suites, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The arena currently seats 8,639 for basketball games. The Constant Center is equipped with more than 50 high-definition flat screen televisions, premiere interactive suite controls, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, impressive meeting room technology, and substantial back-of-house amenities. An upgrade in the 4400 Club features new furnishings and displays, which provide a higher-end experience for club and suite ticket holders.

The flexible Multi-Purpose room at the Constant Center offers a fully configurable venue for events such as meetings, corporate banquets, trade shows, company celebrations and more. The space can be one large room or be divided to create up to five breakout areas depending on needs.

The Ted Constant Convocation Center is managed by Spectra, an international facility management company based out of Philadelphia.

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 cardcenter@odu.edu, or call 757-683-3508.

University Libraries

The Old Dominion University Libraries enrich the academic, research, and learning experience of the University community. The University Libraries provide students access to extensive digital resources, online journals, e-books, streaming media, and other electronic resources in all fields of research and instruction. On the University Libraries’ web site at www.odu.edu/library, students can find library guides, instructional videos, chat reference, and many other services. The Libraries include the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, the Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, and the Music Library and F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room. Each facility also holds specialized book collections, maps, scores, recordings, microforms, and equipment available for borrowing. At the Help Desks, staff are on hand to provide assistance with information, location, instruction, and technological questions. Students and faculty members have online access to the Virtual Library of Virginia’s collections and may borrow books and other materials from participating libraries across the commonwealth.

Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library

Barry Arts Building, 47th Street and Monarch Way, Room 2008, second floor; 757-683-4059

The Hofheimer Art Library contains specialized books, journals, online resources, audio-visual titles, and other materials for students and faculty in the visual arts. Reserve materials for Art Department classes are available at the service desk. Individual and group study space, computers, viewing monitors, a scanner, and a network printer/copier are available. Visit the Art Library at www.odu.edu/library/art.

Music Library and F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room

Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, Room 189; 757-683-4173

The Music Library contains a portion of the Music Special Collections, print scores, and music audio and video content. Students also have access to PC and iMac computers, MIDI stations, DVD/VCR players, CD players, audio cassette players, turntables, a flatbed scanner, and network printer/copier. Reserve materials for Music Department classes are available at the service desk.

The Diehn Composers Room offers space for the study of manuscripts, scores, audio recordings, and other materials from the Music Special Collections. A Steinway grand piano affords scholars and researchers the opportunity to play selections from the Music Special Collections on an appointment basis only. Visit the Music Library and Diehn Composers Room at www.odu.edu/library/diehn.

Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library

Perry Library offers quiet study space, collaborative rooms for group projects, accessibility services, a café, meeting space, and other facilities for student success.

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

First Floor, 757-683-4178

The Learning Commons @ Perry Library is a collaborative project of the University Libraries, Information Technology Services, and the Center for High Impact Practices, providing year-round services with extended 24/5 hours during fall and spring semesters. The facility includes individual study space, as well as space for group collaboration, presentation practice, and a sound room that can be reserved by students. Students can access research assistance and resources, technology assistance, tutoring and writing centers, peer to peer tutoring, and other services supporting student success. Computers, wireless access, printers, scanners, copiers, GIS/digital media/other specialized software, and equipment loans are available. Information and reservations are available at www.odu.edu/learningcommons.

Circulation and Reserve Services

Second Floor, 757-683-4154

Students with a valid University ID may borrow and renew books and other materials as well as check out reserve materials. Graduate student study carrels are also available. Information on borrowing privileges, loan periods, and policies is available at www.odu.edu/library/services/borrowing.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

757-683-4170, 4171

Interlibrary loan allows ODU students, faculty, and staff to request journal articles, books, and other needed research materials not available in the University Libraries. The Commonwealth’s Virtual Library of Virginia interlibrary loan agreement ensures that students, faculty, and staff may obtain items located in other Virginia libraries. Document delivery services provide copies of materials held in the University Libraries’ collection to distance learners and other eligible students, faculty, and staff. Interlibrary loan and document delivery requests can be submitted online at www.odu.edu/library/services/interlibrary-loan.

Reference and Research Services

Help Desk, First Floor, 757-683-4178

Reference and Research Services staff assist students and faculty in locating information resources, library research, and technology use. Specialized staff provide direct individual assistance through consultation by appointment, telephone, e-mail, and live online chat. While most scholarly journals and databases are available through online subscriptions, the University Libraries also house circulating and reference print collections, including government publications. Local and distance learning students may obtain assistance by calling the Help Desk or linking to Ask A Librarian at www.odu.edu/library/help/ask-librarian.

Reference and Research Services staff offer information literacy classes, research classes, specialized workshops, and orientation sessions to assist graduate and undergraduate students with library research. Tutorials, online research guides, schedules of library workshops, and additional information on instruction services are located at www.odu.edu/library/services/instruction.

Special Collections & University Archives

Third floor, 757-683-4483

Special Collections & University Archives, located on the third floor, has a unique and wide-ranging collection specializing in ODU, Norfolk, and Virginia history. The Special Collections includes rare books and manuscript collections focusing on African-American history, Norfolk urban redevelopment, women’s history, military history, the Civil War, LGBTQ history, and more. Materials range from rare books, diaries, letters, legal and campaign files, news film, photographs, and maps. The University Archives includes University publications, student theses and dissertations, yearbooks, department records, student organization collections, course catalogs, oral histories, and photographs of yesterday and today. Visit Special Collections at http://www.odu.edu/library/special-collections.

Accessibility Services

First Floor, 757-683-4178

The Library Accessibility Room in the Learning Commons provides specialized equipment and quiet space for students registered with the University’s Office of Educational Accessibility. This wheelchair accessible room can be reserved for individual use. The facility houses CCTV, workstations with ZoomText and JAWS, and other adaptive technologies. Orientation, reservations, and research consultation appointments are available through the Learning Commons Help Desk.

The second floor Circulation Services desk provides on-demand paging to students who need special assistance with retrieving materials from the upper floors. Information about accessibility is available on the University Libraries’ web site at www.odu.edu/library/services/accessibility.

ODU Digital Commons and Digital Collections

The Libraries manage the University’s institutional repository, ODU Digital Commons, which brings together the University’s scholarly, creative, and institutional works to preserve them, as well as provides open access to them online. Several digital collections of materials from the special collections and archives are also available, including the ODU Photographic Collection from 1930-early 2000s. Visit the ODU Digital Collections at dc.lib.odu.edu and the ODU Digital Commons at digitalcommons.odu.edu.

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.

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.