Helpful C of O Terms
Alumni Laundry (referred to as the “laundry”)
Students may utilize laundry services for a fee which can be paid in cash, or students may work extra to cover this cost. The laundry is a work station where students provide professional laundry services not only for their fellow students, but for faculty, staff, and various campus industries. Students are not required to use the laundry; washers and dryers are available in the residence halls.
The College mascot.
The College’s online student information system, available on or off campus.
Every new student with 30 semester hours or less is required to attend Character Camp. Character Camp provides students with an enjoyable, intensive orientation to the College and its expectations. Character Camp also provides an outstanding leadership opportunity for orientation leaders called “moms and pops” who model the character expected of a C of O student while leading their “kids” through the orientation process.
Convo Short for convocation. Convos are programs that the College provides each semester that are designed to enhance the mission of the College and enhance the educational experience outside the classroom. Convocation programs typically focus on cultural, patriotic, or Christian themes. All full-time students (12 hours per semester) with less than 91 college hours are required to attend convocation programs. Each semester there are at least 18 convocations offered, and students are required to attend the following:
- One program from the Art-Music-Theater section,
- Two programs from the General Interest section,
- Two programs from the Christian Content section,
- Two programs from the Major Convocation Series.
A term used to describe that a hold has been placed on the student’s registration, transcript, or diploma. The student subsequently will not be permitted to enroll for the following term.
College of the Ozarks complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. In accordance with the federal law, the College has adopted policies and procedures governing the confidentiality of student educational records. In general, no individual shall have access to, nor will the College disclose any information from, a student’s education record without the written consent of the student. Exceptions allow certain personnel of the College to see records as well as procedures for release in emergency situations. For more information on FERPA please refer to the Policies and Legal Notices page.
The College stresses academic, Christian, vocational, cultural, and patriotic growth in students through its various programs and services.
Hard Work U
The College’s nickname.
Health, Services, and Technology Fee (referred to as “HST fee”)
The HST fee covers incidental items each semester, included but not limited to, admission to home athletic events, yearbook, use of campus technology services such as Internet and CampusWeb, and an accident insurance policy. The HST fee is paid when students register for classes for the following semester.
Holds are placed on registration to prevent students from registering. Students are prevented from registering for classes for the following semester for many reasons, including but not limited to the following: balances due, disciplinary issues, incomplete paperwork, etc. Generally speaking, holds are not good.
McDonald Health Clinic (referred to as “the clinic”)
The clinic has a nurse on duty Monday through Friday. A physician assistant is the medical director and sees patients three times per week when needed. Medical supplies are available for loan including wheel chairs, crutches, ankle, knee and wrist braces. Some prescription medicines and over the counter medication are available. The clinic can perform urine tests, rapid strep tests, and finger stick blood glucose tests. Students are referred to Skaggs Hospital for lab and x-ray as necessary. Referrals are made to other physicians, counselors or clinics if needed. Transportation is available to area pharmacies, dentists, and clinics if needed.
Moms & Pops
Mom and dad, sorry; we are not referring to you here. Once you leave your students at C of O, they will meet their orientation leaders, referred to as their Character Camp Mom and Pop. Moms and Pops submit applications for these prestigious leadership positions, and are carefully selected through a screening process overseen by the Dean of Students.
Pearl Rogers Dining Hall (referred to as "the Pearl")
The College contracts its dining hall services with Sodexo. The dining hall provides three meals per day, seven days per week, included in the room and board charge. Students are not reimbursed for meals they choose not to attend. The dining hall serving area has recently been remodeled and provides made-to-order sandwiches, a daily international special, daily home cooking specials, hamburgers, grilled cheese, fries, pizza, salad bar, fruits and vegetables, desserts, ice cream, soft drinks, juices, and milk. The College frequently utilizes Sodexho to cater events and banquets on campus. Occasionally Sodexo hires students to work these events and provides an opportunity for students to earn extra money for personal use.
The College’s public website. Much pertinent information is available at cofo.edu. Many items referenced in this guide are located in the Policies and Notices page of the website.