Student life at College of the Ozarks is comprised of much more than classes,
study and work stations. Some extracurricular activities,
such as convocations and chapel attendance, are required,
and there are regulations governing certain aspects
of campus life. Students should consult the Student
Handbook for the current rules and regulations concerning
student life. There are a number of activities and many
clubs and organizations open to all students, including
athletics, fine arts, publications and student government.
The following areas
are services or activities provided by the College:
GOOD MEMORIAL COLLEGE
The College Center is a focus of student life. The College Center houses the
student cafeteria, a snack bar, student center with student senate offices and
student chapel as well as the college bookstore. Student-sponsored films are
shown at the Center’s Cummings Auditorium.
Athletics and sports activities are an important part of the extracurricular
offerings at College of the Ozarks. The college fieldhouse has three basketball
courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, weight room, racquetball courts, dance
studio, volleyball, badminton and table tennis facilities. Outdoor areas include
an all-weather track, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts. A student-administered
intramural program offers a variety of sports, and impromptu soccer, frisbee
and football games are a regular part of free hours.
College of the Ozarks
is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for both
men and women. It sponsors women’s teams in volleyball and basketball and
has teams for men in basketball and baseball.
These activities are open to all students. The Theatre Department produces
a number of plays each year. Opportunities for acting and backstage work are
available on either a voluntary or credit-hour basis. Musical programs sponsored
by the Music Department are also a regular feature of campus life as are exhibits
of student work at the Boger Art Gallery in the Jones Learning Center.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES—Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA)
College of the Ozarks is committed to providing equal access to educational
opportunities to qualified students with physical or mental abilities as intended
by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (http://www.usdoj gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm).
The type of disability determines the appropriate accommodations. Services
|• Special seating
||• Enlarged print
|• Extended test time
||• Separate test location
|• Elevator access
||• Taped texts or books on tape
|• Taped lectures
||• Note taker
|• Work station accommodation
| • Other accommodations as requested and approved.
Students with disabilities are also advised to take
advantage of programs and courses offered to all students,
for instance the CWT (http://inet.cofo.edu/Services/CWT/CWT.asp)
or Center for Writing and Thinking, math and science
review sessions, counseling center (http://inet.cofo.edu/counseling/main.asp),
and use of word processing software with spelling and
grammar checking. Tutoring is available Monday through
Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the college center
computer lab or contact the Bonner Scholars Program.
The college may require documentation to substantiate a disability. Documentation
may include official medical diagnosis, psychological evaluations, etc. If the
college finds that the documentation is not adequate to support the existence
of a disability or that it does not show the disability to be limiting in the
work or school environment, additional documentation may be required. The compliance
officer is Richard Hughes. For academic accommodation, contact the Dean of the
College. For work station accommodation, contact the Dean of Work. For physical
accessibility only, contact the Dean of Students.
Student Publications offer experiences in writing, editing and photography.
These publications include PHOENIX, the college yearbook; OUTLOOK, the weekly
student newspaper; and the GORDIAN KNOT, an anthology of creative writing, art
and photography. Subscription to all student publications is prepaid by virtue
of the student’s incidental fee.
Student government is an integral part of campus life. Student Senate, the
primary governing authority of the student body, is composed of students from
all classes who are elected annually by the student body. Its major goals are
to attempt to find solutions to the problems of the students and to implement
mutual cooperation and understanding among administrators, faculty and students.
The Student Activities Committee (SAC), a branch of Student Senate, plans and
organizes many of the co-curricular activities on campus, such as movies and
In addition to the Student Senate,
there are other branches of student government. The freshman, sophomore, junior
and senior classes each elect officers and sponsor various student activities.
A Student Judiciary Board administers minor disciplinary cases.
Student automobiles are registered with the Dean of Students. Students are
expected to follow traffic regulations set forth in the student handbook and
enforced by campus security. Parking lots for resident students are maintained.
Violation of traffic regulations will result in fines, probation or suspension.
FIREARMS AND FIREWORKS
Students are not
allowed to fire or keep firearms or fireworks on campus.
Medical Services are provided on campus for students and medical files maintained
for each student. College of the Ozarks clinic is staffed by a Registered Nurse
and a Licensed Practical Nurse. A local physician is a part-time member of the
staff, and other medical specialists are consulted when necessary. Skaggs Community
Hospital in Branson, four miles from the campus, is available for major surgery
or for care during serious illness. Upon entrance to the College, students give
college officials permission to administer emergency treatment or surgery if
such treatment is recommended by the College’s medical staff. Students may obtain
limited medical services free of charge, and medical supplies may be paid for
through the student’s work account.
The campus Fire Department is a volunteer service organization which provides
fire protection for the campus. It is composed of three companies, six students
each, with each of the companies on duty for one week periods. The firefighters
live in the campus fire station and operate with up-to-date fire-fighting and
Housing is available
in four women’s halls (Memorial, Foster, Ashcroft and Mabee) and in three
men’s halls (Youngman, Kelce East and Kelce West). Residence Hall rules and
regulations are published in the Student Handbook.
Food Service is
provided by the Student Dining Hall, located in the College
CENTER FOR WRITING AND THINKING
The Center for Writing and Thinking (CWT) is a special academic support service
for students desiring one-on-one assistance in writing and related verbal skill
areas. The Center’s staff consists of trained student tutors who help other
students identify and correct a wide variety of writing problems during any
stage of the writing process. Areas of assistance include all forms of writing,
editing and revising techniques, thinking strategies, vocabulary, and English
mechanics and usage.
The Career Center provides assistance in formulating career goals and career
planning. By the use of career assessments the staff can assist in exploring
career options and deciding academic majors. Assistance is provided in using
the internet and career library to research employers and occupations. The Career
Center will help in preparing a cover letter, writing a resume, developing interviewing
skills, and networking. On-campus interviews, Career Days, seminars, and convocations
provide direct employer contacts. Information on local part-time and full-time
professional employment is available. For more information, visit the Career
Center or the website on the I-net.
Counselors are available
to encourage and support students as they explore personal issues through
the counseling process. Individual, confidential counseling as well as group
counseling when the need arises, is provided to enhance self-awareness and
personal growth. Appointments with a counselor can be scheduled through the
Campus Ministries Office.
The ACT, Praxis, career, interest and personality tests are available to those
who wish to examine their academic and vocational goals. Information and registration
material for several nationally administered exams required for graduate school
is also available. Personality and psychological tests can be arranged and administered
through the Psychology Department; ACT tests through the Admissions Office;
Praxis through the Education Department; and graduate school information in
the Career Development Office.
Student Honor Societies
Delta Tau Alpha is a National Agricultural Honor Society of men and
women who are scholastically banded by their achievements in scholarship, leadership
and in character. Delta Tau Alpha (D.T.A) members are expected to be “Dedicated
To Agriculture” and become active members of this organization. A member enjoys
experiences ranging from fellowship in group outings and campus activities to
leadership opportunities including chapter officer to regional or national officer.
Requirements for membership: A) complete 12 hours of agriculture courses; B)
complete 45 hours of total college courses; C) rank within the upper 35 percent
of your class in overall G.P.A.; D) contact Dan Swearengen (advisor) for application
forms and further details.
Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, strives
to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education.
Kappa Delta Pi endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship
among its members, to quicken professional growth, and to honor achievement
in educational work. The local chapter at College of the Ozarks is Upsilon Delta.
This chapter is open to education majors at C of O who have completed 50 or
more hours with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. In addition to the
formal initiation ceremony held annually, the chapter sponsors speakers and
activities designed to promote excellence in education. The chapter also participates
in campus events, such as those sponsored by Student Senate.
Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, has as its mission
promoting the study of history through encouragement of good teaching, research
and writing, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Upsilon
Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at College of the Ozarks in 1973.
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology founded for the
purposes of encouraging excellence in scholarship and advancing the science
of psychology. Membership is open to those making the study of psychology one
of their major interests and who meet the qualifications or ranking within the
upper 35 percent of their class in overall GPA. The C of O chapter attempts
to stimulate professional growth through programs designed to enhance the regular
curriculum and provides practical experience and fellowship through affiliation
with other chapters. In addition, the national organization provides programs
to help achieve these goals, including regional and national conventions, research
award competitions, and certificate recognition programs. Psi Chi is a member
of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American
Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).
The National Society publishes a quarterly Psi Chi Newsletter which helps to
unite the members as well as to inform and recognize their accomplishments.
Clubs and Organizations
|A.C.M. Computer Science
||International Student Club
||InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
|Baptist Student Union (BSU)
|Business Undergraduate Society
||Jones Theatre Company
| —Phi Beta Lambda
Christian Catholic Newman Association (CCNA)
|Natural Science Comm.
|Christian Psychology Club
|College of the Ozarks FFA
||Physical Education Majors & Minors (PEMM)
||Public Relations Club
||Student Alumni Association (SAA)
|Graphic Arts Club
||Student-Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)
|Habitat for Humanity
||Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
|Hotel & Restaurant Society
||Wilderness Activities Club (WAC)