The mission of Student Affairs is to enhance students’ academic success by developing student skills, cultivating diverse, campus life experiences and enriching the university community through programs and services.
Student Affairs is responsible for the portion of the collegiate experience that occurs outside the classroom. They provide customized services to meet the needs of students in the areas of career services, leader and volunteer activities, student life activities, student conduct, housing and food, and health services. Student Affairs' services are also on our Tulsa, Health Science Center and Arezzo, Italy campuses.
Vice President’s Office
Dr. David Surratt, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Partridge, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students | email@example.com
Brynn Daves, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students | firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent & Family Programs
Parent and Family Programs partners with students’ families to help them thrive at OU, on campus and in life. We strive to welcome, connect, and refer families to the resources they need to ensure their students succeed. The program also serves as the headquarters for Sooner Parents, an organization for parents of OU students. Sooner Parents provides information and program opportunities and recognizes outstanding student parents through scholarships.
SafeRide provides safe and free transportation to OU students within the Norman city limits, no questions asked. Each student receives free, on-demand taxi SafeRides each weekend of operation. If you're in need of a ride between 10 pm and 3 am, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, download the OU SafeRide app (available for Apple and Android)!
Sooners Helping Sooners
Sooners Helping Sooners provides emergency grant funding to current Norman and Tulsa campus students affected by unforeseen financial strain. This grant provides assistance to students who face natural disasters, theft of personal property, death in the family, and a variety of other circumstances.
What to Do
To find out all things happening in and around campus 24/7, check out the What To Do website and weekly emails. Events promoted through What To Do are open to all OU students.
Student Affairs Departments
Arezzo, Italy Student Affairs
Arezzo, a classic Tuscan town nestled conveniently between Rome and Florence, is filled with charm, warm welcomes and unforgettable views. As you walk from the ancient City Center down Corso Italia you begin to understand why Italian filmmaker Roberto Benigni chose Arezzo as his canvas, on which he painted the Oscar winning “La Vita è Bella.” Life in Arezzo is beautiful. A magical place, where you can begin to build your Italian dreams, make lifelong friendships, and have experiences so unforgettable, that like a fine Italian wine, the stories get better with time. OU in Arezzo campus offers a range of academic programs for students interesting in studying abroad.
Career Services provides career assistance to all OU students from freshman year through graduate school. An outstanding staff provide programs and resources that assist students in discovering interests and selecting a major field of study, finding an internship or full-time employment, or applying for graduate or professional school. Career Services is the OU student's best resource for job outlook, salary, and employment trend information. A wide range of programs facilitate contact between students and employers, and teach career decision-making and job search skills from one-on-one resume critiques to career fairs. (For on or off campus student jobs, contact OU's Human Resources office at 325-1826.)
Fitness and Recreation
Fitness and Recreation provides recreational sports programs, fitness services and facilities. The Sarkeys Fitness Center, the University's recreation and fitness center, offers a state-of-the-art weight room, climbing wall, cardio room, indoor track, basketball courts, volleyball, badminton, racquetball and squash. Additionally, personal training and a full schedule of non-credit fitness classes are available. Periodically, OU students have the opportunity to sign up for outdoor wilderness recreation events and may check-out backpacking and camping equipment. The department is home to OU’s Intramural Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for individuals and groups. Registered Sport Clubs also receive advice and assistance from the department. OU’s Murray Case Sells Pool offers swim lessons, water aerobics, lap and recreational swim.
Gender + Equality Center
The Gender+Equality Center (GEC) fosters social justice by advocating for the rights of women and LGBTQ students, empowering those without a voice, and challenging inequality. The GEC helps all students reach their full potential and explore new perspectives. It provides a number of programs to ensure student safety, well-being and success while at the University, including sexual assault prevention and response, breast health education, LGBTQ programs and services and wage equity workshops.
Health Sciences Center Student Affairs
Health Sciences Center (HSC) Student Affairs helps develop a community of health care professionals through recruitment, retention, recreational programs and services. The HSC Student Affairs office provides oversight for student organizations and student government, coordinates student development and community-based programs, provides counseling services, manages the David L. Boren Student Union and provides recreational services and programs. The HSC Writing Center assists students in all of the health disciplines with professional and research documents and publications.
Health Services (OUHS) is a fully accredited ambulatory health care facility staffed by board-certified physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses. The center offers the convenience of an on-campus location and the commitment to high quality care for students, faculty, staff and their dependents. OUHS also offers a women’s center, certified laboratory and radiology services, physical therapy and a pharmacy. The center hosts regular outreach focusing on various health issues and healthy lifestyle choices.
Henderson Scholars Program focuses on the academics, community service and success of a cohort of 120 students. Henderson Scholars uphold the vision and mission set forth by Dr. George Henderson.
Housing and Food Services
Housing and Residence Life provides a variety of on-campus living options for students, including both residence halls and apartments. The convenience, safety and programming options that are available through on-campus living contribute greatly to the success and quality of life for OU students. Housing and Residence Life continually assesses their service to the University community. In addition to exceeding the expectations of students and faculty, they aim to provide staff with an enriching experience at a great place to work.
Leadership and Volunteerism
Leadership Development and Volunteerism prepares students for leadership responsibilities and roles through educational leadership programming and student volunteer opportunities. The office advises The Big Event, OU students’ annual day of volunteerism, coordinates campus awards and recognition programs, advises the President's Community Scholars scholarship program and serves as a resource for student organizations.
Oklahoma Memorial Union
The Oklahoma Memorial Union is the living room of the University, providing spaces to study and relax. The Union has several lounges, a dance floor, a game room and a food court that houses seven restaurants, at least one of which provides campus dining 24 hours a day. A variety of shops are available, including a University bookstore, art gallery, Starbucks, post office, copy shop and credit union. The union has a computer lab, network connections in the Clarke-Anderson room and wireless internet throughout most of the building. Student organizations may host organization meetings, dinners, receptions and dances in The Union. Oklahoma Memorial Union is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year.
The Student Conduct Office is responsible for the Norman, Health Sciences Center and Tulsa campuses day-to-day administration of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, the University’s discipline system and coordinates due process under the OU Academic Misconduct Code. It also coordinates alcohol compliance checks for the University's Greek community, and serves as a resource to the University community for dispute resolution and positive alternatives to hazing and alcohol/drug abuse. Groups interested in alcohol education and risk management programs may contact the director.
Student Life is the “hub” of student life at OU. By providing motivation, guidance, encouragement and support to students throughout their collegiate experience, Student Life provides program opportunities and student activities that enhance students’ academic pursuits. The department is also a central resource for more than 400 registered student organizations including OU’s sororities and fraternities. Student Life is home to Camp Crimson, OU’s summer orientation camp for new-to-OU students and Sooner Orientation Weekend, an information and activity-packed event just prior to the start of fall classes. The Union Programming Board (UPB) is a dynamic student-run organization dedicated to providing diverse programs in the Oklahoma Memorial Union for the University of Oklahoma community. Programs and services specific to African-American, American Indian, Asian and Latino Student Life are also offered through the Student Life office.
Student Media is the steward of The Oklahoma Daily, one of the nation's most-honored multimedia student news organizations; Sooner, annually hailed as one of the best college yearbooks in the country; and other student-managed publications, websites and mobile apps. Under the counsel of Student Media's professional staff of media veterans, more than 100 students work each semester as reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, designers, marketers and salespeople.
OU-Tulsa Student Affairs
Student Affairs at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center is responsible for events, programs and services in a variety of areas impacting the student experience. Student services include campus activities, personal health and wellness, career services, volunteer programs, counseling, the Disability Resource Center, student conduct issues and the health clinic. Additionally, OU-Tulsa Student Affairs advises the student government (OUTSA) and is heavily involved with the registered student organizations.
University Counseling Center
University Counseling Center provides a wide range of counseling services including traditional counseling (individual, couple, group), psychological assessment, psychiatry, consultation and outreach. In addition, the center is home to an APA accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.