Student life at College of the Ozarks is comprised of much more than classes, study, and workstations. 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 Center
The College Center is a focus of student life. The College Center houses the student dining hall, a snack bar, student center with Student Senate offices, and the College bookstore.
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, sand volleyball court, 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 (NAIA) for both men and women. It sponsors women’s teams in volleyball and basketball and has teams for men in basketball and baseball. Cheerleading is offered for men and women.
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 disabilities as intended by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Section 504 states that “no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under” any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.
Agencies that provide Federal financial assistance also have section 504 regulations covering entities that receive Federal aid. Requirements common to these regulations include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; program accessibility; effective communication with people who have hearing or vision disabilities; and accessible new construction and alterations.
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities. The type of disability determines the appropriate accommodations. Commonly requested academic accommodations include:
- Seating in a particular section of a classroom
- Extended time for completing exams and other in class activities
- Access to an elevator
- Audio recording of class lectures
- Access to enlarged print materials
- Testing in a location other than the classroom
- Audio recordings of reading material
- Someone to record class notes
- Provision of a tutor
Appropriate accommodations will be determined on a case by case basis through conversation between the student and the College. While the College aims to accommodate students to help them to be academically successful, not all accommodation requests will be granted, and the College will not fundamentally alter its programs in order to accommodate a student.
Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation of disability and of the need for accommodation. Approriate documentation will vary depending on the situation and claimed disability, and may include an official medical diagnosis, psychological evaluations, high school IEP, etc. Certain disabilities that are more obvious in nature may require less documentation.
Granted accommodations are not effective retroactively, and do not cover academic activities assigned and/or completed before the student asked for and received accommodations.
Students interested in academic accommodation should contact the Dean of the College Office. Upon submission of appropriate documentation, the staff in the dean’s office will work with the student to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations. At the beginning of each semester students should visit the office in order to sign a form granting permission for the office to notify the student’s professors of the agreed upon accommodations. If a student is not satisfied with the accommodations being offered, he or she should request a meeting wht the Dean of the College to discuss these concerns.
The same process applies to requests for accommodation in the student’s work station and for general accessibility issues. For work station accommodation, contact the Dean of Work Education Office. For physical accessibility only, contact the Dean of Students Office.
Students with disabilities are also advised to take advantage of programs and courses offered to all students, for instance the CWT (Center for Writing and Thinking), math and science review sessions, counseling center, and use of word processing software with spelling and grammar checking.
Student Publications offer experiences in writing, editing and photography. These publications include Phoenix, the college yearbook, and Outlook, the weekly student newspaper. Subscription to all student publications is pre-paid by virtue of the student’s Health/ Technology/Service 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 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 dances.
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.
Weapons and Fireworks
Students are not allowed to keep fireworks or weapons as defined in Missouri Revised Statute, Title XXXVIII, Chapter 571 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’s assistant 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 life-saving equipment.
Housing is available in four women’s halls (Memorial, Foster, Ashcroft, and Mabee) and in four men’s halls (Barrett, Youngman, Kelce East, and Kelce West). Residence Hall rules and regulations are published in the Student Handbook.
Food Service is provided by the Pearl Rogers Dining Hall, located in the Good College Center.
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 Web site on the Intranet.
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 Christian 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 GPA; D) contact Dan Swearengen or Mark Sanders (advisors) for application forms and further details.
Eta Sigma Delta is a faculty-sponsored, student-led organization affiliated with Eta Sigma Delta International, dedicated to learning and service to the College community. It recognizes exceptional achievement among hospitality and tourism students. Undergraduate members must have completed 50% of the credit hours required for graduation, have officially declared a hospitality management major (or a closely allied field), have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in a 4.0 system, and agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service and ethics.
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.
Lambda Pi Eta, a Communication Arts Honor Society, was developed in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. The College of the Ozarks chapter (Alpha Alpha Psi) was established in 2011. Students are inducted based on a number of criteria, including, but not limited to, academic GPA, class standing, and recommendation by faculty. The primary aim of this society is to bring students of high achievement together in order to: 1) Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; 2) Stimulate interest in the field of communication; 3) Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; 4) Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; 5) Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and 6) Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
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.
Sigma Beta Delta: The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Membership is open to students with majors in Accounting or Business Administration with an overall GPA of 3.6 or higher, at least 61 total hours completed, and at least half of the requirements of their majors completed. Students must also be recommended by the Sigma Beta Delta Faculty committee. Sigma Beta Delta was established at College of the Ozarks during the fall 2008 semester.
Sigma Tau Delta: The International English Honor Society’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature studies. Members have the opportunity to publish their writing in The Rectangle, and student members are eligible to compete for a number of writing awards. In addition, student members may receive international recognition through academic scholarships, professional internships, and teaching awards.
Clubs and Organizations
|A.C.M. Computer Science
Agriculture Education Club
Baptist Student Union (BSU)
Business Undergraduate Society
C of O Handbells
Catholic Christian Ministry
Christian Psychology Club
College of the Ozarks FFA
Council for Student Programs (CSP)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Graphic Arts Club
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Club (HPER)
Hotel & Restaurant Society
Jones Theatre Company
Leadership Development Track (LDT)
Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF)
Ozarks Fisheries and Wildlife Club
Public Relations Club
Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Student-Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)
Wilderness Activities Club (WAC)
Young Americans for Freedom