FAQ: Amenities

Is there air conditioning?

Smith East, Smith West, and Stuyvesant Hall are equipped with air conditioning. Bashford, Thomson, Welch, and Hayes Halls are not air-conditioned.

Can I hook up my computer in my residence hall room?

Yes. The entire campus is wireless, including the residential side. You can log onto the wireless network BISHOPNET using your OWU email username and password. Most residence hall rooms are still equipped with network access if you wish to use a landline.

Are the residence halls wired for cable TV?

Yes. Ohio Wesleyan subscribes to a basic cable service, including HBO (but no other premium channels). If you would like to bring a TV for your room, each room has a cable-ready hook-up. You must also provide your own cable cord. The cost of cable is included in your housing fees.

Is there a telephone in my room?

No. Students need to supply their own landline phone if they wish to have one to make local calls. Students may make long-distance calls from a landline if they have a long-distance calling card.

What laundry facilities are available?

Each residence hall has a laundry room, usually located on the ground floor of the building. There is no extra charge to use the laundry facilities! The University assumes no responsibility for any damage which might occur to students’ belongings as a result of use of laundry machines. Ironing boards are located in each residence hall. Irons are not provided.

Can I bring my own loft?

Students may not build their own loft, but they may request one from their RA/RLC upon their arrival. Loft kits will be available on a first come, first served basis.

FAQ: Before You Arrive

What is the procedure for applying for housing?

  1. Your enrollment fee will also serve as your housing deposit. Housing assignments will not be made until the enrollment fee is received.
  2. You will receive a housing information email from the Residential Life Office which includes your username and password for completing the online housing application. (We advice students to add reslife@owu.edu to their email contacts to prevent important message from being filtered as spam.) Office of Residential Life. Fill out the housing application, contract, and personal data sheet completely. Fill out the online housing application. The priority housing application deadline is May 1.
  3. Your application will be processed by the Residential Life Office and your room assignment will be sent to you starting mid-June. At this time you will find out who your roommate(s) will be.

What should I bring with me and what should I not bring with me?

Please refer to our Packing Guide for a comprehensive list of items that we recommend you consider bringing with you (and NOT bringing with you).

Can I have a pet?

Because of health and sanitation issues and the possibility of other residents’ allergic reactions, pets are not permitted to be kept, fed, or harbored in the residence halls. These issues may interfere with a student’s right to a clean environment conducive to study.

Animals are not permitted in public areas of residence halls. The housing of cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, snakes, and any illegal animals in the residence halls is prohibited. The only pets permitted are fish and one of the following animals per student: gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, and rats. These small, caged, nonpoisonous animals and fish are permitted in the student’s room if the student completes and submits the pet registration form, and gains advance approval from the Residential Life Office and his/her roommates before the pet arrives on campus. A roommate’s request to live in a pet-free environment supersedes the right of the student to have a pet in his/her room.

Dogs, cats, snakes, rabbits, and ferrets are strictly forbidden in any residence hall facility.

Water-filled aquariums of no more than 10-gallon capacity may be maintained for fish, snails, and crustaceans. (Turtles, amphibians, other reptiles, and other aquarium-dwelling animals are not permitted.) All animals, including fish, must be taken home over semester breaks. The University will not be held responsible for the safety of fish or any animal in the event of electrical power failures.

All pets found in student housing that violate this policy will be immediately removed or confiscated and moved to a local shelter or the Humane Society. Students will be charged a $50 fine for violation of this policy and charged for any damages to the facility. Residential Life reserves the right to determine if an animal is appropriate.

May I bring my car to campus?

Any student may bring a vehicle to campus. All vehicles parked on campus must be registered and have an OWU parking permit displayed. In addition, any student bringing a vehicle to campus must have the vehicle registered and must purchase a parking permit even if parking on off campus property.

  • Series B parking permits are available to all students. The cost of a B parking permit is $175 for the full year. A “B” permit does not ensure that students are able to park in the residential lot where they live as parking can be very congested. Parking is strictly enforced.
  • Series C parking permits are available to all students and provide remote campus parking on OWU property at minimal cost. The cost of a C permit is $15.
  • Parking permit fees may be charged to a student’s OWU account.

All students are able to purchase their choice of a “B” or “C” permit.

To register a vehicle and purchase an OWU parking permit, students must provide proof of vehicle ownership with either a family-related or personal registration/title. For vehicles owned by a company or corporation, students must provide secondary proof of ownership.

Students are strongly encouraged but not required to utilize on-campus parking whenever possible to reduce congested street parking and free space for area residents who generally are not permitted to park on campus.

What is a resident assistant? What is a moderator?

A Resident Assistant (RA) is an upperclassman who lives on your floor and serves as the first point of contact for students. This person was selected through an application and screening process and has been given training in a variety of issues facing college students. RAs are required to be on their floors on a regular basis and get to know each of their residents.

A Moderator is an upperclassman student who supervises a Small Living Unit (SLU). A Moderator is the student staff member who is also a contact person for students who might have concerns. Freshmen students do not typically live in a Small Living Unit, but are encouraged to attend programs and become involved with SLU initiatives.

FAQ: Campus Activities & Career Services

Can I start a new student organization on campus?

Yes, with a minimum of ten other interested students. Go to the New Club Process page for the procedures and paperwork.

How can I find out about activities/programs happening on a daily basis at Ohio Wesleyan?

You will receive the OWU Daily in your e-mail every weekday. Student organizations send out messages to their constituents via OrgSync, and many also advertise in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center by tabling at lunch or hanging a banner in the Atrium.

Where on campus can I find information about summer employment and internships?

Summer jobs and internships are posted in the Career Services handshake database for OWU students. You may access handshake by visting the Career Services website and clicking the BishopLink icon. Many more opportunities can be found in the Students section of the Career Services website. Students are welcome to talk with a career professional to discuss options and strategies for finding summer opportunities; stop by during our daily drop-in hours on Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. at HWCC 324, email careers@owu.edu, or call x3152 for an appointment.

How do I find out about an externship?

Career Services professional staff can help you learn more about the Bishop Externship program. Externships are short (1-5 days) practical experiences which will allow OWU students to explore a potential career path, gain valuable job experience, and engage with OWU alumni working in various career fields and industries. Externships are held during OWU breaks in various locations throughout the country.

How do I find information about post-graduate opportunities?

Career Services can help you explore and consider various post-graduate options, including graduate school, employment, and Gap Year programs and adventures like the Peace Corps. Upcoming career & grad school fairs, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and other events can be found on the Career Services website. Individual advising appointments are available to assist you with your search and offer additional ways to strengthen your preparation, including services such as resume and cover letter/personal statement review and mock interviews. Start exploring your options now by visiting the Career Services website, stopping by during our daily drop-in hours on Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. at HWCC 324, or calling x3152 or emailing careers@owu.edu to schedule an appointment.

FAQ: Computer Support

Do I need to purchase a new computer?

No, students can purchase a used computer or bring one from home. Refer to the What is the Recommended University Computer Configuration FAQ entry for additional information.

What is the recommended University computer configuration?

For laptop and desktop computers:

  • A dual-core processor running at 1.8Ghz or higher.
  • At least 2GB of system memory.
  • A 100GB or larger hard drive.
  • A DVD-RD (DVD-recordable and -rewritable) optical drive.
  • A dedicated video/graphics card with at least 256MB of memory.
  • A Network Interface Card: WiFi a, b, g, or n compatible and/or hard-wired Ethernet. (If you plan to use wired Ethernet, you will also need an Ethernet cable—also known as CAT-5 of RJ45—at least 25 feet long. Please note that some residential halls, including Stuyvesant, are WiFi only.)
  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later.
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • A power strip with a surge protector.
  • All original computer system manuals and discs (bring them to campus).

Optional:

  • A total system backup device, such as an inexpensive external USB hard drive with at least as much capacity as your computer’s hard drive. You may also find such services online.
  • At least one high-capacity (2GB or larger) USB flash drive for portable storage of important documents and files.
  • An uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

Keep in mind that desktop models typically have more power and better performance than laptops and will therefore be better suited to higher-end audio, video, graphics, and gaming.

Is it better to have a Mac or a PC?

Both Windows and Mac computers are welcome on campus. Public-access (lab) machines run mostly Windows. Macs and PCs both are able to effectively utilize University computing resources.

What if I don’t own a computer?

Several computer labs on campus, including locations in Hayes and Welch Halls as well as Beeghly Library, are available to all students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For more information, go to the Information Services Self-Help Site.

Can I use my own computer in the residence hall to access the Internet?

Yes, the entire campus is wireless. Once you arrive on campus you can receive the wireless signal and log onto the network using your OWU (email) username and password. You may also have the option to hard-wire connect in individual rooms in some residential halls, fraternity houses, and Small Living Units (SLUs). In Austin Manor and certain other buildings, individual rooms are not wired. These facilities may have campus-wired, public-access computers available for your convenience. For more information, go to the Information Services Self-Help Site.

Can students purchase a computer through the University?

OWU has entered into partnership with GovConnection to make high-quality laptops, desktops, and other computer equipment available for purchase by OWU students, faculty, and staff as well as their families. To learn more about this program, go to the OWU GovConnection website.

What is the standard productivity software on campus?

Microsoft Office 2010 is available in public-access computer labs. Office includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Microsoft Office 365 is available for free to students on up to 5 devices. Sophos is our campus-wide anti-virus program, which is also available for free.

Is there a charge for email or for connecting my computer to the campus network?

All students pay a technology fee as part of their campus expenses. This fee includes computer support.

How do I get help using the University’s computing systems?

You can:

  • Access the Information Services Self-Help Site.
  • Call the Information Services Help Desk at 740-368-3120.
  • Stop by the Information Services Help Desk in the lower level of the Corns Building between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What do I need to attach my computer to the University network?

  1. A computer meeting or exceeding OWU’s recommended configuration (see above).
  2. A wireless network adapter compatible with the 802.1x protocols (a, b, g, or n). This adapter should be properly installed on the device and in working condition.

    OR

    If you are in a room with Ethernet access, we recommend having an Ethernet (also known as a Cat5E or 10/100/1000) patch cable with RJ45 (also known as Cat5E or 10/100/1000 Ethernet) connectors. This looks like a traditional modem cable but is much thicker with larger connectors on the ends. We recommend that you bring a cable that is at least 25 feet long to accommodate equipment placement in your residence room.

FAQ: Food Issues

Where do I eat?

Ohio Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of dining options on campus. Meal plan credits may be used in the Food Court, Bakery and Bishop Cafe (Hamilton-Williams Campus Center), Smith Hall Dining Room, Welch Hall Dining Room, Thomson Corner Store, and Pizza Trattoria.

Unused meal plan credits from fall semester may be carried over to the spring semester. Unused credits at the end of the spring semester are forfeited. No refund is issued if the student completes fall semester but does not return for spring semester. For more information, go to Dining Services.

What meal plans are there? Which one do I have?

Students living on campus are required to participate in a University meal plan. There are three plan options offered. New students typically participate in the middle-sized meal plan unless otherwise requested. No changes to the selected meal plan are permitted after the second week of each semester. For more information, go to Dining Services.

Can I cancel my meal plan?

All students who live on campus are required to participate in a University Meal Plan. Rare exceptions will be considered for those students with medical conditions or membership in religious organizations with strict dietary guidelines that cannot be accommodated by the University’s food service vendor. For more information, go to Dining Services.

FAQ: OWU Campus Traditions

FAQ: Rooms & Roommates

Are there any “single-gender” residence halls on campus?

Yes. Hayes Hall is an all-female residence hall. There are no all-male residence halls on OWU’s campus. All other halls on campus besides Hayes are coeducational residence halls.

What if I don’t like my roommate?

We make every effort to match you with a compatible roommate; for this reason it is crucial that the information you provide on your Housing Application is as honest and complete as possible. Learning to live with a roommate is often one of the most significant learning experiences of being at college. It is important to make an effort to communicate your concerns with each other to try to resolve the problems. We also take into consideration that not all living situations will work out as they are assigned. Should problems come up, talk to your Resident Assistant for some help or suggestions. If problems still persist without resolution, you and your RA should meet with your RLC to discuss some options.

Can residents trade rooms during the year?

Room changes can be made during the year, however availability depends upon the amount of space available. There is a two-week freeze at the beginning and end of each semester in which no student will be given permission to move. If you wish to trade rooms with another student or move to another room on campus, you will need to complete a Room Change Request Form, which is available in the Residential Life Office, HWCC 225.

Are single rooms available?

Learning to live in a community with roommates is an important part of the residential experience; therefore, incoming students are assigned to rooms with roommates. Students who need assigned to a single room as a medical necessity should contact the Residential Life Office as early as possible to learn about the housing accommodation process.

FAQ: Safety, Security, & Maintenance

How can I report maintenance concerns?

If there is a problem in your residence hall room that needs attention from maintenance staff, contact your RA as soon as possible to have him/her submit a work request. It is important for you to understand that personnel from Buildings & Grounds will enter your room even if you are not present in order to fix the problem.

Can I burn candles or incense in my room?

No! Candles and incense are prohibited in student rooms. Please leave these things at home.

Where can I store my belongings over the summer?

Current students signed up for residential housing during the upcoming academic year are permitted to store a limited amount of belongings on campus over the summer. Because storage space is limited, it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once University storage rooms are full, students seeking storage will need to secure off-campus alternatives.

Storage areas are not accessible during vacation periods and summer recess, and students may be assessed a fee for emergency access during these times. However, students who are registered for Summer Session will be allowed to store belongings, if storage space is still available.

Students are prohibited from storing any hazardous or dangerous items and will be responsible for any damages resulting from their failure to comply with this prohibition. Flammables, liquids, or items that violate the OWU Code of Student Conduct are strictly prohibited. Student-owned furniture, refrigerators, and rugs also may not be stored in University storage areas.

For more information, check out the Residential Storage Policy page.

What happens when a rule or policy is violated?

If a student is found to be in violation of a rule or policy governing Residential Life, that student may be referred to Student Conduct by a Residential Life staff member (RA/Moderator/RLC.)

What types of measures are taken to protect my safety? How safe are the residence halls?

All of the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students have access to the residential facilities with their OWU card. It is very important for students to not allow persons whom they do not know to enter the building.

The OWU Department of Public Safety has policies and services in place intended to protect the Ohio Wesleyan campus and to assure the safety and well being of its community members. Public Safety officers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and strive to uphold University policies and state and federal laws. There is an RA on duty in resident halls each evening from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is also an RLC on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ohio Wesleyan also uses an emergency notification system to share urgent information via text, telephone, and email. You will need to enroll in the OWU Alert system, and you may register parent contact as well. For more information about campus safety, visit the Campus Safety section of the website.

What is community damage?

The student or students responsible for damage resulting from abuse of facilities, negligence, or means other than those attributed to normal deterioration will be expected to assume the cost of repair or replacement. If the responsible individual or individuals are unknown, then the occupants of the corridor/hall will be be expected to assume the cost of repair or replacement. Community damage is calculated by taking the total amount of all damage and dividing it by the number of residents living in that hall/area. Community damage charges on a student account are not subject to appeal.