Oxford Library and Academic Commons
The Oxford Library and Academic Commons offers a powerful combination of traditional and digital resources, student-centered spaces, and a personal commitment to excellent service. As the social and academic hub of the Oxford College campus, the library is dedicated to the achievement and success of our students, faculty, and staff. Within an inclusive and supportive environment, the library provides agile services, information literacy instruction, learning and research opportunities, and preservation of Emory’s history for Oxford College as a part of the larger university. The library maintains a commitment to the following student-centered services:
Research Practices Library Instruction Program: Collaboration between librarians and faculty provides course integrated library instruction, helping students maximize the resources available to them and become skilled and critical information consumers.
Librarians’ Office Hours: One-on-one research help with a librarian is available in dedicated research consultation areas. Students may drop in for a research consultation or make an appointment for more in-depth help.
Resources/Services: Oxford students have access to the following resources and services:
- Library staff that may be reached by phone, email, text message, or instant message for assistance.
- Full access to the extensive print and electronic resources of all the Emory University Libraries, including 4 million print and electronic volumes, 100,000 electronic journals, and internationally renowned special collections.
- Items requested from any of the Atlanta Emory libraries are delivered directly to the Oxford campus.
- Interlibrary Loan request system—get resources you need if they are not available at any Emory libraries.
- Check out MacBooks and iPads, and a variety of A/V equipment, including phone chargers, data projectors, cameras, and tripods.
- Technology-rich group study spaces that may be reserved online. More information about the Oxford library can be found on our website, oxford.library.emory.edu.
Information Technology Facilities
Oxford College Information Technology (OCIT) views information technology as central to both living and learning experiences to student. We equip our classrooms with multimedia equipment and software to make learning more interactive. From using virtual reality in biology labs to digitally enhancing student research papers, OCIT partners with faculty to enrich the learning experience. At Oxford we use Canvas as our learning management system.
We are a wireless campus with secure and fast WiFi available across the entire campus, including in all residence hall rooms, which are also equipped with cable TV connections. A separate network provides wireless connectivity for game consoles, e-Readers, internet TVs, Rokus, Apple TVs, and other consumer devices.
While at Oxford, you may install MS Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) onto five different devices. Antivirus software, required for connectivity, is provided. We provide advanced technology resources and consulting and can assist you with:
- Virtual Reality
- video editing
- DVD production
- text/graphics scanning
- presentation creation/rehearsal
- web page creation
- 3-D printing and scanning
Whether you need a spot to go over the latest project with your classmates or test your gaming skills, the Humanities Hotspot is the place to go. The Hotspot, located in Humanities Hall, is where you can test-drive the latest technology like 3-D printing. Grab a cup of coffee and use our collaboration space or enjoy our modern gaming center with full HD TV and a virtual-reality headset system.
When technology issues arise, contact us via the AskIT form. We’ll respond within one business day. You can also drop by Student Technology Support, located in the Humanities Hotspot during our normal operating hours (Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.).
The Oxford Writing Center offers tutoring in writing and composition for any class. The tutors are students with diverse majors and interests who 82 Educational Resources can help their peers with critical thinking, structure, organization, style, grammar, and citation mechanics. The Writing Center is on the second floor of the Oxford library and is open twenty-five to thirty hours a week. For current hours and announcements, please visit the website at oxford.emory.edu/academics/centers-institutes-programs/writing-center/.
The Mathematics Center offers help and support for all math classes taught at Oxford College. One-on-one tutoring from both faculty and student tutors is available Mondays through Thursdays in the afternoon (see the website referred to below for specific times). Tutoring can be done either by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Students are encouraged to use the center as a place to do their math homework, asking questions of the faculty and student tutors as needed. For further information or for additional help and resources for some courses (in the form of written and video tutorials), please refer to the Mathematics Center website at mathcenter.oxford.emory.edu.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The English 186 Critical Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students course offers intensive classroom instruction for one semester to high proficiency students whose first language is not English, followed by out-of classroom support and one-on-one tutoring through the Writing Center.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that targets historically difficult courses at Oxford College. Faculty select and SI hires, trains, and oversees students who have demonstrated mastery of course material and leadership skills to lead weekly review sessions in future semesters. Though SI can help any student, the program is not designed for remediation but rather for students who typically average a C or better in a course. On average, evidence supports that regular attendance to SI session can increase a student’s grade by a half to a full letter grade. For further information, refer to the website at emory.edu/OXFORD/SI/.
Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)
Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) provides academic services and accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities. Students are responsible for initiating the accommodation request process by self-disclosing their disability directly to the OAS office. All requests and materials are handled in the strictest of confidence. The documentation provided regarding the disability diagnosis must demonstrate a disability covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Educational Resources 83 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, amended as of 2008. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you are interested in learning more about OAS or would like to begin the registration process, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-784-4690. OAS office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oxford campus located across the hall from the Student Health, Counseling and Career Services Building in 134 Project Room, East Village Murdy Hall.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services, managed and staffed by nationally certified nurse practitioners, includes on-campus evaluation of health problems, care and treatment of illnesses or injuries, laceration repair, sports physicals, family planning/well-woman exams, STD screening, and provision of health/wellness information. Referral to the college medical adviser or other physician specialists will be made when situations necessitate further medical evaluation and treatment. Students do not pay for office visits to the Student Health Services but are responsible for costs of special services such as laboratory tests, prescription medicines, and visits to private physicians or clinics and hospital emergency rooms. Fees for special services may be billed through the Bursar’s Office. A student may submit charges for lab and supply fees to his/her health insurance company for reimbursement. To obtain more information about Student Health Services, please call 770-784-8376 or visit our website at oxford.emory.edu/student-health.
Required Health Forms
Three health forms are required—the Entrance Medical Record, which includes immunization requirements, the Authorization for Use/Disclosure of Protected Health Information, and the State of Georgia Meningococcal Vaccination Acknowledgement Form for Students Living in On-Campus Housing. These forms are available online at oxford.emory.edu/healthforms/.
Emory University (including Oxford College) requires that all new and continuing degree-seeking students and all international students either have health insurance or purchase the university-sponsored plan. In order to waive enrollment in the Emory Student Health Insurance Plan (offered by Aetna/The Chickering Group), students must show evidence of enrollment in a United States–domiciled health insurance plan that meets specific waiver criteria. Students may waive enrollment through their OPUS account prior to July 1.
If you wish to be enrolled in the Emory Student Health Insurance Plan, there is nothing further that you need to do. You will be automatically enrolled in the plan at the conclusion of the waiver period on July 1 and you will receive an insurance card in the mail (at the mailing address that you have on file with OPUS). The Emory/Aetna student insurance plan is an annual plan that provides coverage for 12 months in Atlanta, nationally and internationally. Coverage under the annual plan begins on July 15 for medical students, August 1 for international students and August 15 for all other students. If you choose to enroll in the Emory/Aetna plan, you will be charged via Student Financial Services (the Bursar’s Office). Please visit the Emory University website on Student Health Insurance for more information.
Counseling and Career Services (CCS)
Counseling and Career Services (CCS) offers a range of services that promote personal, interpersonal, vocational, and professional development of Oxford College students. As a whole, CCS engages students in developing insights and skills, for application to the many dimensions of their lives.
We facilitate students’ exploration and discovery of their identities and aspirations, guiding them to use the various inner and community resources available to them. Whether we invite reflection, offer empathy and support, help create opportunities for discernment, or guide their navigation of barriers and challenges, our aim is to enhance their academic experience and overall growth toward lifelong flourishing.
Our career services help students explore the many dimensions of career and life planning. This includes providing assistance in self-assessment toward deciding a major, choosing a suitable career, or even finding an internship. We also provide help related to writing or revising resumes and cover letters.
Our licensed mental health providers offer free and confidential behavioral health services (individual counseling, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, crisis intervention) on a range of student development and mental health concerns, attending to and respecting the many culturally informed perspectives and experiences reflected in our diverse student body.
All CCS services are free and confidential. For additional information, please refer to the CCS website or call the office during business hours at 770-784-8394.
Residential Education and Services (RES)
Residential Education and Services (RES) contributes to student success by supporting academic efforts within the residential communities. RES is dedicated to promoting both personal and academic success by providing activities related to individual growth and leadership skill development.
Residential Education and Services is supported by a staff of student resident assistants (RAs) and professional residence life coordinators (RLCs) who live in the residence halls and coordinate programming efforts and activities for students. Programming efforts give students opportunities to experience a campus atmosphere conducive to balancing scholastic achievement, leadership, and campus life. RES staff is knowledgeable about available campus resources to assist students in managing their academic endeavors and involvement outside of the classroom successfully.
Parking Rules and Regulations: Student Vehicle Registration
If you intend to bring a vehicle to Oxford College, fall and/or spring semesters 2017–2018 and have not already registered your vehicle, you should do so at this site: oxford.emory.edu/parking.
It is recommended that you register as soon as possible because parking permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost to register your vehicle for the school year is $125.00 per semester. The parking permit fee will be billed to your student account as part of the pre-term registration bill. Students must register their vehicle prior to June 15, 2017, for the fall semester to avoid an additional $25.00 late fee. If you plan to keep your vehicle on campus for both fall and spring semesters, you should register for both fall and spring semesters when registering. If for any reason, you determine that you no longer need a vehicle permit after obtaining one you can have a prorated credit provided to your student account after returning your permit to the campus police.
Student parking permits will be available for new students during New Student Orientation on August 18, 2017, inside the library. Returning students that register for a parking permit will be contacted by email about where to pick up their parking permit once they arrive on campus. Please call the campus-parking officer at 770-784-8498 if you have any questions or email email@example.com.
Since 1946 Emory students and faculty have benefited from the university’s membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of ninety-six colleges and universities and a contractor for the US Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a variety of study and research opportunities. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science and engineering.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs, and services for chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, call 865-576-3306 or visit orau.org.