Jun 20, 2024  
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletin 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs and Support Areas

Continuing Education

Linking the community and the University, Continuing Education is designed to meet the ongoing educational and occupational expectations of the citizens of Oklahoma by providing life-long learning opportunities. Continuing Education creates opportunities for students to learn skills for current or new jobs, update knowledge, explore new fields, or enrich their lives with cultural and personal development training. Courses are designed to fulfill the needs of students of every age, economic status, and educational level. Short courses, workshops, seminars, and special offerings benefit students professionally, culturally, socially, and vocationally. Courses are easily accessible through the RSU main campus, satellite campuses, and online at www.rsu.edu. To obtain information about Continuing Education courses or to discuss your continuing educational needs, call the Dean of the School of the respective area of interest.

Library Resources

Stratton Taylor Library

The Stratton Taylor Library provides information resources and expertise that support the intellectual and cultural development of students, faculty, staff, and community members. With 76,000 books and 240,000 E-books, nearly 40,000 electronic journals, 1,600 DVDs, interlibrary loan, instruction services for RSU courses, a Selective Federal Government Depository of publications and information, an Oklahoma State Publications Depository Library, and personal reference help that can be accessed at the library or via phone, email, or instant messaging, the Stratton Taylor Library provides one-stop shopping for all your research needs.

The library is open 85.5 hours a week during fall and spring semesters.

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Saturday 12:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  
Sunday 1:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.  

Dining Service

Rogers State University’s dining service is operated by Sodexo Campus Services. Sodexo is a nationally recognized leader in food service for colleges and universities.

Currently, Sodexo operates the Hillcat Hut Café in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center, which serves chef made hot specials of the day, made-to-order deli sandwiches and wraps including made to order salads, Smoothies, a traditional hot grill line, and Sodexo branded

Simply to Go specials.

Sodexo also offers convenience store products in this area.

The Hillcat Hut Cafe accepts cash, all major credit cards, dining dollars, and cat cash.

Service hours at the Hillcat Hut Cafe throughout the school year are:

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm  
  7:30pm - 11:30pm  
Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm  
Saturday & Sunday Closed  

In August of 2014 Rogers State University opened a new resident Dining Hall to meet the challenges of keeping up with the students requests for this kind of format. Chapman Dining Hall was opened with Sodexo Campus Services as the contracted food provider. Chapman offers all-you-care-to eat formats such as Brick oven pizza, traditional hot meals, made to order grill specials and made to order daily stir fry selections. Along with this, the Dining Hall also caters to Vegans and Vegetarians with a special Vegan area. Chapman also offers a made-to-order deli, 20 different beverage selections, a made fresh daily salad bar, and sweet stations to top off your meal.

Chapman accepts cash, any meal plan, flex dollars, cat cash, and major credit cards.

Chapman Dining Hall hours are:

Breakfast: 7:45am - 10:00am  
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm  
Dinner: 5:30pm - 8:00pm  
Brunch: 10:30am - 1:00pm  
Dinner: 5:00pm - 7:00pm  

In the fall of 2016 “We Proudly Brew” Starbucks Coffee Shop opened. The hours for the Hillcat Coffee Shop & Juice Bar are:

Monday-Thursday 7:30am - 3:00 pm  
  7:30pm - 11:30pm  
Friday 8:00am - 11:00am  
Saturday Closed  
Sunday Closed  

RSU offers meal plans to fit everyone’s demands and schedules - inquire at the Bursar’s Office.

For additional information, contact the food service office at 918-343-7843.

Campus Police

The Rogers State University Campus Police enforce federal and state laws along with traffic and parking regulations. They maintain crime records, accident information, and issues of student conduct for the campus. The Campus Police Station is located behind the Foundation Alumni Center at the north entrance of the RSU campus. Policies and regulations have been developed for the safety and convenience of every one on the Rogers State University campus. A complete guide for student conduct policies can be found in the Student Code. For more information, contact the Campus Police Department at 918-343-7624.


In 2005, RSU added intercollegiate athletics to campus pro- grams. The RSU athletics program is dedicated to developing student athletes who are successful not only on the field, but also in the classroom. Through athletic competition, our student athletes develop skills necessary to succeed in life - teamwork, leadership, character, integrity, and discipline.

The University competed as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 2005 to 2013. In 2012, the University was accepted into National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Candidacy beginning the three-year process towards NCAA membership. In 2016, RSU became a full member of NCAA Division II competing in the Heartland Conference.

RSU introduced baseball and softball teams to campus in 2005 and in 2007 men’s and women’s soccer along with men’s and women’s basketball began competition. Men’s and women’s golf was added in 2009 and in 2010 the University brought men’s and women’s cross country to the campus.

RSU added women’s track in 2014 and men’s track the following year. In addition, cheerleading and dance operate under the Department of Athletics as club sports.

Hillcat athletic programs reached NAIA postseason play 12 times winning the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season championship twice, tournament championship twice and one individual conference championship in women’s cross country.

In 2006, RSU unveiled its new mascot - the Hillcat, a unique blue and red animal that is a source of campus pride and spirit and provides a visual identity for the University. The Hillcat serves as a brand and visual rallying point for the University as a whole, including its academic, alumni, and athletic programs. The Hillcat is a fictitious cousin of the bobcat, which is indigenous to northeast Oklahoma. The Hillcat also draws its name from “College Hill,” a traditional nickname for RSU. The University sits atop a hill over-looking the city of Claremore. During the 2009 Centennial Hillcat Homecoming celebration, the RSU mascot was officially named Hunter the Hillcat.

Student Affairs

The mission of the Rogers State University Student Affairs division is to provide students with the opportunity to meet their academic goals by fostering an environment that is conducive to the learning process. Part of this mission is to enable and encourage each student to participate in accessible co-curricular learning experiences. These experiences can help provide avenues for personal enhancement, leadership development, civic engagement, community service, critical thinking, social expression, organizational involvement, health and wellness programming, and cultural enrichment.

Career Services

Rogers State University Career Services, located in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center, assists students in setting and achieving career goals. Career Services offers guidance in the areas of career exploration, career preparation, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, graduate school admissions, and job search strategies. Online career assessments, literature, and career resources are available for student use. Students can upload their resumes and search for current full and part-time job openings on RSU’s career site, www.HireHillcats.com. In addition, Career Services builds relationships with employers and helps them maximize their recruitment efforts by hosting career fairs, information sessions, and on-campus interviews. All services are available to current and graduating students as well as alumni.

For more information, please contact Career Services at 918-343-7864 or www.HireHillcats.com

Student Health Center

The Utica Park Clinic at RSU provides medical services to students, faculty, and staff for consultation, assessment, and treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

The hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, closed 1 hour for lunch. A medical provider will be available those hours. We are closed every Friday. The clinic will be closed after fall and spring semesters. Please watch the website for specific dates.

Appointments may be made by calling 918-343-7614. All immunization records are to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office upon enrollment.

Student Counseling Services

RSU Counseling Services offers professional, free mental health services both in person on Claremore campus and virtually for all currently enrolled RSU students as a branch of the Office of Student Affairs. Individual and group counseling are available as well as opportunities to participate in campus wide events and workshops centered around mental health awareness and the promotion of mental wellness in college. Additionally, Counseling Services offers presentations on relevant, evidence-based strategies to support the RSU community. Connection to resources for food, housing, employment, and other basic needs can be received through the Counseling Services office as well as referrals to community mental health agencies for more extensive mental health treatment, diagnosis, or medication management. To contact the Counseling Services office call 918-343-7845 or via the website at www.rsu.edu/counseling. The Counseling Services office is located inside the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Rm 103.

International Student Health Insurance

All international students enrolled full-time at RSU are required to enroll in the International Student Insurance Plan issued by Academic HealthPlans and underwritten by Sirius Insurance Company. International students will have the insurance premium automatically assessed to their university account. Further add-ons for the plan can be purchased separately.

Student Conduct

Rogers State University is committed to fostering an educational environment where students can freely engage in the learning process and pursue opportunities for personal and social development. Admission to RSU constitutes a student’s acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in the Student Code. The Student Code describes the obligations and responsibilities that govern student behavior and conduct as an RSU student. The Student Code also explains the rights and the privileges that are afforded to students attending this University. RSU offers a variety of programs and services to our students to ensure that they have the resources and the information they need to succeed. The Student Code can be found on the RSU website, and questions regarding its con- tent may be addressed through the Office of Student Affairs.

Identification Cards and Parking Permits

Students are required to have an identification card and a parking permit. Parking permits enable students to park their vehicles on University property. Student identification cards are necessary for admittance to all college-sponsored functions and are used for identification in the Bookstore, Library, Bursar and Registrar’s offices, in student elections, and by Campus Police. Parking permits and student identification cards are available in the Student ID office located in Markham Hall.

Residential Life

The Residential Life program at Rogers State University is designed to be a challenging, respectful, and positive experience for college students. To serve the needs of the student body, there are five distinct living facilities: University Village A, University Village B, University Village C, Downs Hall, and Ledbetter Hall. The luxury University Village complexes for traditional residential living are conveniently located, affordably priced, and community oriented. Ledbetter Hall combines the convenience and security of on-campus living with the family-friendly setting our students desire. Downs Hall houses RSU staff and married students.

For a housing application, as well as information on contract terms, living arrangements, and eligibility, contact Residential Life at 918-343-7789 or www.rsu.edu/campus-life/.

Student Activities and Organizations

Rogers State University supports and encourages participation in campus organizations and student activities. These activities and organizations enhance student life socially, physically, spiritually, and intellectually. Student Activity programming is intended to provide opportunities for personal growth and development, opportunities to become involved in the Rogers State University campus community, and opportunities for academic growth and enrichment through such activities as lectures, films, and fine arts events.

The Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center is the focal point for student activity on the RSU campus. A recreational room with game tables and televisions, 24-hour OMA student lounge, and computer lab are located in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center. The Hillcat Café, Hill Top Coffee Shop, and University Bookstore are also located in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center.

RSU Esports

Along with academic program emphases, students can get involved with RSU Esports via multiple leisure and competitive opportunities. Through the official RSU Esports Team, approved access to the Esports facility, and student organization activities, students of all disciplines can engage in Student Life through their gaming interests.

RSU Clubs and Organizations

Alpha Chi-National College Honors Society
Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority (ΑΣΑ)
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority (ΑΣΤ)
American Advertising Federation (AAF)
Amplifying Millennials Project (AMP)
Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)
Bass Fishing Team
Biology/Chemistry Club
Brothers & Sisters of Excellence (BSE)
Campus Activities Team (CAT)
Channel 42
Chi Alpha (XA)
College Republicans
Criminal Justice Society (CJS)
Hill House
Kappa Phi
Native American Student Association (NASA)
NEDA Campus Warriors
Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association (OAEA)
Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)
Phi Delta Theta (PDT)
President’s Leadership Class (PLC)
Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology)
RSU Pride
RSU Guard Officer Leadership Dev. (GOLD)
Social Justice League (SJL)
Spanish Club
Student Ambassadors
Student Art Association (SAA)
Student-Athlete Advisory Comm. (SAAC)
Student Broadcasting Association (SBA)
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student Nursing Association (SNA)
Student Theatre Organization (STO)
Student Veterans Association (SVA)
Student Writing Organization (SWO)

For more information, call Student Affairs at 918-343-7579. The Calendar of Events is located at www.rsu.edu

Students with Disabilities

Rogers State University is committed to providing services and support for all students that facilitate the attainment of academic and personal goals. In accordance with federal and state laws, students who appropriately document their disabilities with the University are entitled to reasonable and appropriate educational accommodations. They are also ensured equality of opportunity in regard to University-based or sponsored employment, activities, programs, or other educational opportunities. The University does not alter or modify an academic course in any manner that would fundamentally alter the nature or rigor of the course. The Office of Student Affairs, through its Accessibility and Disability Resources office, supports students and campus visitors with disabilities. It is the responsibility of any student who requires a disability-related accommodation to initiate that request and to follow the procedures summarized here:

  1. Self-identify to the Office of Student Affairs. Students receiving services are instructed to identify themselves to their respective faculty if their academic needs will directly affect the classroom environment.
  2. Provide appropriate documentation* of disability(ies) for which the student is requesting educational accommodation.

*Appropriate documentation is information that is reasonably current, on letterhead, provided and signed by a person with relevant licensing or credentials, clearly states the nature and extent of the disability(ies), describes the diagnostic procedures used, and makes recommendations for assistance.

  1. Make an official request for specific accommodation(s) in writing. A written request must be made each semester.
  2. A determination is then made concerning the request using the standard of “reasonable accommodation” and, if applicable, “undue hardship.”
  3. The Office of Student Affairs then coordinates the approved services with the appropriate offices and persons, informs the student of his or her status, and outlines any additional instructions the student should follow.
  4. Students who are denied a particular accommodation and/or provided an alternative can request within a certain time frame the opportunity to appeal that determination.

For more information regarding the appeal process, please review the Disability Grievance Procedure (ADA/Section 504)  section.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 918-343-7579.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is located at 223 W. Blue Starr Dr., Claremore, OK, 74019, 918-283-8150. Any student who has a physical or developmental impairment may submit an application for services offered by this state agency.

Educational Opportunity Center (RSU-EOC)

The RSU-Educational Opportunity Center is a federally funded program providing services to 3204 participants annually in a 27 county area in northeast Oklahoma. All program services support postsecondary enrollment and success and include dissemination of academic information, financial literacy/financial aid, career and educational assessments and admissions assistance. The goal of RSU-EOC is to increase the number of adult participants enrolling in postsecondary education. All services are free to eligible participants. The RSU-EOC office is located on the RSU-Claremore campus. To obtain information about RSU-EOC, please contact, 918-343-7760.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (RSU-SSS) The RSU Student Support Services program is a federally funded program providing services to 140 qualified RSU students annually. The SSS program fosters an institutional climate to support the success of its participants. Program services offer continued support for participants while attending RSU. These services include academic counseling and guidance, academic enrichment workshops, assistance with course selection, career counseling, cultural educational field trips and on-campus events, financial aid assistance, mentoring/tutoring services, and supplemental grant aid. The goal of RSU-SSS is to increase retention and graduation rates of program participants. All services are free to eligible participants. The RSU-SSS office is located on the Claremore campus in Preparatory Hall, Room 105. To learn more about RSU-SSS, please call 918-343-7575.


The Oklahoma GEAR UP program specifically targets first generation, low-income college students/parents in selected area high schools with college readiness. Supported by the GEAR UP College Coach based in Preparatory Hall 107, services include helping qualifying high school students/parents with admission requirements, enrollment, financial aid, academic preparation. The College Coach also focuses on retention at RSU for GEAR UP students who matriculate to the University.

Rogers State University Bookstore

The University Bookstore in the RSU Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center and the RSU Bartlesville Seasonal Bookstore provide textbooks and supplies for the courses offered. General supplies, paper- backs, stationery, and gift items are also available. Students are urged to bring their class schedules when buying textbooks.

All textbook information is now available online at www.rsu.bncollege.com, including Author, Title, Edition, ISBN, Publisher, and new and used prices, (although it is not guaranteed that used books are available) rental and e-book information. Students can order online anytime or shop in store. Bartlesville location is seasonal, so please contact the campus for dates and times.

RENT Your Textbooks

Textbook rental is simple! You can rent the textbooks you need for the semester, and then return them at the end of the term. Renting textbooks can save you up to 50% off the cost of purchasing a new, printed textbook. (Not all textbooks are available for rent) Most forms of payment currently accepted at the bookstore can also be used for rentals. We do require a credit card be kept on file, even if you pay with a different method. Why? Just in case you win the lottery and forget to return your book. We’ll need to charge you for it. The rental period begins the day you pay for the textbook rental and continues until the last day of finals. All rented textbooks must be returned to the Claremore bookstore, in good condition, by the Rental Return Due Date. Please refer to our website for more information on rentals and FAQ’s. www.rsu.bncollege.com

First Day Program

The RSU Bookstore launched the First Day program Spring 2020 as an additional cost savings program for course required materials. When you register for a First Day course, the cost of required course materials is added to your tuition and fees bill. The materials will be available on the first day of class automatically, so you can get started on assignments immediately. The prices for these First Day course materials are negotiated between the publisher and your bookstore to give the students the guaranteed lowest national price from the publisher.

You are allowed to opt in and out of the program until the official census date. After the census date, you will have to source your course required materials elsewhere and will no longer be eligible to purchase at program pricing.

Most publishers give the option of purchasing a loose-leaf copy of the book through the campus bookstore for an additional fee. The loose-leaf copy can also be ordered online from the bookstore and shipped directly to your home.

Textbook Refund Policy

A full refund will be given the first week of class with receipt and books in original condition. After the first week of class, a full refund will be given with receipt, proof of schedule change, and books in original condition during the first 15 days of class. Original condition is the exact condition books were in when originally purchased. Used books must be in resalable condition with all components.

Refunds for summer and 8-week sections will be accepted for ONE WEEK ONLY after the start of class.

General Return Policy

All merchandise other than textbooks may be refunded any time with a valid receipt. Without a receipt, a merchandise credit will be issued at the current selling price. Cash back on merchandise credit will be issued at the current selling price. Cash back on merchandise credits will not exceed $5.00. Refunds will be given in original form of payment.

Exceptions: Custom course materials, study guides, prepaid phone cards, and software.

Book Buy Back

The Bookstore is happy to buy students’ used books back every day, excluding the months of January and August. This is called “buy back.”

  • The best time to sell your used books is during finals week.
  • The bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the book’s selling price if it is requested by a professor for required use next term and the bookstore is not overstocked.
  • If the book does not meet these criteria, the price paid is based on the current national demand.
  • All books must be in good condition.
  • Some books have little or no monetary value. Out of print books and old editions are not in demand and cannot be bought back.

Please remember: For the protection of the students on campus, the bookstore always requires students selling books to show current student identification.

Student Success and Retention

Testing Center

Several forms of testing are available in the RSU Testing Center. Assessments required for course placement at RSU are offered. These assessments include ACCUPLACER tests, the Stanford Test of Academic Skills in Science, and also ACT On-Campus. International and remote USA students can complete assessments, and thereby enrollment, through remote testing, before coming to campus. The Nelson-Denney Reading Test is available to students seeking admission to the Nursing program. In addition, staff members provide proctoring services for distance learning, independent study, and online classes for RSU and other universities. Many instructors also utilize the Testing Center facilities for specialized testing situations and for students requiring accommodations. To contact the Testing Center call 918-343-7730; email [email protected] or visit https://www.rsu.edu/admissions/testing-center/

Developmental Studies

Through the academic departments, Developmental Studies offers courses designed to assist students in building and incorporating skills needed to be successful in college-level coursework. Each course in the program provides individualized, multimedia approaches to improving the basic skills needed for academic success in English, reading, mathematics, and science.

RSU Writing Center

At the Rogers State University Writing Center, we believe that writers can benefit from advice and feedback on their work at any stage of the writing process, and we will do our best to answer questions concerning all things writing. The Writing Center is intended as a quiet place for the development and improvement of written work in all disciplines of study. This includes papers written as assignments for classes, applications, or creative projects. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to get consultation on their writing, to write and print papers, and to utilize writing resources. The Writing Center is located in Baird Hall, Room 206. Writing assistance is available in the Writing Center, as well as via e-mail, instant messaging, video chat, or telephone calls. Visit www.rsu.edu/writingcenter for more information.

Computerized Learning Laboratory

The RSU Learning Laboratory is available to all RSU students and is designed to provide a variety of computer-assisted instructional and tutorial materials that support academic instruction. Word processing software is also available in the learning lab, and students are invited to use this software for homework assignments. The Learning Laboratory computers also offer full Internet access. Tutors are on hand during lab hours to assist with computer problems as well as study questions.


Each fall before classes start, RSU hosts Hillcamp, a four-day orientation program designed to increase awareness of the opportunities and resources available on campus for students. Whether you are a first-time freshman or a transfer student, Hillcamp can provide you with the tools you need to get the most from your college experience at RSU. Using fun and interactive activities, students will not only begin polishing their potential leadership skills, but also develop a network of peers and build friendships that could last a lifetime.

Early Alert Program

If an RSU instructor, staff member or administrator becomes concerned about a student’s class attendance, performance or engagement in the campus community, they can submit an Early Alert notification to the Office of Student Affairs. This Alert will notify the student and their advisor of the concern and RSU’s desire to assist. This communication program gives students an opportunity to be alerted to possible behaviors that are detrimental to their college success. Alerts also open the door to meaningful communications between faculty members, staff members, administrators and students. For more information on this program, contact the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Tutoring Services

RSU provides academic support to students who need assistance with developmental courses through individual and small group peer tutoring. Tutors are available during lab hours as well as by appointment to help with math, writing, reading, and science. Developmental Studies tutoring labs are available in the Health Sciences Building, rooms 246A and 227. Math and science tutoring is available in the Stratton Taylor Library, room 116. Select tutoring services are available on the Bartlesville campus. Please inquire in the Bartlesville Enrollment Center for information.

Tutoring is also provided in the academic areas for specific classes. See the respective Advising/Retention Specialist for details.

Departmental Advisement and Tutoring

Each School - Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies operates its own Advisement and Tutoring Centers. The Advisement Centers are for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students choosing to obtain a degree within each school. After initial advisement focused upon general education as well as your chosen program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor from your major.

The Tutoring Centers in each of the schools offer tutoring for all general education courses within the school as well as more advanced program courses. Tutoring hours are posted on the internet at http://www.rsu.edu/tutoring/ as well as outside the tutoring offices, or you can contact the Advising/Retention Specialist listed below:

Advising/Retention Specialists

Claremore Campus

School of Arts and Sciences:
Health Sciences, Room 161C
Phone: 918-343-7572
Fax: 918-343-7987

Health Sciences, Room 161B
Fax: 918-343-7628

School of Professional Studies:
Herrington Hall, Room 116
Phone: 918-343-5204
Fax: 918-343-8342

Health Sciences, Room 111
Phone: 918-343-8345
Fax: 918-343-8342

Bartlesville Campus
Advisement and Retention Specialist
Phone: 918-338-8000

Pryor Campus
Advisement and Retention Specialist
Phone: 918-825-6014
Fax: 918-825-6135