Current and Future Students

The information that follows is made pursuant to various laws, including but not limited to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (“HEOA”) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). It provides students, faculty and staff with useful information about the University. For additional information, please contact the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.

General Information

General institutional information about the following topics can be found online:

Current tuition rates
Current housing costs
Current meal plan rates
Services for those with disabilities
• Academic programs and plans for reviewing academic functions or a department, school or interdisciplinary program
Withdrawal procedures
Refund policies, including return of Title IV funds
Study abroad
Cost of attendance
Transfer Students
Community College Partnerships

Paper copies of this information can be found at the corresponding offices – the admissions offices at 101 North Foundation Hall (undergraduate), 520 O'Dowd Hall (graduate), Office of the Registrar at 100 O'Dowd Hall, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 103A North Foundation Hall, Rochester, Mich. 48309-4401.

Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer Sharing Policies and Sanctions

The following links provide information about OU policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary action taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyright materials using OU information technology systems. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject students to University discipline as well as to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of the penalties and sanctions for violation of federal copyright laws and University policy is provided in the information below.

Privacy of Student Records (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within a specified time period;
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA;
  3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Information regarding FERPA, including what records constitute protected educational records; the procedures for exercising the right to inspect, review and request amendment to educational records, the definitions of “school official,” “legitimate educational interest” and “directory information,” and a description of rights pertaining to the designation of directory information, is available in OU’s Administrative Policy Number 470 and at OU’s Dean of Students website.

Safety and Security (including Fire Safety)

Oakland University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at or you may request a paper copy from the Oakland University Police Department, 107 Police and Support Services Building; University Human Resources, 413 Wilson Hall; Academic Human Resources, 420 Wilson Hall; and the Office of the Dean of Students, Oakland Center,  Suite 150.

This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security and include, among other things, topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, campus security authorities, timely notifications, emergency notifications, awareness and prevention programs for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, fire safety report and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

Information regarding those persons required to register on Michigan’s sex offender registry is available on Michigan’s Public Offender Registry.

Oakland University’s emergency response and evacuation procedures can be found on Oakland University’s Emergency Preparedness website.

Missing Student Notification Procedures

Notification procedures to be followed when a student residing on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours are detailed on Page 35 of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.

Program Integrity (Complaints)

Oakland University encourages students and prospective students initially to address complaints relating to the University’s institutional policies and consumer issues with personnel in the office, department, college or school that caused the alleged grievance. Senior University administrators will be involved, as needed, to resolve the complaints.

Pursuant to the state authorization provision of the Program Integrity Regulations (34 C.F.R. 668.43) established by the Department of Education on October 29, 2010, the following contact information is provided for filing complaints that remain unresolved after engaging in the above-referenced process:
  • Complaints concerning broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding the University’s ability to meet accreditation standards, may be forwarded to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 or
  • Complaints concerning consumer issues may be directed to the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Michigan, Consumer Protection Division, P.O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI 48909-7713 or,1607,7-164-1773-42077--,00.html.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Disclosure Act)

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report contains information regarding Oakland University athletic program participation rates, financial support data and general information regarding athletics programs. You may request a paper copy of the report from the Athletics Department, Oakland University, Recreation and Athletics Center, Rochester, Michigan, 48309-4401, or access the information on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Equity in Athletics Disclosure website at

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid website offers information about the following:
  • need-based and non-need-based federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial assistance programs available to students;

  • estimated costs (including tuition, housing, books, etc) eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid;

  • criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award; methods and frequency of disbursements of aid;

  • financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package;

  • rights and responsibilities of students receiving federal Title IV, loans; how financial aid is handled when students withdraw;

  • the terms and conditions of federal student loans and entrance and exit counseling information; and

  • who to contact with questions regarding financial aid.

If you need assistance obtaining or you would like to receive information, contact: Student Financial Services, North Foundation Hall, Room 120, 318 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester MI 48309-4401.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Information regarding student graduation and retention rates is available online. Additional information is available from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 512 Wilson Hall, Rochester, Michigan, 48309-4401.

Student Body Diversity

Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled full-time students by gender and ethnicity, is part of the Student Profile and can be found online.

Placement of Graduates
The Office of Career Services provides post-graduation outcomes of the University’s baccalaureate degree recipients, including the types of graduate and professional education programs in which graduates enrolled.

Textbook Information

Registered students can obtain detailed lists of their required course materials by logging into MySail and clicking on the "View Books" button below the "My Courses" content header.

Drug-Free Schools and Workforce Guide

The unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees in the workplace, on OU property or as part of a University activity is prohibited by the university and by state or federal law. The OU Ordinances governing the use of alcohol and drugs are available in the Student Code of Conduct and the employee handbooks and contracts provided by University Human Resources.

These resources also contain descriptions of the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs, and the legal sanctions for violations of University ordinances, local, state or federal laws relating to illicit drugs and alcohol. Paper copies of these resources can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students, Oakland Center, Suite 150, and University Human Resources, 413 Wilson Hall, Rochester, Michigan, 48309-4401.