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Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Robert Pool

Mission Statement

The Division of Student Affairs at Ashland University is committed to promoting the academic purpose of the university while enhancing student learning outside of the classroom. Through collaboration with faculty, staff and students, we strive to build a strong community of respect and affirm the value of each individual. 

Campus Creed

As a member of Ashland University, I will hold myself to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; respect the dignity of each individual; honor the University‘s tradition and commitment to Judeo-Christian values; and serve others in our world community. (Written and adopted by Student Senate on the 11th of April in the year 2000.)

Mansfield Nursing Campus – Student Life

Student activities and student organizations such as Student Nurses Christian Fellowship, SCRUBS, and Student Nursing Association are provided for nursing students. Freshmen and sophomore students are required to live on the Ashland campus unless eligible to commute. Upper class students are required to reside on the Ashland campus or in Mansfield apartments unless they meet off-campus criteria.

Student Center

The Hawkins-Conard Student Center promotes student community for undergraduate residential, commuter, and graduate students. Included in the center are a bookstore, health center, Safety Services Office, International Student Services, Eagles’ Landing, lounge, mail center and student mailboxes, ATM machine, Eagles’ Nest snack bar, wireless internet, copy machine, multipurpose auditorium, commuter lounges and lockers, meeting rooms, and a student organization resource room, as well as selected offices of Student Affairs.


New Student Orientation is a key component to assisting you with your transition to university life! This program is designed to acquaint you with campus services, staff that can assist you with taking care of business such as finalizing loans, and peer mentors to answer your questions. At Ashland University, Orientation is a mandatory three-part process which includes completing an Online Orientation Module, attending a Summer Orientation Program and participating in Orientation Weekend right before classes begin.** Note, students that enroll in Spring Term an accelerated program and mini Information Fair will be hosted the day before classes begin.

Part I: Summer Orientation Program

Select one of the five Summer Orientation Days to attend.  Students and parents are invited to drive into town for a half-day program that will help prepare you for fall semester. You will have the opportunity to take care of business, as well as speak with faculty, staff and upper-class students to get your questions answered. At check-in, a copy of your Fall Class Schedule will be provided if all of your online enrollment forms (pre-registration, financial aid, housing) are completed.

Part II: Orientation Weekend

During Orientation Weekend, Ashland University will become your home away from home. With activities and programs planned throughout the weekend, you will create friendships with your peers and become better acclimated with the campus.

Residence Life

As a residential campus community, Ashland University requires its students to live on campus and contribute to its environment. Students play an integral part in the creation of programs, as well as housing policies and procedures through their involvement in the Student Senate and other student leadership organizations.

All full-time students must reside on campus unless they reside in the permanent, primary residence of their parents/guardian within thirty-five driving miles of Ashland University. Residential students, with 90+ credit hours, living in an apartment, are not required to have a meal plan. Students who are 22 years old prior to October 1 of the current academic year are permitted to reside off campus. Off campus applications are due by March 1 for returning students and are accepted on a rolling basis for new and transfer students. Any student found to be living off campus without authorization will be invoiced for full room and board charges.

Student Activities & Organizations

Students who invest time in campus activities tend to be more successful in their future careers. At Ashland University, your college years will offer you many opportunities to grow and develop. As you become involved on campus and in the community, you will discover all sorts of new things about yourself and you will have a great time in the process. Check out involvement opportunities by logging into with AU Gmail credentials.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook, developed by students, faculty, administrators, and the Board of Trustees, contains the policies and regulations for Ashland University. Primary handbook content areas include academics, campus services, health and counseling services, student conduct system, University policies, residence life, safety services, and student involvement. See it online at A limited number of hard copies are available in the Student Conduct Office.

Psychological Counseling Center

Ashland University provides FREE personal, social, academic, and career counseling and related services to address a variety of student’s needs. Such services include:

·          Accelerated learning

·          Test anxiety & relaxation

·          Alcohol & drug awareness

·          Test preparation: MCAT, GRE, PRAXIS, LSAT

·          Career testing

·          Time management

·          Counseling for personal concerns

·          Training for improvement of study skills

·          Decision making strategies

·          Workshops and skills enhancement programs

·          Guidance for professional school

·          Depression management

·          Human sexuality information and counseling

·          Proper sleep hygiene

·          Memory improvement

·          Relationship building

·          Premarital & marital decision making

·          Communication skills

·          Speed reading


Students can be assured that their personal concerns will be treated as COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Licensure Board of the State of Ohio.

Career Center for Life Calling

The Career Center for Life Calling helps Ashland students navigate the path from college to internship and transition to full time employment by providing career consultation, workshops, events, and programs as well as a career resource room for use by students and alumni. The center assists students in planning for their careers; researching career fields, internships, graduate and professional schools, and employers; and developing resumes, networking, and job search strategies. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake internship experiences while at Ashland University. The students interested in completing an internship should contact the Career Center for Life Calling and his/her faculty advisor, the latter for potential credit.  Visit for more information.

Office of Community Service

The Office of Community Service works with local service agencies and churches to help make a difference in our community as well as to provide meaningful service opportunities in an effort to encourage social responsibility, community involvement, a hands on-experience and thoughtful reflection for Ashland University students.

Commuter Services

Commuter Services is committed to assisting commuter students by identifying available resources and providing services that foster a successful college experience. Through service, programs, advocacy, and research, commuter students' learning and individual student development is enhanced. For information about the commuter lounge, lockers, and parking, and other resources, please visit:

Health Center

The Health Center provides confidential medical care for common illnesses and injuries, continuation of allergy injections, gynecology visits and arranges for consultation with specialists, as needed.  The services are covered under the Campus Access Fee.  The staff consists of the Director of Health Services and Counseling, Administrative Assistant, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and a collaborating physician.  The Health Center is located on the first floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

Mail Center

The Mail Center is located in the Hawkins Conard Student Center. The service window is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm. Postal services available include stamps, envelopes, parcel postage shipping, first class, express and standard mail processing. The Mail Center may use more than one vendor for shipping express parcels and mail (UPS, FedEx, etc.). Student mail is picked up from the post office in the morning Monday through Friday and is distributed to student mailboxes by 11:00 a.m. on those days. Outgoing mail is taken to the Ashland Post Office at 3:30 p.m. each weekday.

 Incoming student packages that do not fit in the mailboxes are scanned by AU mail center staff upon receipt from the carrier. An email to the student is generated from the incoming scan. When expecting a package, please wait until you receive the email from the AU Mail Center. Oftentimes senders and shippers send emails updating shipping status. To prevent delays in verifying incoming packages, please make sure the sender includes your AU box number in the address. An ID is required to pick up a package at the service counter.

Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity seeks to create and support a variety of diversity initiatives which advance the University’s Diversity and Strategic plans while fostering civility and respect for the value of all. Committed to a multidimensional approach, the office will use qualitative and quantitative data as the compass for plotting its course to create and prioritize plans which make for an ever-improving Ashland University.

Recreational Services

The Ashland University Department of Recreational Services encourages individuals to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle by enhancing mind, body and spirit. The department builds community and shapes participants by facilitating fitness, wellness, leadership and developmental opportunities through a comprehensive recreational facility, programs and services. Facility highlights include the Recreation Center comprised inside of two gymnasiums, one multi-purpose area, climbing and bouldering walls, fitness center, weight room, game room, aerobics room, golf simulator, swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, 3-lane jogging track, and two racquetball courts; and outside, four sand volleyball courts, and an intramural/sport clubs field. Membership to the Recreation Center is open to all, including AU/ATS students, and AU/ATS faculty and staff and their families.

Safety Services on the Ashland Campus

The Ashland University Safety Services department is a support services department that enforces campus policies and maintains a safe and secure environment for the campus community. Located on the first floor in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, the Safety Services department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A dispatcher and at least one uniformed, unarmed officer patrolling campus provide around-the-clock service. Common services of this department are outlined below.

  • Routine safety/security patrol of campus, including residence halls

  • Monitor electronic building access status

  • Safety Escorts - available 24 hours a day

  • Registration/distribution of parking permits

  • Response to reports of crime or criminal behavior

  • Assist motorists with vehicle lockouts and jumpstarts

  • Assist students locked out of their room/residence hall

Safety Services on the Mansfield Campus

The Safety Services office works with Schmidt Security Pro for evening coverage (11 p.m. - 6 a.m.) as well as the Mansfield Police Department for the Mansfield Nursing Campus.