Student Services

Oakland City University endeavors to offer a variety of services to our students.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Section 504 Accommodations

Oakland City University actively supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the participation of the university’s programs, activities and services (including extracurricular activities).

Oakland City University will work with students and other associates to provide reasonable accommodations as provided in ADA. ADA compliance as it relates to students is to be coordinated through the Disabilities Coordinator.

All faculty and staff inquiries can be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

All other inquiries should be directed to the Office for Student Life.

Career Services

Career Services works with students to prepare them to successfully enter the workplace after college. All OCU students need to register with Career Services in order to receive assistance in a variety of areas.  Services provided range from students making choices about their areas of study and career options and ends with graduates searching for careers and ultimately getting placed in jobs that make the most of the degree they earned at Oakland City University.

Counseling Services

At Oakland City University, we believe it is a sign of strength and courage when a member of the university community decides to seek help. With an open mind and a will to better your life, counseling can result in healthier choices and personal growth for those who go through the process. Many individuals come to us during times of crisis, high stress or emotional confusion. We can assist in developing and strengthening coping mechanisms and healthier lifestyle choices.

Personal counselors provide individual counseling for students right here on campus in Cockrum Hall. You will find a safe, confidential environment where individuals can address personal issues and conflicts by seeking professional assistance. Our staff have experience in handling a broad range of clients and issues.

Personal counselors can provide crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy, and referral services to off-campus resources. Our appointments are free of charge and confidential.

Possible reasons to seek professional assistance:

  • Grief
  • Homesickness/family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Addictions
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Eating problems
  • Alcohol/drug concerns
  • Depression/isolation
  • Academic issues
  • High stress/anxiety
  • Sexual Assault
  • Suicidal thoughts


Meet Our Counselors

Melinda Sams

Melinda Sams is a graduate of Oakland City University (B.S.,B.A., 03) and University of Southern Indiana-School of Social Work (M.S., 06). She is married and has two teenage sons.

She has years of work experience in the hospital setting, emergency services, and providing Intensive Outpatient Group and Individual therapy. Melinda utilizes a combination of approaches from many therapeutic styles, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Adlerian, and Rogerian. In layman’s terms, Melinda focuses on what can be changed in your thinking to change how you are feeling, on where you want to get to or what you want to accomplish, on encouraging you to find your own strengths and solutions, and on respecting and supporting you without judgment.

Email:  (quickest response)

Phone:         812.749.1396

Office:         Cockrum Hall, First Floor

Hours:         Monday evenings, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (by appointment only)

                   Wednesday evenings, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (by appointment only)

Fakara Malone

FahKara Malone received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Indianapolis.

She believes that everyone has the capacity to grow and heal when provided with adequate support and connection. FahKara will draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Family Systems Theory, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. FahKara will seek to deliver supportive, client-centered, solution-focused therapy with integrity and professionalism.


Phone:         812.749.1278

Office:         Cockrum Hall, First Floor

Hours:         Monday mornings, from 8:00 a.m. - Noon (by appointment only)

                   Tuesday morning, from 8:00 a.m. - Noon (by appointment only)


Student Academic Support Services

Tutoring is available to all OCU students through the Center for Career & Calling in the Student Life Center.

Tutoring can be done one-on-one or in a group setting depending on the request of the student. These tutoring sessions are created with the student in mind so that each session is targeted to his/her particular needs. Students can utilize the services of the Peer Mentors to his/her chosen extent as well. Students have the option of choosing a larger extent like one hour sessions three times a week or a smaller extent like dropping off a paper to be proofread a couple of times a semester.

If you have any questions about Tutoring or other Student Academic Support Services, please email