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

When you're down and you need someone to talk to, contact Oakland City University Counseling Services.  Services are free to all Oakland City University students, faculty and staff.

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 Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRiO program dedicated to the retention and graduation of all students. SSS focuses on academic excellence, technical preparation, and the enhancement of each student's intellectual and social development.  For full eligibility information, visit the SSS page.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring is available to all OCU students through the Career Services Department in the Student Life Center. The Career Services Department has developed a Peer Mentoring Program that services the many needs of the OCU body. Tutoring is one of these needs. Career Services employs a variety of upperclassmen from a range of majors in order to be able to help students with any class that they are taking.

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.

Career Services offers other tutoring resources beyond the in-house tutoring. The Peer Mentors manage a Moodle page that is loaded with resources for students. Tutoring through Career Services is free and available during office hours in SLC Room 202.