Hello and welcome to all past, present, and future OPEEP students!
The various tabs below contain helpful information and resources for all OPEEP students. If you are an OSU student who is interested in taking an OPEEP course, please refer to the step-by-step directions below. For details on upcoming course offerings, refer to the OPEEP Courses page.
Ready to apply for an OPEEP course? Here are your next steps:
- Complete an OPEEP application and the course instructor will contact you via e-mail.
- Schedule a meeting (zoom/in-person) with the course instructor to go over basic information & expectations.
- Once you've obtained written Instructor Permission, contact your Academic Advisor so they can officially enroll you in the course.
- Schedule an IN-PERSON appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork. Your instructor will provide you specific details regarding completing your required paperwork.
Enrollment Guide for Prospective Students
Ready to apply for an OPEEP course?
- Student applies for the course via the online OPEEP application located on our course page.
- Student meets with the course instructor and obtains written Instructor Permission, then shares this with their Academic Advisor so they can be officially enrolled in the course.
- Student schedules an in-person appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork.
- Student's enrollment window opens --> Academic Advisor manually enrolls them in the course!
Once a student completes the application, the course instructor will reach out to schedule a brief introductory/informational meeting.
What is the Pre-Enrollment Meeting/Interview and why is it required?
We understand that the term "Interview" can feel intimidating, but students need not panic! These meetings are not intended to be formal interviews, per se. These meetings serve the following purposes: introduce instructors to students (and vice versa), discuss the student's interest in the course, as well as explaining basic rules and expectations to make sure the course is a good fit. They also provide an opportunity to address any questions or concerns the student may have about enrolling in the course. OPEEP instructors and staff are always happy to provide support, and have settled on this process for several key reasons:
- The project is grounded in Black feminism and prison abolition, with a deep commitment to practicing equity and radical inclusion. As part of OPEEP's efforts to create equitable educational experiences, both incarcerated students and campus students undergo similar application and interview processes prior to course enrollment.
- Ensuring that students are fully aware of all important requirements and guidelines, including: timely submission of required paperwork, knowledge of and adherence to OSU/OPEEP/ODRC rules, arrangement of transportation to the prison facility, as well as willingness to challenge ingrained assumptions about incarcerated folks.
- Written Instructor Permission is required to enroll in any OPEEP course (in part to ensure on-time submission of student paperwork to ODRC), and permission is only granted once a student has met with the instructor and both parties have agreed that the course is a good fit.
Once a student has obtained written Instructor Permission, they must forward this via e-mail to their Academic Advisor who can then officially enroll them in the course (once their enrollment window has opened).
***PLEASE NOTE: these meetings MUST occur in-person, as ODRC paperwork must be completed BY HAND and witness signatures are required.***
How to schedule an OPEEP paperwork meeting:
- Your instructor will provide you with the appropriate contact information regarding completing your mandatory ODRC Volunteer Background Check paperwork. Please reach out to your instructor regarding scheduling and completing your paperwork with the appropriate OPEEP staff member!
Once a student has obtained written Instructor Permission and shared this with their Academic Advisor, they have met all the requirements for enrollment on their end! If students have any lingering questions or concerns, they should reach out to their Academic Advisor and/or an OPEEP Program Coordinators: Nicole Edgerton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Babette Cieskowski (email@example.com).
For a list of important dates and more general resources on undergraduate enrollment at Ohio State, visit the Registrar’s website here.
Resources for Current OPEEP Students
- No campus student may bring anything in to give to an incarcerated student.
- No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, including such things as articles, pens, paper, books, etc.
- No incarcerated student may give anything to an campus student.
- Incarcerated students may not ask campus students to bring in anything for them.
- Or to contact anyone for them. There is no mailing of letters or making phone calls on an incarcerated student’s behalf.
- There can be no contact between incarcerated and campus students beyond the classroom, including after the course is over.
- This restriction includes letters, telephone calls, social media interactions, and visiting.
- There can be no displays of physical affection between incarcerated and campus students.
- Warm handshakes, sometimes with an arm grasp, are acceptable. No hugging.
- No personal information may be exchanged, such as address, email address, telephone number, prison number, or any other contact information.
- Students must behave appropriately during class.
- Remember: this is a college course and it is being held inside a prison.
- No passing of notes between any students.
Resources for OPEEP Alumni
Finished taking an OPEEP class but want to stay in touch/up-to-date on the project? Here are some ways to stay in the loop:
- Follow us on social media!
- Sign up for the OPEEP e-mail listserv to receive periodic updates on the project here.
- Read the semi-monthly OPEEP Newsletter posted HERE on our website (can also be found by going to the website's Main Menu --> About --> Newsletter).
The Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network (FICGN) is a network of college graduates who have been to prison. It includes people from various educational backgrounds (AA to JD/Ph.D./EdD) and career paths. The network aims to build collective power through professional development, networking, sharing opportunities, and highlighting accomplishments as well as offering general academic and career support. Members connect and share stories privately and publicly to change the social narrative surrounding incarceration, lessen stigma, and create hope for those reentering. FICGN also works to promote public policies that aim to lessen the many lifelong burdens faced by those with felony backgrounds.
*More resources specifically for formerly incarcerated OPEEP students will appear here soon!