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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 (note: more details on the enrollment process can be found under the section titled "Enrollment Guide for Prospective Students"). For details on upcoming course offerings, refer to the OPEEP Courses page.


Ready to apply for an OPEEP course? Here are your next steps:

  1. Complete this online application and the course instructor will contact you via e-mail.
  2. Schedule a meeting (zoom/in-person) with the course instructor to go over basic information & expectations.
  3. Once you've obtained written Instructor Permission, contact your Academic Advisor so they can officially enroll you in the course.
  4. Schedule an IN-PERSON appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork. How to schedule:
    1. Columbus campus students: e-mail both Nicole Edgerton (edgerton.31@osu.edu) and Babette Cieskowski (cieskowski.1@osu.edu).
    2. Newark campus students: e-mail Siatta Dennis-Brown (dennis-brown.1@osu.edu).

Have a question or concern not addressed on this page? Take a look at the OPEEP FAQs page or reach out to a Program Coordinator (edgerton.31@osu.edu or cieskowski.1@osu.edu).


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Enrollment Guide for Prospective Students

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Ready to apply for an OPEEP course? Your first step is to fill out this online application!

  1. Student applies for the course via the online OPEEP application (linked above).
  2. 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.
  3. Student schedules an in-person appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork.
  4. 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 (see the following section for more details on this).

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  1. Student applies for the course via the online OPEEP application (link can be found above).
  2. 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.
  3. Student schedules an in-person appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork.
  4. Student's enrollment window opens --> Academic Advisor manually enrolls them in the course!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

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  1. Student applies for the course via the online OPEEP application (link can be found above).
  2. 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.
  3. Student schedules an in-person appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork.
  4. Student's enrollment window opens --> Academic Advisor manually enrolls them in the course!

***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:

  • Columbus campus students: send an e-mail with your availability to both Nicole Edgerton (edgerton.31@osu.edu) and Babette Cieskowski (cieskowski.1@osu.edu).
  • Newark campus students: send an e-mail with your availability to Siatta Dennis-Brown (dennis-brown.1@osu.edu).
  • *Students from other regional campuses: please reach out to Nicole Edgerton (edgerton.31@osu.edu) and Babette Cieskowski (cieskowski.1@osu.edu) to make arrangements to complete your paperwork.

Below is a blank copy of the ODRC Volunteer Application form for students to review prior to their paperwork meeting:

 

***Please note: In the file above, 8 pages of the original ODRC Volunteer Application form have been removed as ODRC does not require them to be submitted along with an application. However, all students MUST read through and agree to the ODRC Volunteer Standards of Conduct outlined in these pages, which can be found in the file below:

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  1. Student applies for the course via the online OPEEP application (link can be found above).
  2. Student meets with the course instructor/OPEEP staff and obtains written Instructor Permission, then shares this with their Academic Advisor so they can be officially enrolled in the course.
  3. Student schedules an in-person appointment with OPEEP staff to complete required paperwork.
  4. Student's enrollment window opens --> Academic Advisor officially enrolls them in the course!

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 Coordinator: Nicole Edgerton (edgerton.31@osu.edu) and/or Babette Cieskowski (cieskowski.1@osu.edu).

For a list of important dates and more general resources on undergraduate enrollment at Ohio State, visit the Registrar’s website here.

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Resources for Current OPEEP Students

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  • 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.

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Resources for OPEEP Alumni

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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!
    • Follow OPEEP Instagram's page (@OPEEP_OSU) for updates on campus involvement, event participation, spotlights on staff, faculty & students, details on upcoming course offerings, activism & community outreach, and more!
    • Like and follow OPEEP's Facebook page!
  • Sign up for the OPEEP e-mail listserv to receive periodic updates on the project by e-mailing Babette Cieskowski.
  • 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).

Have a more specific question/idea about involvement or outreach with OPEEP? Feel free to e-mail one of OPEEP's Program Coordinators Babette Cieskowski or Nicole Edgerton!

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Resources specifically for OPEEP's formerly incarcerated students will appear here soon!

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