Jun 19, 2024  
2012-13 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2012-13 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

University Services



NSU provides physical library facilities at its Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, and Muskogee campuses. Library services include coordinated acquisitions, cataloging, reference, circulation, instruction, and interlibrary loan. The libraries also provide access to online resources and services that are available to all students and faculty from the Internet at http://library.nsuok.edu/index.html

Online services currently include Internet access to over 140 databases containing a wide variety of information resources including electronic books; full text journals; journal indexes; electronic versions of reference books in a variety of subject areas; online maps, test information, design images, etc.  The growing electronic book collection contains over 108,000 titles. The library provides access to a collection of almost 14,000 Internet based journal titles.

The John Vaughan Library at the Tahlequah campus is a three-story, 120,000 square foot facility. It contains over 1.2 million physical items including over 400,000 books, bound periodicals, and cataloged Government Documents; 6,144 un-cataloged Government Documents; 3,745 cartographic items; 56,734 graphic materials; 2,686 computer files; 8,659 audio-visual materials; 766,295 microforms; and 5,089 subscriptions. The library houses a special collection of Native American heritage materials and an archival collection of local, county, and university records and historical photographs.

The library facilities on the Broken Arrow campus offer NSU students an environment that is conducive to individual or group study and research. The library houses a growing collection of print and electronic information resources as well as access to all library materials physically housed at other NSU campuses. In addition to individualized reference services, librarians provide library instruction classes in two library computer labs. For more information concerning the resources, services, and policies of Broken Arrow Library, please visit their home page at http://library.nsuok.edu/nsuba/

The Muskogee campus library includes reference, reserve, and current periodical collections in traditional paper format. Members of the staff at the library provide reference, circulation, interlibrary loan, and instruction in the use of library resources. The library provides a document delivery service from the Tahlequah collection and the Internet base collections are available to all students 24/7.  The Muskogee Library is online at http://library.nsuok.edu/nsum/ 

Living Accommodations (Tahlequah campus only)


NSU offers several different housing options on the Tahlequah campus to accommodate the special needs and interests of graduate students. Family housing is available, while seven residence halls and our new suite-style complex provide unique settings for the single student. Detailed information about each facility as well as applications for housing is located on our website at http://offices.nsuok.edu/housing/HousingHome.aspx

Family Housing

One family apartment complex is located on campus and offers one, two and three bedroom configurations. All apartments are available on an academic year or 12-month rental basis with dedicated parking. Although apartments are unfurnished, the following amenities are included at no additional charge:

Cable TV
Local telephone service with voicemail
NSU internet access
Kitchen appliances
Water/sewer service

Residence Halls

NSU also offers traditional residence halls options for our graduate student population. All of our halls are co-ed, and private rooms are available in each hall on a first come, first served basis.

Each of the halls has unique characteristics. The most historical residence hall on campus, Wilson, houses upper-class and graduate students. Although it does not have air conditioning, it has the largest rooms on campus and is always at full occupancy. Seminary Suites is the newest facility, offering 2- and 4-bedroom suites. Each suite has 2 bathrooms, a microwave and refrigerator, and a living/dining room that all of the suitemates share. Amenities in the complex include a swimming pool, sand volleyball court, large-screen TV, computer lab, convenience store, and fireplace. Seminary Suites also offers 12-month contracts. Other options for graduate students are our high-rise facilities: Hastings, Logan and Ross Halls. These halls offer both private and semi-private rooms in a traditional setting. All of our halls also offer free use of new laundry washing machines and dryers.


NSU’s campus population has a wide array of dining and food service choices across campus. The University Center houses an upscale cafeteria, food court and Chick-Fil-A and Flo’s Coffee Shop featuring Starbuck’s coffee. The John Vaughan Library has a snack bar which is open late hours. We also have several venues in our residence facilities:

Seminary Suites – Convenience store and grill
Leoser Complex – Sub Connection and convenience store

There are eight different meal point plan options to choose from and they can be used at any of the food venues on campus. The plans are all based on descending balance points and can be upgraded at any time.  


Costs vary per semester depending on the facility. Members of the University Housing staff will be glad to assist students in identifying the best location for their lifestyle and budget. Due to the popularity of our halls, early application is strongly encouraged. Applications must be accompanied by a $50 deposit for single student housing and a $175 deposit for family housing. Contact University Housing at 918-456-5511 X4700 for more information or access our website at http://offices.nsuok.edu/housing/HousingHome.aspx

Campus Police


NSU’s Office of Public Safety is responsible for protection of property and the safety of students and employees. The police officers are state certified and empowered to enforce all state and federal laws as well as university regulations. Officers are on call to assist any member of the campus who is in need. The office is located on Grand Avenue at Crafton Street.

Law Enforcement Services at NSU Muskogee and Broken Arrow campuses are provided by NSU’s Office of Public Safety.  

Vehicle Registration


All vehicles parked on University property are required to be registered with the NSU Department of Public Safety. Students who park vehicles on campus are required to immediately purchase and display a parking permit. Students must register their vehicles by the first week of class. For current parking fees, see the “Fees, Expenses, Financial Assistance” section. Parking permits are valid at all three NSU campuses.  More information about parking can be found on the Parking Services website.

Tahlequah Campus

Vehicle registration and permit purchase is accomplished in the Administration building at the Office of Business Affairs. Changes in registration, license numbers, or vehicles should be reported to the Office of Business Affairs. Ticket appeals are made with Campus Police or by completing a “Ticket Void Request” available in the Office of Business Affairs. Ticket appeal may also be submitted online.  

Muskogee Campus

Vehicle registration and permit purchase is accomplished in the Administration building at the Office of Business Affairs. Changes in registration, license numbers, or vehicles should be reported to the Office of Business Affairs. Ticket appeals are made with Campus Police or by completing a “Ticket Void Request” available in the Office of Business Affairs. Ticket appeal may also be submitted online.  

Broken Arrow Campus

Vehicle registration and permit purchase is accomplished in the Building A at the Business Office. Changes in registration, license numbers, or vehicles should be reported to that office. Ticket appeals are made with Campus Police on the Tahlequah Campus or by completing a “Ticket Void Request” at the Main Office. Ticket appeal may also be submitted online.  

Student Services


The mission of Student Affairs is to be actively involved in the education of the whole person, providing the opportunity for academic, personal, and social development for all students. Serving as full partners with the entire University community, Student Affairs professionals assist in providing a learning community which promotes student success, leadership development, appreciation for self and others, and an ethic of service.

As a graduate student enrolled at any of our campuses there are a variety of services to offer. Included in the Student Affairs areas are the Student Development Center, Multicultural Services, Student Activities, Student Conduct and Development, Health Center, and Disability Services. The university community is encouraged to contact the Student Affairs office regarding concerns, questions or additional information.   

Services for Students with Disabilities


Northeastern State University is committed to providing access to the University. Under University policy, federal and state laws, qualified students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that will allow them access to programs, jobs, services, and activities unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the University. It is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the Office of Student Affairs of such disability and to make a request for accommodation prior to enrollment. Persons are encouraged to apply for services early and to request a meeting to discuss their individual needs. Upon request through the Office of Student Affairs for a reasonable accommodation, appropriate modifications will be determined on an individual basis and will not necessarily incorporate all requested changes.   

ID Services

All students must have an identification card which includes their name, NSU ID number, and picture.  The NSU ID Card is the campus community’s key to participate in the full range of services and activities available throughout NSU’s campuses. The card can be used for door access, library privileges, purchases at the bookstore, and will also allow free admission to regular home athletic events.  In addition, if a student purchases a meal plan, the NSU ID Card may be used to redeem meals at food service centers on campus. ID cards can be made on both the Broken Arrow and Tahlequah campuses. Students must provide an alternate form of photo identification and have their photo taken before an ID will be printed. 

Recreation/Fitness Center


This complex, located on the Tahlequah campus, is designed to provide NSU students, faculty and staff with opportunities for recreation and fitness. It contains a gymnasium, weight rooms, two handball/racquetball courts, three sand volleyball courts, a sun deck, indoor competition size swimming pool, offices, lockers, showers, dressing and rest room facilities. Memberships are required.   

Living Literature Center


The Living Literature Center was established at Northeastern State University in the fall of 1985 to provide literary tours, conferences, enrichment experiences, and opportunities for research, and to enhance the appreciation of literature—both the classics and contemporary literature. The Center’s projects have a two-fold purpose: to furnish teachers with fresh ideas and materials to take back to their classes and to provide students with the means for a deeper understanding of and a greater appreciation for the world of literature. In other words, the Center’s goal is to make literature live. Graduate students may enroll for credit in these activities.  

Center for Tribal Studies


The Center for Tribal Studies, located at 320 Academy Street in the Bacone House in Tahlequah, was established as a combination cultural center, student forum, research focal point, and international data source on tribal peoples. Native American students of varied tribal backgrounds congregate to discuss cultural history, contemporary issues, and learn leadership skills through forums provided by the Center.

Services provided for Native American Students include:

Native American Center of Excellence - a four year program established to increase the number of Native American physicians and dentists practicing within the United States.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society - a national organization formed to significantly increase the number of American Indian scientists and engineers in the nation and to develop technologically informed leaders within the Indian community.

Indian University Scholars Society - an academic student organization focusing on strengthening leadership skills and educational activities of historical and current issues.

Native American Scholarship Resource Center - monthly report of current scholarship/fellowship information available to students.

Symposium on the American Indian - an annual event featuring numerous guest speakers, lectures, and traditional food and dance in celebration of the heritage of the American Indian.   

Sequoyah Institute


Named in honor of the renowned Cherokee educator and inspired by his example, the Sequoyah Institute was founded in 1985 as a non-profit arm of Northeastern State University. The mission of the Sequoyah Institute is to develop, foster and provide cultural enrichment beyond the classroom and promote the understanding of the fine arts as experiences central to the lives of our community: the students of Northeastern State University, the residents of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and the surrounding areas. The Sequoyah Institute continually works to achieve one overriding goal: unite our community through the art by providing our community with quality arts experiences that explore the dynamic relationship between performers and audience; educating and engaging our community in promoting the vital role that the arts play in our lives; supporting and nurturing artists in our community and the community at large; promoting and encouraging the celebration of cultural diversity in our community through the arts. These goals are achieved through a combination the Galaxy of Stars Performance Series and the Beyond the Stage Educational Series. While the Galaxy series brings in an eclectic mix of high quality, professional performers, the Beyond the Stage series provides our audiences with an opportunity to go beyond the stage through educational presentations, community events, school performances, master classes, and more. Each season the Sequoyah Institute continues to grow as a vital part of the educational experience offered at Northeastern State University.   

University Playhouse


The University Playhouse building was acquired and renovated in 1983 to resemble a turn-of-the century theater. The Playhouse is located two blocks south of the main campus at the corner of Muskogee and Downing streets. The theater has a revolving thrust stage and antique cast-iron and walnut seating for approximately 200 persons. The Playhouse serves as home for NSU’s summer music shows and is used by the Drama Department for classes and productions.   

Alumni Association


The NSU Alumni Association exists to promote the interests and welfare of NSU through lifelong commitment and support by its alumni and friends. The Association promotes positive interactions between the University and alumni through a variety of activities, events, services and communication. All graduates, former students and others interested in the advancement of NSU are eligible for membership in the NSU Alumni Association.

Channels of communication are maintained between the University and the alumni by Imprints, the University magazine, mailed twice yearly to members of the Alumni Association. Benefits of membership in the NSU Alumni Association include notices of all special NSU events; group travel opportunities; discounted season tickets to Sequoyah Institute productions; special social events; guest fee privileges at the Fitness Center; access to the Green & White Room at Doc. Wadley Stadium during home football games, discounted group insurance rates; and many other discounts and benefits. Members of the Association may also join a local alumni chapter in their area. Alumni members have the opportunity to nominate individuals for the various distinguished alumni awards presented by the Alumni Association during the annual Emerald Ball. The Gene Branscum Alumni Center, located at the northeastern corner of the Tahlequah campus at Crafton and Cedar streets, was constructed with donations from friends of the University and members of the NSU Alumni Association. This beautiful two-story antebellum structure, which was dedicated in April 1989, houses the Alumni Association, NSU Foundation and NSU Office of Development.