Each student admitted to the program is assigned a faculty adviser based on the student's interests expressed in the application materials. Upon entry to the program and prior to the completion of 12 hours at the latest (including any hours taken before official admission to the program), all students in the MLIS program must file with the School a program planning form that shows which courses are to constitute the 36 hours to be taken for the degree, including any courses to be taken at the University of Oklahoma outside the School and any courses transferred from another institution.
This program of study, developed in consultation with the student's adviser, must be approved by the student's adviser and must be filed with the student's records in the SLIS office. No student admitted to the master's program will be allowed to register beyond 12 hours without the filing of an approved program.
A maximum of 12 graduate hours taken in unclassified status at the University of Oklahoma prior to admission to the degree program may be applied toward the master's program. Enrollment in unclassified status must be approved by the School's Director.
If a student wishes to change the approved program of study, the student must consult with her/his adviser concerning any changes in courses and obtain the approval of the adviser for a change in the program. Courses taken that have not been approved for inclusion in the program of study will not count toward the MLIS degree.
To facilitate preparation of programs of study for students based in Tulsa with Norman based faculty advisors and Norman based students with Tulsa based faculty advisors, most faculty spend some time each semester at the site where they are not in residence, during which students who have not completed the program of study are expected to schedule appointments to accomplish this planning. A student can contact her/his faculty advisor via e-mail to find out when s/he will be visiting the student’s home campus. If a student cannot be available on days when the advisor is available at the student’s home campus, it is the responsibility of the student to make other arrangements with the faculty member to complete the program of study within the required time period, either by phone, or in person at another time when the faculty member will be at that site.
Students should also consult with their advisers prior to each enrollment period in order to verify the continued validity of the program of study and receive advice about enrolling the next semester. In addition to general program planning and advice on course selection, faculty advisers also meet with students to plan any directed reading, directed research, directed project, or internship enrollments. Planning for enrollment in any of these four areas needs to be undertaken well in advance of the semester in which the enrollment occurs and may need to involve faculty other than the adviser as well as information professionals external to the School.
Faculty advisers hold published office hours each week during the academic terms in which they teach and can also be reached by telephone and email. At any point in their program, students have the option of requesting a change of adviser by contacting the faculty member they wish to change to and informing the Coordinator of Admissions/Academic and Student Support Services.
Faculty and Staff Access to Student Records
Certain college, departmental, and administrative officers of the University have a legitimate interest and need for information contained in the student's records, and are authorized access to this information on a "need to know" basis (Title 5 Student Records and Information [5.2] of the University of Oklahoma Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct for the Norman Campus). These needs include, for example, access by faculty/staff for evaluating applicants to the program and for advising/assisting the student in meeting her/his professional goals and the requirements of the program. The University endeavors to protect the confidentiality of student records as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).