The University of Cincinnati is a safe place to explore ideas, and we are a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and diverse community. While we hope that your experience here is positive, there is always the possibility that you may face challenges. If you ever face a challenge or an issue that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact UC International Services so we may try to assist you.
Health & Safety
Edwards Center Three
Emergency - 911
Non-Emergency - 513-556-1111
University Health Services
Provides services for victims of sexual assault including testing of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and referrals for counseling through the UHS Mental Health Clinic.
3rd Floor, Richard E. Lindner Center
Offers counseling for victim of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking as well as consultation and crisis management support over the phone through their main line after hours and on weekends.
225 Calhoun Street, Ste. 200
24 Hour Crisis Hotline--513-556-0648
Counseling at UC Blue Ash
Provides confidential counseling at UC's Blue Ash campus.
Muntz Hall, Room 118A
Compass Counseling Center at UC Clermont
Offers confidential counseling services that are free to all UC Clermont students.
Student Services Building, Room 201
UC International Services
Your first place for anything related to immigration and taxes. It also provides assistance to all international students, scholars and their families, with any issues they may experience on campus.
7148 Edwards Center One
Call this number for any legal concerns you may have. This service is provided free of charge to low-income individuals in Cincinnati. If Legal Aid is unable to help you, they will refer you to other services.
Tenant Information Project (TIP) – UC Law School
You can discuss by phone the Ohio Landlord and Tenant Law with UC law students. They will research particular points in the legal codes for you and give you reference points if you decide to pursue further legal assistance.
HOME provides legal aid when there is reason to believe that a landlord is treating you unfairly due to your ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs, etc.
2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45202
On Campus Issues
Office of the Ombuds
Available to all members of the University community for CONFIDENTIAL discussion of your problem. This is not legal advice, but you will be presented with University policies and your options and may serve you as an informal mediator if needed.
607 Swift Hall
RAPP – Racial Awareness Program
Focuses on three areas: Intensive development programs, alumni engagement, and outreach.
455 Steger Student Life Center
To promote equitable and safe environments on campus for women through community building, education, and leadership.
571 Steger Student Life Center
Campus Advocate, Women Helping Women & University of Cincinnati
Empowers survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking by providing advocacy, support and options for safety and educates the community to create social change.
559 Steger Student Life Center
UC Office: 513-556-4418
24 Hour Hotline: 513-381-5610
Diversity and Inclusion
Coordinates programs that promote learning, business and moral imperatives.
600 University Pavilion
IPALs (International Partners and Leaders) are a group of UC students, American and international, who meet to share their cultures, make friends, and help other international students feel welcome in their new home of Cincinnati.
Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the university’s programs and activities. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. This office coordinates compliance with Title IX.
3rd Floor, Edwards Center One
OneStop Student Services
Many of the things you will need to do as a student can be done online at the OneStop Student Services website. OneStop offers a wealth of online services, including:
- Registering for classes
- Viewing class schedule
- Checking grades
- Paying bills
- Requesting a transcript
The office has prepared a document that explains how to find some of the most typical tasks that you may need to do. Take a look on their website.
You can also visit OneStop in University Pavilion to ask in-person questions about finances or class registration. They are open from 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.
iBearcatsGlobal is a portal for all international students and scholars to use both before and during their stay in the U.S. It is a website that our office uses to keep track of all of the international students, scholars, and visitors that arrive at the university.
Before you arrive, limited services are available:
- Student services like registration for orientation or SEVIS transfer-in.
- Initial intake forms for J-1 scholars or H-1B employees.
After you arrive at the university, iBearcatsGlobal can be used to
- View and update information on file
- Submit electronic form (e-form) requests for travel signatures, reduced course load authorization, program extensions, optional practical training, etc.
- Access alerts and notes on file that require action in order to maintain legal status
Getting a University ID Card (Bearcat Card)
Students are required to have a photo identification card for use in the dining halls, libraries, sport facilities, and computer laboratories. ID cards are processed in the Public Safety Office (3 Edwards Center), although you will have an opportunity to have your card printed at Orientation & Check-In. Students need to be registered for classes and have another photo identification (i.e. passport) with them to obtain a UC ID.
UCID's all have an identification number on them called an M# (M number)--there should be the M# followed by 8 numbers. You may be asked to provide your M# to verify your identity when speaking to a UC representative. This helps them pull up your student information so they can better help you.
You can also put money on your Bearcat Card, which you can use for food, laundry, and printing services, among other things. The card is also used for dining hall meal swipes. You can also pair the Bearcat Card with a PNC checking account and use it like a debit card. Check out the Bearcat Card website for more information on the ways you can use your card.
For more information about ID cards, or what to do if yours has been lost or stolen, visit the Office of the Registrar website.
UC ID Card
The UC ID card, or Bearcat Card, is an important card to keep with you when you are on campus. Your student identification number, or M-number, is printed on the card so you can easily find it. You will receive your Bearcat Card during your immigration check-in.
Here's a list of when you might use your Bearcat Card:
- To print documents at the library
- To use your meal plan
- To make purchases on-campus and at various restaurants around UC (requires you to put money on the card)
- To attend some campus events
- To park your car on campus (requires purchasing a parking pass)
Computer & Email Access
Information about how to set up your student email and other computer accounts can be found on the UC Information Technology (UCit) website.
For any problems related to email or computer access, you can always call 513-556-4357.
Computer Labs & Printing
To print at these computer labs, you must have your Bearcat Card/UC ID. There are no exceptions. Students who are currently enrolled are given a print quota of at least 100 black and white copies per quarter. Black and white copies are 7¢ each and color copies are 50¢ each. Once you run out of money, you will need to add money to your Bearcat Card.