GSO Week

GSO Week: August 20-24, 2018

The staff of GSO and the Graduate College are happy to have this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you. Your first few weeks in Bowling Green are going to be busy and exciting as you get settled in. GSO week is designed to help make this transition as smooth as possible whether you are just beginning your graduate degree, returning to college, or coming to BGSU as one of our international students. No matter what your current level of education we believe that you will find our program very helpful to you as you prepare to take the next step in pursuing your educational goals.

All graduate students are invited to participate in GSO and those with a first-time assistantship are required to attend Graduate Student Orientation per their assistantship contractual guidelines.

Students receiving an assistantship will need to bring two forms of identification (ID) for personnel purposes. Recommended IDs are a current passport OR a valid drivers license/state identification card AND an original social security card or original birth certificate. Photocopies will not be accepted!


The Academic Honesty Policy is designed to enhance and sustain an environment of ethical and principled intellectual pursuit, consistent with the core values of the University. This policy is based on respect for intellectual property as well as for one another. In response to this policy, all graduate students at BGSU must read and sign/submit the BGSU Graduate College Academic Honesty Pledge. The first part of the pledge will ask you to first read the Bowling Green State University Academic Honesty Website and Policy which is designed to enhance and sustain an environment of ethical and principled intellectual pursuit. After reading all the sections of that webpage and policy, please read and sign/submit the Academic Honesty Pledge, found here. All students attending GSO should do this prior to attending the Academic Honesty session during GSO. Students who are not able to attend the campus based orientation can access the Academic Honesty session in Canvas after GSO.

The University as a whole values the students' rights and responsibilities that are guaranteed through the Title IX policy. Students that are on a graduate assistantship have unique responsibilities and therefore are required to complete additional federally mandated Title IX compliance training. All graduate students will be encouraged to complete the training.

All students on a research assistantship and graduate students from some specific departments must complete Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training. These online modules are easily accessible from any home or campus computer and is recommended to be completed prior to the start of orientation week. Online trainings will be available through the Canvas Web Portal.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the administrative and decision-making body having responsibility for review and approval of research involving human subjects. Before any research involving human subjects can be initiated it must have received IRB review and approval. The activities of the IRB are administered by the Office of Research Compliance (ORC). An in-person training will be held during GSO on August 22 for those who are conducting research involving human subjects and need to complete the training. Students who are not able to attend the campus based orientation can access the online IRB training in Canvas after GSO.


Departmental Programming is held from August 20-24, 2018. Contact your Graduate Student Ambassador if you have not received information about GSO.

Most departments will have their first meeting with incoming students on Monday, August 20th at 8:00 a.m. Please note that some departments may require their students to be on campus prior to GSO week to attend training so please review your departmental programming schedule carefully.


All international students must check-in with International Programs & Partnerships no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, August 17th, and are required to attend the International Student Orientation beginning on Sunday, August 19th. For more details regarding the mandatory International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Orientation webpage.


All students are invited to attend the GSS luncheon on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in Lenhart Grand Ballroom at Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

If you have any questions, or we can be of any assistance, please contact our GSO Staff at 419-372-2791 or by email at