GSO Week

Spring Graduate Student Orientation (GSO):  January 23, 2020

An abbreviated orientation program will be held for newly admitted students for spring on this date.  The Spring GSO will highlight polices and resources important to new graduate students as they transition to life at BGSU.  You will receive an email with your invitation to register after late November.

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) Week: August 24-28, 2020

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 new graduate students, and those with first-time assistantships, are invited to participate in GSO.

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 driver's license/state identification card AND an original social security card or original birth certificate. Photocopies will not be accepted!  You will be presenting this documentation as part of the on-boarding process with Student Employment Services.


Tuesday, August 25 Agenda (coming soon)

Academic Integrity

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. You will find a module dedicated to Academic Integrity in your GRAD 5000 course this fall.  Within the module, you will be asked 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, you will be directed to read and sign/submit the Academic Honesty Pledge within the GRAD 5000 Canvas course.  Students attending GSO will be granted access to GRAD 5000 after GSO Week.  Students who are not able to attend the campus based orientation can access the Academic Honesty module in GRAD 5000 when it becomes available.

Preventing Discrimination & Harassment

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 urged to complete additional federally mandated Title IX compliance training. Additionally, all graduate students, regardless of assistantship status, are encouraged to complete the training.  On Tuesday of GSO week, students registered for GSO will have the opportunity to participate in a Prevenenting Discrimination & Harassment presentation.  Additional information and training for all will be available in GRAD 5000.

Diversity and Inclusion

Bowling Green State University and the surrounding community strive to be welcoming and inclusive to all who study, work, and live here.  A session during the Tuesday programming for GSO week is designed to provide information and resources supporting BGSU's focus on diversity and inclusion to the newest members of our community.  For those unable to attend the program in person, the information presented will be accessible in the GRAD 5000 Canvas course.

Research 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 GRAD 5000 Canvas course.

Institutional Review Board 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).  Students can access the online Human Subjects Research training in Canvas after GSO.


Departmental Programming is held from August 24-28, 2020. You can contact your department or your Graduate College Student Ambassador if you need more information about the programming by your department.

Most departments will have their first meeting with incoming students on Monday, August 24th at 8 AM. 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 students are invited to attend the GSS luncheon on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Lenhart Grand Ballroom at Bowen-Thompson Student Union.


For more details regarding the mandatory International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Orientation webpage.

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