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Fall 2007

Student Services

Counseling Services

216 Davis Hall · 817-272-3671 · counseling.uta.edu

Counseling Services is available to help students grow as whole individuals. UT Arlington counselors assist students in

Students may meet one-on-one with counselors, attend seminars or meet in groups. Services are available to enrolled UT Arlington students at no charge.

Seminar topics vary by semester and may include Enhancing Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Relaxation Training, Healthy Dating Relationships, Test Taking Skills, Time Management, Improving Your Memory, Improving Your Study Skills and Career Exploration.

Group counseling themes include General Group Counseling, Advanced Relaxation Techniques, International Student Discussion Group and Career Exploration.

Career assessments and seminars are available to help students gain greater awareness of their interests, values, personality, skills and abilities. A career library with computerized career assessments, books, magazines and other materials is available to help students conduct career-related research. You can access these services by scheduling an appointment with a counselor.

Schedule an appointment by contacting Counseling Services at 817-272-3671. The Counseling Office is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, visit counseling.uta.edu.

University Advising Center

241 Davis Hall · 817-272-3140 · www.uta.edu/uac

The primary focus of the University Advising Center (UAC) is to provide advising for undeclared students regarding basic University rules and regulations, the core curriculum, clarification of academic goals, and the transition into an academic program. Emphasis is placed on helping students attain acceptance into their chosen program and progress toward a degree. (Departmental advisors advise students who have declared intended and full program status.)

UAC services include:

The UAC, in addition to its service to students who are in a period of academic exploration, provides services for all students, including University policy and procedure explanation; probation, dismissal and reinstatement advising; and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) advising.

TSI assistance includes:

The UAC administers several academic support programs:

For more information on academic advising, call 817-272-3140 or access www.uta.edu/uac.

Testing Services

201 Davis Hall · 817-272-2362 · www.uta.edu/assessment

The Testing Services Office provides information to help students identify tests they may want to take for undergraduate or graduate admission, or credit by examination. Some academic departments at UT Arlington require tests prior to registration in order to place students in an appropriate course and/or to award college credit by examination.

The Testing Services Office has information on the following tests:

Some of these tests are offered in the Testing Office on a regular basis. For more information access www.uta.edu/assessment or call 817-272-2362.

Career Services

Career Services assists students and alumni in finding full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. Services provided include: career development workshops, job listings, resume referral, on-campus employment interviews, job fairs and information on careers, employers and job search techniques.

Career Services has three offices across campus to better serve UT Arlington students and employers.

On-campus recruiting is conducted in the fall and spring semesters.

Career Services Locations

Student Success Programs

241 Davis Hall · 817-272-6107 · www.uta.edu/studentsuccess

Student Success Programs oversees YearOne at UT Arlington, administers the Maverick Scholars Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) and Learning Communities, and the College Learning Course (EDUC 1302) for the Gateway Advantage program. We also coordinate the activities of several academic support programs such as OneBook and UT Arlington Conversations, along with the Maverick Stampede Welcome Week. The Student Success Programs Office provides information and referral for students on University transition, transportation, disability assistance, academic support, financial aid, campus activities, and student health and wellness.

Adapting to a new college environment can present both academic and social challenges to first-year and transfer students. Student Success Programs links students to a wide variety of programs, activities, and services to enhance their UT Arlington experience. Both new and returning students are welcome to contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 or access all our information at www.uta.edu/studentsuccess.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is required to ensure that students in Texas public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively. The THEA includes a testing component designed to identify and diagnose the reading, writing and mathematics skills of each student.

Students are required to take the THEA or other approved alternate test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS) prior to enrolling in any college-level course work. The receipt of official scores from a regular test administration, an addendum to the transcript or official scores from the school that administered a test are the accepted methods of verification of having met the TSI testing requirement. For TSI regulations and advising, contact the University Advising Center at 817-272-3140.

Students who qualify for and want to receive an exemption from TSI requirements are responsible for providing documentation to the University to establish the exemption. The following exemptions are permitted for those who meet established criteria:

For additional information about TSI policies and exemptions, see www.uta.edu/admissions/successinitiative.

Students may prepare or remediate for one or all three parts of the exam by registering for course-based developmental education through the English and Math departments. These classes are ENGL 0300 (Reading/Writing), ENGL 0301 (ESL Reading/Writing), MATH 0301 (TASP Preparation) and MATH 0302 (Fundamentals).

None of these courses/review sessions fulfill any degree requirements.

Important: Students who fail one or more sections of TSI testing are required by state law to take developmental education by registering for the appropriate courses when registering for other credit courses. Failure to attend TSI-required developmental activities could result in a failing grade. Students must continue to enroll in developmental courses until successful completion of the developmental education sequence.

A fee of $29 ($39 for the Quick THEA) must be paid when registering for the THEA test.* All fees are subject to change. For more information on registering for the THEA or ACCUPLACER test, contact Testing Services, 201 Davis Hall, 817-272-2362, or access www.uta.edu/testing.

*The ACCUPLACER test is also offered through Testing Services. A fee of $40 (for all sections) or $15 (for individual sections) must be paid when registering for the test.

Center for Community Service Learning

B18 Davis Hall · Box 19124 · 817-272-2124 www2.uta.edu/ccsl

UT Arlington and the Center for Community Service Learning believe in the role of higher education in preparing students for life in a democratic, civilized society and in educating students who will become engaged citizens and serve their community. Since its founding in Fall 2001, the Center for Community Service Learning has been providing service-learning opportunities to students and faculty at UT Arlington.

The center (1) develops and supports opportunities for students and faculty to integrate academic study with community service; (2) helps faculty and students with service-learning placements, faculty development, curriculum development and assessment; (3) houses a service-learning resource library and a database of community agencies; and (4) administers faculty development grants, faculty and student service-learning awards and student service scholarships. Contact: Dr. Shirley Theirot, Director, theirot@uta.edu, 817-272-2124.

Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Arlington Regional Data Center · Box 19318 · 817-272-3666 · www.uta.edu/oit

The Office of Information Technology is composed of a diverse group of people working to meet the technological needs of the UT Arlington campus community. OIT provides high-speed data network and computing resources for campus-wide instructional and research activities, as well as University business operations. Computing resources provided by OIT include 10 student computer labs, accounts on multi-user systems that provide access to a web-based file management and file sharing utility called MavSpace, a personal directory on a campus server, compilers, programming tools, e-mail, online documentation, and Internet access and online student services. In-house IT professionals are available to provide assistance to students, faculty and staff.

OIT’s 10 on-campus computer labs are strategically located throughout the campus to provide computer resources for all students. Labs are located within the Architecture Building, Business Building, Central Library (three facilities), Engineering Laboratory Building, Fine Arts Building, Nedderman Hall, Ransom Hall and University Hall. All of our facilities are networked and provide access to both UT Arlington systems and the Internet. These facilities allow students free laser printing; several feature color printing, scanning, and classroom facilities. Our premier facility, Ransom Hall, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This three-story computing facility offers PCs running Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, and X-Windows terminals capable of connecting to our campus’ computing servers. Ransom Hall also features numerous multimedia and networked computer classrooms for teaching purposes.

OIT supports multi-user large centralized as well as distributed client/server computing resources. The large centralized resources consist of:

The distributed client/server environment supports thousands of computers located on the desktops of UT Arlington’s faculty and staff offices as well as in the student computer labs. Distributed client/server resources consist of many IBM Netfinity and Dell Power Edge servers running Microsoft Windows to serve as Exchange, SQL, SMS, and print/file servers. Together, these servers support the University’s e-mail, desktop productivity and departmental applications.

OIT provides a high-speed data network within the UT Arlington campus as well as interconnections to major regional, national and international networks (e.g., Internet, Internet2, THEnet, LEARN, NLR, etc.). Wireless network access is available throughout the public areas of the campus, including central public areas of the five UT Arlington residence halls.

OIT supports the enterprise administrative systems utilized by academic and administrative departments across campus, such as Graduate and Undegraduate Recruiting and Admissions, Academic Advising, Registrar, Student Records, Financial Aid, Student Financials, Graduate School, Police and Bursar. All students, and most faculty and staff, will interact with the enterprise administrative systems through the use of the new MyMav system, a fully functional, totally integrated web-based system available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additional information about OIT’s computers, network and student computing facilities, as well as access to documentation and staff consultants is available at the Computing Services Help Desk on the first floor of the Central Library (817-272-2208, helpdesk@uta.edu, www.uta.edu/helpdesk). All OIT labs and resources are available to current UT Arlington students, faculty and staff.

Health Services

605 S. West Street · Box 19329 · 817-272-2771 · www.uta.edu/health_services

UT Arlington Health Services is an on-campus, out-patient facility whose mission is to provide quality health care and promote healthy lifestyles in an accessible, cost-effective manner respect and compassion.

The UT Arlington Health Center is staffed and equipped to care for most routine health needs. Many services are free. A reasonable fee is assessed for services such as medications, x-rays, laboratory tests, etc. Financial support for the Health Center is partially funded by a Medical Services Fee carved out of student tuition.

Health services are available to all enrolled, fee-paying students. Students who choose not to enroll for a semester but who plan to enroll the following semester may receive treatment during the missed semester by paying the Medical Services Fee usually charged in their tuition. Student employees, such as GTAs, GRAs, TAs, and RAs, may utilize Health Services as students and therefore not pay a doctor-visit fee. Faculty/staff may receive treatment at Health Services for urgent care and other selected services by appointment (817-272-2713) on a fee-for-service basis. Student employees and faculty/staff should ask whether Health Services accepts their UT Arlington employee insurance plan and should bring appropriate proof of insurance coverage to their visit.

Staffing: The staff includes full-time physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists, laboratory and x-ray technologists, clinical psychologists, a substance abuse specialist, a health promotion specialist, and support personnel. Health care is available at the Health Center during those times when the University is open. Services are not available during scheduled University holidays. During periods of closure, medical care received from another source will be the patient’s financial responsibility.

Services Available

General Medicine: Students with common medical problems are diagnosed and treated on an appointment (817-272-2771) basis. Elective minor surgical procedures such as removal of cysts, moles, and warts, are available. Appointments are required for both the initial evaluation and surgery.

Allergy-Antigen Injections: If patients wish to receive allergy-antigen injections, their allergist should mail the antigen along with details of the allergies and proposed treatment program to Health Services for reference.

Women’s Clinic: Health Services diagnoses and treats most diseases of the female reproductive organs. Consultations, contraceptive advice, routine Pap smears, diagnostic tests for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), and breast examinations are performed by appointment (817-272-2771).

Mental Health: Psychological and psychiatric assessment and treatment are available to students and faculty/staff by appointment (817-272-2771). Referrals to health agencies or other professionals are made when indicated.

Laboratory: The laboratory is equipped to perform all routine tests. For more sophisticated procedures, specimens are obtained and sent to a reference laboratory for testing.

Pharmacy: The pharmacy dispenses reduced-cost medications and provides medication counseling to students and faculty/staff. The pharmacy accepts the U.T. System student health insurance and both faculty/staff prescription plans. Health Services will dispense prescriptions from any licensed physician as long as the medication is in the formulary.

X-Ray: Health Services performs routine radiographic studies. After an initial reading by a Health Services physician, the films are sent to a radiologist for final interpretation.

Medical Records: Since medical records are protected under patient/physician confidentiality provisions, only the patient has access to their records. Records will not be released to anyone without written authorization from the patient or as provided by law.

HIV/AIDS: Education and information on HIV/AIDS are available at no charge and may be given in a one-on-one setting or to campus groups. Testing is available for a small laboratory fee and requires pre- and post-test counseling appointments. Clients are referred to appropriate off-campus facilities, if needed. The UT Arlington brochure, "Policy and Guidelines on Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)" is available at Health Services.

Bacterial Meningitis: Meningitis, a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection that affects the brain and spinal cord, strikes about 3,000 Americans each year. Information about meningitis and its symptoms is available on the Health Services Web site and in the printed Schedule of Classes.

Substance Abuse Prevention: Health Services houses the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, which is available to assist students and faculty/staff to make appropriate decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. This office also provides educational programs and materials concerning alcohol, drugs, sexual health, nutrition, wellness and other health-related topics. The University Policy statement, "Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse," is available at Health Services.

Peer Education: This student organization provides students, faculty/staff and the community with education and information on a broad range of health and wellness issues. The organization sponsors awareness events and conducts tailored presentations for various groups throughout the year.

Education: In the spirit of this educational community, it is hoped that students will also use Health Services as a resource for information on health-related issues and preventive medicine.

Patient Rights: Health Services recognizes its responsibility to ensure that every patient, regardless of sex, race, age, beliefs or handicap has the right to be treated with respect, consideration and confidentiality. Patients should take the initiative to communicate their concerns and questions about problems related to their health condition or medication, unclear procedures and previous health history. Patients have the right to seek a second medical opinion, to change primary or specialty physicians, and to be informed of and refuse to participate in experimental research.

Transportation: Health Services is an out-patient facility, and, as such, provides only ambulatory medical services. Patients are responsible for their own transportation to Health Services. For true emergencies, or when the seriousness of the patient’s condition is uncertain, call the University police at 817-272-3003. The police will dispatch officers to the site, and call an ambulance, if needed. These officers are trained in CPR and first aid and can stabilize the patient until an ambulance arrives. This procedure should be followed even when Health Services is open.

Indebtedness: It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy indebtedness to Health Services with reasonable promptness. Upon payment, receipts will be issued to be used by the student for submitting claims to personal insurance companies.

Health Insurance: Health Services is not equipped to perform the more extensive diagnostic procedures and services such as those offered by a general hospital. Therefore, all UT Arlington students are strongly urged to have adequate medical insurance coverage. Students on non-immigrant visas are required to carry health insurance and must show proof of coverage at the time of registration. An optional system-wide Student Health Insurance Plan is available through an insurance carrier by contract with the University. For more information about the Student Health Insurance Plan, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771. Insurance brochures and applications are available online at www.studentresources.com.

Blood Reserve Fund Plan: In cooperation with Carter BloodCare, UT Arlington sponsors a blood reserve fund plan for students and faculty/staff. To participate in the reserve fund, members are requested to donate regularly during semiannual blood drives held on campus. The release of blood credits is coordinated through Health Services.

Office of International Education

Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd. · Box 19028 · 817-272-2355 · www.uta.edu/oie

The Office of International Education (OIE) serves as general coordinator of the University’s international contacts and programs, and seeks to promote, support and assist international activities throughout the University. The OIE serves more than 2,500 students and 100 scholars in non-immigrant status, U.S. students wishing to study abroad, and academic units who hire non-immigrant faculty and researchers.

The Student and Scholar Services area provides programs, consultation and documentation in the area of immigration and federal regulations. International students may take advantage of counseling on personal, academic, and financial issues through one-on-one sessions or through activities such as international student discussion groups, special workshops on immigration and other topics of interest. The International Programs area plans, organizes, and facilitates mandatory orientations for new international students, an international student discussion group, a friendship program, an international spouse club, an international coffee hour for the UT Arlington community. and workshops of interest to students. The tradition of International Week in the spring is facilitated through the International Student Organization.

The Study Abroad office offers opportunities for credit-bearing study through exchange programs in a number of different countries. Language and cultural studies can earn resident credit undertaken on faculty-led and affiliated programs in more than 40 countries. Students interested in study abroad opportunities, scholarship, travel and work opportunities abroad will find information at the OIE in Swift Center or by visiting www.uta.edu/oie.

Multicultural Affairs

Lower Level, University Center · Box 19353 · 817-272-2099

Multicultural Affairs is committed to fostering the full participation of ethnic minorities at The University of Texas at Arlington by helping create an academic, social and cultural atmosphere conducive to the presence and responsive to the needs of African-American, Native American, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific Island students. It is important that prospective students receive orientation to the diverse and numerous offices designed to assist students at the University. While Multicultural Affairs is committed to facilitating full participation of ethnic minorities in every aspect of university life, its doors are open to all students at UT Arlington.
Academic assistance services are available to promote a successful learning experience. In addition, seminars and workshops provide leadership training and enhance the social skills and positive self-concepts necessary for successful living. Rich cultural diversity is reflected in the number and variety of minority student organizations on campus.
Multicultural Outreach (a component of Multicultural Affairs) is a comprehensive, campus-wide outreach initiative for attracting, orienting and retaining minority students. The CMC seeks to recruit minority students in various ways, including the utilization of volunteer students and staff recruiters.
Multicultural Affairs provides an orientation program for minority students. Students receive a thorough overview on how the campus operates, who to see for a particular issue, and what is required of them if their campus experience is to be successful. The program stresses class attendance, establishing friendships, participating in campus activities and accepting responsibility.
Multicultural Affairs and Multicultural Outreach work to increase minority student retention by providing assistance with academic preparation, academic advising, cultural activities, sociocultural adjustment, financial resources information.
The office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 817-272-2099 or visit www.uta.edu/multicultural.

Disability Services (Office for Students with Disabilities)

102 University Hall · Box 19510 · 817-272-3364 · TDD 800-RELAY TX · www.uta.edu/disability

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UT Arlington is charged with ensuring full inclusion of students with disabilities in all programs and activities offered at UT Arlington. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, OSD verifies all physical and cognitive disabilities in order to specify the appropriate disability-specific accommodations that will assist students in successfully completing their academic objectives. All UT Arlington students with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact OSD at 817-272-3364 (voice) or 800-RELAY TX (TDD) or they may visit the office in 102 University Hall, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any academic accommodations relating to a disabling condition must originate with the Office for Students with Disabilities. For more information regarding services or documentation requirements, please visit www.uta.edu/disability.

Student Legal Services

Lower Level, University Center · Box 19355 · 817-272-3771 · www2.uta.edu/attorney

A licensed attorney is employed by the University and available to advise and consult with all currently enrolled students who have paid the Student Service Fee. The attorney may advise the student regarding personal legal problems and concerns.

Areas frequently discussed with the attorney include landlord-tenant disputes, family law matters, contractural controversies, consumer protection questions, traffic accidents and minor criminal matters. Concerns regarding other legal matters may require additional research or referral, at the discretion of the attorney. Academic matters and other problems or concerns involving UT Arlington are addressed in various policies and procedures. Therefore, the attorney may not represent the student in any legal or administrative proceedings or offer advice pertaining to any legal topic involving the University or another enrolled student.

Students must bring their Mav Express card to the appointment for verification of current enrollment.

SOAR (Students Obtaining Academic Readiness)

132 Hammond Hall · Box 19509 · 817-272-3684 · www.uta.edu/soar

SOAR provides academic assistance to students through the following programs:

SOAR TRIO Programs

Student Support Services: Free academic support is offered for qualifying students.

Since 1976, the purpose of Student Support Services has been to retain and graduate UT Arlington students. For more information, call 817-272-3684 or visit Room 132, Hammond Hall.

McNair Scholars Program: This federal program prepares eligible undergraduates (sophomores through seniors) for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. It recruits new scholars each fall for program admission in the spring. McNair Scholars Program benefits include:

For more information, call 817-272-3715 or visit Room 122, Hammond Hall.

SOAR University Tutorial

Cost-Share Tutorial Program: Provides low-cost academic support to any UT Arlington student in a variety of courses. To work with a Cost-Share tutor on an individual basis, students charge the $6.50 per hour fee to their student account at the Cost-Share Office, Room 130, Hammond Hall. Tutoring is offered for specific courses in the following subject areas: math, English, history, political science, physics, chemistry, biology, modern languages and statistics in addition to entry-level prerequisite courses in business and engineering. For quick questions, Cost-Share offers online tutoring at no charge at www.uta.edu/soar/. Online tutoring is offered in selected courses in business, liberal arts and science.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): A series of weekly review sessions led by an outstanding student who sits through the course again, prepares study aids and review materials, and leads group discussion. SI targets historically difficult academic courses and offers all enrolled students an opportunity to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for exams. For each targeted course, three outside-of-class study sessions are offered each week as well as exam reviews for each major test. Supplemental Instruction is offered in selected biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, accounting, economics, finance, statistics and history courses. SI handouts and SI leader e-mail and schedules are easily accessed through the Supplemental Instruction Web Portal at www3.uta.edu/soar/default.aspx. Call 817-272-2617 or visit Room 130, Hammond Hall for more information.

YWCA Child Development Center

106 W. 6th St. (corner of 6th and Speerstreets) · 817-272-1135

The YWCA Child Development Center is operated by the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and offers full-time infant, toddler and preschool child care. Part-time care can be scheduled for children of UT Arlington students. The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some scholarships are available for children of UT Arlington students. The center is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). For enrollment information, call 817-272-1135.

Other Student Services

Several offices on campus offer specific services to students. Refer to the following directory for information regarding these services.

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment

123 Davis Hall

Office of Admissions, Records and Registration

129 Davis Hall

Bursar Services

130 Davis Hall · Box 19649 · 817-272-2172

Any form of payment (Check, ACH, or Credit Card) that is returned unpaid can result in enrollment withdrawal and the following additional penalties:

Check Cashing: A current university identification card and a driver’s license are required to cash a personal check for an amount not to exceed $25. A $0.25 Check Cashing Charge will apply.

Police Department

University Police Building, 700 S. Davis

MavMail and MavMail Newsletter

Every student at UT Arlington is issued a University e-mail account. Students are expected to regularly check their University e-mail account and UT Arlington considers e-mail an official means of communication. Various offices and faculty members may conduct official business via the UT Arlington e-mail account.

In addition to providing students with an e-mail account, UT Arlington sends a weekly newsletter called MavMail to each student’s e-mail account. The MavMail newsletter lists campus events, important deadlines, and news related to the campus. Students are expected to read this newsletter.

If you have a question related to the University and do not know where to direct the question, you may contact MavMail. MavMail is designed to provide answers to questions, direct inquirers to the appropriate office(s), and forward suggestions or compliments to the correct individuals or offices. Staff members in the Office of the Provost provide responses after contacting appropriate individuals to gain answers to the questions posed.

To contact MavMail:

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