The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009

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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
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Department of Student Activities

Lower Level, University Center · Box 19348 · 817-272-2963 ·

The Department of Student Activities is the center for out-of-classroom activities at UT Arlington. Participating in extracurricular activities helps students gain valuable leadership skills that complement their academic work and enhance and enrich their collegiate experience. The Student Activities area includes EXCEL Campus Activities and UTA Volunteers.

EXCEL Campus Activities

EXCEL’s primary focus is to plan and implement campus-wide cultural, social, recreational and educational activities for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the following EXCEL committees:

Campus Traditions

Organizes traditional events as well as those that help meet the needs of the community. Events include Bed Races, Blood Drives, Blue & White Bash, Talent Show and Battle of the Bands.

Entertainment and Arts

Sponsors activities and programs featuring the performing and visual arts, concerts, comedians and cultural events. Popular performers have included comedians Carlos Mencia, D.L. Hughley and Carrot Top; and musical artists Hellogoodbye, Everclear and Bowling for Soup. The committee coordinates and schedules art exhibits in the E.H. Hereford University Center Art Gallery. The gallery showcases the work of UT Arlington students, faculty and staff, as well as community artists.

Special Events

Presents speakers, debates and panel discussions on topics relating to contemporary and global issues. Speakers have included Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, Carl Brashear, and debates related to Same Sex Marriage, Legalization of Marijuana and the Existence of God.


Creates and implements marketing strategies, graphic design and advertising for each program sponsored by EXCEL. The committee works with media sources at UT Arlington and within the Metroplex.


Responsible for the recruitment and retention of members for the organization. This committee promotes positive internal relations by providing opportunities for interaction through team-building exercises, member awards and monthly activities.

UTA Volunteers

UTA Volunteers is a student group that plans, promotes, and participates in volunteer and community service programs for UT Arlington and the surrounding community. UTA Volunteers activities are open to all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering and serving the community. For more information about UTA Volunteers or to learn how to get involved call 817-272-2963 or visit

UTA Volunteers sponsors annual volunteer opportunities such as the Locks of Love hair donation event, Hunger Banquet, One Night Without a Home, and The Big Event day of service. UTA Volunteers also offers drug and alcohol free Alternative Break programs during winter and spring breaks. Previous destinations have included New Orleans, La.; Catalina Island, Calif.; and Tahlequah, Okla.

Department of Greek Life and University Events

B170 Lower Level, University Center · Box 19348 · 817-272-2963

Greek Life

The goal of UT Arlington Greek Life is to prepare young men and women to be contributing members of society. Fraternity and sorority members have social, leadership and service opportunities on and off campus geared to enhance their educational experience and contribute to their personal development. Most importantly, Greek Life assists in the development of lifelong friendships. The Greek community at UT Arlington is comprised of four governing bodies representing 30 fraternities and sororities, and two affiliated honorary organizations, Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha.

University Events

The Office of University Events plans, implements and evaluates events and activities for UT Arlington. These events are intended to focus on bringing well-known performers to campus. University Events is involved in the planning of UT Arlington’s participation in Arlington and community parades, Welcome Days, Parent’s Weekend, UT Arlington Homecoming and the MavsMeet after-party celebration. In addition, University Events helps to organize the Distinguished Lecture Series and the University Concert Series.

Leadership Center

B140 Lower Level, University Center · Box 19348 · 817-272-2963 ·

The Leadership Center is committed to the development and training of student leaders based on Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. The Leadership Center creates an active learning environment whereby individuals through a process of reflection and self discovery explore the dimensions of leadership. Students involved participate in active learning opportunities which assists in developing life skills, become connected and engaged with their campus community, develop a sense of civic responsibility by serving others and understanding diversity.

Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is dedicated to assisting students self-discover their leadership abilities and skills through active learning opportunities offered throughout the academic year. Programs and activities available include academic instruction, community service projects, leadership training and individual needs assessment. It is our goal to lay the foundation for all students to reach their full potential not only in the area of leadership but also to help them acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to live and work in our rapidly changing world.

Co-Curricular Involvement Record (CCIR)

This official University document allows students to chart their development growth through college experiences, validate co-curricular activities and can be used to support scholarship and awards applications. It also makes a great addition to a student’s resume when applying for an internship or job.

Leadership Commonwealth

The Leadership Commonwealth Freshman Interest Group (FIG) is a unique living-learning experience which provides academic and social support through various social, educational and leadership experiences in a welcoming and nurturing environment. The Commonwealth is supported and coordinated by The Leadership Center and Student Governance and Organizations.

The Leadership Recognition Ceremony

The annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony recognizes and honors outstanding UT Arlington student leaders, organizations, organizational and academic advisors, and campus volunteers. This event celebrates the accomplishments of students and professionals that have served and benefited the UT Arlington community.

Peer Leadership Training Program

The Peer Leadership Trainers are experienced campus leaders who instruct EDUC 1130, Foundations of Leadership and assist in the Leadership Center’s mission to cultivate strong leaders. PLTs also assist in the recruitment of students to all leadership programs and provide seminars and workshops for campus and community organizations and groups.

EDUC 1130 – Foundations of Leadership

Foundations of Leadership (EDUC 1130) is an accredited course available through the College of Education and taught by student leaders known as Peer Leadership Trainers. This one-hour pass/fail course provides active learning opportunities for students to identify the necessary skills for effective leadership in University organizations and in both personal and professional settings.

EDUC 2330 – Advanced Leadership

Advanced Leadership (EDUC 2330), is a three-hour accredited course taught by Student Affairs staff members and provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through interactive class discussions, analyzing case studies, and group problem solving and role playing experiences.

UT Arlington Leadership Retreat

For three days students are presented with various workshops and team-building activities that are designed to challenge, develop and enhance their leadership skills. Facilitated and supported by UT Arlington staff and faculty along with a nationally renowned speaker, this retreat offers students the opportunity to learn and grow in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Office of Student Governance and Organizations

Lower Level, University Center · Box 19350 · 817-272-2293 ·

UT Arlington recognizes that a balanced program of activities, which provides an opportunity for the expression and development of student interests, will stimulate a student academically and facilitate development as an individual.

The varied activities of student organizations and student government provide a major means through which students may give expression to their talents, develop worthwhile skills, and improve their knowledge of the principles and processes by which democracy works. UT Arlington has more than 280 registered student organizations to meet nearly every students need, including honorary, professional, international, cultural, political, religious and other types of organizations. Students are encouraged to enter activities in organized student life both for personal value and for the unique contribution each student can make to the campus community.

For more information regarding specific organizations on campus, contact Student Governance and Organizations, Box 19350, Arlington, Texas 76019-0350, 817-272-2293.

Student Governance

Student governance on The University of Texas at Arlington consists of Student Congress, the Graduate Student Senate, Constituent Councils, UTA-HOSTS!, Freshman Leaders On Campus, the Leadership Commonwealth Freshman Interest Group, the Ambassador Program, Student Organizations and student representatives on various University committees. The Student Congress is the official avenue for students to express views to the student body, faculty and administration. It is composed of elected members who work in conjunction with various constituencies. For more information, visit the Student Governance and Organizations Office in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Scholastic Honor Societies

The following scholastic honor societies are registered on the UT Arlington campus. Specific information regarding these organizations is available in the Office of Student Governance and Organizations, Box 19350, Arlington, Texas 76019-0350, 817-272-2293.

Professional Organizations

The following professional student organizations are registered on the UT Arlington campus. Specific information regarding these organizations is available in the Office of Student Governance and Organizations, Box 19350, Arlington, Texas 76019-0350, 817-272-2293.


Student welfare and retention are of primary concern for the UT Arlington community. UTA-HOSTS! (Helping Other Students To Succeed) is a peer mentor program sponsored by the Office of Student Governance and Organizations to help new students achieve success their first year on campus. UTA-HOSTS! matches first-year students with upper level students with a similar major. The upper level students, or mentors, will help students new to UT Arlington gain insight into campus opportunities and resources including important dates and deadlines, academic services and extracurricular activities. Participation in the program is voluntary and open to the student body.

For further information about the program or to apply for a mentee or mentor position, contact the UTA-HOSTS! Office, Lower Level, University Center, Box 19350, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-2293.

Freshmen Leaders On Campus

Freshmen Leaders On Campus (FLOC) is a select organization created to promote freshmen involvement at UT Arlington. Students who were high school leaders have the opportunity to further develop their skills. Students, who are becoming interested in leadership, can become involved at UT Arlington as a member of FLOC.

FLOC provides an outstanding opportunity to meet many people, network with campus leaders, and collaborate with other UT Arlington organizations. Members learn to plan and coordinate campus and community events for their organization and for UT Arlington freshmen. FLOC provides a great way for freshmen to get involved, learn more about UT Arlington and have fun!

Leadership Commonwealth

The Leadership Commonwealth Freshman Interest Group (FIG) is a unique learning opportunity designed to combine social, educational, and leadership experience in a fun, but challenging environment. The Commonwealth bridges academics with co-curricular activities and is coordinated by the offices of Student Governance and Organizations and Student Activities.

Intercollegiate Athletics

C.R. Gilstrap Athletic Center · Box 19079 · 817-272-2261 ·

All men’s andwomen’s intercollegiate teams representing UT Arlington are members of the Southland Conference. Other conference members are University of Central Arkansas, Lamar University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University. All UT Arlington athletic teams compete in the highest division (Division I) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

UT Arlington students with valid ID cards are admitted without charge to all regular season home athletic contests. All home men’s and women’s track and field meets are held at Maverick Stadium. Men’s and women’s home basketball games and women’s home volleyball games are played in Texas Hall. Baseball games are played at Clay Gould Ballpark and softball games are played at Allan Saxe Field. Men’s and women’s tennis matches are played at the Tennis Center.

Department of Campus Recreation

212 Activities Building · Box 19268 · 817-272-3277 ·

The Department of Campus Recreation at The University of Texas at Arlington provides a diverse span of recreational and leisure opportunities for students, faculty and staff through five component areas: Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, QUEST University Wellness, Sport Clubs and Aquatics. For more information, stop by room 212 of the Activities Building, call 817.272.3277 or visit

Informal Recreation creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff and other eligible members to drop in the Activities Building and/or the Campus Recreation Fields Complex to independently participate in recreation and wellness activities. Basketball, table tennis, racquetball, weightlifting, volleyball, badminton, softball, football, soccer and much more are available.

Intramural Sports provides opportunities for participation in recreational and competitive activities. Divisions for men, women and co-recreational teams are offered in team activities and in many individual and dual sports. Activities include flag football, bowling, soccer, golf, table tennis, billiards and many more.

QUEST University Wellness is designed to enhance personal wellness. Various programs are offered (some for a nominal fee) through QUEST including group exercise classes, fitness testing, personal training, massage therapy and nutrition assessments.

The Sport Club program is here to serve individual interests in different sports and recreational activities. Some clubs may represent UT Arlington in intercollegiate competition and/or conduct activities such as practice and instruction. Membership guidelines vary. Some of the current clubs include: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, cycling, marital arts and lacrosse.

The Aquatics program provides swimming opportunities to the UT Arlington community. The indoor and outdoor pool allow for lap and recreational swimming all year long. The pools are located in the Physical Education Building at 801 Greek Row.

The Maverick Activities Center (MAC) is currently underway. The state-of-the-art $34.5 million recreation facility where students, faculty, staff and alumni can continue to be engaged in UT Arlington’s campus life will open in two phases: Phase I in September 2007 and Phase II in February 2008. For more information on the MAC visit

The UTA Spirit Groups consist of the Cheerleading Squad and the Pom Squad. The groups join together in providing support for UT Arlington athletic teams and leading the campus community in spirit. These athletes represent UT Arlington at the collegiate national championship during the year and host camps and clinics throughout the summer. For more information visit

Student Publications

University Center · Box 19038 · 817-272-3661 ·

The Shorthorn is the official newspaper of the University community. It is published Tuesday through Friday during long semesters, except on holidays and during examination weeks, and twice a week during the summer semester.

Funded by the student activity fee and advertising sales, the newspaper is distributed in all campus areas and 40 off-campus locations. It is also accessible online

All students may apply for scholarships or paid positions on The Shorthorn. For information, call 817-272-3661.

Photo Identification Cards

Students are strongly urged to retain possession of their photo identification cards at all times. Misuse of University identification is an offense which subjects students to discipline. Students lending their photo identification cards for fraudulent purposes, as well as those making use of them, will be disciplined. The student photo identification card is the property of the University, and a student may be asked to surrender the card for appropriate reasons.

Student Conduct and Discipline

All students are expected to obey the civil and penal statutes of the State of Texas and the United States, the Regents’ Rules and Regulations of The University of Texas System, the rules and regulations of the University, and the orders or instructions issued by an administrative official of the University or The University of Texas System in the course of his/her duties and to observe standards of conduct that are compatible with the University’s functions as an educational institution. Any student who engages in conduct that is prohibited by the Regents’ Rules and Regulations or the rules of the University, or by federal, state, local law or regulation is subject to disciplinary action regardless of whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Individuals who are not currently enrolled at a component institution of The University of Texas System remain subject to the disciplinary process for conduct that occurred during any period of enrollment and for statements, acts, or omissions related to application for enrollment or the award of a degree.

Information about the rules of conduct and due process procedures can be found on these Web sites:


The 74th Texas Legislature modified the law concerning hazing which became effective May 30, 1995. Under the law, individuals or organizations engaging in hazing could be subject to fines and charged with criminal offenses (Section 51.936, Texas Education Code).

According to the law, a person can commit a hazing offense not only by engaging in a hazing activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding or attempting to aid another in hazing; intentionally, knowingly or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by failing to report first hand information that a hazing incident is planned or has occurred in writing to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The fact that a person consented to or acquiesced in a hazing activity is not a defense to prosecution for hazing under this law.

In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs; and immunizes that person from participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from that report. The penalty for failure to report is a fine of up to $2,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both. Penalties for other hazing offenses vary according to the severity of the injury, which results and range from $500 to $10,000 in fines and up to two years confinement.

The law defines hazing as any intentional, knowing or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution. Hazing includes but is not limited to:

The University of Texas at Arlington regards hazing as a serious issue and is committed to the removal of any such practice. The Office of Student Judicial Affairs is prepared to assist any organization with a review of its activities to ensure they do not violate the hazing law.

Academic Integrity and Scholastic Dishonesty


It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all students consistent with the goals of a community of scholars and students seeking knowledge and responsibility. Furthermore, it is the policy of the University to enforce these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged dishonesty, cheating and other academic/non-academic misconduct. Students found responsible for dishonesty in their academic pursuits are subject to sanctions that may range from disciplinary probation, suspension and expulsion from the University.

What Is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is defined as being a firm adherence to a code or standard of values. It is a commitment on the part of the students, faculty and staff, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values:

“From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action” (The Center for Academic Integrity, 2004).

Unfortunately, when these ideals are not translated to each and every one in the academic community, academic dishonesty is inevitable.

Student Responsibility

You can assume responsibility in two ways. First, if you choose to take the risk associated with scholastic dishonesty and any other violation of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline, you must assume responsibility for your behavior and accept the consequences. In an academic community, the standards for integrity are high. Second, if you are aware of scholastic dishonesty and any other conduct violations on the part of others, you have the responsibility to report it to the professor or the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The decision to do so is another moral dilemma to be faced as you define who you are.

What Constitutes Scholastic Dishonesty?

Scholastic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and collusion on an examination or an assignment being offered for credit. Each student is accountable for work submitted for credit, including group projects.




Grievances Other Than Grades

In attempting to resolve any student grievance, the student must first make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the individual with whom the grievance originated. Grievances involving matters other than grades are appealed to the department chair or office director, then to the senior vice president for finance and administration or the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. If the matter remains unresolved at this level, the student may make a final appeal to the president. Appeals to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost must be submitted in writing on an appeal form available in academic departments or the Office of the Registrar. (For grievances involving grades, see instructions in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.)

Campus Solicitations

"Solicitation," as defined in Series 80103, Section 3 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, means the sale, lease, rental or offer for sale, lease or rental of any property, product, merchandise, publication or service, whether for immediate or future delivery; an oral statement or the distribution or display of printed material, merchandise or products that is designed to encourage the purchase, use or rental of any property, product, merchandise, publication or service; the oral or written appeal or request to support or join an organization other than a registered student, faculty or staff organization; the receipt of or request for any gift or contribution; or the request to support or oppose or to vote for or against a candidate, issue or proposition appearing on the ballot at any election held pursuant to state or federal law or local ordinances. All solicitations on the UT Arlington campus must conform to the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, copies of which are available in the offices of the president, vice presidents, academic deans, numerous other administrative offices and the Central Library. The Regents’ Rules and Regulations also may be accessed at the following Web

Use of Campus Facilities

The property, buildings or facilities owned or controlled by The University of Texas at Arlington are not open for assembly, speech or other activities as are the public streets, sidewalks and parks. No person, organization, group, association or corporation may use property, buildings or facilities owned or controlled by UT Arlington for any purpose other than in the course of the regular programs or activities related to the University’s role and mission unless authorized by the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. Any authorized use must be conducted in compliance with the provisions of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, the approved rules and regulations of UT Arlington, and applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Student Travel Policy

Before any student organization travels, it is beneficial to come to the Office of Student Governance and Organizations to receive information about liability and to consider using release forms that are available.

However, if the trip is funded by the University (including Program Assistance Funds), is more than 25 miles from the University, and the vehicle is owned or leased by the University, or if attendance is required by a student organization, then the organization must submit the Student/Group Travel Form and the University Request for Travel Authorization at least 10 days prior to the date of travel. All forms and additional information are available in the Office of Student Governance and Organizations. For additional information, see the UT Arlington Handbook of Operating Procedures, Part II, Subchapter 6-600.