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Student Services

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Areas of student services and activities at A&M-Commerce are organized and administered by the Office of Student Affairs. Included in the components are the following:

The Assistant Dean of Students

(903) 886-5153

Working collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean of Students provides leadership within areas of Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for student personnel records, student service fee advisory committee, Student Government Association, the student judicial process, and working with faculty regarding student concerns.

Student Health Services

(903) 886-5853

Students are offered compassionate and affordable healthcare through Student Health Services. We provide primary health care services including treatment of illness, injury, and women's health. Laboratory testing and x-ray are also available at nominal charges. We are located in Henderson Hall and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8-12 and 1-5. An appointment is necessary.

Counseling Center

(903) 886-5145

The Center offers services to help students meet the daily challenges of student life. The counseling staff assists students in maximizing their potential for personal, academic, and career success. Confidentiality is respected, and counseling records are not included as a part of a student’s academic record. Services are free, so take advantage of all that the Counseling Center has to offer. Students can choose counseling in the areas of personal growth, academic success, and career development. Other services offered to students include group experiences, crisis intervention, and legal assistance, as well as a relaxation room, consultation and referral, and educational outreach programming. For more information about counseling services or to schedule an appointment, the Counseling Center is located in the Student Services Building, Room 204, or contact us at 903-886-5145.

Student Housing

(903) 886-5797

The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments, including traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, single student apartments, and family housing apartments.

Single student housing includes cable,and utility services, double occupancy rooms, central heat and air-conditioning, and continuous maintenance service. The halls designated for family housing offer air-conditioned and centrally heated, furnished and unfurnished apartments. Utilities and cable are furnished by the Department of Residence Life.

The Department of Residence Life strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and developmentally. The Department of Residence Life is located in the first floor of Whitley Hall. For more information about student housing, contact the Department of Residence Life at 903-886-5797 and/or visit the department’s website at www.tamuc.edu/reslife .

Children’s Learning Center

(903) 886-5769

This is a licensed day care/learning center located on campus for children six weeks to five years of age and an after-school and summer camp program for children ages 6-11 (or 3rd grade). The Children’s Learning Center provides the latest in curricula and educational play equipment for all ages in a consistent learning environment.

Rated a Four-Star Facility in 1995, the Children’s Learning Center prides itself on exceptional, quality care in an academic environment.

Services for Students with Disabilities

(903) 886-5835

Texas A&M University-Commerce encourages all students with disabilities to become totally involved in all aspects of campus life. Therefore, the Office of Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) makes sure that all students have equal access to all the opportunities and programs found within the university community. In order to receive accommodations, students must fill out an application and submit recent documentation to be reviewed for eligibility. Each student registered with SDRS will receive individualized academic advice, and will be given reasonable accommodations (i.e., note taker, extended time on exams, a quiet place to test, books on tapes, and materials in Braille). To make an appointment, please call (903) 886-5835 or (903) 886-5150. SDRS works closely with the Division of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Division of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services for the Blind (800) 538-8075.

Greek Life

(903) 468-3087

The mission of the Office of Greek Life is to provide high quality student development programming that enhances the academic mission of the University by facilitating opportunities for scholarly success, community service, campus leadership, and fraternal friendships in a safe, nurturing environment. The Office of Greek Life is charged with advising the four Greek councils and the National Order of Omega Greek Honor Society at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Facilitating an excellent cocurricular education is the primary purpose of the Office of Greek Life. Our 370+ fraternity and sorority members are provided the opportunity to participate in education programs that focus on alcohol/drug awareness, leadership/community building, identity development/diversity, and academic enhancement throughout their college career.

International Student Services

Phone (903) 886-5097, Fax (903) 468-3200

The office of International Student Services offers assistance to international students and exchange visitors in regards to academic, personal, and immigration-related concerns and refers them to other services (on and off campus) as needed. Services include issuance of I-20 and DS2019 documents, new international student orientation, and coordination of special activities for international students. Other services include liaison with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), formerly known as the INS, regarding nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, reentry authorization for traveling outside the United States, employment authorization, and extension of stay. The office is located in the Business Administration Building, 3rd floor, room 350. E-mail John_Jones@tamuc.edu .

Diversity and Cultural Affairs

(903) 886-5087

Diversity and Cultural Affairs is responsible for servicing the needs of a culturally diverse student body population. The programs provide opportunities for students to enhance their growth as individuals and to encourage academic success and community service. Some events sponsored by the office include V.I.S.I.O.N.S., African American History Month, Hispanic Awareness Week, Cinco de Mayo, and Martin Luther King Celebration.

Veterans’ Affairs

(903) 468-3223

This office administers Veterans’ Administration Educational Benefit Programs for veterans and their dependents who may be eligible to receive benefits under any one of several programs. Applications and further information are available in the Office of Veterans’ Affairs located in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 104. General information about both the GI Bill and the Hazlewood Tuition exemption can also be found at http://www.tamuc.edu/CareerServices/VeteransAffairs.htm .

Career Services

(903) 886-5110

This office serves students, alumni, and employers, as well as A&M-Commerce’s academic departments with programs and publications to provide a bridge between academic preparation and professional careers. Regularly-scheduled programs include Job Fairs in October and February, Teacher Career Days in April, and on-campus interviews with business and government recruiters from October through April.

Information about Texas A&M-Commerce, its degree programs, and its students is disseminated to representatives of business, industry, government, and education. Career Services also refers employers directly to academic departments whenever appropriate.

For students and alumni, Career Services posts openings in public schools, higher education, and businesses; provides job-search publications designed specifically for teachers and business-oriented careers; maintains a reference library of occupational literature; and schedules on-campus interviews with business, government, and school district recruiters. Staff members also provide individualized instruction and advice on constructing  and revising resumés and curriculum vitae, and conducts mock interviews (by appointment) to help students sharpen their interview skills. Career Services is located in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 104.

Scholarship Office

903-886-5915

Graduate students with a high GPA are encouraged to apply within their graduate department for available scholarships. The Scholarship Office is located in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 302.

Financial Aid

(903) 886-5096

Graduate students who have full admission to a graduate degree program or a teacher certification program may be eligible for several forms of financial aid. These programs include the Texas Public Education Grant, College Work-Study, and several loan programs.

Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid

A student who receives Title IV aid and withdraws or is suspended from the University during a term in which the student began attendance, will have his or her eligibility for aid recalculated as prescribed by the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Title IV aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis up to and including the 60% point in the term. After the 60% point, all aid is considered earned. The percentage earned is calculated by dividing the number of days completed by the total number of days in the term. It is the unearned percentage of aid that determines the amount that must be returned to the Title IV program(s).

The University, as well as the student, may be required to return to the federal government the unearned portion of the Title IV funds. When the University returns its unearned portion of the Title IV funds, a portion of the student’s institutional charges may be left outstanding. The University will require students to pay any portion of institutional charges that are left outstanding after the University returns Title IV funds. This may cause the student to owe both the University and the Federal government.

Students considering withdrawing, should contact the Office of Financial Aid for a thorough explanation of how this policy will affect them. Additional information on the Return of Title IV Aid policy, including examples, is available from the Office of Financial Aid. This policy is accessible on the A&M-Commerce Financial Aid website, http://www.tamuc.edu/home/finaid/8.htm .

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

The Higher Education Amendment Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a minimum standard of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for students receiving financial aid.

For additional information visit the Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.tamuc.edu/home/finAid/23.htm . A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid located in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 100.