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Areas of student services and activities at A&M-Commerce are organized and administered by the Office of Student Access and Success. Included in the components are the following:
The Assistant Dean of Students
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
Located in Henderson Hall, the Health Services office offers affordable health care to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to the faculty and staff of A&M-Commerce. Some of the primary Health care services include acute care and injuries, allergy injections, birth control, EKG's, immunizations, flu shots, TB testing, labs, minor surgical procedures, physical exams, splints, STD/STI testing and treatment, stitches, women's health, wound care, x-rays, diabetic and smoking cessation classes, and health related presentations and workshops.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
The State of Texas has passed a law (SB 62) that requires all first-time freshman and transfer students who wish to live in campus residence halls or apartments to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis. All first-time freshmen and transfer students wishing to live on campus after October 1, 2013, must provide the following before moving into campus housing:
- Certification from physician evidencing that the student has been vaccinated at least ten (10) days prior to moving into the residence halls; or
- An affidavit or a certificate from a physician stating that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student or stating that the vaccination has been declined for reasons of conscience. Contact Residential Living and Learning for help obtaining the affidavit.
The Counseling Center provides free services to currently enrolled university students. Counselors are available to listen, lend support, and help students meet the daily challenges of college life. Programs and services are offered that will help to maximize students' potential for academic and personal success. Services include individual, couples, and group counseling, consultation and referral, crisis intervention, and educational outreach. Also available to students are legal advising, psychiatric evaluation, sand tray therapy, and biofeedback, as well as and a relaxation room with four massage chairs. The Counseling Center is a warm and welcoming environment. Confidentiality is respected and counseling records are not included as part of a student's academic record. For more information about services or to schedule an appointment, come by the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building, #204, or call 903-886-5145. We encourage all students to take advantage of the services the Counseling Center has to offer. Sometimes a little help can make a big difference.
Residential Living and Learning
Residential Living and Learning at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments: traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, single student apartments, and family housing apartments.
All student and family housing includes cable and utility services, central laundry facilities for each area, heat/air-conditioning, are fully furnished and have continuous maintenance service.
Residential Living and Learning strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and to find their home within the University community. Residential Living and Learning is located on the first floor of the Halladay Student Services Building, Suite 100.
For more information about student housing, please contact Residential Living and Learning at 903-886-5797 or email ResidenceLife@tamuc.edu
. You may visit the department's website at Residential Living & Learning
Children’s Learning Center
The nationally accredited, four-star designated Children's Learning Center is located on campus and serves children six weeks to five years of age. The CLC also offers an after-school and summer KID CAMP program for children ages 6-12 years of age. The Children's Learning Center provides the latest in curricula and educational play experiences and now offers a Nature Learning Environment, which allows for gardening, classes outside and learning about nature. The CLC prides itself on exceptional, quality care in an academic environment.
Student Disability Resources & Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promoting an academic, recreational, and social experience for students with disabilities that is fully inclusive and accessible. Students with disabilities at A&M-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) offers accommodations counseling, disability-related resources, access to adaptive technology, assistive equipment, and academic/non-academic accommodations.
All students with disabilities who need accommodations must file an application for eligibility, as well as provide current documentation of disability. Applications are available in the Office of Student Disability Resources and Services and website at http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/studentDisabilityResourcesAndServices/studentResources.aspx.
Location: James Gee Library/Room 132
Fraternity & Sorority Life
The mission of Fraternity & Sorority 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 Fraternity & Sorority Life, which is oversees 21 social/service Greek-lettered organizations across 4 Councils, along with the National Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, is charged with the development of better men and women in preparation for the world outside of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Members of the Fraternity & Sorority Life community often serve in multiple roles across campus as student athletes, residence assistants, orientation leaders, and members of the Student Government Association. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life works as a conduit to increase the co-curricular experience of its members, bridging the gap between fraternal affiliation and other campus involvement opportunities through working collectively and collaboratively with units both within and outside of Student Access and Success and Campus Life & Student Development. Our 450+ fraternity and sorority members are provided the opportunity to participate in educational programs that focus on alcohol/drug awareness, risk management, leadership/community building, identity development/diversity, and academic enhancement throughout their college career.
For more information, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life website at: http://tamuc.edu/fsl
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 DS-2019 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 Student Services Building, Halladay Building, 1st floor, Room 104. E-mail I
Veterans & Military Services
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the Veterans and Military Services 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 Veterans and Military Services Office or by calling 903-886-5123.
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the mission of Career Development is "to educate students and provide opportunities throughout their college career to achieve employment success." The office provides a number of programs and services throughout the year for students as they prepare for a successful transition into their careers. Programs available on campus or by scheduled event at off-site locations include: career fairs, both on-campus and off-site, job search related workshops for professional development, mock interviews, lion job shadow, business etiquette dinners, and networking events as well as a career closet (dress for success). Services available to all students, at off-site locations and online include résumé and cover letter consultation, career assessment and counseling (MyPlan.com) job search resources, mock interviews (interview stream), and applications and letter for professional schools or employment. Career Development provides a guide, "Make the Connection Handbook", available online for undergraduates, graduates and alumni. All students and alumni may register and receive access to the job/internship database, hirealion. Contact the Office of Career Development at 903-468-3212 or visit the website at www.tamuc.edu/careerdevelopment.
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
Graduate students who have full or conditional 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 (TPEG), Graduate Tuition SetAside (GSETASIDE) or Tuition SetAside for Graduate Students (SETASIDEG) College Work-Study, the TEACH GRANT and several federal student loan programs. Departmental scholarships are available for admitted graduate students with a high GPA. Admitted students can apply for departmental scholarships through their myLEO
portal. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship appointments are done by the individual departments and approved through the Provost Office. Graduate students should contact the department directly for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant appointments. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is located in the One-Stop Shop.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT FOR FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
Financial aid recipients must be enrolled in no less than 6 credit hours for most financial aid programs to pay out. There are two exceptions to this requirement. Students who are eligible for TEACH GRANT can receive this grant for less than 6 credit hours. The amount will be prorated before the money is released. Students registered in the 3 credit hour dissertation 718 course can receive financial aid at the same level as if enrolled in 6 credit hours.
ACADEMIC AND COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILTY
Students must maintain a minimum GPA for the semester and for the cumulative institutional GPA. Students must complete a minimum number of hours based on the attempted hours at the start of a semester. For specific information please visit our web site; Financial Aid Standard of Progress
Withdrawing of 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 through 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). Students who received financial aid and who withdraw PRIOR to the 1st day of class of the semester will forfeit ALL of their financial aid as classes had not yet started and the student would not have been academically active in the courses.
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, Financial Aid
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 Financial Aid
. A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid located in the One-Stop Shop.