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    University of North Texas at Dallas
   
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Student Resources



Academic Advising

The University of North Texas at Dallas is committed to providing effective advising services to students as an essential component of their educational experience. Students are encouraged to seek academic advising regularly throughout their academic careers, preferably at least once a semester. Students are responsible for initiating advising contact and preparing for advising sessions.

UNT Dallas’s advising systems are available to all students to assist in and provide for the following:

  1. Goal setting. Help students set both short-term and long-term educational goals.
  2. Information. Inform students of the graduation requirements of their department, help with strategic course selections so as to minimize the number of semesters required for graduation, and inform students of career opportunities in their field of study.
  3. Transitions. Inform students how to change majors and provide information to explain the process students follow to enroll in their curriculum and to drop or add courses during the semester.
  4. Accessibility. Have reasonable hours and methods of availability for students. Students should be able to set up appointments for an adequate amount of time to make curricular selections.
  5. Referral to campus resources. Be able to refer students to various campus resources

Students are ultimately responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled.

Students share responsibility for a successful university experience and are expected to contribute to effective advising sessions by:

  1. Participating in orientation programs, providing standardized test scores, and providing an academic history that aids in course selection decisions.
  2. Working with an advisor to develop and implement both short- and long-term educational and career goals.
  3. Knowing academic policies and procedures, academic calendar deadlines, and degree or program requirements.
  4. Consulting with an advisor when necessary and following through on recommendations.
  5. Scheduling and keeping appointments with an advisor. Coming prepared for appointments by bringing appropriate materials, identifying course choices from requirements of the preferred program or major, and identifying questions to address.
  6. Informing an academic advisor of any special needs, deficiencies, or barriers that might affect academic success.
  7. Remaining informed of progress in meeting academic requirements, carefully maintaining academic records, and seeking assistance to resolve any errors or questions.

Students must be pursuing a degree program that is currently being offered at UNT Dallas to get accurate academic advising. If a student chooses to transfer to another institution or complete courses towards a degree program that is not currently being offered by UNT Dallas, there may have additional course work to complete and UNT Dallas Advisors are not responsible for advising curriculum that UNT Dallas does not support.

Academic Support

Academic Support Office provides services for:

  • Texas Success Initiative
  • Testing/Placement
  • Learning Commons (labs and tutoring support)
  • Academic Coaching

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

TSI is a program which requires testing in reading, mathematics, and writing to ensure that all students attending public universities in Texas have the skills necessary to perform effectively in college-level coursework.  The Academic Support Office administers approved TSI exams.  A fee is charged to take a TSI approved exam.

Math Placement

Students interested in placing into College Algebra or a higher math class should schedule with Academic Support to take the math placement exam.  The placement exam may be taken once per semester of enrollment at no cost.  The following are prerequisites for College Algebra:

  • Passed a UNT Dallas math course with a minimum grade of C, or
  • Passed a transfer course at the level of UNT Dallas’ MATH 1100  (or above) with a minimum grade of C

The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons offers three areas for additional academic support in the form of tutoring. The commons’ hours are posted on the websites, and scheduling policies vary by center. Students are also encouraged to use the labs for individual or group study.  All labs are equipped with computers and appropriate software.

Writing Center - The Writing Center is a free service for UNT Dallas students to help them with all their writing and communication needs. Appointments are required for writing consultations. Students may schedule tutoring sessions online by visiting www.untdallas.edu/wc and logging on to WCOnline. Walk-ins are limited, so we ask students to prepare and book appointments in advance. For more questions on scheduling your writing appointment email learningcommons@untdallas.edu or contact the front desk at 972.338.1755.

Math Lab - The Math Lab provides free tutoring and homework assistance for students in UNT Dallas math related classes for undergraduate students.  The Math Lab staff assists students with homework, test preparation, and general math preparation for all lower-level and upper-level courses, including Math Education courses. No appointment is needed in the math lab.

Peer Tutoring - Peer tutoring is available for subjects other than math and writing, when available. All of our tutors are current UNT Dallas students, and all of our tutors are faculty recommended and go through a vigorous hiring and training process to ensure that our students have the best experience while visiting the Learning Commons. Subject tutoring varies upon tutor availability every semester, so please check the Learning Commons website for an updated list of subjects and times for specific peer tutors.

Supplemental Instruction - Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a student-to-student academic support model uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success within historically difficult courses. The main goal of the SI groups and study sessions are to create independent learners and thinkers through a collaborative and engaging environment. These sessions typically happen outside of the classroom and serve to reinforce information covered in the course. SI availability varies by semester and course offerings; check with your instructor and the Learning Commons website to see if an SI is available for your particular course.

Smarthinking– Smarthinking is a 3rd party online tutoring service that is free for enrolled UNT Dallas students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in Writing, Mathematics, Biology, Intro Human A&P, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Accounting, Intro to Finance, Statistics, Spanish, and other subjects. For a complete list of subject availability and/or to set up your free account, please visit www.untdallas.edu/smart.

Academic Coaching & Learning Skill Assessment

Students can schedule individual appointments with a learning specialist to discuss goal setting, time management, study skills, reading strategies, test-taking skills, and classroom note-taking. You can also make an appointment to take the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory to help identify your learning strengths and weaknesses and then devise an academic success plan built upon your strengths.

Workshops

Students can attend a variety of academic success workshops throughout the semester. Topics include: Writing APA; Test-taking strategies; Brain Style; LASSI (Learning and Social Skills Inventory); Time Management & Goal Setting.

Check the activities calendar for scheduled workshops or contact the Office of Student Affairs, Wellness Services, or the Learning Commons for more information about that semester’s workshop availability and topics.


Counseling and Wellness Services

The Office of Counseling and Wellness Services maintains strict confidentiality of records and counseling relationships in accordance with FERPA and HIPPA. No information disclosed in a counseling relationship is shared with anyone inside or outside the University unless the student signs a release of information, the student is a threat to self or others, reports abusing a child or elder, or if the records are ordered to be released by a court of law. 

Student Advocacy is available through Student Affairs. Students may come discuss issues with staff and receive referrals to campus/community resources for a number of concerns, including: academic and other adjustment problems; test anxiety; career indecision; romantic or other relationship problems; grief related to the loss of family member or friend; stress; family conflict; major-life changes; depression; thoughts of suicide; hopelessness; anxiety; alcohol and drug problems.

Contact Student Affairs at (972) 338-1775 for more information.

Prohibition of Sexual Assault and Retaliation

The University of North Texas at Dallas (the “University”) is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment free from sexual assault and retaliation. Conduct that is inconsistent with this commitment will not be tolerated at any location, program or other activity associated with the university. Application of Policy.  

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and applicants for employment or admission, individuals and organizations conducting business on behalf of or for the University of North Texas at Dallas, visitors and participants at any location, program or other activity associated with the University. The University may act under this policy when prohibited conduct that occurs off‐campus adversely affects or has a reasonable likelihood of adversely affecting the academic or work environment.   

The policy in its entirety may be viewed by clicking on this link or by viewing http://www.untdallas.edu/svr. Information concerning resources for sexual assualt prevention may be viewed at http://www.untdallas.edu/svr.

Community Counseling Clinic

The UNT Dallas Community Counseling Clinic provides mental health services to community members and families of UNT Dallas students.  Services offered by the Community Counseling Clinic include: Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Counseling, Play Therapy for Children, Activity Therapy for Adolescents, Group Counseling.  Other mental health related services include Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, Bilingual Counseling Services, and Psychological Assessments.

The Community Counseling Clinic is also in the process of adding mediation and conflict resolution, as well as legal service consultation to its roster of services.

Clinic hours for behavioral services are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10 AM - 8 PM.
Mediation and Legal Services Wednesdays and Fridays (by appointment).

The counseling clinic works in collaboration with the UNT Dallas Graduate Program in Counseling and operates as a training site for graduate students. Counselors-in-training provide counseling services under the supervision of counseling program faculty.

For more information, clinic hours, or to schedule an appointment, please either visit the community Counseling Clinic’s Website at: www.untdallas.edu/counseling or call the Clinic’s Administrative Assistant at 972-780-3646.


Library Services

The UNTD Library’s digital collection provides access to extensive learning and research resources pursuant to a University of North Texas System (UNTS) agreement between the University of North Texas (UNT) and UNTD (Library Intra-System Cooperation Agreement 2016). Through this agreement, UNTD faculty, staff, and students have access to a shared catalog and circulation system, electronic resources, interlibrary loan, video-on-demand, the media collection, the circulating print collection, reserve materials, TexShare services, membership in the Center for Research Libraries, special services for distance learning students, technical and preservation services, and virtual reference services.  These resources provide members of the UNTD community with user privileges to library collections, services, and other learning and information resources consistent with the degrees offered by UNTD.


Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through the Information and Technology Shared Services Department. These services include support for a wide range of computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and a university computing help desk (http://www.untdallas.edu/itss/servnow).

Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing Internet connectivity. Wireless networking (JagNet) is available in the campus buildings. Online elements of courses are offered with support from the Center for Learning, Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign using computing systems supported by the Computing and Information Technology Center through a shared services agreement.

Student Computing Services

Two general access computer labs, housing approximately 70 computers, are available to all students for use of Windows personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Three computer classrooms serve students in particular courses.

UNT Dallas provides electronic mail to all students via JagNet, a web-based e-mail and calendar system. JagNet is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Internet services available to students include personal web page publishing and online file storage.

Research Computing Support

Information Technology Shared Services provides support for a variety of computer-based software applications through a shared services agreement. Licenses are maintained for Windows versions of SPSS, SAS, STATA, and Matlab, which provide statistical analysis capabilities.

Several statistical analysis packages, including SAS and SPSS are provided in the general access labs.

The University Libraries also maintain an extensive collection of scholarly databases, electronic research journals, and multimedia research materials that are accessible through the campus network.

Consulting, Training and Help Desk Services

Consulting and training are provided by Information and Instructional Technology to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities by students. 

Experienced consultants are available to assist students with technical problems. 

The Information and Technology Shared Services (ITSS) department operates a campus-wide help desk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems (http://www.untdallas.edu/itss/servnow).

Identification Card

The identification card is distributed during registration after all fees have been paid. The card entitles the bearer to student admission to campus programs, dances, and movies. It provides identification at the libraries for checking out materials. As the student’s official university identification, it must be presented to any UNT Dallas official upon request.

Lost ID cards may be replaced for a $5 charge.  Misplaced ID cards that have been turned in are held in IT Shared Services. The card is void upon termination or interruption of enrollment. Students are asked to retain their ID cards, even though they may not be enrolled. The cards are reactivated upon subsequent enrollment.

Fraudulent use of the ID card subjects the user to a fine not to exceed $4,000, confinement not to exceed one year, or both (Class A Misdemeanor). Anyone who uses the ID card to give false information to a police officer is subject to a fine of not more than $500 (Class C Misdemeanor).