Student Handbook

Student Handbook


University Resources

List of Contents

OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES

PERSONAL COUNSELING

CAREER COUNSELING

UT LEARNING CENTER

OMBUDSMAN

ROSE: Registrar's Online Services

TEXAS UNION

PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES AND FORTY ACRES PHARMACY

STUDENT MEDIA

LEGAL AID



INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

UT STUDENT CHILD CARE CENTER

UT LIBRARY SYSTEM

Intoductory Statement
Life Science Library
Related Collections
UT Library Online Catalog

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS MICROCOMPUTER LABS

STUDY AREAS


OFFICE OF STUDENT FINACIAL SERVICES

Financial assistance is a necessity for many students. Aid can come in the form of scholarships, loans, or grants. To apply for financial aid, a student must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available from the Office of Student Financial Services (475-6282).

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PERSONAL COUNSELING

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CAREER COUNSELING

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UT LEARNING CENTER

If slow reading or other study-related problems are wasting too much of your valuable time as a pharmacy student, the UT Learning Center may be able to help. Many topics such as study techniques, time management, note-taking, memory, concentration, procrastination, paper writing, "test anxiety desensitization," and speed reading are offered in free one-month classes or by instant self-help reference in the LSC library lab. Additionally, focus groups that meet just once are offered to explain the major points of certain study-related topics. These programs and many more academic aids can be found in A332, Jester Center (471-3614), and many are available at the LSC web site.

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OMBUDSMAN

If the University seems to be strangling you with red tape, don't despair. There is a place that can help -- the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman staff serves as a neutral third party, investigating non-legal, UT-related student complaints. Counselors assist students with problems such as grade disputes, parking citations, and registration and financial bars. The Ombudsman's Office represents neither the University nor the student, but serves as an advocate for fairness. That impartiality has earned the office respect from all parts of the University community -- administration, faculty, and students.

The Ombudsman, as well as the three Assistant Ombudsmen, are students with substantial personal experience in the University environment. They understand students' problems and know the path of least resistance to have them resolved. If it seems as if the University bureaucracy is hunting you down, either call 471-3825 to make an appointment, or drop by the ground floor of the Student Services Building in SSB G1.404 to see the Ombudsmen. They'll help set you free from the red tape monster.

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ROSE: Registrar's Online Services

Rose is an invaluable resource which includes course schedules, address updates, exam schedules, grade reports and many other helpful pieces of information.

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TEXAS UNION

The Texas Union is the community center of the University, and its programs, service centers and facilities are open to all students, faculty and staff. It's almost easier to list activities and services that don't take place through the Union than to list those that do. Programs and services include food, recreation, entertainment, special events, and information.

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PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES

Cars, parking, and traffic are major topics of conversation and frustration every semester. A student may register a car belonging to himself/herself, his/her parent, or his/her spouse, and is eligible to purchase a C parking permit. Motorcycles need an M permit. Even students with a parking permit are not assured of a parking space since permit parking is on a first-come, first- served basis. If parking tickets are not paid in 12 calendar days, the fine will include a late service charge.

In the absence of satisfactory parking for all students, many choose to ride shuttle buses from areas in the city having a high concentration of students. A portion of the Student Services Fee pays for this service; therefore, students with a valid ID may ride the buses as needed without further charge. In some cases, students may be able to catch the bus near their homes, and in others, students drive to a remote parking lot from which they may catch buses.

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University Health Services and Forty Acres Pharmacy

The University Health Services in the first floor of the Student Services Building at 100 W. Dean Keeton offers to University students services in general medicine, gynecology, internal medicine, orthopedics, nutrition and health education. Laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy services are provided to support the primary care areas.

A portion of the Student Services Fee paid by enrolled students each semester covers the cost of clinic visits during regular clinic hours.

Student Health Insurance is available to cover the cost of some services not covered by the Student Services Fee. Further information concerning the Student Health Insurance plan may be obtained from the SHC Accounts and Insurance office.

The Forty Acres Pharmacy is open to fill prescriptions for students from 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Pharmacy is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and official staff holidays. See:

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STUDENT MEDIA

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LEGAL AID

The Legal Services for Students' Office offers many resources. The three Students' Attorneys, a Legal Assistant, and a law clerk staff advise students on problems of landlord and tenant disputes, consumer protection, employee rights, auto accidents, traffic tickets, insurance, and most legal areas affecting students.

The attorneys and law clerks are available on a walk-in basis in the Student Services Building Room 3.410 at 100 W. Dean Keeton Street, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., or by calling 471-7796. No advice is given by telephone.

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THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

The College of Pharmacy, along with other UT schools and colleges, is comprised of students of varying nationalities. The International Office, 105 W. Dean Keeton Street (471-1211), can advise international students concerning finances, housing, legal affairs, employment, immigration status, and personal problems. Instruction in English as a second language is available throughout the calendar year. Informal gatherings and weekly English classes are given, with transportation and child care provided. Many other programs are offered as well.

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SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The University of Texas at Austin provides a variety of special programs and services to assist students with disabilities in their academic pursuits. Based on the needs of the individual, many different kinds of services are offered to students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, and other disabilities. Staff in the area also work with faculty and staff to ensure that all University classes and services are accessible to all students. The office is in the fourth floor of the Student Services Building . The phone number is 471-6259.

The Speech and Hearing Center, located in CMA 2.200, provides evaluation, remediation, and referral services for speech and hearing problems. These services are rendered on a sliding fee scale. Their phone number is 471-3841.

The Texas Commission for the Blind, Flawn Academic Center, Room 7, 471-6693, has a professional staff available for academic, career, and personal counseling. Reserved reading rooms and tape recorders are provided in the Undergraduate Library ( Flawn Academic Center).

The Texas Rehabilitation Commission has a U. T. field office that is devoted to serving students with disabilities in pursuit of an academic degree leading to gainful employment. Depending on the disability and individual need, there are a variety of services that may be available to students with disabilities while attending college to obtain marketable skills. For more information contact U. T. Field Office, Flawn Academic Center, Room 4, 471-4903.

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OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

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UT STUDENT CHILD CARE CENTER

UTSCCC provides part-time child care for University student families. The address is 604-A W. 24th Street. The phone number is 471-0034. The Center offers a Day Program for children 6 weeks to three years old and an Evening Program for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. The Day Program is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rates for the Day Program are available by calling the center. Evening Program hours are (also open to University faculty and staff families) Monday - Thursday 3:30-9 p.m., Friday 3:30-11 p.m., and Saturday 6-11 p.m. UTSCCC is open each semester from the first day of classes until the last day of finals. Hourly rates for the Evening Program are based on the child's age and the family's connection to The University; student rates are lower than those charged to faculty and staff. Please call 471-0034 to be placed on the Waiting List for the Day Program.

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UT LIBRARY SYSTEM

Introductory Statement

A student just wouldn't look natural without a book, and that holds for Pharmacy students as well as English majors. Buying all the necessary references for all professional sequence courses would take a Howard Hughes' checking account; but fortunately, many are on reserve in the various libraries of the UT Library System.

The University Library system, the sixth largest academic library in the United States, includes the General Libraries, the Tarlton Law Library, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The General Libraries consist of the Perry-Castaneda Library, the Undergraduate Library, eight branch libraries, the Wasserman Public Affairs library, and various special collections. These units together house more than six million volumes, covering almost all fields of academic and scientific research.

The Undergraduate Library or Flawn Academic Center (FAC), is designed to provide books of a general nature. It has a unique audio library of taped recordings (both popular and classical music) and is located on the 3rd floor of the Flawn Academic Center. Nursing journals are also located on the 3rd floor of that library.

Pharmacy students may expect to find most of the library resources needed in their curriculum in the Life Science Library, MAI 220. However, it is likely that in the course of their studies they will need to use several of the library units. Many policies are standardized throughout the library system, but students should inquire in each library unit about details regarding the policies of that unit.

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Life Science Library -- Collections and Services

The Life Science Library supports the teaching and research of the College of Pharmacy. The collection contains more than 150,000 volumes, with 1900 serial subscriptions in pharmacy, medicine, and the biological sciences. Pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy administration, and medicinal chemistry holdings are extensive, with supporting material in medicine. Information retrieval systems such as MEDLINE and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts are available for student and faculty use. The Life Science Library offers a variety of special services such as MEDLINE and IPA on compact disk, access to MEDLINE via the National Library of Medicine and other computer-based services. The Life Science Library is an open stack library. Materials on reserve for specific courses are available at the circulation desk. Most of the important pharmacy reference sources are also on reserve and should be requested at the circulation desk. To borrow materials, a student must present a valid (current) UT Austin identification card (ID). The standard loan period for undergraduate students is 14 days, for graduate students 28 days. Periodicals circulate for limited loans of 2 hours and 3 days. Inter-library loan service is provided for access to books and periodicals not available at UT Austin. Coin-operated photocopiers are located in the lobby. Many students choose to purchase copy cards for more convenient copying.

Reference assistance is provided in the Life Science Library from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The library staff can assist with additional information on library services, library collections, or with specific reference questions. Instruction and orientation services are available upon request.

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Related Collections

Medical material in the Life Science Library is complemented by the psychology and nursing collections of the Perry-Castaneda Library. Perry-Castaneda Library and the Public Affairs Library house collections relevant to health education, the health care industry, and health care policy. The Mallet Chemistry Library, WEL 2.132, provides complementary collections in biochemistry, nutrition, and medicinal chemistry. The McKinney Engineering Library, ECJ 1.300, is a depository library for United States patents. Patents are a valuable pharmacy information source, especially for pharmaceutics.

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UT Library Online Catalog

The UT Library Online Catalog Plus (UTCAT) lists over 4.5 million items in the UT Austin libraries. The holdings of the Life Science Library, as well as the other science branch libraries are completely represented in UTCAT. The Main Card Catalog in Perry-Castaneda Library should be consulted for some older scientific materials. UTCAT Plus also includes an encyclopedia, Academic Periodical Index, Business Periodical Index, and Legal Resource Index (Legaltrac). UTCAT Plus is available in all campus libraries and via remote access using a modem and a personal computer.

If there are any problems with any of the libraries, complaints can be directed to the Chairman of the Library Committee, or to any of the librarians in charge of each library. They are eager to be of assistance, and suggestions are welcome.

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UNIVERSITY CAMPUS MICROCOMPUTER LABS

The following microcomputer labs are open to all University of Texas faculty, staff, and students with a valid UT identification card (excluding the College of Pharmacy Student Computer Lab, which is only open to College of Pharmacy students and faculty.) There are other labs not listed here, yet still available to pharmacy students. The most common ones of use to pharmacy students have been listed. You will be given a copy of the current Student Guide to Computer Services that will have a more complete description of the computing services available.

College of Pharmacy Student Computer Lab

Pharmacy 3.116

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Computation Center

Flawn Academic Center 29

General Libraries Electronic Information Center

and Reference and Information Services

Perry-Castenada Library 2.200

General Libraries Electronic Information Center

Flawn Academic Center 101G

Student Microcomputer Facility

Flawn Academic Center 212

Information on other Microcomputer labs on campus may be accessed at
http://www.utexas.edu/smf/ and http://www.utexas.edu/computer/labs/.

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STUDY AREAS

Since a great deal of study time is spent on campus, it is important to find just the right study spot to get the most work done. The Life Science Library, with its wealth of resources, is a great place to get lots of work done. Also, there are areas with large tables where group work may be completed without disturbance. The Chemistry Library in Welch is also a good place to work, especially if you like soft chairs and large tables on which to spread your work. The Learning Resource Center Media Library is located in PHR 3.114 in the College of Pharmacy. It has study carrels and tables, videotape players, and computer terminals. The Undergraduate Library (FAC) has study areas on the second and third floors. The atmosphere is very formal and good for individual work. Conference rooms are available for group studying. A more informal atmosphere can be found in Room 129 of Mary E. Gearing Hall (where Human Ecology is housed). The room is very comfortably furnished with couches and easy chairs for students who like to study in a "homey" atmosphere.

For those of us who are "night owls," studying best at midnight, the Law Library (Townes Hall, Room 211 at the Law School) is a quiet place to study after most of the other libraries close. The Physics-Math-Astronomy Library (Robert Lee Moore Hall 4.200) is nearby with an atmosphere similar to that in the Undergraduate Library. The Engineering Library in Cockrell Hall, the Perry-Castenada Library, and the Biology Library all provide additional quiet study places.

Some pharmacy students like to study in the empty classrooms of the Pharmacy, Burdine, and Experimental Science Buildings. Others prefer quiet outdoor areas, weather permitting -- these may be found on the balcony of the fifth floor in the Pharmacy Building and on all sides of the exterior of the Pharmacy Buildings. Pharmacy Building hours are 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday. Try one or try them all; studying will definitely help you get through Pharmacy School!

Last Reviewed: November 4, 2013

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA
78712-1113

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-512-471-1737

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