5. Student Affairs
Vice President for Student Affairs
The vice president for student affairs administers the Division of Student Affairs, which encompasses the Office of Admissions; the Office of the Registrar; Counseling, Learning, and Career Services; the Office of the Dean of Students; Student Financial Services; University Health Services; the Division of Housing and Food Service; Legal Services for Students; the Division of Recreational Sports; Texas Student Publications; and the Texas Union. The vice president serves as liaison between the president of the University and the directors of the student services units, and provides leadership in the development of programs that supplement the classroom experience and enrich the quality of campus life.
Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students, through its own programs and in cooperation and consultation with other offices, endeavors to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them succeed at the University. The office provides developmental and support services to the general student population as well as to special groups.
Greek Life and Education coordinates leadership programs for fraternities and sororities, and serves as liaison to the Texas Pan-Hellenic, Panhellenic, and Interfraternity Councils.
New Student Services administers the presemester and summer orientation sessions for new students, Start Fresh events at the beginning of the fall semester, and various programs, activities, and services for traditionally underrepresented students and nontraditionally-aged students during their first year on campus.
Campus and Community Involvement registers student organizations and provides facilities, information, leadership training, banking services, and other administrative services for student organizations and activities on the campus; coordinates University Volunteer Center programs; and advises Student Government and the Cabinet of College Councils.
Retention Services offers a variety of support services and assistance to students who have special needs and concerns, including traditionally underrepresented student populations.
Services for Students with Disabilities provides programs, services, written materials, and assistance for students with disabilities. 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, health related disabilities, and other disabilities. See Chapter 5 of this catalog for information about Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) grievance procedures.
Student Judicial Services implements and interprets University regulations relating to student behavior and works with faculty regarding scholastic dishonesty.
The Division of Recreational Sports develops and conducts programs that provide opportunities for University students, faculty, and staff to participate in recreational activities. Five major program areas offer a variety of structures within which members of the University community may pursue recreational interests. Intramural tournaments and events are scheduled throughout the year for individual, dual, and team participation. The tournaments and events are organized to provide separate competition among coeducational teams, teams for men, and teams for women. Sport clubs provide an opportunity to participate in a single sport on a continuing basis. Approximately forty clubs, ranging from aikido to lacrosse to sailing, are active each semester. Outdoor Adventures provides equipment rental and supervised trips in a variety of activities such as backpacking, camping, canoeing, riding, kayaking, nature hiking, and rock climbing. Fitness and Wellness opportunities include classes in aerobics, bench, cardiovascular and muscle conditioning, yoga, and martial arts. In addition to structured sports programs, the division promotes the concept of informal recreational use of athletic facilities through the Open Recreation Program. A reservation service is available for most activity areas, and facilities are supervised to enhance the enjoyment of participants. Programs, activities, and facilities are open to all currently registered students as well as faculty members, staff members, and the spouses and children of students, faculty, and staff who purchase membership in Recreational Sports. Facilities are available to children at designated times only.
The Recreational Sports Center and Gregory Gymnasium offer participants the opportunity to check out sports equipment. Stores located within the facilities sell sports equipment, clothing, personal hygiene items, and snacks. Gregory Gymnasium provides an additional service to participants by renting outdoor equipment at the Outdoor Adventures Center.
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