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Table of Contents

1. The University

2. Admission

3. Registration, Fees, and Deposits

4. Academic Policies and Procedures

5. Student Affairs

6. Libraries and Other Academic Resources

7. The Texas Exes

A. Residency Regulations

B. Official Extracurricular Student Activities

C. Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities

D. Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

E. Policy on Sexual Misconduct

F. Prohibition of Hazing

G. Policy on AIDS and HIV Infection

H. Prohibition of Sexual Assault

I. Nondiscrimination Policy

J. Prohibition of Campus Violence

K. Student Travel Policy for University-Organized or Sponsored Events

L. Student Travel Policy for Registered Student Organizations

M. Rules of Conduct for Students for Protecting the Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers

N. Use of E-mail for Official Correspondence to Students

Statistical Summaries



6. Libraries and Other Academic Resources



University of Texas Press

The University of Texas Press publishes about ninety new books and twelve journals annually. The press specializes in a number of areas, including anthropology, Old and New World archaeology, art, architecture, classics, environmental studies, film and media studies, geography, language studies, literary modernism, Latin American/Latino/Mexican American/Middle Eastern/Native American studies, natural history and ornithology, regional books (Texas and the Southwest), and women's studies. Books have been published under the University of Texas imprint since 1922, though the press was not established as a publishing organization until 1950. The imprint is controlled by a faculty advisory committee appointed by the president.

KUT Radio

KUT Radio, established in 1958, is a 100,000-watt National Public Radio and Public Radio International affiliate licensed to the University. Its mission is to produce and broadcast public radio programming that enhances the quality of life throughout its coverage area, informs listeners about significant issues facing society, entertains listeners with new insights into life experiences and relationships, serves the community through outreach programs and activities and support for community projects, and reflects credit on the University by exhibiting excellence in the performance of its activities.

Services include providing public radio service to Central and West Texas through KUT 90.5 FM in Austin and a satellite station, KUTX 90.1 FM, in San Angelo, and universally through streaming audio at the KUT Web site. In addition, KUT produces and distributes nationally syndicated programs through its subsidiary and award-winning partner, Latino USA. KUT's Studio 1-A serves as a production facility for live showcases of local and international musical groups on its local programs Eklektikos and LiveSet. The flagship station, KUT 90.5 FM, is a charter member of National Public Radio and is certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as a full-service station.

KUT Radio distributes both locally and nationally produced programming from its campus location. Radio facilities include three production studios and four control rooms, a broadcast control room/library complex, and a satellite operations center. Programs produced by KUT Radio have received numerous awards and are broadcast regularly by National Public Radio.

Computing Resources

Information Technology Services

University students, faculty members, and staff members have access to a vast and constantly evolving array of centralized and distributed information and communications systems in support of instruction, scholarship, public service, and the administration and operation of the University. Information Technology Services (ITS) is the central organization that provides core computing, wired and wireless networking, video conferencing, remote dial access, network directory, domain name and accurate network time, and information processing infrastructure, as well as a diverse set of services and support programs.

Access to information technology services is governed by University policies and Texas law. All students, faculty members, staff members, and other users are responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations, published at To fulfill its mission, ITS management meets regularly with several advisory committees made up of students, faculty members, and staff members.

Although ITS is the largest provider of information technology resources, schools, colleges, and departments also offer significant services. An extensive list of information technology services is published at Information Technology Resource Central.


Student Microcomputer Facility. The Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF), located in the Flawn Academic Center, is a large computer lab with Macintosh and Dell computers, scanners, laser printers, color printers, and software for text processing, graphics, spreadsheets, and mathematical and statistical applications. All computers have access to e-mail and Internet resources.

Help Desk. Help Desk services are available by e-mail, by telephone, or on a walk-in basis. Staff members provide assistance with most computing questions and arrange individual referrals when necessary, either with expert systems consultants who specialize in Unix, Windows, and desktop and networking systems, or with expert applications consultants who specialize in statistical, mathematical, and desktop software applications, database management, Web publishing, and thesis and dissertation templates.

Campus Computer Store. The Campus Computer Store offers desktop and laptop computers, personal digital assistants, printers and other peripherals, software, and supplies at special academic prices. The store also distributes the Microsoft software covered under a multiyear Campus Enterprise Agreement, which enables students, faculty members, staff members, and departments to obtain Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows upgrades, and other titles for the cost of the media (CDs) only.

ID Center. The ID Center is responsible for creating ID cards and high-assurance electronic identities (UT EID) for students, faculty members, and staff members.


CATV and satellite services. The ITS video services group provides both broadcast and interactive programming on the campus in support of instructional, research, and administrative programs.

Computer repair. ITS provides hardware maintenance and repair services for University departments and other academic units.

Course management systems. ITS provides infrastructure and consulting support for Blackboard.

Disk storage. ITS provides disk storage for personal Web publishing, file storage, and file sharing on a variety of systems. A standard allocation is provided at no charge to all students, faculty members, and staff members in Webspace.

E-mail.. Electronic mail, like postal mail, is a mechanism for official University communication to students. Policies on the use of e-mail for official communication are given in Appendix N.

Anyone officially affiliated with the University may obtain a free e-mail address on the University Mailbox Service server,, by registering on-line. Anyone with a University EID may use Webmail to access both University and off-campus e-mail servers using a Web browser. Information about using Webmail is published by ITS.

The Austin Exchange Messaging Service provides integrated calendaring, task management, e-mail with virus protection, shared folders, and contacts. The service is designed primarily for employees and faculty members.

IF accounts. An individually funded (IF) account allows students, faculty members, and staff members to access campus computer labs and printers, to subscribe to UT Internet dial-up services (Telesys), and to pay for disk storage above the standard allocation. Accounts may be set up on-line.

Information Security Office. The Information Security Office (ISO) strives to educate, enlighten, and empower the University community to maintain a safe and secure computing environment for teaching, research, and public service. ISO's charge is to protect the security, availability, confidentiality, and integrity of the University's computing infrastructure and resources. ISO manages security risk; directs University security policy and standards creation; monitors and tests security, incident response, and security investigations; and assists technology managers with security management.

Internet access. Resnet is the campus residential network that provides an Internet connection from an Ethernet port in University-owned residence halls. Telesys is a high-speed modem system that provides dial-up access to the Internet and that allows full off-campus access to University computing resources. Wireless public access to the campus network is available in many buildings and common areas across campus.

IT documentation. ITS publishes documentation and FAQs to help students, faculty members, and staff members use ITS-supported services and software.

Mailing lists. The electronic mailing list server,, supports more than eighteen hundred forums for teaching, collaboration, and entertainment.

Printing. The Print Relay System (PRS) server enables remote printing at more than one hundred sites on campus, including computer labs, offices, and residence halls. IF accounts are required to use the PRS.

Software Distribution and Sales. Software Distribution and Sales provides software bundles at reduced prices to departments, students, faculty members, and staff members. Eligibility to purchase software depends on the restrictions of each software license agreement. Also offered is BevoWare, a suite of Internet access and application software preconfigured for University users, including browsers, e-mail programs, firewall, secure shell and file transfer software, and virus protection.

Telephone services. ITS provides telephone and voice-related services for the campus, operating the main campus telephone switching system and offering telephone services for those in University residence halls and cooperative houses, including long distance, voice mail, and caller ID.

Training programs. ITS offers computer training courses on topics like Web publishing, the MS Office Suite, databases, and statistical applications. In-depth, hands-on courses are offered in conjunction with the Division of Continuing and Extended Education at the Thompson Conference Center for a nominal fee. On-line handouts and tutorials are also available. Special learning opportunities for faculty members include technology seminars cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Effectiveness.

Usenet. The Usenet news server,, hosts about eighteen thousand newsgroups that carry postings on thousands of topics, many specific to Texas, Austin, and the University.

UT Direct. UT Direct is a personalized, customizable Web interface to University systems. It gives students, faculty members, and staff members with a UT EID access to information about their finances, status of library materials, registration, classes, and campus events.

WebSpace. All students, faculty members, and staff members have a free allocation of seventy-five megabytes of space on the WebSpace server. The space may be used for personal publishing, file storage, or file sharing. WebSpace files may be accessed with a standard browser, or the space may be mounted for use with most applications and for drag-and-drop file transfer.

Technical Support

In addition to those services provided by the Help Desk, the following support is offered.

On-Site Support. On-Site Support provides computing support and management services for desktop computers and servers in computing facilities and departmental networks. On-Site Support offers a broad range of extended support contracts directly to colleges, departments, and business units. Staff members can set up and administer a local computer support center in any site on the UT Austin campus. These centers can manage all aspects of information technology, including consulting, staff training, and server administration. ITS also offers student laboratory management contracts, including agreements for hiring, training, and maintaining student laboratories. Staff members are also available for periodic technical support, software installation, virus checks, and one-time or short-term support.

Staff technical position and contract programming. The Enterprise Information Systems division (EIS) helps departments fill information analyst, systems analyst, and senior systems analyst positions; many information analyst positions are filled through the ongoing EIS analyst training program. Departments may also contract with EIS for programming and analysis work, for help either with the daily workload of the department's technical staff or with special projects. Some departments do not have a technical staff, relying on contracts with EIS for all of their programming and analysis needs.

Web publishing support. TeamWeb provides consulting on Web development topics, such as HTML, graphics, site design, and accessibility, to any member of the University community.

Other Providers of Information Technology Resources

Center for Instructional Technologies. The Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT), a part of the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, offers services and lab facilities that promote, support, and integrate emerging technologies in learning, teaching, and research. CIT is a faculty resource for assistance with Blackboard, a campus-wide courseware management system, and provides consulting, on-line resources, and training workshops on the use of Blackboard, Web design and usability, interface design, instructional design, project management, multimedia tools, and production techniques. CIT administers IITAP, the annual Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program, and the ~FAST Tex program, pairing faculty members and knowledgeable students to create project development teams. CIT staff members also research and develop projects based on promising technologies and offer semester-long credit courses in interactive media, digital methods, multimedia production, and visual design for digital media. CIT is a member of the New Media Consortium.

Texas Advanced Computing Center. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is one of the nation's leading academic advanced computing centers. TACC provides high-performance computing, scientific visualization, and massive data storage/archival systems to enhance the capabilities of University faculty members, staff members, and students, and provides support services to assist researchers in using these systems most effectively. Through regional and national partnerships, including the TeraGrid, these resources and services are made available to the national academic research community. TACC staff members collaborate with researchers at the University and at other leading universities and laboratories to develop new computational technologies and techniques.


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General Information
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - Admission
Chapter 3 - Registration, Fees, and Deposits
Chapter 4 - Academic Policies and Procedures
Chapter 5 - Student Affairs
Chapter 6 - Libraries and Other Academic Resources
Chapter 7 - The Texas Exes
Appendix A - Residency Regulations
Appendix B - Official Extracurricular Student Activities
Appendix C - Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities
Appendix D - Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Appendix E - Policy on Sexual Misconduct
Appendix F - Prohibition of Hazing
Appendix G - Policy on AIDS and HIV Infection
Appendix H - Prohibition of Sexual Assault
Appendix I - Nondiscrimination Policy
Appendix J - Prohibition of Campus Violence
Appendix K - Student Travel Policy for University-Organized or Sponsored Events
Appendix L - Student Travel Policy for Registered Student Organizations
Appendix M - Rules of Conduct for Students for Protecting the Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers
Appendix N - Use of E-mail for Official Correspondence to Students
Statistical Summaries

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