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General Information | 2005-2006

5. Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

The vice president for student affairs administers the Division of Student Affairs, which encompasses 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; the Office of the Registrar; 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.

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Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is an inclusive environment that fosters individual growth and social responsibility through student-centered programs and services.

Greek Life and Education coordinates leadership programs for sororities and fraternities and serves as liaison to the Interfraternity, National Pan-Hellenic, Panhellenic, Texas Asian Pan-Hellenic, and United Greek Councils and affiliated organizations, as well as liaison to international organizations. 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 students in their first year on campus. Student Activities and Leadership Development registers student organizations; provides facilities, information, leadership training, banking services, and other administrative services for student organizations and activities on the campus; and manages the Student Organization Center in the Student Services Building. Academic Enrichment Services offers a variety of academic support programs to help students remain at and succeed at the University and graduate. Services for Students with Disabilities works to ensure that students who have disabilities have equal access to the University's programs and services. Eligibility and specific accommodations are based on appropriate documentation and individual student needs. Student Judicial Services implements and interprets University regulations related to student behavior and works with faculty members regarding scholastic dishonesty. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center coordinates and supports volunteer and service learning opportunities for University students, with the goal of meeting the needs of the community while enriching the lives of program participants. The Gender and Sexuality Center provides resources for all members of the campus community to explore and organize around issues of gender and sexuality through education and outreach.

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Recreational Sports

The Division of Recreational Sports develops and conducts programs that provide opportunities for University students, faculty members, and staff members 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 Recreation 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 group fitness and mind/body classes, personal training, and massage services.

In addition to structured sports programs, the division promotes the concept of informal recreational use of athletic facilities through the Informal 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 members, and staff members who purchase membership in Recreational Sports. Facilities are available to children at designated times only.

Participants may check out sports equipment at the Recreational Sports Center and Gregory Gymnasium. The Gregory Gym store sells sports equipment, clothing, personal hygiene items, and snacks. Gregory Gymnasium provides an additional service to participants by renting outdoor equipment at the Outdoor Center.

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