Policies and regulations of the University are regularly stated in official publications such as the Student Handbook, Lamar catalogs, bulletins, and faculty and staff handbooks. As policies, regulations and personnel change between printings, they are reported in the University Press or official memoranda.
Lamar University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educational institution and employer. Students, faculty, and staff members are selected without regard to their race, color, creed, sex, age, handicap, or national origin, consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 as issued and amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries concerning application of these regulations may be referred to the Director of Human Resources. Lamar University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the Associate, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lamar University.
This handbook is not a contract and is subject to change at any time without notice. If any information in this handbook conflicts with The Texas State University System “Rules and Regulations,” the latter will control.
Revised Jan 4, 2006
Lamar University is a comprehensive public institution educating a diverse student body, preparing students for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world, and enhancing the future of Southeast Texas, the state, the nation, and the world through teaching, research and creative activity, and service.
To provide the citizens of Texas, and especially of Southeast Texas, with a learning environment of the highest quality and integrity, Lamar University values. . .
- Our STUDENTS, including their curricular and extracurricular activities;
- Our FACULTY and STAFF, high quality employees who are committed to educating and serving our students;
- Our commitment to DIVERSITY in ideas, people, and access;
- Our collegial ENVIRONMENT with contemporary functional, pleasing facilities, a safe campus, and responsible fiscal management;
- Our bonds with SOUTHEAST TEXAS, the STATE, the NATION, and the WORLD, including our alumni and friends, through economic and educational development, research and creative activity, service and outreach.
Lamar University History
South Park Junior College, predecessor of Lamar University, was established in 1923 and was administered by the South Park Independent School District. Classes were conducted in the South Park High School Building. An initial enrollment of about 125 students in 1923 had increased to 300 by 1931.
In 1932, the name of the institution was changed to Lamar College, as a result of a contest won by the late Otho Plummer, who had already graduated from the institution. Plummer, now deceased, later became a member and then chairman emeritus of the Lamar Board of Regents. He proposed the name in honor of Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and generally considered the father of public education in the state. At this time, separate facilities were provided on Woodrow Street, additional equipment was purchased, and new policies instituted. By 1939, enrollment was approximately 640.
Lamar Union Junior College District was created in 1940, and Lamar was separated from the South Park district. Bonds were approved, and new facilities were constructed on the site of the present main campus.
A movement to expand Lamar College into a four-year, state-supported school culminated in the creation of Lamar State College of Technology on September 1, 1951. Since then, the curriculum has been expanded to include 140 areas of study. Graduate work in specified fields began in the academic year 1960-61, and extension work became an integral part of the educational pro-gram in 1964. A doctoral program in engineering was added in 1971. Lamar-Orange, offering first and second-year courses, opened in 1969. Lamar-Port Arthur, as an extension of Lamar University, offering first-and second-year courses, began operation in the fall of 1975. Today these sister institutions are separate degree-granting colleges in The Texas State University System. Lamar’s status as a university became official on August 23, 1971, when the name was changed to Lamar University.
Vocational subjects were among the first courses offered by Lamar and have played an important role in the development of Lamar University. A division of vocations was established in 1946 and became the Lamar School of Vocations in 1955. In 1970 the name was changed to the School of Technical Arts, and in 1972 it became the College of Technical Arts. During 1971, the college began awarding associate of applied science degrees in certain two-year programs. In 1990, the name was changed to the Institute of Technology and is now separate from the Beaumont campus. However, many student services are provided on both campuses. The Lamar campuses became part of The Texas State University System on September 1, 1995.
In 1962, Dr. Charles A. Wiley, at that time Director of Bands at Lamar, composed the music to Lamar’s fight song.
Dr. Ted Skinner, then Dean of Fine Arts, wrote the words.
Glory in the triumph, For the red and the white.
Faithful to our colors, We will ever be,
Fighting ever fighting For Lamar U. Victory.
Let's Go Big Red!"
Gilbert Rhodes Smartt, Professor of Mathematics at Lamar from 1945 until 1951, wrote the words and composed the music to the alma mater in 1951 to celebrate Lamar’s becoming a senior college.
"Lamar, to thee we’re singing. Voices raised on high. We will forever love thee, Laud thee to the skies.
We will ever need thee As our guiding star. To us, you’ll always be Our glorious Lamar."
Important Phone Numbers
Unless otherwise noted, all area codes are 409.
Ambulance - 880-8311
Fire - 880-8311
Police - 880-8311
Academic Affairs/Sr. Associate Provost - 880-8400
Provost - 880-8398
Records and Transcripts - 880-8365
Career Center - 880-8871
Cashier’s Office - 880-8390
Finance - 880-8932
Financial Aid - 880-8450
Health Center - 880-8466
Mail Center - 880-8485
Parking Office - 880-8696
Shuttle Service - 880-2264
University Press - 880-8102
Senior Associate Vice President for Residence Life - 880-8458
Cardinal Village - 880-8550
Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement - 880-8441
Setzer Student Center Reservations - 880-8727
Student Organization Services - 880-8722
Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board - 880-8722
Recreational Sports - 880-2306
Student Development and Leadership - 880-8085
Student Government Association - 880-8891
College Panhellenic Council - 880-7819
Greek Council - 880-8085
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - 880-7178
National Pan-Hellenic Council - 880-8918
Ambulance - 911
Fire - 911
Police - 911
Community Mental Health Center - 839-1000, after 5 pm 1-800-937-8097
Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas - 835-3355 or 1-800-WE-CARE / 1-800-793-2273
Setzer Student Center
The Setzer Student Center (SSC), named for Dr. Richard W. Setzer, Lamar University President from 1967 to 1969, is the center of student activities on the university’s campus. The Directors of Student Organization Services, Student Activities, and Civic Engagement develop and implement co-curricular programs that offer students a balance of campus life. Housed in the SSC are various facilities that meet the needs of students. Mirabeau’s and The Cardinal Nest are food service facilities that serve a variety of menu items. Habaneros and Pizza Hut are two franchises that serve specialty items. The SSC houses the University Bookstore, Student Organization Services, Student Government Association, Setzer Student Center Reservations, Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board, Civic Engagement, and other administrative offices. The SSC has several meeting rooms of various sizes that are located on the first and second floors. These rooms are available for use by recognized campus organizations. Additional information regarding the Setzer Student Center and its services is available by calling 409-880-8722 or visiting SSC Room 212.
Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board
The Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board is responsible for providing the campus with a diverse schedule of programs and extracurricular activities. The programming board of Lamar Alive! consists of student directors, along with their committees, who develop social, educational, and cultural opportunities for Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology students. Dedicated volunteers and committee members plan for events such as Homecoming, Big Red Mania, AIDS Awareness, Diversity Week, Lectures, Cardinal Comedy Corner, Poetry Night, and other special events. Membership is open to all students who meet the university’s extracurricular activity policy standards as outlined in the Student Handbook. For more information about activities call 409-880-8722 or visit our web site lamar.orgsync.com.
All currently enrolled students who have paid the Recreational Sports fee have access to Lamar University Recreational Sports facilities and may participate in the wide variety of activities that are offered, such as intramural sports, group fitness, outdoor pursuits, aquatics, and informal recreation. Lamar University faculty and staff members are eligible to purchase Recreational Sports memberships for themselves; students, faculty, and staff may also purchase an additional membership for their spouse. Contact the Recreational Sports Department for current prices. All users of Recreational Sports facilities must present current Lamar photo identification for entry.
The Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center (SURC) is a state-of-the-art facility offering 130,000 square feet of activity space. Highlights of the SURC include an indoor track, a forty-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a fitness center featuring the Cardio Theater audio/visual system on select cardio machines, a full line of pin-select progressive weight machines, and a full array of free weights.
The SURC also houses a café; television and game lounge; three dedicated basketball courts; five racquetball courts; a multipurpose court for badminton, volleyball, and table tennis; an outdoor putting green; and a fully-enclosed indoor soccer/floor hockey rink. Sports and outdoor equipment is available for daily and overnight rental at the Equipment Desk. Additionally, the SURC Pro Shop offers Recreational Sports-branded athletic apparel, sports and fitness equipment, and more.
Group fitness classes are offered year-round by Recreational Sports and include step aerobics, circuit training, indoor cycling, yoga, and more; contact the Department for a current schedule. Certified personal trainers are available to patrons who want to develop individual fitness programs. The Aquatics program is located at the indoor pool in the Health and Human Performance Complex. Activities include lap swim, free swim, water aerobics, and swimming lessons.
The Intramural Sports program offers opportunities for participation in supervised individual, dual, and/or team competitive sports within the University community. Campus organizations may place teams in the All-Sports Division, while all others may participate in the Independent Division. There are opportunities to enter in male, female, and/or co-ed divisions. Events include flag football, basketball, cricket, volleyball, dodge ball, and more.
Rec Sports provides administrative suport to Lamar's numerous Sport Clubs, student organizations that are composed of individuals who have interests in a specific activity. Competitive clubs seek competition with other universities. Examples of competitive sports clubs at Lamar include soccer, swimming, rugby, and more. Instructional clubs require more development and skill in a particular activity, such as martial arts. Anyone with interest in joining or forming any sports club is encouraged to contact Rec Sports.
Outdoor Pursuits provides opportunities for varied outdoor adventures, including camping, hiking, sailing, and more. Outdoor facilities available for recreational use include the Golf Driving Range, Ty Terrell Track and Cardinal Tennis Courts. Schedules and hours of operation are posted in the SURC and are also available from the Information Desk. Further information about the Recreational Sports Department, its facilities, and its services may be obtained at the Information Desk in the SURC, by calling 409-880-2306, or by visiting www.lamar.edu/recsports.
All undergraduate, full-time students (those enrolled in twelve or more semester credit hours) with fewer than twenty-four earned semester credit hours are required to reside in a university residence hall. Exemptions may be granted for the following reasons:
- The student resides with parents, a guardian or other adult relative.
- The student is married or has dependent children.
- The student is twenty-one years of age by the first class day.
- The student has a medical exemption signed by his/her physician.
- The student is enrolled only in evening classes.
Requests for exemption to the freshman live-in policy must be submitted in writing with appropriate documentation to Cardinal Village.
Cardinal Village Community
On campus housing at Lamar University consists of 5 similarly constructed Halls. Together, these modern facilities house over 2,500 students. Recreational amenities include a swimming pool, basketball court, sand volleyball court, theater/meeting room, fitness center, and computer lab. The furnished units have microwaves and mini refrigerators, individual telephone lines, cable TV connections and university-connected data lines.
Cardinal Village offers Theme Housing, enabling students the option to to live in an area reserved for specific majors and programs, such as Engineering, Business, Honors Program, Deaf Education, Athletics, Sororities and Fraternities.
The Lamar University student resident community accommodates students in double occupancy suites with private bedrooms. Services and programs intended to enhance the quality of life and to ensure the security and safety of the residents are a major priority of the university. The Cardinal Village staff includes a full time Hall Director and a number of Community Assistants for each phase.
The Lamar University Police Department is an integral part of providing a safe and secure community for our on-campus residents. Full time officers are assigned regular shifts for each phase of university housing. In addition, security cameras, strategically located across campus as well as the Cardinal Village complex and adjacent parking lots, are monitored by the University Police Department 24 hours a day. The Cardinal Student Patrol, a newly formed group of student assistants, is assigned to university housing as well as other areas of the campus.
Security and safety policies and procedures, especially regarding locking individual rooms, building entrances, and related precautions are discussed with residents in crime prevention seminars, in building meetings, and in printed materials which are posted and distributed.
To apply contact Cardinal Village’s office at 409/880-8550 or visit our web site here.
Lamar University shall not be liable for any property damage suffered by any student regardless of cause. This disclaimer of liability shall apply to, but not by way of limitation, the following:
Any damage suffered by reason of theft, fire, damage by the elements, or by other cause.
Insurance of Personal Belongings
The University does not insure personal effects of students. Therefore, it is recommended that students utilize their parent’s homeowner policy or secure a separate renter’s policy.
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Arts on Campus
Dishman Art Museum
The Dishman Art Museum provides one of the finest collegiate exhibition spaces in the state of Texas with two galleries, a preparation area and lecture hall with video and projection facilities. The Dishman Art Museum annually presents a series of local, regional and national touring exhibitions as well as invitations for both high school teachers and their students. A variety of public programs, including openings, artist lectures and panel discussions are scheduled in conjunction with exhibits throughout the year. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Eisenstadt Collection is open for viewing by appointment.
Admission is free. The museum is located on the corner of MLK and East Lavaca.
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There are numerous musical activities available to students throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These include performances by the Symphonic and Concert Bands, the Jazz Bands, Pep Band, Grand and A-Cappella Choirs, Cardinal Singers, the Opera Theatre and the Chamber Orchestra. Participation is open to all students.
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The Lamar Dance Company presents exciting concerts each semester. All students are encouraged to participate in the dance program.
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Students looking for stage productions need look no farther than Lamar Theatre, which performs five productions each year, including comedy, drama, and musicals as well as children’s theatre and student-directed “brown bag” productions. Auditions are open to all LU students.
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The Lamar University Bookstore is located in the Setzer Student Center. The lease-operated facility features new and used textbooks for the current semester, trade books, course materials, school supplies, and officially licensed Lamar University Cardinal merchandise. The University Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters. Summer semester hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Extended hours are posted during rush and buy-backs.
Several campus ministries provide fellowship, worship and recreational activities for Lamar students. Some ministries sponsor retreats, special pro-grams and community services.
Baptist Student Union
4602 Cheek St.
Church of Christ Bible Chair
1018 E. Virginia
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
4530 University Dr.
796 E. Virginia
Catholic Student Center
1010 E. Virginia
Wesley Foundation (United Methodist)
4602 Cheek St.
University student publications include the University Press, the student newspaper which is published once a week during long terms. The Student Publications Advisory board serves as the principle advisory body for the University Press. Offices for the University Press are located in room 200 of the Setzer Student Center. The University Press can be accessed online at the following address: www.lamaruniversitypress.com
The Mary and John Gray Library, named in honor of Dr. John E. Gray, president emeritus of the university, and his wife, Mary, is centrally located at the heart of the campus. The library collection exceeds 1 million volume equivalents, including microfilms, and state and federal documents. The library subscribes to almost 2,000 current periodicals as well as several electronic indexes covering more than 4,000 full-text periodicals. Lamar students, faculty, and staff use PCs to locate titles in the online catalog, access offsite indexes, and locate selected information through the Internet. A service-oriented library staff provides assistance in the use of reference materials, documents, special collections, reserve materials, and instructional media.
The library provides rooms for group study, and there is a designated quiet study floor. Coin-operated copy machines for both print and microfilms are available.
An open-access PC laboratory is located on the library’s seventh floor in the media services department. Assistance in using the PCs and software and the Internet is available from trained staff.
The university ID card serves as an individual’s library card and may be used on all Lamar campuses.
Additionally, students have access to the collections of 51 other publicly funded colleges and universities through the TexShare Program. Library hours are posted and accessible by calling 880-8117.
Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall
Hours of Operation Monday-Thursday:
Hot Breakfast......................7-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast...........9-10 a.m.
Hot Lunch...........................11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lite Lunch...........................1-2 p.m.
Hot Breakfast.....................7-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast..........9-10 a.m.
Hot Lunch..........................11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lite Lunch..........................1-2 p.m.
Weekends: .......................11 a.m.- 1 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall is a cafeteria in the “traditional” sense, although the numerous selections and features may not seem too traditional! Featuring unlimited seconds, the Dining Hall boasts such daily features as a made-to-order deli bar; rotational full service grill with burger and fries; super salad bar; pizza and pasta station; vegetarian options, hot entree’ line; desserts and ice creams; specialty salads; and Menutainment, which is an exhibition cooking station where the feature for lunch and dinner is prepared fresh while you wait. Meal plans, Declining Balance Dollars, and cash are accepted at this location. The Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall is also home of the campus convenience store. The Convenience Store can provide you with all of the snacks and essential items that you would expect to find in a convenience store featuring a large selection of bottled beverages, snacks, candies and more!
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-2: 15 p.m.
Centrally located in the Setzer Student Center, The Nest is the home of the Lamar Food Court and a collection of fast foods. The operation is host to two nationally branded concepts: Habaneros and Pizza Hut Express. The Food Court also offers a tasty grill which contains traditional hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, grilled and popcorn chicken. There is a Deli Station to satisfy those who want a cold plate luncheon. There is also an array of bottled and fountain beverages to choose from along with various packaged snacks. Declining Balance Dollars, cash, and credit cards are accepted at this location.
7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Mirabeau’s is a gourmet coffee shop featuring a selection of STARBUCKS coffees, cappuccino, frappucinos, cafe lattes and espresso drinks, chai teas, and waters. It also offers upscale pies and cakes. A grilled breakfast menu is available. Freshly baked muffins, cookies and assorted desserts are prepared on site.
Grilled sandwiches and a Grab and Go sandwich and salad program are also offered. Declining Balance Dollars, cash, and credit cards are accepted at this location.
All students who reside in Cardinal Village or campus housing are required to purchase a meal plan.
The Student Health Center offers outpatient medical services for currently enrolled students of Lamar University or Lamar Institute of Technology. A physician and several certified nurse practitioners treat students for minor illnesses or injuries that do not require constant supervision. No appointment is needed and students are charged only for lab tests, medications, and supplies, not for the office visit. Off-campus referrals are made for x-rays or specialist consultation as needed. Students with chronic and/or serious conditions will require treatment off campus by their own family physician. Most medications prescribed by Health Center practitioners are available in the clinic pharmacy at a reduced cost. All charges incurred are entered on the student account, thus no payment is required at the time of service.
Gynecological services and family planning are provided by a female nurse practitioner (appointment only). There is a lab charge for most gynecological services. Short term psychological counseling is available by licensed counselors who offer individual and group therapy and coordinate workshops on a variety of mental health issues. A full time health educator, in collaboration with student peer educators, provides health education to organizations, residence halls, classes, or individuals on a variety of health related issues pertinent to the university population.
All services are available to students presenting a valid I.D. during regular hours when the university is in session. After hours, on weekends, and when the university is not in session, health care becomes the individual student’s responsibility. Any expenses incurred for ambulance service or off-campus medical needs are also the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to maintain some form of health insurance to cover these expenses as they can be quite costly.
Health and accident insurance coverage is required of all international students. All registered Lamar students taking six or more credit hours (three hours for summer sessions) are eligible to participate in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. This is a supplemental policy which covers a portion of the costs for inpatient and outpatient medical services not available at the Health Center. Unless it is an emergency, students are required to seek treatment at the Health Center first, where an off-campus referral will be issued if deemed necessary. Students enrolled in the insurance plan may also insure their dependents. However, non-student dependents are not eligible to use the Health Center.
Detailed information and enrollment forms are available through the Student Health Center, the offices of Student Engagement or Residence Life, or through the Health Center’s web site at http://dept.lamar.edu/healthcenter. Premiums are due at the time of enrollment and are available per semester or on an annual basis.
The Lamar University Post Office is located at 211 Redbird Lane in the Services Building. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday for all window sales services. The campus mail center is a contracted facility operated by the university and is officially designated as Lamar University, 77710.
Students will find full postal services offered. Students may rent boxes. Students are not allowed to share the same box.
Official communication between student organizations and with students will be through the mail center box of Lamar University Station.
Postal boxes are rented to students, staff, and faculty by semester and/or year. The cost is $5 a semester, with Summer I/II being considered as one full term, or $15 yearly, which includes spring, fall and summer. Box sharing is prohibited. No exceptions are made.
Mail is received by United States Postal Services at 6:45 a.m. daily Monday through Friday. Outbound stamped and metered mail are dispatched daily at 5 p.m. Express deliveries are accepted from Airborne, DHL, Federal Express, Federal U.S.P.S. Mail Express, RPS, and United Parcel Service.
Mail deposited in the blue collection box, located in front of the Services Building, may be recalled, upon proper identification, by the sender or the sender’s representative. Form 1509 must be submitted to the postmaster at the office of mailing. Pick-up hours are posted on the blue box.
Accountable mail is any piece that has been assigned a federal tracking numbered designation.
Examples of these items are Express Mail, insured, certified, registered, delivery confirmation and return receipt for merchandise. This mail is handled and processed separately from all other first class and standard mail.
Records of permanent change-of-address orders are retained by the University Postal Service for 12 months for forwarding and for address–correction purposes — from the end of the month when the change takes effect. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the University Mail Centre of an address change by using Form 3575 or other written or personal notice. A change of address may not be filed with the USPS for an individual’s mail addressed to an organization, or to the individual at his or her place of employment, business or other affiliation either during or after the termination of the employment, business, or other relationship. The organization may change the address (but not the name) on mail to redirect it to such individuals.
Mail directed to Canada, Mexico and outside the continental United States should be placed in specially designed envelopes, or designated labels should be affixed on outer borders of mail. These labels may be obtained from the mail centre.
Notices are issued to postal patrons upon receipt of items larger than 3” wide by 4” high. Pictured identification is required for all package pick-ups.
Campus Mail is reserved for university business and employs red and white designated envelopes or 9x12 campus envelopes. Mail pieces delivered must bear the full name and assigned box number for the recipient. Any mail placed in the campus mail slot not properly addressed will be returned to sender or forwarded to the dead letter location. Stamps are available through window sales. Mail Centre hours of operation are posted.
If you receive unsolicited catalogs or other pieces of mail, your name may be removed from mailing lists by writing to:
Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Lamar University competes at the NCAA Division I Level and is currently a member of the Southland Conference. Lamar offers 16 varsity sports, eight for women and eight for men. The eight women’s sports are volleyball, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, tennis, soccer and golf. The eight men’s sports are cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, baseball, football, tennis and golf. Lamar has a rich tradition in athletics.
Men’s basketball at Lamar has a rich and storied past, producing such notable coaches as Billy Tubbs, Jack Martin and Pat Foster. The program has been to nine post-season tournaments, including five NCAA Tournaments (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 2000), reaching the “Sweet Sixteen” in 1980. They have been to four National Invitational Tournaments (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986) as well. The men’s basketball team also had an 80-game home court winning streak, which still ranks as the seventh-longest streak in NCAA history. The Cardinals have won three Lone Star Conference Championships and nine Southland Conference Championships, most recently winning the 2008 SLC title. Lamar has produced four All-Americans - Don Bryson (AP, 1965), Earl Dow (AP,1969), Mike Oliver (1981), and Matt Sundblad (GTE Academic, 1998 and 1999); 43 first-team all-conference selections and six conference Players of the Year.
Lamar women’s basketball has enjoyed a resurgence under head coach Larry Tidwell. The Lady Cardinals just completed a 25-8 season in 2010-11, and earned a spot in the WNIT. Lamar advanced to its second ever NCAA Tournament in 2010 after winning the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Lady Cards reached the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1991. Tidwell has a 93-40 record in his first four seasons at Lamar and has guided the Lady Cards to three straight 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Lady Cardinals have turned out 22 first-team all-conference players, two conference Players of the Year and one All-American.
Lamar’s baseball team has been a consistent winner over the years, with much of that success achieved as a result of head coach Jim Gilligan’s hard work. Gilligan, who lettered at Lamar in 1967-1968, has spent over three decades coaching at his alma mater. During his tenure, Lamar has won 10 conference championships, four conference tournament titles and appeared in 12 NCAA Regionals.
Gilligan is the sixth-winningest active Division I coach in the country with nearly 1,200 victories. The Cardinals have produced more than 130 all-conference players over the years, including 10 Pitchers of the Year and three Hitters of the Year. Lamar has several players who have appeared in the Major Leagues including: Jerald Clark (San Diego, Colorado, Minnesota), Kevin Millar (Florida, Boston, Baltimore, Toronto), Brian Sanches (Philadelphia, Washington, Florida), Clay Hensley (San Diego, Houston, Florida), Micah Hoffpauir (Chicago), Bruce Aven (Cleveland, Florida, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles) and Eric Cammack (New York Mets). Vincent-Beck Stadium was the former home to the San Diego Padres AA baseball team and has hosted three Southland Conference Tournaments.
The men’s and women’s golf teams have made their mark at the NCAA level and in the professional ranks. Lamar has dominated the Southland Conference in men’s golf more than any other sport, winning 23 SLC Championships, including seven of the last 10. The highlight for the men’s golf program came in 2007 when Lamar tied for third at the NCAA Championships, finishing behind only Stanford and Georgia.
The men’s golf team was consistently ranked in the top 20 in the country in the early 1980s and was one of the top programs at the NCAA College Division level in the late 1960s, winning back-to-back National Titles in 1967 and 1968. The Cardinals have appeared in six NCAA Championships and 13 NCAA Regionals. The program has sent several players to the PGA Tour including current professionals Chris Stroud, Ronnie Black, Trevor Dodds, Kelly Gibson and John Reigger.
Stroud was named Southland Player of the Year each of his four years at Lamar and was the first player in SLC history to earn First-Team All-SLC honors in four consecutive years. He was also a two-time Ping All-American and was a 2001 freshman of the year. Nine difference Cardinals have earned All-America honors, while 23 have won individual medalist honors at the conference tournament.
The women’s program has also made a splash on the national scene for over three decades and has won seven conference championships since 1993. The Lady Cardinals were one of the top AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) programs in the region in the late 1970s and early 1980s, prior to the NCAA recognizing women’s competition. The women’s team placed seventh in the country at the 1983 NCAA Championships. The Lady Cardinals made additional appearances at the NCAA Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995. Clifford Ann Creed, Dawn Coe-Jones, Gail (Anderson) Graham and Jennifer Wyatt have all been winners on the LPGA Tour.
Track and Field
The men’s and women’s track teams have enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lamar track program has sent seven athletes to the Olympics: Brian Davis(1960), Christer Gullstrand (1980), Doug Hinds (1980 & 1984), Midde Hamrin (1984), Pedro Caceres (1984), Thomas Eriksson (1984), and Yamelis Ortiz (2000, 2004).
The men’s team won nine straight Southland Conference outdoor championships from 1978-86. The Cardinals also captured four straight triple crowns, winning cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in the same season from 1981-84. Lamar has won the last five Southland Conference cross country titles, and 10 overall. The men’s team has produced 30 NCAA All-Americans, including two National Champions. Joe LeBlanc was the NCAA College Division Champion in the 880-yards in 1964 and Thomas Eriksson was the NCAA Champion in the high jump in 1985.
The women’s team captured the 1992 Sun Belt Conference outdoor championship, and has won three SLC cross country titles. The Lady Cardinals have also produced five AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) All-Americans. Carolyn Ford captured the AIAW National Championship in the high jump in 1982 and Midde Hamrin won AIAW National championships in the 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters in 1982. Most recently, Yamelis Ortiz was a four-time NCAA qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles and participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia as part of the Puerto Rican 1600-meter relay team.
Lamar’s men’s and women’s tennis have enjoyed a great deal of success through the years. The men’s team captured 12 Lone Star Conference Championships and five Southland Conference Championships. Lamar has had two SLC Players of the Year (Jakob Paulsen & Filip Kanczula) over the past eight seasons. In the late 1950s, the Cardinals were one of the top tennis programs in the country, capturing six straight NAIA National Championships from 1955-60.
The women’s team has won two Southland Conference Championships (1983 &1985) and one American South Conference Championship (1988). Mariaryeni Gutierrez was named SLC Player of the Year in 2010, while Andrea Martinez won the award in 2006. The Lady Cardinals surged to national prominence in the early 1970s as the doubles team of Cathy Beene and Linda Rupert captured the 1973 AIAW National Championship.
Since its development in the 1960s, the Lamar volleyball team has been one of the best programs in the region. The Lady Cardinals placed in the top 10 at the AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) National Championships for three straight years from 1975-77, including placing seventh in the country in 1975. The success continued into the 80s, as the Lady Cards won two Southland Conference Tournament championships (1983 & 1984) and two American South Conference championships (1987 & 1990). Lamar also won Sun Belt Conference Championships in 1993 and 1997. After returning to the SLC in 1998, Lamar won regular season titles in 2001 and 2007, and won the SLC Tournament in 2008. The Lady Cards appeared in the 1983,1984, 1993 and 2008 NCAA Championships. Lamar has had 66 players earn all-conference honors, four conference Players of the Year (Liz Blue-1983, Ruby Randolph-1984, Natalie Sarver-2002 and Molli Abel-2007) and one All-American (Blue-1983).
Lamar enjoyed a triumphant return to the gridiron in 2010 as the first Lamar football team to take the field since 1989 finished with a 5-6 record. Lamar dropped football at the end of the 1989 season, but competed in 2010 in the newly refurbished Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Cardinals, under the direction of head coach Ray Woodard, nearly knocked off No. 12 McNeese State on the road in their first game in over two decades before falling 30-27.
Lamar has won four Southland Conference titles in football, and one Lone Star Conference championship. Five players have earned All-America honors in a Cardinal uniform, while 90 have earned all-conference recognition. In 1985, running back Burton Murchison was named the SLC Offensive Player of the Year, while Vernon McManus (1965) and Eugene Seale (1983) earned SLC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Nearly 25 former Lamar players have gone on to be drafted or signed as free agents by NFL franchises.
In the fall of 2007, Lamar added women’s soccer to its list of Division I sports. In just its fourth season of competition, the Lady Cardinals broke through and qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament. The season came to an end with a narrow 1-0 loss to UTSA, but head coach Dewi Hardman has the team primed for another run in 2011.
The Lamar Soccer Complex was opened for competition in 2009 and features coaches offices, locker rooms, a training room and a natural grass surface with lights. The home field advantage came through in 2010 as Lamar finished with a 5-2-2 record on its own pitch.
Lamar has some of the finest athletic facilities in the region. Most recently, the Lamar Athletic Complex was completed, housing the Lamar football team as well as other athletic administration. The 54,000-square-foot facility lies at the south end of newly renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The complex contains football locker rooms, weight training and sports medicine facilities and academic centers.
The Montagne Center, which opened in 1984 and has a seating capacity of 10,080, is one of the premier basketball arenas in the country. Vincent-Beck Stadium, home of the Cardinal baseball team, hosted the 1993 Sun Belt Conference tournament, and the 2001, 2002 and 2006 Southland Conference tournaments. The LU Soccer Complex opened in 2009 and is one of the top facilities in the Southland Conference. The Lamar Tennis Facility, now named the Thompson Family Tennis Center, received a total renovation in 2009.
The Ty Terrell Track, which was resurfaced in 2001, is where the Lamar track program trains. It is also the site of the Ty Terrell Relays, which annually attracts some of the best prep and collegiate track athletes. McDonald Gymnasium opened its doors in 1958, it immediately became a campus landmark. It was the home of basketball, volleyball and high school sports. Today it is the competition venue for Lamar University Volleyball.
All Lamar students with a valid I.D. receive free admission to all of the university’s athletic events.
The Division of Student Engagement includes the Departments of Student Organization Services, Student Activities and Civic Engagement, Student Development and Leadership, and Recreational Sports. Student Egagement also oversees the Student Government Association. The Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and the Director of Student Development and Leadership are located in the Office of Student Engagement, Wimberly Building, Room 115C. The Directors of Student Organization Services and Student Activities and Civic Engagement are located in the Setzer Student Center, Room 212. The Director of Recreational Sports is located in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, Room 105.
The following programs originate from this office:
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is a time when LU joins together to welcome and embrace new students and introduce them to Lamar University. You cannot register for fall classes until you have attended New Student Orientation. Students participating in New Student Orientation have the first opportunity to establish relationships with academic deans, talk to their advisor, register for classes, get their photo I.D. and parking permit, and talk to the financial aid office about student loans. Additionally, students have the opportunity to tour the university and get information from student organizations.
Texas law requires that all students be tested to evaluate college readiness prior to enrolling in any college level coursework, unless they qualify for an exemption. Absence of Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores will prohibit your ability to enroll in classes at LU on the day of your New Student Orientation session.
University Honor Societies & Recognition Programs
Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are national freshman honor societies that encourage and recognize outstanding scholastic achievement during the first year of study. In order to be eligible for membership, students must earn a 3.5 or better grade point average on 15 or more semester hours during the first year of college enrollment. Permanent records and advisement of those two groups are in Dr. Steven Zani’s office located in Room 37 Maes Building, ext. 8563.
Blue Key/Cap and Gown National Honor Fraternity: Traditionally for senior and junior students, Blue Key/Cap and Gown selects members on the basis of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Blue Key/Cap and Gown annually co-sponsors university programs. The advisor for Blue Key is Dr. Patrick Harrigan located in Room 201 of the Communications Building.
Bess Gentry Award: Established in 1975, this award is annually conferred as an all-university recognition of a senior woman who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, service, contribution, and scholarship as a student at Lamar University. The award was established in the name of Bess Gentry, dean of women (1944-1968) and head of the women’s health and physical education department (1944-1956) and is cosponsored by four student organizations that Mrs. Gentry was instrumental in establishing on the Lamar campus. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.
C. Robert Kemble Award: This award was established in 1981 and is annually conferred as an all-university recognition of an outstanding senior man. The award, named for Dr. C. Robert Kemble, president of Lamar University (1977-1984) and chancellor (1984-1986), honors the finalists and recipient for outstanding contribution and service to the university and for scholastic achievement. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.
C.W. Bingman Special Recognition Award: Established by Mrs. C.W. Bingman in honor of her husband, president of Lamar University (1924-1941), this award was perpetuated by the university after her death and is annually conferred at commencement. It recognizes a graduating senior for outstanding achievement and service to Lamar University. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.
Ida Caldwell McFaddin Citizenship Award: This award was established by Ida Caldwell McFaddin and perpetuated after her death by her daughter, Mamie McFaddin Ward, to recognize a student for having made the most outstanding contribution to campus citizenship. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.
Otho Plummer Award: Given to the highest-ranking man and woman graduated from the academic colleges, the award was established in the name of the late Otho Plummer, chairman emeritus of the board of regents and a member of the board from 1949 to 1990. The recipient of this award is announced at commencement.
Ann Shaw Leadership Award: This award was established by Jacque Placette Chapman and perpetuated after the death of Ann Shaw in 1998. This award recognizes a junior or senior student for fostering a spirit of teamwork, excellence in leadership, and exhibiting exemplary personal ethics and integrity while making significant contributions to the Lamar University community. Ann Shaw was a long-time employee of the university who served in numerous positions within the division of student affairs. Through her dedication to the growth and development of students and student leadership, she is personally responsible for the implementation of numerous student life programs and events, many of which have become Lamar traditions and institutions. The Ann Shaw Leadership Award is presented annually at the Toast of Leadership Awards Banquet.
Students are encouraged to participate in the co-curricular activities program because taking part in well-developed, organized, activities enhances the educational experience. It is the intention of the university that the out-of-class activities programs lend themselves to the total educational experience. In keeping with this philosophy, members of the faculty, staff, and administration serve as advisors and sponsors to the various organizations.
The purposes and philosophies of student organizations are expected to enhance the purpose and philosophy of the university. Those interested in joining one of the presently registered groups or in forming another student organization should seek procedural information from the Office of Student Organization Services in the Setzer Student Center, Room 212.Minimum Requirement For Participation in Extracurricular Activities:
For the purpose of establishing eligibility, two six-week summer terms may count as one long semester. Transfer students have the same eligibility as freshman students until completion of one semester.
Any student currently registered in good standing with the university with a 2.0 GPA on all course work completed at Lamar and/or LIT is eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity. Members who do not meet this requirement will be limited to only meeting attendance and academic improvement programs. University organizations may establish higher individual requirements for GPA and enrollment status.
In order to become a candidate for and/or hold student office in an extra curricular organization a student must:
1. be a full-time undergraduate student (12 or more hours) or a graduate student taking 6 or more hours; and
2. be in good standing (disciplinary, scholastic, and financial) with the university; and
3. maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all course work completed at Lamar and LIT.
Every student who has a validated student I.D. is able to:
- Work out in the Lamar Recreational center
- Get a personalized trainer for working out
- Participate in intramural sports
- Attend all Athletic events
- Visit the Art Gallery
- Have discounted rates for plays and musicals
- Eat at Cardinal Craze on Thursdays (wear LU apparel and get free food)
- Use the John Gray Library
- Utilize the Career Center
- Receive tutorials
- Attend Academic Enhancement Workshops to enhance test taking, note taking, and leadership skills
- Get a University Press newspaper
- Attend movie nights
- Attend LamarAlive! dances and events
- Get internet access
- Use computers in John Gray Library and Setzer Student Center
The Greek Council is composed of the following:
- College Panhellenic Chapters (CPC) — The College Panhellenic Chapter Council is the regulating and governing body for NPC sorority members.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) — The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the official agent of eight traditionally African-American Greek Letter fraternities and sororities.
- Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) — The Inter-Fraternity Council is the advisory and governing organization for fraternity members.
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) – The Multicultural Greek Council is the advisory council for multicultural Greek Letter organizations.
College Panhellenic Chapters
To promote inter-society cooperation, social sororities are member groups of the College Panhellenic Chapters Council. The Lamar CPC is the regulating and governing body of the association. CPC provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, coordinates matters of common interest, plans cooperative service and academic programs, and formulates formal recruitment rules, policies, and procedures. Advisor is Shannon Copeland, located in the John Gray Center and her extension is 7819.
Member organizations include:
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Alpha Delta Pi
- Zeta Tau Alpha
National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council shall serve as the official coordinating agent of eight traditionally African-American Greek Letter fraternities and sororities. NPHC assists the member organizations attain national providence, promote campus unity, and achieve community recognition. Advisor is Freddie Titus, in room 105 ROTC Building and his extension is 8918.
Member organizations include:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha • Phi Beta Sigma
- Alpha Phi Alpha • Omega Psi Phi
- Delta Sigma Theta • Sigma Gamma Rho
- Kappa Alpha Psi • Zeta Phi Beta
The Inter-Fraternity Council is the advisory and governing organization of Lamar University fraternity members. The purpose of this organization is to assist fraternities in their efforts at LU. Advisor is Jay Lambert located in the Wimberly Building room 115 and his extension is 7821.
Member organizations include:
- Pi Kappa Alpha • Kappa Alpha Order
- Sigma Nu • Sigma Phi Delta
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
Multicultural Greek Council
The Multicultural Greek Council is the advisory council of Lamar University multicultural Greek Letter organizations. The purpose of this organization is to assist multicultural Greek organizations in their efforts at LU. If you are interested in joining one of these organizations please contact the advisor, Tony Sarda located in the Wimberly Building room 203 and his extension is 7497.
Member organizations include:
· Phi Iota Alpha
· Kappa Delta Chi
Residence Hall Association
The residence hall association is the student organization that serves the on-campus student exclusively. Every Lamar student who lives on cam-pus is a member of the Residence Hall Association by virtue of his or her residency. The Residence Hall Association Governing Body is made up of a council in each residence hall as well as a central Residence Hall Association Council.
The Residence Hall Association Council operates from a committee structure. The number and goals of the committees may vary from year to year depending on the challenges and projects taken on by the organization. Some examples of Residence Hall Association committees and their charges are:
Dining Advisory Committee
The committee works closely with the university food service, offering suggestions, encouragement and assistance in planning the menu.
The Entertainment Committee plans activities of a social and recreational nature for residence hall students.
Residence Life Advisory Committee
The Residence Life Advisory Committee works with specific problems or concerns of the residence hall students, such as visitation regulations, telephone problems and parking concerns.
The Residence Hall Association offers an opportunity to get involved in a proactive way to strive to make the Lamar University residence halls the best they can be. Remember, if you live on campus, the Residence Hall Association represents you.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association of Lamar University provides the official voice through which student opinion may be expressed as students participate in the overall policy and decision-making of the university community. The governing structure consists of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.
The SGA president, vice-president, college and at-large senators are elected each spring, and class senators are elected in the fall by the student body. The SGA vice president serves as the presiding officer of the student senate. Senators are elected from the following constituencies; One senator from each academic college; two senators from each class of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors; and eight senators-at-large who are commuter students not active in more than two campus organizations. Each student organization officially recognized by the university is allowed to send one senator to senate meetings.
The Student Senate meets weekly. Students become involved with standing committees such as Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Public Affairs. Students also become involved with programs sponsored by SGA, such as Birdfeed and Toast to Leadership.
The judicial branch of SGA consists of the Student Supreme Court. The duties of the Supreme Court include, but are not limited to: election commission rule violation and appeals concerning parking and traffic citations issued by the Lamar University Police and Parking Services.
Registered Student Organizations
Interfraternity Council Lamar Alive! Lamar Panhellenic Association LIT Student Government Association National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. Residence Hall Association Student Government Association
Accounting Society Advertisers Anonymous, Inc. Alpha Kappa Psi (Business) American Chemical Society American Institute of Chemical Engineers American Medical Student Association American Society for Interior Designers American Society for Quality American Society of Civil Engineers American Society of Industrial Technology American Society of Mechanical Engineers Anthropology Association Artist Common Association for Computing Machinery Association for Systems Management Bachelor Student Nurses December 2000 Bachelor Student Nurses 2001 Childcare and Development Association Computer Electronic and Robotic Tech. (VICA) Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf Criminal Justice Association Deaf Cardinals Delta Omicron Chi (Pre-Professional) Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Finance Association French Circle of Lamar
Baptist Student Union Campus Crusade for Christ Canterbury Association (Episcopal) Cardinals for Christ Catholic Student Center Christians on Campus Latter Day Saints Student Association Muslim Student Association Psalm 150 Gospel Choir STAND 3I8 Wesley Foundation (Methodist)
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Lamar University Ambassadors
Lamar University Spirit Team
Big Game Sports Lamar University Shooting Team LU Racquetball Club
|Alpha Phi Alpha||Alpha Chi Omega|
|Kappa Alpha Order||Alpha Delta Pi|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||Alpha Kappa Alpha|
|Omega Psi Phi||Delta Sigma Theta|
|Phi Beta Sigma||Kappa Delta Chi|
|Pi Kappa Alpha||Sigma Gamma Rho|
|Sigma Nu||Zeta Phi Beta|
|Sigma Phi Delta||Zeta Tau Alpha|
|Sigma Phi Epsilon|
Alpha Delta Mu (Social Work) Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen) Alph~ Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering) Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting) Cap & Gown Chapter of Blue Key Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering) Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering) Financial Management Association Kappa Delta Pi (Education) Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering) Phi Theta Kappa Pi Delta Phi National Honor Society (French) Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering) Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Delta P1 (Spanish) Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management) Sigma Tau Delta (English) Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) Upsilon P1 Epsilon (Computer Science)
Mutual Interest Organizations
Amnesty International “The Peacecycle” Association of Chinese Students & Scholars Black Student Association Brooks/Shivers Hall Council
Campus Animal Rescue and Education College Democrats College Leadership Council Ducks Unlimited Student Chapter Fine Arts Film Society
Friends of India Association Golden Triangle Student Chapter of the American Welding Society Health and Kinesiology Majors’ Club Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (VICA) Honors Student Association Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Institute of Industrial Engineers Kappa Kappa Psi (Band) Korean Students Association Lamar Dance Association Lamar Filmmakers Association Lamar Graduate Student Counseling Association
Lamar Student Education Association Lamar Students for Liberty Lamar University Chess Club Lamar University Gay and Lesbian Student Assn.
Lamar University Geological Society Lamar University Mathematics Club Lamar University Parli-Pros Lamar University Pre-Law Society Lamar
University Peer Educators Neo-Pagan Lamar Alliance Lamar University Speech Team Lamar University Student Dietetics Association Lamar University Student Trainers Association
Lamar University Texas Nursing Student Association Lamar University Texas Restaurant Association National Art Education Association National Society of Black Engineers National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Assn. Omega Theta Alpha (Older Than Average) Operating Process Technologists
Professional Communication Association Pulmonary Care
Pulse Magazine Radiologic Technology Student Organization Respiratory Care Santa’s Unlimited Social Work Student Association Society of Associate Accountants Society of Human Resource Management Society of Physics Students
Society of Women Engineers Spanish Circle of Lamar Student American Dental Hygiene Association Student Athletic Advisory Council Student Council on Family Relations
Thai Student Association Undergraduate Research Organization United States Institute of Theater Technology Vietnamese Student Association Walter Prescott Webb State Historical Society
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Students are encouraged to resolve complaints (or grievances) at the appropriate level of dispute; however, should this approach fail or be inappropriate, students may submit written complaints by completing the Student Complaint form.
Campus Contact Numbers
|Add, drop, withdraw classes||8362|
|Career Planning, Internships, Campus Employment||1853|
|Clubs, Organizations, getting involved on campus||8739|
|Course Descriptions, Requirements.||LU Catalog|
|Financial Aid & Scholarships||8450|
|Food Service: Dining Hall||8925|
|Lamar Alive !||8721|
|Payments Cashier’s Office||8390|
|Personal matters, Confidential Counseling||8466|
|Major Changes||Dept. Chair & Records Office|
|Recreational Sports, Intramurals||2306|
|Scheduling Events on Campus||8727|
|Sorority & Fraternity Information: Greek Council||8085|
|Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC)||8740|
|Security Issues,/Questions,Vandalism, Emergency Assistance.||8305|
|Student ID, Photos and Replacement.||8917|
|Student Government Association (SGA)||8891|
Where to Find Out About
The Student Employment Services Office, located in the Career Center, assists students in locating part-time and full-time non-degreed employment while attending the university. Our mission is: 1) To assist students in finding part-time employment on and off campus. Job locations range from those at the university to the Golden Triangle and surrounding communities. 2) To provide meaningful employment that will give students the experience necessary to further their career goals. 3) To offer assistance necessary to obtain employment, such as job search strategies, interviewing techniques and resume writing.
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The Career Center is designed to provide students with assistance in all facets of career preparation, beginning with university entrance and special placement exams, major course of study selection, career choices and planning, part-time employment, resume’ preparation, interviewing preparation and full-time employment after graduation.
The Career Center is equipped with modern computer technology, providing on-line internet job search accessibility and computerized guidance assessment programs. The center has a full-time career counselor on staff to provide personalized assistance.
Each fall and spring semester, recruiters from local, state and national employers visit the Career Center to interview graduating students. Students are offered an annual career fair on campus and information on additional career fairs conducted by companies and other organizations is available.
An annual education fair is sponsored to provide students an opportunity to interview with many school districts in Texas. The Career Center is located in room 102 Galloway Business Building.
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The university Career Center can be useful in choosing a major or in confirming a current major.
• The Strong Interest Inventory
This inventory compares your likes/dislikes with the interests of successful people in over 100 occupations.
• Myers-Briggs type indicator
This inventory helps you understand what work environment you want, how you make decisions, and how you relate to others.
• Computerized planning
DISCOVER helps users: Identity their interests, abilities, and experiences and understand the relationship of these self-variables and the complex World of Work.
1. Quickly and easily access large databases that contain up-to-date information about occupations and educational opportunities.
Individual counseling is available throughout the career planning process Some personal benefits of career planning are:
- Increased self-knowledge. You will identify your personality strengths.
- Increased self-esteem. You will recall past successes and achievements.
- Increased knowledge about occupations. You will be able to get current occupational information.
These components are available to all Lamar students at the Career Center located in room 102 Galloway Business Building.
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Students must meet their financial obligations. Failure to do so may result in being dropped from classes or the student’s name being turned over to a collection agency. Such problems may be avoided by paying all bills. Generally, payment may be made by personal check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, cash or financial aid.
Payment may be made in the following ways:
(1) At the cashier’s office in 114 Wimberly Building for all payments during regular business hours
(2) By telephone (409)839-2000 for credit card payments.
(3) By drop box in 114 Wimberly Building before 4 p.m. for checks.
(4) By mail addressed to Cashier's Office, PO Box 10183, Beaumont TX 77710
Lamar University’s financial assistance program is intended to open educational opportunities to all capable students. No student should be reluctant to attend Lamar because of a need for financial assistance. Approximately 75% of Lamar students receive some type of financial assistance.
A wide variety of scholarships and various grants are offered to Lamar students. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic achievement, programs of study, or special skills. Applications may be obtained in the Scholarship Office, 203 Wimberly Building.
Grants are awarded through the determination of financial need. The following grants may be applied for by students submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.gov:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- College Work Study
- Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
- Texas Grant
- Teach for Texas
- State Student Incentive Grants
Several loan funds are available to Lamar University students. Long-term loans are offered with repayment scheduled after the borrower graduates or leaves school. Requirements and applications for each of the following loans may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, 216 Wimberly Building, or its website, financialaid.lamar.edu. The following loans are offered:
- Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
- Private loans for students
- Loans for parents
Emergency tuition loans are available to Lamar students on a short-term basis through the Cashier’s Office, 114 Wimberly Building.
These forms must be completed for all need-based financial assistance:
- Yearly Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.gov
- Other institutional forms as required (will be listed on Self-Service Banner following a FAFSA application submission)
Institutional application forms may be obtained in the Lamar University Office of Financial Assistance or the forms page at financialaid.lamar.edu.
Awards are determined during the late spring for the following academic year. Therefore, priority is given to applications received by the April 1 deadline. Applications received are on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants who have met the April 1 deadline and are unconditionally accepted into the University will be notified of their eligibility during mid-summer. Additional consumer information and specific rights and responsibilities of students are available in the Office of Student Financial Assistance, 216 Wimberly Building, or by visiting our website at financialaid.lamar.edu.
In its mission statement, Lamar University’s commitment “to providing students with a liberal education in the context of a global and multicultural environment” is emphasized. Indeed, Lamar is one of the most diverse campus-es in Texas, and our international students are important contributors to that variety of cultures and experiences with which we wish to enrich academic and student life. While there are a variety of university and governmental rules, regulations, and restrictions that apply (see, for example, the
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website at www.ice.gov; the LU for Students web-site at www.lamar.edu/students/; and the College of Graduate Studies website at dept.lamar.edu/graduatestudies/), international students are encouraged to participate in all student services and programs for which they are eligible International applicants are screened carefully for academic excellence, English proficiency, adequate health, and financial self-sufficiency, and those admitted are among the strongest students at Lamar University.
Internationals are encouraged even expected, to participate in student activities, university organizations, and programs, both to experience first-hand the culture and lifestyles of Southeast Texas and to share with other students portions of their own culture and experiences. Indeed, it is to the benefit of every university student to integrate himself/herself fully into the campus environment. However, the University is strongly committed to providing an atmosphere of friendship and acceptance for international students, and tries to afford them every opportunity to succeed. It is understood that the presence of international students places additional demands on the University to meet a larger variety of distinctive needs, and we accept the responsibility to make adequate provisions for doing so. Indeed, in order for the international student to achieve his/her educational objectives, there is no doubt that certain academic services are essential; and the University is committed to providing facilities and staff commensurate with those needs. Moreover, we recognize that English language proficiency, and not citizenship or immigration status alone, is a key criterion in determining and meeting the needs of students for whom English is second language. Thus, entrance and exit standards for non-native English speakers take into account the minimum language skills necessary for success in academic work as well as the minimum standards that a diploma from the University promises.
There are a variety of organizations, University offices, and support services for international students. Some of them are: Lamar University Language Institute, www.lamar.edu/LanguageInstitute; International Student Retention Coordinator, Nan Nelson, 880-2241; Coordinator of International Student Services, Sandra Drane, 880-8356; Voice International, Bob Gaskin, 880-80 12; International Students Association, Jesse Doiron, 880-8586; Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, Dr. Hsing-wei Chu, 880-8807; Friends of India Association, Dr. G.N. Reddy, 880-8754; Pakistani Student Association, Dr. Glenn Utter, 880-8526; Vietnamese Student Association, Melissa Gallien, 880-8890.
On–campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session. Such employment may be full time during vacation periods for students who are eligible and intend to register for the subsequent academic term. There is no exclusion from the overall on-campus 20-hour-per–week ceiling for work undertaken pursuant to a scholarship, fellowship, assistantship or post-doctoral appointment.
Lamar University requires that international students secure mandatory accident, sickness, catastrophic illness, evacuation and repatriation insurance as a condition of enrollment.
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All faculty, staff and students are required to purchase a current parking permit and display it if they park a vehicle on campus.
At the time you receive your permit, you will receive a copy of the parking and traffic regulations. This is an important document that should be read thoroughly if you plan to park on campus. Parking and traffic regulations are in effect 24 hours a day.
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The University Police department is on campus to serve you in the protection of your person, your property, and the university’s property.
The university police are also charged with the enforcement of university and systems regulations, all state, local and federal laws. Officers working for the university are licensed peace officers for the state of Texas. They have county-wide jurisdiction.
Engravers are available at the police department should students wish to engrave their valuables to aid in recovery in the case of theft or loss.
The police department has installed 32 emergency phones located throughout the campus for your safety. Phones are on white posts with blue lights on top. When the red button is pushed, the location of the call is automatically identified and the caller is connected to the police department. Locations of the telephones are marked on all parking maps and safety brochures. Individuals with hearing impairments should remain at the phone until the officer arrives.
The lost and found department is located in the police department. Open 24 hours a day, the police
department is located at 211 Redbird Lane, next to the mail centre.
Shuttle Service for Students
The Office of Student Affairs in conjunction with Lamar University police offers a free shuttle service from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily. Students utilizing this service must have a valid ID. The shuttle service provides transportation for students on campus and within the immediate vicinity of the campus. Students should call 880-2241 for this service.
For emergency police response, call 880-8311. For all other police business, call 880-8305 or 911. We encourage you to call if you have a security or police concern.
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The records office maintains records from a student’s first registration throughout his/her academic career. Lamar University exemplifies the belief that no one is too old to learn. Many students return more than once to complete a degree, take additional courses in a new area, or earn a certification to qualify for a promotion. There are as many reasons as there are numbers of students who return. New and returning students are our reason for being here.
The records office provides many services for Lamar students. A student may register for courses, add, drop, withdraw, request changes to demographic data, request transcripts, course changes, certification or verification of enrollment, challenge credit awarded, or apply for graduation. Almost any student record activity may be taken care of in the offices located in room 112 Wimberly Building.
In compliance with the Department of Education’s Student Right-to-know Act, Lamar University will make available to enrolled or prospective students information regarding graduation rates as well as institutional security policies and crime statistics. Paper copies of this information may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Research & Reporting and the Lamar University Police Department. Below you will find the link to the information concerning the campus.
Lamar University currently has telephone and web registration (TNT) for the convenience of its students. Instructions for TNT registration and in-person registration are published at the beginning of November for spring semester and the beginning of April for summer terms and the fall semester.
New students must have completed the admissions process through the admissions office before they can register. (Refer to page 39 of the handbook).
Continuing students may follow the instructions for early registration in the “Schedule of Classes” bulletin. Returning students should check in the Records Office, 112 Wimberly Building, for readmission instructions.
Questions about registration or add/drop may be asked by calling the number listed below, or going by 102 Wimberly Building.
Students With Disabilities
The office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SFSWD) offers a variety ofservices designed to provide students with disabilities (SWD) equal access to academic services. Some of the services include academic adjustments, physical access, assistive technology, priority registration, sign language interpreters, and note-takers. Documentation of disability is required to receive accommodations/academic adjustments/services.
Persons with disabilities should notify the coordinator of SFSWD prior to registration in any university program. A meeting with the person and Coordinator will be arranged in order to assign appropriate accommodations/academic adjustments/services.
Please make an appointment with the Office o SFSWD if you have need for a disability-related accommodation. The office of SFSWD is located in 101A of the Wimberly Building, room 101 and be reached by mail at P.O. Box 10087, Beaumont, Texas 77710. The telephone number is (409)880-8347 and the e-mail is email@example.com
The Career and Testing Center serves as a State and National Test Center and coordinates and administers the following exams: ACT (American College Testing), SAT I &II (Scholastic Aptitude Test-Reasoning & Subject), ISAT (Institutional SAT), THEA (Texas High Education Assessment), QTT(Quick THEA Test), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards), ExCET(Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas), MRT (Master Reading Teacher), TASC & TASC-ASL (Texas Assessment of Sign Communication and Texas Assessment of Sign Language Communication-American Sign language), LSAT(Law School Admission Test), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), GRE-Subject (Graduate Records Examinations-Subject), PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests), and testing for Services for Students with Disabilities, Distance Learning, Correspondence and Internet based courses. The testing center is located in 102 Galloway Business.
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The Veterans Affairs office is maintained in the Wimberly Student Services Building to assist veterans in obtaining their educational benefits at Lamar. It also provides academic assistance and counseling. For additional information and veteran’s programs, visit the office in 101 Wimberly Building.
TEXAS ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES
The Texas Academy of Leadership is a two-year residential program for gifted and talented Texas 11thand 12th-graders located on the campus of Lamar University. Students receive their TEA accredited diploma and earn 60 or more college hours concurrently. Tuition is paid by the state of Texas. Students attend university classes, take supplemental courses in the humanities, and develop their leadership skills through a specially developed program of extra-curricular events, service projects, and leadership opportunities and training.
The academy is under the direction of Dr. Mary Gagne.
Student Code of Conduct
General Provisions, Responsibilities of Students, Student Due Process Rights, Appeals and Review.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
I. General Provisions
Lamar University’s disciplinary hearings are held in order to promote and to preserve a harmonious academic community conducive to learning. Lamar University has a strong interest in disciplining students or others who disrupt the academic community whether the same conduct has been or could be punished under the criminal law. The United States Supreme Court has recognized that the disciplinary procedures of academic institutions are “a valuable educational device.”
Disciplinary proceedings must be conducted in accordance with the basic rules of due process, but do not follow the same rigid procedures as criminal cases. Discipline may be imposed upon a finding of a violation of university rules based upon a preponderance of the evidence presented, rather than under the higher standard of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Unlike the court system, university judicial proceedings are confidential as required by federal law, specifically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This law prevents disclosure of information from educational records without approval of the student. The university may not release the names of students charged with conduct violations, nor the results of any hearings held, absent student permission, judicial order or subpoena, or on a “need-to-know” basis, to other university or system officials. The only exception to this law is an amendment that allows institutions to disclose the results of disciplinary proceedings to the alleged victim in the case of a crime of violence.
The Texas State University System Rules and Regulations supercede any and all university policies, procedures and regulations.
This code of Student Conduct is applicable to every student enrolled at Lamar University. The code is adopted pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. Students may be adjudicated through departmental processes according to policies and procedures published by the department. Departments that routinely hear student disciplinary cases include, but not limited to, residence life and recreational sports. Students adjudicated by these and other systems still retain the right of an appeal to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
a.academic work means the preparation of an essay, thesis, report, problem assignment, or other project which is to be submitted as a course or degree requirement for purposes of grade determination.
b.designee refers to the individual charged with an administrative responsibility to be performed in the absence of the staff member originally charged with responsibility. All individuals including the President may have a designee act on his or her behalf.
c.code means this Code of Student Conduct.
d.hazing means those activities defined in section 51 .936 of the Texas Education Code.
e.hearing refers to a formal meeting between a hearing officer and a student.
f.hearing officer means that person appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs to determine in an administrative hearing whether or not this code has been violated.
g.hearing committee is composed of faculty, staff, and/or student(s) that may be assembled to determine in an administrative hearing whether or not this code has been violated.
h.notice means correspondence sent by mail addressed to a student at the local address, as shown on university records; or personally delivered to the address.
i.preponderance of the evidence means the greater weight of the evidence.
j.record means all documents, forms, copies, reports, statements, recordings, or other evidence.
k.university policy means any provision of the Board of Regents Rules and Regulations, order, or any official university policy/procedure statement, rule or regulation of the university.
l.university means Lamar University
m.university official means a person who has been given the responsibility and authority by the appropriate agency or person, including regents, officers, faculty, and administrative staff.
n.university property means property owned, controlled, or occupied by the university.
o.vpsa means the Vice President for Student Affairs
p.avpsa means the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
1.03 Awareness of Policies
Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with all published university policies, copies of which are available to each student for review at the information desk in the student center, and the Office of Student Affairs located in the Wimberly Building. The university will hold each student responsible for compliance with these published policies. Students are also expected to comply with federal, state, and local laws; any student who violates any provision of those laws is subject to university action not with-standing any action taken by civil authorities because of the violation. This principle extends to conduct off campus, which is likely to have a serious, adverse effect on the university community.
II. Responsibilities Of The Students
2.01 Conduct Required
Students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the university’s mission as an educational institution. Students who fail to conduct themselves in such a manner violate this code and disciplinary sanctions may be imposed. Students are required to maintain a correct-current mailing address in the Records Office, room 112 Wimberly Building.
2.02 Conduct Prohibited
Specific examples of conduct that violates Section 2.01 above include, but are not limited to, the following, and include any attempt to commit the following:
- Commission of an act that would constitute an offense under appropriate federal, state, or municipal law.
- Violation of any Regents’ rule, regulation, or order, or university policy, rule, or regulation, including any rule or regulation governing residential living in university-owned facilities or breach of a residential living contract.
- Failure to comply with the direction of a university official acting in the performance of his or her duties; or, failure to heed an official summons to the office of a university official within the designated time.
- Giving false testimony or other evidence at a campus disciplinary or other administrative proceeding.
- Failure to meet financial obligations to the university.
- Unauthorized use or possession of ammunition, firearms, illegal knives (knives with blades longer than five and one-half inches, hand instruments designed to cut or stab another by being thrown, stilettos, poniards, Bowie knives, swords, and/or spears) or other illegal weapons on oneself and/or university property.
- Conduct that significantly endangers the health or safety of other persons, including members of the university community or visitors on the campus, including by way of example, unauthorized throwing of any objects in or from university facilities.
- Stealing, destroying, defacing, damaging, or misusing university property (including misuse of fire or life-safety equipment or property) or property belonging to another.
- Engaging in hazing or voluntarily submitting to hazing, including an initiation by an organization that involves any dangerous, harmful, or degrading act to a student. Violation of this policy renders the student (s) involved and the organization subject to discipline.
- Possessing and/or using, without authorization according to the university policy, intoxicating beverages in a classroom building, laboratory, auditorium, library building, faculty or administrative office, residence hall or apartment, intercollegiate and intramural athletic facility, or any other public campus area, or being intoxicated in any public area of the campus.
- Gambling in any form on university property
- Advocating or recommending, either orally or in writing, the conscious and deliberate violation of any federal, state, or local law. Advocacy means addressing an individual or group for imminent action and steeling it to such action as opposed to the abstract espousal of the moral propriety of a course of action.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of university documents, forms, records, or identification cards; or issuance of a check to the university or its contractors without sufficient funds.
- Unauthorized possession, ignition, or detonation, on university property, of any explosive device, fireworks, liquid, or object that is flammable or capable of causing damage by fire or explosion to persons or property.
- Unauthorized entry into or use of university buildings, facilities, equipment, or resources, or possession or use of university keys for unauthorized purposes.
- Failure to maintain a current official mailing address in the Registrar’s office and/or giving a false or fictitious address to a university office or official.
- Making false alarms or reports where the person knowingly initiates, communicates, or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that is known as false or baseless and that would ordinarily cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, air-craft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance.
- Harassment where the individual intentionally threatens, in per-son, or by telephone, electronically, in writing, or by other means to take unlawful action against any person and by this action intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly annoys or alarms the recipient or intends to annoy or alarm the recipient.
- Engaging in academic dishonesty as defined and described under Academic Affairs in this handbook.
- Campus disruptive activities or disorderly conduct on university-owned or controlled property or at a university-sponsored or supervised function that inhibit or interfere with the educational responsibility of the university community or the university’s social-educational activities shall include but not be limited to: using abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language; making offensive gestures or displays that tend to incite a breach of the peace; perpetrating fights, assaults, acts of sexual violence, abuse, or threats; or evincing some obviously offensive manner or committing an act that causes a person
- to feel threatened. Such prohibition includes disorderly classroom conduct that obstructs, interferes with, inhibits and/or disrupts teaching and/or related classroom activities.
- Using authority granted by state law, system rule, or university policy to deprive any person of his or her civil rights.
- Violation of university policy relating to electronic network facilities such as local area networks and the Internet.
- Students who engage in or make life-threatening gestures (toward self or indirectly to) others will be required to report as soon as possible to the director of the Student Health Center or their designated representative. The director may require such students to obtain, at the student’s expense, a psychological evaluation to determine fitness to continue enrollment at the university. The director will designate the counselor that the student will see. Failure to consult with the director of the Student Health Center or his or her representative or to comply with evaluation requirements and recommendations can result in disciplinary action.
2.03 Campus Disruptive Activities
1. No person or group of persons acting in concert may intentionally engage in disruptive activity or disrupt a lawful assembly on the university campus. Disruptive activity means:
a. Obstructing or restraining the passage of persons to the campus or an area of the campus or to an exit, entrance, or hallway of any building without the authorization of the administration of the university.
b.Seizing control of an area on campus or any building or portion of a building for the purpose of interfering with any administrative, education- al, research, or other authorized activity; or
c.Disrupting and/or preventing or attempting to prevent by force or violence or the threat of force or violence any lawful assembly authorized bythe university administration. A lawful assembly is disrupted when a person in attendance is rendered incapable of participating in the assembly due to the use of force or violence or a reasonable fear of force or violence.
- Any person who is convicted the third time of violating this statute shall not thereafter be eligible to attend any school, college, or university receiving funds from the State of Texas for a period of two years from such third conviction.
- Nothing herein shall be construed to infringe upon any right of free speech or expression guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States or the State of Texas.
- Suspended, Expelled, and Dismissed Student Restriction. No student who has been suspended, expelled, or dismissed for disciplinary reasons from the university shall be permitted on campus during the period of such suspension, expulsion, or dismissal without the prior written approval of the president or his/her designee.
- Procedure for Administration of Discipline. The chief student affairs officer shall have primary authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline at the university and for investigating allegations that a student has violated university rules and regulations, or specified orders and instructions issued by an administrative official of the university.
- The chief student affairs officer or his/her appointee, hereto referred to as officer, will investigate the alleged violations. During the investigation, if the student is available, the officer will give the student an opportunity to explain the incident. If the officer concludes that the student has violated a university policy, the officer will determine(but not assess) an appropriate disciplinary penalty. a. The officer will discuss his or her findings and his or her determination of an appropriate penalty with the student if the student is available and will give the student an opportunity either to accept or reject the officer’s decision. b. If the student accepts the officer’s decision, the student will so indicate in writing and waive his or her right to a hearing. The officer may then assess the disciplinary penalty. c. If the student does not accept the officer’s decision or does not waive his or her right to a hearing, a disciplinary hearing will be scheduled in accordance with Subsections 3.0 and 3.3
- If the student does not execute a written waiver of the hearing process, then the officer shall prepare a written statement of charges and of the evidence supporting such charges, including a list of witnesses and a brief summary of the testimony to be given by each, and shall send a notification of such charges and statement to the accused student by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the address appearing in the Registrar’s records, or shall hand deliver said document with the student signing a receipt.
2.04 Policy on Racial Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Denial of Civil Rights
Lamar University believes that freedom of thought, innovation and creativity are fundamental characteristics of a community of scholars. To pro-mote such a learning environment, the university has a special responsibility to seek cultural diversity, to instill a global perspective in its students, and to nurture sensitivity and mutual respect. Discrimination against or harassment of individuals on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or race is inconsistent with the purpose of the university. Additionally, persons at Lamar University will not be deprived of their civil rights on the campus or in connection with a university-sponsored activity. Persons found guilty of racial harassment, sexual harassment, or violating another person’s civil rights will be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension from the university and participation in training seminars.
2.05 Policy on Computer Use
The University has specific policies which govern the use of the computing systems. Upon misuse of the computing facilities at Lamar University, the university reserves the right to deny future computing privileges to all university owned computing facilities. In addition, students found responsible for computer misuse may be subject to disciplinary action. More information can be obtained in the Computer Center located in the Cherry Building.
III. Student Due Process Rights
Student Disciplinary Hearings. In those cases in which the accused student disputes the facts upon which the charges are based, such charges shall be heard and determined by a fair and impartial person or committee, hereinafter called the hearing officer or hearing committee, selected in accordance with procedures adopted by the university. Except in those cases where immediate interim disciplinary action has been taken under authority of Subsection 3.7, the accused student shall be given at least five (5) class days written notice by the chief student affairs officer, or a designated appointee, of the date, time, and place for such hearing and the name or names of the hearing officer or hearing committee. Hearings held under Subsection 3.7 will be held under the same procedures set forth below, but will be held as soon as practicable within twelve (12) class days after the disciplinary action has been taken unless otherwise agreed to by the student.
Upon a hearing of the charges, the university representative has the burden of going forward with the evidence and the burden of proving the charges by the greater weight of the credible evidence. The hearings shall be conducted in accordance with procedures adopted by the university that assure both parties (university representative and accused student) the following minimal rights:
3.01 Both parties will exchange lists of witnesses, expected testimony, copies of documents to be introduced, and notice of intent to use legal counsel, at a reasonable time prior to the hearing.
3.02 Each party shall have the right to appear and present evidence in person and to be advised during the hearing by a designated representative or counsel of choice. Each party shall limit its presentation to relevant evidence. The accused student must attend the hearing if the student desires to present evidence. The hearing may proceed notwithstanding the accused student’s failure to appear.
3.03 Both the university representative and the accused student shall have the right to question witnesses. The accused student may question witnesses with the advice of a designated representative or counsel. All questions shall be limited to relevant evidence.
3.04 The hearing will be recorded. If either party desires to appeal the finding, a copy of the recording will be produced at the expense of the party appealing the finding, and both parties will be furnished a copy for appeals purposes only.
3.1 Student’s Right to Challenge Impartiality. The accused student may challenge the impartiality of the hearing officer or a member of the hearing committee at any time prior to the introduction of any evidence. The hearing officer or member of the committee shall be the sole judge of whether he or she can serve with fairness and objectivity. In the event the challenged hearing officer or member of the hearing committee chooses not to serve, a substitute will be chosen in accordance with procedures adopted by the university.
3.2 Determination of Hearing . The hearing officer or hearing committee shall render a decision to both parties as soon as practicable as to the guilt or innocence of the accused student and shall, if necessary assess a penalty or penalties including, but not necessarily limited to:
a. Verbal or written warning.
b.Requirement that the student complete a special project that may be, but is not limited to, writing an essay, attending a special class or lecture, or attending counseling sessions. The special project may be imposed only for a definite term.
c. Cancellation of residence hall or apartment contract.
d.Disciplinary probation imposed for a definite period of time which stipulates that future violations may result in disciplinary suspension.
e. Ineligibility for election to student office for a specified period of time.
f.Removal from student or organization office for a specified period of time.
g.Prohibition from representing the university in any special honorary role.
h.Withholding of official transcript or degree.
i.Bar against readmission.
j.Restitution whether monetary or by specific duties or reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of university, student, or employee property.
k. Denial or non-recognition of a degree.
l.Suspension of rights and privileges for a specific period of time, including access to electronic network facilities and participation in athletic, extracurricular, or other student activities.
m. Withdrawing from a course with a grade of W, F, or WF.
n.Failing or reduction of a grade in test or course, and/or retaking of test or course, and/or performing additional academic work not required of other students in the course.
o.Suspension from the university for a specified period of time. During suspension, a student shall not attend classes, or participate in any university campus activities.
p. Loss of or ineligibility for student grant or loan.
q.Expulsion from the university. A student who is expelled from the university is not eligible for readmission to the university.
r.Dismissal from the university. A student, who is dismissed, is separated from the university for an indefinite period of time.
s.The university may maintain confidential records of all other sanctions and may consider any prior sanction received by a student in assessing a subsequent sanction. The university shall develop a procedure for expunging those records not transcribed on a student’s permanent transcript within a reasonable time not to exceed five (5) years after the student ceases to be enrolled.
t. A student who, by a preponderance of the evidence, under these Rules and Regulations, is found to have illegally possessed, used, sold or distributed any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance, whether the infraction is found to have occurred on or off campus, shall be subject to discipline, ranging from mandatory, university approved counseling to expulsion. Mitigating or aggravating factors in assessing the proper level of discipline shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the student’s motive for engaging in the behavior; disciplinary history; effect of the behavior on safety and security of the university; and the likelihood that the behavior will recur. A student who has been suspended, dismissed, probated or expelled from any system component shall be ineligible to enroll at any other system component during the applicable period of discipline. The registrar of each component is authorized to make an appropriate notation on the student’s transcripts to accomplish this objective and to remove the notation when the student’s disciplinary record has been cleared. A second infraction for a drug-related offense shall result in permanent expulsion from the component and from all other institutions in The Texas State University System.
u. Recording sanctions in Subsections 3.2 (i),(k),(m),(n),(o),(q),(r), and/ or (t), may be made on a student’s permanent transcript.
3.3 Appeal . Neither party may appeal if the hearing officer or hearing committee determines that the allegations against the accused student are true but the only punishment assessed is verbal or written warning. In those cases, the determination of the hearing officer or hearing committee is final. However, in all other cases, either party may appeal to the chief student affairs officer. If the hearing officer has been an appointee designated by the chief student affairs officer or if the determination has been made by a hearing committee, the appeal will be made to the chief student affairs officer or designated appointee. If the chief student affairs officer has served as the hearing officer, the appeal will be made to the vice president in charge of student affairs. Written notice of appeal must be received by the appeal officer within five (5) business days after the decision. An appeal is not simply a rehearing of the original case. An appeal must be based on: 1) .whether or not a fair hearing was afforded. A fair hearing includes notice of the alleged misconduct, and an opportunity to present evidence; 2)whether or not the sanctions levied were appropriate to the offense; 3)whether or not the finding was supported by the evidence; and /or 4)whether or not new evidence is introduced that was not available at the time of the hearing. Both parties, at the discretion of the appeal officer, may submit oral or written arguments, to support their positions. In order for the appeal to be considered, the appealing party must submit all necessary documentation, including written arguments, when appropriate, to the appeal officer within five (5) business days after giving notice of appeal. The appeal officer may approve, reject, or modify the decision, or remand the matter to the original hearing officer or hearing committee for reconsideration. The appeal officer shall respond to the appeal within ten (10) business days after all the documentation was received and all testimony was heard, or he or she may postpone a decision for good cause.
3.4 Review of the Vice President in charge of Student Affairs. The vice president may review any disciplinary case and may approve, reject, modify the decision or remand the matter to the original hearing officer or committee for reconsideration.
3.5 President’s Right to Review. The president may review any disciplinary case, and approve, reject, or modify the decision or remand the matter to the original hearing officer or hearing committee for reconsideration.
3.6 Board of Regents’ Right to Review. The Board of Regents retains the right to review, any disciplinary action and approve, reject, modify the decision, or remand the matter to the original hearing officer or hearing committee for reconsideration.
3.7 Interim Disciplinary Action. The chief student affairs officer, the vice president in charge of student affairs, or the president of the university may take immediate interim disciplinary action, including suspension, pending a hearing against a student for violation of a rule and regulation of the System or of the university at which the accused is a student when the continuing presence of the student poses a danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process. In the event that the interim disciplinary action includes suspension, the university official involved shall, as soon as possible, notify the President and the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel of such action.
3.8 Civil Proceedings. Every Student is expected to obey all Federal, State, and local laws and is expected to be familiar with the requirements of such laws. Any student who violates any provision of those laws is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding any action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation.
IV. Group Offenses
Student groups, clubs, student organizations, etc. are responsible for conducting their affairs in a manner that reflects favorably upon themselves and the university. Such responsibilities include the following:
1) Compliance with university regulations.
2) Taking reasonable steps, as a group, to prevent violations of law or university regulations by its members.
3) A willingness to deal individually with those members of the group whose behavior reflects unfavorably upon the group or upon the university.
Failure to accept the responsibilities of group membership may subject the organization to permanent or temporary withdrawal of university recognition and of support, social probation, denial of use of university facilities, or other appropriate action.
The Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, or Designee has the responsibility for initiating judicial action in any group offense cases.
Discrimination against or harassment of individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, handicap, or national origin is inconsistent with the purposes of the university. Anyone who discriminates against a member of the Lamar community is subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.
Students who believe they may have been victims of instances of discrimination have the right to and are encouraged to report those instances to the Vice-President for Student Affairs, their dean, their department chair, or the office of Human Resources. Reports of discrimination should be submitted in writing.
VI. Academic Policies and Procedures
Change of Name and Address
Any student who moves during a semester must immediately register his or her change of address at the Records Office. Change of name because of marriage or correction of name because of spelling errors may be made by turning in a name change card. A copy of the legal document making the name change official must accompany all name changes. The Records Office is located in room 102 Wimberly Building.
Lamar University expects all students to engage in academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach. Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in their academic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Any student found guilty of dishonesty in any phase of academic work will be subject to disciplinary action.
23.1 FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY. The University and its official representatives may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work which is to be submitted, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. Cheating includes:
a) copying, without authorization from the instructor, another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data listings, and/or programs;
b) using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test;
c) collaborating, without authorization, with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work;
d) knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying, or possessing, in whole or in part, the contents of test or assignment that has not been administered or assigned;
e) substituting for another student, permitting any other person, or otherwise assisting any other person to substitute for oneself or for another student in the taking of an examination or test or the preparation of academic work to be submitted for academic credit;
f) bribing another person to obtain a test not yet administered or information about such; and
g) purchasing, or otherwise acquiring and submitting as one’s own work any research paper or other written assignment prepared by an individual or firm. (This section does not apply to the typing of the rough and/or final versions of an assignment by a professional typist).
Plagiarism shall mean the appropriation of another’s work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work or idea into one’s own work offered for credit.
Collusion shall mean the unauthorized collaboration with another per-son in preparing work offered for credit.
Abuse of resource materials shall mean the mutilation, destruction, concealment, theft, or alteration of materials provided to assist students in the mastery of course materials.
Academic work shall mean the preparation of an essay, dissertation, thesis, report, problem, assignment, creative work or other project that the student submits as a course requirement or for a grade.
23.2.1 PROCEDURES. Procedures for discipline due to academic dishonesty shall be the same as in other violations of the Student Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook), except that all academic dishonesty cases shall be considered and reviewed by the faculty member, and if necessary, the Department Chair, Dean, and Provost. The faculty member shall conduct a complete, thorough, and impartial investigation of the charge of academic dishonesty and determine whether
or not the student was responsible for the violation. If the faculty member determines that the student was responsible for the violation, the faculty member may assess an appropriate and reasonable sanction. The student shall be entitled to a written notice from the faculty member of the violation, the penalty, and the student’s right to appeal the determination of dishonesty and/or the sanction imposed. A copy of the faculty member’s notice to the student shall be forwarded to the Provost.
If the student does not accept the decision of the faculty member concerning the determination of dishonesty and/or the penalty imposed, the student may appeal to the faculty member’s Department Chair for review of the case. To do so, the student must submit, in writing, a request for an appeal to the Chair within five working days of notification of the right to appeal. The student shall be entitled to a written notice of Chair’s decision and the student’s right to further appeal.
If the student does not accept the decision of the Chair concerning the determination of dishonesty and/or the sanction imposed, the student may appeal to the Dean for review of the case. To do so, the student must submit, in writing, a request for an appeal to the Dean within five working days of notification of the Chair’s decision. Prior to rendering a decision about an appeal, the Dean may request a review of the case and recommendation from the College’s Student-Faculty Relations Committee. The student shall be entitled to a written notice of the Dean’s decision and the right to further appeal.
If the student does not accept the decision of the Dean, the student may then appeal to the Provost for review of the case. To do so, the student must submit, in writing, a request for an appeal to the Provost within five working days of notification of the Dean’s decision. Before rendering a decision, the Provost shall convene an ad hoc Student-Faculty Relations Committee composed of members from the standing Student-Faculty Relations Committees from the other Colleges to review the case and offer a recommendation. The student shall be entitled to a written notice of the Provost’s decision. The decision of the Provost shall be final.
No disciplinary action against the student shall become effective until the student has received substantive and procedural due process as described above. A copy of the record pertaining to each case shall be forwarded to, reside in, and considered by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs where it shall be treated as a disciplinary record as described in the Student Handbook. If additional judicial action is necessary, as in the case of flagrant or repeated violations, the Student Affairs Office shall initiate further action in accordance with the procedures for student discipline as described in the Student Handbook.
23.3 RESPONSIBILITIES OF INSTRUCTORS. Instructors shall take reasonable and necessary precautions, including the careful administration and monitoring of examinations and assignments, to prevent acts of academic dishonesty.
To provide for the resolution of alleged academic grievances in a prompt, fair, and equitable process throughout the university, departments and academic divisions of the university shall follow the grievance and appeals procedures. There shall be in each College a Student-Faculty Relations Committee. It shall be comprised of four faculty members, two undergraduate students and one graduate student. Department Chairs may not serve as a member of this committee. Members of the committee shall be chosen by procedures established by the College. The chair of the committee shall be selected from among the faculty members. Annually, the Dean of the College shall provide a membership listing to the Provost. In the event that any member of the committee is a party to an alleged grievance or is unavailable for an extended period of time, the Dean shall appoint a substitute member.
The Student-Faculty Relations Committee should be involved in an alleged grievance only after normal procedures for resolving issues have been exhausted. The initial step in the normal procedure should be for the aggrieved party (henceforth referred to as student), to discuss the issue with the offending party (henceforth referred to as instructor). If the issue is not resolved satisfactorily, the student’s second step should be to consult with the instructor’s Department Chair. If the Department Chair cannot resolve the issue satisfactorily, the matter should be referred to the Dean, who may convene the College’s Student-Faculty Relations Committee. The grievance procedure should be initiated within ten working days of the alleged offense.
The aggrieved student should deliver a written statement of the alleged grievance to the Dean within one calendar week of the written response from the Department Chair. The Dean, at his or her discretion, may render a decision about the appeal or may convene the Student-Faculty Relations Committee. If the Dean chooses to convene the committee, the written statement shall be submitted to the committee in a timely fashion with the charge to the committee that it will fully investigate the alleged grievance and present appropriate findings and recommendations to the Dean of the College. To be forwarded, Committee findings and recommendations must receive a majority vote. The Dean shall notify all involved persons and the Provost by separate written communication of the committeeís findings and recommendations, and his or her decision regarding the grievance. To assure prompt resolution of alleged grievances, the Student-Faculty Relations Committee shall make every reasonable effort to complete its report within two weeks from the date of receipt of the statement of grievance.
In the event that any party involved in the alleged grievance should seek to appeal the decision and/or recommendation of the Dean, a written appeal should be delivered to the Provost within one calendar week of receiving the Dean’s decision. The Provost must appoint a review committee selected from the several College Student-Faculty Relations Committees to hear the appeal and offer findings and recommendations before rendering a decision.
Each review committee appointed by the Provost shall be composed of four members of the faculty selected from the Student-Faculty Relations Committees in Colleges other than the College from which the appeal originated, and three student members, one of whom shall be a graduate student, and all of whom shall be majors in Departments other than the Department from which the appeal originated. The review committees shall include both men and women, and members shall elect a chair and assign other responsibilities and adopt appropriate rules of procedure before the initial presentation of the appeal.
Each review committee shall, at the conclusion of its considerations, report to the Provost one of the following:
a) “In the considered opinion of the review committee, the alleged grievance is in fact a grievance resulting from an improper application or interpretation of an existing institutional policy, or arbitrary and/or capricious action contrary to standard acceptable academic practice, and the specific redress recommended by the committee is…” Or, b) “In the considered opinion of the review committee, the alleged grievance is not in fact a grievance resulting from arbitrary and/or capricious action contrary to standard acceptable academic practice, institutional policy or procedures, and the appeal is rejected.”
The report of the review committee shall be completed within two weeks following the appointment of the review committee unless an extension is requested and granted by the Provost. In the presentation of recommendations by the review committee, reference to instructional personnel must comply with the established policies and procedures regulating tenure and the academic administrative procedures as published in this Handbook. The President and Board of Regents reserve the right to hear any further appeal.
Additional procedures of grievance /appeal are provided to University students in the following areas of University service:
a) Student Conduct/University Discipline Code, including academic dishonesty (See Student Handbook)
b) Traffic and Parking Regulations (See Student Handbook)
c) Residency Appeals (See Student Handbook)
d) Discrimination and sexual harassment (See Human Resources Policy Manual)
Grades remain as recorded by the instructor of record and can be changed, normally, only by the instructor. In the absence of the instructor, the Department Chair and Dean are charged with the responsibility for changing grades. Grades may be changed by the Department Chair, Dean of the College or Provost if and when, as a result of the appeals process, it is determined that a faculty member has failed to implement a previously announced grade policy, awarded a grade in what has been determined to be an arbitrary or capricious manner, or violated a University or Texas State University System rule or policy.
All academic grades and grading methods are subject to review by the appropriate Chair and Dean when a
review is requested by a student regarding a specific grade. The Chair and Dean must approve any change
in grade requested by an instructor after final grades are recorded.
Academic Affairs Appendix I
Grievance Procedures for Filing, Processing, and Resolving Complaints of Alleged Discrimination Based upon Race, Color, Creed, Sex, Age, Handicap or National Origin.
1. Informal Proceedings.
A complainant may bring an allegation of violation of this policy to any Dean, Vice President, Associate Vice President or any of the resource persons whose names, addresses, and telephone numbers are available in Student Affairs or the Human Resources Office. Notice of the allegation should be brought to the attention of the appropriate University Official within ten working days of the alleged violation.
This resource person will counsel the complainant as to the options avail-able under this policy, and will direct the complainant to the appropriate authority to hear the complaint. In determining the appropriate authority to whom the complainant shall be referred, the person to whom the complainant initially brings the allegation shall consult with the Director of Human Resources. In selecting the appropriate authority, consideration shall be given to the level of authority required for such procedures and the channels of communication available to the complainant as well as the authority’s ability to insure that a thorough and timely review of the complaint shall take place.
Once designated, the appropriate authority will direct that the complaint be put in writing and will initiate an informal, preliminary inquiry to deter-mine whether a reasonable basis for the complainant’s allegations exists. At this stage of the proceedings, the identity of the complainant shall not be disclosed without the consent of the complainant.
If the preliminary investigation reveals that there is a reasonable basis for believing that a violation has occurred, the person against whom the complaint was lodged will be notified, and the appropriate authority will conduct an administrative review of the complaint including:
a) review of the allegations by the complainant;
b) review of the response of the accused to the allegations;
c) negotiations to resolve the matter in a manner reasonably acceptable to both interested parties.
All the parties involved at this stage should be cautioned not to publicize or divulge either the nature of the proceedings or the identity of the people involved.
If the administrative official determines that a violation of this policy occurred, the administrative
official may issue an oral or written warning, demand a promise not to commit such an abuse again,
impose mandatory counseling on the individual who violated the policy, or take any other sanction
which appropriately reflects the severity of the violation of the policy.
2. Formal Proceedings.
If, after the informal proceedings, the appropriate official concludes that there is no reasonable basis for the complaint, the complainant may pursue a formal complaint in accordance with the procedure outlined in this section.
In addition, after the informal proceedings, if the appropriate administrative official concludes that there is a reasonable basis to support the allegations of misconduct and that it will take specific and appropriate steps to bring the matter to a satisfactory resolution, or if either the accused or the complainant is not satisfied with the resolution adopted by the administrative official, the administrative official shall initiate the formal proceedings. Formal proceedings hereunder shall take place in accordance with the following guidelines:
A formal complaint filed against a student shall be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs who should investigate the case and determine within five working days whether further investigation or a recommendation for sanctions is warranted. Under appropriate circumstances, the Vice President may convene an ad hoc committee to review the facts surrounding the case and to make recommendations for resolution of the complaint. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall notify the student and the complainant of the decision.
Authority to Suspend Students
In extraordinary circumstances the president may, at any time, during or after an investigation of a complaint, suspend an accused student from a specific class or from the university altogether. The President will take such action if, after review and investigation, he/she finds it reasonably certain that;
a) the alleged offense has occurred and
b) the accused would be in a position either to retaliate against, or in any way do serious harm to, the students or conduct of that particular class or to the university community.
Appeal from Sanctions
Appeals from recommended sanctions against students shall be directed to the campus discipline committee as described in the Student Handbook.
Grade Replacement Policy
Students will have one chance to replace a grade for a course. If a student repeats a course, the official grade is the second one made, although the original grade remains on the student’s transcript. A grade once earned and entered on a student’s record, cannot be removed. The repetition of a Lamar University course at another institution will not replace a grade in the grade point average (GPA) calculation of the Lamar University course. Any further grades earned by further repetition of the same course will be used in calculating the University GPA. Eligibility for all University honors will be determined on the basis of a cumulative GPA that includes all grades earned at Lamar University.
Any student who wishes to repeat a course must do so before completing a more advanced course in the same subject. The chair for the department offering the course will determine what constitutes a more advanced course. Before registering to repeat a course for grade replacement, a student must receive approval from the department chair or advisor.
This policy does not apply to classes repeated before the fall of 2000. Students may obtain a grade replacement form from the Records Office. Students are responsible for completing and filing the grade replacement form with the Records Office after talking to their advisor and registering for the course. In accordance with State law, additional tuition will be charged when a student enrolls in the same course for the third or subsequent time. This includes transferred courses and dropped courses. For more information, please contact the Registrar, 880-2113.
Once a degree has been conferred, a student may not use the Course Repetition/Grade Replacement Policy for any courses used to award the degree or calculate the cumulative grade point average.
Classification of Students
Officially enrolled students are classified as follows:
Freshmen: has met all entrance requirements but has completed fewer than 30 semester hours.
Sophomore: has completed a minimum of 30 semester hours with 60 grade points.
Junior: has completed a minimum of 60 semester hours with 120 grade points.
Senior: has completed a minimum of 90 semester hours with 180 grade points.
(those not addressed by the above policies/procedures for academic and student life complaints)
Students are encouraged to resolve complaints (or grievances) at the appropriate level of dispute; however, should this approach fail or be inappropriate, students may submit written complaints by completing the Student Complaint form.
Upon receipt, the written complaint will be filed with the Office of Student Affairs and promptly reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee (Official) for completeness and evidentiary integrity. If it is determined by the Student Affairs Official that the written complaint is lacking completeness and/or integrity, the complaint may be dismissed or additional information may be requested. In either case, the complainant will be notified by the Student Affairs Official. If in the opinion of the Student Affairs Official, the opportunity for resolution at a more appropriate level of the university was not afforded, the complainant may be directed to a more appropriate university official.
If it is found by the Student Affairs Official that sufficient documentation exists, a hearing will be scheduled with the complainant and, if judged necessary by the Official, additional investigatory actions will be taken. Hearings may be conducted by phone if the student is enrolled only in online classes. Upon completion of a thorough review, the Student Affairs Official will render a written resolution, and notify the complainant of said action in a timely manner.
The complainant may appeal the resolution, in writing, to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Appeals may also be submitted by fax or e-mail as indicated above. The written appeal must be submitted within five business days and include the basis for the appeal and the desired outcome. The Vice President will review the appeal and reserves the right to hear from the complainant, the Student Affairs Official and any other party. The Vice President will render a judgment on the appeal and, if appropriate, a final resolution. In a timely manner, the complainant will be notified in writing.
Absence, AIDS, Bacterial Meningitis, Disability, Non-Discrimination, Drug-Free Schools, Buckley Amendment, Campus Food Sales, Sexual Harassment, Smoke-free Work Place, Student Right-to-Know/Campus Security Student Travel Procedures
Absence Due to Illness or Injury
Students may request the student affairs office to notify faculty members prior to or during an extended absence because of injury or illness. This notification does not constitute an excused absence from class. It does inform instructors why a student is absent.
In the event of a serious injury or long-term illness, instructors should be contacted immediately by the student’s parent or legal guardian, in per-son or by telephone. As determined by the circumstances, a decision will be made by the university as to the student’s enrollment status.
Students will be granted emergency leave for reason of death in the student’s immediate family. Immediate family is defined within this section as the student’s spouse or the student’s or spouse’s parent, brother, sister, grandparent, child or grandchild. Leave must be requested in writing, with appropriate documentation attached (e.g., obituary notice) from the Vice President for Student Affairs who, if the leave is granted,
will inform each of the student’s instructors. Leave shall normally not exceed three days. Requests in excess of three days must be justified and approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs. A full three days is not automatically granted since it is intended that such leave be limited to the reasonable amount of time needed for travel, funeral arrangements, funeral services and caring for other family members during the immediate period of bereavement. Class days missed as a result of approved bereavement leave will be excused absences, and students should be allowed to make up any work missed as a result. In addition, any course or university deadlines missed will be postponed for an appropriate period of time beginning with the first class meeting subsequent to the end of the leave period. The written notice to the students’ instructors must contain a copy of the request (with documentation) as well as a reminder of the right make up missed work.
Absence Due to University-Sponsored Activities
Students planning to be absent because of university-sponsored activities should present a properly completed excused absence form to their instructors prior to the absence.
Institutional policy (refer to Human Resources Policies and Procedures manual 2.7) with regard to students with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) follows the general guidelines of the American College Health Association. Students with HIV infection are encouraged to inform campus health providers so that the institution may provide them proper medical care, counseling, support services and education. All medical information will be handled in a strictly confidential manner in accordance with procedures and requirements in effect at Lamar.
Meningitis Policy for Student Living on Campus
The State of Texas has passed a new law (HR 4189) that will require all first-time freshmen and transfer students who wish to live in a residence hall to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis. All first-time freshmen and transfer students wishing to live on campus after January 1, 2010 must present the Housing Department (Cardinal Village) with one of the following before being assigned a room in campus housing:
- Original certification from a physician evidencing that the student has been vaccinated prior to being assigned a room; or
- An affidavit or a certificate from a physician is presented stating that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well being of the student or stating that the vaccination has been declined for reasons of conscience. The approved form for an exemption can be found here: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. If the student is over 18, they can complete the form themselves, listing themselves as the parent or legal guardian.
Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis
This information is being provided to all new college students in the state of Texas. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast-so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that causes meningitis can also inflect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses,leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.
What are the symptoms?
- High Fever
- Severe headache
- Rash or purple patches on skin
- Light Sensitivity
- Confusion and sleepiness
- Stiff neck
• There may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body.
The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear seek immediate medical attention.
How is Bacterial Meningitis Diagnosed?
Diagnosis is made by a medical provider and is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood tests. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likely hood of recovery.
How is the disease transmitted?
The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions.
How do you increase your risk of getting Bacterial Meningitis?
• Exposure to saliva by sharing cigarettes, water bottles, eating utensils, food, kissing, etc.
• Living in close conditions (such as sharing a room/suite in a dorm or group home.
What are the possible consequences of the disease?
- Death (in 8 to 24 hours from perfectly well to dead)
- Permanent brain damage
- Kidney failure
- Learning disability
- Hearing loss, blindness
- Limb damage (fingers, toes, arms, legs) that requires amputation
Can The Disease Be Treated?
Antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and chances of recovery are increased. However permanent disability or death can still occur.
- Vaccinations are available and should be considered for:
- Those living in close quarters
• College students 25 years old or younger Vaccinations are effective against 4 of the 5 most common bacterial types that cause 70% of the disease in the U.S. (but does not protect against all types of meningitis). Vaccinations take 7 to 10 days to become effective, with protection lasting 3 to 5 years. The cost of vaccine varies, so check with your health care provider. Vaccination is very safe-most common side effects are redness and minor pain at injection site for up to two days.
Vaccination is available at the City of Beaumont Health Department located at 950 Washington Blvd, or call 832-4000.
How can I find out more Information?
- Contact your own health care provider.
- Contact your Student Health Center at extension 8466.
- Contact your local or regional Texas Department of Health Office at 950 Washington Blvd, Beaumont, Texas 77705 or call 832-4000.
- websites: www. cdc/gov/ncidod/dbmb/diseaseinfo; www.acha.org
Lamar University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students or the operation of any of its programs and activities and is prepared to make reasonable accommodations for such students. The designated coordinator for compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the coordinator of services for students with disabilities.
Additional information regarding accommodations for hearing impaired, visually impaired, learning disabled or other disabilities may be obtained by calling (409)880-8026 or stopping by 101A Wimberly Building.
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Lamar University is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all students and employees. The institution has established procedures to advise members of the university community on the consequences of drug/alcohol use, possession and distribution. Additionally, Lamar University is committed to providing important information on available sub-stance abuse counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs.
Significant sections in this handbook and other university publications clearly indicate Lamar University’s commitment to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment)
The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 affords both former and current registered students a right of access to education records which contain information directly related to such persons, as well as the right to challenge the accuracy of those records.
The act also restricts persons to whom the university may disclose a student’s educational records without the student’s written permission. Lamar University’s policy is to comply fully with all provisions of the act.
FERPA rights cease upon death. It is the policy of Lamar University that no records of deceased students be released after the date of death, unless specifically authorized by the executor of the deceased's estate or by next of kin.
Food Sales On Campus
All food sales on campus are limited to registered student organizations and will be subject to the following regulations:
1) All food sales events must be approved by the faculty/staff advisors and by the president of the organization. 2) A facilities form must be completed and submitted to the reservations office of the Setzer Student Center at least two weeks in advance of the event. 3) A copy of a health department permit must be returned to the reservations office before confirmation of the facility is made. 4) Food sales must meet city and state regulations on preparation and the sales of food. Instructions and detailed directions may be obtained from the reservations office. 5) The organization responsible for selling food at an event also must accept the responsibility for any illnesses that may occur from consumption of food sold.
It is the policy of the university that no faculty or staff member, student or contractor, may sexually harass any guest or visitor on the campus or any member of the university community, including faculty, staff, and students. Such acts will not be tolerated either on campus or at Lamar University pro-grams off campus. Any faculty, staff member or student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy.
Faculty, staff, students and guests of the university who believe that they have been sexually harassed or are aware of instances of possible sexual harassment have the right and are encouraged to seek resolution through informal or formal procedure supported by the university.
A person who believes that he or she has been sexually harassed should report the conduct in writing as soon as possible after the incident to any of the following:
a. The academic or administrative official responsible for the area in which the incident took place.b.
- The immediate supervisor of the alleged harasser or the next higher management level if the person is an employee;
- The Vice-President for Student Affairs if the person making the report or the alleged harasser is a student (1 15C Wimberly, 880-8458);
d. Human Resources, 880-8375.
Lamar University recognizes its commitment to the physical well being of its students, faculty and staff. Smoking is prohibited at all times in all university facilities and vehicles unless otherwise designated.
The Cardinal One card is issued to students at Lamar University to serve a dual purpose: as student identification (ID) and as a debit card for the disbursement of student financial aid. If a student/non-student is caught misusing the card for identification purposes, the card may be confiscated by the Police or other appropriate university personnel and the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the Student Affairs Office. Misuse of the card includes but is not limited to: using the card to gain entry into a University dorm or event that the student/non-student is not eligible to enter, loaning the card to someone else, or altering the card in any manner. Confiscation of the card will not affect any remaining cash balance in the student’s account.
Consistent with the provision of the Student Right-to-Know/Campus Security Act, Lamar University will make available to students, faculty, and staff members information regarding critical campus safety issues.
On a yearly basis, the university develops and produces a comprehensive report that contains relevant data on campus safety and security programs and crime statistics. Anyone wanting this data may obtain a copy of the report from the university police.
Student Travel Procedures
Student Travel and Use of Motor Driven Vehicles and Equipment;
Reference Texas Education Code Section 5 1.949, and Senate Bill No. 263.
These Travel Procedures apply to faculty and staff who engage in transporting students off campus a distance of 25 miles or more from campus to an activity or event that is organized, sponsored, or funded by the institution, using a vehicle owned or operated by the institution, or travel that is required by an organization registered at the institution. These travel procedures are considered to be minimum standard; departments may mandate additional procedures.
It is recommended that a designated staff and/or faculty member(s) accompany each student travel group. In the event an advisor cannot attend the function with the student/student group, the organization member/ members should be advised on what the expected behavior from each student should be. All University rules and regulations must be followed.
Groups of 24 and over may be required to obtain commercial/chartered transportation. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and final decision for such an event will be given by the Vice President for Student Engagement or his/her designee after consultation with the student organization advisor. Chartered transportation must comply with all state and federal laws. Groups under 24 may travel by University owned, leased, rented, or privately owned motor vehicles.
For student/student organization travel, only employees of Lamar University are allowed to drive University owned, leased, or rented motor vehicles. Lamar University students are not covered under the University insurance policy unless they are employed by the University. Any employee who is to drive a University vehicle must first provide the Vice President for Finance and/or his/her designee with a copy of their driver’s license and sign an “Application For Copy of Driver Record” form. A license check will be run which will reflect the status of the license, list any accidents and moving violations in the past three (3) years. Permission for an employee to drive a University owned, leased, or rented motor vehicle will depend on the results of their driving record. The employee’s driver’s license and the “Application For Copy of Driver Record” must be submitted to the Vice President for Finance office at least two (2) weeks prior to the date the employee is expected to drive the University owned, leased, rented, or privately owned motor vehicle.
Because personal automobile insurance will be considered first in the event of an accident, all persons who use their personal vehicles while conducting university business should be aware of the possibility of personal liability related to such use. No individual shall be required to use his/her personal vehicle to drive to official university sponsored activities. Use of personal vehicles by students to drive to official university sponsored activities is discouraged.
All state and federal laws will be followed when operating a vehicle for students/student organizations official travel. Drivers will comply with all applicable traffic laws and regulations. All occupants must use seat belts and other safety devices when the vehicle is in motion. Manufacturer-suggested vehicle capacities will be followed when vehicles are used by students/student organizations.
The following activities are PROHIBITED for drivers while driving:
Driving while under the influence of impairing drugs or alcohol
Use of radar/laser detection devices
Use of headphones or earphones
Use of cell phones
Eating, smoking, or drinking
The fatigue of the vehicle operator should be considered at the time of travel and only rested drivers should operate a vehicle.
Each student who travels by motor vehicle or any other form of transportation to participate in a University related activity must execute a copy of the Release and Indemnification Agreement.
Each traveling student must have document proof of current medical insurance coverage.
Any traveling student less than 18 years of age must have a consent for treatment form on file.
Organizations that travel frequently are encouraged to have consent for treatment forms on file for all travelers.
Departments that encourage or require one or more students to travel to events and activities covered under this policy are responsible for verifying that students are aware of this policy.
Faculty and staff employees who fail to comply with this policy are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable provisions of the faculty handbook and the staff personnel manual.
Individual students who violate this policy and the safe travel rules approved by the university are subject to disciplinary action, to include suspension. Student organizations that violate this policy and the safe travel rules are subject to disciplinary action, to include suspension and loss of funding.
Policy on Intellectual Property
The Texas State University System Board of Regents has adopted policies relating to patents and copyrights pertaining to persons employed by Lamar University (and other institutions of the System) and/or anyone using institutional facilities and resources. See Appendix D of the Faculty Handbook for the patent and copyright policies.