Student Affairs Services

Residential Services
Student ID Card
Dining Service
Student Development Services
New Student Programs
TCU Leadership Center
Wellness Programs
University Ministries
Health Services
The Counseling Center
Career Services
Automobile Regulations
TCU Police Programs
Campus Life

The Division of Student Affairs at TCU ascribes to and supports the stated philosophy, goals and objectives of the University. As an integral part of TCU, the Division places specific and intentional emphasis on providing opportunities for students to grown and develop within this context. TCU offers a rich learning environment, and through the university experience, students engage in an intensive process of intellectual, personal, moral and social development. The Division holds a special but not exclusive responsibility to assure that the co-curricular learning experiences of students are of high quality, are directed to the development of students, and meet both institutional and individual student needs.

The Division complements the academic mission of TCU. Through programs, activities, and services, the Division strives to assure that graduates are prepared to assume roles as productive citizens. Therefore, there is an emphasis on leadership, the ability to accept responsibility and to behave responsibly, understanding the global economy and a diverse society, developing opportunities for critical thinking and application of classroom learning, and preparing students for life transitions.

The following units and departments comprise the Division of Student Affairs: Residential Services (Housing and Residence Life, Dining Service, Identification Card Center); Health Services (Health Center, Counseling Center, Psychological Services, Health Education); Campus Life (Judicial Affairs, Student Activities, Student Center, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, International Students); Student Development Services (Intercultural Education and Services, New Student Orientation, Leadership Development, Women's Programs, Alcohol and Drug Education, Recreational Sports); and Campus Police (Security, Crime Prevention and Parking). The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides leadership for the Division.

Residential Services

Living in a TCU residence hall is an integral part of the TCU experience. Residence hall students make new friends, get involved in campus activities, and discover opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. Residence halls are conveniently located on the campus, and the halls provide a comfortable room that a student can call "home" while at TCU.

A majority of the undergraduate students at TCU live on campus. Through academic, cultural, intramural, and social activities, students within each hall determine the hall's character. Participation in these activities assists in the student's adjustment and development within a residential setting.

Residence hall rooms are designed for student comfort and are used for study as well as sleeping and socializing. All accommodations are air-conditioned. Most rooms are designed for double occupancy. The basic student room contains a bed, a desk and chair, a chest, and a closet for each student. Each room is also equipped with access to the Internet, TCU Cable Television, and telephone services. Students are encouraged to add decorative items to personalize their surroundings.

The residence hall office is a primary resource on campus. The Hall Director, a live-in professional who administers the hall, serves as an adviser to students. Each hall has Resident Assistants (RAs) who are sensitive to student needs and alert to student concerns. The hall staff knows the many University resources and can help students find needed assistance.

Residence hall programs at TCU assume that the most productive learning environment extends into all areas of a student's life. All residence halls offer a broad range of programs, which may include social programs, physical activities, career information, study skills, personal management skills, spiritual involvement, and self-help aids. Programs are designed to meet the unique interests of the student population in a particular residence hall. Student involvement enhances the creation of a distinctive hall environment.

Residence Requirement. All freshman students (defined as students with less than 24 earned credit hours) under 21 and enrolled for nine or more semester hours are required to live in a residence hall unless they are married, divorced, or live with parents. Students enrolled for fewer than nine hours may live in a residence hall only with special permission from Residential Services. Housing contracts apply to the entire academic year. Short-term housing contracts for the fall semester are accepted only from graduating seniors. Students over 25 will be housed by special permission only on a space available basis.

Housing Reservations. Newly admitted students will generally receive information about housing two to three weeks after notification of admission. A signed/dated payment coupon (which indicates review of the Residence Hall and Dining Service Contract) and the housing deposit must be returned to establish an assignment priority date. The priority date is the day the signed/dated payment coupon and the housing deposit are received by the University. Students are assigned to housing based upon their established priority date.

Continuing or returning students should make housing reservations each spring for the following fall. This reservation period has two phases: (1) for students continuing in a same hall and (2) for students wishing to change halls. A housing deposit and a signed/dated payment coupon are required to confirm a reservation for a continuing student. Continuing students who fail to reserve a room by the announced date will lose their priority for housing.

The housing deposit is credited to the student's University account immediately, thereby immediately applied as credit for University charges as billed. Upon submission, the Housing Deposit is subject to the schedules associated with Pre-Residence Contract Cancellation Charges as outlined in the contract.

Students receiving full financial aid may request to have the Housing Deposit waived by completing appropriate waiver forms available from Residential Services. Any student receiving a Housing Deposit Waiver who cancels his or her housing reservation will be charged a Housing Deposit Waiver Cancellation Charge in the same manner as if the Housing Deposit had been paid and according to the schedules for Contract Cancellation Charges outlined in the contract.

Any student who terminates his or her contract prior to occupancy will be credited or charged (as appropriate) as outlined in the Contract Cancellation Charges portion of the contract.

A current resident who is eligible to live off campus and wishes to terminate a housing agreement for the final semester of the contract must notify Residential Services in writing. Contract Cancellation Charges will be imposed according to the schedules outlined in the contract.

Any student who terminates his or her contract subsequent to occupancy and after an established date must give written notification, including a statement of reasons for termination, to Residential Services. Contract termination subsequent to occupancy will result in housing charges for the full semester. The student may appeal the charges. Each case will be considered independently.

Housing Preferences. While consideration is given to all preferences for hall, room, and roommate, the University assigns accommodations according to the availability of residence hall space. The right to make reassignments is reserved by the University. The University makes room assignments without regard to race, creed, religion, or national origin.

Private Rooms. An additional fee is charged for single rooms and for double rooms occupied by one person. First semester freshmen are not eligible for private rooms. Private rooms are assigned on the basis of priority determined by classification and other criteria established by Residential Services. After the first day of classes, students living alone in a double occupancy room must either pay for the private room or participate in the consolidation process with other residents in a similar situation. The University guarantees the private accommodations for one semester only, but students with private rooms in the fall semester are given priority to continue their private accommodations for the spring semester.

Other housing information and current regulations are distributed to students at the beginning of each semester. Detailed housing information may be viewed at www.rlh.tcu.edu/rlh/

Student ID Card

Your TCU ID Card is your access key to many University resources. It is permanent and may be used as long as you are enrolled at TCU. If at any time you have any questions or problems with your ID Card, contact the ID Card Center in the Student Center, Room 221 or phone (817) 257-7856.

How it works. Your ID is a computerized plastic card, bearing your photo and TCU ID number, with a magnetic stripe on the back. Each time the card is inserted in a card reader, the data encoded in the magnetic stripe is electronically scanned and sent back to a central computer for verification. The system then transmits whether the card is valid and the transaction accepted.

Where to use your card. You will use your card for: Dining Services, TCU Book Store send home charges, copying in the Library and Frog Prints, entry into the Rickel Building, Health Center services, athletic event admission, admission to many TCU events, voting in student elections, and to verify identity if requested by TCU Police. In some residence halls your card is used for: door access, laundry, and soda and snack vending machines.

Lost or Stolen. Card owners are responsible for reporting lost or stolen cards PROMPTLY, to assure that no one else uses your card. Report lost or stolen cards to The ID Card Center (Student Center, room 221, (817) 257-7856), TCU Police (257-7777), or any dining services area cashier. Until one of these agencies has been notified, you are responsible for any purchases with your card. There is a replacement charge of $10.00 for a lost or stolen card.

Please remember. The ID Card remains the property of the University at all times and any abuse of the card could result in loss of privileges. Your card should be in your possession at all times and must be surrendered upon the request of any University official. Upon leaving the University, you must turn in your ID card to your Hall Director or RA, a Fraternity Hall Director, the Dean of Campus Life, or the University ID Card Center.

Dining Service

Good atmosphere, tasty food and a fair price are the goal of TCU Dining Services. Flexible dining hours, convenient locations and a variety of services, including nutritional counseling and catering are available. Dining plans are offered to meet the demands of a student's busy schedule.

Dining service plans are available to all TCU students; however, students living in a university residence hall must purchase one of the dining plans. All TCU dining plans permit students to purchase items individually rather than purchasing a predetermined number of meals. Since these plans are not traditional board plans, there is no cost for missed meals. Students may choose from a wide assortment of food offerings at each meal and the cost of items will be deducted from the student's prepaid dining service account. The amount spent for each meal depends solely on the choices made.

Dining service plans are not designed to cover all of a student's dining cost during a semester.

It is difficult to determine what the actual expenditures will be because individual eating patterns and tastes differ. Some students may need to supplement the originally purchased plan. Additions to a dining service account may be made at any time during the semester. At the end of each semester, refunds of unused funds that have been added to the account will be credited to the student's university account.

Job conflicts and certain academic conflicts (Senior Nursing, Senior Fashion Merchandising, Ranch Management, Student Teaching) may enable students to reduce their dining service plan up to one-half of the minimum requirement. Requests for waivers should be submitted in writing prior to October 1 in fall or February 20 in the spring.

Cash may be used at any time at any of the dining facilities. Dining Service programs are subject to change in accordance with student needs and desires. Questions regarding dining service issues should be directed to TCU Dining Services in the Department of Residential Services.

Student Development Services

The purpose of Student Development Services is to assist each TCU student in achieving his or her potential. The unit provides programs for particular student populations; coordinates leadership education, training and development for the campus community; develops mentoring opportunities for students, faculty and staff; and encourages wellness through physical activity and responsible decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs. The main Student Development Services office is located in Student Center 220. The telephone number is (817) 257-7855.

Commuter Student Services

The Office of Commuter Student Services was created to ensure commuter students remain closely connected to TCU. Through this office we provide a centralized information center that effectively addresses the needs of commuter students. Services include limited free locker rentals, a commuter student on-line newsletter, access to networked computers, and programming events which include a commuter student movie night and our annual commuter student bowling party. For more information, call (817) 257-8555.

Mentoring Programs

TCU Mentoring Programs encompass two levels of experience: underclass students have the opportunity to be mentored by a more experienced student or a member of the faculty, staff or Fort Worth community, while upper-class students may have the chance to become mentors themselves, either within the TCU student body or with younger students in the community. Mentoring relationships are structured in such a way that both the mentor and mentee benefit.

In addition to these individual-mentoring opportunities, a network of "mentors at large" exists for the entire campus. Campus Mentors is a model program created by TCU, designed to improve the well being of young people through existing resources within the institution. This program surveys the student body to find out the "natural helpers" to whom students turn in times of need. Students, faculty and staff identified as Campus Mentors are invited to attend special training opportunities throughout the year.

Intercultural Education & Services

The mission of the Office of Intercultural Education & Services is to promote intercultural awareness and respect for diversity as well as provide students of diverse backgrounds with the resources necessary to transition into college life to succeed on campus and beyond. The Office provides support, guidance and encouragement to TCU students through a variety of services: individual and group advising; student programming; diversity training; educational and technological support; and community involvement. If you would like further information, please contact Darron Turner or Cyndi Campoy at (817) 257-7855 or send e-mail to d.turner@tuc.edu or c.campoy@tcu.edu.

Women's Resource Center

The TCU Women's Resource Center provides a forum on campus for addressing issues that are especially significant for all women. The Center encourages dialogue among students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to programming that invites participation by the broader Fort Worth community. The Women's Resource Center at Texas Christian University calls attention to how our private and public lives intersect within the university and society.

Each year the WRC hosts and collaborates with curricular and co-curricular units on a variety of programming. They vary depending on interest and need. Annual programs that are either hosted or co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center are: TCU LEAPS - all campus community service day, International Women's Day Celebration - March 8th, and the annual Women's Symposium - scheduled during Women's History month.

To receive more information regarding current programming or to become involved in the WRC contact Marcy L. Paul, Program Coordinator, Women's Resource Center at 817-257-7855.


Allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students is an informal network of faculty and staff. This group provides individual support to those students on campus and educational advocacy to the entire campus community. The function of Allies is to be available for individual meetings with GLBT students or those who have questions related to sexual orientation with the gay community. Also, an Ally can provide a supportive, confidential place for GLBT students to go on campus. An Ally can recommend facilitators for group programming on the TCU campus related to sexual orientation and the gay community and act as liaisons to the GLBT communities in the Metroplex. Allies is also the support network for eQ Alliance.

Previously known as TCU Triangle, eQ Alliance is the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight student organization. This student group seeks to foster awareness and understanding of the rights and concerns regarding gender and sexual identity. eQ Alliance meets weekly as a student group to share ideas and discourse with faculty, staff, and community members. To receive more information regarding Allies or eQ Alliance, contact Marcy L. Paul, Program Coordinator, Women's Resource Center at 817-257-7855.


New Student Programs

Frog Camp

Frog Camp is a 3-5 day experiential retreat that immerses new students in TCU history and traditions, helps them establish new friendships, and guides them acquiring the skills they need to be successful in college. Each new Horned Frog becomes a part of a small "Frog Group" of no more than 15 students. Along with upper class students and a member of the faculty or staff, Frog Group members will find out what it means to be Horned Frogs and along the way, forge lasting bonds and friendships!

While each of the camps offers a different emphasis, all of the camps will afford campers the same set of core experiences. These common activities are what make Frog Camp a powerful event. The camps differ in scheduled dates, location of camp, and the type of challenge each Frog Group will face. For example, our "Alpine" camp groups encounter some high-adventure activities in the Rocky Mountains. "Resolana" camp groups will experience community service and the great outdoors of the Southwest United States. Our "Challenge" camp groups participate in a team building challenge course, and our "Quest" camp groups work on a community outreach project. And for those students interested in investigating their new home away from home, Frog Camp "Casa Nueva" explores all the history, culture, and excitement that Fort Worth has to offer. A variety of activities including the Frog Camp Luau, Spirit Sessions, Frog Group Discussions, and even a campfire (complete with marshmallow roasting) all ensure that students will have the know-how and friendships they need to make the most of their college years.

Regardless of the camp a student chooses to attend, he or she will leave with a sense of what it means to be a "Horned Frog" and a new set of close friends.

For more information, please call (817) 257-7855, e-mail Carrie Zimmerman at c.zimmerman2@tcu.edu or visit the Student Development Services office in SC 220.

New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation program is designed to assist students with the transition to university life by providing essential information to help students meet new and continuing students, faculty, and staff. While at Orientation, students meet with an academic advisor and register for the first semester of classes. Each summer there are several sessions from which to choose, with a special session designed for transfer students. There is also a one-and-a-half-day session in January for all new students. New Student Orientation is required for all freshmen. Though orientation is optional for transfer students, it is strongly encouraged.

Transfer Student Services

Upon admission to the University, transfer students are invited to special sessions of Frog Camp and New Student Orientation. Once they arrive, transfers are provided special support services and programs to meet their individual needs.

In addition to these programs, there are other co-curricular opportunities to help new students connect to the TCU community. These include upper-class student "Vanguards" providing a welcome to campus during the traditional Howdy Week, and a unique Bridging the Gap summer program designed to provide special support for the transition to college. In addition, many programs for freshmen are carried out in the residence halls, while the office of Commuter Student Services provides a centralized information and resource center for students who plan to live off campus. Because TCU has an institutional commitment to new students both in and out of the classroom, curricular programs and services such as personal advising and the Adams Writing Center are highlighted in the Academic Services section of this catalog.

TCU Leadership Center

The TCU Leadership Center offers two outstanding co-curricular leadership programs. These programs are flexible enough to meet the diverse needs of today's students as well as comprehensive enough to ensure a thorough exposure to contemporary leadership topics.

Campus Leadership Forum is designed for students who have a tight personal schedule but would still like to be involved in a quality student leadership program. Organizational involvement, nationally recognized speakers, a community leader dinner, and a student leadership development conference are the highlights of Campus Leadership Forum.

Leadership development classes are designed for students who are interested in dedicating more time and energy to their growth as a leader. The classes offered include: the Chancellor's Leadership Program, Foundations of Leadership, Responsible Citizenship, Community Action, Global Leadership, Ethical Leadership and the Senior Seminar. The leadership classes integrate leadership skills classes, campus and community service opportunities, international experiences, and an annual leadership conference into a comprehensive leadership development program.

Students who complete all components of either Campus Leadership Forum or leadership development classes qualify for the TCU Leadership Center Record. The Record is a co-curricular transcript that verifies a student's leadership development activities to potential employers or graduate schools. This is a valuable service available only to students involved in Leadership Center programs.

The TCU Leadership Center acts as a clearinghouse for programs, information and resources related to leadership development and training. Students may take advantage of an extensive leadership library and video collection, or inquire as to campus training resources. The Center also participates in various campus scholarship and leadership award programs designed to support leadership development at TCU.

Additionally, the TCU Leadership Center participates in offering students both for-credit and co-curricular international experiences including Leadership London, a summer international leadership experience through which students may earn academic credit, The Mexico Leadership Exchange Program, through which student leaders at TCU are paired with student leaders at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and the TCU Study Abroad Program.

For more information call (817) 257-7855 or come by the Leadership Center in SC 220.

Wellness Programs

Alcohol and Drug Education

The TCU Alcohol and Drug Education (ADE) Center is based on a philosophy of student development incorporating personal and community wellness. The Center promotes healthy life-styles and responsible decisions through programs, training and alternative activities. Through the organization Students Reaching Out, the Center encourages students to develop a sense of responsibility for selves, for others, and for their university by assuming leadership in setting behavioral norms for the campus community.

The staff includes a Licensed Professional Counselor, who provides confidential assessments and short-term counseling, as well as experts in programming and training. Programs that are available for academic classes, residence halls, and other student groups include Adult Children of Alcoholics, Women and Alcohol, Drinking and Driving, The Campus Social Scene, Dating Under the Influence, Drugs and Athletic Performance, and How to Help a Friend. An extensive Wellness Resource Library containing books, journals and videotapes is maintained in the ADE Center, 230 Rickel Building.

Students who violate the University's alcohol policy are required to attend an initial one-on-one interview with a professionally trained counselor followed by an educational session administered through the Alcohol and Drug Education Center. The content of the sessions focuses on accurate information on alcohol and other drugs, guidelines for responsible decision-making with regard to alcohol use, and strategies for helping others who may have problems. Students who receive a second violation attend a more comprehensive educational program.

Anyone interested in services available through the Alcohol and Drug Education Center is encouraged to visit the office or call (817) 257-7100.

Recreational Sports and the Rickel Building

The purpose of the Recreational Sports Program is to provide a comprehensive array of competitive and recreational sport and fitness activities designed to meet the diverse needs of TCU students, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community. Through the programs, facilities, and activities listed here, recreational sports provide opportunities for individuals to participate in self-directed recreational activities and team sports, to develop lifetime sports skills, and to develop and maintain a measure of physical fitness. Recreational sports also promote healthy life-styles, contribute to developing participant organization and leadership skills, social and emotional fitness, and assist in creating a desirable campus environment designed to stimulate, promote, and enhance the academic mission of the University.

The Rickel Building for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is an all-purpose recreation center. It includes three gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a diving well, ten racquetball courts, three aerobic dance studios, a cardio center, complete weight training facilities, and locker rooms. Adjacent to the building are two sand volleyball courts and nine tennis courts for student, faculty, and staff use. For building hours, call (817) 257-7947.

The Intramural Sports Program offers a variety of structured tournaments ranging from traditional activities such as flag football, softball, basketball, and soccer to nontraditional events such as floor hockey, putt-putt golf, inner-tube waterpolo, and ultimate frisbee. Open to all students, faculty, and staff, most sports offer men's, women's and coed divisions.

The Frog Fit Program offers a wide variety of fitness opportunities for everyone in the University community. Over twenty classes per week, including aerobics, step aerobics, water aerobics, personal training, swim conditioning, and adult fitness, are available.

Sports clubs at TCU are recognized student organizations that are created and administered by students for the purpose of furthering a common interest in a specific sport or sports-related activity. Sports clubs may have a competitive, recreational, instructional, or social focus. Participation is strictly voluntary. Clubs that are currently active on the TCU campus include men's and women's lacrosse, men's volleyball, High Adventure (outdoor recreation), rugby, Tae Kwon Do, roller hockey, rifle, water polo, and ultimate frisbee.

The TCU Challenge Course is an innovative facility that uses high and low elements to create an outdoor adventure experience. Programs are designed to combine risk, challenge, physical activity, cognitive stimulation, courage, support, decision making, and fun into a unique experience that promotes group development and individual growth.

University Ministries

University Ministries is the visible focus for an ecumenical and inclusive ministry with students, faculty and staff. These ministries of worship, care for persons, social justice, fellowship, nurture and other dimensions seek to integrate matters of faith into the routine life and work of the University. The offices are on the first floor of the Student Center and are a gathering place for a full range of programs, services and ministries that enable respect for diverse beliefs.

Through direct involvement in campus organizations, residence halls, campus-wide events, or through personal interaction, University Ministries seeks to provide opportunities for ethical choice and to assist members of the TCU community to examine the implications of faith in our lives. University Chapel, held each Wednesday at noon during the regular University session, is a weekly opportunity to celebrate the ecumenical spirit of the Christian faith. Roman Catholic Mass is held weekly on Sunday evenings. A wide variety of study, retreats, fellowship, service, and care of persons is available through several denominational ministries as well as through the ecumenical expression of the Uniting Campus Ministries.

Many people find themselves in need of temporary or on-going pastoral care assistance to resolve personal, interpersonal, family, or other concerns. Strict confidentiality is maintained for these services and provided without charge.

Students, faculty and staff are urged to discover a local congregation for the important aspects of life in a gathered community of faith. Students of all creeds and faiths are welcome at TCU and in the programs of University Ministries. Direct assistance is provided in expressing individual traditions as well as making contact with community churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and congregations.

Community Service

Resting at the foundation of well-planned responses to the needs and problems in any community is the good will of individuals who are asked to offer their time and talent in a voluntary manner. TCU faculty, staff, and students are involved in doing community service and have a variety of support programs and resources to enhance the quality of that work. Doing service is important, but only half of the experience; there remains the necessity to assess the meaning and the result of the work. A workbook is available for all groups and individuals at TCU to help in planning, doing, and reflecting upon their service opportunities. Information is available for over 300 service delivery agencies in Tarrant County. Assistance is provided in identifying appropriate community service for short-term as well as long-term service (for a summer, a semester, or several years). Long-term service experiences are provided through governmental, private, and church related agencies. Resources and a Community Service Coordinator are available to assist individuals and organizations interested in the variety of service opportunities in the office of University Ministries, (817) 257-7830.

Whether done on a one time or regular basis, students at TCU are annually performing more than 50,000 hours of service in the community. Additionally, students serve on a committee to provide coordination, training, developing, tracking, and evaluation of community service on behalf of the entire TCU community. This is the charge of TCU CAN (Community Action Network). This group of students works with all student organizations with a national network (Campus Outreach Opportunity League) of similar organizations on other campuses to improve the quality of community service at TCU. An annual service event, seeks to provide students with an introductory encounter with community service and an annual "Spill the Beans" campaign seeks to secure information on service accomplished across the campus. Each spring an award is given for the most outstanding example of community service by an organization and by an individual. Several student organizations make service their primary purpose. Some of those include: Alpha Phi Omega, Amnesty International, Best Buddies, Circle K, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Week, TCU AIDS Care Team. Organizations and individuals are welcome to join or work with each of these TCU organizations.

Health Services

Located west of Colby Hall, the Brown-Lupton Health Center consists of an outpatient clinic providing ambulatory care for the various needs of TCU students.

During the fall and spring semesters emergency care is provided 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outpatient clinic hours are 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A dedicated, well-qualified staff of physicians, nurses and ancillary personnel provides convenient and economical medical services. Health Center facilities and services are available to undergraduate students taking 6 or more semester hours and to full time graduate students. Other students, spouses, and dependents of students are not eligible for care at the Health Center.

Medical History/Immunizations. Students attending TCU for the first time must complete a Medical History form including a record of immunizations before registration can be completed. All entering students born after 1957 are required to have had two doses of measles (Rubeola) vaccine after 12 months of age or provide proper verification that they have had the disease. The immunization must have been received after January 1, 1968, to be effective. In addition, within the 12 months prior to entering TCU, a Mantoux/TB Skin Test is required of all entering students.

Required Health Insurance

All undergraduate students carrying nine or more semester hours are REQUIRED to have health and accident insurance coverage. Each undergraduate student registered in the University will be enrolled in the plan offered by TCU and will be billed for that plan. If a student has adequate health insurance through another plan, the student may request a waiver from participation in the plan offered by TCU. If the waiver is granted, the student will be disenrolled from the plan offered by TCU. Students majoring in nursing must have health and accident insurance coverage at any time they are enrolled in a clinical course regardless of the number of semester hours carried.

The plan offered by TCU provides major medical coverage at a reasonable cost. Detailed information about the University offered plan is available at the Health Center.

If adequate coverage is provided by a family/individual plan and the studen tchooses to request a waiver from the University's-offered plan, a waiver form must be filed by the due date at the beginning of EACH FALL semester. Students entering in the spring semester must file a waiver prior to the start of that semester. The due date is published in the Student Calendar/Handbook, the student newspaper and in direct mailings to students. Once filed the waiver remains in effect for that academic year. Failure to file a waiver by the due date will result in the student being automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-offered student health insurance.

The student health insurance offered by the University is also available on an enrollment basis to undergraduates carrying less than nine hours and to graduate students. Information and enrollment forms can be obtained at the Health Center.

Non-immigrant international students, graduate and undergraduate, are required to have health insurance. These students must make requests for waiver consideration through the International Student Services.

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides psychological and psychiatric evaluation services for students on a short-term basis. Students requiring long-term services will be referred to professionals off campus. The staff includes a full time psychiatric medical director, 2 clinical psychologists, and 2 licensed professional counselors. Services are provided confidentially.

Services provided focus on helping students cope with personal concerns as they engage in their academic, social and personal activities. Typical student needs and concerns include learning to study more effectively, resolving interpersonal conflicts, managing stress, coping with loneliness, and handling feelings of depression, anxiety and other emotional crises.

Psychiatric medication management, individual, and group counseling services are available to assist students. In addition, presentations are made to residence halls, classes, and campus organizations on a wide variety of topics in mental health.

The Assessment Program of the Counseling Center helps students learn more about their aptitudes, achievements, interests, values, and personality. In cooperation with other campus departments, services are also available to students related to learning disabilities. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and national tests for admission to graduate schools are administered by the Counseling Center.

Career Services

Career Exploration and Job Search Advising

Career Services helps students and alumni identify and attain career goals. While students may use the services anytime during their academic experience, the freshman year is an excellent time to begin exploring career options. Individual counseling sessions and inventories evaluate interests, skills, experiences and values and match those to potential occupations. Computer resources and printed material in the career library provide opportunities to explore the identified occupations.

As students approach their job or internship search, the Career Services staff teaches them effective job search strategies and techniques through individual advising sessions, videotaped mock interviews, resume critiques and workshops.

Job Search Assistance

Job Listings. Over 50,000 summer, part-time, internship and full-time professional job vacancies are listed with Career Services each year and are available on a password-protected site on the World Wide Web.

Resume Database. TCU uses on-line technology that allows students to register with Career Services while producing high quality professional resumes. The resumes are included in a searchable database and on password-protected Web Resume Books that can be accessed by employers via the WWW. Thousands of resumes are electronically transmitted to employers who request this service annually.

On-campus Interviews. Each fall and spring semester, employers come to TCU to interview graduating seniors in all majors for full-time positions after graduation and sophomores and juniors for internship positions. Students must be registered with Career Services in order to participate in these interviews that are scheduled using the WWW.

On-Campus Student Employment

TCU employs thousands of students in almost every department on campus. Career Services assists students in locating on-campus jobs that match their class schedules and skills. All on-campus jobs are listed on the web page, and students who are seeking a position on campus should come to Career Services to learn about openings and to process required paperwork.

Transitional Programs

Making the transition from TCU to the world of work or graduate school is challenging to students. Career Services presents programming for juniors and seniors to help them prepare for this transition. Junior Jumpstart, a one-day retreat held each spring offers advice to juniors to help them prepare for the job search or graduate school applications during their senior year. Topics include resume preparation, the job or graduate school interview, the graduate school application process, job search strategies and the etiquette of a business lunch. Seniors are offered the opportunity to spend a weekend at an area hotel during Senior Conference in January. Workshops and general sessions focus on succeeding in life after TCU with sessions on surviving the first year on the job or in graduate school, budgeting an entry-level salary, wardrobe planning, teamwork in the workplace, peer advice from recent graduates and training in the etiquette of a formal dining experience.

For more information or to use Career Services at TCU, come to the Student Center Annex, call 817 257-7860 or visit the Career Services pages on the TCU web site.

Automobile Regulations

All students, faculty and staff who operate a motor vehicle on University property must register that vehicle with TCU Police Department. The annual Registration fees are specified in the University Parking and Regulations brochure. All fees are payable in the Controller's Office.

Any student who complies with parking and traffic regulations may operate a motor vehicle on campus. The University does not assume any liability concerning the protection of the motor vehicle or any responsibility for providing special parking places near a student's residence hall.

Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed, immobilized, or towed by the TCU Campus Police Department. Fines are payable at the Controller's Office. Continued parking offenses may lead to a suspension of campus driving and parking privileges and may also result in disciplinary action by the University. Whenever it is necessary to move an illegally parked vehicle, it will be towed by an independent wrecker operator to the wrecker's storage area. The owner of the vehicle will be responsible for the wrecker fee and storage plus the fine for the traffic violation.

Campus Police

TCU Police Officers are commissioned by authority of the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University and are certified as peace officers by the State of Texas to provide protection for personnel and property on campus. The Campus Police are in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the Campus Police dispatcher can be contacted at any time by telephone, Area Code (817) 257-7777. The office is located at 3025 Lubbock.

TCU Police Programs

Student Escort Program (Froggie Five-O)

The TCU Police Department administers a student escort program, Froggie Five-O, which operates between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. throughout the school year. Froggie Five-O escorts drive golf carts to all areas of the campus and can offer student transportation between academic buildings and residence halls. Students may request an escort by using any of the 25 emergency telephones located on campus or by calling the University Police at (817) 257-7777. Uniformed security guards are offered 24 hours a day.

Campus Crime Watch

These programs are of a neighborhood watch nature with the TCU campus being the neighborhood. Meetings for the programs are open to all students, faculty, staff, and friends. The TCUPD Crime prevention specialist hosts the meetings and provides speakers on subjects of interest to campus community members.

Crime Prevention

Crime and other services are offered by TCUPD and the Fort Worth Police Department's Community Service Office and include: Sexual Assault/Acquaintance Rape Prevention, Personal Awareness/Campus Alcohol Police Information, Campus Crime Watch Meetings, Crime Prevention Surveys for Home and Business, "Operation ID: Property Identification System, Auto Theft Prevention (Window Etching) and, Vehicle "Jump Starts" (Due to possible problems with electric locks, TCUPD is unable to provide vehicle unlocking services).

RAD Systems

RAD stands for Rape Aggression Defense system. The program has been offered on the TCU campus for several years. RAD teaches women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. RAD provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being. The RAD program was developed for and is offered to females.

Lost and Found

The Campus Police is the official lost and found office. Articles lost or found should be reported as soon as possible to help the office in returning property to the rightful owner.

Waiver of Responsibility

The University takes reasonable steps to protect people and property on the campus. However, it is impossible to provide protection that is 100 percent effective and the University does not accept responsibility for bodily injury, theft or damage to personal property occurring on the campus. Students are encouraged to assure that their own insurance coverage is adequate.

Campus Life

The Dean of Campus Life and staff are available to advise students and make referrals to appropriate campus resources. The Dean's office processes official university absences for faculty and verifies serious illness of family emergencies for students. All the Campus Life staff advise activities and organizations, and consult with student leaders, plan workshops, retreats, and other campus-wide and organizational events. The Dean is also the Sexual Harassment Officer of the University and is available to confidentially resolve any harassment situations. The office is located in Sadler 101 and the telephone number is (817) 257-7926.

Student Organizations and Activities

One hundred seventy (170) student organizations are available for student involvement. Academic and honorary groups, special interest groups, student activities programming, student government, political organizations, sports clubs, religious and service groups, and national fraternities and sororities are types of TCU campus organizations. This wide range of organizations is provided to expand new interests, enhance the academic experience, develop leadership skills, and meet new friends. All student involvement programs challenge individuals to practice new skills. It is important to learn to set policy, make decisions, lead, and follow others. In essence, student organizations are about leadership that TCU believes can be taught in classes and refined by experience.

International Student Services

Approximately 350 international students from 70 countries attend TCU. The International Student Association includes U.S. students who are interested in social and cultural programs to broaden understanding of global views while making friends with students from around the world. The international student staff advises international student programming and provides support for individual international students. A special international student orientation is provided both fall and spring semesters in addition to regular TCU orientation. The International Friendship Program involving Fort Worth community participants is coordinated through the International Student Services Office. The office is located in Student Center 111. The telephone number is (817) 257-7292.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Eleven national sororities and eleven national fraternities are recognized on the campus. The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council (IFC) are the governing councils for sororities and fraternities. Membership in fraternities and sororities is a mutually selective process and a Rush Book is published each June and mailed to all new TCU students. Additional rush and intake information is available in the director's office. This office is located in the Student Center, room 111. The telephone number is (817) 257-7281.

Brown-Lupton Student Center

The Brown-Lupton Student Center is the hub of student activities on campus. The food services areas (main cafeteria, Pizza Hut Express and snack bar), ballroom and meeting rooms, and several university student affairs offices are located here. A reading room, programming and lounge space are also available for student use. Many entertainment and educational program events and conferences are held in the Student Center throughout the year. As a service to the TCU community, a variety of ticket discounts to Fort Worth/Dallas area attractions and theaters are available at the Information Desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office telephone number is (817) 257-7927.

Judicial Affairs

Students who enroll in TCU are obliged to conduct themselves in a manner that is compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with all published policies, rules, and regulations of the University and will be held responsible for compliance with them. Students are also expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws. This principle extends to conduct off campus that is likely to have an adverse effect on the University or on the educational process of any student. Students may be held accountable by TCU and by police agencies for the same instance of misconduct.

Reported violations of the Code of Student Conduct are investigated and resolved by staff members in the Division of Student Affairs under the general supervision and direction of the Office of Campus Life. Violations of the Code are subject to a wide range of disciplinary action.

Specific examples of misconduct for which students may be subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Infliction of bodily or emotional harm.

2. Hazing.

3. Destruction of property.

4. Use, storage, or possession of weapons or dangerous devices.

5. Tampering with safety equipment and arson.

6. Dishonest conduct.

7. Theft/unauthorized use of property.

8. Unauthorized or abusive use of computer equipment, programs, or data.

9. Failure to comply with University authority.

10.The use, production, distribution, sale or possession of drugs in a manner contrary to university policy or prohibited under Texas law. (See Drug Abuse Policy for complete details.)

11. The use, production, distribution, sale or possession of alcohol in a manner contrary to university policy or prohibited under Texas law. (See Alcohol Policy for details.)

12.Unauthorized entrance to or presence in or on University premises.

13. Disorderly conduct that interferes with or obstructs University-authorized activities.

14. Commission of local, state, or federal criminal offenses.

15. Violation of other published or announced university rules or regulations.

16. Activities that jeopardize building security for any or all residents/students.

17. Behaviors that endanger the well being of any or all residents/students.

18. Causing excessive noise, having guests of the opposite sex in a student room during non-visitation hours, keeping or bringing pets or other animals inside a residence hall, and smoking in any residence hall other than a student room are prohibited.

19. Acts that harm or otherwise negatively affect the appearance of residence hall building exteriors, interiors, or furnishings by failing to exercise reasonable care or in specific acts of vandalism are prohibited.

20. Any act that violates the academic integrity of the institution is considered academic misconduct. (See Academic Conduct Policy)

A complete Code of Student Conduct, including judicial process is available in the Student Handbook and the office of the Dean of Campus Life.

The Bill of Student Rights and the Code of Student Conduct are printed in the Student Handbook. These documents guide the student discipline and grievance processes.