Student Affairs Services
The Division of Student Affairs
Student ID Card
Student Development Services
First Year Experience
TCU Leadership Center
The Counseling Center
University Career Services
The Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at TCU provides programs, activities, and services that enhance the student experience. TCU offers a rich learning environment, and through a variety of experiences, 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, civic engagement, developing opportunities for critical thinking and application of classroom learning, and preparing students for life transitions.
The Division of Student Affairs provides services central to a quality student career. These include health services, career services, parking services, and public safety.
The following units and departments comprise the Division of Student Affairs: Residential Services (Housing and Residence Life, Dining Service, Health Services (Health Center, Counseling Center, Psychological Services, Health Education); Student Affairs Information Services (Identification Card Center); 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), University Recreation Center and Campus Police (Security, Crime Prevention and Parking). The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides leadership for the Division.
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.
Almost one half 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, non-smoking facilities. 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 local 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 or students participating in a University sponsored Study Away program. Students over 25 will be housed by special permission only on a space available basis.
Housing Reservations. Newly admitted freshman students will receive information about campus housing in their acceptance packet. A signed/dated payment coupon (which indicates agreement to the terms and conditions of the Residence Hall and Dining Service Contract) and the Advance Housing Payment must be returned to establish an assignment priority date. The priority date is the day the signed/dated payment coupon and the Advance Housing Payment 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 the same hall and (2) for students wishing to change halls. An Advance Housing Payment and a signed/dated payment coupon are required to confirm a reservation for a continuing student. Continuing students cannot receive an assignment if the student `s University account is not in current status during the signup period. Continuing students who fail to reserve a room by the announced date will lose their priority for housing and may place their name on a Wait List. There is no guarantee a space will become available.
The Advance Housing Payment will be credited to the student's University account in the spring semester after the year-long contract commitment has been met. Upon submission, the Advance Housing Payment is subject to the schedules associated with Pre-Residence Contract Cancellation Charges as outlined in the contract.
Eligible students (based upon information submitted on the FAFSA form) may request to have the Advance Housing Payment waived by completing appropriate waiver forms available from Residential Services. Any student receiving an Advance Housing Payment waiver who cancels the housing reservation will be charged a Contract Cancellation Charge in the same manner as if the Advance Housing Payment had been paid and according to the schedules for Contract Cancellations outlined in the Residence Hall and Dining Service 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 (defined as completing any portion of the check-in procedure, accepting a room key, the presence of possessions in a room, etc.) 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 individually.
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. The card is the property of TCU and is non-transferable. 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 or e-mail IDCenter@tcu.edu.
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 charges, copying in the Library and Frog Prints, entry into the Library, Recreation Center and various labs and classrooms across campus, athletic and various event admission, vending machines in various buildings across campus, and to verify identity if requested by a TCU official.
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 or disciplinary action. 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.
Good atmosphere, tasty food and a fair price are the goals 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 are assigned a dining plan based upon the term of admission to TCU. 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, plus sales tax, will be deducted from the student's prepaid dining service account. The amount spent for each meal depends solely on the choices made. Unused dining funds from the fall semester assigned dining plan roll for use in the spring at which time the assigned dining plan is added to the student¿s dining service account again. Any remaining funds from assigned dining plans are nonrefundable at the conclusion of the spring semester. Additional information about dining parameters is available at http://www.rlh.tcu.edu/DININGSERVICE/PARA.HTM
Dining service plans are not designed to cover all of a student's dining expenses during a semester. Additions to a dining service account may be made at any time during the semester. At the end of the spring semester, unused funds resulting from add-ons 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, 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.
While mentoring is provided both formally and informally across the campus and in the community, there are two designated mentoring programs in which students may participate. Each is discussed below.
The Campus Mentor program is designed to improve the well being of young adults through taking advantage of the existing networks at TCU. By providing additional training and support to the students, faculty and staff to whom others naturally turn for help, this program makes it easier for these "natural helpers" to continue what they are already doing, and increase the likelihood that students with problems will receive appropriate guidance. The program is a support system for the campus community, which emphasizes wellness, and is proactive in seeking to influence student's attitudes toward healthy lifestyles and a better utilization of university resources.
Campus Mentors are selected by students who have identified various students, faculty, and staff as "natural helpers" from within the university community and organizations on campus. Training is provided before an individual is identified as a Campus Mentor.
This program is designed for upper-class students to assist assigned first year students in their transition to the campus community and college life. Sentinels will begin contacting new students in June.
Anyone interested in more information about any part of the Mentoring Programs may call 817.257.7855, visit Student Center Room 220, or email us at email@example.com.
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 (817) 257-7855.
Women's Resource Center
The TCU Women's Resource Center provides a forum for addressing issues that are especially significant, but not exclusive, to women. The Center encourages dialogue among students, faculty, and staff and is committed to programming that invites participation by the broader Fort Worth community.
Each year the WRC collaborates with curricular and co-curricular units on a variety of programming. Annual programs included in the Women's Resource Center are: International Women's Day Celebration, the Women's Community Dinner, and the Nokia Research Award for women-centered research. On-going programs include DENT (Disordered Eating Networking Team), Pinkbag Lunch Series, and Graduate Women's Brownbag collective.
To receive more information regarding current programming or to become involved in the WRC, contact 817-257-7855.
Allies is an informal network of faculty and staff for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. This group provides individual support to those students and educational advocacy to the entire campus community. eQ Alliance is the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight student organization. This student group seeks to foster awareness and understanding of student rights and concerns regarding gender and sexual identity. To receive more information regarding Allies or eQ Alliance, contact (817) 257-7855.
Alcohol and Drug Education
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.
The Center's Goals
1) Enhance the academic mission of the university by insuring that the abuse of alcohol and other drugs does not interfere with academic goal attainment;
2) Enhance student development of leadership skills by providing opportunities for students to positively influence the campus and community environment;
3) Enhance student responsibility to self, others, and the world by assisting individuals in making responsible and ethical decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs;
4) Clarify and enhance students, sense of citizenship through active involvement in programs designed to educate and inform the TCU community about substance use and abuse;
5) Continue to improve the efforts of the Alcohol and Drug Education Center and demonstrate effectiveness through needs assessment and evaluations.
Through the organization HyperFrogs, 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 cd-roms and videotapes is maintained in the ADE Center.
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, feedback regarding personal use, 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.
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 community service on an organizational and individual basis. Support programs and resources to enhance the quality of that work are provided through the office of the Director of Community Outreach. 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. These and other resources and are available to assist individuals and organizations interested in the variety of service opportunities in the office of Community Outreach, (817) 257-7830.
Whether done on a one time or regular basis, students at TCU are annually performing more than 60,000 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. All campus organizations are challenged to meet the TCU CAN Challenge of 30 hours of service per member, per academic year. An annual service event, LEAPS (Leaders Encouraging All People to Serve), 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 International, Habitat for Humanity, Food for Thought, Family Pathfinders, TCU AIDS Care Team. Organizations and individuals are welcome to join or work with each of these TCU organizations.
First Year Experience
The Academic Orientation program is designed to assist new students and families with the transition to university life by providing essential information and helping students meet new and continuing students, faculty, and staff. While at Academic 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 specifically for transfer students. There is also a one-and-a-half-day session in January for all new students who start Spring Semester. Academic Orientation is required for all freshmen. Though orientation is optional for transfer students, it is strongly encouraged. Because TCU has an institutional commitment to new students both in and out of the classroom, curricular programs and services such as academic advising, tutoring services, and the Adams Center for Writing are highlighted in the Academic Services section of this catalog.
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 to 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 New Mexico. Our "Challenge" camp groups participate in a team building challenge course and grimy games competition. "Quest" camp groups work on local community outreach projects like Habitat for Humanity and spend free time on a beautiful lake. 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, and Frog Group Discussions, 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.
After attending Academic Orientation and Frog Camp, it is time for the student to make a connection to the TCU community. Connections is an 8-week non-academic credit seminar offered through the TCU Leadership Center that is specifically designed to help new students transition successfully to college life.
The mission of Connections is to encourage a smooth transition to college life for first-year students by providing opportunities for peer networking, skill building, leadership development and faculty involvement.
·A consistent group of first-year students who serve as a support and networking group
·Interaction with successful, upper-class student mentors
·Significant interaction with a faculty member outside a classroom setting
·Class activities that develop leadership, academic, and life skills
Over the course of 8 weeks, small groups of students meet to discuss campus resources, leadership and learning styles, ethical decision making, personal priorities, global citizenship and service learning. In addition, two upper class student mentors and a faculty sponsor assist the students in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful at TCU. Whether in the classroom, on the challenge course, at a service project, or cheering on the Horned Frogs at an athletic event, Connections is a fun and worthwhile experience for new students, whether they are new to university life or transferring from another college.
For more information, please contact the TCU Leadership Center at 817-257-7855, visit the website www.sds.tcu.edu, or visit Student Development Services in the Brown Lupton Student Center, Room 220.
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. 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.
TCU Leadership Center
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.
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.
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 can serve as highlights of Leadership Forum.
Students who participate with the Leadership Center 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 international experiences including UDLA/TCU Leadership Exchange Program, through which student leaders at TCU are paired with student leaders at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and the Columba 1400 Community and International Leadership Center, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
For more information call (817) 257-7855 or come by the Leadership Center in SC 220.
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. The suite serves as a gathering place for a full range of programs, services and ministries that affirm our Christian heritage while enabling respect for the rich diversity of beliefs and practices held within our campus community.
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 sessions, is a weekly opportunity to celebrate the ecumenical spirit of the Christian faith. Roman Catholic Mass is held weekly, Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM in the Student Center Ballroom. Bring Your Own Bible (BYOB)and the TCU Bible Fellowship provides a weekly study and application of scriptures in small groups. 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.
The Brown Lupton Health Center is an outpatient clinic located between Colby Hall and Stadium Drive. The clinic provides ambulatory care for the various needs of TCU students.
A dedicated, well-qualified staff of physicians, nurses, and ancillary personnel offer convenient and economical medical services 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.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patient care is available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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 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 insurance through either an individual/family plan or the University-offered plan. International students, regardless of classification, are required to carry the University-offered insurance as a minimum standard of coverage and are not eligible for a waiver of the insurance. 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 by accessing the Health Center's website and clicking on the Insurance Elect/Waive link.
If adequate coverage is provided by a family/individual plan, the University-offered insurance may be waived at the beginning of EACH FALL online at http://healthcenter.tcu.edu. For students entering in the Spring semester, a waiver must be entered online at the beginning of that semester. A waiver entered at the beginning of the fall semester will remain in effect for that academic year. Failure to enter a waiver online by the specified deadline will result in the student being automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-offered student health insurance. The deadlines are published in the student newspaper, in direct mailings to students, on the Health Center's website, and in e-mails sent to the student's TCU e-mail address.
Undergraduates taking less than 9 hours and Graduate Students have the option to specifically elect the University-offered plan by entering that choice online at http://healthcenter.tcu.edu prior to the semester's deadline for electing or waiving.
The Counseling Center
Located at the west entrance of the Health Center, Mental Health Services professional staff members provide psychological and psychiatric services on a short-term basis for TCU students. Students requiring long-term services will be referred to professionals off campus. The staff includes a full time psychiatric medical director, clinical psychologists, and licensed professional counselors. Services are provided confidentially.
Services provide focus to help 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 Mental Health Services 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 Mental Health Services.
University Career Services
Career Exploration and Job Search Advising
University Career Services (UCS) helps students and alumni identify and attain career goals. While students may use the services anytime during their academic experience, many begin exploring career options during the freshman year. The staff of University Career Services help students evaluate interests, skills, experiences and values and then matches those to potential occupations. Computer resources and printed material in the career library provide opportunities to explore identified occupations.
As students approach their job or internship search, the staff of University Career Services assists students to develop 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 University 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 University 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 University Career Services in order to participate in these interviews.
On-Campus Student Employment
TCU employs students in almost every department on campus. UCS assists students in locating on-campus jobs that are listed on the web page. Students who are seeking a position on campus should come to Career Services to learn about openings and to process required paperwork.
Making the transition from TCU to the world of work or graduate school is challenging to students. University Career Services provides particular programming for sophomores, juniors and seniors to help them prepare for this transition. Sophomore Spotlight helps second-year students explore potential occupations and/or academic majors and prepare for seeking internship positions. 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 UCS at TCU, come to the Student Center Annex, call 817 257-7860 or visit the University Career Services pages on the TCU web site.
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 TCU Police are in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the TCU Police dispatcher can be contacted at any time by telephone, (817) 257-7777. The office is located at 3025 Lubbock Avenue.
TCU Police Programs
Student Escort Program (Froggie Five-O)
The TCU Police Department administers a student escort program, Froggie Five-O, for female students. Froggie Five-O operates between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. throughout the school year. Froggie Five-O may escort female students on foot or by golf carts to all areas of the campus. Students may request an escort by using any of the 53 emergency telephones located on campus or by calling the TCU Police at (817) 257-7777.
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 TCU Police Department crime prevention specialist hosts the meetings and provides speakers on subjects of interest to campus community members.
Crime prevention and other services are offered by TCU Police Department 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, TCU Police Department is unable to provide vehicle unlocking services).
Rape Aggression Defense system (RAD) 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 TCU Police Department 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.
All students, faculty and staff who operate a motor vehicle on University property must register that vehicle with the TCU Police Department and comply with the rules and regulations set forth. The annual registration fees and the TCU Campus Parking Rules & Regulations can be found on the TCU Website www.tcu.edu .
Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking place nor does the lack of a parking space justify violation of any parking regulation. The fact that a citation is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean nor imply that the regulation or rule is no longer in effect.
Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed, immobilized, or towed by the TCU Police Department. The payment of traffic fines, of immobilization, or towing charges does not entitle the violator to accrue an indefinite number of citations. 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, an independent wrecker operator will tow the vehicle 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.
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 or class.
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, room 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 affairs 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
There are 31 fraternities and sororities recognized on the TCU campus. There are 10 Panhellenic sororities, 10 IFC fraternities, 5 National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities, 5 local fraternities and sororities and 1 National Latino fraternity that make up the Greek-letter community each with their own recruitment/intake process. In late May/early June a cd-rom is mailed out to all incoming students to TCU with information about all these groups. Specific information can also be found on the website at www.greeks.tcu.edu or in the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs office in Suite 111 of the Student Center, (817) 257-7281.
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 service 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.
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.
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.
University Recreation Center
The newly constructed University Recreation Center opened in January of 2003. Managed by the Department of Campus Recreation, the URC is the community center of the campus. The programs and facilities listed below are available to all students and faculty/staff (with memberships) for the purpose of encouraging the lifelong pursuit of active, healthy lifestyles, and to enhance personal development through participation, interaction with faculty, employment, and leadership opportunities.
Facility: The 232,000 sq. ft. facility provides for a variety of recreational opportunities. Activities include swimming, basketball, volleyball, badminton, weightlifting, an indoor track for walking and jogging, cardiovascular training equipment, a games area, a climbing wall, computer access, and food service.
Aquatics: the Aquatics Program offers instructional and fitness activities in the water, in addition to recreational swimming. There are three pools in the University Recreation Center: 25 yard lap pool, 22 ft deep diving well, and an outdoor leisure pool and patio.
Intramurals: Structured, competitive, and recreational sporting events are scheduled throughout the academic year. Activities involve team sports, individual or dual events, and special events. Only currently enrolled TCU students and faculty/staff may participate in the Intramural Sports Program.
Fitness/Wellness: Known as the Ripp-it Program, it offers group fitness, personal training, massage therapy, fitness assessments, nutrition consultations, and other wellness opportunities through classes and individualized orientations. Classes are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Educational sessions are also offered to help members achieve healthy, active lifestyles.
Outdoor Programs: Through the University Recreation Center's Climbing Wall and the challenge Course program, individuals are allowed to participate in and experience activities that cause them to reflect and learn about their relationship to others as well as their own abilities and limitations. Participants will attempt to recognize their own abilities via the philosophy of ¿Challenge by Choice¿ support their fellow group members and possess a desire to learn more about themselves through low and high ropes course elements. This program is open to all student organizations and classes.
Sport Clubs: The Sport Club program is designed to serve individual interests in different sport and recreational activities. Membership is open to all students and the club must be a recognized student organization. These interests can be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature, as clubs may represent TCU in intercollegiate competition or conduct intra-club activities such as practice, instruction, social activities, and tournament play.
Memberships: Members of the TCU faculty and staff are required to purchase membership to have access to the University Recreation Center. The current price is $60 for an annual membership or $10 per month for shorter terms. For more information about any of the programs offered by the Department of Campus Recreation please call (817) 257-PLAY.