Welcome to Orientation WELCOME TO UHD Within the section, you'll be informed of key moments in the history of the University of Houston-Downtown. Additionally, you'll discover some terms and concepts that are unique to UHD, alongside some of the many resources available to all incoming students. HISTORY • UHD is creating an exciting future based on a fascinating past. The university’s history began in 1974, when the assets of the private South Texas Junior College were transferred to the University of Houston. By 1979, the Texas Legislature approved the new institution as a separate entity within the University of Houston System. In 1983, the name was changed to the University of HoustonDowntown. • Today UHD is the second largest institution in the University of Houston System, which includes four distinct universities: the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, and UHVictoria. All four institutions are governed by the UH System Board of Regents. The chief administrative officer at each university is its president. • The history of the university’s campus goes back even farther. The campus’s One Main Building was constructed in 1929 on the banks of White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou. Then known as the Merchants and Manufacturers Building, the building served the city for decades as a center for commerce and manufacturing. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. • UHD’s facilities have continued to change since the university’s inception. In the late 1990s, UHD added the Academic Building, with more than 40 classrooms and lecture halls; the Technology Teaching and Learning Center; the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium; and a food court. While the Academic Building was taking shape, so was the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center, a stateof-the-art facility devoted to student health, recreation, and fitness. • In 2004, the university opened the Commerce Street Building, which houses the College of Public Service, classrooms, academic labs, computer labs, meeting spaces and faculty offices. • In fall 2007, the university opened yet another showcase facility, the Shea Street Building at the corner of Main and Shea Streets. The new home for UHD’s College of Business features a glassenclosed entrance that provides stunning views of Houston’s downtown skyline. Adjoining this award-winning new building is a multi-story parking facility. • UHD students enjoy the excitement of the nation’s fourth largest city and enjoy being just minutes away from Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center, world-class museums and art galleries, and a wide assortment of restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Getting to and around campus is easy for students with UHD’s free shuttle bus, the city’s light rail line that stops at the University’s front door, and easy access from two interstate highways. • UHD’s innovative wireless campus provides faculty, staff, and students with optimum service and flexibility. In addition to applying for admission and registering for classes online, students can handle much of the “business” of going to college from laptops or desktops while at home or at school. And connectivity makes it easy to meet online with other students for group projects and classes. • Since its founding, the University of HoustonDowntown has continued to grow and provide degrees, programs, and facilities to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff. It is all part of UHD’s commitment to providing access and opportunity to higher education. UHD-ID & GATORCARD • A UHD-ID, or student ID number, is a nine-digit randomly generated number that begins with a 9. It is assigned to you when you apply for admission to the university. If you ever forget your UHD-ID, you can look it up on Student EServices. Your UHD-ID will never be released over the phone. • The GatorCard is the official identification card of UHD and is required of all currently enrolled students to utilize services on campus (library, computer lab, gym, etc.). An additional functionality of the GatorCard is to provide those students who choose to do so a faster means by which to receive their financial aid refund or tuition reimbursement from the University. • Students must register for classes before they can take their GatorCard photo. After having your photo taken by the Office of Student Activities & Events you should expect to receive your GatorCard in the mail in approximately 7 – 10 business days. Your GatorCard will be mailed to the address you have on file with the University, please make sure it is current and up to date. • There is no fee for your initial GatorCard; however, there is a $15 replacement fee to have it replaced if lost or stolen. If you lose your GatorCard, contact Higher One, the company that distributes the GatorCard, immediately. & Student E-Services • UHD offers a variety of student e-services on the web that allow students to go online rather than stand in line to perform administrative and academic functions that have traditionally required face to face interaction on campus. UHD’s student eservices functions as a one-stop student portal. In addition to providing access to GatorMail and a range of general information, such as the course schedule and the university catalog, many student-specific functions are available. Students may apply for admission, determine their financial aid status, determine their eligibility for registration, and register for classes if they meet certain requirements, view their grades, update their address and other directory information, and obtain information about their computer account. Students may also make payments on-line for library fines, parking citations, and tuition. • To access Student E-Services, click on the link at the top of the UHD homepage: • Select the Student E-Services box, shaded in blue. • Most of the services located under “Online Status & Set-Up” and “Registration & Payment” require you to log-in using your 900 UHD-ID. Whenever you log-in to Student EServices for the first time, your pin, otherwise known as your password, will be your six-digit birthdate. For example, if you were born on January 27, 1974, your pin would be 012774. REGISTER & PAY HERE • All admitted students can enter here to register for approved classes, request parking permit (if needed) and pay. UHD Class Schedule & e-Syllibi • Students can click on this button to search for classes and view the syllabus of each class. • Choose the semester to search for classes. • Choose the location of where you wish to attend classes. • You may also search through Student e-services Courses and Degree completion programs • UHD offers many freshman and sophomore courses online plus upper-level course work for undergraduate completion degrees and one graduate degree completely online. Not only are all the online courses completely transferable to other accredited institutions, the curricula in the online courses that UHD offers are identical to their on-campus counterparts. Online Course evaluations • All admitted students currently enrolled in a course may access the course evaluation here. Check you bacterial meningitis vaccination status • Once you apply to UHD, you may check your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination status by clicking on this button. This is the screen below you will see. Enter your Network ID or 900 Number and password to enter the site. Please Enter Your Username and Password. return to e-services | Login Username: (Network ID or 900 Number) Password: Other Options: Change My Password (I know my password and want to change it.) Forgot Password (I don't know my password and want to get a system generated password.) Lookup UHD ID (900#) and UHD Network ID Legal Notice as Required by the State of Texas Displaying the following notice pertaining to the use of systems in Texas Higher Education entities is required per Texas Administrative Code(Title 1, Part 10, Chapter 202): A. Unauthorized use is prohibited; B. Usage may be subject to security testing and monitoring; C. Misuse is subject to criminal prosecution; D. No expectation of privacy except as otherwise provided by applicable privacy laws. GATORMAIL • All admitted students are issued a GatorMail email account. Students can obtain their GatorMail username via Student E-Services (www.uhd.edu/eservices) under “My Personal Profile and Emergency Alerts”. Your password for GatorMail will be the same password that you use for Student E-Services. UHD assigns student email accounts as a means of communication between faculty, staff, and students. Students should check their email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with University-related communications. GATORKNOWS • GatorKnows provides 24 hours a day and 7 days a week self-service help for prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, and anyone else interested in UHD. Search our Frequently Asked Questions to find your answers or click the Email a Question link to ask a more specific question. http://uhdinfo.custhelp.com/cgibin/uhdinfo.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_ sid=kAezSeKj STUDENT SERVICES AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT • The University of Houston-Downtown’s Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, under the direction of the Vice President, offers a wide variety of services, programs and activities designed to augment the academic experience of students. • The division includes the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Admissions, Registrar, Career Services, Student Health Services, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Student Activities & Events, Sports & Fitness, and Testing Services. • Suite 380-South, 713-221-8100 http://www.uhd.edu/vp/index.html • The Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management serves as a resource to students by distributing information, assisting with problem resolution and interpreting university policies, rules and procedures. This office is also responsible for carrying out the university’s student discipline policies. Among the information Student Services and Enrollment Management provides to students and the university community are the UHD Student Handbook, UHD Registration & Information Bulletin and the Campus Information Board. REGISTRAR • Suite 330-North, 713-221-8999 http://www.uhd.edu/registrar/index.html • The Registrar's Office maintains all student academic records including registrations and grades. The responsibility of this office is to provide valuable and reliable service and academic data to all UHD students, faculty, and staff as well as to state and federal agencies. The Registrar's Office issues transcripts and diplomas, and certifies loan deferments and veterans' benefits (http://www.uhd.edu/registrar/veterans.html). Students should contact this office in addition to the Financial Aid Office to officially notify the university of a name change when applicable. SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID • Suite 330-North, 713-221-8999 http://www.uhd.edu/financial/index.html • The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate and graduate students in meeting educational costs. The programs include scholarships, grants, loans and workstudy, which may be awarded in various combinations and amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the application process early and complete the necessary applications properly and on time. • The priority deadline for fall is April 1 of each year. • The UHD School code is 003612 • Student Financial Aid Flowchart CAREER SERVICES • Suite 340-North, 713-221-8980 http://www.uhd.edu/career/index.html • Each student and alumni is unique, and Career Services will work with you to find out which services you need and how to help you reach your goals. Generally, your needs will be determined by where you are with your education. Career Services usually helps: • Decide on a major. • Develop job search skills needed to find work while in school, including resume help, interview guidance, and how to start a job search. • Access employers via eRecruiting and Career Fairs • Develop career options related to a particular major. • Improve job search skills suitable for seeking a more professional job or an internship related to a particular major or field while in school or once graduated, including resume reviews, practice interviewing, and networking guidance. • Decide about graduate school • Access employers via eRecruiting and Career Fairs • Field Experience (Internships) STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES • Suite 320-North, 713-221-8137 http://www.uhd.edu/health/index.html • Student Health Services focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Clinicians provide the same primary care found in most physicians’ offices (including women’s health) and offer referrals to specialists in the community when necessary. Appointments are recommended for these services. Routine laboratory services, pregnancy testing, and confidential HIV testing and counseling are provided. The pharmacy fills in-clinic prescriptions at low cost and offers some nonprescription medications for sale. Nurses provide counseling on a wide variety of health issues and offer special screenings and services throughout the year. In addition, educational brochures on a variety of health-related subjects are available as are applications for student health insurance. STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES • Suite 320-North, 713-221-8248 or 713-221-8121 (Toll-Free 24 hrs 1-800-346-3549) http://www.uhd.edu/counseling/index.html • The UT Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP) provides counseling services to UHD students Monday through Thursday, during each semester. Student Counseling Services is designed to help you maximize your health and effectiveness at home, school or work. Through this program, you receive confidential, personal support for a wide range of issues, from everyday concerns to serious problems. Whether you want advice about a financial concern, need to talk to someone about drug use, or are simply feeling overwhelmed by school life, we can help. You have access to both online --through www.uteap.org -- and in-person support for a wide range of issues. All records, including medical information, referrals and evaluations, are kept confidential in accordance with federal and state laws. STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS • Suite 204-South, 713-221-8573 http://www.uhd.edu/sae/ • The Office of Student Activities and Events encourages and challenges students to become involved in non-academic components of campus life that enrich their campus experience, offer opportunities to develop leadership and other skills and allow them to make friends from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds. The Office of Students Activities and Events coordinates the functions of the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and a variety of clubs and organizations. Student Activities and Events is also responsible for Commencement, Crossroads Festival, Cultural on the Bayou, One Main Event, UHD Activities Day, the Community Involvement Center, Project Leadership UHD and the Campus Information Center. Student Organizations • The varied personal and professional interests of UHD students are aptly reflected in the range of active clubs and organizations on campus. Professional organizations and departmental clubs provide opportunities for individuals with similar interest and goals to meet. There are also social clubs, cultural organizations and special interest groups. All clubs offer student educational opportunities as well as personal enjoyment. Student Publications • Dateline Suite 260-South, 713-221-8569 Bayou Review Suite 250-South, 713-221-2716 • The Dateline is a student-run newspaper. With guidance from a faculty advisor and the Student Publications Advisory Committee appointed by the president, students are provided with a wide range of experience in journalism. • The Bayou Review is a literary journal, with biannual publication of poetry, essays, reviews, photos and drawings. The journal seeks to promote arts and humanities at UHD and to provide a forum for students who have an interest in creative writing. SPORTS AND FITNESS • Student Life Center, 713-221-8225 http://www.uhd.edu/sportsandfitness/ • Sports and Fitness provides members with programs and facilities that offer vigorous, fun-filled, health-promoting, physical activity conducive to wellness and personal development. Through a wellequipped recreational facility, fitness programs, intramural sports and sport clubs activities, members will be motivated to embrace a healthy life-style, which may ultimately enhance their quality of life. • Membership The programs and services of Sports and Fitness are open to all UHD students, faculty and staff at no additional fees. UHD Alumni Society members may purchase a Sports and Fitness Membership for a fee. • Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center The three-level, 30,000-squarefoot Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center includes two gymnasiums equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a multipurpose studio designed for aerobics, martial arts, and dance classes; and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight equipment and cardiovascular units. Lockers and showers are available. W. I. DYKES LIBRARY • The W.I. Dykes Library (www.uhd.edu/library) occupies the north portion of the fourth floor and the entire fifth floor of the One Main Street building. The library may be entered from the Main Street elevators or stairwells. The north side of the fourth floor houses the library’s computer lab, thirteen group study rooms, two presentation practice rooms, two classrooms, an events room, vending machines, and a comfortable open seating lounge where students are able to study or relax between classes. • The UHD Online Catalog lists the books and journals available in the W.I. Dykes Library, most University of Houston central campus libraries and the University of Houston-Clearlake library. Books from other UH system libraries may be requested electronically by clicking the request button in the online library catalog. Access to the catalog and electronic databases from a home computer, wireless locations or from UHD computer labs supports research 24 hours per day. • Reference librarians at the Information Desk offer assistance in utilizing library resources. Reference help is also available through the library’s Ask a Librarian email service, linked throughout the library’s website. • The library has two computer workstations reserved for visually impaired students. Anyone with special physical or communication needs can ask for assistance from any library service desk or phone the library to schedule an appointment for special services. The library also provides services for UHD distance students through the ILL Department. Distance students will find forms for requesting books and articles at http://www.uhd.edu/library/ILL/index.html on the library’s website. • Your GatorCard serves as your library card and must be presented when checking out materials. The library is open seven days a week during fall and spring semesters and Monday through Saturday during summer sessions. Check with the library for intersession and holiday hours. For reference information call 713-221-8187; for circulation information call 713-221-8186. CAMPUS BOOKSTORE • The upper level (third floor) of the university bookstore is located near the Main Street entrance of the One Main Building. It offers school supplies, clothing, insignia items, and snacks. The lower level (second floor) houses new and used textbooks that can alternatively be ordered online at http://uhdowntown.bkstore.com/. Students can sell their textbooks back to the bookstore at the end of each semester. STUDENT PARKING & CAMPUS SAFETY • Student parking is available at UHD in four different areas: the Daly Street Lot (North Main at Daly), the Shea Street Lot (North Main at Shea), the Naylor Street Lot (North Main at Naylor) and the Washington Street Lot (Washington at Travis and Washington at Louisiana). Shuttle bus service is available from the Daly Street Lot, providing service at regular intervals to the One Main Building, Shea Street Building, and Commerce Street Building. Students who park in any UHD parking lot are required to register their vehicles with the Parking Office and obtain a permit to display on the vehicle. The university reserves the right to control the availability of student parking areas to meet the demand for parking for special events. The parking fee is subject to change by the Board of Regents. • A permit is required to park on any of the UHD parking area lots. Permits are issued by semester: For Fall and Spring, $50 for student lots, $75 for Shea Street garage, and $60 for Night garage parking only; For Summer sessions, $25 for student lots, $50 for Shea Street garage, $35 for Night garage parking only. Parking permits, maps of parking areas and parking regulations are available in the Parking Office. A map is also available at the back of this publication. • A student with a valid permit may park, day or night, at the Daly Street parking lot located at 500 North Main, the Naylor Street parking lot located at Naylor and North Main, the Washington Street lot located between Milam and Louisiana Streets and the Shea Street Garage, located at North Main and Shea Street. Shuttle buses run on regular intervals, Monday through Friday, between the University, the Daly Street parking lot, Commerce St. Building and Shea Street Building. Monday-Thursday 6:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. Friday 6:45 a.m. – 6:00pm Saturday - No service • The University of Houston-Downtown Police Department is committed to assuring your safety and security on campus. The Police Department provides comprehensive police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Offices are located on the first floor of the One Main Building, Suite 118-North. • Information on campus safety and security, including services such as vehicle jump starts and unlocks and five-year crime statistics is provided on the UHD Police Department website at www.uhd.edu/campus/pd/ . Also available are safety and crime prevention information, crime alerts, campus policies on alcohol, firearms and sexual assault, and more. COMPUTER SERVICES & LABS AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS • The University of Houston-Downtown provides state-of-the-art computing equipment and software to its students, faculty, and staff. The university offers wireless computing services campus-wide (www.uhd.edu/wireless ) as well as lab environments and a technology commons to support general student lab and classroom computing needs. A Technology Teaching and Learning Center is available for faculty and staff technology training and support. Also, most of the classrooms throughout the university are equipped with computer presentation systems. • The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main and in Suite C300 in the Commerce Building. Several electronic classrooms are available within these two labs, as well as within the Technology Teaching & Learning Center (A700). There are more than 640 computers represented in these areas, as well as several laser printers, scanners and laptops for student checkout (available in S800 & C300). The Comet Lab, located in the Commerce Street Building (Suite C300), has similar capabilities and support as the computer lab in Suite 800-South. The Comet Lab is available to serve all students, faculty and staff. All computers are equipped with the same software available in 800-South. The Commerce Lab also features scanners and laser printers. • The Technology Commons area is location in Suite B200 in the Shea Street Building. There are 70 laptops available for students to checkout for use in the Shea Street Building. Students can sit and relax in the Technology Commons area in leather chairs with built-in tables; or they can sit at one of the café-bistro style tables. There are also three electronic classrooms in the Technology Commons, which are utilized primarily for academic classes but are often opened as lab space when not occupied by classes. • Each of these facilities (S800, B200 and C300) is available to any currently enrolled students, has several electronic classrooms as part of the facility, and provides special devices to aid students with disabilities. The Student Technology Services group, which manages and operates the labs, also provides documentation as well as group and individual consulting to its constituents. Laptops are available for short-term student checkout at each of these locations. Presentation systems equipped with computers and projectors are also available in the electronic classrooms. • The Academic Computing Lab hours during semesters are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. During the last few weeks of classes, lab hours are extended until 12 midnight on Monday through Thursday and until 9:00 pm on Sunday. Special purpose labs are also available to students. The Department of Engineering Technology maintains several computer labs. The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences has six computer classrooms of PCs for instruction in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. The Department of Natural Sciences has a Science Learning Center that contains two electronic classrooms, and a Science and Technology Demonstration Laboratory. The College of Business has three classrooms for teaching programming, word processing, keyboarding, and computer information systems. The Department of Arts & Humanities and English also have several computer labs. The Academic Support Center also offers learning support software for individual work in developing reading, writing and mathematical skills. There are over 40 specialized departmental computing labs that service subject-specific needs. STUDENT ACCOUNTS AND PASSWORDS • Your student account name can be found in student e-services under "My Personal Profile & Emergency Alerts." The password for Academic Domain, Blackboard Vista, GatorMail, and Linux is the same as your e-serivces PIN. Your PIN or password is good for only 120 days. After the 120 days you will be required to reset your password through student e-services. • How to Change Your Password: • Go to e-services (www.uhd.edu/eservices) • Click on "My Personal Profile & Emergency Alerts" • Enter your Student ID number and PIN • Click on "Change PIN" and follow the directions • The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main and in C300 in the Commerce Building. There are over 630 computers represented, as well as several laser printers and scanners. The Technology Commons area, B200 in Shea Street Building, provides a relaxed atmosphere for students to use their laptops. Several computers and printers are also available. Laptop checkout and computer-equipped classrooms are available in each of these locations. UNLOCKING YOUR ACADEMIC POTENTIAL THE IN’S AND OUT’S OF UHD COURSES GRADING SYSTEM • The following grades are included in the calculation of grade point averages: Grade Grade Points A Superior 4.0 B Above Average 3.0 C Average 2.0 D Below Average 1.0 F Failure 0.0 • The following grades are not included in the calculation of grade point averages: Grade Description • Grade A* Non-credit grade B* Non-credit grade C* Non-credit grade I Incomplete IP In Progress Aud Audit S Satisfactory (passing) U Unsatisfactory (not passing) W Withdraw I (Incomplete) • An incomplete grade is given only when an unforeseen emergency prevents a student from completing the course work and only with the instructor’s approval. A grade of I will be changed to a passing grade if the missing work is completed satisfactorily by the deadline set by the instructor but no later than the end of the long semester immediately following the term in which the grade was received. An incomplete grade that is not removed by this deadline becomes an F. Repetition of a course for which an incomplete grade was received does not affect resolution of the original grade. An incomplete grade earned in a student’s graduating semester is computed as an F in determining grade point average. IP (In Progress) • The grade of IP may be given in some developmental courses and the Writing Proficiency Exam. In the calculation of grade point average, a grade of IP is treated as a W. To receive credit for a course in which an IP was assigned, a student must register for the course again and earn a passing grade. S (Satisfactory) • The grade of S may be earned in field experience courses and certain other courses. Credit received with a grade of S is not part of the grade point average calculation. W (Withdrawal from Courses) • Students will not receive a grade if they withdraw from a course by the Official Day of Record. • Students automatically receive a grade of W for any course from which they withdraw after the Official Day of Record but before the end of Thursday of the 10th week during a long term and Thursday of the fourth week during a summer term. • Official Day of Record and withdrawal deadlines are published in the University Calendar online (www.uhd.edu/AcademicCalendars ) and may be found in the Registration & Information Bulletin. • Class days are defined as days on which the university has one or more classes scheduled; not the days for which an individual student is scheduled for his/her particular classes. DROPPING AND ADDING COURSES / NO DROP POLICY • Students may drop and add courses at their own discretion as long as the “no drop policy” doesn’t apply. However, students are only allowed to withdraw from 6 classes throughout their entire college career. FYI: Course withdrawals follow you from public college to public college. • Beware of the Refund Schedule. www.uhd.edu/AcademicCalendars • You are responsible for dropping and adding your own classes! • [Insert horizontal line] • All students enrolled in the following courses must remain in these courses until they have been successfully completed. Only under EXTREME circumstances can you drop from any of these courses. • RDG 1300 • ENG 1300, 1300A, 1301, 1302 • MATH 0300, 1300, 1301, 1310 EXCESS COURSE ATTEMPT POLICY • In accordance with state law, effective Fall 2004 the University of HoustonDowntown is charging a fee of $65 per semester credit hour for the following: • Courses repeated for the third time beginning with the Fall 2002 semester. If a course has been previously attempted twice (or more) at UHD, the third (or subsequent) enrollment will result in the additional charge. An attempt is defined as an enrollment that results in any letter grade (including F and W). If the course is dropped, the refund in effect at the time of the withdrawal will be applied to the additional charge as well. • Enrollment in a developmental course exceeding 18 hours of developmental work. Once 18 attempted hours of course work has been accumulated, registration in a developmental course will result in the additional charge. An attempt is defined as an enrollment that results in a letter grade (including S, U, IP and W). A developmental course is defined as ENG 1101, ENG 1201, ENG 1300, ENG 130A, MATH 030C, MATH 030L, MATH 0300, MATH 1201, MATH 120C, MATH 130L, MATH 130T, MATH 1300, RDG 1101, RDG 1201, RDG 130C and RDG 1300. If the course(s) is dropped, the refund in effect at the time of the withdrawal will be applied to the additional charge as well. OUR COLLEGES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE • 655-South, One Main Building 713-221-8007 • University College is the port of entry for all new undergraduate students. It offers a support network that assists you in making the most of your university experience as you transition into and within the university. Until you declare a major in one of our 4 degreegranting colleges, University College remains your academic home, whether you are an entering freshman or transfer student. In addition to the specialized programs to foster student success, it has 5 major components: Academic Advising Center, Academic Support Center, Disability Services, Upward Bound, and Talent Search. The Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Administration and the Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies are found in this college. • For more information about this college, visit them online at: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/university COLLEGE OF BUSINESS • B400, Shea Street Building 713-221-8017 • The College of Business (COB) is dedicated to preparing students for professional careers by stressing not only the skills and knowledge essential for success, but also the wisdom and understanding necessary to become productive citizens. Part of the mission of the COB is to provide education that develops an understanding and appreciation for the dynamic nature of the forces that shape business. • The College of Business offers many avenues for students to enrich their learning experience, including: international study-abroad trips; meaningful internships and work opportunities related to your field of interest; active student organizations; and the Executive Speaker Series. The College of Business also houses several institutes and centers of study: the Institute for Financial Literacy; Center for Entrepreneurship; Center for Ethics; Center for Supply Chain Management; and our newest, the Insurance & Risk Management Center. • For more information about this college, visit them online at: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/business COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES • • • • 1015-South, One Main Building 713-221-8009 The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers degrees in traditional liberal arts disciplines and interdisciplinary studies and in select applied programs that serve important needs in our employment and educational market. The college also supports and enriches the broader curriculum and enhances the life of the university community through co-curricular initiatives in the Departments of Arts and Humanities, English, and Social Sciences and in the work of the O' Kane Theatre, O' Kane Gallery, Cultural Enrichment Center, and the Center for Public Deliberation. CHSS promotes the wider mission of the university by supporting general education and core curriculum components, introducing students to the intellectual underpinnings of a college education in English composition and communication, humanities and fine and performing arts, and social and behavioral sciences; prepares students for entering the job market or continuing on to graduate and professional education, and living responsible and fulfilling lives; and encourages the scholarship and professional development of its faculty. For more information about this college, visit them online at: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/humanities COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE • C400, Commerce Street Building 713-221-8194 • The College of Public Service is a community based center for higher learning dedicated to preparing students to enter professional careers in criminal justice and education. It believes that an educated society creates thoughtful policy and humanistic practices for the betterment of its diverse constituents. • The College seeks to instill critical thinking skills that nurture in students an appreciation of the use of scientific inquiry to solve the problems of our time and encourages creativity and the development of new ideas. It embraces the professional and personal growth of its faculty, staff and students by promoting intellectual collaboration within the school, university and community at large. • The College of Public Service strives to engage in dynamic research that will improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders. • For more information about this college, visit them at: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/publicservice COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY • 723-North, One Main Building 713-221-8019 • The College of Sciences and Technology prepares students for careers or post-graduate study and research in the sciences, technology, mathematics and computer science. Faculty provide quality instruction as they bring leading-edge science and technology into the classroom. The college responds and works with government and industry through cooperative research programs and grants which enhance the educational environment and experiences of our majors • The UHD Scholars Academy is an academically competitive program within the College of Sciences and Technology at the University of Houston-Downtown that promotes scholarship and student success for undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). • The College of Sciences and Technology offers another unique opportunity-the chance to do hands-on research in a number of laboratory and research settings, including the Scholars Academy, the Center for Applied Polymer Science Research and the Center for Computational Sciences and Advanced Distributed Simulation. • Engineering technology programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Graduates can go on to work as members of design teams of engineering firms and construction companies. • For more information about this college, visit them at: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/sciences ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER • The Academic Support Center houses the Math Lab and the Writing/Reading Center. Each lab provides students, in particular those enrolled in core courses, with support towards improving individual writing, reading, mathematics skills, and statistics. Students benefit from one-on-one consultations with UHD faculty members or with peer tutors, as well as a variety of learning aids, such as textbooks, study guides, instructional videos, Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) materials and grammar pamphlets. The center provides access to computers to satisfy course requirements and a relaxed study area for students. The center's web site is located at: www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/university/asc.html MAJOR DECLARATION MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO DECLARE A MAJOR • Current enrollment at UHD • Satisfactory completion of TSI • A minimum of 30 College-level hours • 2.0 GPA minimum • Current transcripts on file in Admissions office • No holds • However, each college has additional requirements that you must meet in order to declare a major. You can review them here: http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/university/academ ic_advising/aac_dm.htm. CLASS REGISTRATION & PAYMENTS THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR • The UHD Academic Calendar is the official publication of all important dates and deadlines for a given semester, such as semester begin and end dates, registration dates, payment deadlines and holidays. Students are responsible for reviewing the calendar and becoming aware of all applicable deadlines. • UH-Downtown reserves the right to change these calendars at any time as necessitated by university or legislative action. • Paper copies of the calendar are available in the yearly publication of the campus bulletin. http://www.uhd.edu/campus/schedule/documents/0910.pdf READING THE CLASS SCHEDULE The class schedule is available online on Student e-Services. You can search the class schedule by selecting two or more search criteria, such as subject, days, location, and times. Changes to the class schedule occur frequently as the semester nears. All registration is done using the Course Reference Number (CRN), a 5-digit number that is unique for each class offering. It is important to record that number accurately. For example, the same course may be offered at 8:00 am Downtown and 7:00 pm at Ft Bend. Which one you end up registered for depends on which CRN you provide, so be careful and always verify your class registration after it is complete by obtaining a copy of your class schedule. In addition to the CRN, other important class characteristics you should be aware of are: Where the class is taught -- UHD teaches at several locations in addition to One Main Street, so be careful to choose a class offered at the location you prefer. Instruction mode -- in addition to standard in-person lecture and lab classes, UHD offers Interactive Television (ITV), taped and computer courses. Again, be careful to choose the delivery mode you want. (Distance Education courses have additional fees). Class days -- UHD offers a great variety of class meeting times, including those that meet only once a week or on weekends. Location ATA- UHD @ LSC Atascocita Center D- Downtown IUHD @ LSC CyFair R- UHD @ LSC Kingwood Z- UHD Northwest 9- Online • REGISTERING FOR CLASSES NEW STUDENTS • When you are initially admitted to UH-Downtown, you are admitted to University College as an undeclared major. All students who have not declared a major are required to see an Academic Advisor. • ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO SEE AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR? • To find out, simply: • Access student e-services • Select “My Admission and Enrollment Status” • Select the appropriate semester for which you applied • • • • • • • • • • • • Print out your enrollment status form and follow the listed instructions If you have already seen an Academic Advisor you can register for classes online. New freshmen will register for classes during orientation. • • • • To register for classes you must: Access student e-services Click "Class Schedule" Select your courses Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the student e-services homepage) Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed Schedule Changes: Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates). **As an undeclared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor before you drop/add.** Withdrawing: If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing. More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator. Undeclared Majors • • • • • • • • • • • • • • When you are initially admitted to UH-Downtown, you are admitted to University College as an undeclared major. All students who have not declared a major are required to see an Academic Advisor each semester. You can register for classes online after you see an Academic Advisor. To register for classes you must: Access student e-services Click "Class Schedule" Select your courses Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the student e-services homepage) Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed Schedule Changes: Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates). **As an undeclared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor before you drop/add.** Withdrawing: If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing. More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator. Declared Majors • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • As a declared major, you have completed and submitted your Application for an Official Degree Plan to the Academic Advising Center, and been admitted to one of the following colleges: College of Business College of Humanities and Social Sciences College of Public Service College of Sciences and Technology University College Although you are a declared major, you may have to see an Academic Advisor in the college of your major prior to registering for classes. Please select one of the college links above for details. If you have already seen an Academic Advisor or determined that you do not have to see an Academic Advisor you can register for classes online. To register for classes you must: Access Student e-services Click "Class Schedule" Select your courses Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the Student e-services homepage) Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed Schedule Changes: Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates). Withdrawing: If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing. More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator. Graduate Students • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • As a graduate student, you have been admitted to UH-Downtown to one of the following programs: Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Criminal Justice Master of Science in Professional Writing Master of Security Management for Executives All new graduate students are required to see a Coordinator or Advisor prior to registering for classes. You may have to see an Advisor each semester prior to registering for classes. Please select one of the program links above for details. If you have already seen an Advisor or determined that you do not have to see an Advisor, you may register for classes online or in person. To register for classes you must: Obtain an Advising Approval Form from an Advisor Access student e-services Click "Class Schedule" Select your courses Click "My Registration & Schedule" (on the Student e-services homepage) Enter the CRN's for the courses that you selected You must wait for your schedule to be confirmed Schedule Changes: Schedule changes take place during the first week of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the first day of classes for the Summer sessions. You may change your schedule at any time before the drop/add deadline (see the Academic Calendar for dates). **You may have to see an Advisor before you drop/add.** Withdrawing: If you wish to drop any or all of your classes, you are responsible for completing a Schedule Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Click here for more information about withdrawing. More of your questions about registering may be answered by selecting AskGator. PAYING FOR CLASSES • It is important to remember the payment deadlines so that you can make arrangements to pay tuition and fees on time and maintain enrollment in all of your the classes. It is your responsibility, as the student, to know the due dates for all payments and to meet the payment deadlines. Payment of your tuition and fees is considered to be any form of payment made by cash, credit card, loan, grant, scholarship, or any other method previously approved by Student Accounting. • Payments and/or payment arrangements and any schedule changes must be made through e-services. The Cashier’s Office, located at S310, can also receive payments or assist you with making payment arrangements if you wish to make the transaction in person prior to the dates listed above. Students are required to meet financial responsibilities to the university and it is important that you know that if any form of initial payment has been made by you or on your behalf, your classes will be saved. Failure to meet the payment deadline will result in cancellation of classes. Please note that Late Registration carries an additional fee of $50. HOW MUCH DO YOU OWE? • After registering, visit UHD’s e-services at www.uhd.edu/eservices and access My Payment Info for an online fee statement. PAYMENT OPTIONS • UHD gives you two payment options: you may pay in full or you may pay on the installment plan. • • Full payment--You may make your payment in full by check, credit card (VISA, Discover, and/or MasterCard) or cash. • • Installments--You may choose to make your payments in three installments. Installments are available for the Fall and Spring semesters only. Make your installment payments online via UHD’s e-services www.uhd.edu/eservices or in person at the Cashier’s Office. If you have questions, please call the Cashier’s Office, 713/221-8196. Installment due dates are found in the Academic Calendar at the front of this bulletin. • YOU CAN PAY FOR YOUR COURSES VIA THE WEB (STUDENT E-SERVICES), MAIL/FAX, IN PERSON OR BY USING THE DROP BOX LOCATED NEAR THE CASHIER’S OFFICE, FINANCIAL AID, and/OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENT. Emergency Loans • • • • • • • • • • • • UHD offers Emergency loans to students who are unable to make the required tuition payment by the due date. The Emergency loan is available online beginning the week before each payment deadline (please refer to the Academic Calendar for all payment deadlines). It will cover only the first payment of an installment loan and is only given in conjunction with an installment loan. The qualifications and terms for an Emergency Loan are: Qualifications: Must be classified as a Texas Resident and pay resident tuition rates. Must be enrolled for the current semester. Must not have any financial holds with the University or have any past due balances. Terms: Five percent (5%) simple interest will be charged from the beginning date of the loan until paid in full. Loans can be paid at any time, but must be paid before registration for future semesters will be allowed. For Non-Resident Students needing assistance, contact Student Accounting – 713-221-8108. Download the online Emergency Loan instructions. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS • If you fail to pay any amount due to the University of Houston-Downtown, your account may be turned over to an agency for collection. If an account is referred for collection, you are responsible for paying all costs incurred by the UHD for collection of the debt. • An outstanding debt at ANY university within the University of Houston System (UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown or UHVictoria) will block you from enrolling at or receiving a transcript or diploma from all University of Houston System schools.