2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog
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Comet Card

The Comet Card is the official University identification card for all students, faculty, and staff. The Comet Card allows students to use campus facilities and services and offers a debit feature where money may be stored to make on-campus purchases and payments. The card can also be linked to a Wells Fargo banking account and used as a pin-based debit card. Cards are issued through the Info Depot (SU 2.204). Call (972) 883-2495 for additional information.

Distance Education

The University of Texas at Dallas takes advantage of new distance learning technologies to make it possible for students to engage in coursework from remote locations and without the time constraints of traditional face-to-face classes. Distance Education opportunities at the university include courses and entire programs taught online via the internet, as well as courses conducted through videoconferencing in real time.

In addition, the university, along with other U.T. System schools, makes a number of courses available through the U.T. TeleCampus. The UNiversity of Texas at Dallas currently offers courses on the U.T. TeleCampus in the School of General Studies (Teacher Education), the School of Social Sciences (Criminal Justice) and the School of Management. Information about the U.T. TeleCampus and courses offered there by U.T. Dallas and the other universities can be accessed at http://telecampus.utsystem.edu/.

More information about specific distance learning courses at The University of Texas at Dallas and registration procedures can be found in the Class Schedule.

Health Insurance

A group health insurance plan is available to all part-time and full-time registered fee-paying students at UTD that is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students. In order to maintain your eligibility you must be enrolled and attend class through the 12th class day.

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System requires all F and J visa holders to have approved health insurance and repatriation/evacuation coverage while enrolled at any U.T. Institution. Each semester when international students register for classes their account will be assessed the Student Health Insurance (SHI) fee to meet these requirements. This fee may be waived if the student has other approved coverage for the duration of the semester. Waivers must be obtained prior to Census Day of each semester.

The U.T. Systems considers approved coverage to be:

  1. Continuing coverage under the U.T. Dallas Employee health plan as in the case of teaching/research assistants;
  2. Continuing coverage under a comparable mandatory employee plan through your, your spouse's, or you parent's place of employment;
  3. Continuing coverage through a government sponsored health plan that covers health care in the U.S. and is nondiscriminatory for maternity benefits. The coverage must be written in English and must list coverage amounts in U.S. currency.

The Student Health Insurance Office, which is located in McDermott Library, room 1.310, provides assistance to all students requesting information about the insurance policy, filing claims, finding medical care, understanding the explanation of benefits, etc. The SHI Office makes available to all students confidential counseling about their insurance related issues.

Housing Information

The privately managed Waterview Park Apartments offer affordable apartment style living for those who appreciate the advantage of being able to walk from their residence to class. Waterview Park Apartments are reserved for The University of Texas at Dallas students and offer a variety of floor plans. For more information, contact:

Waterview Park Apartments
2800 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080

Learning Resources

The Learning Resource Center offers assistance to students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. These services are available through individual appointments, group workshops, short courses, and audio and video tapes.

The Writing Lab offers one to one assistance with writing assignments and general writing skills. Appointments are required.

The Math Lab gives short term and semester long support for a variety of mathematics courses. Students may drop in or visit these labs on a regular basis.

The Supplemental Instruction program offers facilitated group study sessions as a supplement to many UTD courses. Students should check with the center for availability of individual tutoring in specific subjects.

The Learning Resource Center also offers developmental math, reading, and writing classes. These classes are for credit, but they do not count toward graduation.

Assistance is also available in study skills, note taking, writing, test taking, algebra, and preparation for the THEA (required for teacher certification), GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. In addition, students can receive help with time management, basic mathematics improvement, test anxiety reduction, and various other study techniques and strategies. All students enrolled at the university are eligible for these services.

The center, located in MC 2.402 - MC 2.412, may be contacted by calling (972) 883 6707.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center (MC) provides cultural programs, support services, resources and cultural education programs for the multi-cultural student population. The MC is home to the Multicultural Peer Advocates (MPA's). The MPA's are student peer advocates that are available for personal, social or academic assistance. Traditional events hosted by the MC are Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, the MLK breakfast and the Asian-American Heritage Series. The MC is also a place for students and staff to gather and relax. The MC has a comfortable lounge area with a television, videos, a computer lab, workstation, and a large meeting room. The MC is open to all students, faculty and staff.

For more information, call (972)883-6390 or visit the MC in Conference Center CN 1.126. Director: Arthur Gregg. Email: [email protected].

Student Exchange – U.T. System

The U.T. System Student Exchange program is designed to allow upper division students enrolled in an institution of the U.T. System to take courses or engage in research at another institution within the System during a regular semester or summer session.

A UTD student in good standing who has completed at least 60 semester credit hours is eligible to participate in the exchange program. Approval by the student’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education is also required. Visiting students register and pay tuition and required fees at their home institutions and are given normal privileges associated with available student services at the exchange institution. Visiting students are subject to the rules and regulations of both institutions.

Each U.T. System institution has designated an individual to coordinate and approve undergraduate student exchanges. Interested UTD students should contact the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education for additional information: phone (972) 883 6706 or email [email protected]. Students at other U.T. System schools wishing to take courses at The University of Texas at Dallas under this exchange program should contact and work through the office designated by their home institution.

Study Abroad

Information about educational opportunities in other countries, including study abroad, international internships, international research opportunities, and international scholarship programs, is available at the Office of International Education (OIE), located in the McDermott Library, Lower Level, Room MC1.206. Students are required to attend an advising session before seeking staff assistance in selecting the program most appropriate to their individual needs and interests. The advising sessions include University policies governing study abroad, program options, funding sources, and application and selection procedures. Information is also disseminated through publications, special events, group meetings, individual appointments, reference materials and at the OIE web site, http://www.utdallas.edu/utdgeneral/provost/oie/. (See "International Education" located in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for more details).

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This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.