Course Schedule Other Information
NOTE: There will no longer be a diploma reapplication fee. Effective with the December 2007 Graduation requirements, all candidates for graduation will be required to pay one of the following diploma fees each time they apply for graduation. Baccalaureate - $35; Master’s Plan I - $111; Master’s Plan II/III - $43; Doctorate - $184 (increase from $164 pending approval by the BOR).
Changes to Graduation with Honors
The following changes to the “Graduation with Honors” policy will be effective Fall 2011. Students completing undergraduate degrees with superior overall academic records will be graduated with honors. A grade point average of 3.8 is the minimum for graduation Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors); a grade point average of 3.6 or higher but less than 3.8 will merit Magna Cum Laude (with high honors); an average of 3.4 or higher but less than 3.6 will merit graduation Cum Laude (with honors). Grade point averages are not rounded up to achieve these figures.
Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 and Amendments Thereto Student Records/Institutional Policy A student has the right to inspect and review certain information contained in his/her educational records, to challenge the contents or to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory. Steps are detailed in the institutional policy regarding the Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended on file in the university library and the Registrar's Office. This information is also printed in the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Handbook. Directory information and its release is defined in Section 438 of this act.
Disclosure of Information
Students reserve the right to suppress any directory information from being released without their consent. Any student wishing to withhold any or all of this information should notify the Office of the Registrar. The university assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure. A copy of the Disclosure of Information form is included in the back of the Course Offering for your convenience.
Dead Week Policy and Study Day
To support the learning environment, the university will adhere to a four school-day period of student study before the first scheduled final examinations each term. During this time, no required quizzes, tests or examinations (except make-up tests and/or final examinations for graduating seniors) shall be administered. The latter does not preclude the introduction of new material in classes or the administering of laboratory final examinations, nor does it create an implication that class attendance is not expected during this period. The day before final examinations are scheduled to begin will be designated as a study day. No classes will be held on this day to allow preparation time for students and faculty. Scheduling of other university events or functions that involve students is discouraged and should be limited during this period.
Schedules Subject to Change
The provisions and information set forth in this schedule are intended to be informational and not contractual in nature. Thus, this schedule is not intended, and shall not be construed, to constitute a contract between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and any student, prospective student, agency of the local, state or federal government or any other person or legal entity of any and every nature whatsoever. Texas A&M University-Kingsville hereby reserves the right to amend, alter, change, delete or modify the provisions of this schedule without notice in any manner that the administration or the board deems in the best interest of Texas A&M-Kingsville. This schedule is printed as a public service by the Office of Public Affairs.
Hazing is a criminal violation under Texas law. A person may be found guilty of criminal conduct for hazing, encouraging hazing, permitting hazing, or having knowledge of the planning of hazing incidents and failing to report in writing his/her knowledge to the Dean of Students.
Both failing to report hazing and hazing that does not result in serious bodily injury are Class B misdemeanors. Hazing that results in serious bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. Hazing resulting in a death is a state jail felony. An organization found guilty of hazing may be fined $5,000 to $10,000 or, for incidents causing personal injury or property damage, an amount double the loss or expenses incurred due to the hazing incident.
It is not a defense to prosecution that the person hazed consented to the hazing activity.
Any person reporting a specific hazing incident to the Dean of Students or other appropriate institutional official is immune from civil and criminal liability unless the report is in bad faith or malicious.
This state law does not limit or affect the right of an educational institution’s right to enforce its own penalties against hazing.
The Education Code defines hazing as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” The statute contains a list of conduct which constitutes hazing.
University Security Policy
Texas A&M University-Kingsville strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and the general public so they are not unreasonably burdened in their activities by concern for personal safety. The University Police Department is responsible for broad security-related functions. At the same time, individual units, for example, academic colleges and departments as well as other non-academic units, have responsibility for the security of facilities assigned for their use. The police department is charged with providing security regulations by which students, faculty and staff are required to abide.
The university, as with any other public or private entity, cannot assure or guarantee a crime-free living or working environment. Consequently, it is the responsibility of members of the university community to act in a security-conscious manner and to avoid actions which jeopardize their security as well as the security of others. All university employees and students should report all crimes, hazards, emergencies or dangerous situations to the university police.
Police and Security
The University Police Department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a professional police department providing the same level of services offered by a municipal police department, as well as other services unique to a university. The police department is responsible for the well-being of everyone at the university, 24 hours a day. The average daily population served is 8,000, including students, faculty, staff and visitors. The department works closely with administrators, students, faculty and staff to create and maintain a secure atmosphere as free as possible from threats to safety and property. Its jurisdiction includes the property of Texas A&M-Kingsville and streets and sidewalks adjacent to the property. In addition, it participates in a mutual aid agreement with other local departments and a cooperative patrol agreement with the City of Kingsville, which gives the university officers jurisdiction in much of the city area surrounding the campus. The Texas A&M-Kingsville police department works closely with the Kingsville City Police, Kleberg County Sheriff's Department, state police, and in cases with a possible federal effect, with the F.B.I. and the D.E.A. The department consists of 21 employees, including 15 sworn police officers certified by the State of Texas, two support staff and four dispatchers. The police officers patrol the grounds on foot, in cars and on bicycles.
Crime prevention is a high priority. Police officers are trained to deal with emergencies as they occur. The police department releases information to the public when incidents occur that are believed to be a threat to students, staff or the general public. Lighting conditions are reviewed periodically to identify needed improvements. The university also has 14 emergency phones strategically located around the campus. Phones are located near heavily lighted areas. The student simply dials the university police and the location of the caller is identified to the operator. Cameras are strategically located around the residence halls and parking lots.
The University Police Department can provide escort service on a needed basis during evening hours by dialing 593-2611. Report suspected criminals, suspicious or emergency situations by dialing 911. Time is essential. Don't wait to call!
Keeping the University Community Informed
The University Police Department is very concerned about providing timely warnings to the entire university community about potential threats to students or employees. This is accomplished through press releases to the student newspaper and e-mail messages to the university community. Texas A&M-Kingsville reports its statistics through the F.B.I.'s Incident Based Reporting System. The University Police Department works with other municipal police departments in obtaining crime statistics in facilities for which the university has jurisdiction, i.e., the Citrus Center in Weslaco, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio and the Pleasanton Center in Pleasanton.
The university does not record statistics from crimes involving students that occur in other jurisdictions and are investigated by other local police agencies. Such criminal offenses are recorded by the jurisdiction where the crime occurs. However, the university maintains good communication with other departments and tries to monitor incidents involving students in other local jurisdictions.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Campus Crime Statistics
A&M-Kingsville collects data regarding crimes occurring on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus and reported to the University Police Department, Dean of Students' Office and the Director of Campus Housing. As required by law, only Part I of the Uniform Crime Report Statistics are included in this report. Texas A&M University-Kingsville officials recognize that not all crime that occurs on campus is reported. In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Texas A&M University-Kingsville has made crime reporting statistics available on-line at http://www.tamuk.edu/dean/cleryreport.html Print copies are available in the library, and by request from the Office of Public Affairs, University Police, and the Office of the Dean of Students.