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I. General Information
II. Undergraduate Admissions
III. Financial Information
IV. Student Life Services and Programs
V. Undergraduate Academic Regulations
VI. Undergraduate Programs
VII. Description of Courses
 
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IV. STUDENT LIFE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Student Identification Cards
Learning Assistance Center
Campus Ministry
The Counseling Service
Support Services for Students with Disabilities
Health Services
Office of Career, Education and Services
Student Housing
The Student Center and Leadership Activities
Food Service
Intercollegiate Athletics
Intramural Activities
Student Conduct and Discipline


The commitment made by the University to the education of the individual includes the development of the whole person. The administration, faculty, and staff recognize that the student is not merely a recipient of knowledge, but a developing individual preparing for a larger role in society beyond the University experience. To this end, the University provides a variety of services and programs that are designed to assist the individual in the process of development and to enable the student to make the best possible use of the University experience.

Student Identification Cards

Each enrolled student is provided with an official University Identification Card enabling the student to attend University functions and utilize University facilities and services. ID cards can be used to purchase food on campus, check out books from the library, and gain entry into the residence halls, Wellness Center, athletic events, and theatre performances. The first ID is free and is available in the Campus Life Office. All entering first-year and transfer students have an opportunity to receive an ID card during Orientation. At the request of a University official, students are required to present this card as evidence of student status at UIW. Failure to present an ID could result in disciplinary action. Lost, misplaced, or missing ID cards should be reported to the Campus Life Office. There is a charge to replace a lost ID card. Delay in reporting a lost ID card could result in misuse of your card. The University ID card is nontransferable. Alterations to the card, false representation in obtaining and/or using the card are forbidden. Misuse may result in forfeiture of the card and disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from the University.

Learning Assistance Center: TUTORING AND TESTING

The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) serves the dual functions of providing both tutoring and testing to the University’s students as well as the community at large. Our goal is to serve those who come to the LAC with respect, compassion, professionalism and the utmost level of confidentiality. LAC services are provided by appointment to afford those we serve with the optimum learning and testing conditions. Tutoring services include individual, group, and in-class assistance in various subjects as well as Conversation Hour for those wishing to improve their English in a relaxed and inviting setting. Testing services include administering CLEP, DANTES, Computer Literacy, Make-up, ADA Accommodation, and several National Entrance and Certification Exams. For tutoring appointments and information please call (210) 829-3870. For testing appointments and information please call (210) 829-3876.

Campus Ministry

The University of the Incarnate Word, rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, is committed to encouraging the personal faith life of all its members and affirms the spirituality of its faculty, students, and staff members of varying religious backgrounds and persuasions. Campus ministers and student peer ministers form a searching, believing, loving, worshipping presence on campus so that intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth can flourish. The UIW community fosters initiative and participation in the areas of spiritual development, self-realization, worship, ethics and social justice, and Christian service.

The Counseling Service

The services offered by the Counseling Center are designed to provide assistance in resolving problems encountered by students as they seek to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. It is the Center’s philosophy that each person should be encouraged and given the opportunity to take responsibility for his/her own decision-making process and lifestyle. The Counseling Center staff facilitates this process in an environment of understanding and confidentiality through personal and educational counseling. The staff is also available to provide a variety of small group workshops.

Support Services for Students with Disabilities

The University is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse, and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the University offers a variety of services to assist students with documented disabilities to independently achieve their educational goals by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. To qualify for services, the student must provide the Support Services Office with current verification of the disability at the time support services are requested. For information, contact the Coordinator of Support Services in the undergraduate University Advising Center.

Health Services

The Campus Health Center provides basic health services that focus on primary prevention care, health education and counseling, emergency care, and the maintenance of health records and insurance. The University requires all full-time undergraduates to provide a health history and immunization records upon enrollment. Students enrolled in programs which require clinical experience in affiliated hospitals and clinics must comply with the health policy requirements of those institutions. Health insurance is required for full-time undergraduate students and may be purchased from the University Business Office.

Office of Career, Education and Services

The staff of the Office of Career Education and Services provides assistance in both career counseling and placement assistance to students and alumni. Individual counseling, workshops, seminars, and software assistance are designed to assist students with decisions regarding career choices and life goals. Career interest and personality testing is utilized to assist students in the decision-making process. A comprehensive career library is also maintained. Informational brochures, career planning, and resume preparation information are available.

The Office of Career Services provides placement assistance to help students secure employment through credential files, direct on-campus interviews, listings of job vacancies, and training in job-search skills. The Director monitors the employment needs of the San Antonio community, school districts, businesses, and social services agencies. Assistance is also provided to students who are seeking part-time, full-time, and seasonal work off campus, internships, and no cooperative educational opportunities.

Student Housing

On-campus housing is available upon request for full-time students. Part-time students are permitted on a space-available basis. Seven residence halls are provided: Clement Hall, Colbert Hall, Dubuis Hall, Marian Hall, St. Joseph Hall, Agnese-Sosa Living/Learning Center, and a new residence hall facility (ICC II) that offers upper-class single rooms in apartment-style units. In addition, the Village of Avoca Apartments provides four-person suites. All halls are air-conditioned and equipped with lounges, laundry facilities, and TV rooms. A room may be reserved by completing a housing agreement and application, and submitting them with a deposit to the Office of Residence Life.

All residence hall students will be required to purchase a meal plan each semester. Room assignments are made based upon application and deposit dates without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Although most students have roommates, single rooms are also available. If rooms and apartments reach maximum capacity, a housing waiting list will be maintained with preferences given to out-of-town students. All international students will be required to live in campus housing while they are at UIW.

Professionally trained staff and student Resident Assistants supervise and oversee the residence halls. The University issues Guidelines for Community Living in the Residence Halls, a publication which provides students with information about the residence halls. During some holidays and semester breaks, the residence halls close at 3:00 p.m. on the last day of classes until noon on the day preceding resumption of class breaks. Housing during these periods will be provided for an additional charge. Housing is available for the summer session.

Further information on student housing is available by contacting the Assistant Director of Residence Life in the Campus Life Office.

The Student Center and Leadership Activities

Inherent in the development of each student is the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to participate in campus activities. The Office of the Student Center and Leadership Activities provides students with a wide range of opportunities to participate in campus life and manages the Student Center. There are numerous groups to join, including social, political, service, academic, honor, and Greek organizations. Other activities offered include leadership workshops, Leadership Institute, Distinguished Speaker Series, and Emerging Leaders Course.

Food Service

The University of the Incarnate Word offers three locations for food service. The Food Court, located in Marian Hall/Student Center, is the main dining facility and provides a variety of food options: home-cooked entrees, salad bar and soup, pizza, the grill, and made to order entrees. Hortencia’s, located in the Administration Building, features Chick-fil-A and Freshens smoothies and yogurt. Grab-n-go salads and convenience items are also available. A coffee shop featuring Starbucks coffee is located adjacent to the Bookstore in the newest building on campus. It features coffees, teas, breads, and dessert. Most buildings on campus also feature drink and/or snack machines for your convenience.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of the Incarnate Word is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. The University offers intercollegiate sports programs in men’s and women’s cross-country, soccer, basketball, track and field, golf, and tennis. In addition, the University sponsors the intercollegiate sports of volleyball, swimming, and softball for women and baseball for men. Cheerleading and dance are sponsored programs conducted under the Department of Athletics.

All sports offer some athletic scholarship assistance; however, prospective student-athletes are encouraged to complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th. Incarnate Word’s academic scholarships are awarded based upon GPA and SAT/ACT test scores.

All prospective freshmen student-athletes must apply to the NCAA Clearing House for initial eligibility certification. Admission to the University does not constitute or guarantee athletic eligibility certification or participation. Student-athletes must meet all NCAA eligibility criteria in order to become initially eligible and remain eligible for competition.

Since NCAA regulations and rules are subject to change or modification on an annual basis, specific questions regarding athletic eligibility status should be directed to UIW’s Compliance Coordinator in the Athletics Office.

Intramural Activities

The University of the Incarnate Word provides a wide range of physical activities to the University community through the intramural and recreation program.

A variety of individual, dual, and team activities are offered in the intramural and recreational programs. Students, faculty, and staff have an opportunity to participate in these recreational and competitive activities as players, officials, scorers, and activity managers.

Student Conduct and Discipline

Membership in the University of the Incarnate Word community is both a right and a privilege. It is a right for those who qualify and a privilege for those willing to accept and abide by the philosophy and standards of the University. As community members, students have the responsibility to abide by the rules and regulations of the community and treat all community members with respect and human dignity.

Each member of the University of the Incarnate Word community is expected to assume responsibility for her/his own conduct, and also feel a reasonable Christian responsibility for the behavior of others. On occasion, this may involve kind, courteous admonition when one member observes another in inappropriate conduct. On another occasion, it may involve cooperation when proper authorities are investigating instances of alleged misconduct.

The University seeks to balance the rules that are necessary to function effectively in an educational community with each individual’s right to personal freedom. The University expects each student to behave as a responsible member of an academic community at all times. Community regulations are designed to guide the growth and development of individual responsibility, not to restrict individual freedom. The University’s policies on alcohol and drug use, sexual harassment, and other issues are published in the UIW Student Handbook. Continued membership in the University of the Incarnate Word community is contingent upon responsible behavior. The Dean of Campus Life has been delegated primary operational responsibility for student discipline.

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