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Note to athletes: Absences missed for athletic participation are counted as any other absence.
See the full attendance policy in the Undergraduate Catalog, Chapter 6.
Students are required to wait for an absent faculty member for a period of 15 minutes. If after that time the
faculty member has not arrived, class members are excused for the remainder of the class period without penalty
unless specific instructions to the contrary have been given.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices in Class
Use of electronic devices in the classroom is permitted only with consent of instructor. Disruption of class by the
sounds of cell phones and paging devices or by texting is forbidden. A student facing the possibility of receiving an
emergency message by one of these means may leave the device turned on during class, but the student must
inform the professor of that possibility at the beginning of class. Unless facing an emergency message, the student
must turn the device off at the beginning of class and turn it back on only after the class has been dismissed.
Routine work‐related calls/messages are not considered emergencies nor are personal calls/messages from friends
or business associates.
Dead Week Policy
While the university does not recognize a formal dead week, faculty members are encouraged to be aware of the
demands placed on students at the end of the semester and, where possible, to avoid requiring major work (not
previously assigned) during the final week of a regular semester. Student organizations are also encouraged to
limit their activities during this week.
Withdrawing from the University
A student who finds it necessary to withdraw (drop all classes) from the university before the end of a semester
must notify the Office of the Registrar and complete the appropriate paperwork.
The form requires approval by various offices and administrators. If this procedure is not followed, the student is
automatically assigned a grade of “F” in all courses.
Due to the negative impact on a student’s grades, failure to withdraw properly may result in academic suspension,
financial aid suspension, and a return of financial aid funds. In addition, failure to withdraw properly may result in
forfeiture of a student’s room reservation deposit.
Writing Center: Abilene Hall, 313
Language Lab: Abilene Hall, 204
Math Lab: Sid Richardson, B-2
The HSU Tutorial Program is available to all students seeking assistance primarily in core classes. It is a free service
through which students receive peer tutoring. For more information, please contact the Academic Advising Center
at 325.670.1480 or
The Academic Advising Center is a resource for all students to use, particularly those who are undecided in their
major. We offer assistance in advising and in academic and personal growth. The center is located on the second
floor of Moody Center.