2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 9 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 involved in school activities are also making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Hours that are taken during May Term, Summer I and Summer II will be counted toward the previous academic year. Students participating in a varsity or club sport can register for one credit hour in physical education. The course cannot be repeated, but one credit is eligible for each sport of participation. Student-athletes who qualify for championship-level play that conflicts with finals week should be given the option of taking their final exams either before or after completion of the athletic event. It is the student- athlete’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the conflict, to work with professors to schedule an alternate date for the exam, and to complete any necessary university-related paperwork prior to leaving for the athletic event. Care Team The HSU Care Team is a group of staff that meet weekly to address student needs and find support for students going through a crisis. If students see something that is uncharacteristic in a friend or fellow learner, Hardin- Simmons asks that they report it to the Care Team. Students, parents, faculty, staff, community members, and others can report if they see that a student is experiencing problems or encountering obstacles, setbacks or challenges to their success and retention at HSU. The Care Team will look into the concerns and determine strategies that can best support that student. Behaviors or characteristics that would signal concern about the quality of a student’s experiences would include the following situations: • Academic: becoming unusually upset with a grade, unusual discontentment with course experiences, poor class attendance, not participating in class or creating disturbances in a classroom, missing appointments or course requirements, and earning failing grades • Behavioral: alcohol or drug abuse, gambling addictions, fighting, hazing, evidence that they want to hurt themselves or others, or disruptive behavior inside or outside of class • Discrimination: expressing feelings of marginalization or harassment due to personal background (e.g., a student of color who feels harassed) • Emotional and psychological: disturbing comments or behaviors; suicidal, depression, acting outside their norms, recent traumatic experiences • Physical: the student is hospitalized, is facing a significant diagnosis, or shows evidence of an eating disorder, abuse, or sexual assault; not sleeping or falling asleep in class • Relationships: death or serious illness in the family; roommate problems; traumatic break up of a relationship • Social adjustment: not finding a niche or friends, loneliness or isolation; lack of interest or effort in becoming part of the HSU community due to continued relationships from high school/hometown, frequent trips home or elsewhere, withdrawal from a favorite club, sport or friends • Withdrawal: indications that the student is considering withdrawing from the university How do I report a concern to the Care Team? Students, parents, or community members should contact: Dean of Students at 325-670-1253 or a t smartin@hsutx.edu Associate Dean of Students at 325-670-1831 o r megan.baldree@hsutx.edu Assistant Dean for Student Engagement at 325-670-1527 or Michael.leroux@hsutx.edu HSU Police for any emergencies 24/7 at 325-670-1461