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Welcome to the family!!! We are so excited you have decided to join us here at Texas A&M University-Commerce! We have created an online program that will provide you with the same content as if you were to attend a New Student Orientation on campus. Once you have successfully completed this session, you will have met the University's orientation requirement and your orientation hold will be removed. Once the hold has been removed, you will be able to work with your success coach and academic advisor to register for classes. As you continue through your academic program you will continue to have access to this online program to reference the information provided. 

History of Our University


In 1889, William L. Mayo founded East Texas Normal College to provide Northeast Texas residents with opportunities for higher education. The University has since evolved from "Old ET" to join the Texas A&M University System, but Mayo's creed of "ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others" still lives on in the lives of A&M-Commerce students and alumni.

A&M-Commerce Facts

  • Established in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the fifth oldest state university.
  • A member of the Texas A&M University System since 1996 and located in Commerce, the university has off-site locations in Dallas, Mesquite, Rockwall, Collin Higher Education Center, Midlothian Higher Education Center, Universities Center at Dallas and at Corsicana through the Navarro Partnership.
  • Through state-of-the-art telecommunications and Internet-based instruction, the university meets the undergraduate, graduate and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond. The online Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS), Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Management (MSM) programs have been met with enthusiastic response.
  • Chances are good that one of your favorite teachers is a Lion. A&M-Commerce is one of the state's top producers of teachers, counselors, superintendents, and principals.

Texas Policies


Basic Skills Policy

  • Students must fulfill TSI state requirements
  • Requires all students to be enrolled in an English course (Eng 1301) and a math course (Math 141, 175, or 179) until first College-level English and Math course are successfully completed


  • Specific policies on grades will be provided for the BAAS-Organizational Leadership Program later in this orientation.

Title IX

Undergraduate Funding Limit Rules

  • If you are a Texas resident and you enrolled in any Texas public institution of higher education for the first time in Fall 1999 or later, the following provision applies to you:
    • The state of Texas limits the number of hours an undergraduate Texas resident may attempt while paying in-state tuition. If you exceed the number of credit hours required for your degree as listed below you will be charged the out-of-state tuition rates for the excess hours. Drops and withdrawals are counted as attempted courses for this rule.
      • Entering Fall 1999 - Summer 2006 = 45 or more credit hours beyond your degree requirements will result in an out-of-state tuition rate.
      • Entering Fall 2006 - present = 30 or more credit hours beyond your degree requirements will result in an out-of-state tuition rate.


Six Drop Rule

  • You cannot drop more than 6 courses during your academic career. Course(s) dropped after the census date of a semester will be counted toward the six course limit. Withdrawals do not count toward drops.
  • This applies to all coursework taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce or any other Texas institution.


Three-Peat Rule

  • If you are required to repeat a course three or more times you will be required to pay additional tuition in the class being repeated.
  • Drops and withdrawals after the census date count as attempted hours toward this rule.


Academic Probation/Suspension

  • Probation = when cumulative GPA < 2.0
    • Results in a limitation of hours students can enroll in
  • Suspension = required to sit out one full calendar year.
    • Students can appeal to the dean of your college to come back sooner than one year.
    • Based upon cumulative GPA and reviewed every semester.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Polices      

Texas A&M University-Commerce requires that all students “obey all federal, state, and local laws, in addition to the rules and procedures of the university (Texas A&M University-Commerce, 13.02.99.R0.06 Standards of Student Conduct, p. 1). The Standards of Student Conduct is posted on the university website at: http://www.tamuc.edu/aboutus/policiesProceduresStandardsStatements/rulesProcedures/13students/studentAffairs/13.02.99.R0.06StandardsOfStudentConduct.pdf

Academic Honesty Policy


Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Instructors “are expected to uphold and support student integrity and honesty by maintaining conditions that encourage and enforce academic honesty.  Conduct that violates generally accepted standards of academic honesty is defined as academic dishonesty.  "Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism (the appropriation or stealing of the ideas or words of another and passing them off as one's own), cheating on quizzes and exams or other course assignments, and collusion (the unauthorized collaboration with others in preparing course assignments)” See 13.99.99.R0.10 Academic Honesty at https://www.tamuc.edu/aboutUs/policiesProceduresStandardsStatements/rulesProcedures/13students/13.99.99.R0.10AcademicHonesty.aspx

Any deviation from the guidelines concerning quotes and citations constitutes plagiarism, as it suggests that you are trying to submit someone else's work and creativity as your own. Plagiarized work will not receive credit. In accordance with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Code of Student Conduct Section 5.b [1, 2, 3], the penalties for students guilty of academic dishonesty include disciplinary probation, suspension, and expulsion.

Here are some guidelines and examples of plagiarism:

There are multiple style guides for citing sources. It is important to know which style guide your instructor requires.

These three citation styles are the most common. There are online resources to help you with each.

APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Chicago: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/

If you copy someone else’s words, you must cite the person whose work you use, and quote their words in the text.

Example Prompt: Does a human exert gravitational pull on the Earth when he or she jumps? Why?

Example A: “Humans exert gravitational force on the Earth when they jump, and the Earth is exerting the same amount of force back. All mass exerts gravitational pull. However, humans are far less massive and force equals mass multiplied by acceleration.” The human will accelerate toward the Earth much more than the Earth accelerates. –This answer is plagiarism because there is material that is coming from another source and not cited. Quotes are not enough to make a citation.

Example B: Humans exert gravitational force on the Earth when they jump, and the Earth is exerting the same amount of force back. All mass exerts gravitational pull. However, humans are far less massive and force equals mass multiplied by acceleration. The human will accelerate toward the Earth much more than the Earth accelerates (Academic, My Bogus History Book, 2015). –This answer is plagiarism because the student used material that is the exact words of another person, but those words are not in quotes. In addition, exact quotations must include page numbers where the quote was retrieved.

Example C: “Humans exert gravitational force on the Earth when they jump, and the Earth is exerting the same amount of force back. All mass exerts gravitational pull. However, humans are far less massive and force equals mass multiplied by acceleration” (Imposter, 2015, p. 5427). The human will accelerate toward the Earth much more than the Earth accelerates. -This answer is plagiarism because Johnny Imposter did not write the quoted material. Another person did write it, and the student misattributed credit.

Example D: Yes, all people have mass, and anything with mass exerts gravitational pull. That pull has little impact on the Earth because the Earth is so much more massive than the person. In fact, Johnny Academic says, “Humans exert gravitational force on the Earth when they jump, and the Earth is exerting the same amount of force back”  (Academic, 2015, p. 542). He is correct, but the same amount of force has dramatically different impacts on objects with such different masses. - This answer is sufficient. The student used the outside source to provide support for their argument, and gave credit to that source.

If your own words and thoughts are not present, you are not showing understanding of the material. Instead, you are showing someone else’s mastery of it and attempting to take credit for it.

Example Prompt: How did Birmingham, Alabama shape Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy?

Example Answer A: “Birmingham Alabama was a testing ground for many of King’s non-violent protest methods. Strong racial tensions in the area, as well as a powerful segregationist culture made it the ideal choice for major protests. National attention brought by police backlash and arrests afforded King a spotlight he was able to use in order to further his cause” (Academic, 2015, p. 245).- This is in not a sufficient answer because it does not contain the thoughts of the student. The author, Johnny Academic, knows the material, but the student has not shown that he or she knows the material.

Example Answer B: MLK led protests in the highly segregationist town. Johnny Academic argued King was able to use the national attention police backlash to his protests gave him in Birmingham to rally people to the cause of civil rights for African Americans. Based on this, I would argue his legacy as a leader for the movement increased with his notoriety he earned in Birmingham (Academic, 2015). –This answer is sufficient. The words are those of the student, and the ideas the student learned from Johnny Academic are cited. The student did not need to use quotes, because Johnny Academic’s ideas were paraphrased.

Sample Bibliography:


Academic, J. (2015). My Bogus Textbook. Commerce, TX: Fictional Nonfiction Publisher.

Imposter, J. (2015). My Fake Book. Commerce, TX: Fantasy Press.

A short video on 10 Types of Plagiarism produced by Turniitin.com can be found here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF5eFeJMplA

More information about plagiarism can be found at http://www.plagiarism.org

For Texas A&M University-Commerce specific policies, please review the Student Guidebook. It is the main resource for annual campus information and contains the academic calendar, campus contact information, resources for getting involved on campus, and University rules and procedures: http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/oneStopShop/undergraduateAdmissions/studentGuidebook.aspx

myLEO & Information Technology Support 

What is myLEO?

  • Functions as the A&M-Commerce information portal for all prospective and current students.
  • Provides 24/7 access to LEOmail, your designated university email.
  • Serves as the official form of communication to prospective and current students

Why myLEO?

  • Check your admissions application status
  • View financial aid status and award offers
  • Access registration, records, and grades
  • Manage your financial student account via LEOpay
  • Stay updated on important university deadlines and much more

How do I access myLEO?


  • Log in to myLEO using your assigned Campus-Wide ID (CWID)
  • Your initial password is your birth date (example: Dec221801). Once you are in myLeo, you will be prompted to change your password.


myLEO Support

Don't know your login information? Login information with myLEO will be provided by:

Having problems signing in? Technical problems with myLEO are addressed by:

Technology Services

Information Technology Support

  • Email your service request to helpdesk@tamuc.edu
  • Call in your service request or problem to 903-468-6000
  • Services offered to students by Technology Services:
    • Dial-in Support
    • E-Mail Support
    • Hardware Support
    • Network Support
    • Software Audit
    • Software Downloads
    • Software Support
    • Instructions
    • Spyware Help
    • Web Support

Financial Aid

Top 10 Tips to Financial Aid

  1. Apply for Admissions to Texas A&M University-Commerce at www.ApplyTexas.org .
  2. If Texas A&M University-Commerce is not listed on your FAFSA, you will need to add it by making a correction to your FAFSA online. Simply go to www.fafsa.gov , select make a correction and go to the school section and add code-003565. Please make sure that you "RESUBMIT" your FAFSA.
  3. Notify your current school's financial aid office of your transfer to Texas A&M University-Commerce. They will need to cancel any aid you may have for the upcoming semester.
  4. Priority deadline for FAFSA for each academic year is March 31st. The FAFSA must be completed each year. Typical time frame to process a FAFSA after this date is 4-6 weeks. Keep this in mind when making a late transfer. Payment options are available through the Office of Student Accounts, while your aid is being processed.
  5. Make sure that you are checking your university email. This is the only way our office will correspond with you regarding your financial aid.
  6. When sending emails or documents to our office please make sure to always include your Campus Wide Identification number.
  7. Needed items to complete your financial aid file can be seen in your myLEO. Go to Financial Aid Resources, Check Financial Aid Status, Eligibility, Student Requirements.
  8. If you are selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification process at Texas A&M University-Commerce before any awards can be finalized.
  9. Students have 14 business days to accept any award offers through myLEO. Anything left at an offered status may be cancelled. If cancellation occurs on a grant or scholarship, we may not be able to re-offer it back to the student. It is important to watch your university emails for award notification.
  10. You may contact our office via email at FAO.Web@tamuc.edu or call 903-886-5096. Always check out our website for updates, information and forms at http://www.tamuc.edu/financialaid .


Location: One Stop Shop, Student Access & Success Center (2200 Campbell Street)

Office Phone: 903-886-5096
Office Fax: 903-886-5098
E-mail: FAO.Web@tamuc.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Making Payments

  1. Make a payment at the Student Accounts service windows located in the lobby of the first floor of the McDowell Administration Building or at the One Stop Shop.
    • Personal Check
    • Cash
    • Money Order
    • Cashier's Check
    • Debit/Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express)
  2. Mail a payment to . . .
    • Attn: Tuition Payment
Texas A&M University- Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429
  1. Make a payment online through myLEO
    • Log into your myLEO account and click on the LEOpay tab.
  2. Make a payment through a Wire Transfer

Contact Sarah Baker at Sarah.Baker@tamuc.edu for assistance with wire transfers


Student Accounts

Location: McDowell Administration Building, First Floor Foyer
Office Phone: 903-886-5050
Office Fax: 903-886-5899
Website: http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/tuitionCosts/bursar/default.aspx
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm


Location: One Stop Shop Lobby
Office Phone: 903-886-5201
Office Fax: 903-886-5540
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am – Noon (Fall and Spring terms only)


Registrar's Office

The Office of the Registrar maintains the academic records for all students as well as assists with registration, requesting transcripts, enrollment verifications, grading, and graduation. Most all of our services/forms are online for faster service and can be accessed through your myLEO or our website. Our staff is eager and willing to assist so stop by to see us today!

A Financial Responsibility Agreement will appear when you login to register for classes. It is required that you read and agree to its conditions before being allowed to proceed with registration. This agreement notifies you of all the payment options that are available.  The University will also be authorized to enroll you in an installment payment plan. This will prevent you from being dropped from your classes and avoid the $200.00 reinstatement fee.  If you have questions, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 903-886-5050.

At the time of registration for any semester or term, every student is required to accept the Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) Financial Responsibility. Registration will not be permitted if the agreement is declined.

Location: One Stop Shop, Student Access & Success Center (2200 Campbell Street)

Office Phone: 903-886-5068
Office Fax: 903-886-5888
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5 pm


Texas A&M University-Commerce Traditions


Lion Chant
We are the Commerce Lions, we are the ones for you! Woo!
We are the Commerce Lions, don't you want to be one too?! Woo!
Don't you want to be one too?! Woo!
We are the Lions, we are the BEST!


BAAS-Organizational Leadership Program Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly diverse technological and global society.  The degree develops practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges through real-world coursework utilizing personalized academic mentoring and tutoring.  The coursework focuses on team building, ethical decision making, enhanced communication skills, critical thinking, and people skills.  Graduates of this program pursue careers in education, government, non-profit, and business organizations.

The BAAS in Organizational Leadership is a competency-based program that prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly technological and global society. This entire program is available online and is tailored specifically for adult learners. The degree program focuses on leadership skills, including instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication, and other managerial skills that are applicable to all types of organizations including business, government, non-profits, and education.

Program Competencies

Students in the BAAS in Organizational Leadership degree program develop practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges through real-world coursework that utilizes personalized academic mentoring and instruction. These competencies include:

•       Interpersonal Skills

•       Organizational Behavior

•       Problem Solving / Decision-making

•       Change Management

•       Resource Management

•       Strategy / Operations Management

•       Information Literacy

•       Statistics / Applied Research



According to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Direct Assessment Competency-Based Educational Programs Policy Statement:

Competency:  A competency is a clearly defined and measurable statement of the knowledge, skill, and ability a student has acquired in a designated program.

Competency-based Educational Programs.  A competency-based educational program is outcome-based and assesses a student’s attainment of competencies as the sole means of determining whether the student earns a degree or a credential. Such programs may be organized around traditional course-based units (credit or clock hours) that students must earn to complete their educational program or may depart from course-based units (credit or clock hours) to rely solely on the attainment of defined competencies. (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/CompetencyBasedEducationPolicy.pdf, p. 1)

Grading Policy for Mastery of Competencies

  • A “B” letter grade is required in all competency-based courses.
    • Students will register for courses but will progress through competency-based modules and assessments. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of each competency, as well as the included artifact, with a grade of 80% or better on the final assessment. Courses will be transcripted when the student has completed all competency modules and/or assessments assigned for each course.

Academic Advising & Registration


New students must speak or email a BAAS-OL Advisor prior to registering for classes for the first time.

Please email the following email address for advising:

Phone: 903-468-3318


The registration process is covered in detail on a separate document that you will be provided when you complete this orientation

Strategy for Competency-Based Learning ***Repeat this process for each competency.

  • Read the syllabus.
  • Take the Pretest to get a base line of your current knowledge. Please email your instructor to alert him or her to the fact that you have something waiting to be graded. When you submit your responses for grading, you will get a score of the multiple choice and true/false questions only. The system automatically grades these questions. Do not panic! This score will change when the instructor grades the short answers and essay questions.
  • Once your instructor has graded your Pretest, review the feedback and comments for each question. Focus the majority of your studies on the learning outcomes on which you did not demonstrate proficiency (based on the questions you missed).
  • Take the Posttest when you feel confident in your new knowledge. Each competency has three (3) posttest opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery with a grade of 80% or better.
  • Contact your advisor if you have questions on maneuvering through the competencies.
  1. If you have questions regarding the content of your course, exam, assignments, etc., please contact your instructor.
  1. If you are kicked out of an exam or quiz:


b.   Attempt to re-enter the quiz or exam.

c.   If this is unsuccessful:

i.    Contact helpdesk@online.tamuc.org or

ii.   Call the HelpDesk at (toll-free) 1-866-656-5511 or 720-931-3847

iii.   If eCollege Helpdesk refers you to Technology Services, call 903-468-6000


Submission of this online certificate will notify the ORGL designated Advisor By submitting this for you to understand all policies of Texas A&M University as it pertains to the document.

Follow the How to Recognize Plagiarism: Tutorials and Test once you have completed, please upload the certification below and complete the form.