WELCOME to New Student Online Orientation

Hello new Lion! Please begin by reviewing the New Student Orientation sections below. After you have read through each section, you will find a link to access the assessment survey. Please complete the assessment survey to have your responses properly recorded.

The Student Orientation Fee of $100 is assessed to ALL new incoming students without exception regardless of what type of New Student Orientation session is completed. The Student Orientation fee is posted to your student account. If you receive financial aid, your award could be used to cover this fee, otherwise, by reviewing this communication you have been informed of your responsibility for payment of the Student Orientation Fee. If you do not complete the online New Student Orientation assessment survey, you will still be assessed the Student Orientation Fee.

After you have submitted your New Student Orientation assessment survey, please email your academic advisor to schedule a time to register for courses if you have not yet registered: [email protected]

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. Still, Mayo's creed of “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others” lives on in the lives of A&M-Commerce students and alumni. We have been offering local degree completion options through the Navarro College Partnership since 1999.

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 Mesquite, Rockwall, Collin Higher Education Center, Universities Center at Dallas, and 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 an enthusiastic response.
  • Our six academic colleges are committed to helping you strive toward success.
  • Our university mascot is Lucky the Lion.

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:
  • All students must be enrolled in an English course (Eng 101) and a math course (Math 141, 175, or 179) until the first College-level English and Math course are completed.
  • Developmental English and Math classes and Basic Skills required courses CANNOT be dropped.
Grades:
  • A “C” letter grade is required in all major-specific courses.
  • A “D” letter grade is acceptable in University Studies courses; however, a student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the University Studies area.
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 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 six 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 repeated class.
  • 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 in which the student can be enrolled.
  • 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 Policies:

For more information regarding the policies of Texas A&M University-Commerce, please review the Student Guidebook. It is the primary resource for annual campus information and contains the academic calendar, campus contact information, resources for getting involved on campus, and University rules and procedures.

For updated dates and information, please be sure to check the Academic Calendar.

myLEO & Information Technology Support

Have problems signing in? Technical issues with myLEO are addressed by:

Information Technology Support

  • Email your service request to [email protected]
  • Call in your service request or problem to 903.468.6000
  • Services offered to students by Technology Services:
    • Dial-in Support Email Support
    • Hardware Support Network Support
    • Software Audit Software Downloads
    • Software Support Instructions
    • Spyware Help Web Support

Tuition, Fees & Payments

You know that earning a degree shouldn't cost you more each year. Texas A&M University-Commerce agrees. Our [in]tuition plan locks in tuition costs and mandatory fees for your academic program from registration to graduation. It's one less thing to think about in college planning.

On the [in]tuition plan, you will be a part of a cohort of students who will pay a specific rate based on residency. That rate is locked in for you when you register. From there, you can begin each year with the immediate understanding that the cost of your degree has not changed. This allows you to focus your efforts on completing your program and progressing toward graduation rather than worrying about rising academic costs. With [in]tuition as your guide, you will save money while receiving the high-quality education that A&M-Commerce has offered for 125 years.

[in]tuition includes:
  • Texas resident statutory tuition
  • mandatory fees
  • designated tuition
  • nursing differential tuition

To check other term tuition rates or to use the net price calculator, visit:

www.tamuc.edu/tuitioncostbreakdown

Additional Fees

  • Student Service Fee:
    • Mini-term $62.50
    • Fall or Spring $250
  • Lab Fees:
    • May range between $5 and $45 per course
  • Course Enhancement Fees:
    • College of Business and Entrepreneurship $ 8 per course
    • College of Education and Human Services $11 per course
    • College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts $16 per course
    • College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture $16 per course
  • Distance Learning Fees:
    • $50 per semester credit hour
  • Program Delivery Fees:
    • $20 per semester credit hour
      • Students taking courses at any location besides the main Commerce campus will be assessed a program delivery fee. This fee applies only to lecture courses where the instructor is present. Web-based courses or course sections taught by interactive video at the receiving site will not be assessed a program delivery fee.
      • Courses taught at other locations will be assessed a program delivery fee of $10 per credit hour.

Top Tips Related to Financial Aid

  • If Texas A&M University-Commerce is not listed on your FAFSA, you will need to add it by correcting your FAFSA online. Go to https://studentaid.gov/, select make a correction, go to the school section, and add code-003565. Please make sure that you “RESUBMIT” your FAFSA.
  • 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.
  • The 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 processing your aid.
  • Make sure that you are checking your university email. This is the only way our office will correspond with you regarding your financial aid.
  • When sending emails or documents to our office, please always include your Campus Wide Identification number.
  • Needed items to complete your financial aid file can be seen in your myLEO. Go to Financial Aid Resources, Check Financial Aid Status, Eligibility and Student Requirements.
  • If you are selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification process at Texas A&M University-Commerce before any awards can be finalized.
  • You may contact our office via email at [email protected]. Always check out our Financial Aid website for updates, information and forms.

Top Tips When Applying for Donor-Funded Scholarships

  • Apply for scholarships as early as possible. Dates are critical as these funds are limited.
  • University general and departmental scholarship applications are completed through the link in myLEO. Use the “SIGN UP” link in the upper right corner the first time you access the portal. Then look for the email in your university email to confirm your information. After completing this “SIGN UP” process, you can access the portal using the “SIGN IN” link.
  • Check the university scholarship portal often for any new scholarship opportunities that may be added.
  • Regularly check your university email account for any updates or important information from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Department.
  • Complete a FAFSA application each year. Some scholarships require this to determine financial need.
  • Accept any offers within the time frame specified. Offers not accepted within the time frame are canceled, and reinstatement is usually impossible.
  • Write a thank you note for any scholarships you are awarded.
  • Keep this in mind for scholarships with renewal criteria to ensure you are eligible for a renewal award. (Credit hour requirements, GPA, Completion hours, etc.) You will need to update your General Scholarship Application each year for department scholarships to be renewed
  • You may contact our office via email at [email protected]. Always check out our Financial Aid website for updates, information and forms.

Financial Agreement Form

The financial agreement form is an agreement between the university and the student acknowledging that tuition and fees will be billed to the student's account; and the diverse payment choices available to the student.

How to access the Form:

  • Log onto myLEO and select Registration, Records and Grades
  • On the next screen, choose Registration
  • Following that, select Register/Add or Drop Classes

Installment Plans

  • Tuition/fees and housing may be paid in full or through installments during the fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in signing up for a payment plan, you can visit the Student Accounts office or pay online through LEOpay.
  • A $100 down payment and the $35 installment fee are due at sign-up. The remaining charges (tuition/fees, housing, and meal plan) are then divided into four equal payments due through the semester. A payment plan is determined at the time of sign-up. Financial Aid does not affect your payment schedule.

Making Payments

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

Student Accounts

McDowell Administration Building, First Floor Foyer
https://www.tamuc.edu/office-of-student-accounts/
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Question or comment? Email us at [email protected].

Title IX

University Policy

Texas A&M University-Commerce supports academic, housing, and work environments free of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), and retaliation. Discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status is prohibited. Retaliation against a person for reporting or objecting to discrimination or harassment violates whether discrimination or harassment occurred.

Confidentiality

Conversations with the administrator are kept as confidential as possible. Still, information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the University needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are fully considered.

Law Enforcement

A&M-Commerce recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of persons impacted by sexual assault and takes seriously its obligation to balance that privacy interest with legitimate concerns for the safety of others. When necessary to address the risks to the campus community (or specific persons), information regarding reported incidents may be shared with law enforcement personnel (UPD or other agencies, as appropriate). A&M-Commerce

Title IX Definitions

Retaliation

A&M-Commerce prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in the protected activity of filing complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking or who participate in complaint processes. Retaliatory action is a basis for a separate complaint under the University's procedures and can lead to sanctions.

The Law

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are prohibited in the education context by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and in the employment context by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

DEFINITIONS

Consent – The affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity. A person who is incapacitated by alcohol or other drugs, is unconscious or asleep, is physically or mentally unable to resist, is unaware of what is occurring, or does not understand the nature of the activity cannot give consent.

Dating Violence – An act, other than a defensive measure to protect oneself, by an individual against a victim with whom there is or was a romantic or intimate relationship or marriage, and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably results in fear of such harm. (Texas Family Code 71.0021)

Domestic or Family Violence – An act against another family member or household intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, or the threat of which reasonable causes fear of such harm. (Texas Family Code Section 71.004)

Sexual Assault – Intentionally or knowingly (a) causing the penetration of the sex organ or anus of another person by any means; (b) causing the penetration of the mouth of another person by the sex organ of the actor; or (c) causing the sex organ of another person to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sex organ of another person, including the actor; without the other person's consent.

Sexual Exploitation – A situation in which an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for their advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited. For example, sexual exploitation could include secretly videotaping sexual activity, voyeurism, sexually-based stalking, invasion of sexual privacy, and knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection to another person.

Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment. Unwelcome means that an individual did not request or invite it and considers the conduct undesirable or offensive. Submission to the conduct or failure to complain does not always mean that the conduct was welcome. Sexual harassment includes non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse and sexual exploitation.

StalkingKnowingly engaging in conduct, including following a person that one reasonably believes is threatening the bodily injury or death of themselves, a member of their family or household, or their property. (Texas Penal Code 42.072)

Sexual Violence – Physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or when a person is incapable of giving consent. Several acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, sexual coercion, and sexual exploitation.

Reporting Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violent, Dating Violence or Stalking

The University can only respond to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, retaliation, or stalking if they are reported. Reporting enables the University to promptly support the impacted student(s) and take appropriate action against the responding party to prevent a recurrence and protect the campus community. Any student who believes they may be the victim of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, retaliation, or stalking is encouraged to report to A&M-Commerce through one or more of the following resources:

Emergency Response: 911
Title IX Administrator: 903.886.5025
Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department: 903.886.5868

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission with concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Administrator. The Human Resources office encourages anyone aware of incidents that may violate our policy to contact the Title IX Administrator so we can look into the matter. And under the university's regulation, all employees must report complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence.

The University can only respond to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, retaliation, or stalking if they are reported. Reporting enables the University to promptly support the impacted student(s) and take appropriate action against the responding party to prevent a recurrence and protect the campus community. Any student who believes they may be the victim of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, retaliation, or stalking is encouraged to report to A&M-Commerce through one or more of the following resources:

Emergency Response: 911
Title IX Administrator: 903.886.5025
Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department: 903.886.5868

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission with concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Administrator. The Human Resources office encourages anyone aware of incidents that may violate our policy to contact the Title IX Administrator so we can look into the matter. And under the university's regulation, all employees must report complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence.

Confidential Resources

In addition to the previous resources, students may report confidentially to the following resources that provide support and guidance:

Student Rights and Responsibilities: 903.886.5087
Counseling Center: 903.886.5145
Crisis Center of Northeast Texas: 903.454.9999
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.Hope

Student Identification Cards

Official Identification Card

The Lion Card is the official Texas A&M University-Commerce student identification card. You may obtain your Lion Card in the Halladay Student Services Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To obtain your Lion Card, you must bring your Texas A&M University-Commerce CWID (Campus Wide Identification Number) and a copy of your class schedule.

Books, Books & Books

Velma K. Waters Library

Services Available:

  • Access reference materials Make copies
  • Check out books Wireless Internet access
  • Computer labs Digital research databases

https://www.tamuc.edu/library/

Textbooks

To find a list of books required for your specific courses, please check your class schedule or the course syllabus in myLEO. Under each class, it will list the necessary books for the course.

Campus Bookstore

Location: Rayburn Student Center
Office Phone: 903.886.5830

http://www.amcbookstore.com/home.aspx

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides resources to help you succeed in your classes. Take advantage of face-to-face or online tutoring from peer tutors who have taken the courses. Unleash your full academic potential!

Location: Velma K. Waters Library 103
Website: www.tamuc.edu/ASC
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Career Development

You have chosen your field of study or are ready to advance in your current career. So what's the next step? The next step is visiting the Career Development Office, where you will meet with career advisors who can help you with the resources and tools needed to prepare you for your next phase after graduation and beyond.

Online Writing Center

The online writing center is designed to help writers at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. Our goal is to improve student writers through improving their writing abilities. We are here to give you feedback and guidance, but we cannot take over your work. This is your paper. We are only here to assist you. Please email us at [email protected] to start the assistance process.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

A&M-Commerce Student Disability Services provides accommodations and services to enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities and facilitate awareness of disability-related issues in a supportive environment that creates a culture of inclusion where all are welcomed, respected and supported to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Other Resources Available

My Academic Advisor

Getting to know your academic advisor is an important step in your transition to A&M-Commerce. Help in navigating registration and your degree plan is readily available, your academic advisor will also:

  • Provide support from your first day at A&M-Commerce all the way to graduation
  • Offer guidance to help you reach your academic and professional goals
  • Help you register and complete your degree plan

Email: [email protected]

Veteran & Military Students

Veterans and Military Services

At Texas A&M University-Commerce, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are essential to our legacy. We appreciate their service and sacrifice and are committed to their successful transition from military to civilian life. This commitment includes helping you build on your strengths to achieve the well-respected bachelors or graduate degree you deserve.

Veterans and Military Services Office
Location: The Welcome Center (2200 Campbell Street)
Website: https://www.tamuc.edu/veterans-and-military-services/
Email: [email protected]

Orientation Assessment Survey

Congratulations on taking the time to learn more about the support services and resources available to you to help with your transition to A&M-Commerce. We are so excited to welcome you to the Lion family.

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