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The Henderson State University 2012-2013 Student Guide and Planner

The Student Guide and Planner provides information about the university and serves as a resource during your educational journey at HSU. It includes university policies, procedures, and information on how to participate in campus life. While university policies are accurate at the time of publication, normal university policy allows for changes made at any time. Other resources of official university policy include the undergraduate catalog and the university website, Students should become familiar with and abide by the expectations and regulations in this publication while enrolled at Henderson State University. Information for this handbook was compiled in the summer of 2012 and is subject to change. Any suggestions or ideas for additions to future student guides or handbooks are welcome. Submit suggestions in writing to the Dean of Students, Womack Hall, HSU Box 7870, Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001. The Henderson State University Student Guide and Handbook is a publication of the Dean of Students Office at Henderson State University. Dean of Students HSU Box 7870 Arkadelphia, AR 71999 (870) 230-5594

What’s inside? Important Office Locations and Phone Numbers Henderson History Henderson Traditions Recognized Student Organizations Departmental Organizations Service Organizations Honorary Organizations Governing Councils National Social Fraternities National Social Sororities Residence Life Religious Organizations University Calendar Division of Student Services Martin B. Garrison Activity and Conference Center Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center Residence Life First-Year Experience Program Intramural Sports University Police Financial Aid Refund of Federal Aid Policy Center for Career Development Academic Advising Center Tutoring Student Activities and Organizations Student Health Services University Counseling Division of Academic Affairs University Writing Center Disability Resource Center Student Support Services Outcomes Assessment Assessment and Institutional Research Multimedia Learning Center Online Course Information Huie Library Physical Education Facilities Division of Finance & Administration General Computer Services Telephone Services Student Accounts Work Study Payroll Checks Reddie Bookstore Post Office Public Relations University Regulations & Procedures General Definition of Terms Access to the University Notification of Student Privacy Rights Administrative Summons Off-Campus Travel Significant State and Federal Statutes Sex Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault: HSU Title XI Coordinators Social Activities Student Solicitation Solicitation by Off-Campus Sources Student Activity Fee


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Student Dress ID Cards Use of Computer Sign Policy 10th Street Pedestrian Bridge Children on Campus Animal Control on Campus Tobacco Usage Policy Campus Fire Prevention & Alarm Systems Sexual Harassment HIV Policy Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act Drug-Free School and Workplace Policy Grievance Procedure Restricted Days Policy Inclement Weather Policy Student Organizations General Definitions & Classifications of Student Organizations University Standards for Organizing Student Organizations University Recognition of Student Organizations Procedure for Recognition Procedure for Approval Recognition Procedures for New Fraternities & Sororities Reciprocal Responsibilities of Student Organizations & the University Guidelines for On-Campus Social Activities Off-Campus Event Standards & Procedures Dissolution of Student Organizations Revocation of University Recognition Traffic Regulations Authorization Registration of Vehicles Driving Regulations Parking Regulations No-Parking Zones Special Parking Privileges Administrative Charges Appeals from Administrative Determinations Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Section 1. Title Section 2. Definition of Terms Section 3. University Commitment & Access to Higher Education Section 4. Classroom Expression and Student Appeals of Course Grades Section 5. Campus Expression and Organization Section 6. Publications Section 7. University Government Section 8. Search Section 9. Student Record Section 10. Student Directory Policy Section 11. Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy Section 12. University Academic Integrity Discipline Policy Section 13. Code of Conduct Expected Behavior Jurisdiction Prohibited Conduct Due Process Judicial Process Procedural Guidelines Appeal Process Interim Suspension Disciplinary Sanctions Alma Mater Residence Life Handbook


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Important HSU Office Locations and Phone Numbers When calling from an on-campus phone, dial the last four digits of the number. To call an office not listed below, dial 0 from on campus, (870) 230-5000 from off campus. Academic Affairs ............................ Womack Hall 210 ..................................... 230-5134 Admissions ..................................... Womack Hall ............................................ 230-5028 ....................................................... ...................................................... or 1-800-228-7333 Art Department ............................... Russell Fine Arts 153 ................................ 230-5036 Athletics ......................................... Wells Bldg ................................................. 230-5161 Aviation ......................................... Caplinger Airway Sci. 143 ......................... 230-5012 Band ............................................... Russell Fine Arts (Band Hall) ..................... 230-5054 Biology ........................................... Reynolds Hall 107B ................................... 230-5314 Bookstore ....................................... Garrison Activity Center ............................. 230-5219 Business Office .............................. Womack Hall 314 ...................................... 230-5122 Business School....................... Mooney Hall 309 ....................................... 230-5377 Cafeteria ......................................... Caddo Center ............................................ 230-5266 Center for Career Development…….GarrisonL211………………...........................230-5442 Center for Student Success…………Garrison 221A……………………..................230-5077 Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center………………………………………….230-5660 Chemistry ....................................... Reynolds Hall 305 ..................................... 230-5342 Choir............................................... Russell Fine Arts 117 ................................ 230-5053 Comm/Theatre Arts ........................ Arkansas Hall 212 ...................................... 230-5469 Counseling Center .................... Mooney 1st Floor ....................................... 230-5102 Counselor Education ...................... Education Center 213 ................................ 230-5349 Curriculum & Instruction ................. Education Center 213 ................................. 230-5335 Development/Alumni……………………………………………………………………..230-5401 Disability Resource Center .......... Foster Hall 313A ........................................ 230-5453 East Hall……………………………………………………………………………….…..230-5642 Education ....................................... Education Center 211 ................................ 230-5367 Ellis College of Arts/Sci .................. McBrien Hall 115 ........................................ 230-5320 English & Foreign Langs ................ McBrien Hall 130 ....................................... 230-5363 Family/Consumer Sci ..................... Proctor Hall 201 ......................................... 230-5055 Financial Aid ................................... Womack Hall 203 ...................................... 230-5148 Fine Arts ......................................... Russell Fine Arts 153 ................................ 230-5036 Garrison Activity Center .................. ................................................................... 230-5228 Health/PE/Recreation .................... Wells Bldg. 210A ........................................ 230-5159 Health Services………………………Mooney 1st Floor…………………………….....230-5102 Honors College ........................ Sturgis Hall 120 ......................................... 230-5129 International Students ..................... Intl. Student House .................................... 230-5265 Intramural Sports……………………. Garrison Center …………………………….. 230-5166 Library ............................................ Huie Library ............................................... 230-5258 Math/Computer Science ................. Evans Hall 103 .......................................... 230-5038 Multi Media Learning Cnt. ............... Education Center 113 ................................. 230-5284 Math/Science Center ...................... SAMSC House, Wilson Street .................... 230-5417 McNair Program ............................. Foster 112 .................................................. 230-5333 Music .............................................. Russell Fine Arts 153 ................................. 230-5036 Newberry Hall………………………………………………………………………….....230-5340 Nursing Department ....................... Foster Hall 201 .......................................... 230-5015 Physics ........................................... Reynolds Hall 123B ................................... 230-5170 Police (city) ..................................... ................................................................... 246-4545 Police (campus).............................. Horton House ............................................ 230-5098 President’s Office ........................... Womack Hall ............................................ 230-5091 Psychology ..................................... McBrien Hall 301D .................................... 230-5341 Public Relations .............................. Womack Hall 103 ...................................... 230-5402 Registrar ......................................... Womack Hall 210B .................................... 230-5135 Residence Life................................ Womack Hall 102 ...................................... 230-5083 Smith Hall…………………………………………………………………………….…...230-5085 Social Sciences .............................. McBrien Hall 201B ..................................... 230-5230 Sociology /Human Services ............ McBrien Hall 309 E .................................... 230-5294 Special Ed/Leadership .................... Education Center 211 ................................. 230-5358 Student Accounts ........................... Womack Hall 314 ...................................... 230-5125 Student Support Services ............... Meier House .............................................. 230-5251 Student Services ............................ Womack Hall 102 ...................................... 230-5594 Sturgis Hall………………………………………………………………………….…….230-5595 West Hall……………………………….………………………………………….……...230-5644 Whispering Oaks ............................ …. ............................................................... 230-5070


Henderson History Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has a unique history that dates back to its founding in March of 1890 when it was incorporated as Arkadelphia Methodist College. The college opened in September of that year with over 100 students and 10 faculty members. In 1905, the name was changed to Henderson College to honor Charles Christopher Henderson, a trustee and prominent businessman of Arkadelphia. In 1911, the name was amended to Henderson-Brown College to honor Walter William Brown, who was also a trustee. Of the nine Arkansas public universities, Henderson is the only one that has been controlled by both Church and State and is the only one named for an individual. Henderson is one of only two Arkansas public universities originally established as a four-year, degree-conferring institution. From its founding in 1890 until 1925, the College also operated an academy which provided instruction for local students desiring high school courses and for those who were not prepared to enter into college. In 1929, a proposal was made to merge Henderson-Brown and its sister institution, Hendrix College, in Little Rock. However, after efforts from local residents and political and religious leaders of south Arkansas, the institution was offered to the state to establish a teachers college in Arkadelphia. Henderson State Teachers College would change to Henderson State College in 1967, and finally to Henderson State University in 1975. In 1951, Henderson became a graduate center for the University of Arkansas and, in 1955, instituted its own graduate program. The University now offers graduate degrees in three areas of study. Since its founding, Henderson has occupied a position of educational leadership. Students and alumni have achieved national and international recognition, including Rhodes, Fulbright, and Rotary International Scholarships. Henderson’s rich and storied tradition continues to grow.

Henderson Traditions Reddies The term “Reddies” most likely originated from the bright red warm-up jackets of the early football teams. In 1908, publications referred to the athletic teams as “Red Jackets,” which also brought to mind the idea of yellow jackets, who “rout intruders or opponents…with purposeful determination…by jabbing their barbed stingers into available victims” (Bennie Gene Bledsoe’s Henderson State University: Education Since 1890, Volume I). The Oracle almost immediately adopted the affectionate diminutive, “Reddies,” which came to refer not only to athletes but also to the entire student body. In 1921, some students campaigned for an appropriate mascot. Crawford Greene, editor of the Oracle, responded: Let It Be On several occasions the matter of a symbol for the Reddies has been brought up, and by men older and knowing more than we; but very wisely and rightly each time, in our opinion, the question has died for want of interest. A Tiger is a tiger, a Bull Dog is a bull dog, a Panther is a panther, a Wild Cat is a wild cat, a Razorback is a razorback – but a REDDIE is God’s noblest work, a MAN, superior to all the other animals Possessed, to be sure of that do-or-die spirit, an indispensable ingredient to his composite self. No mere beast has ever symbolized the wearer of the “H.” None can. Long may we keep it so.


Reddie Spirit The Reddie Spirit was born in 1914 on a cold winter night when the school caught fire. The students pulled pianos and books from the library. Instead of closing the doors to the school, students held classes under the pine trees, some of which still stand on campus today.

Pine Tree Speech The Pine Tree Speech is always held on the first Monday of the school year and is an invitation for all first-time students to become Henderson Reddies. Henderson’s history is presented by Mary Jo Mann.

Alma Mater Henderson-Brown College President James W. Workman (1928-1929) composed the words and melody of “Alma Mater, Henderson” as he walked around campus one day in 1929. Breathe, stalwart pine trees, Mem’ries of living shadows; Whisper acorn bearers, From thy living fountains; Beauty and friendship, Eternal as the holly, Into all thy children, Alma Mater, Henderson!

School with a Heart Henderson’s slogan is said to date from the morning of the Great Fire on February 3, 1914. After the flames had subsided, the sorrowful but thankful students gathered under the pines on the west campus where they pledged to renew their allegiance to “the old school with a heart.” “When the ashes and wreckage of the old building were buried at the foot of the pine trees, here, so the saying goes, is the Heart of Henderson.” The legend also holds that if any fortunate couple should discover the “Heart,” they will also discover eternal happiness. President James Workman popularized the slogan. Henderson has long had an interest in and love for its students and faculty (Bennie Gene Bledsoe’s Henderson State University: Education Since 1890, Volume I).

Lady in Black As legend has it, a Henderson freshman female stole an OBU man from a female OBU student. That OBU young lady still haunts the halls of Henderson’s female residence hall seeking revenge on the Henderson female.

Bench 13 If a man wants to ask a lady to marry him, legend has it that she can’t say “no” while they are on Bench 13. (See “School with a Heart”)

Battle of the Ravine Each fall, longtime rivals HSU and OBU battle heatedly during this well-attended football game. Members of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry guard all HSU entrances and prominent locations.

Homecoming Many Henderson traditions take place during Homecoming. Homecoming Bonfire Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon have the task of building and guarding the bonfire each year. The bonfire is symbolic of the fire in 1914.


Heartbeat of Henderson Members of Phi Lambda Chi begin the heartbeat of Henderson the moment the bonfire is lit. The drumming does not end until kick-off of the homecoming game. Heart & Key Ceremony Homecoming Queen Candidates are presented to the student body at this ceremony. Heart & Key membership inductions take place at this ceremony.

That Old Reddie Spirit Henderson’s official fight song was introduced in 1923 by cheerleader Anna Lee Chidester. Sung to the tune of “That Old Time Religion,” it is affectionately known as “The Reddie Hymn.” Originally, the song was introduced because of a lack of school spirit being displayed at football games. At the time, cheerleaders were positioned at points throughout the bleachers to lead the fans in song. Gimme that old Reddie Spirit Gimme that old Reddie Spirit Gimme that old Reddie Spirit It’s good enough for me!

Heart & Key This organization is the keeper of all traditions. Students are initiated into Heart & Key based on their service to the HSU community. This is one of the highest honors accorded Henderson students.

Welcome Week The Student Activities Board welcomes students back to campus with a week full of activities to help integrate students into campus life.

Greek Week Greek Week brings all the Greek organizations together for a week of fun. Activities in the past include the lip sync contest, search for the red “E”, Barbeque, Greek Olympics, all Greek step show, and the Greek Awards Assembly.

Spring Fling Near the end of the spring semester, the Student Activities Board schedules a week of activities to get students into a good frame of mind for finals.


Recognized Student Organizations

DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS Alpha Eta Rho (International Aviation Fraternity) Beta Beta Chapter The philosophy of Alpha Eta Rho-Beta Beta Chapter is to exhibit a professional approach and attitude toward aviation. This chapter promotes fellowship among its membership while furthering their understanding and commitment to professional aviation. It is the responsibility and first priority of Beta Beta Chapter to provide for and assist its members in career goals through all means necessary. APICS – The Educational Society for Resource Management The Henderson APICS student chapter was chartered in 2003 and is affiliated with the First Arkansas APICS Chapter. The chapter is primarily for students pursuing a bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in management. Students have the opportunity to attend professional development meetings and participate in plant tours sponsored by the First Arkansas Chapter. Art Club The HSU Art Club is open to all students and faculty members dedicated to bringing the arts to the Henderson community. The club aspires to enhance cultural opportunities within the university through activities such as workshops, art sales, community service, and sponsoring exhibitions, visiting artists, coffee houses, film series, museum trips and other travel opportunities. Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) The Henderson Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery promotes knowledge of and interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management, and applications of modern computing; promotes greater interest in computing and its applications; and provides a means of communication between persons having an interest in computing. Athletic Training Student Organization The Athletic Training Student Organization (A.T.S.O.) increases the overall outlook of the educational experience by means of promoting educational activities, and develops closer contact with those who are involved in the future athletics training/sports medicine profession. Beta Gamma Sigma Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Beta Mu Omicron Women’s Music Society of Henderson State University. Beta Mu Omicron is a society for women enrolled at Henderson with an interest and background in music. The organization serves the music department of Henderson State University.


Biology Club The Biology Club is open to students regardless of their majors. The club brings in guest speakers, promotes attendance at professional meetings, participates in community activities, and has social events (cookouts, float trips, etc.). Majors with sufficient credit hours and GPA can join a national honors club (Beta Beta Beta). Chemistry Club The Chemistry Club is for Henderson undergraduate chemistry lovers. The club’s goal is to bring together students interested in chemistry and to serve as an academic resource and social forum for chemistry students. Activities include demonstrations at area elementary schools; bringing in speakers from graduate schools; selling visorgogs (lab eye protection) to Henderson chemistry students; social activities; and attending local, regional and national ACS meetings. Comics Club The Henderson State University Comics Club increases awareness of comics and graphic novels and brings together a community of like-minded students in appreciation of this form of art. The Comics Club shall encourage the growth and knowledge and appreciation of comics and graphic novels among Henderson students. Dance Company The Henderson Dance Company, whose members are chosen by audition, presents a spring dance concert and provides an opportunity for development of advanced skill in dance. Debate and Forensics Team The Henderson Intercollegiate Debate Team follows a long tradition of participating in competitive debate and speech events. The team’s trophy case holds current awards such as the reigning state college champion of the Arkansas State Communication Association, along with some nearly a century old. These include a State Championship trophy for College Division dated April 24, 1909, and a 1928 Arkansas Inter-Collegiate first place trophy in Oratory to Vann Woodward. Woodward went on to become “a ground breaking historian of the South and a distinguished Yale professor,” according to Yale Today. Economic Society The Economic Society is the preeminent opportunity at Henderson for discussion of important business and the economic issues. Members of the society meet once a month. Eta Lambda Beta The purpose of Eta Lambda Beta is to promote the performance and teaching of low brass players at Henderson State University and in the surrounding region through special events and guest artists. The organization will participate in fundraising activities to assist the department of music and low brass studio in purchasing equipment and sponsoring guest appearances of low brass artists. Eta Zeta Theta This organization purpose is to make the HSU campus aware of the Red Wave (HSU Swim Team) functions and meets and raise travel and expense funds for the Lady Red Wave. Family and Consumer Science Club (HSU FCS) HSU FCS is the collegiate counterpart of the AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences). The club sponsors social activities, philanthropic endeavors, craft nights and business meetings for the Family and Consumer Science majors. The club promotes Family


and Consumer Sciences as a profession and participates in Arkansas Family and Consumer Sciences annual conferences and the national AAFCS conferences in Washington, DC. Finance Club The purpose of the Finance Club is to foster intellectual curiosity, outstanding leadership, and professional growth among students interested in finance, banking, and investments. The Finance Club meets twice a month, goes on field trips, and attends guest lectures. Henderson International Student Association (HISA) The purpose of HISA is to provide immediate and continuing contacts for all Henderson State University international students. Non-international students are encouraged to join. Each year, HISA provides activities and events that teach people about our cultural differences. Events include the Annual International Food Bazaar, an international soccer tournament, the international Christmas party, and much more. HISA also provides fun activities such as the traditional trip to Six Flags over Texas, a visit to the State Capitol in Little Rock, picnics, and parties. Henderson Political Society This organizations purpose is to recruit students with a vested interest in the academic departments of political science and public administration so that a collective influence might be achieved and applied upon the academia and extra-curricular community Henderson State Fishing Club The primary purpose of the club should be to encourage camaraderie, sportsmanship, integrity, conversation, and development of the skills and knowledge needed to be successful anglers by competing with other schools in the fishing tournaments that are locally and regionally based. Henderson Television Henderson Television (HTV) is almost exclusively run by students. Available as a course, TV Practicum provides hand-on experience for students interested in going into the field of television. Students work as a team to produce at least an hour of original programming which airs on campus and locally on Channel 9. Original programming can include anything from variety shows, news and sports shows, to original student material created in other classes. History Club The History Club’s purpose is to seek to promote a richer understanding of history in all fields and areas. The goal is to facilitate extracurricular learning, student networking, and academic discourse. HPER Young Professionals for Physical Education of Henderson State University. The purpose of this club is to promote interest in and provide a better understanding of the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.

HSU International Trumpet Guild This organization promotes instrumental music throughout the campus and invites guest artists from all around the world to visit HSU and provide students with concerts and/or master classes.


HSU Photos Club (Collaborative) The purpose shall be to give serious photographers an atmosphere in which they may expose their art and comfortably share opinions and ideas. As a group of individuals with diverse thoughts and abilities, the major objectives will be for each person in the group to 1) focus on his/her talents as well as weaknesses as a photographer, 2) assist others within the group to strengthen the areas they are struggling with, and 3) use their capabilities to help initiatives on campus and to support the ambition of art. HSU School of Business Club (SOBC) The purpose of SOBC shall be to promote experiential learning opportunities for business. The major objective of SOBC are: 1) provide networking opportunities, 2)inform students of job/internship possibilities, 3)provide field trips to businesses in the students’ major fields, and 4) maintain a presence of service to HSU and the community. HSU Writers Guild The purpose of this organization is to give serious writers an atmosphere in which they may write and comfortably share opinions and ideas. As a group of individuals with diverse thoughts and abilities the major objectives will be for each person in the group to (1) focus on his/her writing. (2) Assist others within the group to ultimately become published. (3) Use these capabilities to help other initiatives on campus. Kappa Kappa Psi Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society. KSWH-FM 99.9. KSWH (which stands for K - "School with a Heart") is a student-run campus radio station, under the guidance of an adjunct faculty advisor. An executive staff of eight advanced students fills the roles of general manager, program director, production director, traffic director, support and development director, marketing and promotions director, news director, and sports director. The mission of KSWH is "to train students in radio broadcasting, while serving Henderson State University and the surrounding community." Ladies League This organization aims to help African-American and minority women with the transition from high school to college life through academic-based programming, mentoring, professional development, conflict management, leadership building, and cultural awareness. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (African American Male Initiative) This organization aims to help African-American males with the transition from high school to college life through academic-based programming, mentoring, professional development, conflict management, leadership building, and cultural awareness. League of Latino Students This organization aims to help Hispanic/Latino students with the transition from high school to college life through academic-based programming, mentoring, professional development, conflict management, leadership building, and cultural awareness.


Marketing Society The Marketing Society gives students interested in marketing an opportunity to expand their knowledge and activities. Students have raised money for a book scholarship fund, participated in Henderson’s phone-a-thon, toured Dallas Market, and attended national and regional conferences. Masquers Masquers is a theatre interest group open to anyone on campus. You do not need to be a theatre major to join Masquers, just share a basic interest in the theatrical arts. The group helps the theatre program with shows and workshops. Major projects include planning and providing lunches to the crews during the theatre workdays for the performances and selling concessions and refreshments for the public during intermissions of performances. Masquers also helps sponsor student produced shows of the department. Math Club The Math Club encourages active interest in mathematics, develops creative teaching skills, gains insight into current mathematical trends, and encourages cooperation between elementary and secondary mathematics education majors. Mixed Martial Arts/Self Defense Club The purpose of this organization is to promote a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of mixed martial arts and self defense throughout the Henderson campus. Nursing Students Association (NSA) The Nursing Students Association is affiliated with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Students in the nursing program are eligible for NSA. Involvement may include Breakthrough to Nursing Projects, community health activities, legislation and education activities, conventions, educational programs, newsletters, and other shared-governance, leadership opportunities. The Henderson chapter has won state and national awards. "Kindergarten Spring Round-Up� is a community service NSA conducts to help meet children’s needs as they enter school. Omega Tau Epsilon The purpose of this organization is to keep the students of HSU and the youth of Arkadelphia involved in athletics, teach the fundamentals of leadership, sportsmanship, and friendships both on and off the field of play. We strive to support and improve the quality of athletics and athletic activities on the campus of HSU and the Arkadelphia community. We use our leadership capabilities for the betterment of this community and its youth, as well as for HSU. Membership to Omega Tau Epsilon is open to all students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program, HPER, and to all Student-Athletes. Oracle Since 1908, The Oracle has been the student newspaper of Henderson State University, produced by and for Henderson students. It aims to give complete news coverage of campus life, promote student activities, set forth the ideals of the university, give students practice in print journalism, and serve as a medium for keeping alive the interest of the alumni. The Oracle staff is equipped with a complete desktop publishing system. The staff uses state-of-the-art computer systems and software for layout and design.


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Sigma Chi is the Henderson chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Phi Mu Alpha develops the best and truest fraternal spirit, the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, and the advancement of music in America. Queer/Straight Alliance The Henderson Queer/Straight Alliance is a group of people who are trying to promote understanding and acceptance between the queer and straight communities at Henderson and in the community. You do not have to be homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to attend meetings or be in the group. For more information, email us at REDDIE to Knit The REDDIE to Knit Club provides students with the skill necessary to complete specific knitting projects and to raise funds to donate to local charities. Society of Accountants The Society of Accountants was developed to promote the study of accountancy at Henderson and to promote professionalism among its members. To qualify for membership, students must have achieved junior standing at the university, declared a major in accounting, and be enrolled in an upper level course in Accounting. Associate membership may be available to students majoring in accounting who have completed ACC2013 with a grade of "B" or better and who are currently enrolled in ACC2033. Society of Physics Students The Physics Club is open to all students interested in physics, engineering, astronomy, and related fields. Fun activities include cookouts each semester and at least one road trip each year. The Physics Club has recently enjoyed visits to NASA’s Marshall and Johnson Space Flight Centers, and to the graduate schools at the University of Mississippi, UALR, and Baylor. Besides being fun, the Physics Club helps members make the most of their time at Henderson. Club members maintain extensive files of summer research jobs that provide both experience and income. Each summer, club members land good-paying jobs with university or government research labs. The Physics Club is a local chapter of the national Society of Physics Students and the National Physics Honor Society Society for Human Resource Management The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the leading voice of the human resource profession, representing the interests of more than 50,000 professional and student members around the world. SHRM provides its membership with education and information services, conferences and seminars, government and media representation, and publications that equip human resource professionals to become leaders and decision makers within their organizations. Sociology and Human Services Club The Sociology/Human Services Club on Henderson’s campus promotes interest in sociology and human services, develops socially dependable personalities through discussion groups unhindered by the formalities of the class routine, and develops leadership among students in sociology and human services. Star Yearbook Henderson’s traditions and memories are kept alive not only by the students who make them, but also by The Star yearbook. Each year, the yearbook Print Mass Media students are asked to capture the essence of life in a year at Henderson. These students spend their time experiencing


firsthand the qualities of “The School With a Heart,” attempting to put into words and pictures the meaning of the “Reddie Spirit.” Working on The Star staff gives students the opportunity to learn many skills they will use no matter what field they enter. In addition to photography, students also learn about designing pages and relating to the public. Journalistic writing skills can be developed as a staff member. Student Arkansas Education Association (SAEA) SAEA works to improve the quality of education in Arkansas. The Henderson chapter is active and focuses its energy to: develop in prospective educators an understanding of the education profession; provide for a united student voice in matters affecting their profession; influence the conditions under which prospective educators are prepared; advance the interests and welfare of students preparing for a career in education; promote and protect human and civil rights; and stimulate the highest ideals of professional ethics, standards, and attitudes. Student Dietetic Association The Henderson State University Student Dietetic Association (HSUSDA) provides a framework for meaningful student involvement and stimulates interest in and awareness of the profession of dietetics. Students in Free Enterprise Students in Free Enterprise, Inc. (SIFE) are a not-for-profit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations. SIFE is an active learning program designed to involve students in educational projects in economics, management, etc. SIFE's learning philosophy is, "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand." Tau Beta Sigma Tau Beta Sigma is an honorary service sorority dedicated to serving the band and the community. Tau Beta Sigma gives band-women the opportunity to participate in band service, as well as form everlasting bonds and friendships. Therapeutic Recreation Club The purpose of the Therapeutic Recreation Club is to serve as members of a driven association that collectively supports the recreational therapy profession and to promote the Reddie Spirit. United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) The purpose of the USITT is to raise awareness of theater technology and assisting HSU theater productions, along with the surrounding community schools. Women’s History Organization The Women’s History Organization celebrates the achievements of women in history.

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Alpha Angels Inc. The objective of this organization is to unify through diversity and charitable endeavors. Some of the objectives of this organization are: 1) to perpetuate sisterhood, service, support, community awareness, and activism. 2) to strive for excellence by promoting unity within all races, creeds, and religious affiliations through training and the promotion of self expression. 3) to promote


empowerment through education and maintaining a high level of scholarship for all affiliate members. 4) creating bonds between others on various programs and community service acts and designed to meet the needs of perspective communities. Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Phi Omega assembles college students in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America, develops leadership, promotes friendship, provides service to humanity, and furthers the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage. Black Pilots of America, Inc. The aims and purposes of this organization shall be:  To train Blacks to participate and advance in various types of employment within the field of aviation.  To stimulate and encourage broader job opportunities for Blacks in all phases of aviation.  To encourage youth to enter the field of aviation and to remain in school by showing films arid lecturing in schools on opportunities in the field of aviation.  To organize and set up a school for such training.  To develop scholarships for youth who will partake in such training and development.  To foster recognition of the contributions made by Blacks in aviation.  To acquire, own, hold, sell, lease, pledge, mortgage or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, necessary to the operation of the Organization.  To borrow money. contract debts, make contracts and to exercise any and all such powers as a natural person could lawfully make, do, perform, or exercise which may be necessary, convenient or expedient for the accomplishment of any of its objectives or purposes, providing the same be not inconsistent with the laws of the Slate of Delaware and to that end, enumeration of such powers shall not be deemed inclusive.

Black Student Association (BSA) BSA promotes cultural awareness and diversity among African-American students and the community of Henderson. Its primary goal is to assist all students in receiving the best academic, social, and cultural education possible. The Black Student Association is a liaison for its members to the Student Government Association and administration of the university. College Republicans The College Republicans strive to develop all Republicans at Henderson into an intelligent, dynamic, and cooperative group; provide through its organization a means to encourage participation in the activities of the Republican Party; promote in every honorable way the platform and candidates of the Republican Party; provide Henderson students and the club members a means of obtaining a practical political education; and represent the views of the Henderson community to the leadership of the Republican Party. Gamma Sigma Sigma (National Service Sorority) The objective of the Henderson State University colony shall be to assemble students in the spirit of service to humanity and to develop friendships among students of all races and creeds. This colony shall be conducted as a service organization under the provisions of the Bylaws of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and the regulations of Henderson State University governing student organizations.


Heart and Key Heart and Key’s purpose is to develop, build, and promote the highest form of school spirit among the students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and supporters of Henderson State University. Students are chosen for membership in this organization based on their service to the community of Henderson State University. Political Independents Club The purpose of this organization is to promote non-partisan thinking in the realm of politics. The goals are to (1) educate ourselves on the current political issues and legislative agendas, (2) form non-partisan opinions on these issues, and (3) promote political free thinking beyond party lines. Reddie Ambassadors The purpose of this organization is to promote Henderson positively and professionally; to increase the percentage of high school graduates enrolling in Arkansas colleges and universities; to introduce the Henderson campus to prospective students and assist them in the transition to college life; to promote the unique opportunities available at Henderson; to promote ethical standards and professional practices; to foster the “Reddie Spirit,� a spirit of unity and cooperation, among the Reddie Ambassadors; and to assist the university in any capacity needed or requested. Membership for Reddie Ambassadors consists of no fewer than twenty (20) and no more than twenty-five (25). Members must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA Reddie Spirit Squad The Spirit Squad is the cheerleading squad for all Reddie athletic teams. This group combines cheerleading, dance, and tumbling to bring spirit and cheer to all Reddie fans. Reddie Sweethearts The purpose of this organization shall be to initiate and promote spirit throughout not only the students, faculty, staff, and the entire campus, but in the community as well. The major objectives of being a Reddie Sweetheart are to 1) construct events that involve the campus and community to support the football team, 2) raise funds to improve spirit activities and involvement of other student organizations while supporting the Reddies, 3) during Homecoming Week, construct several activities that bring the campus and community together as one, and 4) support the Reddie Football team while displaying the true meaning of being a Henderson Reddie. Rotaract Club The purpose of Rotaract Club is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Students for Peace and Justice The Students for Peace and Justice promote peace by providing information, demonstrations, and activities in order to create awareness among the students body of acts, legislation, and organizations which compromise peace in our school, community, and nation; provide a voice to encourage justice met without the use of violence or war; provide similar awareness and actions to defend civil liberties and freedoms when challenged; work towards promoting equality and progressive thought; and encourage and promote active political and civil involvement from the student body.


Student Foundation Student Foundation was created in the spring of 1993. The organization is comprised of Henderson’s finest student leaders. The goal of the Henderson Student Foundation is to award grants to students and campus organizations that need assistance with their curriculum. The organization benefits the entire student body by supporting events, projects, and activities for which funding are not otherwise available. Young Democrats of America The Young Democrats of America stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs and promote their involvement in the political process; promote the policies and practices which are consistent with the highest principles; increase the efficiency of popular government and provide the highest degree of justice and social welfare for the citizens of our country.

HONORARY ORGANIZATIONS Alpha Chi (Scholarship) Alpha Chi is a national honor society with headquarters at Harding University. The Henderson chapter of Alpha Chi is the university's most selective honor society, open to the top ten percent of undergraduates. Juniors and seniors from all schools and majors with a cumulative 3.6 grade point are invited to join. An induction ceremony is held in the spring of each year. Alpha Sigma Lambda (Non-Traditional Students) Alpha Sigma Lambda is the national honor society for non-traditional students. Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology) The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to promote interest in sociology and human services, develop socially dependable personalities through discussion groups unhindered by the formalities of the class routine, and to develop leadership among students, and to stimulate scholarship among students in sociology and human services. Areté Society (Honors College) The purpose of Areté Society is to foster a multidisciplinary academic environment for Henderson’s Honors College students, to promote academic excellence among Honors College students, and to encourage a sense of community within a framework of social, cultural, and academic activities. Gamma Beta Phi (Scholastic) The Gamma Beta Phi Society is a National Honor and Service organization. Its objective is to recognize and encourage excellence in education, to promote the development of leadership ability and character in its members, and to foster, disseminate, and improve education through appropriate service projects. Students are eligible for induction into the society following their freshman year, provided they are in the top 20% of their academic class. Dr. Erwin Janek formed the Henderson chapter in 1976. The chapter’s primary service project now is an academic honor scholarship in his memory - The Dr. Erwin Janek Gamma Beta Phi Honor Scholarship. Kappa Delta Pi (Education) Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor in Society in Education, was founded March 8, 1911, at the University of Illinois. Organized to recognize excellence in education, Kappa Delta Pi elects those to membership who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise


in teaching and allied professions. It encourages improvement, distinction in achievement, and contributions to education. Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession. Kappa Delta Pi currently has 55,000 members around the globe. The Henderson chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (#112) was started on February 19, 1938, by E.I.F. Williams. It has been a continuous program for students who excel in education since that date. There is one initiation ceremony each fall semester which initiates approximately 20-30 Henderson students as members to the local and national organization. Phi Alpha Theta (History) Alpha Nu is the Henderson chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians; brings students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by its members in a variety of ways. Pi Kappa Delta (Debate and Forensics) Pi Kappa Delta is a national honorary debating fraternity. The organization's purposes are to promote scholarship, particularly in the field of public speaking in colleges and universities, and to hold its own forensics tournament for members. Over 53,000 men and women have joined this organization and there are active chapters in over 230 colleges and universities. Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honor society. Membership is limited to persons who have taken at least 15 hours of political science courses and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Psi Chi (Psychology) Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. It was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Theta Alpha Phi (Theatre) The purpose of Theta Alpha Phi is it to honor those who have contributed to Henderson State University Theatre, to provide a continuous working body for the theatre, to provide leadership for others interested in and working in theatre, to provide a dramatic association organized on the most democratic basis where every member of a student body may have equal opportunity for expression, to provide a fraternity whose goal is fellowship and service, and to stimulate interest in the university theatre program.

GOVERNING COUNCILS Student Government Association (SGA) The Student Government Association is composed of Henderson students who are elected by Henderson students to be the representative voice of the student body. During the course of the year, the Student Government Association conducts two elections for Senators-one for Freshmen Senators in September, and one for other Senators in March. If vacancies occur in SGA between elections, notices will be placed in the campus newspaper and resumes will be accepted by an SGA Senator.


Student Activities Board (SAB) Membership in SAB is open to all students at Henderson. The SAB is a student-run board that brings concerts, comedians, dances, movies, lectures and other special events to campus.

COUNCILS All Greek Council The purpose of Greek Council is to provide advice, services, and programs that ensure all members of fraternities and sororities have a high-quality, safe undergraduate fraternal experience that reinforces the founding principles: 1. scholarship, 2. community service, 3. campus involvement, 4. sisterhood/brotherhood. The Greek Council goal is to be the best fraternity and sorority community. To fulfill this, the Greek Council strives for continuous improvement in all aspects of programs, services, and operations. Interfraternity Council (IFC) The Interfraternity Council at Henderson is comprised of six fraternities: Phi Lambda Chi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Theta Xi. Two representatives from each fraternity comprise the IFC. IFC acts as a link between the university and the male Greek system. IFC organizes Greek sponsored events such as Greek Week and fraternity rush. IFC also serves as a disciplinary board for the fraternities. National Pan-Hellenic Council The Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1930 at Howard University as a national coordinating body for the nine historically African-American Fraternities and Sororities, which had evolved on American college and university campuses by that time. The Pan-Hellenic Council continues to build upon that solid foundation to make sure that posterity can enjoy the benefits of membership by: providing opportunities to understand how to conduct business and appreciate the benefits of collaboration; providing a deeper understanding of cultural differences and developing constructive programs to celebrate those differences; providing constructive and creative ideas to make local/campus chapters more viable in their recruitment of quality members; encouraging improved academic performance by undergraduate members and assuming positions of leadership outside individual Greek affiliation; engaging in volunteer activities that improve the condition in the community through encouraging voter registration, improving health awareness, eradicating tobacco use, and helping create venues that will provide a positive portrayal of African-Americans in all forms of the media. Panhellenic Council (NPC) The purpose of Panhellenic Council is to maintain, on a high plane, sorority life and sorority relations, to further intellectual accomplishments and sound scholarship, to co-operate with the university administration in the maintenance of high social standards, to act in accordance with National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements and Policies. It also acts in accordance with all rules established by Panhellenic Council as not to violate the university regulations and the sovereignty, rights, and privilege of member fraternities/sororities, compiles and enforces rules governing membership recruitment, pledging, and initiation on this campus.


NATIONAL SOCIAL FRATERNITIES Alpha Phi Alpha The objective of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid down-trodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status. Kappa Alpha Psi The objectives of Kappa Alpha Psi are to unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in bond of fraternity; to encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor; to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of members; to assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities; and to inspire service in the public interest. Omega Psi Phi The purpose of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is to bring a union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to: stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of all its members; disseminate and inculcate those ideas among those with whom its members come in contact; cooperate with the school where its chapters may be located in fostering these ideas; occupy a progressive, helpful, and constructive role in the civil and political life of the community and the nation; prepare its members for greater usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of their individuals; and aid down-trodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economical, and intellectual status. Phi Beta Sigma The vision of Phi Beta Sigma is about brotherhood, scholarship, and service grounded on the ideal of the fraternity existing as "a part" of the community and not "apart" from the community. Phi Lambda Chi The Mission of Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity is to help college men become outstanding citizens of solid principles, strong actions, and high character through their college days and for the rest of their lives. Phi Lambda Chi members believe as they become better brothers, they will become better men. Kappa Sig Kappa Sigma is focused upon the Four Pillars of FELLOWSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP and SERVICE. As a values-based men's fraternity, Kappa Sigma strictly forbids hazing and fosters meaningful college experiences by offering progressive membership development and pledge education. Sigma Phi Epsilon Sigma Phi Epsilon is based on the love of God and the principle of peace through brotherhood. NATIONAL SOCIAL SORORITIES Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards, promotes unity and friendship among college women, alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life, and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 140,000 women in over 860 chapters.


Alpha Sigma Alpha Alpha Sigma Alpha is a women's organization that exists to promote high ideals and standards for its members throughout their lives by emphasizing balance among the four aims of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social development. Alpha Sigma Tau Alpha Sigma Tau is a blend of distinctive hearts committed to the progress of mankind and the advancement of its members. Alpha Sigma Tau strives to help each member develop and unfold her true potential as an individual and as a member of a national network of diverse women. Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Xi Delta was founded in 1893 by ten young women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, who shared a vision and a dream of a national organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Alpha Xi Delta is proud of its rich history as one of the ten founding fraternities of the National Panhellenic Conference. It was Alpha Xi Delta's first NPC Chairman who wrote the Panhellenic Creed. Since that time more than 100 years ago, the spirit of Alpha Xi Delta has enriched the lives of thousands of women throughout the world with its emphasis on lifelong learning and lasting friendship. Delta Sigma Theta Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college educated women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. Although Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is predominantly an African American organization, membership is open to any woman that meets the membership requirements regardless of race, nationality, creed, or religion. Delta embraces a Five-Point Thrust: Economic development, Educational development, Political awareness and involvement, International awareness and involvement, and Physical and mental health. Zeta Phi Beta The purpose of Zeta Phi Beta is to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural, and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community; foster sisterhood; and exemplify the ideal of Finer Womanhood. Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C. These five women, also known as the Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. RESIDENCE LIFE East, West, Newberry, Smith, and Sturgis Hall Councils The purpose of the hall councils is to integrate and exchange the ideas of its members; to provide programs of mutual benefits; to provide channels of communication, relations, understanding, and welfare among all residents at Henderson State University.


RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS Apostolic Christians Taking a Stand (A.C.T.S.) A.C.T.S. is a student-centered campus ministry. The organization is established to assist students in balancing and strengthening their academic, social, cultural, and spiritual life. Angelic Voices of Christ (AVOC) The mission of Angelic Voices of Christ (AVOC) is to help college students adapt to college life by offering support through choir-related activities, Wednesday night bible studies, and choir rehearsals in order that students can connect with others to praise God. The AVOC is open to all college students regardless of religious affiliations and functions as a college-campus choir to provide opportunities and support for musically-gifted students to showcase their musical talents through the ministry of music, song, dance, competitions, musical, and retreats. AVOC is a nonprofit organization that spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ across the Henderson campus, Arkadelphia community, and across the nation. Baptist Christian Ministry (BCM) BCM is a Christian ministry focused on college students and supported by local Southern Baptist Churches. What makes it significant is not a building, a meeting, or even a program but the focus on Jesus Christ and each other. The BCM exists to glorify God by developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through relationships with Christ and one another, a community with a purpose. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the spiritual life of the students of Henderson State University by providing opportunities for worship, fellowship, discipleship, witness, and prayer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fellowship of Christian Athletes provides fellowship and interaction for all athletes at Henderson. This organization works to provide a common bond for athletes in the form of a spiritual relationship. The organization meets bimonthly and is also involved in community service projects. Games, fun, food, and devotionals are provided. The Nurses Christian Fellowship

The purpose shall be to bring the message of Jesus Christ and show his love to nursing education and incorporate it into practice. The major objectives shall be to: 1) share the gospel to nursing students through games, activities, and devotionals, 2) participate in local outreach and missionary opportunities to serve the community, and 3) participate in continuing education opportunities and conferences when possible. Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship (MBSF) MBSF is a collegiate ministry designed for student of Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist universities. Sponsored by Center Fork Baptist Church of Hot Springs, the goal of MBSF is to provide support, encouragement, and fellowship for college students, and to assist Christian students in remaining faithful in their walk with Christ while experiencing life on the college campus. The MBSF House is located on Tenth Street (across from the HSU fountain) and is strategically placed between the two campuses. Regular weekly activities such as Encounter on Tuesday nights and Mid-Week on Wednesday at noon, as well as scheduled events throughout the


semester, provide students an opportunity to become involved in MBSF. All students, of any or no denomination, are always welcome and encouraged to participate in MBSF. The Movement This organization gives Henderson students the opportunity to know Jesus and experience fellowship with a community of Christians. Reddies for Christ This group of individuals shares an interest in promoting a Christian lifestyle by serving each other, school, and community. Wesley Foundation The Wesley Foundation is sponsored by the United Methodist Church. All students are welcome regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.


Henderson State University

Student Guide 2012-2013 The Henderson Principles of Public Responsibility: As a member of the student Body, I will be honest in my academic effort by avoiding cheating and plagiarism. I will also be honest and truthful in my dealings with others and respect the rights and dignity of all persons.


Henderson State University Calendar 2012-2013 FALL 2012 August 15, 16……………………..Fall Faculty Conference August 17…..…………………..Orientation & Registration August 20…………………………………....Classes Begin August 22…………...Last Day to Register or Add a Course September 3………………………...Labor Day No Classes October 11,12……………………………………Fall Break October 25……..........Last Day to Drop a Class with a “W” November 21, 22, 23………………Thanksgiving Holidays November 29……..Last Day to Drop a Class or Withdraw December 10, 11, 12, 13………………………Final Exams December 14………………………………Commencement SPRING 2013 January 14……………………………………..Registration January 15…………..………………………..Classes Begin January 17…………. Last Day to Register or Add a Course January 21………………...Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday March 18, 19, 20, 21, 22……………….……..Spring Break May 6, 7, 8, 9.………………………………...Final Exams May 10……………………………….…...Commencement *Classes begin on the same day as registration for summer sessions. Classes begin as scheduled. Students should attend class and register by 5:00 p.m. on that same day.


Division of Student Services Garrison Activity and Conference Center


This 103,000 square-foot facility has become the hub for our university family. The activities area includes three racquetball courts The conference areas provide ample meeting space for student organizations, faculty meetings and off-campus conferences. The center is also home to our school paper, The Oracle, our yearbook, The Star, and the dynamic sounds of our own radio station, KSWH FM 99.9. The Garrison Center also serves as the home for the dean of students, the assistant dean of students for activities and organizations, Academic Advising Center, and the Center for Career Development. The Reddie Cafe, Student Activities Board and the Student Government Association are also housed in the Garrison Center. Scheduling for the Garrison Center is done through the administrative offices of the Garrison Center and all university scheduling is maintained on the central calendar. For scheduling activities or events at our university call 230-5228 or come by L112A in the Garrison Center.

Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center


The Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center is funded solely by student fees and includes the following: three hardwood basketball courts, elevated indoor mondo surface walking/jogging track, stateof-the-art free weight & dial machine weights, cardio are equipped with treadmills, bikes, elliptical and AMT machines, a multi-purpose aerobics room, lounging and activities area, bouldering wall, Outdoor Recreation programming, Intramural Sports and various other wellness opportunities. The Campus Recreation Department offers a variety of programs. Outdoor recreational opportunities include checking out equipment such as mountain bikes, tents and camping supplies, hiking shoes and backpacks, kayaks and tubes for floating. Trips and outings will be organized throughout the year. Indoor programming offers classes in the multi-purpose aerobics room including: Yoga, Pilates, Spin Bike courses, Hip-Abs-Thigh courses, muscle endurance, and circuit training courses. Numerous health and nutritional guidance sessions will be offered through the wellness programs. All students enrolled in 7 or more hours in the fall/spring semesters will be assessed a $125.00 fee per semester. Any student enrolled in Summer I or II classes will be assessed a $31.25 fee per term. Any HSU employee must pay to become a member of the facility. There are numerous payment options. Contact the Recreation Center Staff for membership information.

Residence Life

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The Department of Residence Life, a division of Student Services, supervises the residence halls and assists in implementing educational and social activities designed for residents. HSU has a MANDATORY on campus residency requirement. This means that all single, full-time students attending the university under the age of 21, who have completed 59 or fewer hours prior to the first day of classes for the term and are not living with a parent or guardian within a 60 mile radius of the university are required to live in university housing and participate in a meal plan. Attaining the age requirement does not void contractual agreements made for university housing; and further provided that a student under 21 who satisfactorily completes 60 or more hours during the first semester may be released from the second semester of the housing contract. If you are planning to live at home with a parent or guardian you must have the Permission to Live Off Campus form on file with Residence Life. All residents participate in a meal plan; basic (10 meals/weekly), standard (15 meals/weekly), or premium (19 meals/weekly). A declining balance can be purchased to supplement the regular meals. Housing and Board contracts may not be cancelled except for the following reasons: 1. Unanticipated financial hardship ensuing after the start of the semester;


2. Medical reasons necessitating a contract release as documented by a physician; 3. Academic internship or student teaching experience more than 60 miles from Henderson; 4. Employment requiring live-in status; Payment can be made by semester or in four installments. If paying by installments, meals may be cancelled for non-payment but the contract will not be voided. The cafeteria and residence halls are closed during scheduled holidays and between semesters. For information contact the Department of Residence Life offices in Womack 102 or phone 230-5083.

First-Year Experience (FYE) Program

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The Department of Residence Life administers Henderson’s FYE (First-Year Experience) Program. The FYE program is a collaboration of services, free programs, and people dedicated to helping new students at HSU become successful and well-oriented members of the campus community. All freshmen are encouraged to join. FYE assures that the university is responsive to the needs of students just entering college life. FYE is about students and for students; the program is designed for them, since they are the key to the university structure and its future! The FYE Program is part of the Residence Life Program and is located in Womack 102. For more information call 870. 230.5083 or email

Intramural Sports

Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center


Intramural sports is designed to promote “participation through sport” to help develop friendships between students, faculty, and staff at Henderson State University. Students of all abilities are encouraged to participate. A high skill level is not required -- all you need is the desire to participate. This is not to suggest that the standard of play does not match the enthusiasm for the game. Due to the high level of sport within the University the standard in intramural events is often very high.

Who can play? Intramural sport is aimed at halls, departments, organizations, faculty, and staff. Individuals may also form teams between groups of friends. Players of all standards are welcome from beginners to experts. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours to participate in intramural sporting events. For more information or to sign up for Intramural activities come by the Intramural Office Monday- Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or call (870)-230-5665. E-mail: Fall Activities Flag Football Volleyball Bubba Olympics Tennis Basketball (3 on 3) Spades Racquetball Ultimate Frisbee Swimming

University Police

Spring Activities Beach Volleyball Ping Pong Soccer Basketball (5 on 5) Dominoes Kickball Softball Poker (No Limit Hold’em) Golf

Horton House


Providing for the safety and security of members of the university community and of university property is the responsibility of the Henderson State University Office of University Police. Officers are trained and certified under the guidelines of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training established by Act #452 of 1975. The University Police, working closely with state and local law enforcement agencies, operates as the law enforcement agency for the university community.


As law enforcement personnel, the university police officers are responsible for the reporting and investigating of criminal activities occurring on campus that fall under the laws and statutes of the State of Arkansas and the policies of Henderson State University. The officers are also trained in emergency response and are able to assist members and guests of the university community in emergency situations. All known criminal activities and/or emergency situations should be reported immediately to the Office of University Police. The Office of University Police will take appropriate action which may include providing assistance, conducting investigations, making written reports, or involving other agencies as necessary. The Office of University Police is able to provide assistance and information to the university community in the reporting of criminal activity and violations when they occur. Reports compiled pursuant to the Campus Security Act of 1990 are available from the Office of University Police. All university facilities have established closing hours and are monitored by the university police officers. The university police officers are able to assist members of the university community, with proper identification, in gaining access to campus facilities when necessary. All members of the university community are provided with a university ID card for use on campus and at university-sponsored events. The university residence halls are governed by the Residence Life Student Handbook and are patrolled regularly by the university police officers. To complement the daily patrol reports, the university police officers also make periodic safety inspections of university buildings and grounds for possible deficiencies. Members of the university community will find the university police officers valuable resource persons for information on laws, policies, and procedures which are applicable to the campus. Visitors to the university can depend on them for information and directions. To take advantage of their services, flag down a passing patrol car or, during regular office hours, call the Office of University Police at 230-5098. After hours or weekends, call the Arkadelphia Police Department, 246-4545, and they will radio the university police officer on duty. The members of the university community are encouraged to report promptly all criminal activities to the Office of University Police or the Arkadelphia Police Department so that appropriate action may be taken.

Financial Aid

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The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to maximize students’ access to higher education by effectively managing federal, state, institution, and private resources that provide grants, loans, scholarships, and work study programs to eligible students. Staff members work directly with student applicants, their parents, and high school counselors in the processes of determining eligibility. Financial assistance may consist of loans, part-time employment, grants, and scholarships. These may be offered singularly or in combination. A student may apply for any or all types of aid. Every student is encouraged to annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The Office of Financial Aid processes the results of the FAFSA to determine both need-based and non-need based awards for eligible students. The following student financial assistance programs are available: Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Direct Loans: Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans PLUS Loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students) Federal College Work Study Federal Perkins Loans


Scholarships The Office of Financial Aid is located on the second floor of Womack Hall. Students are urged to contact the staff with any questions regarding financial aid eligibility.

Refund of Federal Aid Policy When Withdrawing from the University Information and/or forms for officially withdrawing from the university may be secured from the Office of Vice President for Student Services, Womack 102F. To officially withdraw, a student must complete, sign and date the Student Withdrawal Form and submit the form to the Office of Vice President for Student Services, Womack 102F. Withdrawals should be completed one week prior to the end of regular classes. If the student cannot get to campus, withdrawal from the semester may be completed by calling the Office of the Vice President for Student Services for official instructions. If a student with Title IV financial aid withdraws, a Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) calculation must be calculated. The business office determines the return of Title IV percentage and gives that information to the financial aid office. Henderson State University is required to determine the percentage of Title IV aid “earned� by the student and to return the unearned portion to the appropriate aid program. The amount of Title IV aid earned is determined by multiplying the total Title IV aid that was disbursed or could have been disbursed during the payment period by the percentage of time during the payment period completed by the student. If a student or a parent on the behalf of their student receives less assistance than the amount that is earned, the student may be entitled to receive additional funds. If the student receives more assistance than the student earns, the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or the student. Remember, a student who owes a grant repayment remains ineligible for further Title IV assistance until the grant is repaid, unless the student and the institution agree on satisfactory repayment arrangements, This policy is available at A student may want to visit with the Director of Student Accounts prior to withdrawing from school in order to determine what the R2T4 calculation is and to also determine if the student is responsible for any unpaid charges. A student should always visit with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing.

Center for Career Development

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The Center for Career Development is located on the second floor of the Garrison Activity and Conference Center. We are committed to helping current students and alumni develop career and life planning skills, master job search strategies, and seek rewarding employment. We offer services including, but not limited to, personal career counseling, personality assessment, interview assistance, mock interview, professional clothes closet, resume preparation and review, on-campus interviewing, workshops and career fairs, national and local job listings, graduate school search assistance, a resource center filled with valuable information and reference materials, and internet access to a variety of career and employer related information. The primary focus is directed towards reaching the following objectives: Freshmen: Formulate a plan by assessing interests and values and choosing a major. Explore career ideas and options with your academic advisor and career advisor. The choices and decisions made during your college experience will influence your future. Sophomores: Build a foundation by planning a meaningful and marketable education and developing work-related skills. If you have not declared a major, continue to meet with faculty, academic advisors, and career advisors. Explore opportunities offered through internships and volunteer work. Juniors: Evaluate your progress through the job search process, networking opportunities and graduate studies. Identify and gather information about organizations and/or graduate studies. Know what is necessary for gaining employment or admission to graduate school. Seniors: Decide and commit by marketing your skills, gaining interview practice and experience, and


establishing your credential file. Gain interview practice and experience through on-campus interviews and job fair opportunities. Make final decisions regarding employment prospects and/or graduate school. For more information please go to

Academic Advising Center

Garrison Center L221A


The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is committed to engaging students in intentional, collaborative, supportive, and meaningful partnerships. Grounded in teaching and learning, the AAC will assist students in achieving their personal, education, cultural, and career goals while becoming self-directed, life-long learners. The Center serves undeclared majors, students under thirty (30) hours earned requiring remediation, students on academic probation, provisionally admitted students, and others reported. The Advising Center is located in room L216 on the second floor of the Garrison Activity Center. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduling an appointment is preferred. For more information, check out our web site: or call 870.230.5077.

Tutoring at Henderson State University

Womack 102


The First-year Experience program provides free tutoring Monday-Friday. No appointments necessary. Evening tutoring is available in the Library Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Visit our website for times and subject areas

Student Activities and Organizations

Garrison Center


The Center for Student Involvement at Henderson State University serves the student body and university community by providing programs and experiences that promotes educational, cultural, recreational, social, and personal growth. As a complement to the University and Student Services missions, the Student Activities and Organizations office is committed to facilitating experiences and providing services to HSU students for the enhancement and enrichment of their own development. We take a holistic approach and are dedicated to assisting students maximize their “total� college experience. We accomplish this by working with and providing support for students as they participate in co-curricular activities, organizations, leadership opportunities, and other related endeavors. For a complete list of available activities and organizations, go to or call (870) 230-5228.

Student Health Services

Mooney Hall


The Student Health Center, which is located in the basement of Mooney Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM- 5 PM. Each student pays a health fee along with tuition which covers the cost of the services provided in the health center such as assessments by RN or APN, non-prescription medications, immunizations, medical supplies, and lab work. The professional staff includes two Registered Nurses and an Advanced Practice Nurse. Incoming freshmen and international students are required to provide proof of two doses of measles vaccine, one dose of rubella vaccine, and one dose of mumps vaccine. All other students are required to provide proof of one measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). Please call us at 870 230-5102, if you have any questions.

University Counseling Center

Mooney Hall, 1st floor


The University Counseling Center provides students with an opportunity to explore their concerns and problems with a counselor in a confidential setting. University Counseling Center is available to Henderson State University undergraduate and graduate students while they are enrolled at Henderson State University. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant


challenges and considerable stress. The University Counseling Center is available to help students with the variety of concerns that arise during these intense years.

Frequently Asked Questions about the University Counseling Center Q: What do you do at the University Counseling Center? A: For most students, this means that we meet one-to-one to talk about what is troubling you. Students often seek counseling for help with family concerns, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, eating problems, grieving, or dealing with stressful situations. We also provide outreach services to the Henderson State University community, usually in the form of talks or presentations to groups of students in classrooms, residence halls, and Greek organizations. Q: Who can come to the University Counseling Center? A: Any currently-enrolled Henderson State University student can be seen in Counseling Services. Q: Where are you located and when are you open? A: University Counseling Center is located on the first floor of Mooney Hall. Our hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Making an appointment is encouraged; however, students will always be worked in as quickly as possible without an appointment as a “walk-in�. Q: How do I make an appointment to talk with a counselor? A: Call 230-5102 or stop by our office in the lower floor of Mooney hall, next door to Student Health, and speak with a staff member. Q: I need to speak with someone right away. Is that possible? A: If it is urgent that you be seen right away, we will meet with you immediately. Otherwise, you will be worked in between those with appointments. If there is a crisis, please call 911 and a counselor will be notified. Q: What does it cost? A: There is no cost to students for using the University Counseling Center. However, if you are referred to an outside provider you will need to use your health insurance to cover the cost of those services. Q: I want to talk with a counselor, but I don't want anyone to know. Is my business kept confidential? A: All visits to the University Counseling Center and conversations with staff are considered confidential unless you have specifically given your consent for us to share information with a particular person. State law and professional ethics protect your privacy as a client; however there are exceptions to this. In general, all contacts are confidential unless we determine that you are at risk of hurting yourself or another, you inform us of child abuse or elder abuse or under rare circumstance, and if a court of law orders that we provide certain information. Q: I think my roommate (or friend) has an eating disorder, or a drinking problem, etc. Can I talk with someone in University Counseling Center about this? A: Absolutely! We can assist you to identify if there is a problem, to decide what you should do, if anything, and provide you with support. Q: What kinds of things can I talk about with a counselor? A: Basically anything that is important to you - no problem is seen as too big or too small. Some things students discuss with their counselors include feelings of depression, low self-esteem, anxiety (including test anxiety), suicidal thoughts, family problems, relationship problems, sexual


orientation, disability issues, past sexual assaults, substance abuse, family or parental alcoholism, abusive relationships, eating disorders, learning disabilities, anger management, loneliness, grief and loss Again, welcome to Henderson State University! Remember, we are here for you! Our primary mission is promoting and enhancing the quality of life of our students and aiding in their success and retention, by offering prevention and early treatment or referral for developmental, emotional, or interpersonal difficulties that arise during the first year transition period and throughout the educational process.

Division of Academic Affairs University Writing Center

McBrien 108-110


The Writing Center includes a computer lab equipped with twenty-five computers. The Writing Center is open to students who need assistance with writing assignments or general writing skills. Graduate assistants or writing tutors will be on duty during the Writing Center's open hours to assist students and answer writing questions. Students who are having recurring problems with writing skills or who need help getting started on an essay or research paper may also make appointments with one of the graduate assistants or writing tutors for private consultations of thirty minutes each. Graduate assistants and writing tutors will not proofread, write, or re-write students’ papers. They will, however, help students improve their own writing skills so that they will be able to proofread and edit their own papers more effectively.

Disability Resource Center

Foster Hall, 307


The Disability Resource Center, a TRIO program funded through the U. S. Department of Education, at Henderson State University is a comprehensive program designed to promote retention and academic success in college for students with disabilities. All program participants are eligible for academic, personal, and technological support. The Center’s staff is available to collaborate with you regarding academic advisement, career exploration, personal issues, financial aid opportunities, money management, transition issues to college and/or employment, exploring assistive and adaptive technology, along with developing study strategies, time management, and organizational skills. The Center provides limited tutorial assistance and has a small computer lab with assistive technology. Ask us about our AT loan program. The Center’s staff and students with disabilities work together in determining access needs related to Henderson’s educational programming and residence life. Alternative print formats (Braille, auditory, large print, e-text), adapted testing, access to class notes, adaptive and assistive technology are some of the accommodations that students have received at Henderson. Academic accommodations are determined on an individual basis. In addition to academic support service, the DRC is the designated office at Henderson State University that 1) obtains and files disability-related documents, 2) certifies eligibility for services, 3) determines in partnership with students and faculty reasonable academic accommodations and 4) assists with the implementation of individual academic accommodations. Eligibility for disability-related academic accommodations is initiated by a request from the student with the disability to the Disability Resource Center and is based upon a student intake interview along with provided documentation. In order to be eligible for disability-related academic accommodations at Henderson State University, please provide the Disability Resource Center with information from appropriate professionals that confirm the presence of disability as defined by the ADA as Amended Act and


the need for requested accommodations. If you are not sure if you need services or qualify, then please contact us for information specific to your situation. The DRC is located in the Foster Hall Technology Center 330. For additional information, contact us at 870-230-5475,, 1100 Henderson Street, Box 7594, or visit us at our website

Student Support Services

Meier House 1033 Henderson St


Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Student Support Services provides academic, personal, and financial assistance to students meeting federal guidelines. To qualify for Student Support Services, a student must be a first generation college student, a student with a disability, or meet federal guidelines for family income. The purpose of the program is to assist the applicant in completing graduation requirements. All services are free to program participants and include free peer tutoring, professional tutoring for required English courses, computer labs, office equipment use, and an extensive equipment loan program. For more information contact the Office of Student Support Services, located in the Meier House at 1027 Henderson Street, 230-5251; TDD# 230-5227.

Outcomes Assessment

Womack 211


Henderson State University is committed to a continuous process of improving all areas of the institution, particularly student academic achievement. Faculty regularly assess the extent to which students have developed skills, knowledge bases, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors which are required of the specific profession and/or the applicable accreditation standards. Faculty and staff also evaluate student perceptions of coursework, teaching, advising, and other important services provided to support student learning. This allows students to have a voice in improving not only the quality of their own educational experience, but also the experiences of future Henderson students. This assessment and evaluation process occurs at the individual, class, course, program, department, and university levels. Results of this assessment process are used to help make decisions to enhance the quality of student learning and the learning environment at Henderson. Students should anticipate participating in a wide array of evaluation and assessment procedures throughout their educational careers. All those who participate in this assessment and evaluation process, including students, faculty, and staff, are expected to enter into these procedures openly and honestly in an effort to assist Henderson State University in this continuous improvement process.

Assessment and Institutional Research

Womack 211A


The mission of the Office of Assessment and Research is to serve the university as a resource to provide official data and information from students, faculty, and staff to enhance the quality of education at Henderson. The office is responsible for providing leadership and assistance in program and department assessment. The unit's responsibilities are service oriented and university wide. The assessment office works with each department in improving the student’s educational experiences. At various times students will be asked to take part in the assessment process. Please refer to for additional information on university assessment and upcoming assessment opportunities. This office is located on the second floor of Womack Hall in room 211. The office of Institutional Research is responsible for state and federal reporting, institutional studies, and special projects. Henderson State University enrollment data is located at This office is located on the second floor of Womack Hall in room 211A.


Multimedia Learning Center

Education Building 114


The Multimedia Learning Center is a great place to create your class projects. Not only are there large tables to spread your creations, we also carry many supplies at low costs for your convenience. The MMLC stocks varieties of paper, desktop publishing and scrap booking supplies. We have photo paper, poster board, glue sticks, plastic binders for binding books and many other items. We also carry a large selection of Ellison/Accucut Dies that can be used for anything from making “Big Books” for teachers to bulletin boards and posters. We have scrapbook size dies too. The MMLC carries audio/visual equipment that is available for loan to HSU faculty, staff and students for official university functions. Available equipment includes LCD projectors, laptops, digital still and video cameras, sound systems, TV/DVD/VCR players to meet your audio/visual needs. Also at the Center is a full service computer lab that includes the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Professional (writer), Photoshop, Illustrator, Go Live, In Design, and Print Master 12. These programs can be used for creating websites, writing papers, desktop publishing, brochures, posters, etc., slide show presentations and much more. Every computer includes a scanner, and there are several printers available for printing in color. Our staff is always on hand to answer your questions about any of the computer programs that we offer. We are located on the first floor of the Education Building on the corner of 10th and Henderson Street. Telephone (870) 230-5284. Please view for additional information. Hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday 8:00AM-7:00PM Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM

Online Course Information

Summer Hours Monday-Thursday 8:00AM-4:45PM Friday 8:00AM-2:45PM

Education Building 114


Henderson State University utilizes ANGEL LMS to deliver online course content. To learn more about online learning and other related information, go to and click on the ANGEL login link in the upper right hand corn of the page. Online and partial online classes usually have special meeting dates, times, and places. This information is usually added to the printed and/or online schedule. Please contact the instructor of record if you are unsure of the date, time, or location. Please set up and utilize your HSU student e-mail account. Instructions on how to do this are located in MyHenderson.

Huie Library


Huie Library is committed to excellence in providing information resources and research assistance to the Henderson community. Students have access to approximately 300,000 books, 25,000 journals, and 140 databases. Through interlibrary loan, students may make use of the collections of other libraries nationwide. Professional librarians answer reference questions and provide research assistance. The library also offers computers and study rooms for student use and contains an art gallery. HSU students have borrowing privileges at the OBU library. For more information and access to the library’s catalog and databases, go to Checkout periods: Books………..28 days DVDs………...5 days Audio Books...28 days CDs………….5 days

Useful library phone numbers: Reference………….230-5292 Circulation…………230-5258 Interlibrary Loan…..230-5188


Regular Library Hours Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Summer Hours Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday--Closed Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Physical Education Facilities

Wells 201A


The John Duke Wells Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center is a two-story, multi-use physical education building which was opened for use in the summer of 1972. It was formally dedicated to Reddie all-sports great, John Duke Wells, October 14, 1972. On the main level of the Wells Center is a multi-purpose main gymnasium with spectator seating for 2,100. It is here that the Reddies play their varsity basketball and volleyball games. The main gymnasium provides space for two (2) basketball courts, and four (4) volleyball courts that are utilized for educational, recreational, and varsity use. The first level of the Wells Center also contains offices for the athletic faculty and staff, locker facilities, and an eight-lane swimming pool built to Olympic standards with spectator seating for 500. An auxiliary gymnasium is utilized for gymnastic classes, dance classes, and programs, and there is a conditioning and exercise room for class and recreational use. The second level of the Wells Center contains offices for the physical education faculty and staff. It also has seven (7) well equipped classrooms with a special classroom for the science-oriented courses in physical education such as physiology, kinesiology, and anatomy. A combat room for wrestling and TaeKwon-Do instruction is also on the second level. The physical education facilities on the north campus of the university also includes a bank of ten (10) tennis courts, intramural and recreational playing fields, a baseball field, football practice field, and parking areas. Carpenter-Haygood Stadium with a seating capacity of 9,500 is located adjacent to the Wells Building. All are in close proximity to each other.

Division of Finance & Administration General Information The Division of Finance & Administration is housed on the third floor of Womack Hall. Its specific responsibilities include accounting, purchasing, and banking services for the university; personnel administration for faculty, staff, and student employees; and directing the administration of the Physical Plant (Maintenance), Food Service, Post Office, and the Reddie Bookstore. The cashier’s office on the third floor of Womack Hall is the collection point for all student accounts and provides a check cashing service for students and faculty. A valid Henderson ID is required for cashing a check and the amount is limited to a $100 maximum. Agency fund accounts are maintained here for


recognized campus organizations.

Computer Services

Womack Hall 112A


Any inquiries concerning student computer accounts, Reddie Connect access, student email access, computer lab access, dorm room network access, or any university network access related items are handled by this office. All student computer accounts and email addresses are automatically created within 24 hours of registering into an academic course. Residence hall students connecting personal computers in their room will be redirected to a registration page the first time they connect to the Internet. A student living in the residence halls must register their computer using this web page before Internet access is allowed. This office is located on the first floor of Womack Hall in room 112-A. The latest computer news and more detailed information can be found at

Telephone Service

Womack Hall 113A


The campus switchboard is located in Womack Hall Room 113-A. The campus telephone number is (870) 230-5000. The faculty and staff have access to “voice mail” allowing callers to leave messages. An operator is on duty Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for callers requiring assistance. There is a faculty and staff electronic directory available to assist the caller when the switchboard is closed. Residence hall occupants also have telephone service available in the rooms, but most request that the telephone be activated by contacting Computer and Communications services in Foster Hall. Campus numbers may be called by entering only the four digit extension from any on-campus instrument. Students must utilize a long distance calling card from the vendor of their choice to place long distance calls through the Henderson telephone system. Press 9 to get an outside line, and then follow the instructions provided by the vendor. A fax machine is available in Womack Hall at the switchboard and can be used by the student for a charge based on the number of pages transmitted.

Student Accounts

Womack Hall 314


This office is located on the third floor of Womack Hall. Any inquiries concerning payment, charges, refunds, rehab, bookstore checks, aviation accounts or any other account related items are handled by this office. Bills to individuals who are not currently enrolled and bills for fall pre-registered students will be mailed to the permanent address in the students file. All other Business Office correspondence will be mailed to the address selected by the student at the time of registration.

Work Study Payroll Checks

Womack 314


Work Study payroll checks are distributed by the cashier’s office on the third floor of Womack Hall. A schedule of pay periods is available from the Office of Financial Aid or the Payroll office. Approval must be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid before beginning any college work-study duties.

Reddie Bookstore

Garrison Center 107


The Reddie Bookstore at Henderson State University is leased to and operated by BBA Corporation as a service and convenience for the students and faculty. It is located on the first floor of the Garrison Center. The bookstore carries all the required textbooks and many optional items that are needed for the academic pursuit of Henderson’s students. In addition, the bookstore stocks school supplies, study aids, university jewelry and class rings, paperback books, novelties, customized sportswear and athletic clothing,


glassware, and many other items. The bookstore also offers the rental and purchase of graduation apparel, and special order service for paperback and hardback books. The refund policy for the Bookstore is as follows: 1.

All items can only be accepted for return when in original purchase condition and accompanied by the cash register receipt. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Textbooks are returnable within the first seven (7) calendar days of the fall and spring semesters or up to thirty (30) days with a copy of a completed drop slip and paid receipt for the class involved. If, during the semester, the class is a short-term class then the refund period is the lesser of: (a) one-half the length of the class or (b) seven (7) days after the beginning of that class. Textbooks are returnable within the first three (3) calendar days of a summer semester or up to seven (7) days with a completed drop slip and paid receipt for the class involved. If, during any semester, the class is a short-term class then the refund period is the lesser of: (a) one-half the length of class or (b) three (3) days after the beginning of that class. After that time, textbook returns are accepted on a two (2) calendar day limit.


Textbooks that are shrink-wrapped or packaged with diskettes are non-refundable if the plastic has been removed (unless defective).


Textbooks purchased the last week of classes or during examination periods are ineligible for returns and refunds.


Non-text merchandise is returnable within ten (10) calendar days of purchase.


Newspapers, magazines, study aids, literature guides, exam guides and programmed material are non-returnable.

The Reddie Bookstore purchases books every regular business day during normal hours of operation. If the book has been adopted for the coming semester and there is a need for the book in the store then the book will be bought at 50% of the purchase price. Otherwise the book will be purchased at the current wholesale price. For more information about the Reddie Bookstore please visit

Post Office

Garrison Center


The university is served by a U.S. Post Office substation and is authorized to handle money orders, insured mail, packages, and stamps. Post office boxes are assigned to all students living in university housing. This fee is included in the housing contract. Students living off campus may rent a box annually, with those fees available at the post office. Students should check their post office box at least once each day, Monday through Friday, each week. Numerous contacts are made with students by members of the university faculty and staff through the use of correspondence to individual post office box numbers. The window of the post office is open from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm Monday through Friday.


Public Relations

Womack 103


The Office of Public Relations serves as the strategic center for Henderson State University communication. The office maintains an active partnership with the students, staff, faculty, and administration. Professionals in writing and editing, graphic design, online communication, photography, and marketing work together to serve the university community and support the university vision and mission. The office is responsible for:        

Maintaining relationships with press and media Writing and sending all university press releases Coordinating all university marketing and promotional efforts Coordinating and producing university print publications Coordinating social media efforts Maintaining the university brand Developing and maintaining the university website Emergency communication

Public Relations provides photographic services. A photographer is usually available for location and studio photography, including news event coverage, portraits, group photos, special events, and product photography. Whenever possible, appointments for photography are scheduled during the normal office hours. Photo requests can be sent to The marketing coordinator assists in developing marketing plans to promote the university, colleges, and departments. Print, web, and mass media advertising is contracted through Public Relations. The university website is developed and maintained as an important communication tool for faculty, staff, students, and the public. Public Relations offers maintenance and enhancements to the design of departmental websites. For more information, contact The production of print publications for the university is facilitated through Public Relations. The office provides assistance with contracts, design, artwork, photos, pre-press, and maintaining the standards of university style and compliance with visual identity. The Office of Public Relations is located on the first floor of Womack Hall in rooms 112-116. HSU screensavers and campus maps, as well as other information, can be found at


Article I. University Regulations & Procedures Section 1. General Paragraph 1. Henderson State University recognizes its responsibility to provide an atmosphere on the campus which is conducive to the freedom to both learn and to experience. While enrollment at Henderson State does not cause a student to forfeit any of his/her rights or duties as a citizen of a free and democratic society, the Henderson State student does assume a responsibility for helping to insure that the rights and privileges of every other member of the University community are kept secure through a respect by all for orderly process and legal conduct. Paragraph 2. Students are expected to obey all laws and take personal responsibility for their conduct. The University does not intend to police the personal lives of its students. Paragraph 3. Responsibility for and accountability of self and to the University for actions and conduct while participating in University-sponsored functions is fundamental to and consistent with the rights and freedoms of individuals. The success of the University in meeting its objective of developing and educating the whole person is particularly a product of the cooperation and support given to each member of its total community. Paragraph 4. The university has defined and elaborated on the rights of its members and the responsibility of each. This Student Guide, supplemented by the University Catalog and other written policies and procedures, is an instrument to communicate established guidelines to members of the University community.

Section 2. Definition of Terms Paragraph 1. “University-sponsored activity” - means any activity on or off campus that is initiated, aided or supervised by the University. Paragraph 2. “Advisor” - means one who counsels, cautions, warns, recommends, apprises, and/or informs a registered campus organization.

Section 3. Access to the University Paragraph 1. The primary responsibility of the University is to its students and staff. Thus, its facilities and resources are available for use by all members of these publics. To insure that only these people ordinarily have access to its facilities and services, the University issues an identification card to each person. Staff and students must carry this ID at all times while on campus and be able to produce it upon request of appropriate authorities. Paragraph 2. Off-campus groups which wish to use the University facilities and resources for purposes that are in agreement with goals of the University facilities will be expected to comply with the University regulations and supervision.

Section 4. Notification of Student Privacy Rights The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include: (1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The University official


will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. (2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the University to amend a record should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. (3) The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The University discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent or bookstore); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional or contractual responsibilities for the University. Upon request, the University also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The University specifically discloses that pursuant to its contract with BBA, Corporation d/b/a “Reddie Bookstore” the University has determined that BBA is a “school official” with a legitimate education interest in receiving certain information about each currently enrolled student so that BBA can provide students with the ability to reserve textbooks remotely. As a result, the University will provide BBA with each currently enrolled student’s identification number and class schedule. Students may refuse to let the University disclose their identification number and class schedule to BBA by providing written notice using the attached form to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services by May 17, 2012. (4)The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5901 (5) The right to opt out of disclose of directory information. The University may disclose directory information without a student’s prior written consent. Directory information includes the student’s name and the name of his/her parent, guardian, and/or spouse; dates of school attendance at HSU; campus and home address, telephone number, and e-mail address; photograph, video or digital image, educational agencies and institutions attended; classification/number of credit hours completed; enrollment status (full or part time); major field of study; marital status; date and place of birth; high school attended; membership in student organizations; participation in University-sponsored events and activities; church affiliation; height and weight for athletic team members; and any degrees, honors or awards received. However, students have the right to refuse to let the University provide directory information by providing written notice by using the attached form to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services that all or part of the his or her directory information may not be released without prior consent.

Section 5. Administrative Summons A student receiving a notice to report to the office of an administrator or faculty member must do so as specified in the notice. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Section 6. Off-Campus Travel Paragraph 1. Students making university-sponsored trips must be accompanied by at least one faculty member. If the trip necessitates missing classes by a student, appropriate faculty must be advised prior to


departure. Paragraph 2. University vehicles may be used by officially recognized student organizations for offcampus travel if available. Each university vehicle checked out must have a faculty or staff member on board as the responsible party for the vehicle. Paragraph 3. Off-campus trips which are organized, conducted, or sponsored by a student organization in its own interest are not made on behalf of Henderson State University as official travel, and the University will accept no responsibility for any liability arising there from.

Section 7. Significant Federal and State Statutes Paragraph 1. As an institution owned and operated by the State of Arkansas, Henderson State University is charged with a responsibility to abide by federal and state laws affecting both higher education and conduct in general. Paragraph 2. For reference purposes, the following laws are presented:

State A. Arkansas Code 6-21-207 provides that one who loiters upon or near the grounds of a public school during school hours or at any school-sponsored activity after regular school hours, without any lawful business or purpose shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $250.00. B. Arkansas Code 6-5-202 prohibits any student from engaging in the act of hazing; encouraging, aiding, or assisting any other student in the act of hazing; acquiescing in the act of hazing; or failing to report promptly his knowledge of the presence and practice of hazing to an appropriate administrative official of the University. Arkansas Code 6-5-203 provides that the offense of hazing is a Class B misdemeanor, and that upon conviction the student shall, in addition to any punishment imposed by the court, be expelled from the University. C. Arkansas Code 5-71-226 provides that it shall be unlawful for any group composed of two (2) or more persons to act jointly with one another, or attempt any action in conjunction with one another, to obstruct or bar any hallway or door of any campus building or facility, seize control of buildings or campus facilities, prevent the meeting of or cause the disruption of any classes, or erect any type of barricades aimed at obstructing the orderly passage of persons or vehicles onto or off of campus grounds. Any person convicted of disrupting campus activities shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to any lawful penalty imposed by the institution, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200.00 or imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than six (6) months, or both. D. Arkansas Code 5-71-216 provides that a person commits the offense of defacing a public building if he purposely defaces, mars, or otherwise damages a public building. Defacing a public building is a Class A misdemeanor. E. Arkansas Code 5-71-211 makes it unlawful for a person to threaten a fire or bombing if he purposely threatens damage or injury to the person or property of another by bombing, fire, or other means, in a manner likely to place another person in reasonable apprehension of physical injury to himself or another or of damage to his property or to the property of another, or to create public alarm. Threatening a fire or bombing is a Class D felony if physical injury to a person results. Otherwise, it is a class A misdemeanor. F. Arkansas Code 5 - 68 - 205 makes it unlawful to publicly display obscene material as defined by Arkansas Code 5-68-302 on any motor vehicle or wearing apparel. Violations shall be punishable as Class C misdemeanors.


G. Arkansas Code 5 - 68 - 205 provides that a person commits the offense of publicly displaying an obscenity when the person knowingly causes an obscenity to be displayed in a manner which is readily visible to the public and its content or character is distinguishable by normal vision. Act 584 provides that “obscene� has the same meaning as it is defined by Arkansas Code 5-68-302. Publicly displaying obscenity is a class B misdemeanor. H. Act 351 of 1991 prohibits the making, forging, or counterfeiting of a transcript, diploma, or grade report and the using, offering or presenting a fraudulent transcript, diploma or grade report. Upon conviction, a person may be fined in an amount not to exceed $1,000 and/or may be imprisoned for a period not to exceed six months.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Sex Discrimination Race Discrimination Religious Discrimination National Origin Discrimination Equal Pay Act of 1963 Disability Discrimination Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 Civil Rights Act of 1991 Students and Program Nondiscrimination Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 Age Discrimination Act of 1975 Privacy of Student Records Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 Consumerism Student Right-to-Know Act of 1990 Education Amendments of 1976 Campus Crime Reporting Campus Security Act of 1990 Drug Use by Employees and Students Drug-free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988

Section 8. Sex Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault: HSU Title IX Coordinators Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." --Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX) Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.


While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Henderson State University. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at HSU, the staff members listed below have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance. Title IX Coordinator Elaine Kneebone General Counsel Henderson State University Box 7744, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999-0001 870-230-5820, Fax 870-230-5147 Duties and Responsibilities: Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX Compliance at the university, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community. For Athletics: Rhonda Thigpen Senior Woman's Administrator Henderson State University Box 5194, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999-0001 870-230-5194 Complaints against HSU Students and Employees in Athletics If you have a complaint against a HSU student, coach or administrator for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you may contact the General Counsel (listed above), or you may contact the Senior Woman’s Administrator, Rhonda Thigpen, who will facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office. Gender Equity in Athletics If you have a complaint about gender equity in HSU athletics programs, you should contact the Senior Woman’s Administrator, Rhonda Thigpen, who is responsible for Title IX Compliance in matters related to gender equity in HSU athletics programs.

Section 7. Social Activities Paragraph 1. Social activities and events may be held subject to the availability of staff supervision and facilities. All social events must be registered with the Division of Student Services via its official calendar at least five (5) working days before an event. Organizations must submit an Activity Request Form which may be secured from the Garrison Center Office. Upon approval, the activity will be recorded on the University Calendar. A police officer or officers, depending on expected attendance, will be assigned by the Director of the University Police for the event. The organization is responsible for the payment of the officer or officers. The University reserves the right to refuse access to facilities and resources if appropriate supervision is not present. Paragraph 2. A recognized campus organization shall be responsible for the actions of pledge classes or other sub-groups. Events planned by the organization for members or non-members are also the


responsibility of the group. An organization may extend an invitation to guest artists and speakers subject to review by the University Student Concerns Committee which may make recommendations to the President of the University. Paragraph 3. Organizations which plan to charge admission to a social activity must secure approval from the Director of Student Organizations prior to registering the activity.

Section 9. Student Solicitation In order to protect the privacy of individual students as well as to maintain harmony and good will with the Arkadelphia community, the following policy for solicitation has been adopted: A. Organizations desiring to sell or solicit on or off campus must obtain a “Request to Solicit� form provided in the Office of Student Services. Requests to sell or solicit in residence halls will require the signatures of the organizational president and/or sponsor and the Director of Residence Life. Requests for solicitation at other places on campus will require the signatures of the organizational president and sponsor and the Vice President of Student Services’ office. B. Request for off-campus solicitations, including the selling of advertisements, must be signed by the organization president and sponsor, the Vice President of Student Services, and the Executive Secretary of the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Section 10. Solicitation by Off-Campus Sources Outside firms, businesses, or agents are forbidden to solicit on campus whether it be through a regular employee of the company or a student representative, except where a written contract exists with the University.

Section 11. Student Activity Fee Each student enrolling in at least six (6) hours is assessed an activity fee of sixty (60) dollars per semester. These funds are used by the Student Government Association, under the supervision of the Dean of Students, to assist in financing educational, social, and cultural programs and activities. Students holding valid ID cards are admitted to these activities free or at a minimal charge.

Section 12. Student Dress University regulations prohibit bare feet and swimming attire in food service and classroom buildings other than those with appropriate facilities. Students are encouraged to exercise discretion in their dress attire while on campus. Specifically, upper and lower garments and footwear are required in University buildings for general campus wear. Such attire will be governed by its appropriateness to the activity.

Section 13. ID Cards The University-issued ID card provides official identification and will be carried by students at all times. There is a $10.00 charge for replacement. Further, it must be surrendered at the request of the appropriate University representative for purposes of identification. Student ID cards are processed at the Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Student Rights, Responsibility and Conduct.

Section 14. Use of Computer Paragraph 1. The University uses the computer system for administrative functions and student training. Any student acquiring or attempting to acquire unauthorized access to the administrative data in any way


whatsoever will be subject to disciplinary action. Such action could lead to dismissal from school. Paragraph 2. Email Policy: Individuals who are granted computing accounts and who use computing resources such as e-mail at the University accept the responsibilities that accompany such access. Each user is expected to use University accounts and resources for educational, research, or administrative purposes. Users shall not (a) initiate or propagate electronic chain letters; (b) engage in spamming or other indiscriminate mass mailings to newsgroups, mailing lists, or individuals, e.g. the use of “faculty”, “everyone” and/or “staff” distributions list shall be solely for related University information or functions; (c) forge communications to make them appear to originate from another person, e.g., spoofing; or (d) engage in resource-intensive activities unrelated to University functions, e.g., Massively Multiplayer online role playing game activities. Misuse of computing resources will be reviewed through established University procedures for student and employee misconduct. Restrictions imposed on usage of computer and network systems may be challenged through the same procedures. Some (but not all) inappropriate uses of the University distribution lists are listed below: 1. Marketing items that are not related to a University function 2. Promoting events that are not related to a University function 3. Requesting donations that are not related to a University function.

Section 15. Sign Policy Paragraph 1. All signs placed on campus must have the approval of the Garrison Center Director’s office located in the Garrison Center. Paragraph 2. All signs for activities on campus must be for events scheduled on the University Calendar. Paragraph 3. All signs must be placed on bulletin boards only. Signs found on doors, walls or windows will be removed and destroyed. Paragraph 4. Signs placed in other buildings besides the Garrison Center need approval of the building supervisor. Paragraph 5. All signs must be removed within 24 hours after the event. Paragraph 6. There are to be no promotions of commercial or off-campus enterprises of any kind on the University campus, unless approved by the Garrison Center Director’s office. Paragraph 7. No windshield advertising is allowed.

Section 16. 10th Street Pedestrian Bridge Paragraph 1. The 10th Street Pedestrian Bridge is for pedestrian traffic only. No bicycles, roller blades, roller-skates, or similar modes of recreational devices are permitted at any time. Paragraph 2. At no time will signs, banners, or similar public notices be hung on, suspended from, or otherwise displayed from the Pedestrian Bridge. Paragraph 3. Loitering on the Pedestrian Bridge is strictly prohibited.

Section 17. Children on Campus Unattended children (under 16 years of age) are not allowed on campus or in University buildings. Children may not attend regular University classes except for practicum classes. Children may not be housed in residence hall rooms. This is to include children of faculty, staff, students, community, and visitors.


Exceptions to this policy will be addressed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Section 18. Animal Control on Campus Animals are not allowed in classrooms or any University building. This includes pets of any type. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times while on campus. The only exceptions to this restriction are when animals are required for instructional purposes and/or a person requires a trained animal due to being physically disabled.

Section 19. Tobacco Usage Policy Tobacco use in any form is prohibited at Henderson State University (including athletic facilities, university residence halls and individual residence hall rooms). The advertising, sales or use of free samples of tobacco products is prohibited on University property. Students, faculty, and staff trying to overcome addiction to tobacco products may seek assistance through the Office of Human Resources and Student Health Services.

Section 20. Campus Fire Prevention & Alarm Systems Paragraph 1. Effective and operative fire prevention equipment and alarm systems are essential for the protection of life and property. Tampering with and the misuse or destruction of fire prevention equipment and alarm systems are acts that are subject to and punishable by appropriate judicial procedures. Also, offenders are subject to such disciplinary action as may be deemed necessary by the university. Paragraph 2. It is imperative that all members of the University community assist and support the fire prevention efforts of this institution.

Section 21. Sexual Harassment Paragraph 1. Purpose A. Henderson State University, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital, veteran, or disabled status. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws and regulations. B. Harassment on the basis of sex is illegal and a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. The purpose of this policy is to define sexual harassment and to establish a procedure whereby alleged sexually harassed faculty, staff, and students may lodge a complaint immediately and confidentially. Paragraph 2. Policy A. Henderson State University is committed to the maintenance of a working and academic environment free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates University policy as well as state, federal, and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned. B. It is also a violation of Henderson State University’s policy against sexual harassment for any employee or student at Henderson State University to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment. C. Any individual found to have violated the University’s policy against sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension, termination, or expulsion. Any disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity of the offense. Paragraph 3. Definition


A. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 1. Submission to, or toleration of, such conduct on or off campus is made a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other University activities. 2. Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making employment or academic decisions affecting the individual; or 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or employment performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive university environment. B. Sexual relationships between consenting adults are difficult to address. While sexual harassment most often takes place where there is a power differential between the persons involved, it also may occur between persons of the same status. However, personal relationships must not be allowed to interfere with the academic or professional integrity of the teacher-student, supervisor-employee or other professional relations within the University. C. In all cases, the University considers sexual relations between a teacher and his or her student or between a supervisor and his or her employee to be extremely unwise. This includes relations between a graduate student and an undergraduate student when the graduate student has supervisory or academic responsibility for that undergraduate student. Included also are any relations between an administrator, coach, advisor, program director, counselor, or residential staff member and a student or employee in a subordinate relationship. Under these conditions, should complaints of sexual harassment be made, the teacher or supervisor bears full responsibility for proving a defense of mutual consent. Paragraph 4. Procedures A. Students or employees who believe that they have been sexually harassed may first seek an informal resolution of this problem as outlined below. Such individuals may initially pursue formal resolution of their complaint through the procedure indicated under the heading “Formal Complaint Resolution.� All complaints must be made within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the alleged harassment. 1. Informal Resolution a. Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment should report the problem promptly to the VP for Student Services or any member of the faculty or administration. The person to whom the complaint is made should immediately contact the university General Counsel and together they shall promptly begin an impartial consideration of the complaint and make a thorough investigation. If a mutually agreeable answer or settlement has not been obtained within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the complaint, the complainant should initiate the formal complaint procedure. b. During all informal attempts to resolve a problem, to the extent practicable, efforts will be made to keep the identity of the complainant confidential. 2. Formal Complaint Resolution a. If a problem cannot be resolved through informal attempts at conciliation and the complainant wishes to pursue the matter further, he or she must file a formal written complaint. Such complaints are to be filed through the Office of the Vice President of Student Services, 102c Womack Hall, extension 5081or the General Counsel, 308 Womack Hall, extension 5089.


b. All formal complaints will be given a full, impartial, and timely investigation. During such investigations, while every effort will be made to protect the privacy rights of all parties, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. c. When the harassing conduct is or becomes severe enough to be considered criminal in nature (as in threats or assaults) it should be immediately reported to the University Police. B. Sanctions 1. If investigation of a reported occurrence of sexual harassment reveals that the complaint is without reasonable foundation, both parties will be so informed and will also be informed that no further action is warranted. 2. If, however, an individual is found to have violated the University’s policy against sexual harassment, the investigating body will recommend disciplinary action appropriate to the severity of the offense, including but not limited to reprimand, suspension, expulsion from the dormitories, reassignment of responsibilities, termination of employment, or expulsion from the University.

Section 22. HIV Policy In support of its mission to promote optimal wellness and preserve the rights of all students, Henderson State University endorses the following policy for responding to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. Based on conclusive evidence from the U.S. Public Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people living with HIV disease pose no threat of transmission through casual contact to those who are uninfected. Because many people are infected and don’t know it, the university accepts an inclusive approach that recognizes any individual could be HIV positive. No screening or inquiries regarding HIV status will be made for admission or employment. Access People with HIV/AIDS are protected from discrimination by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Appropriate, reasonable accommodations will be made for students and employees who are infected and they will be accorded all rights of access and responsibilities in every aspect of university life as available to uninfected persons. Acts of discrimination or abuse will not be tolerated. Confidentiality will be observed. Prevention/Education The university will provide ongoing education for students and employees that includes the following: 1. Facts about infection, transmission, testing sites, and prevention. 2. Skill development and equipment for self protection. 3. A climate that fosters care and respect for self and others. Support Services Student Health Services is the primary point of confidential contact for people living with HIV and will serve as a resource to the campus community regarding HIV issues on campus. Support Services and referrals to the local health unit are also available in the following offices: Student Support Services, Disability Support Services, Counseling and Career Center, Student Health Services.


Policy Implementation and Review The Henderson State University Health Committee will be responsible for implementation of this policy. They will review this policy annually or as new scientific information emerges and submit revisions to the Office of the President for approval. (Adapted from HIV Policy written by David Burns and Jeff Gould)

Section 23. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Henderson State University, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disabled status. The University does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the A.D.A. Policy guidelines include the following: 1. The University must not exclude, on the basis of disability any qualified disabled student from participation in any academic, research, occupational training, housing, health insurance, counseling, financial aid, physical education, athletics, recreation, transportation, other extracurricular, or other postsecondary education program. As an employer the University will not discriminate in recruiting, selection, hiring or retention of employees based on any disability and adheres to the requirements of the ADA. 2. The University must make modifications to academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of disability, against a qualified disabled student. 3. The University may not impose upon disabled student’s rules, such as the prohibition of tape recorders in classrooms or dog guides in campus buildings, that have the effect of limiting the participation of disabled students in a program. 4. The University must provide methods for evaluating the achievement of students who have a disability that impairs sensory, manual, or speaking skills (except where such skills are the factors that the test purports to measure). 5. The University must take necessary steps to ensure that no disabled student is denied access to a program because of the absence of educational auxiliary aids. 6. So long as the University provides housing to students, comparable, convenient, and accessible housing must be provided to disabled students at the same cost as to non-disabled students. 7. In providing financial assistance to qualified disabled persons, the University may not, on the basis of disability, provide less assistance than is provided to non-disabled persons. 8. In providing physical education courses and athletics and similar programs and activities to students, the University may not discriminate on the basis of disability, and shall provide to qualified disabled students an equal opportunity for participation in intercollegiate, club, or intramural athletics. 9. In providing personal, academic, or vocational counseling, guidance, or placement services to students, the University must provide these without discrimination on the basis of disability. 10. The University shall ensure that the membership practices of fraternities, sororities, or similar organizations to which the University provides significant assistance do not permit discrimination


prohibited by Section 504 or the ADA. The University has designated the General Counsel as the person to coordinate its efforts to comply with ADA and Section 504. Students with disabilities who have questions or need assistance should first contact either the Student Support Services office in the Mier House on Henderson Street (230-5251) or the General Counsel (230-5089) in Room 307 Womack Hall. If any matter remains unresolved the student should file a complaint in accordance with the following procedures: 1. A complaint shall be made in writing or verbally to the General Counsel, 308 Womack Hall, extension 5089, and shall contain the name and address of the complainant and a brief description of the alleged violation. 2. Complaints should be filed within thirty (30) days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation. 3. An investigation by the General Counsel shall follow the filing of a complaint. This process contemplates informal but thorough investigation affording all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint. 4. A written determination as to the findings and the validity of the complaint, and a description of the resolution, if any, shall be issued to the complainant no later than ten (10) days after filing of the complaint. 5. The ADA Coordinator shall maintain the files and records relating to complaints filed. 6. The complainant may request reconsideration of the case in instances where he or she is dissatisfied with the investigation, findings or resolution of the General Counsel. This request should be made to the Office of the President within five (5) days of receipt of the determination. 7. The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies such a filing an ADA complaint with the responsible federal department or agency nor is the use of this resolution procedure a prerequisite to the pursuit of other available remedies.

Section 24. Drug-Free School and Workplace Policy Paragraph 1. Standards of Conduct. The policies of Henderson State University and the State of Arkansas prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance on University premises. University policy prohibits the manufacture, sale, possession, or use of alcohol on university property or at official university activities by students and employees. Each employee is required by law to inform the University within five days after he or she is convicted for violation of any federal or state criminal drug statute where the violation occurred on the University‘s premises. Paragraph 2. Health Risks. Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol include damage to the lungs and respiratory system, the reproductive system, the brain, the immune system, the digestive tract, liver, and the kidneys. Use of these substances can also result in loss of concentration and judgment, change in personality, loss of memory, coma and death. Paragraph 3. Counseling and Treatment. The Henderson State University Student Health Services will provide weekly counseling sessions for persons with drug and/or alcohol-related problems. Drug information and components of various treatment programs (videotape, handouts, and evaluation


instruments) are available in the Student Health Services Center. The student health counselor will also assist a student or staff member in locating off-campus professional assistance when it is deemed necessary. Paragraph 4. Sanctions of Henderson State University include probation, suspension, or expulsion depending on the seriousness and frequency of violations. PROBATION: A notification to the individual that he/she is in violation of the alcohol/substance abuse policy. It may carry conditions (counseling/treatment/testing) which must be met as a part of the probation. SUSPENSION: Removal from the academic community for a period of time. Counseling, treatment, testing or other conditions may be required before return is allowed. EXPULSION: Termination of the individual’s relation with the University.

Section 25. Grievance Procedure. Students who have grievances that are not related to academic issues or who wish to appeal a university decision that is not covered by an established procedure should contact the Dean of Student, Garrison Center Room 112, extension 5228.

Section 26. Restricted Days Policy Restricted Days are the two class days prior to final exams. No tests, exams, or quizzes will be given during Restricted Days with the exception of laboratory courses and physical education activity classes. No extracurricular or other organized student activities will be scheduled during Restricted Days as well as the subsequent weekend through final exams. Final exams will be given at the assigned times.

Section 27. Inclement Weather Policy Since a majority of the student body lives in dorms or in housing in the Arkadelphia area, Henderson State University rarely closes because of severe or inclement weather. In the event of severe or inclement weather Henderson State University will notify students, members of the faculty, and area residents of closings in four ways: 1. The University’s web page (; 2. Local and regional radio stations (KVRC AM 1240, KDEL FM 100.9, and KIX FM 92.7 in Arkadelphia and KLAZ FM 106 in Hot Springs); 3. State television stations in Little Rock (ABC - Channel 7, NBC - Channel 4, CBS - Channel 11); 4. Recorded messages at the University’s telephone number (870-230-5000).

Article II. Student Organizations Section 1. General To supplement classroom experiences and enhance campus life, the University has the responsibility to encourage a variety of student organizations which provide positive opportunities for students to expand their experiences and develop leadership skills. Although organizations with different philosophies and goals are encouraged, the University neither endorses nor disclaims any particular ideas, system of thought, or point of view.


Section 2. Definitions & Classifications of Student Organizations There are eight (8) classifications of organizations with officers, constitutions, faculty sponsors, and regular meetings throughout the academic year which may be recognized by the University. A. Governing Councils. Pertain to governance of major components of campus life. B. Honorary Organizations. Pertain to academic honors and achievements. C. Service Organizations. Pertain to service to the University community. D. Departmental Organizations. Pertain to those recognized organizations which are associated with a department or a department area of interest. E. Activity Organizations. Pertain to special interest, services, and activities of students not departmental nor religious but pertaining to college life. F. Religious Organizations. Pertain to church-related groups or organizations associated with religious endeavors. G. Class Organizations. Pertain to the four undergraduate classes. H. Social fraternities and sororities. Pertain to social groups organized under special regulations.

Section 3. University Standards for Organizing Student Organizations Paragraph 1. The purpose of the proposed organization must be compatible with the educational goals of the University. Paragraph 2. The aims and function of the proposed organization must be in harmony with the principles of a democratic society. No charter/constitution for any organization will be approved when any clause requiring discrimination on the basis or race, creed, national origin, or color is contained within that charter/constitution. Paragraph 3. Control of the activities of the proposed organization must rest in the campus group, rather than in an organization outside the University. Paragraph 4. Students wishing to organize a group must submit a list of at least ten (10) students who plan to be charter members to the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Organizations. Each of the proposed charter members must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and must have successfully completed twelve (12) hours at the University. The requirement of ten (10) charter members may be waived when circumstances merit. Paragraph 5. The name of a member of the faculty or administrative staff of the University must be submitted as a proposed advisor. The names of additional members of the staff may be submitted to the Division of Student Services.

Section 4. University Recognition of Student Organizations Paragraph 1. Student organizations are not authorized to represent the University or to use Henderson State University’s name in the organization’s name. Student organizations should be referred to as: “(Student organization’s name), a recognized organization at Henderson State University.” Paragraph 2. Recognized student organizations are not authorized to represent the University, or to use


Henderson State University’s name to enter into agreements, contracts, or as leverage to gain goods or services.

Section 5. Procedure for Recognition Paragraph 1. Submit two (2) typed copies of the proposing organization’s constitution to the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Organizations. The constitution must include the following: A. The name of the organization. B. A statement of the organization’s purpose which must be consistent with the policies of the University. C. A list of eligibility requirements for membership. Recognized student organizations, including those with an extramural affiliation, may not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or national origin. Provisions must also be made for keeping current, accurate, and complete membership records which must be available to the organization’s advisor and Office of Student Services. All members of a recognized organization must be enrolled in at least six (6) hours at Henderson. D. A listing of responsibilities and qualifications for each office with a statement of the terms of each officer and the time and method of their selection. Student officers must be full-time students who are in good disciplinary and academic standing (minimum cumulative grade point 2.00) with the University at the time of their selection. They must retain this status during their tenure in office. E. Frequency and usual time of meetings. F. Statement of any membership dues, including amount and manner of payment. G. Provisions to insure fiscal responsibility. Funds in agency accounts may be withdrawn for any purpose at any time and shall not be subject to any controls by the Business Office. The organization must file a signature card bearing the signature of both the advisor and the treasurer with the Business Office. H. Provisions for one or more advisors who shall be full-time faculty members or administrators. The advisor is expected to be familiar with the organization’s constitution, purposes, membership and financial status, and with University policies pertaining to the student organizations. The advisor is expected to attend all meetings and activities, advise the organization, and to serve as a resource person. (“Advisor” - see Definition of Terms, Article I, Section 2.) Paragraph 3. A list of the charter members must be submitted. Paragraph 4. A list of the names of off-campus organizations with which the petitioning group intends to affiliate or a statement that no affiliation with other groups is contemplated must be submitted. In case of future affiliation, the petition must originate with the student group and must be approved before commitments to off-campus organizations can be made. Paragraph 5. A letter from the proposed faculty advisor (and co-advisor, if any) indicating his/her willingness to serve in that capacity must be on file with the Division of Student Services.


Section 6. Procedure for Approval Upon submission of required information by the group, the appropriate representative of Student Services shall review and evaluate the information. Upon completion of the review, the organization will meet all criteria for a registered organization.

Section 7. Recognition Procedures for New Fraternities & Sororities Paragraph 1. The Greek system is a significant component of campus life at Henderson State University. It is recognized that the life of a Greek organization is largely dependent upon the ability to recruit new members. The unrestricted proliferation of Greek organizations on the campus necessarily limits the availability of a nucleus of students from which to draw. In order to promote a healthy Greek system, the Colonization Procedures for an interested fraternity or sorority are available from the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Organizations. Paragraph 2. When a request to discuss colonization is honored, the following additional procedures for obtaining recognition must be followed. A. The organization should provide the Division of Student Services with a photocopy of a letter of support from its national headquarters along with at least two (2) copies of its national constitution and by-laws. B. Upon receipt of the written request and supporting documents, a representative of Student Services will ask the president of the IFC, NPC, or NPHC to include the request on the agenda of one of its regular meetings within a reasonable period of time. C. The organization, through its representative(s) (regional or national officer, five (5) or more students, and a local advisor), should be prepared to attend the specified Council meeting and present a discussion of its history, philosophy, membership, and its anticipated contribution to Greek life at Henderson State University. The said representative(s) should prepare to answer questions of the Council before which they are appearing. D. After consideration by the Specified Council, the required documents will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Services who will make the final recommendation.

Section 8. Reciprocal Responsibilities of Student Organizations & the University Paragraph 1. The policies stated in the Student Guide shall be conditions under which the organization may be recognized and operated on campus. Paragraph 2. The University, through the Division of Student Services, will supply information relative to the academic and social eligibility of students for membership. Paragraph 3. Hazing (physical or mental harassment) is not allowed (see Article I, Section 6, Letter B). Paragraph 4. No student organization may arrange for ownership of real or chattel property without first coordinating it through the appropriate Student Services office. Paragraph 5. It shall be the duty of the organization to build a feeling of responsibility to comply with University policies and regulations concerning these organizations and individual student behavior. The University stands in a supervisory position to determine whether the organization is meeting those responsibilities. Paragraph 6. Student organizations, through their officers, are expected to take reasonable measures to promote conduct consistent with good taste among their members and to endeavor by all reasonable means


to ensure conformity with high standards of conduct. Paragraph 7. The responsibility of disclosure with respect to all organizational records, participants, financial affairs of the organization, its officers, and members to proper University officials shall be the obligation of the organization. Paragraph 8. The University shall have the obligation to keep organizations informed of policies and actions that affect them. Paragraph 9. The organization is responsible for notifying advisors of meetings and other activities. Paragraph 10. The University will assist organizations in securing facilities for meetings and activities.

Section 9. Guidelines for On-Campus Social Activities Paragraph 1. All Henderson State University students seeking admission to a social function may be required to present a valid ID card. Paragraph 2. All persons seeking admission to Henderson State University social functions who are not enrolled may be requested to register their attendance and confirm it with a driver’s license or other valid ID. Paragraph 3. All persons entering an on-campus social function must be willing to submit to a metal detector scanning. Paragraph 4. The advisor of the host organization should be present at the beginning of the activity to supervise and assist students with the registration process. The police officer assigned to the social function will also support students who are working the door. Paragraph 5. No loitering will be permitted in the immediate area outside of the facility housing the social activity. Paragraph 6. Only those organizations recognized by the university or other recognized organizations from visiting universities are eligible to participate in university organization activities.

Section 10. Off-Campus Event Standards & Procedures Paragraph 1. Henderson State University recognizes a responsibility to students and desires to provide an atmosphere for academic and personal development. However, in general, the University cannot monitor the environment external to the University campus. Student organizations are recognized to function only on the Henderson State University campus. Paragraph 2. The University does not assume responsibility for the off-campus conduct of student organizations. Individual members may be held responsible for their actions off-campus as provided for in the Henderson State University “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities & Conduct.” Thus, individual students and student organizations should consider the Henderson State University “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities & Conduct,” as a guideline for their responsibilities and lawful behavior at all times. Paragraph 3. The University, through coordination with local law enforcement agencies, will monitor and record criminal actions of students where such actions occur at recognized off-campus organizational facilities and activities.


Section 11. Dissolution of Student Organizations Paragraph 1. Any time that the total membership of a student organization declines to the point that it cannot function normally (falls below eight (8) active members); the organization may be required to dissolve. Paragraph 2. In any instance wherein a student organization is adjudged guilty of a serious violation of University regulations, the person charged with the responsibility for student organizations may recommend to the Vice President for Student Services that the organization be dissolved. Paragraph 3. When any student organization is dissolved, it must surrender its charter/constitution, by-laws, and all other official documents to the Division of Student Services. Paragraph 4. On the dissolution of a local student organization and reconciliation of all accounts, the remaining assets, if any, are to be equally distributed to active members at the date of dissolution.

Section 12. Revocation of University Recognition Paragraph 1. The following may be reasons for revocation of University recognition: A. Failure to comply with University regulations. B. Failure to meet financial obligations. C. The practice of hazing (any physical or mental harassment) to the student prior to or following membership in any organization. D. Exhibition of conduct deemed inconsistent with the University community. Paragraph 2. In the event a student organization is accused of any of the above violations, the administrator responsible for student organizations shall confer with the faculty advisor and president of the organization concerning the alleged infraction. After an investigation, the administrator shall report the findings and make recommendations for sanctions to the Dean of Students, who shall make the final decision. All appeals shall be made through the Dean of Students to the Vice President for Student Services. Paragraph 3. In cases where lesser sanctions are considered, the Dean of Students, upon recommendation of the appropriate administrator, will impose reprimand, probation, or suspension. Said administrator shall recommend sanction to be imposed.

Article III. Traffic Regulations Authorization All members of the University community holding a valid operator’s license are privileged to operate properly registered motor vehicles on the Henderson State University campus. The Director of University Police is authorized to implement the enforcement of this code directly and immediately on the University campus and to make arrests and issue traffic citations off campus in cases where the offense was committed on campus (Fleeing) by Act 196 of 1977 (Hot Pursuit).


Section 1. Registration of Vehicles Paragraph 1. Any student or member of the faculty or staff who owns or operates a vehicle on the Henderson State University campus is required to register that vehicle with the University Police and display the appropriate registration decal in the prescribed location on the vehicle. Paragraph 2. For students, one registration per academic year (September through August) will be required. This registration will provide one vehicle parking decal that will be sufficient for the fall, spring, and summer terms for the current academic year. Student registration will be made on the basis of resident, commuter, or Whispering Oaks resident, and a separate decal will identify each group. Faculty and staff members are required to register vehicles and are issued a permanent parking permit. Paragraph 3. Parking lots marked Commuter Parking Only are the Arkansas Hall lot and the Haddock Street lot. These lots offer limited parking for commuters only. Parking lots marked Faculty Parking Only or Faculty/Staff Parking Only are reserved for the use of Henderson faculty and staff. All other lots may be used by anyone with a current Henderson vehicle decal, be they resident, commuter, or faculty/staff. Students with Whispering Oaks decals are restricted to the apartment complex and may not park in any lot on the main campus between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. They may park in student parking lots at the Wells complex. Paragraph 4. For students, there will be a $30 vehicle registration charge for each vehicle registered in the fall term. There will be a $20 registration charge for the spring and summer terms. There will be a minimum $10 vehicle registration charge for both or each summer term attended. Each member of the faculty and staff may register one vehicle and will be provided one vehicle parking decal at no charge. There will be a $20 registration charge for faculty and staff members who desire to register an additional vehicle. A charge of $3 will be made for each replacement decal required during the fall and spring semesters and a $2 charge for the summer terms. Paragraph 5. A credit for a current parking decal may be requested. In order to receive a credit, the unused decal must be returned to the Office of University Police within ten (10) working days from the date of registration for the current semester. Paragraph 6. Vehicle registration will be accomplished during the fall, spring, and summer class registration periods. Anyone who acquired a vehicle at a later date and prior to the next class registration shall register it within 48 hours, excluding Saturday and Sunday, from the date it is first brought to the campus. Paragraph 7. The current semester decal must be affixed to the vehicle in the manner prescribed by the University Police at the time of issuance and shall constitute the final phase of vehicle registration. Failure to affix the decal as prescribed shall be deemed a failure to register the vehicle, and fines will be assessed according to charges outlined in Article III, Section 6, Administrative Charges. Paragraph 8. The vehicle decal is the responsibility of the purchaser and must be removed prior to the sale of the vehicle, termination of employment, or withdrawal from the University. Decals are not transferable to any other vehicle. More than one (1) current decal will not be displayed on a given vehicle. Paragraph 9. Handicapped parking spaces are reserved specifically for persons who have a valid handicapped parking permit. Temporary handicapped parking permits are available in the Arkansas State Revenue Office. Paragraph 10. Temporary parking permits when required by students, faculty, or staff who have properly registered a primary vehicle and possess a current parking decal will be issued by the University Police. Temporary parking permits will be valid up to ten (10) working days (two weeks). If a permit is required for a longer period of time, contact the University Police Department. All temporary parking permits must


show the current decal number, the license plate number of the registered vehicle, and an expiration date. The permit should be displayed on the rear view mirror at all times while the vehicle is on campus. Paragraph 11. Temporary registration permits may be issued for various cogent reasons at the discretion of the Director of University Police. Normally these permits will be limited to contractors and other types of vehicles engaged in temporary business activities on campus. Visitors remaining on the University campus five (5) days or more shall be required to register their respective vehicle(s). Either temporary or permanent decals as determined appropriate will be issued by the Director of University Police. Paragraph 12. Vehicles parked in unauthorized parking areas, blocking or impeding the normal flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or that create an unsafe condition will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Section 2. Driving Regulations Paragraph 1. All drivers on the campus shall observe all of the regulations of the State of Arkansas and the City of Arkadelphia pertaining to motor vehicle registration and operation. Paragraph 2. In addition, the following special rules and regulations shall be observed: A. Yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in campus crosswalks as marked. B. Maintain a safe speed at all times and at no time drive faster than 15 miles per hour as this is the speed limit on the Henderson campus. C. Obey regulatory signs and barricades established by the University Police of Henderson State University. D. Observe and obey the orders of the University Police Officers while in the performance of their respective duties. This includes rendering aid and producing proper identification and permits as requested. E. Report campus accidents to the University Police, phone 230-5098.

Section 3. Parking Regulations Paragraph 1. Vehicles with authorized Faculty/Staff decals may park in any area designated for faculty or staff. Paragraph 2. Areas marked “faculty” or “visitors” will be open to student parking from 4:30 pm to 7:30 am. Paragraph 3. Open parking for authorized personnel is declared from 4:30 pm to 7:30 am daily and from 4:30 pm Friday through 7:30 am on Monday. University holidays are considered as open parking days. Exceptions to this rule are: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Timed Parking Areas Visitor Parking Spaces No Parking Zones Loading Zones Service Areas Reserved Spaces Crosswalks Handicapped Spaces

Paragraph 4. Parking in reserved spaces marked in red and unauthorized parking in handicapped spaces are restricted at all times. Paragraph 5. Vehicles will be parked on roadways in the direction of the flow of traffic, using only authorized parking areas.


Paragraph 6. Vehicles should be parked within designated parking boundaries and in no case overlap into or onto a roadway or crosswalk. Parking in any manner to impede the normal flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic is not allowed. Paragraph 7. It is illegal to park at any time on lawn or grass areas, on any campus sidewalk, in driveways, or in loading zones. It is also illegal to park improperly within regular parking areas. Inclement weather is no excuse. Paragraph 8. Vehicles parked in unauthorized parking areas, blocking or impeding the normal flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or that create an unsafe condition will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Section 4. No-Parking Zones The following areas and/or zones shall be observed as no-parking zones: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I.

All posted areas. All areas marked with red or yellow paint, solid or intermittent. All driveways - these may or may not be posted. Any part of a traveled roadway. Within 15 feet of any fire hydrant. Within 20 feet of any major intersection. On any intramural field - these may not be posted. On any designated crosswalk. Double parking is prohibited on any street and/or lot. Service vehicles of the University when on actual work projects are exempt from this rule providing such parking does not constitute a hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. J. All loading zones. These zones will be utilized by commercial vehicles only. K. All service areas. L. All sidewalks and/or walkways. M. All cultivated planted, grassed, or other areas with growth.

Section 5. Special Parking Privileges Paragraph 1. Special parking privileges will be afforded on the basis of the following: A. Certified disabilities. B. Administrative consideration. C. Need for officially reserved spaces such as those for the President and state vehicles. Such spaces are marked in red on the west side of Womack Hall.

Paragraph 2. Physically handicapped persons who are connected with the University and who suffer a permanent or temporary physical disability which would be aggravated by walking may apply at the University Police Department for special parking consideration. Paragraph 3. The Vice President of Student Services shall designate for the President of the University the reservation of certain spaces and areas for both public and private vehicles when the official duties of the users of these spaces or areas require such reservation. Paragraph 4. Parking spaces designated in the above categories may not be utilized by any vehicles other than the ones for whom the designation is made. Parking permits in this category may not be traded, bartered, sold, and/or loaned to any other individual for use on another vehicle.


Section 6. Administrative Charges Paragraph 1. The responsibility of administrative charges incurred shall rest with the registrant. In the event of the lack of registration, the owner and/or operator of the vehicle will be responsible for said charges. Paragraph 2. Persons violating these regulations while using a motor vehicle registered with the University shall, at the option of the Director of University Police, Vice President for Student Services, and/or President, be charged or summoned to appear before the court of competent jurisdiction to be dealt with according to law. Persons violating these rules and regulations while using a motor vehicle not registered with the University, or persons violating city ordinances, shall be summoned to appear before said court. Paragraph 3. Notice placed on the vehicle shall be sufficient as a summons for the purpose of the rules and regulations. Fines will be assessed for each violation on each traffic ticket received. Paragraph 4. Fines A. Parking violations and their respective fines. 1. Failure to completely accomplish vehicle registration within the authorized period....$10.00 period 2. Failure to display or improperly displayed current campus decal within the first thirty (30) days after registration………………………………………………..$10.00. 3. Failure to display or improperly displayed current campus decal after the first thirty (30) days of registration……………………………………………………. $20.00. 4. Failure to park in appropriate or designated parking areas as authorized by displayed vehicle decal…………………………………………………..………. $20.00. 5. Falsifying registration information………………………….…$20.00. 6. Use of fictitious or falsely made decal and/or obtaining stolen decals, or using a falsely obtained decal………………………………………………………...…...$20.00. 7. Refusing, reusing, or discarding a traffic citation……………... $10.00 8. Violations involving moving vehicles ……………minimum of $10.00 9. Parking in a handicapped parking space……… …………….......$275 minimum 10. Blocking a drive, trash dumpster, or blocking traffic (this includes blocking parked vehicles in parking areas)……………………………………………….…. $20.00. (In addition to the fine, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.) 11. Parking on lawn or grass area…………….………………….…. $10.00. 12. Parking in wrong direction on roadway………………...….…...$10.00. 13. Parking in reserved spaces or red zones, or no-parking zones….$20.00. 14. Parking in visitors parking………………………….…………. $20.00. 15. Over parking in a 15-minute or 30-minute zone………………. $10.00. 16. Improper parking or parking in the wrong direction……….…. $10.00. 17. Disregarding or driving through barricade……………………. $20.00. 18. Additional fines may be assessed as determined appropriate by the Vice President of Student Services or the University Police. B. Delinquency Upon receipt of a citation for a Henderson State University traffic violation, present the ticket for payment within five (5) days after the date on the citation. Payment will be made to the Office of University Police, located at 1125 Henderson Street in Horton House. Traffic fines not paid within (10) days after receipt will be transferred to the University Business Office for final collection. An additional administrative charge of $10.00 will be assessed by the Business Office for each transfer of traffic fines.

Section 7. Appeals from Administrative Determinations Paragraph 1. Any student wishing to appeal a notification of a violation (traffic citation) to the University shall make said appeal in person or in writing within 72 hours after the date of the citation. Appeals should


be made through the Director of University Police. Failure to file within the prescribed time shall constitute a forfeit of all appeal privileges. Paragraph 2. Any member of the University faculty and staff desiring to appeal a traffic citation may do so to the Dean of Students. Paragraph 3. An Appeals Board composed of a four (4) member panel (two (2) students, one (1) faculty member, and one (1) staff person will meet to consider those appeals that have not been resolved. The appeal process is available to all current parking decal holders on campus. Appeals to the board must be filed on the appropriate form within 72 hours of the time the citation was issued. Appeal forms may be obtained from the University Police, located at 1125 Henderson Street in Horton House. Paragraph 4. The Board will review submitted appeals on a monthly basis. The results of Board action will be provided to the individual(s) concerned within 72 hours of the date and time of each Appeals Board meeting. A person may appear before the Board, if so desired. Requests to appear before the Board should be so noted on the appeal form when submitted. Paragraph 5. An appeal must be based upon the fact that the citation was issued contrary to University traffic regulations or is an error. Failure to cite specific factual circumstances will automatically disallow an appeal. Information concerning the above or any assistance may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Police, located at 1125 Henderson Street in Horton House. Paragraph 6. A $5.00 administrative cost, in addition to the assessed fine, will be charged on all appeals that are disapproved. Paragraph 7. Any person adversely affected by any administrative determination described shall have the right to appeal to the Municipal Court of the City of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where the matter shall be heard.

Article IV Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct Section 1. Title This document shall be known as the “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, & Conduct” for Henderson State University. It is designed to help foster and preserve an enlightened, free, just, and democratic academic community. Henderson State University shall recognize and undertake to guarantee these rights of students.

Section 2. Definition of Terms Paragraph 1. The terms “University” or “institution” means Henderson State University and collectively, those responsible for its control and operation. Paragraph 2. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the institution both full-time and part-time pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or extension studies.


Paragraph 3. The term “instructor” means any person hired by the institution to conduct classroom activities. In certain situations a person may be both “student” and “instructor.” His/her status in a particular situation shall be determined by the surrounding facts. Paragraph 4. The term “legal compulsion” means a judicial or legislative order which required some action by the person to whom it is directed. Paragraph 5. The term “organization” means a number of students who have complied with the formal requirements for recognition by the institution. Paragraph 6. The term “group” means a number of students who have not complied with the formal requirements for becoming an organization. Paragraph 7. The term “student press” means either an organization whose primary purpose is to publish and distribute any publication(s) on campus or publication by any organization, group, or student. Paragraph 8. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense. Paragraph 9. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense. Paragraph 10. The term “disruptive to the University” means limiting or denying ingress to or egress from any University-owned or controlled building or facility, causing or threatening harm to the security and well-being of members or guests of the University community, disrupting classes of recognized University functions or gatherings, or impeding the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Paragraph 11. The term “confidential” shall mean information communicated in confidence or entrusted with the confidence of the institution or personnel of the institution and shall be limited by the following principles: A. Already public knowledge. B. The information is harmless. C. Secrecy may result in injury to an innocent third party or the individual involved.

Section 3. University Commitment & Access to Higher Education The University shall be open to all applicants who are qualified according to its admission requirements including the payment of established fees, and under no circumstances shall an applicant be denied admission because of race, sex, religion, national origin or disability.

Section 4. Classroom Expression Paragraph 1. Freedom of discussion and expression of views must be protected and encouraged. The instructor has the responsibility and authority to maintain order and appropriate academic environment, but this authority must not be used to suppress the expression of views related to a subject contrary to his own. A. Students are responsible for learning the course for which they are enrolled. B. Requirements of participation in classroom discussion and submission of written exercises are not inconsistent with this section. Paragraph 2. Student Appeals of Course Grades: Faculty members will provide course materials at the beginning of each semester or term that include course requirements and grading procedures. The faculty member has the authority and responsibility to determine the grade. Academic evaluation on student performance shall be neither prejudicial nor capricious. Students may appeal grades awarded by faculty members by utilizing the procedures below.


A student who desires to appeal a grade will contact the faculty member who awarded the grade in question. The student will explain the reasons for the appeal, and the faculty member will explain the reason(s) and basis for awarding the grade. The student may continue the appeal by contacting the chairperson of the appropriate department and then the appropriate dean. The chairperson’s and/or the dean’s discussion with the faculty member may include such topics as adherence to course requirements and grading procedures and an understanding and consideration of the basis of the appeal by the student. The chairperson and/or the dean may provide guidance or suggestions to the faculty member and will inform the student of the outcome of the discussion and the decision of the faculty member. Paragraph 3. Information about student views, beliefs, and association acquired by the University personnel in the course of their work is confidential and shall not be disclosed to persons other than University officials acting in an official capacity except with the consent, either expressed or implied, of the student, or under legal compulsion.

Section 5. Campus Expression & Organization Paragraph 1. Discussion and expression of all views are permitted with the University subject only to the requirements for maintenance and order. Support of any cause by orderly means which does not disrupt the operation of the University is permitted. Paragraph 2. Students may have the right to freely and peaceably assemble so long as such gatherings do not disrupt other University operations. Paragraph 3. Every student has the right to be interviewed on campus by any recognized, lawful, or approved agency desiring to recruit at the University. Any student, group, or organization may protest against any other organization provided that such protest is not disruptive to University operations or to personnel recruiting on campus. Paragraph 4. With the approval of the President of the University, the University Student Concerns Committee may authorize recognized organizations to invite and hear any person of their choice. The University may require that the activity be registered at least 48 hours in advance. Such registration may include the name of the speaker, time, and location of the activity. Paragraph 5. Organizations may be established within the University for any lawful purpose upon submission of a constitution and current list of officers to the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Organizations. Affiliation with an extramural organization shall not of itself disqualify the University branch or chapter from University recognition. Paragraph 6. Organizational lists are confidential and solely for the use of the organizations except where such lists may be required by the University academic requirements as a condition of access to University funds, or for use by the Division of Student Services. Paragraph 7. Campus facilities shall be assigned to recognized or approved student groups or organizations for business meetings or for social programs open to the public, subject to availability. At the time of application for the use of a campus facility, the intended purpose of the meeting shall be stated to the assigning official. A. Reasonable conditions may be imposed to regulate timeliness of request to determine the appropriateness of the space assigned, to regulate time and use, and to insure proper maintenance. Allocation of space shall be made based on priority of request and the demonstrated needs of the organization, individual, or group. B. Preference shall be given to programs designed for audiences consisting primarily for members of


the University. C. The University will delegate the assignment function to administrative officials. D. Physical abuse of assigned facilities shall result in reasonable limitation on future allocations of space to offending parties as well as restitution for damage. Paragraph 8. No individual group or organization may use the University name without the expressed authorization of the University, except to identify the University affiliation. University approval or disapproval of any policy may not be stated or implied by an individual, group, or organization.

Section 6. Publications Paragraph 1. A student, group, or organization may publish and distribute written material on campus without prior approval if such distribution and the content of the material is not disruptive to University operation. Paragraph 2. The student press is to be free of censorship. The editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administration, alumni, or community disapproval of editorial policy or content. Similar freedom is assured for oral statements or views on University-controlled and student-run radio or television stations. The editorial freedom entails corollary obligations of the Federal Communication Commission and within the legal and ethical limits and standards applied to the press in general. Paragraph 3. All officially recognized on-campus student communications shall explicitly state on the editorial pages or in broadcast that the opinions expressed by their personal opinion are not necessarily those of the University or its student body.

Section 7. University Government Paragraph 1. The role of student government and its responsibilities shall be made explicit. There should be no administrative veto of student government actions except where review procedures are agreed upon in advance. Paragraph 2. On questions of University policy, students are entitled to a participatory function. Students shall be designated by appropriate student organizations as members of standing and special committees concerned with curriculum, discipline, and all other matters of direct student concern.

Section 8. Search The University reserves the right to enter the living quarters of students living in University-controlled facilities for the following reasons and in the described manner: A. Routine housekeeping and maintenance functions. There will be no search of closed drawers, closets, or personal belongings. Visible contraband will be called to the attention of appropriate officials. B. Housekeeping and Maintenance inspection. Preceded by a minimum advance notice of twenty four (24) hours when possible, inspection will be for the purpose of ascertaining the physical condition of the room as well as the health and safety conditions. Conditions which are properly the responsibility of the resident must be corrected within a specific time, or the University will use its personnel to correct the situation and the resident will be assessed for all appropriate charges. During the inspection there will be no search of closets, drawers, or personal belongings, but visible contraband will be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary proceedings instituted. C. Search. Where there is probable cause to believe the violation of federal, state, or local criminal law or of University policies has occurred or is occurring, the University may enter the resident’s quarters. “Reasonable Cause� exists where the facts and circumstances are within the knowledge of the University or when it has reasonable and reliable information to support the beliefs that a violation has occurred or is occurring. A search may be conducted by authorized officials of the


University with permission of the Vice President of Student Services and/or the Dean of Students or their designees. This permission may be given verbally at the time the search is being made but the resident reserves the right to call the Vice President or the Dean of Students for verification while the search is being made. Written confirmation is given the next working day. Searches may be conducted by off-campus officials and/or officers who may have any valid search warrants and should be in the presence of a University official. D. Emergency entry. The University reserves the right to enter a room when there is reasonable cause to believe that there is immediate danger to safety and security of persons or University property.

Section 9. Student Record Paragraph 1. The privacy and confidentiality of all student records, supporting documents, and other student files shall be maintained by full or part-time employees of the University employed for that purpose pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 Separate files may be maintained but not limited to the following: A. B. C. D.

Official academic records. Primary (and secondary) records of disciplinary proceedings. Medical and psychiatric records. Financial aid records.

Paragraph 2. No entry may be made on a student’s academic transcript (except for course grades, test scores, academic probation or suspension and degree(s) awarded) or in his disciplinary file without written notice to the student. Any student challenging the accuracy of any entry or the presence of any item on his academic or social record has the right to a hearing before the appropriate University committee. Paragraph 3. Access to his academic records is guaranteed to every student, subject only to reasonable regulations as to time, place, and supervision. Paragraph 4. No record(s) may be kept in relation to any political or social views held by a student except with the written consent of the student. Paragraph 5. Information in the student‘s file is confidential and may be released only in accordance with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974. University boards or committees which deal with records of a confidential nature shall be held to these same standards of confidentiality. Paragraph 6. Records on students will be preserved by the University unless the student requests that such records be destroyed upon graduation or when he/she permanently withdraws from the University. The following records, however, will be maintained for all students: A. Academic transcripts. B. Financial records of continuing obligations or where such records must be maintained for auditing purposes. C. University Police Records. Paragraph 7. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are: 1. 2. 3.

The right to inspect and review the student‘s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. The right to request the amendment of the student‘s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student‘s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.



The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Henderson State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Paragraph 8. FERPA governs access to the educational records of students. Except for university personnel with a legitimate need to view the documents, only students and their parents, if the student is under age 18, may access a student’s academic records. Only the student may view his/her own records if the student is 18 or older, unless the student provides a written release giving access to someone else or is still carried as a dependent on the parents’ income tax. In the latter case, parents may file a written request for information with the Registrar (Box 7534), along with certification that the student is still carried as a dependent, to be given access to the student‘s record.

Section 10. Student Directory Policy Paragraph 1. An amendment to the General Education Provisions Act limits access to information contained in a student’s educational files to the student and to his/her family where appropriate, and to educational authorities. However, directory information continues to be available to the public unless the student notified the Office of the Vice President of Student that all or part of the directory information is not to be released without prior consent. Notification must be received by the Vice President of Student Services on a yearly basis. Paragraph 2. Directory information includes the student’s name and the name of parent, guardian, and/or spouse; dates of school attendance at Henderson State University; campus and home address plus telephone number and email address; student photograph; educational agencies and institutions attended; classification (numbers of hours completed); fulltime or part-time status; major field of study; marital status; date and place of birth; high school attended; membership in student organizations; church affiliation; height and weight for athletic team members; and any degrees or awards received.

Section 11. Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy 1. The Vice President for Student Services may invoke the Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy if clear and convincing evidence shows that a student engages in or exhibits disruptive behavior which is not attributable to voluntary conduct subject to disciplinary action under the “Code of Conduct.” Such disruptive behavior shall include, but is not limited to, behavior which: a) Poses a significant threat of danger and/or physical harm to other members of the university community and/or property; or b) Interferes with the rights of other university students, staff, and faculty or impedes/disrupts the exercise of any activity or function of the university. 2. Proceedings for Mandatory Administrative Leave are initiated by directing information to the Vice President for Student Services for a first judgment of whether the process should be invoked. 3. The Vice President for Student Services may immediately suspend and/or place the student on Mandatory Administrative Leave if the evidence substantiates that the above conditions have been met. 4. Upon written notice to the student, the Vice President shall conduct an immediate review within five business days after the suspension. The student shall have the right to present statements and/or evidence which demonstrate that no basis for a Mandatory Administrative Leave exists. 5. As part of the review process, students will receive written notice that they must cooperate in a professional evaluation with appropriate personnel from the University Student Health Services and the University Counseling Center. The notice will advise that the student also has the right to present medical/psychological documentation secured independently, and to be accompanied by a support person (friend, relative, faculty member, medical/mental health staff person). 6. Following the review, the Vice President for Student Services will receive a report and recommendations from the Director of Student Health Services and Director of the Counseling Center. Should Mandatory Administrative Leave be recommended based on the evaluation, and with the concurrence of the Vice President for Student Services, a Mandatory Administrative Leave will be imposed for the student. 7. The student will have 24 hours to vacate campus after receiving notification that they have been


placed on Mandatory Administrative Leave. 8. If the student wishes to return to the university, they will be required to present written evidence of treatment for the condition originally identified and a recommendation by a mental health professional as to whether or not the student would be able to function in the university and/or the residence halls. The Vice President for Student Services may require a re-evaluation by the Director of the Counseling Center, Director of Student Health Services, and if relevant, a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Depending on the outcome of this re-evaluation, the Vice President for Student Services will either continue the Mandatory Administrative Leave or may readmit the student with or without qualification. Approved by the HSU Board of Trustees while in session August 25, 1994. Revised March 13, 2006.

Section 12. University Academic Integrity Discipline Policy Paragraph 1. An instructor may dismiss or suspend from a class any student who is disruptive, is violating a university regulation, or is engaged in academic dishonesty. If deemed appropriate, the instructor may refer the student to the Dean of Students for university disciplinary action. The following lists of behaviors are examples that constitute academic dishonesty: 1.

Examination Behavior — any use of external assistance during an examination shall be considered academically dishonest unless expressly permitted by an instructor; 2. Fabrication — any intentional falsification or invention of data or citation in an academic exercise will be considered a violation of academic integrity; 3. Plagiarism — the appropriating and subsequent passing off of another person’s work as one’s own. If the work of another is used, acknowledgement of the original source must be made known using a recognized referencing practice. If another’s words are borrowed in whole or in part and merely recast in the student’s own words, proper acknowledgement must, nonetheless, be made; 4. Other types of academic dishonesty — a) submitting a paper written or obtained from another; b) using a paper or essay in more than one class without the instructor’s permission; c) using another person to complete homework assignments or take-home exams without the knowledge an consent of the instructor; and d) sharing or using information through computers or other electronic networks without the consent of the instructor. In order that all students are treated equally when caught in any of the above situations, the following guidelines will apply: a) The faculty member may assign a grade of “F” to the assignment b) The faculty member may drop the student from the class with a grade of “F” (no “W” of “WP” grades will be assigned in these cases) c) Subsequent offenses in any of the above may result in suspension from the University Students caught engaging in academic dishonesty will be reported to the department chair and the dean, at which time a letter will be sent from the dean outlining action taken. The letter will be copied to the instructor of the course and the chair of the student’s declared major. Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 9, 1973, amended June 22, 1990, June 10, 1992, June 7, 2001, February 12, 2004.

Section 13. Code of Conduct Introduction The Code of Conduct of Henderson State University is intended to protect the rights, personal security, and property of individuals and groups within the University community, as well as the University itself. In addition, the Code of Conduct prohibits behavior which is detrimental to learning or group living or is


contrary to the goals of the University. The Code of Conduct informs the University community of the expected behavior, describes prohibited conduct, and details the disciplinary procedures and sanctions applicable for violations of this Code. Expected Behavior The University expects that all students will conduct themselves lawfully, maturely, and responsibly. Student behavior may not interfere in any way with the appropriate functions of the University, nor will student behavior be allowed to infringe upon the rights and privileges of any other person. The University Code of Conduct does not replace or reduce the requirements of any civil or criminal laws. Members of the University community continue to have responsibilities as citizens. The campus is not a sanctuary from the general law, nor is one relieved from responsibility under this Code of Conduct when off campus for such acts as may be related to or impact the University community. The University may initiate action under this Code of Conduct at its discretion. The Henderson community can be a healthy, safe, enjoyable, and productive place only if it has the good will and cooperation of all its members. Rather than restricting the rights of students, this Code of Conduct ensures that those rights are shared by all. It calls simply for respecting the property of other students and the University; safeguarding individuals from harassment or physical harm; obeying the laws which apply to all communities; and respecting the rights of all to engage in social, educational, and recreational activities without disruption. Jurisdiction The following conduct regulations apply to student acts in or on University property or within the jurisdiction of the University Police. Additionally, the University reserves the right to adjudicate acts that occur one semester prior to and one semester following any student’s enrollment. The University reserves the right to sanction students for serious acts of misbehavior which may be detrimental to the University community, regardless of where those acts may occur. Prohibited Conduct The following actions are prohibited whether attempted or performed singularly or in concert with others: 1. Fighting, assault, sexual assault, rape assault, or battery. 2. Illegal manufacture, sale, possession, or use of any controlled substance. 3. Illegal manufacture, sale, possession, or use of any alcoholic beverage. 4. Verbal or nonverbal harassment and/or threats with the intent to intimidate. 5. Theft and/or possession of stolen property, theft of services, bribery, embezzlement, or temporary removal of property from its assigned position. 6. Disruption of University operations, lawful assembly, or meetings. 7. Disorderly or boisterous/noisy conduct which may cause alarm, resentment, or anger in others. 8. Vandalism, malicious destruction, arson, damage, or misuse of public or private property, including library materials. 9. Use or possession of firearms and ammunition, incendiary devices, smoke devices, clubs, dangerous knives, explosives, bows and arrows, or other dangerous weapons. 10. Participating in hazing. 11. Public intoxication. 12. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. 13. Knowingly furnishing false information to the University with the intent to deceive and/or withholding information on applications for admission, readmission, or registration. 14. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, identification cards, or papers. 15. Failure to comply with directions of or failure to present identification to University personnel, University Police officers, or Residence Life staff. 16. Intentionally disregarding directions or citations issued by University Police officers or interfering with officers who are acting in the performance of their duties. 17. Unauthorized entry into or use of University facilities, systems, or equipment. 18. Gambling in violation of state statutes.


19. Submitting a check not covered by sufficient funds to a campus official or service. 20. Unnecessary or unusual noise. 21. Violations of University residence hall rules/regulations. Due Process The University guarantees the right of a fair and impartial hearing to any student charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct. No student shall be subjected arbitrarily to any disciplinary action for any offense without being given a fair hearing. Students will be given written notice of the charges against them prior to a hearing, adequate time to prepare a defense, and the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on their own behalf. The only exception to this practice may occur in the case of an Interim Suspension (see the appropriate section of the Code). Any student being charged with a violation has the rights delineated under Judicial Process. Judicial Process Overall disciplinary authority is vested in the Vice President for Student Services. The Dean of Students has been designated by the Vice President to administer the Code of Conduct. The Dean of Students functions as the campus Judicial Officer and has overall responsibility for the judicial process. This process includes the University Judicial System and the Residence Hall Judicial System. A student charged by the University with violating the Code of Conduct must schedule a hearing with the Dean of Students by the date specified in their letter of charges. A student charged with a violation specific to the residence hall must schedule a hearing with the Residence Life Judicial Officer. A student has options in scheduling hearings: 1. 2.

The student may admit to the alleged violation and request that the Dean of Students/Residence Life Judicial Officer assign an appropriate disciplinary sanction. The student may deny the alleged violation. In this instance, the student may choose to have the case heard by the Dean of Students/Residence Life Judicial Officer or the University Judicial Committee/Residence Life Judicial Council. A finding of responsibility by the hearing body will be forwarded to the Judicial Officer for sanctioning.

Procedural Guidelines A student charged under the Code of Conduct is entitled to the following rights: 1. 2. 3. 4.

To receive written notification of the specific charges. To have a hearing before the appropriate person or body. To be given adequate time in which to answer or prepare a defense. To be accompanied at the hearing by a person of their choice other than an attorney. Legal counsel may be present at hearings ONLY if the student is also facing criminal or civil charges. The person accompanying the student, including the legal counsel, may not address the hearing body, question witnesses, or participate in any way other than to support/advise the student charged. 5. To remain silent during the hearing. 6. To examine all evidence, hear all testimony, and to ask questions of the witnesses present at the hearing. 7. To present evidence and witnesses in one’s own behalf. 8. To have a copy of the minutes of formal hearings provided at the student’s expense. 9. To receive a timely decision by the hearing body and appropriate sanctions imposed by the same. 10. To receive an explanation of the appeal process. Appeal Process Appeals must be filed, in writing, to the appropriate office within two working days upon receipt of the


sanction/disposition of the case. An appeal of a disciplinary decision must be based upon one of the following: a) b) c) d)

Inappropriate sanction; i.e., extremely punitive, not consistent with precedent; Finding of guilt was not supported by substantial evidence; Failure to follow due process or any other part of the University judicial process or rules; Presence of significant new evidence which could affect the disposition of the case.

The Dean of Students will hear appeals from the Residence Life Judicial Officer (designee appointed by Vice President for Student Services) and the Residence Life Judicial Council. All other appeals will be heard by the Vice President for Student Services. Interim Suspension In serious cases, the Vice President for Student Services (or in the absence of the Vice President, the Dean of Students) may use an Interim Suspension to immediately exclude a student from the residence hall and/or classes and all other University privileges or activities, pending a hearing. An Interim Suspension will be imposed only when the student’s continued presence on the campus constitutes a danger to property, to self, or to others. The student will be given notice of reason for the Interim Suspension and the time and place of a preliminary hearing. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate why he or she does not constitute a danger to property, to self, or to others. An Interim Suspension does not nullify the student’s right to due process as defined in this Code. Disciplinary Sanctions A. Educational Sanction: Specific educational requirements directly related to the violation committed. The requirement will be clearly defined. Such educational requirements may include, but are not limited to, completion of an alcohol education workshop, a diversity awareness workshop, essays, reports, etc. B. Hall Probation: An official notice that the student’s conduct is in violation of residence hall policies and/ or University regulations and that more stringent disciplinary action, including removal from housing, may result if future violations occur. C. Restitution Payment for financial injury due to theft, destruction of property, or deception. D. Loss of Privileges and Entitlements: The withdrawal of specified privileges for a definite period of time. The restrictions involved will be clearly defined. E. Conduct Warning: A written statement of disapproval of the student’s conduct. F. Community/University Service: Completion of a specified number of hours of community/University service. The type of community/University service must be approved by the Dean of Students. G. Personal Probation: This probation period requires students to meet periodically with a designated University official to discuss and explore alternatives to the kind of behavior which resulted in the judicial referral. H. Conduct Probation: Exclusion from participation in privileged or extracurricular institutional activities as set forth in the probationary notice for a period of time not exceeding two (2) academic years. During this time, the student is not eligible to campaign for or to hold office in student organizations, receive honors, or represent the University in intercollegiate athletics or other extracurricular activities. I. Deferred Suspension: The sanction of Suspension may be placed in deferred status. If the student is found in violation of any University regulation during the time of Deferred Suspension, the Suspension takes effect immediately without further review. Additional disciplinary action appropriate to the new violation may also be taken. During this period, the student is not considered in good standing and is subject to the following restrictions: (1) Ineligibility to hold office in any student organization recognized by the University or to hold any elected or appointed office of the University.


(2) Ineligibility to represent the University to anyone outside the University in any way, including representing the University at any official function, in intercollegiate athletics, or in any other forms of intercollegiate competition or representation. (3) Possible imposition of additional restrictions or conditions, depending on the nature and seriousness of the misconduct. J. Suspension: Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time. The student is not guaranteed readmission at the end of such period of time but must reapply to the University. K. Expulsion: Permanent and complete separation of the student from the University. * In cases involving suspension or expulsion the student is restricted from being in or on University property or in attendance at University functions for the time specified by the sanction. Any exceptions to this must come from the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student Services.

University Judicial System/Process (2) Revised and approved by the Henderson State University Board of Trustees, June 11, 1998.

ALMA MATER Breathe, stalwart pine trees, memories of living shadows; Whisper, acorn bearers, from the living fountain; Beauty and friendship, eternal as the holly, Into all thy children, Alma Mater, Henderson! Spirit of strong men, wrought through storm and silence, Into communion eternal as the heavens; Romance and tragedy, in victory and in losing Thou turnest all to gain, Alma Mater, Henderson! From childhood’s weakness, thou with love of mother; Through youth’s daring with love and friends; Into full manhood for church and state and nation Thou leadest us upward, Alma Mater, Henderson! As through the ages, joy and living friendship, Mix crucifixion’s red with gray of truth; Out of gray ashes rise up men and women new born, strong, adoring, Alma Mater, Henderson!


Residence Life Student Handbook Welcome to the residence halls and a new way of life! You will meet new people, make great friends and be a part of an on-campus community. We hope this Residence Life Handbook will aid you in understanding various housing policies as well as keep you informed about important dates. Please take a few minutes to read it, and you will see that it contains useful tips on utilizing Henderson’s numerous campus resources. We’re glad you are here and wish you the best of luck in your classes. So, take this opportunity to get involved, meet new people and have a great college life at “The School with a Heart!”

LIVING OPTIONS East and West Halls These two residence halls house 174 students each, and are arranged in a co-ed living environment. There is a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students living in East and West enjoy a suite style arrangement with two bedrooms sharing one bathroom. The student rooms contain a bed, dresser and desk for each student. Each room has network access, cable TV and local phone service. Smith and Newberry Halls These are female (Smith) and male (Newberry) residence halls. These two, nine-story halls house around 375 students each. Each building has a recreation room, formal lounge, computer lab, reception area, handicap accessibility, and a laundry room. There is also a microwave room on each floor. Elevators provide easy access to upper floors. Rooms are furnished with carpet, Venetian blinds, desks, wardrobe closets, cable TV connections, local phone service featuring voice mail and computer connections. The rooms measure 14’8” x 12’. Each hall has a hall director responsible for daily operation. Each floor has a resident assistant (RA), specially selected and trained students with the experience and knowledge to help residents get acclimated to the halls and to university life.

Roy and Christine Sturgis Hall: The Honors College Roy and Christine Sturgis Hall: The Honors College is the honors facility. It is designed for students participating in the Honors College and those individual earning an ACT score of 26 or higher. This hall is a coed living facility that has both single- and double-occupancy rooms. Each apartment has a living room and bathroom. The living rooms are furnished with a couch, coffee table and end table. The bedrooms are furnished with a bed, dresser and desk.

International Student Center The International Student Center is a three-story coed facility housing 20 international students and 10 American students who are juniors and seniors. The building consists of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The facility provides a meeting room, recreation room, laundry room and vending area. The apartments are fully furnished with carpet, living room furniture, two bed and desk ensembles, two closets, one bathroom, a kitchen area, cable TV connections, local phone service featuring voicemail and computer connections. The International Student Center has a hall director and a faculty staff advisor. The facility also houses the International Student Office.

Hall Councils The Hall Councils, one for each residence hall, provide a prime opportunity for residents to assert themselves in leadership roles and influence their environment. Each resident is invited to become an active member of their council. For further information on how to participate in your hall council, contact your hall director or resident assistant.


Residence Life Staff Residence Life Office Administrative offices are located in Womack Hall, first floor. Do not hesitate to utilize the resources offered by our Residence Life staff members.

Director of Residence Life


Assistant Director of Residence Life


Residence Life Administrative Office Supervisor


Area Coordinator (AC’s) The area coordinator is a full time housing professional who lives in the residence hall. They are responsible for creating an environment in the hall to support the academic success of the residence hall students. The AC supervises the hall directors.

Hall Directors (HD’s) The hall director is a graduate assistant working for the Department of Residence Life who lives in the residence hall and is responsible for creating an environment in the hall to support the academic success of the residence hall students. The director supervises resident assistants and the front desk personnel. In addition, they advise the Hall Council for their hall. They are available to assist students with personal concerns as well as offer appropriate referrals. Be sure you get to know your hall director.

Resident Assistants (RA’s) Resident Assistants are student staff members who have been trained to assist residents and handle emergency situations. They can be your main contact for information regarding all aspects of on-campus living, policies, and activities. There is an RA on duty in each building every evening and all weekend long, who can be contacted if you have a problem. Each RA is responsible for his or her floor and the building’s environment, providing programming opportunities, and peer counseling. Additionally, the RAs are responsible for enforcing departmental and university policies, as well as state and federal laws in the residence halls. This is a tough part of the job that all RAs are expected to fulfill fairly and consistently. RAs deserve respect and cooperation from all residents. The RA is also a primary source of information and assistance. The RAs are students, just like you. They have classes and exams, activities, frustrations, strengths and weaknesses. All RAs are not alike and they shouldn’t be... however, each RA has accepted responsibility for doing a job that is sometimes difficult, sometimes demanding, but is also rewarding and fun.

Residence Hall Receptionists (Desk workers) Receptionists are student workers that are stationed at the reception desk in the front lobby of Smith, Newberry, East, West and Sturgis. Their primary responsibilities are informative in nature, delivering messages, providing information, and assisting the hall director with administrative duties. They are also responsible for enforcing the visitation policies and check-in procedure. Desk workers or other university employees may ask to see your student identification (ID) at any time for security proposes. The Henderson State University Student Guide states that your ID “must be carried at all times while on campus and produced upon request of appropriate authorities.” Please cooperate with this request and follow the guidelines. To get a copy of the Student Guide, please go to the Information Desk in the Garrison Center.

Custodial Staff These individuals are responsible for the general cleanliness of the residence hall. While the students are responsible for the cleanliness of their own rooms, the custodians clean hallways, public bathrooms, and lounges Monday through Friday. The residents of each hall are expected to keep the areas tidy over the


weekend. It is important that students empty their trash in the containers provided on each floor, clean up their own messes, and refrain from cluttering public areas with trash or personal belongings. Do not sweep trash into the hallways. Do not leave drink cans, food, etc., lying around. Only with your help can the halls look attractive.

Cable Television There are cable television extensions in each room with basic service provided. Premium channels can be added by contacting Sudden Link Communications at 246-7611 and will be at the resident’s expense. Student must provide their own televisions (cable-ready is recommended) and wall-to-TV coaxial cable extension. If your cable is not working properly, first try disconnecting all of your auxiliaries (VCR, video games, etc.). If you are still having problems, contact an RA or your hall director. 2-KETG 3-WGN 4-KARK 5-WTBS 6-KASN 7-KATV 9-LOCAL WEATHER BOARD 10-FAM 11-KTHV 12-KARZ 13-FOX 14-DAYSTAR 15-KVTH 17-TV GUIDE 20– HSN

21-Res Life Cinema 22-QVC 23-SPIKE 24-CNN 25-USA 26-TNT 27-ESPN2 28-ESPN 29-FX 30-LIFETIME 31-GAC 32-DSC 33-TLC 35-TWC

36-SCIFI 37-TVLAND 38-OUTDOR 39-FSN 40-BET 41-HIST 42-MTV 43-VH1 44-DIS 45-NICK 46-HN 47-FNC 48-E! 50-TOON



Your Home Away From Home Common Areas Common areas (entrances, lounges, study rooms, TV rooms, corridors, bathrooms, etc.) are for everyone’s use in the hall. No individual or group should engage in an activity that inhibits the use of these common areas by other residents unless approved in advance by the hall director. Entrances to each building must be kept clean, attractive, and accessible. This is for the comfort and convenience of you and your guests. Also, for safety purposes, this area must be kept clear for use if there is an emergency. Do not loiter or sit on the steps or other entrance and exit areas. If you do not comply, you will be subject to disciplinary action. It is the responsibility of all students to help keep the lounge areas clean. Furnishings and equipment in the common areas are for the use of all residents. The removal of any of these items deprives others of their use. Such action will be considered theft, resulting in charges, disciplinary or legal action, and/or fines. Do not move furniture from the room in which it is located.

Bulletin Boards Bulletin boards will be found in your residence hall on each floor. General announcements concerning your hall and hall council activities will be posted there. Develop the habit of checking this board each day. Announcements concerning the university will be posted on the official bulletin boards in the University Center and classroom buildings. These boards are for your convenience, so take care of them.

Elevator Residents and guests may not interfere with the normal operation of an elevator. Any student caught interfering with the normal operation or tampering with emergency call equipment of the elevator will be subject to disciplinary action. If an object is dropped or lost down the elevator shaft please report this to a Resident Assistant immediately.

Kitchens Kitchen facilities are available for use in the residence halls. Residents are responsible for cleaning the kitchen after use and may be charged for any clean-up required. If kitchens are not cared for properly or are abused, they will be closed. Students must provide their own cooking supplies and utensils. Contact your hall director if you would like to use the kitchen facility.


For fire prevention, cooking is only permitted in kitchens/microwave rooms or when a student is using an approved appliance. The following are approved cooking appliances: coffee pots, hot air popcorn poppers (if used for their intended purpose), rice cookers, blenders and refrigerators. Microwaves are only allowed in East Hall, West Hall, Sturgis Honors Hall and the International Student Center or in designated microwave rooms/kitchens of single gender residence halls. Discovery of any prohibited appliances will result in the confiscation of said appliance and further disciplinary action.

Repairs and Maintenance Requests Any problems occurring in your room, bathroom, kitchen, other public areas, or problems with your cable or telephone should be reported to an RA immediately. Maintenance request forms are available at the front desk.

Vending Machines The food and drink vending machines are maintained and serviced by a contractor engaged by the university. Students caught shaking, tilting or moving the vending machines in the residence halls will be subject to disciplinary action. Machines are used at your own risk and no refunds are given by the Department of Residence Life. Report any problems and lost money to the appropriate hall staff who will contact the vending company and advocate for a refund.

Laundry Facilities Each residence hall has laundry facilities with washers and dryers. Residents must supply their own detergent and other laundry supplies. Please do not leave your clothes in the machines, because they may be stolen or removed by other residents waiting to use the machines. Residence Hall facilities are for residents only. All non-residents caught using these facilities will be considered criminally trespassing. Laundry is left in the laundry room at your own risk and will be considered as abandoned property if left unattended for more than 48 hours. Reminder: Always clean out the lint filter.

Computer Labs Smith, Newberry, and Sturgis have labs in their respective halls. The labs are open 24 hours a day and are for the residents of the specific hall only. Non-residents may not use the labs in the residence halls. Also, there are rules posted in each computer lab. Familiarize yourself with these. Priority is given to residents doing academic work. Students not using the computers for academic work will be asked to log out if someone else needs to use a computer for academic purposes. The residence hall computer labs may be subject to closure in the event that the labs are abused. Please see your hall director for more information. The Evans Hall Computer Lab is open the following hours: Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Garrison Center Computer Lab is open the following hours: Mon-Sun: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Mail Service If you did not receive a post office box at Heart Start or did not previously have one, one will be reserved for you at registration. Please visit the campus post office to receive your PO Box. All mail notices and announcements will be delivered to your box number. Check your box daily. On-campus mail is delivered free of charge to any designated Henderson State University box. The Department of Residence Life will not deliver mail to your room. In order to receive mail you MUST have a PO Box.

Telephones A phone jack is in each room with a number assigned to that room. Local and campus services are included in your housing costs. Henderson doesn’t have a long-distance carrier and long-distance is not available in the residence halls. Please contact Computer Services to activate your phone line. Incoming collect calls, third-party calls, operator-assisted calls and directory assistance may be charged to the phone in your room. You will be responsible for these charges. Be careful whom you let use your phone. Students who use their room phone to accumulate unauthorized charges are subject to a processing


charge of $20 per call, plus the charge of the phone call, and disciplinary action may follow as well. Along with the local phone service, Henderson also provides voice mail for all residence lines. Just dial 5555 to access your voice mail and listen to the options. One of the features that Henderson offers is a personal security code. It is highly recommended that you use a security code on your phone to prevent others from checking your messages or changing your recorded greetings. While students are not required to utilize their campus phones it is important to note that all communication with the student will be initiated through this campus extension. This means it is important for you to connect a phone to line even if you have other means of communication.

Dining Services Henderson’s food service is provided by ARAMARK. Their staff is eager to serve you during your stay on campus. The SGA has a food service committee to address students’ needs and concerns. If you would like to join this committee or would like them to address a problem, please contact an SGA representative.

Sack Lunches A sack lunch is available by signing up in the campus dining office 24 hours in advance. You must have your ID with you when you place the order. Your meal plan will be charged for this meal regardless of pickup. This service is designed for the student who, because of a work or school related schedule, cannot eat in the cafeteria.

Snack Bar The snack bar is located in the Garrison Student Activity Center and offers these short orders: Quiznos Subs, Java City Coffee Shop and Home Zone Salad Bar and Grille. If you have a declining balance and you make a purchase at the Garrison Center snack bar, the amount of the purchase is deducted from the balance of your account with no sales tax added. Declining balances are not refundable and expire at the end of each semester.

Meal Plans The Caddo Cafeteria is located across the street from Womack Hall. There are five food service lines for speed of services of a wide variety of food. They are: Allegros, Café Features, Center Stage, Deli Corner, and Grill Works. Minimum Package (10 Meals per week) Minimum + $175 in DCB Standard package (15 meals per week) Standard + $100 DCB Premium Package (19 meals per week) Premium + $50 in DCB Unlimited Meal Plan

Caddo Cafeteria RFoC (Real Food on Campus) Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday Hot Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Continental Break 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. RFoC Lunch 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lite Lunch 1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. RFoC Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Fridays Same as Monday - Thursday, except everything closes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Brunch Dinner

10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Special Diets Students needing a special diet who are on a meal plan may request to meet with the Food Service Director to discuss special needs. Documentation from a physician must be provided at this time.

Residence Life Policies and Services Housing & Lease Information HSU has a MANDATORY on campus residency requirement. This means that all single, fulltime students attending the university under the age of 21, who have completed 59 or fewer hours prior to the first day of classes for the term and are not living with a parent or guardian within a 60 mile radius of the university are required to live in university housing facilities and participate in a meal plan. Attaining the age requirement does not void contractual agreements made for university housing; and further provided that a student under 21 who satisfactorily completes 60 or more hours during the first semester may be released from the second semester of the housing contract. If you are planning to live at home with a parent or guardian you must have a Permission to Live Off Campus form on file with the Department of Residence Life. All residents should keep a copy of their lease and read it carefully. Each resident, by signing a housing lease, is bound for a year and agrees to abide by all housing rules and regulations. It is your responsibility to become knowledgeable about the rules and regulations detailed in this handbook and the Henderson State University Student Guide. Any non resident found living in university housing without permission will face disciplinary action.

Cancellation of Lease A. Before the lease has become binding, a student may cancel the lease by providing written notice to the Dept. of Residence Life if postmarked 30 days prior to the first day of the fall semester. B. After 30 days prior to the first day of the fall semester, a student may request that they be released from this contract based on one of the following reasons: unanticipated financial hardship ensuing after the start of the semester; a medical condition documented by a physician that prohibits the student from living in the residence halls; academic internship or student teaching experience more than 50 miles from HSU; a change in marital or custodial status. Students should submit their request for release from the contract to the Dept. of Residence Life in writing and provide supporting documentation of the reason for their request.

Petition for Release from Contract The lease may be cancelled if the resident demonstrates meeting one of the following criteria: unanticipated financial hardship ensuing after the start of the semester; medical reasons necessitating a lease release as documented by a physician; academic internship or student teaching experience more than 60 miles from Henderson; employment requiring live-in status; and/or a change in marital or custodial status.

Renters Insurance The university will not be responsible for damaged or stolen items. All residents are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance. Additionally, all residents are encouraged to keep a list of all serial numbers on any electronic devices. If anything is stolen, these serial numbers will help the University police track down or identify these items.

Withdrawal from Henderson If a resident is not a Henderson student, either because of withdrawal from the university or dismissal, he/she must vacate the room within 24 hours of dismissal (24 hours after hall opens following a break if dismissed during a break). Proper check-out procedures must be followed to avoid charges. Meal plans are automatically dropped when you move from university housing.

Class Requirement To reside in Henderson State University residence halls, priority is given to students maintaining a minimum of 12 hours. Approval may be given from the Director for Residence Life for exceptions.


Room Assignment New students are assigned to a room based on application information and space availability. If a specific roommate is desired, both residents must request each other on their housing application and have completed files in the Residence Life Office. Roommate requests are granted whenever possible.

Occupancy A resident who does not check into the residence halls by 5 p.m. on the first day of class of any semester for which their housing contract is in effect will be considered a “No Show.” The university has the right to reassign the resident to another room. Registered Residents: "No shows" who are registered for classes and who decide to reside in a place other than the residence halls, without canceling their housing contract 30 days prior to the start of the semester, will be financially obligated for the full portion of the lease. Residents whose accounts are delinquent will be flagged from meal service. Charges continue during the delinquent period and arrangements must be made with the business office before the meal flag is released.

Room Changes Residents are permitted to make a room transfer no sooner than Monday of the third week of each semester. Transfers may then be conducted throughout the semester up until two weeks before finals. A resident may make one room transfer per year with no charge. Any additional room transfers made at the resident’s request will require a $25 administrative charge. This charge will be levied on any room transfer or change of account, except where the individual chooses to keep his/her current room assignment at the single room rate. The room transfer form must be completed before the room transfer can proceed (this includes getting keys for your new room). Failure to do this may result in additional charges that will be billed to your account. Room transfer forms are available at the Residence Life Office.

Priority Signup For one week during the spring semester, current residents will have the opportunity to reserve a room for the fall semester. During this priority signup period, the $50 non-refundable application fee will be waived. If the resident returns to the residence halls in the fall semester without participating in priority signup, she/he will be required to post another $50 non-refundable application fee and room assignment will be based on availability. Residents who signed up for a room during priority signup are not guaranteed the room they requested. Residents who request a double room and have no roommate will be consolidated with residents in the same situation. This consolidation process will occur over the summer and the resident will be notified before the assigned move-in date.

Room Inventory/Damage As a student checks into an assigned room, he/she accepts responsibility for its condition and must thoroughly fill out the inventory on the check-in form. This becomes a record for the condition of the room when occupancy began. This record is compared to the condition of the room at check-out and any discrepancies become the financial responsibility of the resident. Therefore, to protect yourself, be sure to complete your check-in/check-out forms thoroughly. Failure to turn them in leaves no alternative but to assume that the room was in good condition when you checked in, and you and your roommate will be charged for any and all damages. If you leave before the other resident(s) of your room, be certain to assure that thorough cleaning is performed. All residents will be held responsible and share charges for the final condition of the room at the check-out inspection. Please see Check-Out Procedure for more information. Residence Life staff members will inspect each student’s room and determine charges if necessary. Protests or appeals related to these charges must be received within 30 days of the billing date to receive consideration.

Consolidation & Double Rooms as Singles If one resident, occupying or having reserved a double room, for any reason vacates or fails to occupy


his/her room, the remaining student must choose one of the following options: 1. Move into another room being occupied by one resident. 2. Permit another resident to be moved into his/her room. 3. If space is available, remain as a single and pay the additional charge. If you do not have a roommate after the first week, you will be assigned a roommate by the Residence Life Office. Which resident moves is based on contract date. The first person contracted moves last. Any time a move is made, a room transfer form must be completed in advance. These forms are available through the Residence Life Office. Consolidation is done on a hall-wide basis. If there is an "odd person out" situation where one person is left without a roommate, there is no single room rate charged. If, at any time, a resident in a double room, without a roommate, refuses a roommate that is assigned or refuses to consolidate when an opening occurs, that resident will be charged at the single-room rate from the time she/he became the sole resident of that room.

Right to Privacy Your room is your home at Henderson. You have the right to privacy in your own room. However, in order to handle emergency situations, to make routine maintenance inspections, to maintain minimum health and safety standards, or to enforce regulations, the university reserves the right to enter students’ rooms (see the University Student Guide, Housing Contract, or the Residence Hall Lease). If your room is entered by a residence life staff member, a notice will be conspicuously placed in your room. The notice will be signed by the person who entered with an explanation why it was necessary to enter your room.

Check-Out Procedures Here are the procedures to follow when moving out of the residence hall: Remove all personal belongings; put beds back together if they have been dismantled; place furniture properly; vacuum or sweep floor; remove all tape/adhesive or hooks, etc.; empty your trash; locate an RA to check you out; sign your room inventory-out sheet or waiver; turn in all keys. Fines are assessed for failure to follow proper procedure. Check instructions from individual halls for details. All beds must be assembled so that they are on the lowest or middle height setting (beds are NOT to be bunked). Failure to check out properly may subject you to additional charges: 1. Failure to turn in room key/Lost room key $50 2. Lock change $50 3. Failure to leave room clean $25 4. Public area or extra university furniture in room $50/piece & up 5. Improper check-out (additional) $25 6. Failure to put bed together properly. $50 Other charges that can be assessed are as follows: 1. Iron Marks $30 2. Paint Chip on wall $10 3. Repaint door $50 4. Furniture missing (Plus additional cost of missing piece.) $100/piece 5. Repair window screen $20 6. Stain removal fee $20 7. Broken Towel Rack $20 8. Ripped or Torn mattress $30 9. Carpet Cleaning $40 10. Bent Blinds $10 & up 11. Broken Chair $97 (cost of chair) 12. Damaged or missing light fixtures $50 13. Phone jack repair $30 14. Computer jack repair $30 15. Removal of mirror $30 16. Contact paper removal $50 Charges not listed will be assessed as needed per maintenance If you are not checked out of your room at the end of your lease period by the posted time the building closes, you will be charged $10 for each 15 minutes you are late checking-out. An additional improper check-out charge will also apply.


Storage The residence halls have no storage space available for student belongings. Storage of personal belongings over the summer months is not available. This policy is to allow custodial and maintenance personnel access to all areas for thorough cleaning and pest control spraying.

Abandoned Property Abandoned property is defined as any items that are left when residents check out of their rooms. The property will be discarded immediately. An initial fee of $100 will be charged to the resident to remove belongings from the room. If the resident does not collect the property within one week of the resident’s check out date, the items will be discarded.

Alcoholic Beverages In accordance with the Drug free school and workplace policy stated in the Henderson State University student guide, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia, including but not limited to empty cans or bottles on campus is strictly prohibited. Public intoxication or impairment that can be attributed to the use of alcohol is prohibited and could result in disciplinary action. Discovery of alcohol will require immediate confiscation.

Controlled Substances Manufacturing, possessing, selling, transmitting, using or being party to any illegal drug, controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia is a violation of University policy as well as the state/federal law. Smell, haze in a room or area, and other evidence that strongly leads a reasonable person to believe that marijuana is being used is also in violation. The misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter drugs is destructive to the welfare of students. The illegal possession, distribution, or use of drugs except as directed on over-the-counter drugs or as prescribed by a medical doctor, is prohibited. Sanctions could include, but are not limited to probation, suspension, or expulsion depending on the seriousness and frequency of violations.

Tobacco Use Policy Tobacco use is prohibited in any of the residence halls.

Residence Hall Keys & Lock Outs Residents are responsible for room keys and student ID cards. The keys/ID cards are not to be loaned out or given to anyone. It is unlawful for any student to duplicate a university key. Access to a resident’s room will not be granted unless the resident is present. As a security measure, students’ locks are changed when a key is lost. A charge of $50 will be billed to the resident’s account for lock changes and new keys. After the lock is changed, new keys will be issued to the resident. All lost keys require a lock change. Residents need to carry their keys and university ID card at all times. However, if the occasion arises that a student is locked out of his or her room, contact any RA in your hall first. If they are unavailable, try your Hall Director, then call the Hall Director on Duty. The desk workers do not have keys to your room, nor can they unlock your door. They can, however assist you in finding a staff member to help you. The following fees will be assessed during a lock-out: First lock-out: $2.00 Additional lock-outs: $5.00

Housing for Graduation Graduating seniors and those participating in graduation will be provided overnight lodging if needed. It is your responsibility to make arrangements in advance with the hall director.

Vacation Periods Housing is not provided during breaks. In case of extreme circumstances, students may be allowed to remain on campus during the Thanksgiving and Spring break periods; however, students should be aware that “work” is not considered a reason granted to remain on campus. If you feel that you have an extreme circumstance and would like to remain on campus during the Thanksgiving or Spring breaks, please contact


your Hall Director. There will be a daily charge billed directly to your student account. Any student violating policies is subject to disciplinary action and may be asked to leave campus and not return until the residence halls open again. There will be no visitation during the break periods. (Student teachers, student athletes (in season), and international students are allowed to stay during break periods at no charge).

Residence Life Policies The following general policies for all residence halls have been compiled in accordance with university regulations, local, state and federal laws. Their purpose is to promote an atmosphere of health and safety and to encourage a state of well-being among residents. All regulations and guidelines as stated in the current Henderson State University Student Guide and Residence Life Handbook apply to the residence halls. It is impossible to outline exact conduct in every situation and, for students of good judgment, it is unnecessary. Residents are required to cooperate with staff and other residents at all times. Students will be expected to become familiar with and responsible for following all published procedures, policies, rules, and regulations, including those which are explained in this handbook. Residents will respect the rights of other residents, and each resident will be responsible and held accountable for his/her behavior. Residents must comply with directions of university officials, which include residence life staff. Policies and procedures in all residence halls will be consistently and strictly enforced by university officials at all times. All residents are urged to be considerate, to exercise common sense, and not to infringe on the rights of others in their actions and activities as a contribution to a harmonious living group. The hall director, working with the hall council, is authorized to administer and interpret these general policies. Failure to comply with these guidelines will subject the residents to disciplinary action as stated in the university-prescribed Code of Conduct. Such actions may include dismissal from housing and/or separation from the university, etc.

Non-Discrimination In assigning students to housing, the university does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious affiliation, national origin, etc.

Posting Flyers All flyers, announcements, or other printed or written materials are subject to the approval of the Hall Director before posted in the residence halls. Any resident found posting unapproved material will be subject to disciplinary action or restitution for damage to the surface.

Furniture No furniture, including but not limited to mattresses, chairs, couches and tables, may be removed from any room or lobby. Television cables or any electrical wiring may not be moved or altered in any way. Waterbeds are not permitted in residential life facilities. This includes manufactured and homemade models. Upon discovery of missing furniture residents will be required to returned said furniture and will be assessed a $50 fine per piece of furniture.

Disorderly Conduct Disorderly conduct consists of behaving in a disrespectful or uncivilized manner, making obscene utterances, gestures, or displays; any persons found in violation will be subject to disciplinary action. Any unconsented physical contact is prohibited.

Harassment Any act or threat, including profane or abusive language for the purpose of harassing or submitting any member of the University to pain, discomfort, or indignity, whether in the residence hall or in the parking lot may be subject to disciplinary action. This includes racial, ethnic or sexual harassment. Further, physical or verbal abuse of any person, disregard for the physical well being, property or rights of any person within the residence hall or any conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or well being of any such person is subject to disciplinary action.


Appliances Residence hall rooms are arranged not only for your comfort, but also for compliance with fire regulations. The electrical system is not designed to carry heavy loads of electrical equipment (please, only one plug per receptacle). Students must only use UL approved extension cords or surge protectors. Residents are not allowed to have any of the following appliances, including, but not limited to: halogen lamps, tanning beds, broilers, window air conditioning units, lava lamps, refrigerators larger than 6.0 cubic feet per room, George Forman Grill, griddles, sandwich makers, hot plates, pizza cookers, toasters, toaster ovens and any other items with exposed heating elements. Please review the kitchen section for specific cooking policies pertaining to microwaves and other cooking appliances. Violations of these regulations will result in confiscation of items and possible disciplinary action.

Refrigerators A student may bring a small personal refrigerator. The maximum allowable size for any refrigerator unit is 4.0 cubic feet. Each student in a room may have a unit so long as the combined capacity of all units in the room is no more than 6.0 cubic feet. Acceptable sanitation standards must be maintained in all units. If these standards are not met the university reserves the right to require the resident to clean the refrigerator or to remove the refrigerator from the room. Over semester break, students will be required to remove all perishable items, unplug and defrost all refrigerators and prop open the refrigerator door. All refrigerators left plugged in during winter break will be unplugged by a residence life staff member.

Pets For reasons of health and sanitation pets are not permitted in the residence halls. Exceptions to this policy include fish and any documented service animals trained to assist the disabled. Due to the needs of the greater community Residence Life reserves the right to require the resident and their service pet to move to another residence hall. Aquariums must be well maintained. Each resident is allowed to have 1 aquarium that holds up to 10 gallons of water. Residents found in violation of this policy will be issued a $100 fine in addition to any professional cleaning costs incurred. Residents will also be required to remove the pet from the building. If the resident is unable to remove the pet in a timely manner the humane society will be contacted to come remove the pet.

Windows and Screens Each residence hall room is provided with blinds to assure residents privacy. In order to assure that our campus has an aesthetic appearance, windows may not be covered with any sun blocking items such as insulation, foil, etc. No decorations, temporary or permanent may be viewed through your window if it is deemed inappropriate or a safety hazard. Holiday decorations are subject to the Hall Director’s approval. Screens are never to be removed or tampered with. There is a minimum $100 fine for removing a screen from any window. In the interest of safety, no objects may be passed, thrown or hung out of or into windows. Students throwing anything from a window will be issued a minimum $100 fine and community service with the possibility of removal from university housing. Entering or exiting through windows is prohibited. Guests are to enter and exit through designated entrances only. In the event that you violate any of the above policies or any policies included in the Housing Contract, you may be subject to disciplinary action from the university, including but not limited to sanctions and/or termination of your Housing Contract.

Decorations Your residence hall room will serve as your home away from home. Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms and make them as comfortable and cozy as they would like. However, some restrictions do apply: * If decorations are deemed as a fire, health and safety issue, or offensive, you will be asked to take down said decorations. * All decorations displayed outside of the resident’s room are subject to the approval of the Hall Director. * All holiday decorations must be removed from the hallway door before you leave for any break. * Smoke detectors, pull stations, and light fixtures, including those in public areas and elevator buttons may not be covered at any time. *You are responsible and will be charged for any decorations which stain, alter or otherwise damage the room. Appropriate items used for hanging decorations include sticky tack and 3M strips/hooks.


*Nails and other items that puncture the wall are strictly prohibited. *Displaying alcohol containers of any kind is prohibited. *Due to the fire hazard they create, no cut/live trees are allowed in the residence halls. * The use of contact paper is prohibited in the residence halls. If you have any questions about what is permitted please contact your Hall Director.

Sleep-Study Atmosphere Policy As one of the basic purposes of the university is the dissemination and application of knowledge, one of the primary rights of the students in the residential areas is the right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Thus, unreasonable noise and other distractions that inhibit the exercise of this right are strictly prohibited. Unreasonable noise can be defined as noise that can be heard more than two doors down from a resident’s room. The following hours have been set as quiet hours for all residence halls: 10:00pm - 10:00am Sun. – Thurs. Midnight – 10:00am Fri. and Sat. These hours are applicable to both inside and outside noise that could be considered disruptive to a sleep and/or study atmosphere. Those choosing to live or those who are assigned on a theme floor are required to abide by the rules set up by that community.

Floor/Building Meetings During the semester the need may arise to gather all residents together to cover various topics. These meetings are very important. All residents will be held accountable for the information communicated during such meetings. If you miss a meeting, please contact your RA or Hall Director.

Restricted Days During university restricted days and finals week a twenty-four hour quiet period will be strictly enforced. During these quiet hours no noise should be heard outside of the resident’s hallway door. Hall Directors reserve the right to establish limited breaks during this time. Residents will be issued a $10 fine for each noise violation.

Henderson Visitation Policy Visitation refers to guests, people who are non-residents of the housing facility in question. No resident may host a guest unless his or her roommate has agreed to the visitation. The privilege of visitation does not supersede the privileges of your roommate(s), including privacy. All guests must be at least 16 years old or, if under the age of 16, accompanied by a parent. All guests must leave the residence hall at the end of the pre-determined visitation period unless they are pre-registered with the Hall Director as an overnight guest. Violation of the visitation policy will subject all parties to disciplinary action. The resident is responsible for all actions of his or her guest and is required to escort his or her guest at all times. Guests must use the restrooms designed for their gender only. Residents may be subject to disciplinary action as a result of their guest’s behavior. Guests violating policies may be asked to leave the facilities for no less than 24hrs and may be subject to disciplinary action. Visitation hours: Sunday – Thursday Friday – Saturday

10:00AM – 12:00AM (Midnight) 10:00AM – 2:00AM

All opposite gender guests will be required to check into the residence hall by registering at the front desk beginning at 4:00PM each day. Guests required to check into the building at 4:00PM who are already in the building must report to the front desk and check in at that time. Anyone found in the building after 4:00PM and not properly checked into the building will be asked to leave and may be subject to disciplinary action. Process for checking guests into and out of the residence halls:  All guests required to check into the residence halls must enter through the main entrance of each building and immediately check in at the front desk.  All guests must be escorted at all times. Guests may call the resident they are visiting from an outside phone, call box or the front desk phone.


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Henderson students must leave their Henderson ID card at the desk when checking into the building. All non-Henderson guests must leave a valid, state issued photo identification card. Each guest must claim their own ID when checking out of the residence hall. All guests must check out of the residence hall when leaving for any reason. Residents must gain special permission from the Hall Director to take opposite gender family members upstairs during non-visitation hours. Permission will only be granted for special circumstances.

Procedures for registering overnight guest:  Residents will be allowed to have overnight guests, who are at least 16 years old, of the same gender at a charge of $10/person/night.  Permission of the Hall Director and the roommate must be pre-arranged.  The Resident must complete all paperwork necessary to register the overnight guest with the Hall Director no later than 9:00PM.  No Resident may have more than three registered overnight guest at any one time.  Overnight guests may not stay more than two consecutive nights in any seven day period.

Trespassing Presence of an unauthorized guest or person in the residence halls other than designated visitation hours may lead to disciplinary action including but not limited to the student(s) involved in the incident being suspended or expelled from the university. In reference to non-students, that person will be restricted from campus and warned of an imminent arrest for criminal trespass if on campus again.

Children For reasons of safety and liability, minors cannot be brought into the residence halls for the purpose of babysitting. No child, under the age of 16, is permitted in the residence halls unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during visitation hours. At no time are children under the age of 16 permitted to stay overnight.

Campus Safety & Security University Police Your University Police Department is located on the corner of 10th and Henderson Streets. This office is responsible for the campus police officers who provide 24 hour safety and security for the campus. During regular business hours Monday - Friday, you may call 230-5098. After 5 p.m. and on the weekends, call 230-5911. Other important numbers: Fire Department 246-2424 Baptist Medical Center Ambulance 245-1000

Exterior Doors All residence hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day. The decision to keep these doors locked is part of a commitment to provide greater security and safety for the residents of Henderson State University. We believe that residents should have a choice to decide who enters their residence hall and when they may enter it. When doors are unlocked or propped, there is no control over who enters a residence hall. Additionally, your choice of who may be in your hall had been taken away. Unfortunately, history has proven that not all residence hall visitors have friendly intentions. Please do not sacrifice the safety of yourself as well as your fellow residents. Propping any door at any time is strictly prohibited. Doors found propped open should be closed and the incident reported immediately to a Resident Assistant or Hall Director. Students found propping open doors or failing to close and report a propped door immediately may be assessed a $25 fine and possible further disciplinary action.

Building Exterior Roofs and Ledges Posting of unapproved signs, erecting of antennas/satellite dishes, or any other objects on the exterior of buildings is prohibited. Residents are never permitted on roofs, ledges or allowed to climb up the sides of buildings. A sanction including but not limited to a $200 fine, reflection paper and residence life probation for one year will be assessed to any student found in violation of this policy.


Passageways Hallways are designed as passageways and must remain clear at all times. Participation in active sports within the residence hall is prohibited. Sports (Football, Soccer, Baseball, Frisbee, Golf, Nerf guns, etc.) may be potentially harmful to residents in the hallways or to the condition of the building. Violators of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Exceptions can be made for sanctioned residence life events.

Theft The best method for prevention of theft is an alert neighbor. The university encourages a “Neighborhood Watch” policy in all housing areas. Get to know the other residents in your area and be alert to suspicious persons or behavior. Notify your Hall Director, Resident Assistant or the desk worker of any suspicious behavior or suspicious persons in the hall. It is good practice to lock your door at all times when you leave your room and while you are asleep. The university is not responsible for the theft of personal items (renter’s insurance is encouraged). Residents are responsible for all university property within their room. Any university lobby furniture found in a resident’s room will be considered theft and the resident may be assessed a $50 fine per piece of furniture. Disciplinary action, as well as criminal action may be taken against individuals caught with stolen property. Don’t leave things locked in a car. Put items in your car trunk or bring them into the building. Don’t leave clothes in the laundry room unattended. Should you be the victim of theft or other crimes, contact your RA or Hall Director as soon as possible. You should also notify the Henderson Police Department and file a report within 24 hours.

Vehicle Registration All resident motor vehicles must be registered with the Henderson Police Department if they are operated on the Henderson campus (including parking lots). Each vehicle must have a valid, properly displayed parking decal. Tickets are issued for all violations, including having no valid permit, and are payable at the University Police Department.

Bicycle Policy Bicycles are not allowed in any room, hallway, or lounge in any on-campus housing. They may only be parked in designated areas and should no way impede student traffic. Any student found in violation of this policy will be assessed a $25 fine and subject to further disciplinary action. All bicycles must be removed from storage racks when the resident checks out of the building. Any bicycle not removed at the end of the academic year will be removed and confiscated by University Police.

Skating Skating (including rollerblading and skateboarding) is not permitted in the residence halls.

Nuisance Phone Calls Occasionally students receive nuisance telephone calls. If you receive any such calls, report them immediately to your RA and University Police. Also, keep a phone log of the date, time and type of call (hang-up, vulgar, etc.), as well as anything you might be able to tell about the caller’s voice.

Gambling Gambling is not allowed in the residence halls. This includes but is not limited to betting pools, brackets of any kind, dominoes and card games (where money changes hands).

Pools/Slip-n-Slides At no time are any water related activities allowed in the passageways or any rooms of the residence halls.

Weapons, Firearms, Fireworks and Flammable Liquids Weapons including but not limited to fire arms, ammunition, combustible or explosive devices, flammable liquids, fireworks, gasoline, hazardous chemicals (other than pocket sized sprays used for personal safety), knives with blades longer than 4 inches, BB guns, brass knuckles, tasers or other electrical stun devices, bows or crossbows, arrows, objects that propel projectiles (such as potato launchers), replicas of weapons (including water guns), paintball guns, or any device or substance designed or used to inflict a wound, intimidate, cause injury or incapacitate are strictly prohibited in residence halls. It is a violation of university policy to store weapons of any kind on university property (including parking areas). If weapons are required for hunting, arrangements for storage can be made with the University Police Department. Residents found in violation of this policy will be sent through the university judicial process.


Vandalism If you have witnessed or are aware of an act of vandalism, please report it to your RA or Hall Director immediately. The person responsible for the vandalism will be held accountable. When no one assumes responsibility for vandalism, the necessary repairs are divided among the residents living on the floor or in the building and will be billed to your student account.

Fire and Emergency Equipment Fire and Emergency Equipment Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located on each floor of the residence halls. They are there for your protection and are not to be tampered with. If this equipment is abused it will not be functional in the event of an actual fire, thereby endangering the lives of many people. Tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit signs, fire hoses or pull stations will be cause for severe disciplinary action. Light fixtures should not be tampered with in any way and items should not be hung from or near them. All residents are required to participate in fire drills and evacuation procedures; disciplinary action will be taken for non participation. False alarms are not only illegal, but also dangerous. Every time a building is evacuated, there is the possibility of injury. Frequent alarms tend to create a feeling of false security and it becomes more difficult to evacuate the building. In the event of a real fire, this could lead to serious consequences. For those reasons, everyone must evacuate every time the alarm sounds. Any student found guilty of giving or causing a false alarm of fire or threat of a bomb will be subject to arrest and disciplinary action by the University.

Candles and other Open Flames Burned candles and incense are prohibited in the residence halls because they present a true fire hazard. Wickless candles and never-before burned decorative candles, as well as potpourri pots and candle warmers are allowed. Fireworks, grills (other than university provided grills) or other open flames are strictly prohibited in or around the residence halls. Discovery of any of these items will result in the confiscation of the item(s) and disciplinary action.

Dress Code University regulations prohibit bare feet and/or swimwear in food service and classroom buildings except where appropriate. Attire will be governed by its appropriateness to the activity. Students are encouraged to exercise discretion in their dress attire. Specifically, upper and lower garments and footwear are required.

Solicitation Salesmen or solicitors, including students, are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes telephone contacts. Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Director of Residence Life immediately. A salesman or solicitor cannot contact students without prior approval of the Office of Residence Life. Any recognized university organization may hold sales in the residence halls according to the following guidelines: 1. The organization’s representative must have on file, with the Director of Residence Life, a request form to sell three days prior to the selling date. 2. The representative must make arrangements for space with the hall director. No more than three organizations can sell in the same hall in one week. The organizations are responsible for advertising, preparation and clean up involved with the sale. 3. An organization can sell no more than three times a month in the same hall. 4. A table may be set up in the lobby or other areas on the main floor as designated by the hall director. Under no conditions will door-to-door solicitation be allowed. 5. Violation of these guidelines will revoke the organization’s privilege to sell.

Public Area Reservations The public areas in the residence halls can be reserved for programs and events. Please check with the hall director to see if space is available for the day and time you would like. You must reserve the area at least two weeks in advance through your hall director and turn in a completed planning form at the Garrison Information Desk.


Severe Weather Info Tornadoes The University Police Department will give notice of severe weather watches and warnings whenever possible. Plextron units are located at the following locations for early weather warnings: Wells Physical Education Building, Evans Hall, Smith Hall, Newberry Hall, Henderson Physical Plant and Womack Hall. Listen to the local radio stations and TV stations during threatening weather for weather updates.

Weather Conditions Watch This means that tornadoes or severe thunderstorms are possible in the area.

Warning This means that a tornado has been sighted and persons in the area should immediately seek safety of shelter. If you are in the residence halls, you will be advised to proceed to the basement. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in disciplinary action.

Shelter In residence halls and classroom buildings, you should proceed to interior hallways on the lowest floors, avoiding windows, glass areas and doorways. Do not take shelter in a vehicle. Seek shelter in structures that offer maximum protection. If time does not permit this, move to low ground areas for protection.

Roommate Survival Skills Being a college student isn't easy. In fact, it's a rather difficult task. So, in order to help you progress smoothly through your college years, here are some suggestions to assist you in the common challenges all students face.

My Roommate...My Friend? The first challenge for most students is learning to share a small space with someone else. This is the beginning of a great adventure in communication, friendship, personal growth and interaction. Living in a close-knit community provides you the opportunity to learn about yourself and others. Sharing a room with others is similar to other relationships. To be successful, it requires openness, flexibility and respect for your roommate. It's a place to sleep, study, and live. However, the room can be so much more. It can be a gathering place, a haven for intellectual thought or a place to relax. The quality of life in your room directly relates to the relationship developed between you and your roommate(s). You -- You are an individual with a wide range of characteristics and interests. You have your own habits, opinions, likes and dislikes. Your family background, career plans, cultural and ethnic identity, religious convictions, as well as personal abilities add up to your unique individuality. Your Roommate -- Like you, your roommate is a unique person. The same elements that make you unique apply to your roommate(s). We all have our own opinions and attitudes. Some of your attitudes and values may be challenged. Think about your own values and how they affect your behavior. Your roommate may have very different values that impact his/her behavior.

Personal Preferences, Habits, and Characteristics To gain a better idea how much you and your roommate are going to be alike and how much you will have in common, the following questions may be asked: 1. How much sleep do you need? When do you like to get it? 2. What are your study habits going to be like this year? 3. How do you feel about your possessions – for example, what's O.K. for me to borrow and what's not? 4. How important are grades to you? 5. How important is it to you to have a neat and orderly room? 6. How do you feel about drugs and drinking? 7. What do you like to do in your spare time? 8. What do you like to spend your money on (when you have it!)? 9. What is your health like most of the time? 10. What are your favorite foods? 11. Do you find it easy to get to know people?


12. How do you feel about having other people in the room? How about overnight guests? 13. What are your hopes for dating this semester? 14. What kind of music do you like? 15. What kinds of exercises do you enjoy? Background -- Talk to each other about your backgrounds so that you may understand where your roommate is coming from. Some things that you could ask in order to get to know your roommate better include: 1. What can you say about your family (parents, siblings)? 2. Describe the area you grew up in (neighborhood). 3. What would you like to say about yourself? 4. Describe the people you spend a lot of time with at home? 5. What were you most involved in before coming to Henderson? 6. Why did you decide to come to Henderson? 7. What religious faith do you adhere to?

Conflict & the 3 "Cs" Because every relationship may involve some conflict, you are encouraged to concentrate on the three 'Cs' for success. 'C'ooperation, 'C'ompromise, and open 'C'ommunication. You will need to be assertive (not aggressive), tactful, and communicate your needs. These concepts are basic to all healthy relationships. Experience has shown that the following are common conflicts that may arise between roommates: ► Study time in the room ► visitation and guests ► Noise level in room ► purchasing household products ► cleaning room/apartment schedule ► taking out the trash ► use of stereo, TV, phone ► different sleep schedules ► Food - purchase, consumption, clean-up ► appropriate time for get-togethers ► Use of personal items, clothes ► bathroom schedule

Basic Rights of a Roommate Include: The right to study free from undue interference in one's room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right. The right to sleep without undue disturbance of noise, guest of roommate, etc. The right to expect that a roommate will respect personal belongings. The right to live in a clean, safe and healthy environment. The right to free access to one’s own room without pressure from a roommate. The right to privacy. The right to host guests with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of the host's roommate and other residents in the hall. The right to settle conflicts. RAs can assist in settling roommate conflicts. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical harm and emotional harm. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of room-shared appliances and a commitment to honor payment procedures agreed upon.

Roommate Contract – This is a helpful tool in communicating with your roommate(s). To use the contract, all of the roommates sit down and discuss each category. It may be that each roommate agrees not to turn on the light when the other person is sleeping, etc. You can get a copy of the contract from your RA or hall director. They will assist you in filling it out.

Academic Survival Skills Why did you come to Henderson State University? To get an education, a degree, a good job after graduation, get out of the parents' house, etc.? You pick one. Whatever reason you came to college, there is only one way to stay - STUDY and PASS! Here are some "tried and true" suggestions for academic success.

Studying Choose a quiet place to study. Study requires full concentration. Manage your time. Make a daily schedule and stick to it. Take a break each hour. Study first, and then take a break. Know your limitations. (College is more difficult than high school.) Spend less time on the phone. Don't give in to friends and miss valuable study time. Don't rely on cramming. It rarely works and leads to panic and confusion.


Don't hesitate to seek help from the professor/instructor. Ask your RA about tutors. Don't skip class. Some information given in class is not in books or a classmate's notes.

Test Anxiety We've all experienced it. If you're worried about an upcoming test, here's some advice to help you overcome that dreaded condition called - "test anxiety":

Be Prepared Ask the professor/instructor what will be covered on the exam. Review your notes. Check your recall of facts by reciting them out loud. Try to predict and answer possible test questions.

Relax Get a good night's sleep the night before. Wake up on time so your morning routine can go smoothly and not cause you to spend your energy in a "mad dash" to class. Just before the test, enjoy 10-15 minutes of peace and quiet. Tighten and relax muscle groups (feet, legs, upper body, stomach, arms and hands). This is a great relaxation technique. Try it – it really works wonders!!! Breathe evenly. Be calm.

Master Test-Taking Skills Read all directions. Survey the exam to see what types of questions there are. Check the point value of questions – this is important. Spend more time on those that are the greatest in value. Outline answers for essay questions. Work on one question at a time. Mark difficult items and come back to them later. Concentrate on the test. Everything else will wait. Keep a positive attitude.

First Test Blues... What happens when you don't do as well as you had hoped on your first test of the semester? Here's what you should do... 1. Do not panic! You have several more opportunities to improve! 2. Contact your professor/instructor as soon as possible to discuss your performance on the exam. 3. With the help of your instructor, clearly understand where and why your answers were not correct. This careful review of your mistakes will greatly aid your understanding of the material. 4. Ask your professor to explain those items that you do not fully understand.

If you have talked to your instructor/professor and still feel lost, follow these guidelines... 1. Be persistent. Visit your professor again. 2. Seek help from someone in the class or someone who has taken the class. 3. Seek a tutor. The Office of Retention (230-5295) has free tutoring available. Some departments also offer tutoring for specific classes. Student Support Services (230-5251) has tutoring programs if you qualify. Give them a call! You can always talk to your RA or hall director for other options.

Simplify Your Life... Making a Schedule The purpose of a schedule is to provide you with a framework for using your time efficiently. If you really want your schedule to work, you have to customize it just for you! Steps for Scheduling: Set up your schedule like a grid with all the days of the week on top and all the hours of the day down the side. Schedule fixed blocks of time first. These include classes, your favorite soap opera or sporting event and essential daily activities, like eating and sleeping (napping). Don't forget to include campus organization meetings and social activities. Include time for errands and give yourself time to get from place to place. Lastly, save some time for FUN!!!


Your schedule probably has many empty boxes. Now look at all the time you can spend studying! Schedule in study times that are the most convenient for you. Also, put in some back-up study times to add flexibility to your schedule if you need it.


Henderson Student Guide 2012 2013  

Henderson State University Student Guide for 2012-2013

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