The Division of Academic Affairs offers numerous programs designed to foster student success. These include the Academic Advising Center; Academic Assistance and Resource Center; Office of International Programs; SFA 101: Freshman Seminar; and SFA 198: Learning and Study Skills.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center provides advising services for students who have not declared an academic major. Full-time advisers are available to assist students with course selection and with materials to help them explore career options. The center also has information and literature on all academic majors offered at SFA.
Students who are not yet ready to declare an academic major when they enter the university should select "Undecided Liberal and Applied Arts" as their major. Because most first-year courses are chosen to fulfill General Education requirements, a student's university career is not necessarily prolonged by an initial period of being undecided about a major. Any undecided student may be advised in the Academic Advising Center until the student has earned 45 semester hours of credit.
The center also serves as the campus liaison for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), formerly TASP. Students who have questions or concerns about TSI should consult with the center's staff. For a detailed description of TSI, see the Undergraduate Admissions section of this bulletin.
The Academic Advising Center is located in the Ralph Steen Library 203. The phone number is (936) 468-5803. Please visit the Web site: www.sfasu.edu/advising/.
Academic Assistance & Resource Center (AARC)
The AARC is a nationally acclaimed tutoring center and winner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Star Award for exemplary programs. The Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC) is committed to improving the academic performance of the individual student at Stephen F. Austin State University. Through the personal attention of our staff, we engage students in a collaborative, learner-centered environment focused on developing the scholarship of clients and the leadership of tutors. The AARC offers free tutoring services for students including weekly individual appointments, study groups, walk-in tables, workshops, and online tutoring for writing and math.
The AARC is located on the first floor of Ralph W. Steen Library. Students can review services on the website at http://libweb.sfasu.edu/proser/aarc/. Students may also call with questions at (936) 468-4108.
International Student Support Services
The Office of International Programs provides international student support services. Services include an SFA orientation, cultural adjustment, assistance with visa issues, banking assistance, resources for assistance, and initial transportation from Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston to SFA upon arrival in Texas. In addition, the American English Language Institute is available for students who encounter difficulties with the use of the English language.
Academic support is offered through the Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC). All offices and departments at SFA are committed to student success and therefore will assist international students with their needs.
Also available is a 12-month residence hall, open year-round, which allows uninterrupted living for any student who might be unable to return home during holiday or vacation periods or semester breaks.
SFA 101: Student Success
It is important that students understand how a university works and what they need to do to be successful. Toward that end, the university has created a one-credit course designed specifically for the first-semester college student. In classes of no more than 25, SFA 101 students work with an experienced SFA instructor and a successful junior, senior, or graduate student. SFA 101 is not a required course, however, there are things in SFA 101 to benefit all beginning college students.
SFA 101 is located on the second floor of the Steen Library. For additional information, call (936) 468-2188, or visit the SFA 101 Web Page www.sfasu.edu/sfa101/.
SFA 101: Freshman Seminar. This course provides study and practice in methods for success in college. Topics include critical thinking skills, study skills, time and money management, goal setting, career planning, and a review of university resources and regulations.
The Division of University Affairs is composed of the following areas: Student Affairs, Student Services, Campus Recreation, Student Publications, Divisional Operations and University Police.
The mission of Student Affairs is to promote student learning and personal development, in an environment of active learning that is directed toward our students' social, civic, leadership, ethical and career development. The programs, services and facilities we offer contribute to our mission and encourage the development of community and productive, healthy lifestyles.
The office of the Dean of Student Affairs is located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the third floor.
Student Affairs includes the following departments: Counseling and Career Services, Disability Services, Health Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Multicultural Affairs, Orientation, Student Activities/Student Life.
Counseling & Career Services
The Counseling and Career Services staff helps students to develop a positive self-image, discover career goals, develop a sense of self-direction and prepare for careers in their chosen fields. This department is composed of the following major areas:
Counseling Services www.sfasu.edu/ccs
Confidential assistance by licensed professional counselors help students deal with personal adjustment and relationship problems as well as educational problems such as time management, study habits and test anxiety. Career counseling includes career interest surveys, a career library and SIGI 3 (the System of Interactive Guidance Information). Confidential substance abuse counseling and referrals are available, and staff members will provide educational programs for student groups. The Mental Health Library contains books, periodicals and free pamphlets about alcohol/drug use and abuse and other mental health issues.
Testing Services www.sfasu.edu/ccs/testing
National tests such as the ACT, GRE, MAT, LSAT, TEXES/ExCET, and GMAT, and the state-mandated THEA and Quick THEA, are offered through this office. Computer-based testing is offered for the ACCUPLACER (approved THEA substitute), GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, NET, A&P, SMT, MAT, Major Fields Test and CLEP. Distance learning testing and the GED, for those establishing high school equivalency, and correspondence tests are also administered.
Career Services www.sfasu.edu/ccs/careerservices
Career Services is a centralized career planning and development office serving all divisions of the university. Career Services exists to empower students and alumni to achieve lifelong career success by guiding the creation, cultivation and implementation of career plans through individualized assistance, innovative programming and dynamic professional development opportunities. Some of the services offered are interview and résumé preparation, online job postings, on-campus interviews, job fairs and comprehensive career research guides.
A career counselor can utilize career assessment instruments, which will guide you in your decisions regarding the best career match for you. These tools can help you determine where your strengths and interests lie and how they best fit your personality type. The Strong Interest Inventory, Type Focus Career Inventory and SIGI 3 (the System of Interactive Guidance Information) assists students in making informed and rational choices concerning their selection of an academic major and career direction.
The university is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities who demonstrate a reasonable expectation of college success. Students with disabilities who attend SFA will be integrated as completely as possible into the university community. The university shares responsibility with the student for modifying campus facilities and programs to meet the individual need.
Following acceptance for clear admission to SFA, the process of obtaining services and accommodations begins with the submission of documentation by the student and completion of the application for services. Special housing accommodations needed because of a disability should be requested on the request form available through the Residence Life department or Disability Services. Documentation for academic and/or housing accommodations should provide sufficient evidence of a disability which substantially limits one or more major life activities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Guidelines for documentation are provided by Disability Services and should be reviewed by the student prior to obtaining documentation from a qualified professional. Guidelines for learning disabilities are intended to meet or exceed those adopted by the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD).
Documentation should be submitted well in advance of the initial semester in which accommodations will be requested. Sufficient time is necessary to provide for committee review of documentation and appropriate coordination of services. Recommended accommodations may differ from those provided in the public school setting. The committee review is aimed toward identifying areas of substantial limitation based upon the student's diagnosis, and recommending the most appropriate accommodations that reasonably can be expected to assist the student in the post-secondary environment.
The review committee for academic accommodations meets monthly. The complete application and documentation should be received in Disability Services by the fifth of the month in which the student seeks review. Committee review of housing requests is scheduled as needed.
Refer to Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 & Section 504 in the University Policies section of this bulletin regarding provision of services for persons with disabilities. Requests for additional information should be directed to:
Disability Services, Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 6130, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6130
Voice: (936) 468-3004;
TDD: (936) 468-1004;
FAX: (936) 468-1368
SFA Health Services and Health Center
Located on the corner of East College and Raguet streets, the Student Health Center is an outpatient medical facility offering preventive and medical services to all currently enrolled students. It is staffed by licensed and qualified physicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, and supportive technical and administrative staff. The Student Health Center is one of the campus services partially funded by a portion of the student service fees paid at registration. Prepaid fees cover all clinical visits; diagnostic laboratory tests; injections of patient-furnished allergy medications; minor surgery, as determined by the clinic physicians; and many other services during regular clinic hours. Fees do not cover medicines, X-rays, hospital charges, emergency room charges, ambulance fees or fees for services rendered by any physician other than those provided by the Student Health Center physicians. In addition, some cost-saving services are provided at a nominal fee (e.g., well-person screening tests, laboratory tests ordered by outside physicians and influenza immunizations).
Patients with urgent medical conditions will be seen immediately. Otherwise, all doctor visits require an appointment. Appointments are scheduled between 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (If unable to keep an appointment, please call 468-4008 to cancel. If a student is more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, the appointment will be rescheduled). For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
In Nacogdoches, there are two hospitals with 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency room services. Patients without an emergency or an appointment will be triaged by a nurse and worked into the physician's schedule if necessary, or treated for minor illnesses according to established approved protocol, or advised to schedule an appointment.
Students who do not have hospitalization insurance to cover after-hours emergencies, hospitalization and any other medical needs that are not provided by the Student Health Center are strongly urged to obtain the university-endorsed student health policy or the equivalent. The university has endorsed a student health policy provided by an independent company. If you are interested in this insurance coverage, please contact our office, leave your name and address and we will mail the information to you.
All students must show adequate levels of:
- Immunity, acquired naturally or by immunization, against the following diseases: Tetanus/Diphtheria - The last of the three initial injections or a booster must have been within the past 10 years; Poliomyelitis- (Types I, II and III); Measles - Prior to registration, all new students born in or after January 1957 must show proof of two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after their first birthday and at least 30 days apart or serologic confirmation of immunity to measles; Rubella - Prior to admission, all new students must show proof of rubella vaccine administered on or after their first birthday or serologic confirmation of rubella immunity; Mumps - Prior to admission, all new students born in or after January 1957 must show proof of mumps vaccine on or after their first birthday or serologic confirmation of mumps immunity.
- Freedom from infectious tuberculosis as evidenced by a negative tuberculin test (PPD) within one year prior to matriculation or a physician's statement documenting a negative chest X-ray.
- Evidence of these, such as a statement from a physician or copies of high school or college immunization records, must be provided to the Student Health Center.
Attention Deficit Disorder Therapy
Due to the increasing abuse of Adderall, Ritalin, and amphetamines, students desiring prescriptions for these type agents must document need for these drugs through a clear clinical diagnosis of attention deficit disorder or related disorder made by a practicing psychiatrist, psychologist or pediatrician specializing in development disorders. The diagnosis must have been made within three years of the date that the student presents to the Student Health Center requesting the medication, and the assessment methods for making the diagnosis must be identified and the impact of medical therapy on the student's academic performance documented.
The state of Texas requires meningococcal vaccination for all first-time students who will reside on campus. All students and their families are informed of this by mail prior to their arrival. The university makes this vaccination available by special order to all students who would like to be vaccinated. An appointment must be made five days in advance to allow time to order and receive the vaccine.
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities adjudicates student misconduct in a manner that complements the university's mission to enhance total education. It is the goal of the Judicial Office that every disciplinary hearing serve as a teachable moment that assists a student in learning to live in a community as a responsible citizen. Judicial Affairs also provides student advocacy, alcohol and other drug education, and houses the student legal counsel. The student legal counsel is an attorney provided by the university to offer free legal counseling to students.
The primary mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to create networks of support for students that provide opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural interactions and learning experiences that promote respect for diversity. We work with student organizations to host cultural celebrations, diversity programming, leadership development, peer mentor programs and community service learning activities that are fun, educational and enhance our students' ability to succeed in a global community.
It is the mission of the Stephen F. Austin Orientation Office to provide orientation programs to all new students and their parents that will aid families in the transition process, that will inform students of the educational opportunities available at SFA, and that will integrate students and families into the life of Stephen F. Austin State University. Orientation is provided for new students and their parents and families in the summer prior to enrollment.
Student Activities provides quality services and programs that create educational opportunities, foster collegiate success, enhance continuous learning and promote a just and inclusive campus.
Student Activities Association (SAA)The Student Activities Association is a student-run organization dedicated to providing affordable, quality entertainment and special events for the entire SFA community. SAA reaches out to the university community by co-sponsoring major events with other organizations and departments. As an important part of Student Activities, SAA provides a wide variety of educational, cultural, diverse and community-building programs. Membership in SAA offers opportunities to gain worthwhile experience while working with professionals in the arts and entertainment fields. SAA members are responsible for every step of the event planning process, from booking of talent and contract negotiation to technical production and publicity.
Greek life offers students a unique opportunity to have a balanced college experience with a focus on academic achievement, leadership development, service participation and the development of lifelong friendships. Greek letter organizations constitute some of SFA's largest and most diverse student communities on campus. Joining a fraternity or sorority provides students with a great way to find their niche within the SFA community and provides lifetime affiliations that cannot be matched.
Student OrganizationsSFA has many different types of student organizations, so if you want to get involved, this is the place for you! Remember, learning doesn't just take place in the classroom. By becoming involved in a student organization you can learn things about yourself you may not have known. By involving yourself in a group, you get the chance to meet new friends with common interests, take on leadership roles, network for your future career and have a great time.
The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the representative voice of the student body to the faculty and administration. Concerns and issues important to students can be made known through legislation passed by the SGA. A three-branch system consisting of the executive, legislative and judicial branches is utilized. The president of SGA, with the help of the other executive officers, heads the executive branch and helps activate legislation passed by the Student Senate. The senate is chaired by the speaker and is composed of representatives elected from the colleges and classes. Judicial authority is vested in the Student Supreme Court.
Student Services is envisioned to engender and capture the synergies of a residential campus and combine those dynamics with the services and experiences of the Student Center in a manner that creates a dynamic student-centered learning environment. The resulting operations are managed in a manner that is responsive to student needs, creates and distributes fiscal resources and has adequate reserves to meet the vision of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Baker Pattillo Student Center
The Student Center serves as the "living room" and "town square" of campus life. Its programs, facilities and operations are created with an emphasis on student development with service and satisfaction as the keystones to success. Activities are scheduled to enhance the university's educational environment. Students take advantage of the Cyber Café, commuter lounge and the numerous other group meeting areas and the individual quiet spaces that are offered.
The on-campus residential program exists as an integral part of the educational and academic support services of the university. The mission of residence life is to provide a residential environment that is clean, well maintained and comfortable, all while cultivating a community that stimulates student development through co-curricular programs grounded in both human resources and student development theories. Students who have less than 60 hours of completed course-work, or who are younger than 21 years of age, reside on-campus and have the opportunity to discover the full university experience. Students who reside in university residence halls (except B unit at Village and University Woods) will obtain room and board in a package plan. Additional housing information, off-campus requirements policies and procedures can be found on the Web site listed above.
ARAMARK is the campus provider for dining services. Students and employees are offered several meal plan options that include plans designed for both resident and commuter students. A wide selection of retail choices is available.
ID Card Services
Located on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, the Card Services office produces and maintains student and employee ID cards that provide access to everything from food service facilities, building access, declining balance plans and more.
The SFA flexible spending card can be used at many on-campus and off-campus locations. Local restaurants, convenience stores and other merchants participate in this program. To set-up an account, go to the SFA Business Office in the Austin Building. You may deposit funds online.
This is the university's one-stop-shop for copies, digital printing, large format posters, banners and other print-related services and supplies. The Graphics Shop specializes in fast turn-around of small quantity jobs, helping students and campus departments produce needed materials quickly.
SFA Ticket Office & Information Desk
The SFA Ticket Office sells tickets for SFA athletic events, campus departmental events and community activities. The Ticket Office also offers regional amusement park tickets to students and employees at a discount (compared to gate prices).
SFA Post Office
Located in the basement of the Student Center, the SFA Post Office provides full US postal services to all members of the SFA community. With more than 10,000 boxes, box rental is available to students living off-campus and is required for students who live on-campus.
Barnes & Noble is the official SFA on-campus supplier of course textbooks, supplemental materials and class supplies. Barnes & Noble at SFA also offers a large selection of SFA spirit clothing and other SFA items for souvenirs and gifts. Books can be purchased at the store or online.
Commercial Bank of Texas offers a full range of banking services for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Located on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, CBTX is open regular banking hours during the regular academic semesters.
The Campus Recreation Department, housed in the Student Recreation Center, offers students a wide variety of healthy activities at all ability levels. Opportunities for active competition, fitness conditioning, skill building, stress release, leadership development and socialization are available through the many programs offered each semester. Students can take advantage of these opportunities through the program areas of the department: aquatics, safety, camps, fitness, wellness, intramural sports, sport clubs, outdoor pursuits and special events.
The Pine Log is the official newspaper of the students of Stephen F. Austin State University and is edited and published entirely by students under the supervision of the director of student publications.
The Stone Fort is a pictorial account of the year and is issued in yearbook form. Pictures for the yearbook are taken by SFA student photographers during fall and spring semesters.
The University Police Department, located at 232 E. College St., is responsible for the protection of public and private property, public safety and the enforcement of university regulations, as well as the laws and ordinances of the city of Nacogdoches and the state of Texas. Known or suspected wrongful acts, loss of personal property, safety hazards, accidents or other emergencies should be reported to the university police immediately. Police headquarters are open 24 hours a day. The department provides 24-hour patrol protection to the campus.
Each semester, the department provides classes for residence hall supervisors, resident hall assistants and other campus leaders. Programs relating to campus safety, theft prevention and sexual assault prevention are also presented. To learn more about the training programs offered by the University Police Department, go to: http://www.sfasu.edu/upd/training-programs.asp.
Emergency call boxes are located at various locations on campus. These call boxes are bright yellow and are labeled "Police" in black letters. Operation of a call box is easy. Push the appropriate button and talk directly into the speaker when the call is answered. The call goes directly to the University Police Department. Call boxes can be used in the case of an emergency and also to request police assistance, escorts, assists with vehicle problems and information.
UPD works closely with the Physical Plant and the Student Government Association to identify areas of campus that need enhanced lighting at night to increase safety.
UPD manages the SFA Campus Alerts system, including the outdoor siren and speaker system and the mobile messaging notification system. This system helps alert the campus to emergency situations such as severe weather or an active emergency on campus. To learn more about the Campus Alert System and to hear the two siren tones, go to www.sfasu.edu/campussafety/.
Parking and Traffic
The Parking and Traffic Office is located at 1923 Wilson Drive in the Wilson Drive Parking Garage. The Parking and Traffic Office is responsible for the oversight of all permits issued, parking enforcement, vehicle assists, Pay-Per-Use/Contract Parking, Citation Appeals and Special Event Parking. The Parking and Traffic Office is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended hours of operation are available during peak times, such as the beginning of an academic semester.
The Parking and Traffic Office works closely with the Student Government Association to identify areas of improvement. Staff members also are available to listen to any student who has questions or concerns regarding parking.
Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive, state-supported university committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. This commitment extends to maintaining a successful intercollegiate athletic program as a substantial contributor to a comprehensive collegiate environment. The goals of the university and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department include excellence in achievement through specialized and multidisciplinary development, training and competition.
The university and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department provide a successful, high quality program that involves a broad range of sports for students throughout the campus community, conforms to NCAA and Southland Conference regulations, and focuses on the educational, physical, mental and social well being of student-athletes.
The university and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department ensure that all student-athletes meet academic standards set by the university and NCAA. All student-athletes are encouraged to complete chosen academic programs and become contributing citizens. Their health and safety receive the highest priority.
The university and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department are committed to providing equal opportunities for all student-athletes and members of the athletics staff.
SFA competes in both men's and women's intercollegiate athletics on the NCAA Division I level (FCS Football) as members of the Southland Conference.
Men's intercollegiate sports include football, cross-country, basketball, baseball, indoor/outdoor track and golf. Women's intercollegiate sports include basketball, cross-country, softball, indoor/outdoor track, volleyball, tennis, soccer, golf and bowling.
Excellent facilities are located on campus including Homer Bryce Stadium, home for the football Lumberjacks and the men's and women's track programs; William R. Johnson Coliseum home to men's and women's basketball and volleyball; the Gerald and Candace Schlief Tennis Complex home of Ladyjack tennis; and the SFA Soccer Complex home to Ladyjack soccer.
The baseball and softball teams compete in facilities located off campus at the Nacogdoches Baseball Park Complex on the city's west loop.