Student Life Special Items

UIN – UNIVERSAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

A student’s “Universal Identification Number” or “UIN” is assigned by Texas A&M during the admission process and remains constant for the duration of the student’s degree program. 

TAMUS GRADUATE STUDENT INSURANCE PLAN

Information on various health insurance plans can be found at this link: http://shs.tamu.edu/insurance/.   

TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDELINES

System policy 13.04.Z1 applies to student travel that is more than 25 miles from campus to an activity or event that is organized, sponsored, and funded by an HSC component, using a vehicle owned or leased by the HSC.  Requirements also apply to student travel that is required by an organization registered at an HSC component.  Student traveling on behalf of the HSC must obtain prior approval through the appropriate Office of Student Affairs. 

These guidelines apply to student travel by cars, trucks, vans or buses:

  • seat belts or other available safety restraints must be used
  • official maximum capacity of the vehicle should not be exceeded
  • drivers must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license that is appropriate for the classification of the vehicle being driven
  • operator fatigue should be considered when selecting drivers.

STUDENT SAFETY & BUILDING HOURS

General access to the SPH College Station Adriance Road classroom building (computer labs) is 24/7 using the SPH security ID badge.  Staff is not present in the classroom building after 9:00 PM.  Specific classrooms are not available after class hours. Students should be aware of personal safety while in the facility.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

For information, routes, maps and permits go to http://transport.tamu.edu.
For bus route information, go http://transport.tamu.edu/BusRoutes/.

OFF CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

The Texas A&M School of Public Health is supportive of student activities both on and off campus. Volunteer work in the local community or field trips to other communities are encouraged subject to certain conditions. If the school's name or logo is either used or implied or if school or Texas A&M HSC property or facilities are used in such endeavors, prior approval must be obtained from the director of student affairs and, in some instances, the associate dean for academic affairs and the dean. In addition to approval, participants in school-related trips off campus must complete a statement releasing SPH from any liability associated with the trip. Release forms are available in the Office of Student Affairs. No reimbursement for expenses or disbursement of funds will be approved unless these requirements are met. Anyone who is a state employee, including graduate assistants who travel out-of-town or out-of state on state-related business, must complete a Travel and Leave Form before travel commences. These forms are available in the school offices and  must be approved by the student's supervisor (e.g., the organization’s faculty advisor, or the assistantship supervisor necessitating the travel) and  the department head.


USE OF SPH TELEPHONES, FAX MACHINES, PRINTERS, & COPIERS

Telephones, FAX machines, printers and copiers located in School of Public Health facilities are for official School of Public Health business only. Personal long distance toll calls/faxes should be made at public (pay) telephones or by billing to credit cards.

COMPUTER LAB PRINTING QUOTAS

At the beginning of each semester, every SPH student attending classes in Bryan/College Station will be assigned a quota on the number of pages they may print using the printers in the SPH computer lab.  Quotas are set forth as follows:

Master’s Degree Program level  - Fall/Spring Semester quota - 750 pages per semester

Doctoral Degree Program level - Fall/Spring Semester quota – 3,000 pages per semester

Summer Session quota - 300 pages per 10 week session for all students

Students can purchase additional printing availability at

https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=767

COMPUTER ACCESS

Students are allowed access to computing facilities at the College Station and at some distance education site facilities. All students, regardless of location, are required to activate an e‑mail account.  Students' use of computers and/or accessing data stored on a computer system without proper authorization is subject to disciplinary action, as stipulated in the Texas A&M University Regulations:

1. Unauthorized Use of Computer Accounts or System Access ‑‑ Unauthorized use of computers includes free standing as well as networked computers. It is to be emphasized that giving one's password or other log‑on information to an unauthorized user of the system is unauthorized system access. Regardless of the purpose or the intent of unauthorized access, Texas A&M System will recommend the filing of appropriate charges in the Criminal Justice System for all such violations.

2. Unauthorized Viewing or Changing of Data ‑‑ only authorized users are to have access to data. "Browsing" of data by unauthorized users is a violation of the State Penal Code, and such actions will be prosecuted. This statement covers all administrative systems on campus, including the Student Information System. Unauthorized access of another person's account to view that person's files comes under this heading as well. Such access includes, but is not limited to, accessing another student's files, accessing a professor's file and accessing a patient's file without proper authority.

3. Unauthorized Copying of Software and Data ‑‑ all commercial software and data are covered by copyrights of some form. Duplication of software and/or data covered by such copyrights is a violation of the copyright law.

4. Computers should not be used for the unauthorized downloading of pornographic or offensive material.  Unapproved programs should not be placed on the computer.

Although the School maintains computer labs at selected sites for graduate students use, these facilities are not the primary computing resource for graduate students.  Each student entering the School is expected to have a computer for their own use at home that meets minimum SPH computer requirements.  This applies to all students.  Requirements are located here

HELP DESK

HSC Office of Information Technology (help desk, resetting password, etc.)– helpdesk@tamhsc.edu