Each semester and summer term opens with a registration period during which the formal process of enrollment in the university is completed. Prior to registering for each semester or summer term, every student who completes the admission process is notified of his or her admission to the university and is furnished additional materials that deal with the actual registration.
Scholastic Order for Registration. Priority for time of registration is based upon the student's last name and classification. To provide equity in registration time assignments, students' names will be rotated alphabetically each long semester. Scholastic order for registration will apply to new students, transfer students, and current students.
Exceptions to any of the assigned registration times will not be made.
Matriculation Number. Generally, the student's social security number is used for matriculation and record identification purposes. However, disclosure of the social security number for these purposes is voluntary. Any student who chooses not to use the social security number in this manner will be assigned a matriculation number by the university.
Stop Enrollment. Insufficient information or improper information given by the student on any admission or registration form will constitute cause for delaying the admission or enrollment for the student.
Stop Registration. A student may be denied registration if he or she has an administrative hold of that type on his or her record. For information about administrative holds and status of holds on students' records, refer to the section on Administrative Holds under "Academic Information" in this catalog.
Name Change. Students who have a change in legal name must notify the Registrar's Office prior to registration for the change to be effective for that semester of enrollment. A student may not register under a name different from that used during the last enrollment without completing the change of name form. All grade reports and transcripts are issued under the student's legal name as recorded in the Registrar's Office.
Registration of Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses. An undergraduate student who is within 12 semester hours of graduation and who has at least a B average in the major subject may enroll for courses carrying graduate credit, subject to the approval of the dean of the academic college and the Dean of the Graduate School. This approval must be obtained on special forms at the time of registration. No course taken without this approval may be counted for graduate credit. Graduate work taken under this provision may not be used to meet undergraduate degree requirements.
Unless he or she has previously taken the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examinations, an undergraduate student who is permitted to enroll for graduate credit as indicated above is required to take the test during the first semester of enrollment in graduate courses.
The maximum course load that may be carried by an undergraduate taking courses for graduate credit is 16 credit hours in a semester or 6 hours in a summer term. An undergraduate may not accumulate more than 12 semester hours for graduate credit before being admitted to the Graduate School. Undergraduates permitted to enroll for graduate credit are expected to complete all of their undergraduate requirements within the academic year in which they first enroll for graduate credit.
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary forms and to follow prescribed procedure in registering for any course. An undergraduate student who enrolls in a course for graduate credit without obtaining proper approval will be dropped from that course.
Change of Schedule. With proper approval, students who wish to request a change in schedule may do so. Student-initiated changes in schedule, including adding and dropping courses, must be arranged by the student in person; changes are not official until all steps in the process have been completed. The university reserves the right to make changes in a student's schedule.
Enrollment Without Credit. Persons who wish to audit a course for no grade must obtain written permission from the dean of the college in which the course is offered. Those who audit a course do so for the purpose of hearing or seeing only; they do not have the privilege of participating in class discussions or laboratory or field work, of turning in papers, or of receiving a grade or credit in the course. Students who audit a course will not be listed on the class roll, and no notation of the audit will be made on the student's transcript.
Students who are enrolled for 12 semester hours or more may audit a course without paying an additional fee. Persons who are enrolled for fewer than 12 hours must pay a $10 fee for auditing a course.
Veterans' Exemptions From Fees Under the Hazlewood Act. The following men and women who were legal residents of Texas at the time of entry into the Armed Forces and who have been legal residents of Texas for a period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding their registration in Texas Tech University are by state law exempt from the payment of all fees except laboratory and library fees or similar deposits and fees or charges for room and board: all nurses and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served during the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II (except those who were discharged from service because they were over the age of 38 or because of a personal request on the part of the person that he or she be discharged), the National Emergency which began on June 27, 1950 (also referred to as the Korean War), and all persons who were honorably discharged after service on active military duty, excluding training, for more than 180 days during the Cold War (which began on the date of the termination of the Korean War); the Vietnam era which began on December 21, 1961 and ended on May 7, 1975; the Grenada and Lebanon era which began on August 24, 1982 and ended on July 31, 1984; the Panama era which began on December 10, 1989 and ended on January 21, 1990; and the Persian Gulf War which began on August 2, 1990 and ends on the date thereafter prescribed by Presidential proclamation or September 1, 1997, whichever occurred first; or any future national emergency declared in accordance with federal law. These exemptions also apply to the children of members of the armed forces of the United States who are or were killed in action, who die or died while in service, who are missing in action, or whose death is documented to be directly caused by illness or injury connected with service in the armed forces of the United States, and to the benefit of orphans of members of the Texas National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard killed since January 1, 1946, while on active duty.
The exemptions provided for shall not exceed a cumulative total of 150 credit hours. The exemption from fees provided for above does not apply to persons if at the time of their registration they are eligible for educational benefits under federal legislation in effect at the time of their registration.
Discharge papers must be presented by the student to the Office of the Registrar, who will in turn certify the student's eligibility to Student Business Services.
NOTE: This provision of the catalog will be altered to comply with any amendment to state or federal law.
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