The Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs enhances the student experience through the development, delivery and evaluation of policies, programs, services and facilities that complement the academic mission of South Texas College and addresses issues of retention and graduation through ongoing assessment, interpretation, and response to changing student needs. Additional information can be found online at http://life.southtexascollege.edu/ or by calling 956-872-3535.

Student Activities & Wellness

The Department of Student Activities and Wellness enhances the student experience through the development and delivery of programs and services complimenting South Texas College’s efforts towards student access, retention and ultimate graduation ensuring that students are engaged and receive a complete college experience.

Student Activities

Student activities aim to promote active student participation through events geared towards social responsibility, leadership, education, cultural and civic engagement, etc. Such activities support and enhance the student’s collegiate experience and their education outside the classroom.

Student Organizations

Over 70 student organizations at South Texas College contribute to a vibrant college community by providing invaluable experiences and opportunities for students to grow as individuals, leaders, and community members. Each year, student organizations sponsor conferences, seminars, lectures, debates, cultural and social events, and fine arts programs. These programs allow students to meet and interact with local, state, and nationally renowned scholars, artists, politicians, academicians, and other professionals.

First-Year Experience

The First Year Experience at South Texas College is the combination of orientations, services, programs, curricular and co-curricular activities that support a student’s transition from high school to South Texas College, while providing a foundation for academic success.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association at South Texas College is the representative organization for the student body at South Texas College. The Student Government Association provides a forum for open discussion of matters affecting students at South Texas College.

Student Leadership Academy

The Student Leadership Academy encourages and aids in the development of student leaders. Through interactive workshops and seminars, this prestigious program allows students to develop their personal leadership style and put their leadership skills into practice; allowing them to gain experience, confidence and positively contribute to the community through volunteering opportunities.

Intramural Sports and Wellness

Intramural Sports and Wellness Programming provides opportunities for students to positively use their leisure time to engage in recreational sports and activities in a supportive and safe environment that enhances personal development, increases physical and mental health, encourages social interaction, and develops lifetime patterns for healthful living.

Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct develops influences and enforces South Texas College policies to promote a safe and supportive learning environment that treats each student fairly, equally, and with respect. The Office of Student Conduct nurtures student learning and growth by encouraging student accountability, academic integrity and responsible decision-making.

Office of Ombuds Services

The Ombudsperson provides guidance to the South Texas College community regarding College protocol and procedures and assists and counsels students in resolving disputes and conflicts in a way that facilitates individual responsibility, contributes to their maturation, and promotes the development of self-advocacy skills.

Career & Employer Services

The Career and Employer Services office assists currently enrolled students and alumni in developing the skills necessary to locate and secure employment. Services include a free on-line job search system; assistance with resume preparation, writing job search letters and improving interviewing techniques; job fairs and employment referrals.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors help students set academic goals and provide the proper knowledge and tools to help them accomplish those goals. Student persistence, success, and completion is promoted through diverse services offered to students at the Advisement Centers. Prior to registration, it is very important that students contact their advisor for assistance with course selection and degree planning.

Academic Advisors

During a student’s first year in college, Academic Advisors utilize a case management approach to provide one-on-one advisement sessions at critical points in the semester in order to help students stay on track for completion of their career pathway. The student’s assigned academic advisor is listed on Degree Works.

Services offered by the Advisement Centers:

  • Point of contact for students
  • Academic Advising
  • Assistance with preparing student education plan
  • Degree Progress Reports
  • Case Management Services for First Time in College Students
  • Referrals to appropriate services

NOTICE: The student is responsible for seeking academic advisement, for knowing and complying with South Texas College’s assessments and the State of Texas-Texas Success Initiative Rule (TSI) requirements of their declared degree or certificate program, and for taking courses in the proper sequence to ensure progress toward his/her educational goals.

All students are encouraged to visit with an advisor every semester for academic advisement. Advisors are available for walk-ins on a first come first served basis. Please call one of the numbers listed below for immediate answers to all your advising questions or for additional information. The receptionist answering your call will direct you to an available advisor.

956-872-8372 / 1-800-742-7822

Providing Academic Support to Students (PASS)

PASS began in 1993 as Project HOPE with the goal of assisting single mothers in completing a postsecondary education by helping them pay for childcare. As the program grew it became apparent that our participants had a variety of needs ranging from financial to academic and emotional. The program grew to accommodate those needs and became known as the Together in Achievement (TIA) and Striving Towards A Non-traditional Degree (STAND) programs. Demand for the services that TIA and STAND provided grew to such an extent that in the Fall of 2000 it was expanded to include all Technical/Vocational majors and was re-named PASS.

Today, the PASS Program which is funded by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board with funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 focuses on the following:

  • Career and Technical Education programs
  • Retention and Transfer
  • Elimination of barriers to special population students (single parents, displaced homemakers, non-traditional students, economically disadvantaged, and individuals with disabilities).
  • Graduation

PASS provides specialized case management services for students with Career and Technical Education majors, Associate of Applied Science majors, or Certificate majors. The PASS program is able to assist eligible students in the following areas:

  • Case Management
  • Career/Academic Advising
  • Registration
  • Referral Services
  • Child Care Assistance (Enrolled Full-Time)
  • Lending Library (Textbook Assistance)

For more information, visit the Technology Campus, Bldg. B-181 or call 956-872-6315.

Counseling

The Student Services Department reflects South Texas College’s commitment to provide access to higher education and support the educational goals of students from diverse backgrounds. The staff at Student Services helps achieve academic success through the following services: academic advisement, career and personal counseling, special services for students with disabilities, and assistance to special populations.

Counseling Services

Life situations at times require professional assistance. At South Texas College, counselors provide many services designed to help students attain educational, career, and personal goals.

Individual and Group Counseling

Academic Counseling

  • One-on-one attention
  • Assessment, goal-setting and orientation
  • Study skills assessment and training
  • Referrals to appropriate services
  • Academic Probation/Suspension

Career Counseling and Transfer Assistance

  • Assistance in choosing a career that is compatible with the student’s interests, personality traits, work values, and abilities.
  • Vocational assessment is available through the online program called Career Cruising, as well as other instruments.
  • Assistance in selecting courses and gaining information about transferring to other institutions.
  • Through the Transfer Track Program, representatives from other institutions visit South Texas College to meet with students.

Personal Counseling

Assistance in resolving crisis or personal issues interfering with educational success such as:

  • Becoming comfortable in a college setting;
  • Making personal, educational, and career choices;
  • Taking control of one’s life;
  • Reducing stress;
  • Time-Management;
  • Setting goals;
  • Eliminating self-defeating behavior;
  • Esteeming oneself and others;
  • Asserting oneself;
  • Coping with crisis;
  • Dealing with loss;
  • Managing anger;
  • Dealing with eating disorders;
  • Surviving past physical, emotional, and sexual abuse;
  • Coping with alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Enhancing relationships;
  • Adjusting to cultural diversities;
  • Enhancing social skills;
  • Fiscal responsibility.

Special Topic Presentations, Workshops and National Mental Health Screenings

  • Academic Study Skills Workshops
  • Life Skills Workshops
  • Career Planning Workshops
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness Day
  • Safe Spring Break Campaign
  • National Depression Screening Day
  • National Alcohol Screening Day
  • National Eating Disorders Screening Day

The Counseling Center offers students and the campus community a variety of professional services including those listed above. Most services are pre-paid through your student service fee. These services are offered in a confidential atmosphere where the student may discuss concerns that are important to their educational and personal success.

Counselors are available during the day on a walk-in basis or by appointment; however, appointments are preferred. Services for evening hours are by appointment only. Counselors are available at the Pecan Campus, Nursing and Allied Health Campus, Technology Campus, Mid-Valley Campus, and Starr County Campus locations. Schedules vary at each location so students should call 956-872-2173 or 1-800-742-7822 to inquire about office hours and appointments.

Student Disability Services

Students or prospective students requiring special accommodations should contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) office at 956-872-2173. Accommodation requests must be in writing. Students are required to provide documentation to verify his/her disability before accommodations are provided.

Services and accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act may include: assessment for special needs, academic advisement, short-term personal counseling, assistance with the admission process, registration, financial aid application, applications for TSI testing accommodations, academic appeals, arrangements for sign language interpreters, tutorial assistance, the use of provision of adaptive equipment, readers, scribes, instructional/testing/classroom modifications, liaison between students, faculty, staff and others, and referral services to other South Texas College departments or outside service providers. South Texas College is an equal opportunity institution which provides educational opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or veteran students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act 1973, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

Behavioral Intervention Team

The Behavioral Intervention Team at South Texas College is a district wide threat assessment and behavioral intervention team that monitors threats to the campus community and intervenes in the concerning behaviors of all individuals who work at, attend, or who have business with South Texas College. The Team serves the district-wide community by providing threat assessment, case management, intervention strategies, educational opportunities, and training for all students, faculty and staff.