Texas State has written policies and procedures for protecting the privacy of all students enrolled in all courses and programs, including distance education. These policies formally incorporate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and applicable laws and regulations. University policies include:
Whether you are applying for admission to an undergraduate or graduate program, your application is available online. If you are interested in an undergraduate program, then you should follow the admissions application process provided by Undergraduate Admissions. Graduate students should follow the admissions application process provided by the Graduate College.
Texas State's Honor Code applies to all courses, programs and academic activities at the university. Course syllabi and other information typically include a statement about the importance of academic integrity. If you are unsure or have any questions, feel free to talk with your instructors or other trusted staff on campus, including a member of the Honor Code Council. Take a moment to review the Honor Code, the policy that outlines the process for students, faculty and others when a honor code violation is suspected, and the Honor Code Council's website for enhancing awareness on our campus:
In addition to regular tuition and fees posted by Student Business Services, students enrolled in distance education courses (hybrid, fully online) are assessed the electronic course fee of $50 per credit hour. Students in correspondence courses (hybrid, fully online) are assessed the electronic course fee of $10 per credit hour. There is currently no fee associated with the verification of student identity.
If a student is enrolled in solely off-campus courses (which includes hybrid and fully online courses), then the following four fees will be waived: medical service fee, recreational sports fee, bus fee, and student center fee. Students enrolled in both off-campus and on-campus courses will be charged all the fees mentioned above.
Yes, you must first be admitted to the university before you are eligible to enroll in a distance learning course. You must also meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative Program unless you have been officially exempted from the requirements of this program.
The Program Offerings page lists programs available online and at our off-campus locations. The Texas State Schedule of Classes lists distance learning and off-campus courses scheduled to be offered each semester.
You may contact the department of your major to identify an academic advisor, or you may contact the advising center of the academic college of your major. If you are enrolled at the RRHEC, you may contact the RRHEC office (512.716.4000) to identify an academic advisor.
Almost any PC or Macintosh computer will meet the requirements for your course, but you should always contact the faculty member of the course in which you are enrolled for specific computer hardware and software requirements. Of course, you’ll also need an Internet connection.
Unless the faculty member requires specific meeting times and dates on the San Marcos campus, your class will be conducted "asynchronously." Generally, you can log onto and off of the class according to your schedule.
All distance learning classes start and end according to the university’s regular semester calendar. For example, there are fall, spring, and summer semesters. You should review the Schedule of Classes for specific starting and ending dates.
Yes, the Alkek Library on the San Marcos campus offers a comprehensive list of services for distance learning students. You may want to review the distance learning services that are available to you at the Library Services for Distance Learning Web site.