Important Information For Students
As a student of the University of Houston, the following information will be critical to you in insuring that your academic pursuits meet with success and that you encounter the fewest financial and academic difficulties possible. Please take a few moments to review each of these areas, and become familiar with the resources detailed below.
This page may be updated periodically. Please bookmark this page for future reference.
- The UH Academic Honesty Policy
- UH Academic Calendar
- Students with Disabilities
- Religious Holy Days: FAQs
- Other Information
The UH Academic Honesty Policy
High ethical standards are critical to the integrity of any institution, and bear directly on the ultimate value of your degree in the business community. All UH students, regardless of their chosen discipline, are expected to contribute to an atmosphere of the highest possible ethical standards.
Maintaining such an atmosphere requires that any instances of academic dishonesty be recognized and addressed. The UH Academic Honesty Policy is designed to handle those instances with fairness to all parties involved: the students, the instructors, and the University itself.
As a student of the University of Houston, you are responsible for being familiar with this policy. For further information, see:
The official UH Academic Honesty Policy is published in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog.
Please also note that, in addition to the fundamental UH Academic Honesty Policy, the professional schools, such as the Law Center, the College of Optometry, the College of Pharmacy, and The Graduate College of Social Work, may have their own approved academic honesty policies. For further information, please contact the individual college.
UH Academic Calendar
The UH Academic Calendar - published by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs office - is the official, approved university calendar for class meeting days, official UH holidays, and deadlines related to your financial and academic rights and responsibilities as a student of UH.
You are urged to become familiar with the Academic Calendar, and to contact an advisor if you have any questions about the time-frames surrounding any event or its possible impact on your academic/financial status (for example: drops/withdrawals vs. possible tuition refunds, financial aid, etc.).
To find the Academic Calendar for the current academic year and semester, go to: http://www.uh.edu/academics/catalog/academic-calendar/.
To find an advisor:
Students who have been admitted to a particular college or department should seek advising from there. A list of advisors can be found at: http://www.uh.edu/provost/stu/advisorlist.html.
Other undergraduate students should contact Undergraduate Scholars at UH in room 56 University Libraries, 832-842-2100. Use the southeast entrance at the back of M.D. Anderson Library, across from the University Center. (Please note: there is no public access from inside the main part of the library.)
For further information, please review the Undergraduate Studies Catalog section on advising.
Students with Disabilities
The University of Houston seeks to ensure that the educational resources it offers are as widely accessible as possible.
For detailed information, including documentation requirements, listings of available academic support services, test administration policies, parking accommodations/requirements, and more, please see The Center for Students with DisABILITIES web site.
If you or someone you know has a temporary or permanent health impairment, physical limitation, psychiatric disorder, or learning disability, we urge you to contact the CSD to learn more about the services available:
Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES
CSD Building #568, Room #110
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-3022
Phone: (713) 743-5400
TDD : (713) 749-1527
Fax: (713) 743-5396
Religious Holy Days: FAQs
Under UH policy a student may be excused without penalty if his or her religious observances conflict with scheduled class meetings, assignments, and/or examinations. The student remains responsible for completing any needed make-up work. An instructor may not deny the opportunity for make-up work, but shall otherwise treat these absences as any other excused absence.
Instructors are encouraged to detail their policies on absences in their class syllabus, clearly outlining make-up options and consequences for not complying.
What does the University of Houston recognize as a holy day?
Holy days recognized by eligible religions will be honored. The University follows state guidelines here: eligible religions are considered to be those whose places of worship are exempt from property taxes.
Do I need to inform my instructor before hand?
It is in your best interest to do so. It will give both you and your instructor a chance to outline the best ways for you to complete any needed make-up work, and minimize class disruption. The earlier in the semester you can communicate your needs, the better.
Should I bring letters, notes, or other documentation?
If your instructor's established policies include this requirement for other excused absences, then yes. This should be treated as any other excused absence.
I need to travel, and this will require additional time. Will I be penalized for that time?
For holy days, necessary travel time is considered to be part of the excused absence.
What if the instructor and I disagree about make up work, or even about whether the time I took off should be excused?
Either you or the instructor may appeal to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. All parties must abide by the decision of that office.
For further information about UH policy on religious holy days, please see: the Undergraduate Studies Catalog.
For further information about state law, please see the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web site: §4.4 Student Absences on Religious Holy Days; or contact the offices of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students, and/or the A.D. Bruce Religion Center to review the policy.
There are a wealth of resources available to you as a student of the University of Houston. We urge you to explore the whole UH web site as well as all the other various on- and off-campus resources which are available to you as a student.
Best wishes in your academic career here at the University of Houston!