Student Engagement


The Division of Student Engagement provides services and programs to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of students and enrich student life on campus.

The division includes the Setzer Student Center, student clubs and organizations, community service, student activities (Lamar Alive), leadership development, greek life, multicultural programming, residence life, recreational sports, and the Student Government Association. The Office of Student Engagement is in room 115 Wimberly.

Student engagement provides leadership in the formulation and administration of policies and procedures related to student life and to the rights and responsibilities that accompany student citizenship in the university community. The Student Conduct Code as well as other important information pertaining to student life is included in the Student Handbook. Significant sections in the handbook and other university publications clearly describe Lamar University’s policies regarding such subjects as student absences, AIDS, non-discrimination, drug and tobacco use, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, the Buckley Amendment), residency, hazing, sexual harassment, student’s right-to-know, and campus security. It is the student’s responsibility to know university policies and procedures that are contained in the Student Handbook and to comply with them. View the Student Handbook online.

1. Living at Lamar University

1. Housing

The Department of Residence Life is committed to providing a living environment that is supportive to the academic mission of the university. We accomplish this by stimulating the learning process and integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences through activities and knowledge essential to students' preparation for a life of leadership, intellectual engagement, citizenship, and civility.

2. University Residency Policy

All undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours with fewer than 24 earned semester credit hours are required to reside in a university-operated residence hall.

Exemptions to the university residency policy may be granted for the following reasons:

  1. Student will reside with a parent or guardian.
  2. Student is 21 years of age by the first class day of semester.
  3. Student is married or has dependent children.
  4. Student has a medical exemption signed by his/her doctor.

Students wishing to be released from the university residency policy must fill out an Off-Campus Residency Request Form with the Department of Residence Life. Documentation verifying exemptions may be required by the housing office. Questions regarding the university residency policy may be directed to the Department of Residence Life at (409) 880-8550 or housing@lamar.edu.

3. Application for Housing

Lamar University offers attractive, affordable, safe housing opportunities for enrolled students.  Students in need of housing, who are accepted for admission to the university, may visit the Department of Residence Life or submit an email to housing@lamar.edu. In the subject line, include all semesters that housing is needed, and in the body of your message please include the following:

  1. Student’s first and last name
  2. Student’s LU identification number
  3. Student’s telephone number (home and alternate number)

Once a student's acceptance to the university is verified and the information is processed, a username and password will be provided in order to complete the next steps in the housing process (please allow 2-3 business days for receipt of information).  Students will be able to reserve a room on a first-come, first-served basis.

4. Parking

To park a vehicle on campus, all faculty, staff, and students are required to purchase a current parking permit and display it properly. A copy of the parking and traffic regulations is issued to everyone who purchases a permit. Strict observance of traffic and parking laws and regulations is necessary for the safe, orderly flow of vehicles in the campus area. Parking and traffic regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, all year.

2. Student Guidance and Health

1. Career and Testing Services

The Career and Testing Center’s professional staff assists with all facets of career preparation, beginning with university entrance and special placement exams, major course of study selection, career choice and planning, part-time employment, resume preparation, interviewing preparation, goal planning, and full-time employment after graduation. Students have access to on-line job searching and computerized guidance assessment programs.

LamarJobs (On-Campus Student Employment Center)

The Student Employment Center, a service located in the Career and Testing Center, assists students in locating off and on-campus student assistant and student assistant/work-study, teacher assistant, and graduate assistant positions. All services are free to the students. Additional information is available at http://dept.lamar.edu/careerandtestingcenter/student_employment_center.html, by calling (409) 880-7473, or by emailing studentemploymentcenter@lamar.edu.

Career Services

Professional development seminars are provided by career services to assist students with necessary career skills. Topics include, but are not limited to, resume writing, interviewing skills, appropriate business dress, and expectations and requirements for specific career paths. In addition, the Passport through Lamar program allows students to track and record attendance to on-campus and off-campus professional development activities. All workshops and programs offered through our office are free to attend and open to all currently enrolled students and alumni of Lamar University.

Job fairs are organized annually for the benefit of Lamar University students. Several career fairs are held each semester. These opportunities allow students to make initial contact with recruiting firms and school districts that may result in interviews on the Lamar campus or at the recruiter’s headquarters during the spring and fall. Each spring, Lamar University also participates in the Texas Job Fair. Employers recruiting with the Career and Testing Center generally plan to fill permanent entry-level jobs, summer jobs, co-ops, and internships. Additional information is available at careerservices.lamar.edu, by calling (409) 880-8878 or by emailing careerandtestingcenter@lamar.edu.

Testing Services

Lamar University Career and Testing Center is a national testing site for Prometric and Pearson Vue. The center offers a full range of testing services for aptitude and achievement and coordinates testing required by the university. Among the tests administered are ACCUPLACER, SAT, ACT, THEA, CLEP, GMAT, GRE, and TExES.

  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)—used for undergraduate admission
  • ACT (American College Testing)—used for undergraduate admission
  • ACCUPLACER—a college placement test required of all students for advisement and registration (unless exempted)
  • THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)—a college placement test required of all students for advisement and registration (unless exempted)
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program)—used to receive credit by examination. See detailed description of CLEP exams approved for Lamar University credit in this catalog
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General and GRE Subject Exams—used for graduate school admission
  • HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.)—used for admission to undergraduate nursing programs
  • LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test)—used for law school admission
  • MCAT(Medical College Admissions Test)—used for medical school admission
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)—used for admissions to graduate nursing program
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)—used for business graduate school admission
  • TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards)—used for education assessment
  • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)—used for credit by examination purposes
  • Correspondence Exams

Testing Services offers secure online registration for the following exams: CLEP, Correspondence, DSST, HESI, MAT, TSI Required Exams: Quick THEA (paper based) and ACCUPLACER (computer based), and Residual ACT. There is an additional $3 fee from RegisterBlast, the online payment processing provider. VISA, MasterCard, or electronic checking is accepted at time of exam registration testing.lamar.edu. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR CANCELLATIONS. Scheduling errors are the clients' liability. A 24-hour notice must be received to reschedule appointment in order to avoid loss of exam fees.

For more information about the Department of Career and Testing Services, see the web site or call client services at (409) 880-8878.

2. Student Health and Insurance

1. Health Center

The Student Health Center offers basic medical and counseling services to currently enrolled students. A nurse practitioner and consultant physician are available for general medicine services. Female nurse practitioners provide gynecological services. More serious injuries are referred to local emergency rooms or family physician offices. Students with chronic conditions are encouraged to continue to see their primary care physician for maintenance and medication adjustments. Health Center services are available by appointment only Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled at the Health Center reception window or over the phone at (409) 880-8466. A Student Health Center fee charged to the student upon registration each semester ensures eligibility for Health Center services during that semester. In addition, a $5.00 office co-pay will be charged for each visit. Any student covered by medical insurance (except Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIPS) may have health center charges filed on their insurance plan. A copy of the insurance card and student ID is required at the time of the first visit. Any charges not paid by the insurance company will be the responsibility of the student. Students who are not covered by insurance will have all charges billed to their student account. These fees should be paid at the cashier’s office. The in-house pharmacy offers limited prescription medications as well as over-the-counter medicines and supplies. Lab fees, procedures, and medication prices are minimal. Any questions regarding fees or insurance claims can be answered by the medical billing specialist in the Health Center.

Health education programs are offered to organizations, residence halls, campus organizations, or individuals on a variety of health-related issues pertinent to the university population. Anyone interested in hosting a program can contact the Student Health Center to set up times, dates, and topics.

The health center is also staffed with licensed professional counselors who offer short-term psychological counseling, individual and group therapy, and mental health workshops. Individual and group therapy sessions may also be filed on the student’s insurance plan. A $5.00 office co-pay is also applied for each session. After hours, on weekends, and when the university is not in session, health care becomes the individual student’s responsibility. Any expenses incurred for ambulance service or off-campus medical needs are also the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to maintain some form of health insurance to cover these expenses, as they can be quite costly. Detailed information regarding health center services is available at http://dept.lamar.edu/healthcenter/.

2. Health Insurance

Health and accident insurance is required of all international students, residence hall occupants, and participants in intramural sports. Any registered student taking six or more credit hours (three hours during the summer sessions) is eligible for enrollment in an affordable insurance plan offered by an independent insurance company, Academic Health Plans at https://www.academichealthplans.com/index.php.  Most services provided at the Health Center are covered by Academic Health Plans at 100 percent.  This supplemental policy covers a portion of the costs for inpatient and outpatient medical services not available at the health center. Except in emergency situations, students are required to seek treatment at the health center first, where off-campus referrals will be issued if deemed necessary. Students enrolled in the plan may also insure their dependents; however, non-student dependents are not eligible for health center services.

Premiums are due at the time of enrollment and are available per semester or on an annual basis. Detailed information and enrollment forms are available on Academic Health Plan website, through the Student Health Center, the Office of Student Engagement, Residence Life, and L.I.T. Student Services, or on the health center web site.

3. Student Activities and Recreation

1. Setzer Student Center

The Setzer Student Center (SSC), named for Dr. Richard W. Setzer, university president from 1967 to 1969, is the center of student activities on Lamar University’s campus. The director of Student Organization Services, along with the director of Student Activities and Community Service, develop and implement co-curricular programs that offer students a well-balanced campus life.

Housed in the SSC are various facilities to meet the needs of students. Mirabeau’s and Cardinal Nest provide varied food service. Other SSC services include the University Bookstore, Student Organization Services, Student Government Association, Setzer Student Center Reservations, Lamar Alive!, and administrative offices. More information about the student center and its services is available at (409) 880-8722.

2. Student Organizations

More than 185 student organizations are currently active at Lamar. Students join and participate in many different types of groups: professional/departmental, religious, mutual interest, service, honor, spirit, sports, or social. Participation in well-developed co-curricular activities enhances the educational experience. Students are invited and encouraged to join the organizations of their choice and participate in developmental, leadership, and philanthropic programs. Students may obtain additional information by contacting the Office of Student Organization Services at (409) 880-8739.

3. Student Activities (Lamar Alive!)

The Lamar Alive! student programming board is responsible for providing the campus with a diverse schedule of programs and extracurricular activities. The programming board of Lamar Alive! consists of student directors, along with committees, who develop social, educational, and cultural opportunities for Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology students. Dedicated volunteers and committee members plan for traditional events such as Homecoming, Mardi Gras, AIDS awareness, Diversity Week, lectures, Cardinal Comedy Corner, Poetry Night, and other special events. Membership is open to all students who meet the university’s extracurricular activity policy standards as outlined in the Student Handbook. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (409) 880-2395.

4. Community Service

Community service is an integral part of life at Lamar University. The principles of service, ethics, leadership, and commitment guide our academic offerings, aided in part by a campus-wide community service initiative. The program advocates meaningful service opportunities and personal growth. Programs housed under community service include Santa’s Unlimited, Cardinals C.A.R.E., Operation R.E.D., and annual events such as the Food Drive in the fall semester and Alternative Spring Break Immersion in the spring semester. For more information, contact the Community Service Office at (409) 880-7284.

5. Leadership Development

Leadership development programming serves as a resource for student leadership development and partners with others campus efforts to train, educate, and develop students for purposeful leadership. Leadership programming offers enrolled undergraduate and graduate students a variety of opportunities to advance their personal and professional skills, increase self-confidence and self-awareness, and network with other outstanding students. There is a wide range of programming offered to meet the leadership development needs of Lamar University. Programming includes fall and spring retreats/conferences, leadership workshops, and resources related to opportunities on campus. Contact the director for Student Development and Leadership, (409) 880-8085, for more information.

6. Multicultural Programming

Multicultural programming offers a variety of programs that celebrate the rich diversity found at Lamar University and that educate the campus about current social justice issues.  The staff aim to provide activities that recognize diversity on multiple levels including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and religious/spiritual diversity. There is a wide range of programming offered to meet the multicultural needs of the diverse Lamar University student population. Programming includes heritage months, social justice activities and workshops, and multicultural resources. Contact the director for Student Development and Leadership, (409) 880-8085, for more information.

7. Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the voice of students, facilitates new and improved student services and programs, and serves an important role in student judicial proceedings. All regularly enrolled Lamar University students are represented by the Student Government Association, which affords each student an opportunity to promote, support, and participate in a well-rounded student life program. Students serve on academic affairs, community outreach, environmental affairs, public relations, student organizations, and student services standing committees in addition to other university advisory committees.

The president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, and members of the Student Senate are elected each spring in a general student election. Student interests or concerns may be expressed at the open meetings of the Senate or submitted through SGA suggestion boxes at various campus locations. The Student Government Association office is located in Room 211 of the Setzer Student Center, (409) 880-8891.

8. Honor Societies and Recognition Programs

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society encourages and recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement among students during their first year of college. Other university-wide honor societies include Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Blue Key National Honor Fraternity.  Members are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Several other honor organizations specific to areas of study are also active on campus. The Bess Gentry and C. Robert Kemble Awards recognize the outstanding senior woman and man, respectively, each year. The Otho Plummer Award is given to the highest-ranking man and woman each commencement. The Student Handbook offers additional details.

9. Intercollegiate Athletics

Lamar University competes at the NCAA Division 1 level and is a member of The Southland Conference. Lamar offers 16 intercollegiate sports, eight each for men and women. The eight women’s sports are basketball, cross country, volleyball, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, and tennis. Men’s sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, and tennis. Lamar students with valid IDs are admitted free to all university athletic events and are strongly encouraged to attend and support the Cardinals.

10. Campus Ministries

Several campus ministries provide fellowship, worship, and recreational activities for Lamar University students and have established student centers adjacent to campus. These centers include the Baptist Student Union, Church of Christ Student Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Catholic Student Center, and Wesley Foundation (United Methodist). Some ministries sponsor retreats, special programs, and community services.

11. Cultural Arts

The visual and performing arts thrive on Lamar University’s campus. The Dishman Art Museum provides one of the finest collegiate exhibition spaces in the state of Texas with two galleries, a preparation area, and a lecture hall with video and projection facilities. The Dishman presents local, regional, and national touring exhibitions. A variety of public programs, including openings, artist lectures, panel discussions, and student and faculty shows are scheduled throughout the year. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Lamar Theatre performs five productions each year, including comedy, drama, and musicals as well as children’s theatre and student-directed “brown bag” productions. Lamar’s 500-seat proscenium theatre and flexible-seating “black box” studio theatre host productions.

The Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Brass Quintet, Grand Chorus, and other musical groups represent Lamar at numerous state and national music educator conventions; moreover, these groups may be heard on a regular basis on and off campus throughout the year. Student, faculty, and guest performers entertain not only the Lamar community but also music lovers in Southeast Texas during the Lamarissimo! Concert Series with five concerts held annually in the historic Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont. Basketball fans enjoy the Cardinal Pep Band, which performs at all home games, and The Lamar Marching Band "Showcase of Southeast Texas" is a highlight of Cardinal Football games.

The Lamar Dance Company presents several concerts each year and joins the musical ensemble for various presentations, including a showcase Lamarisimo! performance in the spring.

12. Student Publications

University student publications include The University Press, the campus student newspaper that publishes weekly during the semesters and on the Web year round. The University Press, with offices in 200 Setzer Student Center, serves as a training opportunity for students interested in journalism. The University Press may be found online at http://www.lamaruniversitypress.com.

13. Recreational Sports

All currently enrolled students who have paid the recreational sports fee have access to Lamar recreational sports facilities and may participate in the wide variety of activities that are offered, such as intramural sports, group fitness, outdoor activities, aquatics, and informal recreation. Lamar faculty and staff members are eligible to purchase recreational sports memberships for themselves and an additional family member. Current Lamar students may also purchase one additional recreational sports membership for a family member. Contact the Recreational Sports Department for current prices. All users of recreational sports facilities must present current Lamar photo identification for entry.

The recently constructed Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center (SURC) is a state-of-the-art facility offering 130,000 square feet of activity space. Highlights of the SURC include an indoor track, a 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a fitness center featuring the Cardio Theater audio/visual system on select cardio machines, a full line of pin-select progressive weight machines, and a full array of free weights. The SURC also houses a café; television and game lounge; three dedicated basketball courts; five racquetball courts; a multipurpose court for badminton, volleyball, and table tennis; an outdoor putting green; and a fully-enclosed indoor soccer/floor hockey rink. Sports and outdoor equipment is available for daily and overnight rental at the equipment desk. Additionally, the SURC Pro Shop offers recreational sports-branded athletic apparel and sports and fitness equipment and supplies.

Group fitness classes are offered year-round by recreational sports, including step aerobics, circuit training, indoor cycling, yoga, and more. Contact the department for a current schedule. Certified fitness trainers are available through recreational sports to develop individual fitness programs. The Aquatics Program is located at the indoor pool in the Health and Human Performance Complex. Activities include water aerobics, lap swim, free swim, and structured lesson programs. The Intramural Sports Program offers opportunities for participation in individual, dual, and/or team competitive sports within the university community; campus organizations may place teams in the All-Sports Division, while all others may participate in the Independent Division. There are opportunities to enter in male, female, and/or co-ed divisions. Recreational sports participants may also compete on club sport teams, competing against club teams from other universities across the state.

Outdoor facilities available for recreational use include the driving range, Ty Terrell Track, and tennis courts. Schedules and hours of operation are posted in the SURC and are also available from the information desk. Further information about the Recreational Sports Department, its facilities, and its services may be obtained at the information desk in the SURC or by calling (409) 880-2306.

 4. Student Engagement Policies

1. Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities

An extracurricular activity is understood to be any activity representing the student body, any student organization, any department or division organization, or any general activity representing the university. The Student Handbook describes eligibility requirements.

2. Conduct and Discipline: Student Code of Conduct

A student is subject to disciplinary action for unacceptable behavior, as described in the Student Handbook, published online at http://students.lamar.edu/student-handbook.html.

The vice president for student engagement, or his/her designated representative, may classify behavior as unacceptable and refer the case to the proper judicial body for investigation and decision. The student has the privilege of appealing the decision to the vice president for student engagement or his/her designated representative.

Should a student with disabilities require an accommodation to pursue an appeal process or a code of conduct investigation, the student should contact the vice president for student engagement or his/her designated representative for assistance.

3. Debts

Lamar University is not responsible for debts contracted by individual students or student organizations and will not act as a collection agency for organizations, firms, or individuals to whom students may owe bills. Students and student organizations are expected to honor contractual obligations promptly, but in case of flagrant disregard of such obligations, the vice president for student engagement or his designated representative will take appropriate action.

Failure to pay or make suitable payment arrangements for all university tuition and fees by the specified date may result in suspension from the university and future registration. After the 12th week in the long semester and the fourth week of each summer term, failure to pay all tuition and fees by the specified date may result in suspension at the end of the current semester and may include the following: a) denial of readmission, b) withholding of grades and transcripts, and c) withholding of a degree.

4. Hazing

Hazing is prohibited in state educational institutions by the Texas Education Code. Students of Lamar University are forbidden to engage in, encourage, aid, or assist any person(s) participating in what is commonly known and recognized as hazing. Any student who does so will be subject to university disciplinary action and may also be dealt with by civil authorities. Refer to the Student Handbook for more specific definitions and information relative to the legal implications of hazing.

5. Falsification of Records

A student who provides false information or makes false statements to any Lamar University official or office or on an official form submitted to the university is subject to immediate dismissal.

6. Summons

An official university summons takes precedence over other Lamar University activities of the student and should be answered promptly on the day and hour designated. Failure to heed an official summons may subject the student to additional disciplinary action.

7. Travel Procedures

These travel procedures apply to faculty and staff who engage in transporting students off campus a distance of 25 miles or more from campus to an activity or event that is organized, sponsored, or funded by the institution, using a vehicle owned or operated by the institution, or travel that is required by an organization registered at the institution. These travel procedures are considered to be minimum standards; departments may mandate additional procedures. These procedures reference Texas Education Code Section 51.949.

It is recommended that a designated staff member(s) and/or faculty accompany each student travel group. In the event an advisor cannot attend the function with the student/student group, the organization member/members should be advised on what should be the expected behavior from each student. All university rules and regulations must be followed.

Groups of 24 or more may be required to obtain commercial/chartered transportation. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the final approval for such an event will be decided by the vice president for finance and operations or his/her designee after consultation with the student organization advisor. Chartered transportation must comply with all state and federal laws. Groups of fewer than 24 may travel by university-owned, leased, rented, or privately owned motor vehicles.

For student/student organization travel, only employees of Lamar University are allowed to drive university-owned motor vehicles. Lamar University students are not covered under the university insurance policy unless they are employed by the university. Any employee who is to drive a university vehicle must first provide the vice president for finance and operations and/or his/her designee with a copy of his/her driver’s license and sign an “Application for Copy of Driver Record” form. A license check will be run that will reflect the status of the employee’s driver’s license and list any accidents and moving violations in the past three years. Permission for an employee to drive a university-owned motor vehicle will depend on the results of their driving record. A copy of the employee’s driver’s license and the “Application for Copy of Driver Record” must be submitted to the office of the vice president for finance and operations at least two weeks prior to the date the employee is expected to drive the university-owned motor vehicle. A student/student organization that rents, leases, or uses a privately-owned motor vehicle for university-sponsored travel must obtain liability insurance.

Because personal automobile insurance will be considered first in the event of an accident, all persons who use their personal vehicles while conducting university business should be aware of the possibility of personal liability related to such use. No individual shall be required to use his/her personal vehicle to drive to official university-sponsored activities, and no student shall be required to use his/her personal vehicle to perform university-related activities. Use of personal vehicles by students to drive to official university-sponsored activities is discouraged.

All state and federal laws will be followed when operating a vehicle for student/student organization official travel. Drivers will comply with all applicable traffic laws and regulations. All occupants must use seat belts and other safety devices when the vehicle is in motion. Manufacturer-suggested vehicle capacities will be followed when vehicles are used by students/student organizations.

The following activities are PROHIBITED for drivers while driving:

  • Driving while under the influence of impairing drugs or alcohol
  • Use of radar/laser detection devices
  • Use of headphones or earphones
  • Use of cell phone
  • Eating, smoking or drinking

The fatigue of the vehicle operator should be considered at the time of travel, and only rested drivers should operate a vehicle. Each student who travels by motor vehicle or any other form of transportation to participate in a university-related activity must execute a copy of the Release and Indemnification Agreement.

Any traveling student less than 18 years of age must have a “Consent for Treatment” form on file. Organizations that travel frequently are encouraged to have “Consent for Treatment” forms on file for all travelers. Departments that encourage or require one or more students to travel to events and activities covered under this policy are responsible for verifying that students are aware of this policy.

Faculty and staff employees who fail to comply with this policy are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable provision of the faculty handbook and the staff personnel manual.

Individual students who violate this policy and the safe travel rules approved by the university are subject to disciplinary action, to include suspension. Student organizations that violate this policy and the safe travel rules are subject to disciplinary action to include suspension and loss of funding.