Are you new to Sul Ross? Perhaps you aren't new but are still feeling a bit lost in this new graduate school world. View the orientation videos below to learn all about getting started, academic regulations you need to know, and about how not just to survive as a graduate student, but thrive!
Graduate Student Orientation Part II
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- obtain an ID card
- obtain a parking permit
- get a degree plan
- register for classes
- access Banner self-service
- access Blackboard
- access Sul Ross e-mail account
- access on-line library resources
- other important links
ID cards are required for authorized entry into residence halls, checking out items from the library, picking up e-mail account information, using the computer lab, entrance to all athletic events, entrance to university-sponsored functions, cashing personal checks, and for students on meal plans. ID cards are issued by the University Department of Public Safety in BAB100. Visit the University DPS website for more information. If you are strictly a distance learner, you may not need this card.
If you intend to park a car in Sul Ross parking lots, you must register your vehicle and purchase a permit (windshield decal). The cost of the parking permit is automatically added to your tuition bill when you enroll in classes, even if all the classes you enroll in are distance courses. If you do not need a parking permit, call the Center for Enrollment Services at (432)-837-8050 or the Cashiers Office at (432) 837-8047 to have the charge removed before you pay your bill. If you have paid for a parking permit, go to the University DPS in BAB100 to register your vehicle and get your decal. They will have record of your payment, so you don't need to bring anything with you. Vist the University DPS website for more information on parking regulations.
Before registering for the first time, you should meet with your program advisor to develop a degree plan that meets your educational goals. If you do not know who your advisor is, consult the Graduate Program Advisor list to identify your advisor and obtain contact information.
Once you have a degree plan and know what courses you are required to take, you may register online using Banner self-service. View the Banner registration instructions online. Another great resource is Academic and Instructional Resources.
Banner Self-Service (BSS) provides SRSU students with the ability to register at Sul Ross over the web and add or drop classes online. BSS also allows students web access to transcripts, course schedules, financial assistance information and a variety of other student-related information. To access Banner, you will need a student ID number and your PIN. Your ID number, or "A number", and your PIN were provided to you in your acceptance letter. If you have lost this information, call the Help Desk at (432) 837-8888. For information and a video tutorial on how to access BSS, visit Academic and Instructional Resources.
Some courses may make use of Blackboard, an online teaching and learning tool. Your instructor will let you know if your class uses Blackboard or not. Courses identified in the class schedule as Web-Delivered will not meet regularly but will instead use the Blackboard system to deliver course content. If you are enrolled in a Web-Delivered class, contact your instructor. For information and a video tutorial on how to access and use Blackboard, visit Academic and Instructional Resources.
Sul Ross E-mail
After you register for the first time, a Sul Ross e-mail account is automatically created for you. To get your username and password information, contact the Help Desk at 837-8888. This username and password combination will also allow you to access Blackboard and campus computers that require a login (Library, Graduate Student Center). Your SRSU e-mail account is official means of communication between your instructors, the university and you. Please plan on checking it regularly! For information and a video tutorial on how to access your Sul Ross e-mail, visit Academic and Instructional Resources.
Visit the library website at www.sulross.edu/library for detailed information on library services. Select the Instructional Materials and Tutorials link for a tour of the library website, webcat tutorials, and other guides. If you are a distance student, you can still obtain materials owned by the library through the interlibrary loans and document delivery service. Visit the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery page for information and request forms. You may also apply for a TexShare Card, which allows eligible patrons of participating libraries to borrow books at any other participating library throughout Texas. Visit http://ww2.sulross.edu/library/texshare/index.php for more information on this program.