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Q:

So what is going to happen with the REK center? Both UTB and TSC students can still attend? If so until when?

A:
Both UTB and TSC students will have access to the TSC-owned REK center. Students will continue to be charged a REK fee until the construction bonds for the building are paid off. If they are paid at the current rate, the arrangement would continue for about 17 more years.

9/3/2013 4:37 PM



Q:

How many computer labs will be accesible to UTB Students ?

A:
While there are several computer labs reserved for teaching and classroom instruction, the open lab for UTB students is located in the University Blvd. library. Free tutoring is available in the Learning Enrichment Center located in the Student Union, room 2.16.

8/29/2013 9:00 AM



Q:

At what office or department can I make a name change for my records?

A:
UTB students may make changes at the Enrollment Center @ the Tower, located in the Education and Business Complex. TSC students should inquire at the Arnulfo Oliveira Student Services Center.

8/29/2013 8:20 AM



Q:

When will vacation and comp time be deposited into bank accounts?

A:
Vacation and compensable time will be paid on September 13, 2013.

8/29/2013 8:12 AM



Q:

I was wondering when severance money will be deposited in my bank account?

A:
Incentive payments were deposited on August 26th.

8/29/2013 8:12 AM



Q:

How will parking permits be issued for the fall semester are they different for UTB and TSC?

A:
UTB parking permits will be issued at the Campus Security Center, located on Ringgold Road. TSC parking permits will be issued at the Arnulfo Oliveira Student Services Center, located on May Street.

8/12/2013 12:44 PM



Q:

Will the EDC continue and be available to all RIF'd employees after August 31? In a conversation, mentioned that only to for example daycare employees?

A:
Employee Development Center Services for employees affected by the Reduction in Force will end when their employment with UTB ends on August 31st. The only exceptions are for the Early Childhood Center and Carl Perkins employees, who were asked to remain at their job 100% through August 31st. They will be able to access EDC services through December 1st.

8/8/2013 7:31 AM



Q:

A UTB staff employee has already been told they will have their job for only two more years due to the merger. Is this true? Again, once the merger is complete, will UTB staff employees be let go?

A:
The University of Texas System has compiled a page of Frequently Asked Questions on their Project South Texas webpage. There is a section regarding, "What will happen to the faculty and staff of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American?", which can be found here: http://www.utsystem.edu/news/topics/project-south-texas/frequently-asked-questions

8/5/2013 1:11 PM



Q:

The web site now shows an address of "One West University Blvd." Is this UTB's new address? Will there be an announcement regarding this change at some point? And will new business cards be distributed to faculty?

A:
As we continue to transition from the former partnership, UTB's official address for legal enrollment management related functions, including financial aid, will remain 80 Fort Brown. However, the university’s address for the general public has changed to One West University Boulevard. This address is to be used in marketing and branding functions including the website, stationary and all collateral marketing items. The form for ordering new stationary and business cards may be found here: http://www.utb.edu/ba/Processes/pages/PrintingServices.aspx

8/5/2013 1:01 PM



Q:

Is UTB allowed to continue with programs like the "Business Incubator" & the "Language Institute"

A:
Yes, both of those programs will continue at UTB.

5/23/2013 11:20 AM



Q:

Why were some staff in Student Affairs Division promoted to higher administrative positions? This did not sit too well with the rest of the staff, especially those who received RIF letters.

A:
With rightsizing taking place across the university, each unit developed a plan to manage their workload through a smaller number of staff. In the case of Student Affairs, all three Associate VP positions were eliminated, and existing directors from throughout the unit have collectively taken on more responsibility to ensure our students continue to benefit from a wide array of services, even though the revenue from student fees will be greatly reduced following the separation of the Partnership.

5/23/2013 11:19 AM



Q:

How do I log into TSC online; is login info the same as UTB Online? If not, how can I set mine up?

A:
All current UTB/TSC students will need new credentials to log into TSC online. TSC has sent an email to students with their new credentials so they can register online. Students can also visit TSC's Arnulfo L. Oliveira Student Services Center to obtain their credentials.

5/23/2013 11:18 AM



Q:

Does the employee have the option to choose between staying in the department, working on a project or going to EDC? At one of the information sessions, Rosemary Martinez indicated that it was up to the supervisor.

A:
It is the administration’s most sincere objective to help employees affected by the RIF secure new employment while still providing uninterrupted services to students. Supervisors will best determine how to balance the needs of serving students and of assisting employees in transition.

5/23/2013 11:15 AM



Q:

What will happen to the REK center?

A:
Land and facilities negotiations are still underway between The UT System and Texas Southmost College.

5/23/2013 11:14 AM



Q:

If i'm enrolled with UTB but planning on pursuing an allied health program with TSC. do i have to apply for Fall 2013 with TSC? or will my information transfer over from UTB?

A:
Students who were enrolled at UTB and TSC for spring or summer courses do not need to reapply to either institution for the fall.

5/23/2013 11:12 AM



Q:

The answer to a previous question stated; "the Texas Legislature is giving serious consideration to approving funds for new construction on the UT Brownsville campus." Does this mean there is currently no funding approved for building?

A:
This means that Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRBs), State funding that supports construction, are still under consideration by the Texas Legislature.

5/23/2013 11:10 AM



Q:

I'm teaching Summer I and my office is in South. I'm supposed to vacate by May 31, causing great difficulty. What would happen if I don't pack up my stuff or turn in my keys?

A:
Moving over the summer will pose a great many challenges, as outlined in the May 3rd message sent to faculty. It is important that all the prep work be completed in advance to be able to move across campus and allow time for TSC employees to move in and prepare for the fall semester. Administrative support, including assistance in reserving alternative meeting space, will be offered through the Deans’ Offices to assist faculty teaching summer courses. More information can be found in the FAQ regarding faculty moving procedures. Finally, items remaining in offices that are not boxed and properly labeled after May 31st will be removed for surplus or disposal.

5/16/2013 11:39 AM



Q:

Once the merger occurs, will the remaining UTB staff be let go?

A:
Momentum has been gained on all fronts to expand the UT Brownsville campus. On May 9th, the UT Board of Regents approved expanding the UT Brownsville campus as a compact urban campus, which includes accepting the gift of land by The City of Brownsville for campus expansion. At commencement ceremonies last Friday, Chancellor Cigarroa spoke about his plans to build upon the legacy of UTB to create a new, global university and a South Texas medical school to secure the futures of generations to come. At the same time, the Texas Legislature is giving serious consideration to approving funds for new construction on the UT Brownsville campus. Enrollment for the fall semester at UTB is ongoing through August 2nd, with 5,300 returning students already registered.
 
Faculty and staff are vital in order to continue to grow the Brownsville campus. No additional layoffs are planned.

5/16/2013 11:38 AM



Q:

For those faculty members that will be terminated May 31, when can we begin to check out from UTB? I would like to get this done as soon as possible.

A:
The Deans' Offices are ready to begin check out procedures with faculty.

5/16/2013 11:36 AM



Q:

We were told that having past disputes with supervisors/directors would not be a factor for the RIF, however, this is what is happening.

A:
The procedures for the RIF were carefully designed to be as objective as possible, and decisions were reviewed at the highest levels including the Office of Human Resources, the Provost, the President and UT System Office of General Council. In addition, affected employees were given the opportunity to appeal the decisions.

5/16/2013 11:33 AM



Q:

Will new students that register in Fall 2013 be able to get their four year degree with a UTB diploma or UTB/TSC diploma?

A:
The UTB/TSC partnership is scheduled to end in August 2015, after which each institution will issue their seperate diplomas.

5/16/2013 11:31 AM



Q:

As of today, I just need my exit exam in August to get my associate degree in CIS. Will I still graduate from UTB or will I have to graduate from TSC?

A:
Associate degrees and certificates are offered at the community college level. Diplomas and transcripts for these credentials will be issued under the UTB/TSC partnership until TSC receives seperate accreditation.

5/16/2013 11:29 AM



Q:

IF I GET SUSPENDED FROM UTB, CAN I REGISTER FOR TSC?

A:
Transfer students on disciplinary suspension must meet with TSC’s Associate Vice President of Student Services to be cleared for enrollment prior to registering. Students on academic suspension are eligible to enroll, however, if they are on financial aid suspension at another institution, that will carry over to TSC. Students on financial aid suspension must pay for their own courses until they improve their GPA and again qualify for financial aid.

5/16/2013 11:27 AM



Q:

For those of us employees that received our letter on April 2nd, when will we find out if we will be re-assigned to the development center or what our reassignment be for the summer months.

A:
Please see details regarding this issue here: http://www.utb.edu/president/Emails/SP2013-10.htm

5/16/2013 11:25 AM



Q:

A prior question asked who owns SETB. The question was not regarding the future use of space. What entity is currently the legal owner the SETB building?

A:
UTB

5/16/2013 11:23 AM



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