Student Life

Programs and Policies

The University expects each student to act in a mature manner and to exercise good citizenship and good judgment in conducting his/her personal life in both on and off campus environments and should realize that this University is a unique institution in terms of its traditions, policies, goals, and regulations. In becoming part of this institution, the student agrees to uphold these characteristics. While at Hardin-Simmons University, the student is expected to obey the laws of the United States and Texas, Abilene city ordinances, and the rules and regulations of the University. The student is responsible for being aware of University policies.

The HSU Student Handbook covers information and expectations for students in the areas of Student Activities, Clubs and Organizations, Residence Life, Ethics, Code of Conduct, Athletics, and Student Ministries.  All students taking classes affiliated with HSU regardless of location are under the policies set forth in the student handbook, which is available at

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State and national recognition has come to HSU because of her athletic teams. Intercollegiate athletics are sponsored in eight sports for men and eight for women. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track, cross country, and golf; whereas sports for women include volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, track, cross country and golf. All sports are non-scholarship and all students who wish to try out for any team are encouraged to do so.

Athletic Participation Requirements

All students who represent the University in  must be concurrently enrolled in at least 12 semester credits and making satisfactory progress toward graduation. They must have attained at least a 1.60 GPA if they have attempted 12-32 semester credits, a 1.80 GPA if they have attempted 33-48 semester credits, or a 2.00 GPA if they have attempted 49 or more semester credits.

In order for a student to continue to represent the University, a student must have completed twenty-one credits in the last academic year. Due to COVID-19 interrupting the spring 2020 semester, for purposes of athletic eligibility, an enrolled student must successfully complete 18 credits in the 2019-2020 academic year to be eligible for participation in the 2020-2021 athletic seasons. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that athletes are also making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Credits that are taken during May Term, Summer I, and Summer II will be counted toward the calendar year. A list of all athletes is required to be turned into the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar will approve all athletes for participation.

Student-athletes who qualify for championship-level play which conflicts with finals week should be given the option of taking their final exams either before or after completion of the athletic event. It is the student-athletes responsibility to notify their professors of the conflict, to work with their professors to schedule an alternate date for the exam, and to complete any necessary university-related paperwork prior to leaving for the athletic event.


All students and academic personnel are expected to attend all official convocations of the University.