Information for Distance Education Students
(including Rio Grande College)

Distance Education is defined as a Web-based class, a class that is broadcast from the Alpine campus to another location, or is taught at a location other than the Alpine campus. The following information is designed to assist students who are enrolled in Sul Ross State University courses (including those at RGC) but seldom (if ever) come to the Alpine campus.

The following statement should appear on all Distance Education Syllabi:

Students enrolled in distance education courses have equal access to the university’s academic support services, library resources, and instructional technology support. For more information about accessing these resources, visit the SRSU website. Students should submit online assignments through Blackboard or SRSU email, which require secure login information to verify students’ identities and to protect students’ information. The procedures for filing a student complaint are included in the student handbook. Students enrolled in distance education courses at Sul Ross are expected to adhere to all policies pertaining to academic honesty and appropriate student conduct, as described in the student handbook. Students in web-based courses must maintain appropriate equipment and software, according to the needs and requirements of the course, as outlined on the SRSU website.

Although the Eagle Pass and Del Rio campuses have learning resource centers, and all RGC students may use the services and resources of the Southwest Texas Junior College Library in Uvalde, Sul Ross students enrolled in classes at Rio Grande college are also encouraged to use the resources that the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library in Alpine offers to all students of Sul Ross State University.

LoboID, Password, A-Number, and Library PIN Number

To fully utilize Sul Ross library services, you will need your LoboID, password, A-Number, and library PIN number. Your LoboID and password are used to remotely access the library's research databases and your A-Number and library PIN number are used to access your library account (which allows you see what you have checked out and to request renewals). If you do not know your LoboID and password (also used for email access), you may obtain it from LoboPass. Your Library PIN will be emailed to you shortly after the 12 class day of long semesters, or 5th class day of summer sessions. You can also call the Library information desk at 432 837-8272 or use the Ask a Librarian/Chat to obtain your Library PIN.

Books and Other Media

WebCat, the Wildenthal Memorial Library's electronic card catalog, is available from the library's home page to anyone who can access the Internet. No password is necessary to search for books, videos, DVDs, CDs, etc. owned by the library.

My Library Account

You can renew materials online or see your currently checked out materials and unpaid bills by choosing "My Account" in WebCat and entering your LoboID and library PIN Number.

Obtaining materials owned by the Sul Ross Library

Rio Grande College personnel and distance education students who wish to check out books or get articles from the Sul Ross library collections should see the page on Document Delivery for more details.

Electronic Books

The Sul Ross library has access to a large collection of electronic books through various vendors. They can be accessed remotely using your LoboID and password.

Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

The research databases are available off-campus only to currently enrolled Sul Ross students, faculty, and staff. In order to access the databases, enter your LoboID and password when prompted.

Obtaining materials NOT owned by the Sul Ross Library

RGC or distance education students who require books or articles not owned or electronically accessible from the Sul Ross library may request materials via Interlibrary Loan. Please see the Interlibrary Loan page for more details.

TexShare Cards

RGC or distance education students who are interested in borrowing books from other libraries in Texas can request a TexShare card. This card must be renewed each semester and allows currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff to use participating Texas libraries. Please see the page on TexShare for more details.

Asking Questions

Reference services are available to distance education students. Please feel free to call the Information Desk at (432) 837-8272 or use the Ask a Librarian/Chat .