Student Responsibilities

All students at The University of Texas at Tyler are subject to all Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System and institutional rules and regulations. Rules regarding student conduct and discipline are included in Series 50101of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents and in The University of Texas at Tyler Manual of Policies and Procedures for Student Affairs Failure to read and comply with policies, regulations and procedures will not exempt a student from whatever penalties the student may incur.

Student Conduct and Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Tyler have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities.

The University of Texas at Tyler administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System ( and in the Manual of Policies and Procedures for Student Affairs ( Information on the discipline process can also be found on the Judicial Affairs website ( of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office Student Affairs and the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs' office where staff are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating its standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

If you have questions about the student discipline process, please contact the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs at 903-566-7008.

Academic Dishonesty

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrates a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment of the award of a degree, and/or the submission, as one’s own work of material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Copyright Infringement

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject students to civil and criminal penalties under the Federal Copyright law, (See, Material subject to federal law includes, but is not limited to, printed materials, choreographic works, pantomimes, pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work. It also includes computer software, computer programs, musical works, sound recordings, and videos and other audiovisual work. It is also a violation of federal copyright law for any of the above to be electronically distributed through peer to peer sharing,

Students found in violation of the Federal Copyright law may also be subject to student disciplinary proceedings as described above.

For more information on what constitutes copyright infringement and penalties see The UT System's copyright information website at


Hazing, submission to hazing, or failure to report first-hand knowledge of hazing incidents is prohibited by state law and, in addition to disciplinary actions, is punishable by fines up to $10,000 and confinement in county jail for up to two years. Hazing is defined by state law as, “...any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution.” Any person with knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred on or off campus must report the incident to the Chief Student Affairs Officer.

In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event in good faith and without malice to the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution and immunizes that person for participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from that report. Additionally, a doctor or other medical practitioner who treats a student who may have been subjected to hazing may make a good faith report of the suspected hazing activities to police or other law enforcement officials and is immune from civil or other liability that might otherwise be imposed or incurred as a result of the report. The penalty for failure to report is a fine of up to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both. Penalties for other hazing offenses vary according to the severity of the injury which result, and include fines from $500 to $10,000 and/or confinement for up to two years.