5.5.2 Student Conduct Code, Student Disciplinary Hearings and Appeals Procedures

A. Purpose

By enrolling at UT Tyler, a student neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. All students are expected and required to obey federal, state, and local laws, to comply with the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations (Regents’ Rules), with The University of Texas System (System) and U T Tyler rules and regulations, with directives issued by an administrative official of the System or UT Tyler in the course of his or her authorized duties, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution. For a full description of the student conduct code, student disciplinary hearings and appeals procedures, please see Chapter 8 of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures at this website: http://www.uttyler.edu/mopp/index.php

Definitions

For a full list of definitions, please see Section 8-103, Definitions, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.

B. Application

The Student Code of Conduct applies to individual students, prescribes the standards of conduct expected of students enrolled at the University, outlines actions that can be taken when conduct is not in conformity with the prescribed standards and establishes due process procedures for the imposition of such actions. For a complete description of the application of the Student Code of Conduct, please see Section 8-102, Application, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.

C. Prohibited Acts or Practices

Conduct Expected of Students. A student is expected and required to obey federal, state and local laws, to comply with the Regent’s Rules, with University rules and regulations, with directives issued by an administrative official of the System or the UT Tyler in the course of his or her authorized duties, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution. For a complete listing of the Student Standards of Conduct, please refer to Chapter 8-800 of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.

D. Disciplinary Proceedings

  1. Initiation of Disciplinary Proceedings
    1. Investigation. 1) Upon receiving information that a student has allegedly violated Regents’ Rules, UT Tyler regulations or administrative rules, the Judicial Officer shall investigate the alleged violation. For a complete description of the investigation process, please see Section 8-301, Investigation, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures. 2) A student may be summoned by written request of the Judicial Officer for a meeting to discuss the allegations. For a complete description of the summons process, please see Section 8-302, Summoning Student, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.
    2. Disposition. The student must choose one of two decision-making approaches: 1) an administrative decision made by the Judicial Officer or 2) a formal hearing. 1) For a complete description of the administrative process, please see Section 8-303, Administrative Disposition of Violations, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures. 2) For a complete description of the formal hearing process, please see Subchapter 8-400, Hearing, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.

    3. Immediate Interim Discipline. 1) Pending a hearing or other disposition of the allegations against a student, the Judicial Officer may take such immediate interim disciplinary action as is appropriate to the circumstances. For a complete description of in interim disciplinary measures, please refer to paragraphs b and c of Section 8-301, Investigation, of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policy and Procedures.

  2. Disciplinary Penalties
    1. Authorized Disciplinary Penalties. Any one or more of the actions listed below may be imposed upon a student who has engaged in conduct that violates a rule, regulation or administrative order of the University, a provision of the Regents' Rules, or a federal, state or local law. The disciplinary action assessed in a particular case will be dependent upon the nature of the conduct involved, the circumstances and conditions which existed at the time the student engaged in such conduct, and the results which followed as a natural consequence of such conduct. For a list of disciplinary penalties and explanations of them, please see Section 8-500 Sanctions of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policies and Procedures.
  3. Appeal
    1. Right to Appeal. The accused student may appeal a disciplinary penalty assessed by the Judicial Officer. Either the accused student or the Judicial Officer may appeal the decision of the Hearing Officer. All such appeals are made to the President of UT Tyler. The President’s decision is the final appellate review. For more information on the appeals process, please see Section 8-600 Appeal of the UT Tyler Student Affairs Manual of Policies and Procedures.

E. Review

The Chief Student Affairs Officer is responsible for this policy. This policy shall be reviewed every five years or as needed by the following stakeholders:

Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs

Dean of Students

Student Government Association President

ORIGINALLY APPROVED:  12/01/2001

LAST AMENDED:  04/13/2011