Rules, Regulations, and Statutory Requirements
A. Student Conduct and Discipline
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas 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. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained
in the U.T. Dallas publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all
registered students each academic year.
The University of Texas at Dallas
administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established
due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas
System, Series 50101, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities,
Chapter 49 of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.
Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office
of the Dean of Students, where staff are available to
assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).
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.
1. 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 demonstrate 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 or 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
2. Campus Solicitations
“Solicitations,” as defined by the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of
Texas System, means the sale, lease, rental of any property, product,
merchandise, publication, or service, whether for immediate or future delivery;
an oral statement or the distribution or display of printed material,
merchandise, or product that is designed to encourage the purchase, use or
rental of any property, product, merchandise, publication, or service; the oral
or written appeal or request to join an organization other than a registered
student, faculty, or staff organization; the receipt
of or request for any gift or contribution; or the request to support or oppose
or to vote for or against a candidate, issue, or proposition appearing on the ballot
at any election pursuant to state or federal law or local ordinances. All
solicitations on the U.T. Dallas campus must conform to the Regents’
Rules, copies of which are available in the offices of the President, Executive
Vice President and Provost, Vice Presidents, and Deans, and in numerous other
administrative offices and the library.
Hazing, submission to hazing, or failure to report first-hand knowledge of
the planning or occurance of specific 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. Moreover, any hazing offense that causes the death of another person is a state jail felony. 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 an organization.” Any person who reports a specific hazing incident involving a student to the Dean of Students is immune from civil or criminal liability that he/she might otherwise incur as a result of the report. Any persons who have further questions about hazing or activitioes that may be considered hazing should call the Dean of Students office at (972) 883-6391.
4. Other Disciplinary Situations
Any student organization as a group is subject to disciplinary action or
revocation of registration as a student organization for violation of a rule or
regulation of The University of Texas System or The University of Texas at Dallas.
B. Grievances Procedures
The University of Texas at Dallas
is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of age, color,
disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or
veteran status in its provision of services, activities, and programs, and in
its treatment of students. Students seeking further information about this
policy or related complaint procedures for alleged discrimination or sexual
harassment should contact the Dean of Students. The dean will follow the
procedures for student grievances that are found in Title V, Rules on Student
Services and Activities, Chapter 51, summarized below.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Such harassment is
defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Suggestions that academic or
employment reprisals or rewards will follow the refusal or granting of sexual favors, also constitute sexual harassment. The full text of
the University’s “Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure” may
be found in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, Section D,
Any student who perceives that he or she has been subject to any form of
discrimination as defined above may file a written complaint with the Dean of
Students using the following procedures:
- The complaint must contain
the nature of the alleged discrimination, the date on which the alleged
discrimination occurred, and other appropriate information as required by
- The dean will refer all
complaints that name an employee of the university (including graduate
assistants and other student employees) as the offender to the Office of
Human Resources for investigation and resolution. When the nature of the
complaint is discrimination on the basis of disability, the dean will
refer the grievance or complaint to the ADA Coordinator who will
investigate the complaint under the procedures given in the Administrative
Policies and Procedures Manual, Vol. IIA, Section D, page D11- 195.0,
Americans With Disabilities Act Grievance Policy.
- With the exceptions noted in
subsection (2) above, the student discipline procedure outlined in Title
V, Chapter 49 Student Discipline and Conduct will be utilized for
complaints that name a student as an alleged offender. Such complaints
will be investigated by the dean.
- As a result of the
investigation, the dean will, on the basis of the information presented,
- that the charges of
discrimination are without basis,
- that further investigation
is required ,
- that campus action
shall be initiated to alleviate a discriminatory situation, or
a hearing will be held.
C. Academic Appeals
- Procedures for student
grievances are found in Title V, Chapter 51, Rules on Student Services and
Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In
attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations,
or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of
the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the
instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the
grievance originated (hereafter called “the respondent.”)
Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning
grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level,
the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy
to the respondent’s school dean. If the matter is not resolved by
the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a
written appeal to the school dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the
school dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the
dean of graduate or undergraduate studies, who will appoint and convene an
Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is
final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to
all involved parties.
- Copies of these rules and
regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students where staff are available to assist
students in interpreting the rules and regulations.
D. Privacy Act: Student Records
- The student’s
university record is established and maintained to provide both the
student and the university with information regarding the student’s
progress while enrolled at the university. Any student enrolled in the
university has access to and may inspect those records relating to his or
her academic progress, to the extent allowed by the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act and the Texas Public Information Act. The record is
considered to be confidential and may be released only within the
limitations clearly defined by university regulations and state and
federal statutes or with the student’s written permission.
- The university may release
directory information which is defined as public information and includes
the student’s name, local and permanent address, telephone number,
E-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study,
participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and
height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, awards
and honors received, and the most recent educational agency or institution
attended by the student. This information may be printed in various
publications of the university such as the student directory, honors list,
athletic programs, list of graduating students, or similar documents.
Additionally, this information may be released upon request. A student may
request that the university not release directory information by
completing the appropriate forms during registration. The student must
complete the forms each semester.
- Student records which the
university maintains include official university academic and personal
records relating to scholastic, disciplinary and fiscal matters as well as
records maintained by university agencies and agencies providing services
sought voluntarily by students. Students may challenge the contents of
educational records and request corrections to inaccurate or misleading
information. Any request for correction or explanation of record contents
should be presented in writing to the person in charge of the office where
the record is maintained.
- Detailed information
pertaining to the content of and handling of student records is contained
in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the
university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Students wishing more
information about their rights established under the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act should contact the Office of Student Life, Student
Union 1.602, (972) 883-6391.
E. The Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act
In compliance with the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, The
University of Texas at Dallas
collects specified information on campus crime statistics, campus security
policies, and institutional completion or graduation rates. The university
publishes an annual report of campus security policies and crime statistics and
distributes copies during registration.
F. Use of Facilities
Pursuant to the general authority of Texas Education Code Chapter 65, and
the specific authority of Texas Education Code Chapter 51, the Board of Regents
of The University of Texas System, in Series 80101-80110 of the Rules and Regulations, promulgates rules
relating to the use of buildings, grounds, and facilities for purposes other
than programs and activities related to the role and mission of the U. T.
System and the component institutions.
The property, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the U. T.
System or U. T. Dallas are not open for assembly, speech, or other activities
as are the public streets, sidewalks, and parks. The responsibility of the
Board of Regents to operate and maintain an effective and efficient system of
institutions of higher education requires that the time, place and manner of
assembly, speech, and other activities on the grounds and in the buildings and
facilities of the U. T. System or U. T. Dallas be regulated.
Complete copies of the regental and institutional
rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting