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
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, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3 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.
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 proceedings.
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 products 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; and/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. 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 Dean of Students (SU 1.602) or call 972/883-6391.
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
B. Grievance 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 the 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
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.
The dean will refer all complaints that name an employee of the
university (including graduate assistants and other student employess)
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
As a result of the investigation, the dean will, on the basis of
information presented, determine: a) that the charges of discrimination
are without basis, b) that further investigation is required, c)
that campus action shall be initiated to alleviate a discriminatory
situation, or d) that a hearing will be held.
C. Academic Appeals
Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, 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 is 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, photographs, weight and height
of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, awards
and honors received, the most recent educational agency or institution
attended by the student, classification, and expected date of graduation.
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 the Dean of Students, Student Union 1.602, (972) 883-6391.
E. The Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security
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
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 Part One, Chapter III, Section 5 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 compnent 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 required 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
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 the rules.