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Chapter 11. Student Discipline and Conduct

Subchapter 11–100. General Provisions

Sec. 11–101. Preamble

  1. The University’s expectations for student conduct are grounded in the University Code of Conduct: “The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.” University students are also expected to uphold the Student Honor Code: “As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.” University students are also expected to abide by all city, state, and federal laws and statutes and all regulations of the University and The University of Texas System. However, as a community of scholars, the University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than that required simply to avoid discipline. The principles of the Student Honor Code together with the University Code of Conduct should govern and direct student conduct, to promote a safe environment that is conducive to academic success and to ensure that each University student graduates ready to contribute to society as an ethical citizen.
  2. This chapter contains regulations for dealing with alleged student violations of University standards of conduct in a manner consistent with the requirements of procedural due process and in accordance with The University of Texas System Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents' Rule: 50101 and the Model Policy for Student Conduct and Discipline promulgated by the Office of General Counsel of the University of Texas System. In addition to the general expectations for conduct set forth in subsection 11–101(a), subchapter 11–400 contains a description of prohibited conduct.

Sec. 11–102. Application and Jurisdiction

  1. This chapter applies to individual students and states the function of students, faculty members and administrative staff members of the University in disciplinary proceedings.
  2. A student is subject to discipline for prohibited conduct as outlined in subchapter 11-400 herein that occurs while the student is participating in off-campus activities sponsored by or affiliated with the University, including field trips, internships, rotations, and clinical assignments.
  3. Students may be disciplined by the University for violating any standards of conduct on the campus or off of the campus when the incident occurs in connection with an institution-oriented activity, or when the incident has a substantial connection to the interests of the University, or when the behavior is prohibited by University policy regardless of where it occurs, even if they are or may be penalized by civil authorities for the same act.
  4. University disciplinary action may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the civil/criminal law and University policy without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. At the discretion of the dean of students, proceedings under this chapter may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings off campus. Determinations made and sanctions imposed under this chapter will not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts that give rise to the violations of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
  5. A student remains subject to discipline for prohibited conduct that occurs while suspended.

Subchapter 11–200. Administration of Discipline

Sec. 11–201. Administration by Dean of Students
The dean of students has primary authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline. The dean of students works cooperatively with faculty members, hearing officer(s) or the Student Conduct Board in the disposition of academic violations, with appropriate staff members in the Division of Housing and Food Service in the disposition of residence hall violations, and with other appropriate staff members in the disposition of other types of violations.

Sec. 11–202. Hearing Officer
The hearing officer(s) will be appointed in accordance with procedures established by the president. The president may appoint an individual or an office to coordinate the work of the hearing officer(s). To preclude any appearance of impropriety on the part of the dean of students, the selection and training of hearing officers is under the authority of the president’s office and facilitated by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Sec. 11-203. Student Conduct Board

The Student Conduct Board (SCB) will be appointed in accordance with procedures established by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs may appoint an individual or an office to coordinate the work of the SCB. To preclude any appearance of impropriety on the part of the dean of students, the selection and training of the SCB is under the authority of the president’s office and facilitated by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

  1. Composition. The SCB is composed of thirty persons; twenty-four students and six faculty and/or staff members.
  1. Student members must be currently enrolled in the University and cannot be an executive officer of any legislative student organization.
  2. Student candidates for membership shall be recommended by a selection committee appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs. The president will appoint the student members of the SCB upon the recommendation of the selection committee.
  1. Chair. The chair of the SCB shall be appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  2. Panels. The SCB will act through panels appointed ad hoc for each hearing. Each panel shall be composed of five members: four student members and one faculty/staff member. The panel foreperson will be selected by the SCB chair.
  3. Quorum. A quorum of the SCB is a majority. A quorum of a panel of the SCB is the entire panel.
  4. Jurisdiction. The SCB shall only hear matters concerning allegations of academic dishonesty.

Subchapter 11–300. Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning, the following definitions apply.

  1. “Adviser” means a single individual whom an accused student may elect to accompany him or her to a meeting with the dean of students or a hearing regarding an alleged violation of University policy. Because the accused student is solely responsible for presenting his or her case during the disciplinary process, an adviser may confer with and advise the accused student but may not advocate for the student in a meeting with the dean of students or in a hearing. A meeting with the dean of students or a hearing may be postponed no more than seven days after the original date to allow for an adviser to attend a meeting with the dean of students or a hearing. If an adviser is directly related to a disciplinary case or if the adviser’s presence poses a conflict of interest, the dean of students, the foreperson of the SCB panel, or the hearing officer may dismiss the adviser from the meeting or hearing. Advisers may be dismissed from any disciplinary proceedings if they disrupt the process. If an adviser is an attorney, the dean of students may also be accompanied by an attorney. All complainants, including a complainant in a case involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations may have an adviser present during the hearing.
  2. “Complaint” means a written statement prepared by the dean of students before a hearing that outlines the alleged violation(s) of a Regents’ Rule, University regulation, or administrative rule to be resolved by the dean of students, the SCB or by the hearing officer.
  3. "Complainant” - a person who submits a complaint alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other Title IX related allegations, or is identified as the person involved in an incident alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other Title IX related allegations.
  4. “Day” means a calendar day, except University holidays and days on which regularly scheduled classes are suspended due to emergent situations; “weekday” means Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., except University holidays and days on which regularly scheduled classes are suspended due to emergent situations; “University holiday” means a staff holiday identified in the holiday schedule published by the Office of Human Resource Services. If a deadline defined in this chapter falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or University holiday, that deadline will be moved to the next weekday; Saturdays and Sundays that are contiguous with University holidays are not considered “days” as defined here.
  5. “Dean of students” means the dean of students of the University of Texas at Austin or the dean of students’ delegate or representative.
  6. “Disciplinary decision” means a written decision as to whether an accused student has committed a violation of a Regents’ Rule, University regulation, or administrative rule. It includes the findings of fact in support of the decision along with the assessed sanction or sanctions, if any.
  7. “Disciplinary record” or “student disciplinary record” means a student record as defined in section 9–202 of the Institutional Rules maintained by the dean of students in connection with a violation or an alleged violation of a Regents’ Rule, University regulation, or administrative rule. The disciplinary record may include complaints, notices, hearing records, disciplinary decisions, and other documents required under this chapter or deemed relevant by the dean of students. Disciplinary records may be disclosed to outside parties as dictated by section 9–300 of the Institutional Rules.
  8. “Faculty member” means a person who is employed by the University for the purpose of teaching a class, and who has authority to assign grades for the class.
  9. “Hearing officer” means a person appointed by the president to conduct hearings of alleged violations of a Regents’ Rule, University regulation, or administrative rule.
  10. “President” means the president of the University of Texas at Austin.
  11. “Student” means a person who is currently enrolled at the University, or who is accepted for admission or readmission to the University, or who has been enrolled at the University in a prior semester or summer session and is eligible to continue enrollment in the semester or summer session that immediately follows, or who is attending an educational program sponsored by the University while that person is on campus, or who engaged in prohibited conduct at a time when he or she met the above criteria. For the purposes of this chapter, individuals who are not currently enrolled at the University remain subject to the disciplinary process for conduct that occurred while they were enrolled.
  12. “Student Conduct Board” (SCB) means the entity or group of persons composed primarily of students, who along with faculty and/or staff, are appointed by the president, as provided in this chapter, to conduct hearings and issue decisions concerning academic dishonesty violations.
  13. “Title IX” means Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-318, as amended by section 3 of Pub. L. 93-568, 88 Stat. 1855, except sections 904 and 906 thereof; 20 U.S.C. 1681, 1682, 1683, 1685, 1686.
  14. “Title IX Coordinator” means the employee of the University with major responsibility for Title IX compliance efforts and who is designated to handle complaints under Title IX.
  15. “University” means the University of Texas at Austin. For the purposes of this chapter, "University" also includes all activities and programs sponsored by or affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin regardless of the actual location where such activities or programs occur, including but not limited to, field trips, internships, rotations, and clinical assignments.
  16. “University holiday” see “day” above.
  17. “Vice President for Student Affairs” means the Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin and is the administrative officer primarily responsible for the development and administration of policies relating to students, for the development and implementation of services to students, and for the initial preparation of institutional regulations that implement the Model Policy for Student Conduct and Discipline of The University of Texas System.
  18. “Weekday”—see “day” above.

Subchapter 11–400. Prohibited Conduct

Sec. 11–401. Conduct Expected of Students

As stated in subsection 11–101(a), the University’s expectations for conduct are grounded in the University Code of Conduct and the Student Honor Code. While subchapter 11–400 outlines specific examples of prohibited conduct, the University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum needed to avoid discipline.

Sec. 11–402. Academic Dishonesty

  1. The dean of students or a faculty member may initiate disciplinary proceedings under subchapter 11–500 against a student accused of academic dishonesty.
  2. “Academic dishonesty” or “scholastic dishonesty” includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two classes without the prior permission of the instructor), or the attempt to commit such an act.
  3. “Cheating” includes, but is not limited to,
    1. copying from another student’s test, paper, project, or other assignment;
    2. failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering a test, project, or other assignment, or given in conjunction with the completion of course requirements;
    3. use or possession of materials that are not authorized by the person giving the test, project, or other assignment, including but not limited to class notes, calculators, electronic devices, and specifically designed “crib notes”; the presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test;
    4. providing aid or assistance to or receiving aid or assistance from another student or individual, without authority, in conjunction with a test, project, or other assignment;
    5. discussing or providing information about the contents of a test with another student who will take the test;
    6. divulging the contents of a test, for the purpose of preserving questions for future use, when the instructor has designated that the test is not to be removed from the examination room or is not to be returned to or kept by the student;
    7. substituting for another person or permitting another person to substitute for oneself to take a class, a test, or any class-related assignment;
    8. using, buying, stealing, transporting, soliciting, or coercing another person to obtain answers to or information about an administered test, project, or other assignment;
    9. falsifying research data, laboratory reports, other academic work offered for credit, or work done in conjunction with the completion of course requirements;
    10. taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the University, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained by such conduct; or altering a test paper, project, or other assignment to gain an academic advantage.
  4. “Plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, and other expression or media, and presenting that material as one’s own academic work being offered for credit or in conjunction with a program course requirement.
  5. “Collusion” includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit, and collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on academic dishonesty.
  6. “Misrepresenting facts for academic advantage” to the University or an agent of the University or The University of Texas System includes, but is not limited to, providing false grades or résumés; providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment for the purpose of obtaining an academic or financial benefit for oneself or another individual; and providing false or misleading information in an effort to injure another student academically or financially.

Sec. 11–403. Financial Transactions with the University
Students who owe debts to the University may be denied admission or readmission to the University and may have official transcripts, grades, diplomas, and degrees to which they would otherwise be entitled withheld until the debt is paid. Students who write bad checks to the University for tuition and fees will have their registration canceled. Bad checks written to the University for other purposes will subject the student to legal and/or disciplinary action. Matters relating to student financial transactions will be directed by the appropriate administrative office to the Office of Accounting. See Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 50303 for more information.

Sec. 11–404. General Misconduct

  1. Notwithstanding any action taken on account of the violation by civil authorities or agencies charged with the enforcement of criminal laws, the dean of students may initiate disciplinary proceedings under subchapter 11–500 against a student who
    1. engages in conduct that violates any provision of federal, state, or local laws, whether or not the violation occurs on University property or in connection with any University-oriented activity;
    2. Unless authorized by federal, State or local laws, possesses, uses, or displays firearms, facsimile firearms, ammunition, explosives, or other weapons on property owned or controlled by the University, without written permission from the dean of students;
    3. behaves in a manner that impedes, interferes with, or disrupts any University teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service, learning, or other authorized activity;
    4. behaves in a manner that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any student or employee of the University, or of visitors on the campus;
    5. violates the University’s prohibition of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment as contained in Appendix D and/or the prohibition of sexual assault as contained in Appendix H and/or the policy on sexual misconduct as contained in Appendix E;
    6. damages, defaces, destroys, tampers with, or takes without authorization property of the University, property belonging to any student or employee of the University, or property of a visitor on the campus;
    7. violates the University's prohibition of hazing as contained in Chapter 14 of the Institutional Rules;
    8. engages in unauthorized use or possession of alcoholic beverages in a University classroom building, laboratory, auditorium, library building, museum, faculty or administrative office, intercollegiate or intramural athletic facility, residence hall, or any other campus area (see Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 80102 for more information); or engages in the improper use, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to underage possession of alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol, providing alcohol to a minor, public intoxication, minor driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated;
    9. engages in the use, possession, or sale of an illegal drug or narcotic, or possession of drug paraphernalia;
    10. engages in speech, including but not limited to verbal, electronic, or written communication, that is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action;
    11. enters, walks, runs, lies, plays, remains, or is in the water of any fountain or other artificial body of water on the University campus that is not designed and maintained for recreational or therapeutic purposes; dumps, throws, places, or causes to be placed any material, object, trash, person, animal, waste, or debris in the water of any fountain or other artificial body of water located on the University campus; or damages, defaces, or removes any portion of any fountain, monument, building, statue, structure, facility, tree, shrub, or memorial located on the University campus (see Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 80110 for more information);
    12. engages in harassment; harassment is defined as conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University; for a complete set of cross-references to all harassment policies on the campus, see subsection 13–204(c) of the Institutional Rules;
    13. engages in unauthorized use of property, including keys, equipment, resources, supplies, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the University or The University of Texas System, including unauthorized entry into property, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the University or The University of Texas System;
    14. furnishes false information to or withholds material information from any University official, faculty member, or staff member acting in the course of his or her duties;
    15. refuses to identify one's self to a University official, faculty member, or staff member acting in an official capacity;
    16. alters or assists in the alteration of any official nonacademic record or document, including parking permits and athletic tickets, of any University office or of The University of Texas System;
    17. engages in an inappropriate or disproportionate use of an information technology resource owned or controlled by the University or The University of Texas System or uses an information technology resource for an illegal, threatening, or intentionally destructive purpose; prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, circumventing system or network security, committing copyright infringement, transmitting unsolicited e-mail, sharing a University-issued password, falsifying an e-mail header, and using resources for personal financial gain or profit;
    18. engages in stalking; stalking is defined as repeated conduct directed specifically at another person that reasonably causes that person, or a member of that person’s family or household, to fear for his or her safety or that person’s property; such conduct may include but is not limited to repeated, close physical or visual contact, watching, following, and making direct or implied threats by phone calls, e-mail messages, letters, or messages;
    19. engages in gambling, including in the residence halls;
    20. engages in the falsification of academic records, including but not limited to altering or assisting in the alteration of any official record of the University or The University of Texas System and submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for or related to any academic record of the University or The University of Texas System. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar. A former student who engages in such conduct is subject to a bar against readmission, revocation of a degree, and withdrawal of a diploma;
    21. engages in surveillance or recording of any type without the subject’s knowledge or consent in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy and/or the broadcasting or distribution of such material;
    22. otherwise engages in the following acts of inappropriate conduct that have the potential to interfere or disrupt the student learning or teaching function of the University: pranks, repeated contact of a harassing nature through a personal or electronic medium, and berating or otherwise abusive behavior; or
    23. engages in any prohibited conduct while suspended for disciplinary reasons.
  2. In the case of disruptive activity on the campus of the University, neither the dean of students nor the president nor any representative of them will negotiate or attempt to negotiate with any person or persons so engaged. When such a situation arises, the dean of students or the president, or their representative, will take immediate action to utilize all lawful measures to halt and eliminate any and all such disruptive activities that come to their attention, and may initiate disciplinary proceedings under subchapter 11–500. See Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 40502 for more information.
  3. It is unlawful for any person on any property of the University to refuse to identify himself or herself to an institutional representative in response to a request. A person identifies himself or herself by giving his or her name and complete address, substantiated by a current driver’s license, voter registration card, or other official documentation, and by stating truthfully whether or not he or she is a student or employee of the University. An institutional representative includes any member of the Board of Regents; any executive officer or administrative officer of the system; any administrative officer of the University; and any attorney, peace officer, or security officer of The University of Texas System or the University acting pursuant to the authority of Texas law. See Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 80101, Number 2, Sections 3 and 4 for more information.
  4. Any person who violates any provision of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations of The University of Texas System, the rules and regulations of the University (including but not limited to administrative rules of campus offices), or specific instructions issued by an administrative official acting in the course of his or her authorized duties, is subject to disciplinary sanction.
  5. It is a violation for a student to attempt to commit any violation of University rules or regulations, or to assist another person or persons in committing any violation of University rules or regulations.
  6. It is a violation to engage in action that interferes with or obstructs the student disciplinary process. This includes, but is not limited to, failing to appear for a meeting when summoned by letter or e-mail to do so, failing to appear at or testify at a hearing, attempting to intimidate, harass, or unduly influence a potential witness or complainant, and failing to complete judicial sanctions.

Subchapter 11–500. Disciplinary Procedures

Sec. 11–501. Investigation

When the dean of students receives information that a student has allegedly violated a Regents’ Rule, University regulation, administrative rule, city ordinance, or state or federal law, the alleged violation will be investigated. Upon completing the preliminary investigation, the dean of students may

  1. dismiss the allegation as unfounded; or
  2. summon the student for a conference and, after conferring with the student,
    1. dismiss the allegation; or
    2. proceed administratively under section 11–504 in every case where the proposed sanction is not a suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction, or expulsion and in other cases where the student elects an administrative disposition; or
    3. prepare a complaint based on the allegation and proceed under subchapter 11–600 in cases where the proposed sanction is suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction or expulsion and the student does not waive his or her right to a hearing.
  3. If the information received by the dean of students makes allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, in addition to the above requirements, the dean of students shall inform the Title IX coordinator of the allegations. Any complaints or allegations concerning sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct are subject to Appendix D and Appendix H respectively. In these cases the Title IX coordinator and the complainant shall, subject to Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA) and other applicable law, be informed by the dean of students as to the result of the preliminary investigation and, if applicable, the process employed to resolve the allegation(s). Although the Title IX investigation will generally proceed as follows, the dean of students may adjust the sequence of the investigation as necessary:
    1. the investigators will summon both the accused student and the complainant for individual conferences to obtain testimony.
    2. the investigators will summon any witnesses related to the investigation to obtain relevant testimony.
    3. the investigators will prepare an investigative report based on the allegation(s), the evidence, and the testimonies of the accused student, the complainant and relevant witnesses.
    4. the investigators will determine if the evidence meets the standard of proof to proceed administratively under section 11-504 or dismiss the allegation. 
    5. the investigators will notify both the accused student and the complainant of the outcome of the investigation.

Sec. 11–502. Interim Disciplinary Action

  1. Pending a hearing or other disposition of the allegations against a student, if the continuing presence of the student is a potential danger to persons or property or a potential threat of disrupting the academic process or any activity authorized by the University, the dean of students may take such immediate interim disciplinary action as is appropriate to the circumstances. Appropriate actions include, but are not limited to, suspending the right of the student to be present on the campus (including to live in campus residence halls) and to attend classes, and otherwise altering the status of the student.
  2. A student who is suspended or whose status is altered under subsection 11–502(a) is entitled to a hearing at his or her request by a hearing officer under subchapter 11–600. A request for a hearing under this subsection must be made within five days after the interim disciplinary action was taken. If requested by the student, such a hearing generally will be conducted within ten days after the interim disciplinary action was taken, unless the student agrees in writing to a hearing at a later time or waives a hearing and accepts the decision of the dean of students under section 11–504. At the discretion of the dean of students, the ten-day period may be extended for a period not to exceed an additional ten days. Prior to a hearing as described in this section, a student whose status is altered under subsection 11–502(a) may request a meeting with the dean of students to discuss the interim disciplinary action taken by the University. If the student chooses, they may seek to have the matter resolved by proceeding with a disposition of the matter by the dean of students under the provisions of section 11–504. If a student chooses to proceed under section 11–504 after interim disciplinary action has been taken, the dean of students may determine that the deadlines contained in this section for the scheduling and initiation of a hearing do not apply.
  3. A student who is suspended or whose status is altered under subsection 11–502(a) is subject to further disciplinary action for prohibited conduct that takes place during the period of interim disciplinary action imposed under 11-502(a).

Sec. 11–503. Summoning a Student

  1. The dean of students may summon a student to appear in connection with an alleged violation by sending a message to the student by letter or by e-mail at an address listed in the registrar’s records.
  2. The message will direct the student to appear at a specific time and place at least three weekdays after the date of the message if the message is sent by letter, or at least two weekdays after the date of the message if the message is sent by e-mail. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, or other Title IX related allegations, the dean of students has the right to summon the student at least one weekday after the date of the message, by email, or phone number listed in the registrar’s records.
  3. The dean of students may bar or cancel the enrollment or otherwise alter the status of a student (or of a former student as described in subsection 11–300(k) who fails without good cause to comply with a summons sent under subsection 11–503(a) until the student complies with the summons. A letter sent to an address listed in the registrar’s records, a letter hand-delivered to the student, or an e-mail message sent to the address listed in the registrar’s records will constitute full and adequate notice. The student’s failure to provide and to maintain current addresses, refusal to accept delivery of a letter, or failure to receive an e-mail message because the mailbox is full or the message is inappropriately forwarded will not constitute good cause for failure to comply with the summons. [Policies on the use of e-mail for official correspondence are given in Appendix M]
  4. If an accused student fails to appear as directed in a summons the dean of students may proceed with a hearing before a hearing officer based upon the information available.

Sec. 11–504. Administrative Disposition by the Dean of Students of Disciplinary Violations
Administrative disposition shall be used in cases where the proposed sanction is a sanction other than suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction, or expulsion and may be used in cases where the proposed sanction is suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction, or expulsion if the accused student agrees to waive his right to a hearing.

  1. In cases where the accused student does not dispute the facts upon which the charges are based, the proposed sanction is not suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction or expulsion and the student agrees to the proposed sanction, the administrative disposition shall be final and there shall be no appeal of the finding of misconduct or the sanction.
  2. In cases where the accused student disputes the facts upon which the charges are based and the proposed sanction is not suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction, or expulsion the dean of students will inform the student of the charges, evidence, findings, and proposed sanction(s); give the student the opportunity to meet with the dean of students or his or her delegate to provide evidence. The dean of students will review all evidence, including the student’s response to the allegation, and determine whether the greater weight of credible evidence supports a finding that a violation occurred. If a violation is deemed to have occurred, the dean of students will assess sanction(s) pursuant to subchapter 11–700 that is appropriate given the allegation and the student’s disciplinary record, if any. The administrative disposition may be appealed to the president or his or her designee. Both the finding of violation and/or the sanction may be appealed.
  3. An administrative disposition may be used in cases where the proposed sanction is suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction, or expulsion. A student who wishes to resolve his or her disciplinary case through an administrative disposition with the dean of students must waive his or her right to hearing reserving his or her right to appeal only the assessed sanction or sanctions to the president in accordance with section 11–803. A student who does not sign the administrative disposition developed as described in subsection 11–504 shall resolve the disciplinary case through a hearing before either a hearing officer or, in academic dishonesty cases only, a panel of the SCB in accordance with subchapter 11–600.
  4. If the student fails to complete the assigned sanction or sanctions, the dean of students may pursue a separate rule violation under Section 11-404(f) and/or place a bar on the student’s registration until the sanction is completed.
  5. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other Title IX related allegations, the dean of students shall, subject to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, inform the Title IX coordinator and a complainant as to any disposition of the case or if the accused student has chosen to proceed to a hearing.

Sec. 11–505. Disposition by Faculty Members of Academic Violations

  1. When a faculty member has reason to suspect that a student has violated University regulations concerning academic dishonesty as defined in section 11–402, the faculty member may:
    1. refer the case to the dean of students, who will proceed under section 11–501. The faculty member is not required to notify the accused student that the disciplinary referral has been made; or
    2. meet with the student(s) involved and discuss the alleged violation(s), the documentation and/or information that supports the charge, and the rights of the student(s) in the disciplinary process. After conferring with the student, the faculty member may dismiss the allegation or proceed under subsection 11–505(b) or subsection 11–505(c).
  2. In any case where a student accused of academic dishonesty disputes the facts upon which the charges are based, chooses not to waive the right to a hearing, or chooses to have the case resolved by the dean of students, the faculty member will refer the matter to the dean of students, who will then proceed under section 11–501.
  3. With the agreement of both the accused student and the faculty member, a case of academic dishonesty may be resolved through a faculty disposition. A resolution through a faculty disposition does not limit the possibility of additional sanctions being issued by the dean of students as dictated in Subsection 11-505(d). Faculty dispositions are used in situations where the accused student does not dispute the facts upon which the charges are based, and the student signs a written waiver of the hearing. If, after hearing the accused student’s response to the allegation, the faculty member determines that the greater weight of credible evidence supports a finding that a violation has occurred, the faculty member will assess a sanction or sanctions pursuant to section 11–702(a). After the student signs the faculty disposition, the faculty member shall send the signed form, the signed waiver of the hearing, and all relevant documentation (including copies of the academic assignment and course syllabus) to the dean of students. In extraordinary circumstances, if the sanction issued in a faculty disposition falls well outside the general scope of sanctions issued in similar cases, the dean of students may communicate with the faculty member to discuss a different sanction.
    1. A student who resolves his or her disciplinary case through a faculty disposition must sign a written waiver of his or her right to a hearing and may appeal only the assessed sanction or sanctions to the president in accordance with section 11–802.
    2. If the student fails to complete the assigned sanction or sanctions, the dean of students may pursue a separate rule violation under Section 11-404(f) and/or place a bar on the student’s registration until the sanction is completed.
  1. In situations where the dean of students receives a faculty disposition signed by both parties, the dean of students may seek to impose a disciplinary sanction or sanctions in addition to the one assessed in the faculty disposition. Additional sanctions may be levied when the student has a prior disciplinary history or in other situations deemed appropriate by the dean of students. When assessing an additional disciplinary sanction, the dean of students may impose any general sanctions listed in Section 11-701 or Section 11-703 or any grade-related sanctions listed in Section 11-702(a). A student who has been issued an additional sanction by the dean of students after signing a faculty disposition may elect to appeal both the grade-related sanction issued in the faculty disposition under Section 11-802 and appeal the additional sanction(s) issued by the dean of students as dictated by Section 11-803.

Subchapter 11–600. Hearing

In cases where the proposed sanction is suspension, including suspension of rights and privileges, academic sanction or expulsion, the accused student may elect to have the charges heard and determined by either a hearing officer or, in cases of academic dishonesty only, by a panel of the SCB. If the accused student does not make a decision within thirty days, the matter shall be heard by a hearing officer. At the discretion of the dean of students, the thirty-day period may be extended for a period not to exceed an additional ten days.

In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault,relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, if the accused student does not make a decision within five weekdays, the matter shall be heard by a hearing officer.

Sec. 11–601. Duties of the Hearing Officer

  1. The hearing officer will preside over the hearing and will
    1. determine whether the dean of students has satisfactorily performed the requirements of section 11–603;
    2. except as otherwise provided in this chapter, determine whether observers may be present; observers will be limited to people attending the hearing for University training purposes;
    3. rule on the admissibility of evidence and on objections to the procedure;
    4. facilitate the hearing process, which includes removing from the hearing anyone who is disrupting the process;
    5. render a written decision, which will contain findings of fact and conclusions as to whether a violation has occurred;
    6. assess a sanction or sanctions;
    7. provide the student and the dean of students with a copy of the decision; and
    8. certify the hearing record.
  2. The hearing officer may question witnesses.
  3. The hearing officer is entitled to have the advice and legal counsel from the Office of General Counsel of the University of Texas System.
  4. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence or other Title IX related allegations, the hearing officer will also provide the Title IX coordinator and the complainant with a copy of the decision.

Sec. 11–602. Duties of the Student Conduct Board Panel

  1. The foreperson of the SCB panel will preside over the hearing and will
    1. determine whether the dean of students has satisfactorily performed the requirements of section 11–603;
    2. confirm the student’s election to a hearing before an SCB panel under Subchapter 11-600;
    3. except as otherwise provided in this chapter, determine whether observers may be present; observers will be limited to people attending the hearing for University training purposes;
    4. rule on the admissibility of evidence and on objections to the procedure;
    5. facilitate the hearing process, which includes removing from the hearing anyone who is disrupting the process;
    6. by a majority vote of the panel, render a written decision, which will contain findings of fact and conclusions as to whether a violation has occurred; and assess a sanction or sanctions;
    7. provide the student and the dean of students with a copy of the decision; and
    8. certify the hearing record.
  2. The members of the panel of the SCB may question witnesses.
  3. The SCB is entitled to have the advice and counsel from the Office of General Counsel of The University of Texas System.

Sec. 11–603. Duties of the Dean of Students
The dean of students will

  1. set the date, time, and place for the hearing and notify the accused student of the date, time, and place;
  2. arrange for recording the hearing as provided in subsection 11–608(f); and
  3. furnish a suitable room, necessary equipment, and clerical assistance for the hearing.

Sec. 11–604. Notice of Hearing

  1. The dean of students will notify the accused student by letter or by e-mail of the date, time, and place for the hearing. The notice will be delivered in person or sent by e-mail or postal mail to the student at an address listed in the registrar’s records. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the dean of students shall also provide the date, time, and place of the hearing to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.
  2. The notice will specify a hearing date at least ten days after the date of the letter or e-mail message, unless the hearing is being held under the conditions required in section 11–502 or related to a Title IX allegation. A letter or an e-mail message sent to an address listed in the registrar’s records will constitute full and adequate notice. A letter will be considered to have been received on the third weekday after the day of mailing. An e-mail message will be considered to have been received on the second day after the day of sending the message. A student may request, in writing, that an earlier hearing date be set if feasible to arrange. The hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel for good cause may postpone the hearing and will notify the dean of students and the accused student of the new hearing date. The student’s failure to provide and to maintain current addresses, refusal to accept delivery of a letter, or failure to receive an e-mail message because the mailbox is full or the message is inappropriately forwarded will not constitute good cause for failure to comply with the notice. [Policies on the use of e-mail for official correspondence are given in Appendix M.]
  3. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the notice will specify a hearing date of at least 5 days after the date of the letter or e-mail message.
  4. Notice sent under subsection 11–604(a) will
    1. direct the accused student to appear on the date and at the time and place specified;
    2. advise the accused student of his or her rights
      1. to a private hearing;
      2. to appear in person and to have an adviser at the hearing;
      3. to challenge the hearing officer or the members of the SCB panel designated to hear the charges;
      4. to know the identity of each witness who will testify against him or her;
      5. to present testimony of witnesses, to present documentary and other evidence, and to argue in his or her own behalf;
      6. to cross-examine each witness who testifies against him or her; and
      7. to appeal under section 11–804;
    3. contain the name of the person appointed to act as hearing officer or the names of the SCB panel appointed to hear the matter;
    4. contain the names of witnesses who may testify against the accused student, a brief summary of the testimony to be given by each, and a list of documentary and other evidence that will be offered against the accused student; the dean of students may supplement the list of witnesses and documents for good cause, as determined by the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel;
    5. contain a copy of the complaint, which outlines the alleged violation(s); and
    6. notify the accused student that if he or she is advised by an attorney at the hearing, then the dean of students may be advised by an attorney at the hearing. An adviser may confer with and advise the dean of students or the accused student but may not question witnesses, introduce evidence, make objections, or present arguments to the hearing officer.
  1. In cases involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the dean of students shall provide, subject to the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, to the complainant the same notice given to the accused student. The complainant shall be advised in such cases that he or she has the right to:
    1. attend and participate in the hearing;
    2. have past sexual history with third parties excluded from evidence;
    3. provide testimony at the hearing in a manner that does not require the complainant to directly confront or to be directly questioned by the accused student while still preserving the accused student's right to challenge such testimony, including but not limited to the dean of students to providing testimony on the complainant's behalf;
    4. receive support and assistance from the Title IX coordinator;
    5. work with and provide input to the dean of students office regarding witnesses and their testimony as well as other relevant evidence and argument in preparation for the hearing and any subsequent appeals;
    6. to know the outcome of the hearing decision;
    7. to appeal the hearing decision.
    8. submit a response to the accused student’s appeal.
  2. Failure to comply with notice. In situations where a student fails to attend a scheduled hearing, the hearing officer or, if applicable, the panel of the SCB will, at the time of the scheduled hearing, determine if the dean of students provided notice as dictated by Section 11-604(b) and Section 11-604(c). If the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel determines that the dean of students provided notice as dictated by Section 11-604(b) and Section 11-604(c), the dean of students may elect to hold the hearing without the student's participation or reschedule the hearing for a different date. If the hearing proceeds in the accused student's absence, the hearing will be conducted according to the provisions of Subchapter 11-600 with a final decision issued by the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel as dictated by Section 11-609. Even in situations where the student does not attend the hearing, the hearing officer’s or the SCB’s decision may be appealed to the University president under Section 11-804.

Sec. 11–605. Preliminary Matters for a Hearing

  1. Charges against more than one student that arise out of a single transaction or occurrence may, at the discretion of the dean of students, be heard together, but a student may request a separate hearing which the hearing officer or, if applicable, the foreperson of the SCB panel may grant upon finding that a student has shown good cause for a separate hearing.
  2. At least five days before the hearing date, the accused student will furnish the dean of students with a list of any witnesses who may testify on behalf of the student, together with a summary of each witness’s testimony and a copy of any documents and other evidence the witness may offer; the student may supplement the list of witnesses and documents for good cause, as determined by the hearing officer or, if applicable, the foreperson of the SCB panel. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, within at least five days before the hearing date, the complainant may furnish the dean of students with a list of any witnesses who may testify on behalf of the student, together with a summary of each witness’s testimony and a copy of any documents and other evidence the witness may offer; the student may supplement the list of witnesses and documents for good cause, as determined by the hearing officer.
  3. At least five days before the hearing date, the student will furnish the hearing officer or, if applicable, the SCB panel with
    1. any objection that, if sustained, would postpone the hearing;
    2. the name of the adviser, if any, who will appear with the student, and the adviser’s relationship to the student; and
    3. a request for a separate hearing, if desired, and the grounds for such a hearing (if the dean of students has designated that the hearing will be held in accordance with subsection 11–605(a)).
  4. At least five days before the hearing date, the dean of students will provide to the accused student copies of documents that may be introduced at the hearing available to the accused student.
  5. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, copies of the information and/or documents submitted by the accused student and the dean of students as required by this section shall be promptly provided to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, to the complainant. The complainant may submit a request to close the hearing to the hearing officer prior to the hearing. The complainant will furnish the name of his/her adviser, if any, to the hearing officer prior to the hearing.

Sec. 11–606. Challenges to the Hearing Officer or Members of the SCB Panel
The accused student may challenge the hearing officer or any member of the SCB panel for an alleged lack of fairness or objectivity but is not entitled to disqualify that person from serving. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the complainant may through the Office of the Dean of Students, also challenge the hearing officer on the basis of a lack of fairness and objectivity. The challenge must be in writing, must state the reasons for the challenge, and must be submitted to the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel through the Office of the Dean of Students at least three days prior to the hearing. It will be up to the hearing officer or the challenged members(s) of the SCB panel to determine whether they can serve with fairness and objectivity. If the challenged person disqualifies themselves, another hearing officer or SCB panel member will be appointed.

Sec. 11–607. Hearing Procedure

  1. The hearing is informal and closed, except that, with the consent of the accused student and the dean of students, the hearing may be open.
  2. Although the hearing will proceed generally as follows, the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel may adjust the sequence of the hearing as necessary to ensure fairness:
    1. the dean of students reads the complaint;
    2. the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB informs the accused student of his or her rights listed in subsection 11–604(d)(2)
    3. the dean of students and the accused student are each given the opportunity to make an opening statement; the accused student has the right to reserve his or her opening statement until after the dean of students has presented the University’s case;
    4. the dean of students is given the opportunity to present the University’s witnesses and evidence; during this time, the accused student may question any of the dean of students’ witnesses;
    5. the accused student is given the opportunity to present his or her witnesses and evidence; during this time, the dean of students may question any of the accused student’s witnesses;
    6. the dean of students and the accused student are each given the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence and argument;
    7. the dean of students is given the opportunity to present a recommendation on a sanction or sanctions;
    8. the accused student is given the opportunity to present a rebuttal and recommended outcome or sanctions;
    9. the dean of students is given the opportunity to present a closing statement;
    10. the accused student is given the opportunity to present a closing statement;
    11. the hearing officer or a majority of the panel of the SCB decides whether a violation has occurred and assesses a sanction or sanctions in accordance with subchapter 11–700.
  3. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the following additional rights and procedures apply:
    1. The Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant may attend the hearing.
    2. The hearing officer shall inform the complainant of his or her rights as listed in subsections 11-604(d)(2) and 11-608(b).
    3. The complainant may have an adviser present during the hearing.
    4. The complainant has the right to have past sexual history with third parties excluded from evidence;
    5. The complainant is given the opportunity to make an opening statement and has the right to reserve his or her opening statement until after the dean of students has presented the University’s case;
    6. The complainant has the right to question any of the dean of students’ witnesses and any of the accused student’s witnesses;
    7. The complainant is given the opportunity to present his or her witnesses and evidence; during this time, the dean of students and the accused student may question any of the complainant’s witnesses;
    8. The complainant is given the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence and argument;
    9. The complainant is given the opportunity to present a rebuttal to the dean of students’ recommendation for sanction or sanctions;
    10. The complainant is given the opportunity to present a closing statement;
    11. The hearing will be closed at the complainant’s request.

Sec. 11–608. Evidence in Hearings

  1. Legal rules of evidence do not apply to hearings under this subchapter; the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel may admit and give effect to evidence, including testimony, that possesses probative value and is commonly accepted by reasonable people in the conduct of their affairs. The hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel will exclude irrelevant, immaterial, and unduly repetitious evidence. All evidence admitted during the hearing will be made a part of the record. The hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel will give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law.
  2. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the complainant shall be allowed to provide testimony at the hearing in a manner, as determined by the hearing officer, that does not require the complainant to directly confront or be directly questioned by the accused student while still preserving the accused student's right to challenge such testimony. In addition, evidence of the complainant’s past sexual history with third parties will be excluded.
  3. Upon a hearing of the charges, the University has the burden of going forward with the evidence and the burden of proving the charges by the greater weight of credible evidence.
  4. A witness will testify unless otherwise provided in these rules or if the testimony is privileged as recognized by law or is excluded by the hearing officer. If a witness refuses to testify based on a privileged relationship recognized by Texas law, the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB may require evidence of the relationship and/or seek legal counsel before making a decision on the assertion of privilege, even if such would require postponing the hearing.
  5. The hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel will decide whether a violation has occurred and assess an appropriate sanction or sanctions solely on the basis of admitted evidence. The accused student’s disciplinary record is deemed admitted into evidence during a hearing to help the hearing officer or the SCB panel assess an appropriate sanction or sanctions. The decision as to the accused student’s responsibility for the violation at issue will be based solely on the evidence that pertains to that particular violation.
  6. A recording will be made of the hearing, under supervision of the dean of students. At the discretion of the dean of students, a court reporter may also be present to prepare a written transcript of the hearing.

Sec. 11–609. Disciplinary Decision
Before issuing the decision, the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel will certify the hearing record as defined in section 11–610. If the hearing is recorded and no transcript is requested, then the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB shall certify the recording itself as a true and correct record of the hearing. If a transcript is prepared, the transcript is considered part of the hearing record, and the hearing officer may wait to receive it before certifying the hearing record. The hearing officer or the majority of the SCB panel will render a written decision as to whether the accused student has committed a violation and will set forth findings of fact in support of the decision. The sanction or sanctions will also be stated in the decision. The accused student and the dean of students will each be given a copy of the decision. The written decision is the official decision on the matter from which any appeal is taken. The hearing officer or the majority of the SCB panel should make every effort to complete the written decision within thirty days of the hearing. If the hearing officer or the majority of the SCB panel is unable to issue the written decision within thirty days, he or she (or in case of a SCB panel, the foreperson) should contact both the accused student and the dean of students to provide a date for completion of the written decision.

In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, the dean of students shall, upon receipt of the hearing officer’s decision, forward copies of the decision to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.

Sec. 11–610. Hearing Record
The hearing record consists of

  1. a copy of the notice required under section 11–604;
  2. the recording of the hearing certified by the hearing officer or the foreperson of the SCB panel and the transcript, if any, certified by the hearing officer, foreperson of panel of the SCB, and the court reporter, together with all evidence admitted under section 11–608;
  3. written motions and pleas; and
  4. the disciplinary decision of the hearing officer or the majority of the SCB panel.

Subchapter 11–700. Sanctions

Sec. 11–701. Authorized Disciplinary Sanctions

  1. The dean of students, under subchapter 11–500, or the hearing officer or the majority of a SCB panel, after a hearing under subchapter 11–600, may impose one or more of the following sanctions for violation of the University’s expectations of conduct
    1. written warning;
    2. disciplinary probation;
    3. withholding of grades, official transcript, and/or degree;
    4. bar against readmission, bar against enrollment, withdrawal from the University or from a period of enrollment, and/or drop from one or more classes;
    5. restitution or reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of University or University of Texas System property;
    6. suspension of rights and privileges, including, but not limited to, participation in athletic or extracurricular activities and residing in or entering University housing;
    7. a failing grade for a test, an assignment, or a class, cancellation of all or part of previously earned course credit, and other academic sanction or sanctions;
    8. denial of degree;
    9. deferred suspension;
    10. suspension from the University for a specified period of time;
    11. expulsion (permanent separation from the University);
    12. revocation of degree or withdrawal of diploma;
    13. other sanction or sanctions as deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
  2. If a violation of the University’s expectations of conduct, other than subsection 11–404(a)(12) of this chapter or section 13–204 of the Institutional Rules, is committed because of the race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of a student or students directly harmed by the violation, such a discriminatory purpose will be treated as an aggravating factor for the purpose of determining the appropriate sanction or sanctions under subsection 11–701(a). For a complete set of cross-references to all regulation of harassment on the campus, see subsection 13–204(c) of the Institutional Rules.

Sec. 11–702. Authorized Academic Sanctions

  1. When a student signs a faculty disposition under section 11–505 for conduct constituting academic dishonesty as defined in section 11–402, the faculty member or the academic dean responsible for the class may impose one or more of the following grade-related sanctions:
    1. no credit or reduced credit for the paper, assignment, or test in question;
    2. retaking of examination or resubmission of assignment;
    3. failing grade or reduced final grade for the class.
  2. When a student signs an administrative disposition with the dean of students under section 11–504 or is found by a hearing under subchapter 11–600 to have committed academic dishonesty as defined in section 11–402, the dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel, as the case may be, may impose any of the grade-related sanctions listed in subsection 11–702(a) and impose any of the general sanctions listed in section 11–701 or 11-703.

Sec. 11–703. Pending Actions and Definition of Authorized Sanctions

  1. The dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel may withhold an official transcript, grade, diploma, or degree of a student alleged to have committed a violation of a rule or regulation of The University of Texas System or the University that would reasonably allow the imposition of such sanction. The dean of students may take such action pending a hearing, resolution by administrative disposition, and/or exhaustion of appellate rights when, in the opinion of the dean of students, the best interests of The University of Texas System or the University would be served by this action.
  2. As appropriate under the circumstances, the dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel may impose a bar against the student’s readmission or enrollment, may drop the student from one or more classes, or may withdraw the student from the University or from a period of enrollment. One or more of these sanctions may also be imposed on a student who fails to respond to a summons by the dean of students to discuss an alleged violation of the Regent's Rules and Regulations, University regulation, administrative rules, or the University's expectations of conduct. If imposed for failure to respond to a summons, the sanction or sanctions may be reversed when the student responds to the summons as requested.
  3. “Written warning” means that the student has been notified that he or she has engaged in behavior that violated a rule or regulation of The University of Texas System or the University and that a further violation or violations of the regulations may result in more severe disciplinary action. The dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel may impose conditions related to the offense, such as counseling, educational seminars, or unpaid work assignments. Failure to meet the condition(s) will be considered an additional violation.
  4. “Disciplinary probation” is a specified period of time during which the student is required to comply with specified terms and conditions that include not engaging in further conduct that would violate a rule or regulation of The University Texas System or the University. A further violation or violations will result in consideration of suspension. The dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel may impose conditions related to the offense, such as reporting to the dean of students on a regular basis, counseling, educational seminars, or unpaid work assignments. Failure to meet the condition(s) will be considered an additional violation.
  5. “Restitution” is reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of University property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages. Other than in extraordinary circumstances deemed necessary by the dean of students, the University will not facilitate restitution between individuals for conduct-related occurrences.
  6. Suspension of rights and privileges is an elastic sanction. The dean of students or the hearing officer may impose limitations to fit the particular case, as in the suspension of rights and privileges to enter or reside in University housing facilities. Suspension of eligibility for official athletic and nonathletic extracurricular activities prohibits the student on whom it is imposed, during the period of suspension, from joining a registered student organization; from taking part in a registered student organization’s activities or attending its meetings or functions; and from participating in an official athletic or nonathletic extracurricular activity.
  7. A failing grade or other academic sanction may be assigned to a student for a class in which he or she is found to have violated the University’s regulations regarding academic dishonesty.
  8. A student found to have violated the University’s regulations regarding academic dishonesty may be denied his or her degree. If the disciplinary process under this chapter is initiated while the accused student is completing required work for a degree but will not be resolved until after the completion of all required work for a degree, the accused student may be denied his or her degree until the completion of the disciplinary process.
  9. Deferred suspension permits the sanction of suspension to be deferred for a student for who there are mitigating circumstances as determined by the dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel. If a student is found to have violated any rule of the University or The University of Texas System while the sanction of deferred suspension is in effect, the sanction for such a violation will be immediate suspension except in extraordinary circumstances as deemed appropriate by the dean of students. The dean of students, the hearing officer, or a majority of the SCB panel may impose conditions related to the offense, and failure to meet such conditions will be considered an additional violation.
  10. Suspension from the University prohibits the student on whom it is imposed, during the period of suspension, from entering the University campus without prior written approval of the vice president for student affairs, from being initiated into an honorary or service organization, and from receiving credit for academic work done during the period of the suspension. Suspension may also prohibit the student from being admitted to, enrolling at, or entering the campus of another component institution of The University of Texas System without prior written approval of the chief student affairs officer of the institution at which the student wishes to be present. The dean of students, the hearing officer may, however, permit the student to receive credit for academic work completed at another institution during the period of suspension, except when suspension is imposed for academic dishonesty. The dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel may impose conditions related to the offense, and failure to meet such conditions or terms of the sanction will be considered an additional violation. Suspension from the institution and/or suspension of rights and privileges is the minimum sanction that will be assessed for violation of the rules against illegal use, possession, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on campus.
  11. Expulsion is a permanent separation from the University and prohibits the student on whom it is imposed from entering the University campus without prior written approval of the vice president for student affairs. Expulsion may prohibit the student from being admitted to, enrolling at, or entering the campus of another component institution of The University of Texas System without prior written approval of the chief student affairs officer of the institution at which the student wishes to be present.
  12. Revocation of the degree and withdrawal of the diploma may be imposed when the violation involves academic dishonesty or otherwise calls into question the integrity of the work required for the degree.
  13. Other sanctions may be imposed when, in the opinion of the dean of students, the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel, the best interests of The University of Texas System or the University would be served.

Subchapter 11–800. Appeal

Sec. 11–801. Right to Appeal

  1. The accused student may appeal a sanction assessed by a faculty member under subsection 11–505(c) to the president.
  2. The accused student may appeal an administrative disposition by the dean of students under subsection 11-504(b) to the president or his or her designee.
  3. The accused student may appeal a sanction assessed by the dean of students under subsection 11–504(c), 11–505(b), 11-505(c)(1) or 11-505(d) to the president.
  4. Either the dean of students or the accused student may appeal a disciplinary decision issued by a hearing officer or a panel of the SCB under section 11–609 to the president.
  5. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the dean of students office shall consult with the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant before deciding whether or not to appeal the hearing officer's decision. In these cases, the complainant has the same right to appeal the decision as does the accused student.

Sec. 11–802. Appeal of Academic Sanctions Assessed by a Faculty Member

  1. The accused student may appeal the sanction or sanctions assessed by a faculty member under subsection 11–505(c)(1) by submitting a written appeal to the president within fourteen days from the date on which the student signed the disciplinary decision. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. The written appeal must state the specific reasons for the appeal and must include any related argument.
  2. The appeal is restricted to the assessed sanction or sanctions.
  3. The student must provide a copy of the written appeal to the dean of students on the same date the appeal is submitted to the president.
  4. The dean of students may submit to the president a written response to the appeal and a copy of the disciplinary decision. These documents, if submitted, must be submitted no later than ten days after the president received the appeal. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. The dean of students must provide a copy of the documents to the accused student. The dean of students’ submission of a response to the appeal will not extend the thirty-day period within which the action of the president will be communicated as outlined in subsection 11–802(f).
  5. The appeal of the sanction or sanctions assessed by the faculty member will be reviewed solely on the basis of the disciplinary decision, the written argument of the student, and the response to the appeal submitted by the dean of students. Oral argument will not be considered.
  6. The action of the president will be communicated in writing to the accused student and the dean of students within thirty days after the appeal has been received by the president. The decision of the president will be final.

Sec. 11–803. Appeal of Administrative Disposition by the Dean of Students

  1. An administrative disposition by the dean of students under subsection 11-504(a) is final and is not appealable.
  2. The accused student may appeal an administrative disposition by the dean of students under section 11–504(b) by submitting a written appeal to the president or his or her designee within fourteen days from the date on which the student signed the disciplinary decision issued by the dean of students. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. The written appeal must state the specific reasons for the appeal and must include any related argument.
  3. The accused student may appeal only the sanction or sanctions assessed under subsection 11–504(c) or 11-505(d) by submitting a written appeal to the president within fourteen days from the date on which the student signed the disciplinary decision issued by the dean of students or received notice of an additional sanction. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. The written appeal must state the specific reasons for the appeal and must include any related argument. The appeal is restricted to the assessed sanction or sanctions.
  4. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the complainant may also appeal the sanctions assessed under 11-504(c) by submitting a written appeal to the president within fourteen days from the date on which the accused student signed the disciplinary decision issued by the dean of students or received notice of an additional sanction. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. The written appeal must state the specific reasons for the appeal and must include any related argument. The appeal is restricted to the assessed sanction or sanctions.
  5. The accused student must provide a copy of the written appeal to the dean of students on the same date the appeal is submitted to the president or his or her designee. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, upon receipt of the accused student's written appeal, the dean of students office shall provide a copy of the written appeal to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.
  6. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the complainant may submit a written response to the appeal to the president or his or her designee. The response, if any, must be submitted no later than five weekdays after the president received the appeal. The Office of the President will provide a copy of the response to the accused student. 
  7. The dean of students may also submit a written response to the appeal to the president or his or her designee. The response, if any, must be submitted no later than ten days after the president received the appeal. The dean of students must provide a copy of the response to the accused student. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, the dean of students shall provide a copy to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant, of the written response to the appeal that is submitted to the president. The dean of students’ submission of a response to the appeal will not extend the thirty-day period within which the action of the president will be communicated as outlined in subsection 11–803(i).
  8. The appeal of the sanction or sanctions assessed by the dean of students will be reviewed solely on the basis of the disciplinary decision, the written argument of the student, and the response to the appeal submitted by the dean of students. Oral argument will not be considered.
  9. The action of the president or his or her designee will be communicated in writing to the accused student and the dean of students within thirty days after the appeal has been received by the president. The decision of the president or his or her designee will be final. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, upon receipt of the president's written decision, the dean of students shall promptly provide a copy of the decision to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.

Sec. 11–804. Appeal of the Decision of the Hearing Officer or the Student Conduct Board

  1. Either the accused student or the dean of students may appeal the disciplinary decision of the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel issued under section 11–609 by submitting a written appeal to the president within fourteen days from the date the appealing party was notified of the disciplinary decision. Appeals submitted after 5:00 pm will be received the next weekday. If notice of the disciplinary decision is sent by mail, the date the disciplinary decision is mailed initiates the fourteen-day period. The written appeal must state the specific reasons for the appeal and must include any related argument. If either party appeals the disciplinary decision, the president may request that the hearing recording be transcribed; the transcript will be made available to both parties. If a court reporter was present during the hearing and prepares a written transcript immediately thereafter, the transcript is considered part of the hearing record and is made available to both parties.
  2. If the accused student is the appellant, the student must provide the dean of students with a copy of the appeal submitted to the president on the same date the appeal is submitted to the president. If the dean of students is the appellant, the dean of students will give, e-mail, or mail a copy of the appeal to the accused student on the same day that the dean of students submits the appeal to the president. If the copy of the appeal is mailed or e-mailed, the dean of students will send it to an address listed in the registrar’s records. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, the dean of students shall provide a copy of an appeal submitted by either the accused student or the dean of students office to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.
  3. Following submission of the appeal to the president, the non-appealing party may submit a written response to the president. The response, if any, must be submitted no later than ten days after the president received the appeal. The non-appealing party must provide a copy of the response to the other party. The response must be limited to and specifically related to the arguments originally submitted by the appealing party. New or additional information not specifically related to the original arguments submitted will not be considered on appeal. Submission of a response to the appeal will not extend the thirty-day period within which the action of the president will be communicated as outlined in subsection 11–804(g).
  4. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, the dean of students shall provide a copy of a written response to an appeal submitted by either the accused student or the dean of students office to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.
  5. At the discretion of the president, both parties may present oral argument in an appeal of the disciplinary decision of the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel. Should oral argument be granted, the deadline described in subsection 11–804(g) may be extended at the discretion of the president. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant shall be allowed to attend the presentation of oral argument to the president.
  6. The appeal of the disciplinary decision of the hearing officer or a majority of the SCB panel will be reviewed solely on the basis of the hearing record. The dean of students will submit the record from the hearing to the president as soon as it is available to the dean of students.
  7. The action of the president will be communicated in writing to the accused student and the dean of students within thirty days after the appeal has been received by the president. The decision of the president will be final. In cases involving allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or other Title IX related allegations, subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable law, upon receipt of the president's written decision, the dean of students shall provide a copy of the decision to the Title IX coordinator and, if applicable, the complainant.

Sec. 11–805. President’s Authority
The president may approve, reject, or modify the disciplinary decision or sanction(s) in question or may require that the original hearing be reopened for the presentation of additional evidence and reconsideration of the disciplinary decision. It is provided, however, that upon a finding of responsibility in a case involving the illegal use, possession, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on campus, the sanction is prescribed by subsection 11–703(j).

Sec. 11–806. Effect of Appeal Upon Disciplinary Action
A timely appeal suspends the imposition of the sanction or sanctions until the appeal is final, but any interim action issued in accordance with 11-502 will remain in effect while the appeal is being considered. Official transcripts, diplomas, grades, or degrees may also be withheld pending conclusion of the appeal as permitted by subsection 11–703(a).

Subchapter 11–900. Disciplinary Records

Sec. 11–901. Details of Disciplinary Records

  1. The definition of a disciplinary record is listed in subchapter 9-300 and Section 11-300(g). Disciplinary records are confidential and may not be disclosed in whole or part except as provided in subchapter 9–300 of the Institutional Rules.
  2. The disciplinary record will be separate from the student’s academic record, will be confidential, and will not be revealed except on request of the student or in accordance with applicable state and federal law, or as otherwise provided in subchapter 9-300.

Sec. 11–902. Notice to Administrative Offices

  1. The dean of students will notify the Office of the Registrar and other appropriate administrative offices if a disciplinary sanction restricts a student from being enrolled at the University during the period of the sanction. A bar may be imposed by the dean of students if one of the following sanctions has been assessed because of violation of a Regents’ Rule or University rule or regulation:
    1. bar against readmission;
    2. suspension from the University; or
    3. expulsion from the University.
  2. The dean of students will notify the Office of the Registrar and other appropriate administrative offices if any of the sanctions of withholding grades, withholding official transcript or degree, denial of degree, or revocation of degree and withdrawal of diploma are imposed.

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