Student Conduct

 

Policies: 

Upon admission, students automatically become members of the University community and assume full responsibility for proper conduct until their separation from the institution. Misconduct at the University is not tolerated as it diminishes the overall value of the degrees awarded by Texas A&M University-San Antonio. All students at the University should be involved in assuring the honesty of all students through their own individual actions and deeds.

Conduct standards at the University are set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of prohibited conduct. The Student Code of Conduct defines a process for the efficient adjudication regarding alleged misconduct by students of Texas A&M University- San Antonio. The Student Code of Conduct establishes standards of behavior, both scholastic and behavioral, for the student body of A&M-SA. The Student Code of Conduct applies to the on-campus conduct and/or conduct occurring at off-campus University functions of all students and student organizations

For more information, please refer to the Texas A&M University- San Antonio Handbook under Section 13: Student Code of Conduct.


Procedures: 

If you suspect a student of violating the university policy, you are able to file the report here and include as much information as possible.

The purpose of the University disciplinary system is educationally based and is to decide if the Student Conduct Procedurestudent has abused freedoms and failed to accept responsibility for his or her action; to communicate this failure to the student(s) involved and to permit the student(s) to respond; to determine an appropriate response by the University; and to assist the student(s) to make a constructive response of self-discipline.

Any student whose conduct has been called into question by any member of the University community or who is alleged to have violated the Code of Conduct and/or any regulations of Texas A&M University-San Antonio or the Texas A&M University System will be notified of the charges by university email as per the Student Handbook by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Students at any time may request the Student Code of Conduct to use as guidance or visit the Office of Rights and Responsibilities.

When a complaint is filed, the student or organization named in the complaint will be asked to appear before the Student Conduct Officer or designee who will conduct an investigative meeting to discuss the alleged violation(s) and possible sanction(s). The University will respond to complaints in a prompt and equitable manner.

A University hearing is not a trial or a Court of Law. Any attempt to make the hearing something else would seriously impair the educational function of the hearing which requires open discussion rather than an adversarial debate.


Outcomes and Sanctions: 

Each student who goes through the conduct process will be found either Responsible or Not Responsible for the alleged violations. The University reserves the right, through fair process, to impose disciplinary and academic sanctions on students who are found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct.

It is the goal of OSRR to turn violations of the Code of Conduct into an educational experience and to promote positive behavior and personal responsibility. There are several factors that are taken into consideration by OSRR when determining what an appropriate sanction(s) for a student would be. The student conduct officer will examine the following:

- The nature of the violation
- Previous conduct history
- Aggravating or mitigating circumstances surrounding the violation
- Motivation for the behavior
- The developmental and educational impact of the sanction

Students found responsible will be assigned one or more sanctions. Possible sanctions include the following: 


Primary sanctions include but are not limited to: loss of parking, a warning, conduct review, conduct/ academic probation, deferred suspension, suspension, expulsion, housing suspension, and housing eviction. A full list and explanations of primary sanctions are outlined in Article VII of the Student Code of Conduct.


- Reviewing articles, books, videos, online tutorials (academic misconduct, alcohol, drugs, civility)
- Self- Reflection Paper
- Community Service


- Referral to resources on campus including Library Services, Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Academic Success Coaches
- Review online tutorials or courses
- Attend a workshop or event


- Strengths Finder Assessment
- Leadership workshop or event
- Career Assessment/Development


-Rules and Procedures Identification project
-Restitution for Theft/Damages
- Parental Notification will be sent for students under 21 found responsible for drug or alcohol offenses.
-Law violations may be investigated simultaneously by UPD, Title IX, and/or Student Conduct. 


For Title IX and discrimination cases, Texas A&M University-San Antonio abides by the Texas A&M University System Policy 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance. The policy can be found at http://policies.tamus.edu/08-01-01.pdf 

If a student is found responsible for a violation of System Policy 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance, Texas A&M-San Antonio abides by the Model Sanctioning Matrix for Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment violations. The Matrix Model can be found at http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/policy/pdf/08-01-01-Appendix.pdf


Appeals: 

Students have five (5) business days from the date of the sent outcome notice from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities regarding the violation report and sanction to submit a written appeal. Appeals are not rehearings, and they are not granted on the basis of disagreement with the original decision.

There are four specific criteria that are a valid basis for requesting an appeal. One or multiple criteria in a single appeal may be discussed.

1. Substantial new evidence not available at the time of the original finding of responsibility by the hearing official.
2. Violation of due process rights.
3. The sanction is not commensurate with the violation.
4. The finding of responsibility is inconsistent with the facts presented by the respondent.

After receiving an appeal, The Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will review all information obtained. A decision to grant or deny an appeal may be made at the discretion of the administrator hearing the appeal. This administrator may impose one of the following actions:

- Affirm the disciplinary decision and thus deny the appeal
- Modify the disciplinary decision
- Return for a new or partial rehearing
- Overturn the disciplinary decision

A notification outlining the outcome shall be sent to all applicable parties. Following an appeal, the matter shall be considered final and binding on all parties involved.