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Student Conduct FAQ

Q: Where can I find a listing of UT Tyler's policies?

The Student Standards of Conduct can be found in section 8-800 of the Manual of Policy and Procedures, which can be accessed by following this link. The Community Standards and Polices for Patriot Village and Ornelas Hall can be found on page 13 of the Handbook for Student Housing, which can be found by following this link. Policies and procedures governing the use of UT Tyler's computer systems, student e-mail and other electronic resources can be found by following this link .

Q: I received a letter summoning me to an Administrative Meeting. What does that mean?

It means that you are alleged to have been involved in a violation of one or more UT Tyler policies and that you have a meeting scheduled with a judicial officer to discuss it. The letter lists the date and time of the meeting, possible policy violations, the judicial officer your meeting is with and how to contact him or her. A copy of the incident report is included with the notice, along with a sheet outlining information about the administrative meeting.

Q: What will happen to me during my Administrative Meeting?

You will meet with the judicial officer. By the time you have your meeting, you should have had time to review the incident report(s) and the policies you are alleged to have violated. Your judicial officer will ask you some questions and provide you the opportunity to explain the situation from your point of view. The judicial officer will consider any witnesses and supporting information you may have brought. The judicial officer will make a decision based on the information available and will assess sanctions as needed.

Students may also request a full judicial hearing. A judicial hearing is a more formal process in which a hearing officer selected from the faculty decides the student's case. For more information on judicial hearings, please follow this link to Section 8-400 of the UT Tyler Manual of Policy and Procedures. For a more detailed look at the judicial process, please follow this link.

Q: What are my rights in an Administrative Meeting?

You have the right to see all information that led to the charges, the right to offer a defense including bringing any pertinent witnesses, the right to be informed in writing of the meeting place and time, the right to appeal and the right to request a full judicial hearing.

Q: What sanctions do I face?

Sanctions range from an admonition (warning) to suspension from the University. A variety of educational sanctions may also be assigned. Information on sanctions can be found by following this link to subchapter 8-500 of the UT Tyler Manual of Policy and Procedures.

Q: Am I going to be kicked out of housing or the university?

If you are involved in repeated policy violations, you may face removal from housing or suspension from the university. If an incident is serious enough, you may face suspension from the university or removal from housing for a single incident. Incidents that may result in suspension include but are not limited to incidents involving illegal drugs, sexual assault, assault, or academic dishonesty.

Q: I was involved in an incident off-campus. Will I face judicial charges through the university?

You might. Section 8-801 b. of the Manual of Policy and Procedures states that students "may be disciplined by the university for violating these standards of conduct on the campus or off the campus when the incident occurs in connection with an institution-oriented activity, or 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. Institutional disciplinary penalties shall not, however, be used merely to duplicate the penalties imposed by civil authority."

Q: Will my parents be notified?

Parents may be contacted for incidents involving violations of the alcohol or illegal drug policies. We encourage students to contact their parents in all situations.

Q: Will this affect my financial aid or scholarship?

It might, since some financial aid or scholarships depend on a student remaining in good standing with UT Tyler. You should contact the Office of Financial Aid at 903.566.7180 with any questions you may have.

Q: How do you make your decision?

The judicial officer collects as much information as he or she can and determines what occurred. The standard of evidence used to determine one's involvement in an incident is preponderance of the evidence. In other words, the judicial officer must show that a student is more likely than not to be responsible for an action that violates a policy.

Q: If my incident involves a violation of state or local laws, could I be prosecuted criminally AND through the UT Tyler judicial system?

Yes, you may. Your relationship with UT Tyler is separate from your responsibilities as a citizen. Although they may stem from the same incident, violations of state, local or federal laws are adjudicated by a court of law. An administrative hearing adjudicates the violation of University policy. To illustrate this better, an employee who assaults a fellow employee could be fired AND face criminal charges.

Q: If I did violate the policy, can't I just lie (very sincerely) and not get in any trouble?

This is generally a bad course of action, for a few reasons. First, if it is determined that you have lied in a judicial hearing or administrative meeting, you will face additional sanctions. Second, most lies do not hold up well under scrutiny, even if several people are trying to cover each other. Third, by telling the truth, you don't have to worry about keeping your story straight in the future. Ultimately, there are more long-term benefits from telling the truth and learning from the incident than from trying to cover it up.

Q: What if I did nothing wrong?

Then you have nothing to worry about! So relax, attend your meeting, and tell the truth about what you know.

Q: What if I don't attend my administrative meeting?

If you do not attend an administrative meeting, a hold may be placed on your records. This will prevent you from adding or dropping classes. You may also be barred from enrollment or your enrollment may be cancelled.

Q: What if I don't attend my judicial hearing?

A decision will be made without you. You do have the right not to attend your hearing, however, it is in your best interest to attend so you can present your view of what happened. Otherwise, the hearing officer will have to make a decision based on whatever information is available.

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