The Discipline Process
All students are expected to adhere to:
- The civil and penal statutes of the State of Texas and the United States.
- The Regent's Rules and Regulations of the University of Texas System.
- The rules and regulations of the University of Texas at Arlington.
- The orders or instructions issued by an administrative official of the University or U.T. System in the course of his/her duties.
- Standards of conduct that are compatible with the University's function as an educational institution.
Any student who engages in conduct that is prohibited is subject to disciplinary action regardless of whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.
Individuals who are not currently enrolled at a component institution of The University of Texas System remain subject to the disciplinary process for conduct that occurred during any period of enrollment and for statements, acts, or omissions related to application for enrollment or the award of a degree.
Investigation and Preliminary Action
A conduct officer will investigate allegations that a student has violated a law, rule, regulation, or standard.
For more information regarding this process please review the Investigation and Preliminary Action section of the Initiation of Disciplinary Charges in chapter 2 of the Code of Student Conduct & Discipline.
Summoning a Student
A conduct officer may summon a student for the purpose of discussing allegations that the student has engaged in conduct that may result in disciplinary action. A letter will be mailed to the student at the address appearing in the registrar's records, or may be hand delivered to the student.
If the student fails to attend the appointment set by the Office of Student Conduct, or does not reschedule the appointment, the conduct officer may make a decision in the student's absence or may place a "hold" on the student's enrollment and move forward with a University hearing. Failure to maintain a current address with the registrar, or to provide the postal authorities with a forwarding address, or to refuse to accept a registered or certified letter shall not be a valid reason for failure to comply with a summons letter.
For more information regarding this process please review the Summoning a Student section of the Initiation of Disciplinary Charges in chapter 2 of the Code of Student Conduct & Discipline.
If a student does not dispute the allegations upon which the conduct violations are based and signs a written waiver of a hearing, the conduct officer will assess a discipline sanction appropriate to the facts and inform the student in writing of any sanctions and deadlines by which the sanctions are to be completed. The student may appeal the sanctions assessed by the conduct officer to the president of The University of Texas at Arlington.
Note: Disciplinary sanctions can theoretically range from an official warning letter, disciplinary probation, suspension, to permanent expulsion from the University. The sanctions that have been used reflect the seriousness with which The University of Texas at Arlington views the violation, and may include any previous policy violations made by the student. Cases involving scholastic dishonesty will also receive an academic penalty from the faculty member.
For more information regarding this process please review the Administrative Disposition section of the Initiation of Disciplinary Charges in chapter 2 of the Code of Student Conduct & Discipline.
After meeting with the conduct officer, if the student disputes the allegations upon which the conduct violations are based, a hearing officer approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs will be appointed to hear the allegations and determine an outcome. The accused student will receive a 10 days notice of the hearing. The notice shall be in writing and mailed to the student by certified mail to the address appearing in the registrar's record or delivered in person to the student and shall:
- State the name, address and telephone number of the hearing officer.
- Specify the date, time and place for the hearing.
- State the allegations that are the basis for the disciplinary hearing.
- Provide a summary statement of the evidence supporting the allegations.
For more information regarding this process please review the Hearing and Hearing Procedures sections in chapter 2 of the Code of Student Conduct & Discipline.
Either the accused student or the conduct officer may appeal the decision of the hearing officer. The appeal of the hearing officer's decision shall be made in writing to the President of The University of Texas at Arlington. The decision of the President is the final review.
For more information regarding this process please review the Appeals section of in chapter 2 of the Code of Student Conduct & Discipline.
The student can assume responsibility in two ways.
First, the student can take recognize and assume responsibility for any scholastic dishonesty and/or any other violation of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline.
Second, if a student is aware of scholastic dishonesty and/or any other conduct violations, they have the responsibility to report it to the professor or to the Office of Student Conduct.
Students are always encouraged to assume responsibility before referral to the Office of Student Conduct.