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1.3 Specific Conduct Proscribed

A student is obligated to conduct him or herself in a manner appropriate for an institution of higher education.  Actions which may result in disciplinary action include, but are not limited to the following:

1.31 Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses (without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such acts.

1.31.1 Definitions

1.31.12 "Cheating” on a test includes;
1.31.13 Copying from another student’s test or paper;
1.31.14 Using during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test;
1.31.15 Failing to comply with instruction given by the person administering the test which would include, but not be limited to, time restrictions, use of blue book, and seating arrangements;
1.31.16 Possession during a test of materials which are not authorized by the person giving the test, such as class notes or specifically designed “crib notes.”  The presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test;
1.31.17 Using, buying, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;
1.31.18 Collaborating with or seeking aid or receiving assistance from another student or individual during a test or in conjunction with another assignment without authority;
1.31.19 Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination or soliciting another student who has taken the test to obtain information regarding contents of the test;
1.31.20 Retaining the contents of an examination, for the purpose of preserving questions for use by another, when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed from the examination room or not to be returned to or kept by the student;
1.31.21 Substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test, a course, or any course-related assignment;
1.31.22 Paying or offering money or other valuable thing to, or coercing another person to obtain a test, test key, homework solution, or computer program, or information about an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;
1.31.23 Falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for credit;
1.31.24 Taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the University, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair advantage would be gained by such conduct.
1.31.25 "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, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one’s own academic work being offered for credit.

1.31.26 "Collusion" includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules of scholastic dishonesty.

1.31.27 ”Falsifying academic records” includes, but is not limited to, altering or assisting in the altering of any official record of the University or the University of Texas System, and/or submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for or related to any academic record of the University or University of Texas System.  Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, 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 admission, revocation of a degree, and withdrawal of a diploma.

1.31.28 ”Misrepresenting facts” 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 resumes; providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive 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; or providing false or misleading information in an effort to injure another student academically or financially.

1.32 Alcohol.  Use or possession of alcoholic beverages without proper authorization in a University campus classroom building, laboratory, auditorium, library building, museum, faculty or administrative office, intercollegiate and intramural athletic facility, student housing residence or any campus area.  (More information is available in the Alcohol and Drug Policy in the policy section of the Falcon Guide.)

1.33 Drugs.  Any student found responsible for the illegal use, manufacture, possession, distribution and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on the campus is subject to discipline.  If a student is found responsible for of the illegal use, manufacture, possession, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on campus, the sanction assessed shall be suspension from the university for a specified period of time and/or suspension of rights and privileges.  (More information is available in the Alcohol and Drug Policy in the policy section of the Falcon Guide.)

1.34 Health or Safety.  Conduct that endangers the health or safety of any person on the campus or on any property, or in any building or facility owned or controlled by the U. T. System or the university.  This includes, but is not limited to, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, and coercion.  (More information is available in the Campus Violence Policy in the policy section of the Falcon Guide.)

1.35 Disruption.  Any action that singly or in concert with others, impedes, disrupts, or interferes with any teaching, educational, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service, or other activity or public performance authorized to be held or conducted on campus or on property or in a building or facility owned or controlled by the U. T. System or  the university. 

1.351 In the case of disruptive activity on the campus of the University, neither the dean nor the president, or any representative of them, shall negotiate with any person or persons so engaged.  When such a situation arises, the dean or president, or their representative, shall 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 immediate interim disciplinary action: provided, however, the Chief of Police of the U. T. System or of the university and those people designated by any such Chief of Police are authorized to use their sound discretion under the attendant circumstances in addressing any such disruptive behavior.  (Regents Rule 40502).

1.36 Inciting Lawless Action.  Speech, either orally or in writing, which is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.

1.37 Unauthorized Use of Property.  The unauthorized use of property, equipment, supplies, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the U. T. System or the university.  This includes the possession and/or use of University keys for unauthorized purposes.

1.38 Hazing.  Action that singly or in concert with others, engages in hazing.  Hazing in State educational institutions is prohibited by State law (Texas Education Code Section 51.936).  Hazing with or without the consent of a student whether on or off campus is prohibited, and a violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the person submitting to the hazing subject to discipline.  Initiations or activities of organizations may include no feature that is dangerous, harmful, or degrading to the student. A violation of this prohibition renders both the organization and participating individuals subject to discipline.  (More information is available in the Hazing Policy in the policy section of the Falcon Guide.)

1.39 Altering of Official Documents.  Forging, altering, mutilating or destroying or assisting in these actions of any official record of the U. T. System or  the university or submitting false information or omits requested information that is required for or related to an application for admission, the award of a degree, or any official record of the U. T. System or  the university.  A former student who engages in such conduct is subject to bar against readmission, revocation of degree, and withdrawal of diploma.

1.310 Vandalism.  Any action which defaces, mutilates, tampers with, destroys, or takes unauthorized possession of any property, equipment, supplies, buildings, or facilities of the University or property located on the campus and belonging to any student or employee of the University or visitor on campus. 

1.311 Time, Place, and Manner.  The freedoms of speech and assembly are basic and essential to intellectual development.  However, these activities are subject to the well-established right of colleges and universities to regulate time, place, and manner so that the activities do not intrude upon or interfere with the academic programs, research, or administrative processes.

1.312 Harassment.  Involvement in harassing another individual.  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 services, activities, or privileges provided by the University.  (See Policy Statements for more specific information on all harassment policies.) 

1.313 Use of Explosives, Weapons or Hazardous Chemicals.  Unless authorized by federal, State, or local laws, possession, display or use any type of explosive, firearm, imitation firearm, ammunition, hazardous chemical, or weapon as defined by State or federal law, while on campus or on any property or in any building or facility owned or controlled by the U. T. System or  the university, is subject to discipline.

1.314 Smoking.  All University facilities are declared to be smoke free.  Appropriate medical exceptions, particularly in clinical treatment situations will be considered.  (More information is available in the Smoking Policy in the policy section of the Falcon Guide.)

1.315 Bodies of Water. Entering, walking, running, lying, playing, or remaining, or being in the water of a any fountain or other artificial body of water, which is not designed and maintained for recreational or therapeutic purposes, located on the University campus unless such person has the prior written permission of the President to enter, remain, or be in such water.  Additionally, it is not permitted for any person to dump, throw, place, or cause any material, object, person, animal, trash, waste or debris to be placed in such fountain or other artificial body of water. 

1.316 Physical Structures.  Damaging, defacing, or removing any portion of any fountain, monument, building, statue, structure, facility, tree, shrub, or memorial located on the University campus is subject to discipline.

1.317 Identification.  Refusal to identify himself or herself to a University official, faculty member, or staff member acting in the course of his or her duties.  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 or the executive secretary to the board; any executive officer and administrative officer of the System; any administrative officer or the University; and any attorney, peace officer of the System or University acting pursuant to the authority of Texas law.

1.318 Solicitation.  No solicitation shall be conducted on any property, street, or sidewalk, or in any building, structure, or facility owned or controlled by the U. T. System or any of its institutions unless permitted by the Regents' Rules and Regulations.  

1.319 Inappropriate Conduct. Conduct that is inappropriate for members of the university community.  Such conduct includes but is not limited to pranks, public nudity, harassing phone calls or e-mails, and berating or otherwise abusive behavior. 

1.320 Children.  Children should not be left unattended.  Such behavior may result in disciplinary action.

1.321 Pets.  It is prohibited to have pets inside or around the buildings on the campus except bona fide service animals.

1.322 Failure to Notify.  Failure to notify appropriate authorities when a student has personal knowledge of any violation of the code of Student Conduct and Discipline.

1.323 False Accusation.  Knowingly making a false charge of a violation of the code of Student Conduct against a member of the University community.

1.324 Unauthorized Presence.  A student who has been criminal trespassed must be authorized by the University Police Department or the Dean of Students in order to appear on campus.

1.325 Prohibited Conduct.  Prohibited conduct that occurs while participating in off-campus activities sponsored by any component institution or the U. T. System including field trips, internships, rotations, or clinical assignments.

1.326 Prohibited Conduct During Suspension.  A student who receives a period of suspension as a disciplinary sanction is subject to further disciplinary action for prohibited conduct that takes place on campus during the period of suspension.

1.327 Student Disciplinary Process.  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.

1.328  Attempt to commit or Assist.  Attempting or assisting with the commission or attempted commission of any of the foregoing listed offenses.