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A student has the responsibility to be fully acquainted with and to comply with the University Student Rules. More specific rules, information and procedures may be found in various publications pertaining to each particular service or department.
This edition of University Student Rules is complete as of September 1, 2011. Additions, deletions and changes may occur after this date.
Texas A&M University at Galveston has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, admission to Texas A&M University at Galveston and any of its sponsored programs is open to qualified individuals without regard to any subgroup classification or stereotype.
Texas A&M University at Galveston is a community that is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join the community obligates each member to a code of civilized behavior. The purpose of this handbook is to present the rules that govern student conduct and student activities at Texas A&M University at Galveston and that describe faculty and staff obligations in their work with students. These rules result from years of experience and are the products of student, staff and faculty thought.
The Galveston campus edition of the University Student Rules is slightly modified from the College Station edition to delineate procedures that effectively accommodate the smaller campus functioning 150 miles from the central university administration.
Each individual student, faculty member and staff employee is expected to read this handbook carefully and observe its requirements. Particular attention should be given to the Aggie Code of Honor, the University Statement on Harassment and Discrimination and the Students' Rights and Responsibilities.
No rule, no matter how carefully worded, can cover all eventualities
completely. These rules should, therefore, be followed in the spirit in which
they are intended: The conduct of all members of the Texas A&M University at
Galveston community should be above reproach.
Aggie Code of Honor
For many years Aggies have followed a Code of Honor, which is stated in this very simple verse:
"An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do."
The Aggie Code of Honor is an effort to unify the aims of all Texas A&M men and women toward a high code of ethics and personal dignity. For most, living under this code will be no problem, as it asks nothing of a person that is beyond reason. It only calls for honesty and integrity, characteristics that Aggies have always exemplified.
The Aggie Code of Honor functions as a symbol to all Aggies, promoting understanding and loyalty to truth and confidence in each other.
University Statement on Harassment and Discrimination
Texas A&M is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity. To fulfill its multiple missions as an institution of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our state, nation and world. All decisions and actions involving students and employees should be based on applicable law and individual merit.
Texas A&M University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by this statement are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices within their respective units.
Students should contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Auxiliary Services at 741-4064, faculty members should contact the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at 740-4408, and staff members should contact the Human Resources Office at 740-4503.
Student's Rights and Responsibilities
The following statement of students' rights and responsibilities is intended to reflect the philosophical base upon which University Student Rules are built. This philosophy acknowledges the existence of both rights and responsibilities, which is inherent to an individual not only as a student at Texas A&M University at Galveston but also as a citizen of this country.
A student shall have the right to participate in a free exchange of ideas, and there shall be no university rule or administrative rule that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Each student shall have the right to participate in all areas and activities of the university, free from any form of discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
A student has the right to personal privacy except as otherwise provided by law, and this will be observed by students and university authorities alike.
Each student shall be free from disciplinary action by university officials for violations of civil and criminal law off campus, except when such a violation is determined also to be a violation of the provision regarding off-campus conduct in the Student Conduct Code of the University Student Rules.
Each student subject to disciplinary action arising from violations of University Student Rules shall be assured a fundamentally fair process. At all student conduct hearings, an accused student shall be assumed not responsible until proven responsible, and, in initial student conduct hearings, the burden of proof shall rest with those bringing the charges. In all proceedings, the student shall be guaranteed a fundamentally fair process.
A student has the responsibility to respect the rights and property of others, including other students, the faculty and administration.
A student has the responsibility to be fully acquainted with the published University Student Rules and to comply with them and the laws of the land.
A student has the responsibility to recognize that student actions reflect upon the individuals involved and upon the entire university community.
A student has the responsibility to recognize the university's obligation to provide an environment for learning.