25. Student Conduct Code Procedures (System)

(Revised: 2013)

The University views the student conduct system as an educational experience that can result in growth in personal understanding of one’s responsibilities and privileges in the University community. Acceptable standards of conduct have been established to protect the rights of others and the orderly operation of the University. The focus of student conduct proceedings is to determine whether the University’s standards of conduct have been violated. To this end, student conduct proceedings attempt to balance an understanding and knowledge of the students’ needs with the needs of the University community.

25.1. Charges and Student Conduct Conferences

Individuals may bring a complaint against a student for alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code. Any complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place. Such complaints may be submitted to the Office of Student Life. An investigation may be initiated to determine if the complaint has merit. Complaints may result in charges, a form of alternative dispute resolution, or dismissal of complaint. These decisions are made at the sole discretion of the University. To ensure that students understand how to appropriately pursue a grievance at Texas A&M University at Galveston, students are encouraged to seek clarification and advice regarding procedures before initiating a grievance. Although a student may seek such advice from any faculty or staff member, the Office of Student Life has staff members trained to help students who have grievances. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from this office in pursuing any type of grievance.

25.2. Interpretation and Revision

25.2.1. Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Conduct Code shall be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or his or her designee for final determination.

25.2.2. The Student Conduct Code shall be reviewed every two years under the direction of the Office of Student Affairs. Failure to conduct this review shall not invalidate any portion of this code.