Students' 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 but also as a citizen of this country.

Students' Rights

  • 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 subject to disciplinary action arising from violations of University Student Rules shall be assured a fundamentally fair process.

Students' Responsibilities

  • A student has the responsibility to respect the rights and property of others, including other students, the faculty and University officials.

  • A student has the responsibility to be fully acquainted with the published University Student Rules and to comply with them, as well as federal, state, and local laws.

  • 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 maintain a level of behavior which is consistent in supporting the learning environment of the institution and to recognize the University’s obligation to provide an environment for learning.