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Academic Integrity

What actions define academic misconduct?

The Texas A&M University Aggie Honor System Office distributes a detailed overview of behaviors which are examples of academic misconduct.

Please visit the Aggie Honor System Office or website for additional information.

What happens to a student who is suspected of committing academic misconduct?

Instructors have two options for adjudication of cases regarding academic misconduct. They may refer the case to the Aggie Honor System Office (AHSO) or


they may adjudicate the case themselves if it is a first offense. If the instructor chooses to refer the case to the AHSO, the instructor will complete an Honor Code Violation Report Form and send it to the AHSO as soon as practicable (with a preference of five (5) University business days) of notification of the alleged incident. The AHSO will then review the case and make a decision regarding whether action will be taken. If the instructor chooses to handle the case individually, the instructor shall contact the AHSO to obtain a case number as soon as practicable (with a preference for five (5) University business days) of notification of the alleged incident issued by the AHSO and follow the instructor procedures for adjudication, including notification of the instructor’s Department Head.

At any time before the instructor has imposed one or more of the Academic or Educational Sanctions, the instructor and the accused student each have the right to terminate the instructor-based adjudication and transfer the process to the Honor Council.

Please visit the Aggie Honor System webpage for additional information on reporting and adjudication.

Where is the Aggie Honor System Office located?

The Aggie Honor System Office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall (Rm. 102) on the Texas A&M University campus.

Reporting and ajudication webpage

Harrassment

What constitutes harrassment?

Texas A&M University defines harassment as the following: Conduct (physical, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic) that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to threaten an individual or limit the ability of an individual to work, study or participate in the activities of the university.

What do I do if someone is harassing me?

The best course of action is to report the harassment to someone so that you can get assistance in making the harassment stop.
The University Police Department, the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, the Department of Residence Life and the Office of the Commandant can all serve as a resource to students who feel that they are being the victim of harassment.

How can I avoid being harassed on-line?

Students are encouraged to remove themselves from situations on-line in which they feel like they are being harassed. Responding to instant messages or

other forms of electronic communication from individuals you don’t know may lead to harassment from that individual. The less personal information you post on-line, the less risk that you have that someone will use that information inappropriately.

Where can I get additional information about harassment issues?

Please refer to the Texas A&M University Student Rules on sexual harassment at:
http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule47.htm
and on Racial and Ethnic harassment at:
http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule31.htm

Furnishing False Information

What is furnishing false information?

Texas A&M University defines furnishing false information as: Forgery, unauthorized alteration or misuse of any document, record or instrument of identification.


Also includes withholding material information from the university, misrepresenting the truth before a hearing of the university and making false statements to any university official.
As a member of the Aggie family, Texas A&M University students are expected to be truthful in all of their interactions with other students, faculty, staff and the university community.

Breeching campus security

How can I keep Texas A&M University a safe community?

As a student there are several steps you can take to keep Texas A&M University a safe environment:

  • Secure your personal belongings and always remember to lock your residence hall room door or your apartment/house doors when you are not there.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of emergency phones on campus.
  • Remember to walk in groups or pairs when on campus in the evening.
  • Report suspicious behavior to the University Police Department.

Where can I get additional information on the Texas A&M University Police Department (UPD):

The UPD web address is: http://upd.tamu.edu/

Misuse of Computing Services

How is computer misuse defined at Texas A&M?

Computer misuse at Texas A&M is failure to comply with laws, license agreements, and contracts governing network, software and hardware use.


Abuse of communal resources. Use of computing resources for unauthorized commercial purposes or personal gain. Failure to protect your password or use of your account. Breach of computer security, harmful access or invasion of privacy.

What other responsibilities do I have regarding using computers at Texas A&M University?

Please see: http://student-rules.tamu.edu/append5.htm for additional information on responsibilities that Texas A&M community members have regarding the use of computers and computing facilities on campus.

Hazing

What is hazing?

Prohibited acts committed for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or


organization; or as part of any activity of a recognized student organization, student group, Corps of Cadets, Corps outfit, Corps unit, or Corps Special Activities. 

Prohibited behavior includes any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property; and/or assisting, directing, or in any way causing others to participate in degrading behavior and/or behavior that causes ridicule, humiliation, or embarrassment; and/or engaging in conduct which tends to bring the reputation of the organization, group, or university into disrepute.  Previously relied upon “traditions,” (including Corps, fraternity/sorority, or any other group or organization activity, practice or tradition) intent of such acts, or coercion by current or former student leaders of such groups, or former students will not suffice as a justifiable reason for participation in such acts. It is not a defense that the person (or group) against whom the hazing was directed consented to, or acquiesced to, the behavior in question

What are some examples of hazing?

  • Misuse of authority by virtue of one’s class rank or leadership position

  • Striking another student by hand or with any instrument

  • Any form of physical bondage of a student
  • Taking of a student to an outlying area and dropping him/her off

  • Forcing a student into a violation of the law or a university rule such as indecent exposure, trespassing, violation of visitation, etc.

  • Any form of "quadding”

  • Having first-hand knowledge of the planning of such activities or firsthand knowledge that an incident of this type has occurred and failing to report it to appropriate university officials (The Dean of Student Life and/or the University Police Department) is also a violation under this section.

Who can I report hazing to?

The University Police Department, the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, the Department of Residence Life, the Department of Student Activities and the Office of the Commandant can all serve as a resource to students who feel that they are the victim of hazing and wish to report it to university officials.

Sexual Misconduct

What is sexual misconduct?

Texas A&M University prohibits two types of sexual misconduct; These include sexual abuse and sexual assault.


Sexual abuse is attempting or making sexual contact, including but not limited to inappropriate touching or fondling, against the person’s will, or in circumstances where the person is physically, mentally or legally unable to give consent.
Sexual assault is the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by a sexual organ of another or anal/vaginal penetration by any means against the victim’s will or without his/her consent. An individual who is mentally incapacitated, unconscious, or unaware that the sexual assault is occurring is considered unable to give consent. The type of force employed may involve physical force, coercion, intentional impairment of an individual’s ability to appraise the situation through the administering of any substance, or threat of harm to the victim

What can I do if someone I know is a victim of sexual violence?

When dealing with students who have encountered any form of sexual violence, it is important to keep the following things in mind:

  • ASSUME that what s/he tells you did happen. According to the FBI, 99% of reports are true.

  • Be a patient and active LISTENER.

  • DO NOT press for details.

  • Offer COMFORT, but do not touch the victim unless invited to do so.

  • REASSURE her/him that what happened is NOT okay and that s/he is not at fault nor alone.

  • Allow the student to take CONTROL for her/himself – do not make decisions for her/him.

  • Offer information regarding available RESOURCES.

  • Remind the student that s/he has OPTIONS.

  • Offer SUPPORT – Remember that you are not serving in the role of a therapist; however, the person may need your continued support.

  • FIND information if you do not know the answers – it’s OK not to be the expert, but be sure to help the person find someone who is.

  • EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE – ask questions, seek information, utilize the resources available.

Physical Abuse

What is physical abuse at Texas A&M University?

Texas A&M University defines physical abuse as:
Any attempt to cause injury or inflict pain; or causing injury or inflicting pain.


Also causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

It is not a defense that the person (or group) against whom the physical abuse was directed consented to, or acquiesced to, the physical abuse.
The physical abuse rule is not intended to prohibit the following conduct:

  1. Customary public athletic events, contests, or competitions that are sponsored by the university or the organized and supervised practices associated with such events; or

  2. Any activity or conduct that furthers the goals of a legitimate educational curriculum, a legitimate extracurricular program or a legitimate military training program as defined and approved by the university.

Drugs

What do the university rules say about illegal drugs?

Students can be in violation of university policies on illegal drugs and controlled substances if they are found to be manufacturing, possessing, having under control, selling, transmitting, using or being party thereto any dangerous drug, controlled substance or drug paraphernalia on university premises or at university-sponsored activities.

What can happen to a student if they are found to be in violation of university rules regarding drugs?

Students found in violation of university policies on drugs are typically separated from the university. Students may also be required to undergo substance abuse counseling and complete a variety of other educational sanctions prior to being considered for readmission to the institution.

Where can I get additional information regarding issues surrounding illegal drugs and controlled substances?

The Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Alcohol and Drug Education Programs can be a wonderful resource for students on this issue. You can visit their website at: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/adep/

Will my parents find out if I have a university drug violation?

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of your violation, then a notice will be sent to your parents regarding the drug violation. It is usually in your best interest to inform your parents prior to resolution of your student discipline case.

Alcohol

What are the university rules regarding alcohol use?

Texas A&M University has polices concerning alcohol misuse that include drinking or having in possession any alcoholic beverage in public areas of university premises not approved for such activity; and possession and/or consumption by a minor; and public intoxication; and driving while intoxicated.

What can happen to a student who is found in violation of a university rule concerning alcohol?

Students found in violation of a university rule concerning alcohol are usually placed on university conduct probation which eliminates a student from


being able to hold a student leadership position in a club organization. It can also impact their ability to represent the university at official functions and events and can limit their ability to receive a university administered scholarship. In addition, students may also be required to attend a university alcohol awareness class, perform community service, and meet with a licensed substance abuse counselor.

Will my parents find out if I have a university alcohol violation?

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of your violation, then a notice will be sent to your parents regarding the alcohol violation. It is usually in your best interest to inform your parents prior to resolution of your student discipline case.

Where can I get additional information regarding issues on alcohol?

The Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Alcohol and Drug Education Programs can be a wonderful resource for students on this issue. You can visit their website at: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/adep/

Student Conduct Process

Where can I get information on the university’s student conduct process?

You can visit the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Student Conflict Resolution Services Office at http://studentlife.tamu.edu/scrs

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