Mission Statement – TWU’s Conduct Review Process
The mission of Texas Woman’s University’s Conduct Review Process is to support the University’s mission by enhancing the overall educational experience for students. The process is designed to incorporate student learning, student development, and promote equality, dignity and mutual respect among its campus community.
- Promote a safe and orderly campus community
- Develop, disseminate, interpret, and enforce campus regulations
- Protect relevant rights of students
- Handle student behavioral problems in a fair and reasonable manner
- Facilitate and encourage respect for campus governance
- Provide learning experiences for students who violate TWU policies
- Provide leadership opportunities for students who participate in the process through board membership
Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesTexas Woman’s University is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of the individual are sustained. TWU is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution. The exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all people in the community to enjoy them to the same extent. In a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the University or with the rights of other members of the University will not be tolerated. Students enrolling in Texas Woman’s University and registered student organizations assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational community. The act of registering for classes or registering as a TWU student organization is an explicit acceptance of TWU’s regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook, which includes the Student Code of Conduct, the University’s General Catalog, the Graduate Catalog, and other official University publications. The electronic version of these publications can be found on the TWU website and is considered the most current to fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, TWU retains the authority to maintain order within the University and to exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process or who represent a threat to the community.
Students and student organizations enjoy the following rights:Students and student organizations enjoy the following rights and responsibilities:
- The right to an environment in the residence halls, academic buildings, and other areas on campus which will be as conducive as possible to study and serious inquiry;
- The right to inquire about and to recommend improvements in policies, regulations, and procedures affecting the welfare of students through appropriate channels such as student government, administrative offices, and various committees;
- The right to a fair hearing (procedure described below) when charged with violation of university regulations.
- The responsibility for being fully acquainted with published regulations and for complying with these regulations in the interest of an orderly and productive community;
- The responsibility for respecting the rights and property of other persons in the University community.
- The responsibility for knowing that each student’s conduct reflects not only upon the student but also upon the university and the members of the community, and that conduct must be judged accordingly.
- The responsibility to help maintain a safe environment by reporting suspicious/inappropriate /dangerous behavior to university employees.
Statement of Community RespectTexas Woman’s University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all students and to fostering an educational environment free from intimidation and harassment. While upholding the principles of free intellectual inquiry and freedom of expression, the University condemns any form of intimidation or harassment, including intimidation or harassment which arises from race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or veteran’s status.
The pursuit of community respect requires tolerance of intellectual positions and the expression of ideas that are different from, and contrary to, one’s own beliefs and values. The TWU community expects that the expression of these ideas will be exercised in ways that are consistent with norms of civility toward all people and that demonstrate respect for the cultural traditions of the diverse racial, religious, ethnic and national groups that comprise the University community.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct includes a list of violations, incidents other than academic dishonesty, for which disciplinary action may be imposed on students and student organizations. Violations of the Code of Conduct fall into the following categories:
B. Destruction, damage, unauthorized possession of or misuse of private or University property.
C. Being in unauthorized places, including campus or faculty offices and buildings, during or after hours without proper authority.
D. Obstruction or disruption of teaching or any other lawful function or mission of the University.
E. Willfully refusing or failing to leave any property owned, operated, or controlled by the University upon being requested to do so by an authorized University employee.
F. Verbal, physical, or psychological abuse, including detention or threat of bodily harm to self or another person or persons in the University community.
G. Possession, use, sale, or delivery of controlled substances or dangerous drugs or other narcotics or illicit drugs wherein the possession, use, or delivery thereof is a violation of local, state, or federal laws.
H. Manufacturing, sale, or delivery of alcoholic beverages on university properties or violation of the University alcohol policy (See Drug and Alcohol Policy on page 163)
I. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a public place.
J. Sexual harassment as defined on page 174 of the Student Handbook.
K. Harassment or intimidation of a sexual nature that is severe, persistent or pervasive that limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access.
L. Theft or attempted theft of property or damage, other than accidental, to property of the University, members of the TWU community, or campus visitors.
M. Violation of rules relating to the use of campus buildings and other university facilities or services.
N. Malfeasance or misuse of elective or appointed office in a student organization which is injurious to the organization, its members, or the welfare of the University community.
O. Hazing - any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization. See Hazing Policy on page 170.
P. Failure to answer an official summons or to comply with lawful directions of university employees acting in the performance of their duties.
Q. Denial of or interference with any person’s lawful right of access to, use of, or exit from any university facility or with any other lawful right of any person on the campus.
The appropriate use of chemicals in class is exempt from this policy.
S. Alleged violations of city, state or federal laws are incorporated as offenses under the Student Code of Conduct and the University may elect to take action against that student.
T. Smoking outside of approved smoking areas. (See University Smoking Policy)
U. Unauthorized tampering with any fire alarm or fire safety system.
V. Violation of the TWU Information Technology Use Policy, which governs acceptable and ethical conduct. Users accept the responsibility to: 1) respect the legal protection provided by copyright and licensing of programs and date; 2) respect the privacy and rights of other users; and 3) respect the intended usage of resources. (See Information Technology Use Policy on page 176)
W. Failure to report behavior that threatens the public safety of the community.
X. Stalking – unwelcomed following or harassing a person over an extended period of time, including by electronic means that results in fear or apprehension of harm.
Y. Bullying – aggression that intends to harm, occurs repeatedly, including by electronic means.
Z. Sexual assault, or attempted sexual assault, as defined on page 174 in Student Handbook for definition).
AA. Other violations determined by University authorities to warrant disciplinary action.
Student Code of Conduct Report Form
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