A University, like any community, must have regulations and/or standards by which its members abide and procedures by which its organization functions. The standards should provide order and an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and personal development. This Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct contained within are intended to serve these purposes in the interest of all segments of Texas Tech University.
The University has a responsibility to maintain order within the University community and to discipline those who violate its standards, rules, and/or policies. Enrollment requires students to share this responsibility. Students agree to abide by the standards, rules and/or policies set forth in this Student Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalog and other official University publications, as well as the Texas Education Code. Student organizations also agree to follow these standards, rules, and/or policies.
The Student Handbook was approved by the Board of Regents on May 15/16, 2014 to be effective Monday, May 19, 2014.
As members of the academic community, University students enjoy the privileges and share the obligations of the larger community of which the University is a part. Students are entitled to the privileges which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. These privileges carry with them the obligations of responsible citizenship. Students shall conform to University regulations. Students should recognize that citizenship also includes contributing deliberately to strengthening the educational community, improving learning for themselves and their classmates and promoting excellence within the above context. Freedom of discussion, inquiry and expression is protected and nurtured in the classroom as the safeguard of the freedom to learn. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn in a manner consistent with the maintenance of good order. Responsibility for maintaining good order in the classroom is vested in the instructor. The Code of Student Conduct outlines the standards of behavior for University students and the disciplinary processes to address misconduct.
Students enrolled in, and student organizations registered with, the Texas Tech University School of Law are subject to the Code of Student Conduct. In addition to the Code of Student Conduct, Tech Law students and registered organizations are also subject to the Honor Code of the School of Law. In specific situations, students may find themselves in violation of either the Code of Student Conduct or the Honor Code of the School of Law, or both. Each document has its own respective disciplinary processes and at times, a single behavioral violation may require two separate disciplinary processes. Questions concerning the respective jurisdiction of the Code of Student Conduct and the Honor Code of the School of Law will be resolved by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Dean of the School of Law.
Students enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and organizations registered with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are subject to the TTUHSC Student Handbook/Code of Professional and Academic Conduct.
Texas Tech is a great public research University where students succeed, knowledge is advanced, and global engagement is championed.
As a public research University, Texas Tech advances knowledge through innovative and creative teaching, research, and scholarship. The University is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. The University is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.* *Approved by the Texas Tech University Board of Regents on May 14, 2010
"DO THE RIGHT THING”- Statement of Ethical Principles Texas Tech University is committed to the values of mutual respect; cooperation and communication; creativity and innovation, community service and leadership; pursuit of excellence; public accountability; and diversity. 2005 Texas Tech University Strategic Plan Texas Tech University is committed to being an ethical institution. In recognition of the rights and inherent dignity of all members of the Texas Tech University community, the University is committed to supporting the following principles and to protecting those rights guaranteed by the Constitution, the laws of the United States and the State of Texas, and the policies adopted by the Board of Regents. As members of the Texas Tech community, faculty, students, staff, administration, and all stakeholders accept responsibility for abiding by and promoting the ethical principles of the University described below. Although legal behavior and ethical behavior overlap in many areas, they are quite distinct from each other. While we follow legal requirements, an ethical institution goes beyond them to achieve the following values.
The University or its representative may amend this document at any time without notice. (Changes made outside the annual approval process will be made available here.)
The terms “academic work, test, quiz, or other assignment includes any required or optional academic work that is assigned. Examples include, but are not limited to, exams, quizzes, tests, homework, case studies, essays, research papers, group work, extra credit assignments, class attendance, experiential learning activities, internship or externship components, resumes, comprehensive exams, and thesis and dissertation drafts and submissions.
The term “administrative hold” refers to the indicator placed on a student’s record preventing access to such University procedures as registration, release of transcripts, and course add/drops until the student meets the requirements of the University office placing the indicator as described in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs.
The term “administrative hearing officer” indicates a Student Conduct Officer who will determine a finding of responsible or not responsible for violations of the Code of Student Conduct in a formal conduct hearing. The administrative hearing officer will also determine and assign sanctions, conditions, and restrictions for responsible findings.
The Code of Student Conduct is reviewed every year by the Code of Student Conduct Review Committee in conjunction with the Office of Student Conduct, University Student Housing, Dean of Students, and the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Questions of interpretation regarding the Code of Student Conduct should be referred to the Office of Student Conduct at (806) 742-1714.
The Code of Student Conduct Review Committee will conduct an annual review of the Code of Student Conduct and make recommendations to the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs regarding omissions, clarifications, constructive changes and other matters relevant to the proper interpretation and operation of the Code of Student Conduct. The Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs will then present the Code of Student Conduct to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs and the Provost for review and consideration by the Board of Regents.
The Managing Director of the Office of Student Conduct may remove a member from this committee when, in his/her judgment, the member has failed or refused to serve and perform the duties and functions of this committee.
A Student Conduct Officer, or designee, will serve as a resource person for the committee and record changes.
The Office of Student Conduct will establish meeting dates and times during which the Code of Student Conduct will be reviewed and will provide for scheduling special meetings as needed.
A quorum for the committee is five (5) members.
The Managing Director of the Office of Student Conduct may appoint additional members of the Code of Student Conduct Review Committee to expedite the review process of the code. The additional members of the Code of Student Conduct Review
The term “complainant” refers to the party reporting the complaint or concern against another party.
The term “disciplinary good standing” is defined as a student not currently on disciplinary probation or any level of disciplinary suspension/expulsion that has fulfilled in a timely manner, if any, sanctions, conditions, and/or restrictions imposed.
The term “discipline body” means any University official or group of officials authorized by the Director of the Office of Student Conduct to determine whether a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and to recommend imposition of sanctions, conditions and/or restrictions.
The term “investigator” is defined as a trained University staff member whose role is to conduct a thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and to present allegations and share evidence that is obtained regarding the allegations with an administrative hearing officer or conduct hearing committee.
In most cases of actions against members of the university community, the investigator will not be the administrative hearing officer, but in other types of conduct allegations, they may play both roles in the process.
Investigators are assigned to cases by the Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct, or designee. Investigators may be Student Conduct Officers or trained staff in other departments such as the Student Resolution Center, Dean of Students, Campus Life, and University Student Housing.
The term “member of the University community” includes any person who is a student, faculty or staff member, University official or any person employed by the University or campus visitors.
The term “official academic record” includes, but is not limited to applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar.
The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations, standards and/or rules of the University.
The term “preponderance of evidence” is the standard of proof used by Judicial Hearing Officers, Student Judicial Programs and University Student Housing. It is defined as a circumstance in which the evidence as a whole shows that the fact(s) for which proof is being sought are more likely than not.
The term “religious holy day” means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code § 11.20.
The term “respondent” refers to the party responding to the complaint or concern reported regarding their behavior or actions.
The term “sponsorship and/or co-sponsorship” is defined as minimally including, but not limited to, direct participation in planning, coordination and implementation by members of the sponsoring organizations.
The term “student” includes all persons admitted to or enrolled in courses at the University, either full time or part time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies, and/or those who attend postsecondary educational institutions other than Texas Tech University and who reside in University residence halls. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered “students”.
The term “student conduct officer” means a University designee authorized by the Director of the Office of Student Conduct, Dean of Students and/or the Director of University Student Housing pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct to adjudicate alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
The term “student organization” means any number of students who have complied with the formal requirements for University registration.
The term “University” means Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
The term “University official” includes any person employed by Texas Tech University or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center while performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
The term “University premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities and other property in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks)