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Rules of the School of Law


Honor Code and Rules of the School of Law

Date Approved and/or Revised

March 13, 2013, March 28, 2018


Rules and Reservation of Rights. Students are expected to know and follow the rules of the School of Law. In instances where the School of Law has not provided a rule, the rules of Texas Tech University, as they appear in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog and Code of Student Conduct, will be followed. A student may appeal the application of specific rules to the Office of the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean's office will either render a decision or refer the appeal to the faculty of the law school or the proper authority for decision.

Law student conduct is governed by three codes: The School of Law Student Code of Professional Conduct, the School of Law Honor Code, and the Texas Tech University Code of Student Conduct1. These codes can be found in the School of Law Student Handbook and the University Student Handbook. Law students are held to standards different from those of other students at the University because they intend to enter a profession that has its own stated expectations of character and ethical behavior. The Honor Code and the Student Code of Professional Conduct set out guidelines and expectations for appropriate behavior and professional decorum; the Honor Code primarily governs academic matters while the Student Code of Professional Conduct governs primarily non academic matters. The faculty Honor Code Investigator and the Honor Council typically resolve matters relating to the Honor Code, while the Dean's Delegate (typically the Associate Dean of Student Life) most often resolves matters involving the Student Code of Professional Conduct. The School of Law partners with the University in attempting to provide a disciplinary process to law students that addresses problem behavior fairly and respectfully. The Dean will confer as necessary with appropriate University officials when questions arise concerning the application of a particular code.

The law faculty does not assure any student that it will offer a combination of courses or a sequence of courses that will enable a student to qualify for the law degree other than the normal program of study in three consecutive academic years of two semesters each.

The School of Law reserves the right to modify the requirements for admission or graduation; to change the arrangement or content of courses, the instructional materials used, tuition and other fees; to alter any regulation affecting the student body; to refuse admission or readmission to any student at any time; or to dismiss any student at any time, should it be in the interest of the law school.

Contact Information and Messages. Each student should check his or her university e mail account and message box daily. The law school also uses TechLawAnnounce as a means to notify students of policies and procedures. Students must report their permanent address, local address, and telephone numbers to the law school and notify the law school of any changes. The law school and university use these means to communicate official notices, and each student will be responsible for complying with any notices and requirements sent by any of these means.

1Found in the Student Handbook at www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/handbook.