Campus Rules & Procedures
Attendance at a tax-assisted educational institution of higher learning is optional and voluntary. By such voluntary entrance into the academic community of Tarleton State University, students assume the obligations of performance and behavior imposed by the university relevant to its lawful missions, processes and functions. These obligations are generally greater than those imposed on citizens by civil and criminal law.
When students enter Tarleton, it is assumed they have a sincere interest in their own intellectual and social development. They are expected to learn to cope with problems using intelligence, reason and consideration for the rights of others; to obey laws and ordinances of the nation, the State of Texas and the community of which they are a part; and to conduct themselves peaceably in espousing changes they may consider necessary.
Students are expected to respect the rights and freedoms of others at all times. Students are subject to federal, state and local laws as well as university rules and regulations. A student is not entitled to greater immunities or privileges before the law than those generally enjoyed by other citizens. Students are subject to such reasonable disciplinary action as the administration of the university may consider appropriate, including suspension and expulsion in appropriate cases for breach of federal, state or local laws or university rules and regulations. This principle extends to conduct off campus which is likely to have an adverse effect on the university or the educational process, or which deems the offender as an unfit associate for the other students.
Students Rights & Responsibilities
Students have rights that are to be respected. These rights include respect for personal feelings, freedom from indignity of any type, freedom from control by any person except as may be in accord with published rules and procedures of Tarleton State University or the policies of The Texas A&M University System, and conditions allowing them to make the best use of their time and talents toward the objectives that brought them to the institution. No officer or student, regardless of position or rank, shall violate those rights; any custom, tradition or regulation in conflict will be allowed to prevail. Students are expected at all times to recognize constituted authority, to conform to the ordinary rules of good conduct, to be truthful, to respect the rights of others, to protect private and public property, and to make the best of their time toward an education.
Student Code of Conduct
1.1 General Rules and Procedures
Tarleton State University’s primary concern is the student. The university attempts to provide for all students a campus environment that is conducive to academic endeavor and social and individual growth. Tarleton State University expects all students to obey the law and to show respect for and obedience to properly constituted authority. The university also expects its students to fulfill contractual obligations, to maintain absolute integrity and to have a high standard of individual honor in academic work.
The disciplinary sanctions outlines in Section 5.1 may be applied to any student or student organization that commits or attempts to commit, either singly or in concert with others, any of the following acts of misconduct. Generally, university jurisdiction and disciplinary action shall be limited to conduct which occurs on university premises or which adversely affects the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. However, criminal activity by a student, whether it takes place on or off campus, may be the cause for disciplinary action by the university. The university may take action as a result of an alleged violation regardless of any action taken by civil authorities.
Students are responsible for obtaining all published materials and updates from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs relating to this code. In addition, the university may modify the procedures contained herein at any time in order to effectuate justice. Students may also be held responsible for the actions of their invited guest.
2.1 Categories of Misconduct
Misconduct for which students or organizations are subject to disciplinary action falls into the following categories:
2.2 Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
2.2.1 Any act of academic dishonesty (See Student Rules, section Academic Rules, subsection Academic Conduct.)
2.2.2 Stealing, destroying, defacing, damaging or misuse of university property or property belonging to another. Knowingly in possession of stolen property constitutes being an accessory to theft and is, therefore, a violation of this provision.
2.2.3 Unauthorized possession of, or making use of, university keys for unauthorized purposes.
2.2.4 Misuse or abuse of computer equipment, programs or data.
- Unauthorized use of computing resources or use of computing resources for unauthorized purposes.
- Accessing or copying programs, records or data belonging to the university or another user without permission.
- Attempting to breach the security of another user’s account or deprive another user of access to the university’s computing resources.
- Using the university’s computing resources for personal or financial gain.
- Transporting copies of university programs, records or data to another person or computer site without written authorization.
- Attempting to destroy or modify programs, records or data belonging to the university or another user.
2.3 Conduct, which adversely affects the university community, including but not limited to the following:
2.3.1 Commission of any criminal offense under federal, state or municipal law. This includes theft, burglary, arson, rape, acquaintance rape or other forms of assault.
2.3.2 Violations of any university rules or procedures. Such rules include residence hall contracts and procedures, rules relating to entry and use of university facilities, university motor vehicle rules, rules governing student organizations and dining hall conduct.
2.3.3 Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with directions of, a university official (including resident advisors) or other public official acting in the performance of their duties while on university property or at official university functions, or resisting or obstructing such university or public officials in the performance of or the attempt to perform their duties.
2.3.4 Failure to heed an official summons to the office of an administrative officer within the designated time.
2.3.5 Failure to meet financial obligations to the university or writing checks on accounts with insufficient funds.
2.3.6 Unauthorized entry into or unauthorized use of university buildings, facilities, equipment or resources.
2.3.7 Engaging in conduct that interferes with or disrupts any university teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service or other authorized activity or the peace and welfare of any person, whether on or off campus.
2.3.8 Obstructing or restraining the passage of any person at an exit or entrance to the university campus or property, or preventing or attempting to prevent by force of violence or by threats thereof, the entrance or exit of any person to or from university property/campus without the authorization of the administration of the university.
2.3.9 The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire or other emergency in any building, structure or facility on university premises or university related premises by means of activating a fire alarm or in any other manner.
2.3.10 Possession and/or use of ammunition, firearms or other explosives or propellant devices or weapons (including air powered guns, blowguns, sling shots, nun chucks, etc.) on university premises or at any university sponsored activity.
2.3.11 Possession, ignition or detonation of any explosive device, fireworks, liquid or object which is flammable or which would cause damage by fire or explosion to persons or property.
2.3.12 Engage in disruptive activity such as, but not limited to, disorderly conduct, which include physical or verbal abuse and/or injury of another person; abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language in a public place; threats; obscene actions; non-consensual sex acts or contact; and/or disrespect for the rights and privileges of others.
2.3.13 Physical abuse, including but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sex offenses, and other physical assaults; threats of violence; or conduct that threatens the health and safety of any person. Sexual assault or rape is the use of physical force or emotional coercion to force sex. Sex without conscious and total consent is rape. Taking sexual advantage of a person who is mentally or physically incapable of giving consent (for example, intoxication) is rape.
2.3.14 Verbal or physical harassment of any university student or employee.
2.3.15 Engaging in hazing or voluntarily submitting to hazing. Any acts directed against a student by another student or by a group of students will be considered hazing if the intent or effect of such acts would intimidate the student or submit him/her to indignity or humiliation. (See Student Rules, section Campus Rules & Policies, subsection Hazing)
2.3.16 Any act of sexual harassment as defined in University Rule [34.01.99T1]: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other university activity;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual;
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive university environment.
2.3.17 Manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use or sale of alcohol, which is unlawful or otherwise prohibited by, or not in compliance with, university or campus rules or procedures.
2.3.18 Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use or sale of controlled substances identified in federal and state law or regulations. Any paraphernalia associated with the use and/or possession of a drug narcotic or controlled substance is prohibited. (See Student Rules, section Campus Rules & Policies, subsection Alcohol & Controlled Substances)
2.3.19 Failure to present student identification to any member of the university faculty, staff or administration or police on request when acting in the performance of his/her duty.
2.3.20 Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with university rules or procedures.
2.3.21 Attempting, aiding, abetting, conspiring, hiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this code shall be considered to the same extent as completed violations.
2.3.22 Stalking behavior in which an individual willfully, maliciously and repeatedly engages in a knowing course of conduct directed at a specific person which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments and/or terrorizes the person.
3.1 Authority for Initiation of Disciplinary Action
Under the direction of the President and the Vice President for Student Life through Associate Vice President and Dean of Students has primary authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline. The Office of Student Judicial Affairs may make further delegation of this authority to residence life staff, the PanHellenic Council, Interfraternity Council or others.
4.1 Disciplinary Procedures
General Procedural Provisions
The Student Life Officer shall investigate and gather evidence about reported student or organizational misconduct and shall evaluate the accuracy, credibility and sufficiency of this evidence. The university uses the “preponderance of the evidence” standard for disciplinary decision making. The Office of Student Judicial Affairs shall ensure that the requirements of due process are fulfilled. The Vice President for Student Life may take immediate interim disciplinary action, which includes but is not limited to temporary suspension, when he or she believes that the presence of a student on campus poses a continuing danger to persons or property or presents a threat of disrupting the academic process.
An administrative hearing will be scheduled as soon thereafter as practical.
4.1.1 When a complaint is filed, the student or organization named in the complaint will be asked to appear before a designated Student Life Officer, who will conduct an investigative meeting to discuss the alleged violation(s) and possible sanction(s).
4.1.2 In any disciplinary proceeding, the student or organization has the right to:
- Be apprised of the rule(s) allegedly violated and the alleged act(s) committed;
- Know the source of the complaint(s)
- Know the specific violation(s)
- Know of the sanction(s) that may be imposed if a violation is substantiated;
- Be provided a list of witnesses, testimonies and any other documents relevant to the case upon request prior to the formal hearing;
- Be accompanied by an advisor at any discipline hearing (for advisory purposes only, not for representation);
- Refrain from making any statement relevant to the violation(s);
- Know that any statement(s) made by the accused student or organization can be used against the accused.
4.1.3 If, as a result of the investigation, the Student Life Officer determines that university disciplinary procedures are warranted, the student or organization will be notified, in writing, of the specific complaint(s) being made against the student or organization and the disciplinary procedures available for conducting a hearing on the complaint(s). If the Student Life Officer is unable to contact the student or organization’s representative, in person, within five (5) university working days of the specific complaint(s), the notice of disciplinary action and procedures will be mailed to the address of record maintained with the university.
4.1.4 After the student or organization has been advised of the alleged violation or complaint(s), the student or organization may choose to have the case heard by the Student Life Officer or may request permission to appear before the Judicial Advisory Council. The university may refer a case to the Judicial Advisory Council if deemed appropriate. This council, after hearing a case, has the authority to make appropriate recommendations on the case to the Student Life Officer. The Judicial Advisory Council is composed of seven (7) members: Four (4) senior, junior and sophomore students appointed by the Student Body President, two (2) faculty members and one (1) staff member appointed by the Vice President for Student Life. The Student Life Officer, after fair and objective assessment, may impose any disciplinary sanction defined in Section 5.1. It shall be the responsibility of the Student Life Officer to inform the student or organization of the right to appeal any sanction in Section 5.1 (5.1.4) (b) through (5.1.7) and the procedures for doing so. The student or organization will be provided a written statement of complaint or alleged violation against them, the procedures for appealing, and they will acknowledge receipt of such by signing a duplicate copy. Following disposition of the hearing, a written summary will be retained.
4.1.5 Cases in which the Student Life Officer is satisfied that a reasonable effort was made to notify the accused student or organization of the complaint or alleged violation and of the time and place of the hearing, the university may conduct a disciplinary hearing at which the accused student or organization is not present. The Student Life Officer will hear the evidence, weight the facts, and render an appropriate judgment.
5.1 Disciplinary Sanctions
One or more of the following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed by the university upon individuals, groups or organizations. Sanctions for violation of institutional rules and procedures may be administered regardless of whether actions of the student are also civil or criminal violations. Whenever disciplinary action leads to the student leaving the university, grades will be assigned in accordance with the university grade policy and the academic calendar.
5.1.1 Reprimand: A reprimand is an oral or written notice to the student or organization that the conduct in question violates university regulations. A reprimand becomes part of a student’s or organization’s disciplinary record in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. For organizations, a reprimand may include notification to the organization’s president or advisor, and to the chapter’s national headquarters.
5.1.2 Loss of Privileges: Under some circumstances of misconduct, the university may deem it appropriate to take away certain privileges. Sanctions such as prohibiting pledging, membership or holding leadership roles; participation in events on the social calendar; denial of participation in any official athletic or non-athletic extracurricular activity, including practices; withholding of official transcripts or degree; blocking from enrollment for a specified period of time; recommendation of failing, reduction or changing a grade on a test, course assignment, course or other academic work; cancellation of the housing contract or removal from the residence hall system; or loss of money-related privileges may be imposed.
5.1.3 Imposition of Certain Tasks: The student may be required to perform certain tasks, such as making restitution, whether monetary or by specific duties; performing community service hours; attending counseling sessions; performing additional academic work not required of other students in a specific course; moving to another residence hall or within the same hall; complying with a behavioral contract; educational requirements may include but not limited to completion of an alcohol education seminar, a diversity awareness seminar, essays, reports, etc.; paying of special fees, fines or service charges.
5.1.4 Probation: Probation is levied for a specified time, the duration of which will be determined by the seriousness of the circumstances of the case. Probation carries with it a warning that any further violation of university regulations may result in more serious consequences, including suspension or expulsion. The two types of probation are:
- Conduct Probation: A sanction that will be removed from the student’s confidential record in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the end of the period of probation.
- Disciplinary Probation: A sanction that remains a permanent part of the student’s confidential record.
5.1.5 Suspension: Suspension is the separation of the student from the university for a definite period of time or until written specified conditions are met. The student is not guaranteed readmission at the end of such period of time, but is guaranteed a review of the case and a decision regarding eligibility for readmission. When a student or organization is suspended, the suspension shall be for a stated period or until specified conditions are met. In no case shall suspension be for less than the remainder of the semester in which the offense is committed. A student or organization that has had a registration hold placed on their readmission must request readmission clearance from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at least three (3) weeks prior to the first day of classes of the semester or summer session in which they wish to register. The student or organization may be required to submit evidence supporting their ability to function properly in a university environment. If approval is granted by the Student Life Officer for the removal of the registration hold, the student or organization must complete the regular readmission procedures by the appropriate office. The Student Life Officer may deny a student’s or organization’s request for readmission if, in the officer’s judgment, there is sufficient evidence to indicate that the student’s or organization’s conduct during suspension would have warranted disciplinary action, or if the student or organization has failed to satisfy any special conditions that may have been imposed prior to readmission. Upon denial of a student’s or organization’s application for readmission, the Student Life Officer shall set a new date at which another application for readmission may be made.
5.1.6 Expulsion: Expulsion is the separation of the student from the university whereby the student is not eligible for readmission to this university.
5.1.7 Revocation of Degrees: If it is discovered that misconduct occurred while the individual was enrolled as a student a revocation of degree(s) may result.
6.1 Recording of Sanctions
The sanctions provided in Section 5.1 (5.1.5), (5.1.6) and (5.1.7) shall be noted on the student’s transcript. In cases of disciplinary suspension, notification will remain during the period of suspension.
Upon the satisfactory completion of the suspension period or conditions, and at the request of the student, the notation of suspension shall be removed from the transcript. Notification of the student’s suspension shall indicate the date on which the suspension begins and the earliest date at which application may be made for readmission or re-registration. Any record of sanctions not noted on the transcript shall be expunged no later than five (5) years after the sanction is assessed.
7.1 Disciplinary Appeals Procedures
Any student or organization has the right to appeal the final decision of the Student Life Officer or Judicial Advisory Council after the adjudication of the case if the case resulted in sanction(s) 5.1.4 (b) through 5.1.7. In all cases where the Student Life Officer has conducted an administrative hearing and rendered a decision, the burden of proof in an appeal should be with the student.
A student or organization that wishes to appeal their case through the due process procedure should request an appeal hearing in writing through the Vice President for Student Life. The appeal hearing is not intended to afford a full rehearing of the case. But merely to review the record of the case and the procedures followed in its adjudication. The appeal hearing may be denied, granted in whole or part, or other relief may be directed where appropriate. In the event that new evidence not available at the time of the administrative hearing is discovered, the case will be referred back to the original hearing officer/body. The request for an appeal hearing shall be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Student Life within forty-eight (48) hours after a disciplinary decision has been rendered. The written request for an appeal hearing shall state the following:
- Name of student or organization, address of student or organization, telephone number, and student’s identification number;
- Date of disciplinary action against the student or organization, and by who disciplined;
- Nature of disciplinary action;
- Circumstances which merit review;
- Signature of student.
7.1.1 Timely written notice of the appeal suspends the imposition of sanction(s) until the appeal is finally decided.
7.1.2 The Vice President for Student Life, within five (5) university working days, will forward the written appeal, and any documents or written evidence submitted at the hearing, to the University Discipline Appeals Committee Chair. On written request made to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, a student or organization may request copies of evidence used to adjudicate the case. Two (2) university working days must be allowed to provide these copies.
7.1.3 The chair of the University Discipline Appeals Committee, upon further receipt of the request for review from the student or organization, shall set the date, time and place for the committee review and shall notify the student or organization of the same in writing. This shall be done within five (5) university working days after the receipt of the student or organization’s request. The University Discipline Appeals Committee shall meet within five (5) university working days after the student or organization is notified. The student or organization who fails to appear for their appeal, forfeits their right of appeal. Extenuating circumstances may cause the university to deviate from the defined time frames.
7.1.4 Grounds for Appeal: A written brief stating ground(s) for appealing the case should be presented by the student appellant within the designated time frame. The scope of the review shall be limited to the following:
126.96.36.199 Procedural error(s);
188.8.131.52 Insufficient evidence to support the finding(s);
184.108.40.206 Sanction(s) inconsistent with the finding(s); and/or
220.127.116.11 Misinterpretation of university rules and procedures by the hearing officer/body.
8.1 The University Discipline Appeals Committee
An administrative committee appointed by the President of the University. It is composed of three (3) faculty members, two (2) staff members and two (2) students. The Vice President for Student Life shall serve as an ex-officio member to the committee.
8.1.1 Responsibility of the University Discipline Appeals Committee
18.104.22.168 The University Discipline Appeals Committee shall review the case, the written appeal of the student or organization, or the circumstances surrounding denial of readmission under Section 5.1.5 of this code.
22.214.171.124 The University Discipline Appeals Committee may take one of the following actions:
- It may find no substantive prejudicial error and affirm the decision or assess a lesser sanction.
- It may find that the evidence submitted was not substantial enough to establish that an offense, as charged, was committed and may dismiss the case.
- It may find errors sufficient to require another hearing. In this case, the matter will again be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life for a new hearing, following the disciplinary procedures outlined in this code.
- In cases involving denial of readmission under Section (5.1) (5.1.5) of this code, the University Discipline Appeals Committee may affirm the decision to deny readmission of a student or organization, or recommend that the student or organization be readmitted to the university.
126.96.36.199 General Rules
- The aggrieved student or organization shall have the right to present witnesses and documentary evidence that may be pertinent, and to question witnesses offered by other parties. An advisor, who may be an attorney, may accompany the student or organization but the advisor is not allowed to make statements or question witnesses. The university reserves the right to counsel in the event it is deemed necessary by the administration. The five (5) working days hearing date may be extended if the university has to retain counsel.
- At least forty-eight (48) hours before the hearing, the student or organization shall provide the Vice President for Student Life a list of witnesses known by the student or organization who are expected to testify on their behalf. The name of the student or organization’s advisor should also be submitted if the advisor is to be present at the hearing.
- Upon the request of the party or parties, the University Discipline Appeals Committee shall record the testimony presented at the hearing. A copy of the recording may be obtained from the chair at the expense of the requesting party.
- During the hearing, only members of the University Discipline Appeals Committee, the Student Life Officer, the student or organization and their advisor, and the testifying witness may be present in the hearing room. No witnesses, after testifying, may remain in the hearing room. All persons present at the hearing shall treat the matters discussed therein with confidence.
- The hearing shall proceed in the following order unless the University Discipline Appeals Committee should otherwise direct (for good cause).
- The university shall be permitted to make an opening statement.
- The aggrieved student or organization may make an opening statement.
- The university shall introduce its evidence and witnesses, if any. The student or organization, as well as members of the committee, shall have the right to question witnesses.
- The aggrieved student or organization shall introduce their evidence and witnesses, if any. The student or organization, the university, as well as members of the committee, shall have the right to question witnesses.
- The university or aggrieved student or organization shall then be confined to rebutting testimony on each side.
- The university shall be permitted to make a closing statement.
- The aggrieved student or organization shall be permitted to make a closing statement.
- The University Discipline Appeals Committee, by secret ballot and with the majority vote ruling, shall promptly render a decision. The committee will communicate its decision, in writing, to the Vice President for Student Life. The Vice President for Student Life will communicate the decision of the committee, in writing, to the student or organization within one (1) week of the hearing. When circumstances warrant, a ruling will be announced verbally the day of the hearing. The decision of the University Discipline Appeals Committee is binding.
Alcohol & Controlled Substances
Tarleton is committed to providing comprehensive alcohol and drug education as well as prevention, early assessment, intervention and referral services. The university has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the campus or as a part of any of its activities. The following rules and procedures are in effect and applies to all.
This rule applies to all individuals, including students, faculty, staff and visitors present on property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of Tarleton.
The possession or use of an alcoholic beverage, as that term is defined in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, on property and/or activities under the control of Tarleton must be in compliance with System Policy 34.03 as well as state and federal laws.
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on property under control of the Texas A&M University System will not be permitted except in special use buildings and facilities as designated.
Areas in which the possession or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited include, but are not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, offices, lounges, stadiums and other athletic facilities, dining areas, meeting and party facilities and residence halls.
Students, faculty and staff who violate the provisions of this rule are subject to disciplinary sanctions under applicable university procedures.
Drug-Free Campus Policy
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale and/or possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia on property owned, leased or controlled by Tarleton or property on which university activities are held is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Also, Tarleton may enforce this rule when violations occur that directly, seriously or adversely interfere with or disrupt the educational mission, program or other functions of the university, regardless of the location.
A violation of these rules may result after a due process hearing in appropriate disciplinary sanctions. Counseling may be required in the event of probation and/or suspension. The university reserves the right to employ an outside agency to assist in the detection of illegal drugs, controlled substances and/or drug paraphernalia.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires that all entering students of an institution of higher education are required to provide evidence of the vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis no later than ten (10) days prior to the first day of the semester. The bill exempts from the immunization requirements a student who is enrolled only in online or other long-distance education courses or who is 30 years of age or older.
Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly, rapidly progressive disease that must be treated immediately by medical experts. The disease is transmitted through the exchange of saliva (sharing cigarettes, toothbrushes or kissing) and living in close quarters (e.g. sharing a room/suite in a residence hall or group home).
For more information on the symptoms, consequences or treatments regarding this disease, you may contact the following: contact your own health care provider; contact the Student Health Center at (254) 968-9272 or visit the website, http://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/healthservices/index.html; contact the local or regional Texas Department of Health office at (254) 965-3138; or visit the websites http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html or http://www.acha.org/.
Tarleton is a member of the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II. The Lone Star Conference includes teams from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Tarleton offers the following women’s sports: volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, softball, golf and cross-country. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, cross-country, and track and field.
Student Group Guidelines for Athletic Contests
In order to promote better sportsmanship at athletic contests, the Tarleton State University Athletic Council has established the following guidelines:
- Derogatory signs are banned.
- During football games, other fans’ vision should not be obstructed.
- At basketball games:
- Groups operate from the north stands at Tarleton, never behind visitor’s bench area.
- Boundary lines extend to walls.
- At Tarleton, visiting fans will have a reserved area.
- No cleated shoes are allowed on the gym floor.
- Person or persons should comply immediately when requested to cease activity.
- Groups or members of groups should refrain from any activity that endangers their health and/or safety.
General Events & Activities
- Each student organization shall furnish the Office of Student Activities a complete list of its officers, their addresses and phone numbers. This list shall be revised promptly at the beginning of each long semester or when changes occur.
- All events that utilize university resources are considered university events and require a sponsoring department/student organization.
- An activity permit is required for any event, meeting or activity that any recognized student organization is sponsoring. This applies to events held on and off campus.
- The time and place of meetings for clubs or organizations must be approved a minimum of 10 days prior to the event by the Office of Student Activities through the approval of an activity permit. Activity permits are available online at http://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/studentactivities/stuact/stuactForms.html or by contacting the Office of Student Activities. The permit requires the signatures of the organization’s faculty or staff advisor, the individual responsible for the room reservation (Thompson Student Center, Registrar or Student Activities) and the Director of Student Activities.
- Any organization sponsoring an on-campus or off-campus fundraising event must obtain prior approval from the organization’s advisor and the Director of Student Activities through the approval of an activity permit.
- Meetings, activities, events, social affairs, programs or athletic contests may not be held during the final examination period. The restricted activity period is approximately one week prior to final exams. The dates of the restricted activity period are printed annually in the University Catalog and available online at http://www.tarleton.edu/scripts/calendar/default.asp. The appropriate Vice President may grant exceptions.
- The possession or use of an alcoholic beverage, as that term is defined in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, on property and/or activities under the control of Tarleton must be in compliance with System Policy 34.03 as well as state and federal laws. Violation of this policy will be sufficient reason for immediately stopping the social activity in question and suspension of the students participating. Each club or organization is responsible for enforcing this regulation at its own events.
- Individual organizations will be held responsible for property damage in any university facility they use.
- Activities will end no later than midnight Sunday through Thursday unless special approval has been obtained from the Director of Student Activities.
- Due to the increased concern regarding the liability and safety of students and student organizations at Tarleton, the Office of Student Activities requires a written activity proposal accompanying the activity permit for any event classified as “open” or including alcoholic beverages. An outline for this proposal can be obtained from the Office of Student Activities or can be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/studentactivities/stuact/stuactForms.html or by contacting the Office of Student Activities.
- Attendance at all university or organizational activities is limited to enrolled students and their guests unless an activity proposal has been filed and approved. Failure to comply with any and all university rules may result in disciplinary action. Approval of activity permits or building use requests will be given only to recognized student organizations maintaining an active status. The criteria for maintaining an active status are as follows:
- Organizations shall file an organizational update within one month of the first day of class at the beginning of each long semester. It is the responsibility of the organization’s president to submit the necessary documents. Failure to do so will result in the organization being placed on inactive status.
- Organizations shall demonstrate by their actions that they are working to achieve their purposes as outlined by their statement of purpose, constitution and bylaws.
- Organizations shall remain in good standing with the university and shall conduct affairs in a lawful manner in accordance with university rules and procedures, state, local and federal laws.
- Recognition of an organization may be withdrawn by the Director of Student Activities for noncompliance with rules set forth in the Student Rules, Organizational Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct. Appeals of the revocation of recognition will be made through the Dean of Students. Appeals must be made in writing and must be submitted within five (5) days of the date on the revocation letter.
Tarleton State University is supportive of student activities both on and off campus, and also recognizes that the safety of its students is of utmost importance. This recognition includes all student travel to and from the university. The requirements outlined in this rule apply to activities and events that are organized and sponsored by Tarleton or those activities and events that require travel and are more than 25 miles from campus.
With respect to travel, the requirements outlined in this rule apply when one or more students presently enrolled at Tarleton travel to an activity or event that is organized and sponsored by Tarleton; that is funded by Tarleton using a vehicle owned or leased by Tarleton; and/or sponsored by a student organization registered at Tarleton. Examples of vehicles include cars, vans, buses or planes that are either owned by Tarleton or are secured through commercial agencies.
Procedures & Responsibilities
Tarleton Rule No. 13.04.99.T1 outlines the following travel safety guidelines.
During travel situations specified above, students shall abide by the following safety guidelines:
- In accordance with State law, drivers must use seat belts or other available safety restraints and require all passengers to do likewise.
- Drivers, occupants and their luggage must not exceed the official maximum capacity of the vehicle used.
- Drivers must possess a valid driver’s license that is appropriate for the classification of vehicle being driven.
- Operator fatigue must be considered when selecting drivers. On lengthy trips, alternate drivers should be used to avoid fatigue.
- Drivers must have completed Tarleton’s driver training program.
Tarleton has specific procedures that must be followed for student travel. Those procedures can be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/STULIFE/studentlife/studenttravel.html or by contacting the Division of Student Life office.
Hazing is against the rules of Tarleton State University and the laws of the State of Texas. The Office of Student Activities will enforce all legislation, laws and regulations pertaining to this issue.
- Hazing is a criminal violation under Texas law. A person may be found guilty of criminal conduct for hazing, encouraging hazing, permitting hazing, or having knowledge of the planning of hazing incidents and failing to report in writing his/her knowledge to the Dean of Students.
- Both failing to report hazing and hazing that does not result in serious bodily injury are Class B misdemeanors. Hazing that results in serious bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. Hazing resulting in a death is a state jail felony. An organization found guilty of hazing may be fined $5,000 to $10,000 or, for incident causing personal injury or property damage, an amount double the loss or expense incurred because of the hazing incident.
- It is not a defense to prosecution that the person hazed consented to the hazing activity.
- Any person reporting a specific hazing incident to the Dean of Students or other appropriate institutional official is immune from civil and criminal liability unless the report is in bad faith or malicious.
- The state law does not limit or affect an educational institution’s right to enforce its own penalties against hazing.
- The Education Code defines hazing as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person or acting with others, directed against a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” The statue contains a list of conduct which constitutes hazing.
Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any type of physical brutality or physical activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student (i.e. sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, calisthenics); activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely effects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism; activity that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation; or that adversely effects the mental health or dignity of the student.
The aforementioned activities are examples of specific hazing offenses only; any type of activity that falls within the general definition of hazing is prohibited under the hazing law. Organizations that are covered under this law include a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, chorus, cooperative, corps, club or service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students at an educational institution. A student includes an individual registered or in attendance at an educational institution, an individual accepted for admission at an educational institution, or an individual who is on vacation from an educational institution and intends to attend that institution during any of its regular sessions after that period of scheduled vacation.
A person commits an offense under the hazing law if that person:
- Engages in hazing;
- Solicits, encourages, directs, aids or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly permits hazing to occur; or has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred and knowingly fails to report said knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.
Network Acceptable Use Policy
Tarleton State University provides students, faculty and staff with one or more computer accounts (user-IDs) that permit use of the university’s technology resources. Use of these is a privilege, not a right. When using these resources, individuals agree to abide by the applicable rules, regulations and policies, as well as federal, state and local laws. The university reserves the right to limit, restrict or deny access to its technology resources, as well as to take disciplinary and/or legal action against anyone in violation of these regulations or applicable laws. Users of the university’s technology resources must comply with the rules and regulations outlined in the Information Resources Acceptable Use policy, but must also comply with other university rules and regulations and with The Texas A&M University System policies against harassment, plagiarism and unethical conduct and any procedures that govern computer usage at a particular facility on campus.
The university assigned email account (go.tarleton) is the university’s official means of email communication with students, faculty and staff at Tarleton State University. Individuals are responsible for all information sent to them via their university assigned email account. Please refer to Standard Administrative Procedure 29.01.03.T1.05 for additional guidelines regarding the use of a university assigned email account.
All publications (including advertisements) generated from within the university will adhere to the following standards:
- When a statement of accreditation is used, proper wording will be obtained from the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- Content and design will accurately reflect the educational programs, services and goals of the institution. Rigorous attention will be given to the principles of good taste.
- All display advertisements must have the approval of the Department of Marketing & Communications.
- The quality of writing and design will be appropriate to a quality institution of higher education. All publications and advertisements to be distributed to the public in limited numbers, (i.e. letters and brief brochures intended for a specific purpose and audience) must be approved by the appropriate department head or director. The Division Vice President or designee will approve all mass-produced publications such as catalogs, handbooks and brochures prior to publication. All mass-produced publications for public audiences must also be approved by the Department of Marketing & Communications.
Photography and Recording of Students
Tarleton State University reserves the right to photograph and record (through the use of still, video, audio or other medium) students on campus and at University-sponsored functions and events. Attendance at educational, athletic and social events is deemed to constitute consent on behalf of the student. The University reserves the right to use, broadcast, distribute and/or publish any part of such images, likenesses, voices, appearances and/or performances for promotional, advertising, educational or other honorable purposes.
Publicity Rules & Procedures
The Director of Student Activities will make interpretation of any publicity rule. Publicity that does not meet publicity regulations will not be approved for distribution. The Office of Student Activities reserves the right to remove any publicity that doesn’t adhere to the following rules:
- All publicity displayed on campus, other than those of academic or administrative departments, is to be approved by the Office of Student Activities before being placed on campus. The Office of Student Activities, prior to posting, must stamp each sign/flyer. Exceptions include signs made by the TTS/TTP, cheerleaders and students running for elective office. These groups must adhere to all other publicity rules.
- Publicity may not be posted more than two weeks prior to the scheduled event.
- Publicity content should be in good taste. No sign may be posted that contains any material that is obscene, vulgar, offensive, libelous or suggests a misrepresentation of the institution. The Director of Student Activities makes interpretation.
- Publicity should not advocate the deliberate violation of any federal, state, local or university law; or advertise a function involving illegal alcoholic beverages or drugs.
- Publicity advertising alcoholic beverages, including the use of logos, slogans, promotional concepts, etc., is strictly prohibited.
- Publicity should not promote the use of alcoholic beverages or drugs. The phrase B.Y.O.B. may NOT be used on publicity.
- All publicity material must be removed within 72 hours after the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a probationary period for posting publicity.
- The use of paints, whitewash, ink, chalk or similar materials on any University property is prohibited.
- No posting on vehicles on university property.
- No holes may be dug on campus.
Students, faculty and staff may post publicity advertising the one-time sale of items, soliciting roommates, etc. However, if the individual is promoting a business, the off-campus business/organization policy applies.
Flyers & Posters
Upon approval by the Office of Student Activities, the flyer/poster may be hung on any designated bulletin board or kiosk on campus. No nails, glues or staple guns may be used. The maximum size flyer/poster allowed on bulletin boards is 11 inches by 17 ½ inches. The maximum size flyer/poster allowed on kiosks is 28 inches by 22 inches (poster size).
The following areas will not be approved for displaying any type of publicity:
- Trash cans anywhere on campus
- Doors of any building
- Windows or glass walls
- Telephone poles
- Inside walls of all buildings
- Lights poles
- Vehicles on university property
- Flag poles
Banners posted on outside walls must be 3 feet by 4 feet minimum and 3 feet by 8 feet maximum. The Office of Student Activities must approve banners prior to hanging. Banners may be hung with duct or masking tape. No glues, nails or staple guns are allowed. The organization is responsible for removing the banner following the activity. The Administration Building and the Trogdon House are off limits. Contact the Thompson Student Center office at (254) 968-9256 for outside banner information.
Thompson Student Center: Banners are not to exceed 3 feet by 8 feet. The Office of Student Activities must approve banners. Upon approval, banners must be delivered to the TSC Information Desk to be hung by TSC personnel. TSC personnel will be responsible for taking banners down.
Residence Hall Lobbies: Banners are not to exceed 3 feet by 8 feet. The Office of Student Activities, prior to hanging, must approve banners. Once approval has been granted, the Director of Residential Living & Learning must be contacted regarding distribution of banners in residence halls. The organization is responsible for removing the banner following the activity.
All Other University Buildings: Banners will be approved on an individual basis for other university buildings. The Director of Student Activities must be contacted to make special arrangements in other facilities.
Posting in Residence Halls
All requests to distribute publicity in the residence halls should be directed to the Office of Student Activities for approval. Once approval has been granted, the Director of Residential Living & Learning must be contacted regarding distribution of publicity in residence halls. Publicity may be distributed as designated by the Director of Residential Living & Learning ONLY. Typically, publicity is not placed under doors.
The Office of Student Activities should be notified before sandwich boards are placed on campus. Sandwich boards must be placed in designated areas only. Consult with the Office of Student Activities for proper placing. Sandwich boards that contain more than generic information about an organization should have the content of the sign approved prior to being placed on campus. Sandwich boards must be removed when requested by the Office of Student Activities for special occasions or circumstances. Extended times that sandwich boards may be out on campus will be considered on an individual basis. All sandwich boards must be removed at the end of each semester prior to restricted activities. It is the responsibility of the organization to keep sandwich boards standing upright and in good condition while on campus. Board size may not exceed 2 ½ feet by 4 feet.
Permission must be obtained from the Director of Student Activities to solicit or distribute advertising or handbills on university property. Specially designated bulletin boards are available for off-campus businesses and organizations.
The Director of Student Activities will determine the number of flyers that may be posted in these areas. No publicity may be placed on vehicles located on university property. Off-campus businesses and organizations may set up a table for solicitation purposes. Tables are available in the Thompson Student Center by reservation only. The cost is $150 for the first day and $100 every day thereafter.
The J-TAC student newspaper offers several publicity options. Contact The J-TAC office at (254) 968-9057 or www.myjtac.com for more information.
Permission must be obtained from the Director of Student Activities to solicit and distribute advertising, handbills or other material on Tarleton State University property. Tarleton reserves the right to limit time, place and manner of solicitation. Therefore, any activity permit must be filed 10 days prior to an event with the Office of Student Activities.
Additional Publicity Options
Several facilities offer special publicity options. Table tents can be used in the Thompson Student Center, (254) 968-9256), and the Dining Hall, (254) 968-9445. Contact these areas for further information about the use of table tents. An electronic message system is available in the Thompson Student Center. Contact the Operations Office, (254) 968-9256, for further information. An electronic sign located in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium is available for messages. Student Organizations may display a message three (3) days prior to an event at no charge. Additional days cost $5 per day. Contact the Athletic Department, (254) 968-9185, for further information.
Any other types of publicity not covered in this section should be cleared with the Office of Student Activities prior to publicizing or distribution.
Students who fail to heed a summons to report to an administrative official or office subject themselves to immediate suspension from the university or other disciplinary action.
Use of Tobacco
As stated in Rule No. 34.05.99.T1, Tarleton State University restricts the use of tobacco products on institutional property in such manner as to protect the health of students, employees, vendors and visitors.
Tarleton’s “smoking rule” states that all university facilities, buildings and vehicles, regardless of location or ownership, must be entirely smoke-free. This includes all foyers, entryways, classrooms, restrooms, offices, athletic facilities (indoor and outdoor), eating areas and university-owned/leased housing.
Recognizing that individuals may choose to smoke, or to use other smokeless tobacco products, the institution permits smoking, or the use of smokeless tobacco products, in designated areas on the campus. Such areas are to be outside, where ventilation minimizes the effect of the smoke as much as possible; may be officially designated as such by appropriate signs; must contain ashtrays or other receptacles for extinguishing smoking materials; and be located a sufficient distance away from entryways to avoid smoke being drawn into a campus building or facility.
If an individual feels that there has been a violation of this rule, the violation may be reported to the Tarleton Safety Manager, the Dean of Students, the Director of Employee Services or, if the individual is an employee, the immediate supervisor or department head. It is expected that smokers and those using smokeless tobacco products will voluntarily comply with both the spirit and the intent of this rule.
Tarleton State University is not required to incur any expense, or make structural or other physical modification, to accommodate the preferences of nonsmokers or smokers/smokeless tobacco users. Other accommodations, such as altering workplace schedules, rest periods/breaks, and the like, may be considered and determined to be appropriate at the department head’s discretion.
Students should dress suitably for all occasions. Students are required to meet dress standards set by individual instructors.
Animals are not permitted in university buildings except for those assisting the visually or physically impaired.
The university assigned account (go.tarleton) is the university’s official means of email communication with students, faculty and staff at Tarleton State University. Individuals are responsible for all information sent to them via their university assigned email account. Notifications sent to a student’s university assigned email account is considered a good-faith effort to notify a student by the university.
Employers, employees and students will not engage in discrimination against individuals with HIV/AIDS. Employees and students with HIV/AIDS are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as individuals with other communicable diseases and/or other disabilities.
Tarleton provides and maintains educational strategies and/or information to prevent students from being infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), to limit the consequences of established infection and to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for all concerned individuals. The university will respond to each AIDS case on an individual basis subject to prevailing medical research and current legal opinion, using as a guide the American College Health Association’s General Statements on Institutional Response to AIDS. Tarleton is committed to providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS education as well as early intervention, counseling and referral services.
The Student Health Center, assisted by the Student Counseling Center, will provide these services to the university community. Each student is responsible for obtaining educational information and materials from the designated offices. The patient’s rights of nondiscrimination, confidentiality and privacy shall be honored as provided for under state and federal law.
Emergency Notification Protocol
Tarleton’s emergency notification system gives the university the ability to communicate health and safety emergency information quickly through technology such as email, text message, social media, digital message boards and through the internal and external public address systems. Students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled into Code Purple, Tarleton’s emergency notification system. Individuals within Code Purple can opt-out at any time.
The following individuals have been delegated to develop the content contained within each emergency message and issue any subsequent alerts:
- Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
- Director of Risk Management and Safety
- University Police Chief
- Associate Vice President for Physical Facilities
Code Purple and other emergency notification systems will only be activated for the following:
Should weather or other conditions occur such that normal campus operations could be impeded, information will be released through appropriate local broadcast media, Tarleton’s emergency alert system and other university resources. Tarleton administration will attempt to accomplish this notification by 6 a.m. inclement weather announcements will be broadcast as follows:
- Radio and Television
- Posting on Tarleton’s website
- Email to faculty, staff and students
- Code Purple
- Tarleton Control Center, (254) 968-9369
The list of radio and television stations to be contacted is as follows:
- Radio: KSTV-FM, 93.1; WBAB-AM, 820
- Television: KXAS (5) – NBC Affiliate
- Radio: WACO-FM, 99.9
- Television: KWTX (10) – CBS Affiliate
Fort Worth, Southwest Metroplex, and Midlothian Campuses
- Radio: WBAP-AM, 820
- Television: KXAS (5) – NBC Affiliate
Students, faculty and staff will be notified instantaneously of university closure decisions due to inclement weather through Code Purple. Code Purple is an emergency notification service that gives the university the ability to communicate health and safety emergency information quickly – by email and text message. Students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled into Code Purple and can opt-out at any time. Additional information about Code Purple can be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/codepurple/index.html or by contacting the Computer Helpdesk.
Faculty, staff and students should assume normal operation of the university if no announcements have been made via the outlets listed above. Employees and students should use good judgment about driving to and from the campus when traveling conditions are hazardous.
Principle of Equal Education
In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Tarleton has an abiding institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, admission to Tarleton State University and any of its sponsored programs is open to all qualified individuals without regard to any subgroup classification or stereotype. These benefits include some matters as housing, financial assistance, recruitment and any type of personnel service.
Privacy of Information
Tarleton State University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and state statutes with respect to security of student records. Under the FERPA Act of 1974, certain data designated as directory information may be made public unless the student desires to withhold it.
Directory Information (may be made public)
- Student name
- Local address
- Home address
- Telephone listing
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Military service status
- Religious preference
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Dates of university attendance
- Degrees and awards received
- The most recent previous education agency or institution attended
Any undergraduate or graduate student wishing to withhold this information should, within 10 days after the first class day, complete the Information Release Restriction form available from the Office of the Registrar. A published privacy statement is provided in the University Catalog prior to the table of contents. Additional information about FERPA can be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/registrar/privacyInformation.html or by contacting the Office of the Registrar.
Student academic records are maintained in electronic form in the Office of the Registrar. Student records are password protected with access restricted to individuals, such as academic advisors and individuals who have an educational role in maintaining student records. The level of access is also controlled, with the highest level of access given to those who have the ability to change a record (i.e. data entry personnel and their supervisors), and lower levels of access for academic advisors, faculty and administrators.
Security of Health and Counseling Records
Confidentiality and security of student health and counseling information and records (electronic or otherwise) are governed by Texas law. Except under certain circumstances specified in Texas Law, information and records cannot be released without consent from the student. All health care and counseling professionals adhere to Texas law and to ethical standards of practice set forth by recognized state and national health and mental health professional associations.
Paper charts and records are stored in secure files that are locked in file rooms within the respective department with which the student makes contact, Counseling or Health. The Health Center and Counseling Center departments have physically distinct file rooms; charts and records are not shared between departments.
Electronic records and databases in both the Health Center and the Counseling Center are maintained and stored through the university Information Technology Services department. The Information Technology Services department maintains all security sensitive data for the university and has additional, specific, confidential agreements with both the Health Center and the Counseling Center. The Health Center and the Counseling Center departments have processes that incorporate password protections/authentications and restricted user level securities to assure that only authorized professionals have access to restricted confidential information on computers used in the respective department. Data storage, backup and recovery processes have been developed and are managed through the Information Technology Services department.
Tarleton is committed to providing assistance to people harmed by sexual assault and/or relational violence and does so through a variety of services. Sexual assault is non-consensual sexual acts involving force, manipulation or coercion. It is an act of aggression, violence and power.
If a student is a victim of sexual assault, he or she may contact the local police department directly or seek the assistance of the University Police at (254) 968-9002 or the Office of Judicial Affairs at (254) 968-9080. Victims of sexual assault or rape may be eligible for reimbursement for any medical or psychological/counseling expenses incurred as a result of the sexual act from the Crime Victims Compensation Act. Victims of sexual assault may file a student conduct complaint with the Office of Judicial Affairs.
Possible sanctions are listed under the Code of Student Conduct. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present during campus disciplinary hearings, and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any final campus disciplinary proceedings with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.
Counseling for students who are victims of sexual assault is available through the Student Counseling Center and/or referral to a community agency such as Cross Timbers Family Services. Educational programs and information concerning prevention of sexual assault is also available through the Student Counseling Center and the University Police Department. Taking sexual advantage of a person who is mentally or physically incapable of giving consent (for example, intoxication) is rape. Although rape is usually a crime committed against women, it can also happen to men. Procedures have been developed to guide the actions of those providing assistance and support to individuals harmed by sexual assault and relationship violence. They may be obtained through the Office of Student Life.
Consult Tarleton’s Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 Information booklet or visit http://www.tarleton.edu/site/documents/cleryact.pdf.
Tarleton State University tolerates no sexual harassment behaviors. Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and/or other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when submission to or rejection of this type of conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s job performance or academic performance. According to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal. Additional information about Tarleton’s sexual harassment policy and procedure is available by reading Tarleton Rule No. 34.01.99.T1 and Tarleton Rule No. 34.01.99.T1.01.
Disclosures to Alleged Victims
The institution will, upon request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the institution will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.
Student media and the student press are valuable aids in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion. They promote intellectual exploration of university activities, issue and events and current topics of debate in local, national and world news. They are means of bringing student concerns to the attention of the faculty and the institutional authorities and of formulating opinions on various issues on the campus and in the world at large.
In response to the editorial responsibility of students, the university must provide sufficient editorial freedom and sufficient financial autonomy for the student media/publications to maintain their integrity of purpose as vehicles for free inquiry and free expression in an academic community. Institutional authorities, in consultation with students and faculty, have a responsibility to provide written clarification of the role of student media/publications, the standards to be used in their evaluation and the limitations on external control of their operation. At the same time, the editorial freedom of student editors entail corollary responsibilities to be governed by the canons of responsible journalism, such as avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.
As safeguards for the editorial freedom of student media/publications, the following provisions are necessary:
- The student press should be free to express ideas clearly and without fear of censorship within the parameters of responsible, ethical journalism.
- Editors and managers should be free to develop their own editorial rules and procedures and news coverage within the parameters of responsible, ethical journalism.
- All university published and financed student media/publications will explicitly state on the editorial page that opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Tarleton State University or the student body.
Students' Role & Participation in Institutional Decision Making
Students provide input into the decision-making process through the Student Government Association. Student representatives serve on most standing university committees. Various advisory groups and committees, who include students, are formed to address specific issues. In addition, the university encourages students not serving on formal bodies to express their ideas and suggestions so that they may be considered in the decision-making.