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Resources for UT Austin Faculty

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

I Suspect a Student is Cheating

There are many ways to address academic integrity issues that may be occurring in your class. If you believe that a student may not be completing their academic assignments with integrity, please contact Student Judicial Services (SJS) at 512-471-2841 to discuss your concerns. More information about addressing academic integrity issues can be found on Student Judicial Services' Procedures for Reporting an Academic Integrity Violation and Information for Faculty pages.

Request a Presentation on Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Student Judicial Services offers a variety of presentations on student conduct issues to all members of the university community. We can train graduate student instructors, orient new students to the expectations for academic integrity in your program, and speak with your class about how to avoid academic integrity violations. Since our office also deals with a variety of other student conduct issues, such as alcohol, drugs and mental health concerns, we are available to speak about those topics as well. Request a presentation.

Serve as a Hearing Officer

A hearing officer is a faculty or staff member who has been appointed by the president to resolve student disciplinary matters. This is an important role in the student discipline process, as hearing officers are in charge of making a decision about a case that a student is contesting. Additionally, hearing officers are responsible for ensuring that a hearing is conducted in accordance with the university's rules and receive training on how to do so by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Hearing officers are appointed once during each academic year, and they may resolve a handful of cases during that year. For more information about serving as a hearing officer, contact Student Judicial Services (SJS) at 512-471-2841.

Recognizing and Responding to Distressed or Disruptive Behavior

This 45-minute presentation is offered by Student Emergency Services in conjunction with the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Content includes an overview of the functionality of the university's Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL), as well as its relevance to students, faculty and staff. The presentation also addresses identifying distressed or disruptive behavior, how to help a person in distress and responding to the behavior of distressed persons. For more information or to schedule a training session, please contact Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-5017 or studentemergency@austin.utexas.edu.

In the Classroom

Office of the Student Ombuds

Student Judicial Services (SJS)

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Students with a Serious Illness or Injury

Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students can provide professors and on-campus supervisors with electronic or written letters notifying them of a student's absence. Supporting documentation (e.g., a doctor's note or letter from primary care provider) is required to verify the student's illness or injury. Most faculty are understanding of absences due to illness and injury, but the degree to which they can be flexible is entirely at their discretion.

In cases where the illness or injury requires a significant number of absences from classes, medical withdrawal or cancellation of registration may be necessary. Medical or mental health withdrawals/cancellations are handled by University Health Services (UHS), the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) and the student's academic college. Student Emergency Services can explore this option with the student and can facilitate the withdrawal/cancellation process.

Student Veterans

Responding to Students Who Appear to Be in Distress

Working with Student Employees (Academic and Non-Academic)

Policies Governing Student/Faculty Interactions

Conduct Expected of Students

General Information Catalog, Appendix C, Subchapter 11–100: The University's expectations for student conduct are grounded in the University Honor Code: "The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community." University students are expected to abide by all city, state, and federal laws and statutes and all regulations of the University and The University of Texas System. However, as a community of scholars, the University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than that required simply to avoid discipline. The principles of the University Honor Code both govern and direct student conduct, to promote a safe environment that is conducive to academic success and to ensure that each University student graduates ready to contribute to society as an ethical citizen.

Student Conduct

Standards of Conduct

Prohibited Conduct: General Information Catalog (PDF), Appendix C, Subchapter 11–400

Policy on Consensual Relationships

General Information Catalog (PDF), Appendix F: It is the policy of the University that employees with direct teaching, supervisory, advisory, or evaluative responsibility over other employees, students, or student employees recognize and respect the ethical and professional boundaries that must exist in such situations. Consensual relationships, as defined in this policy, create conflicts of interest or appearances of impropriety that impair the integrity of academic and employment decisions. Such relationships also contain the potential for exploitation of the subordinate employee, student, or student employee and the possible professional or academic disadvantage of third parties, and can subject both the University and individuals to the risk of liability. Therefore the University strongly discourages consensual relationships between supervisors and subordinates, teachers and students, and advisers and students. Should such a relationship develop, the teacher, supervisor, or adviser has the obligation to disclose its existence to an immediate supervisor and cooperate in making alternative arrangements for the supervision, evaluation, teaching, grading, or advising of the employee, student, or student employee. See the Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures for more information.

Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

General Information Catalog (PDF), Appendix D: It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to provide an educational and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sex discrimination and sexual harassment. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. Sex discrimination and sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and individuals who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. The University encourages students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors to promptly report sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

Policy on Sexual Misconduct

General Information Catalog (PDF), Appendix E: It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to provide an educational and working environment for students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors that is free from sexual misconduct. The University encourages students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors to promptly report incidents of sexual misconduct and will respond appropriately, including taking disciplinary action when warranted, in response to sexual misconduct by its students, faculty members, staff members, visitors, and contractors.

Student's Guide to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Nondiscrimination Policy

General Information Catalog (PDF), Appendix I: It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status. Procedures for filing discrimination complaints on the basis of gender, including sexual harassment, are addressed by the Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures, Policy 4.B.2 (Appendix D). Pursuant to University policy, this policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Travel Policy and Study Abroad

Advising a Student Organization

DoS Faculty-in-Residence Program

The DoS Faculty-in-Residence Program supports collaborative relationships between academic affairs and student affairs and encourages partnerships between the units on projects that support the university mission. Faculty-in-Residence participants are selected by the dean of students and assigned to an individual unit within the Office of the Dean of Students; these appointments may be assigned on a semester or yearly basis. For more information, contact Student Judicial Services (SJS) at 512-471-2841.

OUR UT – Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

OUR UT (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin) is an undergraduate research initiative supported by the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS). Envisioned by Dean of Students, Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, the idea for OUR UT grew out of the course transformation initiative which seeks to find ways to address retention and graduation rates; student success through involvement and engagement; learning through experience; and integrating the university's core mission—teaching, research and educational excellence—with co-curricular student development. OUR UT = resourcing with a mission, and offers unique opportunities for students to interact positively with the Office of the Dean of Students, taking part in research projects currently being run through the Office of the Dean of Students. OUR UT is spearheaded by Dr. Audrey Sorrells, Associate Dean of Students for Research in the Office of the Dean of Students and Director of the DoS Research Institute. For more information on OUR UT, contact Heather Cole, Student Research Coordinator at 512-232-3635 or hacole@austin.utexas.edu.

University of Texas Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI)

Be a Speaker at an LEI Event

The Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) offers several leadership development and training opportunities for students, including workshops, conferences, recognition events and academic classes. The Student Leadership Team is always looking for engaging speakers interested in sharing their experiences and expertise with students across campus. Contact Janelle Green at 512-471-9700 or jmgreen@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Request LEI Speakers

The Leadership and Ethics Institute hosts training sessions on a variety of leadership topics for student organizations, departments and other groups on campus. Members of the Student Leadership Team will come to your organization's meeting or retreat to present an exciting and interactive presentation on the topic that fits your needs! Before completing a Leadership Training Request, please ensure that a minimum of 5 people will be in attendance at the training session.

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