Resources for UT Austin Faculty
- Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
- Recognizing and Responding to Distressed or Disruptive Behavior
- In the Classroom
- Working with Student Employees (Academic and Non-Academic)
- Policies Governing Student/Faculty Interactions
- Travel Policy and Study Abroad
- Advising a Student Organization
- DoS Faculty-in-Residence Program
- Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (OUR UT)
- University of Texas Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI)
- Student Veteran Services
- Other Resources
Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
Responding to Academic Integrity Issues
If you have concerns related to academic integrity issues within your classroom, please see the Procedures for Reporting an Academic Integrity Violation and Information for Faculty webpages. Student Judicial Services (SJS) are always available for consultation and can be contacted at (512) 471-2841.
Requesting Academic Integrity Presentations
Student Judicial Services (SJS) frequently presents on Academic Integrity to members of the university community. Presentation topics include: the University's definitions of academic dishonesty, student conduct policies, how to uphold the Student Honor Code, and how new instructors can promote Academic Integrity in the classroom. Request a presentation.
Serving as a Hearing Officer
A hearing officer is a faculty or staff member who has been appointed by the University President to resolve student disciplinary matters. This is an important role in the student discipline process, as hearing officers are responsible for determining the outcome of a case that a student is contesting. Hearing officers are appointed once during each academic year, receive training from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs on conducting hearings in accordance with the University's procedures, and may resolve a handful of cases during the academic year. For more information about serving as a hearing officer, contact Student Judicial Services (SJS) at 512-471-2841.
Principles Guiding Student Conduct
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.
University of Texas Student Honor Code: As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.
Specific policies related to Student Discipline and Conduct reside in Chapter 11 of the University's Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities (Institutional Rules)
Recognizing and Responding to Distressed or Disruptive Behavior
This 45-minute presentation is offered by Student Emergency Services. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to Students Who Appear to Be in Distress
- Student Emergency Services
- Counseling and Mental Health Center
- Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) – 512-232-5050
In the Classroom
Office of the Student Ombuds
Student Judicial Services (SJS)
- The Rights of the Students
- Responding to Disruptive Behavior
- Confronting Academic Dishonesty
- The Discipline Process – Academic Integrity Violations (PDF)
- Refer a Matter to Student Judicial Services
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
- Teaching – Course Design, Assessment, Engagement
- Services – Consulting, Course Transformation, Graduate Student Instructor Program
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
- Classroom, Course Load, Exam Accommodations for Disabled Students
- Services for Students with Disabilities – Information for Faculty
- Assistive Technology
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 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.
- Medical Withdrawals and Course Load Reductions
- Medical Withdrawal/Course Load Reduction Process (PDF)
- Medical Withdrawal/Course Load Reduction Application (PDF)
- Counseling and Mental Center: Returning Veteran Students
- From Soldier to Student: Making the Transition to UT
Working with Student Employees (Academic and Non-Academic)
- Student Employment Resources
- Student Academic Employment - Undergraduate and Graduate
- Graduate Coordinator Network – Resources for Working with Graduate Student Employees
- Student Employment Questions and Answers
- Performance Expectations and Dealing with Concerns
- Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures
- Student Non-Academic Employment
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.
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, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, interpersonal Violence, and Stalking
General Information Catalog, Appendix D: It is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin ("University") to provide an educational and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including domestic violence and dating violence), and stalking. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender and prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, and stalking.
The University will not tolerate sex and/or gender discrimination (including discrimination on the basis of gender orientation, gender identity or gender expression), sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or physical abuse, threats of violence, physical assault, or any form of sexual violence, including but not limited to sexual assault, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking (collectively or singly referred to as "prohibited conduct"). Individuals who alone, or in concert with others, participate or attempt to participate in prohibited conduct described in this policy are subject to disciplinary action by the University, notwithstanding any action that may or may not be taken by civil or criminal authorities. Students who engage in such prohibited conduct will be subject to disciplinary action as provided in Appendix C (Chapter 11, Student Discipline and Conduct).
General Information Catalog , 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
- Study Abroad Office: Faculty and Staff Resources
- Student Travel Policy for International Locations
- Student Travel Policy for University-Organized or Sponsored Events
- Student Travel Policy for Registered Student Organizations
Advising a Student Organization
- The Role of a Faculty Adviser
- Departmental Sponsorship of a Student Organization
- Safety Education Program
- Student Safety Topics
- Student Organization Travel
- Student Travel Policy for University-Organized or Sponsored Events
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.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (OUR UT)
Each year, approximately fifty students participate in the OUR UT program, designed to engage students in higher education and student affairs research. Students are matched with research conducted by the DoS Research Institute. OUR UT students explore research topics including: peer mentoring, undergraduate student experiences, impact of involvement in Student Judicial Services, disability issues in higher education, sorority and fraternity life, first-generation students, and student veterans. Students selected for OUR UT are expected to dedicate 3 hours per week to take part in the program. The program provides training in higher education research in preparation for hands-on experience with projects sponsored by the Dean of Students Research Institute. An introductory research methods course is offered in the fall semester, and there is an opportunity to apply to assist with DoS research projects during the spring semester. The research course, UGS 312, is an in-person / online hybrid course. OUR UT students in the course gain invaluable research experience and develop analytical problem solving skills. The course has a writing flag designation and is a 360 Connection.
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 LEI staff seeks engaging speakers interested in sharing their experiences and expertise with students across campus. Contact Stacie Cooks at 512-232-5163 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 student groups on campus. Peer Leadership Educators will come to your class 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.
Student Veteran Services
Student Veteran Services in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to assist faculty and staff with questions concerning student veteran benefits, assistance with medical accommodations, conflict resolution, and training for faculty and staff.
Student Veteran Services in the Office of the Dean of Students provides comprehensive support for student veterans, active duty military, Guards and Reservists, as well as dependents of veterans who are attending the university utilizing their parents' benefits. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8-5 pm, and provides:
- Military Benefits Assistance
- In House Mental Health Services from a Licensed VA Social Worker
- VA Health Care Assistance
- Free Tutoring and Academic Support Services
- Financial Concerns
- Campus and Community Engagement Opportunities
- A Computer Lab with Free Printing Services
- A Student Lounge
If you have any questions, concerns, or want to learn more please feel free to contact us at:
Student Veteran Services Center, SSB 4.472
Jeremiah Gunderson, Director of Veteran Services, SSB4.472
Ivan Vazquez, Student Veteran Advisor, SSB 4.472
Jeffrey Moe, Licensed VA Social Worker/Counselor, SSB 4.472
- University Academic Calendars
- Course Schedules
- University Catalogs
- International Faculty and Scholars
- FERPA Questions for Faculty
- Tutoring, Career Counseling, Class Presentations
- DoS Emergency Resources
- Behavior Concerns Advice Line - BCAL
- Counseling and Mental Health Center – Information for Faculty
- Division of Student Affairs Resources for Faculty
- Student Veteran Sponsorship Program
- DoS Cultural Immersion Program – Travel to China and India
- Faculty Salary Analysis Report
- Statistical Handbook
- Regents' Rules and Regulations
- University Handbook of Operating Procedures
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