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Resources for UT Austin Faculty

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

Responding to Students Who Appear to Be in Distress

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 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

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, 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).

Student's Guide to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Nondiscrimination Policy

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

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.

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

Other Resources

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