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Student Conduct

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is critical to The University of Texas at Austin's educational mission. All students are expected to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in academic work undertaken at the university:

  • Acknowledge the contributions of sources to your academic work
  • Complete assignments independently unless expressly authorized to seek or obtain assistance in preparing them
  • Follow instructions for assignments and exams, and adhere to the standards of your academic discipline
  • Avoid engaging in any form of academic dishonesty on behalf of yourself or another student

Standards of Conduct at The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the university . . . are expected to obey and conduct themselves in accordance with both the penal and civil statutes of the local, state, and federal government and the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, university regulations, and administrative rules, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution.

UT Austin 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.

Conduct Outside the Classroom

Hazing Prevention

The law defines hazing as any intentional, knowing or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution.

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing a safe educational environment. All students and student organizations are expected to fully comply with state law, Regents' Rules, university regulations and administrative rules associated with the prohibition of hazing. The university takes all allegations of hazing seriously and investigates organizations and individuals for violations of the hazing statute, which can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Under state law, individuals or organizations engaging in hazing may be subject to fines and charged with a criminal offense.

Illegal Downloading and File Sharing

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and other copyright holders use automated methods to identify infringements. Even small amounts of illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) music and video file sharing are being tracked to students' IP addresses.

Under copyright law, violators can be held liable for a minimum of $750 per violation (each file is a single violation), so it costs thousands of dollars to settle these lawsuits out of court. To see what you know about illegal downloading, take the "Are You a Pirate?" quiz.)

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)

Are you worried about a student in your class, bothered that your roommate has been acting differently, or concerned about the behavior of a co-worker? If you have concerns but are not sure what to do, contact the Behavior Concerns Advice Line at 512-232-5050 or submit your concerns using the online form.

Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to maintaining an educational environment that is free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Students who believe they may have been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by university faculty, staff, students, visitors or contractors are encouraged to report it immediately. More information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available in the Student's Guide to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct.

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