Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

what is the purpose of the student code of conduct?

The Student Code of Conduct articulates UT's expectations of behavior for student(s), student group(s), and student organization(s), and the potential outcomes to be imposed for inappropriate conduct.

why does the office of student conduct and Community standards (OSC&CS) charge administrative fines and fees?

The Administrative Fine(s) and Fee(s) allow the OSC&CS to support student growth and development through educational programming and sanctioning.

What are some of the common terms used throughout the student conduct process?

Some of the more common terms are listed below -

  • Business Day: Monday - Friday, excluding Saturday, Sunday, recognized University Holidays, and approved University Breaks.
  • Complainant: Person, Student Group, Student Organization who was subject to the alleged misconduct.
  • Preponderance of the Evidence: Standard of Review for alleged violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct. This standard requires that the information utilized shows that it is more likely than not that the alleged violation(s) or behavior(s) occurred.
  • Respondent: Student, Student Group, or Student Organization alleged to have committed a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Student Group: A number of persons who are associated with the University and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register, as a student organization (athletic teams, clubs not registered as a student organization).
  • Student Organization: A number of persons who have registered with the University as a student organization (clubs, fraternities, sororities).
  • Written Notification: All correspondence will be sent via e-mail to your UT E-Mail Address.

For a full list of definitions used in throughout The Student Conduct Process, please refer to The UT Student Code of Conduct.

what is amnesty, and how can i receive it?

At UT, we believe in addressing student health concerns directly, and confronting dangerous behaviors, but also encouraging students to seek help in situations where their own, or another student's health is endangered. As such, a student who seeks medical attention on behalf of themselves or another individual experiencing an alcohol and/or drug related emergency, will not be subject to conduct action for the alcohol and/or drug use. Student(s) involved in reported incidents of sexual misconduct may also receive Amnesty for the alcohol and/or drug violation(s) only. Amnesty is only granted to individual students, not student groups and/or organizations.

Additional information can be found in the Amnesty Policy.

i did not attend my information meeting, administrative review, and/or hearing, but want to appeal the decision my hearing authority made.  can i still appeal?

Respondents and complainants who fail to attend their Information Meeting, Administrative Review, and/or Hearing forfeit their right to appeal and/or respond to an opposing parties appeal. In such cases, the decision and sanction(s) issued by the Hearing Authority are final.

if i am found responsible for a conduct violation will my parent(s)/guardian(s) be notified?

If you have not given the OSC&CS written permission via a FERPA Release of Information Form, we will not share the contents of your file with anyone other than you.  Exceptions to FERPA include a health and/or safety emergency, or an educational need to know.

The Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of a respondent found responsible for an alcohol and/or drug violation will be notified via snail mail. We do this to make sure we're protecting you, and keeping the appropriate parties involved in the event of an emergency.

does the student code of conduct apply to my behavior if it happens off-campus?

The Student Code of Conduct applies to off-campus conduct of students, student groups, and student organizations in direct connection with -

  • Academic course requirements or any credit-bearing experiences;
  • Activities supporting the pursuit of a degree;
  • Activities sponsored, conducted, or authorized by the university, or by registered student organizations;
  • Any activity that causes destruction of property belonging to the university, or members of the university community
  • Any activity that causes harm to the health or safety of members of the university community; or
  • Any activity which a police report has been filed, a summons or indictment has been issued, or an arrest has occurred for a crime.

why is my student group/organization being held responsible for the behavior of their members and/or guests?

Student groups/organizations will be held responsible for the behavior of their members and/or guests when one or more of the following exists:

  • Members are acting together to violate University policy (dependent upon the context of the behavior).
  • A violation arises out of a student group/organization sponsored, financed, or endorsed event.
  • The student group/organization's leadership and/or membership has knowledge of, or should have had knowledge of, the potential for a violation of policy to occur, and failed to prevent its occurrence.
  • A pattern of individual violations of policy occurred on land owned, leased, or operated by the student group/organization.
  • The student group/organization provide the means for a violation of policy.

what are sanctions?  why did i/my organization receive them?

Respondents found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct will receive sanction(s). Sanctions are designed to educate the respondent on community expectations regarding appropriate behavior, and protect the UT Community and its members. Sanctions also help the respondent repair the harm they caused the community.

What does the hearing authority consider when sanctioning a respondent?

The Hearing Authority considers the following -

  • Statements and information presented at the review/hearing;
  • Seriousness of the violation;
  • How the behavior impacted the complainant and the community;
  • The respondent's prior conduct history;
  • The respondent's intent and motivation;
  • How the University has handled same/similar violation(s); and
  • Credibility of the respondent, complainant, and witnesses.
Last Updated: 6/30/19