Code of Student Conduct Texas State Technical College Harlingen
TSTC Harlingen encourages fair, efficient, and equitable solutions to problems arising out of the student/college relationship and to meet the requirements of state and federal law. Students at TSTC neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship. They are expected to obey and conduct themselves in accordance with local, state, and federal law and the Code of Student Conduct as authorized by the TSTC System Board of Regents. They may be disciplined by the college for violating these standards of conduct on the campus or in connection with any college-related, sponsored or oriented activity. The college will hold each student responsible for compliance with these policies, rules and regulations. Each student should be acquainted with all published policies, procedures, rules and regulations of TSTC which are available for review at the College website. This Code is subject to change by action of the TSTC System Board of Regents or authorized college officials.
Students who violate any provision of these laws and regulations are subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion or suspension. Further, related action taken by civil authorities based upon a student's violation is possible. Special care is taken to assure due process under the U.S. Constitution. Students should be advised of their appellate options whenever they feel any of their rights have been violated.
Each student is expected to act in a manner consistent with the College’s function as an educational institution. Specific examples of misconduct for which students could be subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Engaging in conduct that constitutes a criminal offense under federal, state or local law, whether or not the violation occurs on TSTC property or in connection with college-related, sponsored or oriented activities;
- Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of institutional officials (including student workers and community assistants) acting in the performance of their duties, including loitering on college property after being warned to leave by a person in charge;
- Failure to meet a contractual or financial obligation to the College, or writing a check on an account that is closed or has insufficient funds;
- Stealing, damaging, defacing, destroying or misusing college property or property belonging to an employee or student of the college, including failure to turn in found items on campus to College Police or a college employee;
- Misuse of fire or other life-saving equipment of the College or in College facilities, including housing facilities;
- Giving false or misleading testimony or other evidence at a College disciplinary conference, investigation, hearing or other proceeding;
- Use, possession, exhibition or display of ammunition, or explosive device, firearm, firearm facsimile (including air guns, blow guns, knives, swords, daggers, numchucks, etc.) or any other weapon prohibited or regulated by local, state or federal law enforcement on College property;
- Conducting oneself in a manner that endangers the health or safety of any person (including guests and visitors) on College property or in connection with a College-related, sponsored, or oriented activity;
- Conducting oneself in a manner that significantly interferes with or disrupts a College teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, student service, public service or other College activity, including disruption of class as defined by Vernon’s Texas Code, annotated, Education Code 4.33 (Disruption of Class);
- Possession of, or making use of, college keys or identification cards for unauthorized purposes or unauthorized access to College facilities;
- Engaging in hazing in any form or manner or voluntarily submitting to hazing. Any acts against a student by a group will be considered hazing if the act is considered humiliating or degrading to that person(s);
- Use, possession or distribution of intoxicating beverages (alcohol) on College property, including classrooms, buildings, laboratories, college housing, auditoriums, centers, library, or faculty or administrative offices, at an intercollegiate or intramural activity, or any other areas of the campus, either managed by the College or under agreement with an outside agency;
- Being intoxicated in a public area or common area of the campus;
- Use or possession of intoxicating beverages during or in connection with any college-related, sponsored or oriented activity;
- Providing minors or any other individual intoxicating beverages in violation of any local, state or federal law, or any illegal possession, use or distribution of alcohol on College property or as part of any of its activities;
- Violation of College regulations and policies, including residential life policies, housing contracts or motor vehicle regulations;
- Gambling in any form on College property or in connection with College activities;
- Possession, use, sale or distribution of any quantity, whether usable or not, of an illicit drug, narcotic, controlled substance or illegal drug paraphernalia or equipment on College property including residential facilities, or as part of any of its activities;
- Being under the influence of an illicit drug, narcotic or controlled substance on College property or during a college-related, sponsored or oriented activity;
- Engaging in speech, either oral or written, that is directed to incite or produce lawless action or in writing, that is directed to incite or produce lawless action or is likely to incite or produce such action; advocating or recommending, either orally or in writing, the conscious and deliberate violation of a local, state or federal law or a College rule or regulation;
- Forgery, alteration, falsification, failure to provide requested information, or misuse of a College document, form, record, or identification card, or providing false information on a College document, form, or record (including, but not limited to, applications for admission, housing, financial aid, attendance verification forms, transcripts, course schedule change forms, parking permits).
- Violation of a rule or regulation relating to residential life policies, or breach of housing contract or lease agreement;
- Unauthorized possession, ignition, or detonation on College property of an explosive device, firework, liquid or object that is flammable or that could cause damage by fire or explosion to persons or property;
- Unauthorized entry into or use of a College building, facility, equipment or resource, including unauthorized use of telephones or telephone systems;
- Misuse or abuse of computer equipment, programs or data, including but not limited to unauthorized use of computer resources or use of computer resources for unauthorized purposes; accessing or copying programs, records or data belonging to the college or another without permission; attempting to breach or breaching the security of another user's account or depriving another user of access to the college's computer resources; using the college's computer resources for personal or financial gain; transporting copies of college programs, records or data to another person or computer site without written authorization; use of college computers to access lewd, offensive or pornographic material; cyberbullying;
- Failure to heed an official summons to the office of an administrative officer within the designated time, or failure to heed an official summons issued by a College disciplinary or appeals proceeding (includes failure to identify oneself to institutional representatives in response to a request or when acting in the performance of their duties);
- Failure to maintain a current official mailing address in the Admissions and Records Office, or giving a false or fictitious address to an institutional representative;
- Knowingly initiating, communicating or circulating a false alarm or report that ordinarily would result in action by an agency organized to deal with emergencies, place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, or prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room or mode of conveyance (i.e. bomb threats, false fire alarms, etc.);
- Harassment by a means in which an individual intentionally threatens to take unlawful action against a person and by this action intentionally, knowingly or recklessly annoys or alarms the recipient or intends to annoy or alarm the recipient; or without good cause unreasonably bothers, follows, annoys or interferes with another's privacy. This includes sexual or racial harassment as identified by TSTC Policy and Procedure and cyberbullying;
- Use of vulgar, indecent or abusive language, or use of any language spoken with the deliberate purpose of inciting a breach of peace or lawless action in a public place, including the display of offensive or vulgar material, regardless of the medium used to display the material;
- “Disorderly conduct” defined by state law as any activity that includes, but may not be limited to: physical or verbal abuse, injury to another person, indecent displays or use of indecent language, non-consensual acts of sexual contact or disrespect for the rights and privileges of others;
- Engaging in any conduct defined as sexual harassment in the college Policy and Procedures Prohibiting Sexual Harassment;
- Engaging in any conduct defined as racial harassment in the college Policy and Procedures Prohibiting Racial Harassment;
- Scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, collusion on academic work, impersonating another college student;
- Aiding, abetting, conspiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this code. These actions are considered the same as completed violations;
- Abuse of the campus judicial system, including, but not limited to failure to obey the summons of a campus official pertaining to a judicial case or falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information to a campus official or judicial body.
- Inappropriate dress, grooming, or personal hygiene while attending class or participating in an on- or off-campus college-sponsored event. NOTE: If a student’s attire detracts from the learning experience or creates an unsafe condition, the student will be asked to change his/her clothing. If in doubt, ask the instructor or college employee responsible for class or event.
- Inappropriate behavior (i.e. insubordination, public display of affection, etc.)
- Smoking in a designated non-smoking area or building.
- Psychological or physical abuse intended to insult, intimidate, harass, or injure any person on campus or at an off-campus college-sponsored event.
- Cyberbullying (defined as the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person often done anonymously).