Students who enroll in TCU are obliged to conduct themselves in a manner that is compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and the TCU mission statement. Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with all published policies, rules and regulations of the University, and will be held responsible for compliance with them. Students are also expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws. This principle extends to conduct off campus that is likely to have an adverse effect on the University or on the educational process of any student. Students may be held accountable by TCU and police agencies for the same instance of misconduct.
Reported violations of the Code of Student Conduct are investigated and resolved by staff members in the Division of Student Affairs under the general supervision and direction of the Office of Campus Life. Violations of the code are subject to a wide range of disciplinary action.
A complete Code of Student Conduct, including the educational judicial process, is available in the Student Handbook and the office of the dean of campus life. The Bill of Student Rights and the Code of Student Conduct are printed in the Student Handbook. These documents guide the student discipline and grievance processes.
Specific examples of misconduct for which students may be subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to:
- Infliction of bodily or emotional harm.
- Destruction of property.
- Use, storage or possession of weapons or dangerous devices.
- Tampering with safety equipment and arson.
- Dishonest conduct.
- Theft/unauthorized use of property.
- Unauthorized or abusive use of computer equipment, programs or data.
- Failure to comply with University authority.
- The use, production, distribution, sale or possession of drugs in a manner contrary to University policy or prohibited under Texas law. (See Drug Abuse Policy for details.)
- The use, production, distribution, sale or possession of alcohol in a manner contrary to University policy or prohibited under Texas law. (See Alcohol Policy for details.)
- Unauthorized entrance to or presence in or on University premises.
- Disorderly conduct that interferes with or obstructs University-authorized activities.
- Commission of local, state or federal criminal offenses.
- Violation of other published or announced University rules or regulations.
- Activities that jeopardize building security for any or all residents/students.
- Behaviors that endanger the well being of any or all residents/students.
- Causing excessive noise, having guests of the opposite sex in a student room during non-visitation hours, keeping or bringing pets or other animals inside a residence hall, and smoking in any residence hall other than a student room are prohibited.
- Acts that harm or otherwise negatively affect the appearance of residence hall building exteriors, interiors or furnishings by failing to exercise reasonable care or in specific acts of vandalism.
- Any act that violates the academic integrity of the institution (See Academic Conduct Policy).
A complete Code of Student Conduct, including disciplinary process is available in the TCU Student Handbook, online and in the Office of Campus Life. These documents guide the student discipline and grievance processes.
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