Student Rights & Responsibilities
Pursuant to the provisions and intent of Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, known as the Public Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, a University policy has been established relating to the accessibility of student information in the custody of the University.
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s work as your own.
1) When you borrow someone else’s facts, ideas, or opinions and put them entirely in your own words, you must acknowledge that these thoughts are not your own by immediately citing the source in your paper. Failure to do this is plagiarism.
2) When you also borrow someone else’s words (short phrases, clauses, or sentences), you must enclose the copied words in quotation marks as well as citing the source. Failure to do this is plagiarism.
3) When you present someone else’s paper or exam (stolen, borrowed, or bought) as your own, you have committed a clearly intentional form of intellectual theft and have put your academic future in jeopardy. This is the worst form of plagiarism.
Consult the Writing Center or a recommended guide to documentation and research such as the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for guidance on proper documentation. If you still have doubts concerning proper documentation, seek advice from your instructor prior to submitting a final draft.
Should a faculty member discover that a student has committed plagiarism, the student will receive a grade of 'F' in that course and the matter will be referred to the Honor Council for possible disciplinary action. The faculty member, however, has the right to give freshmen and sophomore students a “zero” for the assignment and to allow them to revise the assignment up to a grade of “F” (50%). This option is not available to juniors, seniors, or graduate students, who cannot reasonably claim ignorance of documentation rules as an excuse.
Should a faculty member discover a student cheating on an exam or quiz or other class project, the student will receive a “zero” for the assignment and not be allowed to make the assignment up. The incident must be reported to the chair of the department and to the Honor Council. If the cheating is extensive, however, or if the assignment constitutes a
A new grade to denote academic dishonesty will soon be available. It will have the same effect as an “F” but will indicate on the transcript that the failure was due to academic misconduct. The chair will notify faculty when that grade becomes an option.
Appeals: Students have the right to appeal a faculty member’s charge of academic dishonesty by notifying the TAMIU Honor Council of their intent to appeal as long as the notification comes within 3 days of the students’ receipt of notification of the faculty member’s findings. The Student Handbook provides details.
Any member of the University community has the right to file a grievance against a student that is in violation of the Code of Conduct. Grievances must be filed in writing within fifteen (15) University working days of the discovery of the alleged infraction to the Office of Student Affairs (room SC 226). The time lines for the grievance process may be extended for good cause shown or upon the unilateral discretion of the Office of Student Affairs.
Conflicts between faculty members and students that do not relate to faculty decisions regarding such academic issues as course policies and grades will be considered the subject of grievances. The process for resolving grievances between faculty members and students is as follows.
(a). Before a grievance is filed, the aggrieved faculty member or student must make a good faith effort to meet with the other party about his or her concerns. If the other party is unwilling to meet, if the aggrieved party has reasonable concerns about his or her physical safety, or if the meeting produces no resolution to the conflict, then the aggrieved party may initiate a grievance by following the steps outlined below.
(b). If the grievant is a faculty member, he or she will file a written complaint with the Director of Student Affairs. If the grievant is a student, he or she will file a written complaint with the faculty member’s department chair. In either case, both parties will receive a written acknowledgment of the complaint within five (5) working days.
(c). The student and faculty member will meet with the Director of Student Affairs (or a designated staff member from Student Affairs) and the faculty member’s chair. Both the faculty member and the student must be present, unless one party waives that right. This meeting will take place within five (5) working days of the acknowledgment of the grievance.
(d). If the complaint remains unresolved after meeting with the department chair or the Director of Student Affairs, then within five (5) working days of the meeting with the chair or the Director of Student Affairs, both the student and the faculty member will meet with either the Dean of the respective college (or academic administrator to whom the chair reports) if the grievant is a student or with the Dean of Student Success, if the grievant is a faculty member. Both the faculty member and the student must be present, unless one party waives that right.
(e). If the complaint remains unresolved after that meeting, it will then be heard within five (5) working days by an ad-hoc committee consisting of the faculty member’s department chair, the Director of Student Affairs (or a designated staff member from Student Affairs), a member of the Student Government selected by the President of the Student Government, a member of the Faculty Senate selected by the Faculty Senate President, and a person selected by the nongrieving party from his or her peers. The chair of the committee will be the Director of Student Affairs (or the Vice President of Student Affairs' designate), if the grievant is a faculty member, or the department chair, if the grievant is a student. The chair of the committee will insure that the committee is formed appropriately and meets on schedule. After hearing from both sides in the dispute and examining whatever documentation has been provided by the parties involved, the ad-hoc committee will make its recommendation in writing to either the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Dean of Student Success, as appropriate. Both parties involved in the complaint should receive the written recommendation within three (3) working days after the committee concludes its deliberations.
(f). The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Dean of Student Success will notify in writing both parties of his or her final decision to resolve the grievance within three (3) working days of receiving the committee’s recommendation.
(g). If the complaint is unresolved to the satisfaction of either party, he or she may appeal in writing to the President within three (3) working days of receipt of the written decision of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Dean of Student Success. Should the President choose to do so, he or she may seek the advice of the University Grievance Committee. In this special case of Faculty-Student grievances, the President may expand the University Grievance Committee to balance faculty representation with an appropriate number of representatives selected from the Student Government Association or from the professional staff in Student Affairs or some combination of both. The President’s decision is final.
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