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XIII. Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is your source to understanding the rules and procedures of Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS).

The Student Handbook provides information about your rights and responsibilities as a student of TAMIU. As a student, you are responsible for understanding the expectations set forth when you become a part of the University community. In the Handbook, you will find information about the Honor Code, the Student Code of Conduct, the University's alcohol regulations, and other important information related to your success.

Honor Code
As a member in an academic community, students at Texas A&M International University are expected to exhibit a high level of honesty and integrity in their pursuit of higher education, be mature, be self-directed and able to manage their own affairs. Students who are unwilling to abide by these basic expectations will find themselves facing academic and/or disciplinary sanctions. Students are expected to share in the responsibility and authority with Faculty and staff to challenge and make known acts that violate the TAMIU Honor Code.

Student Code of Conduct
Upon registration, students automatically become members of the University community and assume full responsibility for proper conduct until their separation from the institution. A university is a community of scholars engaged in the search for truth and in the transmission of knowledge based on truth. University students should be familiar with the ordinary conventions of adult society. Misconduct at the University is not tolerated as it diminishes the overall value of the degrees awarded by Texas A&M International University. All students at the University should be involved in assuring the honesty of all students through their own individual actions and deeds.

Students twenty-one (21) years or older are permitted to possess and consume alcoholic beverages inside the privacy of their on-campus residencies. Alcoholic beverages in any form are not permitted in the breezeways, stairwells, community center, cars or any other spaces outside the individual apartments. Additionally, the resident and his/her guests must comply with State, County and local statutes concerning possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Be aware that even if you are of legal drinking age, possessing or consuming alcohol in the same room with any roommate or guest under the age of 21 is a violation of state law. If this occurs, you will be arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor and the person under the age of 21 will be ticketed for being a minor in possession.

Controlled Substances/Drugs
Students are expected to be aware of and abide by all State and Federal laws pertaining to controlled substances and illicit drugs. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs, or drug paraphernalia on University property or at University sponsored activities is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, improper or illegal use, possession or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances and/or drug paraphernalia may result in immediate expulsion from university housing facilities as well as additional disciplinary sanctions.

Classroom Conduct
Students and faculty share responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Faculty members have the professional responsibility to treat students with understanding, dignity and respect, to guide classroom discussion and to set reasonable limits on the manner in which students express opinions. Students have the scholastic responsibility to self-monitor and regulate their behavior, according to their role as adult learners, no matter their age, classification, background, disability status, etc. Disruptive students in the academic setting hinder the educational process. Disruption, as applied to the academic setting, means behavior that a reasonable faculty member would view as interfering with normal academic functions. Examples include, but are not limited to, persistently speaking without being recognized or interrupting other speakers, behavior which distracts the class from the subject matter or discussion, or in extreme cases, physical threats, harassing behavior or personal insults, or refusal to comply with faculty direction. Students are expected to refrain from disruptive behavior at all times and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Attendance Rule
It is assumed that a vital part of every student's education is regular attendance of class meetings. Every faculty member keeps a current attendance record on all students. Any absences tend to lower the quality of a student's work in a course, and frequent or persistent absences may preclude a passing grade or cause a student to be dropped from one or more courses by the respective faculty with approval of his or her Chair and Dean. The University views class attendance as a student's responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. Graduate students are expected to attend all examinations required by departments or advisory committees as scheduled. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the course syllabi, provided by instructors during the first week of classes, for specific requirements and expectations.

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