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Student Handbook

            The Office of the Vice President for Student Success publishes the Student Handbook.  It is available from the Office of the VPSS, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Library.  The Student Conduct Code, Student Discipline Code, and student rights and responsibilities are defined in the Student Handbook.


Sponsorship / Organizations

            A complete list of chartered organizations may be found on the Internet at www.tamiu.edu.  The Office of Student Affairs maintains regulations and procedures for the establishment of student organizations.


Student Violations of Academic Integrity (Cheating, Plagiarism)

            Students are expected to maintain high ethical standards in their academic work, and faculty members are expected to maintain the fairness and integrity of course grades.  Students who are caught claiming credit for work that they did not do – whether the dishonest consists of cheating on exams, intentionally plagiarizing papers or course projects, or other forms of academic misrepresentation and dishonesty – can expect to receive failing grades in the course in question.  Faculty members are required to report such serious breaches of academic honesty to their chair, their Dean, the Provost, and the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

            In addition to grade penalties, students guilty of academic dishonesty may be placed on probation, temporarily suspended, or permanently expelled from the University by the Provost, as specified in the Student Handbook.  The Honor Council reviews each case reported to the Provost and makes recommendations.  (See the Honor Code in Appendix E.)


Student Leave of Absence and Pregnant/Parenting Students

           As required by Title IX, TAMIU provides leaves of absence for students, including pregnant/parenting students, in accordance with the TAMIU Attendance Rule and Student Leave of Absence rule (which includes a Leave of Absence Request form). Both rules can be found in the TAMIU Student Handbook. If you receive a request for a leave of absence from a student, including pregnant/parenting students, please promptly report it to and seek guidance from the Office of Student Affairs.

           Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, discrimination based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions, is prohibited. A pregnant/parenting student must be granted an absence for as long as the student’s physician deems the absence medically necessary. It is a violation of Title IX to ask for documentation relative to the pregnant/parenting student’s status beyond what would be required for other medical conditions.