Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, and Discrimination of Protected Classes
TAMIU provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment, and the public based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in admissions, educational programs, or employment of faculty, administration, and staff. Conduct constituting sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, related retaliation and protected class discrimination is strictly prohibited and will result in appropriate sanctions. Students wishing to file a complaint alleging sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, related retaliation and protected class discrimination should follow the outlined proceedings, located in the Student Handbook
The Associate VP for Student Affairs serves as the Title Deputy Coordinator for all student matters and shall be contacedt immediately at (956)326-2282 in the case of a report of sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination of protected classes involving any TAMIU student. Upon receiving such report, the Associate VP for Student Affairs, or designee, shall proceed with an investigation as indicated in the Student Handbook, Article 11 (http://www.tamiu.edu/studentaffairs/StudentHandbook1.shtml).
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) promotes student wellness and safety through the use of Haven, a mandatory program for all new incoming freshman and transfer students. Haven strives to educate students about healthy relationships, effective communication, understanding and reporting sexual assault, the importance of sexual consent, and the role of bystanders in creating safe, healthy communities. Haven is managed and coordinated by the Associate Director of Student Success Services (956-326-2948).
As part of its efforts to offer accomodations TAMIU excuses student absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student's doctor deems the absences medical necessary (doctor's excuse).
Absence policies in classes must accommodate pregnancy or childbirth related absences and allow for make-up work. For faculty it is important to note that, “a teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a deadline that she missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits she missed so that she can be reinstated to the status she had before the leave.”
Please refer to the TAMIU Attendance Rule for more information.
Temporary disabilities are not always afforded the same consideration for special accommodations and/or waivers that is provided under federal law for permanent disabilities. In such cases, the Associate VP for Student Affairs, or designee, can act as an advocate for students dealing with temporary disabilities. If a student has a temporary disability (e.g. broken leg, broken arm, etc.) please feel free to contact the Office of the Associate VP for Student Affair at (956)326-2282 for guidance and assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to make such contact and seek options in order to make temporary arrangements. Ultimately, it is up to each individual instructor to make any accommodations pertaining to temporary disabilities.
It is not unusual for students to encounter temporary illnesses or injuries during their time at TAMIU. The flu, severe colds, surgeries etc. all represent temporary conditions which may result in missed classes and other academic difficulties. Such temporary conditions do not qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act so long as they do not last more than 6 months. As with temporary disabilities, students may contact the Office of the Associate VP for Student Affairs at (956)326-2282 for support.
Withdrawal Due to Medical Reasons
If a student must withdraw due to medical reasons, prior to the withdrawal deadline as indicated in the academic calendar, a student may do so through the regular withdrawal process as indicated by the Registrar’s Office. If a student is incapacitated or unable to make the request on his/her own, please contact the Office of the Associate VP for Student Affairs at (956)326-2282.
The Student Standard Complaint Policy of TAMIU provides students with a procedure for resolving complaints against TAMIU faculty. Students with questions concerning discrimination, grade appeal, academic integrity, accommodations, or conduct should refer to the Student Handbook (http://www.tamiu.edu/studentaffairs/StudentHandbook1.shtml).
The Associate VP of Student Affairs, or designee, will assist the student throughout the complaint process. TAMIU believes that most complaints can be resolved informally. All university contacts with the aggrieved student will stress the preferred mechanism of an informal resolution.
If a student were to lose his/her residence and sudden become homeless, he/she may contact the Office of the Associate VP for Student Affairs for guidance, support, and advocacy. The Associate VP for Student Affairs, or designee, will contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life to facilitate the possibility of emergency housing and payment options. Based on vacancy and financial assistance, the Office of Housing and Residence Life may be able to accommodate a student in such situation. Otherwise, the Office of the Associate VP for Student Affairs shall seek other options such as local homeless shelters.
When there is a student death, the main point of contact is the VP for Student Success and designated staff will notify all appropriate people and departments on campus. Information needed is the student’s full name and the contact name and number for the student’s family. A staff member will be identified by the VP for Student Success to make direct contact with the family and serve as the University liaison to assist the family as needed. The names of the student’s friends should also be given for the purpose of outreach to those affected by their friend and fellow student.
The Division of Institutional Advancement organizes the annual Celebration of Life, in which the TAMIU community recognizes all students, faculty, staff members and alumni who have died over the past year. This event is usually held in mid-April. All family members of those who will are honored are welcome to join us for the memorial.