Faculty and Staff
Faculty/Staff members are often the first to see indications that a student may be struggling. By utilizing your insights and observations, and relying on the wide range of expertise in this community, we can work together to help students and to keep the community safe. This information is provided to assist you in identifying students in crisis and referring those situations to appropriate staff members for follow-up.
How to File a Complaint
A University complaint can be filed against any student or student organization. Faculty members may file a complaint by clicking here. The complaint will be forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs for review.
When filing a complaint, it is very important that all documentation and other evidence associated with the complaint (e.g., Department of Public Safety reports, police reports, or witness statements) be included. More than one complaint can be filed regarding the same incident. It is absolutely necessary that all complaint forms be submitted as soon as possible. The complaint form will be considered complete only when it is submitted by the complainant.
The Academic Conduct Process
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 be 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. As described in the Faculty Handbook, Faculty members are responsible for determining the curriculum of a course, for developing appropriate methods of evaluating student learning, for evaluating fairly, for upholding academic standards, and for enforcing policies concerning academic honesty. Decisions made by faculty members regarding the quality or honesty of student work – especially decisions about course grades – are, as a matter of routine, accepted as authoritative and cannot be overturned by administrative officers. Students, however, have a right to expect faculty members to have defensible course policies and to implement them in a reasonable, equitable manner. It should be noted that in cases of academic dishonesty students may be subject not only to grade sanctions in courses but to disciplinary action (see Student Violations of Academic Integrity under the Student Handbook). Faculty members are required to report such serious breaches of academic honesty to their chair, their Dean, the Provost,the Registrars, and Student Affairs.
Grade sanctions may be imposed only by faculty members, but suspension or expulsion may be imposed only by the Provost, as specified in the Faculty Handbook.
Faculty Reporting of Honor Code Violations
Upon finding a violation of the Honor Code, a faculty member has the responsibility to:
1. Assess the situation and impose an academic sanction on the student;
2. Send a sanction letter to the student's TAMIU e-mail account, within ten (10) University business days of the discovery of the alleged violation and arrange for a conference with the student, is at all possible. Copies of sanction letter must be sent to the Provost, chair and dean of the department, the Office of the Registrar, the Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (if the student is in graduate school), and the Office of Student Affairs;
3. Faculty must submit copies of course-work, and the source of academic misconduct, to the Office of Student Affairs through the "Report It" system online within ten (10) University business days of the discovery of the alleged violation.
The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for adjudicating cases alleging violations of the Student Code of Conduct by students of Texas A&M International University.
Once a complaint is filed with the Office of Student Affairs, the staff will determine whether or not the complaint brought forward by demonstrates sufficient evidence of misconduct to merit further investigation and/or the initiation of the student conduct process.
Upon determining that a complaint merits further investigation, the Office of Student Affairs will contact the alleged student or student organization. The alleged student or student organization will be called to participate in an informal meeting with the Associate Director of Student Conduct and Community Engagement to discuss the allegation(s) and determine whether a violation occurred. If a violation occurred, student or student organization will elect either an Administrative or Student Conduct hearing.
An Administrative hearing is usually with the Director of Student Affairs that reviews the case information and determines if student or student organization violated the TAMIU Student Code of Conduct. If student or student organization is found responsible, sanctions are imposed and must be completed to be in compliance.
A Student Conduct Board hearing is composed of faculty, staff and students that are trained to review academic or disciplinary allegations and/or appeals. Each respective hearing body reviews the allegation and information to determine if a violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurred. If student or student organization is found in violation, sanctions will be recommended.
For more information on the student conduct process, visit the office located in Student Center 226 or call 956.326.2288.
Below is a list of flow charts that may assist you in the student conduct process.