2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Academic Conduct Policy

To fulfill its missions, an academic community requires that all of its participants maintain the highest standards of honor and integrity. The purpose of the Academic Conduct Policy is to make all community members aware of these expectations. Additionally, the policy outlines some, but not all, of the situations that violate these standards. Further, the policy sets forth a set of procedures that will be used when these standards are violated.

Specific information pertaining to the Academic Conduct Policy may be found in the Student Policies section of this catalog. Students may also obtain a complete copy of the policy statement in the offices of all academic deans and from the dean of campus life, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and the vice chancellor for student affairs.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior and Lack of Academic Progress Policy

Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, conduct that substantially interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process. Civil expression of disagreement with the course instructor, during times when the instructor permits discussion, is not itself disruptive behavior and is not prohibited.

When any student, acting individually or in concert with others, obstructs or disrupts or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged on behalf of the University or held on the University's premises, the student may be asked to stop the disruptive behavior by an instructor or staff of the University. If the student continues, an instructor/staff member is authorized to tell the student to leave the area or classroom and, if the student will not leave, to call campus police.

The instructor/staff may immediately call campus police, without prior request to the student, if presented with an unsafe situation, threatening behavior, violence or in other inappropriate circumstances.

Withdrawal of Student from Class or Other Educational Experience

When a student disrupts a class or other educational experience, acts in a threatening manner, is not making acceptable academic progress, or if the student's behavior or lack of preparation is detrimental to the educational experience of others or could create an unsafe condition, or if the student is compromising the learning environment, the instructor may take action to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience.

To do this, the instructor shall provide the student written notice of intent to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience, with an explanation of the instructor's reason(s), and with a copy to the instructor's department chair (or, when there is no department chair, to the associate dean of the instructor's college/school). The notice should schedule a meeting with the student and the department chair (or, when there is no department chair, with the associate dean or dean of the instructor's college/school) to occur within seven days of the notice. The instructor may bar the student from the class or educational experience pending the result of the meeting, and the written notice should advise the student if there is such a bar. At the meeting, the student may have one adviser. Following the meeting, the instructor shall decide whether to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience. If a student is withdrawn, his/her grade will be recommended by the instructor to the dean of the instructor's college/school as either a “Q” or an “F.” The student may appeal this decision within seven days in writing to the academic dean or designee. During the student's appeal, the student remains withdrawn from and is barred from attending the class. The academic dean or his/or her designee's decision on this appeal is final.

Denying Enrollment, Suspension, Expulsion and Other Appropriate Action

When a student disrupts a class or other educational experience, acts in a threatening manner, is not making acceptable academic progress, or if the student's behavior or lack of preparation is detrimental to the educational experience of others or could create an unsafe condition, or if the student is compromising the learning environment, or if the student has acted contrary to the professional or ethical standards of the University, a department thereof, or a particular field, an academic dean, or the dean's designee, may additionally:

  • Deny class enrollment to the student; or
  • Suspend or expel the student from the University or from one or more of its programs; or
  • Take other appropriate action.
  • The student affected by such a decision by an academic dean, or the dean's designee, may appeal in writing within seven days to the Academic Appeals Committee. The decision of the academic dean (or designee) remains in place during the pendency of the appeal. The Academic Appeals Committee's decision on the matter is final.

A student so suspended or expelled shall have a grade of “Q” or “F” recorded for each course in progress as determined appropriate by the academic dean. The transcript will not record suspension or expulsion.

Non-Students and Non-Enrolled Students

Non-students and students not enrolled in class may be permanently removed by an instructor of the class, without formal review. Non-students who disrupt University activities may be removed from campus and banned from returning.

Other

Although some disruptive behavior may be due to a mental or physical disorder, as it relates to violence, disruptive or threatening behavior, students with such disorders will be held to the same standards as others.

Nothing in this policy limits a person, including but not limited to, an instructor, academic dean, associate dean or department chair from referring a matter to the Office of Campus Life or pursuing disciplinary action against a student or person through a complaint filed in the Office of Campus Life.

This policy is not intended to limit any authorized University employee, staff member, official, vice chancellor, chancellor, members of the Board of Trustees or a member of the Office of Campus Life from appropriately addressing behaviors covered by the policy.

Academic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress

A student is considered to be in "acceptable academic standing" if the student is eligible to continue his/her enrollment at TCU. Verification of this status is made by the Office of the Registrar.

A student is considered to be making "satisfactory academic progress" when the student has acceptable academic standing and coursework is being completed 1) that leads to the degree being sought, 2) in a timely manner and (3) that is consistent with reasonable expectations for individual circumstances. Satisfactory academic progress is determined by the academic dean of the major.

Attendance Expectations and Official Absence Policy

Regular and punctual class attendance is essential, and no assigned work is summarily excused because of absence, no matter what the cause. Records of class attendance are the responsibility of the faculty, and every course syllabus should clearly state the instructor's policy on class attendance and how attendance affects a student's final evaluation in the course. Students who miss an instructional experience are expected to meet with faculty to discuss their absence as soon as possible.

When a student is absent to represent the University (as in athletics, chorus, band, national or state meetings or organizations represented at TCU), then an Official University Absence may be granted by the Office of Campus Life. Faculty/staff who wish to have an activity sanctioned for Official University Absence status must submit the names of all students, including date and hours absent from campus, to the Office of Campus Life no later than one week prior to the date of the activity.

Students are encouraged to use the resources of the Office of Campus Life if an emergency situation occurs or if assistance is needed to resolve individual concerns.