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From its founding, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been charged by the state legislature to be "a university of the first class." As such, the University has high standards of behavior befitting an academic institution committed to both access and excellence. Consistent with its core values, UTSA encourages an environment of dialogue and discovery where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration, and innovation are fostered.

Students at the University neither lose their rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship. They are expected to obey and conduct themselves in accordance with the penal and civil statutes of the local, state, and federal governments; the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents and the University's regulations and administrative rules.

A general statement of UTSA students' rights and responsibilities may be found in the University's Information Bulletin.

In addition to the general statement, several University policies that provide further elaboration regarding students' rights and responsibilities are outlined below.


Key Policies Related to Students' Rights and Responsibilities

I. Standards of Conduct/Due Process Procedures

A. Student Code of Conduct / Due Process Procedures
B. Prohibition of Hazing
C. Parking Violations
D. Office of Housing and Residence Life Resident Handbook

II. Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking Tobacco
A. Use of Alcoholic Beverages
B. Policy on Drugs and Alcohol
C. Nonsmoking Policy
D. Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act

III. Student Privacy Rights
A. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
B. Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers (Rules of Conduct)

IV. Freedom of Expression and Assembly
A. Peaceful Public Assembly
B. University Posting of Materials
B. Student Publications

V. Academic Issues
A. Student Grievances (Including Grade Appeals)
B. Class Attendance
C. Student Fitness to Teach Policy
D. Undergraduate Catalog
E. Graduate Catalog

VI. Harassment/Discrimination
A. Nondiscrimination
B. Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
B. Consensual Relationships
C. Office of Equal Opportunity Services

VII. Persons with Disabilities
A. Persons with Disabilities
B. Student Disability Services

VIII. Student Organization/Student Travel Issues
A. Student Organization Handbook
B. The Use of the University Name, Seal, Logo and Athletic Emblem (Roadrunner)
C. Travel or Events that Involve Students and Other Non-employee Participants
D. Mandatory Use of Release/Indemnification Forms

IX. Miscellaneous
A. Policy on Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
B. Returned Checks and Debt of Students
C. Student Employees