University of Houston-Victoria

Handbook

Application and Jurisdiction

  • Students are subjected to applicable federal, State, and local laws; University of Houston System rules, regulations, and policies, including those set forth in the UH System Administrative Memoranda.
  • Students may be disciplined by the University for violating any of the conduct standards on University grounds or off University grounds when the incident occurs in connection with a University sponsored or affiliated activity or program, when the incident has a substantial connection to the interests of the University, when the incident poses a threat of serious harm to any member of the University community, or when the behavior is prohibited by University policy regardless of where it occurs, even if the student is or may be penalized by civil or criminal authorities of the same act.
  • University disciplinary action may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both criminal law and University policy without regard to pending civil litigation or criminal arrest and prosecution. At the discretion of the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs, University disciplinary proceedings will not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts that resulted in the violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against a criminal defendant.
  • Students are subject to University disciplinary action for prohibited conduct that occurs while the student is participating in off-campus activities sponsored by or affiliated with the University including, but not limited to, field trips, retreats, and study abroad programs.
  • Students are subject to University disciplinary action if the student withdraws from classes while a conduct matter is pending.
  • Any conduct that is a potential violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy or Discrimination and Harassment Policy will be exclusively processed, investigated and addressed pursuant to those policies and not this Student Code of Conduct, except as provided herein if the Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) has reasonable cause to believe that a student’s presence on University premises or at a University-related or registered student organization activity poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or security of any member of the University community or to property, EOS may request the issuance of an interim suspension pursuant to the Interim Suspension section of this Student Code of Conduct. A student may appeal the issuance of an interim suspension in accordance with Section 12. If a student is found to be in violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy or Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and they wish to appeal and sanction(s) imposed by the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs office, their appeal shall be brought pursuant to the appeal section of this Student Code of Conduct.