University Policies

Drugs: The use, possession, consumption, sale, manufacture, or furnishing of illicit drugs and narcotics, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, is prohibited by state law and university regulations. Violations may result in arrest and/or suspension from the university for a definite period of time. 

Weapons: The use, possession, or carrying of any kind of firearms on any public school or institution of higher education property is a violation of state laws and university regulations. Violations may result in arrest, and/or suspension from the university. The only exceptions are for authorized law enforcement officers, and in compliance with the Concealed Handgun Law.

Note for concealed handgun carriers: please visit www.tamuc.edu/hoc for current rules.  


Sexual Assault: Pursuant to the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, it becomes important to promote the reporting of all sex crime violations as well as to outline the procedures to facilitate the reporting of all alleged violations. Therefore, students are hereby informed of the following programs and options. 


Definitions:

Sexual Assault-generally defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity. 

Forcible and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses-A forcible sex offense is "any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent," and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling. Non-Forcible sex offenses are acts of unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse such as incest and statutory rape.


Educational Programs-Various programs addressing sexual assault, date rape, and related issues are presented throughout each academic year.

These programs are conducted primarily by the Counseling and Student Development Center, the Student Activities Board, Residential Living and Learning, UPD, and other departments and agencies campus wide.

Procedures for Reporting Offenses-In those instances where sexual assault is alleged, the victim is strongly encouraged to report the incident to the University Police Department. The victim will be given information as to how to go about brining formal charges against the accused. The victim will also be informed of the University Disciplinary Action that may be taken against the accused.

Possible Sanctions - Depending on the severity of the crime, those found guilty of a sex crime may face criminal charges, suspension or expulsion from the university.

Changing Academic and/or Living Arrangements-When appropriate, academic and/or on-campus living arrangements may be modified as the direct result of a sexual assault. This action may be taken when requested by the victim and if such modifications are reasonable and available. These arrangements would be coordinated through the Dean of Students office.

Counseling Services-Those students who have become victims of a sex crime are eligible for and encouraged to take advantage of the counseling services offered by the Counseling and Student Development Center located on the second floor of the Student Services Building.

Code of Conduct: To provide for the safety of members of the university community and its property, Texas A&M University-Commerce has established standards of conduct to insure the orderly process of daily living. If facts suggest an applicant's behavior as a student may endanger the health and safety of university members, jeopardize the property of the university or its members and visitors, or adversely affect the educational process or mission of the university, then a pre-admission review is required. Background checks for criminal convictions prior to employment are not conducted on university employees except for security sensitive positions. Employment applications specifically ask potential employees if they have ever been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations. A serious crime conviction is grounds for possible discharge of a university employee.

Campus Facilities: The university facilities are well maintained, and security is given constant attention. Students, faculty, and staff at A&M-Commerce have access to academic, recreational and administrative facilities on campus. Visitors have access to facilities officially opened for study, work or related functions. The general public can attend cultural and recreational events on campus with access limited to the facilities in which these events are held. The Physical Plant Department maintains the university buildings and grounds while keeping safety and security in mind. The landscape personnel trim shrubs from sidewalks, walkways and building entrances to provide well lit routes to buildings and parking lots. The campus is well lit; however, improvements are made as conditions warrant.

Residence Halls: Texas A&M University-Commerce Residential Living and Learning Department has thirty-two residence halls including apartment units. These residence halls accommodate three different lifestyles: Single-Sex halls for women or men, coeducational halls, and family apartments. All freshmen are required to live in university housing, unless special permission is granted. All students have the opportunity to apply for university housing. Many students prefer to live in off-campus housing; however, the university does not provide supervision for off-campus housing.

Each residence hall is supervised by a professional Head Resident and Assistant Head Resident who are assisted by trained graduate or undergraduate resident assistants, all of whom live in the resident hall complex. These resident hall staff members are on call 24 hours a day, and undergo thorough training in enforcing residence hall rules, regulations and security policies. A security night receptionist is assigned to each single-sex and coeducational hall. These student receptionists are not associated with UPD, but are in phone contact with them.

As a part of their responsibility for residence hall security, all staff members participate in lectures and seminars associated with safety and security. University administrators, police and safety officers provide instruction.

Only residents and their invited guests are permitted in the living areas of the residence halls. It is the responsibility of residents to ensure that their guests are aware of the university and residence hall policies. It is the responsibility of each resident and staff member to challenge or report individuals who cannot be identified as a resident or guest of a resident. When the UPD receives a report of an unescorted person in a residence hall, an officer is dispatched to identify that person.

Missing Persons

It is the policy of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department to thoroughly investigate all reports of missing persons.  In addition, this agency considers a missing child and an adult that is mentally impaired, to be considered “at risk” until significant information to the contrary is confirmed.

Missing Student Notification

Emergency Contacts/Missing Persons

The following information, or versions thereof, will be provided within on the Emergency Information Card, Residential Living and Learning Website, and the Residence Living and Learning Staff Manual.

During the housing check-in processes, students living on campus are required to provide at least one emergency contact to the Department of Residential Living and Learning.  This information is kept strictly confidential and may only be utilized by Department of Residential Living and Learning staff, and other A&M-Commerce staff members with emergency response job responsibilities, in the case of emergencies involving students such as death, life threatening injuries or a missing person report.   Students may update their emergency contact information at any time by visiting with the front desk at each hall, or by contacting their hall director.

 

On-campus residents have the option to designate at least one of their emergency contacts as a person to be notified in the event a student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.  Whether or not a student has designated an emergency contact as a person to be notified, if a student is less than 18 years old, Federal Law requires that A&M-Commerce notify a parent or guardian within 24 hours of the determination that a student is missing.   

Staff members should follow the instructions below upon receiving a report of a missing student:

  1. Immediately contact the University Police Department with all information provided regarding the missing student so that an investigation can be initiated. This is required by Federal Law.   
  2. Provide the University Police with the names and contact information of any people designated as a “missing person contact”
  3. University Police will make contact with the designated emergency contact.

 

On-campus residents should follow the instructions below if they suspect another student is missing:

 

On-campus residents should contact their resident assistant, hall director, or the University Police Department if they suspect another resident is missing.  Upon receiving a report of a missing resident, the Department of Residential Living and Learning staff members will ensure University Police Department is provided all the information needed to initiate an investigation.