Student Misconduct Charges in the Texas A&M System

Student misconduct charges are more than a mere distraction. They threaten everything for which a student pursues higher education. A sanction of dismissal from the college or university, or even degree revocation after graduation, destroys job prospects, professional networks, goodwill, and reputation. Even lesser sanctions like reprimand or suspension can leave lasting marks from which a student can find it hard to recover.

The impact of student misconduct charges at Texas A&M can be even more serious, given the school's prominent Aggie Code of Honor. If you face student misconduct charges at a Texas A&M campus, then learn everything you can about your matter. Knowledge is power. And retain the skilled and experienced help of national college and university student misconduct defense attorney Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm. Put an advocate on your side for your best outcome of student misconduct charges. Your Texas A&M education is worth the effort.

The Texas A&M System

The Texas A&M System is a unique collection of eleven universities, eight Texas state agencies, a health science center, and an advanced research campus. Texas A&M's annual $9.6 billion budget and total enrollment of around 153,000 students make it one of the nation's largest university systems. Texas A&M also has a rich history, with roots in Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M land grant colleges formed in 1876, although Prairie View A&M did not join the Texas A&M system until 1973. Other Texas A&M system campuses, with the year they joined the system, include Texas A&M University-Commerce (1996), Tarleton State University (1917), West Texas A&M University (1990), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1989), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (1989), Texas A&M International University (1989), Texas A&M University-Texarkana (1996), Texas A&M University-Central Texas (1999), and Texas A&M University-San Antonio (2000). Students at any Texas A&M campus may face misconduct charges. National college and university student misconduct defense attorney Joseph D. Lento is available to represent and aggressively defend Texas A&M students at any campus.

The Role of the Aggie Code of Honor

Texas A&M began in 1876 as a military institution. Texas A&M has a proud history from which the school continues to draw a culture of honor and compliance. Texas A&M students were once obligated to join the Corps of Cadets. The voluntary Cadets still play an important cultural and leadership role at the university. The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets is the largest uniformed student body outside the nation's military academies. Texas A&M's history contributes to the prominence of the Aggie Code of Honor that “[a]n Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.”

The Aggie Code of Honor is a commitment, not a student conduct code. But the Aggie Code of Honor is behind Texas A&M's detailed Honor System Rules specifying what students must do and not do to maintain their academic integrity. The Aggie Code of Honor also likely influences to some degree Texas A&M's enforcement of its separate and detailed Student Conduct Code. Texas A&M students may not find the lenient treatment that they might expect at schools that have no military history or honor code. As the website page for Texas A&M's Honor Code summarizes,

The Aggie Code of Honor is an effort to unify the aims of all Texas A&M men and women toward a high code of ethics and personal dignity. For most, living under this code will be no problem, as it asks nothing of a person that is beyond reason. It only calls for honesty and integrity, characteristics that Aggies have always exemplified. The Aggie Code of Honor functions as a symbol to all Aggies, promoting understanding and loyalty to truth and confidence in each other.

Texas A&M Honor System Rules

Texas A&M's detailed Honor System Rules specify what students must do and not do to maintain their academic integrity under the Aggie Code of Honor. The Honor System Rules address only academic misconduct, not behavioral misconduct like drug or alcohol possession, theft, and vandalism. The Honor System Rules include prohibitions on traditional forms of academic misconduct. Under the Aggie Honor Code, though, the list of prohibited forms of academic misconduct is non-exclusive. The Honor System Rules expressly state the list “is not, however, exclusive of any other acts that may reasonably be called academic misconduct.” In short, Texas A&M can charge you with any form of academic misconduct on which schools generally frown. And while the Honor System Rules apply at Texas A&M's main College Station campus, other campuses may adopt additional academic-integrity rules. That said, the Honor System Rules list these specific prohibitions:

  • Cheating, defined as intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices or materials in any academic exercise
  • Fabrication, defined as making up data or results, and recording or reporting them, or submitting fabricated documents
  • Falsification, defined as manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or res