Texas A&M investigates every claim of sexual misconduct. When violations are confirmed, sanctions are imposed in all cases. A conduct review panel comprised of staff members determines sanctions on a case-by-case basis in consultation with all parties. All persons involved have the right to appeal.
While the federal privacy law, FERPA, prevents us from discussing individual cases, it is important to outline guidelines that may be helpful to all, including victims of sexual abuse past, present or future:
- Students found responsible for sexual misconduct are given sanctions, which may include suspension and/or dismissal. Usually students who are suspended return on a probationary status and have additional requirements to perform. If performed then student privileges are reinstated unless of course further misconduct occurs;
- Regarding student athletes, they must adhere to the same Code of Conduct investigative process required for all students;
- NCAA rules allow four seasons of competitive eligibility in a five-year period once enrolled. A student athlete can legally declare themselves “red shirting” for a year for any reason, such as illness, family issues, or being suspended for a period of time due to conduct violations;
- We have a deep commitment to a safe, secure environment for all students; to a fair investigative process; to rights of appeals by parties; and to rendering sanctions to those found responsible for sexual misconduct;
- If you are a victim of sexual assault or someone you know is a victim, get help immediately. Call 911 or local police to report and seek medical assistance;
- The Texas A&M emergency resource guide is regularly updated with contact information for individuals who are ready and willing to assist and includes resources inside and outside of the university: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/sas.resourceguide.