All students are charged with knowing the contents and provisions of Dallas College’s policies, procedures and regulations concerning
Summary of Chapter 37, Subchapter F of the Texas Education Code
The Texas Education Code defines hazing as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization. For more information on what qualifies as hazing, please see Texas Education Code, Section 37.151(6).
State law prohibits hazing by any person or organization and provides punishment by fines and/or imprisonment, as appropriate. Engaging in an act of hazing is also a violation of the Dallas College Student Code of Conduct [FLB (LOCAL)] and is subject to disciplinary action as outlined therein.
A person’s consent to hazing, express or implied, is not a defense to criminal prosecution or disciplinary action under the Dallas College Student Code of Conduct.
A person may commit the offense of hazing either directly or indirectly. Indirect acts include recklessly permitting hazing to occur or failure to report first- hand knowledge of planned or past hazing.
Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 51.9363 of the Texas Education Code, Dallas College prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, in all of its programs and activities, including in its dual credit, early college high school and charter high school programs. Sexual Misconduct is defined as any act of sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, sex/gender-based stalking and any other conduct that threatens the health and safety of any person on the basis of actual, expressed or perceived gender identity.
Dallas College sexual misconduct policy applies to any instance in which a student or employee is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct against any person, or believes he or she has been subjected to sexual misconduct, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Dallas College will respond to any complaint of sexual misconduct, including conduct alleged to have occurred during breaks, leaves of absence or periods of dismissal, whether on or off Dallas College property or premises.
A Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
A person who is found to have violated the Dallas College sexual misconduct policy shall be subject to all applicable Dallas College disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Dallas College Board Policy Manual. Violations of the sexual misconduct policy that are also violations of law may also be subject to sanctions by civil and criminal authorities. Dallas College disciplinary action, with respect to any act of sexual misconduct on the part of a student or employee shall proceed, during the pendency of civil and/or criminal proceedings and shall not be subject to challenge on the ground that civil and/or criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed, dismissed or reduced. For more information on the Dallas College sexual misconduct policy, including reporting procedures, please see the Dallas College Board Policy Manual [DIAA (LOCAL), FFDA (LOCAL), and DIA (REGULATION)].