Student Life and Conduct
Individualism is paramount to an understanding of the general student life and conduct philosophy of Amberton University. Each student is considered a unique individual, divinely created, and capable of becoming better each day. Amberton University never combines students into general groups, nor does the University respond to petitions or group demonstrations that diminish individualism. The University is committed to academic excellence rooted in personal integrity. The philosophy of Amberton University is committed to the belief that talent without discipline is useless, and knowledge without character is perilous.
The University operates on an honor system, and honesty and integrity are essential characteristics of all who are associated with the institution. Because the University’s reputation is ultimately determined by those who earn a degree, Amberton University insists upon evidence of personal integrity in addition to academic excellence. The personal integrity of a student will be proven by the student’s ability to handle his/her academic, financial, personal affairs, and conduct in a straightforward manner consistent with the rules and regulations outlined in the University catalog.
Amberton University strives to provide education in an atmosphere consistent with the ethical standards and principles set forth in the New Testament of the Bible. The maintenance of high standards of personal behavior is essential to the preservation of the academic and moral atmosphere of the University. Personal integrity and high moral standards are central to the educational process. By enrolling at Amberton University, a student signifies his or her willingness and agreement to live in accordance with the standards set forth by Amberton University. Attendance at Amberton University is a privilege, not a right. If, in the judgment of the University, a student’s academic performance or personal conduct is substandard, the University retains the right to deny the student further enrollment.
Ethical Standards Expected of Students
Amberton University caters to working adults. Each student’s behavior is to reflect a refined maturity and attitude that complies with the standards outlined in the University catalog. In addition, all students admitted to the Unversity Master of Arts - School Counseling EPP are expected to adhere to the Educators' Code of Ethics and attest to their compliance.
- Loud discord, language designed to intimidate or bully, abusive or belligerent actions, or any continuing annoyance to others is unethical.
- Physical, verbal, or written abuse, or any type of harassment is unethical.
- Stealing, lying, cheating, cursing, verbalizing or writing vulgarities, or threatening in any manner is unethical.
- Failure to respect the personal rights, safety, and health of others is unethical.
- To be disruptive or disrupt the study of others or to disrupt any University activity is unethical.
- To damage or misuse the property belonging to others or to damage or misuse University equipment, property, or facilities is unethical.
- Failure to carry proper identification and provide such identification when requested by any University official is unethical.
- The possession, use, or distribution of any form of alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs while on the property of Amberton University is unethical.
- Failure to take care of University related business, including financial obligations, is unethical.
- Failing to refrain from smoking in any portion of the facility is unethical.
- Possessing any type of firearm or weapon while in the facility of Amberton University is unethical.
- The leaving of an unsupervised minor anywhere on Amberton University property is unethical.
- Dress that fails to appropriately support the adult, modest, professional atmosphere desired by the University’s faculty and administration is unethical.
- Soliciting and/or distributing (selling, surveying, petitioning, etc.) any materials or merchandise on University property without administrative authorization is unethical.
- Failure to comply with a directive from a University official is unethical.
- Using the University’s name or logo without written permission is unethical.
- The improper or non-academic use of Amberton’s equipment and/or technologies is unethical.
- Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual misconduct, including assault, stalking, or any form of sexual harrassment, is unethical. See University's website for the complete Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Statements.
Violations of the ethical standards expected of students may result in disciplinary action. Such action may take the form of a reprimand, probation, suspension, legal sanctions, and/or expulsion from the University. Suspension and any discipline short of expulsion are not considered punishment but a part of the educational process. A student may be suspended for an indefinite period of time, depending upon the offense. Expulsion is permanent.
Due Process in Handling Violations of the Ethical Standards
Should a student be accused of violating the ethical standards of the University, "due process" in handling the violation will be as follows:
The Administration and Faculty of the University, by virtue of their positions, exercise initial jurisdiction whenever circumstances dictate disciplinary action.
The student may accept the initial judgment of the Administration or Faculty or may appeal, in writing, to the President.
Upon written appeal, the President of the University may render immediate judgment on issues not subject to expulsion or may appoint an Ethical Review Board to hear the appeal. All cases that could result in expulsion are presented to an Ethical Review Board. The following guidelines will be observed in an Ethical Review Board appeal:
Prior to the hearing of an appeal case, the accused student shall be informed in writing of the charges against him/her and he/she will be allowed up to three days of preparation prior to the convening of the Ethical Review Board.
During the meeting of the Ethical Review Board, the student and qualified witnesses will be permitted to testify and present applicable statements (all witnesses shall attest to a statement regarding the accuracy of the testimony to be given). Reasonable cross-examination privileges are extended. Hearings are closed to all except members of the Ethical Review Board, the student, administrative personnel, and witnesses approved by the Board.
- The findings and recommendations of the Ethical Review Board shall be submitted to the President of the University. The President may accept or reject the recommendations of the Ethical Review Board. The decision of the President shall be final and will be provided to the student within forty-eight hours after the conclusion of the Ethical Review Board.
Should an applicant violate an ethical standard of the University, admission will be denied or withdrawn without recourse.
Students' Rights - Educational Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:
The right to inspect and review the student's educational records within forty-five days of the day the University receives a request. Students should submit written requests to the Vice President for Strategic Services that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will notify the student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected.
The right to request the amendment of the student's educational records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask, in writing, for the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to University officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Student Grievance and Appeal
A student who feels that he/she has been improperly treated concerning finances, grading, registration, or any other student service, has the right to file a grievance to correct the wrong. The following procedure shall be followed in filing a grievance (The terms "grievance" and "complaint" are used interchangeably):
I. First, whenever possible, the matter in question should be discussed directly with the person causing the grievance. Every effort should be made to resolve the grievance on a one-on-one basis. If the grievance concerns a grade earned in a class, the student must understand that he/she cannot challenge the judgment of the instructor but only the accuracy of the grade and/or fact.
II. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the one-on-one effort (or if the student does not know who the specific individual is who caused the grievance), the student may contact the appropriate administrator for assistance (Vice President for Academic Services for academic-related appeals; Vice President for Administrative Services for student services and financial appeals). The appeal to an administrator should be in writing.
A. The student's written grievance should be explicit and include any support materials.
B. The University will respond to all written grievances and include them as a part of institutional records.
C. All grievances will be processed expeditiously.
III. If the student is dissatisfied with the solution proposed by the administration, the student may appeal, in writing, to the President. The student may include additional information or facts in the written appeal. The President may make a final decision immediately or elect to form a grievance-hearing committee to consider the complaint. The committee, if appointed, will review all written documents and forward their recommendation to the President, whose decision shall be final.
IV. Complaint Process for the Eudcation Preparation Program
The Texas Administrative Code (Rule §228.70) requires that Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) maintain a process for filing and resolving complaints and provide information for filing formal complaints with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). If you have a complaint about the Amberton University Educator Preparation Program, please follow the institution’s “Student Grievance and Appeal” Process.
Texas Education Agency Complaint: If you believe that the Amberton University EPP has violated state law or rule in resolving your complaint, you may file a formal complaint with the Texas Education Agency. The complaint process allows for an applicant, candidate, employee, or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school to submit a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.
The complaint process allows individuals to seek redress in areas where they feel that the program did not fulfill requirements for certification or for actions that the individual feels are wrong. Educator preparation programs may also file a complaint about the actions of other EPP programs when it involves a candidate’s transfer into or out of a program.
Not all complaints fall under the authority of TEA. TEA has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules, generally related to state and federal requirements. Complaints may address educator preparation program requirements listed in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§ 227, 228, 229, ethics (TAC §247), fingerprinting (TAC §§227, 232) and certification (TAC §§230, 231, 232, 239, 241, 242). TEA staff and the SBEC do not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP.
Further information on the TEA Complaint Process and access to the TEA Complaint Form may be found on the TEA website, https://tea.texas.gov.
All student grievances must first be addressed internally. If the internal resources have been exhausted and the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may file a complaint with the:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
College Readiness and Success Division
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788