Student’s Legal Obligations

Every student is expected to obey all federal, state and local laws and is expected to be familiar with the requirements of such laws. Any student who violates any provision of those laws is subject to criminal charges, and/or disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding any action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation.

Student Conduct and Disciplinary Policies, Rules and Regulations can be found in Student Handbook, which is available online.

Drug and Alcohol Policies

Use of Illegal Drugs

Chapter VI, Section 5.9 (20) of the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, states in part, A student who, by a preponderance of the evidence, under these Rules and Regulations is found to have illegally possessed, used, sold or distributed any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance, whether the infraction is found to have occurred on or off campus, shall be suspended for a period of not less than the remainder of the semester in which the infraction occurred plus the following long semester.

In the event the semester in which the infraction occurred has ended by the time a student is found guilty, the student shall be suspended for a period of not less than the following two long semesters.

With the approval of the president or the president’s designee, suspension may be probated and sanctions may then include required counseling and/or rehabilitation along with other appropriate penalties. The president of each system university shall submit a written report quarterly to the chairman of the local committee, which report details all cases in which a suspension has been probated.

A second infraction for a drug-related offense shall result in permanent expulsion from the university and from all other institutions in The Texas State University System.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Students: All students are expected and required to obey the law, to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Texas State University System and Sul Ross State University and with directives issued by an administrative official in the course of his or her authorized duties. Any student who engages in conduct that is prohibited by the Texas State University System or Sul Ross State University Rules and Regulations or by federal, state or local law is subject to discipline whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Illegal possession, use, sale or distribution of any drug, narcotic or controlled substance on or off campus, will lead to disciplinary action as described above.

Employees: The unlawful use, possession, dispensing or distribution of drugs or alcohol will result in a disciplinary penalty of disciplinary probation, demotion, suspension without pay or termination, depending on the circumstances.

Legal Sanctions

Students and employees found in violation of any local, state or federal law regarding the use, possession or distribution of alcohol or other drugs (as defined by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subtitle C. Substance Abuse Regulations and Crimes) will receive the full legal penalty in addition to any appropriate University disciplinary action as stated above.

Available Counseling and Treatment Programs

Sul Ross State University

Counseling and Accessibility Services

Ferguson Hall 112

(432) 837-8203

Alpine & Midland

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings held at 502 E. Lockhart Ave.

Alpine, TX 79830

(432) 837-5578

Big Bend Frontier Division of Permian Basin Community Centers

808 N. Fifth Street

Alpine, TX 79830

(432) 837-3401

Desert Springs Medical Center

P.O. Box 60608

Midland, TX 79711-0608


Weapons Possession Policy

The unapproved possession, use, or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives, or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to university discipline as well as to criminal sanctions. University guidelines for Firearms in University Property, as outlined by Senate Bill 11 of the Texas Legislature and State Federal Law are provided in the SRSU Policy ID: AMP 2.33, and included in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. All university athletic properties and the Sul Ross Childcare Center are posted as areas that prohibit firearms on the premises as defined in the Texas Government Code Sec. 411.2031.

Prohibition on Weapons

It is a violation of the Texas State University System Board of Regents Rules and Regulations to possess, carry or otherwise cause a handgun, licensed or otherwise, concealed or otherwise, to be brought onto the premises of a system component. Sul Ross State University is a component of the Texas State University System.

“Premises of a System component” as used in this section means a structure and the land, including, appurtenances, on which the structure is situated, over which this board has ownership or control, including system component campuses, the system administration, leased facilities or other facilities where a system or component function, event, or activity takes or is taking place.

This prohibition shall not apply to academic programs or to events sponsored or approved by Sul Ross State University in which the university explicitly authorizes the use of handguns.

Sex Offender Registration

In compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (Section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) and the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, all persons required to register as part of the State of Texas’s Sex Offender Registration Program are required to provide notice of their presence on campus to the UDPS office in BAB 100.