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Employee Criminal Conduct

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Background Summary 

In January 2018, many UT community members expressed concerns about university policies and procedures in place at that time regarding criminal conduct. Under those rules, when UT employees engaged in criminal behavior off campus, the university sought to determine their impact on campus safety and security or other campus operations when assessing if any discipline was warranted.

At the end of January, President Gregory L. Fenves charged a committee with evaluating these practices and their enforcement, with a particular focus on how the university responds to criminal violations, or allegations of criminal violations, by employees off campus. The committee submitted recommendations to the president on March 30, which the president accepted.

The most significant recommendation is that the university will now consider UT’s Mission, Core Values and Code of Conduct when reviewing criminal violations by employees and developing the university’s response, in addition  to determining their impact on campus safety and security or other campus operations.


Responding to Employee Criminal Conduct – Message from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 5, 2018

Statement by President Fenves on Review of UT Policies and Rules – Jan. 26, 2018


Report from the Committee to Review Policies Related to Off-Campus Conduct – March 30, 2018

Related Policies

Prohibition of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Stalking

Criminal Background Checks


UT Now More Likely to Discipline Employees Who Commit Crimes – Austin American-Statesman – April 6, 2018