What Texas Tech Students Should Do If Arrested

You’re an adult now. And that includes knowing how to handle yourself in a Texas Tech-related arrest. The problem? No one’s probably ever told you the best way to do it. This is uncharted territory. You need a compass. We are that compass.

You need a skilled coach. Talk to us. We know how this game is played and how to come out ahead. We share the rules and procedures and what lies ahead, what the other team may be planning, and point you in the direction you need to go in order to protect your future.

This starts with knowing your rights, and knowing that you have the right to insist on those rights, without fear of pushback or worrying that doing so will escalate the seriousness of your situation.

Whether on campus or off, your rights remain the same, and they remain inviolable, no matter what anyone else tells you.

You have the right to:
• remain silent
• refuse to consent to unreasonable search and seizure
• representation by a competent attorney

That’s right—all three apply on campus as well as off. So don’t let anyone try to convince you differently.

In most cases, it’s those students who remain silent when confronted by the administration, who refuse to confess that they violated the student code of conduct, who successfully avoid getting kicked out of school. A confession will not only score academic and social sanctions against you on campus—it will also be used against you in any criminal case.

When you’re a student at Texas Tech and you get into trouble with the law, you face two separate cases, one on campus and one in a real courtroom. The on-campus case is the student code of conduct process, an internal investigation conducted by student judiciary services. It affects your school record and incurs academic and social sanctions, such as being kicked out of your campus housing, suspended, or expelled. You’re effectively benched.

The off-campus case is a criminal case to address any criminal charges brought against you by the state. It doesn’t just mean you get kicked off the team. It can land you in prison. The most common violations are drinking, drugs, theft, cheating, sexual harassment, assault, and stalking, or any activity that violates the law and/or the student code of conduct puts you at risk.

So, while underage drinking, for example, may boot you off campus, you could also find yourself serving a jail sentence and saddled with fines, community service, and a criminal record. Game over.

Navigating these two concurrent cases can be tricky. Even if the state drops criminal charges, Texas Tech can still kick you out. If you are a Texas Tech student and find yourself in trouble, take a moment and remind yourself of the rights we mentioned above.

Call a lawyer immediately. Don’t talk to the police, don’t talk to the student code of conduct services officers, don’t talk to the dean—don’t talk to anyone, except a lawyer. Don’t take unnecessary chances with the rest of your life. Save yourself.

Save your future.