The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Purchase of Textbooks

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley advises students that they are not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer including an online retailer. (Texas Education Code, Section 51.9705; 19 TAC 4.215). Information regarding textbooks and supplemental materials for specific courses including the International Standard Book Number and retail price information is included in the course schedule which can be accessed through

Student Travel

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has set forth University rules and procedures regarding student and pre-college University program participant travel and to comply with The University of Texas System policy and State Law (Texas Education Code, Section §51.949) relating to student travel. University students may travel off campus when representing a student organization, University department or engaging in intercollegiate competition or academic activities. Examples of student travel include, but are not limited to, class field trips and assignments; attendance at scholarly or professional conferences; University-funded student organization travel; class trips for educational or cultural enrichment; athletic, student publication, dramatic, music or forensic competition or performances; student leadership conferences; placement forums; and graduate school visits. All student travel must be registered with and approved by the Dean of Students or his or her designee.

Vehicle Registration and Parking Permits

All students, whether full- or part-time, who operate a motor vehicle in the campus area must register the vehicle with the University Parking and Transportation Department. A hangtag permit or decal to be placed on the vehicle indicating the permit number and parking privileges will be provided. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley enforces all Texas Vehicle inspection codes (Texas Education Code, Sec. 51.207). All vehicles that park on the campus premises must have current inspection stickers and a current parking permit properly displayed. Parking and Traffic rules and regulations are available at the Parking and Transportation Department or at

Note: A disabled veteran with a disabled veteran license plate may park with either a free University permit or without a University permit (as determined by University parking regulations) in a disabled parking space for an unlimited period of time.