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Texas Education Code 51.2126 – Appeal by Campus Peace Officer of Disciplinary Action or Promotional Bypass Related to Provision of Assistance Under Mutual Assistance Agreement

(a) A campus peace officer acting under a mutual assistance agreement authorized by Section 51.2125 who is demoted, suspended, or terminated by the applicable private institution of higher education or who experiences a promotional bypass by the institution may elect to appeal the institution’s action to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section.
(b) To elect to appeal to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section, the campus peace officer must submit to the head of the institution’s law enforcement agency not later than the 30th day after the date of the action being appealed a written request stating the officer’s decision to appeal to such a hearing examiner.

Terms Used In Texas Education Code 51.2126

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Written: includes any representation of words, letters, symbols, or figures. See Texas Government Code 311.005

(c) The hearing examiner’s decision is final and binding on all parties. If a campus peace officer elects to appeal the institution’s action to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section, the officer or institution may appeal the examiner’s decision to a district court only as provided by Subsection (j).
(d) If a campus peace officer elects to appeal to a hearing examiner, the officer and the head of the institution’s law enforcement agency or their designees shall attempt to agree on the selection of an impartial hearing examiner. If the parties do not agree on the selection of a hearing examiner before the 10th day after the date the appeal is filed, the parties immediately shall request a list of seven qualified neutral arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, or their successors in function. The officer and the agency head or their designees may agree on one of the seven neutral arbitrators on the list. If the parties do not agree before the fifth business day after the date the parties receive the list, the parties or their designees shall alternate striking a name from the list, and the single name remaining after all other names have been struck is selected as the hearing examiner. The parties or their designees shall agree on a date for the hearing.
(e) The appeal hearing must begin as soon as an appearance by the hearing examiner can be scheduled. If the hearing examiner cannot begin the hearing before the 45th day after the date of selection, the campus peace officer may, within 48 hours after learning of that fact, call for the selection of a new hearing examiner using the procedure prescribed by Subsection (d).
(f) In a hearing conducted under this section, the hearing examiner has the same duties and powers that a civil service commission has in conducting a hearing or hearing an appeal under Chapter 143, Local Government Code, including the right to issue subpoenas. The hearing examiner may:
(1) order that the campus peace officer be reinstated to the same position or status in which the officer was employed immediately before the demotion, suspension, or termination or, in the case of a promotional bypass, to the position or status with respect to which the officer experienced the bypass; and
(2) award the officer lost wages and any other compensation lost as a result of the disciplinary action or promotional bypass, as applicable.
(g) In a hearing conducted under this section, the parties may agree to an expedited hearing procedure. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, in an expedited procedure the hearing examiner shall issue a decision on the appeal not later than the 10th day after the date the hearing is completed.
(h) In an appeal that does not involve an expedited hearing procedure, the hearing examiner shall make a reasonable effort to issue a decision on the appeal not later than the 30th day after the later of the date the hearing is completed or the briefs are filed. The hearing examiner’s inability to meet the time requirements imposed by this section does not affect the hearing examiner’s jurisdiction, the validity of the disciplinary action or promotional bypass, or the hearing examiner’s final decision.
(i) The hearing examiner’s fees and expenses shall be paid in equal amounts by the parties. The costs of a witness shall be paid by the party who calls the witness.
(j) A district court may hear an appeal of a hearing examiner’s decision only on the grounds that the hearing examiner was without jurisdiction or exceeded the examiner’s jurisdiction or that the decision was procured by fraud, collusion, or other unlawful means. An appeal must be brought in the district court having jurisdiction in the municipality in which the institution is located.

Texas Education Code 51.2126 – Appeal by Campus Peace Officer of Disciplinary Action or Promotional Bypass Related to Provision of Assistance Under Mutual Assistance Agreement

(a) A campus peace officer acting under a mutual assistance agreement authorized by Section 51.2125 who is demoted, suspended, or terminated by the applicable private institution of higher education or who experiences a promotional bypass by the institution may elect to appeal the institution’s action to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section.
(b) To elect to appeal to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section, the campus peace officer must submit to the head of the institution’s law enforcement agency not later than the 30th day after the date of the action being appealed a written request stating the officer’s decision to appeal to such a hearing examiner.

Terms Used In Texas Education Code 51.2126

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Written: includes any representation of words, letters, symbols, or figures. See Texas Government Code 311.005

(c) The hearing examiner’s decision is final and binding on all parties. If a campus peace officer elects to appeal the institution’s action to an independent third party hearing examiner under this section, the officer or institution may appeal the examiner’s decision to a district court only as provided by Subsection (j).
(d) If a campus peace officer elects to appeal to a hearing examiner, the officer and the head of the institution’s law enforcement agency or their designees shall attempt to agree on the selection of an impartial hearing examiner. If the parties do not agree on the selection of a hearing examiner before the 10th day after the date the appeal is filed, the parties immediately shall request a list of seven qualified neutral arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, or their successors in function. The officer and the agency head or their designees may agree on one of the seven neutral arbitrators on the list. If the parties do not agree before the fifth business day after the date the parties receive the list, the parties or their designees shall alternate striking a name from the list, and the single name remaining after all other names have been struck is selected as the hearing examiner. The parties or their designees shall agree on a date for the hearing.
(e) The appeal hearing must begin as soon as an appearance by the hearing examiner can be scheduled. If the hearing examiner cannot begin the hearing before the 45th day after the date of selection, the campus peace officer may, within 48 hours after learning of that fact, call for the selection of a new hearing examiner using the procedure prescribed by Subsection (d).
(f) In a hearing conducted under this section, the hearing examiner has the same duties and powers that a civil service commission has in conducting a hearing or hearing an appeal under Chapter 143, Local Government Code, including the right to issue subpoenas. The hearing examiner may:
(1) order that the campus peace officer be reinstated to the same position or status in which the officer was employed immediately before the demotion, suspension, or termination or, in the case of a promotional bypass, to the position or status with respect to which the officer experienced the bypass; and
(2) award the officer lost wages and any other compensation lost as a result of the disciplinary action or promotional bypass, as applicable.
(g) In a hearing conducted under this section, the parties may agree to an expedited hearing procedure. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, in an expedited procedure the hearing examiner shall issue a decision on the appeal not later than the 10th day after the date the hearing is completed.
(h) In an appeal that does not involve an expedited hearing procedure, the hearing examiner shall make a reasonable effort to issue a decision on the appeal not later than the 30th day after the later of the date the hearing is completed or the briefs are filed. The hearing examiner’s inability to meet the time requirements imposed by this section does not affect the hearing examiner’s jurisdiction, the validity of the disciplinary action or promotional bypass, or the hearing examiner’s final decision.
(i) The hearing examiner’s fees and expenses shall be paid in equal amounts by the parties. The costs of a witness shall be paid by the party who calls the witness.
(j) A district court may hear an appeal of a hearing examiner’s decision only on the grounds that the hearing examiner was without jurisdiction or exceeded the examiner’s jurisdiction or that the decision was procured by fraud, collusion, or other unlawful means. An appeal must be brought in the district court having jurisdiction in the municipality in which the institution is located.