Authority and Jurisdiction
UT Police receives police authority from Article 51.203, Texas Education Code. This statute was passed in 1969 and amended in 1987 by the Texas Legislature. Under this act, officers commissioned by the University of Texas System Board of Regents have full law enforcement authority. Their jurisdiction includes any county where property is located, owned, leased, rented, or otherwise controlled by the University of Texas System. University of Texas System police officers are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) upon meeting required standards and completing basic police officer training courses conducted by the University of Texas System Police Academy (UTSP).