Advisors and the Student Conduct Process

Advising a student through WSU’s conduct process is much different than defending a client in a court of law. In a court, you are likely advocating for and speaking on behalf of your client. At WSU, students are expected to actively participate throughout the student conduct process, including responding to allegations of misconduct and presenting their own information. Students may have an attorney present during all conduct proceedings, but the role of the attorney in these cases limited to acting as an advisor to the student., but not an active participant in the proceedings.

In WSU’s student conduct process, an attorney may not directly participate. For example, a student’s attorney may not address the conduct officer, University Conduct Board, witnesses, or any other party. In addition, a student’s attorney may not cross examine witnesses or “argue” their client’s case. The only appropriate role for the attorney in the student conduct process is to provide advice to a student in a manner that does not disturb the proceedings of the process.

If the attorney fails to act in accordance with WSU’s student conduct procedures, they may be barred from the conduct proceedings.

Before speaking to you about your clients matter, you must fill out and submit a valid release, which must contain all of the requirements stated in WAC 504-21-050(2).