Conduct Boards

University Conduct Board

The University Conduct Board hears matters that may result in suspension or expulsion. The Conduct Board may also be referred cases that involve harm or threat of harm to any person or person’s property and the accused disputes the facts and/or denies responsibility.

University Appeals Board

Students who appeal a decision of the Conduct Board, or a conduct officer, will have their case reviewed by the Appeals Board.

Academic Integrity Hearing Board

Students who have been found responsible by an instructor for cheating or plagiarism, and wish to appeal the decision, will be heard by this board.

Co-Chairs: TBA

Members are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services.

What is the role of the University Conduct Board?

When a student or student group is charged with violating the standards of conduct for students, the University Conduct Board provides an opportunity to be heard. The Board holds a hearing, examines all evidence presented, and deter­mines whether the student or student group is responsible for violating the standards of conduct for students.

Who serves on the Conduct Board?

Two faculty members and two students, in addition to the chair, are selected from the board membership to hear a case.

When are hearings held?

Hearings are usually held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Friday afternoons, depending on the student’s class schedule.

How long does a hearing take?

Hearings usually take one to two hours, depending on how much information there is and how many people are called to provide information to the Board.

Is there someone outside the Office of Student Conduct who can give me some advice?

The Vice Chancellor for EMSS provides an advisor to help guide students through the conduct process. If you need access to an advisor, please contact Nancy Roe in the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services at the following:

May I bring an attorney?

Yes. The complainant’s and/or respondent’s advisor, if any, is allowed to attend the portion of the hearing at which information is received (excluding deliberations). However, advisors are not permitted to participate directly in the hearing. For more information on the role of attorneys at hearings, click here.

What happens at a hearing?

Here is the general format of a hearing:

  • Introduction of accused student or group, complainant, and Conduct Board members
  • Chair reviews the purpose of the hearing
  • Conduct Officer summarizes the reason this hearing is taking place
  • Conduct Officer reads the charges
  • Chair asks the accused to respond to each charge one by one
  • Witnesses testify, then accused, one at a time
  • Board members may ask questions at any time
  • Judicial Officer makes summation and recommendation
  • Accused makes summation, if desired
  • All parties are dismissed except the Board members
  • Board members deliberate in private
  • Notification of decision will be by U.S. Mail within 10 calendar days after the hearing

What if I’m not happy with the Conduct Board’s decision?

You may appeal a decision of the Conduct Board within 21 days of the date of the decision letter. If no appeal is filed within the 21 days, the decision is final.

Co-Chairs: TBA

Members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services.

What is the University Appeals Board?

The Appeals Board is composed of employees who review a decision made by the University Conduct Board, or a conduct officer, that a student violated the University’s Standards of Conduct for Students. When a student disagrees with a decision of the Conduct Board or a conduct officer, he/she may appeal the decision to the University Appeals Board.

Who serves on an Appeals Board?

Three members, including one student and the chair, are selected from the membership to review a student’s case.

May I state my case before the Appeals Board?

No. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal is limited to a review of the verbatim record of the University Conduct Board hearing and supporting documents to determine whether or not the hearing was conducted fairly, the decision was based on sufficient evidence, the sanctions imposed were appropriate, and to consider new information. The Appeals Board will affirm, reverse, or modify the Conduct Board’s or conduct officer’s decision and affirm, reverse, or modify the sanctions.

When are cases reviewed?

The Appeals Board reviews cases every two weeks. Notifications of decisions are sent by U.S. Mail and to a student’s @WSU e-mail address.

This information is intended only as a brief summary of certain aspects of the appeals process. If you are considering submitting an appeal, you should refer to WAC504-26-407 Review of decision for details concerning the appeals process.

Co-Chairs: TBA

Members are nominated by the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

What is the Academic Integrity Hearing Board?

The Academic Integrity Hearing Board is composed of tenured teaching faculty who are available to review an instructor’s decision that a student violated the University’s academic integrity poli­cies and whether or not the outcome pro­posed by the instructor is in keeping with the instructor’s published policies. When a student disagrees with an instructor’s decision regarding cheating or plagiarism, he/she may request review of the decision by the Academic Integrity Hearing Board.

How long does a student have to request review by the Academic Integrity Hearing Board?

A student has 21 days from the date of his/her instructor’s decision letter to request review by the academic integrity hearing board.

When are hearings held?

Hearings are usually held on the second Friday of each month. A student’s hearing is scheduled during the day at a time that does not conflict with his or her class schedule.

How long does a hearing take?

Hearings usually take 30-60 minutes, depending on how much information there is to review.

Is there someone outside the Office of Student Conduct who can give me some advice?

The Vice Chancellor of EMSS provides an advisor to help guide students through the conduct process. If you need access to an advisor, please contact Nancy Roe in the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services at the following:

What happens at a hearing?

Here is the general format of a hearing:

  • Introduction of student, instructor, and board members
  • Chair reviews procedure of the hearing
  • Instructor’s statement, then witnesses, one at a time, if any
  • Student’s statement, other information, and then witnesses, one at a time, if any
  • Board members may ask questions at any time
  • After all evidence has been provided, all parties are dismissed except the Board members
  • Board members deliberate in private
  • Notification of the decision is by mail within 10 calendar days

The Board’s decision is final. There is no appeal from an Academic Integrity Board’s decision.

The foregoing information is only a summary. The University’s rules regarding the review of academic integrity violations are in WAC 504-26-404 Procedure for academic integrity violations.

Board members must be willing to commit to at least one year of service. Recruitment on the Boards is open all year. “For more information about the Boards, time commitments, etc., please visit the conduct board site. For more information, please contact us at conduct@tricity.wsu.edu or 509-372-7351.

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