The WSU Tri-Cities Office of Student Conduct fosters a developmental approach to student conduct, provides support and guidance to the University community and promotes WSU values and expectations. Through the Standards of Conduct for Students, Cougs hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and accountability.
Report An Academic Integrity Violation
The Academic Integrity Violation form should be submitted after you have determined academic misconduct has occurred. As per WAC 504-26-404(1)(c), “The student has twenty-one days from the date of the decision letter to request review of the instructor’s determination and/or sanction(s) imposed to the academic integrity hearing board.” Therefore, the accused student must be allowed to remain in the class and submit coursework and exams until the twenty-one-day appeal window has elapsed. In the meantime, please note the following grading procedures:
If you have decided to fail a student in your course due to cheating or plagiarizing, please send a written request now to the Campus Registrar’s Office to give a grade of “X” to the student. This will prevent the student from withdrawing from your class to avoid a failing grade. If the student has withdrawn prior to your being able to submit the “X” grade, you may ask the Campus Registrar’s Office to reverse the “W” and place the “X” grade on the student’s record.
If the student appeals, a hearing will be arranged with the Academic Integrity Hearing Board. You will be notified that an appeal has been submitted, and you may be asked to participate in the hearing. After you have been notified of the outcome of the hearing, you may direct the Campus Registrar’s Office to remove the “X” grade so that you can enter the final grade on the grade roster in myWSU. This will ensure that your grading statistics are accurate.
The Campus Registrar’s Office will not place a registration hold on the student’s account because that hold will block all student activity for adding, dropping, and withdrawing from any class on his/her schedule, which is overly punitive.
To effectively process this form and to protect your rights and that of the student under the Standards of Conduct for Students, please fill out the form completely and email the requested documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. All documents that pertain to the case (e.g., student exams or papers where cheating has allegedly occurred) must be submitted in their complete, original form. This complaint cannot be processed without full required documentation.
Reporting academic misconduct goes on a student’s discipline record (not the transcript), along with a reference to whether they were found responsible or not responsible. Additional educational sanctions are assigned by the Office of Student Conduct, such as taking a plagiarism tutorial and writing a paper on their behavior, depending on the circumstances. If a student has a second academic integrity offense, for which he or she is found responsible, the case may be referred to the Conduct Board for consideration of suspension or expulsion.
Please remember – in your letter notifying the student of the violation, you need to put that the student has 21 days to appeal.
The Office of Student Conduct upholds the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students in a fair and equitable manner. We seek to involve students in the conduct process, recognizing their rights and responsibilities, and fostering self-determination and transformational engagement.