Conduct Advisors

What is a Student Conduct Advisor?

An advisor is anyone who can provide support, procedural advice, and assistance to a respondent or complainant going through the conduct process. An advisor should be someone who is mature, trustworthy, thoughtful, supportive, and has a willingness to assist the party they are helping to prepare and present their case throughout the process.

Who can I have as an advisor?

A respondent, and complainant in Title IX cases, can select an EWU student, staff member, instructor, or someone outside of the EWU community to serve as their advisor. However, anyone involved in the case, such as a witness, cannot serve as an advisor. EWU does not provide advisors for non-Title IX cases. If a complainant or respondent wishes to have an advisor for a Title IX complaint and is not able to identify one, the student may contact SRR for assistance in finding an advisor (WAC 172-121-105 3 Advisor;e).  Students may also seek legal counsel at their own expense.

How many advisors can I have during the conduct process?

A respondent and complainant may have as many advisors as they want. However, only one advisor may provide assistance during investigative meetings or at scheduled hearings.

When may I have an advisor present during the conduct process?

As mentioned above, respondents and complainants in Title IX cases or full adjudicative hearings, are permitted one advisor of their choice who can be present with the party they are assisting at their investigative meeting and at scheduled hearings.

Can an advisor present my case?

In brief adjudicative hearings, advisors may consult with the party they are helping, but cannot speak on their behalf. In full adjudicative hearings, advisors may ask questions directly of witnesses and other party, including cross-examination questions.

Will I or my advisor be allowed to ask procedural questions during the conduct process?

Yes, parties to the case and their advisors are encouraged to ask procedural questions during the hearing. If you or your advisor have procedural questions about your case prior to any hearing, you may contact Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) at or call 509-359-6960. SRR cannot provide legal advice or discuss specifics about your case.

What is expected of an advisor?

Advisors are expected to know the student conduct process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (WAC 172-121). Advisors are expected to act professionally throughout the conduct process. Advisors who disrupt any hearing proceeding may be asked to leave by the Conduct Review Officer.

Where can I find information about the conduct hearing process?

By going online to WAC 172-121 or clicking on this link Student Conduct Code you will be able to review the entire Student Code of Conduct.

Is there any paperwork involved in having an advisor?

The party involved in the conduct process will need to complete a Student Advisor Authorization form in order for an advisor to participate in the conduct process. If a complainant or the respondent is represented by an attorney, the attorney shall provide the CRO and other parties with the attorney’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. The attorney must file a notice of appearance when hired to represent a person and a notice of withdrawal upon withdrawal of representation. A notice of appearance must be filed at least two business days prior to any conduct review proceeding (WAC 172-121-105 Advisor 3d)

Does EWU provide advisor training?

Currently, EWU only provides training for advisors who are provided by the university for Title IX cases.