The Student Conduct Code sets forth the standards of conduct expected from students from the time they are accepted as a student until their graduation, including during breaks. You may view the conduct code online here.
If you, the student, are accused of violating the EWU Student Conduct Code, you will receive a Notice of Allegation/Prehearing Conference letter and will be directed to meet with your assigned Conduct Review Officer. During this meeting, the Conduct Review Officer will review the student conduct hearing process with you. Depending on what type of case is being review, the student will either go through the brief adjudication hearing process or will be scheduled for a full adjudicative hearing with the Student Disciplinary Council. For more information about the brief adjudication process, see WAC 172-121-121. For more information about the full adjudication process, see WAC 172-121-122.
You may have an advisor present throughout the student conduct review process and that person may be a parent or a friend. You must complete a Release of Information (ROI) at least two (2) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or hearing for the parent or other advisor to be present. In Brief Adjudicative Hearings, the role of the advisor is to support and advise the student but not to speak for or represent the student. In Full Adjudicative Hearings, the advisor can represent and speak on behalf of the student.
Students may have an attorney serve as an advisor, if they so choose. The choice to hire or consult with an attorney is a personal one. If the student chooses to hire an attorney, the attorney must submit a Notice of Appearance to the University at least two (2) business days prior to the schedule meeting or hearing. Additionally, the student must fill out the Release of Information form (ROI) for the attorney.
Sanctions are designed to educate, foster development, encourage thoughtful decision making, and protect the University community. In determining appropriate sanctions, the University considers the nature of the violation including the impact on the community and its members, the educational outcomes for the student, the student’s prior disciplinary history, if any, and the individual student’s needs.
You can appeal the outcome of a hearing. WAC 172-121-130 outlines the criteria for appeals and should be thoroughly reviewed before submitting an appeal.
Whether you are found responsible or not responsible, student conduct records are maintained for seven (7) years. However, a student who has been suspended or expelled from the University will have a notation placed on their transcript. When the term of a student’s suspension has concluded, the notation will be removed. The notation of expulsion will remain on the student’s transcripts.
The University has an interest in the success of its students and in providing a campus environment free of disruption. The University can investigate and hold hearings on certain acts that may also be criminal. The two processes are different. The criminal process involves an alleged violation of local, county, state or federal law, while the student conduct review process involves an alleged violation of the EWU student conduct code. The University has an interest in protecting students and in holding students accountable when a violation of the student conduct code occurs.
The University investigates complaints of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence that involve EWU students. The University will review complainants of alleged misconduct for possible student conduct code violations.
Our Student Care Team can connect students with an advocate who may assist in accessing support resources either on campus or in the community.