Eastern Washington University is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working and living environment. When sexual violence is reported, steps will be taken to address it through the university's student conduct process. During this process, the reporting individual is referred to as the complainant; the individual who is alleged to have committed a student conduct violation is the respondent.
Student Care Team (SCT) PUB 301 · 509.359.7924
An advocate can provide guidance and connections to resources during this process.
Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) PUB 301 • 509.359.6960
SRR can review your rights and the university's student conduct procedures and help guide you through the process. SRR staff also can also address any logistical issues related to interim suspensions or other university restrictions.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) MAR 225 · 509.359.2366
CAPS offers confidential counseling for enrolled students and can assist individuals responding to reports of harassment or assault. Students may contact CAPS for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-in sessions are available M-F, 1-4pm. CAPS office hours are M-F, 8am-5pm. For 24-hr crisis services, contact Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Line: 877.266.1818
Who to Call
A Student Care Team member can assist you in connecting with the departments below or you may contact them directly:
|Withdraw from classes or change your class schedule||Records and Registration||509.359.2321|
|Change your housing arrangement (if you live on campus)||Housing/Residential Life||509.359.2451|
|Review your financial aid||Financial Aid Office||509.359.2314|
|Arrange for a police escort on campus||EWU Police||509.359.7676|
Respondent Frequently Asked Questions
Can someone pursue a criminal complaint against me in addition to, or in place of, a student conduct complaint?
Student conduct complaints are entirely separate from criminal charges and may proceed at the same time as criminal processes. The two processes are different: the criminal process involves an alleged violation of law, while the student conduct process involves an alleged violation of the EWU student conduct code. Additionally, a University finding of responsibility for a conduct violation is by "preponderance of evidence," while the evidence standard in the criminal process is "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Can I have someone with me throughout this process?
Both the complainant and the respondent are permitted to have one advisor of choice present during the student conduct process, including any meetings and formal hearings.
What, if anything, will my parents be told?
The University's primary relationship is with you, the student, and not to your parent/guardian. University officials will only disclose information to your parents/guardians when a signed Release of Information (ROI) is in place or when there is a significant threat to your health or safety.
Can I contact the other parties in the case?
Typically, a "no contact" directive is provided to the parties involved in sexual misconduct cases until the matter is resolved, so any communication (including through social media or indirectly through third parties) is prohibited. Additionally, retaliation (actual or threatened acts of intimidation intended to prevent/obstruct the reporting, investigation, or enforcement of a conduct complaint) is a violation of university policy, so it is important to be cautious and mindful of your behavior so as not to create other risks.
What if I think I have been wrongfully accused?
If you think you have been wrongfully accused, it is understandable to feel frustrated. We encourage you to participate in the student conduct process and provide any information that you believe will prove you are not responsible. For more information, check out our Student Rights and Responsibilities FAQ.