Academic Conduct

When students are admitted to the University of Washington, they are expected to maintain a certain standard of conduct and refrain from engaging in prohibited conduct. The Student Conduct Code defines prohibited conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable (WAC 478-121).  The University has also developed Student Governance and Policies, Chapter 209, a companion policy which is the primary reference for student conduct proceedings. Student Governance and Policies, Chapter 209 explains that admission to the University carries with it the presumption that students will practice high standards of professional honesty and integrity (Section 5.B.1)).

Establishing Expectations for Student Conduct

Faculty play a critical role in defining acceptable student conduct.

Grading Issues Related to Conduct

Although court cases focused on inappropriate grading practices are quite rare, grading based exclusively on content mastery (rather than student behavior) is far less susceptible to legal challenge.

Addressing Academic Misconduct

Specific approaches to reduce the likelihood of academic misconduct and to address it if it does occur.

Student’s Right to Due Process

Although faculty at any public institution have responsibility for maintaining a productive learning environment, they may not unilaterally penalize a student for misconduct without first providing the student with the opportunity to appeal an action to an unbiased University authority.

Student Conduct Process

The length of time to complete the review will vary according to the level of review required to resolve the issue.