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Conduct for Students

All students who are enrolled on any of the three University of Washington campuses (Tacoma, Seattle, or Bothell) are held accountable to the Student Conduct Code. The code outlines both the expectations for behavior and the procedures for handling violations of the conduct code.

Academic Misconduct

Students must comply with the rules, regulations, procedures, policies, standards of conduct, and orders of the university and its schools, colleges, and departments. Admission to the University of Washington carries the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. All students assume responsibility to observe standards of conduct that will contribute to the pursuit of academic goals and to the welfare of the academic community. Students should be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.

Behavioral Misconduct

Students must respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the academic community and visitors to the campus, and refrain from any conduct that would interfere with university functions or endanger the health, welfare, or safety of other persons. Admission to the University of Washington carries the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. All students assume responsibility to observe standards of conduct that will contribute to the pursuit of academic goals and to the welfare of the academic community. Students should be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.

Off-Campus Conduct

The university shall have the authority to hold students accountable under the Student Conduct Code for certain off-campus behavior (i.e., behavior that does not occur on university premises or in the context of a university-sponsored event or activity) that directly affects a university interest, in accordance with the provisions of the section.

Tips for Students

Before beginning each class, be sure you are familiar with the expectations of your professor concerning citations, sharing of materials, group work versus individual work, and other course requirements. Each professor may have slightly different expectations, and it is your responsibility to know what each of your professors require.

Students are expected to meet the traditional standards of honesty and truthfulness in all aspects of their academic work at UW Tacoma. In particular, all work submitted to an instructor in fulfillment of course assignments, including papers and projects, written and oral examinations, and oral presentations and reports, must be free of plagiarism.

Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas or words of someone else without formally acknowledging the author or source through appropriate use of quotation marks, references and the like. Student work in which plagiarism occurs will not be accepted as satisfactory by the instructor and may lead to disciplinary action against the student submitting it.

If you are at all uncertain about what plagiarism means, and how to avoid it, we recommend that you visit the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). They conduct periodic workshops on plagiarism and various styles (APA, MLA, etc.) and are a great resource.

Student Conduct Incident Report Form

As a student of the University of Washington, you are expected to not only hold yourself accountable, but to hold others accountable to the Student Conduct Code. If you believe another student violated the Student Conduct Code, please complete the below form to document the situation and formally report the incident.

Procedures for Disciplinary Sanctions

All procedures and rights are outlines in the Student Conduct Code. If you have questions during the process, contact the Department of Student Involvement.

If a Student Conduct Incident Report is filed against you, you will be issued a letter by postal mail from the Initiating Officer with the materials and evidence that will be read and heard in your case. The letter will state a date and time for an informal hearing. If you choose not to attend the informal hearing, the hearing will be held in your absence. It is to your benefit to attend and explain your situation. At any time during this process you may request that the matter be referred to the University Disciplinary Committee which is comprised of faculty and student representatives from UW Tacoma. The informal hearing will consist of the informal hearing officer asking questions related to the incident and the students alleged misconduct. Truthful and genuine responses by the student, are strongly encouraged and appreciated. After the hearing, a sanction may be recommended, and it will again arrive by postal mail. At this time, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Faculty Appeal Board at UW Seattle.