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Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights & Appeals

Academic Rights
As a student at Central Washington University, you have the right to:

  • Petition for a leave of absence
  • Receive appropriate advising resources
  • Audit a course
  • Appeal a grade
  • Appeal academic suspension
  • Withdraw within the first six weeks of the quarter
  • Request a hardship withdrawal prior to the final exam week
  • Know the grading policy used by an instructor at the outset of a course and have it applied consistently
  • Take one course per quarter to be evaluated on a credit/no-credit basis
  • Complete a course for which you receive an “I” within 12 months
  • Credit by challenging
  • Petition the appropriate department chair for course substitution
  • Not take a test that is more than 20% of the course grade the week before finals
  • Know of all assignments that will be due the last week of instruction
  • Request that the posted final exam schedule be complied with
  • Request that one final be moved if you are scheduled for more than two in one day
  • Commencement participation
  • Initiate a proposal for curriculum change

Due Process Rights
All Central Washington Students are guaranteed the right to due process. Students have protection through orderly procedures against arbitrary or capricious actions or decisions by University authorities. Due process is recognized as essential to the proper enforcement of University rules.

  • Any individual can file a report to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities concerning a potential policy violation or concerning behaviors.
  • Any student who may potentially be in violation of university policy shall receive written and electronic notification from the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities that informs the student of the specific policies they may have been responsible for violating and the date of the alleged incident. The notification will have a specific time, date, and location of the student’s required Student Conduct Hearing with a University Hearing Officer to discuss the situation.
  • The Student Conduct Hearing will allow the student the opportunity to review the Student Conduct Code, review the allegations, and provide an opportunity for the student to share his/her side of the incident.
  • Based on the information gathered throughout the investigation and during the Student Conduct Hearing, the University Hearing Officer will determine whether the student is responsible or not responsible for violating the university policy and will assign educational sanctions consistent with the level of offense.
  • The student who is accused of the potential policy violation will be notified of the outcome either personally, electronically, or in writing.
  • Only suspensions or expulsions can be appealed through the Student Conduct Council. All other outcomes are final unless additional evidence is brought forward to the Conduct Hearing Officer.

Appeals
As a student at Central Washington University, you have the right to appeal a course grade, assessed fine, academic suspension, disciplinary suspension, or disciplinary expulsion. No individual shall be penalized or retaliated against in any way by the university community for his or her participation in this complaint procedure.

  • A course grade:
    • Students have protection from arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory grading or evaluations. Students looking to appeal their course grade are encouraged to first attempt a resolution with the faculty member, then with either the Department Chair or Dean. If these attempts fail to provide an outcome that the student finds acceptable, the student has the right to submit a written appeal to the Board of Academic Appeals to schedule a hearing and make a final determination on the course grade.
    • Academic Appeals Process (link - https://www.cwu.edu/student-success/academic-appeal-process)
  • Academic suspension
  • Disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion
    • Suspension and expulsion sanctions imposed as a result of a University Conduct Hearing outcome may be appealed in writing to the Student Conduct Council. If a student is appealing a suspension or expulsion, the student is afford the regular rights and responsibilities of all other students pending the outcome of the Student Conduct Council findings and is allowed to register and attending classes. Appeals to the Student Conduct Council must be submitted within 5 business days of the suspension or expulsion outcome and should be delivered in writing to the Dean of Student Success Office in Bouillon 204.
  • University fine or fee
    • Every student has the right to appeal an assessment by the university of a fee, fine, charge, debt, or other financial obligation by filing a written petition with the appropriate dean or non-academic area director, stating the student’s reasons for challenging the validity of the assessed obligation. The written petition must be filed within ten days after the notice of assessment is sent to the student. The dean, director or their designee, shall review the university’s decision to assess the fee, fine, charge, debt, or other financial obligation in light of the student’s petition appealing the assessment and shall render a decision that shall be final.
    • Appeals regarding housing contracts, fees, or charges may be sent to the Director of University Housing and New Student Programs in Button Hall.