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Student Rights & Responsibilities

What to Expect in the University Process

Typical Student Rights & Responsibilities Process:

  • The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities receives reports from various entities including University Police Department, Ellensburg Police Department, Housing & Residence Life staff, faculty, or other students.
     
  • All reports received are reviewed and followed up on by professional staff in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
     
  • If a report suggests that a student may have been responsible for violating the CWU Student Conduct Code or any other university policy, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will schedule a University Conduct Hearing for that student with an appropriate University Conduct Hearing Officer.
     
  • If a report suggests that a student may be in distress or in need of additional support or resources, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will work to connect the student with Case Management or other appropriate campus resources to assess the student’s needs and help provide the necessary assistance for the student.
     
  • The student will receive a notice letter and email with the date, time, and location of your hearing as well as information detailing the alleged date and policies that they may have been responsible for violating.
     
  • At the University Conduct Hearing, the student is given the opportunity to explain their perspective on the incident and share any additional information they may have. 
     
  • The University Hearing Officer will decide the outcome of the hearing based on the conversation, the initial report, and any other available information.

University Conduct Hearing


Anytime the university receives a report that alleges that a student may have been responsible for violating a university policy, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will schedule a University Conduct Hearing to review the information, meet with the student(s) involved, and determine whether there was a violation of university policies or not. The University Conduct Hearing outcomes are based on a preponderance of evidence and must be determined based on what was most likely to have occurred after reviewing all the information.

The purpose of the conduct hearing is to hold students accountable for their actions and to create an interaction that assists in fostering a relationship to help increase student success. The role of the University Hearing Officer is not to judge the student or the student’s actions, but to help the student understand the consequences and the impact the student’s actions have on him/herself and the surrounding community.

If a student is found responsible, an appropriate educational sanction(s) may be assigned to foster student growth and development in an effort to avoid repeat violations.

If you are in need of any accommodations to participate in a conduct hearing , please notify the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at 509-963-1515 and Disability Services at 509-963-2214 within 3 days upon reciving your initial letter.  Central Washington University makes every effort to honor accommodation requests. The meeting may be rescheduled to meet the needs of any approved accommodations.

University Conduct Holds


If a student fails to show to an assigned University Conduct Hearing or fails to complete a conduct sanction by the assigned deadline as an outcome of the University Conduct Hearing, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will place a university hold on the specific student’s account. This hold prevents the student from adding or registering for classes. University Conduct Holds will only be removed upon verification of completion of the required action to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities. 

What to do when you have a hold:

Questions about University Conduct Holds can be directed to 509-963-1515.

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