Student Rights If Misconduct is Alleged

Student Rights If Academic Misconduct is Alleged


If it is alleged that you engaged in misconduct you have the right to participate in the adjudication process by telling your side of the story, presenting evidence in support of your story, and having your story given full consideration by the investigator.
 
Academic misconduct  (UWS Chapter 14) allegations are typically investigated by the course instructor (although University Investigating Officers may fill this role if necessary). Non-academic misconduct (UWS Chapter 17) allegations are investigated by University Investigating Officers from the Dean of Students Office or from Student Life Services who are appointed for this purpose by the Chancellor.
 
The investigating officer will offer to discuss the matter with the student and will consider all information before deciding that misconduct occurred or imposing sanctions. The purpose of this meeting is to review with the student the evidence for the investigator's belief that the student engaged in misconduct and to allow the student to respond. A student cannot be forced to participate in such a meeting, but the investigating officer may make a decision based on the available evidence if the student chooses not to discuss the matter. If the investigating officer concludes that the student did violate University rules, and if the student disagrees with the description of the misconduct and/or the sanction imposed, the student always has the right to a further hearing.


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