Academic Misconduct Process
Effective August 18, 2017 an updated Student Conduct Code went into effect. The full Student Conduct Code is described in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 478-121. The University has developed a companion policy on academic misconduct, Student Governance Policy, Chapter 209, which explains how student academic misconduct proceedings work and a student’s rights in the process.
Under this new code, all alleged academic misconduct by College of Engineering students must be reported to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This change preserves the rights of the student and documents each suspected case. Please refer to the College of Engineering’s site on Academic Misconduct for full details.
What do you do if you suspect academic misconduct?
- If you suspect academic misconduct, you must send documentation of the case to the COE AD for Academic Affairs using the online reporting tool.
- Note that you may not simply assign a zero for suspected academic misconduct, because this action fails to preserve the right of the student.
- If you prefer not to deal directly with the student, you may simply refer the case to the COE AD for Academic Affairs, and the Dean’s office will manage the process of determining if the student is responsible for academic misconduct.
- Feel free to reach out to the Academic Services staff for help or counsel on this matter.
Grading work in a case of suspected misconduct
- Do not assign a grade for the assignment or the course. If the quarter is ending, you must assign an “X” grade until after you have been notified by the Dean’s office that the process is complete.
- If the student is found responsible for academic misconduct, you will then calculate and submit the final grade. Grading is the purview of the instructor, but please keep in mind that under the Student Conduct Code, grades are not a sanction. Common practice is for instructors to assign a zero/no credit for any assignments or exams involving academic misconduct. Assigning no credit for only the portion of the assignment or exam where the misconduct occurred is also an option. All other course assignments should be evaluated and graded according to the expectations and grading method stated in the course syllabus.
- Please make sure that your syllabus is clear on the consequences of academic misconduct in your course.
- If the Dean’s Office exonerates the student, the course instructor will reinstate the grade which the student would have received had the misconduct charge not been reported.