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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-120 WAC: Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington

WAC 478-120-020: Standards of conduct.


(1) Admission to the university carries with it the presumption that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the university community. As a condition of enrollment, all students assume responsibility to observe standards of conduct that will contribute to the pursuit of academic goals and to the welfare of the university community. That responsibility includes, but is not limited to:

  (a) Practicing high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity;

  (b) Respecting the rights, privileges, and property of others;

  (c) Refraining from any conduct that would substantially disrupt or materially interfere with university operations;

  (d) Refraining from any conduct that would cause harm to or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of other persons; and

  (e) Complying with the rules, regulations, procedures, policies, standards of conduct, and orders of the university and its schools, colleges, departments, units, and programs.

(2) The disciplinary sanctions specified in WAC 478-120-040 may be imposed on any student or student organization found to have committed, to have assisted with the commission of, or to have attempted to commit any act of misconduct that is in violation of the general standards of conduct in subsection (1) of this section, or any of the prohibited conduct specified in WAC 478-120-024.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 16-05-097, § 478-120-020, filed 2/17/16, effective 3/28/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 1, Section 2. 13-14-002, § 478-120-020, filed 6/19/13, effective 7/20/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and University of Washington Board of Regents Standing Orders, Chapter 1, Section 2. 10-23-039, § 478-120-020, filed 11/10/10, effective 12/11/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.10.900 through 28B.10.903. 07-23-068, § 478-120-020, filed 11/19/07, effective 12/20/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 07-03-069, § 478-120-020, filed 1/17/07, effective 2/17/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.10.900 through 28B.10.903. 96-10-051, § 478-120-020, filed 4/29/96, effective 5/30/96; Order 72-9, § 478-120-020, filed 11/30/72.]