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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington

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

WAC 478-120-140: Emergency authority of the president and chancellors of the university.

If there is reasonable cause to believe that a student's conduct represents a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the university or any member of the university community, or poses an ongoing threat of substantially disrupting or materially interfering with university activities or operations, the president, the president's delegate, the vice-president for student life, the chancellors of the University of Washington Bothell and Tacoma campuses, or the chancellors' delegates, may immediately suspend that student from participation in any or all university functions or privileges.

(1) In such an emergency situation, the university official placing the student on emergency suspension shall issue a written order to be served upon the student describing the terms of the emergency suspension and the reasons for the emergency suspension. The order shall be effective immediately and emergency suspension shall, unless otherwise specified in the emergency suspension order, remain in effect until the conclusion of all disciplinary proceedings. The order shall advise the student that he or she may provide information in writing at any time as to why emergency suspension should not be continued or why it should be made less restrictive.

(2) The matter shall then be referred to the appropriate conduct officer, who shall proceed as quickly as feasible to set the informal hearing. At the informal hearing, the student shall be given an opportunity to provide information as to why emergency suspension should not be continued or why it should be less restrictive.

(3) To the extent permissible under applicable law, in any case involving an allegation of sexual misconduct, a complainant may also be provided with notice of the respondent's emergency suspension and any terms of the emergency suspension that directly relate to the complainant.

(4) If a final order is entered exonerating a respondent, any emergency suspension order shall be lifted by the university official who issued the order.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 16-05-097, § 478-120-140, filed 2/17/16, effective 3/28/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and UWBR, Standing Orders, chapter 8. WSR 14-17-097, § 478-120-140, filed 8/19/14, effective 9/19/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 1, Section 2. 13-14-002, § 478-120-140, 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, § 478-120-140, filed 11/10/10, effective 12/11/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.10.900 through 28B.1.903. 07-23-068, § 478-120-140, filed 11/19/07, effective 12/20/07; 96-10-051, § 478-120-140, filed 4/29/96, effective 5/30/96.]