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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-124 WAC: General Conduct Code for the University of Washington

WAC 478-124-020: Conduct on campus code — Prohibited conduct.


(1) In order to safeguard the right of every citizen to criticize and to seek meaningful change, each individual has an obligation to respect the rights of all members of the university community.

(2) In order to assure those rights to all members of the university community and to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in which the university may continue to make its special contribution to society, the following types of conduct are hereby prohibited on or in property either owned, controlled or operated by the university which is used or set aside for university purposes, hereinafter referred to as the university campus:

  (a) Conduct which intentionally and substantially obstructs or disrupts teaching or freedom of movement or other lawful activities on the university campus;

  (b) Physical abuse of any person or conduct which is intended unlawfully to threaten imminent bodily harm or to endanger the health or safety of any person on the university campus;

  (c) Malicious damage to or malicious misuse of university property, or the property of any person where such property is located on the university campus;

  (d) Refusal to comply with any lawful order to leave the university campus or any portion thereof;

  (e) Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons or instrumentalities on the university campus, except for authorized university purposes, unless prior written approval has been obtained from the university chief of police, or any other person designated by the president of the university;

  (f) The possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (as defined in chapter 69.50 RCW or Title 21 U.S.C. Sec. 802), or of alcohol, on the university campus or during university-sponsored activities, where such possession, use, distribution, or manufacture is illegal under federal, state, or local law;

  (g) Intentionally inciting others to engage immediately in any of the conduct prohibited herein, which incitement leads directly to such conduct. (Inciting is that advocacy which prepares the group addressed for imminent action and steels it to the conduct prohibited herein.)

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 1, Section 2. 13-14-002, § 478-124-020, filed 6/19/13, effective 7/20/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 07-03-069, § 478-124-020, filed 1/17/07, effective 2/17/07; 91-10-030, § 478-124-020, filed 4/24/91, effective 5/25/91; Order 72-7, § 478-124-020, filed 11/30/72.]