Community Standards & Student Conduct

Grading and academic misconduct

Suspect academic misconduct?

Check with your Dean’s office or department for specific expectations regarding your course.  There is no policy regarding grading but it has generally been the practice to withhold a grade until the matter has been resolved.

  • It is advised that the instructor inform the student that academic misconduct is suspected and the matter has been referred to the Dean’s representative for possible disciplinary action.
  • The Student Conduct Code WAC 478-120-065 (5) states: “Within ten days of the conclusion of the hearing and any associated investigations, the student shall be provided with a written order which shall include a statement of the decision, the reasons for the decisions, and information about appealing the decision. No unfavorable action may be taken against the student until the student has been given such notice and information.(emphasis added)
  • It is recommended to place an X grade as a place holder.
  • If a student is exonerated it is expected that the instructor will reinstate the grade which the student would have received had the misconduct charge not been submitted.


Under the Student Conduct Code, grades are not a sanction.  Grading is the purview of the instructor.   The behavior may be addressed with any one of the following sanctions.  For first time violations it is most common to receive a Warning or Disciplinary Probation.  However if the student has multiple violations, a more severe disciplinary action may be imposed.   Students have a right to appeal ALL disciplinary actions.

  1. Disciplinary warning: verbal or written notification that the student has not met the University’s standards of conduct, and that a repeated offense will result in more serious disciplinary action. It is not the case that first offenses automatically receive a warning; most first offenses receive a stricter response, with warnings reserved for cases with unusual mitigating circumstances.
  2. Reprimand: a written statement censuring a student for violating University regulations, and stating that another offense will result in more serious action. This is normally considered a lenient response, even for first offenses.
  3. Restitution: requirement that the student compensate the University or other persons for damages, injuries, or losses. Failure to comply results in canceled registration and a hold on future registration.
  4. Disciplinary probation: an action that places conditions on the student’s continued attendance at the University, including the statement that further violation of University policies will likely result in dismissal. The Committee fixes the term and conditions of academic probation. First offenses often result in probation.
  5. Suspension: a written statement notifying a student that his or her enrollment has been suspended for a specific period of time for violating University policy. The statement includes the terms and length of the suspension, as well as the conditions for re-admittance.
  6. Dismissal: a written statement notifying a student that his or her attendance at the University has been terminated for violating University policy. Unlike suspension, dismissal is considered to be a permanent action. However, the institution may also provide conditions for re-admittance.