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Community Standards & Student Conduct

Report academic misconduct

Each College or School has a designated person to act on behalf of the Dean of the School or College to address academic misconduct under the Student Conduct Code. All academic misconduct allegations must be reported to the Dean’s Representative. Academic misconduct violations may only be adjudicated under WAC 478-121 and Student Governance and Policies, Chapter 209 by those who have authority to initiate a conduct proceeding. This ensures a student’s due process rights, creates consistency in the process, and accountability for any additional misconduct by the student.

Reporting

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make a report of alleged academic misconduct. If reporting misconduct in the College of Arts & Sciences, please use our online reporting tool.

Information to include:

  1. Your name and the name of the course in which the alleged misconduct took place.
  2. The student(s) names and student number(s).
  3. Any other student(s) or witnesses who are able to provide additional information.
  4. Brief description of the incident such as observations of the student’s behavior, information about the about the assignment, areas in which you think academic misconduct occurred.

Additional information could include any statements gathered from others, such as a teaching assistant who observed the alleged misconduct.

Examples of documents in evidence

  • Course materials including handouts to the student explaining the assignment or examination for which they are charged with misconduct.
  • The student’s work. It is understandable that you might wish to provide copies, but if the quality of the paper, specific marks which do not reproduce well, or remains of attempts to alter a paper are essential to the case, originals may be necessary.
  • Original sources if the allegation involves plagiarism.
  • Annotated remarks including diagrams or marks to illustrate some point which may not be evident to the Conduct Officer.
  • Correct answers to example questions.