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*Formerly part of the University Handbook
Board of Regents Governance

Regent Policy

No. 31

Revocation of Degrees

In order to preserve the integrity of the academic standards and of the degrees granted by the University of Washington, the power and right to revoke degrees previously granted may be exercised by the Board of Regents upon recommendation of the appropriate faculty in those cases in which the recipient has failed to satisfy the standards for that degree existing at the time of its award. If the failure to satisfy those standards was not discovered because of fraud or deceit on the part of the recipient of the degree, the power may be exercised at any time upon discovery of the deficiency. If the failure to satisfy those requirements is due to any other cause, including the mistake or oversight of employees of the University, the power may be exercised only within two years after granting the degree and only if, considering the seriousness of the deficiency involved, it is found that to do so will not work an undue hardship upon the individual concerned other than the withdrawal of the degree.

BR, April 21, 1958; per Executive Order No. 47, Section 2: confirmed April 10, 2017; [formerly numbered Regent Policy No. 3] BR, July 11, 2019.

For related information, see:

  • Student Governance and Policies, Scholastic Regulations, Chapter 114, "Degrees, Graduation and Commencement"