Student Conduct

Overview of the conduct code & policies

All public institutions of higher education in Washington state must create student conduct codes that comply with the procedural provisions of the Washington State Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 34.05 Revised Code of Washington, which is a state law that governs state agencies.

The University of Washington code has gone through an extensive review process, including approval by the Faculty Senate and president, then a state-level review process required by the APA, and, finally, approval by the Board of Regents.

The University’s Student Conduct Code is published in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as Chapter 478-121 WAC.

The University has also developed two policies that are the University’s companion policies and are the primary reference for student conduct proceedings. These policies incorporate the provisions of WAC 478-121.

These polices are:

Chapter 209 Student Governance and Policies – Student Conduct Policy for Academic Misconduct and Behavioral Misconduct, and,

Chapter 210 Student Governance and Policies – Student Conduct Policy for Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Retaliation.

Chapter 210 also incorporates the University’s responsibilities under federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013.

If you have questions not addressed in the policies or on this website, you are encouraged to contact a conduct office listed on this website.