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Washington State University Violations and Possible Sanctions

Violations and Possible Sanctions

We take a developmental approach to community standards and upholding our WSU values. In the event that a student has violated our community standards, educational sanctions will be assigned. The goal of assigning sanctions is to help students understand the impact their actions have on themselves and our community, prevent future violations, and repair any harm caused to our community. Sanctions are not meant to punish, but to provide growth and development so better choices can be made in the future.

The following guidelines are not absolute, but provide an outline for potential sanctions based on the specific violation. This allows for greater consistency across our community standards. Sanctions are assigned to be effective and appropriate based on the circumstances of the individual student and incident, including aggravating or mitigating factors, and the student’s previous record within community standards.

  • Alcohol and Drugs

    Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, narcotics or other controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia (except as expressly permitted by university regulations, and federal, state, and local laws), or public intoxication. WAC 504-26-212WAC 504-26-211

    Potential Sanctions for Alcohol and Drug Violations 

    The most commonly assigned sanctions are indicated in bold.

    First Violation

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Alcohol and Drug Assessment
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • IMPACT Education Class (Course fee of $100)

    Second Violation

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Alcohol and Drug Assessment
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • IMPACT One-on-One Educational Meeting (Course fee of $100)

    Third Violation and Beyond

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Alcohol and/or Drug Assessment
    • Alcohol & Drug Information School
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • IMPACT One-on-One Educational Meeting (Course fee of $100)
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

    Driving Under the Influence

    WAC 504-26-210, RCW 46.61.502 The most commonly assigned sanctions are indicated in bold

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s)
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Alcohol and Drug Assessment
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • IMPACT Education Class (Course fee of $100 and depending on the number of above violations)
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

    Violation of WSU Alcohol & Drug Policy only

    WSU Alcohol and Drug Policies outline behaviors required for underage students, for students of legal drinking age, restrictions within living groups (residence halls, greek chapters and shared spaces) and on campus, and the responsibilities of students and guests when alcohol or drugs are present. WAC 504-26-209 

    The most commonly assigned sanctions are indicated in bold

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s)
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Alcohol and Drug Assessment
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • IMPACT Education Class (Course fee of $100) (depending on # of violation, above)

     

    Descriptions of individuals sanctions can be found here.

  • Harm (or potential harm) to Others

    Fighting, Assault, Threats, Intimidation or Abuse to Others. 

    Abuse of others or disruption or interference with the university community. WAC 504-26-204​ 

    Potential Sanctions

    • Educational project or paper
    • No Contact
    • Mentoring Meetings
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

    Reckless Endangerment

    Reckless endangerment includes behavior which creates an unreasonable risk of harm to another person or property. Possible sanctions specific to a DUI can be found in the Alcohol and Drug section above. WAC 504-26-224​

    Potential Sanctions

    • Community Engagement Project(s)
    • Educational project or paper
    • Probation, with probation statement

    Harassment (other than Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment)

    Harassment is behavior that is severe, persistent, or pervasive, and would cause a reasonable person (in the victim's position) substantial emotional distress and impair their ability to work, study, or participate in their regular life activities or participate in the activities of the university. WAC 504-26-222​

    Potential Sanctions

    • No Contact
    • Letter of Apology
    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

     

    Descriptions of individuals sanctions can be found here.

  • Sex & Gender Based Violence or Harrassment

    If you are found responsible for violating the standards related to sex or gender-based violence or harassment, you may be dismissed from the University. Please contact our office directly to discuss potential outcomes.

    Sexual Harassment or Discriminatory Harassment 

    Discriminatory harassment includes harassment on the basis of race; sex/gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental, or sensory disability (including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal); marital status; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military. WAC 504-26-220​

    Sexual Misconduct 

    Sexual misconduct is a form of sexual harassment and includes sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. A number of acts may be regarded as sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, non-consensual sexual contact (including sexual intercourse) and sexual exploitation. WAC 504-26-221

  • Academic Integrity (cheating, plagiarism, fraud, etc.)

    The Center for Community Standards, in conjunction with the academic department and faculty member(s), oversees the academic integrity process. A violation of academic integrity includes (but is not limited to) cheating, use of unauthorized materials or sources, unauthorized collaboration on projects, plagiarism, and multiple submissions of the same work. More detailed descriptions of cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication can be found in the following codes: Acts of Dishonesty WAC 504-26-202 and Cheating WAC 504-26-010

    Potential sanctions to Academic Integrity Violations

    The most commonly assigned sanctions are indicated in bold

    First Cheating Violation 

    • Warning, with warning statement that future violations could result in dismissal
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • Educational project or paper
    • Academic Integrity Seminar (Course Fee of $100)

    First Plagiarism Violation

    • Warning, with warning statement that future violations could result in dismissal
    • Educational project or paper
    • Academic Integrity Seminar (Course Fee of $100)
    • Plagiarism tutorial

    Second Violation and beyond 

    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

     

    Descriptions of individuals sanctions can be found here.

  • Other Violations (theft, trespassing, hazing, etc)

    Disorderly Conduct

    Disorderly conduct includes behavior that is lewd or indecent, disturbing the peace, or assisting or encouraging another person to disturb the peace. WAC 504-26-216

    Potential sanctions

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Mentor Meetings
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • Community engagement projects
    • Educational courses

    Providing a fake ID or false information

    Providing a fake ID or false information is considered an act of dishonesty. Acts of dishonesty include fabricating or counterfeiting information, records of experiences, knowingly providing false information to any person, including university officials, faculty members or administrators and forgery, alteration or misuse of any university document, record or identification. WAC 504-26-202

    Potential sanctions

    Providing or Possession of a Fake ID

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s)
    • IMPACT Education Class (Course fee of $100)

    Providing False Information

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s)
    • Mentor Meetings

    Failure to complete sanctions

    Failure to complete assigned sanctions is considered abuse of the community standards system. WAC 504-26-219  

    Potential sanctions

    Failure to complete any disciplinary sanction(s) on time

    • Warning
    • Enrollment hold, which may not be released until all sanctions are complete
    • Probation, with probation statement

    Probation Violation

    • Educational project or paper
    • Extension of Probation, with probation statement
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

    Failure to Comply

    Failure to comply with lawful directions of university officials and/or law enforcement officers (acting within their duties) and/or failure to identify oneself when requested to do so. WAC 504-26-207

    Potential sanctions

    • Apology Letter
    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s) 

    Firearms & Dangerous Weapons

    No student may carry, possess, or use any firearm, explosive (including fireworks), dangerous chemical, or any dangerous weapon on university property or in university-approved housing. Airsoft guns and other items that shoot projectiles are not permitted in university-approved housing. WAC 504-26-202

    Potential sanctions

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s) 
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • Suspension or Expulsion (if referred to the Conduct Board)

    Hazing

    No student or student organization at Washington State University may plan to engage or participate in hazing of another. Hazing includes any activity expected of someone joining a group (or maintaining full status in a group) that causes or is likely to cause a risk of mental, emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. WAC 504-26-206

    Potential sanctions

    • Loss of recognition (groups)
    • Loss of state-funded grants, scholarships or awards for a period of time (individual students)
    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Probation, with probation statement

    Theft or Damage to Property

    Theft of and/or the intentional or reckless damage to the property of another. WAC 504-26-205

    Potential sanctions

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s) 
    • Probation, with probation statement
    • Restitution (compensation or restoration for damage/loss)

    Trespassing

    Knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in or on university premises. WAC 504-26-225

    Potential sanctions

    • Educational Paper or Project
    • Community Engagement Project(s) 
    • Probation, with probation statement

     

    Descriptions of individuals sanctions can be found here.