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Charge to Lyons O’Dowd


The law firm Lyons O’Dowd is tasked with examining whether there is racial or ethnic bias in the University’s student conduct process.


The University hired the firm, experts in education law, earlier this fall after community organizations and individuals raised concerns about alleged racial and ethnic bias against students in recent decisions made by the Student Conduct Boards.


The findings of the Lyons O’Dowd report will help guide the University and the new Student Conduct Process Task Force in revising current conduct rules to ensure that they provide a fair and equitable process for students while protecting the safety and rights of the entire WSU community.

Review process

Led by firm principal Marc Lyons, Lyons O’Dowd will examine recent student conduct decisions and determine whether or not the racial or ethnic bias played a role in decisions made by the Student Conduct Boards.


Lyons O’Dowd is expected to complete its report in early to mid-January.