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Charge to Lyons O’Dowd


The law firm Lyons O’Dowd was 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, during the fall of 2016 after community organizations and individuals raised concerns about alleged racial and ethnic bias against students in decisions made by the Student Conduct Board.


The findings of the Lyons O’Dowd report will help guide the University and the WSU 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 examined recent student conduct decisions to determine whether or not the racial or ethnic bias played a role in decisions made by the Student Conduct Board.


Lyons O’Dowd delivered its completed report at the end of February.