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Current and proposed timeline for review of student conduct process and changes to the rules*

2016

November

  • The University hires the law firm Lyons O’Dowd to review WSU’s student conduct process for instances of alleged racial and ethnic bias in decisions made by the conduct board
  • The WSU community and public are invited to submit comments online about the current student conduct process

December

  • The University creates a 15-member Student Conduct Process Task Force to carry out a comprehensive review of the current student conduct process
  • The task force begins its information gathering

2017

January

  • President Schulz approves temporary emergency rules (the Standards of Conduct for Students) governing student conduct matters following a Dec. 1 state Court of Appeals ruling in another case stipulating that WSU and other public institutions of higher education in the state must use a full adjudication process in cases in which a student faces possible expulsion or is accused of sexual assault
  • The emergency rules are filed with the Code Reviser’s Office and will become permanent rules. (The rules will undergo further modifications based upon the review being conducted by the Student Conduct Process Task Force.)
  • University administration reviews emergency rules with the Board of Regents and provides an update on the Student Conduct Process Task Force
  • The Student Conduct Process Task Force continues its information gathering and review process

February

  • The Student Conduct Process Task Force continues its information gathering and review process
  • Lyons O’Dowd compiles a draft of the findings from its investigation

March

  • The University releases the Lyons O’Dowd report
  • University administration will update the Board of Regents about the work of the Student Conduct Task Force at the board’s March meeting
  • The Student Conduct Process Task Force will continue its information gathering and review process

Mid-Spring

  • The Student Conduct Process Task Force plans to release its report, including recommendations for changes to the conduct process

April

  • The public will be invited to comment on the recommendations of the WSU Student Conduct Task Force

May

  • At the Board of Regents meeting May 4-5 in Spokane, University administration will recommend making the emergency rules permanent (until the task force recommendations on changes to the process and rules are implemented)
  • The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed rules during the public comment portion of the May 5 Board of Regents meeting

June

  • The Board of Regents will vote on making permanent the emergency conduct rules enacted in January

July-August

  • WSU will begin the rule-making process to implement the recommendations to the student conduct process and rules recommended by the Student Conduct Process Task Force

Fall

  • University administration will submit recommendations to the Board of Regents to implement the Student Conduct Process Task Force recommendations regarding the conduct process and rules
  • A hearing and comment period will be held to allow the public the opportunity to provide input about the proposed rules and process
  • The Board of Regents will vote on changes to the conduct rules

2018

Spring

  • The work of the Student Conduct Board Process Task Force and final changes to the conduct rules will be fully implemented and in place spring semester, 2018

 

* Timeline subject to change

Communications from President Schulz

  • Ensuring a fair student conduct process

    Our commitment to undertaking a comprehensive review of the University’s student conduct process took another important step forward today when we announced formation of a 15-member task force that will examine the entire conduct process.

    I want to thank Professor Craig Hemmens for agreeing to chair this far-reaching effort and express my thanks in advance to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors representing WSU campuses statewide who comprise the task force.

    Our goal going forward is simple: We will revise our student conduct process as needed to reflect best practices nationally.

    The task force’s work is expected to take three to four months to … » More …

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  • Review of recent student conduct cases underway

    (President Schulz sent this message via email to WSU faculty, staff, and students November 18.)

    In light of Wednesday’s ruling by Whitman County Superior Court that granted a temporary stay of the University’s suspension of student Robert Barber, we already have launched a detailed review of other recent student conduct cases.

    More specifically, we are examining cases in which the conduct board did not retain a record of the questions students charged with violating the Standards of Conduct for Students asked during a hearing. This was the sole basis of the Superior Court’s decision on Wednesday.

    As a second step in rebuilding the Cougar family’s … » More …

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  • Creating a best-in-class student conduct process

    (President Schulz sent this message via email to faculty, staff, and students November 10.)

    Dear University Community,

    As many of you know, we launched an independent review of our student conduct process on October 28 after community organizations and individuals raised concerns about alleged racial and ethnic bias against students in recent decisions made by the Student Conduct Boards.

    As our review process moves forward, I invite you to share your comments and suggestions regarding our current conduct procedures. What works? What doesn’t work? If you could make one change to the existing processes, what would it be?

    Please visit this web page to … » More …

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  • Maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all a top priority

    (President Schulz read the statement below at the beginning of the public comment period at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 4, 2016.)

    Good Morning. Thank you for coming out today to share your views with the Washington State University Regents and the rest of our leadership team.

    One of the great strengths of our University is that we have passionate alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff—they all care deeply about Washington State University. I’ve appreciated and valued that Cougar passion from day one—it drives us to greatness and it drives us to do the right thing.

    An inclusive environment and ensuring the safety … » More …

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WSU News

  • Review finds no evidence of racial bias in conduct cases

    PULLMAN, Wash. – An independent review of Washington State University’s student conduct process has found no evidence of ethnic or racial discrimination or bias on the part of those involved in hearing conduct cases.

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  • WSU to begin review of student conduct process

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University President Kirk Schulz today announced the appointment of a 15-member task force that will undertake a comprehensive review of the university’s student conduct process

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  • President: WSU to revisit recent student conduct cases

    PULLMAN, Wash. – In light of Wednesday’s ruling by Whitman County Superior Court that granted a temporary stay of the university’s suspension of student Robert Barber, Washington State University has launched a detailed review of other recent student conduct cases.

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  • University seeks input about student conduct process

    PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters – is invited to provide input as the external review of the university’s student conduct process moves forward.

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  • WSU reaffirms support for student conduct process

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s vice president of student affairs on Friday reaffirmed the university’s support of the university’s student conduct process in the wake of questions raised by the Seattle Times and allegations made by APIC and other organizations.

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