Mission/Goals of Student Conduct Processes and Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct governs student conduct and helps fulfill the institution’s educational mission. The campus student conduct process outlined within this code proscribes certain conduct and identifies sanctions intended to safeguard the University’s interests and the campus community. The goal of the Code is:
- To promote a campus environment that supports the overall educational mission of the University
- To protect the campus community from disruption and harm
- To encourage appropriate standards of individual and group behavior
- To foster ethical standards and civic virtues
The goal of the student conduct processes is to offer educational measures to strengthen personal responsibility and accountability of our student population. Any student named in a report of a possible violation of policy is presumed to not be in violation unless the student accepts responsibility for the violation and/or the student conduct process concludes in this determination.
Student Conduct Staff
The student conduct process, located within the Office of Housing & Residence Life, is a resource for all students, faculty, staff and parents to find information regarding student conduct processes, policies, and resources. Student Conduct staff include the Executive Director of Student Services/Director of Housing & Residence Life, Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct and members of the Student Conduct Hearing Board. Student Conduct Hearing Board members are selected from a pool of trained faculty, staff and students, to serve for specific Student Conduct Hearings as needed. Members are trained annually on matters related to student conduct and the WLU student conduct processes.
Jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct
The WLU Student Code of Conduct is found in the Student Handbook, and is applicable for all students, including undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time students. The Student Code also applies to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community, the University’s image, and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student is responsible for conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of their degree, even though the conduct may occur before classes begin, after classes end, during the academic term, or during periods between terms of actual enrollment. This policy also includes conduct discovered after a degree is awarded. All conduct that occurs off campus that violates any portion of the Student Code will be subject to the on-campus conduct process. (Student Code of Conduct Article III.A – Jurisdiction of the University Student Code)
Questions regarding the student conduct process or policy may be directed to Marcella Snyder, Executive Director of Student Services/Director of Housing & Residence Life, (304)336-8345 or via email at [email protected].