The student conduct process can be intimidating, but it is also an educational process. When a report of possible misconduct is received, the student conduct officer will review the report and, if appropriate, initiate disciplinary action.
Disciplinary action starts with a letter to you, the student. This letter is usually sent to your official BC email account and by certified mail to the address on your student record. The letter will describe the factual allegations, sections of the Code that you are alleged to have violated and the range of possible sanctions. A sanction is a consequence. Most importantly, the letter will notify you of a date and time for a disciplinary meeting.
At your disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer will review and discuss the allegations against you. You will have the opportunity to respond and explain what happened. The conduct officer will use this information to make a decision if you violated the Student Conduct Code. If you choose not to attend the disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer may make a decision and take disciplinary action based on the available information. For more information, refer to the Student Conduct Code (WAC 132H-126) and review how to prepare for a disciplinary meeting.
Written Decision and Disciplinary Action
Within ten days of your disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer will send you a written decision. This written decision will outline the decision (usually responsible or not responsible), the facts on which the decision was based and any disciplinary sanction imposed. The student conduct officer can also decide to refer the matter to the Student Conduct Committee.
A sanction is a consequence for a behavior that is in violation of the Student Conduct Code. Sanctions are described in WAC 132H-126-110. They include, but are not limited to, disciplinary warning, written reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, dismissal and “not in good standing” status. Sanctions can also be combined with conditions such as education projects, restitution and professional evaluation.
A student can appeal a disciplinary action by filing a written notice of appeal with the conduct review officer within twenty-one days of service of the student conduct officer’s decision. More information about the appeal process is found in WAC 132H-126 and how to file an appeal.
Last Updated January 7, 2021