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Washington State University Conduct Board hears matters that result in suspension or expulsion of a student. Also, the Conduct Board hears cases that involve harm to a person or a person’s property and the accused disputes the facts and/or denies responsibility. Before the Conduct Board hears a case, the University completes and investigation. The University also investigates faculty accused of sexual harassment, discrimination, and other issues.

The University may not always weigh the evidence correctly or may not provide the justice that every student or faculty member is entitled to. If you find you are being investigated or you have filed the complaint yourself, you have a right to an attorney who can help guide you through the process. You may also want to file an appeal and you may need an attorney’s guidance to file a persuasive appeal.

On December 9, 2016, President Shulz announced a formation of a 15-member task force of WSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors. The group is currently conducting a review of the University’s conduct process. In response to the December 1, 2016 Washington State Court of Appeals decision, WSU has implemented emergency rules for student conduct hearings occurring prior to the adoption of task force recommendations.On December 9, 2016 there was a task force of WSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors that reviewed the University’s conduct process and suggested changes in response to a December 1, 2016 Washington State of Appeals decision. As a result of that Washington State Appeals decision, the process the accused student goes through was changed.

In cases in which a student faces expulsion or suspension from the University, there will be an administrative hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.

In the administrative hearing, lawyers can actually participate and the parties can call witnesses. Whether you are the Respondent or the Complainant, you will benefit with competent representation.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, you have other options to pursue outside the University forum.

Prinz & Brozik has been advising students and faculty throughout University investigations and University hearings for many years. It can be an intimidating process if you are the accused or if you are the victim. It is best to hire an attorney from the beginning with the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the process. Give us a call at (509) 338-0908 for a consultation.
Prinz & Brozik has been serving the University community for over five years. Give them a call at (509) 338-0908 for a consultation.