The Academic Integrity Hearing Board
Co-Chairs: Phil Mixter, PhD & Barbara Ward, PhD
Members are appointed by the President of the University.
What is the Academic Integrity Hearing Board?
The Academic Integrity Hearing Board is composed of teaching faculty and student representatives who are available to review an instructor's decision that a student violated the University's academic integrity policies and whether or not the outcome proposed by the instructor is in keeping with the instructor's published policies. When a student disagrees with an instructor's decision regarding cheating or plagiarism, they may request review of the decision by the Academic Integrity Hearing Board.
How long does a student have to request review by the Academic Integrity Hearing Board?
A student has 21-days from the date of their instructor's decision letter to request review by the academic integrity hearing board.
When are hearings held?
Hearings are scheduled based on the availability of the board, the instructor, and the student. A student will receive notice of their hearing at least 7 days prior to the hearing. The letter is sent to a student's @WSU email address and, if they choose to list one, to the physical adress they provided in their appeal.
How long does a hearing take?
Hearings usually take approximately an hour, depending on how much information there is to review.
Is there someone outside the Office of Student Conduct who can give me some advice?
The Dean of Students provides an advisor to help guide students through the conduct process. If you need access to an advisor, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at the following:
- Office of the Dean of Students
- French Administration Building, Room 122
What happens at a hearing?
Here is the general format of a hearing:
- Introduction of student, instructor, and board members
- Chair reviews procedure of the hearing
- Instructor's statement, then witnesses, one at a time, if any
- Student's statement, other information, and then witnesses, one at a time, if any
- Board members may ask questions at any time
- After all evidence has been provided, all parties are dismissed except the Board members
- Board members deliberate in private
- Notification of the decision is by mail within 10 calendar days
The Board's decision is final. There is no appeal from an Academic Integrity Board's decision.
What happens if I am found responsible by the board?
The Office of Student Conduct will send additional information to your @WSU email address assigning educational sanctions or providing information regarding the next steps in the process. If you are assigned sanctions by the Office of Student Conduct you can appeal your sanctions to the University Appeals Board.
The foregoing information is only a summary. The University's rules regarding the review of academic integrity violations are in WAC 504-26-404 Procedure for academic integrity violations.