Policy and Procedures on Student Conduct


School of Pharmacy students are expected to maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity and accountability, and to this end they are held accountable to the University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121). The University has also developed two companion policies, Student Governance and Policies Chapter 209 and Chapter 210, which explain how student conduct proceedings work and a student’s rights in the process.

The School of Pharmacy works in collaboration with the UW Community Standards and Student Conduct office to engage students in an equitable process centered on the values of honesty, integrity, and respect. Students are encouraged to reflect on their actions to understand their impact on themselves, the learning community, and the profession of pharmacy.

Reporting misconduct

As a matter of professional accountability, School of Pharmacy students are expected to report observed incidents of misconduct in a timely way to the appropriate instructor, Chair of the relevant Department, or the School of Pharmacy Conduct Officers. Students who report misconduct are expected to provide details, including student names and other specifics.

Off-campus activity

The university may hold students accountable for prohibited conduct that occurred off campus (i.e., not on University premises or in the context of a University-sponsored program or activity). – Student Governance and Policies Chapter 209, section 5.D. Jurisdiction of the University

Prohibited conduct

The University of Washington Student Conduct Code defines the following acts as prohibited conduct. Students committing these acts may be found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code and face disciplinary measures.

  • Abuse of others
  • Abuse of the student conduct process
  • Academic Misconduct (see next section)
  • Acts of dishonesty
  • Aiding, assisting, and attempting
  • Alcohol violations
  • Computer abuses
  • Creating a public nuisance in neighboring communities
  • Discriminatory harassment
  • Disruption or obstruction
  • Drug violations
  • Failure to comply
  • Harassment or bullying
  • Hazing
  • Indecent exposure
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons
  • Research misconduct
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Unauthorized keys, entry, or use
  • Unauthorized recording
  • Vandalism
  • Violation of disciplinary sanctions
  • Violation of law

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes:

  • “Cheating” which includes, but is not limited to:
    1. The use of unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, or completing assignments;
    2. The acquisition, use, or distribution of unpublished materials created by another student without the express permission of the original author(s);
    3. Using online sources, such as solution manuals, without the permission of the instructor to complete assignments, exams, tests, or quizzes; or
    4. Requesting, hiring, or otherwise encouraging someone to take a course, exam, test, or complete assignments for a student.
  • “Falsification,” which is the intentional use or submission of falsified data, records, or other information including, but not limited to, records of internship or practicum experiences or attendance at any required event(s), or scholarly research.
  • “Plagiarism,” which is the submission or presentation of someone else’s words, composition, research, or expressed ideas, whether published or unpublished, without attribution. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
    1. The use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; or
    2. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or acquired from an entity engaging in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  • Unauthorized collaboration.
  • Engaging in behavior specifically prohibited by an instructor in the course of class instruction or in a course syllabus.
  • Multiple submissions of the same work in separate courses without the express permission of the instructor(s).
  • Taking deliberate action to destroy or damage another’s academic work in order to gain an advantage for oneself or another.
  • The recording of instructional content without the express permission of the instructor(s), unless approved as a disability accommodation, and/or the dissemination or use of such unauthorized records.

Conduct Procedures

  1. Discovering evidence of misconduct
    • Instructor discusses alleged misconduct with student(s) who are involved
    • Instructor contacts the School of Pharmacy Conduct Officers
    • Instructor assigns an X grade if grades become due before Conduct Proceedings are resolved
  2. Conduct Proceedings
    • Conduct Officers hold investigative interviews with student(s) who are involved. The purpose of the investigative interview is to provide a face-to-face opportunity for the student to respond to allegations of misconduct before any disciplinary action is taken. A student waives the right to a hearing by failing to attend.
    • Conduct Officers present Initial Order (findings and conclusions) to student, who may appeal within 21 days. The student has the right to appeal any Initial Order. Students should contact the Community Standards and Student Conduct Office at cssc@uw.edu or the School’s Conduct Officers for information on this process. If the student appeals the Order, the matter is referred for Administrative Review held with Community Standards & Student Conduct (CSSC) Office. If the student doesn’t appeal, the Initial Order becomes the Final Order.

Disciplinary Records

Any Final Order resulting from a disciplinary proceeding will become a part of the student’s disciplinary record, unless the student is exonerated. All records of disciplinary hearings will be retained by both the School’s Conduct Officers and the Community Standards and Student Conduct office and managed in accordance with procedures outlined in the Student Conduct Code.