PARENTAL NOTIFICATION CWU may notify parents regarding the following conduct situations: • Documented behavior indicating a risk of harm to self or others. • Documented violations of the controlled substance policy. • Second or third violations of campus alcohol policies or state laws. • Parents may be notified of a first-time violation of campus alcohol policies or state laws if it involves a medical emergency, vandalism, any violence, or gross disrespect of residence hall staff or law enforcement officials. Off-campus violations of underage drinking or other infractions may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for sanctioning through the discretion of local court officials or law enforcement agencies. Any questions regarding parental notification, or to seek additional information regarding a parental notification letter that you may have received, can be directed to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 509-963-1817 FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords certain rights to students concerning their education records. The primary rights afforded are the right to inspect and review the education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records. Education records are those records, which are 1) directly related to a student and, 2) maintained by an institution or a party acting for the institution. FERPA gives students who reach the age of eighteen or who attend a post-secondary institution the right to inspect and review their own records. An institution is not required to disclose information from a student’s education records to the parents of dependent students but may exercise its discretion to do so. Section 952 of H.R.6, the Higher Education Amendments, allows institutions of higher education to disclose to parents violations of local, state and federal laws as well as institutional policies and rules governing use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances. Parental notification is one part of CWU’s sanctioning procedure for underage alcohol use and other university violations. The University reserves the right to contact parents regarding matters that concern students’ safety and wellbeing. RELEASE OF INFORMATION Parents, guardians or other family members wishing to contact the university regarding a student’s conduct, academic, or financial information must have a Release of Information on file with that specific student. This release states that the student gives a specific individual permission to access certain information regarding their student records. Without a release of information on file, no university official can share any information with anyone other than the specific student. Students can change their release of information at any time and as many times as they would like by going to the Dean of Student Success Office in Bouillon 204 and filling out a new form or by logging into your MyCWU portal.
FINANCIAL APPEAL PROCEDURE WAC 106-124-011 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS OF STUDENTS - APPEAL PROCEDURE. Every student has the right to appeal an assessment by the university of a fee, fine, charge, debt, or other financial obligation by filing a written petition with the appropriate dean or non-academic area director, stating the student’s reasons for challenging the validity of the assessed obligation. The written petition must be filed within 10 days after the notice of assessment is sent to the student. Housing and Residence Life Directors or their designee, shall review the university’s decision to assess the fee, fine, charge, debt, or other financial obligation in light of the student’s petition appealing the assessment and shall render a decision that shall be final. Appeals regarding housing contracts, fees, or charges may be sent to Housing and Residence Life, Central Washington University, 400 E University Way, Ellensburg WA 98926-7513 or you can email Housing@cwu.edu. STUDENT CONDUCT CODE Refer to WAC 106-125 for the complete code and any potential updates or changes. Current policy is available in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in Bouillon Hall, room 205. Please refer to the most up-to-date policies at cwu.edu/student- rights . I. AUTHORITY – JURISDICTION (2) The student conduct code shall apply to student conduct that occurs on university premises and to conduct that occurs at or in connection with university sponsored events, programs, or activities. This code may also apply to other student conduct occurring off campus (or in nonuniversity electronic environments) when the university deems such conduct to threaten safety or security or otherwise adversely impact the university community. Students shall be responsible for their conduct from the time of acceptance for admission or registration through the actual awarding of a degree or other certificate of completion. The university shall have authority to revoke a degree or other certificate of completion based on prohibited student conduct that is found to have occurred before the award of such degree or certificate. Student organizations affiliated with the university may also be sanctioned under this code for the conduct of their student members. (4) Nothing in this student code shall be construed as authorizing the university to prohibit or to discipline protected speech or other conduct that is protected by law or constitutional right. II. PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT Prohibited student conduct includes engaging in, attempting to engage in, or encouraging or assisting another person to engage in, any of the conduct set forth in this section. As applicable, the term “conduct” includes acts performed by electronic means. The term “includes” or “including” as used in this section means “without limitation.” 1. Academic dishonesty. The term “academic dishonesty” includes cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication. a. Cheating. Cheating includes any attempt to give or obtain unauthorized assistance relating to the completion of an academic assignment, including collaboration without authority. b. Plagiarism. Plagiarism includes taking and using as one’s own, without proper attribution, the ideas, writings, or work of another person in completing an academic assignment. Prohibited conduct may also
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