Integrity applies to all of the principles, values and behaviors that contribute to good character, including honesty, fairness, respect, courage and responsibility. All members of the Western community have the right to be treated fairly, and to have support and representation if accused of violating university policies related to integrity. They also have the responsibility to exhibit honest behavior, and to encourage others to do the same. If a student is suspected of dishonest behavior, the instructor must address the issue with the student by use of the official university procedures. Not only does this ensure continuity in dealing with such issues, but provides students formal opportunity for representation and appeal. Note that these incidents do not appear in a student’s academic record. See Western Coalition for Integrity for procedures and details.
- Academic Honesty
All Western Washington University students have an obligation to fulfill their responsibilities as members of an academic community. Academic integrity is demanded; moreover, academic dishonesty at Western is a serious infraction dealt with severely. No student shall claim as his or her own the achievements, work, or arguments of others, nor shall he or she be a party to such claims. It is the instructor’s responsibility to confront a student and to take appropriate action if such academic dishonesty has occurred. See Appendix D: Academic Honesty Policy & Procedure of the catalog for examples, procedures, and methods of appeal and Ensuring Academic Honesty for appeal rules and timeline.
Plagiarism is presenting as one’s own–in whole or in part–the argument, language, creations, conclusions, or scientific data of another without explicit acknowledgement. See the Library’s Plagiarism Policies & Guidelines for examples and citation guides. See Appendix D: Academic Honesty Policy & Procedure of the catalog for examples, procedures, and methods of appeal and Ensuring Academic Honesty for appeal rules and timeline.
Disability Resources for Students
Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities should be established within the first week of class and arranged through the Disability Access Center: telephone 360-650-3083; email email@example.com; and on the web at the Disability Access Center. Review their Documentation Guidelines for the procedure for providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. See also the Accessibility Map.
Western provides reasonable accommodation for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Students seeking such accommodation must provide written notice to their faculty within the first two weeks of the course, citing the specific dates for which they will be absent. “Reasonable accommodation” means that faculty will coordinate with the student on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for completion of the course or program and includes rescheduling examinations or activities or offering different times for examinations or activities. Additional information about this accommodation can be found in SB 5166: Providing religious accommodations for postsecondary students.
Ethical Conduct with WWU Network and Computing Resources
Once a student receives a unique identification number or other means of identification for use of computing or network resources, the student is solely responsible for all actions taken while using that identification. For details, including use of email, networks, and labs, review Ethical Conduct with WWU Network and Computing Resources.
- Your Civil Rights and How to Protect Them
Instructors at Western are committed to an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The laws, as well as Western’s equal opportunity and sexual misconduct policies, protect everyone against discrimination based on: Race, Color, Creed, Religion, National Origin, Sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), Age, Disability, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran Status, and Gender Identity and Expression. For more information, contact the Equal Opportunity Office (360-650-3307). If you feel the classroom climate does not reflect this commitment, you are encouraged to discuss this with your instructor. Instructors can also provide you with information about reporting options and confidential support resources. Like other Western employees (except counselors and medical staff), instructors are required to report instances of discrimination or sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. For confidential support, contact CASAS and the Counseling Center.
- Gender Neutral Restrooms
A map showing the locations of gender neutral restrooms is available from the Campus Maps website. (See Campus Maps.)
Finals (See Catalog for full details.)
- Finals Preparation Week (a.k.a. “Dead Week”): In preparation for Finals Week, with some exceptions, exams are not to be administered and new graded assignments shall not be introduced beyond the 5th week of the term that would be due this week.
- Finals Week: Final examinations, given in most courses at Western during the last week of the quarter, are administered according to a Finals Schedule (exceptions for lab courses). This generally differs from the usual class meeting times. The scheduled days and hours for these examinations may not be changed. For details about what happens when a student does not take a final, see the Catalog. If students find they are scheduled to take three or more examinations in one day, any of their instructors may arrange an examination later during finals week.
Medical Excuse Policy
It is the policy of the Western Washington University Student Health Center to not provide medical excuses for short-term absences that result in missed classes, exams or assignments due to illness or injury. In certain circumstances where the illness or injury is prolonged (an absence of more than five days) and requires medical attention or hospitalization, we will work with students in providing appropriate documentation. Review the Medical Excuse Policy for details. In these situations, contact your professor or teaching assistant as soon as possible.
Student Conduct Code
It is important that, as a Western student, you understand the university’s student conduct process. Review the full listing in Reporting a Concern & Making a Complaint. This can appear at first glance to be a daunting list. No one expects you to visit each and every site and/or download, but do be aware of this site’s existence for reference.
Note that instructors and faculty set their own policies for attendance, participation, grading, etc., as well as for changing information on their syllabus as needed.