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Student Code Of Conduct

Student Code Of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity as responsible members of the University's academic community. This requires the demonstration of mutual respect and civility in academic and professional discourse.

By virtue of membership in the University's academic community, students accept an obligation to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Western International University® (West) students are expected to uphold the image and reputation of the University. Behavior, either on or off campus, that is determined to impair, interfere, or obstruct the opportunities of others to learn or that disrupts the mission, processes, or orderly functions of the University will be deemed misconduct and shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Misconduct, for which students are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following academic and non-academic violations:

  1. Actions, oral statements, and written statements which threaten or violate the personal safety of any member of the faculty, staff, or other students.
  2. Obstruction or disruption of teaching or other components of the academic process, administration or University activity.
  3. Harassment that has the effect of creating a hostile or offensive educational environment for any student, faculty, or staff member.
  4. Sex discrimination/harassment that has the effect of creating a hostile or offensive educational environment for any student, faculty, or staff member. This includes, but is not limited to, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature including sexual violence.
  5. Stalking, persistently pursuing another person that has the effect of imposing unwelcomed contact and/or communication.
  6. Theft of University property or of property of a member of the University community on campus.
  7. Willful, wanton, or reckless damage to University premises, property or the property of a member of the University community.
  8. Fraud, forgery, alteration, falsification or unauthorized use of documents, alteration or invention of information, including, but not limited to, any third party document used to apply for financial aid, or lying during a University investigation.
  9. Failure to comply with published University policies or reasonable directives of University officials while performing their duties.
  10. Failure to conform to University guidelines regarding use of University computer or communication systems, authorized use of University equipment, intellectual property or information systems.
  11. Sharing student credentials, including online login information, with any person other than West Student Technical Support.
  12. Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or use of alcohol and/or controlled substances on the University premises or during University activities; participation in any University activity while under the direct or residual influence of any controlled substance, alcohol, misused, or overused legal drugs.
  13. Possession, use, sale or distribution of any firearms, fireworks, explosives, illegal drug paraphernalia, dangerous weapons or any other materials/substances prohibited by law on University premises or at University sponsored events (not applicable to law enforcement officers required to carry firearms at all times).
  14. Unauthorized use of the University's name or logo that is the property of the University. Violation of local, state or federal statutes or University regulations.
  15. Hazing (any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of admission or initiation into or affiliation with a University-sanctioned organization.)

ACADEMIC VIOLATIONS

  • Plagiarism – representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own or unlawful use or acquisition of copyrighted works.
  • Copyright infringement – Acquisition or use of copyrighted works without appropriate legal license or permission. This includes illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.
  • Cheating – intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Submitting work that had been prepared for a different course.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty by intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student violate academic integrity.