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Student Conduct Policy

I. Intent

The intent of this policy is to ensure the maintenance of academic, professional, and ethical standards as well as the physical and emotional health and safety of HPHP students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

II. Audience

  1. This policy applies to all students enrolled in any major, minor, or course offered by the HPHP department whether face to face, online, hybrid, distance learning, or Ednet.
  2. It applies to all modes of interaction including face to face, email, discussion posts, and chat rooms. Such interactions may take place on or off campus tied to official course business.
  3. Each student is responsible for adhering to this policy and the policies that it makes reference to.

III. Cross-Reference

  • Students should read the official WSU Student Code. This code provides details on student responsibilities, academic honesty, due process, and appeals among many other things.
  • Each academic program in the HPHP department may have its own admission and retention standards. In such cases, this policy should be used in conjunction with the program policy; both policies equally apply.
  • Weber State University (WSU) has an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity office that handles discrimination and harassment.

IV. How Students Should Behave

They should:

  1. Adhere to the WSU Student Code.
  2. Treat others equitably and demonstrate respect for the dignity, individuality, culture, and values of each person.
  3. Exemplify honesty and integrity and behave morally and ethically.
  4. Respect the personal, academic, and professional rights of others.
  5. Do their own course work unless specifically instructed to collaborate.
  6. Demonstrate commitment and dedication to learning (such as by coming to class prepared and with required course materials) and openness to new ideas.
  7. Safeguard others from conditions detrimental to learning, emotional or physical health, or safety.
  8. Work cooperatively with other students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  9. Share their opinions in a manner that is respectful toward others even when disagreements occur.

V. How Students Should Not Behave

They should refrain from:

  1. Disrupting class or the HPHP department and facilities environment.
  2. Academic dishonesty (such as cheating, plagiarism, and violating copyright laws).
  3. Unprofessional or unethical conduct.
  4. Harassing or discriminating against others for any reason.
  5. Insubordination (defiance of authority).
  6. Using, distributing, or possessing illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  7. Engaging in criminal and unstable behavior (inconsistent with good societal citizenship).
  8. Other incidences which may not be listed above.

VI. Grievances

The HPHP department recognizes the rights of students, faculty, staff, and administrators to express grievances and attempt to seek solutions and answers to problems, complaints, or injustices arising from the day-to-day working relationships and differences which may occur between students, faculty, staff, and/or administration.

a. Whenever a misunderstanding or problem exists, first the parties (student and individual in grievance) are urged to discuss the situation immediately in a calm and constructive manner and according to the Student Code (see section IIIa).

b. If the matter is not settled by following the first item in section VIa, then the grievance may be heard and settled by the HPHP department grievance hearing committee. This committee shall consist of a representative from each program area, usually program directors, and the department chair as an ex-officio member who will determine the committee chair. The committee will follow the Student Code (see section IIIa).

VII. Policy Violation Outcomes

  1. Failure to comply with this policy can result in a warning (notification of wrong doing), probation (trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself), suspension (temporary removal from one or more courses with possibility for future reinstatement), dismissal (permanent termination), or expulsion (removal from the institution).
  2. The offending student may be dismissed from their courses without refund, dismissed from their program of study (Major, Minor, or Emphasis), lose their right to use the HPHP department facilities (Swenson Building and Stromberg Complex) and possibly other campus facilities.
  3. Depending on the incidence and the outcome of section VI, an incidence report may be filed with the HPHP department chair and/or the WSU Dean of Students and/or the police and/or other parties including but not limited to financial aid, scholarship, athletics, and records.