Student Discipline Process

Student Discipline Process

Student Discipline Process

All WVU Parkersburg students must adhere to the Code of Student Conduct. If there is a written report or written complaint filed with the Office for Academic and Student Affairs, the list below is a rough outline of the process for handling the concern. Please note that each violation of the code is handled differently based upon each infraction, so the information listed is for general knowledge, not a set guide.

Complaint received in writing to the Office for Academic and Student Affairs.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs interviews student(s), faculty, or staff involved.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs attempts to informally resolve the complaint in an administrative resolution.

Possible sanctions, if found in violation of the code of conduct in this informal setting, can include community service on campus, a written apology, written report with reasons for community standards and restitution.

If unable to resolve this infraction at the administrative level, or if an appeal is filed, a Student Disciplinary Hearing Board will be called. All parties involved (the accused, accuser, and campus facilitator) review the names from the list of appointees to the Disciplinary Hearing Board to strike the names of those members who are not desired to participate by the parties. Also, the student may draft a written response to the accusation/complaint and assistance of an on-campus advisor is permitted. The use of legal counsel is permitted with at least 72 hours advance notice to the Office for Academic and Student Affairs. The list below is a rough outline of the Disciplinary Hearing Board Process; this information is for general knowledge.

A formal letter from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is sent to the respondent with a copy of the complaint, the Code of Student Conduct and the Disciplinary Hearing Process.

A formal letter from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is sent to the complainant with a copy of the letter to the respondent, the Code of Student Conduct and the Disciplinary Hearing Process and a copy of respondent’s response to accusations.

A Disciplinary Hearing is called: all parties are guaranteed a right to participate.

An outcome can range from a written apology to suspension or expulsion

Information students should know about sexual harassment

Sexual harassment can be, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition to receive a job, grade, or admission to program; or, conduct which may unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work or educational performance, may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment. Please contact Debbie Richards, the Special Assistant to the President for Policy and Social Justice at Debbie.Richards@wvup.edu or 304.424.8201 if you believe you are experiencing or have witnessed actions of sexual harassment. 

Examples of Potential Behaviors

Sexual innuendos or comments

Frequent jokes about sex or gender

Neck/shoulder massage

Stalking a person

Spreading rumors about sexual preferences

Attempted or actual sexual assault

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