Respondents' Rights When Accused of Violating the Student Condcut Code

As a respondents, you have a certain rights in the students conduct process, including:

  • The right to be accompanied to all proceedings and hearings by an advisor and/or an attorney;
  • The right to be provided notice and an opportunity to be heard prior to the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions, if found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code
  • The right to provide a statement, present relevant evidence, and provide witnesses for further consideration by the conduct officer during an investigation; 
  • The right to not be compelled to give self-incrimination evidence;
  • The right to be informed of all orders issued in the disciplinary case; 
  • The right to appeal an initial order of a conduct office and request a hearing before the appropriate conduct board; 
  • The right to attend all hearings;
  • The right to present evidence and witnesses on your behalf during the hearing; 
  • The right to request a review of an order issued by appropriate conduct board.

A Brief Overview of the Student Conduct Process

  • After a report of misconduct is made, an investigation will be initiated by the Conduct Officer. The investigation will focus on gathering all of the pertinent information necessary to determine whether or not a violation of the Student Conduct Code occured. 
  • An informal hearing will be scheduled for the respondent to review the alleged violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code and to review the complaint, if relevant. 
  • At the conclusion of the investigation, the Conduct Officer will make a decision regarding whether there was a violation of the Student Conduct Code, and if so, the Conduct Officer will also determine what sanctions are appropriate for the violation. This is called an initial order. 
  • Both the respondent and the complainant, if relevant, will receive notice of the results of the investigation and informal hearing in cases involving sexual misconduct (as defined by WAC 478-120-137). 
  • In cases involving sexual misconduct, both the respondent and the complainant have the option to appeal the decision within 21 days of notification of the initial order and request a hearing before a conduct board. 
  • The Conduct Officer will make every effort to keep the complainant, if relevant, apprised of the status of the investigation as it progresses. The complainant is always welcome to request an update on the process at any point in the conduct process. 

Glossary of Terms

Advisor: A person selected by a complainant to provide support and guidance, including an advocate

Attorney/Counsel: A person admitted to practice law in the State of Washington. An Attorney may advise, but not represent, the complainant until a formal hearing. 

Complainant: A student or another member of the university community who believes that an act of sexual misconduct has been committed against him or her in violation of the Student Conduct Code

Interim Measures: Short-term measures to ensure the safety of all individuals involved in a complaint. Interim measures can be enacted quickly, even before (or without) a complaint being filled. 

Party: A status that allows the complainant to be represented by an attorney/counsel, to call witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, and to submit documentary evidence. 

Respondent: A student who is alleged to have violated the Student Conduct Code


UW Bothell Counseling Center

  • UW1 - 080
  • 425.352.3183

UW Bothell Student Conduct

  • UW1 - 080
  • 425.352.3183

UW Title IX Coordinator

  • 206.221.7932

UW Bothell Campus Safety

  • 425.352.5359
  • 425.352.5222 (for emergency)

Bothell Police Department

  • 425.486.1254
  • 911 (for emergency)

U.S Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

  • Seattle Regional Office
  • 915 2nd Ave, Room 3310
  • Seattle, WA 98174