Student Rights & Responsibilities

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It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with all academic and administrative regulations and procedures relating to his or her course of study at UW Tacoma.

Student Conduct Code

All students who are enrolled on any of the three University of Washington campuses (Tacoma, Seattle, or Bothell) are held accountable to the Student Conduct Code. The Student Conduct Code outlines both the expectations for behavior and the procedures for handling violations of the conduct code.

Academic Misconduct

Students must comply with the rules, regulations, procedures, policies, standards of conduct, and orders of the university and its schools, colleges, and departments. Admission to the University of Washington carries the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. All students assume responsibility to observe standards of conduct that will contribute to the pursuit of academic goals and to the welfare of the academic community. Students should be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.

Behavioral Misconduct

Students must respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the academic community and visitors to the campus, and refrain from any conduct that would interfere with university functions or endanger the health, welfare, or safety of other persons. Admission to the University of Washington carries the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. All students assume responsibility to observe standards of conduct that will contribute to the pursuit of academic goals and to the welfare of the academic community. Students should be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.

Off-Campus Conduct

The university shall have the authority to hold students accountable under the Student Conduct Code for certain off-campus behavior (i.e., behavior that does not occur on university premises or in the context of a university-sponsored event or activity) that directly affects an University interest, in accordance with the provisions of the section.

Computer Use and Software Copyright Policy

All faculty, staff and students are responsible for using university computer resources in an ethical and legal manner. For example, it is not appropriate to share computer accounts or use them for commercial purposes, to send unwanted email, or to distribute copyrighted software, music or images. Those who do not follow the rules could lose their UW computing privileges. For detailed information, see the UW Information Technology website.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services.

Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended; Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1972 as amended; other federal and state statutes, regulations; and university policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of the University of Washington with respect to all of these laws and regulations is under the direction of the Director for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Lorre Allen, University of Washington Equal Opportunity Office, Box 351240, 442A Gerberding Hall, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-543-1830 or eoaa@uw.edu.

Additional information concerning the equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures, including complaint procedures, is in the Operations Manual, D46.1, D46.2, D46.3 and D46.4, and the UW Handbook, Vol. IV, p. 44.

For information on reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities, call Disability Support Services, 253-692-4522 or 253-692-4413 (TTY) or dssuwt@uw.edu.

Veterans Benefits Approval Statements

Selected programs of study at UW Tacoma are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.

UW Tacoma does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities in any student recruiting or admissions activities or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

Student Education Records

As a general rule, the university will not release a student’s education records to a third party without the written consent of the student. This includes tuition account information. The complete university policy on student education records and the location of such records may be found in the Washington Administrative Code under WAC 478-140-024.

Release of Student Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student educational records. However, the following information is considered public or directory information and may be released to anyone unless the student requests otherwise:  name, telephone number, email address, place of birth, major, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, full- or part-time enrollment status, most recent previous educational institution attended, and for athletes, date of birth, weight and height.

If a student chooses not to authorize release of directory information, he or she can restrict this information using MyUW (myuw.washington.edu). Except under provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 or a lawfully-issued subpoena, no information will be released on students who have restricted release of directory information, including degrees awarded and dates of attendance.

Complete details regarding FERPA and students’ rights concerning educational records are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure

Students, staff and faculty members and other users of university services who have a concern or complaint regarding sexual harassment may contact either the director of Human Resources at UW Tacoma, the Office of the Ombud at 253-692-4476 or the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office at 206-616-2028. Personnel in these offices provide assistance in resolving concerns and complaints. Also, UW Tacoma staff may contact the director of Human Resources at UW Tacoma about sexual harassment concerns.