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Jurisdiction

The Willamette University Standards of Conduct and the rights and responsibilities process apply to all University undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations.¹ The term “student” throughout the rights and responsibilities process and the Standards of Conduct shall refer to an individual student or student organization.

“Student(s)” includes persons enrolled in credit or non-credit courses or educational programs offered through Willamette University. Student status, for purposes of enforcement of the Standards of Conduct, continues whether or not the University is in session and includes persons who were enrolled during the immediately preceding semester, who are not officially enrolled for a particular semester but have a continuing relationship with Willamette University, or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission. 

“Student organization” includes any group of students that is officially recognized by Willamette University or a group of students acting as a collective. The University may take action against a student organization through the rights and responsibilities process when an alleged violation may reasonably be held to be a collective act of that organization. Student organizations may be held responsible through the rights and responsibilities process when any of the following situations, exist:

  • Members of the organization act in concert to violate Willamette University Standards of Conduct
  • A violation arises out of an event sponsored, financed or endorsed by the organization
  • An organization leader has knowledge of the act or incident before or while it occurs and fails to take corrective action
  • The incident occurs at a facility, on or off campus, which is owned, leased, rented or used by the student organization
  • A pattern of individual violations is found to have existed without proper or appropriate organization remedy or sanction
  • Members of the organization attempt to cover up or fail to report improper conduct to the appropriate Willamette University officials.

Generally, university jurisdiction shall attend to student conduct that occurs on university premises, at university-sponsored or university-supervised events (including off-campus internships and study abroad programs), or off campus settings in which the behavior has an adverse impact on the University community, its members, or the pursuit of its objectives. It shall be the sole discretion of the Director of Rights and Responsibilities to apply the rights and responsibilities process to alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct.

As designated by the Willamette University President, the Dean of Campus Life is responsible for regulation of the rights and responsibilities process. The Dean of Campus Life has designated the Director of Rights and Responsibilities to be the University conduct administrator, responsible for development and coordination of rights and responsibilities processes and the Standards of Conduct. Any question of interpretation regarding rights and responsibilities processes and the Standards of Conduct shall be referred to the Director of Rights and Responsibilities or designee for final determination. Proposed revisions to the Standards of Conduct or the student rights and responsibilities process may be submitted by any member of the University community to the Director of Rights and Responsibilities or Dean of Campus Life.


¹The College of Law, Graduate School of Management, Graduate School of Education and College of Liberal Arts subscribe to the principles of the Standards of Conduct. However, the implementation of academic standards is governed by the College of Law Student Grievance Procedure, Graduate School of Management Grievance and Complaint Procedures, The Graduate School of Education Student Policies Manual or the CLA Plagiarism and Cheating Policy, and shall be accomplished through those procedures. The determination of whether a matter falls within academic standards shall be made by the Dean of the College of Law, the Dean of the Graduate School of Management, the Dean of the Graduate School of Education or the CLA Academic Status Committee. 

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