Student Community Ethics

The Department of Student Community Ethics administers the student conduct process for Western Carolina and works to support an honest and responsible community. The Code of Student Conduct holds students accountable for respecting our community standards as laid out in the Student Handbook, Community Creed and Western Carolina’s Code of Student Conduct. We’re here to resolve cases of alleged misconduct in a fair, responsible, and timely manner that emphasizes WCU’s core values of respect, trust, and integrity.

Many student organizations and events promote the safety and well-being of all students while also fostering an environment of acceptance and respect regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, or profession. Student Community Ethics also works to ensure compliance with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination.

The code of student conduct

5-Step Student Conduct Process

The following section explains the student conduct process step-by-step. Each step explains what the actions of the Department of Student Community Ethics and what a student should expect when going through the process.

Step 1: set up a meeting

Contact the staff member that sent the student an email and set a time to talk with them. This meeting is the only opportunity to hear the student's side of the situation.

Step 2: Information

In the meeting a staff member will discuss the incident with the student and educate them about their rights and responsibilities, as outlined in the WCU Code of Student Conduct.

Step 3: investigation

The staff member will question the student about their involvement and knowledge of the reported incident.

Step 4: resolution/hearing

The student can resolve the case in their initial meeting or choose to have a Hearing Body decide the outcome. A student has the right to appeal Hearing Body decisions as outlined in the WCU Code of Student Conduct.

Step 5: sanctions

The student should complete all sanctions by the deadlines established to avoid having a hold placed on their account.

Alcohol & Drug Education

All new students are required to complete two online courses, AlcoholEdu and Haven, before arriving on campus. AlcoholEdu works to educate students and empower them to make informed decisions pertaining to alcohol and drug use and Haven seeks to educate students about personal safety as it pertains to sexual violence.


Campus Safety

If you have an immediate problem and need help now, please call the WCU Police at 828.227.8911. Western Carolina University is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of all forms of violence or abuse. 

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