Student Community Ethics

The Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) works with the Western Carolina University (WCU) community to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as stated in the WCU Community Creed (Creed) and WCU Code of Student Conduct (Code).  The DSCE strives to make WCU a positive living and learning environment through outreach and education to the university and surrounding community. The Creed inspires students to live with integrity, embrace responsibilities, respect others, engage themselves, and celebrate WCU. The Code informs students of their rights and responsibilities, WCU rules and regulations, and the process to determine if any violations of the Code have occurred. The DSCE is here to resolve cases of alleged misconduct in a fundamentally fair and  timely manner that upholds students’ rights and emphasizes WCU’s core values as expressed in the Creed. Additionally, the DSCE  works to ensure compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and other local, state, and federal laws.  Consistent with the Creed, the DSCE promotes the safety and well-being of all students and supports an environment of respect regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, or profession.

5-Step Student Conduct Process

The following section explains the student conduct process step-by-step. Each step explains the actions of the Department of Student Community Ethics and what a student should expect when going through the process. Further information can be found in The Code of Student Conduct.

Step 1: schedule a meeting

The DSCE will notify all students by using the Catamount e-mail system. The e-mail will be sent from Maxient, the software used by the DSCE to securely communicate with students. The sender's information will look like this in the e-mail: WCU Employee's Name (via Maxient), <notifications@maxient.com>.
 

The official form of University communication is the Catamount e-mail system (The 2018-19 Code of Student Conduct page7). Students are expected to check their WCU e-mail on a regular basis (spam and junk folders included), which includes during anybreaks from campus. The e-mail from Maxient will give instructions about who to contact and schedule an initial meeting. This meeting is the opportunity for the student to participate in the process and present their side of the situation.

Step 2: Information

In the meeting a staff member (Hearing Officer) will discuss the incident report 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 further conduct proceedings. A list of recommended sanctions can be found here: Student Conduct Sanctions.

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.

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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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Adopt-A-Highway Program

The DSCE in partnership with the Center for Service Learning participate in the North Carolina Adopt-A-Highway Program. The adopted section of highway begins on Highway 107 between Ryan's Steakhouse and Sonic traveling east 1.2 miles to Dunkin' Donuts and the Laundromat. Participation is open to students, faculty and staff. Click here to register. Plan to arrive on your scheduled date sporting your purple and gold Catamount pride. 

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