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Violation of law and university discipline.

(1) University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the standards of conduct for students (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to pending civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under these standards may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the vice president for student affairs or designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under these standards are not subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of university rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of the criminal law defendant. A student charged with criminal offenses may choose to remain silent during conduct proceedings, recognizing that he or she gives up the opportunity to explain his or her version of events and that the decision is made based on the information presented at the hearing.
(2) When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the university does not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the standards of conduct for students, the university may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the standards and of how such matters are typically handled within the university community. The university attempts to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the university community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. WSR 06-23-159, ยง 504-26-305, filed 11/22/06, effective 12/23/06.]
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