Student Grievances and Conduct Matters
student grievances and proceedings for misconduct at the University of
Washington may follow one or another of several paths to seek resolution,
depending on the circumstances of the case and the parties involved. The chart
below displays the available options, which are amplified in the appended text.
Graduate student disciplinary proceedings for misconduct, including plagiarism and cheating, fall under the provisions of the Student Conduct Code contained in the University Handbook, Vol. 33, Part III, Chapter 1 (1996) and Chapter 478-120-WAC. Note that these provisions relate to student status only and do not apply to situations arising in an employment context, e.g., teaching assistants. Schools and colleges typically use internal procedures as a first step in resolving these types of disputes.
Unfair Academic Treatment
Graduate students who believe they have been
subjected to unfair treatment in the administration of academic policies may
seek resolution of their grievance by following the steps outlined in
Graduate School Memorandum No. 33. Both informal and formal measures are available. This process may also be used for employment-related grievances for graduate appointees who are not in the UAW Local 4121 bargaining unit.
Graduate students contesting individual grades or academic
evaluations should refer to the
Change of Grade procedure contained in the University Handbook, Vol. IV, Part III, Chapter 11, Section 2 (1999).
Graduate students who believe they have been discriminated against on the
basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled
veteran or Vietnam-era veteran should refer to the Resolution of Complaints
Against University Employees procedures contained in the University of
Washington Administrative Policy Statement 46.3.
If discrimination is perceived by a graduate student in an ASE employment situation the
UW/UAW 4121 contract (Article 19) should be consulted.
For Academic Student Employees (ASEs) in the UAW 4121 bargaining unit.
Employee grievances for Academic Student Employees in the UAW 4121 bargaining unit are covered by Article 8 of the
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