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Student Community Ethics

Are you a student/respondent looking for information about the conduct process? Read the Student FAQ!

Parents/guardians, attorneys/advocates, complainants, and WCU faculty/staff can find more information about the conduct process by reading the General FAQ.

For additional questions, you may email our staff directly:

Alexandra Fields, Interim Director |
Keri Clark, Associate Director | 
Zachary Williams, Assistant Director |
Katie Sorel, Administrative Support Specialist |
Antonio Oakley Jr., Graduate Assistant |

DSCE Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you need to schedule a meeting with your hearing officer, please contact them via email.

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.

If you need special accommodations, please let us know by emailing or the Office of Accessibility Resources.

4-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 WCU Code of Student Conduct.  You can also view our videos that share more about our office, the Code, and the Creed.

Please also see our FAQ for Students to find answers to common questions about the conduct process. Parents, complainants, and attorneys should access our General FAQ page.

General Information Video
WCU Code and Community Creed Video

DSCE email process


The DSCE will communicate with 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), <>.

The e-mail will provide contact information and instructions on scheduling an initial meeting. This meeting is the opportunity for the student to participate in the conduct process and present their side of the alleged incident.

In the initial 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.

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

If the student is assigned sanctions, they should complete all sanctions by the deadlines established to avoid further conduct proceedings. Possible sanctions are listed in the WCU Code of Student Conduct.

Student Conduct Sanctions

Alcohol & Drug Education

All new students are required to complete five online courses prior to the start of each semester: AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault & Awareness, Run Hide Fight, DiversityEDU and submit a signed Ethics Statement. The information about these course requirements is sent to Catamount email addresses near the conclusion of all orientation sessions. 


What is BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)?

The Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program is an evidence-based program that is designed to help college students assess their alcohol-related decisions. The goal of BASICS is to help reduce risk for the student who chooses to explore BASICS with us.

BASICS is ideal for students who may struggle with the negative impacts of substance use, specifically related to alcohol decisions.

The BASICS program uses a harm-reduction approach designed to:

  • Help you explore your alcohol use in a non-judgmental setting
  • Reduce risky behavior and harmful consequences of alcohol abuse
  • Identify changes that could help you reduce your risk
  • Provide important information and skills for risk reduction

If you are interested in connecting with a trained facilitator as part of the BASICS program, please reach out to .

*This is not therapy or substance use treatment. Professionals facilitating these sessions are not substance-misuse professionals or licensed clinical therapists.

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. 

WCU Police

Adopt-A-Highway Program

In partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, DSCE participates in the North Carolina Adopt-A-Highway Program.

The adopted section of highway begins on Highway 107 between Bojangle's and Sonic traveling east 1.2 miles to Dunkin' Donuts and the Laundromat/Kel-Save area. Participation is open to students, faculty and staff.

Plan to arrive on your scheduled date sporting your purple and gold Catamount pride. We do not schedule anything in the summer months of May - August unless a request is made.

You can sign up for upcoming cleanups by clicking 'REGISTER' below! Please contact our office with any questions at 828.227.7234.


Reviewed July 26, 2022

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