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Washington State University Rights when reporting an incident

Rights when reporting an incident

Once an incident has been reported to the University, the term "complainant" is used to refer to the person or group who filed the report. The complainant has the following rights throughout the community standards process:

Information within a conduct file or record

  • Incident reports are not released to third parties except when authorized by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
  • The person or group named in the incident report (respondent) is allowed to review the incident report as part of the community standards process. The name and information of the complainant (the person who filed the incident report) will be removed if a physical copy of the report is provided.

Being informed of the outcome

  • The complainant may be notified of the outcome when the crime is violent in nature.

Free from retaliation or harassment

  • The respondent will be warned that they are prohibited from retaliating against the complainant.  Any retaliation or attempts to discourage anyone from being involved in the community standards process are considered as additional violations to community standards.


A complainant may be designated as a "party" and provided additional rights when the incident involves Title IX, or at the discretion of the WSU Vice President of Student Affairs. WAC 504-26-010, Section 12.