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Overview of Student Discipline and Student Rights in West Virginia

Going off to college is a big time in your life, and you're probably looking forward to it. But academic issues and misconduct allegations can stand in the way of your education and ultimately prevent you from having the collegiate and professional career you imagined.

At the Lento Law Firm, we want you to have the resources to succeed and defend your right to get your education. We've compiled this helpful page for college students in West Virginia who may be facing academic progression or misconduct issues. We'll cover laws and regulations you should know as a college student, typical misconduct violations and procedures, and what you can do to keep your education safe from harm.

The Biggest Public and Private Academic Institutions in West Virginia

Private colleges and universities

University of Charleston

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Wheeling Jesuit University

Alderson Broaddus College

Davis & Elkins College

Bethany College

Ohio Valley University

Appalachian Bible College

Public colleges and universities

West Virginia University

Marshall University

West Virginia State University

Shepherd University

Concord University

West Liberty University

Fairmont State University

Glenville State College

Higher Education Laws in West Virginia

Four-year colleges and universities work with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) to help ensure institutions carry out state procedures. Laws pertaining to higher education in West Virginia cover things like accreditation, tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarships, equal opportunity and affirmative action, campus safety, awarding and transferring college credit, health services, human resources, and student affairs. The WVHEPC also authorizes private and out-of-state accredited institutions to operate in West Virginia.

The WVHEPC is your first resource when it comes to higher education laws in West Virginia, but there are other agencies and regulatory bodies to note as well. The West Virginia Legislature, for example, is responsible for drafting and passing the higher education laws that the WVHEPC helps to implement.

Also, West Virginia is in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdiction, and on some occasions, this court hands down decisions related to higher education. An example would be a ruling on how federal Title IX policies should be implemented at West Virginia colleges and universities.

As a student, you should always read your university's code of conduct and relevant policies. Understanding statewide policies, however, can help you better understand your school's specific policies as well as your rights as a student.

Common Student Issues at West Virginia Colleges and Universities

Each school has its own rules concerning academic standing and misconduct, and what counts as a violation at one university may not at another. On the whole, however, most schools in West Virginia have similar procedures that govern students' status and conduct. The two types of issues that can lead to serious consequences at most West Virginia schools are academic concerns and code of conduct infractions.

Academic Issues

Academic issues refer to your standing as a student at your college or university. These concerns take effect without your even knowing in most cases. When you start falling behind in your courses and get low grades on a consistent basis, your school often has the right to put you on academic probation. If academic issues of this nature continue, it could even lead to expulsion.

When you enter college for the first time—for most people when they're 17 or 18 years old—all of the changes can be overwhelming. Classes may move faster than what you're used to in high school, or the challenges of living away from home and being independent might weigh on you and interfere with your academic success. Some students also deal with personal or medical problems that prevent them from performing at the academic standards their college expects.

Despite these issues and how common they are, many schools are not lenient when it comes to concerns affecting academic standing. You could be placed on probation or expelled for any one of the following:

  • Failing to complete work required for courses such as term papers and readings
  • Allegedly coming unprepared to labs and courses
  • Earning incompletes on coursework repeatedly
  • Consistently failing exams
  • Allegedly perf