Basic Rules

Students enrolled in CELCIS and in Western Michigan University agree to follow the basic rules and meet the expectations listed below:

Basic rules at CELCIS

1. Students are expected to be in class every day. If students miss class: 

  • Student will be marked absent.
  • Student will miss the placement tests (beginning of semester).
  • Student may miss important tests and assignments (beginning and end of semester).
  • Student's grade may go down (if they don’t finish and hand in tests and assignments).
  • In extreme cases, a student may be dismissed from the program.
Students should always talk to their teachers when they are absent from class to find out what they missed and what they need to do to complete all assignments. 

2.  Students are expected to complete all assignments, tests, and assessments during the semester.

3. Class work ends on the last day of class. No work can be submitted after the last day of class. 

4. Students cannot choose their teachers at CELCIS. 

“I want a different teacher because I don’t like X’s teaching style” or because “X is a difficult teacher” are not good reasons to change classes. All CELCIS teachers work hard to help students learn.

5. Students cannot choose their classrooms. 

6. Students are not allowed to cheat during tests or quizzes, or on research papers.

For example, during tests students are not allowed to look at their phones, look at a classmate’s answers, or look at a paper that has the answers written on it. Students are not allowed to copy from another source on research papers. Students caught cheating will receive low grades and will be reported to the WMU Office of Student Conduct.

7. All students are expected to show respect to their teachers, classmates, and the CELCIS office staff.

  • Students are never allowed to shout at teachers or use violent words or actions in the classroom or CELCIS office. Students who behave like this will face disciplinary action and may be dismissed from the program.
  • Disruptive behavior of any kind is not tolerated in the classroom. If a student disturbs other students by refusing to participate, talking loudly and out of turn, or in any other inappropriate way, the student will be reported to the WMU Office of Student Conduct.

8. The CELCIS chair and assistant director cannot and will not change students’ grades.

Students get the grades they earn, and CELCIS teachers decides what grade each student has earned. CELCIS office staff cannot change grades. Students who have a question about their grade/s need to talk to the teacher who gave them the grade.

WMU Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct describes acceptable student behavior at Western Michigan University and provides details about student rights and responsibilities.  

WMU policies

The WMU Student Code of Conduct provides details for each of these policies:  
  • Academic misconduct
  • Alcohol use or possession
  • Credit card misuse
  • Dishonesty
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Drug possession or use
  • Entry or use failure to comply
  • Fire or safety equipment misuse
  • Hazing
  • Identification misuse
  • Conduct system abuse
  • Obscene or harassing communication
  • Physical or verbal abuse
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Telecommunication process/procedure misuse
  • Unauthorized use/destruction/defacing of property
  • Unauthorized use or other abuse of University computing resources
  • Unauthorized key possession or use
  • Unauthorized posting
  • Violation of the law
  • Violation of University policy
  • Weapon possession or use

WMU sanctions (consequences)

A sanction may be given to students who do not follow WMU's rules and policies; details about each type of sanction is covered in the Student Code of Conduct. Examples of sanctions:
  • Warning
  • Reprimand
  • Behavior Contract
  • Discretionary sanctions
  • Restitution
  • Loss of privileges
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Revocation of degree
  • Withholding degree

Conduct hearings

The University may hold a conduct hearing if a student breaks the Student Code of Conduct to ask questions and investigate what happened. After the meeting, the University will decide if the student failed to follow rules and policies of the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions (consequences) will imposed on students who fail to follow the rules and policies of the Code, per earlier list.

Appeal process

The Student Code of Conduct  also includes information about how students can appeal a conduct hearing decision. Students seeking an appeal may also talk about the process with a staff member in WMU's Office of Student Conduct.
Note: If a student's action breaks a local, state, or United States' law, the appropriate government legal system will start a separate process from WMU’s process, which may begin at the same time.   
Questions about WMU's Student Code of Conduct may be addressed to the Dean of Student Services in Room 2308 of Faunce Student Services Building or call (269) 387-2160.