Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair

Code of Conduct

Department of Criminal Justice
Code of Conduct

The Department of Criminal Justice requires all students to possess the highest, most impeccable standards of honesty and integrity.

Criminal Justice professionals, in particular, must be exemplary role models in society.

Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which reflects the highest standards of ethical behavior, and which compliments the department and the discipline.

In addition we have an Academic Integrity Policy, which can be viewed here:

Academic Integrity Policy

The Department of Criminal Justice regards incidents of academic dishonesty (including, but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism*) to be viol at io ins of the Department Code of Conduct as well as violations of the University Academic Integrity Policy.  Students who engage in behavior constituting academic dishonesty will be reported to the dean, as required by University policy. A second offense will result in a hearing before the University's Academic Integrity Board where additional penalties may be imposed.

*"Plagiarism occurs when the writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original (not common knowledge) material without acknowledging its source" (Writing Program Administrators, 2003).  Plagiarism is considered a form of academic dishonesty, and includes the sale or purchase of term or research papers, providing false or misleading information, or falsifying academic records.

Students & Alum

  • “West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

  • "The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club

  • Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."

  • Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.