University Standards of Conduct and Sanctions

University Standards of Conduct and Sanctions

University Standards of Conduct and Sanctions

The University of Wisconsin System and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prohibit unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs or alcohol by students and employees on university property or as part of university activities.

The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on university premises, except in faculty and staff housing and as expressly permitted by the Chancellor or under institutional regulations, in accordance with UWS 18.09(1), Wis. Adm. Code.

The unlawful use possession, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of marijuana is prohibited in accordance with 8. UWS 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code.

Violation of these provisions by a student or employee may lead to imposition of a disciplinary sanction. In addition, violators could face possible legal sanctions resulting from civil or criminal actions. Costs related to AOD offenses may include fines, loss of driver's license, jail terms and public embarrassment. AOD offenses may also affect a person's employability, or the ability to enter a licensed profession or bonding for employment.


Violation of AOD policy by a student may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion under s. UWS 17.10, Wis. Admin. Code. Violations of the Alcohol and Student Conduct policies will be adjudicated as consistent with Student Non-academic Disciplinary Procedures (Chapter UWS 17). Sanctions may include:

  • mandatory alcohol/drug assessment and counseling
  • probation
  • suspension or expulsion from the university
  • community service, classes and other educational sanctions


University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to, and including, termination from employment, for violation of these provisions occurring on university property or the worksite or during work time. Disciplinary sanctions are initiated and imposed in accordance with applicable procedural requirements and work rules, as set forth in Wisconsin statutes, administrative rules, faculty and academic staff policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Referral for prosecution under criminal law is also possible. Violations of ss. UWS 18.09, Wis. Adm. Code may result in additional penalties as allowed under ch. UWS 18, Wis. Adm. Code.

Employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify their dean, director or departmental chair within 5 days of the conviction if the employees are employed by the university at the time of the conviction.

For detailed information on illicit drug and alcohol policies, see:


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