Non-Academic Student Misconduct
The board of regents, administration, faculty, academic staff and students of the University of Wisconsin system believe that the teaching, learning, research and service activities of the university can flourish only in an environment that is safe from violence and free of harassment, fraud, theft, disruption and intimidation.
The university has a responsibility to identify basic standards of nonacademic conduct necessary to protect the community, and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of misconduct while observing the rights of students. Students who violate these standards of behavior are subject to university disciplinary action.
According to UWS 17, the university may discipline a student for engaging in the following conduct:
- DANGEROUS CONDUCT. Conduct that endangers or threatens the health or safety of oneself or another person.
- SEXUAL ASSAULT. Conduct defined in s. 940.225, Stats.
- STALKING. Conduct defined in s. 940.32, Stats.
- HARASSMENT. Conduct defined in s. 947.013, Stats.
- HAZING. Conduct defined in s. 948.51, Stats.
- ILLEGAL USE, POSSESSION, MANUFACTURE, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or of marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law or university policy.
- UNAUTHORIZED USE OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Unauthorized possession of, use of, moving of, tampering with, damage to, or destruction of university property or the property of others.
- DISRUPTION OF UNIVERSITY-AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES. Conduct that obstructs or impairs university-run or university-authorized activities, or that interferes with or impedes the ability of a person to participate in university-run or university-authorized activities.
- FORGERY OR FALSIFICATION. Unauthorized possession of or fraudulent creation, alteration, or misuse of any university or other governmental document, record, key, electronic device, or identification.
- MISUSE OF COMPUTING RESOURCES. Conduct that involves any of the following:
- Failure to comply with laws, license agreements, and contracts governing university computer network, software, and hardware use.
- Use of university computing resources for unauthorized commercial purposes or personal gain.
- Failure to protect a personal password or university-authorized account.
- Breach of computer security, invasion of privacy, or unauthorized access to computing resources.
- FALSE STATEMENT OR REFUSAL TO COMPLY REGARDING A UNIVERSITY MATTER. Making a knowingly false oral or written statement to any university employee or agent of the university regarding a university matter, or refusal to comply with a reasonable request on a university matter.
- VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL LAW. Conduct that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by state or federal law.
- SERIOUS AND REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF MUNICIPAL LAW. Serious and repeated off-campus violations of municipal law.
- VIOLATION OF CH. UWS 18. Conduct that violates ch. UWS 18, including, but not limited to, provisions regulating fire safety, theft, and dangerous weapons.
- VIOLATION OF UNIVERSITY RULES. Conduct that violates any published university rules, regulations, or policies, including provisions contained in university contracts with students.
- NONCOMPLIANCE WITH DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS. Conduct that violates a sanction, requirement, or restriction imposed in connection with previous disciplinary action.
If a student has been accused of a Chapter 17 violation, the first step is to discuss the matter with the Dean of Students or a member of their staff. An investigation of the alleged incident will be conducted and a decision will be made regarding the disposition of the case.
More specific information about the procedures related to investigation, hearings, and appeals can be found in the full text of UWS Chapter 17, which is available in the Dean of Students Office and library. Additionally, questions may be directed to the Dean of Students at 472-1533. Any member of the university community who wishes to make a complaint regarding a student's behavior may do so by contacting the Dean of Students.
Students who live in university residence halls are bound contractually by additional policies printed in the Residence Hall Living Guide. Students accused of violating these policies may meet with Residence Life staff or student hearing boards for adjudication of their cases. Questions regarding Residence Life policies and procedures may be directed to a student's Complex Director.