The student conduct process exists to help students through choices they have made while ensuring the safety of the Whitewater campus and greater community. As a member of the Whitewater community, we all have rights and responsibilities and we encourage all students to familiarize themselves with laws, policies, and community guidelines. The behavior of UW-Whitewater students is governed by the University of Wisconsin Administrative Code, as well as campus-specific policies. These policies are established to respond to allegations of inappropriate behavior. The student conduct process is not a court of law; rather, it aims to provide educational opportunities for students to make amends for their actions and evaluate their decision making process. We encourage all students to review the below codes of conduct.
UWS Administrative Code, Chapter 14, Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures: UWS Chapter 14 provides for disciplinary action of students who engage in academic misconduct such as cheating, plagiarism, or unauthorized collaboration on academic projects.
UWS Administrative Code, Chapter 17, Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures: UWS Chapter 17 provides for disciplinary action for students who engage in various forms of nonacademic misconduct. Such misconduct could include incidents on or off campus of underage drinking, drug possession, vandalism, assault, classroom or activity disruptions, theft, and various forms of disorderly conduct.
UWS Administrative Code, Chapter 18, Conduct on University Lands: UWS Chapter 18 governs conduct on university lands for anyone on the campus; not just students. Violations listed in Chapter 18 are things for which the police may issue citations. In addition, a student violation of UWS 18 may also result in disciplinary action being taken under UWS 17.
Members of recognized UW-Whitewater student organizations are expected to abide by certain policies as outlined in student organization recognition procedures. Members of all student organizations, clubs, teams, Greek organizations, honoraria, and academic organizations are covered by these procedures. It is especially important for faculty advisors to be familiar with these policies and procedures.
Additionally, students are also governed by many local policies as outlined in housing contracts, event and activity guidelines, and expectations for use of certain facilities. Each student utilizing or participating in such activities is responsible for knowledge of specific accompanying policies. It is imperative that these established procedures are followed so that the university is affording students their guaranteed due process rights. To assist with interpretation of policies and procedures, the Dean of Students Office serves as an oversight office for student policy implementation. Questions may be directed to our office at 262-472-1533.
What is the purpose of a disciplinary conference?
The purpose of a conduct meeting, or disciplinary conference, is to talk with you, about your experiences, your role on campus, and how you may have been involved in an incident. Our office is here to help you through the conduct process in hopes to better your success as a student while maintaining a campus community conducive to learning and upholding respect for all individuals.
A disciplinary conference is the opportunity to discuss with the investigating officer the allegations of misconduct, provide one’s own perspective on the allegations, and clarify or correct information in the incident or police report.
How is the conduct system different from the legal system?
Our process is not a legal system and is focused on educating people and educational outcomes. The campus process does not use the same procedures, burdens of proof, or rules of evidence as local, state, or federal legal systems. At the core of our conduct process is education; paired with UWS Chapter 17 procedures, this ensures your rights as a student are met. In most cases, the conduct process uses a preponderance of the evidence, meaning “more likely true than not true.” In cases that could result in a student being removed from campus or course or program, a higher standard of evidence is used: clear and convincing evidence, which is information that would persuade a reasonable person to have a firm believe that the misconduct occurred.
What is the range of sanctions I can be issued if I am found responsible?
Per UWS Chapter 17, the possible sanctions range from a written reprimand to expulsion from the university of Wisconsin system. Most sanctions are educational in nature and aim to help a student make better choices for their future.
What if I don’t show up for the meeting I was invited to?
When a student does not show up to their meeting, we are forced to make a decision based on the information available to us. It is always better if a student attends their conduct meeting so they can better explain their involvement in the incident, if any.
What is expected of me during my disciplinary conference?
We expect that students who attending a disciplinary conference have an open and honest conversation about the misconduct that may have occurred. This includes telling the truth, answering our questions, cooperating with staff, and taking responsibility for personal behavior. We also expect students to ask questions and seek clarification on policy, if needed.
What are my rights if I am involved in misconduct?
We encourage all students to read and understand UWS Chapter 17 prior to participating in the misconduct process. Students should experience a process that consistently follows the established procedures of UWS Chapter 17. The basics include:
If you have additional questions about our conduct process, please contact the Coordinator of Student Conduct Programs at 262-472-1533.