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 apreponderance 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.
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.
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.
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.