|STUDENT NONACADEMIC DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES|
UWS 17.01 POLICY STATEMENT. The board of regents of the university of Wisconsin system adopts the following policy on the standards and procedures for student discipline in the university system, acknowledging both the need to preserve the orderly processes of the university with regard to its teaching, research, and public service missions, as well as the need to observe the student's procedural and substantive rights.
UWS 17.02 DEFINITIONS. (1) "Chancellor" means the chancellor or designee.
(2) "Investigating officer" means investigating officer or designee.
(3) "Student," for the purpose of this chapter, means any person who is registered for study in any institution in the university for the current academic period. A person shall be considered a student during any period which follows the end of an academic period which the student has completed until the last day for registration for the next succeeding academic period or until 14 calendar days have elapsed after the commencement of classes for the next succeeding academic period, whichever occurs first.
(4) "Disciplinary sanction" or "sanction" means any action affecting the status of an individual as a student which is taken by the university in response to student nonacademic misconduct. The term shall include probation, resignation or leave for misconduct, suspension or expulsion, written reprimand, denial of particular university privileges, and other less severe actions not enumerated herein. Disciplinary sanctions shall not include cut off or revocation of a student's financial aids; however, this shall not be interpreted as precluding the individual operation of rules or standards governing eligibility for student financial aid under which the imposition of a disciplinary sanction could result in disqualification of the student for financial aid. Each institution is authorized to adopt a more explicit listing of sanctions and actions which is consistent with the provisions of this section.
(5) "Probation" means that the student is permitted to remain enrolled in the university only upon condition that he/she comply with all university rules or regulations or with other standards of conduct which the student is directed to observe for the duration of the period of the probation and which may include loss of student privileges except those of attending classes and writing exam-inations. Probation may not exceed 2 semesters in duration for any given misconduct, except that violation of probationary conditions shall be cause for extension of the probation for more than 2 additional semesters or for suspension or expulsion.
(6) "Suspension" means a temporary loss of student status for a specified period of time, not to exceed 2 years, with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges. Upon completion of suspension, the student shall have the same standing to re enroll as he/she would have had if no suspension had been imposed.
(7) "Expulsion" means termination of student status with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges.
(8) "Instructor" for the purposes of this chapter means the faculty member who has responsibility for the overall conduct of a course and ultimate responsibility for the assignment of the grade for the course.
(9) "Institution" means any university, or an organizational equivalent designated by the board.
(10) "Days" means calendar days.
(11) "Intentional conduct" means conduct which the student knew or reasonably should have known would result in conduct prohibited by this chapter.
(12) "Members of the university community" means students and employees of the university.
UWS 17.03 RIGHT TO PETITION FOR READMISSION. A student who has been expelled or suspended may petition for readmission. The petition must be in writing and directed to the chancellor of the institution which initiated the charges for which the student was suspended or expelled. Such petition may not be filed before the expiration of one year from the date of the final determination in expulsion cases, or before the expiration of one half of the suspension period in suspension cases. The chancellor shall after consultation with the elected committee which serves as the faculty's executive arm and with the elected officers of the principal student organization, adopt procedures for determining whether such petitions will be granted or denied.
UWS 17.04 EFFECT OF DISCIPLINE WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. Suspension or expulsion shall be system wide in effect. A student who is suspended or expelled from one institution in the university of Wisconsin system may not enroll in another institution in the system unless the suspension has expired by its own terms or one year has elapsed after the student has been suspended or expelled.
UWS 17.05 SYSTEM WIDE DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY. The investigating officer for the institution at which a student was enrolled at the time that acts in violation of this chapter were alleged to have been committed by the student shall have authority to institute disciplinary proceedings against such student, notwithstanding that the institution against which the acts were alleged to have been committed is not the same institution at which the student was enrolled at the time of the commission of such acts.
UWS 17.06 OFFENSES DEFINED. The university may discipline a student in nonacademic matters in the following situations.
(1) For intentional conduct which constitutes a serious danger to the personal safety of other members of the university community or guests. In order to illustrate the types of conduct which the paragraph is designed to cover, the following examples are set forth. These examples are not meant to illustrate the only situations or types of conduct intended to be covered.
(2) For intentional conduct that seriously damages or destroys university property or attempts to seriously damage or destroy university property.
(3) For intentional conduct that obstructs or seriously impairs or attempts to obstruct or seriously impair university run or university-authorized activities on any campus, including activities either outdoors or inside a classroom, office, lecture hall, library, laboratory, theatre, union, residence hall, or other place where a university run or university authorized activity is carried on. The kind of intentional conduct referred to is conduct which by itself or in conjunction with the conduct of others prevents the effective carrying on of the activity a result which the student knew or reasonably should have known would occur. In order to illustrate types of conduct which this paragraph is designed to cover, the following examples are set out. These examples are not meant to illustrate the only situations or types of conduct intended to be covered.
(5) For unauthorized possession of university property or property of another member of the university community.
(6) For acts which violate the provisions concerning parking, traffic, I.D. cards, university keys, drugs, smoking in unauthorized places, carrying firearms, unauthorized peddling, unauthorized use of sound amplifying equipment, and other subjects covered by the published University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code (ch. UWS 18).
(7) For making a knowingly false statement, either orally or in writing, to any university employee or agent on a university related matter.
UWS 17.07 DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE. (1) INVESTIGATING OFFICER. The chancellor of each institution, after consultation with the elected committee which serves as the faculty's executive arm and with the elected officers of the principal student organization, shall designate a person as "investigating officer" who shall investigate cases of student conduct alleged to be in violation of s. UWS 17.06. Where it appears that a violation has occurred, the investigating officer shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) FORMAL ADJUDICATION. If the maximum sanction sought by the investigating officer includes suspension or expulsion, the procedures in s. UWS 17.09 shall apply and the investigating officer shall cause a statement of charges to be prepared and served upon the student involved. The statement of charges shall contain:
(3) INFORMAL ADJUDICATION. (a) The chancellor shall, after consultation with the elected committee which serves as the faculty's executive arm and with the elected officers of the principal student organization, establish institution regulations for an informal system of adjudication for cases in which the maximum penalty sought by the investigating officer does not include suspension or expulsion except that if adjudication in this manner would result in disqualifying the student for financial aids, the procedures in s. UWS 17.09 shall apply. The informal system shall include the following and such other provisions as are not inconsistent with this chapter:
(b) If, during informal adjudication, the investigating officer concludes that suspension or ex-pulsion should be sought rather than a lesser sanction, the investigating officer may cause a statement of charges to be served upon the student in accordance with sub. (2), in which event the procedures in s. UWS 17.09 shall apply.
(4) SETTLEMENT. Nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent the student, during an investigation of alleged misconduct, during informal adjudication, or after a statement of charges has been served but prior to a hearing provided in accordance with s. UWS 17.09, from submitting a written resignation from the university.
(5) RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES. Whenever charges or appeals under this chapter are pending, a student under charges, unless temporarily suspended pursuant to s. UWS 17.12, shall continue to have the same rights and privileges accorded other students. However, grades or diplomas may be withheld pending final determination of the charges; a current transcript shall be issued at the request of the student, but it may contain the notation "Disciplinary Charges Pending" on the face thereof.
(6) SERVICE OF NOTICE OR DECISIONS. Each student shall be responsible for maintaining on file with the office specified by each institution current school and permanent home addresses. Notification of these addresses shall be in writing.
UWS 17.08 STUDENT CONDUCT HEARING TRIBUNAL: CAMPUS OPTION. The chancellor shall, after consultation with the elected committee which serves as the faculty's executive arm and with the elected officers of the principal student organization, adopt regulations providing for the establishment of a student conduct hearing tribunal which may be constituted in one of two manners as chosen by the student charged:
(2) Institutional regulations adopted under this section shall provide that, upon the filing of charges under s. UWS 17.07 (2) asking for suspension or expulsion, the student shall be offered the choice of having his/her case heard by a tribunal described by either sub. (1)(a) or (b) above. The student shall be informed in writing of his/her right to choose the type of tribunal at the time charges are filed. At the time a request for a hearing is made under s. UWS 17.09(1), the student shall also notify the chancellor of his/her choice; in the event timely notice is not received from the student, the chancellor shall decide which choice shall be used for adjudication of the case.
UWS 17.09 DISCIPLINE INVOLVING SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION. (1) A student charged in accordance with s. UWS 17.07(2) has 10 calendar days from the day of service to request a hearing in accordance with this section. The request for a hearing shall be in writing directed to the chancellor and shall also include an answer to the statement of charges which shall specifically admit, deny, or explain each of the facts alleged in the statement of charges unless the student is without knowledge in which case he/she shall so state, such statement being a denial. If an answer is filed which does not specifically admit, deny, or explain every allegation in the statement of charges, those allegations which are not admitted, denied, or explained shall be deemed denied. An answer which denies some or all of the allegations but which does not request a hearing shall be construed as a request for a hearing.
(2) If the student does not file an answer to the statement of charges in accordance with sub. (1), the allegations in the statement of charges shall be accepted as true and the university may proceed to expel, suspend, or impose other punishment on the student unless good cause to the contrary is shown. The sanction imposed may not exceed that specified in the statement of charges. Notice of such action shall be served on the student and become effective upon service in accordance with s. UWS 17.07(6).
(3) When a request for a hearing is made, the case shall be referred by the chancellor to the student conduct hearing tribunal established in accordance with s. UWS 17.08. Notice of referral to a hearing tribunal shall be sent to the student. The student shall also be notified of the name and address of the person who will present the university's case to the tribunal.
(4)(a) Hearing procedures. In this section, "presiding officer" shall mean the hearing examiner appointed in s. UWS 17.08(1)(a), or the presiding officer of the student conduct hearing committee, established in s. UWS 17.08(1)(b). "Tribunal shall mean the hearing examiner appointed in s. UWS 17.08(1)(a) or the student conduct hearing committee established in s. UWS 17.08(1)(b).
(b) Duties of the presiding officer.
(c) Duties and powers of the tribunal. Individual members of the tribunal:
(d) Evidence. Evidence having reasonable probative value shall be admitted, but irrelevant, im-material and unduly repetitious evidence shall be excluded. The presiding officer and the tribunal are not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence.
(e) Burden of proof. The burden of proof shall be on the university to establish by a prepon-derance of the credible evidence that conduct violative of university rules occurred.
(f) Record of hearings. A record of the testimony and a file of the exhibits shall be made of all hearings conducted in accordance with this section. Either party may, at its own expense, have the record transcribed.
(g) Procedural rights of the students. The students shall have the right to confront and cross examine witnesses against him/her, the right to present evidence and to be heard on his/her own behalf, the right to be represented by counsel at his/her own expense, and the right to a tran script of the proceedings at his/her own expense.
(h) Public hearings. Hearings to receive evidence or hear argument shall be public unless the student whose case is being heard requests a closed hearing or the tribunal determines in extra-ordinary circumstances that it is necessary to hold a closed hearing, pursuant to s. 66.77(3)(e), Stats., to avoid unduly damaging the reputation of innocent persons. A record shall be made of the reasons for closing any hearing. The deliberations of the tribunal shall not be public.
(I) Schedule of hearings. The presiding officer shall schedule the hearing as expeditiously as possible. The hearing shall be held on the date scheduled, except for good cause shown.
(j) Failure to proceed. Failure of a party to proceed shall constitute default. The tribunal may either dismiss the charges, or, upon a prima facie showing, find that the student committed the conduct alleged.
UWS 17.10 APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS. (1) The student or administration may appeal on the record to the committee on student discipline of the board of regents. Said appeal must be filed within 10 calendar days of service upon the party of the decision appealed from and shall consist of written exceptions to the decision's findings of fact, decision, or disciplinary sanction.
(2) Upon receipt of the appeal and written exceptions, the secretary of the board shall transmit the written exceptions to the chairman of the committee and shall cause the person with custody of the decision(s), file, exhibits, and transcript or recording of the hearing(s) to transmit them to the chairman of the committee.
(3) If exceptions are filed under sub. (1), the committee shall afford the parties an opportunity to file briefs and present oral argument.
(4) The committee shall render written findings of fact, decision, and disciplinary sanction which does not exceed that specified by the statement of charges.
(5) The committee's decision shall become final upon service upon the student in accordance with s. UWS 17.07(6).
(6) The board of regents reserves jurisdiction to review, upon its own motion, any disciplinary action against a student.
UWS 17.11 INTERMEDIATE APPEALS; CAMPUS OPTION. (1) The chancellor of each institution is authorized, but not required by this section, after consultation with the elected committee which serves as the faculty's executive arm and with the elected officers of the principal student organization, to establish appellate tribunals and procedures which are not inconsistent with this chapter for adjudication of appeals from decisions rendered in accordance with s. UWS 17.09. Such tribunals may include review by an all student, student faculty, or all faculty committee, and/or review by the chancellor.
(2) An appeal to an appellate tribunal must be filed within 10 calendar days of service upon the party of the decision appealed from and shall consist of written exceptions to the findings of fact, decision, or disciplinary sanction.
(3) The parties shall have an opportunity to file briefs and present oral argument. Appeals shall be heard as soon as practicable but no later than 7 calendar days after the written exceptions are filed in accordance with sub. (2).
(4) A record shall be made of appellate tribunal proceedings.
(5) Appellate decisions shall be rendered within 5 calendar days of the hearing and shall consist of a summary of the evidence, written findings of fact, decision, and disciplinary sanction which shall in no event be more severe than the sanction imposed by the student conduct hearing tribunal.
(6) Appellate decisions shall become final 10 calendar days after service upon the student in accordance with s. UWS 17.07(6) unless a timely appeal is filed either under this section, if further appeal is available, or under s. UWS 17.10.
(7) The student shall have the right at any time to appeal to the regents in accordance with s. UWS 17.10. Intermediate appellate proceedings shall be terminated immediately upon the appellate tribunal's receipt of notice from the student that an appeal to the regents has been filed.
UWS 17.12 TEMPORARY SUSPENSION. (1) A student may be temporarily suspended by the chancellor pending final action on the charges against him/her if his/her continued presence on campus would constitute a potential for serious harm to himself/herself or to the safety of other members of the university community or of university property. Except as otherwise provided in sub. (3), the student shall be afforded an opportunity for a preliminary hearing prior to imposition of the temporary suspension. In order to illustrate the types of conduct which warrant temporary suspension, the following examples are set forth. These examples are not meant to illustrate the only situations or types of conduct intended to be covered.
(2) Before a temporary suspension may be imposed, the chancellor shall make an initial evaluation of the reliability of the information received and make such further investigation as circumstances permit. If the chancellor concludes that the conduct alleged warrants temporary suspension of the student, the chancellor shall notify the student of an intention to temporarily suspend the student and, at the earliest practicable opportunity, provide the student with an opportunity to be heard.
(3) The chancellor shall maintain records of all attempts to notify the student in accordance with sub. (2), and, if all reasonable efforts to notify the student are unsuccessful, the chancellor may impose the temporary suspension without a preliminary hearing, provided, however, attempts to notify the student continue, and the student is afforded a preliminary hearing at the earliest practicable opportunity.
(4)(a) The preliminary hearing shall be held as soon as practicable.
(b) At the hearing, the student shall be given a statement of charges as required by s. UWS 17.07 (2)(a) and (b) and a summary of the reason(s) for concluding that the alleged conduct warrants temporary suspension.
(c) The issues shall be limited to consideration of the reliability of the evidence against the student and whether the alleged conduct warrants temporary suspension.
(d) The chancellor's decision may be rendered orally but shall be confirmed in writing, as soon as practicable. The decision must be supported by credible evidence which is sufficient to indicate that there is probable cause to believe that the student engaged in the alleged conduct and that such conduct warrants temporary suspension.
(5) The hearing on the charges as required by s. UWS 17.09 shall be commenced not later than 15 calendar days after the imposition of the temporary suspension unless the student requests a delay of the hearing and continuation of the temporary suspension until a later date.
UWS 17.14 NOTICE TO STUDENTS. Each institution shall publish and make freely available to students, a copy of the foregoing UW system disciplinary code together with an appendix reprinting the UW system administrative code, any amendments to these two codes that are made after the board of regents adoption of a disciplinary code, and any provisions that have been adopted by the particular campus pursuant to the campus options allowed by this disciplinary code, and any other supplementary provisions not inconsistent with this code.