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    Disability Resources

    What is the Office for Disability Resource Services?

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Students with disabilities on our campus are offered a variety of services to insure that both facilities and programs are accessible. This office assists the students in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the university. The Disability Resource Services Office is located in Murphy Library, Room 165. The telephone number is 785-6900.

    Since 1981, approximately 300 students have been served annually. In 1988, the Wisconsin Board of Regents passed an important non-discrimination policy for disabled students who attend the University of Wisconsin System schools. This policy mandates that students with disabilities will receive the accommodations necessary for them to have equal access to educational opportunities and programs in the integrated or mainstreaming setting.

    Who Can Use Disability Resource Services?

    Any student at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse who has a physical, sensory, emotional, or learning disability should meet with the personnel from the Office of Disability Resource Services during his/her first semester on campus. Even students who have a mild disability may find it beneficial to discuss their adjustment to campus life with the office staff. Students should contact the personnel at the office immediately after acceptance into the university. Further information can be found at www.uwlax.edu/drs .

    Accommodations

    All classroom buildings have elevators, entrance ramps and at least one accessible restroom for students using wheelchairs. Academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis between the student and the instructor in consultation with the office staff.
    Academic accommodations might include: alternative test-taking, note taking, taped textbooks, disability advising, readers, and scribes.

    Academic Misconduct (Chapter UWS 14)

    STUDENT ACADEMIC DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

    UWS 14.01 Statement of principles

    UWS 14.02 Definitions

    UWS 14.03 Academic misconduct subject to disciplinary action

    UWS 14.04 Disciplinary sanctions

    UWS 14.05 Procedures: disciplinary sanction imposed at the discretion of the instructor

    UWS 14.06 Procedures: disciplinary sanction imposed following a report of academic misconduct by the instructor

    UWS 14.07 Procedures: disciplinary sanction imposed following a report of academic misconduct by the investigating officer

    UWS 14.08 Procedures: hearing

    UWS 14.09 Appeal to the Chancellor

    UWS 14.10 Discretionary appeal to the Board of Regents

    UWS 14.1 1 Settlement

    UWS 14.12 Effect of discipline within the university system

    UWS 14.13 Right to petition for readmission

    UWS 14.14 Investigating officer

    UWS 14.15 Academic misconduct hearing committee: institutional option

    UWS 14.16 Notice to students

    UWS 14.17 Notice to instructors

    UWS 14.18 Consistent institutional policies

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    UWS 14-STUDENT ACADEMIC DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

    UWS 14.01 STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES: The Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, academic staff, and students of the University of Wisconsin system believe that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education and of the University of Wisconsin System. The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect of others' academic endeavors. Students who violate these standards must be confronted and must accept the consequences of their actions.

    UWS 14.02 DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

    (1) "Academic misconduct" means an act described in s. UWS14.03 .

    (2) "Academic misconduct hearing committee" means the committee or hearing examiner appointed pursuant to s. UWS 14.15 to conduct hearings under s. UWS 14.08 .

    (3) "Chancellor" means the Chancellor or designee.

    (4) "Days" means calendar days.

    (5) "Disciplinary file" means the record maintained by the student affairs officer responsible for student discipline.

    (6) "Disciplinary probation" means a status in which a student may remain enrolled in the university only upon the condition that the student complies with specified standards of conduct for a specified period of time, not to exceed two semesters.

    (7) "Disciplinary sanction" means any action listed in s. UWS 14.04 taken in response to student academic misconduct.

    (8) "Expulsion" means termination of student status with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges.

    (9) "Hearing examiner" means an individual appointed by the Chancellor in accordance with s. UWS 14.15 for the purpose of conducting a hearing under s. UWS 14.08 .

    (10) "Institution" means any university or center, or organizational equivalent designated by the board.

    (11) "Instructor" means the faculty member or instructional academic staff member who has responsibility for the overall conduct of a course and ultimate responsibility for the assignment of the grade for the course.

    (12) "Investigating officer" means an individual, or his or her designee, appointed by the Chancellor of each institution to carry out certain responsibilities in the course of investigations of academic misconduct under this chapter.

    (13) "Student" means any person who is registered for study in an institution for the academic period in which the misconduct occurred.

    (14) "Student affairs officer" means the dean of students or student affairs officer designated by the chancellor to carry out duties described in this chapter.

    (15) "Suspension" means a loss of student status for a specified length of time, not to exceed two years, with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges.

    UWS 14.03 ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

    (1) Academic misconduct is an act in which a student:

    (a) Seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;
    (b) Uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise;
    (c) Forges or falsifies academic documents or records;
    (d) Intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others;
    (e) Engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student's academic performance; or
    (f) Assists other students in any of these acts.

    (2) Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to: cheating on an examination; collaborating with others in work to be presented, contrary to the stated rules of the course; submitting a paper or assignment as one's own work when a part or all of the paper or assignment is the work of another; submitting a paper or assignment that contains ideas or research of others without appropriately identifying the sources of those ideas; stealing examinations or course materials; submitting, if contrary to the rules of a course, work previously presented in another course; tampering with the laboratory experiment or computer program of another student; knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above, including assistance in an arrangement whereby any work, classroom performance, examination or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other than the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed.

    UWS 14.04 DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS.

    (1) The following are the disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for academic misconduct in accordance with the procedures of ss. UWS 14.05 , 14.06 or 14.07 :

    (a) An oral reprimand;
    (b) A written reprimand presented only to the student;
    (c) An assignment to repeat the work, to be graded on its merits;
    (d) A lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or test;
    (e) A lower grade in the course;
    (f) A failing grade in the course;
    (g) Removal of the student from the course in progress;
    (h) A written reprimand to be included in the student's disciplinary file;
    (i) Disciplinary probation; or
    (j) Suspension or expulsion from the university.

    (2) One or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in sub. (1) may be imposed for an incident of academic misconduct.

    UWS 14.05 PROCEDURES: DISCIPLINARY SANCTION IMPOSED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR.

    (1) Where an instructor concludes that a student enrolled in one of his or her courses has engaged in academic misconduct in the course, the instructor for that course may impose one or more of the following disciplinary sanctions, as listed under s. UWS 14.04 (1)(a) through (c):

    (a) An oral reprimand;
    (b) A written reprimand presented only to the student; or
    (c) An assignment to repeat the work, to be graded on its merits.

    (2) No disciplinary sanction may be imposed under this section unless the instructor promptly offers to discuss the matter with the student. The purpose of this discussion is to permit the instructor to review with the student the bases for his or her belief that the student engaged in academic misconduct, and to afford the student an opportunity to respond.

    (3) A student who receives a disciplinary sanction under this section has the right to a hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee under s. UWS 14.08 to contest the determination that academic misconduct occurred, or the disciplinary sanction imposed, or both. If the student desires such a hearing, he or she must file a written request with the student affairs officer within 10 days of imposition of the disciplinary sanction by the instructor.

    UWS 14.06 PROCEDURES: DISCIPLINARY SANCTION IMPOSED FOLLOWING A REPORT OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT BY THE INSTRUCTOR. Where an instructor believes that a student enrolled in one of his or her courses has engaged in academic misconduct and the sanctions listed under s. UWS 14.04 (1)(a) through (c) are inadequate or inappropriate, the instructor may proceed in accordance with this section to impose, subject to hearing rights in s. UWS 14.08 , one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed under s. UWS 14.04 (1)(d) through (h).

    (1) CONFERENCE WITH STUDENT. When an instructor concludes that proceedings under this section are warranted, the instructor shall promptly offer to discuss the matter with the student. The purpose of this discussion is to permit the instructor to review with the student the bases for his or her belief that the student engaged in academic misconduct and to afford the student an opportunity to respond.

    (2) DETERMINATION BY THE INSTRUCTOR THAT NO ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT OCCURRED. If, as a result of a discussion under sub. (1), the instructor determines that academic misconduct did not in fact occur or that no disciplinary sanction is warranted under the circumstances, the matter will be considered resolved without the necessity for further action or a written report.

    (3) PROCESS FOLLOWING DETERMINATION BY THE INSTRUCTOR THAT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT OCCURRED.

    (a) If, as a result of a discussion under sub. (1), the instructor determines that academic misconduct did occur and that one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed under s. UWS 14.04(1)(d) through (h) should be recommended, the instructor shall prepare a written report so informing the student, which shall contain the following:

    1. A description of the misconduct;
    2. Specification of the sanction recommended;
    3. Notice of the student's right to request a hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee; and
    4. A copy of the institutional procedures adopted to implement this section.

    (b) The written report shall be delivered personally to the student or be mailed to the student by regular first class United States mail at his or her current address, as maintained at the institution. In addition, copies of the report shall be provided to the institution's student affairs officer and to others authorized by institutional procedures.

    (c) A student who receives a written report under this section has the right to a hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee under s. UWS 14.08 to contest the determination that academic misconduct occurred, or the choice of disciplinary sanction, or both. If the student desires the hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee, the student must file a written request with the student affairs officer within 10 days of personal delivery or mailing of the written report. If the student does not request a hearing within this period, the determination of academic misconduct shall be regarded as final, and the disciplinary sanction recommended shall be imposed.

    (4) PROCESS FOLLOWING DETERMINATION BY THE INSTRUCTOR THAT DISCIPLINARY PROBATION, SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION MAY BE WARRANTED.

    (a) If, as a result of a discussion under sub. (1), the instructor determines that academic misconduct did occur and that disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion under s. UWS 14.04 (1)(i) or (j) should be recommended, the instructor shall provide a written report to the investigating officer, which shall contain the following:

    1. A description of the misconduct; and
    2. Specification of the sanction recommended.

    (b) Upon receipt of a report under this subsection, the investigating officer may proceed, in accordance with s. UWS 14.07 , to impose a disciplinary sanction.

    UWS 14.07 PROCEDURES: DISCIPLINARY SANCTION IMPOSED FOLLOWING A REPORT OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER. The investigating officer may proceed in accordance with this section to impose, subject to hearing and appeal rights, one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in s. UWS 14.04 (1)(g) through (j).

    (1) AUTHORITY OF INVESTIGATING OFFICER. The investigating officer may proceed in accordance with this section when he or she receives information that a student at the institution has engaged in alleged academic misconduct and:

    (a) Some or all of the alleged academic misconduct occurred outside the scope of any course for which the involved student is currently registered;
    (b) The involved student has previously engaged in academic misconduct subject to the disciplinary sanctions listed in s. UWS 14.04 (1)(d) through (j);
    (c) The alleged misconduct would, if proved to have occurred, warrant a sanction of disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion; or
    (d) The instructor in the course is unable to proceed.

    (2) CONFERENCE WITH STUDENT. When the investigating officer concludes that proceedings under this section are warranted, he or she shall promptly offer to discuss the matter with the student. The purpose of this discussion is to permit the investigating officer to review with the student the bases for his or her belief that the student engaged in academic misconduct and to afford the student an opportunity to respond.

    (3) CONFERENCE WITH INSTRUCTOR. An investigating officer proceeding under this section shall discuss the matter with an involved instructor. This discussion may occur either before or after the conference with the student. It may include consultation with the instructor on the facts underlying the alleged academic misconduct and on the propriety of the recommended sanction.

    (4) DETERMINATION BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER THAT NO ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT OCCURRED. If, as a result of discussions under subs. (2) and (3), the investigating officer determines that academic misconduct did not in fact occur or that no disciplinary sanction is warranted under the circumstances, the matter will be considered resolved without the necessity for further action or a written report.

    (5) PROCESS FOLLOWING DETERMINATION BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER THAT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT OCCURRED.

    (a) If, as a result of discussions under subs. (2) and (3), the investigating officer determines that academic misconduct did occur and that one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed under s. UWS 14.04 (1)(g) through (j) should be recommended, the investigating officer shall prepare a written report so informing the student, which shall contain the following:

    1. A description of the misconduct;
    2. Specification of the sanction recommended;
    3. Notice of the student's right to a hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee; and
    4. A copy of the institutional procedures adopted to implement this section.

    (b) The written report shall be delivered personally to the student or mailed to the student by regular first class United States mail at his or her current address, as maintained at the institution. In addition, a copy of the report shall be provided to the instructor and to the institution's student affairs officer.

    (c) A student who receives a written report under this section has the right to a hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee under s. UWS 14.08 to contest the determination that academic misconduct occurred, or the choice of disciplinary sanction, or both.

    1. Except in cases where the disciplinary sanction recommended is disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion, if the student desires the hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee, the student must file a written request with the student affairs officer within 10 days of personal delivery or mailing of the written report. If the student does not request a hearing within this period, the determination of academic misconduct shall be regarded as final, and the disciplinary sanction recommended shall be imposed.
    2. In cases where the disciplinary sanction recommended is disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion, the student affairs officer shall, upon receipt of the written report under par. (b), proceed under s. UWS 14.08 to schedule a hearing on the matter. The purpose of the hearing shall be to review the determination that academic misconduct occurred and the disciplinary sanction recommended. A hearing will be conducted unless the student waives, in writing, the right to such a hearing.

    UWS 14.08 PROCEDURES: HEARING.

    (1) If a student requests a hearing, or a hearing is required to be scheduled under s. UWS 14.07 (5)(c)2, the student affairs officer shall take the necessary steps to convene the academic misconduct hearing committee and shall schedule the hearing within 10 days of receipt of the request or written report, unless a different time period is mutually agreed upon by the student, instructor or investigating officer, and the members of the hearing committee.

    (2) Reasonably in advance of the hearing, the committee shall obtain from the instructor or investigating officer, in writing, a full explanation of the facts upon which the determination of misconduct was based, and shall provide a copy of Chapter UWS 14 to the student.

    (3) The hearing before the academic misconduct hearing committee shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements:

    (a) The student shall have the right to question adverse witnesses, the right to present evidence and witnesses, and to be heard in his or her own behalf, and the right to be accompanied by a representative of his or her choice.
    (b) The hearing committee shall not be bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence and may admit evidence having reasonable probative value, but shall exclude immaterial, irrelevant, or unduly repetitious testimony, and shall give effect to recognized legal privileges.
    (c) The hearing committee shall make a record of the hearing. The record shall include a verbatim record of the testimony, which may be a sound recording, and a file of the exhibits offered at the hearing. Any party to the hearing may obtain copies of the record at his or her own expense. Upon a showing of indigency and legal need, a party may be provided a copy of the verbatim record of the testimony without charge.
    (d) The hearing committee shall prepare written findings of fact and a written statement of its decision based upon the record of the hearing.
    (e) The hearing committee may find academic misconduct and impose a sanction of suspension or expulsion only if the proof of such misconduct is clear and convincing. In other cases, a finding of misconduct must be based on a preponderance of the credible evidence.
    (f) The committee may impose a disciplinary sanction that differs from the recommendation of the instructor or investigating officer.
    (g) The instructor or the investigating officer or both may be witnesses at the hearing conducted by the committee, but do not have responsibility for conducting the hearing.
    (h) The decision of the hearing committee shall be served upon the student either by personal delivery or by first class United States mail and shall become final within 10 days of service, unless an appeal is taken under s. UWS 14.09.

    UWS 14.09 APPEAL TO THE CHANCELLOR.

    (1) Where the sanction prescribed by the hearing committee is suspension or expulsion, the student may appeal to the Chancellor to review the decision of the hearing committee on the record. In such a case, the Chancellor shall sustain the decision of the academic misconduct hearing committee unless the Chancellor finds:
    (a) The evidence of record does not support the findings and recommendations of the hearing committee;
    (b) Established procedures were not followed by the academic misconduct hearing committee and material prejudice to the student resulted; or
    (c) The decision was based on factors proscribed by state or federal law regarding equal educational opportunities.

    (2) If the Chancellor makes a finding under sub. (1), the Chancellor may remand the matter for consideration by a different hearing committee, or, in the alternative, may invoke an appropriate remedy of his or her own.

    UWS 14.10 DISCRETIONARY APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS.

    Institutional decisions under ss. UWS 14.05 through 14.09 shall be final, except that the Board of Regents may, at its discretion, grant a review upon the record.

    UWS 14.11. SETTLEMENT. The procedures set forth in this chapter do not preclude a student from agreeing that academic misconduct occurred and to the imposition of a sanction, after proper notice has been given. Required written reports, however, may not be waived.

    UWS 14.12 EFFECT OF DISCIPLINE WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.

    Suspension or expulsion shall be systemwide in effect.

    (1) 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.

    (2) Upon completion of a suspension period, a student may re-enroll in the institution which suspended him or her as if no suspension had been imposed.

    UWS 14.13 RIGHT TO PETITION FOR READMISSION. A student who has been expelled may petition for readmission, and a student who has been suspended may petition for readmission prior to the expiration of the suspension period. The petition for readmission must be in writing and directed to the chancellor of the institution from which the student was suspended or expelled. The 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 elected representatives of the faculty, academic staff, and students, adopt procedures for determining whether such petitions will be granted or denied.

    UWS 14.14 INVESTIGATING OFFICER. The chancellor of each institution, in consultation with faculty, academic staff, and student representatives, shall designate an investigating officer or officers for student academic misconduct. The investigating officer shall have responsibility for investigating student academic misconduct and initiating procedures for academic misconduct under s. UWS 14.07 . An investigating officer may also serve on the academic misconduct hearing committee for a case, if he or she has not otherwise been involved in the matter.

    UWS 14.15 ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT HEARING COMMITTEE: institutional option. The chancellor of each institution, in consultation with faculty, academic staff, and student representatives, shall adopt policies providing for the establishment of a student academic misconduct hearing committee or designation of a hearing examiner to fulfill the responsibilities of the academic misconduct hearing committee in this chapter.

    (1) A student academic misconduct hearing committee shall consist of at least three persons, including a student or students, and the presiding officer shall be appointed by the chancellor. The presiding officer and at least one other member shall constitute a quorum at any hearing held pursuant to due notice.

    (2) A hearing examiner shall be selected by the chancellor from the faculty and staff of the institution.

    UWS 14.16 NOTICE TO STUDENTS. Each institution shall publish and make freely available to students copies of Chapter UWS 14 and any institutional policies implementing Chapter UWS 14.

    UWS 14.17 NOTICE TO INSTRUCTORS. Each institution shall adopt procedures to ensure that instructors are familiar with these policies. Each institution shall provide instructors with copies of Chapter UWS 14 and any institutional policies implementing Chapter UWS 14 upon employment with the university, and each department chair shall be provided such copies upon assuming the duties of the chair.

    UWS 14.18 CONSISTENT INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES. Each institution is authorized to adopt policies consistent with this chapter. A copy of such policies shall be filed with the Board of Regents and the University of Wisconsin System Office of Academic Affairs.

    Non-Academic Misconduct (Chapter UWS 17)

    Chapter UWS 17 is an administrative code adopted by the Board of Regents as a set of disciplinary procedures for the University System. These procedures describe the actions which the University may take in response to student misconduct; they define non-academic misconduct which is prohibited; and they outline procedures which are to be used in resolving allegations of misconduct. (Academic misconduct is covered in UWS 14).

    Chapter UWS 17 as it existed on August 31, 2009, was repealed and a new chapter UWS 17 was created effective September 1, 2009.

    STUDENT NONACADEMIC DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

    FLOW CHART

    UWS 17.01 Policy Statement

    UWS 17.02 Definitions

    UWS 17.03 Consistent institutional policies

    UWS 17.04 Notice to students

    UWS 17.05 Designation of investigating officer

    UWS 17.06Nonacademic misconduct hearing examiner

    UWS 17.07Nonacademic misconduct hearing committee

    UWS 17.08Nonacademic misconduct occurring on or outside university lands

    UWS 17.09 Conduct subject to disciplinary action

    UWS 17.10Disciplinary sanctions

    UWS 17.11Disciplinary procedure

    UWS 17.12 Hearing

    UWS 17.13Appeal to the chancellor

    UWS 17.14 Discretionary appeal to the board of regents

    UWS 17.15Settlement

    UWS 17.16Effect of discipline within the institution

    UWS 17.17Effect of suspension or expulsion within the university system

    UWS 17.18Petition for restoration of rights after suspension or expulsion

    UWS 17.19Emergency suspension

    UWS 17.01 Policy statement. The missions of the Universityof Wisconsin System and its individual institutions can be realized only if the university’s teaching, learning, research and service activities occur in living and learning environments that are safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption and intimidation. In promoting such environments, the university has a responsibility to address student nonacademic misconduct; this responsibility is separate from and independent of any civil or criminal action resulting from a student’s conduct. This chapter defines nonacademic misconduct, provides university procedures for effectively addressing misconduct, and offers educational responses to misconduct. The University of Wisconsin System is committed to respecting students’ constitutional rights. Nothing in this chapter is intended to restrict students’ constitutional rights, including rights of freedom of speech or to peaceably assemble with others.

    UWS 17.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
    (1) "Chief administrative officer" means the chancellor of an institution or dean of a campus or their designees.
    (2) "Clear and convincing evidence" means information that would persuade a reasonable person to have a firm belief that a proposition is more likely true than not true. It is a higher standard of proof than "preponderance of the evidence."
    (3) "Days" means calendar days.
    (4) "Delivered" means sent by electronic means to the student’s official university email address and, in addition, provided by any of the following methods:
    (a) Given personally.
    (b) Placed in the student’s official university mailbox.
    (c) Mailed by regular first class United States mail to the student’s current address as maintained by the institution.
    (5) "Disciplinary file" means the record maintained by the student affairs officer responsible for student discipline.
    (6) "Disciplinary probation" means a status in which a student may remain enrolled in the university only upon the condition that the student complies with specified standards of conduct or other requirements or restrictions on privileges, for a specified period of time, not to exceed two years.
    (7) "Disciplinary sanction" means any action listed in s. UWS 17.10 (1) taken in response to student nonacademic misconduct.
    (8) "Expulsion" means termination of student status with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges.
    (9) "Hearing examiner" means an individual, other than the investigating officer, appointed by the chief administrative officer in accordance with s. UWS 17.06 (2) for the purpose of conducting a hearing under s. UWS 17.12.
    (10) "Institution" means any university, or an organizational equivalent designated by the board, and the University of Wisconsin colleges.
    (11) "Investigating officer" means an individual, or his or her designee, appointed by the chief administrative officer of each institution, to conduct investigations of nonacademic misconduct under this chapter.
    (12) "Nonacademic misconduct hearing committee" or "committee" means the committee appointed pursuant to s. UWS 17.07 to conduct hearings under s. UWS 17.12.
    (13) "Preponderance of the evidence" means information that would persuade a reasonable person that a proposition is more probably true than not true. It is a lower standard of proof than "clear and convincing evidence" and is the minimum standard for a finding of responsibility under this chapter.
    (14) "Student" means any person who is registered for study in an institution for the academic period in which the misconduct occurred, or between academic periods, for continuing students.
    (15) "Student affairs officer" means the dean of students or student affairs officer designated by the chief administrative officer to coordinate disciplinary hearings and carry out duties described in this chapter.
    (16) "Suspension" means a loss of student status for a specified length of time, not to exceed two years, with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges.
    (17) "University lands" means all real property owned by, leased by, or otherwise subject to the control of the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

    UWS 17.03 Consistent institutional policies. Each institution is authorized to adopt policies consistent with this chapter. A copy of such policies shall be filed with the board of regents and the University of Wisconsin System office of academic affairs.

    UWS 17.04 Notice to students. Each institution shall publish ch. UWS 17 on its website and shall make ch. UWS 17 and any institutional policies implementing ch. UWS 17 freely available to students through the website or other means.

    UWS 17.05 Designation of investigating officer. The chief administrative officer of each institution shall designate an investigating officer or officers for allegations of student nonacademic misconduct. The investigating officer shall investigate student nonacademic misconduct and initiate procedures for nonacademic misconduct under s. UWS 17.11.

    UWS 17.06 Nonacademic misconduct hearing examiner.

    (1) The chief administrative officer of each institution, in consultation with faculty, academic staff. and student rep­resentatives, shall adopt policies providing for the designation of a student nonacademic misconduct hearing examiner to fulfill the responsibilities of the nonacademic misconduct hearing examiner in this chapter.
    (2) A hearing examiner shall be selected by the chief administrative officer from the faculty and staff of the institution, pursuant to the policies adopted under sub. (I).

    UWS 17.07 Nonacademic misconduct hearing committee.

    (1) The chief administrative officer of each institution, in consultation with faculty, academic staff, and student representatives, shall adopt policies providing for the establishment of a student nonacademic misconduct hearing committee to fulfill the responsibilities of the nonacademic misconduct hearing committee in this chapter.

    (2) A student nonacademic misconduct hearing committee shall consist of at least three persons, including at least one student, except that no such committee shall be constituted with a majority of members who are students. The presiding officer shall be appointed by the chief administrative officer. The presiding officer and at least one other member shall constitute a quorum at any hearing held pursuant to due notice.

     

    UWS 17.08 Nonacademic misconduct occurring on or outside of university lands.

    (1) MISCONDUCT ON UNIVERSITY LANDS. Except as provided in s. UWS 17.08 (2), the provisions contained in this chapter shall apply to the student conduct described in s. UWS 17.09 that occurs on university lands or at university-sponsored events.

    (2) MISCONDUCT OUTSIDE OF UNIVERSITY LANDS. The provisions contained in this chapter may apply to the student conduct described in s. UWS 17.09 that occurs outside of university lands only when, in the judgment of the investigating officer, the conduct adversely affects a substantial university interest. In determining whether the conduct adversely affects a substantial university interest, the investigating officer shall consider whether the conduct meets one or more of the following conditions:

    (a) The conduct constitutes or would constitute a serious criminal offense, regardless of the existence of any criminal proceedings.

    (b) The conduct indicates that the student presented or may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of himself, herself or others.

    (c) The conduct demonstrates a pattern of behavior that seriously impairs the university's ability to fulfill its teaching, research, or public service missions.

     

    UWS 17.09 Conduct subject to disciplinary action.

    In accordance with s. UWS 17.08, the university may discipline a student for engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage in any of the following types of nonacademic misconduct:

    (1) DANGEROUS CONDUCT.Conduct that endangers or threatens the health or safety of oneself or another person.

    (2) SEXUAL ASSAULT. Conduct defined in s. 940.225, Stats.

    (3) STALKING. Conduct defined in s. 940.32, Stats.

    (4) HARASSMENT. Conduct defined in s. 947.013, Stats.

    (5) HAZING. Conduct defined in s. 948.51, Stats.

    (6) 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.

    (7) 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.

    (8) 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.

    (9) 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.

    (10) MISUSE OF COMPUTING RESOURCES. Conduct that involves any of the following:

    (a) Failure to comply with laws, license agreements, and contracts governing university computer network, software, and hardware use.

    (b) Use of university computing resources for unauthorized commercial purposes or personal gain.

    (c) Failure to protect a personal password or university-authorized account.

    (d) Breach of computer security, invasion of privacy, or unauthorized access to university computing resources.

    (11) 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.

    (12) VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL LAW. Conduct that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by state or federal law.

    (13) SERIOUS AND REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF MUNICIPAL LAW. Serious and repeated off-campus violations of municipal law.

    (14) VIOLATION OF CH. UWS 18. Conduct that violates ch. UWS 18, including, but not limited to, provisions regulating tire safety, theft, and dangerous weapons.

    (15) VIOLATION OF UNIVERSITY RULES. Conduct that violates any published university rules, regulations, or policies, including provisions contained in university contracts with students.

    (16) NONCOMPLIANCE WITH DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS. Conduct that violates a sanction, requirement, or restriction imposed in connection with previous disciplinary action.

    UWS 17.10 Disciplinary sanctions.

    (1) The disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for nonacademic misconduct, in accordance with the procedures of ss. UWS 17.11 to 17.13, are any of the following:

    (a) A written reprimand.

    (b) Denial of specified university privileges.

    (c) Payment of restitution.

    (d) Educational or service sanctions, including community service.

    (e) Disciplinary probation.

    (f) Imposition of reasonable terms and conditions on continued student status.

    (g) Removal from a course in progress.

    (h) Enrollment restrictions on a course or program.

    (i) Suspension.

    (j) Expulsion.

    (2) One or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in sub. (I) may be imposed for an incident of nonacademic misconduct.

    (3) Disciplinary sanctions shall not include the termination or revocation of student financial aid; 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 a student for financial aid.

    UWS 17.11 Disciplinary procedure.

    (1) PROCESS. The investigating officer may proceed in accordance with this section to impose, subject to hearing and appeal rights, one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in s. UWS 17.10 (1).

    (2) CONFERENCE WITH STUDENT. When the investigating officer concludes that proceedings under this section are warranted, the investigating officer shall promptly contact the student in per­son, by telephone, or by electronic mail to offer to discuss the matter with the student. The purpose of this discussion is to permit the investigating officer to review with the student the basis for his or her belief that the student engaged in nonacademic misconduct, and to afford the student an opportunity to respond. If the student does not respond to the investigating officer's offer to discuss the matter, the investigating officer may proceed to make a determination on the basis of the available information.

    (3) DETERMINATION BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER THAT NO DISCIPLINARY SANCTION IS WARRANTED. If: as a result of a discussion under sub. (2) or review of available information, the investigating officer determines that nonacademic misconduct did not in fact occur, or that no disciplinary sanction is warranted under the circumstances, the matter will be considered resolved without the necessity for further action.

    (4) PROCESS FOLLOWING DETERMINATION BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER THAT NONACADEMIC MISCONDUCT OCCURRED.

    (a) If, as a result of a discussion under sub. (2) or review of available information, the investigating officer determines that nonacademic misconduct did occur and that one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed under s. UWS 17.10 (I) should be recommended, the investigating officer shall prepare a written report which shall contain all of the following:

    1.A description of the alleged misconduct.

    2. A description of all information available to the university regarding the alleged misconduct. Such information shall be available to the student upon request, except as may be precluded by applicable state or federal law.

    3.Specification of the sanction sought.

    4.Notice of the student's right to a hearing.

    5. A copy of this chapter and of the institutional procedures adopted to implement this section.

    (b) The written report shall be delivered to the student.

    (c) A student who receives a written report under this section has the right to a hearing under s. UWS 17.12 to contest the determination that nonacademic misconduct occurred, the choice of disciplinary sanctions, or both.

    1. Where the disciplinary sanction sought is one of those listed in s. UWS 17.10 (I) (a) to (g), and if the student desires a hearing, the student shall file a written request with the student affairs officer within 10 days of the date the written report is deliv­ered to the student. If the student does not request a hearing within this period, the determination of nonacademic misconduct shall be regarded as final, and the disciplinary sanction sought shall be imposed.

    2. Where the disciplinary sanction sought is one of those listed in s. UWS 17.1 0 (l) (h) to (j), the investigating officer shall forward a copy of the written report under par. (b) to the student affairs officer. The student affairs officer shall, upon receipt of the written report, proceed under s. UWS 17.12 to schedule a hearing on the matter. A hearing shall be conducted unless the student waives, in writing, the right to such a hearing.

    UWS 17.12 Hearing.

    (1) A student who requests a hearing, or for whom a hearing is scheduled under s. UWS 17.11 (4)(c) 2., shall have the right to decide whether the matter will be heard by a hearing examiner or a hearing committee.

    (2) If a student requests a hearing under s. UWS 17.11 (4)(c) 1., or a hearing is required to be scheduled under s. UWS 17.11 (4) (c) 2., the student affairs officer shall take the necessary steps to convene the hearing and shall schedule it within 15 days of receipt of the request or written report. The hearing shall be conducted within 45 days of receipt of the request or written report, unless a different time period is mutually agreed upon by the student and investigating officer, or is ordered or permitted by the hearing examiner or committee.

    (3) No less than 5 days in advance of the hearing, the hearing examiner or committee shall obtain from the investigating officer, in writing, a full explanation of the facts upon which the determination of misconduct was based, and shall provide the student with access to or copies of the investigating officer's explanation, together with any other materials provided to the hearing examiner or committee by the investigating officer, including any additional available information of the type described in s. UWS 17.11 (4)(a) 2.

    (4) The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the following guidance and requirements:

    (a) The hearing process shall further the educational purposes and reflect the university context of nonacademic misconduct proceedings. The process need not conform to state or federal rules of criminal or civil procedure, except as expressly provided in ch. UWS 17.

    (b) The student shall have the right to question adverse witnesses, the right to present information and witnesses, the right to be heard on his or her own behalf, and the right to be accompanied by an advisor of the student's choice. The advisor may be a lawyer. In cases where the recommended disciplinary sanction is identified in s. UWS 17.10 (1) (a) to (h), the advisor may counsel the student, but may not directly question adverse witnesses, present information or witnesses, or speak on behalf of the student except at the discretion of the hearing examiner or committee. In cases where the recommended disciplinary sanction is identified in s. UWS 17.10 (1) (i) or (j), or where the student has been charged with a crime in connection with the same conduct for which the disciplinary sanction is sought, the advisor may question adverse witnesses, present information and witnesses, and speak on behalf of the student. In accordance with the educational purposes of the hearing, the student is expected to respond on his or her own behalf to questions asked of him or her during the hearing.

    (c) The hearing examiner or committee:

    1. Shall admit information that has reasonable value in proving the facts, but may exclude immaterial, irrelevant, or unduly repetitious testimony.

    2.Shall observe recognized legal privileges.

    3.May take reasonable steps to maintain order, and to adopt procedures for the questioning of a witness appropriate to the circumstances of that witness's testimony, provided. however, whatever procedure is adopted, the student is allowed to effectively question the witness.

    (d) The hearing examiner or committee shall make a record of the hearing. The record shall include a verbatim record of the testimony, which may be a sound recording, and a file of the exhibits offered at the hearing. The student charged with misconduct may access the record, upon the student's request.

    (e) The hearing examiner or committee shall prepare written findings of fact and a written statement of its decision based upon the record of the hearing.

    (f) A hearing examiner's or committee's finding of nonacademic misconduct shall be based on one of the following:

    1. Clear and convincing evidence, when the sanction to be imposed is one of those listed in s. UWS 17.10 (I) (h) to (j).

    2. A preponderance of the evidence, when the sanction to be imposed is one of those listed in s. UWS 17.10 (I) (a) to (g).

    3. A preponderance of the evidence, regardless of the sanction to be imposed, in all cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

    (g) The hearing examiner or committee may impose one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in s. UWS 17.10 (I) (a) to (g) that differs from the recommendation of the investigating officer. Sanctions under s. UWS 17.10 (I) (h) to (j) may not be imposed unless previously recommended by the investigating officer.

    (h) The hearing shall be conducted by the hearing examiner or committee, and the university's case against the student shall be presented by the investigating officer or his or her designee.

    (i) The decision of the hearing examiner or committee shall be prepared within 14 days of the hearing, and delivered to the student. The decision shall become final within 14 days of the date on the written decision, unless an appeal is taken under s. UWS 17.13.

    (j) If a party fails to appear at a scheduled hearing and to proceed, the hearing examiner or committee may either dismiss the case or, based upon the information provided, find that the student committed the misconduct alleged.

    (k) Disciplinary hearings are subject to the Wisconsin open meetings law and may be closed if the student whose case is being heard requests a closed hearing or if the hearing examiner or committee determines that it is necessary to hold a closed hearing, as permitted under the Wisconsin open meetings law. Deliberations of the committee shall be held in closed session, in accordance with s. 19.85, Stats. As such, proper notice and other applicable rules shall be followed.

    UWS 17.13 Appeal to the chancellor.

    (1) Where the sanction prescribed by the hearing examiner or committee is one of those listed in s. UWS 17.10 (I) (h) to (j), the student may appeal to the chief administrative officer within 14 days of the date of the written decision to review the decision of the hearing examiner or committee, based upon the record. In such a case, the chief administrative officer has 30 days from receipt of the student's appeal to respond and shall sustain the decision of the non­academic misconduct hearing examiner or committee unless the chief administrative officer finds any of the following:

    (a) The information in the record does not support the findings or decision of the hearing examiner or committee.

    (b) Appropriate procedures were not followed by the nonacademic misconduct hearing examiner or committee and material prejudice to the student resulted.

    (c) The decision was based on factors proscribed by state or federal law.

    (2) If the chancellor makes a finding under sub. (I), the chancellor may return the matter for consideration by a different hearing examiner or committee, or may invoke an appropriate remedy of his or her own.

    UWS 17.14 Discretionary appeal to the board of regents.

    Institutional decisions under ss. UWS 17.11 to 17.13 shall be final, except that the board of regents may, at its discretion, grant a review upon the record.

    UWS 17.15 Settlement.

    The procedures set forth in this chapter allow the university and a student to enter into a settlement agreement regarding the alleged misconduct, after proper notice has been given. Any such agreement and its terms shall be in writing and signed by the student and the investigating officer or studentaffairs officer. The case is concluded when a copy of the signed agreement is delivered to the student.

    UWS 17.16 Effect of discipline within the institution.

    A student who, at the time of commencement, is subject to a continuing disciplinary sanction under s. UWS 17.10 (I) or unresolved disciplinary charges as a result of a report under s. UWS 17.11, shall not be awarded a degree during the pendency of the sanction or disciplinary proceeding.

    UWS 17.17 Effect of suspension or expulsion within the university system.

    (1) Suspension or expulsion shall be systemwide in effect and shall be noted on an individual's transcript, with suspension noted only for the duration of the suspension period.

    (2) A student who is suspended from one institution in the University of Wisconsin System may not enroll in another institution in the system until the suspension has expired by its own terms, except as provided in s. UWS 17.18.

    (3) A student who is expelled from one institution in the University of Wisconsin System may not enroll in another institution in the system, except as provided in s. UWS 17.18.

    (4) A person who is in a state of suspension or expulsion from the university under this chapter, or who leaves or withdraws from the university while under nonacademic misconduct charges under this chapter, may not be present on any campus without the written consent of the chief administrative officer of that campus.

    (5) Upon completion of a suspension period, a student who is academically eligible may re-enroll in the institution which suspended him or her, provided all conditions from previous disciplinary sanctions have been met.

    UWS 17.18 Petition for restoration of rights after suspension or expulsion.

    A student who has been suspended may petition to have his or her student status, rights, and privileges restored before the suspension has expired by its own terms under s. UWS 17.17 (2). A student who has been expelled may petition for the right to apply for readmission. The petition shall be in writing and directed to the chief administrative officer of the institu­tion from which the student was suspended or expelled or of a dif­ferent University of Wisconsin institution to which the student seeks admission. The chief administrative officer shall make the readmission decision.

    UWS 17.19 Emergency suspension.

    (1) The chief administrative officer may impose an emergency suspension on a student, pending final institutional action on a report of nonacademic misconduct, in accordance with the procedures of this section.

    (2) The chief administrative officer of each institution may impose an emergency suspension on a student when all of the following conditions are met:

    (a) The investigating officer has made a reasonable attempt to offer the student the opportunity for discussion, either in person or by telephone.

    (b) The investigating officer recommends a sanction of sus­pension or expulsion.

    (c) The chief administrative officer concludes, based on the available information, that the misconduct occurred and that the student's continued presence on campus meets one or more of the following conditions:

    1. Would constitute a potential for serious harm to the student.

    2.Would constitute a potential for serious harm to others.

    3. Would pose a threat of serious disruption of university-run or university-authorized activities.

    4. Would constitute a potential for serious damage to university facilities or property.

    (3) If the chief administrative officer determines that an emergency suspension is warranted under sub. (2), he or she shall promptly have written notification of the emergency suspension delivered to the student. The chief administrative officer's decision to impose an emergency suspension shall be effective immediately when delivered to the student and is final.

    (4) Where an emergency suspension is imposed, the hearing on the underlying allegations of misconduct shall be held, either on or outside of university lands, within 21 days of the imposition of the emergency suspension, unless the student agrees to a later date.

    (5) An emergency suspension imposed in accordance with this section shall be in effect until the decision in the hearing on the underlying charges pursuant to s. UWS 17.12 is rendered or the chief administrative officer rescinds the emergency suspension. In no case shall an emergency suspension remain in effect for longer than 30 days, unless the student agrees to a longer period.

    (6) If the chief administrative officer determines that none of the conditions specified in sub. (2) (c) are present, but that misconduct may have occurred, the case shall proceed in accordance with s. UWS 17.12.



    Conduct on University Land (Chapter UWS 18)

    UWS 18.01 Jurisdiction.
    UWS 18.02 Definitions.
    UWS 18.03 Law enforcement.
    UWS 18.04 Traffic rules.
    UWS 18.05 Parking rules.
    UWS 18.06 Protection of resources.
    UWS 18.07 Use of campus facilities.
    UWS 18.08 Personal conduct prohibitions.

    UWS 18.09 Alcohol and drug prohibitions.
    UWS 18.10 Offenses against public safety.
    UWS 18.11 Offenses against public peace and order.
    UWS 18.12 Property offenses.
    UWS 18.13 Penalties.
    UWS 18.14 Institutional regulations.
    UWS 18.15 Additional statutory penalty provisions regulating
    conduct on university lands.

    UWS 18.01 Jurisdiction These rules shall regulate conduct on all lands subject to the control of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

    UWS 18.02 Definitions For purposes of this chapter:
    (1) "Board of regents" or "board" means the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
    (2) "Building" means any structure, including stadia, on university lands.
    (3) The "chief administrative officer" means the chancellor of an institution or dean of a campus or their designees.
    (4) "Discharge pollutants into storm sewers" means placing pollutants or water containing pollutants into any storm sewer on or serving university lands.
    (5) "Discharge pollutants to storm water" means placing pollutants onto university lands so that they are carried by storm water to waters of the state.
    (6) "Pollutants" has the meaning described in s. 283.01 (13), Stats.
    (7) "University lands" means all real property owned by, leased by, or otherwise subject to the control of the board of regents.

    UWS 18.03 Law enforcement
    (1) The board may designate peace officers who are authorized to enforce these rules and regulations and to police all lands under the control of the board. These officers shall have all the powers provided in s. 36.11 (2), Stats., except where such powers are specifically limited or modified by the board. These officers may accept concurrent appointments as deputy sheriffs.
    (2) Uniformed peace officers shall be identified by an appropriate shield or badge bearing the word "Police" and a number or name plate, which shall be conspicuously worn when enforcing this chapter. Peace officers assigned to non-uniformed duties shall identify themselves with an appropriate badge or police identification card when enforcing this chapter.
    (3) Parking attendants are authorized to enforce the parking regulations in s. UWS 18.05.

    UWS 18.04 Traffic rules
    (1) No person may operate any motor vehicle (self-propelled vehicle) on any roadway under the control of the board without a valid and current operator’s license issued under ch. 343, Stats., except a person exempt under the provisions of s. 343.05, Stats.
    (2) No person may operate any motor vehicle on any roadway under the control of the regents unless the same has been properly registered as provided by ch. 341, Stats., unless exempt under the provisions of s. 341.05, Stats.
    (3) All provisions of ch. 346, Stats., entitled "Rules of the Road," which are applicable to highways as defined in s. 340.01
    (22), Stats., and which are not in conflict with any specific provisions of these regulations, are hereby adopted for the regulation f all vehicular traffic, including bicycles, on all roadways, including those off-street areas designated as parking facilities, under the control of the board and are intended to apply with the same force and effect. All traffic shall obey the posted signs approved by the chief administrative officer regulating such traffic.
    (4) All provisions of ch. 347, Stats., entitled "Equipment of Vehicles" which are applicable to highways as defined in s. 340.01 (22), Stats., are hereby adopted for the regulation of all vehicular traffic on the roadways under the control of the board and are intended to apply with the same force and effect, except those provisions of ch. 347, Stats., which conflict with specific provisions of these regulations.
    (5) The chief administrative officer may require the registration of all student, faculty, or staff motor vehicles or bicycles on university lands under said officer’s jurisdiction and may limit or prohibit their use in designated areas during designated hours. Any person who violates institutional regulations promulgated under this subsection may be fined up to $25.

    UWS 18.05 Parking Rules
    (1) Parking is prohibited at all times on roads, drives and fire lanes traversing university
    lands, except that the chief administrative officer is authorized to establish parking areas, parking limits, and methods of parking on the lands under said officer’s jurisdiction, and may designate parking areas for specific groups at specific times, providing such areas are properly posted as parking areas. Parking in university parking facilities may be restricted or prohibited as required for reasons of maintenance and snow removal.
    (2) Except as provided in sub. (3), parking in university parking areas shall be prohibited during posted times to persons other than those specifically assigned to those areas. Motor vehicles so assigned to any parking areas shall be identified by a valid parking permit affixed to the vehicle in a manner prescribed by the chief administrative officer.
    (3) (a) In order to provide parking in university parking facilities for patrons of public university events, motor vehicles may be permitted to park in facilities designated for this purpose by the chief administrative officer. Public events parking shall be for a limited time only, not exceeding 12 hours continuously, and appropriate fees may be established. Otherwise valid permits are voidable during this period.
    (b) The chief administrative officer may establish visitor parking lots and set appropriate fees for parking in those lots.
    (c) Unrestricted and unassigned parking areas for students, faculty, staff and visitors may be established by the chief administrative officer.
    (4) (a) Parking shall be prohibited at all times in areas which must be kept clear for the passage of fire apparatus. These areas shall be designated by standard signs reading "Fire Zone, No Parking at Any Time, Day or Night" or "Fire Lane, No Parking at Any Time, Day or Night."
    (b) Parking is prohibited at all times in areas which must be kept clear for vehicles to load and unload. These areas shall be
    designated by appropriate signs.
    (5) Motor vehicles parked in a restricted parking area without a valid permit or motor vehicles parked in a fire zone, fire lane, loading zone, or no parking zone, and unlicensed or partially dismantled motor vehicles may, at the owner’s expense, be towed from the restricted parking areas and stored. Towed vehicles, if not claimed after notice to the owner, shall be considered abandoned and shall be disposed of as provided in s. 20.909 (1), Stats.
    (6) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section may be fined up to $200. Each institution shall establish a
    schedule of fines, which may include penalties for late payment.

    UWS 18.06 Protection of resources
    (1) PROHIBITED ACTS; LAND

    No person may remove any shrubs, vegetation, wood, timber, rocks, stone, earth, signs, fences, or other materials from university lands, unless authorized by the chief administrative officer.
    (2) PROHIBITED ACTS; WILDLIFE
    No person may remove, destroy, or molest any bird, animal or fish life within the boundaries of university lands except as authorized by the chief administrative officer or except when this provision conflicts with a special order of the department of natural resources.
    (3) PROHIBITED DUMPING; PROHIBITED DISCHARGES TO STORM WATER
    (a) No person may dump or deposit any garbage, waste, hazardous material, rubbish, brush, earth or other debris or fill into any university dumpster or garbage receptacle or on any university lands unless authorized by the chief administrative officer.
    (b) No person may discharge pollutants to storm water or storm sewers on or serving university lands, except where authorized by the chief administrative officer and in conformance with state law.
    Note: Nothing in these rules precludes campus law enforcement officers from pursuing informal educational resolutions in lieu of prosecuting a citation in appropriate
    circumstances.

    UWS 18.07 Use of campus facilities
    (1) ACCESS TO ROOFS, SERVICE TUNNELS, AND MAINTENANCE FACILITIES PROHIBITED
    No person may climb into, out of, or onto any university building, service tunnels or maintenance facilities, or walk or climb upon any university building or roof, except when emergency access to a fire escape is necessary, for required maintenance, or when authorized by the chief administrative officer.
    (2) CLOSING HOURS
    (a) Except as specifically provided in this code, the chief administrative officer may establish closing hours and closed periods for university lands, buildings, or portions thereof. These closing hours and closed periods shall be posted in at least one conspicuous place adjacent to or at the periphery of the area to be closed or, in the case of buildings, on the buildings
    (b) No person, unless authorized to be present during closed periods, may enter or remain within the designated university lands, buildings, or portions thereof during a closed period established under this section.
    (c) For the purpose of par. (b), "person authorized to be present" means a person authorized to be present by an order issued pursuant to par. (a) or s. 36.35 (2), Stats.
    (d) No person, except those authorized to be present after the posted closing hour, may enter or remain in any university arboretum or picnic area unless traversing those areas or on park roads at the times the roads are open to the public.
    (3) LIMITED ENTRANCE
    The chief administrative officer may, by posting appropriate signs, limit or prohibit entrance to university lands, or portions thereof, in order to maintain or preserve an instruction or research area.
    (4) PICNICKING AND CAMPING
    No person may picnic or camp on university lands, except in those areas specifically designated as picnic or camping grounds, or as authorized by the chief administrative officer. No person may violate any rules and regulations for picnicking or camping established and posted by the chief administrative officer. For purposes of this subsection, camping shall include the pitching of tents or the overnight use of sleeping bags, blankets, makeshift shelters, motor homes, campers or camp trailers.
    (5) PROHIBITIONS ON BLOCKING ENTRANCES
    No person may intentionally physically block or restrict entrance to or exit from any university building or portion thereof with intent to deny to others their right of ingress to, egress from, or use of the building.
    (6) RESTRICTED USE OF STUDENT CENTERS OR UNIONS
    No person, except members of the student center or union, university faculty and staff, invited guests, and university-sponsored conference groups, may use student center or union buildings and grounds except on occasions when, and in those areas where, the buildings or grounds are open to the general public.
    (7) STRUCTURES
    No person may place or erect any facility or structure upon university lands unless authorized by the chief administrative officer.

    UWS 18.08 Personal conduct prohibitions
    (1) ANIMALS
    (a) The presence of dogs, cats, and other pets is prohibited in all university buildings and in arboretums at all times except as authorized by the chief administrative officer. The chief administrative officer may also prohibit the presence of dogs, cats, and other pets on other designated university lands.
    (b) The presence of dogs, cats and other pets is prohibited on all university lands not described in par. (a) unless the animal is on a leash which is physically controlled by the individual responsible for the animal, except as authorized by the chief administrative officer.
    (c) The chief administrative officer may not grant the exceptions allowed under par. (a) and (b) in any outdoor area where food is being served or where animals are otherwise prohibited by sign-age.
    (d) Any pet waste deposited on university lands shall be removed and properly disposed of by the individual responsible
    for the animal.
    (e) Any individual found in violation of this subsection may have the animal for which they are responsible impounded and be subject to the penalty provisions in s. UWS 18.13.
    (f) This section does not apply to police and service animals when those animals are working.
    (2) ATHLETIC EVENTS
    (a) No person may enter onto the playing surface of an officially sanctioned athletic event while the event is in progress without prior authorization from the chief administrative officer. An event is in progress from the time when teams, officials, trainers, support staff, or bands first reach the playing surface until the time when they have left.
    (b) As used in this subsection, "playing surface" means that area on which the event is contested, together with the contiguous area used by teams, officials, trainers, and support staff.
    (3) BICYCLES
    No person may park or store a bicycle in buildings, on sidewalks or driveways, or in motor vehicle parking
    spaces, except in areas designated for that purpose or in bicycle racks, or as authorized by university housing policies. Bicycles shall be parked so as not to obstruct free passage of vehicles and pedestrians. Bicycle riding is prohibited on university lands when and where the intent is to perform tricks or stunts and those tricks or stunts may result in injury to any person or cause damage to property.
    (4) DEPOSIT OF HUMAN WASTE PRODUCTS
    No person may deposit human waste products upon, nor urinate or defecate upon, any university lands or facilities other than into a toilet or other device designed and intended to be used to ultimately deposit such human waste products into a septic or sanitary sewer system.
    (5) IMPROPER USE OF UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS
    (a) No person may falsify, alter or duplicate, or request the unauthorized falsification, alteration or duplication, of a university identification card.
    (b) No person may knowingly present a false, altered or duplicate university identification card with the intent that such card be relied upon by university employees, university agents, or state or local officials in connection with obtaining services, privileges or goods.
    (c) No person may knowingly use or permit another person to use a university identification card for the purpose of making a false statement with respect to the identity of the user, and with the intent that such statement be relied upon by university employees or agents in connection with obtaining university services, privileges or goods.
    (d) University officials may confiscate false, altered or duplicate university identification cards, or university identification cards used in violation of par. (c).
    (6) PHYSICAL SECURITY COMPLIANCE (a) No person may ignore, bypass, circumvent, damage, interfere with, or attempt to deceive by fraudulent means, any university authorized security measure or monitoring device, whether temporary or permanent, that is intended to prevent or limit access to, or enhance the security of, university lands, events, facilities or portions thereof.
    (b) No person may duplicate, falsify or fraudulently obtain a university key or access control device, or make any unauthorized attempt to accomplish the same.
    (c) No person who is authorized to possess a university key or access control device may transfer a university key or access control device to an unauthorized person, nor may any unauthorized person be in possession of a university key or access control device.
    (d) Any university key or access control device in the possession of an unauthorized person may be confiscated by any authorized university official.
    (7) LOITERING. (a) No minor person may loiter, idle, wander or play, either on foot or in or on any vehicle of any nature, on university lands between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and the hours of midnight through 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other adult person having care and custody of the minor.
    (b) This subsection shall not apply to minors returning home from functions authorized by any school or religious organization and carrying proof of identification on their persons, or to currently enrolled university students.
    (8) MISUSE OF PARKING SERVICES. (a) No person may falsify, alter or duplicate or request the unauthorized falsification, alteration or duplication of any type of university parking permit.
    (b) No person may knowingly display on a vehicle, or knowingly allow another person to display on a vehicle, a falsified,
    altered, duplicated, stolen, lost or found parking permit.
    (c) No person may knowingly provide false information to any university employee or agent with the intent to obtain a valid university parking permit.
    (9) POSTINGS AND SIGNAGE. (a) No person may erect, post or attach any notices, posters, pictures or any item of a similar nature in or on any building or upon other university lands except on regularly established bulletin boards, or as authorized by the provisions of this code or by the chief administrative officer.
    (b) No person may fail to comply with a sign that reasonably conveys prohibited behavior and that has been approved and
    posted on university buildings or lands in compliance with the university’s formal process for posting signs. This subsection
    does not apply to traffic related offenses (ch. 346, Stats.).
    (10) RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. (a) No person may swim, fish, boat, snowmobile, ride horseback or use any type of all-terrain or off-road vehicle on university lands except in those areas and at times expressly designated by the chief administrative officer and denoted by official signs.
    (b) No person may dock, moor, park, or store any boats, boating gear, snowmobiles, or similar equipment on university lands except under conditions specified by the chief administrative officer.
    (11) SMOKING. (a) No person may smoke in any residence hall or other university-owned or university-leased student housing or in any location that is 25 feet or less from such residence hall or housing.
    (b) No person may smoke in any nonresidential university building except in those areas designated for that purpose.
    (12) TICKET SCALPING. (a) Every ticket or other evidence of the right of entry to any amusement, game, contest, exhibition, event, or performance given by or under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin System, or an institution or center of the University of Wisconsin System, shall be considered a revocable license to the person to whom the ticket has been issued and shall be transferable only on the terms and conditions prescribed on the ticket or other evidence of the right of entry.
    (b) No person may buy or sell a ticket or other evidence of the right of entry for more than the price printed upon the face of the ticket.

    UWS 18.09 Alcohol and drug prohibitions
    (1) ALCOHOL BEVERAGES
    (a) The use or possession of alcohol beverages is prohibited on all university premises, except in faculty and staff housing and as permitted by the chief administrative officer, subject to statutory age restrictions. The chief administrative officer may generally permit the use or possession of alcohol beverages by promulgating institutional regulations in consultation with appropriate staff and students, or in specific instances by written permission.
    (b) No person may procure, sell, dispense or give away alcohol beverages to any person contrary to the provisions of ch. 125, Stats.
    (c) In this subsection, "alcohol beverages" means fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors containing 0.5% or more of alcohol by volume.
    (d) Notwithstanding s. UWS 18.14, institutional regulations developed pursuant to this subsection shall be reported to the president of the system for review and approval.
    (2) POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
    (a) No person may use, or possess with the primary intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of ch. 961, Stats.
    (b) In this subsection, the term "drug paraphernalia" has the meaning specified in s. 961.571 (1), Stats.; the term "controlled substance" has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (4), Stats.; and the term "controlled substance analog" has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (4m), Stats.
    (c) In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia under this subsection, the factors listed in s. 961.572, Stats., and all other legally relevant factors, shall be considered.
    (3) POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
    (a) No person may intentionally use or possess marijuana on university lands, except when such use or possession is authorized under ch. 961, Stats., or is permitted under s. 961.34, Stats.
    (b) In this subsection, the term "marijuana" has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (14), Stats.

    UWS 18.10 Offenses against public safety
    (1) ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR
    (a) No person may intentionally strike, shove, hit, punch, kick or otherwise subject another person to physical contact or cause bodily harm without the consent of the person.
    (b) This subsection shall not be applicable if the individuals involved have a relationship, as defined in s. 968.075 (1) (a),
    Stats., which requires a law enforcement officer to investigate the matter as a domestic abuse incident.
    (2) CONTAINERS IN SPECTATOR FACILITIES
    No person may carry or possess any disposable container within the confines of public areas in spectator facilities. As used in this subsection "disposable container" means any bottle, can, or other container designed or used for carrying liquids or solids, but does not include a personally owned container designed for reuse and originally sold or purchased exclusively as a refillable container. The provisions of this section shall not apply to containers used or supplied by authorized concessionaires who are required to dispense beverages to consumers in either paper or plastic containers.
    (3) DANGEROUS WEAPONS
    (a) No person may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer or for law enforcement purposes.
    (b) No person may display or portray as real any object that resembles a dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer.
    (c) Dangerous weapons in violation of this subsection may be confiscated and removed from university lands by police.
    (d) In this subsection, the term "dangerous weapon" has the meaning specified in s. 939.22 (10), Stats.
    (4) FIRE SAFETY
    (a) No person may light, build or use, or cause another to light, build or use, any fires, including but not
    limited to burning candles, burning incense or gas or charcoal cooking appliances, on university lands or in university facilities except in such places as are established for these purposes and designated by the chief administrative officer.
    (b) No person may handle burning material in a highly negligent manner. In this subsection, burning material is handled in a highly negligent manner if it is handled under circumstances in which the person should realize that a substantial and unreasonable risk of serious damage to another’s property is created.
    (c) No person may throw away any cigarette, cigar, pipe ash or other burning material without first extinguishing it.
    (d) No person may interfere with, tamper with or remove, without authorization, any smoke detector, fire extinguisher, fire hose, fire hydrant or other fire fighting equipment.
    (e) No person may intentionally give a false fire alarm, whether by means of a fire alarm system or otherwise.
    (f) No person may deface, remove, tamper with or obstruct from view any sign which has been posted to provide directions for fire or emergency exits from university facilities.
    (g) No person may remain in any university facility or on university lands when an audible or visual fire alarm has been activated or upon being notified by fire fighting, law enforcement or security personnel to evacuate.
    (5) OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OFF ROADWAYS
    No person shall operate an unauthorized motor vehicle or motorized device, including motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters and self-balancing transportation devices, off designated roadways, paved or unpaved, or on service roads or pedestrian paths, regardless of the surface, on university lands. This subsection does not apply to motorized wheelchairs or other mobility devices which have the primary design function of assisting the physically challenged.
    (6) POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS
    (a) No person may possess or use fireworks on university lands without authorization from the chief administrative officer.
    (b) In this subsection, the term "fireworks" has the meaning specified in s. 167.10 (1), Stats.
    (7) RESISTING OR OBSTRUCTING POLICE OFFICERS
    (a) No person may knowingly resist or obstruct a university police officer while that officer is doing any act in an official capacity and with lawful authority.
    (b) In this subsection, "obstruct" includes without limitation knowingly giving false information or knowingly placing physical evidence with the intent to mislead a university police officer in the performance of his or her duty.
    (8) PLAY VEHICLES
    No person may use a skateboard, roller skates, roller blades, in-line skates, or any similar wheeled
    devices, a toboggan, or a sled anywhere on university lands, except as designated by the chief administrative officer.
    (9) THROWING HARD OBJECTS
    No person may, in a manner likely to cause physical harm or property damage, throw, drop, kick, hit or otherwise project any hard object, bottle, can, container, snowball or other item of a similar nature on university lands or within or from within university buildings or facilities.

    UWS 18.11 Offenses against public peace and order
    (1) COMPUTER USE
    (a) No person may, with intent to harass, annoy or offend another person, send a message to the person on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act.
    (b) No person may, with intent to harass, annoy or offend another person, send a message on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act.
    (c) No person may, with intent solely to harass another person, send repeated messages to the person on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system.
    (d) No person may, with intent solely to harass another person, send repeated messages on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the messages.
    (e) No person may, with intent to harass or annoy another person, send a message to the person on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system while intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the disclosure of his or her own identity.
    (f) No person may, while intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the disclosure of his or her identity and with intent to harass or annoy another person, send a message on an electronic
    mail or other computerized communication system with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message.
    (g) No person may knowingly permit or direct another person to send a message prohibited by this subsection from any computer terminal or other device that is used to send messages on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system and that is under his or her control.
    (2) DISORDERLY CONDUCT No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or
    otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance, in university buildings or on university lands.
    (3) IMPROPER USE OF TELEPHONES
    (a) No person may make or cause the telephone of another repeatedly to ring with intent to harass any person at the called number.
    (b) No person may make repeated telephone calls, whether or not conversation ensues, with intent to harass any person at the called number.
    (c) No person may intentionally use an emergency telephone in a university building or on university lands when the person knows or reasonably should know that no emergency exists.
    (d) No person, with the intent to harass or offend, may telephone another and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act.
    (e) No person, with the intent to harass any person at the called number, may make a telephone call, whether or not conversation ensues, without disclosing his or her identity.
    (f) No person may knowingly permit any telephone under his or her control to be used for any purpose prohibited by this subsection.
    (4) PICKETING, RALLIES, PARADES, DEMONSTRATIONS AND OTHER ASSEMBLIES
    (a) In order to preserve the order which is necessary for the enjoyment of freedom by members of the university community, and in order to prevent activities which physically obstruct access to university lands or buildings and prevent the university from carrying on its instructional, research, public service, or administrative functions, any picketing, rally, parade, demonstration, other assembly, or congregation of spectators to such activity may be declared unlawful if its participants:
    1. Intentionally gather or intentionally remain assembled outside any university building in such numbers, in such proximity to each other or in such fashion as to physically hinder entrance to, exit from, or normal use of the building.
    2. Intentionally congregate or assemble within any university building in such fashion as to obstruct or seriously impair university-sponsored or university-authorized activities, or in such fashion as to violate any of the following conditions:
    a. No group may be admitted into the private office of any faculty member or other university employee unless invited by the authorized occupant of that office, and then not in excess of the number designated or invited by that person.
    b. No group may obstruct or seriously impair passage through corridors, stairways, doorways, building entrances, fire exits, and reception areas leading to offices.
    c. No group, not authorized to do so by the person in immediate charge of the room, or by a person designated by the chief administrative officer to approve requests for the use of rooms for meetings, may enter or occupy any university building or part thereof.
    d. No group may assemble immediately outside rooms at times when they are normally in use for classes, study, or research.
    e. No signs supported by standards or sticks shall be permitted in any assembly in a university building.
    3. Intentionally create a volume of noise that unreasonably interferes with university-sponsored or university-authorized activities.
    4. Intentionally employ force or violence, or intentionally constitute an immediate threat of force or violence, against members of the university community or university property.
    (b) For the purpose of par. (a), "intentionally" means that the participant or spectator knew or reasonably should have known that his/her conduct by itself or in conjunction with the conduct of others would have the prohibited effect.
    (c) The chief administrative officer may designate a university official or officials who shall have primary authority to implement par. (a). He/she may prescribe limitations for any picketing, rally, parade, demonstration or other assembly in order that it will meet the requirements of par. (a). When informed of any picketing, rally, parade, demonstration, or other assembly which may not comply with par. (a), the chief administrative officer or the designee may proceed immediately to the site and determine if there is compliance with par. (a). If he/she finds a violation of par. (a), he/she may declare the assembly unlawful or he/she may prescribe those limitations on numbers, location or spacing of participants in the demonstration which are reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with par. (a). If he/she prescribes limitations, and if his/her limitations are not observed by the assembly, he/she may then declare the assembly unlawful. Any declaration of illegality or prescription of limitations shall be effective and binding upon the participants in the assembly unless and until modified or reversed.
    (d) Any participant or spectator within the group constituting an unlawful assembly who intentionally fails or refuses to withdraw from the assembly after it has been declared unlawful under this section shall be subject to immediate arrest and liable to the penalties of s. UWS 18.13.
    (5) SOUND-AMPLIFYING EQUIPMENT
    (a) In order to permit the use of sound-amplifying equipment on university lands, if needed for the dissemination of ideas to large audiences, but to prevent its use from interfering with university functions which inherently require quiet, the following provisions shall apply:
    1. No person may use sound-amplifying equipment on any lands without the permission of the chief administrative officer, except as provided in par. (b).
    2. In granting or denying permission, the following principles shall govern:
    a. Except in extraordinary circumstances, permission may be granted to use the equipment only during the following hours, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, and only when the equipment is more than 50 feet from and directed away from any classroom building, residence hall, library or building being used as a study hall.
    b. An applicant for permission shall have the burden of establishing the need for amplification to communicate with the anticipated audience. In particular, the applicant must show that the audience can reasonably be anticipated to include at least 250 people.
    c. An applicant for permission shall have the burden of establishing that the volume and direction of the sound from the equipment will minimize interference with other activities.
    3. Any request for the permission required by this section must be submitted in writing to the chief administrative officer at least 24 hours prior to the intended use of the sound-amplifying equipment and must be signed by a student or employee of the institution where the equipment is to be used. The request shall contain:
    a. The proposed hours, date and location where the equipment is to be used.
    b. The size of the anticipated audience and the reasons why the equipment is needed.
    c. A description of the proposed equipment which includes the manufacturer, model number, and wattage.
    d. The names of the owner of the equipment and of any person or persons, in addition to the person signing the application, who will be responsible for seeing that the equipment is operated in compliance with the terms of the permit and the provisions of this rule. The chief administrative officer may require the presence of additional persons if said officer believes this is necessary to ensure compliance.
    (b) Permits issued by the chief administrative officer shall not be required for the use of university sound-amplifying equipment used with the permission of the university employee having control of the equipment for authorized university classes, research, or meetings in university buildings, or for university sponsored academic, recreational or athletic activities, or for crowd control by authorized university officials.
    (c) For the purpose of this section, "sound-amplifying equipment" means any device or machine which is capable of amplifying sound and capable of delivering an electrical input of one or more watts to the loudspeaker.
    (6) PERSONS PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS
    (a) University buildings and the university-authorized activities that occur therein are primarily dedicated to the support of the university mission of teaching, research and service. No person may be present in any university building if his or her presence or behavior interferes with this purpose or with the university’s administrative operations, is in violation of a university policy, rule, regulation or any other provision of this chapter, or is without the consent of an authorized university official or faculty member.
    (b) Persons present in any class, lecture, laboratory, orientation, examination, or other instructional session shall be enrolled and in good standing or shall have the consent of an authorized university official or faculty member to be considered legally present.
    (7) PERSONS PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING UNIVERSITY LANDS
    (a) No person, who is in a state of suspension or expulsion from the university under ch. UWS 17, or who takes leave or resigns under charges after being charged by the university under ch. UWS 17, may enter the university lands of any institution without the written consent of the chief administrative officer.
    (b) No person who is convicted of any crime involving danger to property or persons as a result of conduct by him or her on university lands may enter any university lands within 2 years of the effective date of his or her conviction without the written consent of the chief administrative officer.
    (c) In granting or denying consent to enter a campus under s. 36.35 (3), Stats., or par. (a) or (b), the following shall be considered:
    1. The probability that the offensive conduct will be continued or repeated by the applicant.
    2. The need for the applicant to enter university lands, for example, to attend a university disciplinary hearing in which the applicant is being tried or is to be a witness, or to receive treatment in university hospitals.
    (d) No person who has been determined to have committed serious or repeated violations of ss. UWS 18.06 to 18.12 and to whom the chief administrative officer has issued a written order prohibiting entry on university lands may enter the university lands of that institution.
    (e) The provisions of this section in no way limit the chief administrative officer from issuing a written order barring any
    person from entering the university lands of that institution in accordance with the chief administrative officer’s responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of the university.
    (f) For the purposes of s. 36.35 (3), Stats., and par. (b), "crime involving danger to property or persons" shall mean any crime defined in ch. 940, Stats. (crimes against life and bodily security); s. 941.12, Stats. (interfering with fire fighting); s. 941.13, Stats. (false alarms); s. 941.20, Stats. (endangering safety by use of dangerous weapon); s. 941.21, Stats. (disarming a peace officer); s. 941.23, Stats. (carrying concealed weapon); s. 941.235, Stats. (carrying firearm in public building); s. 941.24, Stats. (possession of switchblade knife); s. 941.26, Stats. (machine guns and other weapons); s. 941.28, Stats. (possession of short-barreled shotgun or short-barreled rifle); s. 941.29, Stats. (possession of firearm); s. 941.295, Stats. (possession of electric weapon); s. 941.30, Stats. (recklessly endangering safety); s. 941.32, Stats. (administering dangerous or stupefying drug); s. 941.37, Stats. (obstructing emergency or rescue personnel); s. 943.01, Stats. (criminal damage to property); s. 943.02, Stats. (arson of buildings; damage of property by explosives); s. 943.03, Stats. (arson of property other than building); s. 943.05, Stats. (placing of combustible materials an attempt); s. 943.06, Stats. (Molotov cocktails); s. 943.10, Stats. (burglary); s. 943.11, Stats. (entry into locked vehicle); s. 943.14,
    Stats. (criminal trespass to dwellings); s. 943.32, Stats. (robbery); s. 944.20, Stats. (lewd and lascivious behavior); s. 946.41, Stats. (resisting or obstructing officer); s. 947.015, Stats. (bomb scares); s. 167.10, Stats. (fireworks regulated); or attempts to commit any of the above crimes as defined in s. 939.32, Stats.
    (8) SELLING, PEDDLING AND SOLICITING
    No person may sell, peddle or solicit for the sale of goods, services, or contributions on any university lands except in the case of:
    (a) Specific permission in advance from a specific university office or the occupant of a university house, apartment, or residence hall for a person engaged in that activity to come to that particular office, house, apartment, or residence hall for that purpose.
    (b) Sales by an individual of personal property owned or acquired by the seller primarily for his/her own use pursuant to an allocation of space for that purpose by an authorized university official.
    (c) Sales of newspapers and similar printed matter outside university buildings.
    (d) Subscription, membership, ticket sales solicitation, fund-raising, selling, and soliciting activities by or under the sponsorship of a university or registered student organization pursuant to a contract with the university for the allocation or rental of space for that purpose.
    (e) Admission events in a university building pursuant to contract with the university, and food, beverage or other concessions conducted pursuant to a contract with the university.
    (f) Solicitation of political contributions under ch. 11, Stats., and institutional regulations governing time, place and manner.
    (9) CAMPAIGNING IN STATE-OWNED RESIDENCE HALLS
    (a) The residence halls students of each institution, subject to the approval of the chief administrative officer, shall establish policies and procedures assuring that political literature may be distributed and political campaigning may be conducted in state-owned residence halls consistent with the rights of residence halls students, and prescribing the time, place and manner in which these activities may be conducted.
    (b) Where appropriate and consistent with the rights of residence halls students, the policies and procedures developed under this subsection shall apply to all residence halls at an institution. Matters to be addressed in institutional policies and procedures shall include at least the following:
    1. The hours of the day and the time of year, if any, to which particular activities shall be limited.
    2. The locations in residence halls, if any, to which particular activities shall be limited.
    3. Any requirement for registering or obtaining permission to enter a residence hall before engaging in a particular activity.
    (c) Notwithstanding s. UWS 18.14, institutional policies and procedures developed pursuant to this subsection shall be reported to the board of regents for approval.
    (d) Institutional policies and procedures developed pursuant to this subsection shall be available at each residence hall, at the office of each chief administrative officer of an institution, and at the office of the secretary to the board of regents.

    UWS 18.12 Property offenses
    (1) COMPUTER DATA, PROGRAMS, EQUIPMENT OR SUPPLIES
    No person may willfully, knowingly and without authorization do or attempt to do any of the following:
    (a) Modify, destroy, access, take possession of or copy data, computer programs or supporting documentation;
    (b) Disclose restricted access codes or other restricted access information to a person not authorized to possess such codes or information;
    (c) Modify, destroy, use, take or damage a computer, computer system or computer network;
    (d) Modify, destroy, use, take or damage any equipment or supplies used, or intended to be used, in a computer, computer system or computer network.
    (e) Cause an interruption in service by submitting a message or multiple messages to a computer, computer program, computer system, or computer network that exceeds the processing capacity of the computer, computer program, computer system, or computer network.
    (2) FRAUD IN UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATIONS OR EATING PLACES
    (a) No person may, after having received any food, lodging or other service or accommodation at any university housing
    facility or eating place, intentionally abscond without paying for it.
    (b) No person may, while in any university housing or lodging facility or eating place, intentionally defraud the university or its employees or agents in charge of the facility or eating place, in any transaction arising out of the relationship as a user of the housing or lodging facility or eating place.
    (c) In this subsection, prima facie evidence that the person intentionally absconded without paying for the food, lodging or other service or intentionally defrauded the university or its employees or agents has the meaning and includes the items of proof set forth in s. 943.21 (2), Stats.
    (3) ISSUE OF WORTHLESS CHECK
    (a) No person may issue any check or other order for the payment of money in an amount not more than $2,500 which, at the time of issuance, he or she intends shall not be paid.
    (b) In this subsection, prima facie evidence that the person, at the time he or she issued the check or other order for the payment of money, intended it should not be paid, has the meaning and includes the items of proof set forth in s. 943.24, Stats.
    (c) This subsection does not apply to a postdated check or to a check given for past consideration, except a payroll check.
    (4) LIBRARY MATERIALS
    (a) No person may intentionally take, carry away, transfer, conceal or retain possession of any library material without the consent of a library official, agent or employee and with the intent to deprive the library of possession of the material.
    (b) The concealment of library material beyond the last station for borrowing library material in a library is evidence of intent to deprive the library of possession of the material. The discovery of library material which has not been borrowed in accordance with the library’s procedures or taken with consent of a library official, agent or employee and which is concealed upon the person or among the belongings of the person or concealed by a person upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person so concealing the material.
    (5) RETAIL THEFT
    (a) No person may intentionally alter indicia of price or value of merchandise or take and carry away, transfer, conceal or retain possession of merchandise held for resale by a merchant, or property of the merchant, without his or her consent
    and with intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession, or the full purchase price of the merchandise.
    (b) No person may intentionally remove a theft detection device from merchandise, or use a theft detection shielding
    device, without the merchant’s consent and with intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession, or the full purchase price of the merchandise.
    (c) In this subsection, "merchant" includes any "merchant" as defined in s. 402.104 (3), Stats., and any vendor or bookstore authorized to sell in university buildings or on university lands.
    (d) In this subsection, "theft detection device" means any tag or other device that is used to prevent or detect theft and that is attached to merchandise held for resale by a merchant or to property of a merchant, and "theft detection shielding device" means any laminated or coated bag or device designed to shield such merchandise from detection by an electronic or magnetic theft alarm sensor.
    (6) THEFT
    (a) No person may intentionally take and carry away, use, transfer, conceal, or retain possession of movable property of another with a value of under $100, without consent and with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of such property.
    (b) No person may intentionally take and carry away, use, transfer, conceal, or retain possession of movable property of
    another with a value of at least $100 but not more than $1,000, without consent and with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of such property.
    (7) USE OF CHEATING TOKENS
    No person may obtain the property or services of another by depositing anything which he or she
    knows is not lawful money or is an unauthorized token in any receptacle used for the deposit of coins or tokens.
    (8) VANDALISM
    No person may break, tear up, mar, destroy or deface any notice, tree, vine, shrub, flower or other vegetation, or dislocate any stones, or disfigure natural conditions, or deface, alter, destroy or damage in any way any other property, real or personal, within the boundaries of any university lands unless authorized by the chief administrative officer.

    UWS 18.13 Penalties
    Unless otherwise specified, the penalty for violating any of the rules in ss. UWS 18.06 to 18.12 shall be a forfeiture of not more than $500, as provided in s. 36.11 (1) (c), Stats.
    Note: Violations of the rules in ss. UWS 18.06 to 18.12 will be processed in accordance with the citation procedure established in s. 778.25, Stats.

    UWS 18.14 Institutional regulations
    Institutional regulations promulgated under ss. UWS 18.04 to 18.12 shall take effect when filed with the secretary of the board.

    UWS 18.15 Additional statutory penalty provisions regulating conduct on university lands
    (1) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
    The use or possession of controlled substances as defined in s. 961.01 (4), Stats., is prohibited on all university property with the specific exemptions set forth in ch. 961, Stats., and as permitted under s. 961.34, Stats. The penalty provisions of ch. 961, Stats., and chs. UWS 17 and 18 may apply to violations occurring on university lands.
    (2) STUDENT CONVICTED OF DANGEROUS AND OBSTRUCTIVE CRIME
    Section 36.35 (3), Stats., provides: "Any person who is convicted of any crime involving danger to property or persons as
    a result of conduct by him which obstructs or seriously impairs activities run or authorized by an institution and who, as a result of such conduct, is in a state of suspension or expulsion from the institution, and who enters property of that institution without permission of the chancellor of the institution or the chancellor’s designee within 2 years, may for each such offense be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both."

    Discrimination

    WHAT DO I DO IF I WITNESS OR EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION?

    If you believe that a student is responsible for discriminatory or harassing behavior, report the incident to the Student Life Office (OSL), 149 Graff Main Hall, 785-8062. They will provide support, explain the instances in which disciplinary action can be taken, indicate whether your situation involves a violation of University rules, help you sort out alternative courses of action, and direct you to additional resources. There are many services and student organizations designed specifically to address the needs of students of color; women; gay, lesbian and bisexual students; international students; physically-challenged students; or returning adult students. The Student Life Office will be happy to provide information on these and many other organizations working to eliminate discrimination on campus. Information on the University rules governing student academic and nonacademic misconduct can be found in Chapter UWS 14 (academic misconduct), UWS 17 (nonacademic misconduct), and UWS 18 (conduct on university lands).

    If you believe that an employee of the University is responsible for discriminatory or harassing behavior, report the incident to the Affirmative Action Office, 131 Graff Main Hall, 785-8541. They will review the situation and the options with you. The options may include an investigation and recommendations to remedy the situation.

    You deserve respect and a bias-free environment

    At UW-La Crosse we value every member of our community. And our community is made up of individuals from both sexes, all races and ages, many ethnic groups, nationalities, and religions, representing a wide range of physical and mental abilities, and heterosexual, bisexual, gay male, and lesbian sexual orientations or gender identity/expressions. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is proud to affirm its commitment to a community in which all students, staff and faculty are accepted and judged as individuals, independent of ancestry, social background, physical characteristics or personal beliefs.

    The University has no tolerance for discriminatory or harassing behaviors. The Board of Regents has clearly stated that discriminatory harassment based on race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age is contradictory to the goals of the institution. If you witness or are subjected to behaviors of this kind, there are offices and services to offer you support, counseling, and advice.

    Regent Policy on Discrimination

    It is the policy of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System that racist and discriminatory conduct will not be tolerated within the University of Wisconsin System. Racist and discriminatory conduct encompasses harassment based upon the race, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age of an individual or individuals.

    Discrimination, discriminatory attitudes, and expressions that reflect discrimination are inconsistent with the efforts of the University of Wisconsin System to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the University community and to eliminate all manifestations of discrimination within the University (adopted October 1988).

    University Rules on Academic and Nonacademic Misconduct

    The rules governing student academic and nonacademic misconduct may be found in Chapters UWS 14 (academic misconduct) and UWS 17 (nonacademic misconduct) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. These Chapters define conduct which is prohibited and outline disciplinary procedures which are to be used in resolving allegations of misconduct. Both chapters are available in full in the Student Life Office.

    The University is concerned about academic misconduct (cheating) and its effects upon students and the academic integrity of the University as a whole. If you have concerns about cheating, or if you witness cheating behavior in any of your classes, you may report it to the instructor in charge of the course. Copies of the procedures regarding academic misconduct rules are available in the Student Life Office (OSL). You may call the OSL, 785-8062, for further information.

    Every member of the University community has the right to conduct his or her academic and social life in an environment which is free from threat, danger, harassment or other disruption. Student conduct which interferes with the life and work of the University and its members is prohibited. The University may discipline a student for nonacademic misconduct which causes a serious danger to other members of the University community or guests; seriously damages or destroys University property or attempts to do so; or obstructs or impairs University activities. Prohibited conduct also includes unauthorized possession of University property or the property of another member of the University or intentionally making a false statement to a University employee.

    In 1989, the UW System Board of Regents adopted new rules governing student nonacademic conduct which provided that certain kinds of discriminatory harassment by students were subject to disciplinary action within the UW System. In October, 1991, a federal district court found the discriminatory harassment rule, UWS 17.06(2), unconstitutionally vague and broad. The Board of Regents chose not to appeal the court decision, but decided instead to redraft the rule to meet constitutional muster. In May, 1992, the Board of Regents approved a proposed redrafted version which was sent to the Legislature for review. In June, 1996, the University of Wisconsin System promulgated the newly-approved revisions to Chapter UWS 17, Wisconsin Administrative Code, governing Administrative Register, and was effective September 1, 1996. For further information on the discriminatory harassment rule, please contact the Student Life Office (OSL), 785-8062.

    Domestic Partnership
    Equal Opportunities

    Whereas, Title IX of the Higher Education Act States: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."

    and Whereas, a resolution passed by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on April 6, 1973 indicates in part that System policy

    "...Prohibits participation in, support for, or sanction of activities which discriminate on the basis of sex, when in fact, no exception can be allowed except on the basis of a bona fide physical dichotomy..."

    The Board of Regents Now Further Resolves:

    That the University of Wisconsin System is an equal opportunity education institution;
    That all University of Wisconsin System funded or sponsored functions and/or activities shall be generally available to all students without regard to gender;
    Consequently, each institution in the University of Wisconsin system is directed to:
    (a) Review all educational functions and activities for discrimination on the basis of gender;
    (b) Prescribe corrective actions where gender discrimination is identified; and
    (c) Act affirmatively to eliminate gender stereotypes through leadership in such areas as student support services, public service, instruction/instructional support, and research.

    Each institution will make a yearly report to the President of the University of Wisconsin System, summarizing the results of efforts to identify and eliminate any existing discriminatory practices.

    PART II: GUIDELINES

    Introduction: Implementation of the Regents policy on Equal Opportunities in Education is desirably a matter for institution/unit initiative. Problems and problem areas will vary, and the methods used to resolve any identified problems for resolution will also vary. The following guidelines are offered to assist institutions/units as they identify and resolve problems.

    The institution/unit program for eliminating discrimination based on gender will be strengthened if students, faculty, and administrators are involved in the identification of problem areas and the development of solutions.

    A. Recruitment: Occupational stereotyping by gender unduly restricts equal employment opportunities. Such stereotyping probably will continue as long as certain professions are heavily dominated by members of single gender. Departments or divisions in which most students are of one gender should exert leadership in modifying stereotypes by striving to attract students of the underrepresented gender into the discipline. Institutions/units should evaluate their recruitment procedures to insure that occupational stereotypes are not reinforced.

    B. Admissions: Admission at the undergraduate level is currently open to all resident and most nonresident students who meet the prescribed criteria.

    If any admissions policy or practice appears to have the effect of favoring one gender, it should be examined by the faculty to insure that it does not contain gender bias. Faculties should give consideration to non-traditional prior learning in assessing qualifications for admission and placement of returning adult students.

    At the graduate and professional school level, standards and criteria for admission should be well publicized and uniformly applied to all applicants without consideration of gender.

    C. Financial Aids: All forms of student financial aid (fellowships, scholarships, work-study, loans, graduate grants such as teaching assistantships, etc.) should be administered uniformly on the basis of demonstrated individual need and ability, without regard to gender. Application and eligibility information, as well as criteria for granting each type of award, should be well publicized. Supplementary awards such as dependency allowances should also be granted without regard to gender.

    If the institution finds that current financial aid statistics show:
    a. the proportion of students of one gender who receive financial aid is smaller than the proportion of that gender who request financial aid, or
    b. the average dollar amount of financial aid is higher for recipients of one gender than the other,

    a study should be made to determine whether policies or practices which have the effect of being discriminatory have caused discrepancies. When discrimination has been determined to exist, corrective action should be taken to ensure that all financial aid in the subsequent school year and thereafter will be granted equitably.

    Each institution should devise a flexible and fair means by which students eligible for financial aid after temporary interruption of progress toward a degree. Eligible part-time students should be able to receive financial assistance on a prorated basis. Because many types of grants are restricted to full-time students only, it may be advisable to solicit aid for part-time students. Each institution should have a method of recording the number and percent of applicants and those granted financial aid by gender, level, type of award and dollar amount.

    D. Counseling: Each institution should ensure that academic and nonacademic counseling is free from prejudgments or assumptions based on the gender of the student.

    Career counseling should be based on the individual student's aptitude and interests, and vocational aptitude testing should likewise be unbiased. Those who counsel women should be aware of patterns which show growing numbers of women joining the work force for substantial periods of years, and otherwise increasing their participation in the leadership of society. Faculty and other staff members who do academic counseling of students should keep current with new research and scholarship on changing roles and expectations of women and men in society.

    In-service training programs, developed or sponsored by the university for counselors, should include up-to-date information and techniques to deal with the unique problems and expectations that both men and women face in college and after.

    E. Housing: There should be university-owned and/or listed housing available to men and women. Each university should have an equity code to be adhered to by those who wish to list housing with the university.

    F. Child Care: As an alternative to community child care, when it does not meet the needs of the institution/unity, each university should set a goal of seeing that top quality, low cost child care and extended child care services, preferably campus based, are available to the children of students, faculty, and staff.

    scale of justice

    G. Women's Studies: Sex-role stereotyping can be eliminated, in part, through education. In its role of shaping education policy, the faculty of each institution/unit is encourage to:

    a. give support to women's studies courses,
    b. recruit faculty with an interest in women's studies,
    c. support research in women's studies,
    d. integrate the results of women's studies research into existing curricula, and
    e. evaluate and recommend for purchase library holdings, including periodical literature, books, and other instructional materials, in the area of women's studies.

    H. Physical Education: Physical education facilities and courses should be open to all students without regard to gender, except where bona fide reasons for separation can be documented.

    I. Complaints/Grievances: The university mechanism for hearing student complaints/grievances should provide for consideration of matters related to gender discrimination and should be well publicized. An appropriate institutional officer should be designated to oversee investigation of such complaints/grievances.

    J. Placement Services: The placement service should guarantee that all services, listings, and interview proceedings are free of discrimination based on gender.

    K. Co-curricular Activities: Institution/unit support for co-curricular activities, including recreation and intercollegiate athletics, should be equitable for all students. Facilities for co-curricular activities shall be open to recognized student groups without regard to gender. Men and women should be included on university committees which make recommendations on allocation of student segregated fees. Such committees should carefully scrutinize organization requests to assure equitable funding.

    Committees planning lecture series or forums, arts festivals, performing arts series, and related events should assure that women are included.

    L. Health Services: There should be on-going evaluation of health service policies to guarantee quality treatment for both men and women. Gynecological services are an integral part of a quality health program for women.

    M. Class Hours: Institutions/units are urged to make or to continue to make courses available in the evening, early morning and on weekends, as well as during the day.

    Faculty members should continue providing outreach courses for credit and non-credit, off-campus scheduling of classes, including those in general education, independent study, ETN and televised course offerings, and other kinds of continuing education programs consistent with institutional missions. Faculty members should be encouraged to experiment with innovative programs, delivery systems and teaching strategies to accommodate non-traditional students.

    N. Security: Institution/units should assure that maximal efforts are made to promote a secure university environment.

    O. Appointment of Students to University Committees: Men and women should be represented equitably among student
    appointments to university committees.

    P. Publications: Continued effort should be made to include women and men in text and illustrations of catalogs, brochures, and other institution/unit publications.

    Q. Monitoring Institution Progress: An appropriate member of the university administration should be responsible for coordinating efforts to eliminate gender discrimination affecting students. The identification and solution of problems of discriminatory practices should be effected through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty/staff and administration.

    This coordinator should direct compilation of all special reports which analyze university practices to determine whether any discrimination based on gender exists and what solutions are proposed, when such practices are identified. The university should maintain an official file which includes a plan for and results of efforts to provide leadership in eradicating gender stereotypes.

    This statement of policy and guidelines on Equal Opportunities in Education should be available to students, faculty, staff and administrators in all institutions and units.

    Adopted by the Board of Regents April 12, 1974,
    Referenced June 7, 1974, Amended October 7, 1983

    FERPA

    Family Education & Privacy Act

    The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare issued, in the June 17, 1976 Federal Register, the final regulations for implementing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380, 513), as amended (P.L. 93-568, 2). The effective date of the Act as November 19, 1974. The amendment is popularly known as the "Buckley Amendment." The June 17, 1976 final regulations contain all regulatory provisions pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and supersede the earlier publications of regulations, providing the public with a single document.

    ESSENCE OF THE ACT

    • Students upon reaching age 18 or attending postsecondary institutions must be permitted to inspect and review their own education records, to the exclusion of their parents. There are no rights guaranteed under the Act for parents of students attending a postsecondary institution.
    • Institutions may not disclose information about students nor permit inspection of their records without their permission unless such action is covered by certain exceptions as stipulated in the Act.
    • Students or parents are unlikely to be successful if bringing suit to enforce provision of the Act. The only enforcement procedure provided by the Act is through complaint to an Office in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and the only penalty is withdrawal of Office of Education funds from the Institution.
    • Institutions receiving no funds administered by the Office of Education have no obligation for compliance with Act.

    For further details, please refer to the general University catalog, contact the Office of Records and Registration, or refer to www.uwlax.edu/records/ferpa

    Licensing

    UW-La Crosse licenses all registered university logos. All officially licensed products will carry a tag or label identifying them as such.

    What is licensing?
    Licensing is the process of contracting for the rights to use a trademark, copyright, or patent belonging to an institution or business. For the University, it is a way to protect our marks, promote the institution, and generate revenue.

    What does this mean for students?
    First, licensing is your assurance that products have met standards for high quality. Product prices will be slightly higher than before, since the licensing fee is passed on to consumers. Third, you may NOT just go somewhere and have a T-shirt, can cooler or other item made up using a UW-La Crosse logo.

    What if a hall, a team or other group wants to get T-shirts made?
    Any group that wants items with a UW-La Crosse mark will have to buy from a licensed vendor. The group will also need permission to use UW-La Crosse or any UW-La Crosse symbol -- the eagle, seal, Main Place logo, etc. Campus groups may ask to have the license fee waived for a specific product if the merchandise is ordered on a university purchase order and not for resale.

    How do you get a fee waived?
    Requests for waivers should be made in writing to Karen Daniel, University Centers, 212 Cartwright Center. Forms to request a waiver are available in that office. Karen Daniel administers the program with the assistant to the the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance

    Why is UW-L doing this?
    The primary reason is to promote and protect registered university logos. The University also wants to ensure the quality of products with a UW-L logo, since people associate the quality of the product with the quality of the school. Consistent use of the registered logos is also a consideration.

    How do you collect the royalty?
    The royalty fee is assessed at the point of production when the registered mark is used.

    Where does the money go?
    After covering expenses, the royalties will be used to support minority student scholarships.

    Policies

    STUDENT GRIEVANCE POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION

    Student Grievance Procedure for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse:

    1. The administration and the Board of Regents recognize the importance of providing a prompt and efficient procedure for fair and equitable resolution of student complaints or grievances alleging discrimination on the basis of the student's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, marital status or parental status. Accordingly, students are encouraged to use the grievance appeal procedure without fear of prejudice or reprisal for initiating a grievance or participating in its settlement.
    2. Initiation and treatment of a complaint
      1. Any student registered at the University may use the student grievance procedures.
      2. A student who wishes to lodge an allegation of discrimination may inform the Affirmative Action Officer either in writing or orally. In instances of alleged racial discrimination the grievance may be taken directly to the Affirmative Action Officer or the Minority Affairs Committee. In these instances:
        1. Grievances brought to the Multicultural Student Services Office will be referred by the Director of Multicultural Student Services to the Affirmative Action Officer.
        2. Grievances brought to a member of the Minority Affairs Committee will be referred to the Affirmative Action Officer.
      3. The Affirmative Action Officer will respect the wishes of the person making the complaint regarding further investigation and will not carry forward a specific allegation without the person's written permission and directive. At the time of the initial interview, the Affirmative Action Officer will provide a form which the grievant may use and will provide assistance in completing it if necessary. The grievant will be given a copy of the form at the end of the initial interview.
      4. Complaints may be filed with the Affirmative Action Officer:
        1. At the Affirmative Action Office or
        2. At a mutually agreed upon meeting place.
      5. A log of written grievances will be maintained listing the grievant's name (this information will be coded if confidentiality is requested), the name of the office or unit in which the alleged discrimination occurred, and a short notation of the grievance. (This log shall be available for periodic review. In instances of alleged racial discrimination by the Director of Multicultural Student Services a student member of the Student Concerns Committee shall be designated.)
      6. A record of grievances shall be maintained in accordance with legal requirements.
    3. A valid grievance against a member or members of administration, faculty, academic staff, classified staff, or fellow students must be brought within 300 days of the last occurrence. A record of valid grievances shall be maintained for at least one year.
    4. The Affirmative Action Officer shall make an initial information investigation while maintaining confidentiality and report back to the grievant within ten (10) class days.
      1. The Affirmative Action Officer may determine at this point that a solution can be effected simply by contacting the source of grievance while maintaining the confidentiality of the grievant.
      2. The Affirmative Action Officer shall discuss observation with the grievant and recommend alternatives regarding further action. At that point:
        1. Grievant may drop the grievance.
        2. Grievant may request further action be delayed ending additional observation and information.
        3. Grievant may request immediate action
          1. Depending on the action to be taken at this point, grievant may relinquish right to confidentiality.
        4. If #3, the Affirmative Action officer shall proceed, as agreed, to contact the subject of grievance, make any further investigation necessary, and discuss his/her recommendation with both parties, within ten (10) class days.
    5. If further action is requested by either part to the grievance, the Affirmative Action Officer shall request an ad hoc Grievance Review Panel to informally review the facts and report its findings, with or without recommendations, to the Chancellor and/or Affirmative Action Officer as soon as practical, but within twenty (20) class days, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
      1. The panel shall be named from a previously approved pool in accordance with procedures adopted by the University. The membership shall be nondiscriminatorily representative of the student, plaintiff, and Affirmative Action Council. The presiding officer will be selected by members of the review panel.
      2. During the review process, the panel on its own initiative may seek, through mediation with the parties, mutually satisfactory disposition of the grievance, or may informally urge withdrawal or modification of the complaint by the grievant.
      3. The Grievance Review Panel's informal review of the facts shall not constitute a formal hearing and a formal record of the discussions shall not be made by electronic taping, stenographic notes, or otherwise. This does not preclude maintaining an informal record of proceedings.
      4. In its report of findings to the Chancellor and/or the Affirmative Action Officer, the panel may indicate whether it believes there are apparent grounds to support the grievance upon which relief may be granted, or whether the complaint is frivolous or too minor to warrant further consideration.
      5. The Chancellor and/or the Affirmative Action Officer shall render a written decision to the grievant no later than ten (10) class days after receiving the Grievance Review Panel's report.
    6. If the matter has not been satisfactorily settled at Step V, the grievant may file with the Chancellor a written request for a review of the matter no later than ten (10) class days after receipt of the university's response at Step V.
      1. Within ten (10) class days, the Chancellor shall designate a hearing officer to serve the Chancellor in an advisory capacity by conducting a hearing on the merits of the complaint after which he or she will make a finding of fact and recommendations to the Chancellor for disposition of the charge of discrimination.
      2. The hearing officer shall conduct a hearing and shall present the finding of fact and recommendations to the Chancellor within fifteen (15) class days unless there are extenuating circumstances.
      3. The hearing officer shall establish the procedure for the evidentiary hearing which shall include the right of all parties to call witnesses and cross-examine witnesses. The hearing officer also will have the right to rule on objection and procedural questions raised by counsel.
      4. All oral and documentary evidence and all arguments shall be presented in closed hearings.
      5. The Chancellor shall render written decision to the grievant no later than ten (10) class days after receiving the hearing officer's report. The Chancellor's decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
    7. Records documenting the nature of the complaint, attempts made to resolve it (meetings and hearings), and resolution will be kept on file in the Affirmative Action Office.

    STUDENT ACADEMIC NON-GRADE APPEALS

    The intention of the following procedures is to maintain a safe and non-threatening environment for students, staff, and faculty at UW-L. Ideally, the mission of a university is to be a community in which the members enhance each other's development, and do not become obstacles to it. In actual practice, this goal is not easy to achieve, and problems occur. The important thing is to treat problems as opportunities and learn how best to address and resolve them. As is clear in the elaboration of steps and processes in this document, problems can be solved by a) facilitating communication between individuals concerned; b) formal appeals to appropriate academic and/or administrative units; c) taking actions on the basis of thorough investigation, discussion, reflection and compassion. In exploring options and courses of action, emphasis must be on the ethical responsibility of each to the other, as well as on the protection of due process rights and individual rights of everyone involved.

    The Student Academic Non-grade Appeals process is designed to enable students to initiate and resolve complaints regarding faculty and instructional academic staff behavior. Complaints may be initiated within 90 days of the most recent incident of unprofessional behavior by university faculty and instructional academic staff that impairs students' ability to learn.

    Such behavior may include but is not limited to the following situations:

    • habitually not meeting classes,
    • habitually being unprepared for classes,
    • physically or verbally abusing students,
    • being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while conducting classes or other university activities (see Staff Handbook for specific policy on alcohol use on university premises),
    • refusal to accommodate students with special needs.

    Note: If the complaint involves sexual harassment, please follow the procedures given in the Eagle Eye Student Handbook.

    Procedures

    Informal Procedures

    Any student or group of students who has a complaint about faculty or instructional academic staff behavior is encouraged to resolve the complaint informally. Informal attempts may include but are not limited to:

    • meeting directly with the faculty member and/or instructional academic staff,
    • meeting with the student's advisor,
    • meeting with other faculty members and/or instructional academic staff,
    • meeting with a departmental complaints committee,
    • meeting with the department chair,
    • meeting with any combination of such people.

    The intention of such meetings is to clarify misunderstandings or miscommunications that may be the source of the complaint. If for any reason these meetings do not resolve the complaint or if the student chooses not to resolve the complaint using the informal procedures, the student(s) may pursue the formal procedures described below.

    Formal Procedures

    1. Initiating a Complaint

      If informal procedures are unsuccessful (or within 90 days of the last incident), a student or group of students who wishes to pursue a complaint should inform the Student Life Office, either orally or in writing.

      The Student Life Office shall:

      1. provide a statement regarding academic freedom and pertinent sections of the "Statement to Improve Undergraduate Education";
      2. advise the student(s) about the Formal Procedures for Student Academic Non-grade Appeals;
      3. maintain current information on procedures and bodies handling complaints in all academic departments;
      4. instruct the student to initiate the complaint by meeting with the chair of the department to which the faculty or instructional academic staff member is assigned or, if appropriate, with a departmental complaint committee. In the case that the complaint is lodged against the department chair and there is no appropriate committee or group within the department to bring the complaint to, the instructions shall be to meet with the dean of the college in which the department chair is assigned;
      5. assist the student(s) in scheduling the meeting with the department chair or the departmental complaint committee, if one is available, or dean if the complaint is lodged against the department chair and there is no group within the department to receive the complaint; and
      6. serve as an advisor to the student(s), as necessary, throughout the complaint process, keeping a confidential, written record of interactions with the student(s).
    2. Discovery Stage of the Complaint

      In the meeting, the chair or departmental complaint committee (or dean, in the case when the complaint is against a department chair and there is no departmental committee) shall collect information from the student(s) making the complaint and explain all the appropriate procedures and options to complainant. If a complaint is to be pursued, the chair or committee (or dean) who has received a complaint will inform the accused party of the nature of the complaint lodged, concealing the identity of the complainant (if that is desired) and seek approaches to mediation and resolution. Any attempt to penalize or in any way retaliate against a person bringing a complaint is prohibited and will be treated as a separate incident to be reviewed in its own right.

      The goal of the discovery state is to clarify misunderstandings and miscommunications and establish what actions (if any) may be legitimate sources of complaint.. The wishes of the student(s) making the complaint shall be respected regarding further investigation. A specific complaint shall not be carried forward without the complainant(s)'s explicit written permission and instruction.

      If a complaint is resolved at the Discovery stage, no formal record will be retained in the faculty or instructional academic staff personnel file.

    3. Mediation Stage of the Complaint

      This stage will involve:

      1. separate confidential meetings(s) of the department chair or committee (or dean), with the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is filed, or
      2. joint confidential meeting(s) with the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is filed and the department chair or committee (or dean).

      The goal of the Mediation Stage is conciliation. When these meetings are completed, the complainant will be asked to decide whether s/he is satisfied with the results or wishes to move to the Hearing stage of the complaint.

      If a complaint is resolved at the Mediation stage, no formal record will be retained in the faculty or instructional academic staff personnel file.

    4. Hearing Stage of the Complaint

      If the Mediation Stage does not result in a satisfactory resolution of the problem, then the complainant will be referred to the Executive Director of Human Resources who will assist the complainant in filing a complaint with the Complaints, Grievances, Appeals and Academic Freedom Committee (CGAAF Committee). If the person lodging the allegation wishes to postpone such a confrontation, the CGAAF Committee will set a time-limit which appears reasonable, depending upon the circumstances and reasons given. The formal hearing proceeding may be terminated by mutual agreement of the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is filed at any step. Either party may seek the help of legal counsel at any stage of the hearing.

      1. Complaint

        The complainant must file a written complaint using the petition form available in each dean's office and in the Student Life Office.

        1. The Petition

          The petition, once completed by the complainant, shall provide:

          1. the complainant's name;
          2. the respondent's name;
          3. a brief statement of the problem and a detailed list of alleged actions or behaviors that are the basis of the complaint;
          4. additional information such as statements by witnesses and other documentation that supports the complainant's allegations;
          5. a summary of the outcomes of the informal procedures (if pursued) and the formal procedures prior to this point; and
          6. (optionally) a statement of the desired outcome(s) of the hearing.
        2. Receipt of Petition and Duties of the Executive Director for Human Resources
        3. The completed petition shall be submitted to the Executive Director for Human Resources. The Executive Director shall review the contents of the petition with the complainant(s). This information shall be forwarded to the chairperson of the CGAAF Committee, who is responsible for scheduling the hearing.

      2. Time Lines

        The CGAAF Committee shall proceed with the petition using its operating rules for processing and hearing complaints. The rules are available from the Faculty Senate Office, 323 Graff Main Hall and at http://www.uwlax.edu/FacultySenate/committees/CGAAF/Complaints.htm

    APPEAL OF FINAL GRADE

    All departments must establish policies and procedures which enable students to appeal final grades. These policies and procedures must outline the progression of a formal appeal and specify who, if anyone, is empowered to change a final grade. All appeals for a final grade change must be initiated in writing through the department in question during the semester immediately following the semester in which the grade was earned. A copy of each department's policies and procedures must be filed in the office of the appropriate dean.

    ANTI-HAZING POLICY

    We, the Organizations Committee of UW-L, hereby assert unequivocally our opposition to hazing and pre-initiation activities which do not contribute to the positive development and welfare of organization members. With this regard in mind, we define hazing as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off our university premises, with or without consent, to produce excessive physical fatigue, embarrassment, or public ridicule or possibly cause mental or physical harm or injury. Such activities and situations include: paddling in any form; physical and psychological shocks; publicly wearing apparel which is not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts or other activities which may be harmful to the image of the university and the club; morally degrading or humiliating activities, including eating and swallowing of any food or beverage or any activity that might violate any local, state, or federal law; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with the organization's by-laws, ritual, or policy or the regulations and policies of the university.

    Violations of this policy will be dealt with judiciously by the respective governing bodies or the Student Activities Committee when no other governing body exists. (adopted 9-17-68, revised 4-14-82).

    Resources

    If you live in a residence hall, your Resident Assistant and Hall Director can serve as immediate and effective resources for you.

    Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

    Campus:

    Community:

    • Coulee Council, 921 West Ave. S., La Crosse, WI 54601, 608-784-4177, Education, Assessment, Referral.
    • For emergency medical services, detoxification, and treatment, as well as the services listed above:
      • Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital Recovery Center, 1910 South Ave., La Crosse, WI 54601, 608-775-3523.
      • Mayo Health System Chemical Dependency, 700 West Ave. S., La Crosse, WI 54601, 608-392-9555.

    Sexual Assault/Harassment

    Campus:

    • University Police, East Avenue & Farwell Streets, 608-789-9999. Emergency Intervention.
    • Counseling & Testing Center - Crisis intervention and counseling. 785-8073.
    • Student Health Center - Medical services. 608-785-8558.
    • Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8062 - Reporting, Investigation, Campus disciplinary matters.
    • Affirmative Action, 135 Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8043 - Reporting, Intervention, Education.
    • Violence Prevention Specialist - Rm. 149 Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8062 - Reporting, advocacy, education

    Community:

    • First Call for Help, Dial 211 or 800-362-8255 (24 hours/day) - emergency services, counseling and support.
    • Gundersen-Lutheran Sexual Assault Services, 608-775-3845 or (800) 362-9567, X53845.
    • Mayo Clinic Health System, Safe Path, 608-392-7804 or (800) 362-5454, X7804..
    • La Crosse Police, 911.

    Discrimination

    • Affirmative Action Office, 135 Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8043.
    • Office of Multicultural Student Services, 1101 Centennial Hall, 608-785-8225.
    • Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall, 608-785-8062.

    HIV/AIDS

    • Student Health Center, Health Science Center, 13th & Badger Sts., 608-785-8558 - Anonymous testing, counseling, education.
    • La Crosse County Public Health Department, 300 N. 4th, 608-785-9872 - Anonymous testing, counseling education.
    Security Report

    Below you will find UW-La Crosse's Annual Security Report. This report will provide you with information on the safety and security of the UW-La Crosse campus. It details policies and procedures for reporting crimes, safety and security policies and procedures, fire safety information, and other important safety and security information to assist maintain a safer campus community. Campus crime data is also detailed for your information. If you have questions about this report, or would like to obtain a paper copy of the report, please contact the Student Life Office at (608) 785-8062.

    PDF: 2013 Annual Security Report
    Sexual Assault

    Sexual Assault Resources

    On Campus:

    Ingrid Peterson, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and Prevention Specialist, 785-8062, 149 Graff Main Hall
    Student Life Office, 785-8062, 149 Graff Main Hall
    Student Health Center, 785-8558, 1030 Health Science Center
    Counseling & Testing Center, 785-8073, 2106 Centennial Hall
    University Police, Emergency: 789-9999, Non-Emergency: 789-9000

    Off Campus:

    Great Rivers - Crisis Hotline, 211 or 1-800-362-8255 (24 hours)
    Mayo Clinic Health System, 608-392-7804 or (800) 362-5454, X7804
    Gundersen Health System, 608-775-3845 or 1-800-362-9567, X53845
    La Crosse City Police, Emergency: 911, Non-Emergency: 785-5962

    Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation:  http://www2.uwlax.edu/uploadedFiles/Offices/Affirmative_Action/DiscriminationPolicy.pdf

     

    Sexual Harrassment
    Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation:  http://www2.uwlax.edu/uploadedFiles/Offices/Affirmative_Action/DiscriminationPolicy.pdf
     
    Standards and Sanctions

    The purpose of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse policy statement on alcohol and other drug use is to provide the general parameters within which campus units may formulate rules and regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs by students and employees. Rules and regulations formulated by units must be consistent with this general policy statement.

    The University of Wisconsin System and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs and 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 chief administrative officer or under institutional regulations, in accordance with s.UWS 18.06(13)(a), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s. UWS 18.06(13)(b), Wis. Adm. code.

    The unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensing of illicit drugs ("controlled substances" as defined in ch. 161, Wis. Stats.,) is prohibited in accordance with s. UWS 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code.

    Federal Sanctions

    The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing guidelines that reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to 6 years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10-16 years in prison. U.S.S.G. s. 2D2.1(b)(1).

    State of Wisconsin Legal Sanctions

    The Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 161 of the Wisconsin Statutes, regulates controlled substances and outlines specific penalties for the violation of the regulations. A first-time conviction for possession of a controlled substance can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Sec. 161.41, Stats. A person convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance, or possessing a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, can be imprisoned for up to 30 years and fined up to $1,000,000. Sec. 161.41, Stats. Penalties vary according to the type of drug involved, the amount of drug confiscated, the number of previous convictions, and the presence of any aggravating factors. The distribution of a controlled substance to a minor can lead to the doubling of an authorized sentence term. Section 161.46(1), Stats.

    Wisconsin has formidable legal sanctions that restrict the use of alcohol in various situations. It is illegal to procure for, sell, dispense, or give away alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years. Sec. 125.07(1)(a)(1), Stats. Every adult has a legal obligation to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on premises owned by the adult or under the adult's control. Section 125.07(1)(a)(3), Stats. A first-time violator of either of the above subsections can be fined up to $500. It is against the law for an underage person to procure or attempt to procure an alcoholic beverage, to falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol, to enter premises licensed to sell alcohol, or to consume or possess alcohol on licensed premises. Sec. 125.07(4), Stats. A first-time underage violator of section 125.07(4) can be fined up to $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver's license suspended.

    LOCAL SANCTIONS

    What are the penalties for underage drinking?

    Although the majority of college students do use alcohol, it's important to remember that the legal drinking age applies to everyone. the state legislature has made several changes in Wisconsin's Drinking Age laws. Wisconsin's 21-year drinking age law prohibits anyone under that age from possessing, purchasing, or consuming alcoholic beverages, except when the alcoholic beverage is provided by parents, guardians, or adult spouses. Current fines can be found in the annual security report.

    Student Organizations

    Policy on the Registration, Conduct, and Discipline of Recognized Student Organizations

    Policy Statement

    The Student Association has adopted the following policy on the standards and procedures for recognized student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Spring, 1995). This policy includes procedures for registration, conduct, and discipline. The policy acknowledges the need to preserve the orderly processes of the University with regard to its teaching, research, and public service mission, as well as the need to observe the students' and recognized student organizations' procedural and substantive rights. The Student Association, via the Student Organizations Committee, subject to approval by the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, shall be responsible for revisions of this policy. The Student Activities Office is responsible for distribution of updates. Current updates can be obtained at 212 Cartwright Center. (Note: The procedures for registering student organizations and the code of conduct for student organizations in this Policy apply to all UW - La Crosse recognized student organizations. The disciplinary procedures apply to all student organizations. Social fraternities and sororities are also subject to the registration requirements and the conduct rules of their governance groups: Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.

    Definitions

    1. Chancellor means the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, or designee.
    2. Organizations Committee means the student/faculty/academic staff committee on student organizations as established by the Student Association.
    3. Director of Student Activities and Centers means the Director of Student Activities and Centers of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, or designee.
    4. Disciplinary Sanction means any action affecting the status of a recognized student organization as a recognized student organization that is imposed in response to the organization's misconduct. The term includes disciplinary warning, probation (including denial of specific University privileges), financial restitution, suspension or expulsion.
    5. Event(s) means any activity sponsored, co-sponsored, or organized by a recognized student organization.
    6. Expulsion means the termination of a student organization's status as a recognized student organization.
    7. Financial Records means account statements, checking and savings records, and all other records of receipt or payment of funds from any source of organization funds.
    8. Primary Contact means the designated leader of the recognized student organization as listed on the group's registration form.
    9. Probation means that the recognized student organization is permitted to remain registered only upon the condition that it complies with all university rules and regulations and with other standards of conduct which the organization is directed to observe for the duration of the period of the probation. Probation may include the suspension of some of the organization's rights. Probation may not exceed two semesters in duration for any given misconduct, except that violation of probationary conditions may be cause for extension of the probation for no more than two additional semesters or for suspension of some rights.
    10. Recognized Student Organization is an organization that has completed the recognition procedure through the Student Organization Committee and has received full recognition and has filed all appropriate registration forms with the Office of Student Activities and Centers.
    11. Student, for the purpose of this Policy, means any person who is enrolled for study at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse 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 first day of classes for the next succeeding academic period, except that a student from the spring academic session, who is not attending any summer session, shall remain classified as a student, for purposes of these regulations, until the first day of classes for the succeeding fall academic period.
    12. Student Association Leader means the head of the UW - La Crosse Student Association's Executive Branch, or designee.
    13. Student Court means the UW - La Crosse Student Association's Judicial Branch.
    14. Suspension means a temporary loss of some or all of a recognized student organization's rights for a specified period of time, not to exceed two years. Upon completion of the period of suspension, the organization needs to complete the recognition procedure through the Student Organizations Committee.

    Registration Procedures for Recognized Organizations

    1. The procedures for registering a registered student organization will be monitored and updated by the Student Organizations Committee, in consultation with the Director of Student Activities and Centers.
    2. Registration of forms will be accepted and maintained by the Office of Student Activities and Centers.
    3. Registration forms will include a statement of understanding, that all primary contacts must sign, to the effect that the recognized student organization understands and agrees to abide by this Policy on the Registration, Conduct, and Discipline of Recognized Student Organizations; this shall include an assurance that the recognized student organization is in compliance with the anti-discrimination procedures as outlined in the Code of Conduct. Any organization that does discriminate must describe the nature of the discrimination, in writing, and the exception recognized by law that the organization claims allows this discrimination.
    4. Registration forms must be completed in their entirety by October 1 of each fall semester and updated upon any changes in primary contact person or advisor; when accepted by the Office of Student Activities and Centers, the organization's registration is complete. Organizations that do not register by October 1 will be unable to reserve University facilities.
    5. The Student Organizations Committee will retain oversight of all recognized student organizations to assure compliance with these regulations.
    6. The registration of recognized student organizations is an annual process, with the registration period being the current academic year, which is usually from September to August.
    7. The registration of a recognized student organization will remain in effect until the first class day of the following academic year, unless the organization is subject to disciplinary sanction revoking such status.

    General Requirements of Recognized Student Organizations

    1. A recognized student organization may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest record, or conviction record unless pursuant to an exception recognized by law. 2. A recognized student organization that violates federal, state, or local laws shall be liable in the appropriate courts and is not exempt from disciplinary action under this Policy.
    3. A recognized student organization can be liable for disciplinary action as a result of actions of individual members of the organization while representing the organization.
    4. Recognized student organizations using University facilities must observe the provisions of any contract issued for use of a particular facility and must follow University policies governing the use of its facilities.
    5. A recognized student organization may use University facilities for events that are primarily for University students and employees. Publicity for such events must comply with campus publicity guidelines. Copies of the Campus Publicity Guidelines are available in the Student Activities Office, Room 212 Cartwright Center and at the following website: http://www.uwlax.edu/uc/documents/PublicityGuidelines0708.pdf.
    6. A recognized student organization shall be responsible for all activities and/or damages at any event. A recognized student organization must exercise reasonable precaution to insure that its events, and agents acting on its behalf, do not cause damage to the property of students, University employees, other organizations, or the University; do not harm or constitute a serious danger to the personal safety of students or University employees; do not obstruct or seriously impair University-run or University authorized activities; and do not violate provisions of the University of Wisconsin System Administration Code, Chapter UWS 18, as shown electronically on the Eagle Eye.
    7. A recognized student organization will be subject to disciplinary action if it organizes, sponsors, cosponsors, or in any way coordinates an event with any recognized student organization that has been prohibited from participating in that type of event or which has had its status revoked.
    8. Recognized student organizations are accountable, through their primary contact, officers, faculty/staff adviser, and other designated representatives, to the University. Where an organization's primary contact, officers, faculty/staff adviser, or other designated representatives makes a knowingly false statement, either orally or in writing, to any University employee or agent, including the Student Organizations Committee and Student Court or a person conducting an investigation under the provisions of this Policy, on a matter relating to the activities of the organization or its members, the organization shall be subject to discipline.
    9. Recognized student organizations shall be subject to disciplinary action for non-compliance with University alcohol beverage regulations, state statutes, and city ordinances regarding possession, consumption, and sale of alcohol beverages at any event, and also for verified instances of underage persons consuming or possessing an alcoholic beverage, or other violations of any of the above rules at any event.
    10. Recognized student organizations can hold closed meetings for the purpose of peer counseling sessions or for other purposes if attendance is limited to current members. If such a meeting is publicized, it must be clearly labeled as limited to members only.

    Rights of a Registered Student Organization

    As a University of Wisconsin - La Crosse recognized student organization, a student group may:

    1. Use the name of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse to identify the group's affiliation. When using the name of the University, the student group must clearly identify itself as a registered student organization.
    2. Reserve and use those University facilities in Cartwright Center and elsewhere that are available for non-instructional use;
    3. Take advantage of services and programs developed for registered student organizations by the Office of Student Activities and Centers, the UW - La Crosse Student Association, etc.;
    4. Be placed on official list of registered student organizations; and
    5. Participate in services or events in University facilities that are announced as open to all recognized student organizations.

    Disciplinary Procedures

    1. A complaint that a recognized student organization has violated any provision(s) of student organization policies must be submitted in writing to the Director of Student Activities and Centers, and must include a statement of the facts upon which the allegation is based. The written report shall be signed by the complainant(s) specifying the following:

    a. a detailed description of the violation(s) including the date, time, place, circumstances, and the names of witnesses to the alleged incident,
    b. name(s) of the organization(s) involved in the alleged violation(s),
    c. name(s) of the individual(s) involved in the alleged violation(s), and
    d. name(s), address(es), and phone number(s) of the complainant(s).

    2. The Director of Student Activities and Centers will promptly forward a copy of the complaint to the Chair of the Student Organizations Committee.
    3. The Chair of the Student Organizations Committee, in consultation with the Director of Student Activities and Centers, shall file a formal complaint seeking discipline of the recognized student organization. The complaint shall be filed with the Student Organizations Committee.
    Note: The Student Organizations Committee shall serve as a hearing body to recommend to the Chancellor findings of fact, conclusions and disciplinary sanctions. The Student Organizations Committee shall adopt hearing procedures that provide the complainant(s), organizations(s) subject to complaint, and the student court, opportunities to be heard.
    4. The Chair of the Student Organizations committee, in consultation with the Director of Student Activities and Centers, may at any time resolve a complaint by mutual agreement with the recognized student organization for the imposition of discipline; the agreement must be confirmed by the Chancellor before it becomes effective.

    Veterans

    The University is fully approved for the education of veterans and veterans' dependents under both federal and state programs. Veterans and eligible dependents wishing to apply for educational benefits are encouraged to visit their County Veterans Service Office to register discharges and other official documents and to determine which programs are available to them.

    New students who are eligible for education benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill or other federal programs are required to report to the Veterans' Benefits Coordinator (VBC), located in Records & Registration, 117 Graff Main Hall, to fill out an application for education benefits form 22-1990 and to submit a DD 214 (active duty discharge form) or Notice of Basic Eligibility 2384-1 (reserves/guard), depending on your entitlement. Dependents or spouse of 100% disabled or deceased veterans or vocational rehabilitation veterans, contact the VBC for additional requirements.

    Each semester after you have registered (fall and spring sessions, interim sessions, and summer sessions) an enrollment verification must be completed in the Records and Registration Office. The Veterans' Administration requires certification of attendance and credit load on a semester basis for the continuation of benefits. Payment of veterans' benefits depends on the number of credits carried. Undergraduate students should carry at least 12 credits, and graduate students should carry at least nine (9) credits to receive full benefits under most programs. However, if you choose to attend school part-time, benefits will be prorated accordingly. Chapters 30 and 1606 students must verify enrollment monthly with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

    Wisconsin National Guard Tuition grant applications may be picked up from your unit and brought to the VBC anytime during the semester. Tuition and Fee Reimbursement Grant applications and Part-Time Study Reimbursement applications may be picked up at the County Veterans Service Office and brought to the VBC anytime during the semester. All state benefits are processed after grades are posted.