Being a UWL Eagle

Academic success at UWL expanding section
Counseling and Testing expanding section

The Test Center serves as an assessment resource for UWL students and the greater La Crosse community. The Test Center is a national, regional and campus site for the administration, scoring, interpreting, and dispersal of many tests, exams and psychological inventories.

The Testing Center offers a number of high stakes exam programs for admission, certification & licensure from over a dozen test providers. Among the many exams offered are the ACT, ACTFL, CLEP, CHES, DSST, FORT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Miller Analogy, MTLE, Praxis, SAT and the University of Wisconsin Placement Exams.

The UWL Test Center is nationally recognized as an exceptional test center for test security, on time test delivery, and student satisfaction. As members of the National College Testing Association we subscribe to recognized best practices in testing and strive to provide a superior testing experience to all examinees so they can achieve optimum performance on any exam.

The Test Center is open year round, Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, except university holidays. We proctor distance exams for other colleges & universities as well as most major high stakes exams for graduate and professional school admission 

Common Student Questions

  • What exams are offered at the Testing Center?
  • When is the Testing Center open?
  • How soon can I repeat a test if I think I can do better?
  • Do you provide study resources for exams?
  • Can I repeat the UW Math Placement Test?
  • Are testing accommodations available?

Policies & procedures

  • A government issued photo ID is required for any exam delivered in the Testing Center. It must be current and valid.
  • The UWL Test Center offers secure digital lockers to store personal items during testing.
  • All electronic items must be totally powered off during testing and stored in a locker.
  • Most exam sessions are recorded via video surveillance to ensure test integrity and security.

Contact information

Resources and links to testing programs

Visit the Counseling and Testing webpage here. 

Visit the Center for Placement Testing webpage here.  

For information regarding the following tests, click the links below: 

For test taking tips from Pearson VUW visit this webpage.

Records and Registration services expanding section

Records and Registration maintains the integrity and security of student records, and we offer a variety of services related to a student's academic record. We help students order official transcripts and understand their official transcript, add or drop classes, verify their degree or enrollments, understand FERPA restrictions, and more. Our office can also answer questions about the academic policies of the university, including policies on repeating courses, grades and grading, Dean's Lists requirements, withdrawing from the university entirely, and re-entering the university after a break.

Common student questions

  • How do I order an official transcript? Can I order it electronically?
  • How do I access my unofficial transcript?
  • Can you verify my enrollment for insurance, scholarship, or employment purposes?
  • Where do I find my enrollment appointment to register for the next term?
  • How do I add or drop a class after the semester has started? Do I need permission to add or drop?
  • Is it possible to get into a closed class?
  • What are the deadlines for adding or dropping a class?
  • What affect does a "W" have on my record?
  • What times are my final exams at?
  • How can I permanently change or update the name on my record?

These questions and more can be answered in Records and Registration. Feel free to stop in at 117 Graff Main Hall, call us at 608.785.8576, email records@uwlax.edu, or visit our website here.

Requests for advice on what courses to take, whether credits will transfer, and how to deal with academic ineligibility should be directed to your assigned advisor or to your College Dean's office.

  • College of Business Administration - 138 Wimberly Hall
  • College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts & Communication - 260 Morris Hall
  • College of Science and Health - 205 Graff Main Hall
  • School of Education - 145 Graff Main Hall

Policies & procedures 

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to protect the educational record of current and former students. This means that we can't release educational information about you to anyone besides you without your consent. There are two important exceptions: if the 3rd party has an educational right to know (for instance, your instructors and your College Dean) or if the information is directory information and has not been restricted by you. See our website on FERPA here for details on what directory information is and how you can restrict it.

Add/Drop policy

Students can drop classes on their own up through the first 10 days of class and add open classes without instructor permission up through the first 5 days of class. Please be aware that there are deadlines for the last day to drop a class that may affect receiving any refunds, whether or not the course is on your transcript permanently, and whether or not you will receive a grade that affects your GPA. These deadlines can be found on our Records and Registration website here.

Transcripts

The fee for ordering an official transcript is $10 for each copy. Paper copies or electronic copies are available. Electronic transcripts can only be ordered online through the vendor's secure site. Transcripts cannot be sent through ordinary campus email. Visit the transcript request procedure webpage here.

Contact Information 

Records and Registration

Resources and Links

Visit our frequently asked questions webpage here.

For more information regarding add/drop dates and deadlines, visit the Records and Registration's dates and deadlines page here. 

To order transcripts, visit our transcript request procedure page here.

For directions and tips on how to register visit our registration webpage here.

For a WINGS tutorial, visit the Records and Registration WINGS webpage here.

For more information regarding student privacy, visit our webpage on FERPA here. 

The Murphy Library expanding section

The Murphy Library is the campus center for academic inquiry. The library provides access to a vast and diverse collection of electronic and print resources; facilities designed to accommodate in a flexible manner a variety of learning needs; technologies that complement and enhance the acquisition, synthesis, and use of information; and staff to help students find and use the quality information they need. 

Common student questions

  • How can I find credible articles, books, and other resources for my papers and research?
  • Where can I get help with information research or just using the library?
  • How can I quickly find online articles, books, and other resources that relate specifically to my topic?
  • How can I get articles or books that are not available at UWL?
  • What are the library hours?
  • Where can I find study spaces in the library, including quiet study areas?
  • How can I check online to see what I have checked out and if I have fines?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the Murphy Library website, at refemail@uwlax.edu, or call 608.785.8507.

Policies & procedures

The vast collection of online resources is available throughout campus using the UWL wireless networks as well as UWL computers. Students may also access these resources from off campus using their NetID and password to log in.

Students may check out an unlimited number of books and other physical items from the general collection using their barcoded UW-La Crosse ID card. Reference books, bound periodicals, and material housed in Special Collections do not circulate. Students can also check out a variety of technology items including laptops and iPads. Details about loan times, renewals, and fines can be found at the library website.

The library has a food and drink policy that states that food and drink are permitted throughout the library except in Special Collections and any other area posted as "NO FOOD OR DRINK," as long as it does not bother other library users. Care must be taken around computers and other library equipment. Beverages must be in containers that have lids or are spill resistant. If any food if delivered to the library, you must meet the delivery person by the entrance to the library. See more details and other library policies at this webpage.

Contact information

Murphy Library

Resources and links

Visit the Murphy Library webpage! 

For library resources arranged by subject, visit our library guides webpage. 

For online or in-person reference services, visit this webpage. 

Academic Advising expanding section

The Academic Advising Center is an integral part of the advising partnership between UWL students, faculty, and staff. The primary focus of the AAC is to assist undeclared majors and declared majors seeking a different major through the process of exploring and choosing a major at UWL.  We also assist with general advising questions from all UWL students. 

Utilizing developmental and proactive academic advising, AAC advisors can assist students with topics such as major & career exploration, UWL undergraduate academic policies & degree requirements, course planning & registration, and academic difficulties (e.g. Eagle Alert, probation, ineligible to return).

Common student questions

  • I need help choosing a major, where should I start?
  • When do I have to declare a major?
  • What careers are associated with a major in …..?
  • I need assistance changing my schedule.
  • How do I “Drop/Withdraw” from a class?
  • I am struggling in a class. What are my options for help?
  • How do I transfer coursework to UWL? 

If you have questions like those above, please contact the Academic Advising Center & Career Services at 608.785.6950 or by email at advising@uwlax.edu.

Contact information

Academic Advising Center

Resources and links

For more information regarding the academic advising, visit the Academic Advising Center's webpage

Visit the Major & Career Exploration webpage for helpful tips during your time at UWL.

Career planning expanding section

Career Services seeks to help students identify, prepare for and explore career opportunities through internships, full time jobs, graduate school and employer interactions. 

Common student questions

  • What can I do with a major in?
  • How do I find internship opportunities?  Or full-time job opportunities after graduation?
  • Can I get academic credit for an internship?
  • Can you help with resumes, cover letters and interviewing?
  • Can you help me find a full-time job or help me explore graduate/professional schools?

The answers to all of those questions is, yes! Career Services has Career Advisors to help you along the process. If you have questions like those above, please contact the Academic Advising Center & Career Services at 608-785-8514 or by email at career@uwlax.edu.

Policies and procedures

If you are interested in an internship, we would encourage you to talk with your academic advisor early in your UWL career about how it fits into your academic plan.

Contact information

Career Services

  • Phone: 608-785-8514
  • Email: career@uwlax.edu
  • Office Location: 1140 Centennial Hall

Resources and links

For more information, please visit the Career Services webpage

The ACCESS Center expanding section

The ACCESS Center provides service to students attending UW-La Crosse who have a documented disability.  The ACCESS Center staff will meet with students and – based on documentation – determine appropriate academic accommodations to help you accomplish your academic goals and give you the support you need through graduation.  If you have a a documented physical, sensory, psychological, or learning disability that is challenging you, get the support and assistance you deserve to help make the most of your education and campus life activities.

Common student questions

  • How do I get started with services in The ACCESS Center?
  • What kind of documentation do I need to provide?
  • If I register with The ACCESS Center, do I have to use accommodations?
  • I don’t know if I have a disability, but I am struggling in school.  How can I get some help?
  • Will there be something on my transcript showing that I used accommodations?

If you have questions like those above, or related questions about The ACCESS Center, please see our website at https://www.uwlax.edu/access-center/ or contact the office at 608-785-6900 or by email at accesscenter@uwlax.edu

Policies and procedures

  • Registering with The ACCESS Center
    • Discuss any questions you have about our office or services with an ACCESS Center advisor either by phone or in person.
    • Complete an online New Student Registration using ACCESS Connect at https://olympic.accessiblelearning.com/uwlax.
    • Submit your documentation.  Upload, fax, email, or hand-deliver documentation about your disability from your school, doctor, or mental health provider.

Contact information

  • Phone: 608-785-6900
  • Email: accesscenter@uwlax.edu
  • Office location: 165 Murphy Library
Research and Resource Center for Campus Climate expanding section

In order to thrive at UWL, students have the right to a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment where the experiences and perspectives of all are valued. The Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate fosters dialogue, respect, critical thinking, personal growth and social action to strengthen understanding and the potential of bridging cultures across difference. Campus Climate includes the Hate Response Team, which is comprised of professionals from across campus who come together to support the individual and collective impacted by hate, appropriately address all incidents of hate/bias, and educate the greater campus on how to be upstanders. 

Common student questions

  • What is a hate/bias incident?
  • What’s the difference between a hate crime and a hate/bias incident?
  • What about free speech?
  • Why should I report hate/bias?
  • What should I do if I experience or witness hate/bias?
  • Can I report if the incident happened off campus?
  • What happens when I report a hate/bias incident?
  • What if I just want to talk to someone?
  • How can I help raise awareness?

If you have questions like those listed, or related questions on policies and procedures regarding discrimination, hate, and bias, please contact Campus Climate at 608-785-5094 or by emailing campusclimate@uwlax.edu

Contact Information

Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate

Resources and links

To report Hate/Bias at UWL, please visit our website

To find out more about the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate, visit this webpage. 

To learn more about UWL's Hate Response Team, visit this website. 

Follow the UWL Campus Climate Facebook page! 

LGBTQ+ Students expanding section

Pride Center

Our Center seeks to provide ample educational opportunities and resources for UWL's students, faculty & staff including ally workshops, trainings, clubs, panels, books, documentaries, speakers, & student-led programs on current issues in our community.

Our Mission Statement: The Pride Center shall foster a safer environment for all LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff, educate the campus and community on issues, and advocate for student success and inclusivity.

Common student questions

  • I heard that UWL has a Pride Center where is it and can anyone go there?
    Does UWL have gender inclusive housing and bathrooms?
  • Does UWL have a Gender Studies Major?
  • I was a part of my high school’s Gender & Sexual Alliance Club is there anything similar here?
  • Can I use my preferred name for my email, class rooster, in my residence hall, and on my student I.D.?
  • What can I do if I am a victim of a hate or bias incident because of my sexual orientation or gender identity?
  •  I am questioning my gender identity or sexual orientation and I want to talk to a student like me where can I go?

Many of the answers to these questions can be answered by visiting the Pride Center, the Pride Center web page, or contacting the Pride Center Staff or Director, Will Van Roosenbeek (wvanroosenbeek@uwlax.edu or 608-785-8887.)

Policies and procedures

Preferred Name Policy
UWL recognizes that many of its students, faculty and staff may use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse that any faculty, staff, or student may choose to identify themselves within the university community with a preferred first and/or middle name that differs from their legal name.

As long as the use of the preferred first and/or middle name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, it will appear instead of the person’s legal name in UWL related systems and documents except where the use of the legal name is required by university business or legal need.

Please visit the Records and Registration's webpage regarding the preferred name policy here.  

Contact information

Resources & links

Please visit the Pride Center's webpage.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events! 

For more information about LGBTQ resources in the Coulee Region, please visit The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection's webpage.

For more information about the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, please visit their webpage.

Living on campus expanding section

The Office of Residence Life works to enhance each students’ college experience by providing safe, affordable, clean, and visually appealing residence halls. At UWL students are not just tenets living in rooms. All of the staff in Residence Life work to provide a space to promote inclusivity, an academic focused environment, and student development. While living in the residence halls students have opportunities to attend social events, engage in educational opportunities, and stretch outside their comfort zone by joining leadership initiatives within residence life.

We look forward to providing opportunities for students to engage at UWL outside the classroom. Leadership opportunities include applying to be a core team member, desk assistant, assistant housekeeper, a SEED (Students Educating and Embracing Diversity), resident assistant, desk coordinator, The Embassy, National Residence Hall Honorary, and developing a Link. If you are interested in any of these opportunities reach out to your hall director!

Common Student Questions

The Office of Residence Life is a BIG department, but everyone is excited to help you find the answers you are looking for. Below are some examples of questions and who you can start with to find answers. If they don’t have an answer they will find out who does!

If you want to know…

  • What are the hours at Whitney?
  • Can we plan a super bowl event for everyone in the community?
  • How do we paint murals in the community?
  • How do you log into D2L?
  • I want to apply to be a leader in the hall. How should I do that?

... ask your Resident Assistant!

  • Role: Undergraduate students living in your community
  • Best way to contact them: Email or stop by their room

If you want to know…

  • I am really struggling at UWL. What should I do?
  • I was just documented for a policy violation, what happens next?
  • I really don’t like my roommate. I have talked to them and my RA about it, but it hasn’t improved. What do I do?
  • I want to apply to be a leader in the hall. How should I do that?

... ask your Hall Director!

  • Role: Master’s level professionals that live in your hall
  • Best way to contact them: Email or stop by their office during office hours

If you want to know…

  • I need to cancel my housing contract next semester what are my next steps?
  • When will I be charged for my room and board?
  • The Embassy looks really cool. How do I get involved?
  • Who is my hall director’s supervisor?

... contact the Office of Residence Life Staff

  • Role: Professional Staff that work in the Office of Residence Life Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Office Staff, Coordinators, Assistant Directors, and Directors
  • Best way to contact them: Call 608.785.8075 or email housing@uwlax.edu

Policies & Procedures

When you sign the contract to live on campus you agree to the Residence Life Policies and Procedures. All Residence Life Policies and Procedures can be found at: https://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/orl-resources/policies--procedures/

Questions or concerns regarding policies or procedures can be directed to your Resident Assistant, Hall Director, or Office of Residence Life Staff.

Contact Information

Office of Residence Life

Hall Director & Assistant Hall Director

  • For Hall Director or Assistant Hall Director information, please visit our contact page!
  • All Hall Directors and Assistant Hall Directors have offices located in their designated buildings

Resources and Links

We highly encourage you to become familiar and regularly check in on the Office of Residence Life webpage. We keep the website updated with announcements, events, and important links to ensure you are meeting housing deadlines! https://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/

Promoting wellness at UWL expanding section
Wellness Resource Center expanding section

Wellness and Health Advocacy provides students with culturally competent health education and health promotion programming that supports and empowers students to make healthy choices and create lifelong habits that promote health and well-being across all dimensions. Wellness and Health Advocacy works collaboratively with many academic and administrative departments on campus and in the community to promote balanced lifestyles and to advocate for a healthy learning and living environment so that all students can achieve their full potential.

As each individual is unique, with different goals, values, strengths, and experiences, so too are their perceptions of and potentials for wellness. The goal of Wellness and Health Advocacy is to provide tools, education, guidance, and support, and to cultivate an environment in which the potential for health flourishes.

Common student questions

  • What are common health concerns for students?
  • What if I need additional services?
  • Do wellness programs cost anything?
  • Can I talk to someone about my substance use and sexual health without fear of judgement?
  • How can I get help managing my stress levels?
  • What are ways to be social and meet new people without partying?

If you have questions like those above or any questions regarding your health and wellbeing while at UW-L, please contact Wellness and Health Advocacy at 608-785-8062 or by email at wellness@uwlax.edu.

Policies and procedures

Responsible action policy:  In order to encourage students to call for help if someone may be in danger from alcohol or drug use, Responsible Action protects the caller from Police citation and/or university discipline for alcohol-related offenses. For example, if an underage person is intoxicated from alcohol use, and calls 911 because a friend has passed out and is unresponsive after drinking too much, the caller will not get an underage drinking ticket if that person stays with the impaired individual, cooperates with responders, and follows through with programs deemed necessary by the Dean of Students office.  https://www.uwlax.edu/wellness/alcohol-prevention-and-education/responsible-action-policy/

Contact information

  • Student Life: Wellness and Health Advocacy

Resources and links

Counseling and Testing expanding section

The mission of the UWL Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) is to promote students’ emotional, academic, social, and cultural growth through counseling, crisis intervention, and outreach within an atmosphere of confidentiality and inclusivity. To meet the needs of UWL and the region, we provide comprehensive testing services that adhere to nationally recognized standards.

The CTC provides client-centered mental health and academic skills services to our UWL campus community.  The philosophy of the CTC is derived from a strengths-based, student-centered, and developmental approach. Our clinicians promote growth by assisting clients in identifying their personal strengths and resources, as well as the resources that are available in their support network in the greater campus and surrounding community.  Clinicians also focus on enhancing the client’s ability to make decisions and developing their ability to resolve difficulties in their lives. The CTC has an ongoing commitment to recognizing and valuing the needs of a diverse population within a university setting. 

Common student questions

  • I’m not sure if I need counseling – how do I know?
  • What types of services does the CTC provide?
  • What do services at the CTC cost?
  • I think I need to talk with a counselor – how do I get started?
  • What if I am in crisis?
  • Will you tell my parents that I am in counseling?
  • What is group counseling all about?
  • I’m concerned about a friend. What should I do?
  • I need help with study skills – how do I get started?
  • How do I register to take the PRAXIS, GRE, TOEFL, etc.?

If you have questions like those above, please check out our website at this webpage. You can also contact the Counseling & Testing Center at 608.785.8073 or stop in 2106 Centennial.

Contact information

Counseling and Testing Center

  • Phone: 608.785.8073
  • Office Location: 2106 Centennial

Resources and links

Visit this webpage for self-help resources from the Counseling and Testing Center. 

For a list of other resources from the Counseling and Testing Center, please visit this webpage.

For information about the La Crosse Collegiate Recovery Program visit this webpage. 

Recreation Center expanding section

UWL students study hard, work hard and play hard!  Once you put down your books, check out what the Rec Sports Department has to offer.  We have programs and facilities designed to help you stay active, meet new friends and reduce your stress levels.  We also employ over 250 students every year who have the opportunity to provide positive recreation experiences for students, faculty, staff and community members while developing skills such as teamwork, communication, time management, organization, and conflict resolution while having FUN!

Common student questions

  • What is the REC (Recreational Eagle Center)?
  • Does it cost to use the REC?
  • Do I have to bring my own equipment to the REC?
  • Do I need my ID?
  • Is there a pool on campus?
  • Is there a place to lift weights in the REC?
  • Can I get a tour of the REC?
  • How do I join an intramural team?
  • How do I sign up for a group fitness class?
  • What are sport clubs, what sports do you offer and how do I join?
  • What kind of outdoor equipment do you rent?
  • Is there a climbing wall in the REC?
  • Can I bring a friend who is not a UWL student?
  • Can I reserve a space in the REC?
  • How do I get a job at the REC?
  • Are there lockers in the REC that I can use?
  • When are you open?

If you have questions like those above, or related questions to campus recreation, please stop by the REC, call us at 608-785-5225 or visit the Recreational Sports webpage.

Policies & procedures

Student memberships to the REC are included in your student fees and are based on term(s) of enrollment.  You must be paying student fees and enrolled in a minimum of 1 (one) credit to gain access (exception:  summer and winter session).  Daily guest passes can be purchased for $8 and require a current UWL student sponsor.  Students must present their UWL ID to gain access to the REC.

Contact information

Recreational Sports Departments

  • Phone: 608-785-5225
  • Email: recsports@uwlax.edu
  • Office Location: 130 Recreational Eagle Center

Resources and links

Visit this webpage for more information regarding Rec hours. 

Learn more about the Rec Sports climbing wall by visiting this webpage. 

Learn more about employment opportunities by visiting this webpage.

Interested in group fitness classes? Visit our group fitness classes webpage.

For more information about Intramural Sports, visit this webpage. 

Want a personal trainer? Learn more at this webpage. 

Want to incoporate swimming or other water recreation in your routine? Visit the pool webpage. 

Want to reserve a space through Rec Sports? Visit this webpage to learn more. 

Learn more about Rec Sports Special Events by visiting this webpage. 

Get more information about our Sports Club at this webpage. 

Learn more about our Strength (Fitness) Center at this webpage. 

For more information about Trip Offerings with Rec Sports, visit this webpage. 

 

Student Health Center expanding section

The Student Health Center is dedicated to providing cost-effective, evidence-based, student-centered healthcare that promotes wellness and academic success in an atmosphere of kindness, inclusivity and respect.

All currently enrolled UWL or Western students who’ve paid the Health Center User Fee are eligible to use the Health Center. We provide acute care, urgent care, consultations, referrals, allergy injections, gynecological and reproductive services, sexually transmitted infections testing, immunizations, laboratory services, LGBTQ+ health and sexuality services, medical evaluation and treatment, physical therapy, and much more!  

Common Student Questions

  • Who can use the Student Health Center?
  • How much does it cost to use the Student Health Center?
  • Do I need an appointment to us the Student Health Center?
  • What should I bring to my appointment?
  • What about health insurance?
  • How do I fill/refill a medication prescription?
  • What should I do for healthcare when the Student Health Center is closed?

    For answers to these questions and many more, please visit the Student Health Center webpage.

Policies & Procedures

Contact Information

  • Phone Number: 608-785-8558
  • Fax Number: 608-785-8746
  • Email Address: shcnetworking@uwlax.edu
  • Office location: Health Science Center, Suite 1030, 1300 Badger Street

Resources and Links

Sexual assault and harassment expanding section
Equity and Affirmative Action expanding section

The Equity and Affirmative Action office oversees UWL’s policies against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation; we work in coordination with Student Life to ensure that students who experience any of these things receive the support they need. We also work with the ACCESS Center to ensure that students with disabilities have the support and accommodations they are entitled to.

Common student questions

  • Where should I go if I, or someone I know, is sexually assaulted or experiences some other form of sexual misconduct?
  • What I feel I have been treated unfairly or harassed because of my race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, etc.?

Sexual misconduct

A good starting point is Ingrid Peterson, the Violence Prevention Specialist in Student Life, who can provide confidential support and advice. The Counseling & Testing Center and the Student Health Center can also serve as a confidential resource.

You have the right to file a police report and to file an official complaint with the university. Complaints against students will be handled by Student Life, and complaints against UWL employees will be handled by Affirmative Action.

Discrimination and/or harrassment 

You are invited to contact Student Life or Affirmative Action. We will work together to provide the support and recourse. Everyone at UWL has an equal right to a safe learning environment.

Policies & procedures

Visit the UWL Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation webpage. 

Contact information

Affirmative Action

  • Phone: 608-785-8541
  • Email: aad@uwlax.edu
  • Office Location: 131 Graff Main Hall
  • Website: www.uwlax.edu/equity

Student Life

  • Phone: 608-785-8062
  • Email: studentlife@uwlax.edu
  • Office Location: 149 Graff Main Hall
Violence Prevention expanding section

UWL prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault/rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

UWL is committed to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct in order to ensure a safe and equitable educational environment for all.  We do so in compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws, and in keeping with UWL's mission to provide "a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success."

The Student Life Violence Prevention Specialist is available to assist you with advocacy, information, and support, so that you can make informed choices about the options available to you in these situations. Services are free, confidential, and available to all UWL students, faculty, and/or staff members, visit the Violence Prevention webpage here 

Common student questions

  • What are my options following a sexual assault?
  • How can I report any type of sexual misconduct?
  • What happens once an assault is reported?
  • How can I help someone who has been sexually assaulted?
  • How can I apply for a restraining order?

To get answers to questions like these, learn more about UWL policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, and get additional resources, visit UWL's sexual misconduct webpage here or the Violence Prevention webpage here.

Contact information

  • Phone: (608)785-8062
  • Email: ipeterson@uwlax.edu
  • Office Location: Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall

Resources and links

In addition to advocacy, the Violence Prevention Specialist is available to provide education and training on campus.  To learn more and view upcoming events, visit the Violence Prevention webpage here

Student code of conduct expanding section

The student code of conduct is designed to help ensure a positive learning environment for all students at UWL. Students are held accountable for their academic and non-academic misconduct utilizing Wisconsin State Statue (UWS 14, 17, & 18), Office of Residence Life policy, University Police, and in coordination with other campus policies. At UWL, the misconduct process is rooted in Fairness, Accountability, and Compassion for Everyone (FACE). Through education, we believe the Student Code of Conduct can help students thrive at UWL.

The Student Life Office coordinates the conduct process for misconduct occurring outside of the Residence Halls, while the Office of Residence Life coordinates adjudication inside of the Residence Halls. The Student Life Office and the Office of Residence Life work together with severe or repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Common student questions

  • What should I do if I get caught cheating on a test/paper?
  • What happens if I get an underage drinking ticket off campus?
  • I received a letter from the Student Life Office to schedule a meeting time and am not sure why?
  • I already have to go to court, do I still need to go through the nonacademic misconduct process?
  • Where should I go if I have questions about the Student Code of Conduct?
  • I would like to appeal my academic or nonacademic conduct decision, what should I do? 

If you have questions like those above, or related questions to the Student Code of Conduct, please contact the Student Life Office at 608-785-8062 or by email at studentlife@uwlax.edu.

Policies & procedures

Academic Misconduct

Chapter UWS 14 provides guidance for academic misconduct including plagiarism and cheating. At UWL, typically instructors will initiate communication with the student when academic misconduct is suspected. For more information, visit Chapter UWS 14 link below and/or contact the Student Life Office for questions.

View Chapter UWS 14

Nonacademic Misconduct

Chapter UWS 17 provides guidance for any nonacademic misconduct for students in the University of Wisconsin system. This includes students at UWL and provides universities opportunities to hold students accountable and provide educational opportunities through the Student Life Office. To learn more about UWS 17, visit the below link:

View Chapter UWS 17

Chapter UWS 18 is utilized for nonacademic misconduct that occurs on university lands. If misconduct occurs on campus, students should expect to see charges from both UWS 17 and 18. UWS 18 is also utilized by University Policy for conduct that occurs on campus. For more information, see the below link:

View Chapter UWS 18

Contact information

Student Life Office

Resources and Links

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Student Organizations are designed to assist students in becoming involved with their campus community outside of their classrooms. Student Organizations are housed out of the Center for Organization, Involvement, and Engagement (COVE). We have a large variety of organizations that are all student run. Each student has the opportunity to join or create organizations for various reasons, whether that be through their pursuit of individual interests, career networking interest, political activism, or simply to have fun.

Our office offers various resources in order to ensure that student organizations have all of their needs met. Clubs are able to find information on various ways of fundraising, publicizing on campus, requesting storage space, and so much more! We believe that being involved on campus is an experience that all students should take part in to enhance their leadership skills, networking opportunities, management skills and their overall college experience. There is an organization here for everyone and the COVE is here to help!

 

COVE Academic Year hours: 

Weekdays:       8am-11:30pm
Saturdays:       9am-11:30pm
Sundays:         10am-11:30pm

Staffed Hours:
8:00am-8:00pm Monday-Thursday
8:00am-4:30pm Friday

COVE Summer Hours:

Weekdays: 8:00am-4:00pm
Weekends: Varies based on scheduled events
Staffed Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

Common student questions

  • How do I start a Student Organization?
  • How can I learn more about a specific student organization?
  • How do I get involved on campus?
  • Why is getting involved on campus important?
  • Are there volunteer opportunities available?
  • I received an email to attend an All Organizations Meeting, what is that?
  • How can I publicize events on campus?
  • What are different ways that I can fundraise for my student organization?
  • What is the COVE? What resources can I find there?
  • What is Ugetconnected?
  • What is MyOrgs?

If you have questions like those above, or related questions regarding Student Organizations, please contact the COVE staff at 608-785-8866/ thecove@uwlax.edu or Jazz Holland, Cove Administrator at 608-785-8867/ jholland2@uwlax.edu

Policies and procedures

Policies and Procedures can be found in the following link:

Student Organization Resources: Student Org Resources

Contact information

Resources and links

MyOrgs : https://uwlmyorgs.campuslabs.com/engage/

Student Org Resources

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Below you will find important and frequently used policy information. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of policies at UWL; however, it does represent policies and procedures that most frequently affect UWL students. 

Academic Policies expanding section

Academic policies at UWL can be found in UWL’s Catalog at this webpage.

For undergraduate students, you can find Academic Policies at this webpage.

  • Some examples of policy areas include: academic eligibility, academic records, course information, fees, grading system, grading and credit policies, and final exams, graduation, registration, and withdrawal policies.

For graduate students, you can find Academic Policies at this webpage.

  • Some examples of policy areas include: academic eligibility, academic records, course information, grading system and policies, graduation, registration, transferring, completion policies, and withdrawal policies.

For specific questions regarding the course catalog, please contact the Records and Registration Office by phone at 608-785-8951, by email at records@uwlax.edu, or by coming to the office at 117 Graff Main Hall. You can visit the Records and Registration webpage here.

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Wisconsin State Statute

Per Wisconsin Statute 125.07(4) the consumption of alcohol is restricted to individuals who are 21 years of age or older.

This is strictly enforced by the University Police and the La Crosse Police Departments Sanctions are applied from UWL Residence Life and/or Student Life if students are found to have violated drug policies and/or laws. Information about fines can be found 

UWS Chapters 17 and 18

  • 17.09 (6) Illegal Use, Manufacture, Distribution of Alcohol or Controlled Substances
  • 18.09 (1) Alcohol (a. Use/Possession b. Procuring/Selling/ Dispensing)
  • 18.10 (2) Containers in Spectator Facilities

Residence Life Policies

The following activities are not permitted:

Under 21 years of age:

a)    Possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages

  • State law prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.

b)    Possessing or displaying empty alcohol containers

  • Residents are not allowed to have empty alcohol containers, defined as: cans, bottles, caps boxes used for transportation, or items with alcohol residue.

21 years of age and older:

c)     Providing alcoholic beverages to students under the age of 21

d)    Transporting unconcealed alcoholic beverages and/or consuming alcoholic beverages in public areas within the residence halls

e)    Having more than one open standard alcoholic beverage per of age occupant

f)      Consuming alcohol in the presence of minors

  • In the event one roommate is 21 years of age or older while the other is not, the resident who is of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in their room, but may not furnish alcoholic beverages to those under the age of 21. Guests who are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol only if the resident who is 21 years of age or older is present and if each individual of legal drinking age possesses only one alcoholic beverage (UW-La Crosse enforces the Wisconsin law of underage drinking).

Alcohol Policies Regardless of Age:

g)    Hosting a gathering where alcohol is consumed and violates other alcohol policies

h)    Participating in high-risk alcohol consumption. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Kegs or significant amounts of alcohol.
  • Beer pong, flip cup, and/or other drinking games.
  • Inability to function without assistance, incoherent, disoriented, unconsciousness.
  • Loss of control of bodily functions.
  • Community disruption or endangering others.

i)      Possessing devices to rapidly consume alcohol

  • Residents are not allowed to have devices used to rapidly consume alcohol (beer bongs, funnels, etc.).

Residence Life does honor UWL's Responsible Action Policy which encourages students to report medical emergencies. 

Responsible Action Policy

On college campuses there is a significant trend of students choosing not report medical emergencies due to fear of repercussions received from being caught underage drinking. 

What is Responsible Action?

In order to encourage students to call for help if someone may be in danger from alcohol or drug use, Responsible Action protects the caller from Police citation and/or university discipline for alcohol-related offenses. For example, if an underage person is intoxicated from alcohol use, and calls 911 because a friend has passed out and is unresponsive after drinking too much, the caller will not get an underage drinking ticket if that person stays with the impaired individual, cooperates with responders, and follows through with programs deemed necessary by the Dean of Students office. 

At its core, Responsible Action seeks to encourage students to call for emergency medical assistance by providing immunity from police citation and university discipline for alcohol-related offenses. This policy has been instituted at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse as a result of an active collaboration between the Office of Student Life, University Police, and the Student Association. This policy is currently active, starting with the 2014-2015 academic year.

How does it Work?

This policy applies only to disciplinary actions related to the caller’s personal consumption of alcohol. They do not apply to supplying of alcohol, use or possession of other drugs illegally, or other crimes, and they may not apply to students involved in repeated violations of university alcohol policies. Failure to attend any required educational program may result in issuance of a citation or additional judicial consequences.

1. Victims of Crime – In cases where a student believes they have been a victim of a sexual assault and/or violent crime while under the influence of alcohol, the university will not pursue disciplinary action against the student for his or her improper use of alcohol. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize university resources and assistance if they believe they are the victims of a crime.

2. Person in Need of Medical Attention – When a student requires emergency evaluation and/or treatment at a medical facility for an overdose of alcohol, that student, as part of a disciplinary response, may be required to complete an alcohol education program through the University. In addition, a parent/guardian may be contacted after repeated calls for emergency medical assistance from a single student showing a pattern of risky behavior at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

3. Caller – When a student calls on behalf of an individual who requires emergency evaluation, the caller will not be subject to disciplinary actions from the university if the following conditions are met: 

  1. Caller must remain with the impaired individual until assistance arrives.
  2. Caller must be completely cooperative with emergency responders.
  3. Caller must complete any programs deemed necessary by the Dean of Student’s Office.

4. Student Organizations – Representatives of a student organization hosting an event is expected to call for assistance if they become aware of an emergency. Failure to do so will be considered an aggravating circumstance and be factored into any decision making regarding further disciplinary action.

Why was this Developed?

  • In the International Journal of Drug Policy, a 2006 study by Cornell University found that emergency calls increased after their own Responsible Action policy was implemented even though rates of drinking remained constant.
  • Fear of police involvement is the most common reason for not calling 911 during an overdose. After the policy was implemented at Cornell, students were much less likely to report this as a barrier to calling for help.
  • Students who are aware that a Responsible Action policy is in effect are 2.5 times more likely than students who expect to face disciplinary actions to call for help when they see a medical emergency.
  • After the state of Washington implemented a Responsible Action policy, 88% indicated that they were more likely to call 911 during future overdoes.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions regarding this policy- including how it functions or any additional comments, please feel free to email our Wellness Coordinator at wellness@uwlax.edu.

Alcohol Related Fines

Common on-campus violations often involving alcohol and Subsequent Fines per state statutes: 

Underage Alcohol Violation $263.50
2nd offense $389.50
3rd offense $515.50
4th offense $767.50
False Identification $525.50
Purchasing Intoxicants (17-20 yrs)* $425.50
2nd offense $515.50
3rd offense $769.50
4th offense $1,082.50
Driving under the influence $937.50
Resisting a Police Officer $452.50
Giving false information to an Officer $452.50
Obstructing a Police Officer $452.50
Disorderly Conduct $295.00
Vandalism $263.50
False Fire Alarm $263.50
Tampering with Detector $326.50
Littering $200.50
Petty Theft under $100 $295.50
Improper Use of UWL I.D.  $200.50
Weapon Possession $515.50

 *Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Marijuana, and consumption/possession of alcohol are mandatory court appearances

In addition, students who are cited for the following violations by the La Crosse Police Department off-campus are subject to city ordinance fines: 

Underage Alcohol Consumption $250.00
2nd offense $407.50
3rd offense $565.00
4th offense $691.00
5th offense $817.00
Furnishing Alcohol to Minors $313.00
Keg Registration Violations $1,321.00
Selling Alcohol w/out a license $1,636.00
Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia $338.20
Excessive Noise $124.00
Disorderly Conduct $187.00
Public Consumption $124.00
Public Intoxication $250.00
Equity and Affirmative Action Policies and Procedures expanding section

For more information regarding policies and procedures managed affecting Equity and Affirmative Action, please visit the Policies and Procedures webpage.

Please visit the Equity and Affirmative Action’s Discrimination webpage for UWL’s nondiscrimination statement, procedures for grievances and hate/bias incident reporting.

Please visit Equity and Affirmative Action’s Sexual Misconduct webpage for more information regarding Title IX.

Information about UWL’s policies and guidelines about Individuals with Disabilities can be found at this webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact Equity and Affirmative Action by phone at 608-785-8541 or by email at aad@uwlax.edu.

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Informal Complaints: 

If a student has a concern or a complaint about a faculty member or course, the general process for making informal complaints is outlined in steps 1-3 below. Students are welcome to bring a friend or a UWL staff member with them during the following steps. Students who report concerns/complaints/grievances, whether informally or formally, will be protected from retaliation and have the right to expect an investigation and the option to have regular updates on the investigation

  1. The student should speak directly to the instructor.
  2. If the student is uncomfortable speaking with the instructor, or they are unsatisfied with the solution, they should go to the chair of the faculty member’s home department. 
  3. If the student is uncomfortable speaking with the department chair, or the chair is the faculty member in question, or they are unsatisfied with the solution, the student should speak with their college dean. 

Depending on the specifics of the student's concern, it may be helpful for them to reach out to additional offices: 

  • Complaints/concerns/grievances about gradesteaching performancecourse requirementscourse contentincivility, or professional ethics should follow the process outlined above. Students may also wish to seek support from the Student Life office. 
  • Complaints/concerns/grievances related to hate/bias and discrimination may follow the process outlined above, and in addition or instead students may contact the Campus Climate office and/or submit a hate/bias incident report
  • Complaints/concerns/grievances related to sexual misconduct may begin with the process outlined above, but will need to also involve the Equity & Affirmative Action and Violence Prevention offices, and/or the Title IX Team. Students should know that faculty members are mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct, but that confidential resources are available to them.  

Formal Complaints: 

If the student is unsatisfied with the solution of their informal complaint, they have the right to file a formal institutional complaint with the Student Life office, as described below under Institutional Complaint Process. 

 

FERPA expanding section

What is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)? 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

FERPA identifies the rights of students and their families with respect to student educational records kept by institutions.

What are education records? 

Education records are any record maintained by the university which is directly related to the student, such as individually identifiable transcript information.

Some exceptions include:

  • “Sole possession” records made by faculty and staff for their own use as reference and not shared with others
  • Personal observations
  • Employment records if the employment is not contingent on the fact that the employee is a student, and the record is used only in relationship to that individual’s employment.
  • Police services records if the record is maintained solely for law enforcement purposes and revealed only to law enforcement agencies of the same jurisdiction.
  • Health Center records if the records relate only to treatment of the student.
  • Alumni records that contain information about a student after the student is no longer in attendance at the University and that do not relate to the person as a student.

What information can be released about a student? (Disclosure of Education Records Policy)

UW-La Crosse will disclose information from a student’s education records only with the written consent of the student, except:

1. To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.

A school official is:

  • A person employed by UW-La Crosse in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, support staff position, or a student assisting an employee of the university.
  •  
  • A person employed by or under contract to the university to perform a special task, such as the attorney or auditor.
  •  
  • A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is:
  • Performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or by a contract agreement.
    • Performing a task related to a student’s education.
    • Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.
    • Conducting research that benefits students and/or the University

Note: A college or university is required to specify the criteria for school officials and for legitimate educational interests.

2. To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local educational authorities, in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs.

3. To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the university.

4. To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.

5. To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena. 

6. To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency. 

7. To an alleged victim of any crime of violence the results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime.

How does FERPA apply to students? 

Some of the rights of students under FERPA include:

  • Right to inspect and review education records.
  • Right to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading information in the record through informal and formal hearings.
  • Right to file complaints with the FERPA Office concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the Act.

Under the right to inspect and review their education records, students may not view:

  • Parent’s financial records, even though the student may have provided them.
  • Letters of recommendation that the student has waived the right to access.
  • Portions of records that pertain to other students.
  • Records connected with an application to attend any component of UWL if that application was denied.

It is important to note that the FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student when the student turns 18 or when the student begins attending a postsecondary institution, regardless of age. Students can grant guest access to specific individuals to their WINGS (student information) accounts.

How does FERPA apply to parents? 

When the student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a postsecondary institution, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.

Students may grant access to their WINGS account to “guest users,” including parents. Students can control what the guest users see and do, including viewing class schedules and grades and viewing financial aid information and pay bills. The process for doing so is linked here.

If I'm a student, do I need to do anything to protect my information? (Directory Information Policy)

Students are notified annually of their rights under FERPA through an email from the Office of Student Life, in the academic catalog, and in the student handbook.

Directory Information Policy

Students have the right to restrict their directory information under FERPA. Directory information is that information that is designated as public by the university, and it can be released by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.

Students can use WINGS to restrict their directory information at any point. The student can also decide which elements of directory information to restrict.

The following data elements are considered directory information at UWL:

  • Name(s)
  • Local and home addresses
  • Local and home telephone numbers
  • UWL email address
  • School/college
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Academic level (first year, sophomore, junior, senior)
  • Previous institution(s) attended
  • Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities
  • Physical factors (height, weight for athletes)
  • Major/minor field of study
  • Awards and honors (such as Dean’s List)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Degree(s) conferred
  • Date of degree conferral

If the student chooses to restrict some or all of their directory information, some university processes may be affected:

  • Student name/address may be excluded from the UWL online directory.
  • Verification of enrollment, graduation, or degrees awarded may not be provided to third parties, including potential employers and insurance companies.
  • Student name may not appear in the commencement program.
  • Dean’s List and graduation notifications may not be sent to local newspapers.

In addition to student data elements, UWL has designated photographs and video that are taken of students on campus and at university-sponsored activities as information that may appear in university publications, brochures, websites, social media, etc., without the written consent of students.

FERPA Quick Guide

Download the FERPA: Quick Guide for Faculty and Staff.

**Adopted from Pennsylvania State University FERPA website**

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Students can file formal institutional complaints with UWL. 

Only formal, written complaints, signed by a student or sent through the student's official UW-L email, and addressed to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be accepted as Official Complaints. In the complaint, it will be necessary for the student to demonstrate that they have already attempted and not achieved resolution through other University procedures as documented in the Student Handbook.

For more information regarding Institutional Student Complaints please visit this webpage. 

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UWL is committed to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct in order to ensure a safe and equitable educational environment for all.

Policies that apply to various forms of sexual misconduct in the context of UWL programs and activities can be found at UWL’s Sexual Misconduct’s website at the Learn More: Policies tab here.  

The Sexual Misconduct Definitions webpage, provides more specific information regarding the definitions of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation.

Information for Faculty and Staff can be found at this webpage.

To talk with a confidential source, please contact UWL’s Violence Prevention specialist or any of our confidential resources found at this webpage.

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Residence Life Code of Conduct and Policies

When you sign the contract to live on campus you agree to the Residence Life Policies and Procedures. All Residence Life Policies and Procedures can be found at: https://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/orl-resources/policies--procedures/

For the 2018-2019 Contract please see this PDF.

Questions or concerns regarding policies or procedures can be directed to your Resident Assistant, Hall Director, or Office of Residence Life Staff.

University of Wisconsin System Student Code of Conduct

All students within the University of Wisconsin System are held accountable utilizing UWS Chapters 14, 17, and 18. Specifically, these codes govern academic and non-academic conduct and outline student rights and responsibilities. Links provided go directly to the State of Wisconsin 

Academic Misconduct

Chapter UWS 14 provides guidance for academic misconduct including plagiarism and cheating. At UWL, typically instructors will initiate communication with the student when academic misconduct is suspected. For more information, visit Chapter UWS 14 link below and/or contact the Student Life Office for questions.

View Chapter UWS 14

Nonacademic Misconduct

Chapter UWS 17 provides guidance for any nonacademic misconduct for students in the University of Wisconsin system. This includes students at UWL and provides universities opportunities to hold students accountable and provide educational opportunities through the Student Life Office. To learn more about UWS 17, visit the below link:

View Chapter UWS 17

Chapter UWS 18 is utilized for nonacademic misconduct that occurs on university lands. If misconduct occurs on campus, students should expect to see charges from both UWS 17 and 18. UWS 18 is also utilized by University Policy for conduct that occurs on campus. For more information, see the below link:

View Chapter UWS 18

Questions regarding UWS Chapters 14, 17, or 18 can be directed to the Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.8062, studentlife@uwlax.edu

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Information about Student Organization resources, policies and procedures can be found at The COVE webpage. The COVE stands for the Center for Organizations, Vision, and Engagement.  They are your campus Student Organization and Leadership Hub. They are located on the second floor of the Student Union.

Specific resources and policies affected Student Organizations include:

If you have any questions please visit the COVE at 2200 Student Union, by calling 608-785-8866, or by emailing thecove@uwlax.edu.