Learning Outcomes

We intend that students who engage in the student conduct process will: 

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals;
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future;
  • grow their understanding of other peoples' perspectives;
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies; and
  • understand how further misconduct may impact future goals at UWL, and beyond. 

These learning outcomes are reinforced through various educational sanctions listed below.

AlcoholEDU is the universal prevention education program selected by UWL to provide education on most first level alcohol violations 

Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior related to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • learn how to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies

BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.  This program is used as a required educational sanction for alcohol-related conduct violations.  It is facilitated over the course of two weeks in a one-on-one meeting format.   

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Learning outcomes this sanctions meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future
  • grow their understanding of other peoples' perspectives;
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies
  • understand how further misconduct may impact future goals at UWL, and beyond

CASICS stands for Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students.  This program is used as a required educational sanction for drug-related conduct violations. 

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Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future
  • grow their understanding of other peoples' perspectives
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies
  • understand how further misconduct may impact future goals at UWL, and beyond

Sometimes, an assessment of a student’s alcohol dependence (perceived or actual) may result in services beyond the University’s scope.  Students are sometimes referred to outside resources regarding an assessment performed by a licensed substance abuse professional.  Students are free to choose the facility at which to have the assessment and should check with their health insurance company to see if the assessment will be covered by their insurance. 

Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future;
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies

It is our intention to work in close partnership with families, in most cases parents and guardians, regarding student conduct situations in a way that is consistent with our philosophy of working directly with students as adults.  Should a student become involved in an incident that violates our policies, we hope our communication with families regarding these matters will enable us to work cooperatively and collaboratively to address the current situation and change behavior to avoid future issues.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows universities to share information related to incidents where a student has been found responsible for the possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.  Our hope in providing outreach is that we can work together to create a supportive environment for the student.

Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals;
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future;
  • grow their understanding of other peoples' perspectives;
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies; an

In STARRSA Active Psychoeducation, participants learn about a range of topics such as alcohol and drug use, healthy relationships and sexuality, and positive decision-making.  This program was developed specifically to help college students that were found responsible for sexual misconduct understand how their decision may have impacted the community around them.

Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future
  • grow their understanding of other peoples' perspectives
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies
  • understand how further misconduct may impact future goals at UWL, and beyond

Operation: River Watch is a campus-based initiative in La Crosse, Wisconsin that seeks to prevent alcohol-related tragedies that result in accidental drowning in the Mississippi River. Furthermore, Operation: River Watch seeks to cultivate and promote a stronger sense of social responsibility and safety in La Crosse's drinking culture. Because of the negative impact of your behaviors on the UWL and La Crosse community, the Student Life Office may require participation at Operation River Watch to support the efforts of community safety. For more information on Operation: River Watch visit https://www.uwlax.edu/riverwatch/ .

Learning outcomes this sanction meets:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior related to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies

The following are examples of other educational sanctions that may be used by the Student Life office to foster learning, development and build life skills.

Written Letter of Apology

Reflection Assignment (e.g. Ted Talk Decision Making Reflection, Letter to future me, AlcoholEDU Reflection)

Learning outcomes these sanctions meet:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior related to their values, beliefs, and/or goals
  • learn how to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies

University Privilege Restriction

Removal From Course

Disciplinary Probation

Suspension

Expulsion

In some cases, student status sanctions must be considered to provide safety, time, space, and / or separation from the university as means to to rebuild trust between the university community and the student.

Learning outcomes these sanctions meet:

  • recognize how their choices and behavior relate to their values, beliefs, and/or goals;
  • learn to identify alternatives for managing similar behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future;
  • develop awareness of the ways their individual actions impact the UWL community and why UWL is concerned about student behavior that violates its policies; and
  • understand how further misconduct may impact future goals at UWL, and beyond.