Dean of Students Office

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have received a letter for the following reasons:
  • You are being charged with an alleged policy violation.
  • You have been identified as a potential witness or victim.
  • You are being updated on a case that you are involved in.
  • DOS Office staff would like to talk with you about a concern.

Sanctions are outcomes of being found responsible for a policy violation. Examples include:

  • A written reprimand
  • Community service
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Denial of access to a specific location or of a university privilege 
  • Reflection paper
  • Alcohol education
  • Suspension or expulsion

The student conduct process and the legal process are independent of one another. The student conduct process is designed to be educational in nature and uses a different stand of evidence than the legal system. The outcome of the legal system has no bearing on the student conduct process. 

Students may appeal a finding of responsibility and/or a sanction imposed through the hearing process. 

To make an appeal, students must submit a request for a hearing via this form within 10 calendar days following the date of the student's decision letter.


Your ability to be an active UWRF student will not be impacted by the student conduct process, unless you are suspended or expelled. 

It is possible that restrictions on your activities as a student (i.e. loss of privileges to utilize the Falcon Center, ability to live on campus, clearance to study abroad, removal from a class, etc.) will be impacted by your involvement in the conduct process. 

Students who choose not to comply with disciplinary sanctions will have a hold placed on their student account which will prevent the ability to register for courses.The hold will be in place until sanctions are completed. 

The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your educational record from being shared. It is possible that an employer, lawyer, etc. may request your conduct file as a part of their hiring or investigative process. FERPA requires that any release of your conduct record only be done (unless required by law) with your written consent.

It is also common for Admissions offices at other institutions to request information related to your conduct history as a part of their admissions process. FERPA applies here as well.

Parents/guardians will not be given any specific information about your conduct history, unless you provide written consent. We do notify parents of some conduct violations (i.e. alcohol use) but this is an effort to provide you (the student) with the needed support to make changes in your behavior. No details about the incident/situation will be provided.

Concerns related to student misconduct, on or off campus, can be reported via the UWRF Report It webpage. Reports can be submitted anyomously, if desired.

Completed sanctions (e.g., reflection papers, community service hours, etc.) can be submitted via this form. Students can also submit their materials in person at South Hall 310.

Yes. You may bring someone (i.e. a support person) with you. However, that person has no role in the disciplinary meeting. Please inform the Dean of Students Office that you will be bringing a support person before the meeting by emailing or calling the office. 

Yes. You may provide a written statement or submit additional materials you deem relevant, either prior to or at the disciplinary meeting. Please send them to the investigating officer via email. If you provide a written statement, response, or additional materials, they will become part of the official record. 

The investigating officer (i.e. Dean of Students staff member) will review the information you provided, as well as the information provided in the initial report. They may also interview witnesses, other individuals involved, and/or staff. They will use all the information they gather to determine an outcome. The investigating officer will use the perponderance standard, meaning it is more likely than not that misconduct did or did not occur (50% + a feather). 

We are committed to providing equal access to all our students during the student conduct process. Please contact the Dean of Students Office to request an accommodation in advance of the meeting, if needed. 

Please contact the Dean of Students Office via email or phone to speak to a staff member. 

Contact Us

Dean of Students Office
235 Rodli Hall