UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Student Conduct Process

The UW-System and its schools expect that students demonstrate appropriate behavior and follow state and federal laws. UWS Administrative Conduct Code Chapter 17 & 18 are polices that all students are expected to follow while enrolled as a student of the UW-System. These policies apply to student's behavior both on and off campus; with each institution adjudicating student behavioral issues through the institution's university conduct process.

At the University of Wisconsin River Falls, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for administering the University's conduct process. This process is outlined as follows:

1. The office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (SCCS) receives a report of possible non-academic misconduct. This report may be received from a number sources including but not limited to:

  • University Police
  • The University's Residence Life Department
  • The River Falls Police Department
  • Other Community Agencies
  • Other UW System Schools
  • Faculty, Staff, or Students
  • Community Members

2. SCCS reviews the report and determines if possible policy violations under UWS Administrative Conduct Code Chapter 17 or 18 have occurred from the information available.

3. If it is determined that possible misconduct occurred SCCS will issue the student a formal letter to the student's UWRF e-mail account with notice of alleged policy violations; requesting the student schedule a meeting to discuss the incident with an investigative officer of SCCS.

  • It is the student's responsibility to be checking their UWRF e-mail account regularly and retrieve any communications sent to the student.

4. The student meets with an investigative officer of SCCS to discuss the incident, provide their account of what was reported, and offer any relevant information they would like considered in making a determination regarding responsibility.

5. SCCS considers all information available to them, makes a decision about the student's responsibility in the case, and determines the appropriate sanction(s) if necessary.

  • If the student chooses not to schedule a meeting or fails to appear for a scheduled appointment SCCS will make a determination regarding student responsibility without the student's input.

Determination of Responsibility

1. If the investigating officer finds the student not responsible for policy violations:

  • The student is notified by formal letter delivered to their UWRF e-mail account outlining the findings.
  • The case is closed and has no negative affect on the student's disciplinary conduct record.

2. If the Investigating Officer finds the student responsible for at least one policy violation under UWS Administrative Conduct Code Chapter 17 & 18 they are notified by formal adjudication letter delivered to their UWRF e-mail account outlining the following:

  • The case findings
  • All sanction information; including instructions and deadlines
  • The student's right to request an Administrative Hearing to hear the case. The request must be made, in writing, to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards within 10 days of the formal adjudication letter. 

3. If no Administrative Hearing is requested the findings of the case are final.

  • The student is expected to complete assigned sanctions by the deadlines in the adjudication letter.
  • Once all sanctions are complete, the case is closed. 

If the student does not complete all sanctions by their deadlines, a hold is placed on their account and further charges may be filed under Ch. 17 and 18.

Requesting a Hearing

1. If the student requests an Administrative Hearing within 10 days of receiving the formal adjudication letter a hearing will be scheduled on the student's behalf to review the information from the case.

  • Administrative hearings are conducted by either a hearing board (two faculty/staff members and one student) or hearing examiner (one faculty/staff member).
  • Administrative hearings involving sexual misconduct, stalking, or domestic violence will be heard by a hearing examiner.

2. Once the Administrative hearing is scheduled the student is notified of the date and time should they choose to participate in providing information during the scheduled hearing.

3. After the Administrative hearing has concluded, the hearing board/examiner determines the student's responsibility for the policy violation(s).  The student is notified of the decision within 14 days of the scheduled Administrative Hearing.

Determination of Responsibility by a Hearing Board/Examiner

1. If the student is found not responsible for the policy violations:

  • The student is notified by formal letter delivered to the student's UWRF e-mail outlining the findings.
  • The case is closed and has no negative affect on the student's disciplinary conduct record.

2. If the student is found responsible for at least one policy violation UWS Administrative Conduct Code Chapter 17 & 18, they are notified via a formal letter delivered to the student's UWRF e-mail account outlining the following:

  • The case findings
  • The Hearing Board or Examiner's rationale for their decision
  • All sanction information; including instructions and deadlines

3. The student is expected to complete all assigned sanctions by the deadlines in the formal adjudication letter.

4. Once the sanctions are complete, the case is closed.

  • If the student does not complete all sanctions by their deadlines, a hold is placed on their account and further charges may be filed under Ch. 17 and 18.

Contact Us

Student Conduct & Community Standards
sccs@uwrf.edu
715-425-4844
M-F, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall

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