The University Housing Resident Behavior Process is a part of community development within the residence halls and apartments at UWM. Members of a community have both rights and responsibilities. Inherent to the success of the University Housing Resident Behavior Process is an awareness of all residents of the need to acknowledge their responsibility for their behavior and how it affects the community in which they live.
Primary emphasis is placed on the educational and developmental progress of the resident and is part of the educational mission of the University. Increased understanding of self and others has the strongest potential for educational impact. This process is designed, in part, to determine responsibility or lack thereof, for violations of the University Housing Rules and Regulations— not guilt or innocence relative to criminal matters.
The University Housing Resident Behavior Process is not equivalent to, nor does it conform to criminal law processes. The University Housing Resident Behavior Process is informal in nature so as to provide substantial justice, fair proceedings, and educational and developmental outcomes. It is not bound by legal jargon, court-like proceedings, or legal definitions. The technical rules of evidence applicable in civil and criminal cases do not apply.