Nonacademic Misconduct

The University strives to create a positive, safe, and healthy environment for all of its students.  Students are responsible for understanding and support of University policy and are expected to uphold and abide by the community standards established by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the UW-System.

These expectations begin when a student first enrolls at a UW-System school and continue throughout her or his academic career.  Some of the conduct rules apply even during school vacations and off campus.  These rules are found in the UW-System Administrative Code which applies to all UW campuses and students.  They are commonly referred to as UWS 17.

Nonacademic Offenses

Examples include, but are not restricted to:

  • Conduct which constitutes a serious danger to the personal safety of other members of the university community.
  • The sale or delivery of a controlled substance as defined by the Wisconsin Uniform Controlled Substance Act (Ch.161, Stats.), or the possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver.
  • Conduct that seriously damages or destroys university property or attempts to do so. Stalking or harassment.
  • Conduct that obstructs or seriously impairs university-run or university-authorized activities.
  • Unauthorized possession of university property or property of another member of the university community.
  • Knowingly making a false statement to any university employee or agent on a university-related matter.

Prohibited Behavior While on University Property Chapter UWS 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code entitled “Conduct on University Lands” contains the rules and regulations governing the behavior of all persons present on any UW-System campus including all real property sublet to the control of the university and/or the UW System Board of Regents.

These rules cover a wide range of prohibited acts including both individual and group behavior on university property. In addition, Chapter 18 provides that any person convicted of any crime committed on campus involving danger to property or persons will be prohibited from entering university property for a period of two years from the date of conviction.

The following is specific information on a few major regulations The information provided does not include all provisions or details, but is intended as general information only.


There is no smoking on campus except in designated smoking areas and outdoors.


No person may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer or for law enforcement purposes. No person may display or portray as real any object that resembles a dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer. Dangerous weapons maybe confiscated and removed from university lands by police.

Disorderly conduct

No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance, in university buildings or on university lands.

Computer Use

No person may, with intent to harass, annoy or offend another person, send a message to the person on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act.  No person may, with intent solely to harass another person, send repeated messages on an electronic mail or other computerized communication system with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the messages.


No person may break, tear up, mar, destroy or deface any notice, tree, shrub, flower or other vegetation, or dislocate any stones, or disfigure natural conditions, or deface, alter, destroy or damage in any way any other property, real or personal, within the boundaries of any university lands.


No person may park or store his or her bicycle in buildings, on sidewalks or driveways, or in motor vehicle parking spaces, except in areas designated for that purpose or in bicycle racks. Bicycles shall be parked so as not to obstruct the free passage of vehicles and pedestrians.

Skateboards, Roller Skates, and Roller Blades

No person may skateboard, roller skate, or use roller blades or any other similar wheeled device in university buildings. UWM provisions designate all areas exterior to campus buildings and structures as areas where roller skates and roller blades may be used with regard for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The use of skateboards is not allowed on any UWM property.