Non-Academic Misconduct

The University strives to create a positive, safe and health environment for all of its students.  Students are responsible for understanding University  policies and procedures and are expected to uphold and abide by the community standards established by UWM and UW-System.

These expectations begin when a student first enrolls at a UW-System school and continue throughout their academic career.  These policies are found in the UW-System Administrative Code which applies to all UW-System campuses and students. Students are responsible for understanding and supporting University policies and are expected to uphold and abide by the community standards established by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the UW System.


  • Chapter UWS 17 — Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures – contains policies and procedures for addressing alleged student behavioral misconduct. These policies apply regardless of where the behavior occurs.
  • Chapter UWS 18 — Conduct on University Lands – contains policies that govern conduct on university lands to address behavior of students, faculty, staff, and guests. 

Student NonAcademic Misconduct Process

  • When a complaint is received, it is assessed for potential violations of the University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code, Chapter 17. 
  • In the event of a student conduct complaint, a notice letter with the policies allegedly violated is sent to the student, and they are instructed to meet with an Investigating Officer. 
  • The Investigating Officer speaks with the student and can collect additional information relevant to assessing whether or not a violation of the policies occurred. 
  • The Investigating Officer makes a decision based on whether there is a preponderance of evidence that a violation of the policies occurred, and a decision letter is sent to the student with the outcome and a rationale for the decision. 
  • The student has the right to appeal the investigating officer’s finding by requesting a hearing before the Non-Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee.