Student Expectations

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a community of scholars including students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Joining the community is both a privilege and a responsibility; it obligates each member to reinforce a culture of mutual caring along with a vigorous and engaging exploration of facts, artistry, scholarship, theories, and academic practice. To fulfill these principles, all members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee community are asked to subscribe to the following values and beliefs: Students, faculty, staff, and administrators at UWM will:

  • Create a culture based on inquiry, knowledge, thoughtfulness, and
  • Share a commitment to scholarly excellence and integrity.
  • Treat one another with respect, mutual understanding, and sensitivity to
  • Cultivate the ability to listen and to be responsive to others.
  • Learn to be reflective and self-reflective.
  • Promote each others’ health, safety, and well-being.
  • Take pride in being a member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Allegiance to these ideals requires all of us to set high standards for ourselves and others. To foster a sense of community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, each of us must reinforce positive values and actions in ourselves and in others.

Learning and personal developmental are integral to the educational mission of the University. Increased understanding of self and others creates the strongest potential for learning. The student conduct process is one of many tools that the University uses to foster personal development and maintain the safety of the University community.

All members of the UW-Milwaukee community bear responsibility for their conduct and assume reasonable responsibility for reporting inappropriate behavior of others. When students violate University rules, campus conduct proceedings are used to help hold students accountable to the standards set by the University. UWM does not assume custodial responsibility for its students’ personal actions. Each student is responsible for his or her own behavior. The Board of Regents has designated certain kinds of conduct (Academic and Non-Academic) to be reviewed and disciplined by the University.

Throughout their involvement in the disciplinary process, students have the following rights and responsibilities. These rights apply to all students accused of misconduct, as well as to individuals designated as victims by the Dean of Students Office under this Code.

  • The Right to fair treatment.
  • The Right to privacy.
  • The Right to be notified of options.
  • The Right to an advisor.
  • The Right to written notice.
  • The Right to hear and provide testimony.
  • The Right to appeal.
  • The Responsibility to respect and be sensitive to others.
  • The Responsibility to comply with published University policies.
  • The Responsibility to abide by laws.
  • The Responsibility of assuming the consequences of one’s actions.

UWM expects each student to be honest in academic performance. Failure to do so may result in discipline under rules published by the Board of Regents (UWS 14) and the UWM implementation provisions (Faculty Document 1686). Academic misconduct is an act in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation, uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise, forges or falsifies academic documents or records, intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others, engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance, or assists other students in any of these acts. The most common forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.

For more information go to: Chapter UWS 14

Students are encouraged to consult with faculty for:

  • Correct procedures for citing sources of information, words, and ideas.
  • Ways to properly credit collaborative work on projects or study groups.
  • Strategies for planning and preparing for exams, papers, projects, and
  • The appropriate means to report cheating when it is observed.

Cheating includes:

  • Obtaining and using unauthorized material, such as a copy of an examination before it is given.
  • Submitting material that is not yours as part of your course performance,such as copying from another student’s exam, or allowing a student to copy from your exam.
  • Using information or devices not allowed by the faculty; such as using formulas or data from a computer program, or using unauthorized
    materials for a take-home exam.
  • Fabricating information, such as data for a lab report.
  • Violating procedures prescribed to protect the integrity of an assignment,
    test, or other evaluation.
  • Collaborating with others on assignments without the faculty’s consent.
  • Cooperating with or helping another student to cheat.
  • Other forms of dishonest behavior, such as having another person take an examination in your place; or, altering exam answers and requesting the exam be re-graded; or, communicating with any person during an exam, other than the exam proctor or faculty.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Directly quoting the words of others without using quotation marks or
    indented format to identify them; or,
  • Using sources of information (published or unpublished) without
    identifying them; or,
  • Paraphrasing materials or ideas of others without identifying the sources.

Internet Plagiarism

Students are responsible for abiding by the internet policies of UWM and the UW System. For complete information, go to Students should be aware that UWM has two software programs designed to catch internet plagiarism.

Academic Misconduct Procedures
If a student is believed to have engaged in academic misconduct, the faculty member (or investigating officer for cases when the faculty member is unavailable or not involved) will attempt to discuss the matter with the accused students. If the student does not respond to the offer to discuss the matter, the faculty member may proceed to make a determination on the basis of the available information. If it is concluded that misconduct did occur, one or more disciplinary sanctions are recommended and a written report is sent to the student. For all cases involving students who have previous cases of academic misconduct or who are recommended for suspension or expulsion, the Investigating Officer will conduct an additional investigation and submit findings to the student. The student may accept the finding(s) and sanction(s) or, within 10 days of mailing of the report, request a hearing before the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee. The hearing decision shall be delivered to the student within 10 days of the hearing.

Each academic department has established grievance procedures for handling such matters as complaints pertaining to grades, treatment by faculty, and academic actions. Information about these procedures are available from the department office, Dean’s office of the school/college or from For information concerning grievance procedures pertaining to non-academic matters, contact the Dean of Students Office, located in Mellencamp Hall 118,, or call 414-229-4632.

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 continues throughout her or his academic career. Some of the conduct rules apply to off-campus and breaks. 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 misconduct).

Students may be subject to disciplinary action for engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage in any of the violations listed below.

Civility: Students are expected to treat other members of the university community with appropriate consideration and respect for their shared educational goals. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to: bullying, disorderly conduct, disruptive behavior, harassment, and hazing.

Integrity: Students are expected to exhibit honest and ethical behavior at all times. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
computing rules, property damages, false statements, failure to comply, forgery or falsification, and theft.

Personal Responsibility: Students are expected to be accountable for their own safety, security, and welfare, and that of their fellow students. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs, criminal behavior, dangerous conduct, sexual misconduct, and weapons.

In addition to UWS 17, 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.

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.

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

Weapons: 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.

Vandalism: 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.

Bicycles: 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.

For a complete listing of all policies go to Chapter UWS 18

Nonacademic Misconduct Procedures
Any person may file a complaint alleging student misconduct to the Dean of Students Office. Upon receipt, complaints shall be referred to Dean of Students, or their designee, who shall act as the Investigating Officer. If a complaint is found to be unsubstantiated, no further action shall be taken. If a complaint is determined to be substantive, the investigating officer shall attempt to discuss the complaint with the accused student. If the student does not respond to the Investigating Officer’s offer to discuss the matter, they may proceed to make a determination on the basis of the available information. If the investigating officer concludes that misconduct did occur, one or more disciplinary sanctions are recommended and a written report is sent to the student. The student may accept the finding(s) and sanction(s) or appeal to the Nonacademic Misconduct Hearing Committee. The student can choose a full committee or just a hearing examiner to hear the appeal. The appeal decision shall be delivered to the student within 14 days of the hearing.

Emergency Suspensions
Some behaviors and policy violations may result in immediate suspension from the University as outlined in UWS 17.19. In general, these include behaviors that cause harm to one’s self or to others, threaten harm, are potentially harmful, or represent a risk to persons or property, which is unacceptable to the community standards established by UWM. Behaviors and policy violations that may result in immediate suspension include, but are not limited to:

  1. The accidental or intentional setting of a fire.
  2. Triggering false fire alarms or tampering with firefighting and detection equipment.
  3. Possession, use, sale, or intent to sell narcotics or dangerous drugs, and/or the distribution, sale, or intent to sell marijuana.
  4. Possession of a dangerous weapon.
  5. Violent behavior and/or other behaviors that endanger the health or safety of another person.