The term Respondent refers to someone who is accused of sexual violence or harassment. If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, the investigation process can be stressful. Resources for respondents are listed below.
Information regarding free and low cost medical care (including counseling) and legal resources available for all UWM students enrolled at any campus location can be found within the Get Help section of this website.
You also have rights within the investigative and disciplinary process. A selection of these rights are highlighted below. You can review the full investigatory and disciplinary processes in the following documents:
- Discriminatory Conduct And Consensual Relationships Policy (S-47)
- Sexual Violence And Sexual Harassment Policy (S-78)
- UWS Ch. 17 (for students)
- UWS Ch. 4 & UWS Ch. 7 (for faculty)
- UWS Ch. 11 (for Academic Staff)
- University Staff Grievance Procedures (for University Staff)
- UWS Ch. 18 (for affiliated individuals and visitors)
Respondents who would like assistance during the student disciplinary process may contact the Dean of Students Office, and a professional staff member, who is not affiliated with the investigation, will serve as an advisor to the respondent. The Respondent Advisor may answer questions and provide information about the investigation process, the hearing procedures, Chapter UWS 17, and interim and/or protective measures that have been taken. The respondent advisor may also address safety issues on and off campus, and connect the respondent to counseling resources.
Respondent Support Person
If you so choose, you can be accompanied by a support person of your choice to investigative meetings and disciplinary proceedings. This can be a friend, family member, or attorney. This person should not be someone who was a witness to the alleged event. This person will not be allowed to speak on your behalf, but can be present to support you through what may feel like a stressful process.
Information About Protective Measures
Students who are accused of sexual violence may be subject to interim protective measures. This may include changes to academic, living, transportation, and campus working situations. Any of these changes will be kept confidential to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality will not impair the University’s ability to implement, monitor, and enforce these measures.
- “No Contact” Orders: A student who is alleged to have engaged in nonacademic misconduct may be prohibited from contacting members of the UWM community (including students, faculty, or staff) specified in the order. Violations of such orders may subject them to additional nonacademic misconduct charges.
- Restraining Orders: A restraining order is an official court order that prohibits the Respondent from contacting the individual who has issued the order. Violations of such orders may subject the violating party to additional charges within the courts, as well as to additional nonacademic misconduct charges.
Information About Retaliation & Obstruction
Students who are accused of sexual violence may not retaliate against the complainant and/or witnesses or obstruct the disciplinary investigation or proceedings. Retaliation and/or obstruction may subject them to additional nonacademic misconduct charges.
- Retaliation: Retaliation is any adverse action made as a result of an individual’s complaint about prohibited conduct as described in Chapter UWS 17.
- Obstruction: Obstruction is any interference with the disciplinary investigation or proceedings. This includes any actions toward the complainant and/or witnesses that would influence their participation in this disciplinary process. This also includes tampering with any evidence.