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Fighting a College Suspension or Expulsion

Worried about a college suspension?

Did you know that the Wisconsin Administrative Code permits UW System Universites and Colleges to suspend and/or expel students for violations of the student code when the student is on campus or off campus? You heard that right, the administration can punish you for something that doesn’t happen at school.  If you are in College, you should be aware of the following information!

Administrators at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UW-Green Bay UWGB) or the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh UWO), or any of the other UW Schools, have the power to discipline students for activity that happens in an off-campus apartment, home, tavern or bar, or anywhere else.

In fact, the administration has the power to investigate and discipline students for conduct on or outside university lands.  If an administration official believes that:

  • (a) The conduct constitutes or would constitute a serious criminal offense, regardless of the existence of any criminal proceedings.
  • (b) The conduct indicates that the student presented or may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of himself, herself or others.
  • (c) The conduct demonstrates a pattern of behavior that seriously impairs the university’s ability to fulfill its teaching, research, or public service missions.

then the administration has the power to issue discipline. A student could be banned from certain campus areas, suspended from school, or expelled from all Wisconsin Universities or Colleges.

The process may start with a request for a meeting at the Dean of Students office.  A lawyer can help you prepare for this meeting and can attend with you.  Keeping a student status is valuable for every student’s future.  Students should be prepared for each step of a Dean of Student’s investigation.  While the process may start with what seems like a harmless meeting at the Dean of Student’s office, it may proceed towards serious sanctions or even a loss of the ability to attend your University or College of choice.

You have the capability to consult an Attorney!  Call Petit & Dommershausen Law Office today.  Ask for Attorney Nathan Wojan or one of the other lawyers at the firm.  Your future is important, let P&D provide you with the help that you need.

UWS 17.09Conduct subject to disciplinary action. In accordance with s. UWS 17.08, the university may discipline a student for engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage in any of the following types of nonacademic misconduct:
(1) Dangerous conduct. Conduct that endangers or threatens the health or safety of oneself or another person.
(2) Sexual assault. Conduct defined in s. 940.225, Stats.
(3) Stalking. Conduct defined in s. 940.32, Stats.
(4) Harassment. Conduct defined in s. 947.013, Stats.
(5)Hazing. Conduct defined in s. 948.51, Stats.
(6) Illegal use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol or controlled substances. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or of marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law or university policy.
(7) Unauthorized use of or damage to property. Unauthorized possession of, use of, moving of, tampering with, damage to, or destruction of university property or the property of others.
(8) Disruption of university-authorized activities. Conduct that obstructs or impairs university-run or university-authorized activities, or that interferes with or impedes the ability of a person to participate in university-run or university-authorized activities.
(9) Forgery or falsification. Unauthorized possession of or fraudulent creation, alteration, or misuse of any university or other governmental document, record, key, electronic device, or identification.
(10) Misuse of computing resources. Conduct that involves any of the following:
(a) Failure to comply with laws, license agreements, and contracts governing university computer network, software, and hardware use.
(b) Use of university computing resources for unauthorized commercial purposes or personal gain.
(c) Failure to protect a personal password or university-authorized account.
(d) Breach of computer security, invasion of privacy, or unauthorized access to university computing resources.
(11) False statement or refusal to comply regarding a university matter. Making a knowingly false oral or written statement to any university employee or agent of the university regarding a university matter, or refusal to comply with a reasonable request on a university matter.
(12) Violation of criminal law. Conduct that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by state or federal law.
(13) Serious and repeated violations of municipal law. Serious and repeated off-campus violations of municipal law.
(14) Violation of ch. UWS 18. Conduct that violates ch. UWS 18, including, but not limited to, provisions regulating fire safety, theft, and dangerous weapons.
(15) Violation of university rules. Conduct that violates any published university rules, regulations, or policies, including provisions contained in university contracts with students.
(16) Noncompliance with disciplinary sanctions. Conduct that violates a sanction, requirement, or restriction imposed in connection with previous disciplinary action.
(17) Dating violence. Violence committed by a student against another person with whom they are in a “dating relationship” as defined in s. 813.12 (1) (ag), Stats.
(18) Domestic violence. Conduct defined as “domestic abuse” in ss. 813.12 (1) (am) and 968.075, Stats.
(19) Sexual Harassment. Conduct defined in s. 111.32 (13), Stats., or as defined in Board of Regent Policy that addresses sexual harassment