About Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards upholds every student’s right to learn in an inclusive community that fosters integrity through challenging and supporting students to reflect, integrate, and act on their Wisconsin Experience.

We aim to foster a sense of belonging within a welcoming environment, while challenging and supporting students to reflect, integrate, and act upon their Wisconsin Experience. University staff employ a compassionate, educational, and supportive manner in the student misconduct process.

Our approach is to guide student behavior for the common good while respecting the rights and responsibilities of all members of the University community.

  • Who is involved in the misconduct process?

    The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards oversees and implements, with the assistance of University Housing staff, the student nonacademic misconduct procedures (UWS 17) to assist student success at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, particularly when their behavior conflicts with established community expectations or impacts relationships within our community.

    Students involved in misconduct who live off campus meet with a staff member in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. For students who live in the residence halls, most misconduct cases are resolved by a professional staff member from Residence Life. Students who live in University Apartments will often meet with a staff member for Resident Support Services.

    Instructors are the primary person responsible for investigating and resolving cases of academic misconduct. Certain sanctions are reported to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, which may take additional action in accordance with UWS 14.

  • Why do we have conduct policies?

    Student conduct policies are an integral part of the educational mission and goals of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to foster teaching, learning, research, and service activities in living and learning environments that are safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption, or intimidation, and where students are responsible for the academic integrity in their learning endeavors. The student conduct process is one of many tools that the University can use to foster the personal and academic development of its students. Additionally, the conduct process may also be an appropriate means for the University to ensure the safety of our community.

  • Why do we have an established procedure?

    The established misconduct procedures provide for and help maintain an educational atmosphere with emphasis on developing individual understanding and acceptance of personal and social responsibilities, both inside and outside of the classroom. The established procedures ensure student rights are respected.

  • What are my responsibilities as a student?

    As a student, you are joining our community of scholars and professionals. We hope that your choices will reflect the highest ethical conduct, consistent with the established policies of the community, in order to foster the very best learning environment. However, we understand that students experience a developmental journey and may engage in behaviors that go against community expectations.

    If you are asked to respond to allegations of misconduct, we expect you to

    • answer the investigator’s questions,
    • be honest,
    • take responsibility for your behavior, and
    • take action to repair the harm caused by your behavior.

  • What outcomes can I expect if I’m responsible for misconduct?

    Learning outcomes include:

    • Evaluating the positive and negative impact of their behaviors on themselves and their community.
    • Apply information learned from the conduct process to their future decisions in order to increase positive consequences and reduce negative consequences for themselves and their community.
    • Describe the positive impact participation in the conduct process has on their Wisconsin Experience
    • Restore/repair the harm from their actions or rebuild trust with impacted parties

    Specific sanctions that may result from misconduct are described in more detail here.

    Please note that a fair process means that we are true to our procedures and respecting student rights (above), and yet may result in differential outcomes for those involved—based on individual conduct history, aggravating and mitigating circumstances, or individual behaviors or needs. If you think that your rights were not respected in a case, please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.

Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to live and learn in safe environments.

OSCCS is responsible for upholding all students’ rights.

Students have the obligation to act with integrity, inside and outside of the classroom.

OSCCS has the responsibility to consistently and fairly follow the resolution procedures outlined in university policies.

Students are accountable for the consequences of their actions.

OSCCS follows an educational and restorative approach to addressing student misconduct.

Our Staff

Tonya Schmidt

Assistant Dean of Students and Director


Ryan Podolak

Student Conduct Coordinator


Additionally, OSCCS works with staff in University Housing to investigate cases involving on-campus residents, instructors who investigate incidents of academic misconduct, and students, faculty, and staff of the misconduct committee who hear cases as specified by university policies.