Guides, resources, and information for UW–Madison faculty and staff to help support students experiencing issues including academic and non-academic misconduct, how to talk to students you are concerned about, addressing disruptive behavior, and verbal de-escalation.
Whether it’s a feeling that cheating might have taken place, or something more serious, misconduct is typically handled in two ways: Academic or Non-Academic. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards are the people who help guide faculty, staff, and students through these situations.
This may involve questions of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Some examples of academic misconduct include, plagiarism, cheating, copying homework, and stealing an exam or course materials.
This may include things like reporting hate or bias, sexual violence, hazing or other issues that may work against the university’s living and learning environment that is safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption, and intimidation.
In the classroom
Help set the tone about academic integrity and your expectations for the class.
When a student contracts with another person to have them complete academic work.
Guidelines on accommodations, safety, and medical issues on class attendance.
Students with disabilities can apply for a disability-related accommodation through the McBurney Disability Resource Center.
Suggestions to assist instructors when disruptive behavior interferes with learning.
How to handle accommodation requests for religious observances, pregnancy, parenting or other life events.
Reports and programs
Access to current and historical reports including the academic integrity annual reports and information on alcohol and cannabis education programs.
Supporting and talking with students
Information on how to identify behaviors that may interfere with a student’s success, including who can help.
Driven by UW–Madison student health and well-being indicators, this Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit offers evidence-based strategies and campus resources for faculty and instructors across campus.
Guidance on how to respond to a student when you are concerned. Resources on who to talk to, and where to make a referral.
The Team’s purpose is to provide guidance, recommend interventions and to make referrals for students that have demonstrated concerning, distressed, or disruptive behavior.
Supporting DACA Recipients
Steps that UW-Madison is taking to support DACA recipients, including guidance on what members of our community should know to help better understand the potential impact of pending legislative changes.
Responding to a specific concern
Guidance on what to do when you observe a student who may be struggling emotionally.
Supporting students health and well being, including what to do, and what not to do.
How to recognize symptoms, types of anxiety, what to do, and what not to do.
What to include to support students who may be struggling with mental health issues.
Working with students who may be intrusive, persistent and require extra time and attention.
Crisis loans can support students experiencing financial hardship.
Working with students who may show signs of disorientation or psychotic behavior.
How to support your students and campus community when a student death occurs.
How does FERPA apply?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.
Discussing a student you are concerned about with the Dean of Students Office is permitted by FERPA if the discussion relates to the student’s experience at UW–Madison or could help the university support the student. Additionally, talking with any campus office that can help you assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA. The Registrar’s Office has more information on student rights protected under FERPA.
Requesting student misconduct records
Student misconduct records are protected by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and may only be released to individuals/offices with a legitimate educational need-to-know or by written release from the student subject.
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
70 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm