Disciplinary Probation and Review Process

Per UWS 17.02(6), “disciplinary probation means a status in which a student may remain enrolled in the university only upon the condition that the student complies with specified standards of conduct or other requirements or restrictions on privileges, for a specified period of time, not to exceed two years.”


Probation is assigned as a result of a non-academic misconduct investigation.

Common questions

What is probation used/assigned for?

Probation is a consequence reserved for serious and/or repeated violations of the administrative code for nonacademic misconduct, and is intended to make it clear to the respondent that their ability to remain a student, and part of the university community, is in serious jeopardy.


What can probation impact?

Disciplinary probation can impact one’s future professional or graduate school enrollment, admission to a limited enrollment program of study, study abroad opportunities, and other activities or privileges that require a student to be in Good Standing with the University.


What can happen if I’m on probation and involved in another incident?

We evaluate each student’s incident on a case-by-case basis; however, students should know that separation from the University is a possibility if misconduct occurs while a probation sanction is active. The investigating officer will discuss with you the impact of the new incident on your student status, ability to participate in the review process, or other educational sanctions that may be required for you to rebuild trust with the community.


What is probation review?

Probation review is an option that allows students to make meaning of their past and current experiences, share that information with the university, represented by a conduct administrator, and articulate their growth in academics, engagement, and community expectations.


Who is eligible for probation review?

Probation review is available for students found responsible and placed on probation for nonacademic misconduct, except in cases where the student was responsible for sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. Students who have been assigned a year-long term may apply after at least six months have passed. Students who have been assigned a two-year term may apply after at least one year has passed. Once an application is submitted, the student’s record will be reviewed to confirm that there have been additional incidents of misconduct. Apply for review using the online form. Probation review may not always be available as a condition of a settlement agreement under UWS 17.15.


Who is not eligible for probation review?

Probation Review will not be possible for any student found responsible for sexual harassment, including sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. In specific cases, settlement agreements under UWS 17.15 may prohibit probation review. Probation review is not available for academic misconduct unless otherwise specified. The procedures for any reviews in those cases may be determined in the incident resolution process.


How do I apply for probation review?

Complete the Probation Review Application. You’ll be able to provide initial summaries of your improved student experience, as well as related supporting documents. Please include all information so that the reviewer can be best prepared with questions for you in the review meeting.


What is expected of me in the review process?

After completing the probation review application, someone from our office (typically the investigating officer from the original incident that resulted in probation), will reach out to you. They may ask you questions about your Wisconsin Experience following your incident of misconduct, after your case was resolved, and after your educational sanctions have been completed. Be prepared to discuss in depth the behavior changes across your academic, social, and community engagement, as well as restorative actions taken to address the harm caused by your behaviors. Following this, they will notify you if you have been approved or not for early termination of probation.


What if I have other questions?

Contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at 608.263.5700 or email conduct@studentlife.wisc.edu.