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.

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 harrassment, 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 here. 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?

Click this link to apply for review. 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?

If your probation began before August 30, 2016 the criteria for evaluation is available here: Probation Review Rubric 2015-16.

If your probation began on or after August 30, 2016, the criteria for evaluation is available here: Probation Review Rubric 2016-17

The panel meeting will give the reviewer, often the investigating officer from your original incident that resulted in probation, the opportunity to 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.

Why do I need to complete an exit interview?

The purpose of the exit interview is to discuss information learned as a result of the incident and the probation and educational sanctions, behavior changes since the incident, and the students’ community impact since the beginning of probation. This also ensures that disciplinary probation is providing an educational and purposeful experience for students. If your review results in an early termination of probation, additional information will be collected and the review process will constitute your exit interview.

What if I have other questions?

Call the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at 608.263.5700 to speak with a staff member or email conduct@studentlife.wisc.edu.