Resident Hall Handbook




OVERVIEW OF CONDUCT PROCESS When a resident violates a policy, an incident report is filed and provided to the RLC of the building in which the resident lives. Any student, faculty, or staff member can file an incident report. The RLC will review the incident report to determine if there are grounds for a hearing and by whom the case should be heard. Cases will be heard in the resident’s hall by their RLC or depending on the severity of the case, it may be heard instead by the Dean of Students (i.e. some cases under Chapter 17 of the UW-System policy - see the ‘Dean of Students’ section under ‘Code of Conduct’ in this handbook).

1 Documentation or “Write Up” If you are involved in a situation that is doc umented, a staff member will write a report that identifies all individuals in the situation, a timeline and description of events. Being doc umented doesn’t necessarily mean you have violated policy. Your meeting with the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) will determine respon sibility. An RLC reviews the report, identifies policies potentially violated and contacts you via email to request a meeting: • In minor policy violations, you may receive a warning and not be required to meet with a Residence Life Coordinator. • In more serious cases, you may be asked to meet with an Assistant Director of Housing or a Dean of Students staff member.

PHILOSOPHY & GOALS University Housing’s expectation is that individ ual students, floor communities, residence hall communities and University Housing staff share responsibility for ensuring that our residence halls are safe, secure, and healthy living and learning environments that meet student needs. As in every community, University Housing has specific rules and regulations, as well as general guidelines of good citizenship and responsible behavior, such as: • Facilitate an environment conducive to living and learning • Allow students to learn from each other about how their behavior affects others • Protect the rights of all students • Hold students accountable for their actions and the actions of their guest(s) • Provide students and staff members with a uniform conduct process When students’ behaviors are illegal, jeopardize the rights of others, or violate the University Housing Code of Conduct they will be held accountable through the conduct system. By signing the University Housing & Dining Service Contract, a student agrees to abide by University Housing policies. Based on students’ dual citizenship in the campus community and in the city/county/ state communities, disciplinary processes may run simultaneously with sanctions occurring as part of both the city/county/state courts and the University conduct system (either through the Dean of Students office or University Housing).

We recognize that students and their home communities have different experiences with police and we wanted to share what to expect when interacting with University Police within the residence halls. University Housing works with University Police for any violations of state or federal law and partners with the police for educational programming and community polic ing efforts. If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect with University Police and living in the residence halls, contact your Coordinator or RA. RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES Students are guaranteed certain rights and are expected to take ownership in their responsibility within the conduct process. Student Rights • To be notified of the charges within 7 working days of being identified as part of an incident • The opportunity to attend a fair and prompt hearing at which you may share your perspective of the incident • To be notified promptly of the hearing results • To be advised of the appeal process Students Responsibilities • To be respectful during the conduct process • To provide accurate, truthful, and appropriate information regarding the incident at every level of the conduct process




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