Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities
UW-Madison students have the right to expect that they and other students
will be graded fairly, and they have the rights of due process should they
be accused of misconduct. They also have an obligation to conduct their
academic work according to University standards. Therefore, it is important
For complete discussion of the rules regarding Academic Honesty, see Resources
or ask for a brochure, available at the Dean of Students Office,
75 Bascom Hall.
- Become familiar with the rules of academic misconduct;
- Ask their instructors if they are unsure whether something is acceptable
(for example, how to use sources in a paper or whether to work with another
student on an assignment);
- Let instructors know if they think they see incidents of misconduct;
- Be aware that helping someone else to cheat is a violation of the
rules, and consider what they would do if a friend asked them for help cheating.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Every member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community has the right
to expect to conduct his or her academic and social life in an environment
that is free from threats, danger, harassment, or other disruption. Chapter
17, a part of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, is the document that describes
student misconduct. Chapter 17 defines conduct that is subject to discipline
by the University because it causes harm either to another member of the
University community or to the University itself. It also describes the
penalties that may be imposed and the procedures for carrying out disciplinary
action. Due process for students accused of misconduct is an important part
of the procedures. For complete text of Chapter 17, see Resources
or contact the Dean of Students Office, 75 Bascom Hall, 608/263-5700.
No student may be denied admission to, participation in or the benefits
of, or discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility
of the [UW] system or its institutions or centers because of the student's
race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry,
age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or parental status.
Student Grievance Procedure
Any student at UW-Madison who feels that he or she has been treated unfairly
has the right to voice a complaint and receive a prompt hearing of the grievance.
The basis for a grievance can range from something as subtle as miscommunication
to the extreme of harassment.
Each school or college has a procedure to hear grievances. Generally the
process involves an informal attempt to solve the problem, if appropriate.
If not, more formal proceedings can be undertaken until a resolution is
reached. Advisers and school or college offices have detailed information.
A student can seek help at many places on campus, for both personal and
academic problems. For answers to general questions on many topics, a good
place to start is the Campus Assistance
Center at 608/263-2400. The center is an excellent referral service
and the staff can help cut red tape.
To handle personal problems, a student should first speak with the
person whom he or she believes is causing the difficulty. If the student
would rather not approach that person directly, he or she can go to the
Dean of Students Office. The staff
will offer assistance or refer the student to another campus support center
for help. The Dean of Students is Mary Rouse, and she and her staff are
located in 75 Bascom Hall, 608/263-5700.
For academic problems, many places can offer help. The student should
first discuss the problem with the professor or TA. If the problem is not
resolved at that time, the student can speak with the chair of the department.
If assistance is needed after that, one of the academic deans in the school
or college may be of assistance. Beyond that, a student can make an appointment
with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 150 Bascom Hall, 608/262-1304.
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