Misconduct

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8.1    Conduct Expectations

The Law School and the UW-Madison community strive to provide a positive learning environment and quality of life for our students. The expectations of law students include:

  • Your consistent practice of civility toward others
  • Your respect for the expression of diverse opinions
  • Your insistence on academic honesty and integrity
  • Your demand that all members of the university be accepted and judged as individuals without regard to their race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age.
  • Your efforts to insure that the community is safe from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption, and intimidation

8.2    UW-Madison Dean of Students Office-Dean on call

A staff member from the Dean of Students office is on-call daily for walk-in appointments (Bascom Hall, room 70), phone calls (608-263-5700), and emails (dean@studentlife.wisc.edu). Below are some of the reasons a student may meet with the dean on-call:

  • Academic distress due to personal issues
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance for victims
  • Bias incidents
  • Community support
  • Complaints
  • Concern about a student
  • Conflict mediation
  • Consultation
  • Crisis loans
  • Emergency/crisis situations
  • Family emergency
  • Personal safety needs
  • Problem solving
  • Resource referrals
  • Questions

Students who believe they have been a victim of or witnessed a bias incident are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office, which serves as a Bias Report Coordinator. See http://www.students.wisc.edu/doso/

8.3    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

The Law School's Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Emily Kite, is available to meet for any of the reasons listed above or anything else a student would like to discuss, including academic, personal, family, health, mental health, or nonacademic issues. Students facing health, personal or academic issues, or with concerns about a peer, are encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Dean early.  When she is available, the Assistant Dean also accepts walk-ins in her office, Room 5101.  You can call the Assistant Dean at 608-890-0115 or email her at emily.kite@wisc.edu.   

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs can also accompany a student who has a meeting in the Dean of Students Office, and can help connect students with resources at University Health Services (UHS) or the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP).  

8.4    Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct, including--but not limited to--cheating, plagiarism, and falsifying information, may be grounds for discipline during law school. In addition to the Rules of the Law School, students are subject to the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Rules of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An explanation of the UW campus rules is available at http://www.students.wisc.edu/doso/academic-integrity/. Penalties for academic misconduct range from oral reprimands or lowered or failing grades to university disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion from the university. For information about the academic misconduct investigation process, see https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/14.pdf .

Academic misconduct is a very serious issue for prospective attorneys. This is one reason for the questions on your law school application regarding prior academic misconduct. You will also need to answer questions about academic misconduct when you apply for admission to practice law. The Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) will review your files if you seek admission to the Wisconsin bar: the BBE will expect to see complete disclosure of pre-law school academic misconduct in the files of the school. The BBE will also receive information about academic misconduct during law school from the University.

Academic misconduct also is possible grounds for denial of admission to the bar due to the questionable moral character reflected by the conduct. See Law School Rules Appendices A and B and the No Collaboration Policy at Rule 6.11.

8.5    Nonacademic Misconduct

The University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a code regarding nonacademic misconduct that applies to Law students.  Nonacademic misconduct can include sexual assault, stalking, hazing and harassment. See https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/17.pdf . 

Violation of the code may result in penalties ranging from a written reprimand to expulsion. The University has a formal nonacademic misconduct process. See http://www.students.wisc.edu/doso/nonacadmisconductprocess/.  Nonacademic misconduct is also possible grounds for denial of admission to the practice of law. When you apply for admission to practice law you will need to disclose completely all non-academic misconduct incidents, including any that occur during law school.

8.6  Late Disclosure of Academic or Nonacademic Misconduct

As indicated in Section 8.4, you will be required to provide information on academic and nonacademic misconduct to the Board of Bar Examiners.  This will include disclosing information regarding misconduct that took place prior to Law School, and the BBE will compare your responses to your Law School application.  Thus it is imperative that you correct any omissions or misrepresentations in your application -- whether inadvertent or otherwise -- as early in your Law School career as possible.  Please contact Assistant Dean of Admissions Rebecca Scheller with any such disclosure.

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