Community Standards

As in every community, University Housing has specific rules and regulations, as well as general guidelines of good citizenship and responsible behavior.  The policies are developed to help students understand the expectations of the University Community in order to obtain the maximum benefits from their educational experience.

Housing's conduct system is the process used to hold students accountable when a student's behavior infringes upon the rights of others, is illegal, or violates residence hall policies. It is the mechanism used to support the rights of individuals and balance them with the community environment.

The goals of the Conduct System are to:

  1. Facilitate an environment conducive to living and learning.
  2. Allow students to learn from each other about how their behavior affects others.
  3. Protect the rights of all students.
  4. Hold students accountable for their actions.
  5. Provide students and staff members with a uniform conduct process.

By virtue of enrollment, all students enter into an agreement with the University that they will abide by the institution's rules and regulations and will observe the standards expected of students.  Through the Housing Contract, a student further agrees to abide by University Housing Code of Conduct.

Specific policy information on University Housing polices is available at 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 University Housing conduct system.

Student Rights

Students are guaranteed certain rights within the conduct process.

Students' rights include:
  1. To be notified promptly of the charges of the incident.
  2. To have a fair and prompt hearing.
  3. To be notified promptly of the results of the hearing.
  4. To be advised of the appeal process.
A student also has responsibilities that include:
  1. To attend a hearing with a University official or the Peer Review Board.
  2. To be respectful during the conduct process.
  3. To provide accurate, truthful, and appropriate information regarding the incident at every level of the conduct process.

Levels of the University Housing Conduct System

The level at which you enter the conduct process will be determined by the severity of your infraction.

Level One
Hearing Conducted by your Hall Director with the possible sanctions:

Warning Educational Sanction
Housing Probation
University Service
Education Opportunities
Mandatory Storage
Loss of Privileges
Written Parental Notification
Counseling Referral
Level Two
Hearing Conducted by the Peer Review Board with the possible sanctions:

All Sanctions from Level One
Reassignment to Another Room Parental Notification by Phone
Extended Probation Contract Termination with Financial Penalty
Banning from Residence Halls

Level Three

Campus Conduct Hearing with possible sanctions:

All Sanctions from Level One and Level Two

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after an alcohol violation?

Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) will help determine the appropriate conduct level.

You and/or your guest leaves an alcohol situation is a mandatory level 2 or above (depends on other violations).

Violations are those that occur within the community beginning with a student's start at UW-Stout.

Hearing Level 1 - Hall Director
0 priors within the community

BAL Minimum Sanctions
.00 - .199
9 months Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8
1 Education sanction
Written parental notification

Hearing Level 2 - Peer Review
1 prior within the community over the past year
Fleeing the incident
BAL between .200 and .259
BAL Minimum Sanctions
.00 - .199
12 month Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8 or 15
2 Educational sanctions
Parental notification by phone with student
.20 - .259
15 month Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8 or 15
2 Education sanctions
Parental notification by phone with student

Hearing Level 3 - Administrative Hearing Board
2 or more priors within the community over the past year
1 prior and fleeing another incident
Fleeing two incidents
BAL .260 or above

BAL Minimum Sanctions
.000 - .199 15 month Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8 or 15 (if not yet completed)
2 Educational sanctions
Parental notification by phone with student
.20 - .259
18 month Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8 or 15 (if not yet completed)
2 Education sanctions
Parental notification by phone with student
.260 or above
24 month Housing Probation
Judicial Educator Mod 8 or 15 (if not yet completed)
2 Education sanctions
Parental notification by phone with student


What can I expect after a marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia violation?

The following represent the minimum sanctions that will be given to violators at each level

Level 1: Hall Director
First Marijuana Violation-Compliant
  • 9 months University Housing Probation
  • E-Toke or Judicial Educator Module 9
  • 1 Educational Sanction
  • Written Parental Notification Home

Level 2: Peer Review Board
First Marijuana Violation-Non-Compliant
Second Marijuana Violation-Compliant
Fleeing Marijuana Incident

  •  12 months University Housing Probation
  •  E-Toke or Judicial Educator Module 9 or 24
  •  2 Educational Sanctions
  •  Parental Notification by Phone with Student

Level 3: Administrative Hearing Board
Second Marijuana Violation- Non-Compliant
Third or more Marijuana Violation- Compliant
One Prior Marijuana Violation and Fleeing another Incident
Fleeing 2 Incidents

  • 15 months University Housing Probation
  • Marijuana Check Up @ Counseling Center
  • Judicial Educator Module 9 or 24 (if not yet completed)
  • 2 Educational Sanctions
  • Parental Notification by Phone with Student


Why did I get contacted to set up a hearing?

An incident occurred where you may be involved. A report was filed and forwarded to the Hall Director. The Hall Director is responsible for deciding what policy(s) may have been violated and who will hear the case. From the time a report is filed, the Hall Director will typically contact you within 7 working days (Monday-Friday are considered working days). After this contact is made, you can expect to have a conduct hearing with the Hall Director within 5 working days. For cases involving the Peer Review Board, the board will be convened typically within 1-2 weeks. *Residents may be referred to the campus conduct system based on the circumstance of the incident.

What happens when I meet with my Hall Director?

The Hall Director explains the conduct process. They will ask you to share your perspective of the incident and share information from the incident report and/or other documentation. Based upon your input and all of the information, the Hall Director will decide to what extent you are responsible for the policy violation(s). If you are found to be responsible for violating a policy, the Hall Director will issue a sanctions.

What happens if I do not schedule or attend a hearing?

Should you take no action to schedule or attend a meeting, a decision will be made without the benefit of your input and based on available information in the report. Be advised that failing to schedule or attend a meeting may result in additional disciplinary action.

What is the purpose of a sanction?

A sanction is a consequence that typically includes an assignment or duty to complete. Sanctions are intended to be educational allowing a student to reflect on past behaviors, consider future options and deter additional violations. Typically sanction(s) will be determined at the hearing, but some situations require time to consider all of the information and then issue an appropriate sanction. Previous policy violations are considered when determining an appropriate sanctions.

What if I don’t complete a sanction?

Failing to complete a sanction is considered another violation. If you fail to complete a sanction in a timely or satisfactory manner, you will face further disciplinary action.

What’s a Peer Review Board?

The Peer Review Board hears conduct cases referred by Hall Directors, and appeals from the Hall Director level. The Peer Review Board is comprised of students and a Hall Director advisor. The Peer Review Board will determine to what extent you are responsible for the policy violation(s).

Who will find out about this?

Housing staff members value confidentiality and avoid discussing your case outside of this process. Federal law requires that a student must sign a release in order for a University official to discuss specific incidents and consequences with the student’s family members or future employers. Parents/Guardians can be notified when a student is found responsible for an underage drinking violation or any illegal drug possession violation.

How long will this be on my transcript?

University Housing conduct related records and information are not part of an academic transcript.

Can I appeal a decision?

Yes. In order to appeal you must have one of more of the following reason(s):

  1. Severity of the sanction
  2. Introduction of new evidence not present at the inital hearing
  3. Lack of procedural due process (your student rights were not honored)

An appeal must be made in writing, using the University Housing online Appeal form within five working days of the decision. The appeal will go to the next level in the conduct process. Obtain the appeal form at appeals form.

Appeals made based on severity of the sanction are a review of the disciplinary action and not a rehearing of the case. Appeals made based on introduction of new evidence or lack of procedural due process are a rehearing of the case based on new pertinent information.

Still have questions?

Please contact your Resident Advisor (RA) or Hall Director.

What is Responsibility-Ownership-Civility (ROC)?

??This information is also available in PDF.

University Housing believes that campus living enhances a student's educational experience through promoting community development and personal growth in an out-of-classroom environment. In choosing to attend UW-Stout and live on campus, a student enters into an agreement to be a positive citizen in an educational community; a community characterized by responsibility, ownership and civility.

Responsibility means practicing self-management and making thoughtful decisions. A citizen accepts both personal responsibility and responsibility for positively influencing their living community through participation and leadership.

Ownership requires a member's attention to the community's direction, as well as private and shared facilities. Through being mindful of cleanliness, safety and security issues, citizens show respect for themselves, others and property.

Civility with consideration for self, others and the University is the behavioral standard expected of each resident. A citizen exhibits integrity and courtesy for all members of the residence community by respecting other residents, University staff, policies and facilities.

A specific kind of educational community occurs as an outgrowth of these principles. A community built upon civility, ownership and self-responsibility encourages its citizens to become more fully aware of their potential, thereby enhancing their educational experience. Residents learn from these interactions to respond more effectively to a multitude of circumstances.

University Housing staff will work in partnership with residents to develop a successful, inclusive community for all its members. With respect for residents' developing abilities, the staff can offer assistance, advice and direction. We will work cooperatively with students who are interested in the educational opportunities afforded by campus living to develop their skills and gain confidence in their abilities.

Students may not be willing to live by these standards. Should incidents and issues continue to occur, an individual may lose the privilege to visit or live within the community, on campus or even be a member of the UW-Stout educational community. We encourage students to make conscious decisions regarding their actions and the consequences of their behaviors.


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