Guides, resources, and information for UW–Madison faculty and staff to help support students experiencing issues including academic and non-academic misconduct, how to talk to students you are concerned about, addressing disruptive behavior, and verbal de-escalation.
Whether it’s a feeling that cheating might have taken place, or something more serious, misconduct is typically handled in two ways: Academic or Non-Academic. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards are the people who help guide faculty, staff, and students through these situations.
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This may involve questions of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Plagiarism, cheating, copying homework, and stealing an exam or course materials are all examples.
There are steps to take in this process, which the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards can help guide you through.
This may include things like reporting hate or bias, sexual violence, hazing or other issues that may work against the university’s living and learning environment that is safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption, and intimidation.
Suggestions to assist instructors when disruptive behavior interferes with learning.
Guidelines on accommodations, safety, and medical issues on class attendance.
If you are concerned about a student
When you are concerned about a student
Guidance on how to identify behaviors that may interfere with a student’s success, including who can help.
Talk to a student about your concerns
Guidance on how to respond to a student, who to talk to, and where to make a referral.
Supporting DACA Recipients
Steps that UW-Madison is taking to support DACA recipients, including guidance on what members of our community should know to help better understand the potential impact of pending legislative changes.
Responding to specific concerns
Guidance on what to do when you observe a student who may be struggling emotionally.
What to include to support students who may be struggling with mental health issues.
How to recognize symptoms, types of anxiety, what to do, and what not to do.
Working with students who may be intrusive, persistent and require extra time and attention.
A student who is severely disoriented or psychotic
Techniques for working with students who may show signs of disorientation or psychotic behavior, including what to do, and what not to do.
When a student dies
When a student dies, the Dean of Students Office will start the process to close the student’s records, and provide support to the student’s family.
Managing Online Classroom Environments
University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to promoting a safe learning environment that is free from disruption and harassment. We will continue to uphold these standards in the online environment and expect students to conduct themselves in the same manner as if they were taking their classes in person. Review helpful tips and resources to navigate the virtual classroom experience: Managing Online Classroom Environments.
DoSO has a number of resources available for faculty and staff members with student-related concerns.
If you have a concern regarding a student’s well being or behavior, DoSO is there to help.
How does FERPA apply?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.
Discussing a student you are concerned about with the Dean of Students Office is permitted by FERPA if the discussion relates to the student’s experience at UW–Madison or could help the university support the student. Additionally, talking with any campus office that can help you help the student or assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA.
About the Dean of Students Office
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