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.
Supporting and talking with students
Information on how to identify behaviors that may interfere with a student’s success, including who can help.
Driven by UW–Madison student health and well-being indicators, this Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit offers evidence-based strategies and campus resources for faculty and instructors across campus.
Guidance on how to respond to a student when you are concerned. Resources on who to talk to, and where to make a referral.
The Team’s purpose is to provide guidance, recommend interventions, and to make referrals for students that have demonstrated concerning, distressed, or disruptive behavior.
In the classroom
Virtual 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.
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. Some examples of academic misconduct include, plagiarism, cheating, copying homework, and stealing an exam or course materials.
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards can help guide you through the process of reporting academic misconduct.
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.
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 assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA. The Registrar’s Office has more information on student rights protected under FERPA.
Responding to a specific concern
Guidance on what to do when you observe a student who may be struggling emotionally.
Supporting students health and well being, including what to do, and what not to do.
How to recognize symptoms, types of anxiety, what to do, and what not to do.
What to include to support students who may be struggling with mental health issues.
Working with students who may be intrusive, persistent and require extra time and attention.
Crisis loans can support students experiencing financial hardship.
Working with students who may show signs of disorientation or psychotic behavior.
How to support your students and campus community when a student death occurs.
What is the Dean’s Certificate?
Many transfer, graduate, law, medical, and professional schools require the completion of a Dean’s Certification or disciplinary clearance. To expedite the process, all requests can be made through the Registrar’s office, the official record keepers of the University.
What students will have to do.
Students must take all clearance, certifications, and other forms to the Office of the Registrar Transcripts and Certifications office, 333 East Campus Mall, Student Services Tower Rm. 10101.
Current students, former students, and alum have the right to inspect their records, consistent with federal law. Request your record.
Questions: Contact the Dean of Students Office
Dean of Students Office70 Bascom Hall500 Lincoln DriveMadison, WI 53706-1380
Monday-Friday: 8:30am -4pmduring Fall and Spring semester