The UW System has spent two years considering changes to its student code of conduct, including giving universities the authority for the first time to punish students for off-campus, nonacademic misconduct.
The system announced several revisions to the proposal last week after student leaders, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and others complained an earlier plan went too far.
The UW System Board of Regents is expected to approve the code changes at a meeting at UW-Milwaukee on Friday. Milwaukee residents and some near other campuses want the university to use the code to crack down on rowdy students.
The changes introduced last week require "serious and repeated" municipal violations before universities can act against students. They also allow students to have lawyers speak on their behalf at disciplinary hearings, which had been a major point of contention between students and university officials...