UW System conduct code revisions still need tweaking

May 7, 2009

A committee of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Thursday voted to delay until June the consideration of proposed revisions to the student conduct code.

A key issue was a provision that would allow students to have a lawyer speak on their behalf during disciplinary proceedings where they face suspension or expulsion or have been charged with a crime in connection with their conduct.

While students and advocates have argued that students are entitled to legal representation during such hearings, some student affairs officers testified that lawyers make the hearings too adversarial.

The university system has been working on changes to the conduct code for two years with the goal of giving the university broader powers to discipline students for misconduct off campus.

The impetus for the changes sprouted at UWM, where long-term residents have pushed the university to exert more influence over rowdy students who rent apartments near the east-side campus.

A task force made up of university officials from several campuses proposed initial changes last fall. But at a March public hearing, students and representatives from the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education criticized some aspects of the policy as too restrictive of students' rights...

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