New Punishment Rules at UW Campuses

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

School is back in session, and so is a whole new set rules at all 26 University of Wisconsin campuses.

For the first time - campuses have power to discipline students for off-campus misconduct.

Since the new rule went into effect September 1st, a university can hand over a penalty as severe as expulsion to a student who misbehaved off-campus.

In the past, campuses could not regulate off-campus behavior.

"It gives us one more platform of discussion with our students to say think before you go out and think before you misbehave. It's not going to be local law enforcement where you see ramifications, but potentially with your standing at UWSP," said Spokesperson Stephen Ward.

The policy came in response to neighbors who wanted universities to crack down on rowdy behavior among students, particularly in the Milwaukee area.

The rules will allow schools to seek discipline against students who commit repeated and serious violations. Those violations include sexual assault.

We spoke to a few UWSP students today around campus to find out what they think about the new misconduct rule to take effect this school year.

"I think the campus should stay out of our lives when we're not on campus. When we're here they can take charge. But when we're not I don't think it's their responsibility," said UWSP Freshman Kyle Martin.

"I don't totally disagree with it. It will instill responsibility in the students around here," said UWSP Sophomore Emma Kennedy.

"I think it's kind of stupid I mean as long as you don't do something ridiculous, then you shouldn't be punished for it," said UWSP Freshman Courtney Groves.

If you would like to take a better look at the new rule that has already gone into effect, follow the link below.

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