Student Conduct

Student Conduct Hearings

Informal Hearing


An Informal Hearing is a meeting between the student and a university hearing officer. The purpose of the hearing is to offer the student an opportunity to respond to allegations of misconduct. Based on a preponderance of evidence, the hearing officer will determine if the student violated the Student Conduct Code. If the student is found responsible, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. The student may appeal the hearing officer’s decision to the University Disciplinary Committee within 25 days of notification.

University Disciplinary Committee (UDC) Hearing


A UDC hearing is a meeting of the accused student and the UDC hearing body. The UDC consists of three faculty and three students selected at random who serve one-year appointments, and an appointed non-voting Chair. The hearing purpose is to provide all parties with the opportunity to present evidence and argument regarding the case. The UDC will determine based on the preponderance of evidence whether the student violated the Student Conduct Code. Appropriate sanctions will be imposed if the student is found responsible. The student may appeal the UDC decision to the Faculty Appeal Board within 25 days of notification.

Cases heard by the UDC may be an initial hearing OR an appeal. All individuals may present evidence and argument regarding the case. The charged student may hear all testimony and review all evidence presented. The student is informed by written communication of a final decision that they may accept or appeal to the Faculty Appeal Board (FAB). Cases involving sanctions of suspension, expulsion, hazing, or restitution over $300 are referred to the FAB for administrative review.

Faculty Appeal Board (FAB) Hearing


A single faculty appeal board serves all three UW campuses and consists of faculty representation from each. Its purpose is to conduct administrative reviews when exceptional circumstances exist, at the request of the university hearing officer or the UDC, or to convene a formal hearing at the request of the student. Appropriate sanctions are imposed if the student is found responsible.