MADISON— The University of Wisconsin System is inviting public comment on state rules that outline nonacademic rights and responsibilities of students and university visitors.

A committee of UW System staff and students is gathering feedback about what kinds of updates or clarifications might be made to Chapters 17 and 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Rules in Chapter 17 of the code regulate nonacademic conduct by UW students, and establish sanctions for rule violations.  Chapter 18 regulates conduct on university lands, such as operating motor vehicles, parking, riding bicycles, and selling goods and services.

A university website includes the current text of the administrative rules.  The website also includes an opportunity for interested parties to e-mail written comments to the committee. Comment will be accepted through May 21.

The committee will also hold two public sessions to listen and gather feedback about these rules. The listening sessions will be at:

  • UW-Stevens Point: Monday, April 30, from 5-6 p.m., in the Founders Room, located on the first floor of Old Main on the UW-Stevens Point campus. Parking will be available in Lot A at Old Main, 2100 Main Street.
  • UW-Milwaukee: Monday, May 7, from 4-7 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Parking will be available in the Union Parking Garage free of charge.

Any recommendations from the committee, when complete, will be forwarded to the Board of Regents, and then the state Legislature for approval, as required by state law.

Editor’s note: This administrative process, which began several months ago, is separate from the President’s Commission on University Security, which was also announced this week.

Wisconsin Administrative Code: Rules of the University of Wisconsin System (offsite link)

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