University of Wisconsin: Students' Due Process Rights
FIRE successfully persuaded the University of Wisconsin's Board of Regents to affirm due process rights for students, including the option of a hearing before a committee including student peers, attorney representation in the case of serious allegations, and both e-mail and paper notification of proceedings. The Board had proposed changes to the State Administrative Code governing infractions and judicial procedures within Wisconsin's public universities that would have limited due process rights and granted more discretion to administrators. FIRE's Adam Kissel engaged in a speaking tour of University of Wisconsin schools in opposition to these changes, even speaking before the Board of Regents in March of 2008. FIRE also wrote the Board of Regents to encourage them to increase due process protections for students and better ensure that similar cases would receive similar treatment. Although some University of Wisconsin administrators opposed these protections, the Board of Regents agreed with FIRE and made most of the changes suggested by FIRE.
- "Victory for Student Rights in Wisconsin: Regents to Restore Due Process Rights ," May 6, 2009: After substantial input from FIRE, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has restored essential due process rights for students statewide. The restored rights include the option of a hearing before a committee including student peers, attorney representation in the case of serious allegations, and both e-mail and paper notification of proceedings.
- "E-Mail from Dean of Students Richard W. Egley to Wisconsin Administrators," May 2, 2009
- "Regents Agenda, May 2009--UWS Code section," May 1, 2009
- "University of Wisconsin Press Release: Regents to review modified conduct rules," May 1, 2009
- "FIRE Letter to University of Wisconsin Board of Regents," March 13, 2009
- "October 2008 Version of UWS 17 and UWS 18," October 3, 2008
- "New Due Process Rules Finally Hit University of Wisconsin," by Peter Bonilla, September 10, 2009
- "Wisconsin Students’ Right to Legal Representation Diminished in Ambiguous New Draft of Conduct Code," by Adam Kissel, June 4, 2009
- "Victory for Student Rights in Wisconsin: Regents to Restore Basic Due Process Rights Including a Hearing by Peers and Attorney Representation," by Adam Kissel, May 6, 2009
- "Angry Wisconsin Dean Resents Fair Procedures for Students," by Robert Shibley, May 6, 2009
- "Adam’s Lecture at the University of Wisconsin Uploaded to Podcasts Page," March 16, 2009
- "FIRE Writes Wisconsin Regents about Reconsidering Due Process Changes for Students," by Adam Kissel, March 13, 2009
- "Wisconsin Faculty and Students Rise in Defense of Due Process," by Adam Kissel, March 4, 2009
- "Due Process Matters, or, Why I’m On Tour in Wisconsin," by Adam Kissel, March 4, 2009
- "Don Downs on ‘Blazing Saddles’ Controversy at UW–Madison," by Peter Bonilla, October 28, 2008
- "University of Wisconsin Professor Don Downs Criticizes Misconduct Policy Revisions on ‘Minding the Campus’," by Luke Sheahan, October 9, 2008
- "University of Wisconsin Faculty Criticize Proposed Changes to Misconduct Code," by Luke Sheahan, October 6, 2008
- "UW regents to consider revised changes to student conduct code ,"
by Erica Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 3, 2009
- "UW System conduct code revisions still need tweaking ,"
by Erica Perez, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal, May 7, 2009
- "UW Regents consider conduct code changes,"
by Associated Press, Today's TMJ4, May 6, 2009
- "Code of conduct change threat to student rights,"
by Todd Stevens, The Daily Cardinal, March 6, 2009
- "Possible changes to UW code of conduct debated,"
by Sung Won Park, The Daily Cardinal, March 5, 2009
- "Student leaders weigh in on code change proposal,"
by Taylor Cox, The Badger Herald, March 5, 2009