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Common Sanctions For Housing Contract Violations


The University Housing Behavior Process directly connects to the University Housing Contract signed by each resident.

The list that follows covers a wide range of sanctions and Contract Action that may result when a resident is found responsible of having violated a policy as outlined in the Rules and Regulations. It is important for residents to note that sanctions do not always occur in a step-by-step or linear progression (e.g., a resident may be place on Contract Probation or have his/her contract terminated on the first violation, when appropriate). The list is not all-inclusive (e.g, the RPM or other administrator may determine a more appropriate sanction).

 

Contract Status Sanctions

Warning Status

Resident has been found in clear violation of the University Housing Rules and Regulations. A written statement from an administrator expresses disapproval of conduct and warning, and will serve as notification that continued behavior of this kind may result in further Contract Action.

 

Contract Probation

Resident has been found in violation of the University Housing Rules and Regulations. This results in a conditional retention of resident status for a specified period of time. During the probationary period, the resident may be excluded from participating as a representative of University Housing through employment.

 

Deferred Contract Termination

Resident has been fond in violation of the University Housing Rules and Regulations and is in danger of having his/her housing contract terminated. This results in a conditional retention of resident status for a specified period of time. The resident's Housing Contract is at Non-Renewal Status (meaning the resident will not be allowed to live in University Housing in the future), and future policy violations will result in immediate Contract Termination. During the time their resident is at the Deferred Contract Termination level, the resident may be excluded from participating as a representative of University Housing through employment. Deferred Contract Termination is a sanction reserved for serious or repeated policy violations.

 

Contract Termination

Resident has been found in violation of the University Housing Rules and Regulations. This violation will result in a permanent exclusion from University Housing facilities. A record of the termination is maintained in university Housing as a permanent record. The resident will be Persona non Grata on all University Housing property and will not be permitted to enter or use residence hall property. Should the resident appear in any areas heretofore mentioned, he/she will be subject to arrest. Contract Termination is a sanction reserved for serious or repeated policy violations, especially those related to the Serious Rule Violations.

 

Other Sanctions

Written Reprimand

A resident is sent a letter that serves as a "Written Reprimand." This generally occurs when a University Housing staff member encounters a prohibited item within a room (like an appliance or candle, etc.) or for behavior in an incident that the administrator determines does not call for a meeting, but does warrant a letter tat addresses the behavior. Residents who believe this written reprimand to be in error have the right to contact a Residential Program Manager (or relevant administrator).

 

Assignment of a Judicial Educator Module

A Judicial Educator is an online activity designed to educate residents about the issues involved in the policies they violate. Each module takes an average of 30 minutes to complete. A student successfully completes the module by passing a test at the end of the online presentation. A written statement from a Residential Program Manager (or relevant administrator) outlines the process for completing the assigned Judicial Educator Module(s). Residents mandated to complete a Judicial Educator Module will be assessed a charge of $5/module (with a limit of two modules for one Incident Report) on their University Housing Account on PAWS for the costs related to the Judicial Educator program.

 

Mandatory Attendance at a CARD (Choices About Responsible Drinking) Class

In cases where a resident is involved in a first-time or low-severity alcohol violation, he or she is mandated to attend the Choices About Responsible Drinking Class I (CARD I). Residents sent to CARD I will be assessed a charge of $20 on their University Housing Account for the costs related to conducting the class.

In cases where a resident is involved in a subsequent or mid- to high-severity alcohol violations, he or she is mandated to attend the Choices About Responsible Drinking Class II (CARD II) Residents sent to CARD II will be assessed a charge of $35 on their University Housing Account for the costs related to conducting the class.

A written statement from a Residential Program Manager (or relevant administrator) outlines the process for class attendance and that failure to attend this class will result in being placed on Contract Probation. Residents may reschedule their CARD session due to a conflict with regularly scheduled UWM class. However, residents may reschedule only once and must do so no later than 72 hours in advance of their assigned CARD session.

 

Referral to B.A.S.I.C.S.

In cases were a resident has exhibited behavior that is cause for concern, such as excessive substance abuse, the University Housing staff may refer the resident to the Norris Health Center for participation in the B.A.S.I.C.S. (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Student) Program or some other similar program. Refusal by a resident to cooperate with the reasonable requests of the staff regarding his/her disruptive and potentially dangerous behavior could result in Contract Action.

 

Referral to Norris Health Center Counseling Services

In cases where a resident has exhibited behavior that is cause for concern such as talk of self-destructive behavior, the University Housing staff may refer the resident to the Norris Health Center for further evaluation or possible counseling. Refusal by a resident to cooperate with the reasonable requests of the staff regarding his/her disruptive and potentially dangerous behavior could result in Contract Action.

 

Loss of Privileges- Host or Guest

Guests are not guaranteed access to University Housing facilities, and can lose their ability to visit designated areas (or all University Housing property) if it is determined that they have violated University Housing Rules and Regulations.

While University Housing encourages residents to utilize the Guest Registration process and host guests, they must do so in a manner that meets expectations established by the University Housing Rules and Regulations and those shared by members of their roommates and suitemates. Residents are not guaranteed they ability to host guests. Because a resident is responsible for their guest(s), policy violations by guests can impact a residents ability to host guests, and University Housing can revoke a residents ability to host guests for an established time period.

 

Administrative Move

Resident has been found to be a disruptive influence in the residence hall community. This sanction is used most often for, but not limited to, instances where a resident's behavior has adversely affected community members or when a negative community atmosphere may be contributing to the resident's behavior. This sanction is also imposed when a resident has violated an official roommate or suitemate agreement (a roommate/suitemate agreement is considered official when a University Housing staff member was present to assist in its development). Should the resident choose to continue in disruptive behavior, further Contract Action may be imposed.

 

Loss of Privileges - General

A loss of privileges can include restricted access to certain areas, programs, etc. University Housing can also prohibit a resident from having contact of any sort with another member of the University Housing community.

 

Confiscation of Items That Violate Rules and Regulations

This can include: stereo and/ or musical instruments in cases where behavior has disrupted community, alcohol in cases where resident is under 21, and other prohibited items (see the "Fire Safety" section in the Rules and Regulations).

 

Restitution to the University

The resident may be charged for any damages, lost property, or unnecessary service costs caused by him/ her or his/ her guests to University Housing property, whether due to intent, accident, or neglect.

Common Area Damages:

Lounges and other common areas (elevators, suite hallways, kitchenettes, public restrooms, storage areas, stairwells, etc.) are inventoried for damage prior to occupancy for the Fall Semester. Damage (e.g. furniture damage/loss, extensive housekeeping) to common areas may be billed to the resident housing accounts of the members of the house, floor, wing, tower, or residence hall equally unless the person(s) responsible can be identified. 

 

Non-Issuance of Future Housing Contracts

Resident has demonstrated (by behavior that consistently violates the University Housing Rules and Regulations) that he/ she is not a positive addition to the community. The resident will not be issued future housing contracts. 

 

Other

Example of other sanctions can also be required, and are determines by the relevant administrator (including but not limited to: the Community Review Board, Residential Program Manager, Associate Director, or Director). These include:

  • Entering into an official University Housing Behavior Agreement
  • Making signs or bulletin boards
  • Assisting Staff with projects
  • Participation in a UWM program
  • Going to a campus office, etc.

 

Banned Guest

A banned guest is a non-reside or previous resident deemed disruptive to the population of the residence halls and apartments. The person is not allowed to enter University Housing facilities for either a specified time or indefinitely ad will receive a written statement (sent to the address provided during guest registration) from an administrator regarding his/ her status. Because it is officially considered trespassing, should the person appear in the residence halls or apartment, he/she will be subject to arrest.

 

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