In any community, including that of scholars and professors, differences of opinion and misunderstandings arise, and provisions must be made for resolution of grievances.
Concerning any decision, there is, with few exceptions, a higher authority to whom appeal may be made should the individual feel that the decision is unjust. The route to follow in seeking redress of a grievance will depend upon the type of grievance and the area of the university concerned. This section will discuss a few of those authorities.
Admission and Academic Appeals Committee
Students with admission, readmission or reinstatement difficulties may appeal in writing to the Admission and Academic Appeals Committee. If the written appeal is denied, personal appeals may be made by appointment through the Registrar’s Office. Please note: if a student has been dismissed more than once, the student will only be allowed to appeal in person. No written appeal is allowed. The committee will study the case and advise the director of Admission and Enrollment Services, registrar or provost as to the proper solutions.
Students with grievances about grades may appeal, in writing, to the Admission and Academic Appeals Committee after first having tried to resolve the issue by conferences with the instructor and department chairperson. If the instructor is the department chairperson, the conference should be with the instructor and college dean. The committee will hear both sides of the issue, examine the records and advise the provost and all parties concerned as to a recommended disposition.
The assistant chancellor for student affairs (as delegated to the dean of students) handles matters involving students’ rights and responsibilities. The assistant chancellor’s responsibility regarding discipline is two-fold: assuring that students are treated fairly, and seeing that students meet university policies and regulations. The assistant chancellor is guided in this responsibility by Chapters 17 and 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and by those regulations specific to UW-Platteville. For details, see Policies Governing Student Life by going to www.uwplatt.edu, clicking on campus resources A-Z, selecting letter “P” and then selecting Policies Governing Student Life.
The university may discipline a student for academic dishonesty, including any of the following or similar examples of false representation of a student’s performance: cheating on an examination; collaborating with others on work to be presented unless specifically allowed by the instructor; plagiarizing, including submitting the work of others as one’s own (whether purchased, borrowed or otherwise obtained); stealing examinations; falsifying records or data; submitting work previously presented in another course, unless specifically allowed by the instructor; or participating in an arrangement whereby work, classroom activity or an examination is done by another person.
Discipline Committee and Appeal Tribunal
Instances of student misconduct may be adjudicated through the Office of the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs (as delegated to the dean of students) or through the Student Faculty Discipline Committee described in the Student Handbook. In addition, students may appeal decisions rendered by the Student Faculty Discipline Committee to an appeal tribunal. The appeal tribunal recommends to the chancellor its decision on the appeal.