Register May 2021 No. 785
Chapter UWS 4
PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY DISMISSAL AND
FOR DISMISSAL AND DISCIPLINE IN TITLE IX CASES
Subchapter I — General
Dismissal for cause.
Subchapter II — Procedures for Faculty Dismissal and Discipline in Non-Title IX Cases
Subchapter II definitions.
Responsibility for charges.
Standing faculty committee.
Adequate due process.
Recommendations to the chancellor and the regents.
Suspension from duties.
Date of dismissal.
Subchapter III — Procedures for Faculty Dismissal and Discipline in Title IX Cases
Subchapter III definitions.
Dismissal for cause or lesser discipline for Title IX misconduct.
Application of Title IX misconduct disciplinary procedure.
Dismissal of formal Title IX complaint and related appeal.
Investigation of Title IX misconduct allegations.
Review of evidence.
Final investigative report.
Standing faculty committee and hearing examiner.
Adequate due process.
Hearing committee or hearing examiner findings and recommendations to the chancellor.
Appeal to board.
Suspension from duties.
Any faculty member having tenure may be dismissed only by the board and only for just cause and only after due notice and hearing. Any faculty member having a probationary appointment may be dismissed prior to the end of the faculty member's term of appointment only by the board and only for just cause and only after due notice and hearing. A decision not to renew a probationary appointment or not to grant tenure does not constitute a dismissal.
A faculty member is entitled to enjoy and exercise all the rights and privileges of a United States citizen, and the rights and privileges of academic freedom as they are generally understood in the academic community. This policy shall be observed in determining whether or not just cause for dismissal exists. The burden of proof of the existence of just cause for a dismissal is on the administration.
Faculty dismissal for cause and lesser discipline based on allegations of Title IX misconduct, as defined in s. UWS 4.11
, shall be governed by ss. UWS 4.11
to UWS 4.24
UWS 4.01 History
Cr. Register, January, 1975, No. 229
, eff. 2-1-75; CR 20-059: am. (1), cr. (3) Register May 2021 No. 785, eff. 6-1-21; correction in (1) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register May 2021 No. 785.
In this chapter:
“Clear and convincing evidence" means information that would persuade a reasonable person to have a firm belief that a proposition is more likely true than not true. It is a higher standard of proof than “preponderance of the evidence."
“Complaint" means an allegation against a faculty member reported to an appropriate university official.
“Consent” means words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent, indicating a freely given agreement to engage in sexual activity or other activity referenced in the definitions of sexual assault and sexual exploitation in this section. A person is unable to give consent if the person is in a state of incapacitation because of drugs, alcohol, physical or intellectual disability, or unconsciousness.
“Consult" or “consulting" means thoroughly reviewing and discussing the relevant facts and discretionary issues.
“Dating violence" means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
“Domestic violence" means felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the complainant, by a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of Wisconsin, or by any other person against an adult or youth complainant who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Wisconsin as per ss. 813.12 (1) (am)
Incapacitation” means the state of being unable to physically or mentally make informed rational judgments and effectively communicate, and may include unconsciousness, sleep, or blackouts, and may result from the use of alcohol or other drugs. Where alcohol or other drugs are involved, evaluation of incapacitation requires an assessment of how the consumption of alcohol or drugs affects a person's decision-making ability; awareness of consequences; ability to make informed, rational judgments; capacity to appreciate the nature and quality of the act; or level of consciousness. The assessment is based on objectively and reasonably apparent indications of incapacitation when viewed from the perspective of a sober, reasonable person.
“Preponderance of the evidence" means information that would persuade a reasonable person that a proposition is more probably true than not. It is a lower standard of proof than “clear and convincing evidence."
“Sexual assault" means an offense that meets any of the following definitions:
“Rape” means the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of the complainant, without the consent of the complainant.
“Fondling” means the touching of the private body parts of the complainant for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the complainant, including instances where the complainant is incapable of giving consent because of the complainant's age or because of the complainant's temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
“Incest” means sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law as provided in s. 944.06
“Statutory rape” means sexual intercourse with a complainant who is under the statutory age of consent as provided in s. 948.02
“Sexual exploitation” means attempting, taking or threatening to take, nonconsensual sexual advantage of another person . Examples include:
Engaging in the following conduct without the knowledge and consent of all participants:
Observing, recording, or photographing private body parts or sexual activity of the complainant.
Allowing another person to observe, record, or photograph sexual activity or private body parts of the complainant.
Otherwise distributing recordings, photographs, or other images of the sexual activity or private body parts of the complainant.
Masturbating, touching one's genitals, or exposing one's genitals in the complainant's presence without the consent of the complainant, or inducing the complainant to do the same.