This Student-Athlete Discipline Policy (“Policy”) specifies the procedure to be used by the Athletic Department to respond to certain allegations of misconduct by student-athletes. The Athletic Director (or designee) will decide whether the information known at the time supports disciplinary action and what the discipline should be. The student-athlete may appeal the decision to the Athlete Discipline Appeal Committee.
This policy applies to all UW-Madison Student Athletes.
When the Policy Applies
Deciding Whether the Policy Applies
When there is a good faith question about whether the Policy applies, the Athletic Director (or designee) shall decide, in consultation with the chair of the Athletic Board and a designee of the Chancellor, whether the Policy applies.
Prompt Factual Inquiry
Review After Disposition of a Criminal Prosecution or University Investigation/Proceeding
When a criminal case or University proceeding involving conduct addressed under this Policy reaches final disposition , the Athletic Director (or designee), in consultation with the chair of the Athletic Board, the designated member of the Athletic Board, and the Chancellor’s designee, may review the discipline imposed by the Athletic Department.
The Policy is directed at discipline and does not address the separate question of public announcements of disciplinary action taken. It is important to note that discipline in its broadest sense is imposed by coaches in the ordinary course of their work for violation of team rules. The practice with respect to discipline under this Policy will be to publicly announce suspensions imposed, except in extraordinary cases. In cases involving UW-146 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will be consulted before any public disclosure is made. On an annual basis, the chair of the Athletic Board will provide a summary to the Board of the experience with this disciplinary Policy.
Authority of Athletic Director Over Student-Athletes
This Policy does not affect the authority of the Athletic Director to impose discipline or take other actions affecting the participation of student-athletes in various athletic sports activities in circumstances not covered by this Policy.