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UW Updates Student Code of Conduct

August 15, 2022

The University of Wyoming’s Dean of Students Office has released an updated Student Code of Conduct that goes into effect today (Monday).

The Student Code of Conduct reflects the university’s “We Are UW” values of community, integrity, respect, responsibility and social consciousness.

“We strive to foster a safe, inclusive and respectful university campus,” says Dean of Students Ryan O’Neil. “We use the Student Code of Conduct as one way to maintain a community where our campus community lives in alignment with these standards.”

The Student Code of Conduct undergoes an annual review to clarify processes and procedures and to align with current legal guidance, such as Title IX regulations. This year, in addition to clarifying the document’s language, the Dean of Students Office examined how it could further align with the educational mission of the office and the university.

To achieve this goal, the Dean of Students Office held meetings with student, faculty and staff stakeholders to discuss their perceptions of the Student Code of Conduct and ask for feedback on the document and the conduct process. The office also surveyed students who had gone through the conduct process during the 2021-22 academic year to better understand how they experienced it.

Additionally, the Dean of Students Office reviewed codes of conduct from peer and stretch institutions and met multiple times with regional colleagues on how they have structured their codes of conduct.

Some of the highlights of the changes to the Student Code of Conduct are:

-- Updated the definition of “hazing” under the respect value to reflect the previous work done by the Associated Students of UW (ASUW), Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the state Legislature and to support safer organizational cultures.

-- Added “Technological Abuse” under the respect value to comply with new Violence Against Women Act requirements.

-- Changed the resolution and hearing processes to incorporate alternative resolution options and restorative practices as the university continues to build out the restorative justice program under the direction of O’Neil and Connor Novotny.

-- Formalized a health and safety exemption option to encourage students to be active bystanders and offer help and assistance to others in high-risk situations, such as hazing, sexual assault and medical emergencies due to alcohol and substance use.

“ASUW is in full support of the new Student Code of Conduct and is pleased to see the changes that better student experiences in the conduct process put into place through alternative conduct process,” ASUW President Allison Brown says. “ASUW also is pleased to see the implementation of a new definition of hazing, one that we partnered with Fraternity and Sorority Life on creating. We know these changes, among others, will serve in the best interests of students.”

For more information about the updated Student Code of Conduct, visit the website or email the Dean of Students Office directly at dos@uwyo.edu.

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