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Handbook for Student Organizations

Student Organization Conduct Committee

All recognized student organizations have considerable freedom to accomplish their goals. However, organizations must comply with the federal, state, and local laws/ordinances, as well as University rules, policies and procedures. In addition, individual members (students and non-students) representing a student organization and the University are expected to abide by all federal, state, and local laws/ordinances, as well as the policies, procedures and guidelines of any off-campus facilities or localities which the organization, team or group may be using.

Any organization in violation of these standards is subject to disciplinary action through the University. Some possible violations of law and regulations include, but are not limited to the following:

•    Violations of state statutes pertaining to the legal drinking age and the provision of
     alcoholic beverages to minors.
•    Violations of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Anti-Hazing Policy and state
     statutes pertaining to hazing.
•    Illegal drug use or sales at organization events or in organization facilities.
•    Conduct that obstructs or impairs the ability of students or community members to
     participate in university-sponsored or authorized events, or that substantially and
     unreasonably interfere with others’ participation in lawful activities.
•    Creation of an unsafe or dangerous environment at an organization event or facilities,
     which may include the following:
     o    Dangerous or excessive use of alcohol or drinking games
     o    Fighting by members or guests
     o    Physical or sexual assault
     o    Branding or tattooing members or guests
•    Incidents of theft, vandalism, or disorderly conduct.
•    Violations of University Equal Opportunity policy or Student Organization
     Non-Discrimination Policy.
•    Non-Compliance with University Purchasing and Accounting/Cash Handling Procedures.
•    Any other violations of University policies, procedures, or regulations.

Any organization violating these or other standards to which they are held may be subject to disciplinary action, as outlined in this document. Individual students involved in acts violating University policy may face charges under UWS Chapter 17.


A.  Mission Statement
     The purpose of the Student Organization Conduct Committee shall be to establish and
     enforce the policies and regulations governing RSOs on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

B.  Membership
     The membership of SOCC shall be composed of four (4) voting student members, the
     Campus Affairs Commission Director, and the Student Organizations Coordinator.
     The four (4) voting members of the SOCC shall be appointed by the Student Senate
     President and confirmed by the Student Senate each academic year. Voting members
     of the Student Organization Conduct Committee shall be:
        1.    One (1) Student Senator who is a member of the Campus Affairs Commission
        2.    One (1) Student Senator who is a NOT member of the Campus Affairs
        3.    One (1) member of the Campus Affairs Commission who is not a Student Senator
        4.    One (1) student-at-large who is neither a member of the Campus Affairs
               Commission nor of Student Senate

C.  Executive Positions
        1.     Chairperson
                The Chairperson shall be Campus Affairs Commission Director of the
                Student Senate. The Chairperson is a non-voting member of the Student
                Organization Conduct Committee unless there is a need for his/her vote to
                break a tie. Duties follow:
                a.    Chair the Student Organization Conduct Committee meetings.
                b.    Be present at all Full Partnership Process meetings and University Conduct
                       Process formal hearings.
                c.    Disseminate the policies, procedures and laws governing RSOs and the
                       Student Organizations and Leadership Center in Davies Center
                d.    Enforce all policies, procedures, rules, and laws governing RSOs.
        2.     Advisor(s)
                The Student Organizations Coordinator shall be the advisor to the SOCC and
                will assist the Student Organization Conduct Committee in its role. This is a
                non-voting member of the organization.

D.  Meetings and Hearings
      The SOCC shall meet as needed to discuss issues related to RSOs and to hold
      conduct hearings for RSOs.

E.  Responsibilities of SOCC Members
        1.    To be knowledgeable of University policies and procedures and behavioral
               standards for RSOs
        2.    To be objective and attend all meetings and hearings
        3.    To read complaints and familiarize themselves with the cases prior to the
        4.    To remove themselves in particular cases, if they have a bias or direct
                involvement in the case, or are members of the RSO under charges
        5.    To keep confidential all proceedings, discussions and votes