Programs and policies

What the Dean of Students oversees

The Dean of Students Office encourages and supports the personal growth and academic development of our students through programs and services that enrich the Blugold experience. Below you will find links generally describing the services and programs provided or supported by the DOS. In addition, you will find a link to the university policies most relevant to students.

Student programming we support

UW-Eau Claire is committed to the safety and well being of all students, and in recognition of the fact that sexual assault can and does occur, victim services are available through this office. The Center for the Awareness of Sexual Assault (CASA) services include providing a crisis call line around the clock, assistance and peer advocacy in seeking medical attention and/or in any legal proceedings, as well as support counseling with a counselor and in a group if desired. All services are free and confidential. 

For information please contact casa@uwec.edu or call 715-836-HELP.

The first year of college can be overwhelming, to say the least. Consider joining Q'nnect, UW-Eau Claire's LGBTQIA+ involvement and mentorship program! You will have the opportunity to meet and get to know Queer students, faculty, and staff--all while enjoying free lunches! We recognize that mentorship comes in many guises, and Q'nnect will ensure that you are able to meet and connect with other Queer folks in a safe, inclusive atmosphere. We can't wait to meet you!

Program Mission: To bring together LGBTQIA+ people at UW-Eau Claire (with varying ages and lived experiences), in order to provide both a sense of community and an opportunity for peer mentorship throughout the academic year. 

What to Expect...

  • 4 New LGBTQIA+ Students
  • 3 Returning LGBTQIA+ Students
  • 3 LGBTQIA+ Staff/Faculty

Once a month, your LGBTQIA+ community group (comprised above) will meet in the Dulany Inn (Heritage Room) in Davies Student Center for a free lunch. You will have an opportunity to meet one another and talk about whatever it is you'd like to talk about. You will meet with the same community group each time, developing connections and potential mentors (both formal and informal) throughout the academic year.

 

Study abroad is not the only option for gaining unique and exciting academic learning experiences. The National Student Exchange (NSE) allows Blugolds to select one of 200 participating schools in 49 states at which to study. This opportunity is not generally open to first year students, as a record of college grades and letters of recommendation are required from this campus in the application process, but new students should keep NSE in mind when considering long term academic planning. 

For more information, contact deanofstudent@uwec.edu

The Dean of Students office not only aims to take care of Blugolds, but to also train Blugolds to take care of one another. Stand Up! is an active bystander staining program that helps student prepare for taking preventative action in certain situations in which they find themselves a bystander. The program takes aim at stopping bias and bullying, risky alcohol use, violence and depression.  

The goal of these sponsored programs is to equip students with the words, skills and confidence to intervene in ways to stop oppressive or offensive actions, or to stop a fellow student engaged in dangerous behavior. 

Bystander training is offered through the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, and you may send inquiries to speakout@uwec.edu

Further detail about the trainings can be found on the Trainings page of the GSRC website.

An incredible opportunity to take part in student leadership at its finest is Student Senate. Student Senate is a group of yearly elected student leaders charged with representing the student body at university, local, state and federal levels. They also make the very important decisions about allocations of student segregated fees, which are used to pay and supplement costs of services and programs that greatly enhance student life on this campus. 

Student Senate also sponsors committees and student commissions that do not require membership on Student Senate. These include things like helping to select campus events, films and activities.

For more information about Student Senate, visit the Student Senate website email stusen50@uwec.edu

The UW-Eau Claire Veterans Center located in Schofield Hall 20, was established to provide a meeting place on campus for veteran students, faculty and staff, to honor them for their service to the country and to be a place of welcome for veterans on campus.

It is a place where veteran students, faculty and staff can learn more about resources specifically for them, attend programs on veteran needs, participate in support groups and access a telehealth network through a partnership with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis or meet other veterans.

For more specifics about services and support for Veterans, contact Phil Huelsbeck, Veterans Program manager, at huelsbpj@uwec.edu or 715-836-5400.

Policies regarding students 

The Dean of Students Office maintains numerous University-wide policies and procedures. Below is a link to some of the most frequently accessed policies. 

Parents are often confused and concerned when they attempt to gain access to their students' classroom attendance or grades and are denied, or if they discover that their son or daughter is charged with violating University policy. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects student privacy and requires that our Office maintain strict confidentiality when discussing student records. Our Office encourages students to discuss their grades or discipline case with their parents, and parents are encouraged to speak with their student before contacting our Office. Our staff members are available to discuss, in general, the student disciplinary process at UW - Eau Claire with parents who may have concerns. You may also find the link to the Codes of Conduct useful in answering questions regarding the student discipline process at UW - Eau Claire.

The following resources may also be helpful as you seek to understand how FERPA protects the privacy rights of students:

Parents' Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, U.S. Department of Education

Privacy in Education: Guide for Parents and Adult-Age Students, Privacy Rights Clearinhouse

We work hard to create a campus community where all students, staff, and visitors are treated with respect and feel valued for their work and contributions. One way in which we create this community is to put policies in place that safeguard physical and emotional safety, and codes of conduct that prohibit acts of violence or discrimination, including coercive sexual contact and unwelcome comments or behavior of a sexual nature.

The entirety of these efforts are referred to as the collection of policies titled "Your Right to Know."

See full list of specific policies

The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System has a longstanding tradition of support for academic freedom, dating back to 1894 and the famous “sifting and winnowing” statement contained in the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents’ Final Report on the Trial of Richard Ely. The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System hereby reiterates its commitment to the principle of academic freedom and affirms its commitment to the principle of freedom of expression.

Academic freedom includes the freedom to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and to reach conclusions according to one’s own scholarly discernment. Freedom of expression includes the right to discuss and present scholarly opinions and conclusions on all matters both in and outside the classroom. These freedoms include the right to speak and write as a member of the university community or as a private citizen without institutional discipline or restraint, on scholarly matters, or on matters of public concern. The UW System is committed to these principles and provides all members of the university community the broadest possible latitude to explore ideas and to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.

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