Advisor - Questions and Answers

Yes you can. You may select an advisor of your choice.

The reporting party or responding party (hereafter party) is entitled to only one advisor of his or her choosing to guide and accompany him/her throughout the campus investigation, adjudication, and/or resolution process. The advisor may be a friend, mentor, family member, attorney or any other supporter a party chooses to advise him/her. Parties must notify the Title IX Coordinator (for sexual misconduct cases) or the Dean of Students (for all other misconduct cases) of their advisor of record before the first meeting or hearing. If requested, a student may (not must) be granted advisor status for both parents by the Title IX Coordinator (for sexual misconduct cases) or the Dean of Students (for all other misconduct cases).

Yes, the University maintains a pool of trained (non-attorney) advisors who are available to the parties if requested. The parties may choose advisors from outside the pool, or outside the campus community, but those advisors may not have the same level of insight and training on the campus process as do those trained by the University. Outside advisors are not eligible to be trained by the University.

The University expects an advisor to adjust his/her schedule to allow them to attend University meetings when scheduled. The University does not typically change scheduled meetings to accommodate an advisor’s inability to attend.

The parties are entitled to be accompanied by their advisor in all meetings and interviews at which the party is present, including intake, interviews, hearings and appeals. Advisors should help their advisees prepare for each meeting, and are expected to advise ethically, with integrity and in good faith. The University cannot guarantee equal advisory rights, meaning that if one party selects an advisor who is an attorney, but the other party does not, or cannot afford an attorney, the University is not obligated to provide one.

The University will not pay for or recommend any attorney. However, the parties may wish to consult the Milwaukee Bar Association as a resource to consider when looking for an attorney advisor.

Milwaukee Bar Association
424 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI
(414) 274-6760

All advisors are subject to the same campus rules, whether they are attorneys or not. Advisors may not address campus officials in a meeting, interview or hearing unless invited to do so. Advisors may confer quietly with their advisees as necessary, as long as they do not disrupt the process. For longer or more involved discussions, the parties and their advisors should ask for breaks or step out of meetings to allow for private conversation.

If requested, advisors may be given an opportunity to meet in advance of any interview or hearing with the administrative officials conducting that interview or meeting. This pre-meeting will allow advisors to clarify any questions they may have, and allows the University an opportunity to clarify the role the advisor is expected to take. The parties to the hearing are expected to ask and respond to questions on their own behalf, without representation by their advisor.

Advisors are expected to refrain from interference with the University investigation and resolution. Any advisor who steps out of their role in any meeting under the campus resolution process will be warned once and only once. If the advisor continues to disrupt or otherwise fails to respect the limits of the advisor role, the advisor will be asked to leave the meeting. When an advisor is removed from a meeting, that meeting will typically continue without the advisor present. Subsequently, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) for sexual misconduct cases or the Dean of Students (or designee) for student conduct adjudication cases will determine whether the advisor may be reinstated, may be replaced by a different advisor, or whether the party will forfeit the right to an advisor for the remainder of the process.

Note: It is the party’s responsibility to inform his/her advisor of the above role and rules for assuming an advisory role.

The University expects that the parties will wish to share documentation related to the allegations with their advisors. The University provides a consent form that authorizes such sharing. The parties must complete this form before the University is able to share records with an advisor. Advisors are expected to maintain the privacy of the records shared with them. These records may not be shared with 3rd parties, disclosed publicly, or used for purposes not explicitly authorized by the University. The University may seek to restrict the role of any advisor who does not respect the sensitive nature of the process or who fails to abide by the university’s privacy expectations.

The University expects an advisor to adjust their schedule to allow them to attend University meetings when scheduled. The University does not typically change scheduled meetings to accommodate an advisor’s inability to attend. The University will, however make provisions to allow an advisor who cannot attend in person to attend a meeting by telephone, video and/or virtual meeting technologies as may be convenient and available.

A party may elect to change advisors during the process, and is not locked into using the same advisor throughout. The party must inform the Title IX Coordinator (for cases of sexual misconduct) or the Dean of Students (for all other cases) in writing 2 business days before any meetings where the new advisor will be present.