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Consequences for Sexual Assault Offender

If reported to on-campus officials and the person assaulted chooses to have disciplinary action taken:

When determining the severity of consequences for those committing sexual assault, the circumstances of each incidence are considered by the administration. Students who have committed sexual assault have not only committed a state and federal crime, but have also violated the Code of Student Conduct outlined in the student handbook. The university may impose sanctions for violations of the Code of Student Conduct up to and including expulsion from the university.

When reported to off-campus officials and the person assaulted chooses to press charges:

The following are legal consequences that a person convicted (not charged with) of sexual assault or rape could face in the State of Wisconsin:

First Degree Sexual Assault:

Whoever commits the following can be found guilty of a Class B felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 20 years:

Sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent:

  • which causes pregnancy or great bodily harm or,
  • accomplished by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or,
  • while aided or abetted by one or more persons through the use or threat of force or violence.

Second Degree Sexual Assault:

Whoever commits the following can be found guilty of a Class BC felony, which includes fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to 10 years.

Sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent:

  • through the use or threat of force or violence, or
  • which causes injury, illness, disease, or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care, or
  • sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person known by the perpetrator to be unconscious or mentally ill or mentally deficient, or
  • sexual intercourse or sexual contact without consent while aided or abetted by one or more persons.

Third Degree Sexual Assault:

Whoever commits the following can be found guilty of a Class D felony, which includes fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to 5 years.

  • Sexual contact involving ejaculation or sexual intercourse with a person without the consent of that person.

Fourth Degree Sexual Assault:

Whoever commits the following can be found guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor, which includes fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to 9 months.

  • Sexual contact with a person without the consent of that person or sexual intercourse with a person 16-17 years old.