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Educator Misconduct Investigation

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The four most common topics of discussion are:

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Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) conducts formal investigations of licensed educators based on information received by the DPI that alleges immoral conduct on the part of the licensed educator.

This information is typically received by the DPI from three primary sources:

  • Written reports from school districts as Mandatory School District Reporting of Educator Misconduct.
  • Complaints from citizens/parents.
  • News/media reports.

In 2011, Governor Walker signed into law 2011 Wisconsin Act 84. The DPI has developed recommended best practices to assist districts in implementing new requirements associated with referrals under Wis. Stat. 115.31.

Note: Reports or referrals on educator misconduct may be directed to DPI via email.

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