Reporting Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence includes sexual assault, stalking, dating & domestic violence, or sexual harassment. For victims, sharing their experience can be a difficult decision. If you’ve experienced interpersonal violence or been the victim of a crime, you have options and the choice of how to proceed is largely up to you.

Reporting to Confidential Offices

Any conversations you have with the following campus and community resources are confidential. These services provide support to victims and will explain options for other campus resources, such as academic accommodations.

For 24/7 confidential consultation with a health care provider or counselor, students may call University Health Services at 608 265-5600 (option 9).

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Reporting to University Staff who are not Confidential

Student victims who report to non-confidential university staff are entitled to academic, employment, transportation, and residential accommodations on campus and in all university activities to remedy the harms caused by interpersonal violence, even if the victimization occurred off campus and/or was not committed by a student.

Victim are able to receive these accommodations even if they do not wish to participate in a nonacademic misconduct investigation. In certain circumstances actions will be taken against a respondent even if the complainant does not participate, in order to protect the safety of the campus community.

Complaints can be submitted by victims of any individual who has knowledge of the interpersonal violence.

To contact UW-Madison’s reporting and complaint advisors or a Title IX coordinator, email Lauren Hasselbacher for a response during business hours.

The following offices are non-confidential places to report interpersonal violence.

In certain circumstances, the above University staff may have to take action to address or intervene with the alleged respondent and/or eliminate a hostile environment based on the allegations reported. Victims and complainants always have the choice of how much they wish to participate with a university process.

To Report Sexual Assault and other Gender-based Violence to the Police

The police investigate crimes and are responsible for maintaining safety on campus and in the city of Madison.

UW–Madison Police Department
Non-Emergency: 608-264-2677
1429 Monroe St.

Madison Police Department
Non-Emergency: 608-266-4316
211 S. Carroll St.

If the violence occurred outside Madison, contact the police department with local jurisdiction.



The University of Wisconsin-Madison, in common with all institutions of higher education, has the authority to adopt and enforce behavioral standards that maintain the order and safety of the University community, and that further the University’s educational mission and goals. Those standards are detailed in Chapter UWS 17 and Chapter UWS 18 of the University of Wisconsin’s Administrative Code. The following information is intended to assist attorneys working with students who are alleged to have violated the University’s behavioral standards.

As the U.S. Supreme Court has stated, the university is “an academic institution, not a courtroom or administrative hearing room.” Bd. of Curators of University of Missouri v. Horowitz, 435 U.S. 78, 88 (1978). Therefore, the student disciplinary process operates independently of the municipal, state, and federal legal systems. Consequently, in most cases, the University will not delay its disciplinary process.

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards permits attorneys to attend meetings between a student accused of misconduct and an Investigating Officer (referred to as a disciplinary conference in Chapter UWS 17). The attorney’s role in such meetings, however, is that of a support person. Consequently, an attorney will not be permitted to speak on the student’s behalf. The same is true for a hearing, unless the student has been charged with a crime in connection with the same conduct for which the disciplinary action is sought, or the recommended sanction is suspension or expulsion, in which an attorney may question adverse witnesses, present information and witnesses, and speak on behalf of the student. In accordance with the educational purposes of the hearing, the accused student is expected to respond on his or her own behalf to questions asked of him or her during the hearing. See Chapter UWS 17.11 and 17.12.

Reading on Higher Education Disciplinary Processes:

Gehring, D.D. (2001, Summer). The objectives of student discipline and the process that’s due: Are they compatible? NASPA Journal, 38(4), 466-481.

Court Cases Involving Student Misconduct Processes:

  • Dixon v. Alabama State Board of Education, 294 F.2d 150 (5th Cir. 1961).
  • Esteban v. Central Missouri State College, 415 F.2d 1077 (8th Cir. 1969).
  • Goldberg v. Regents of the University of California, 248 Cal. App. 2d 867 (1967).
  • Gorman v. University of Rhode Island, 837 F.2d (1st Cir. 1988).
  • Henson v. Honor Committee of University of Virginia, 719 F.2d 69 (4th Cir. 1983).
  • Murakowski v. University of Delaware, 575 F.Supp.2d 571 (D. Del. 2008).
  • Nash v. Auburn University, 812 F.2d 655 (11th Cir. 1987).
  • Osteen v. Henley, 13 F.3d 221 (7th Cir. 1993).