Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (University) is to provide a teaching, learning and working environment in which faculty, staff, students, and guests can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values that will improve the quality of life for all. To promote the institutional mission, the University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus community that is free from sexual harassment and sexual violence.

This policy prohibits acts of sexual harassment and sexual violence (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation) in all programs and activities of the University. Individuals who engage in such acts, hereafter referred to collectively as sexual harassment and sexual violence, are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action. This policy also prohibits retaliation against individuals who report sexual harassment or sexual violence, who assist others in reporting, or who participate in University proceedings related to such a report. Individuals who engage in retaliation are subject to disciplinary action.

The University will provide appropriate education about sexual harassment and sexual violence and this policy. All participants in University programs and activities are responsible for helping to ensure that our campus community is kept free of sexual harassment and sexual violence by refraining from engaging in such conduct, completing required training, and complying with reporting requirements when they become aware of sexual harassment or sexual violence.

Individuals who are subjected to acts of sexual harassment or sexual violence in violation of this policy are encouraged to report these incidents. All complaints will be treated seriously and investigated fully using a trauma-informed approach. Individuals who experience sexual harassment and sexual violence will have access to appropriate resources regardless of their decision to report.

If you need immediate emergency assistance or to report a crime, call 911. To reach the University of Wisconsin Police, call (608) 264-2677.

Faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and others who work directly with students at UW-Madison are required by state and federal law to report first-hand knowledge or disclosures of sexual assault. When a victim of sexual assault or other crimes discloses his or her experience to you, submit an online report with as much information as you have. You are not required to include the victim/complainant’s name in the submission. For more information on Clery Act reporting obligations, please review the information available here.

Reporting Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Students victimized by interpersonal violence have options to report. Click here learn more about how students or witnesses can report sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment.

Formal Investigation Process

When an incident is reported to a non-confidential staff member, the university is responsible for investigating the incident, assisting and supporting the victim, and preventing the recurrence of any misconduct. For detailed information about the investigation stage, the hearing stage, and the post-hearing and appeal stage, please visit this Office of Compliance website.

View a diagram of the student disciplinary investigation process (PDF) related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking allegations. Please note this may differ from the misconduct process when the incident does not involve interpersonal violence.

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