Sexual Harassment

UW–Madison prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These offenses violate UW–Madison policies and are subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions can range from reprimand to expulsion from UW–Madison. In many cases, these offenses also violate Wisconsin criminal law and could lead to arrest and criminal prosecution.

Students who experience sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking have many options and services available to them on and off campus, including mental health counseling, victim advocacy and access to the criminal and campus disciplinary systems. For a list a confidential support and reporting options, please visit University Health Services.

All students are encouraged to report harassment of any kind, whether it is by a faculty or staff member or another student. Students may contact the Office of Student Assistance and Support: visit 70 Bascom Hall, email, call 608-263-5700 and ask to speak to the Dean on Call, or fill out a Bias Incident Reporting Form.

Faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and others who work directly with students at UW–Madison are required by law to report first-hand knowledge or disclosures of sexual assault to university officials for statistical purposes. In addition, disclosures made to certain university employees, such as academic advisors or university administrators, may be forwarded to the campus Title IX coordinator for a response. For more information, visit the Office of Student Assistance and Support’s Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence webpage.

Graduate students are expected to complete an online violence prevention program. Read more about the violence prevention program for graduate students.

See Grievances and Appeals