Grievance Procedures and Reporting Misconduct and Crime

Self-Reporting: Bullying

A graduate student who has been a victim of bullying is encouraged to consult the Director of Graduate Studies, the department Chair, the advisor, or other campus resources to discuss options for resolution. A victim of bullying has the option to seek informal resolution or to file complaint. It may be helpful to seek support from a trusted colleague. The University recommends that graduate students be aware of their interest in keeping the matter as confidential as possible. Someone who has experienced bullying should keep notes of what happened, when, where, and who was present. One should retain copies of any correspondence. One should consider informing the individual(s) involved that the conduct is unwelcome and that it is expected to stop.

For more information, see:

Self-Reporting: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Exploitation

A graduate student who has been a victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence first should ensure that they are in a safe place. Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence is encouraged to find someone they trust to talk to about what has happened; there are confidential resources available on campus linked below. A victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence is not required to report the assault to anyone but they may choose to call campus or local police.

Linked here are support resources for students who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, including confidential resources and reporting options:

Student Support Information

Confidential Resources

Response & Investigation Options

While you are encouraged to also seek support and guidance from staff or faculty within the department, you should know some employees are designated Responsible Employees, and may be required to report to the Title IX Coordinator. Please note that when a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator, you will receive an outreach with support resources and reporting options. Your information will remain private and no action will be taken regarding your report until program staff has had an opportunity to speak with you directly.

Additional questions can be directed to the Title IX Program at or (608) 265-6018.

Reporting Misconduct and Crime

Sexual assault: All faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and others employed by UW-Madison are required by law to report first-hand knowledge or disclosures of sexual assault to university officials, specifically to the Title IX Coordinator. This effort is not the same as filing a criminal report. Disclosing the victim’s name is not required as part of this report. See:

Child abuse: UW-Madison employees are required to immediately report child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS) or law enforcement if, in the course of employment, the employee observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, and the employee has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur. Volunteers working for UW-Madison sponsored programs or activities are also expected to report suspected abuse or neglect. See:

Incidents of Bias/Hate: The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Incidents of Bias/Hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW-Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias/hate. See: