Grievance Procedures and Reporting Misconduct and Crime

Self-Reporting: Sexual Harassment and Bullying

A graduate student who has been a victim of sexual harassment or 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 sexual harassment or bullying has the option to seek informal resolution or to file a sexual harassment 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 sexual harassment or 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 Assault

A graduate student who has been a victim of sexual assault first should ensure that they are in a safe place. A victim of sexual assault is encouraged to find someone they trust to talk to about what has happened. A victim of sexual assault is not required to report the assault to anyone but they may choose to call campus or local police.

University Health Services offers valuable information for individuals with concerns about sexual assault and other forms of sexualized violence:

The Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Life has been designated to receive reports from students and will assist them in their healing process:

75 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-5700

Reporting Misconduct and Crime

Sexual assault: 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, specifically the Office for Equity & Diversity or the Division of Student Life. 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: