UW–Madison prohibits discrimination in employment and in all University programs and activities on a wide variety of bases, including prohibitions against sex discrimination and sexual harassment. These prohibitions are included in University policies and procedures, s. 36.12, Wisconsin Statutes, Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. A summary of the laws and policies implemented by the University can be found online.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX requirements cover sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence. In accordance with these requirements, UW-Madison is responsible for taking immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual misconduct and violence. Sexual violence may include physical sexual acts performed against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
UW–Madison and community resources are available to address questions concerning sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence.
Individuals with questions or concerns about sex discrimination including sexual harassment may contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator:
Luis A. Piñero
Assistant Vice Provost for Workforce Equity and Diversity
Office for Equity and Diversity
179-A Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison WI 53706
Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay Service 7-1-1
A complaint procedure for individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against on the bases covered by the University, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment is available online.
If you wish to file a complaint or have any questions about the complaint procedures please contact Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator Piñero or
Special Assistant to the Provost, Complaint Investigator
Assistant Director, Office for Equity and Diversity
183 A Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Dr.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Allegations of discrimination made by students against other students, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment, should be directed to the Division of Student LIfe, who at their discretion may refer the matter to OED or handle it within the student judicial process. The Division of Student Life can be contacted at:
Division of Student Life
Room 75, Bacom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
View an index of information and resources on sexual harassment.
Read a pamphlet online called Sexual Harassment: Defining and Addressing a Community Concern or pick up a printed copy of it from the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Office of the Provost.
University Health Services provides information and resources on sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking.
University Health Services also provides information for faculty, staff, and teaching assistants regarding sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.
Read more about Campus and Community Safety Resources.
There are also Federal and state offices where employees, students, and visitors to the campus can direct their concerns about sex discrimination including sexual harassment.
To file a complaint of sex discrimination including sexual harassment involving employment at the University, you may contact the:
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Milwaukee District Office
Reuss Federal Plaza
310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203-2292
Phone: 414-297-1111 or 1-800-669-4000
TTY: 414-297-1115 or 1-800-669-6820
Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
Information concerning EEOC’s procedures and coverage can be found online.
The Equal Rights Division (ERD) of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development enforces laws that prohibit sex discrimination in employment, including sexual harassment, within the State of Wisconsin The ERD can be reached at:
Equal Rights Division
201 E. Washington Avenue, Room A300
P.O. Box 8928
Madison, WI 53708-8928
Information concerning ERD’s procedures and coverage can be found online.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX, which forbids discrimination in access to federally assisted educational programs. Generally this covers students, employees, and visitors to the campus involved in University sponsored educational programs or activities.
OCR can be reached at:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
111 N. Canal Street, Suite 1053
Chicago, IL 60606-7204
Information concerning OCR’s procedures and coverage can be found online.
In addition to the Department of Education, allegations of sex discrimination including sexual harassment in University’s federally assisted educational programs can be filed with the Federal agency that provides the assistance to the program where the alleged discrimination occurred. OED will help you determine which agency or agencies might be involved.