University of Wisconsin–Madison

Provost’s Message on Safe Learning and Work Environment – Spring 2018

Dear colleagues,

I write to share important information about how we can work together to create a safe learning and work environment for all members of the Badger community. Every employee makes a difference in achieving this goal through your own interactions with your colleagues and students, and by understanding your role in responding to and reporting acts of criminal and non-criminal behaviors and discriminatory actions that violate policies.

The Spring 2018 Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Safe Learning and Work Environment at UW-Madison: Responsibilities, Resources, and Reporting Requirements, posted on the Office of Compliance’s website, provides you with information on how to report and respond if you experience, witness or become aware of criminal behavior including sexual assault, sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect; or behavior including sexual harassment and other forms of discriminatory behavior. Included in this guide is policy information on consensual relationship expectations between employees and students or employees with other employees with whom there is or could be an instructional, supervisory, or evaluative relationship. Training information and campus and community resources are also included.

In addition, please be aware that UW-Madison has adopted a specific policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, effective January 2018. Information about this policy is included in the Guide.

I ask each of you to read the Guide carefully.  Questions regarding the Guide can be directed to the Office of Compliance, (608) 265-6018,

Together, we can create a campus environment where every member can thrive. Thank you for taking an active role in achieving this goal.


Sarah Mangelsdorf

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs