Civil Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive campus experience for all individuals with disabilities in compliance with civil rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These federal laws, along with state laws, UW System policies, and campus policies provide that no qualified individual with a disability be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please visit the Office of Compliance’s ADA webpage to learn more information about the laws and general campus policies that ensure the rights of students, employees, applicants, visitors and guests at UW-Madison.

Equal Opportunity Investigations

University of Wisconsin System policy prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on an individual’s legally protected characteristics. Equal Opportunity Investigations is responsible for neutral investigation of protected class discrimination complaints filed by university employees and former employees, students and former students, applicants for admission and employment as well as individuals who participate in university programs and activities, including campus visitors and service recipients against faculty, staff and individuals with an official university affiliation.

For additional information regarding Equal Opportunity Investigations, please visit the Office of Compliance’s Equal Opportunity Investigations webpage.

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Title IX

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The Sexual Misconduct Resource and Response Program ensures the rights guaranteed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well additional rights guaranteed by related state laws and UW System and UW-Madison policies.

The Sexual Misconduct Resource and Response Program (SMRRP) is tasked with overseeing the campus response to sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation. Our primary goal is to ensure that anyone who has experienced this type of misconduct has the resources and support system in place to safely continue their academic career or employment at UW-Madison. For victims and survivors, contact with SMRRP means that you will get connected to confidential counseling, protective measures (such as No Contact Directives), and academic or workplace support. When appropriate, we will intervene to stop ongoing harassment with educational conversations or protective measures; we will also pursue formal investigations through the disciplinary process.

Our program and related services are available to all campus community members, regardless of gender or other identity, as everyone should have equal access to our university’s educational programs, free from sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.