Civil Rights

Supporting Law & Policy

The Universities of Wisconsin and UW-Madison non-discrimination policies and procedures comply with the following state and federal laws:

A large stack of UW student petitions protesting housing discrimination in the 1950s is showcased atop a stone pedestal as part of the “Sifting and Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance” exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, including shared ancestry.

A sign-language interpreter with the McBurney Disability Resource Center gestures as she translates a conversation for a doctoral student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program.

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

Members of the UW women’s volleyball team celebrate the match-winning point as the team completes their 3-0 sweep and upset of the #1 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 2023 regular season.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

A course instructor helps a young boy and his smiling grandmother with their work at a computing station during a Grandparents University (GPU) social robotics class in the Computer Sciences building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age.

Students attend the Career and Internship Fair at Gordon Dining and Event Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, which prohibits employers, labor unions, and other agencies from discriminating against employees and job applicants because of age, arrest and/or conviction record, ancestry, color, national origin or race, creed, disability, genetic testing, honesty testing, marital status, military service, pregnancy or childbirth, sex, sexual orientation, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours.

Students and campus community members watch the sunset on Goodspeed Family Pier near the Memorial Union Terrace during an early spring evening at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Discrimination in Public Places of Accommodation or Amusement, which prohibits discrimination in places of business, recreation, fitness, restaurants, and other locations because of sex, ancestry, national origin, race, sexual orientation, disability or the presence of a service animal, color, creed, age (protected for lodging and minors are excluded).