University of Wisconsin–Madison

Equal Opportunity Complaint Investigation

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access and to complying with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and University of Wisconsin System and university non-discrimination policies and procedures, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison does not discriminate in its employment practices and programs and activities on a variety of bases.

The following are the specific bases upon which discrimination is prohibited for students and applicants for admission to the university; university employees and applicants for employment at the university; and those wishing to take part in university programs and activities, including visitors to campus.

Protected Bases

  • Employees/Applicants
    • age
    • ancestry
    • arrest record
    • color
    • conviction record
    • creed
    • disability
    • ethnicity (specifically involving harassment by university employees)
    • gender identity or expression
    • genetic information including genetic testing
    • honesty testing
    • marital or parental status
    • military service
    • national origin
    • pregnancy
    • race
    • religion
    • retaliation for opposing discrimination, making a complaint of discrimination or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination
    • sex
    • sexual orientation
    • use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours,
    • veteran status
    • declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters, or any other category protected by law
  • Students/Educational Programs
    • age
    • ancestry
    • color
    • creed
    • disability
    • ethnicity (specifically involving harassment by UW employees)
    • gender identity or expression
    • marital or parental status
    • national origin
    • pregnancy
    • race
    • religion
    • retaliation for opposing discrimination, making a complaint of discrimination or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination
    • sex
    • sexual orientation
    • or any other category protected by law, including physical condition or developmental disability as defined in Wisconsin Statutes§51.01(5).
  • Visitors and Program Participants/University Activities
    • age
    • ancestry
    • color
    • creed
    • disability
    • national origin
    • race
    • retaliation for making a complaint of discrimination, or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination, or opposing discrimination
    • sex
    • sexual orientation

Also covered is any other non-discrimination category that may be subsequently added, even if not included in the above list, as a result of federal or State of Wisconsin court, legislative, or regulatory action, or action taken by UWS or the University.

Retaliation

No student, employee, or person taking part in University programs or activities shall be retaliated against for opposing discrimination, making a complaint of discrimination, or taking part in an investigation relating to an allegation of discrimination.

Filing a Complaint

Information regarding how to file a complaint alleging discrimination can be found by emailing the Office of Compliance.

A student who wishes to file a discrimination complaint against a fellow student who is acting in their role as a student should contact the Dean of Students at the Division of Student Life.

A student who wishes to file a discrimination complaint against a fellow student who is acting in the role of an employee of the University (e.g., a graduate or teaching assistant, a resident assistant, or a student hourly employee) or any other employee of the university should email the Office of Compliance.

Campus Resources

  • Office of Compliance

    Houses the Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Age Discrimination Act Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Complaint Investigator. Questions concerning sex, disability or age discrimination, the complaint investigation process or disability-related accommodations for guests and visitors to campus should be directed to:

    Email: uwcomplianceoffice@wisc.edu
    Voice: (608) 265-6018; Relay calls accepted
    Fax: (608) 263-4725
    361 Bascom Hall
    500 Lincoln Drive
    Madison, WI 53706

    Title IX inquiries may also be addressed to the Office for Civil Rights at:

    Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov
    Voice: (312) 730-1560
    Fax: (312) 730-1576
    TDD (800) 877-8339
    U.S. Department of Education
    Citigroup Center
    500 W. Madison Street
    Suite 1475
    Chicago, IL 60661-4544
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center

    Students seeking academic adjustments or auxiliary aides in order to participate in the university’s programs or activities should contact:

    Email: mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu
    Website
    Voice: (608) 263-2741; Relay calls accepted
    Text: (608) 225-7956
    Fax: (608) 265-2998
    702 West Johnson Street
    Suite 2104
    Madison, WI 53715
  • Office for Equity and Diversity

    Provides information about employment accommodations contact:

    Email: barbara.lanser@wisc.edu
    Website
    Voice: (608) 263-2378; Relay calls accepted
    Fax: (608) 263-5562
    179A Bascom Hall
    500 Lincoln Drive
    Madison, WI 53706
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Questions? Contact:

Letissa C. Reid
Equal Opportunity Complaint Investigator
Email: letissa.reid@wisc.edu or complaint_investigator@wisc.edu
Voice: (608) 262-3254; Relay calls accepted
Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706