Employee or Former Employee
An employee, or a former employee whose complaint relates to alleged discrimination occurring while he or she was an employee, dissatisfied with a finding of insufficient evidence may appeal the finding to the Provost.
Student or Former Student
A student, or a former student whose complaint relates to alleged discrimination occurring while he or she was a student, dissatisfied with a finding of insufficient evidence has a right to appeal the finding to the Chancellor, and at the student’s discretion, to the Board of Regents.
In an appeal, the complainant must explain why he or she believes the factual information in the finding was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how this would change the University’s determination in the case. Failure to do so may result in denial of the appeal.
Appeals must be timely filed. To be timely, an appeal (including any supporting documentation) must be submitted within 20 calendar days of the date of the determination letter. The Chancellor or the Provost, depending on who the appeal is to, may exercise their discretion in granting a waiver of the 20 day time frame where: the complainant was unable to submit the appeal within the 20 day time frame because of illness or other incapacitating circumstances and the appeal was filed within 20 days after the period of illness or incapacitation ended; or if there are unique circumstances that have adversely affected the complainant’s ability to file the appeal in a timely manner.
Applicant or Visitor
Applicants for employment or admission to the University or visitors to campus dissatisfied with a finding of insufficient evidence from the Office of Compliance may file a complaint with the appropriate federal or State of Wisconsin agency that are listed below:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces several federal laws which prohibit discrimination in employment. Information regarding the procedures and coverage is located on the website or at:Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Milwaukee District Office
Voice: (414) 297-1111 or (800) 669-4000
Fax: (414) 297-4133
Text: (414) 297-1115 or (800) 669-6820
Reuss Federal Plaza
310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203-2292
Office Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm
The Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development prohibits discrimination in employment based on a wide variety of bases. Information regarding the procedures and coverage is also located on the website or at:Equal Rights Division
Voice: (608) 266-6860
Text: (608) 264-8752
201 E. Washington Avenue, Room A300
P.O. Box 8928
Madison, WI 53708-8928
Access to Federally Assisted Programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities by recipients of federal financial assistance, such as the University, from the Department of Education. These laws primarily cover student access to educational programs or activities, but they also cover employment and visitors taking part in University programs or activities. Information regarding the procedures and coverage is also located on the website or at:Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Voice: (312) 730-1560
Fax: (312) 730-1576
TDD: (800) 877-8339
In addition to the Department of Education, allegations of discrimination in the University’s federally assisted programs can be filed with the federal agency that provides the financial assistance to the program where the alleged discrimination occurred, for example, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Science Foundation; or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Office of Compliance will help you determine which agency or agencies might be involved, and provide information on how to contact them.