University of Wisconsin–Madison

Appeals

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:

  • Employment Discrimination

    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
    Madison Office
    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
    Chicago Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    Citigroup Center
    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.

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