University of Wisconsin–Madison

Appeals

Bases for an Appeal

To appeal an OC discrimination complaint decision, the Appealing Party must address in writing one or more of the following bases for appeal:

  1. Identify the facts in the record which do not support the decision and explain why those facts warrant a different outcome;
  2. Identify new facts that were not known and could not have been discovered during the investigation and state how these “new facts” would change the analysis and decision.
  3. Identify how the decision was based on factors proscribed by state or federal law.

Failure to provide sufficient information to detail any basis for an appeal may result in denial of the Appealing Party’s request for review of the OC’s case decision.

Appeal Submission and Timeline

Employee or Former Employee

A current employee may submit a written appeal (along with any supporting documentation) of the OC’s finding to the Office of the Provost. A former employee (whose complaint involves alleged discriminatory conduct that occurred while employed subject to the 300-day rule requiring that all discrimination complaints be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act) may submit a written appeal (along with any supporting documentation) of the OC’s finding to the Office of the Provost.

Student or Former Student

A current student may submit a written appeal (along with any supporting documentation) of the OC’s finding to the Office of the Chancellor. A former student (whose complaint involves alleged discriminatory conduct that occurred while enrolled as a student subject to the 300-day rule requiring that all discrimination complaints be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act) may submit a written appeal (along with any supporting documentation) of the OC’s finding to the Office of the Chancellor. If the student or former student is dissatisfied with the decision from the Office of the Chancellor, the student or former student, at their discretion, may appeal the Office of the Chancellor’s finding to the Board of Regents.

Timeline

All appeals must be timely filed. In order to be timely, all appeals must be submitted in writing (along with any supporting documentation) to the designated entity (as stated above) within 20 calendar days of the date of the OC’s Findings Letter. The Office of the Provost or the Office of the Chancellor, dependent upon which entity the appeal is submitted to, may exercise their discretion and grant an extension of time in which to file an appeal for unique circumstances. All requests for an extension of time in which to file an appeal must be submitted in writing to the appropriate reviewing entity (i.e., either the Office of the Provost or the Office of the Chancellor) and prior to the deadline for appeal.

Questions? Contact:

Letissa C. Reid, JD
Equal Opportunity Investigation Program Coordinator
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