University of Wisconsin–Madison

Informal Complaint Resolution

Campus Resources

Concerns or questions regarding alleged discrimination may be directed to your academic or employing unit, College, School, Division or to offices that provide campus-wide services. Such concerns may be addressed through informal and formal processes. When possible, students and employees are encouraged to first resolve concerns informally.

Office for Equity and Diversity – coordinates campus compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations applicable to UW-Madison; provides advice and consultation to all members of the university community including administrators, managers and supervisors, faculty, staff, and graduate assistants, applicants for employment, students, and recipients of university services, including visitors, who have questions about possible discrimination; and develops and conducts professional development and training. Contact the Office for Equity and Diversity if you have concerns about discrimination or questions about the rights of individuals under laws and policies prohibiting discrimination and related university procedures.

The Office for Equity and Diversity staff is available to assist you to explore options for addressing discrimination in learning, research, and teaching environments and in the workplace. This includes follow-up with campus, divisional or departmental human resource staff, department chairs, deans, other university administrators, or the Division of Student Life depending on the issues raised and individuals involved. The Office for Equity and Diversity may also make inquiries with appropriate university officials, based on the relevant issues identified. The Office for Equity and Diversity also provides information about filing complaints alleging discrimination with the UW-Madison Office of Compliance and with external enforcement agencies.

Additional information about resolving employee problems, including questions related to discrimination, is also available through, the Ombuds Office for Faculty and Staff, the Employee Assistance Program, Office of Human Resources, and through the shared governance Secretary offices: Secretary of the Academic Staff, Secretary of the Faculty, and the Secretary of the University Staff.

The Dean of Students Office, in the Division of Student Life provides informal and formal mechanisms to address student concerns. The Dean of Students Office’s formal complaint process is specific to students alleging discrimination by another student acting in his or her role as a student.

Dean of Students
Voice: 608-263-5700
Fax: 608-265-5646
75 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380

Other university personnel that can be contacted on specific discrimination issues include:

Office for Equity and Diversity Disability Coordinator/Employment – UW Madison faculty and staff with questions concerning a disability-related employment matter should first contact their Divisional Disability Representative. Information on employment-related disability matters including University policies covering disability can be found on the OED’s website.

McBurney Disability Resource Center – Students with disability-related questions involving access to University programs or activities should contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center.

ADA Coordinator – Individuals who have gone through the appropriate accommodation request process and believe that the University has denied them a reasonable accommodation or an academic adjustment, or believe they have experienced discrimination on the basis of disability that has not been resolved through either OED or the McBurney Disability Resource Center can contact the ADA Coordinator.

Title IX CoordinatorTitle IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities. This statute applies to virtually all aspects of campus activities including employment, student programming, and services provided to the community at large.

Under Title IX, UW–Madison is responsible for taking prompt and effective steps to respond to all reports of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. As applicable, these steps include stopping the behavior, preventing it from recurring, and addressing its effects. Sexual violence includes physical sexual acts performed against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. Acts that fall into the category of sexual violence include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking typically fall into this category as well.

Lauren Hasselbacher
Title IX Coordinator
Email: or
Voice: (608) 890-3788; Relay calls accepted
Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

Questions? Contact:

Letissa C. Reid, JD
Equal Opportunity Investigation Program Coordinator
Email: or
Voice: (608) 262-3254; Relay calls accepted
Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706