Employee Information

Getting Started

Below are brief descriptions of prohibited conduct. For policy definitions of each term, please reference the UW-Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.

Sexual Assault

Any sexual contact without consent, including sexual touching, groping, or rape. Remember, a person is unable to consent to sexual activity if they are incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs.

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome sexual conduct.

Stalking

Behavior pattern directed at a specific person that causes serious emotional distress or fear for physical safety. This may include monitoring, pursuing contact through calls or emails, sending unwanted gifts or items and showing up at victims’ home, workplace, or class.

Dating & Domestic Violence

A single act or ongoing pattern of abusive behaviors that exert control and power over a significant other. This can include physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse.

 

There are a variety of methods someone may use to exert control and power over you.

Jealousy & Possessiveness

Examples: following you or showing up uninvited, sexting, extreme jealousy, seeing you as property or “less than”

Emotional Abuse & Humiliation

Examples: making fun of your weight or clothes, telling you that you deserve abuse, constantly criticizing

Manipulation & Limiting Independence

Examples: using anger or silent treatment as punishment, controlling your finances, monitoring your alcohol intake

Sexual Abuse

Examples: using drugs to get sex, comparing you to past partners

Threats & Intimidation

Examples: threatening you with harm, warning you they will commit suicide if relationship ends

Isolation

Examples: controlling what you do and who you spend time with, pressuring you to choose between them and family or friends

Physical Abuse

Examples: punching, hitting, throwing objects

Select the Support You Need

The university has a variety of resources to help you maintain your safety. These services are available to you whether or not a formal investigation occurs.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

You may need assistance staying safe. Abusers can create hostile environments and can make it difficult to feel safe in class, at home, at work, or in other social spaces. Also, certain spaces may hold connections to your assault and harassment and make you fell unsafe or uncomfortable. We can help you make changes to your transportation methods. If you are worried about ongoing contact form someone, you may want to consider an official method of restraining contact:

University No Contact Directives

A No Contact Directive is issued by a university staff member and is a letter that prohibits someone associated with the university (student, employee, or community member) from having contact with you. It does not require any other disciplinary process to take place. Contact: Title IX Program (608-890-3788)

Civil Restraining Orders

A Restraining Order is a court order limiting defined potential conduct of someone who has abused or harassed you, ordering them not to abuse or contact you. A restraining order is issued by a judge and is enforced by police; a restraining order can be issued to people not affiliated with UW-Madison. Contact: District Attorney’s Office  (608-266-4211) or Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) (608-251-4445) 

You do not have to navigate this experience alone. If you are unsure about what you are feeling or what you should do, you may want to speak with a confidential support resource. Confidential resources are available  to help you make an informed choice about what is right for you.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

Employee Assistance Office (available to UW employees only)

610 Langdon Street
Lowell Center, Room 226, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 263-2987 or toll-free (877) 260-0281
The EAO can assist those who are finding it difficult to successfully cope with personal or work related issues or concerns. Email eao@ mailplus.wisc.edu for more.

Ombuds Office (available to UW employees only)

Rooms 223-225, Lowell Hall
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
608-265-9992

Rape Crisis Center

Rape Crisis Center | (24-hour line: 608–251-RAPE (7273)) | (608) 265-6389 (Campus Office) |  info@danecountyrcc.org | 333 East Campus Mall, #7901 Madison, WI

Works within Dane County to promote hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence and strive through education and outreach to create social change to end sexual violence

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services | (DAIS) 24-hour line: (608) 251-4445 | toll-free (800)747-4045

Works to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and their families, and to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power

Deaf Unity

Deaf Unity | Text helpline: 608-466-2881 | M-F 9am-10pm | PO Box 8713, Madison, WI 53708 | help@deafunitywi.org

Provides victim advocacy for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking provided by staff who are Deaf and use American Sign Language (including text helpline) and provide emotional support, and accompaniment to medical appointments and court dates.

Unidos of Wisconsin

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence | (Toll Free 1-800-510-9195)

Provides victim advocacy services for Latina and non-Latina survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Freedom, Inc.

Freedom, Inc. | (608-661-4089 |  M-F 9am-5pm | 601 Bay View, Madison, WI 53715 | refugeeproject@hotmail.com

Victim advocacy services for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence that are language/gender/generation and culture-specific to women, gender non-conforming, and youth in African American and Southeast Asian families.

Room to Be Safe

Room to be Safe | (Resource Line –Not 24-hours: 414-856-5428)

This is a collaborative anti-violence program that provides support and resources to LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced dating, long-term or intimate partner violence. Room to be Safe also provides support and resources for family members of LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced dating, long-term or intimate partner violence.

Physical Health

Forensic Nurse Exams

Victims of sexual assault may obtain a medical forensic examination without incurring full out of pocket costs for that exam. This is regardless of their decision to report to law enforcement. Exams can be conducted by forensic nurses at the Emergency Department at UnityPoint Health-Meriter and are available 24/7.

If you believe someone gave you drugs in order to facilitate a sexual assault, you can also request a drug testing.

Forensic nurses will provide a safe, compassionate exam and empower the patients to determine their plan of care. Services include emotional support, physical examination and wellness check, collection of medical forensic evidence, assistance with reporting to police (mandatory reporting for children), assistance with concerns about sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy, assistance with safety planning, and development of a medical follow-up plan. If you believe someone gave you drugs in order to facilitate a sexual assault, you can also request a drug testing. A full drug panel testing may require additional cost.

Victims of sexual assault who seek emergency services at a hospital have the right to be provided with the option to receive emergency contraception at the hospital per Wisconsin Statute 50.375

MENTAL HEALTH

THE RAINBOW PROJECT

(608-255-7356) | 831 East Washington, Madison, WI | into@therainbowproject.net

Provides counseling to children and families who experience trauma

Workplace Support

We also can advise and assist with communicating with your supervisor when you are dealing with a crisis or have ongoing safety concerns. Contact: Title IX Program (608-890-3788) or Workforce Relations (608-265-2257)

Note: This resource is not confidential.

HOUSING SUPPORT

If you live in University Housing, we can provide help if you are unable to continue living in your current housing or if you would like someone who is unsafe removed from your living area. Contact: Title IX Program (608-890-3788)

On-Campus:

Transportation

If your normal transportation options no longer feel safe, there are other options that might be available. SAFEwalk is one such option. All SAFEwalkers undergo training with UW Police and are able to assist in a variety of situations. Contact SAFEWALK at 608-262-9788 for more. Contact: Title IX Program (608-890-3788) or Dean of Students Office (608-263-5700)

Office of International Faculty and Staff Services

The Office of International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) in the Office of Human Resources (608-265-2257) 21 N. Park St., Suite 5101, Madison, WI ischolars@ohr.wisc.edu   provides comprehensive assistance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on all aspects of non-student immigration. The office acts as the liaison between the university and all government agencies involved in immigration matters, and assists both the institution and individuals in complying with immigration laws and regulations.

Off-Campus:

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

1-866-879-6636 | Works with Americans in foreign countries who need domestic violence and child abuse advocacy and support, and provides resources and tools to navigate jurisdictional, legal and social international landscapes.

RISE Law Center

1245 E. Washington Ave #102, Madison, WI | A non-profit law office that provides culturally relevant legal representation in the following areas: family law, immigration law, civil injunctions/restraining orders, and immigration needs including U-Visas, T-Visas and VAWA self-petitions

Additional Resources and Guides

Community Confidential Resources

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

24-hour line: (608) 251-4445 or toll-free (800) 747-4045

Works to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and their families, and to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power.

Rape Crisis Center (24-hour line: 608–251-RAPE (7273))

(608) 265-6389 (Campus Office) info@danecountyrcc.org
333 East Campus Mall, #7901
Madison, WI 53715-1384
Works within Dane County to promote hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence and strive through education and outreach to create social change to end sexual violence

Deaf Unity (Text helpline: 608-466-2881, M-F 9am-10pm)

PO Box 8713, Madison, WI 53708
help@deafunitywi.org
Provides victim advocacy for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking provided by staff who are Deaf and use American Sign Language (including text helpline) and provide emotional support, and accompaniment to medical appointments and court dates.

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence (Toll Free 1-800-510-9195)

Provides victim advocacy services for Latina and non-Latina survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Freedom, Inc. (608-661-4089, M-F 9am-5pm)

601 Bay View, Madison, WI 53715
refugeeproject@hotmail.com
Victim advocacy services for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence that are language/gender/generation and culture-specific to women, gender non-conforming, and youth in African American and Southeast Asian families.

Room to be Safe (Resource Line (not 24-hours): 414-856-5428)

This is a collaborative anti-violence program that provides support and resources to LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced dating, long-term or intimate partner violence. Room to be Safe also provides support and resources for family members of LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced dating, long-term or intimate partner violence.

Meriter Forensic Nurse Examiner Program (608-417-5916)

UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park St., Madison, WI (ER entrance)
This program was formerly the SANE program. They provide medical and forensic examination for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and dating violence. Nurses will examine for injuries, collect evidence, and offer medications to prevent STIs and/or pregnancy. Evidence can be collected within 5 days of an assault. There is no requirement to report to law enforcement.

Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking are entitled to the following rights in UW-Madison Disciplinary Proceedings:

  • Disciplinary proceedings that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution
  • Disciplinary proceedings that are conducted by panel members who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and how to conduct 2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report 73 an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability
  • The same opportunity to have others present throughout disciplinary proceedings as the accused, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice. UW-Madison will not limit the choice of advisor for either the victim or the accused in any meeting for disciplinary proceeding.
  • Both parties shall be simultaneously informed, in writing, of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking; of the procedures for either party to appeal the outcome; of any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final; and of when such results become final. At no time can a victim be required to keep the outcome confidential, or be prohibited from discussing the case.
  • Victims have equitable rights to the accused to appeal the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding
  • Victims shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement
  • Students and employees will be provided written notification about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services available to victims, both within the institution and in the community
  • Victims shall be notified, in writing, of options for changing academic, transportation, work, living situations and protective measures
  • Victims can obtain a free forensic exam from a Forensic Nurse Examiner without filing a police report or involving the police in any way. If additional treatment is sought, other hospital charges may apply
  • For more information, visit: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/assault/documents/evoc-bill-of-rights.pdf

In addition to the rights given by federal and state law, UW-Madison is committed to ensuring that victims of violence also have the following rights:

  • The right to a victim advocate of their choosing. (For additional information and resources about victim advocacy, services on campus, and in the community, see the UHS Victim Advocacy website at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/victim-advocacy/)
  • The right to access sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing
  • The right to be informed of and have access to their own medical, mental health, Forensic Nurse Examiner, campus disciplinary, and/or victim advocacy services
  • The right to not be punished for underage drinking or personal drug use if reporting a sexual assault or other crime per UW–Madison’s Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. Complainants and witnesses to incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence will not generally be issued citations or be subjected to disciplinary sanctions for conduct at or near the time of the incident that would violate University policies regarding alcohol or personal drug use unless the University determines that the violation of University policy exposed others to serious risks to their health and safety
  • The right to have options for offering their testimony in a campus disciplinary hearing, including via phone or video conference
  • UW-Madison will disclose to the victim of a crime of violence or sex-offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by UW-Madison against a student who is an alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, UW-Madison will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the next of kin of the victim, if requested in writing

When a student or employee victim reports to a university office or official who is not explicitly designated as confidential, UW-Madison takes every precaution to protect victim privacy and confidentiality by sharing information only with university officials who have a legitimate educational interest and/or those who need to know for the purposes of providing an institutional response.

In an effort to protect victim safety and privacy, UW-Madison maintains information about sexual violence in a secure manner. If the University has notice of an incident, UW-Madison will balance the victim’s request to keep identifying information confidential with Title IX’s mandate to investigate hostile environments.

To the extent permissible by law, UW-Madison will endeavor to keep victim and necessary party information private. However, once a report is made to the University, or the University has notice of an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed unless that information is reported directly to one of the confidential resources listed.

UW-Madison will strive to maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim, but keeping victim information confidential may limit UW-Madison’s ability to provide accommodations or protective measures.

For victims aged 18 and older who report to non-confidential sources, reports of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking are directed to the Title IX Coordinator, who will share relevant information only with those who need to know, such as Deputy Title IX Coordinators, complaint investigators, and other individuals who are responsible for handling the school’s response to incidents, or as necessary to comply with the Wisconsin Public Records law, a valid subpoena, a lawful discovery request, or a governmental inquiry or investigation. UW-Madison follows applicable Title IX guidance and the requirements of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. s. 1232g, when evaluating whether to disclose student information. In the case of minors, UW-Madison employees must report child abuse to Child Protective Services or local law enforcement.

For Clery Act reporting and disclosures, a victim’s name or identifying information will never appear in a Crime Warning, on the Daily Crime Log or in the Annual Security Report. UW-Madison will redact a victim’s identifying information when responding to requests for information pursuant to the Wisconsin Public Records law. The University also will not disclose identifiable information about research subjects if prohibited by an NIH-issued Certificate of Confidentiality, HIPAA regulations and state laws pertaining to the privacy of health information or promises of confidentiality made to research subjects pursuant to the federally required consent form and authorization form. UW-Madison must respond to valid subpoenas that are not prohibited by other applicable law, and may not be able to redact information when responding to a subpoena.

Information for Mandatory Reporters

WHO Reports:

All UW employees (no exceptions)

WHAT to Report:

Any incident or threat of child abuse or neglect with reasonable cause to believe the abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur

HOW to Report:

Contact your local Child Protective Services or law enforcement agency. If suspected offender is an employee of UW-Madison, also notify the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement

More Information:

UWPD: Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect website

WHO Reports:

UW-Madison employees who have been identified as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) based on criteria provided by the US Dept. of Education. CSAs are notified of their status.

WHAT to Report:

Certain crimes disclosed by anyone, regardless of when it occurred, if the crime occurred on-campus, on public property next to campus, on property owned or controlled by UW-Madison not near campus, or on property owned or controlled by a registered student organization

HOW to Report:

Use online report form and contact the Clery Program with questions

More Information:

UWPD: Clery Act webpage

WHO Reports:

All UW employees (no exceptions)

WHAT to Report:

A disclosure from a UW-Madison student that the student has been sexually assaulted; or witnessed a sexual assault of a student

HOW to Report:

Use online report form and the Title IX Program with questions

More Information:

Wisconsin Statues: Chapter 36

WHO Reports:

UW-Madison employees who have been identified as Responsible Employees (REs) in campus policy. REs are notified of their status

WHAT to Report:

A violation of the UW-Madison Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy (i.e. gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, related retaliation)

HOW to Report:

Use online report form and contact the Title IX Program with questions

More Information:

UW-Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence