A formal investigation is available if there is an allegation that the UW-Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence has been violated. If the allegations would not constitute a policy violation, then an alternative resolution, along with support and protective measures may still be available.
The university has the authority to investigate the conduct of students while they are on campus or if the alleged conduct indicates that the student may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self of others. The university also has the authority to investigate all other members of the University community (including, but not limited to: employees, volunteers, visitors, guests, contractors, and third-party vendors) while they are on campus or engaged in activities associated with University-sponsored or supported activities.
A formal investigation concludes with factual findings and a decision about whether the respondent violated campus policy, which could result in sanctions. All investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence are conducted in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner. Throughout the process, both the complainant and the respondent have the right to be accompanied by an advisor or support person to interviews, meetings, and hearings. Both parties have a right to be informed regarding the scope and status of the investigation. For more information about parties’ rights in the investigation process, please scroll to the bottom of the Reporting & Response Options page.
For a general overview of the investigation process, click here.
Please note: For allegation of misconduct that occurred prior to August 14, 2020, the disciplinary procedure included in the earlier version of the UW-Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence will apply, as well as version of the Wisconsin State Code that were applicable at the time of the alleged misconduct.