Safety and Sexual Assault
Call 911 immediately if your safety is at risk.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Police Department website highlights steps to protect yourself, emergency preparedness, the WiscAlert system, and numerous campus and community safety resources. Campus Safety reports, compiled annually by the Division of Student Life, provide information about crime prevention, procedures for reporting crime, resources for victims, and campus crime statistics.
Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking
If you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or one of these numbers:
- If you have been sexually assaulted, call 608-251-7273 (Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline).
- If you are experiencing dating or domestic violence, call 608-251-4445 (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services 24-hour hotline).
- If you are being stalked, call 608-264-2677 (UWPD) or 608-266-4275 (Madison police)
Dean of Students Lori Berquam has articulated Principles in Responding to Sexual Assault for the Division of Student Life and our campus community.
University Health Services offers valuable information for individuals who have concerns about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, or stalking. With a strong focus on violence prevention, University Health Services supports UW-Madison's EVOC (end violence on campus) initiative, a coalition of university and community partners dedicated to ending violence against women. Together, UHS and EVOC partners have posted campus and community resources for victims (also available in brochure format) and prepared a resource guide — Information for Faculty, Staff, and TAs: Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking — outlining steps to take if an individual discloses his or her experience to you.
Sexual Assault Reporting Requirements
One important way we measure progress toward our goal of creating a safe and positive environment for work and study is to record and report incidents of sexual assault. In addition, Wisconsin law (Chapter 36.11(22), Wisconsin Statutes) requires that the University of Wisconsin–Madison report annually to University of Wisconsin System Administration the number of sexual assaults that occurred on campus and in certain surrounding areas. The University of Wisconsin–Madison relies on reports from employees, students, and other members of the university community to support victims of these crimes and meet its legal obligations.
If you witness a sexual assault on the UW-Madison campus or in the immediate surrounding area, or if you receive a first-hand report of sexual assault, Wisconsin law requires that you report the sexual assault to university officials, specifically the Office for Equity & Diversity or the Division of Student Life. This effort is not the same as filing a criminal report. Disclosing the victim’s name is not required as part of this report.
Employees who witness or receive a first-hand report of sexual assault should contact the Office for Equity & Diversity (OED), which has been designated to receive reports from employees:
Room 179A Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay Service, 7-1-1
Students who experience, witness, or receive a first-hand report of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Life, which has been designated to receive reports from students and will assist them in their healing process:
75 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive,
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
In compliance with state law, the Office for Equity & Diversity annually provide a comprehensive report to UW System. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is posted on the UW-Madison Police Department website. UW System reports on sexual assault and sexual harassment are discussed by the Board of Regents Education Committee in a public venue and forwarded to the Legislature.
Please contact the Office for Equity & Diversity or the Division of Student Life if you have any questions about sexual assault reporting requirements.