Defining and Addressing a Community Concern
We cannot tolerate harassment of any member of our
community. The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) can
with concerns about any type of prohibited harassment or discrimination,
including harassment based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity,
age, disability, and sexual orientation. This website is designed
to help prevent and respond to sexual harassment.
When sexual harassment occurs, it degrades the quality
of work and education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It
erodes the dignity and productivity of the individuals involved
and diminishes the quality, effectiveness, and stature of the institution.
Sexual harassment not only violates the law and university policy
but also can damage personal and professional relationships; cause
career or economic disadvantage, and expose the university to legal
liabilities, a loss of federal research funds and other financial
consequences. For all these reasons, it is in our best interest
to educate all community members and take other steps necessary
to prevent sexual harassment. We have a collective responsibility
to do so, thereby promoting an environment that better supports
excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Sexual harassment is a community concern. Any one
of us may experience harassment, be accused of harassment, or be
consulted by someone who thinks he or she has been harassed. Sexual
harassment can affect workplace relationships or learning relationships.
It can occur in any university setting (an office, a classroom,
a university program). Each of us has a duty not to harass others
and to act responsibly when confronted by the issue of sexual harassment.
Principal investigators, supervisors, managers, department chairs,
directors and deans have additional responsibilities: individuals
in positions of authority must take reasonable measures to prevent
sexual harassment and take immediate and appropriate action when
they learn of allegations of sexual harassment.
Many people are not sure what to do to help someone
who thinks that he or she has been harassed. This website will provide
information about what to do, advice
for conversations and resources to contact for further advice.