Finding support

The Dean of Students Office is the main resource that helps connect students who are dealing with personal problems with campus resources, as well as the place to report incidents like hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing.

All reports made to our office will be taken seriously and information will be provided to the proper office for investigation.  It is your choice to report an incident, and know that the Dean of Students Office promises to support you during this process.

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Report an incident

Bias or hate incident

Including microaggressions, slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, assault and harassment.

Report bias or hate

Sexual Assault

Get support and resources for healing and recovery regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Confidential support is also available.
Report a sexual assault

Other Incidents

This could include a student you are concerned about, a missing student, or another concern that needs attention.

Report an other incident

We're here for you!

The Dean of Students Office is the main resource that helps connect students who are dealing with personal problems with campus resources. The office also consults faculty and staff, parents, families, and friends, working together to serve students.

Our main focus areas are to inform, consult, and refer you to the right place.


Drop-In Appointments

Anytime you'd like to chat, we'd be glad to talk about any concern you have, without judgement.

For now, our office hours are virtual, but we can schedule a same-day drop in via phone or video conference.

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Meet your Dean of Students

Dean of Students Christina Olstad

Dean of Students Christina Olstad oversees departments in the areas of Student Advocacy within Student Affairs.

We know this is a challenging time for our campus community. Our friends at Healthy Minds Innovations are offering the Healthy Minds Program App for free to individuals. Visit Healthy Minds to check out well-being resources.

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Guidance for students, faculty and staff

Student assistance

Guidance and support for all students dealing with personal problems, including helping someone you know, reporting an incident, addressing a problem, and who to contact.

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Faculty and staff resources

Guides and resources for faculty and staff to help support students experiencing issues including academic and non-academic misconduct, how to talk to students you are concerned about, addressing disruptive behavior, and verbal de-escalation.

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Supporting DACA recipients

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Regardless of immigration status, UW-Madison wants all students to know that “You belong here” and are an integral part of the UW campus community.

The Dean of Students Office offers guidance to understand your rights, get free legal help and more.

How UW-Madison Supports DACA recipients