Sexual Assault, Dating, Domestic Violence, and Stalking


Values and Definition

Hazing is incompatible with the values and standards of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community.

Hazing is considered to be any activity that is expected of someone joining or participating in a group where that activity humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

It is for the university to establish if the activity in question meets the above standard. Hazing activity is considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code and Wisconsin State Law.


Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • requiring servitude
  • taking cell phones or other devices
  • requiring use of alcohol
  • not allowing attendance at class or other academic functions
  • requiring activities that are designed to create excessive fatigue
  • making individuals consume vile substances
  • requiring individuals to smear substances on skin
  • locking individuals in a room or otherwise preventing them from leaving
  • requiring apparel that would typically be considered in poor taste or humiliating


The university will investigate all reports submitted to the extent possible. Be advised that the submission of anonymous reports severely limits the university’s ability to investigate and respond to report of hazing. We encourage individuals to include their name and contact information when submitting a report so that the university can investigate more thoroughly. Individuals who submit their name should understand that their name would be part of the record shared in any conduct process.


For more information, please see the following:

Bias Reporting Process

If you are visiting this page, you or someone you know is likely hurting after experiencing a bias or hate incident on campus. That should never be part of the Wisconsin Experience and we want address the issue and provide you with resources you might need.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Incidents of bias or hate affecting a person or group create a hostile campus climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW-Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond appropriately to reported or observed incidents of bias or hate.

If an emergency has occurred, please call 911.


You can also report an incident in-person at any of these offices:
(* denotes offices that may have staff available after normal business hours)

Missing Student

Faculty, teaching assistants, and university staff members often become concerned about students who suddenly stop attending their classes or other university activities, miss an exam, or stop responding to emails. We encourage those concerned to notify the Dean of Students Office in order to make contact with a student who may be in distress. We also recognize that students have the right to choose to not attend class and may be planning to drop the course.

If you are concerned about a student who is missing from your class or activity, contact the Dean of Students Office by phone 608-263-5700, email or fill out the form linked below. A staff member in the Dean of Students Office will respond to your contact and initiate the missing student process. If you believe the student is in danger, i.e. made a suicidal statement, has a serious medical condition you observed, please give this information to the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will determine whether a “welfare check” by police or University Housing staff is also warranted.

Crisis Loan

Short term loans may be sought by students when an unexpected life event or circumstance takes place that causes financial hardship. These loans are generally under $500. They may not be used for paying tuition/fees or any fines. Dollars for this fund are from generous gifts from private donors and from the proceeds of fundraising efforts by student organizations. Short term loans should be paid back within 3 months and are interest-free during those six months. If a loan becomes past-due, then 8% interest is charged.

To Apply for a Short Term Loan:

  1. Print and fill out a copy of the application form.
  2. Call the Dean of Students Office at 608-263-5700 (or go to 70 Bascom Hall) to make a 30-minutes appointment to meet with a staff member. Turn in the application when you make the appointment
  3. Meet with a Dean of Students Office staff member to discuss your application
  4. If your loan is approved, it will be available for pick up the following business day after 1pm in the Bursar’s office

Directors in the following offices are also able to meet with students and approve Short Term Loan applications:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Campus Center
  • Multicultural Student Center
  • Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center

Common Uses for a Short Term Loan:

  • Unexpected medical expenses
  • Car repair
  • Travel expenses for family emergency
  • Replacement of items lost to theft/fire damage

Drop in

Throughout the year, a Dean of Students Office staff member is available on a drop-in basis for walk-in visits, phone calls and e-mails. Below are a few of the reasons to contact the Dean of Students Office:

  • Academic distress due to personal issues
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance for victims
  • Conflict mediation referral
  • Community support
  • Complaints
  • Concern about a student
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Loans
  • Emergency/crisis situations
  • Family emergency
  • Personal safety needs
  • Problem solving
  • Resource referrals
  • Questions

For after-hours crisis response, please call Counseling & Consultation Services at 608-265-5600. For all other after-hours emergencies, please call the UW Police Department at 911.