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Hazing

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

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

Limitations

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.

REPORT AN INCIDENT OF HAZING

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.

REPORT AN INCIDENT ONLINE

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

Behavior Intervention Team

The Behavior Intervention Team is a committee, chaired by the Dean of Students Office. The Team’s purpose is to provide guidance, recommend interventions and to make referrals for students that have demonstrated concerning, distressed, or disruptive behavior.

The Behavior Intervention Team’s goal is to direct distressed, or disruptive students to the appropriate support resources while focusing on success for both the student of concern and the campus at large.

FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION, CALL 911 WHEN…

  • Student is threatening the safety of self or other
  • Student is acting in a frightening or threatening manner
  • Student is not leaving the classroom after being asked to leave
  • Student is reporting or initiating a threat or bomb scare

FOR NON-EMERGENCIES BUT CONCERNING BEHAVIOR…

Contact the Dean of Students Office at 608-263-5700 or submit an Online Report.

  • Student exhibits behavior that substantially impairs, interferes with, or obstructs orderly processes and functions of the University.
  • Student exhibits behavior that deliberately interferes with instruction of office procedures
  • Student exhibits behavior that is lewd or indecent
  • Student exhibits behavior that breaches the peace
  • Student exhibits disruptive behavior in class on campus or in the community
  • Student does something significantly out of character
  • Student displays unhealthy or dangerous patterns of behavior

Behavior Intervention Team Members

  • Assistant Director of Student Assistance, Dean of Students Office (Chair)
  • Assistant Dean, Dean of Students Office
  • Case Manager, UHS – Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Assistant Director, UHS – Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Assistant Director, McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Director of International Student Services
  • Detective Sergeant, UWPD
  • Director of Enrollment Management
  • Assistant Director of Resident Support Services
  • Assistant Director of Residential Life, Conduct

Behavior Intervention Team Responsibilities

  • Receive reports of student behavior that is disruptive or concerning to the University Community
  • Assess disruptive or concerning behavior, develop appropriate intervention.
  • Assign follow-up to a committee member or other University community member
  • Work with student to address and end the concerning behavior,
  • Make recommendations and referrals to other University offices and departments, if necessary.
  • Educate the University community about the Behavior Intervention Team, University policies and procedures.

Additional Resources

Dean of Students Office
608-263-5700
https://doso.students.wisc.edu/

University Health Service Medical, Mental Health, EVOC
608-265-5600
http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/

Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center
608-265-4628 or 608-890-2701
http://veterans.wisc.edu/

International Student Services
608-262-2044
http://iss.wisc.edu/

LGBT Campus Center
608-265-3344
http://lgbt.wisc.edu/

Rape Crisis Center
608-265-6389 or 24 hr. Crisis Line 608-251-7273
https://kb.wisc.edu/vip/page.php?id=10251

McBurney Disability Resource Center
608-263-7741
http://www.mcburney.wisc.edu/

University Wisconsin Police Department
608-264-2677
http://uwpd.wisc.edu/

Madison Police Department
608-255-2345
http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/

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 dean@studentlife.wisc.edu 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.

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.