The University of Wisconsin System seeks to provide members of the university community with appropriate tools to promote and maintain safe living, learning, and work environments where members of the university community and guests feel welcome and are safe.

The UW System now requires that all of its employees and students complete a designated online training module, a standardized Title IX training program that meets legal requirements, explains rights and responsibilities, and helps to create safe, welcoming, harassment-free campuses and university environments.

Our institutions recognize that preventive and educational efforts will require collaboration with community agencies and other educational institutions (K-12, technical colleges, etc.) to reduce risk as students matriculate into higher education.

For Students

Student programs generally includes content that:

  • Defines what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the State of Wisconsin;
  • Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Wisconsin;
  • Provides training on bystander intervention, including the importance of intervention and the most effective strategies for bystanders;
  • Provides information on risk reduction so that students may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
  • Informs students of their rights under Title IX and how to report sexual violence and sexual harassment to campus officials and/or local law enforcement;
  • Provides students campus information on how to file a Title IX complaint;
  • Incorporates best practices in harm reduction for alcohol use and abuse;
  • Includes current social norms of alcohol use including common misperceptions.

For Employees

Employee programs generally includes content that:

  • Defines what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the State of Wisconsin;
  • Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Wisconsin;
  • Provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking against a person other than the bystander;
  • Provides information on risk reduction so that employees may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
  • Informs employees of student and employee Title IX rights and covers sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault;
  • Provides training designed for responsible employees around who misconduct must be reported to on campus;
  • Provides training designed for responsible employees around what must be included in the report;
  • Provides training designed for responsible employees around consequences for failure to report;
  • Outlines procedures for responding to students’ requests for confidentiality;
  • Includes contact information for the Title IX coordinators as well as a direct link for email;
  • Provides methods of responding to a survivor;
  • Provides information they must provide to students who disclose a sexual assault.

Sexual assault is sexual touching or penetration without consent.

A common misunderstanding is that sexual assault must involve penetration and force, but the reality is that sexual assault can range from fondling/groping, touching, and/or penetration without consent.  When the term “rape” is used, it generally refers to penetration of the mouth, anus, or vagina without consent, and the term “sexual assault” generally refers to the wide range of behaviors that involve sexual touching without consent.

Campus Contacts

Link to help, information, and resources on your UW campus.

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