Policies & Laws
Gender and sex-based discrimination, harassment, and violence is prohibited by UWCX policy, UW System policy, and under state and federal laws. The policies and laws related to these specific topics are listed below.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Policy
- Unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, protected status harassment, and retaliation policy
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
- Consensual Relationships Policy
UW System Policies
- Regent Policy 14-2 Sexual Harassment
- Regent Policy 14-3 Equal Opportunities in Education
- Regent Policy 14-6 Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
- Regent Policy 14-8 Consensual Relationship Policy
- UWS Chapter 17 Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures
Wisconsin-based laws also prohibit discrimination and harassment based upon sex or require university employees to report certain types of behaviors. These laws include the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, Executive Order #54, and Wisconsin Statute 36.11 (22)(c).
Wisconsin Statute also defines some words and behaviors relating to sexual misconduct, gender-based discrimination, or relationship violence, including:
- Sexual Assault, Wis. Stat. 940.225
- Sexual Intercourse, Wis. Stat. 940.225(5)(c)
- Sexual Contact, Wis. Stat. 940.225(5)(b)(1)
- Consent, Wis. Stat. 940.225(4)
- Stalking, Wis. Stat. 940.32
- Dating/Domestic Violence, Wis. Stat. 813.12(1)(am) and 968.075 (1)(a)
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law, as well as a living breathing law, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded educational program or activity, which includes both UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Although many of the original Title IX complaints focused on equal opportunity to academic programs for female students and employees, more recently attention has focused on educational barriers created by sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence.