Safety and Health

UW­–Madison is committed to your health and safety as members of our campus community. Everyone plays a role in maintaining this environment. Many resources are available to inform students, faculty and staff about health and safety issues.

Urgent Situations

For assistance with urgent mental health concerns, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available to UW–Madison students, and to others concerned about a UW–Madison student, by calling 608-265-5600 (select option 9). More information on the services available can be found on the University Health Services (UHS) website.

Safety Resources for Faculty, Staff and Teaching Assistants

As faculty and staff members, sometimes we encounter troubled or disruptive students in the classroom, office or work area. You may be the first to learn of an emotional or mental health issue, including suicidal references, the effects of a sexual assault or other crimes. You may confront insensitive or inappropriate remarks. In rare instances, you may even encounter dangerous or disruptive behavior.

In all of these cases, you can play a positive role in helping students access resources or receive assistance and, ultimately, to be successful at UW-Madison:

Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance for respecting student privacy under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), handling an escalating case, dealing with academic misconduct or any other assistance you need.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek a consultation or guidance from the Division of Student Life by calling 608-263-5700 and asking for the staff member on drop-in. Your concern and care is important in keeping our community safe.


Parents can always play an important role in detecting mental health issues or serious health problems. For assistance in how to handle these situations, contact the Parent Program online or at 877-262-3977.

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