Hate and Bias on Campus

If you are visiting this page, you or someone you know is likely hurting after experiencing a hate or bias 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/Hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW-Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias/hate.

If an emergency has occurred please call 911.

Report an Incident Online

Our online reporting form is secure and confidential. You can also report an incident in-person at any of these offices:

(* denotes offices that may have staff available after normal business hours)

What is the official definition of bias and hate?

Definition of Bias/Hate: Single or multiple acts toward an individual, group, or their property that have a negative impact and that one could reasonably conclude are based upon actual or perceived age, race, color, creed, religion, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, spirituality, cultural, socio-economic status, or any combination of these or other related factors. Bias/Hate incidents include, but are not limited to: slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, and harassment that are directed toward or affect the targeted individual or team. Incidents of Bias or Hate contribute to a hostile campus environment and can occur even if the act itself is unintentional or delivered as a joke, prank, or having humorous intent.

What are examples of bias/hate incidents?

Examples of bias/hate can include, but are not limited to: slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, and harassment; that are directed toward or affect the targeted individual or group. Bias/hate incidents are those that are based upon actual or perceived age, race, color, creed, religion, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, martial status, spirituality, cultural, socio-economic status, or any combination of these or other related factors.

How does reporting work?

The Bias/Hate reporting system keeps the targeting student at the center of the response process, and the student targeted can decide how they want to proceed. It is important to report, so the University can best support the victim/survivor as well as aim to prevent future incidents.

When a report is submitted, the Hate & Bias Incident Team will examine it to better understand its impact on the individual reporting, any targeted populations, and the campus. If the person reporting would like follow-up, someone from the Hate & Bias Incident Team will contact them to see what resources they need.

Reports may also be submitted anonymously; provide the information you feel comfortable providing. The more information you provide, the more proactive the university can be. The Hate & Bias Incident Team highly values confidentiality, and only crucial or emergency information is shared.

Reports may be submitted electronically here.

What incidents have occurred on campus?

You can learn about Hate and Bias incidents in the 2015 Hate and Bias report.

What help is available for victims of hate or bias?

Students who are victims of hate and bias incidents may need immediate support. University Health Services (UHS) offers counseling and consultation. The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) also has drop-in hours with UHS counselors on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am and Wednesdays from 9:00am-10:45am; no appointment is necessary.

The Multicultural Student Center also hosts discussion and dialogue groups on a weekly or bimonthly basis; they include Crossroads (LGBTQ+ students of color), Sisters in Solidarity (women of color), Ubuntu (Black and African American), and Tu Vox (Chicanx and Latinx). For more details visit msc.wisc.edu.

Victims of hate/bias incidents are also encouraged to report the incident. If the person reporting the incident requests follow-up, someone from the Hate & Bias Incident Team will contact them to see what resources they need.

How can I help educate campus about bias and hate?

The Hate & Bias Incident Team is eager to attend student organization meetings, department meetings, residence hall programs, or other events to provide trainings and resources on workshops. To schedule a workshop or for further information or questions contact hateandbias@wisc.edu