True learning requires free and open debate, civil discourse and tolerance of many different individuals and ideas. We are preparing students to live and work as health care providers in a world that speaks with many voices and serves patients from many cultures. 

We will maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning that is free from intimidation and discrimination for all. In our resolve to create this positive environment, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will ensure compliance with federal and state laws protecting against discrimination. In addition, the School of Medicine and Public Health has adopted policies that both emphasize these existing protections and supplement them with protections against discrimination that are not available under either federal or state law.

No student may be denied admission to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or any other category protected by law, including physical condition or disability as defined in Wisconsin Statutes §51.01(5).

No UW School of Medicine and Public Health employee may be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, genetic information, arrest record, conviction record, military service, veteran status, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours, declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters, or any other category protected by law. This provision includes UW SMPH employment-related actions, including recruitment, interviewing, testing, screening, selection, placement, classification, evaluation, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, fringe benefits, layoffs, and/or dismissal. 

View the complete UW School of Medicine and Public Health anti-discrimination policy (pdf)

The UW-Madison Office of Compliance handles complaints of discrimination via the Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, or Equal Opportunity Complaint Investigator. If you have questions or want to file a complaint, please contact the Office of Compliance via email (uwcomplianceoffice@wisc.edu) or phone (608-265-6018). To report an incident of bias or hate, please use the UW-Madison Bias Incident Reporting site.