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  • Discrimination

    The updated UW-La Crosse Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation can be viewed here: DiscriminationPolicy.pdf

    The following nondiscrimination statements apply to students and employees at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, respectively. 

    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 system or its institutions 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 developmental disability as defined in Wisconsin Statutes §51.01(5).

    No 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 employment-related actions, such as recruitment, interviewing, testing, screening, selection, placement, classification, evaluation, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, fringe benefits, layoffs, and/or dismissal.

    (See University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Policy 14-6.)

    Please click the relevant item below to learn more about different policies and procedures applicable to faculty, academic staff, classified staff, and students.

    Faculty and Academic Staff Grievances

    There may be a situation where you feel you have not received fair treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age or physical handicap.  Employees should use established grievance procedures when problems or complaints arise in work-related situations.

    Faculty and Academic Staff who believe they have been discriminated against, on the basis of the factors mentioned above, by the University or members of the University community are encouraged to talk with the Affirmative Action Officer at 785-8541.  Informal and formal procedures exist for dealing with discrimination.

    Download Employee Informal Complaint/Grievance Form (pdf) or (MS Word)

    Classified Employee Grievances

    Classified Employees who are non-represented may use the formal grievance procedure available through Human Resources.  Represented employees are advised to consult with their union representative concerning the represented employee grievance procedure.  In addition, all classified employees may use an informal grievance procedure by contacting the Affirmative Action Officer at 785-8541 to discuss their concern.

    Download Employee Informal Complaint/Grievance Form (pdf) or (MS Word)

    Student Grievances

    Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life at 785-8062 or the Affirmative Action Officer at 785-8541 to discuss their concern.

    Information regarding discrimination, grade and non-grade appeals, and anti-hazing policies can be found here: Student Grievance Policies

    Download Student Informal Complaint/Grievance Form (pdf) or (MS Word)


    Hate/Bias Incident Reporting

    If you experience, witness, or learn of incidents of discrimination, hate or bias, tell us about it using the Hate/Bias Incident Report form. You do not have to identify yourself or the individual whose conduct you are reporting, and you may indicate whether or not you want to be contacted. Click here to learn more.

    Civility Reporting

    If you would like to report incidents of incivility that don't necessarily involve hate or bias, but which nevertheless affect the workplace, climate, please use the Civility Report Form. This form may be used to anonymously report both positive and negative experiences on campus. Click here to learn more.