Sexual assault: A look at the latest statistics and campus resources

The Division of Student Life and partners in the UW-Madison community are dedicated to creating a safe and secure campus that allows members to learn, succeed, and feel welcome. We strive to create an environment that is free of sexual misconduct, stalking, and dating, and domestic violence in any form. These standards apply to all regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

Each year, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) compiles data to inform our efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault. Today we’re releasing statistics on sexual assault for calendar 2017, including the number of non-academic student misconduct cases that were adjudicated by OSCCS and the sanctions imposed on those found responsible.

We believe the increase in reports is a sign that prevention, education, and outreach efforts are working. In calendar year 2017, students reported 318 incidents of sexual assault, down from 325 in 2016.

We also want to take this opportunity to highlight the services the university provides to survivors. It’s important to note that students have a right to receive free services regardless of whether they choose to report their assault to the police, Dean of Students Office, or Title IX Coordinator. In 2017, University Health Services (UHS) Survivor Services:

  • Provided 2,432 individual counseling sessions
  • Provided 137 accompaniments or advocacy appointments
  • Served 150 student survivors
  • Provided consultation, information about trauma services and resources to 272 individuals (campus/community partners, professors, support people)

If you have concerns about sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, or stalking, here are some resources that can help:

  • For confidential information, advocacy, or counseling services students can contact University Health Services Survivor Services by emailing or by phone, 608-265-5600 (option 3).  For 24/7 confidential consultation with a health care provider students may call University Health Services at 608 265-5600 (option 9).
  • Contact the Dean of Students office through email:, phone: 608-263-5700, or Live Chat:
  • To contact UW-Madison’s Title IX Coordinator, email Lauren Hasselbacher at
  • If you need immediate emergency assistance or to report a crime, call 911.

It’s important for survivors of sexual assault to know that you are not alone. And campus will support you as you choose how to direct your healing process.