Building a Community of Care for Student Success

At UW-Madison Student Affairs provides student services and support that address health and wellbeing, identity and inclusion, advocacy, leadership and community engagement. These include programs that support underrepresented students, as well as the Wisconsin Union, University Health Services, Recreation and Wellbeing, and units led by the Dean of Students. We are dedicated to serving students and to helping them succeed in and out of the classroom.

Student Affairs staff value collaboration with faculty members. We encourage you to reach out for help with your students or on topics of shared interest. This may range from simply to seeking advice on how to handle a situation, to referring students who need additional support, to specific opportunities for involvement and leadership, or simply being aware and sharing resources that can benefit students.

In this session, panelists will provide an overview of how Student Affairs areas can help faculty in supporting and educating students. In addition, we will reserve time to answer your questions.

Student Advocacy

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Academic Integrity and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards

Academic Integrity and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards
70 Bascom Hall (500 Lincoln Drive)

Academic Integrity is critical to the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research institution with high academic standards and rigor. All members of the University community play a role in fostering an environment in which student learning is achieved in a fair, just, and honest way.

Faculty and instructional staff set the tone in their classrooms by communicating clear expectations to their students and educating them on the consequences of engaging in academic misconduct while referring to campus resources.

The value of a University of Wisconsin-Madison degree depends on the commitment of our academic community to promote high levels of personal honesty and respect for the intellectual property of others. OSCCS Staff is available to help faculty navigate the academic misconduct process, consult on suspected misconduct, and to discuss appropriate sanctions. Please know that we are here as a resource for you and you are welcome to call or email anytime!

Assistance & Support for Students in the Dean of Students Office

Student Assistance and the Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall (500 Lincoln Drive) – Daily drop-in hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our Goal is Student Success! The Dean of Students Office is here to consult with you regarding challenges or concerns you have regarding students. We work closely with students to help them navigate this campus and get them connected to support and assistance both on campus and in the community. When you see concerns, please reach out to us early and often so we can connect the dots to better support student success. We are available via phone, email, or chat service.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Supporting and Talking with Students

Assistance & Support

Supporting DACA Students

Pregnancy and Parenting Students

Support for students experiencing food insecurity: Badger Fare Program

In the Classroom


  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.Discussing a student you are concerned about with the Dean of Students Office is permitted by FERPA if the discussion relates to the student’s experience at UW–Madison or could help the university support the student. Additionally, talking with any campus office that can help you assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA. The Registrar’s Office has more information on student rights protected under FERPA.


Reporting Incidents

Additional Resources

Identity & Inclusion

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Gender & Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC)

Gender & Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC)
Red Gym (716 Langdon Street)

The Gender & Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) provides education, outreach, advocacy, resources, and support for UW-Madison’s LGBTQ+ students and their communities to improve campus climate and their daily intersectional experiences. The GSCC is available for training and consultation on a variety of topics, e.g. preferred name, trans-affirming care, gender inclusive restrooms, pronoun usage, and best practices in serving LGBTQ+ communities. The Campus Center offers a wide range of engagement opportunities such as discussion groups, monthly meetings with LGBTQ+ student organizations, guest speakers, a leadership course, a life skills course, and Crossroads for Queer and Trans Students of Color in partnership with the Multicultural Student Center.

International Student Services (ISS)

International Student Services
Red Gym (716 Langdon Street)

International Student Services (ISS) serves over 6,000 international students by offering F and J U.S. student visa immigration compliance advise, co-curricular education support, and referral services to campus and community partners as appropriate. We encourage international students to frequently seek our services before making decisions that will impact their academic, professional, and personal journey while in the U.S.

We support faculty and staff to create an inclusive and engaging experience for our international student population to advance the student’s overall development. We offer multiple co-curricular education offerings throughout the year. Two cornerstone programs we offer are BRIDGE, an international friendship program, and International Reach, a cross-cultural speakers program. International Reach is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to request an international speaker for their classroom or training purposes.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

Multicultural Student Center (MSC)

Multicultural Student Center (MSC)
Red Gym, 2nd Floor (716 Langdon Street)
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri 9am-5pm

The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience.

The MSC is a hub of cultural programming and leadership development opportunities for multicultural student organizations. We create experiences that explore, affirm and celebrate diversity, including speakers, performances and discussion groups, both during designated heritage months as well as throughout the year. We also provide services and support to more than 60 affiliated multicultural organizations.

Join us for our signature programs, including Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month and APIDA Heritage Month, or reach out to us for partnership opportunities. This fall, the MSC will be open to students as a study space by reservation only. Please visit our website for details.

Facebook: UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center
Instagram: @uwmulticultural

University Veterans Services (UVS)

University Veteran Services (UVS)
333 E. Campus Mall, # 10320
Monday – Friday 9:00-4:00

University Veteran Services (UVS) assists military-connected students with the transition to campus, handles the certification of education benefits, and connects students with needed resources to achieve academic success. UVS hosts events and collaborates with partners to create a veteran and military community within UW-Madison.

UVS is also a resource for students, staff, and faculty when students get called to active duty. The official Active Duty Policy and other resources are on our webpage,

Health & Wellbeing

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Mental Health and Prevention at University Health Services

Mental Health and Prevention at University Health Services
333 East Campus Mall
Access, Counseling, Psychiatry, Crisis: 6th floor
Survivor Services: 8th floor

UHS Prevention is committed to working with faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants across campus to advance health promoting policies, environments, pedagogy, and knowledge of resources that support the health and wellbeing of students and our campus community. Claire Barrett, PhD, Prevention Specialist and Mental Health Provider, is available for individual faculty and departmental consultation for those interested in developing healthy academic settings. Please contact for additional information.

Faculty & Staff Suicide Prevention Resources

Mental Health is here as a resource. If you’re concerned about a student, please call us: 608-265-5600 (option 2). If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24-hour crisis line: 608-265-5600 (option 9) to consult with a counselor.

Students may experience issues and concerns that impact their ability to perform academically, connect interpersonally, or function effectively as students. In addition to providing services for students, Mental Health Services also offers ongoing consultation throughout the year to faculty, advisors, and other university staff. We recognize that faculty and staff are often the first to notice when students are struggling and may want advice on how best to help or guide them to further assistance. You may want to know how to get a student connected to services, whether to involve UWPD, or to determine your specific role in supporting a student – in these and other situations, give us a call to consult with a counselor.

Our mental health providers understand the complexities of student life and offer an open, safe, and confidential environment to help students through issues that may interfere with their development, well-being, and academic productivity.

The no-cost mental health services at UHS include individual, couple/partner, group counseling, campus-based programming, stress management, and psychiatry services. We also offer crisis services, which are available 24/7 at 608-265-5600 (Option 9).

We are committed to Diversity & Inclusion and acknowledge the implications of implicit bias, oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and inequitable systems of power and privilege on health and wellbeing and are working toward addressing this holistically for our community through outreach, clinical services, and attention especially to the needs of traditionally underserved and underrepresented students on our campus.

Access appointments are the primary way to get connected for counseling and psychiatry services at MHS.  Access appointments can be made online using MyUHS – the client portal for all of UHS – anytime.  They are a 20 minute phone conversation in which students will share what they are experiencing, be asked questions about their symptoms, and collaboratively determine the resources that are best to meet their mental health needs at that time.

Survivor Services provides confidential support to student victim/survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking.  These services are available to UW-Madison students at no cost.  You are not alone and we believe that survivors are the experts about their own experiences and healing.

Make an appointment:
608-265-5600 (option 3)

Open Access, 8th floor
While classes are in session
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 1-4 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays: 9 a.m.-noon

Let’s Talk provides no-cost, informal, confidential consultations at locations around campus throughout the academic year. No appointment is necessary. Speaking with a Let’s Talk counselor can help provide insight, support, and information about other resources. [Note: Calendar will be updated by 9/1.]

SilverCloud is an online cognitive behavioral intervention program for depression, anxiety, stress, and body image.

YOU@WISC is a resource platform to help students connect to campus in order to succeed, thrive and matter on campus.

Student Success Workshops – details and registration available here – are repeating workshops on Fridays from 12:30-1:30  with 4 rotating topics: Adjusting to College, Make the Most of your Time, Focus your Attention, and Take Down Test Anxiety.

Violence Prevention at University Health Services, in partnership with the Office of Compliance

Violence Prevention at University Health Services
333 East Campus Mall, 8th Floor
608-265-5600 (option 3)
608-265-5600 (option _)

UHS Violence Prevention & Survivor Services is dedicated to preventing violence before it happens and helping address the needs of victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking after it happens.

Violence Prevention administers two-fold programming for first year and transfer students. U Got This! is a 90-minute online prevention program students must complete by September 21 and is available in Canvas. Upon completion of the online program, all first year and transfer students must also complete the Get WIse series, a 90-minute peer-led discussion on topics such as healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, and how to support a survivor.

For all incoming graduate and professional students, they must complete a 45-minute online violence prevention program, adapted to the specific needs of this population, and different from the undergraduate programming. This is also available in Canvas. For the undergraduate and graduate and professional programs we administer, a registration hold is implemented to ensure program completion by all students.

Our office also offers bystander intervention workshops between 60-90 minutes in length called ActWIse, and can be adapted for student groups or staff and faculty. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions regarding our programming or how we can help you support students in accessing resources topics of sexual violence and misconduct. Please see our website here for more information on programs.

TitleIX at the UW Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall (500 Lincoln Dr.)
(608) 890-3788

The Title IX Program is housed within the Office of Compliance. The goal of the Office of Compliance is advancing a culture of ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Title IX Program works to create and maintain an environment where no student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex.

Tools & Guidelines:

UW-Madison Title IX Program

UW-Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Information and Resources for Employees who experience sexual harassment and/or sexual violence

Reporting & Response Options

Employee Trainings:
Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at UW-Madison

Responsible Employee Training

Leadership & Engagement

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Center for Leadership & Involvement and Wisconsin Union

The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) and the Wisconsin Union assist students in intentionally connecting with the far ranging co-curricular learning opportunities that exist throughout campus, including the 1000+ unique Registered Student Organizations.  These opportunities complement a student’s academic experience, in addition to helping them develop leadership capacity – the ability to affect positive change.

The UW-Madison Leadership Certificate Program gives students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of leadership competencies and values as reflected in the UW-Madison Leadership Framework (the universities very own leadership model), through curricular and co-curricular educational experiences.

Additional leadership skill development can be found through programs at the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center in the Memorial Union and in the Center for Leadership & Involvement via the Adventure Learning Programs (ALPs), Student Leadership Program (SLP), and Leadership @ UW.  Additionally, Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD), provides a wide variety of educational and recreational programming for students and staff.

Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI)

Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) (directory of student organizations)

UW-Madison Leadership Certificate Program

Leadership @ UW (provides Leadership Framework overview)

Adventure Learning Programs (provides teambuilding & ropes course workshops)

Student Leadership Program

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Wisconsin Singers

Wisconsin Union

Willis L. Jones Leadership Center

Wisconsin Union Directorate


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