Sexual Misconduct: Support, Response, and Prevention

COVID-19 and UWL's Sexual Misconduct Processes

During the COVID-19 disruptions, our Title IX Team is here to serve you.

UWL policies prohibit sexual harassment, stalking, and other forms of misconduct, including in online spaces. You have the right to submit a report and get confidential support.

To learn more about how UWL is responding to sexual misconduct and supporting our students, faculty and staff in this time, please see our Title IX & COVID FAQ.  

UW-La Crosse prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct:

  • Sexual Assault / Rape
  • Sexual Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation

UWL is committed to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct in order to ensure a safe and equitable educational environment for all.

We do so in compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws, and in keeping with UWL's mission to provide "a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success."

A message from Chancellor Joe Gow

Photo of UWL Chancellor Joe Gow"As chancellor, I am personally committed to the effort to combat sexual misconduct at UWL. In order to fulfill our educational mission, we must provide an opportunity for everyone to live, learn, and work in a safe and non-discriminatory environment. Anyone who experiences sexual misconduct — including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence — should know that they are not alone and that help is available. I encourage all students, faculty, and staff to learn more and get involved in our effort to maintain a safe and respectful campus community. It's on us!"

What you need to know:

  • Any sexual contact without consent is sexual assault.
  • Sexual violence is never the fault of the victim. 
  • You are not alone: confidential support and resources are available.
  • You have the right to report to the university and to the police.
  • Faculty and staff (except confidential resources) should forward any reports of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. (Click here to file a report.)

How you can make a difference:

  • Learn about, practice, and promote affirmative consent.
  • Make it known that you don't tolerate sexist comments and behaviors from your friends, classmates, and colleagues.
  • Intervene to stop sexual assault or harassment.
  • Listen to survivors without questioning, judgment, or victim-blaming; leave the investigations to our trained staff.
  • If someone you know needs help, refer them to one of our confidential resources.

UWL is proud to support the "It's On Us" Campaign!

Quick Links

If there is immediate danger to health or safety, dial 911.

For confidential help:

Violence Prevention Specialist

More Confidential Resources

To file an official report:

Use our online form, or contact:

Title IX Coordinator

University Police

Student Life (Deputy Title IX Coordinator)

Human Resources (Employee Relations Specialist)

Off-campus resources: 

Gundersen Health System Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program
608.775.5950 (24-hour line)

Mayo Clinic Health System "Safe Path"
608.392.7804 (24-hour line)

New Horizons Shelter & Outreach Centers
608.791.2600 (24-hour line)

La Crosse Police Department
911 or 608.785.5962

Great Rivers 2-1-1 information, referral and crisis line
Dial 211 (24-hour line)


Violence Prevention Brochure

"You Can Talk To Us" poster

UWL Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation

Questions or Feedback

Please click here to submit your question or comment to the Title IX Team.

Anonymous submissions are welcome, but you have the option to provide your name and contact information if you want us to follow up with you.

UWL's sexual misconduct prevention and response efforts are overseen by our Title IX Team:

Title IX Coordinator

John Acardo  Profile of John Acardo

Director of Human Resources & Chro
144 Graff Main Hall

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