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The Affirmative Action Policies plus others in the UW Oshkosh Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook address harassment and discrimination in all forms, covering those with legally protected status for reasons of ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or other reasons.

These policies apply to all faculty, staff, and students with respect to activities occurring on any University property and University-related activities occurring off-campus. They also apply to the activities of recognized student organizations including fraternities and sororities.

UW Oshkosh has an established system of complaint and grievance procedures to address complaints or alleged discrimination based on any protected status such as race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability.

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Dempsey Hall 337
(920) 424-1166
(920) 424-2021
afaction@uwosh.edu
Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To file a complaint or grievance based on any protected status such as race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability, please contact the UW Oshkosh Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action Director by calling (920) 424-1166.

Those who have been subjected to an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment, or who have received a report of or witnessed an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment, have several options for reporting the incident. 

  Process and Procedures

Persons who believe they have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment under any of these policies are encouraged to report the incident promptly to the Director of Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action according to the following processes:

Note: A complaint focuses upon the alleged misconduct of another and seeks punishment for the offender. A grievance focuses upon the alleged effects experienced by the grievant (perceived unfair treatment or violation of rights or in general unsatisfactory working conditions) and seeks relief for the grievant.

Informal Procedures

The informal procedure typically seeks acceptable mediation or resolution of the complaint between the parties involved. During the informal discussion and investigation of such a complaint by the assigned investigator, emphasis is placed on the resolution of the matter as quickly as possible, at the lowest level possible, and with the fewest number of people. Resolution sought will be after consultation with the complainant.

Formal Procedures

Formal complaints or expressions of concern about possible harassment or discrimination may be pursued consistent with University rules and procedures, as noted below:

Against a faculty member: When a report is made against a faculty member, the procedures linked here apply.

UW Oshkosh Handbook FAC 9.C Faculty Complaints

Chapter UWS 4 Procedures for Dismissal https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/4

Chapter UWS 6 Complaints & Grievances

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/6

Chapter UWS 7 Dismissal of Faculty in Special Cases

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/7

Against an academic staff member:

When a report is made against an academic staff member, the procedures linked here apply.

UW Oshkosh Handbook ACS Chapter 16 Complaints

Chapter UWS 11 Dismissal of Academic Staff for Cause

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/11

Chapter UWS 13 Complaints & Grievances

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/13

Against a university staff member:

When a report is made against a university staff member, the procedures linked here apply.

University Staff Complaints Policy 

University Staff Personnel Rules Grievances

Against a student:

When a report is made against a university student, the procedures linked here apply.

Chapter 17 – Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures


For the most recent version on all policies please view the Faculty/Academic Staff Handbook.

Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action

Securing equity and fairness at UW Oshkosh.