UWPD Investigating Weekend Sexual Assault

  • Incident date: February 4, 2024, 12:00 am
  • Incident type: Sexual Assault
  • Location/address: Southeast Residence Hall

Content warning: references to sexual violence, criminal violence, and/or other possible traumatic experiences are included in this Crime Warning

On Monday, February 5, 2024, a sexual assault was reported to the UW-Madison Police Department. The assault occurred in a southeast campus residence hall during the early morning hours of Sunday, February 4, 2024. UWPD is actively investigating the incident. If you have any information, please contact us at (608) 264-2677.

UW-Madison prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. These acts will not be tolerated on campus and may be a violation of Wisconsin law as well as the University’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policy. UW-Madison proactively addresses sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. Instead, we expect our community members will respect the boundaries of others while creating a safe and respectful community.

  • Communicate clearly and respectfully with sexual partners about their needs, feelings, and boundaries. Make sure you have consent. Consent is words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent, indicating a freely given agreement to engage in sexual activity or other activity referenced in the definitions of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. A person is unable to give consent if the person is in a state of incapacitation because of drugs, alcohol, physical or intellectual disability, or unconsciousness. Under state law, a person may not be able to give consent because of age.
  • Don’t make assumptions about consent – it is your responsibility to obtain clear and freely given agreement before continuing with sexual activity. Make sure any potential sexual partner is in a state of mind to make an informed decision about sex. Taking advantage of someone who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs is violence.
  • If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you deserve support. There are confidential resources available to help you.
  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved, or contact someone else to assist. Be willing to have hard conversations with people you know if they violate others’ sexual boundaries.
  • If you witness a situation that you think could lead to sexual violence, check-in directly with those involved to see if they are okay; create a diversion; or get support from others to intervene.

Connect with Resources

Please visit https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/survivor-resources for information about campus and community resources for survivors. For more information about violence prevention efforts at UW-Madison, visit https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention.

Make a Report

To report an incident to law enforcement, contact UWPD at 608-264-2677. To report a concern to the university, contact the Sexual Misconduct Resource and Response Program at https://go.wisc.edu/report.

See http://uwpd.wisc.edu/crime-data/clery-act for more information about Clery Act implementation at UW-Madison. For more information on UW-Madison Crime Warnings, including frequently asked questions about Crime Warnings, visit https://uwpd.wisc.edu/data-policies-resources/what-is-a-crime-warning.