The University Police Department works cooperatively with the Dean of Students office to meet the requirements of mandatory reporting of certain events and crimes involving students, staff, and visitors to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
All faculty and staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, share the responsibility to create safe learning and work environments and a positive campus climate. This page provides information on Federal and state laws and a Wisconsin Executive order that establish reporting responsibilities for all faculty and staff. Please become familiar with the responsibilities and resources described below so you may respond appropriately when you are approached by someone regarding matters covered here.
I. JEANNE CLERY DISCLOSURE OF CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS ACT (20 USC § 1092 (f))
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution's participation in federal student financial aid programs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
Under the Clery Act, universities must:
- Publish an Annual Security Report by Oct. 1 of each year
- Maintain a public crime log documenting the "nature, date, time, and general location of each crime" and its disposition, if known
- Disclose crime statistics in seven major categories for incidents that occur in the geographic reportable areas specified in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, “Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting,” Chapter 2, pp. 11 – 32
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees
- Devise an emergency response, notification and testing policy
- Compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report
- Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students
Universities must designate Campus Security Authorities, a Clery-specific term. Under the Clery Act, a crime is reported when it is brought to the attention of a Campus Security Authority or local law enforcement personnel by a victim, witness, other third party or the offender. Campus Security Authorities report to the official designated by UW-Platteville to collect crime report information.
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville Police Department, (UWPD): Dial 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number, 608.342.1584 for reporting crimes that occur on campus. You may also visit their offices located at 134 Brigham Hall, Platteville, WI 53818.
- City of Platteville Police Department: Contact the department via their non-emergency number, 608.348.2313 to report crimes that occur off campus. You may also visit their offices at 165 N. Fourth Street, Platteville, WI 53818.
II. MANDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING
Wisconsin law, Chapter 36.11(22), Wisconsin Statutes, requires that UW-Platteville report annually to UW System Administration the number of reported sexual assaults that occurred in the Clery Act geographic reportable areas specified in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, “Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting.”
Under Wisconsin law, "Any person employed at an institution who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution that the student has been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution. The dean of students shall compile reports for the purpose of disseminating statistical information under par. (a)1.b."
For UW-Platteville to comply with this state law, we need the cooperation of all university employees. We rely on reports from employees, students, and other members of the university community to support victims and meet our legal obligations.
The UW-Platteville Dean of Students office takes sexual assaults reports seriously and will investigate. Information may also be reported in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Sexual Assault definitions under by WI § 940.225.
Faculty and staff who witness a sexual assault in the Clery Act geographic reportable areas or who receive a first-hand report of sexual assault, are required to report the sexual assault.
- This notification is not the same as filing a criminal report. Disclosing the victim’s name is not required as part of this report. Contact the Dean of Students office or the University Police Department to file a report.
Students who experience, witness, or receive a first-hand report of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the Dean of Students office. An anonymous report may be filed with the Dean of Students.
- This notification is not the same as filing a criminal report. Disclosing the victim’s name is not required as part of this report. Contact the Dean of Students office or the University Police Department.
III. SEXUAL HARRASSMENT
When sexual harassment occurs, it degrades the quality of work and education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Sexual harassment violates the law and university policy and can damage personal and professional relationships, cause career or economic disadvantage, and expose the university to legal liabilities, a loss of federal research funds and other financial consequences. Each of us has a duty not to harass others and to act responsibly when confronted by the issue of sexual harassment. We have a collective responsibility to do so, thereby promoting an environment that better supports excellence in teaching, research, and service. Principal investigators, supervisors, managers, department chairs, directors and deans have additional responsibilities: individuals in positions of authority must take reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment and take immediate and appropriate action when they learn of allegations of sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will take prompt and appropriate action whenever it learns that sexual harassment has occurred. You are encouraged to report incidents or concerns to your supervisor, manager, department chair, director, or dean for action and resolution. Sexual harassment (and other prohibited harassment or discrimination) may also be reported to the Human Resources office.
IV. TITLE IX COMPLIANCE RESPONSIBILITIES
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX requirements cover sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence. In accordance with these requirements, UW-Platteville is responsible for taking immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual misconduct, and violence. Sexual violence may include physical sexual acts performed against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
V. WISCONSIN EXECUTIVE ORDER #54
Executive Order # 54 (EO 54) requires all University of Wisconsin System employees to report suspected incidents or threats of child abuse or neglect and has the force of law. Volunteers and contractors who are expected to have regular contact with children while performing services for UW must comply with the same reporting procedures as UW employees.
A report of child abuse or neglect must be made immediately if, in the course of employment, the employee observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, and the employee has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur. The report must be made in person or by telephone to the UW-Platteville Police Department 608.342.1584, other local law enforcement, or the local child protective services agency.
Privacy statutes affect the ability to report to law enforcement or child protective services in some limited circumstances. If a UW employee learns of possible child abuse or neglect from the educational records of a matriculated student, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies. FERPA does permit reporting if a child is presently in danger. If a UW employee learns about possible child abuse or neglect from a medical record or in the context of a patient’s receipt of health care services, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Wisconsin medical records laws must be followed.
In addition to the external report to law enforcement or child protective services, if the incident or threat of child abuse or neglect involves an allegation against a UW employee or agent (e.g. student, volunteer, etc.), or the incident or threat of child abuse or neglect occurred on the UW campus or during a UW-Platteville sponsored activity, the reporter must immediately report the matter internally to the university. Internal reports should be made to the UW-Platteville Police Department 608.342.1584.
A UW employee who is a mandatory reporter by profession under Wis. Stat. § 48.981(2) (e.g., health practitioner, social worker, law enforcement officer, child care provider) must continue to comply with the state mandatory reporter laws.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Memorandum of Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting