Communities and college campuses across the country have reported an increase in incidents of harassing and threatening behavior toward individuals based on their race, ethnicity, presumed national origin and political affiliation.
UW-Madison has also seen an increase – there have been 16 incidents reported in the last week, versus a total of 66 incidents in the first half of 2016. One report described an off-campus incident that escalated to a physical attack accompanied by the words “Go back to where you came from.” (The person who reported this did so anonymously and chose not to contact law enforcement.)
We’re sharing this information to remind all Badgers that we need to treat one another with respect and decency. We need to speak up if we see members of our community being mistreated or endangered.
If you’re a student in need of support, please make use of resources such as those in University Health Services and the Division of Student Life. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Office.
To report an immediate safety concern, call 911. To report a bias incident, visit www.students.wisc.edu/reportbias.