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UPDATE: UW-Madison discusses policy on reporting sex assault


MADISON (WKOW) -- In light of sexual assault allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, university officials in Madison are urging students, faculty and staff to report any inappropriate conduct to authorities.

UW-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam sent an email to the campus community Monday afternoon.

In an interview with 27 News, Berquam said the message was sent as a reminder of both moral and legal duties to report sexual misconduct.

"It's our responsibility as citizens, if we see something to say something, especially with regard to sexual assault and dating, domestic violence, all of those are critical issues that we need to be alert about and be receptive to reporting," Berquam said.

In the email, Berquam noted that federal law mandates a safe academic environment.

"Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 offers all of us protection from sexual harassment or sexual violence in our educational programs and activities," Berquam said in the email.

Berquam write in the email that not reporting improper conduct could "put the safety of the victim and the stature of our institution at risk."

"We all need to take action should we become aware of a situation, sexual assault, with a child or with an adult," Berquam said in the interview.

The university listed the following as resources to report any concerns about misconduct:

-Emergencies: 911

-UW Police Department: 608-264-2677 (264-COPS)

-Madison Police Department: 608-261-9694

-UW-Madison Safety Website: http://safeu.wisc.edu. SafeU provides links to campus safety resources, as well as copies of the Campus Safety Report.

-Dean of Students Office: 608-263-5700

-Employee Assistance Office: 608-263-2987. All contacts with EAO are confidential.

-UHS 24-Hour Crisis Line: 608-265-6565. This number can be used both by those suffering from stress or mental health issues and by those who believe that someone they know may need help.

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