Students, faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are essential when it comes to preventing suicide and promoting help-seeking behaviors among their peers. UHS offers consultation with concerned third parties.
First-year & transfer students
As part of our commitment to creating a safe and healthy campus environment, all incoming first-year and transfer students are expected to participate in a two-part violence prevention program during their first semester on campus.
This effort is in response to the AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct recommendations and student demand to further empower incoming students with information, skills, and empathy to help prevent sexual assault and dating violence.
The deadlines below are ONLY for new students enrolling in Summer & Fall 2019.
Part 1: Complete online U Got This! program by September 20, 2019
Online: U Got This!
U Got This! is a 60-minute, interactive violence prevention and policy disclosure program for UW-Madison undergraduate first-year and new transfer students. All incoming first-year and new transfer students who enrolled in Summer & Fall 2019 need to complete the online program in their Learn@UW by September 20.
Deadline: Friday, September 20th, 2019 (for students who started in Summer & Fall 2019)
Failure to complete the online requirement will result in an enrollment hold for Spring 2020 courses.
Part 2: Attend in-person GetWIse workshop by December 13, 2019
In-person: GetWIse workshop
In addition to completing the online U Got This! program, first-year and new transfer students must also attend a GetWIse workshop within their first semester on campus. These workshops will allow students the opportunity to explore some of the content in the U Got This! program more thoroughly with their peers. Workshops are 90-minutes long, interactive, and led by trained UHS staff. Students only have to attend one workshop and there are many topic options to choose from, including: healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, how to support a survivor, and bystander intervention. Workshops intended for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, transfer students, and student survivors of sexual or relationship violence are also available throughout the semester. All workshops are closed to the press.
Students must choose one of the following workshop options below, and will be required to sign in and scan their Wiscards before leaving in order to confirm completion of this requirement. Over 300 workshops will be provided in University Housing Residence Halls and campus facilities throughout the academic year. Registering ahead of time is recommended to guarantee a spot. An email confirming participation will be sent to students within 48-72 hours of their attendance at a workshop.
Deadline: Friday, December 13th, 2019 (for students who started in Summer & Fall 2019)
Failure to complete the GetWIse requirement by the deadline will result in an enrollment hold for Fall 2020 courses.
The GetWIse workshop options:
This workshop will explore sex, sexuality, and hooking up in college. Participants will also identify social norms hooking up that can be helpful or harmful. Finally, the audience will learn about sexual assault, respecting boundaries, and consent. Sexual acts and sexual assault will be discussed. SexWIse is designed for audiences of 15-25 people and is facilitated by trained UHS peer educators.
This workshop will focus on dating and healthy relationships in college. Using a mix of self-reflection and group discussion, participants will explore their own ideas about what characteristics they find important in dating relationships and learn to identify red flags of dating violence. DatingWIse is designed for audiences of 15-25 people and is facilitated by trained UHS peer educators.
Most college-aged victims of sexual assault first turn to their friends and family for help. This workshop will teach concrete skills and strategies college students can use to support a friend who has been a victim of sexual assault or dating violence. ListenWIse is designed for audiences of 15-25 people and is facilitated by trained UHS peer educators.
Specialized GetWIse workshop options:
YouWIse focuses on survivors who have experienced child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and/or dating violence victimization. In a supportive environment, participants will learn about resources both on and off campus, have time to explore their own ideas, as well as learn strengths-based strategies for thriving and surviving at UW-Madison. Students who have not experienced victimization prior to campus or in their first semester should choose another in-person option. YouWIse is offered on a limited basis, designed for audiences of 10-15 people and is facilitated by confidential UHS Survivor Services Specialists.
ActWIse focuses on enhancing the UW-Madison's collective ability to engage in bystander intervention behaviors. Bystander intervention refers to a unique, accessible approach to changing the way community members understand their role in prevention. In these workshops, participants will gain knowledge of warning signs that something is wrong, learn realistic skills to intervene, and correct misperceptions of social norms that keep folks from acting, even when they may want to.
All new Fraternity and Sorority Life students are expected to complete a chapter-specific 90-minute ActWIse workshop, in addition to a Badger Step Up session, to satisfy Greek New Member Education requirements. Please note that Fraternity & Sorority-specific ActWIse workshops do not count for fulfilling First-Year Violence Prevention requirements and FSL-affiliated students must attend a GetWIse workshop in addition to an FSL-specific ActWIse workshop.